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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Lions restore old school valuesLions restore old school valuesSubstandard rugby In the tightly-scripted professional era, the once traditional get-together in the changing sheds after the game had become a distant memory until Warren Gatland decided his Lions could benefit from socialising with New Zealanders. The British and Irish may have been widely rubbished for a sub-par performance in their New Zealand tour opener but they won respect for restoring old school values in a professional era.

    The scrambled effort to pull off a 13-7 win over a team of nobodies playing under the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians banner was widely panned by critics.

    But for the mainly amateur Barbarians, who fit rugby around regular weekday jobs, the highlight was as much about a return to after-match camaraderie as it was about nearly causing a major upset.

    As the sellout crowd of 20,000 left Toll Stadium in Whangarei, frustrated by what they had seen from Britain and Ireland's best, the players relaxed together beneath the main stand, bonded by a mutual respect.

    “We just walked between the two changing rooms,” Barbarians centre Dwayne Sweeney said as he emerged from the changing rooms wearing the number 12 Lions jersey of Ben Te'o.

    “I said it was a privilege to play against him. I haven't played Test rugby and he's playing for England,” Sweeney said.

    NAMPA /AFP

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    Zidane back among the immortalsZidane back among the immortalsMadrid trounce Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo showed why he is rated as one of the best player of his generation with a thrilling performance against Juventus. Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game's most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss.

    When Zidane's majestic strike flashed into the net to give Madrid victory in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, the French star must have believed he would never surpass that golden moment in Europe's top-tier tournament.

    Yet at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday, he joined the managerial immortals as Madrid's 4-1 rout of Juventus made him the first coach to win successive European Cups since the great Arrigo Sacchi of AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.

    Not even Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola has achieved that epic feat.

    “All the coaches you mentioned, they're great coaches. I don't want to say I'm very good because before I was scandalously bad and now I'm supposed to be the best,” Zidane said modestly.

    “I have the chance to be with this great squad. In the long run, everyone's been very important. For me that's the success.”

    Madrid's impressive win rightly sparked praise for Cristiano Ronaldo's predatory brace.

    But it was Zidane who provided the inspiration for Madrid's first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.

    After taking the lead through Ronaldo, Madrid were rocked back on their heels by Mario Mandzukic's stunning overhead kick equaliser before the interval.

    However, Zidane turned the tide in the space of a few words when he faced his uncertain players in the dressing room.

    Imploring his stars to believe in themselves as much as he did in them, Zidane struck the right tone and eased their fears that the trophy may slip from their grasp.

    Ronaldo admitted it was in those moments that the match was won.

    “Zidane gave us a very positive half-time team talk and told us he really believed in us,” he said.

    With Zidane's words ringing in their ears, Madrid were revitalised in the second half, scoring three times to seal the famous 'cup with the big ears'.

    As he stood on the pitch amid the confetti and fireworks at full-time, a bashful smile across his face, Zidane could have been forgiven for letting his mind drift back to his childhood.

    Born among Marseille's toughest streets, Zidane said this week: “If you said I was going to live all of this when I was a child quite frankly I would never have believed, but here I am living it.”

    Throughout an incredible playing career that brought him fame and fortune, Zidane remained a reluctant hero, even when he became the idol of a nation by starring in France's 1998 World Cup triumph.

    But it was that calm demeanour that appealed to Madrid chief Florentino Perez when he made the surprise decision to appoint Zidane as boss in January 2016.

    With only brief spells as Madrid's assistant coach and 'B' team boss on his CV, critics wondered how he would cope with a squad of fragile egos at a club rife with political power struggles.

    Those doubters underestimated Zidane's inner resolve and the huge respect he was held in by Madrid's players.

    Here was a manager who could match them medal for medal and they quickly responded to his leadership.

    A Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid last season might have been seen in some quarters as beginner's luck.

    But Zidane had all the right answers this season.

    Aware that Ronaldo had been below his best in two Champions League finals after feeling overworked earlier in those campaigns, he rested the forward nine times this season and was rewarded with 16 goals in his last 10 appearances.

    Even the difficult decision of whether to recall Wales forward Gareth Bale for the final in his hometown was no problem for Zidane, who kept faith with Isco and watched his playmaker pull the strings impressively.

    Blessed with the Midas touch, Zidane's success is no fluke and there's no end in sight.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Lesotho warns Namibia
  • Lesotho warns Namibia Lesotho warns Namibia Lesotho coach Moses Maliehe is looking to build on his team’s fine showing at the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup in Namibia when he leads the team again at this year’s tournament in South Africa from June 25-July 9.

    Lesotho stormed through the group stage 12 months ago and was unlucky losers on penalties to eventual champions South Africa in the quarterfinals following a 1-1 draw.

    Maliehe now believes his side can go all the way as they enter directly into the quarterfinals this year, where they will meet 2015 champions Namibia.

    “I am really looking forward to the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup after how well we did last year and knowing that with another 12 months’ experience under our belt, we can do even better,” Maliehe says.

    “The preparations have gone well, we played two matches in Swaziland recently. One was against their COSAFA Castle Cup squad and we lost 1-0, but then we played the team they said they would use for the African Nations Cup qualifiers and we won 1-0.

    “We also have a game against Mauritania in Pretoria on Sunday that will give us good preparation ahead of our Nations Cup qualifier in Tanzania next weekend, so it is full steam ahead.”

    Maliehe reveals he has made just a few tweaks to his squad for this year’s COSAFA Castle Cup, but otherwise it is much the same as last year.

    “We have about 80% of the same squad, but I have added some experience. I like to work with young players, but sometimes you need a little bit more than that.”

    Maliehe says he will be wary of Namibia, even though that country has its own problems.

    “They played very well last year, but you know they have not been playing in their domestic league for the last 12 months, so they have had no regular competition. But still, they have players who are doing well in South Africa and they are a very good team. We will certainly not take them lightly.”

    Like many Southern African coaches, Maliehe is juggling a triple challenge in the coming weeks – qualifiers in the Nations Cup and African Nations Championship, as well as the COSAFA Castle Cup.

    “That’s why I called up 26 players, because we need to get squads ready for all three of these competitions and the teams will not necessarily be the same. So we are thinking different players for different competitions, but we are preparing for all three together.”

    Finally, asked if Lesotho can put past disappointment in the final behind them and go all the way in the COSAFA Castle Cup in 2017, Maliehe is adamant.

    “Definitely,Of course it won’t be easy, but we are a good team and I believe in my players, I definitely believe we can win the COSAFA Castle Cup.”

    Cosafa Media

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Classic Clashes begin
  • Classic Clashes beginClassic Clashes beginNetball thrills Netball players displayed fantastic skills in the classic clashes over the weekend at the St Joseph School. The 2017 First National Bank (FNB) Classic Clashes kicked off on Friday afternoon at Döbra pitting St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School against Eldorado Secondary School in netball.

    The two schools produced an entertaining game that saw the host winning the encounter by 34 to 24 points.

    St Joseph's displayed great teamwork to dominate their physical opponents and led the first quarter by seven points to two.

    Eldorado improved in the second quarter to outscore their opponents by nine points to five, but that was not enough to give them the overall lead.

    The Second Quarter ended with St Joseph's 12 and Eldorado 9

    In the third quarter, St Josephs upped the tempo and outscored Eldorado by 11 points to nine to stretch their overall lead to 23 points to 18.

    St Joseph's continued their dominance till the end, outscoring their opponents by a massive 11 points to six to complete a comfortable victory.

    Speaking to Nampa after the game, Vice President and Development Officer of Netball Namibia, Isadore Nel expressed satisfaction with the quality of the netball produced in the game.

    “The standard is improving meaning the coaches have worked on some of the weakness of their players. The players who trained with the National under-19 team also displayed maturity, having learnt a lot from that experience.”

    She said the logistics went smooth as everything was organised well.

    These are the 10th successive Classic Games and are expected to end by 09 September 2017.

    The high school tournament sees learners participate in rugby, football and netball.

    On Saturday, netball continues with Academia facing Augustinium at Academia Netball Courts from 12:00. Next Friday will see football kicking off with a derby match between St Georges and St Paul's College at the Independence Stadium from 15:00.

    NAMPA

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Jones has a master plan
  • Jones has a master planJones has a master planInside the Welshman's strategy Namibian rugby is estimated to reach higher standards by 2019 provided the resources at their disposal. It will take time for many to understand why the new Windhoek Draught Welwitschias coach Lyn Jones has set a target of 2019 for the team.

    The Welshman arrived at the beginning of the year carrying a huge weight on his shoulder.

    The 52-year-old Welsh coach has coached the New Port Gwen Dragons and three other clubs since he started coaching in 1994.

    The expectations are high and will remain high for as long as he is at the helm of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and Currie Cup team.

    In his first test, Jones came up against Hino Valke side which gave him a defeat when the Welwitschias lost 50-33 in South Africa.

    It was a game which he strongly admitted that he was just assessing the players and the team.

    The team went on to lose their next fixtures before finally beating Hino Valke 45-43.

    For many local rugby fans, it remains questionable what difference the new coach has brought to the team which was lacking last season.

    Last year's competition saw Namibia losing all five of their Currie Cup First Division matches, while scoring 117 points and conceding 303.



    The Plan

    Lyn Jones only has a one-year contract with the Namibia Rugby Union.

    People around rugby circles have frequently questioned why Jones speaks of 2019, while his contract expires this year.

    The Welshman took time to give a thorough explanation about the situation and the plans he has for the team five months into his job.

    “Yes, my contract will expire, but as a coach I have assessed and do believe that this team will be a complete item in 2019.

    “I say 2019 because I have seen the players at my disposal and the resources I have at the moment.

    “This is a building process which will not just happen overnight as many people expect it to be,” Jones said.

    “If you can give me a N$1 million right now to develop this team, I do believe the time to gel will be shorter than we estimated.

    “Money will enable us to have more advanced equipment used in many parts of the world where rugby nations are successful.

    “However, we know that funding is a problem in this country and that it is why it will take time to have a very strong team.”

    Speed, power is one of the things that Jones is working on improving during his time with the team.

    The most important thing for him however is getting the players to understand the intellects of the game.

    He feels that even if the players have the speed and power, understanding the game on an intelligent level will make his coaching job easier.

    Jones's plan is to recruit more young players from the clubs in order to prepare them for the senior national team.

    He emphasised the importance maintaining a balance between the Currie Cup team, the senior national team and also the clubs.

    Over the years, June to August has always been a very difficult time for the Currie Cup and Vodacom teams because they have had to surrender their top players to the senior national team.

    This time of the year, also means that the NRU Rugby League is approaching the end and clubs need their finest players.

    “Our plan is to reduce that burden and make sure that all teams and the league do not lose value. We therefore need to train more players.

    “I can tell you that Namibia has many talented players who just need to be exploited.

    “I am still new and have been busy watching the local players in order to get an idea of what I want.” He also lauded the NRU for the commitment they have shown towards the development of the game in the country.

    “I can tell you that people here are working very hard in order to make things get better for rugby.

    “Youth coach like Rodger Thompson has done a very great job with the young players.”

    Jones admits that bad results will come by for the next few years before the glory days arrive.

    He however did not rule out the prospect that the team will also gain good results in the process.

    “Winning one game is a sign of improvement, but that does not mean we are complete.

    “This plan we have is not just for me, but it will definitely work for anyone who takes this position after I am gone.”

    Jones felt that a team with enough depth in squad will be able to give Namibia glory days again.

    Just as many others in the NRU, his ultimate wish will be to see the Welwitschias winning their first ever world cup match.

    One of the challenges that Jones and his compatriot Phil Davies [senior national team coach] are facing is the fact that many players in the teams have day to day jobs.

    Others are also doing their studies which make it difficult for the two Welshman to spend more time with players.

    Spending less time with the players have consequences given that the players do not often take in a nutritious balanced diet which is important for their bodies.

    Jones did also not shed light on his contract and future with the national team.



    Currie Cup

    After the SuperSport Rugby Challenge is completed, Jones will now shift his focus on the Currie Cup competition.

    The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will play the Griffons in the first fixture of the competition on 26 August.

    “We are excited to play in the Currie Cup and hope to produce great performances in that competition,” Jones said.

    Namibia only did well in the competition before Independence. The team will have one and a half month break to prepare themselves for the competition after they play their last game of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Bulls trample Welwitschias
  • Bulls trample WelwitschiasBulls trample Welwitschias The Vodacom Blue Bulls demolished the Welwitschias 92-7 in a one sided Super Sport Rugby Challenge match at Hoërskool Garsfontein in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.

    The match was moved to Hoërskool Garsfontein due to the 24th instalment of Vodacom Bulletjie Day at Loftus Versfeld and the crowd were treated to a match that saw 15 tries scored in total.

    The Blue Bulls opened up their account in the minute when flank Boom Prinsloo crossed the chalk. This was followed up by tries to inside centre Franco Naude and wing Kefentse Mahlo within 15 minutes of the first kick-off.

    The visitors struggled to contain the Blue Bulls as the men in blue ran in tries courtesy of number 8 Clyde Davids and flank Shaun Adendorff while Naude, Mahlo and Prinsloo each bagged their second.

    Flyhalf Tinus de Beer's conversion of Prinsloo's second tries three minutes after the halftime hooter gave the Blue Bulls a comfortable 52-0 lead at the break.

    The home team picked up things where they left them in the first half as Naude scored his third try in the 41st minute.

    Ill-discipline plagued the second stanza as Welwitschias prop Andries Rousseau was yellow carded while Blue Bulls' replacement loose forward Marco van Staden and replacement hooker Jan-Henning Campher were sin binned in the 58th and 64th minute respectively.

    The yellow cards may have stifled the flow of the match but it did not prevent Adendorff from getting his brace with 28 minutes left to go while replacement lock Brian Leitch got his name on the score sheet minutes later.

    Wing Nikin Cloete crossed the whitewash for the Welwitschias in the 69th minute and flyhalf Dirk van Weidts' conversion sliced the uprights much to the delight of the supporters.

    The Blue Bulls were not done just yet though as replacement scrumhalf Andre Warner got a double in the last ten minutes while replacement utility back Earl Douwrie also dotted down.

    Replacement flyhalf Joshua Stander converted all five of the home team's second half tries with his final conversion handing the Blue Bulls a convincing 92-7 win over the Namibians.



    Scorers

    Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Boom Prinsloo (2), Franco Naude (3), Kefentse Mahlo (2), Clyde Davids, Shaun Adendorff (2), Brian Leitch, Andre Warner (2), Earl Douwrie; Cons: Tinus de Beer (6), Joshua Stander (5).

    Welwitschias - Try: Nikin Cloete; Con: Dirk van Weidts.

    SuperSport

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    Bulls trample over WelwitschiasBulls trample over Welwitschias The Vodacom Blue Bulls demolished the Welwitschias 92-7 in a one sided Super Sport Rugby Challenge match at Hoërskool Garsfontein in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.

    The match was moved to Hoërskool Garsfontein due to the 24th instalment of Vodacom Bulletjie Day at Loftus Versfeld and the crowd were treated to a match that saw 15 tries scored in total.

    The Blue Bulls opened up their account in the minute when flank Boom Prinsloo crossed the chalk. This was followed up by tries to inside centre Franco Naude and wing Kefentse Mahlo within 15 minutes of the first kick-off.

    The visitors struggled to contain the Blue Bulls as the men in blue ran in tries courtesy of number 8 Clyde Davids and flank Shaun Adendorff while Naude, Mahlo and Prinsloo each bagged their second.

    Flyhalf Tinus de Beer's conversion of Prinsloo's second tries three minutes after the halftime hooter gave the Blue Bulls a comfortable 52-0 lead at the break.

    The home team picked up things where they left them in the first half as Naude scored his third try in the 41st minute.

    Ill-discipline plagued the second stanza as Welwitschias prop Andries Rousseau was yellow carded while Blue Bulls' replacement loose forward Marco van Staden and replacement hooker Jan-Henning Campher were sin binned in the 58th and 64th minute respectively.

    The yellow cards may have stifled the flow of the match but it did not prevent Adendorff from getting his brace with 28 minutes left to go while replacement lock Brian Leitch got his name on the score sheet minutes later.

    Wing Nikin Cloete crossed the whitewash for the Welwitschias in the 69th minute and flyhalf Dirk van Weidts' conversion sliced the uprights much to the delight of the supporters.

    The Blue Bulls were not done just yet though as replacement scrumhalf Andre Warner got a double in the last ten minutes while replacement utility back Earl Douwrie also dotted down.

    Replacement flyhalf Joshua Stander converted all five of the home team's second half tries with his final conversion handing the Blue Bulls a convincing 92-7 win over the Namibians.

    SCORERS

    Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Boom Prinsloo (2), Franco Naude (3), Kefentse Mahlo (2), Clyde Davids, Shaun Adendorff (2), Brian Leitch, Andre Warner (2), Earl Douwrie; Cons: Tinus de Beer (6), Joshua Stander (5).

    Welwitschias - Try: Nikin Cloete; Con: Dirk van Weidts.

    SuperSport

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Kamuhanga happy in Germany
  • Kamuhanga happy in GermanyKamuhanga happy in GermanyHas settled well at TSB Flensburg A talent who played on the football fields of Namibia, Kamuhanga, is enjoying his stay in Germany. Former African Stars and Brave Warriors player Eslin Kamuhanga says he is happy playing for the German club TSB Flensburg.

    Founded in 1865, the club plays in the fifth- class Schleswig-Holstein league and has around 4300 registered members.

    Speaking in exclusive interview from Germany Kamuhanga said: “I am enjoying myself at this club and I have no intentions of leaving.

    “TSB Flensburg staff and players have welcomed me very well and that is why I continue playing good football. Sometimes I do miss home, but as a player one has to play in order to make a leaving out of the beautiful game,” Kamuhanga said.

    The winger also revealed that he was saddened by the fact that the Namibia Premier League has not kicked-off this season.

    “I do feel for the players that have not been playing at the moment, because most get their money from football. However, I do not want to touch on it too much because I am a professional and will not want to interfere in the affairs of the NFA and league,” Kamuhanga said.

    Kamuhanga played for notable clubs like Black Africa, African Stars, Civics and Ramblers and has won the premier league with this clubs on various occasions.

    He also played for the national team and the under-20 sides during his career. Known for his blistering speed and fierce left foot, Kamuhanga used to torment defenders and goalkeepers with his abilities. The 35-year-old did however also not state if his international career is over. “One may never know what can happen in the future because I am still active in the game. “However, I am not getting younger and that will prove to be difficult to ever play for the national team again.”

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Paralympians visit State HouseParalympians visit State HouseWindfalls are coming Ananias Shikongo and Johannes Nambala are likely to be rewarded by the government for their Rio heroics. The Namibia Paralympics team on Friday paid a courtesy visit to President Hage Geingob at the State House.

    The team accompanied by their secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya could not hide their excitement.

    The visit comes months after Ananias Shikongo and Johannes Nambala scooped gold and silver medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics games.

    President Geingob told the athletes that the government is looking at ways to reward the winners.

    He said that he was pleased with what the athletes have accomplished in Brazil.

    “Finally, our Paralympics stars have been welcomed at the State House of Namibia.

    “It is indeed an honour to meet his Excellency,” an excited Michael Hamukwaya said. The government is expected to reward the athletes given that it had honoured 2012 Paralympics champion Johanna Benson with a house.

    Among many of the windfalls she got, the sprinter also had a street named after her in Walvis Bay's Kuisebmond location.

    The government also awarded a diplomatic passport to the golden girl of Namibia.

    The government's delay to meet the two Paralympics stars Nambala and Shikongo raised eyebrows from the sports industry.

    Many felt that Shikongo and Nambala should have been rewarded by the time they came back from Brazil.

    Shikongo won three medals in the T11, 100 metre (bronze), 200m (gold) and 400m (bronze) at the Rio Paralympics.

    His compatriot and close friend Johannes Nambala won two silver medals in the T13, 200 and 400m categories.

    Shikongo who was living in a shack before he went to Rio was given an N$500 000 from Standard Bank to build a house.

    He also received several donations of money from businesses.

    Shikongo was also given a car by the House of Joy Ministries.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Unam rugby team marches on
  • Unam rugby team marches onUnam rugby team marches onToo strong for Kudus University of Namibia (Unam) Rugby Club continued their dominance in the local league on Saturday when they outclassed Kudus Rugby Club by 56 points to 16 in a one-sided match at the university sports ground. The Walvis Bay side failed to impress when they came up against the university team.

    UNAM scored and converted all eight tries to claim two bonus points, while Wanderers scored two tries, converted one and added two penalties.

    Kudus struggled to contain a rampant Unam team who made several changes to their usual starting line-up in what their coach Johan Diergaardt termed preparation for the future.

    Camlo Martin scored a hat-trick of tries with Helarius Kisting, Milaan Van Wyk, Romanzo Lento, Kamie Mieze and substitute full-back Lorenso Louis chipping in with one try apiece.

    Denver Merurua converted six of the eight tries, while Kisting converted the other two.

    For Kudus Steven Carlton and Paulo Andrews scored three tries, while the conversions and penalties were from Ulriato Lawrence.

    The win puts the university team at a comfortable position of retaining their title for the third time in row, as they remain the only unbeaten team on the log.

    Kudus coach Zane Jansen paid tribute to Unam, saying they played typical student rugby of attacking all-out, which unsettled his team.

    “We could not manage to counter them in the first half, but when we reorganised our defence in the second half, it went well as we kept them out for a long period,” he said.

    UNAM coach Diergaardt said his team played well in the first half, but changes in the second half changed the complexion of the game.

    “We made some changes because our backline will miss a few players in the next two or three weeks. We wanted to give some of the potential replacements some game time so they can get into the rhythm,” he said.

    He added that because of their dominance, Unam is now giving themselves small challenges to take their game to another level.

    “With all due respect to all the other teams, we have to find motivation within ourselves, like setting score targets for each half. Today we said we must get a bonus point in the first half and we did that,” he added.

    In other games played on Saturday, Wanderers lost away to Walvis Bay by 22 points to 15, while Western Suburbs beat Rehoboth by 25 points to 10 at Suburbs Park in Windhoek and United beat Falcons 15-07.

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Terror seizes London, again
  • Terror seizes London, againTerror seizes London, againBrutal and surprise attacks mars revellers A second terror attack shook London on Saturday night, some two weeks after the Manchester attack, with Britain expected to go to the polls on Thursday. Britain's main Conservative and Labour parties suspended national campaigning on Sunday for the upcoming general election after six people died in a suspected terror attack in London.

    “The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May's centre-right party told AFP.

    Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour party, added in a statement: “The Labour party will be suspending national campaigning until this evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury.”

    Britain goes to the polls on Thursday.

    This follows the terror attack in London on Saturday evening. Just minutes before the attack in London, pubs were crammed with revellers enjoying a balmy night out in a trendy part of the city, many of them watching the Champions League final on big screens.

    And then terror struck yet again at London's heart as a van smashed into pedestrians before its occupants went on a stabbing rampage, bringing bloodshed to the streets of the British capital.

    Within minutes, six people had been killed and three attackers shot dead by armed police. Dozens more were wounded.

    People enjoying their evening out near the River Thames told of how their night became a nightmare in seconds as they witnessed the attack unfold.



    'I saw her bounce up in the air'

    First, a white van veered wildly into pedestrians crossing London Bridge, with those who managed to avoid the attack rushing to aid those who were hit.

    The van deliberately swerved into groups of people at speed, eyewitnesses said.

    “I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could,” Alessandro told BBC radio.

    “There were five or six people that we tried to help, they were young people.”

    Mark, another witness, was in the middle of London Bridge, taking pictures of Tower Bridge downstream.

    “It was swerving from side to side. I could see it hitting people,” he said of the van.

    “It hit one person about six metres in the air. Poor girl. I just saw her bounce up in the air.

    “There must have been about five or six people on the ground, they must have been seriously injured,” he told BBC radio.

    London resident Dee, 26, said she was sure it was a terror attack as the van careered southwards over London Bridge.

    “And then there was a man with a knife, he was running, he came down the stairs and went to a bar,” she told AFP.

    After the van crashed right at Southwark Cathedral, the stabbing spree began, with the attackers descending into Borough Market, a popular area of trendy bars and eateries on the south side of the bridge.

    Taxi driver Chris told LBC radio he saw men brandishing long knives emerging from the van.

    “Three men got out with long blades, 30 centimetres long and went randomly... stabbing people.”

    Witness Eric saw the trio get out of the van and thought they were going to help those who had been hit.

    However, they were “kicking them, punching them, and took out knives. It was a rampage.”

    They then ran towards Borough Market with a shout of “this is for Allah”.

    Alex Shellum, who was in The Mudlark pub near London Bridge said he saw a young woman stagger in.

    “She was bleeding heavily from the neck and from her mouth,” he said.

    “It appeared to myself and to my friends that her throat had been cut,” he told the BBC.

    Police held people inside bars and restaurants for their own safety, telling them to get under the tables.

    They were later asked to leave with their hands on their heads.

    Frightened people were led away as police officers screamed at them to run. Many were in tears, with friends supporting each other along the road.

    Roads were closed off and stations evacuated as police shouted at people to flee the scene.

    Three attackers wearing hoax suicide vests caused mayhem, repeatedly stabbing one of the first police officers on the scene.

    Within eight minutes of the first calls to the emergency services, the three assailants were fatally shot by armed police.



    Blood on chef's uniform

    Gerard Kavanar, 46, who lives by Tower Bridge, told AFP: “There was lot of chefs in white costumes, one had blood on his shoulder”.

    Police boats scanned the Thames in the dark while helicopters circled overhead and streets were cordoned off, AFP reporters said.

    An emergency response helicopter landed on London Bridge, while emergency service workers rushed people on trolleys to waiting ambulances, AFP photographers saw.

    Members of the public were seen leaving the scene wrapped in foil emergency blankets while armed police patrolled the scene.

    Debris could be seen on the bridge where people had fled.

    Several people on Twitter offered their homes for anyone left stranded by the attack.

    One of those was Bea Corkhill, 17, who told AFP her boyfriend was chased by a man with a knife.

    “I want to go home but I don't know how,” she said.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: How will we do it?
  • How will we do it?How will we do it? The fifth National Development Plan is a grand thing with many, lofty goal and targets. By 2022 we are looking at more than 7 000 new houses, over 6000 new serviced erven, 40 000 jobs and massive targets in the reduction of poverty. Of this, the primary target is in rural areas where the private sector, it is said, will be encouraged to invest to reduce poverty.

    Great plan and yes, it should be lauded but, also with caution.

    The Namibian government is not exactly known for its implementation. Shall we look at the first four development plans? Mass housing? TIPEEG?

    We are very good at saying this is what we want to do, but we sorely lack effective implementation.

    What is most concerning is that the plan doesn't mention how these targets will be achieved. We have no money and government needs an estimated 4.5% annual growth rate for the plan to be realised. We have just applied for a $10 billion loan from the African Development Bank in an effort to complete infrastructure projects.

    Our schools and hospitals are cutting budgets left, right and centre and the police cannot appoint any new recruits. Government's vehicles are grounded and collecting dust, because various ministries cannot afford to run them.

    But we are targeting a growth rate higher than 4%? When we are reliant on external forces to determine commodity prices? When we are reliant on President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family to determine the value of our currency and our food prices? When we are reliant on a good rainy season next year and the year after and thereafter again to ensure that our farmers survive? And in spite of all this, the agricultural sector has been prioritised in the “plan” to boost food security. Yet, our resettlement farmers in the south harvest tons of watermelons, which are left to rot, because there is no money for transport to get the produce to town.

    How are we going to achieve these goals? Or are we back at the start of 2016 when we were told that we should pray for a miracle to improve Windhoek's water crisis?

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day NOWHERE TO GO: Displaced children stand in line to get food at the Hammam al-Alil camp for internally displaced people south of Mosul, Iraq, as government forces continue their offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. There has been no relief for the Iraqis for many, many years. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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    Swapo youth will get their chanceSwapo youth will get their chance Oshana Swapo coordinator Erastus Kapolo has offered his perspective on the generational change debate, saying youth leaders should wait for their turn to lead the ruling party.

    Kapolo, however, believes there is a need to identify a pool of young leaders who can be groomed to take over from the current ageing generation.

    He added that the current Swapo leaders were also young people who played a leading role during Namibia's liberation struggle and later moved up the ranks to be where they are today.

    “The current leaders whom we say are old were also young at some stage and they were groomed,” he told Namibian Sun in a brief interview.

    “There is nothing wrong with having a young leader provided that he is groomed and advocating for the implementation of the Swapo manifesto. Remember we are following the constitution of the party.”

    The Swapo coordinator also said there was no anti-youth agenda within the ruling party.

    Kapolo, however, expressed disappointment with the conduct of some young Swapo members. “They are calling us 'these old people' and 'idiots',” Kapolo said.

    Kapolo explained that Swapo does not have an agenda against any individual because its constitution or manifesto does not have room for that, adding had it not been for Swapo, the youth would not have been educated to the extent they are today. “Swapo is not against the youth, we really support them and that is why we lobby for education for all and in fact we are having free education because we know the importance of an educated nation,” Kapolo said.

    “The youth are the custodians and future leaders and they should follow in the footsteps of the elders who have seen things the youth have never seen… I personally fought with the gun and I was acting upon the instructions of the commanding chief, obeying what they were telling us.”

    Swapo appears to be highly divided ahead of the elective congress in November this year that will elect a new leadership of the ruling party.

    Acting party president Hage Geingob remains favourite to land the Swapo presidency on a fulltime basis.

    Geingob took over in an acting capacity following the resignation of then president Hifikepunye Pohamba.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Otjiwarongo takes it!!!
  • Otjiwarongo takes it!!!Otjiwarongo takes it!!! Nestled in Namibia’s central north and capital of the Otjozondjupa Region, Otjiwarongo has won the Namibia Town of Year 2017 competition. The town campaigned with a frenzy and pulled together not only its residents but also its sons and daughters who have moved elsewhere. The municipality launched an aggressive campaign and it paid off.

    The Namibia Town of the Year competition, hosted annually by Namibia Media Holdings, sees activations in the regions from October onwards with the regional towns competing for the top spot which is announced at the Namibia Tourism Expo, Otjiwarongo competed against Lüderitz, Ondangwa and Swakopmund and is driven by public votes via an SMS.

    The area winners will receive editorial and advertising coverage to the value of N$50 000, while the national winner receiveS an additional N$200 000 in editorial and advertising coverage.

    Each area winner and the final winner will receive a brochure to promote tourist attractions and establishments in their town.

    One person who sent an SMS stood the chance of winning N$27 000 and this year’s winner is Louis Beukes from Groot Aub. He was elated at winning the cash prize and told Namibian Sun that it was fantastic when he saw his name.

    “I voted for Swakopmund because it is such a pretty town for me.”

    When asked what he will do with his winnings, he said “it is so out of the blue that I have not given it any thought yet but it is wonderful to know I have it!”

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Court reserves judgment in N$37m lawsuitCourt reserves judgment in N$37m lawsuit The court’s ruling in a N$36.7-million lawsuit against the State lodged by a former Caprivi treason accused, Kasika Rodwell Mukendwa, for malicious prosecution and illegal detention, was reserved until 24 November.

    Mukendwa is suing the government for alleged infringement of his constitutional rights.

    Judge Shafimana Ueitele postponed the matter after the Mukwenda’s lawyer, Advocate Andrew Corbett (SC) and the State’s counsel Advocate Ishmael Semenya, also a senior counsel from South Africa, concluded their arguments at the end of the hearing. Their respective instruction lawyers are Sisa Namanje and Advocate Thabang Phatela.

    The former Caprivi treason accused is suing the safety and security ministry, the Office of the Prosecutor-General and the government.

    Mukendwa is among the accused freed in 2012, 13 years after his arrest after the State conceded that the charges levelled against him had not been proven beyond reasonable doubt. According to arguments, if the prosecutors had exercised diligence, care and objectivity, they would have stopped his prosecution on 18 November 2005.

    But, Mukendwa argues, the State continued with the prosecution up to 10 August 2012, without a single witness testifying against him. Mukendwa is arguing that this was done by the prosecution team to deliberately punish him for crimes he did not commit.

    According to him, his prosecution was wrongful and malicious, arguing that there was no probable and reasonable cause for it.

    Mukendwa in his lawsuit further argues that the State should have stopped the prosecution in terms of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act on 18 November 2005 or 6 March 2006, or within a reasonable period.

    He is also claiming that he was arrested without a warrant and in circumstances where there was no probable cause for his arrest. Mukendwa also alleges that the police wrongfully and maliciously set the law in motion against him by laying false charges without reasonable and probable cause.

    He was the first person to be acquitted on 10 August 2012 in the nine-year marathon trial.

    The 73-year-old former truck driver was accused number 106 in the trial in which the remaining 110 men face 278 charges of high treason, sedition, murder and attempted murder in connection with a failed August 1999 attempt to secede the Caprivi Strip from Namibia by force.

    During 2015 the State admitted that Mukendwa was arrested without a warrant and that he was held in a place of detention while awaiting trial. However, the State argued that there was reasonable suspicion that he committed serious crimes and was involved in the unlawful attack on government installations on 2 August 1999 at Katima Mulilo.

    The State claimed that there was information that allegedly implicated Mukendwa and constituted probable cause, justifying prosecution in terms of the country’s laws. Defendants further added that the plaintiff’s trial started within reasonable time.

    Mukendwa was arrested on 26 August 1999 at Katima Mulilo in the then Caprivi Region. He claims the police laid false charges against him and gave false information that he was guilty of high treason and other serious charges. This, he alleged, was done without sufficient information which substantiated the charges or justified prosecution on such charges.

    Advocate Corbett said that the State’s failure to stop trial against his client when it was clear that there were no prima facie evidence against him led to reckless conduct.

    “The plaintiff is entitled to damages. A reasonable prosecution team should have stopped the prosecution when they realised there was no evidence,” Corbett argued and added that there is no proof of Mukendwa’s involvement in the crimes he was charged with, together with the other suspects.

    Corbett said if the remedy is not under common law basis, his client is entitled to damages under Article 24 of the Namibian Constitution containing fundamental human rights.

    Advocate Semenya submitted that the claim for malicious prosecution and constitutional damages is unjustified because the plaintiff failed to provide the necessary evidence to support the claim.

    Advocate Semenya argued that Mukendwa’s witnesses’ evidence ultimately proved to be contradicting his case.

    “We ask that the claim be dismissed with costs,” Semenya submitted.

    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Nafau wants Shoprite workers  Nafau wants Shoprite workers Unions all seek to bargain and represent on staff’s behalf Nafau is of the view that until all employees of Shoprite are not represented under one banner, the strife at the company will continue. The struggle to represent Shoprite workers continues as the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) yet again this month called on the workers to join the union.

    Last month Nafau made a similar call for all Shoprite workers to join the union in order to qualify and sit at the negotiating table with the giant retail outlet for better conditions and benefits.

    While Nafau is out guns blazing to secure the interests of the Shoprite workers, other unions such as the Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU) and the Namibia Commercial, Catering Food and Allied Workers Union (NACCAFWU) also demand the same.

    At a press briefing held in the capital on Thursday, Nafau secretary-general, Jacob Penda said the reason why the Shoprite saga is not coming to an end is simply because they are divided and represented by different unions.

    “Workers must understand that the more they are divided, the more they will suffer which is good for the employer because no one fights for the workers’ rights and benefits, while the employer maximises their profits at the workers’ expense, expanding their businesses and paying workers a low salary,” Penda said.

    “The exploitation of workers will continue if the workers continue being divided,” Penda said.

    He pointed out that while the saga is ongoing, Shoprite continues to open up shops claiming that Shoprite Group of Companies thus far has over 80 outlets across the country.

    He therefore called on all Shoprite workers to unite and join Nafau for representation as per the labour law.

    “We would like to use this opportunity to call all Shoprite workers to unite, rally behind us and join Nafau so that we can represent them and negotiate with Shoprite in order to better their working conditions and employment, as we do it with other companies,” Penda said.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Tourism expo a roaring successTourism expo a roaring success The ever-popular Namibia Tourism Expo and Motorshow, came to an end on Saturday night at the showgrounds in Windhoek. As is procedure every year, thousands flock to the event which is viewed not only as one of the most important on the Windhoek social calendar, but also for tourism in the country and region as well as the best place to sample new wines and great food. Numbers were slightly down this year, with the total visitors just short of 21 000 at 20 999. This is a 6% drop on the previous year.

    The theme of this year’s expo was ‘Safe travel’ which was lauded by both government and the private sector as critical for the continued growth of Namibia’s tourism sector. On Wednesday evening, the Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp took the Responsible Tourism Award in this regard. According to the CEO of Namibia Media Holdings, Albe Botha, said, “We need to change our attitude on road safety or start locking people away for longer periods in jail. We cannot continue on the same road and think that death will not visit us more often as a nation.”

    The 180-plus exhibitors from here and elsewhere went all out with their stands but sadly, there was no platinum winner this year. Four gold awards were handed out and the winners here were SABMiller Namibia, Gondwana Collection, Erongo Mountain Winery and Pernod Ricard. A total of 12 silver awards were given to Namibia Breweries, Scottish Leader, die Vleisraad, Shoprite/Checkers, 3 Ships, Bain's, Durbanville Hills, Cymot, The Belgian Choclatique, Venture Publications, Amarula and Nedbank Namibia. There were 48 bronze stand winners.

    Wildaker Guest Farm near Grootfontein won the Tourismus Tourist establishment award and the most popular stand at the expo was the stand created by the Lüderitz Town Council. The most popular tourism stand winner was nabbed by the Safari Hotel and for cars, it was the Novel Motor Company. The most popular tourism supplier stand winner was Belgian Choclatique and the most popular international stand winner was the India High Commission. More than 5 000 votes were cast for the most popular stand.

    See our picture page on page 11 for more on the Namibia Tourism Expo and Motorshow.

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    Windhoek water crisis downgradedWindhoek water crisis downgraded After a prolonged drought, the water restrictions that have applied for almost two years in Windhoek have been relaxed.

    The City of Windhoek officially downgraded the water status from a Category E- Water Crisis to a Category B - Water Alert.

    This was announced on Friday by the City of Windhoek after a notice was issued informing residents about the current water situation in the city.

    According to the City from 1 June the water restrictions that have been applied during the drought period since 1 December 2015 are relaxed from a water crisis to a water alert.

    It was explained that the primary basis for the relaxation is a concerted effort by the water authorities to pass on the benefit of the recent rains received to consumers taking into account that unutilised water is lost to evaporation at a rapid rate.

    “Nonetheless residents are assured that great care is taken in the formulation of such relaxation to ensure sufficient water for the managed demand of Windhoek and aquifer recharge for the following two years,” the City said.

    The City further stressed that water consumers in Windhoek should note that the announced relaxation maintains an on-going responsibility on all water users to manage their consumption within the applicable restrictions and to maintain the savings target relating to a Category B scenario.

    Furthermore it will release weekly updates on the savings achieved in relation to this goal as well as any other pertinent information to keep the public informed.

    According to the notice as part of the City's continuous drive to improve internal procedure which is aimed at better service delivery to residents it has developed a new integrated approach to link the annual announcement by NamWater to general water management in the city.

    As a result the Drought Response Plan launched in 2015 at the peak of the drought has been revised and will be known as the City of Windhoek Water Management Plan - 2017 edition.

    Apart from creating a link between supply management on the side of NamWater and demand management on the side of the City the primary changes to the plan will create a holistic approach to demand management as an on-going initiative instead of an emergency fall back only during times of drought.

    Water consumers in Windhoek are encouraged to download a copy of the latest Water Management Plan from the website at www.windhoekcc.org.na to familiarise themselves with the changes and to ensure that they comply with the demand management actions applicable to Category B.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Mukwiilongo laid to rest
  • Mukwiilongo laid to restMukwiilongo laid to restGeingob condemns vicious attack against elders Omusati mourned one of its brightest sons and strongest beacons this weekend as community stalwart Leonard Mukwiilongo was buried. Thousands of mourners gathered this weekend at Onatshiku village in Elim in the Omusati Region to pay their last respects to a freedom fighter, national leader, church leader and businessman Leonard Nangolo Mukwiilongo.

    Mukwiilongo, 93, died in the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital on 24 May following a vicious attack by armed robbers at his home in Onatshiku village on 11 April.

    President Hage Geingob said that it is a pity for someone who survived the bitter battles of the liberation struggle to die in such a cruel way at the hands of his own people. He called on the Namibian youth to respect their elders.

    “Someone who went into exile and survived many battles by the coloniser just to lose his life in this way is a shame. When I heard about the incident and that they were not yet arrested I called the Inspector-General of the police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga that they must be arrested immediately. Later he called me saying that they were arrested, but one is still on run. If they are found guilty they deserve stiff sentences because they are not needed in society,” Geingob said

    Mukwiilongo is remembered as the founding governor of the Omusati Region from 1992 up to 1998 and first councillor for Elim constituency from 1992 to 2004.

    He started doing business in the 1960s and in 1962 he, together with other business people of that time, founded the Owambo Business Association that later became the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI).

    Founding President Sam Nujoma described Mukwiilongo as a founder of Ovamboland People's Organisation (OPO), the forerunner of Swapo. He also described him as pioneer of Namibia's liberation struggle who did not waver during the struggle for independence.

    Nujoma told mourners that Mukwiilongo was marked as one of the top Swapo leaders in March 1972 after he refused an offer by the South African colonial Administrator General Jan de Wet that Mukwiilongo and other business people such David Sheehama and Silvanus Vatuva, form part of the delegation of the council of traditional leaders to meet the then United Nations secretary-general Kurt Waldheim who was visiting the region at the time.

    “Mukwiilongo told De Wet that in their culture only the king and senior traditional leaders are authorised to select those who will form part of the delegation and not De Wet.

    “From that incident, Comrade Mukwiilongo was marked as one of Swapo's top leaders together with John yaOtto, Marco Hausiku, Josea Hoabeb, Antony Johannes and many others who suffered constant harassment by the apartheid regime of South Africa,” Nujoma said

    Mukwiilongo was also a church leader and on 3 May 1980, he was assisted by ELCIN and the Council of Churches in Namibia to escape the country and went into exile in Finland and Germany. While in Europe he studied financial management, church administration management and logistics management.

    “While in exile he became the vice-secretary of Swapo elder's council deputising Simon Mzee Kaukungwa.

    “He was tasked with managing the Swapo warehouse. He was a dedicated cadre and we will make sure to keep his legacy alive.”

    Mukwiilongo is survived by eight children.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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