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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Swapo taka konaakona aanyasha mboka taya ihumbata nayiSwapo taka konaakona aanyasha mboka taya ihumbata nayi CATHERINE SASMAN

    Elelo lyongundu yoSwapo oya ulike okomitiye ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi ka mone ekandulepo lyomukundu pambili sha landula omutumba gwaanyasha mongundu ndjoka ngoka gwa shituka oontamanana moGrootfontein kuyele omwedhi gwa piti.

    Elelo ndyoka olya popi kutya aanyasha yoSwapo oya pumbwa okwiihumbata onga iilyo yongundu ndjoka ihe ha ngaashi aahanagulipo yongundu.

    Okomitiye ndjoka okwa tegelelwa yi ka kwatelwe komeho kuamushanga gwongundu Nangolo Mbumba oshowo iilyo yilwe ngaashi Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Theo-Ben Gurirab, Ben Amadhila, naErkki Nghimtina.

    Mbumba okwa popi kutya okomitiye oyathikamapo miilyo iikulukulu yongundu mbyoka itayi ka etha ongundu yi hanagulwepo.

    Elelo ndyoka olya holola woo okuuva nai omolwa iimbuluma mbyoka tayi londo pombanda moshilongo, nokugandja esimaneko komunamimvo 92 Leonard Nangolo Mukwiilongo, ngoka e li oshilyo shoSwapo, ngoka a ponokelwa koongangala na osha etitha eso lye. Mukwiilongo okwa ponokelwa koombudhi megumbo lye moshitopolwa shaMusati.

    “Ongundu yoSwapo otayi nyana nomuthindo oongangala ndhoka tadhi yonagula ombili moshigwana.”





    “Oshimbuluma shoka sha ningilwa omukokele otashi ulike kutya omadhilongo goshigwana shetu omadhigu okutumbula.”

    “Omakwatonkonga nomamonitho giihuna kolutu oshi li tashi hanagula po oshigwana shetu. Uukongo waaheli paveta nasho otashi shunitha nayi pevi eliko lyetu. Iimbuluma ayihe itayi popilwa,” Mbumba ta ti.

    Mbumba okwa tsikile kutya mboka taya longo iimbuluma mbyoka oya pumbwa okupewa omageelo geli pombanda noonkondo.

    “Oompangu nadhi uveko kutya otadhi pewa oshinakugwanithwa shokuninga omatokolo omanene,” Mbumba ta ti.

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Kwa tulwa miilonga oNDP5
  • Kwa tulwa miilonga oNDP5Kwa tulwa miilonga oNDP5 Konyala omagumbo omape ga thika po-7 200, ooplota 6 500 oshowo oompito dhiilonga dha thika po-40 000 otadhi ka totwapo okuya momvula yo-2022 onga oshitopowa shOndungethaneko Ompe onti-5 tayi ithanwa Fifth National Development Plan ndjoka ya twa miilonga komupresidende. Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa tula miilonga oNDP5 mEtitatu ndjoka yin a omusholondondo gwoompangela dhepangelo okuya mo-2022.

    “Ompangela ndjoka oya nuninwa okuyambulapo eliko lyoshilongo shetu miikondo ngaash uunamapya, oofabrika, oohi, omina nomatalelepo. Paku tala omeho unene koshikondo shoka otatu totopo iilonga mokati koshigwana,” Geingob a popi. Ompangela ndjoka tayi ithanwa Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), otayi ka pula oshimaliwa shoobiliyona 162.5 opo yi tulwe miilonga na otayi ka yambulapo oonkalamwenyo dhaaNamibia poondondo dha yooloka.



    Oluhepo

    Oopresenda 11 dhaakwashigwana okwa hololwa kutya otaya lumbu moluhepo na okwategelelwa omwaalu ngoka gu ka shunithwe pevi sigo opoopresenda 5 okuya muMaalitsa gwo-2022.

    Ondjele yoluhepo miitopolwa yomomikunda oya tengenekwa yi li poopresenda 37 mo-2010 na otaku tengenekwa kutya otayi ka shunithwa pevi noopresenda 25 na opo kwaadhike omalalakano ngoka, oshikondo shopaumwene osha pumbwa okuninga omapungulo momidhingoloko ndhoka.

    Naatango oompangela dhilwe dhokushunitha pevi oluhepo, okuyambulapo elongo lyoondya moshilogo. Okuya pehulilo lyo-2022, oNDP5 oya pumbwa okukala ya yela pombanda elongo niikulyo noopresenda 30. Pahapu dhomupresidende Geingob, oHarambee Prosperity Plan itayi pingenepo Ondungethaneko yo-2030 nenge oompangela dheyambulepo lyoshilongo.

    “Harambee oyilile po oku endeleleka oompangela dhilwepo nokuyambulapo ongushu yonkalamwenyo yaaNamibia,” Omolwa ekoko lyeliko lyoshilongo ndyoka taku fekelwa kutya otali ka ya pombanda noopresenda 4.6 komvula omanga oompito dhiilonga 200 000 kwa tegelewa dhi ka totwepo muule woomvula ntano ndhoka twa taalela, oshikondo shomatungo shoka ngaashiingeyi sha taalela onkalo yopaliko yanayipala na otashi kanitha aaniilonga, okwa tegelelwa shi ka etepo oompito dhiilonga oompito dhiilonga dha thika po- 24 000.

    Pampangela yo-NDP5, okwa tegelelwa oshikondo shoongeshefa ooshona naadhoka dhopokati shi ka totepo oompito dhiilonga dha thika po-45 600 muule woomvula ntano omanga okuya momvula yo-2022, oshikondo shoka otashi kala andola sha tota po oompito dhiilonga dha thika po-177 600.

    Emono lyiiyemo moshikondo moka oli li omukundu omunene gwa taalela oshikondo shoka nomompangela ndjoka oongunga tadhi pewa oshikondo shoka otadhi kala dhili poobiliyona 3 okuza poobiliyona 3. Oshikondo shaatalelipo shoka sha totopo oompito dhiilonga dha thika po-29 000 mo-2014 okwa tegelelwa shi ka kale sha totapo oompito dhiilonga dha thika po-43 000 okuya mo-2022. Opo ku kwashilipalekwe ekoko lyoshikondo shoka moshilongo, ondjele yaatalelipo moNamibia oya pumbwa okuya pombanda okuza poomiliyona 1.4 okuya poomiliyona 1.8. Oshikondo shetu shoohi okwa tegelelwa shi ka gandje ongushu yoopresenda 50 kootona dhoohi tadhi ka kwatwa moshilongo omanga inadhi tumwa pondje yoshilongo mwakwatelwa etumo pondje yoshilongo okawe ndyoka tali kaya pombanda okuza poopresenda 34.7 mo-2015 okuya poopreenda 50 mo-2022. Ondjele yokwaahena iilonga mokati kaanyasha okwa tegelelwa yi ka gwe pevi okuza po-39.2 mpoka yali mo-2014 okuya poopresenda 33.



    Omagumbo

    Konyala AaNamibia ya kalelapo oopresenda 19 ohaya zi moombashu nokuya mo-2022omwaalu ngoka otagu ka shunithwa pevi noopresenda 12. Omagumbo ga thika po36 000 oshowo ooplota 32 500 okwa tegelelwa dhi ka totwepo.

    Ondokumende yoNDP5 oya holola kutya opoloyeka yoMass Housing Project ndjoka ya tulwa miilonga mo-2013 oya tunga nale omagumbo 1 023 omanga omagumbo 3 181 taga tungwa. Konyala oopresenda 72 dhAaNamibia kadhi na uundjugo ihe omwaalu ngoka okwa tegelelwa gu ka shunithwe pevi okuya poopresenda 60, omanga eyandjakaneko lyomeya momikunda kwa tegelelwa li ye pombanda okuza poopresenda 84 okuya poopresenda 95.

    Elongo

    Okuya pehulilo lyoNDP5 oopresenda 60 dhaalongi yoondondo dhopevi okwa tegelela dhi kale dha pyokoka omanga epito lyaanaskola yondondo onti-12 niitsa yoopresenda 50 lya pumbwa okwaadhika okuya mo-22.

    JO-MARE DUDDY

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    Mukwiilongo ota pewa efumbiko lyopapangeloMukwiilongo ota pewa efumbiko lyopapangelo Aafekelwa yane yomaafekelwa yatano mboka ya tulwa iipandeko shi na ekwatathano neponokelo lyangoloneya nale gwaMusati, Leonard Nangolo Mukwiilongo, oya holoka mompangulilo yaMangestrata gwaShakati. Ompangu ndjoka oya li yuudha aakwasahigwana mboka itaya popile egandjo lyomboloha kaafekelwa mboka.

    Stefanus Namupala (35), Tomas Amwele (34), Abraham Ashipena (26) na Joram Hafeni (26) oya holoka komeho yomupanguli Vivian Ndlovu, ngoka e ya tseyithile kutya otaya ka tamanekewa oshipotha shedhipago. Mukwiilongo kwa hulitha momasiku 25 gaMei moshipangelo shopaumwene monooli, moka a kala uule konyala womwedhi gumwe, sha landula sho a ponokela koongangala megumbo lye. Wilhelm Nakale (41), ina vula okukala mompangu molwaashoka okuli mondjeedhililo yaVenduka sho a tulwa miipandeko omolwa oshimbuluma ishewe shimwe omanga omutamanekwa omutihamano ta kongwa natango. Mboka ya hamano otaya tamanekewa sho ya ponokele Mukwiilongo pegumbo lye muElim. Oye mu monitha iihuna nokumudhenga omanga taya pula opo e ya pe ooshapi dhoshiketha she shokupungula. “Hafeni, ngoye owa taalela oshipotha shedhipago omanga yakweni ya taalela oshipotha shoyeka kwahomatiwa nedhengo kolutu ihe ngoye oto gwedhelwa oshipotha shedhipago,” omupanguli ta ti. Thomas Amwele okwa kalelwapo kuhahende gwopaumwene, Absalom Shiningayamwe. Stefanus okwa lombwele ompangu kutya ota kongo ekwatho lyahahende gwepangelo omanga Shipana a hogolola hahende gwopaumwene. Omufali gwiihokolola kompangu gwepangelo Chrisna Masule okwa tindi opo aafekelwa mboka yapewe omboloha molwaashoka otashi vulika ya ka longe natango omuyonena gwa faathana uuna yamangululwa. Oshipotha shoka osha undulilwa komasiku 20 gaJuli opo opolisi yi vule okumanitha omakonaakono yeNakale a lundululwe okuza mOvenduka. Colonel Joel Utoni, ngoka e li moshipundi shevululuko okwa gandja omukanda gwenyenyeto kumangestrata mOmpangulilo yaShakati, Surrey Petrus. “Aantu mboka oye li omukundu omunene moshigwana shetu. Yamwe aalongi yiimbuluma yeshiwike nale mboka ya kala okuya nokuza mo moondholongo. Alikana inamu ya pa omboloha opo mu gamenenepo oshigwana shetu.” Aantu oyendji otaya kanitha omukumo moshikondo shetu shuuyuki omolwa iinima ya fa mpoka. Mukwiilongo okwa li omukokele na okwa kanitha omwenyo gwe monkalo yatya ngaaka.”



    Efumbiko

    Ominista yIipambele yOmupresinde, Frans Kapofi, okwa koleke koNamibian Sun kutya Mukwiilongo ota ningilwa efumbiko lyopapangelo. Omonamati gwaMukwiilongo, Tshatipamba, okwa popi kutya ofamili oya taambako etokolo ndyoka.

    “Otwa pandula sho epangelo lya ningi etokolo ndyoka okutala keyambulepo ndyoka tate a ningila oshilongo shika omanga oshilongo inashi manguluka naaasho oshilongo sha manguluka. Esimaneko ewanawa natse ofamili otweli pandula,” Tshatipamba ta ti. Elelo lyoSwapo olya kondema nomuthindo oshiponokela shoka sha ningilwa Mukwiilongo. “Ongundu yoSwapo otayi nyana nomuthindo oongangala ndhoka tadhi yonagula ombili moshigwana. Oshimbuluma shoka sha ningilwa omukokele otashi ulike kutya omadhilongo goshigwana shetu omadhigu okutumbula,” amushanga gwoSwapo, Nangolo Mbumba a popi. Mukwiilongo ota fumbikwa mOlyomakaya puElimi noshituthidhimbuluko she otashi ningwa mEtitano megumbo lye pOnatshiku okutameka potundi 14:00.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy He lies that he loves me



    ?Dear Auntie Nangy, I have a problem with my boyfriend. He is always telling me that he loves me but he doesn't show it.



    ?My dear, let me be very honest with you. The moment you start looking for love or doubting that your man loves, you know that there is no love. There are a lot of men who will tell their partners that they love them and they don't show it. Some men will keep you tethered to them just to exploit you sexually. Where there is true love you would never have to search for it. A man who genuinely loves you will show it to you emotionally – by being there for you, physically by satisfying you sexually and financially by spoiling you and meeting some of your financial needs when you need his help. If he truly loves you, this is done unconditionally. True love will give you starry eyes and butterflies in your stomach! If he does not show you that he loves you, leave him and refuse to be used and thrown away after, like a used

    condom.



    He blames my vagina

    ?Dear Auntie Nangy, I have a problem. When we have sex, my boyfriend says my vagina is so far and he wants a baby. What can I do?



    ?I am not sure I fully understand what you are saying and what your boyfriend is also saying to you. From what I understand, your boyfriend is saying you cannot fall pregnant because your vagina is far and that is a big joke. Does your boyfriend know what the vagina is and where it is on your body? Or did you mean to say your virginity. I am confused and my advice to you may be very wrong. Let me suppose you meant that your boyfriend is talking about your vagina and uterus because these are the two organs that facilitate baby making and pregnancy. When you make love, your partner inserts his penis into the vagina and discharges sperm that will swim to enter the uterus where they will fertilise your egg and start the process to have a baby. I cannot explain in detail that whole process but what I can say is God made perfect organs for the creation of mankind. Your man does not understand at all how a child is made and the reason why he is talking about a vagina or virgin that is too far. There is nothing wrong with your sex organ. In fact your failure to conceive might be his problem and not yours. If his sperm is not good seed you will not fall pregnant but the problem is in our African culture, all men are fertile and whenever a couple cannot have a child the woman is blamed. Just think about this situation. If you plant seeds in the ground that are rotten do they grow even if you water them regularly?



    She won't meet me

    ?Dear Auntie Nangy, I have a problem with my girlfriend. She doesn't want to meet me.



    ?I really fail to understand how your girlfriend does not want to meet with you. It looks like there is no romance between the two of you or that you ever fell in love. You did not tell me how long you have been in this relationship it would help me to give you better answers. Call her and ask her why she does not want to meet you. You also don't sound like a go getter. Love needs a degree of aggression my dear.



    Promiscuous mind

    ?Dear Auntie Nangy, I want to ask if it is normal to love someone and like another guy at the same time.



    ?Personally, I think you can only love one man but you can like a dozen. To like and to love are two different things. If you love your man you give him your all and the relationship is bonded by sex. We have sex with people we love and I mean genuine love and not being promiscuous or sleeping around with any man and get paid. When you like somebody, it's more of a social relationship. There is no erotic bond here. So, yes you can love a guy and like another at the same time.

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    Bottomless Coffee to rock your nightsBottomless Coffee to rock your nights After a hugely successful concert at the Warehouse Theatre in 2016, the married multi-instrumentalist duo, Bottomless Coffee Band is returning to Namibia.

    Shortly after the 2016 Namibia tour, Bottomless Coffee Band (BCB) embarked on a two-month tour of Europe and the UK, playing shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, London and a week-long stint at the infamous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The rock and roll band believes that 2016 Namibian tour was instrumental for their preparations to perform in the northern hemisphere. “Namibia and especially Windhoek played a massive role in preparing us to face the European crowds. It gave us a much-needed boost of confidence to back ourselves and what we had to offer, no matter where we played,” they said.

    Since their return from abroad, BCB have completed four successful tours in their native country SA and have begun work on their new album, which is set to be released during the second half of 2017. Their show promises to hold some new material and a number of entertaining stories from the road.

    Advance tickets are N$120, available at the Warehouse Theatre only Wednesday 14 June and tickets are still available.

    Stuff Reporter

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Ethnix finally back
  • Ethnix finally backEthnix finally backThe duo continues to deliver Known for their hit track Lambela which was released in 2014, Ethnix is back in the game - fresh and strong. The duo only has one song to their name which caused massive waves before they took a break. Ethnix made a great comeback with another hit song titled Mutima that has been well received by the fans who have missed them greatly. Asked where they got their group name, Page and Etjo said it is a combination of their genre and a hint of coolness. The duo does what they defined as traditional hip hop and RNB. “Ethnix means not giving up. The X is for swag but otherwise we derived our name from ethnic background. We do music with African elements and it's also to do with the message and the content we carry,” the duo said.

    The duo also said they opted to do their hit track Lambela the way they did because everything in the industry was sounding the same back then. Ethnix said it was also a chance for them not to limit their audience because as much as their sound is for grown-ups, the youth can still dance to it and at the same time, learn something. “We were working towards an album under Triple Seven Records but unfortunately we didn't have the same goals as the producer. Perhaps it's us who don't understand how the industry works since the producer has more years of experience in the industry, but we had to part ways,” said Page. The duo is forever grateful to the Triple Seven team for bringing them together and for getting them of their feet. “At the end of the day, the roots of Ethnix are tied to Triple Seven and Araffath Muhuure,” said Etjo.

    Ethnix recently dropped a single titled Omutima produced by Andrew after four years off the scene. Choosing the comeback song was a struggle but with the reason behind it was that the duo decided to get back into the industry. “I was going through a lot as I lost my parents and I also had to be strong at the same time. The song is just saying this heart loves you regardless of what goes down. It's a subliminal message and we decided to do it, drop it and work on something else,” said Etjo. Ethnix said the feedback from the fans is overwhelming and it gives them hope to work on their album.

    The group said they won't be signed to any label at all as there are many limitations that come with them. The duo is currently busy working on their debut album to be released this year. “We will release another single before we drop the album just to get the hype going. We are back for good now. It wouldn't be possible without our fans that have been there from day one,” they said.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Sally's
  • Sally'sSally'sBoss Madam bares all Living the dream through hard work and dedication the Boss Madam way, Sally is on the way up and taking her time doing so. From collaboration with international stars, winning local and international awards, to being the face of MultiChoice Namibia, she says patience and dedication are key. Having only being in the industry for a few years Sally Boss Madam has made her mark in the entertainment industry by releasing great music with grand collaborations. From her humble beginnings, she shares with tjil her journey in a one-on-one interview.



    Last album

    It's not a secret that anyone can ever beat their album. My second album 'Mukwanekamba' didn't do so well in terms of sales as compared to my first, 'Courage.' 'Mukwanekamba' also has its strengths and areas that it did so well, especially on the corporate side. We got a lot of orders from companies to give the album to their employees for year-end functions and other events. My team and I also faced certain challenges which made it very hard for us to do well in music outlets and on the streets. Challenges like piracy, particularly with WhatsApp groups. I don't think it's something we can ever overcome, but definitely something we can use to our advantage, because we can see what songs are on demand and which ones people like on the album.



    Corporate world

    One thing my team and I discovered about the corporate world and how to penetrate it is the fact that it has nothing to do with your music, but rather your brand as an artist. It's about whether the company can relate to you as a brand because a lot of people have the perception that corporates are all about certain genres like jazz but it's actually not. We actually got to find out that at the end of the night I'm the highlight because as much as they love their calm music, they still want to dance, you know. So they do want to have fun and party but at the same time they don't want an artist with a bad reputation. I for once used to be very vocal on social media and my team realised that it has its pros and cons - mostly cons - so I limited what I say and it has been working quite well for me.



    Natural

    I was listening to 'Mukwanekamba' and I realised that I needed a summer jam, something different and groovy. I also realised that 'Mukwanekamba' didn't really target the youth. My team and I decided to try something completely different which was to do a single for the young market. To our surprise it was wonderfully received… we didn't think it would have this impact at all. Some of the highlights of Natural include it being accepted on MTV Base, it then got on to Trace TV and Trace Africa. With Natural I won the AFRIMA Best Female in Southern Africa. The fact that I got in whilst in the same category as Lira and Zonke… I didn't think I stood a chance. This showed that the song was good and that fans really support. From this I gained confidence to enter the NAMAs because I realised it was about the fans from Namibia and abroad. With the help of social media one can even see where the fans are located and I found out that I have a huge following in Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Tanzania.



    Going international

    Namibia is really a small country and it only takes a few performances for people to get bored with you and your music. It's something that a lot of artists haven't grasped and suddenly shows also have low attendance. Because of this I want to branch into the southern African market because of there is an international market and the fan base is there. Yes, the first performance might not attract a big crowd but just make sure it's your best. Patience is a virtue.



    Collaborations

    Collaborations are crucial because they create awareness in terms of penetration into the international market. It's very important for us as local artists to get out in the world but one also has to do it right. Don't just collaborate for the sake of doing it. With this you get music that is popping in Namibia but it isn't on the other side so we need to get to the level where the certain big artist that we have features with respect us to push the music on their social media platforms and the media too. I realised that the industry isn't about rushing to get to the top, but rather taking it one step at a time and with that you will get the respect you deserve, and the recognition. Not everything you do will have a big impact because the small impacts build up to the final stage where everyone will say yes, that is the artist we need.



    Current album

    Yes, I'm working on a new album and I really can't say much at the moment. All I can say is that it's a shift, it's not the usually Sally we know. My team and I have to decide to relax a little so we don't over-perform because we want the public to anticipate the album. When we come back, we do so with a bang and refreshed. It's too early to say anything else, but I'd like to believe that this album is the one.



    Fashion

    One of my hobbies since I can remember has always been fashion designing and sewing. I'm very deep into it and I'm taking it seriously. Most of the outfits I wear, like at the NAMAs, are designed and tailored by me. My team and I are ready to introduce the fashion line and more details about that will follow soon. There is a video on my social media pages with a snapshot of what to expect.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Telling our own stories
  • Telling our own storiesTelling our own storiesShishani goes back to the roots for inspiration Shishani and the Namibian Tales are revitalising traditional music and instruments by involving the experts. Many know her for her solo work but our Shishani has more than what meets the eye to offer. In 2015, she and a fellow artist from Amsterdam, Sjahin, who plays percussion, started a unique project that brought two different worlds together through music. Shishani studied musicology including traditional music in Namibia. “The idea behind the tuneful group Namibian Tales is to study traditional music from Namibia regardless of which people and we decided to start with the San,” she said. The group - made up of four artists from all over the world - was established with the aim to study traditional Namibian music and to create music with new influences.

    The first leg of the project will kick off with the four artists featuring the San community. The San people are known as the oldest continuous population of humans on earth and known as the children of the world. They are bearers of centuries of knowledge and experience about the natural world. On this project, Namibian Tales captures the beauty and strength of the San people, celebrating their musical culture in new ways. They have met with different communities of San people, and are now working together with the Ju/'Hoansi from a village called //Xao /oba near Tsumkwe in the Kalahari Desert. “We seek to showcase the wealth of their traditions through an exchange and collaboration with our acoustic quartet 'Namibian Tales'. The San have many 'tales', both profound and ancient. Although the San are seen and portrayed as primitive and poor people, they possess a connection and rootedness to nature we have long lost,” Shishani said.

    The five-day trip to the Kalahari Desert resulted in an eight-track album with different rhythms, melodies and a fusion of old and new tunes. The Namibian Tales in collaboration with four San grandmothers will be hosting a concert at the Warehouse Theatre on 16 and 17 June. “We got support from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) with the idea of engaging artists from rural areas who do traditional music to present their own work,” The second part of the project will involve the group travelling within Namibia giving concerts within Namibia and recording a live CD together. The CD release is scheduled for October 2017, followed by a tour in Europe in the summer of 2018.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Telling our own stories
  • Telling our own storiesTelling our own storiesShishani goes back to the roots for inspiration Shishani and the Namibian Tales are revitalising traditional music and instruments by involving the experts. Many know her for her solo work but our Shishani has more than what meets the eye to offer. In 2015, she and a fellow artist from Amsterdam, Sjahin, who plays percussion, started a unique project that brought two different worlds together through music. Shishani studied musicology including traditional music in Namibia. “The idea behind the tuneful group Namibian Tales is to study traditional music from Namibia regardless of which people and we decided to start with the San,” she said. The group - made up of four artists from all over the world - was established with the aim to study traditional Namibian music and to create music with new influences.

    The first leg of the project will kick off with the four artists featuring the San community. The San people are known as the oldest continuous population of humans on earth and known as the children of the world. They are bearers of centuries of knowledge and experience about the natural world. On this project, Namibian Tales captures the beauty and strength of the San people, celebrating their musical culture in new ways. They have met with different communities of San people, and are now working together with the Ju/’Hoansi from a village called //Xao /oba near Tsumkwe in the Kalahari Desert. “We seek to showcase the wealth of their traditions through an exchange and collaboration with our acoustic quartet ‘Namibian Tales’. The San have many ‘tales’, both profound and ancient. Although the San are seen and portrayed as primitive and poor people, they possess a connection and rootedness to nature we have long lost,” Shishani said.

    The five-day trip to the Kalahari Desert resulted in an eight-track album with different rhythms, melodies and a fusion of old and new tunes. The Namibian Tales in collaboration with four San grandmothers will be hosting a concert at the Warehouse Theatre on 16 and 17 June. “We got support from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) with the idea of engaging artists from rural areas who do traditional music to present their own work,” The second part of the project will involve the group travelling within Namibia giving concerts within Namibia and recording a live CD together. The CD release is scheduled for October 2017, followed by a tour in Europe in the summer of 2018.

    June Shimuoshili

    DON’T MISS IT: Tickets are N$100 in advance and show starts at 20:00.

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Winter wellness
  • Winter wellnessWinter wellness Love it or hate it, winter is upon us. It's time to bring out your blankets, jackets, scarf sand boots. Here is a winter wellness guide to help you enjoy these chilly months.

    Keeping yourself warm is vital in order to prevent winter-related illnesses but to maximise your health; you need to keep your immune system strong by eating a balanced diet. Give your body a healthy boost by eating lot of fruit and vegetables. Some people tend to only drink coffee or tea during winter, make sure that you drink plenty of water. If drinking plain water is not appealing, you can heat it up and add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to improve the taste and give you some vitamin C.

    Winter can be quite harsh for your skin, it's vital to get yourself skincare products that are nourishing and moisturising. Keep dry skin at bay with products that have rich ingredients such as olive oil and cocoa butter. Don't stop using sunscreen during winter, it's imperative to protect your skin against harmful sunrays even when the weather is cold. Always have some lip balm and hand cream in your bag, or keep them in your office drawer just to touch up on your skin when you need it.

    When it's cold outside, staying indoors to snuggle up in front of your television and indulging in snacks becomes a frequent occurrence. Make it a habit to keep exercising during winter, you can invest in home workout equipment or you can download some workout videos from the internet. Find a workout routine that suits your budget and your fitness level. While you are at home, don't use up all your spare time on electronic gadgets. Spend some quality time with your loved ones.

    Written by Beauty Ndapanda

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: What’s right and wrong?
  • What’s right and wrong?What’s right and wrong? We can all agree that Nguvii was a hot topic for the best part of May. May was National Nguvii month. Everyone was talking about her - pastors, cab drivers and even those who did not have any business with her had something to say. As painful as it may be to some, this was a much-needed talk that was overdue too.

    She was hosted on a popular radio station to talk about her experience and was even on a local talk show on our national broadcaster. Many people felt that it was not necessary that she was given the limelight due to the nature of her story. People felt that she was glorifying cheating and that it painted cheating as an ‘okay’ thing to do, especially with rich men. Others on the other hand felt that we are all sinners and we sin differently too, so, we should be happy that she’s turning over a new leaf and many should follow suit. A wise woman once said wise women don’t date married men because of the many disappointments, disadvantages and life-threatening dangers that are tied to it. The wise woman also said if you are desperately in need of a partner don’t do it by taking another woman’s man.

    The whole focus was on Nguvii, and I know that she is the one who put herself out, but can we also address the other party? Just the other day, we had the #ManAreTrash going on so I guess it’s also time we talk about why married men cheat. No one is right or wrong here and everyone at the end of the day is entitled to their opinion. What happens to all the vows you made to your partner when you cheat? Why are we as a nation quick so to judge the lady who isn’t married in many cases and leave the man out? We shouldn’t be okay with this.

    All in all, we have the choice to do what we want. With that said, let’s make wise choices! Let’s not rush for fame because people move on and forget.

    June Shimuoshili

    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Yuan soars to 7-month high
  • Yuan soars to 7-month highYuan soars to 7-month highBeijing's hand seen Despite liberalisation pledges, China is believed to be exerting more control over its financial markets while navigating slowing growth and runaway debt. China's yuan jumped to a near seven-month high yesterday, fuelling speculation that the government was pulling strings to prop up the beleaguered currency in response to last week's credit rating downgrade by Moody's.

    The currency has been in the midst of an extended slide that began in mid-2015 during the meltdown in China's stock markets and accelerated last year as the dollar spiked and economic growth slowed, leading investors to shift cash offshore. At one point it was at an eight-year low.

    But since Moody's downgraded China on May 24 - citing slowing growth and ballooning debt - the yuan has strengthened sharply and was trading Thursday at around 6.7800 per US dollar, a level not seen since early November.

    Its offshore rate, which is less controlled by Beijing, was 6.7330, its strongest since mid-October.

    Late last week, China said it was considering changing its mechanism for guiding the yuan's value, an announcement widely interpreted as a sign Beijing would tighten its grip despite pledges to allow market forces to play a larger role.

    Beijing currently sets a daily trading band for the currency, within which it is allowed to move, but a statement by a central bank agency indicated it may tweak that system to give authorities more control as a buffer against market forces.

    Analysts said that announcement and government intervention in the currency market have likely contributed to the yuan's surge since the downgrade, which has confounded expectations.

    “This might reflect a shift in market expectations, but official intervention probably also played a large part,” Capital Economics said in a report.

    “The key implication of the change to the fixing regime, though, would seem to be that officials are determined not to allow sizeable depreciation.”

    The People's Bank of China set the yuan's reference rate at 6.8090 to the dollar, 0.79% stronger than the previous day, according to official figures, the biggest single-day jump since early January.

    US President Donald Trump throughout his election campaign last year said China was intentionally weakening its currency to give its firms an unfair export advantage. However, since taking office he has rowed back on the claims.

    China has gradually given the yuan freer rein over the years, but still only allows it to rise or fall two percent daily on either side of the fixed reference point.

    “The Moody's downgrade and a weaker spot rate compared to the fixing could have spurred the authorities to change the fixing mechanism and potentially intervene in the market,” Jason Daw, Singapore-based head of emerging-market currency strategy at Societe Generale SA, told Bloomberg News.



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    Barclays cuts holding in Africa unitBarclays cuts holding in Africa unit British banking giant Barclays said yesterday it will now sell 285.69 million shares in its African unit, more than originally planned because of strong investor demand, reducing its shareholding to 15%.

    The bank said it would cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group Ltd. to around 28% from 50.1%.

    Barclays has now raised 2.22 billion pounds (US$2.85 billion) from the sale, which should ease capital concerns swirling around the lender. The shares were sold at R132.0 (US$10.06) each.

    In 2016, Barclays' Chief Executive Jes Staley pledged to end its century-long presence in Africa to drum up funds that could be redeployed to other parts of the franchise. The bank spent the past few months locked in negotiations with regulators to get the signoff to shed part of its African stake.

    The sale offers some reprieve for Staley, who is being probed by UK regulators over his attempts to silence a Barclays' whistleblower. Barclays is expected to announce next month that it will close its “noncore” division, which houses the bank's unwanted assets, a move which the US executive says shows that the turnaround at Barclays is nearly complete.

    Staley decided to shed Barclays' African business in part because regulators make the large bank hold extra capital against the unit. A smaller, less-risky bank wouldn't have to do this. Barclays also estimates that a UK tax on bank balance sheets means it would pay an extra GBP200 million in levies by 2021 to keep its African unit on its books.

    Once Barclays is a minority owner of Barclays Africa it can deconsolidate the unit from its accounts and get regulatory clearance not to hold capital against it.



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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Top employer sought
  • Top employer soughtTop employer soughtBest Company to Work for Survey launched One of the most significant shifts in the survey methodology is the measurement of both company attraction and employee engagement. The Deloitte Best Company to Work for Survey, which has been conducted in Namibia since 2011, has been re-imagined and completely redesigned to deliver strategic insights for increased organisational effectiveness.

    “The survey has evolved over time in line with client needs and global trends,” said Leslie Yuill, actuarial, reward and advanced analytics leader at Deloitte Human Capital.

    Presenting the restructured survey to business leaders in Windhoek on Wednesday, he noted that the Deloitte Best Company to Work for Survey had over the years played a crucial guiding role to participating organisations eager to adapt their organisational design, shape their engagement strategies and inform their leadership to optimally lead their only true competitive advantage – their people.

    “The survey is for all organisations who value the importance of retaining and getting the best from their people,” according to Yuill. The rejuvenation of the survey is reflected in this year's theme: 'Maximising the power of your people'.

    “By using this survey, organisations will have the ability to develop and initiate more effective human capital strategies to thrive in an environment where rapid change is the only constant,” Yuill said.

    He explained that the survey now includes smart analytics coupled with best practice research methodologies and allows organisations access to the Deloitte Portal for ongoing and dynamic reporting.

    One of the most significant shifts in the survey methodology is the measurement of both company attraction and employee engagement. The attraction index measures the overall attraction of the organisation among its employees. It is an expression of the employees' alignment with their organisation and a reflection of the organisation's internal brand which supports employee retention.

    Overall the survey unpacks four main dimensions through which organisational attractiveness can be assessed and managed.

    This includes accomplishment and growth, care and feedback, culture and values as well as fairness and integrity.

    The second is the engagement index which measures the overall engagement state of the organisation's employees. It reflects employees' particular state of mind which maximises their work related behaviours and associated discretionary effort.

    Other changes in the survey include a shift from a static satisfaction survey with delayed feedback and action cycles to a flexible and dynamic survey that delivers comprehensive insight reports that can be run at any time to facilitate immediate action. The survey now also includes 100% employee representation as opposed to the selective sample of previous surveys.

    “Our human capital team will utilise this information to collect and apply relevant insights into your business. This will help you improve on areas of weakness and reinforce areas of strength. As a result your organisation can strategically and proactively manage its competitive advantage and systematically measure its return on investment,” Yuill said.

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Namfisa orders N$50m refund
  • Namfisa orders N$50m refundNamfisa orders N$50m refund The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) has instructed regulated entities to refund more than N$50 million to consumers, following complaints laid against them during the 2016/17 financial year.

    In an exclusive interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Namfisa CEO Kenneth Matomola said the nature of the complaints received range from non-cancellation of contracts, non-payments of contributions on benefits, refusal of claims, overcharged interest and claim disputes.

    The amount paid by 31 March is a significant increase from the N$11 million paid out in the prior financial year.

    “Namfisa has handled about 873 complaints from consumers of financial services during the 2016/17 financial year, which is a significant increase compared to 2015/16, when only 739 complaints were handled,” said Matomola.

    Matomola noted that about 76% of the refunds during the 2015/2016 financial year were paid by the insurance sector.

    The CEO said the nature of complaints during the 2016/2017 financial year remained more or less the same compared to the previous one (2016/17), although Namfisa observed an increase in complaints about micro-lending and credit agreements, and long-term insurance.

    Namfisa is an independent institution established by Act No. 3 of 2001 to regulate and supervise financial institutions in Namibia.

    Matomola called on regulated entities to treat consumers fairly and do away with malpractices, stressing the need to follow laws that govern the financial sector.

    He also reminded the public that the regulatory authority has a dedicated Complaints Department that investigates concerns on behalf of consumers of financial services and products.

    “Namfisa's complaints handling service is free of charge, which means consumers of financial services can lodge complaints with Namfisa directly and their relevant complaints will be investigated accordingly,” Matomola noted.

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    Global outrage after 'barbaric' Kabul truck bomb kills 90Global outrage after 'barbaric' Kabul truck bomb kills 90 President Donald Trump has condemned the “barbaric” truck-bombing in Kabul in a phone call with his Afghan counterpart, as global outrage swells over the massive blast that ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing at least 90 and injuring hundreds.

    No group has so far claimed the attack, launched from a sewage tanker packed with explosives, which tore a massive crater in the ground and blew out windows across the heavily fortified district.

    Anguished residents were preparing to bury their loved ones Thursday, as authorities continued to clear the mangled wreckage of cars and debris from around the blast site.

    Trump called President Ashraf Ghani to convey his condolences, saying the timing of the attack during the holy month of Ramadan underscores “the barbaric nature of the terrorists who are enemies of all civilised peoples”.

    “He also commended Afghan security forces for their steadfast efforts to defend the Afghan people from enemies who would seek to deny them the security and prosperity they so richly deserve,” the White House said.

    The attack underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan where the NATO-backed military, beset by soaring casualties and desertions, is struggling to beat back insurgents.

    Ghani slammed the bombing, the deadliest single attack in Kabul since the Taliban were toppled from power in a 2001 US-led invasion, as a “war crime”.

    The explosion damaged several embassies in the area, which houses diplomatic and government buildings and is a maze of concrete blast walls, vehicle barriers and armed security guards.

    At least 11 Afghan guards working for the US embassy were among those killed and 11 American citizens working as contractors in Kabul were among the wounded, US officials said

    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the “despicable” attack had happened “in the immediate vicinity” of the German embassy and that an Afghan guard had also been killed.

    France, India, Turkey, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Bulgaria also reported damage to their missions, including shattered windows, as the blast drew an avalanche of international condemnation.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his “abhorrence” at the strike which he said underlined the urgency of the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

    The lights at the Eiffel Tower were switched off on Wednesday night to honour the scores of victims. The monument's lights had already been turned off on Tuesday after suicide blasts in Baghdad killed at least 42.

    The sound of the bomb, which went off near Kabul's busy Zanbaq Square, reverberated across the Afghan capital, with residents comparing it to an earthquake. Most victims appear to be civilians.

    “They were going to their work like any other day and now they are lost,” a young Afghan man said of his missing uncle and cousins, sobbing quietly outside Kabul's Emergency hospital.

    “I have searched in three hospitals and haven't found them.”

    Afghanistan's intelligence agency blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network for the attack.



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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Shower now a luxury in CT
  • Shower now a luxury in CTShower now a luxury in CTMother City cuts back to survive worst drought in 100 years Mayor Patricia de Lille has described the scenario of the city running out of useable water as a “crisis of catastrophic proportions”. As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been told to restrict showers to two minutes and flush toilets only when “absolutely necessary”.

    The city - South Africa's biggest tourist hotspot - and the surrounding Western Cape province have been declared a disaster area by the local government, with just 10% of usable water left in the dams supplying the area.

    Two hours from the city, Theewaterskloof Dam, the main source of water for Cape Town, has been reduced to a flat and sandy desert, with the petrified remains of orchards flooded when the dam was built in the 1970s standing starkly under the sun.

    At the local watersports club, exposed moorings reveal where sailboats once floated. The long slipway now ends about 30 metres from the water's edge.

    “I've worked here for about 20 years and I've never ever seen the dam this low,” club secretary Lise Wheeler told AFP.

    For Cape Town residents, the drought has let to a gradual escalation of restrictions, from the limits on splashing at public pools earlier this year to the current complete ban on topping-up swimming pools or watering gardens.

    The newest restrictions limit residents to 100 litres per person per day and rule out its use for anything other than cooking, drinking and essential cleaning.

    Last week Virgin Active, a health club operator, said it would close saunas and steam rooms at its gyms across the province.

    “The best strategy to manage a drought effectively is to manage demand, which is what we are doing,” city councillor for water Xanthea Limberg told AFP.

    Earlier this year, the city published a name-and-shame list of the worst water offenders in Cape Town, and it says it is issuing fines and notices to appear in court.

    But officials themselves have faced criticism for failing to implement usage restrictions sooner, and have been accused of ignoring warnings by experts in the years before the drought.

    Some Capetonians have taken to collecting their own water at a natural spring outside a brewery in the city.

    Many are convinced that with dam levels so low, the quality of tap water has declined - a rumour that the city has been battling for months.

    “This is the only drinkable water I can get,” one resident told AFP.

    University of Cape Town climate scientist Peter Johnston said officials faced a long-term problem.

    “What we've had now is three seasons in a row where the rainfall has been low, and that's a one-in-a-hundred-year occurrence,” Johnston told AFP.

    Strong summer rains have seen much of southern Africa recover from a drought induced by El Nino.

    But Mediterranean-like Cape Town receives most of its rain in the southern hemisphere's winter - and scientists warn there is no guarantee of a good rainy season.

    “Even if we get a real wet winter, those dam levels are only going to go up by about 40 to 50%,” Johnston said.

    “If we get regular good rainfall, we're still going to be pretty much in the same position this time next year. That's the scary bit.”

    Many climate models point to a hotter and drier Western Cape, with high pressure systems blocking rain-carrying fronts more frequently.

    “This means that even if the situation stays the same in terms of population size and water usage, the long-term future is for less water falling out the sky,” Johnston said.

    Meaning that Cape Town will have to find its water elsewhere.

    In the short term, that involves recycling waste water and drilling into aquifers under the nearby Table Mountain landmark.

    The city is also looking at accelerating plans to build two desalination plants, a move already adopted by some of the driest towns in the region.

    “Restrictions are going to be a reality for the foreseeable future,” Limberg said.





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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Small town dwellers
  • Small town dwellersSmall town dwellers I have always been amazed by the mentality, hospitality (or lack thereof) of my small town people. Trust me, John Cougar Mellencamp had no idea when he penned his hit “Small Town”, in which he practically pays tribute to life in a small town. People of a small town, like those of the town I have come to call home, must be bred at a different factory plant than the rest of us.

    Ja, there must be a little underground factory plant with a large assembly line, where robots line up alongside it to complete these ‘products’. One robot would screen “Give me a brain for this one. I want a brain with a high IQ here please…”, and the others would answer in unison “Dream on!” What’s IQ gotta do with it, you ask?

    The other day I was labeled as being an ignorant, self-conceited fool by the locals of my small town. My crime was that I did not know who Tjizanduu was! Tjizanduu, I later found out, was a man known by all in my town as having been a “Laddies’ Man” in his hey day!

    “Almost all the women here were at one or the other time Tjizanduu’s girlfriend. That’s how good the man was, ”my traditional mate, Kurukukuu, said the other day.

    Kurukukuu is named so after the sound presumably made by a rooster every morning. It was argued by fellow peers that the man had the fighting spirit of a male chicken – running around, picking fights (and other actions) that he could never finish. The poor soul still thinks his name came is a compliment.

    “But my friend, how does sleeping around make a person popular,” I asked my friend.

    “Ag man Charlie, you clearly do not know anything. The more the merrier, my broer!”

    I left it at that. Either my friend had no idea what the phrase he just used actually means, or he is truly a product of one of those underground factory plants. But the bottom line remains – you must know all the people who ought to be known in a small town set-up. So, if you do not know who are the popular people worth knowing, do yourself and the small town’s population a favour and find out! It’s a terrible conundrum, isn’t it?

    Also, if you live in a small town, never admit to not knowing something – even if it is true. Such admission is apparently a sign of weakness. Forget all that “mumbo jumbo” of Tyra and Dr Phill about admitting your weakness – here you will be lynched for doing so. You must appear to know about anything and everything under sun. The trick is in confusing those that dare ask you trivial and useless facts!

    If someone ask you; “Hey Charlie, what part of speech is ‘eating’?” Simply reply by saying: “Well, it depends. For instance, if you were Christopher Columbus and about to discover America by mistake, would you be ‘eating’ humble pie?”

    That may not adequately educate the person who asked you, but it will surely confuse them – that’s all you need. Think of it like those guys from the North, who are all drivers. It does not matter who you ask in the north about whether the person can drive a car – the answer is always a confident ‘Yes’! If you dare question them further, they will assure you that they all learned from Michael Schumacher himself.

    Small town people also have the distinct ability to carry on a conversation and make jokes – even if no one is listening or paying attention. People like Kurukukuu would make a joke, end up laughing on his own and then painfully try to explain the joke to his friends. And he only knows chicken jokes!

    The other day I saw three young men having a conversation – but not with each other. They were all talking at the same time, smiling and laughing at their own jokes and amazingly finished at the same time. It’s like clock work – all you hear is murmuring in three different voice tones, then abrupt silence and they all go like “Taaaaaa…eish….aweeeee….”And you thought you had a boring life!

    Until then…

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: Curbing golden handshakes
  • Curbing golden handshakesCurbing golden handshakes We are in total concurrence with DTA secretary-general Manuel Ngaringombe over the spate of suspensions rocking parastatals and how it has become a financial burden to taxpayers.

    Many of our poor performing state-owned enterprises continue to hog the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    The recent suspensions at Meatco and TransNamib involving a chief executive and top managers are typical examples of what is now expected as a norm in our country.

    We find the situation troubling, because not only does it not bode well for the stability of governance and service delivery, but there appears to be a grave disregard for the proper use of taxpayers' money.

    The media, which in most cases is expected to duly inform the citizenry on SOE operations is given a cold shoulder by board members of these organisations, forcing journalists to rely on secondary sources for information that ought to be in the public domain. It is interesting that these companies announce with great pomp and fanfare the appointments of their executives, but yet refuse to entertain media enquiries when it comes to suspensions and sometimes dismissals involving executives.

    Citizens have the right to demand accountability and the right to know how their money is being spent. It is a disturbing state of affairs and a situation that is allowed to play itself out all the time. In most cases government has failed at providing clear decisive leadership when it comes to dealing with the phenomena of suspensions. Yes, executives that are found to be incompetent should surely face the consequences. But that should not happen at the expense of taxpayers through dishing out golden handshakes or termination payments. It does also not augur well with the Companies Act of 2004, which is clear when it states that a company must not make payments to any director as compensation for loss of office unless full particulars have been disclosed and the payment has been approved by special resolution of the company. SOEs must stop this trend of approving employment contracts that commit companies to pay upon termination, despite the fact that the termination is the result of an executive or CEO's miserable failures.

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  • 06/01/17--16:00: School enrollment opens
  • School enrollment opensSchool enrollment opens Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa announced that the application process for pre-primary school and Grades 1 and 8 opened yesterday.

    She called on parents and guardians to start with the application process as soon as possible as it closes on 31 July for Grades 1 and 8.

    She cautioned parents not to fall victim to people who might pretend to be ministerial agents during the application process. She said that the ministry does not have 'middlemen' in this regard. “We also urge parents to be vigilant of people posing as agents who request to facilitate the application process at a certain fee. The Education Act No 16 of 2001 does not make provision for agents in this regard nor does the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture register agents to play as the middlemen in the application process for admission,” warned Hanse-Himarwa.

    In her speech, read on her behalf by ministry permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp, Hanse-Himarwa said due to urbanisation there is usually a challenge to cater for learners in these two grades. “As we may have observed, the intake of entry grades, mainly Grades 1 and 8, creates a challenge every year in almost all the regions. It should also be noted that, the movement of parents from one place to another especially to metropolitan cities and towns influenced by various factors such as employment and relocation, has a great impact on the demand.”

    She also added that part of the reason why schools cannot handle the amount of learners that enrol for Grades 1 and 8 is because of the abolishment of compulsory contributions towards the school development fund. “Apart from the population growth, the abolishment of compulsory contributions to school development fund also increased the demand of space in schools,” she said.

    Parents and guardians of applicants should obtain an application form at their preferred school of choice and these should be completed. The schools will then inform them in writing about the outcome of the application by 29 September 2017. The education minister emphasised that learners who are currently in attending schools where the next grade exists should not be allowed at another school because they automatically have a place in the next grade at their school.

    She said only in cases where parents or guardians move to another region should the learners allowed to leave their school. “It should also be noted that learners that are already attending school where the next grade exists will not be allowed to move to another school as the child already has automatic place in the next grade, except in cases where parents move from one region to another,” said Hanse-Himarwa

    Figures released by the education ministry for 2017 with regards to admission for pre-primary and Grades 1 to 8 show that over 41 000 learners were admitted for pre-primary education, and over 85 000 learners were admitted in Grade 1 while more than 62 000 learners were admitted for Grade 8 for this academic year.

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