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- 05/25/17--16:00: _United face Wanderers
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- 05/25/17--16:00: _Mourinho pleased wi...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Shifeta a nyenyetel...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Tu popyeni kombinga...
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- 05/25/17--16:00: _‘As ek sing vir hom’
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Katutura movie avai...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _GENERAL ETONDO IS B...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Be African, Be orig...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _'Third Will' to be ...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Anger management
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Galp searches for oil
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Delays in GRN payme...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _No NamCode tinkering
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Moody's expresses c...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Africa is on the move
- 05/25/17--16:00: _I am a carnivore an...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Swapo and the flawe...
- 05/25/17--16:00: _Kalkfeld’s future o...
- 05/25/17--16:00: United face Wanderers
- 05/25/17--16:00: Welwitschias need a win
- 05/25/17--16:00: Mourinho pleased with team
- 05/25/17--16:00: Shifeta a nyenyetele oonakudhipaga oonkoshi
- 05/25/17--16:00: Tu popyeni kombinga yuukwamuhoko-Walters
- 05/25/17--16:00: Freestyler at tourism 2017 expo
- 05/25/17--16:00: ‘As ek sing vir hom’
- 05/25/17--16:00: Katutura movie available on DVD
- 05/25/17--16:00: GENERAL ETONDO IS BACK WITH A BANG
- 05/25/17--16:00: Be African, Be original
- 05/25/17--16:00: 'Third Will' to be aired on Zambezi Magic
- 05/25/17--16:00: Anger management
- 05/25/17--16:00: Galp searches for oil
- 05/25/17--16:00: Delays in GRN payments a hindrance to SMEs
- 05/25/17--16:00: No NamCode tinkering
- 05/25/17--16:00: Moody's expresses concern
- 05/25/17--16:00: Africa is on the move
- 05/25/17--16:00: I am a carnivore and loving it!
- 05/25/17--16:00: Swapo and the flawed primaries
- 05/25/17--16:00: Kalkfeld’s future on the line
The Namibia Rugby Union Premier League resumes today with Trustco United playing fierce rivals Wanderers at the United grounds at 20:00.
The fixture has never failed to impress as both clubs have always played impressive rugby when they met over the years.
The home team is currently lingering in fifth position on the log with 18 points.
The visitors are well ahead on points seeing that they stand in second position after having registered 29 points in the season.
United will be boasting with confidence in view of the fact that they trounced Rehoboth 61-19 in their last game before the season break.
Wanderers are also riding on a wave of success after they cruised past Kudus in their last game.
The game promises to produce thrilling rugby as both teams attempt to make the best out of their season.
The home side will have the advantage since they will be playing on a field they know so well.
On paper, the Wanderers squad looks the stronger of the two as they contain players with wealth of experience.
United coach Jood Opperman expressed optimism that his club will come out victorious in the contest.
The coach felt that his club has been improving thought and are fit for the match.
“The boys are very excited about the game and that will definitely give us something to cheer about.
“We had a very difficult start to the season, but I think the time is now that we gain momentum,” Opperman said.
He added that, “this is a game that we have to win if we want to keep our fans happy.
“Wanderers are a very strong team and we respect that, but we are not going to be intimidated on our home ground.”
In other action, Walvis Bay will entertain Kudus in a coastal derby tomorrow.
Unam FC will play Western Suburbs at the campus field, while Rehoboth FC take on Reho Falcon in another derby over the weekend.
The Namibian side has so far conceded 276 points and scored 80 for average scores of 69-20 per game since the competition commenced.
Their coach Lyn Jones has previously stated that the team is unfit due to the fact that most of their players are not competing professionally and have day to day jobs which keep them away from obtaining fitness like their South Africa counterparts.
Lions coach Bafana Nhleko and his Valke counterpart Rudy Joubert have different views on the matter, but both feel for the Welwitschias, for whom history appears to be repeating itself (they were last in the Currie Cup Qualifier tournament last year with exactly one point scored).
“For me the question is what the purpose of playing in the Rugby Challenge is for them, is it to prepare for the African Cup or is it to compete in the Rugby Challenge?” asked Nhleko.
“If it is to prepare for the African Cup then they'll be in good shape for that.
“But if it is to compete in the Rugby Challenge then taking over 50 points every week can be damaging to the psyche. I believe that part of the learning curve is the belief that things will get better, if they don't it's difficult to learn going forward.”
Joubert, whose team will play the Welwitschias again this weekend in Namibia, agreed: “It's a valid and interesting question, and people will have different views in terms of the word of the experience going forward.”
Nhleko said Welshman Jones's team were actually well coached, but they had one problem.
“They're well organised and well coached if you watch what they do. But the difficult thing for them is the striking the balance between amateur and professional.
“They've got a good scrum but they can't last the 80 minutes. They are organised in a lot of departments, it's just that they haven't had the opportunity to show it because the confidence is not there because they can't stay in the fight due to their lack of conditioning.”
Welwitschias assistant coach JP Nel had confirmed earlier in the competition that the team's training sessions harked back to the amateur days, where they only trained three times a week from six to eight in the evening.
Joubert said even scarier was the fact that going into the second round of the North Pool section of the tournament, things could only get worse:
“I suspected their best game would be against us because it was the first game and they were motivated.
“The main issue for them now will be picking up injuries because then the standards will drop. Most of the teams in the competition will pick up a notch, whereas I'm not sure they can – it's a difficult situation for them.”
Nhleko added that in some way playing the Welwitschias could be detrimental to the other teams as it gave them a false indication of their strength.”
“Teams shouldn't be in the position of thinking it's an easy five points to play them; we suffered against the Valke for that kind of thinking after playing the Welwitschias and winning 112-14.”
The Welwitschias will meet Hino Valke on Saturday at the Hage Geingob Stadium in their second encounter in the SuperSport Rugby challenge. The match starts at 15: 00.
United beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm on Wednesday to win the Europa League for the first time, but the game was overshadowed by the deadly suicide attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena, which also left dozens injured.
“If we could, we would obviously change the people's lives for this cup, immediately,” Mourinho told reporters at the Friends Arena.
“We wouldn't think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe. But we just came to do our job.
“We came without the happiness we should bring with us, because when you come for these big matches, you come happy, you come proud. And we didn't. we just came to do our job.”
The game was preceded by a minute's silence, which was interrupted by applause from both sets of fans, and United's players wore black armbands.
Mourinho agreed with European governing body UEFA's decision to allow the match to go ahead, but said the victory would always be associated with sad thoughts about what happened in Manchester.
“It's really hard,” said the Portuguese, whose pre-match press conference on Tuesday was cancelled.”
Okwa popi kutya uuministeli otawu pangele opo eindiko ndyoka li ningwe oveta.
Shifeta okwa popi kutya uuministeli wawo ihawu pitika po mboka taya dhipaga iiyamakuti ye na omikanda dhokushininga ya ulike omathano ngoka, onkene itaya ka pitika mboka kaye na omapitiko ga ulike omathano giiyamakuti mbyoka ya dhipaga.
“Ondi uvite nayi omolwa omaihumbato gaalumentu mboka taya dhipaga oonkoshi nokwiithaneka nokuulika omathano ngoka. Omaihumbato ngoka otaga tula oshikondo shaatalelipo moshiponga nokunyateka edhina lyoshikondo.”
Okwa popi kutya okwaahenako nasha kwaakwashigwana mboka otaku shunitha pevi oshikondo shaatalelipo shoka osho shili shimwe shomiikondo hayi e ta iiyemo oyindji moshilongo.
“Elayi limwe otali vulu okushekitha edhina lyaNamibia naashoka oshi na oshilanduli oshinene keliko lyoshilongo. Otandi yakula oongodhi okuza pondje yoshilongo aantu taya pula kutya omolwashike Namibia ta ningile ngaaka? Aantu otaya ulike ominwe kuNamibia ihe hakoohandimwe.”
Okwa tsikile kutya otaku ka katukilwa oonkatu aanafaalama mboka ya dhipaga oonkoshi. Okwa popi kutya aanambelewa yomidhingoloko oshowo opolisi oya tamekitha nale omakonaakono.
Shifeta okwa holola kutya edhipago lyoonkoshi ndhoka kutya kali li paveta noonkoshi ndhoka inadhi tseyithwa kutya odha nika oshiponga.
“Ongame owala tandi vulu okutseyitha kutya oshiyamakuti shontumba osha ninga omukundu na ohaku ningwa eindilo.”
Shifeta okwa popi kutya aantu itaya vulu owala okudhipaga iiyamakuti molwaashoka oyuuva kutya oyi li moofalama dhawo nenge pomidhingoloko dhawo.
“Owu na okutseyithila uuministeli e to tegelele omukanda gwepitiko.”
Okwa tsikile kutya andola okwa li a gandja epitiko kutya oshiyamakuti shoka osha nika oshiponga andola oshinamwenyo shoka osha dhipagwa niimaliwa mbyoka tayi zi medhipago lyoshinamwenyo shoka, tayi pewa opoloyeka ye gameno lyiiyamakuti momudhingoloko ngoka.
Kashi shi kutya inatu hala okutseyitha kutya iiyamakuti mbyoka oya nika oshiponga ihe ngele oya yahwa kwa gwandjwa epitiko nena iimaliwa mbyoka tayi likolwa otayi vulu okukwatha oshigwana.
Okwa popi kutya onkoshi ohayi vulu okufutilwa oshimaliwa shooN$200 000 uuna ya dhipagwa muukongo wopaveta.
Okwa kunkilile aakwashigwana ya yande okwiikuthila oveta molwaashoka otashi vulu okuyonagula eliko lyoshilongo.
Omitumba ndhoka otadhi kwatelwa komeho kombelelwa yOmbudsman, na Advocate John Walters okwa popi kutya iigongi mbyoka oshowo omaiyuvo gopaumwene kombinga yuukwamuhoko nokatongo otayi ka kwathele ombelewa yawo mokumona kutya iikondo yini po ya pumbwa okutalika ko kuningwe uuyuki waayehe.
“Otwa pumbwa okutala kuukwamuhoko kehe. Aantu naye tu pe uuyelele mboka. Oya pumbwa okutulombwela opo tu tale kutya otatu kandulapo ngiini iinima yoludhi ndoka.”
Kwiikwatelelwa koohapu dhaatseyinawa noolopota dhiikundaneki, konima yoomvula 27 dha piti oshilongo sha manguluka okatongo nuukwamuhoko natango otawu dhana onkandangala miitopolwa ya yooloka moNamibia.
Okatongo hoka otaka ningilwa aantu yuukwatya wa yooloka, uukashike kookantu naantu mboka taya lumbu nombuto yoHIV/Aids oshowo mboka taya lumbu nomaulema ga yooloka.
Natango aantu mboka itaya mono omayakulo goompangu omolwa iinima yontumba ngaashi omwaalu omushona gwaapanguli, iifuta yaakalelipo yopaveta yi li pombanda oshowo iinima yilwe tayi ya imbi.
Walters okwa popi kutya ompango ndjoka itayi popile uukwamuhoko nayi longa oshindji, molwaashoka iipotha owala iishona yuukwamuhoko ya pulakenwa moompangulilo dhaNamibia.
Okwa popi kutya muule woomvula ndatu dha piti, Omupanguli-Ndjai okwa yakula iipotha yuukwamuhoko ya thika po-19 opo a vule okuninga omatokolo ngele iipotha mbyoka na yi ye moompangulilo nenge ahowe, ihe iipotha owala ihamano ya yi mompangu.
Okwa popi kutya omapulo ogendji ngoka taga pumbiwa ngashiingeyi ongaashi ngele omilandu noompango dhoka dhili miilonga ngashiingeyi otadhi gamene tuu uuthemba woomuntu nuuthikepamwe wopauntu oshowo emono lyomayakulo goompangu.
Momukanda ngoka gwa pewa iikundaneki kOmbelewa yOmbudsman ogwa holola kutya omaiyuvo naga etwepo kwiikwatelelwa kutya epangulo lyiipotha yokatongo oshowo uukwamuhoko otayi tulwa momulandu guni gwepangulo lyiipotha mbyoka.
“Ethimbo limwe omuntu okwa hala owala okupewa ombili,” Walters ta ti.
Okwa popi kutya oompangu dhuuthikepamwe odha tulwa miilonga miilongo ya yooloka na odha ulika ehumokomeho enene, eshunitho pevi lyelongitho lyiimaliwa nekwato nawa lyethimbo, egandjo lyomayakulo meendelelo oshowo uuyuki.
Walters okwa popi kutya iigongi yoshigwana mbyoka taya unganeke okuninga otayi ka yelitha kombinga yuukwamuhoko mboka wuli moNamibia ihe shoka otashi ka ningwa owala ngele aakwashigwana yaNamibia taya holoka kiigongi mbyoka nokugandja omahokololo gawo.
“Ekondjitho lyuukwamuhoko otalik ondjithwa owala ngele pena uunongo notseyo kutya uukwamuhoko woludhi luni tawu holoka moshilongo.”
Omauyelele agehe taga ka za moshigwana koohandimwe nenge moongundu otaga ka gamenwa.
Iigongi mbyoka okwa tegelelwa yi ka ningwe okutameka momwedhi Juni sigo oJuli.
Iigongi mOvenduka otayi ningwa omasiku ga-6 sigo 9 gaJuni omanga miitopolwa yilwe tayi ningwa ngaashi tashi landula: Gibeon (19 – 21 Juni), Katima Mulilo (26 – 30 Juni), Opuwo (9 – 11 Juli), Tsumkwe (12 – 15 Juli) no Gobabis (20 Juli).
Advocate Walters otaka wayimina aatseyinawa yalwe naakalelipo yopaveta yuuthemba womuntu ya yooloka mboka taya ka kala aakwateli komeho yiigongi mbyoka, nokupulakena komahokololo gaakwashigwana. Omaiyuvo ageye nomahokololo otaga vulu woo okutumwa pamikanda dhoemail nenge kowebsite nuuna omaiyuvo agehe ga monika nokunongononwa nena ombelewa ndjoka otayi ka gandja pashigwana uuyelele mboka ya monopo.
Linda Baumann, a ngoka e li omuhwahwameki guuthemba womutu okwa popi kutya iigongi mbyoka otayi ka kwashilipaleka kutya omawi gaakwashigwana ayehe oga uvika oshowo okupewa omayele nkene iipotha mbyoka yi na oku ungaungiwa nayo.
With inspiration from Nashville and Texas in the US, Elize and her friends put pen to paper and wrote amazing lyrics for the album titled ‘As Ek Sing Vir Hom’. Growing up in South Africa, surrounded by a a musical family, the 60-year-old singer says music comes to her naturally and is something she is very passionate about. Elize has been working on this album since 2014 and only completed it now. “When you’re writing music you have to be sure in your heart that this is truly what you want and that’s what I did. It took me some time, because I made right with the Lord. My next album is strictly good old country,” said Elize.
Elize says she would like to gain the support of everyone to make her album and her voice heard. “I want radio stations to play my music and spread the gospel. I will also enter the NAMAs this year in Best Gospel category. I am very excited,” Elize plans to go on tour in the northern parts of Namibia and other regions in the near future to promote her new album.
The album is available for N$ 100 at Rivals and CLM in Windhoek or from Elize herself.
ALBUM LAUNCH: Get yourself a copy ASAP.
PHOTOS: June Shimuoshili
The locally produced Action Drama was screened a total of 55 times in Namibia, at various venues in Windhoek, Ongwediva and Swakopmund and also at film festivals in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Toronto, Finland, Trinidad & Tobago, Cameroon, South Africa and will screen at the prestigious Zanzibar International Film Festival this July.
Actress Odile Müller got an honourable mention for female performance at the Ecrans Noir Festival in Cameroon and the film won seven Namibian Theatre-and Film Awards, including Awards for Best Narrative Film, Audience Choice and Best Director.
Katutura, directed by Florian Schott and produced by Obed Emvula, follows a group of characters experiencing the gravity of living in a township. Ex-convict Dangi (Chops Tshoopara) has to deal with living a law-abiding life, an extramarital son and an old flame that his wife doesn`t know about. Gangster Shivago (Obed Emvula) explores a new market to sell his drugs and Kondja (Gift Uzera), a teenager in a wheelchair, falls in love for the first time. Their paths intertwine and their lives collide in both hopeful and brutal ways.
The ‘Katutura’ DVD not only features standard extras such as deleted scenes, a peep behind the scenes, marketing material and a gag reel, but also an interactive version, which lets the viewer jump to scenes that were cut or glimpses behind the curtain, while watching the movie - optionally with or without audio commentary by director Florian Schott and producer Obed Emvula.
The Interactive DVD will be available from 31 May at all Street House Stores throughout the country and Maerua Super Spar in Windhoek.
FINNALY: The much loved Namibian movie is available for purchase.
As Africans in the entertainment and Arts industry we also need to reflect our cultures, values and principles in our work. We need to tell African stories, for Africans and by Africans to the world. Too many times our stories were explained to us by foreigners who interpreted and set the tone for everything we did and the lives we live. We have so much we can share as Africans, because our story is unique. There aren’t a lot of platforms that share original African stories and we need to venture into business ventures that promote our African cultures.
Namibia as a country is doing well promoting and sharing its own stories and identity and the ‘Third Will’ series will soon be aired on Zambezi Magic on DSTV, this is a huge thing for local entertainment and a huge benefit, because with this production we are sharing our own stories in this rapidly developing digital information age. Artists such as Sally, Gazza and many others are also paving a way for themselves in the African entertainment industry. Conglomerates like DSTV through their companies like Show Max are advocating for African stories to be promoted and exhibited to the rest of the world. Africa is reclaiming its place in the entertainment industry too. For far too long the Hollywood and Bollywood industries were the preferred choice of entertainment for many, but this is changing. We need more African people to support our own entertainers, artists, painters and poets, because that way we can build our industry and share our stories with the rest of the world. Hollywood and Bollywood would not be celebrated as they are today if people did not support them.
African entertainers and those in the arts industries need to stop imitating and sounding like other people. Be you and be original. We can also sell our own African stuff. Authenticity is very important that way we can be relevant and more integral to the varied audiences across the world. Telling our own stories and promoting them allows us to preserve them for future generations and that can only build the African legacy. Be African and be proud of Africa. Harambee!!!
The series surrounds the Kamati family who are literally at war over their father Henry Kamati's multimillion dollar company MeatExpo after he died. The director Bienvenu Lukoki said a television series was always their dream. He said when they approached Zambezi Magic (ZM) with the first season's trailer, they loved it immediately. “We were supposed to have sent it long ago, but we thought and decided that it would be best to first show it at home and then take it out. The time is finally here for us to share it with the rest of the world,” he said.
Not everyone will be happy with one's achievements at all times and when asked about commentary in general about the series from the public Ben said 90% is positive and the other 10 is negative, which they appreciate as producer and director. “Some people say how we can take this embarrassment international and others have negative comments on how and where we should improve, and we learn from those comments. If you look at season one and two there is a major improvement in terms of script and acting. Season three is much more improved”, he said
The director and producer said finances are a major setback as it is just the two of them funding the series. So far they have only received sponsorship from the Film Commission of Namibia and individuals. They say it's a struggle, but they make sure they always have a little something for the next season. They call upon different companies and more individuals to come on board with product placement and different advertisement strategies they say. “To pull this off one needs millions, but we found a way of doing it without the millions. We approached different people and said listen you don't have money, but you have a house that we can use, for this we're very grateful to Ms Helena Ngaifiwa who let have us have her house, which was the Kamati house in season one.” The producer and director aim to make 'Third Will' a soapie that airs every day in the future and at the same time creates jobs for more people.
The 'Third Will' series currently plays on NBC every Wednesday. 'Third Will' will be airing on ZM channel 160 three times a week with an omnibus (repeat) as from 5 June 2017. The director and producer said they plan on distributing the series to different channels all over Africa.
That question can only be answered by each individual. Some issues are deep, originating from the home environment, peer pressure or toxic beliefs. Having a wholesome upbringing is very helpful, but each person is ultimately responsible for their own personality. Getting psychological counselling can be a vital turning point for someone who has suffered a traumatic event in life. Other anger issues are typically those of hot-tempered characters and these portray various personality types. However, anger is not always obvious; it can be hidden behind snide remarks, envious mannerisms, silent treatments or passive aggressive negativity.
A mean person can appear intimidating on the outside, but antagonism is usually a sign of internal insecurities. You might be familiar with the saying “don’t mistake my kindness for weakness”, people who are kind are often perceived as frail, while those who are cynical are viewed as tough. Being kind is a resilient quality, because it takes self-discipline to be considerate towards others, to be generous, respectful and to show humility. You probably won’t get along with every single person that you meet, you definitely need to set boundaries for certain people, but you can still decide to have compassion and be well disposed towards everybody.
Anger is an ordinary emotion that is necessary for certain situations, but it should not control you. Learn how to manage it by concentrating on positive thoughts and focusing on inner peace.
Written by Beauty Ndapanda
The licences, Prospecting Exploration Licence (PEL) 82 and PEL 83, cover a total area of around 20 000 square kilometres and were awarded by the Ministry of Mines and Energy in August 2016 to a consortium that includes Galp, the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) and Custos Investments, a Namibian company that has been a partner of Galp in Namibia since 2012.
The blocks are located in what are considered to be 'frontier basins', where a first commercial discovery is yet to be made.
Initial exploration activities will include geological and geophysical studies and the acquisition of new three-dimensional seismic surveys, during the initial exploration period of three years in PEL 82, and four years in PEL 83.
If these efforts are successful and the consortium moves on to the subsequent exploration stages, further activities may include the drilling of exploration wells.
Galp, which is Portugal's largest publicly traded company, has been present in Namibia since 2012, when it acquired a 14% stake in three blocks operated by HRT at the time and that included PEL 23, 24 and 28.
Following Galp's entry, three exploration wells were drilled in 2013, with a total investment by the consortium of N$3.75 billion. Although no commercial discoveries were made, these wells provided encouraging technical information, which has led Galp to renew its commitment to pursuing exploration efforts in the country by acquiring the two new licences.
The current licences cover similar areas to those of the previous PEL 23, in the Walvis Basin, and PEL 28, in the Orange Basin, and they mark a step-change in Galp's commitment to Namibia, with the company increasing its stake to 80% of the consortium and taking on the role of operator.
Namcor and Custos have both taken each a 10% stake in the consortium.
As part of this increased commitment, Galp has established an office in Windhoek.
The three partners recently signed two Joint Operating Agreements (JOA) that govern how they will work together during the project and allow the companies to focus on moving ahead with exploration activities in Namibia, which include preparations for the start of seismic operations and applying for the required environmental permits.
The council's deputy director of planning and finance, Hakolanu Mweyo, raised this concern during a meeting under the Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjivivi's familiarisation tour to the Kavango East Region on Tuesday.
“We are finding ourselves in very awkward circumstances where we have engaged our SMEs for services but unfortunately there is a serious delay in payment. However in the meantime, government still continues to engage in new projects,” he said. Mweyo recommended that instead of engaging in new projects, the government should first clear the backlog of payments to avoid disadvantaging SMEs, which are the backbone of the country's economy.
He asked Katjavivi to communicate the message to Parliament that there is serious problem within the construction industry, as many people are laid off and debt is accumulating for constructors.
Responding to Mweyo, Katjavivi said he is hopeful that as time goes by, the situation will improve as government takes care of its standing commitment to process payments.
“Those who are directly responsible for this I am sure will act accordingly. One will gently inquire and see how things can be sped up because when you delay payment for a SME, it can actually lead to this SME to collapse,” said Katjavivi.
The NA Speaker thereafter proceeded to the Vhungu-Vhungu Green Scheme and the Ndonga-Linena Green Scheme projects.
His community outreach programme started in the Kavango West Region on Monday.
This follows the recent adoption of King IV in neighbouring South Africa in the latter part of 2016.
Speaking to Namibian Sun recently, he said that he did not believe a change to the code was necessary at the moment.
Said Bazuin: “We have embarked on a process to get input from the market to determine if an update is required and if so what we can do by way of directive within the current code. Obviously the South African market used King 3 for almost ten years, so an update made sense. In our case NamCode is still settling so we do not believe rewriting it at this time makes sense.”
Motivating the need for the adoption of NamCode locally, the Institute of Directors said in the past: “NamCode became necessary because of the Companies Act No 28 of 2004 and changes in governance internationally, including the release of the King Code on Governance for South Africa, 2009 (King III) and the introduction of the new South African Companies Act which differs significantly from the former 1973 companies acts which applied to both countries and the 2004 Companies Act.”
“The Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) in particular and Namibia business in general could not adopt the King III Code, as it has done with King II previously.
Therefore a need arose to create a code, based on the principles contained in King III and other international best practices, but adapted to suit the Namibian legislative landscape,” it said of NamCode at the time of its introduction.
Moody's analyst Zuzana Brixiovav said: “Namibia's credit challenges include the rapid rise in its public debt levels, which reached 42.3% of Gross Domestic Product in 2016-17 from 26.2% in 2011. The country also faces increasing external risks stemming from persistent current account deficits and relatively low international reserves.” Brixiovav is also of the opinion that Namibia is vulnerable to further tightening in domestic funding conditions if fiscal slippages continue, potentially leading to a substantial increase in its debt-servicing costs.
“The recently approved US$226.5 million loan from the African Development Bank for budgetary reforms will help fund the deficit this fiscal year while the government undertakes gradual fiscal consolidation to address structural challenges,” she said. According to her, Namibia experienced significant fiscal slippage in the fiscal year 2016-17 due in part to overestimated nominal GDP growth and overly optimistic revenue projections. “The government's fiscal slippage has led to a higher borrowing requirement, and in turn to a more rapid accumulation of public debt. Moreover, the need to finance these sizeable fiscal deficits against the background of weaker than expected fiscal consolidation put significant albeit temporary pressure on domestic liquidity conditions,” she said.
Moody's expects government debt to continue to rise marginally and reach 45.4% of GDP in financial year 2018-19, according to her.
“Despite Namibia's rising debt-to-GDP ratio, debt relative to government revenues will remain very slightly below the Baa-rated median across the rating horizon, reflecting the government's relatively strong ability to collect taxes. Nevertheless, since about half of the Namibian public debt is in foreign currency, most notably US dollars, foreign exchange risk has also risen,” said Brixiovav.
“Namibia could return to a stable outlook if the government's commitment to fiscal consolidation were to result in a marked slowing and eventual reversal of debt accumulation,” she said of Moody's expectations.
“A sustainable improvement in the country's twin balances, a sustained easing of funding conditions in the domestic market, and a material increase in foreign exchange reserves comfortably above three months of imports would also generate upward rating pressure.
“In contrast, a sustained decline in foreign-currency reserves and or an increase in funding pressure resulting from reduced market appetite for government securities, leading to a material increase in borrowing costs, would create downward rating pressure,” said Brixiovav.
“There is a lot to be celebrated although conflicts in some parts of Africa are still a cause for concern,” said ISS researcher, Jakkie Cilliers, during an interview with News24.
Cilliers said this ahead of the Africa Day celebrations yesterday.
Africa Day is observed annually on May 25. The day was set aside to commemorate the formation of the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) - which is now known as the African Union (AU) - in 1963.
Cilliers maintained that a “handful” of countries were still struggling with political unrest, while “many others” enjoyed relative peace.
He said that some countries faced leadership and election challenges, adding, however, that such problems could only be solved through the strengthening of democratic institutions, which could help promote peace and security.
Lack of 'outstanding' leadership
Cilliers said it was unfortunate that Africa lacked “outstanding” leadership that promoted active participation by ordinary citizens.
He said that many African presidents were not honest and as a result, they continued to “hold the continent backwards”.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, has remained “chaotic” after President Joseph Kabila began his machinations to keep himself in power. The central African country experienced a number of protests last year, with the opposition demanding that Kabila step down.
Kabila was supposed to have left the office on December 19 but he still remained in office after it was agreed that the country's National Electoral Commission would not organise an election until 2018.
South Sudan remained another of the problematic countries. After gaining its independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011, the east African country was plunged into ethnic violence in December 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar.
A peace deal signed in August 2015 has failed, and clashes continue, killing tens of thousands of people and forcing millions to flee their homes.
But Cilliers maintained: “Conflict on the continent is relatively coming in waves. So definitely the prospects for peace and development are there.
“Remember the formation of the Organisation of African Unity was to fight colonialism. Most African countries have managed to do that.
“After the fall of apartheid in South Africa the continent managed to defeat colonialism in the true sense of the word. Moving forward, there has been a lot of other significant achievements that the continent can be proud of, including relative peace and security,” said Cilliers.
He said that most African countries were now faced with “internal conflicts”.
“Violence and development come hand in hand in many parts of the continent. Previously we had conflicts around many countries' borders, but now the only conflicts we're seeing are internal - meaning that there is some progress that has been made,” said Cilliers.
He noted, however, that liberation movements in many parts of the continent were now becoming a “liability”, as they no longer had anything to offer to a “rapidly growing younger generation”.
“There is little improvement in terms of tangible economic growth because of former liberation movements who are led by old people that no longer have any vision in taking the region and continent forward, for instance Zimbabwe and Angola are still led by old people,” added Cilliers.
It must be a fashion statement, because I have never seen a fully grown and well groomed African woman opting to rather have a slender, meatless body tone! Ja, thanks to all those models that strut the catwalks in virtually only their birth suits, well-groomed African women now think that this is what signifies beauty.
I do not know about you gents, but in the Omaheke Region, a well-groomed African woman wins Miss Universe hands down! That is the beauty of being a carnivore – meat eating species. Who said all human beings must be omnivorous?
If you work in corporate Namibia, the norm is now that you have to be seen spotting some dieting supplements - peanuts, sunflower seeds or simply Evian water. There is just something about these items that spell ‘educated’, smart and rich whenever you stop every five minutes to take them, or so I am told.
Ja, gone are the days that all you needed to get ahead in this world was a good education, politically correct parents and a well-ironed shirt at all times.
It has now become an embarrassing sight to be seen ordering a pork or beef steak with fried onions and lots of chili at your local eat-out – The kind that would see you licking the excess soup from your fingers!
Ja, Omaheke’s own finger lickin good – no offence to Col. Sanders and his recipe – would now be viewed as being illiterate and so ‘backwards’.
Even if you do not know what the hell it is, just be seen wielding a strange looking can with a relatively unknown brand and smile when somebody asks what you are drinking and say “ just some vitamins, Bro”.
Yeah, my brothers from Erongo - the same ones that are always seen with some Johnson & Johnson baby powder in the glove compartment - have now added these vitamins to the list.
A typical day for these diet fanatics would start off with two slices of whole wheat bread. For my ordinary African brothers and sisters, this is that dark brown bread covered in ‘seeds’ – the one you would strangle your kid to death for if he mistakenly buys it with your money.
The same meal would be complemented with a cup of peanuts and a jar of water - apparently it is good for your system. During breaks, the same person would be taking some funny capsules the size of an orange or sucking on some tablets, which I am told are vitamin supplements. Then there are those funny organisations that sell you tablets which they claim that by taking one equals eating at least 20 apples!
I am not a health expert, but why in heaven’s name should you be eating 20 apples for? Are you running for a Guinness book of Records entry? Hell no, one apple is good enough to keep the doctor at bay.
Eish, whatever happened to the days that you would just eat pap and meat and sip on tea, and that was it? When the midday heat takes its toll, you would sit down for more pap and tea, and again take the same meal for dinner.
I mean, imagine a meat-eating Namibian like yours truly living on such a diet for a month? Yeah, I thought so - it is unimaginable as much as it is impossible! This Herero would die for sure.
In Omaheke, my people would always look at their neighbour’s plate before eating their own - just to make sure he is not left at the short end of the stick! Ask any married woman and she will tell you that a man’s plate has to be filled to the limit – a man’s gotta eat, you know!
So, next time a person tells you she drinks eight glasses of water a day, asked her how her last slave died? Or you can always recite the story of how the Lion King Mufaso would never allow his subjects to come close to his meal of meat!
The infighting among cadres is not new and it is very likely that the party will be torn apart by the nominating processes at the congress. About 600 delegates will convene in November this year to elect a new leadership for the ruling party.
There is much happening behind the scenes at the moment and some regional elective conferences have been plagued by claims of factionalism and vote-buying.
The dramatic scenes at the Grootfontein restructuring exercise last weekend is a classic example of how politicians are willing to fight tooth and nail for inclusion at this year's congress. The Grootfontein restructuring exercise ended in chaos, leading to a standoff among rival candidates. Acting party president Hage Geingob is also believed to have intervened and requested justice minister Albert Kawana to provide legal advice on the next course of action. It is a deplorable that a big organisation like Swapo is unable to effectively manage its own electoral processes.
What is equally upsetting is the fact that there are some influential figures who are selectively interpreting the party's constitution to support their individual interests.
Swapo's internal democracy is heavily skewed towards churning out poor-quality leaders at the expense of those who can deliver. Gone are the days when every Tom, Dick and Harry could go out and represent the ruling party. The party needs leaders in good standing and not the type that are compromised and with no credibility left in them. It is important the Swapo uses the district and regional restructuring exercises to identity a new breed of leaders capable of taking the party to new heights.
These leaders should not be turned into the lapdogs of the authority, but their mandates should be clear in delivering and addressing the bread and butter issues in all the constituencies of our republic.
Despite some improvements in the town, specifically since last year, and attempts to draw the spotlight to the town’s plight, residents worry these efforts are not enough to prevent the town’s rapid decline into a bona fide ghost town.
A long-time resident, Emmanuel Kutako, who was born near Kalkfeld close to 80 years ago, describes the town as a forgotten “island” that has been left behind since independence.
“No one can live on an island, set apart from everything and everyone else,” he says. He feels that despite many attempts to get their problems recognised and addressed, very little is being done to help Kalkfeld.
Where is Harambee?
Lack of jobs, lack of local representation on the regional and national stage, little development and investment, and the inability to buy property because of the settlement status were all cited as the underlying causes for the town backsliding into a ghost town and the fact that very few pay attention to the desperate plight of the town.
Elizabeth Harases (40), a Kalkfeld resident who was born and raised there, says the settlement is overrun with problems and the effects of ‘Harambee’ are still to be felt.
“There is overwhelming unemployment. Most of the young people drink too much. And it continues to worsen, because there is very little development. Things are not really improving at the rate we need it to. There is no Harambee here,” she says.
Although Otjozondjupa regional council chairperson Julius Neumbo last week told Namibian Sun that he had taken numerous steps to improve conditions at the town since his election one and a half years ago, residents says the pace of improvement is too slow and they fear for the future of the town.
A common complaint is that political interest in the town dies down once elections are over.
“They come and sit underneath the trees and talk to us. And then they are suddenly gone,” Harases says.
She says if residents could elect men and women who live in the settlement, it might improve the way in which Kalkfeld’s issues are prioritised and handled.
Alexandrina Geises (40), who was clearing land in front of Kalkfeld’s primary school in exchange for maize meal last week, agrees about the treatment from elected officials who address the town’s issues from far away.
“They only know us when elections are happening. But when we struggle, we are not seen,” she says.
She says although 50 flush toilets were installed at selected houses last year and 50 more are being installed, more than half the town are still without proper sanitation.
She says she and others use “the bushes” across the railway line.
The town, which has about 5 000 inhabitants, including communal farmers from the surrounding area, has no tarred streets and very few brick structures, except for a few houses and the multimillion-dollar new tourism and business centre, as well as the fuel station.
Crumbling old buildings dating back to the pre-independence era are dotted alongside the only tarred road, the C33, which dissects the town and connects Omaruru and Otjiwarongo.
Many of the buildings have been occupied by squatters and their livestock, such as chickens and goats.
Smaller and smaller
Kalkfeld was once officially a village, but it was downgraded to settlement status in the late 1990s because of slow economic growth - a sore topic among disgruntled residents.
The inability to purchase property due to the settlement designation is bad for investment and business, they say, and has inadvertently slowed down economic growth even further.
The only new structures in the town are the tourism business complex and fuel station, which many claim has done little to improve the high unemployment and poverty.
Jobs are hard to come by, with only a few businesses, including a small shop and bakery, a hair salon and barbershop, a liquor store and a few home-run businesses ensuring a trickling of income for some residents.
Some are employed by TransNamib and NamWater, or at the clinic and school.
For many inhabitants the lack of shops necessitates expensive shopping trips to Otjiwarongo.
No jobs, nothing to do
Twenty-four-year-old Chris Divanga lives on the same property as his elderly mother, Adelheid Divanga, and at last eight other family members, none of whom have a permanent job.
Chris told Namibian Sun that he has Grade 10 and that he and many other young people are forced to “zula” for money. He said this could mean anything from collecting wood or water for a small fee, or in more desperate times, theft.
“There is no other work available. We’ve heard that a mine is opening, but nothing has come of that. There are many young people in Kalkfeld that have nothing to do. Many start stealing because they and their families are hungry,” he says.
Sometimes he does casual work at one of the nearby farms. Divanga says he is unable to leave Kalkfeld, because no one else would look after his family if he left.
He says the lack of job opportunities and recreation can lead down a slippery slope, especially for the youth.
“This place is very boring. There is nothing to do except to drink.”
His mother, Adelheid, has witnessed the town’s decline over the years.
“As a child it was different here. This was a large town; there were shops and more. Now there is very little left. We have just been left here. Everything closed. We need to rebuild the town. At the moment it looks like we live on a farm. There is nothing here,” she says.
She says the lack of shops forces the family to incur the added expense of travelling to Otjiwarongo to buy necessities such as clothing and household goods.
A trip can cost more than N$200.
“Life here is very difficult. There are very few jobs and money just comes in and goes out,” Adelheid Divanga says.
A game of survival
Hilda Kamaturiri (25), a mother of two and pregnant with her third child, says her only source of income is to zula for money, which means collecting recyclable materials or collecting wood or water for others. She charges N$5 for six pieces of wood or for fetching a bucket of water.
Kamaturiri lives with her parents and says the town is populated by a lot of people “who struggle for money, because there is no work”.
Errikson Haishonga (22), one of the few employed young people at Kalkfeld, describes himself as lucky to have a job.
He was given the chance to apprentice at the small local bakery while still in school and began a permanent job there this year.
“Many, many of the young people here don’t have jobs,” he says.
His friend, Daniel Homateni (20) works at the small chip shop and says the lack of jobs is one of the main causes of crime and alcohol abuse at the town.
“We need more projects or development in this town to help with employment.”
He says he doesn’t see a future for the town, and if he becomes a father he would rather send his children somewhere else. “There are no opportunities for them here.”
No land, no interest
One of the main issues raised during a daylong visit to the community last week was the fact that the settlement is run remotely by the Otjozondjupa regional council based in Otjiwarongo.
Many say their input in the town’s government is limited and frustrating.
“We need someone from Kalkfeld to represent us on a regional level,” says Wilfried Nuwuseb, a local businessman, who was born and raised at the settlement.
Residents say they should be able to elect local representatives to ensure the town’s interests are protected.
A lack of investment is partially blamed on the fact that properties can only be leased, and not bought, at the town.
“With investors, job opportunities will arise,” says Kennedy /Uirab, a self-proclaimed community activist.
Although they expected to be rapped on the knuckles for speaking to the press, Nuwuseb and /Uirab say silence from the community will only accelerate the decline of Kalkfeld.
“If we don’t speak up, who knows what will happen to our community and to our children? The elected officials are placed in office because of our votes, they are supposed to look after us but we feel that very little is happening to help us.”
While praise is scarce, it isn’t absent. Inhabitants praise the government’s drought-relief initiatives, the installation of flush toilets and the allocation of land for the construction of houses.
Nevertheless, hope on the ground is spread thin.
“Kalkfeld needs to become self-sufficient and independent in terms of leadership. We must be able to manage our own finances and determine our own future. Many of us feel neglected and forgotten,” /Uirab says.
Nuwuseb says at the moment there is little hope for a better future unless drastic changes are made.
“If we continue as we are doing now, with decisions made on our behalf somewhere else, I don’t have much hope for the future. We fear for the future of the town.”