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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 05/29/17--16:00: Meaning of
  • Meaning ofMeaning of By: Josef Johannes

    The truth is that something deeply disturbing is going on within our government regarding youth matters and we should be talking about it. What is facing the Namibian youth are challenges that will make one wonder if their government even have thoughts for what they are going through.

    For instance, accessing land in Namibia has been a big problem for a while now. It is affecting college graduates who want to own land in their own country, but the land prices remain high. Apart from those who can afford to rent, other members of the youth stay in low quality housing on the outskirts of their towns, where diseases spread due to unhygienic conditions. In the informal settlements there is lack of clean water, toilets and electricity among other basic necessities. Although there have been rumours that top government officials own the majority of the properties that the youth are renting, the situation to solve the matter is not seemingly improving.

    Those who have graduated from universities five years ago are still unemployed hustling to get jobs, since every vacancy requires one to have 2, 3, 4 or 5 years of experience in a particular field. This makes the youth to not feel very loved by the Namibian government, spending their days on the streets with their qualifications without a job after voting for a promising government. The youth are being asked for experience that they do not have as they have just graduated and should at least start off as assistants in positions that they qualified for. Where will they get that massive experience if they just graduated? This is one of the reasons why the youth in Namibia do not feel loved. Inequality in Namibia is among the many complaints of the youth when it comes to opportunities; the youth feel that only certain well connected people are enjoying the fruits of an independent Namibia. Jobs and tenders are awarded only to certain people, you find people called for interviews from the farthest corners of the country for a job interview without knowing that the job has already been awarded to someone else. This continues to happen, but the government is not doing anything about it. This contributes excessively to unemployment in Namibia, where the majority will continue to suffer in poverty.

    They spend most of the time gaining the youth’s trust during election campaigns, but spend little time on improving their lives once the elections are over. They have ripped car wash services, which some youths depend on for survival or starting a business. About 4 500 Namibians' hopes for employment in the police force have been dashed following the announcement of a recruitment freeze until 2019 due to budget cuts. Why did they not cut ministers’ salaries to recruit the youth?

    The weird thing is, they were forcing to build a 2.4 billion parliament and it was having an approved budget. Now, those in high offices are saying the government is not able to recruit new staff members until 2019. We thought in 2016 that the government had plenty of funds in their coffers when they tried to build an airport and a new parliament. When you are in a top position, you are there to serve people, not to serve yourself. It seems that ministers are running the government just for the sake of money they receive, but not for the greater good of the citizens. There has never been a thing that the government has done for the development of youths’ lives except causing them hardship.

    The facts are that, the youth shape the future of a nation by replacing the previous generation in key political, social and cultural roles and also have a significant impact on national economic growth with tendencies toward free enterprise, equal rights and humanitarian issues. The government is failing to consider those facts and because of those unrecognised facts in the Namibian government, they might have an effect on regular revolutions in values and ideas as young people reach adulthood and take over from the veterans with new leadership. The government will not achieve its vision 2030 objectives if it doesn’t consider the welfare of the youth regarding economic well-being and access to opportunities. It is important to encourage civic responsibility among the youth so that they feel rooted in purpose.

    The youth get provided with free knowledge regarding voting, but they pay to get provided with vocational training skills to gain knowledge to improve their living standards with jobs and businesses. But because of money, many have no alternative, but to steal and do illegal things in search of money for survival.

    *Josef Johannes is a student at the University of Namibia’s Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

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    Explaining the Harambee SpiritExplaining the Harambee Spirit Our politicians need to understand the phrase Harambee before they preach about it to innocent and poor citizens out there and then do something about it. They should experience and be familiar with the ordinary lives and the tribulations of general citizens, their struggles in life and every aspect of it, their living conditions. Action speaks louder than words, “let's pull together in the spirit of Harambee” is an inspirational phrase, one that is believable or can be believable to anyone, in saying possibly!

    But we need to see action, progress, help, assistance and development, for people to realize that we are indeed pulling together in the same spirit.

    The inequality gap, the gap between the rich and poor or let's say the gap between the people with access to state or government resources and the general populace needs to be reduced. We need harmony.

    It's the only way we could possibly tell our citizens to pull together in the spirit of Harambee, the only way we can make them believe and have hope and feel that they are not left out of building this Namibian house or the fruits it's destined to bear. The newly introduced food bank can be seen as such. Give credit where it's due.

    The help would indeed make the periphery feel and believe that they are not being left out of the Namibian house.

    “No one should feel left out” meaning no one should feel left out not only the in the country's developments but also the benefit that comes with it, the lack of drought, hunger, poverty, better shelters, cheap and affordable housing, accessible and clean drinking water, clean city, locations and towns and communities, electricity provisions, affordable and accessible education etc., meaning that the whole nation and country work or pull together for the greater good, we help each other, we pick each other up when we fall, we help each other succeed, we pull in the same direction, holding hands perhaps and we all strive toward economic emancipation, maturity and also economic growth and no one feel left out of the work done to achieve this or the fruits it's bound to bear in the near future.

    But how can we pull in the same direction when some people are living on empty stomachs, struggling to get work even with their degrees in hand, struggling to earn minimum income, to buy food or clothes, living in shacks, paying electricity and water from their already depleted pockets, while others live in mansions; travel without being covering for any expenses, because they have increased water, electricity and even housing allowances just for being a public servant, some do not even have any qualifications, while qualified people are driving taxis, how can we possibly pull together when such inequality and gaps exists?

    We cannot achieve peace nor stability when the poor and the rich are pulling in different direction, until now the poor are still struggling in the country, they still want to be well off, live in good conditions; get jobs, be able to satisfy their own needs and that of their families, they still want to survive, while the rich want to be richer, which worst of all they do by exploiting the poor, it does not get better when the rich are still getting richer while the poor are still getting poorer, that's not how the spirit of Harambee works.

    There cannot be a spirit of Harambee when systems are still corrupt, when such people are still enriching themselves and forget the people on the peripheries of our society, there cannot be a spirit of Harambee or a spirit of togetherness at all when some people are unemployed while some simply earn money by being in government.

    When some are staying in multi-million dollar mansions or hotels paid by the government, or have personal chefs and personal restaurant menus in their houses. Frank Talk Jr from Windhoek in an open letter in the Namibian had asked a question that caught my eye and picked my mind, he asked if the menu at state house is a demonstration project during the biggest ever drought in 25 years.

    If the menu considers the people living in the sea of crises in terms of health, food, drought, shelter, even unemployment etc., if the dishes at state house delivers the right message, if the spirit of Harambee is part of this message, if dishes at state house demonstrate that no one should feel left out of these Namibian house? The fact that we have personal chefs, menus etc., only goes to show how many differences there are between our politicians and everyday citizens.

    *Joseph Tobias is a student at the University of Namibia's Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

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    The enemy has not given up – NujomaThe enemy has not given up – Nujoma Founding President Sam Nujoma says the opportunistic and unpatriotic enemy that delayed Namibia's independence only lost the political battle and are currently attempting to divide the nation.

    “Although the enemy was defeated politically, he has not given up. As Namibians and as Africans, we must therefore be on the full alert and remain vigilant against deceptive attempts by opportunist and unpatriotic elements that attempt to divide us,” Nujoma said on Sunday at the Swapo Party 57th anniversary event held at Okahao in the Omusati Region.

    Nujoma called on members of the Swapo Party to rededicate themselves to the ideals of national unity and patriotism in order to defend the hard-won freedom and independence.

    “The people of Namibia look at the Swapo Party to provide leadership and direction, because Swapo party has the capacity to deliver and show the way forward. We must therefore guard against the negative vices of tribalism, regionalism and individualism which do not only have the potential to disrupt peace in our country but can lead to confrontation and bloodshed,” Nujoma said. The event was attended by hundreds of Swapo supporters and political leaders who were dancing and singing along Swapo liberation songs courtesy of the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe. Nujoma during his address also indicated that the youth should become more active in the socio-economic development of Namibia in order to lead the country towards an advanced level of development and eradicate the issues of poverty, diseases, ignorance and under-development which the country is currently faced with.

    Nujoma said although the youth are the future leaders of the country they should not act selfishly by putting their interest before that of the party or the country.


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  • 05/29/17--16:00: Fraud suspects to plead
  • Fraud suspects to pleadFraud suspects to plead16 Angolans, 3 Namibians in the dock Nineteen people accused of defrauding the government of N$114 million will plead before the Windhoek Magistrate's Court next month. Nineteen people arrested in December 2015 for alleged tax refund fraud involving about N$114 million are scheduled to plead to the charges in June.

    The 16 Angolans and three Namibians made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday. The case was postponed until 21 June. The 16 Angolans are Lukau Nestor, Benvindo Momafuba, Pembele Zimutu, Paulo Kiala, Joaquim Pedro Espanhol, Joao Manuel Dos Santos, Tatiana Luquena Muchadu Gonga, Carlos Victor Eliseu, Isaac Cativa Cupessala, Paquete Americo Kapayola Jose, Eugenio Pio Do Amaral Gourgel, Malakias Tomas Rufine, Paulino Manuel Natal, Carlos Feliciano Tchinduku, Miapa Aurelio Nelson and Lucio Cazembe.

    The three Namibians are Joshua Kaviyu Hidinwa, Mamsy Mweneni Hilma Nuuyoma and Noa Naukosho.

    Hidinwa, Nuuyoma and Naukosho are listed as accused number one, number two and number 19, respectively. The accused were arrested by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at the end of December 2015. The group allegedly defrauded the government of about N$114 million through the finance ministry over a few years prior to their arrest. Some of the accused were arrested at the Ministry of Finance's Value Added Tax (VAT) Office in Ausspannplatz, Windhoek, while trying to claim tax refunds. It is reported that a tax refund agent who collaborated with the ACC called the Angolans to collect their cheques at the VAT office and that resulted in their arrest. The arrests were a result of protracted investigations by the ACC at the request of the ministry into cases where VAT receipts were forged in order to claim refunds from the Receiver of Revenue. The ACC investigated the group's activities for a period of two years from early January 2014 to the end of December 2015. The Angolans are held in police holding cells at the Windhoek Police Station after they were refused bail following formal bail applications they brought before court. The Namibians are free on bail of between N$10 000 and N$50 000. The 19 are each charged with a count of conspiring to commit fraud, forgery and uttering; and a count of corruptly using false documents and a charge of corruptly giving a false document to an agent of the company Aveshe Consultancy – which manages value-added tax (VAT) refunds on behalf of the Ministry of Finance.

    Windhoek-based defence lawyers Orben Sibeya, Titus Mbaeva, Mbushandje Nhinda, Kalundu Kamwi, Vetu Uanivi, Christian Nambahu, Ray Rukoro and George Neves are representing the accused. The prosecutor in the case is Laura Mabuku and Magistrate Sebby Alweendo Venatius is presiding.


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    Rapes dominate Erongo crime sceneRapes dominate Erongo crime scene The police in Erongo Region are investigating an alleged rape of a minor, a rape incident and one attempted rape and an indecent assault incident.

    Deputy Police Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the alleged rape case and indecent assault incident involved minors aged between 6 and 12.

    He also said both incidents happened on Thursday but were only reported the next day. Iikuyu said alcohol played a significant role in some of the cases that were reported. A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 37-year-old man on Thursday between 12:00 and 14:00 at a house in Tutaleni.

    The suspect was arrested and he appeared before a Walvis Bay magistrate, John Sindano.

    Sindano postponed the case to 6 July to allow further investigation.

    The indecent assault incident happened at a house in Namib Street, Narraville at 16:00 on Thursday. Two boys (aged 11 and 12) were playing with their 10-year-old friend when they allegedly tried to insert a 500 ml bottle into the victim's rectum.

    “The suspects allegedly grabbed the victim and pinned him to the ground. One suspect held the victim's legs while the other tried to insert the bottle but without success. Both suspects were arrested and later released on warning and were placed in the care of their parents. They also appeared at the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court yesterday,” said Iikuyu.

    Magistrate Rivermo Williams postponed the case to 31 May.

    An attempted rape case was registered in Karibib on Saturday. “The suspect, 22, entered the sleeping room of the victim, 30, at Usab location through an open window while she was and her boyfriend was sleeping. He undressed her and while trying to penetrate her, the complainant woke up. She and her boyfriend managed to lock the suspect inside the room and called the police who arrested him. The suspect was very drunk at the time of the incident and he appeared before the Karibib Magistrate's Court yesterday.” Another case of rape took place at premises in Independence Street in Mondesa, Swakopmund and the alleged assault was reported on Saturday. “The 18-year-old suspect went to look for a sleeping place at his relative's shack in the same yard.

    His relative had left for work and only the relative's girlfriend aged 17 was at home. She offered the suspect a sleeping place for the night only. Before they slept, the suspect allegedly attacked his relative's girlfriend and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent and left,” Iikuyu said.


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    Geingob calls for cultural unityGeingob calls for cultural unityRespect needed in traditional authority disputes Namibians should resolve disagreements without resorting to the disrespectful practice of slandering elders, President Hage Geingob says. President Hage Geingob has encouraged Namibians to deal with all disputes concerning traditional authorities in an atmosphere of respect.

    In a statement read on his behalf during the Annual Omagongo Cultural Festival 2017, at Onamega on Saturday, Geingob called on Namibians to be true to their cultures and traditions. The head of state, whose speech was read by urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa, said Namibians should follow the established and age-old practices of resolving disagreements without resorting to the disrespectful practice of slandering elders.

    He pointed out that Namibian culture and heritage is a grouping of experiences and memories passed down the generations.

    “Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, these individual experiences when combined, reveal a colourful and beautiful picture, a picture of Namibia the land of the brave,” said Geingob, who wants Namibians to take ownership of the country's cultures and heritage across the regions.

    The president called on the elders to pass down the cultural values to the younger generations so that they too can uphold the best of a Namibian cultural identity.

    Geingob noted that Namibians are able to practice community harmony, peace and love at a time the world is slowly plunging into the waters of intolerance and hatred, characterised by war and international terrorism.

    “Let us use these events to show the world that Namibia is a haven not only for cultural harmony and peace, but also for the promotion of human dignity and respect.”

    Omagongo Cultural Festival in the Omusati Region is hosted to demonstrate the joy of seasonal agricultural harvesting, especially by the Aawambo communities of northern Namibia.

    Speaking at the same event, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) representative to Namibia, Dr Jean Pierre IIboudo said the festival is recognised by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage after it was in 2015 inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    The Uukwambi Traditional Authority hosted the festival for the second time after its first host in 2003, while Ongandjera Traditional Authority hosted the first Omagongo Cultural Festival in 2001.

    Uukwaluudhi Traditional Authority is anticipated to host it in 2018.


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  • 05/29/17--16:00: USAID donates water trucks
  • USAID donates water trucksUSAID donates water trucks SHONA NGAVA

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated eight water tankers to Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and NamWater.

    The trucks, which can transport 10 000 litres of water, will be used to supply water to drought-affected Namibians living in rural areas.

    Deputy minister Anna Shiweda said the tankers would be useful for providing water to people who really needed it.

    “Although water tanker service is considered to be the most expensive method of supplying water to communities, compared to drilling of boreholes, it still remains the most reliable method that is at the disposal of the ministry to supply water to the affected communities that cannot be reached through other water supply methods,” said Shiweda.

    The US ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton, said the US government had provided US$1.4 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to purchase eight water trucks to help Namwater move clean and safe drinking water.

    “The trucks can also be used in normal times to help communities that have been cut off from water for whatever reason,” said Daughton.

    The UNICEF representative for Namibia, Micaela Marques De Sousa, said more than half of Namibia’s population did not have access to proper sanitation services.

    She added that the trucks might improve the living conditions of some people in the country.

    “This support from the UNICEF and USAID comes in to give extra support to families who have been rendered vulnerable by erratic rains, prolonged dry spells and drought across Namibia,” said De Sousa.

    Besides the water tankers, water-purifying chemicals and computers were donated for the use of the communities that will benefit from the water trucks.

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    Hunters struggle with permitsHunters struggle with permitsHunting season delayed The hunting season officially started on 1 May but permits are still unavailable from regional offices of the environment ministry. Although Namibia's hunting seasons has been open for nearly a month, the industry has been unable to get hold of hunting permits in the regions as these have only been available in Windhoek.

    The hunting industry and farmers say this has not only had an impact on them and caused severe inconvenience, but also criticised the environment ministry for its lack of communication and feedback on the current situation.

    What the ministry yesterday described as internal issues and a hiccup in the process, was actually the cause of the ministry not submitting the opening of the hunting season for publishing in the Government Gazette on time.

    The hunting permits could therefore not be issued at regional offices.

    This is despite the fact that an advertisement was taken out by the ministry in April already regarding the opening of the hunting season and that it traditionally opens on 1 May every year.

    The executive manager of the Namibia Agricultural Union, Sakkie Coetzee, yesterday described this as total red tape and an inconvenience to farm owners, who now have to travel to Windhoek to obtain these permits.

    Coetzee confirmed that it is currently only the head office in Windhoek where hunting permits are being issued and said that traditionally the hunting season is open from 1 May.

    Hunters book at hunting and game farms from the start of the month and now they are unable to get permits in the regions.

    According to NAU it already sent a letter to the ministry's permanent secretary, Malan Lindeque, on April 20 this year with regard to the opening of the hunting season and issuing of permits in the regions. Lindeque yesterday confirmed that the opening of the hunting season had not yet been gazetted.

    The union however said that by last week the regional offices of the ministry were still not authorised to issue hunting permits as the hunting season had not yet been published in the Government Gazette.

    It said that the union had strongly objected to this oversight in a letter to the ministry.

    The CEO of the Namibia Professional Hunting Union (Napha), Tanja Dahl, told Namibian Sun that the situation was definitely having an impact on the industry.

    According to her the submission to include the hunting season in the Government Gazette was made too late by the ministry and therefore the regions are not able to issue hunting permits.

    She says even though Napha approached the ministry last week about the current situation, they have not received any feedback or update.

    What they were told last week is that regions will be able to distribute hunting permits by 1 June. “We are hopeful but we do not even know if this will happen.”

    She could also not explain why, if the hunting season was not gazetted, permits could be obtained in Windhoek and not at other offices.

    “It definitely has an impact on the industry, but it is uncertain how many people have been affected by this.”

    She stressed that the ministry needs to provide proper feedback about the situation as it has been a month ant they are still not sure on what is going on and why this happened.

    Approached for comment the spokesperson of the ministry, Romeo Muyunda, confirmed that the opening of the season was advertised in April.

    He explained that there was a hiccup in the process which the ministry was not willing to discuss.

    According to him the ministry will issue a directive that regions should start issuing hunting permits and stressed that the hunting season is officially open.

    He referred further questions to Colgar Sikopo, the director of parks and wildlife management, who said that there were internal issues that needed to be resolved, adding that everything was back on track.

    He said because of the internal issue the ministry did not want to cause a delay in the hunting season and therefore decided to issue the permits at a central point.

    Sikopo did not want to elaborate on what these internal issues were.

    “For now everything has been resolved and regional offices have been instructed to issue hunting permits.”

    He said that this instruction has already been given through last week, but there may be some who have not received the memo and therefore hunting permits would be available form this week at regional offices.

    He apologised for the inconvenience caused to farmers and hunters.

    The ministry recently issued a statement announcing that this year's hunting season will last until the end of August for farms of more than 1 000 hectares enclosed with game-proof fences.

    During this period the public will be allowed to hunt certain species of game on a private commercial farm or registered conservancy. On farms of more than 1 000 hectares and enclosed by a normal livestock fence, or on specific registered conservancies where quotas have been approved, hunting may take place between 1 June and 31 July.

    “Farmers need to obtain hunting permits at the regional offices for hunters who wish to hunt at the invitation of a farm owner,” it said.


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  • 05/29/17--16:00: Child rape on the rise
  • Child rape on the riseChild rape on the rise The high number of rape cases against children and minors being investigated by the Namibian Police continue to dominate crime reports with more than 70% of new rape cases opened since 7 April linked to children and experts believe the actual number of rape cases are much higher and continue to rise.

    “The number of cases being reported is rising and is definitely not normal. It is rather alarming. However, there are a lot more cases that are underreported,” a spokesperson for the LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia Counselling Centre said this week.

    LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia's social worker Bernadus Harageib added that “although some efforts are made to address this social ill, more can be done to protect children and prevent the high incidences of rape.”

    The centre added that “child rape is a prevalent issue in Namibia and is not addressed sufficiently due to limited human and structural resources that limit the effectiveness of services.”

    Young victims of rape, or their guardians, neglect to report cases for a number of reasons, including “fear of stigma, fear that they won't be believed or “inefficient service responses”, Harageib explained.

    The fact that many children are violated by close family members or family friends increase the fear of reporting the crime, the centre explained. Experts at the LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia noted that sometimes “rape is also dealt with within the family through giving of material and monetary gifts.” LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia councillors also noted that in terms of official assistance to rape victims, the referral systems and personnel are often overwhelmed and therefore are not efficiently able to respond appropriately to reports of abuse.

    Moreover, “the reporting spaces are also not conducive for survivors to report without being re-traumatised.”

    Other reasons for not reporting a rape include victim blaming and shame attached to the crime.

    “Family can blame the survivor by suggesting that the survivor of rape instigated it somehow. Society's attitudes can further entrench these beliefs.”

    Sick society

    Over the past week alone, police opened a case of rape in the Oshikoto region against a 26-year-old man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man in Swakopmund accused of raping a 17-year-old teenager, who had offered him a place to sleep for the night.

    In Erongo Region, a 37-year-old man was charged with the rape of a six-year-old girl, the daughter of his girlfriend, this past weekend.

    “Child rape and other forms of child abuse are common in Namibia and have been common for years, yet they do not seem to cause the same degree of public shock as issues which affect far fewer children,” Legal Assistance Centre's coordinator of the Gender Research & Advocacy Project Dianne Hubbard told Namibian Sun this week.

    She said issues such as child trafficking or online abuse for instance have received more attention at times than the on-going plight of child rape and abuse in Namibia.

    While the underlying causes of the high rate of violence against children remain inconclusive, Hubbard said that “the way that vulnerable people in a society are treated is an indicator of the values of that society - meaning that child rape is a sign that all is not well in Namibian society.”

    She said some of the factors behind the high rate of child rape could include “an adult sense of entitlement to sex from persons who are financially dependent on them, cultural practices which 'permit' adults to engage in sexual acts with children to 'prepare' them for sex, alcohol abuse and a failure to view children as complete persons with a right to dignity.”

    According to LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia “the socio-cultural beliefs continue to perpetrate rape in our country,” and more should be done to address this as well as other contributing factors.

    Staggering violence

    An overview of all newly opened cases of rape between 7 April and 28 May, as reported by the Namibian Police in their regular crime reports, show that out of a total of 18 rape charges, 13 were linked to minors, including children below the age of 12.

    Reports of violence between minors are also on the rise, with police last weekend briefly arresting two boys aged 11 and 12, after they allegedly tried to sexually assault their 10-year-old friend with an empty cooldrink bottle in Walvis Bay.

    In early May, police opened a charge of rape against a 15-year-old boy in Okahao, after he allegedly raped his 7-year-old sister and during the same period police also arrested an 18-year-old man after he allegedly raped a 14-year-old boy in Tsintsabis.

    A little more than a week later, a 15-year-old Angolan male, working as a cattle herder in the Omusati region, was charged with the rape of a 5-year-old girl.

    A father was charged with the rape of his 14-year-old daughter in the Omusati Region, at Ondobeelao village in early May, while a 58-year-old man was charged with the alleged rape of his 13-year-old niece during the same period.

    Also in early May, a 37-year-old man was charged with the abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl in the Erongo Region during the same period.

    Call 106 GBV HelpLine and 116 Child HelpLine toll free from any network where a counsellor will assist you.

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  • 05/30/17--16:00: FNB launches Classic Clashes
  • FNB launches Classic ClashesFNB launches Classic Clashes The 2017 edition of the FNB Classic Clashes was officially launched in the capital yesterday, with the organisers promising a much bigger event that will see football, rugby and netball teams battling for top honours.

    The clash, themed 'Game on - be a hero, be there' will see 40 schools from around the country participate in 20 clashes, starting 3 June.

    The programme was initiated by FNB in 2008 and has since become one of the most sought-after sporting events among high school learners.

    The tournament plans to elucidate a competitive spirit, and to promote discipline and promote discipline and good habits which will benefit participants in other areas of their daily lives.

    Gordon Pokolo, sponsorships manager of FNB Namibia, said he had been involved in the initiative for the past eight years and had seen how youngsters became aware of their own abilities, acquired new skills, learned to measure themselves against others and learned how to function as a team.

    “FNB Classic Clashes is not just about sport, it's a celebration of the school community consisting of learners, teachers, parents and the school authorities all having fun,” Pokolo said.

    Freddy Mwiya, chairperson of the Namibia Sport Commission, shared his sentiments, saying that sport development helped reduce crime rates because it provided an outlet for troubled youth who otherwise were more likely to commit crime.

    “Contact sport like rugby is an example of sport development that can benefit people in low-income areas by providing both an outlet for aggression and a financial opportunity for those who otherwise may have no other prospects,” he said.

    Mwiya added that sport required discipline, teamwork, physical fitness and strategy.

    “These skills benefit our learners in their educational pursuits as well as in their future careers. Increased physical activity in a group setting also promotes greater mental health by reducing depression.”


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  • 05/30/17--16:00: Will he or won't he?
  • Will he or won't he?Will he or won't he?Indongo might not face Crawford Those clamouring for a mega-fight between super lightweight champion Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo and Terence Crawford will have to be patient as the fight is not set yet. Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo holds the three major junior welterweight world titles of the WBA, IBF and IBO and since his victory over Ricky Burns last month, talk of a unification bout against Terence Crawford from the US has grown stronger.

    However, Indongo is mandated by the International Boxing Federation to fight for the IBF title against Sergey Lipinets from Russia but few days ago international media reports said that Indongo will forfeit his IBF title to face Crawford.

    However, Nestor Tobias from the Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy disclaimed the rumours even after his team travelled to the United States and sat ringside as Crawford stopped Olympic gold medal winner Felix Diaz at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

    “The rumours circulating are from Crawford's management. All fighters have agendas and will make statements to capture attention. They are not heads of the boxing federation or Indongo's promoters to have rights to decide who fights who,” he said.

    Indongo has become a top force at the weight after his two most recent successful and various boxers are looking to take him on.

    But the most persistent one of them all is Crawford's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank who said that the unification bout with Indongo was their top priority for Crawford's next fight.

    Arum stated that his company would not sit back and wait for HBO to come up with an available date for the fight.

    He plans to move forward with Crawford's career, with or without HBO. He said that the fight between Lipinents and Indongo won't happen; “He will fight with Crawford.

    Indongo has an undefeated record of 22 victories (11 by KO) and no losses. Crawford has an undefeated record of 33 wins (22 KO) and no losses.


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  • 05/30/17--16:00: Jones makes changes
  • Jones makes changesJones makes changes Windhoek Draught Welwitschias coach Lyn Jones has been forced to make changes to the weekend's SuperSport Rugby Challenge winning team, bringing in six new faces.

    Niken Cloete, Janry du Toit, Obert Nortje, Dirk van Weidts, Nelius Theron and Ethan Beukes have all been called up for the Welwitschias' game against the Blue Bulls this weekend.

    The reason is that some of the team's players will be on national team duty for the Nations Cup in Uruguay.

    Denzil van Wyk is also fit again to represent his team at the rugby challenge.

    Some of the notable faces missing from the squad are captain Eugene Jantjies and last weekend's man of the match Gino Wilson. Namibia's SuperSport Rugby Challenge team recorded their first win in the competition when they defeated Hino Valke 45-43 at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

    The club now faces an improved Vodacom Blue Bulls side away from home on Saturday.

    “It will be a difficult three months for us because most of the players we had at our disposal will be representing the country at other competitions.

    “We also know that the Namibia Rugby Union league is reaching its end and some clubs will need their stronger players. “For that reasons, I managed to add a few players that I feel have impressed me while playing for their clubs,” Jones said.

    Jones spoke highly of Dirk van Weidts, describing him as solid and skilful player. Another player expected to make his debut for the side, Nikin Cloete received praises from his coach as well.

    “Cloete has also been impressive for his club because of the speed he possesses.

    “Denzil van Vyk is also fit again and could also play a crucial role in our next match.”

    Team list

    Starting line-up: 1. Christo McNish, (2) Niel van Vuren, (3) Adries Rousseau, (4) Munio Kasiringua, (5) Max Katjijeko, (6) Thomasau Forbes, (7) Rohan Kitshoff (c), (8) Roderique Victor, (9) Cameron Klassen, (10) Dirk van Weidts, (11) Nikin Cloete, (12) Francoise Wiese, (13) Janry du Toit, (14) David Philander, (15) Aurelio Plato.

    Subs: (16) Obert Nortje, (17) Desiderius Sethie, (18) Nelius Theron, (19) Denzil van Wyk, (20) Thomas Kali, (21) Ethan Beukes, (22) Russell van WYK.


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  • 05/30/17--16:00: Moses hints at title fight
  • Moses hints at title fightMoses hints at title fightStill believes in world glory Promoter Nestor Tobias believes that good things are ahead for the 38-year-old former world champion. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    Former WBA lightweight world champion Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses’s camp has hinted that he might get a crack at a world title.

    The MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy announced yesterday that the World Boxing Organisation had raised Moses’s world ranking from fifth to fourth.

    This means that the former world champion is edging closer to a world title bout.

    Promoter Nestor Tobias said: “Being in the top 15 is one thing, but being in the top four puts you right in the thick of things because it is usually the top four that are considered for final world title eliminators.

    “This ultimately guarantees you a fight with the current world champion right after such a fight.”

    WBO world champion Terry Flanagan will be expected to make his mandatory defence against world number one Felix Verdejo in the next fight.

    That throws the possibility of a world title fight for Moses even more open.

    “We will of course motivate for a world title eliminator with the WBO for his next fight, because Moses has a boxing pedigree worthy of another chance to become a world champion,” Tobias said.

    Moses, who turns 39 this year, remains in great shape and his appetite for training is said to be incredible.

    “I have never seen anybody as committed and disciplined as Hitman. He fights and moves like a 20-year-old and I have no doubt that this time he will at least get a chance to fight for another world title.”

    Moses also said that he was delighted by the fact that he has managed to improve on his world rankings.

    “I am delighted to be rated up there with the best in the world in the lightweight division.

    “It took me seven years in boxing to clinch my first world title.

    “I lost this world title in 2010 and in 2017 my dream is to get another world title which will be exactly seven years after I lost the first one,” Moses said.

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  • 05/30/17--16:00: Wagner taunts critics
  • Wagner taunts criticsWagner taunts critics NAMPA/AFP

    David Wagner's arrival at Huddersfield Town was greeted with scorn, but just 18 months later the German has silenced the critics by masterminding his club's fairytale promotion to the Premier League.

    When Wagner was plucked from his role as Borussia Dortmund's reserve team coach by Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle in November 2015, many pundits claimed his lack of experience in the cut-throat world of the second-tier Championship meant the appointment was doomed to failure.

    Ian Holloway, then a television pundit and now Queens Park Rangers manager, labelled Huddersfield as candidates for relegation at the start of this season.

    But Holloway and the rest of the doubters underestimated the urbane Wagner's pioneer spirit, inspirational personality and tactical prowess.

    Having revitalised his team with a host of youngsters signed on loan from the Premier League, Wagner rewarded Hoyle's faith in spectacular fashion at Wembley on Monday as Huddersfield beat Reading 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw to return to the top flight for the first time in 45 years.

    Winning promotion, which is worth £170 million ($218 million, 195 million euros) to the Terriers, was a sweet moment for Wagner and, drenched in champagne from his players' celebrations, he arrived at a post-match press conference keen to remind his critics how far he had come in such a short time.

    "By the way Ian Holloway, all the best for next season," Wagner said.

    "I know a lot of the pundits wrote us off. I'm so happy to prove experience is not essential, especially here in England which is so traditional.

    "I've been in confrontation with experience ever since I've been here. People said I'm not used to English football, I'm not used to not having a winter break, and I'd never been in the play-offs before.

    "Well, experience is important, but if you have passion and ideas you can match it."

    Wagner's triumph is even more impressive when you consider Huddersfield's budget ranked among the lowest in the second tier.

    Turning an unglamourous former mill town into a host venue for the star-studded line-ups of Chelsea, Manchester United and company is the stuff of dreams.

    "The people that remember Huddersfield being in the top flight are very old," said Wagner, himself 45 years old.

    "It's special. I'm so proud for the players and so happy for the whole town.

    "We set no limits, now we know where our limits are -- in the Premier League.

    "I told the players they are heroes. They had the opportunity to become legends and they have done it."

    Fittingly for a team who became the first in Football League history to be promoted with a negative goal difference, Huddersfield needed penalty heroics to go up.

    They saw off Reading thanks to on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward's save from Jordan Obita and a cool winning kick from Christopher Schindler.

    "Before the shoot-out I said to the players 'we worked 10 months and you have the chance to come to the Premier League. All you need to do is put the ball in the net from 12 yards,'" Wagner said.

    When the fixture list comes out, Wagner will look for Huddersfield's dates with Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp has been a close friend since they worked together at Dortmund.

    Klopp, who is godfather to one of Wagner's daughters, was the boss back in Germany, but they will meet in England on equal terms.

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    NAU president on Planning Commission NAU president on Planning Commission The president of the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU), Ryno van der Merwe has been appointed to the Planning Commission of the National Planning Commission.

    The minister in charge of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo introduced the 17 planning commissioners of the National Planning Commission. This commission will look at the social and economic development of the country for the next three years. The commissioners comprise of representatives from various ministries and organisations and Van der Merwe has also been appointed on the commission.

    The aims of this commission are to identify Namibia’s socio-economic development priorities, formulate short-, medium- and long-term national development plans in cooperation with regional councils, and develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure effective implementation of the national development plans.

    It also aims to evaluate the effectiveness of government’s socio-economic policies, coordinate the development of government’s socio-economic policies to ensure consistency mobilise and manage and coordinate international development cooperation.


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  • 05/30/17--16:00: The boys behind the beef
  • The boys behind the beefThe boys behind the beefA sneak peek into Meacto’s top producers With the effects of a prolonged drought felt in 2016, two producers still managed to come out tops and were awarded for their skills and effort. Dirk Matthysen Uys was announced as Meatco’s Producer of the Year for 2016 due to his dedication and hard work towards delivering quality animals to Meatco.

    Despite being a weekend farmer, Uys has a reliable team that ensures the farm runs according to plan.

    Uys and his family work on Farm Dalmuta near Steinhausen in the Omaheke Region, affectionately known as “Cattle Country”.

    Despite producing the high quality animals he does, 2016 was a drought year. He says the hardest part of the drought was that he had to cull almost 40% of his breeding cows.

    “The chances of a part-time farmer like myself being awarded the title ahead of respected producers in the industry like so many of my fellow nominees, is an honour since we all know how tough and challenging the farming environment is,” Uys says.

    According to him having a partner like Meatco to provide a marketing platform, allows farmers to do what they do best.

    Uys says that Meatco provides a stable marketing environment while the producers farm in an unstable environment due to aspects like the weather, and through it all Meatco has the farmers’ interests at heart.

    “I have produced for Meatco from the beginning although on a much smaller scale.”

    Apart from producing for Meatco, the Uys family also owns Savannah Brahman Stud that was registered with the Namibian Brahman Breeders Society and the Namibian Stud Breeders Association in 1993.

    Today the stud consists of about 300 registered animals, with some 180 cows and heifers in production. Savannah bulls and cows have become sought-after breeding stock that is recognised by both stud and commercial farmers as one of the leading Brahman seed-stock producers in the country.

    Thanks to a consistent breeding philosophy and a strong focus on veld-adapted cattle over more than 20 years, the Savannah stud has developed into a recognisable brand popular amongst farmers understanding the value of farming with animals that are bred in harmony with the environment.

    Like many modern farmers, Uys is a weekend farmer. However, the Producer of the Year will be retiring towards the end of 2017 and plans on becoming a full-time farmer then.

    Apart from the evening’s top award, Uys also won the Top Regional Producer (commercial slaughter) award and was one of the Top Five Producers (slaughter commercial).

    Top communal producer

    Esegiel Nguvauva was announced as Meatco’s Communal Producer of the Year.

    Hailing from the Ovitoto area in the Omatako constituency, Nguvauva scooped up the prestigious award for 2016 in a highly contested category.

    Having produced for other abattoirs and not being content with the benefits, Nguvauva conducted research and then began to produce for Meatco not too long ago.

    “Meatco gives me a competitive price for my livestock in comparison to other players in the industry. Also, Meatco provides extraordinary incentives for farmers by engaging and motivating us in many different ways,” Nguvauva says.

    According to him, being a weekend farmer means you need to make time whenever you can to go to the farm and assist where possible to achieve your goals.

    “I’m very fortunate to have a wife (Ursula) who supports me in everything I do. Our children are also very supportive and helpful with the farming,” says Nguvauva.

    Winning the award was wonderful and is something he can use as a yardstick to measure the hard work he put into farming.

    “The award certainly gives me the willpower to put more into my farming and to produce better,” he says.

    Adding to the communal producer award, Nguvauva also won the Top Regional Producer award (slaughter communal) and the Top Five Producer award.

    “The awards show Meatco’s commitment to encourage meat producers to reach greater heights by producing better quality,” Nguvauva says.


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    USAID a gandja omagano gomaloli gootenga dhomeyaUSAID a gandja omagano gomaloli gootenga dhomeya Ehangano lyopashigwana lyoUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID) olya gandja omagano gomaloli gootenga dhomeya gahetatu kUuministeli wUunamapya, Omeya nIihwa oshowo kEhangano lyoNamWater.

    Omaloli ngoka otaga vulu okuhumbata oolita dhomeya dhi li po-10 000 na otaga ka longithwa mokutopola omeya kaakwashigwana yiitopolwa mbyoka ya dhengwa kefundja miitopolwa yomuushayi moNamibia.

    Omupeha Minista moshikondo shoka, Anna Shiweda okwa popi kutya omaloli ngoka otaga ka longithwa mokugandja omeya kaantu mboka yeli mompumbwe.

    “Nonando omayakulo gokugandja omeya mootenga okwa talika ko kutya oge na ondilo noonkondo, okuyeleka nokuninga oombola, omukalo ngoka oguli gumwe gwomomikalo tadhi vulu okwiikolelelwa mokugandja omeya nuupu kaakwashigwana mbyoka ye na ompumbwe yomeya.”

    Omukalelipo gwaUS moNamibia, Thomas Daughton, okwa popi kutya epangelo lyaUS olya gandja oshimaliwa shoomiliyona dhaAmerika 1.4 kehangano lyoUnited Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) opo li lande omaloli ngoka opo NamWater a vule okutopowa omeya ga yogoka kaakwashigwana mboka ye li mompumbwe yomeya.

    “Omaloli ngoka otaga vulu woo okulongithwa omathimbo gamwe mokukwathela aakwashigwana mboka yeli mopumbwe yomeya omolwa omatompelo ga yooloka,” Daughton ta ti.

    Omukalelipo gwoUNICEF moNamibia, Micaela Marques De Sousa, okwa popi kutya etata lyaaNamibia kali na omayakulo guuyogoki.

    Okwa popi kutya omaloli ngoka otaga ka lundulula oonkalamwenyo dhaakwashigwana yamwepo moshilongo.

    Kakele komaloli gomeya ngoka, okwa gandjwa woo omagano gomiti dhokuwapaleka omeya oshowo ookompiuta.


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  • 05/30/17--16:00: Nokia 3310 hits SA
  • Nokia 3310 hits SANokia 3310 hits SAIconic phone is for sale again After announcing the comeback of the epitome of cellphones, the Nokia 3310, suppliers have put her on the shelves in sunny South Africa. In a surprise move, HMD - the new home of Nokia mobile phones - announced on Monday that the highly anticipated 3310 was available in South Africa.

    The device was on sale in the country from 29 May at Cell C, where it will be available in the iconic dark blue with a matte finish. It will retail at estimated price of R749.

    MTN will offer the 3310 in three colours: warm red and yellow, both with a gloss finish, and dark blue with a matte finish. It will retail at estimated price of R699 and be available from mid-June from MTN partners.

    Former Nokia South Africa managing director and now general manager for HMD Global Southern Africa Shaun Durandt said the company is delighted to bring the Nokia 3310 phone to South African consumers.

    “Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands in our country for decades. HMD has received an incredible reception from our partners so far; it seems everyone shares our excitement for this next chapter,” Durandt said.

    “Our consumers are more discerning and demanding than ever before and for us they will always come first.

    “We've worked really hard with our teams around the world to bring together world-class manufacturers, operating systems and technology partners, enabling us to proudly start sales of the Nokia 3310, a classic reimagined,” he added.

    Finnish manufacturer HMD rebooted the iconic mobile phone after 17 years. It is reminiscent of the original, with a few more features and some new accents in its aesthetic appeal. The new 3310 was relaunched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona alongside the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 Android devices in February this year.

    First launched in the year 2000, the 3310 became one of the most popular cell phones in South Africa and one of the most successful in the world.

    The 3310 was the epitome of the cellphone in the early 2000s, ushering in the era of colour-screen smartphones with Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).

    After HMD acquired Nokia's licensing rights, the focus of the company shifted to producing 'dumb phones' with no internet access, while the company relied on love for the brand to spark the nostalgia of its customers – making it no surprise that Nokia's most popular cellphone would be re-released.


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    Ethiopia leads in East AfricaEthiopia leads in East Africa Ethiopia has officially overtaken neighbouring Kenya as East Africa's economic giant.

    According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) figures, Ethiopia's annual economic output (i.e. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)) for this year was expected to hit US$78 billion from US$72 billion recorded last year.

    Their economic growth since 2015 has been pegged at 10.8% which has helped put a significant gap between them and Kenya. In monetary terms, Ethiopia has opened a gap of about US$29 million over Kenya.

    Ethiopia's economic growth is hinged on public-led spending on infrastructure and a strong demand by locals. It has also recently become a destination of choice for particularly Chinese investors.

    'Non-resource-intensive countries, such as Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal, generally continued to grow robustly, benefiting from strong domestic demand and high levels of public spending, though in some cases, growth eased from 2015,' an IMF report released in April 2017 read.

    Another factor believed to be driving the economy is the country's large population – which is almost double that of Kenya.

    Ethiopia's economy since 2015 has been on an upward trajectory since the government moved to modernise its roads, railway and power plants. They are on cue to have Africa's biggest hydroelectric dam upon the completion of work on the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD).

    Even though landlocked, the country continues to make giant strides in trying to industrialise. The country is now connected with Red Sea port nation of Djibouti via an electric railway that was launched last October.

    It also recently announced huge profits in the area of power supply to neighbouring countries including Sudan and Djibouti. They have also signed agreements to supply Tanzania and Kenya with power as generation capacity increases.


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    BMW puts SA production on holdBMW puts SA production on hold BMW is set to extend production halts in Germany to China and South Africa on Monday as the luxury-car maker grapples with a shortage of steering parts.

    Production at the factories in Shenyang and Rosslyn is likely to stop for a day, while its plant in Leipzig, Germany, is expected to be partially shuttered, spokesman Michael Rebstock said.

    The Leipzig site has been closed since Friday, and another facility in Munich was affected last week because an unidentified Italian car-parts supplier has been unable to make the required deliveries, magazine Focus reported on Sunday.

    BMW's profitability dropped in the first quarter, as an ageing production line-up led the company to offer incentives to accelerate sales.

    The Munich-based carmaker delivered 5.2 percent more cars in the first quarter than a year earlier, compared with a 16 percent jump at Mercedes, which last year outsold its luxury brand rival for the first time in a decade.

    “We can't say at this point when the production halts will be over,” Rebstock said, adding that the company would decide on further production stoppages caused by the supply shortage as needed.

    He described the likely financial damage as “manageable” but “not yet quantifiable,” noting that the company's 1-Series through 4-Series models are all affected.

    “A task force is working constantly to solve the issue,” Rebstock said.

    BMW has two plants in the north-eastern Chinese city of Shenyang with local partner Brilliance China Automotive producing models including the 3-Series and 5-Series sedans.

    Brilliance China slid 0.3% as of 14:27 in Hong Kong trading, compared with a 0.2% gain in the benchmark Hang Seng Index.


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