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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    N$54m police headquarters in limboN$54m police headquarters in limbo Two weeks ago this Tuesday marked exactly two years from the expected completion date of the over N$54-million state-of-the-art Omusati Regional Police headquarters currently idle in Outapi.

    With the paint on the walls peeling off and construction machinery still scattered in and around the site Namibian Sun visited recently, there seems to be no date as to when the building will be handed over.

    The project was expected to be completed on 23 May 2015.

    According to the Omusati Regional governor, Erginus Endjala, he was informed that the contractor, Amupolo Building Construction CC, owned by Erasmus Amupolo, has been removed from the site on the basis of poor performance as some of the completed work was done poorly.

    However, when contacted last week, Ministry of Works and Transport, spokesperson, Julius Ngweda denied that the contractor was ordered to vacate the premises.

    Ngweda in fact said that last week, the ministry and the contractor had a meeting where they ironed out some of the issues surrounding the project.

    Ngweda however could not share more information as to what caused the two-year delay.

    When contacted for comment, Amupolo explained that the project was delayed due to the absence of a plan which is part of what he described as many things that prevented them from continuing with the construction.

    “The delay is too much… not just a delay that came up like that, the plan was not there so we could not go ahead with some of the things,” he said.

    Meanwhile the matter has angered Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga who when contacted expressed disappointment over the issue saying that getting rid of the contractor was in the pipeline.

    “These people are given government tenders but they start misusing the funds and then they delay the programme,” Ndeitunga said.

    “We are even thinking to fire that contractor,” Ndeitunga further stated.

    Currently, the Outapi police station has a problem with space in and outside its current existing premises where many police vans are parked outside of the premises.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Bomb hoax at Egyptian embassy in courtBomb hoax at Egyptian embassy in court A man threatening to bomb the Egyptian Embassy in Windhoek made a brief appearance on Friday in the Magistrate's Court in Windhoek.

    The 24-year-old Hafeni Fridrick Mafita more than two months ago threatened that he will bomb the embassy as he was sent by the Muslim Brotherhood. He made a cell phone call to the embassy.

    The man, with his residential address given as Erf 1 Pretorius Street, Pioniers Park, is now being charged with making hoaxes relating to placement of explosives thereby contravening the provisions of Preventing and Combating of Terrorist Activities Act.

    It is alleged that he ought to know that such information, when communicated, may result in social terror or disruption of services that an explosive will be placed at the Egyptian embassy. He ought to know that such information was false.

    Though the details of the incident are not yet available, State sources allege the accused was traced on his cell phone number and later arrested on 7 April 2017. Mafita was not yet asked to plead on the charges.

    State Prosecutor Ntelamo Laura Mabuku informed the court that the investigations into the case are not yet complete as there are two witness statements still outstanding

    “The investigating officer was instructed by the State to obtain these statements but failed to comply with my instructions. There is no entry in the docket to indicate what he has done so far,” Mabuku told the court.

    Magistrate Alweendo Sebby Venatius thereafter granted the request for postponement and remanded the case to 6 July for further investigation.

    He also requested the accused who was during his first appearance in April informed of his right to legal representation and chose to apply for legal aid, to sort the issue with the State's legal aid department.







    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    NUNW warns against state captureNUNW warns against state captureThreatens with strike action The umbrella federation says foreigners should not be trusted to run the country's affairs. The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) said it will reject any attempt to privatise TransNamib, which is a state-owned enterprise.

    It also threatened with a three-day general strike by its members across the country should any such plans be taken any further.

    It said while the national carrier is a strategic asset, privatisation thereof will have adverse effects on workers.

    “Our leaders are trying to load the burden on workers such as unemployment, poverty, layoffs, privatisation, commercialisation of public enterprises such as TransNamib, Air Namibia and the RCC [Road Construction Company],” the NUNW said at a press briefing on Thursday.

    It said while these state enterprises are of strategic importance, there are “some people” who are “trying to exploit these opportunities in order to capture all enterprises and their production to themselves”.

    After the suspension of two executive directors at TransNamib, Hippy Tjivikua and Struggle Ihuhua, the TransNamib board of directors announced that it would trim the staff complement of the company through “voluntary early exits” and “voluntary early retirements” before considering retrenchments as a last resort.

    The NUNW said while the TransNamib board is “apparently worried about the financial situation of the company”, it has just approved an increase in sitting fees for board members without any authorisation from the government.

    “Who should suspend who for their wrongdoing? Get rid of the board too,” said the NUNW.

    Secretary-general of the NUNW, Job Muniaro, also said that it appears as if foreigners working at the parastatal are “untouchable”, saying all foreigners employed there “must go immediately”.



    Truckers

    The NUNW said the predicament of Namibian truck drivers stuck in Zambia cannot be tolerated, saying both countries should work to expedite a solution.



    SME Bank

    On the SME Bank, Muniaro said the shenanigans at the SME Bank over dubious investments of N$200 million in South African banks and suspensions of top Zimbabwean managers happened because foreigners are “trusted with the affairs of the country”.

    It supported finance minister Calle Schlettwein's call to close the bank and says all contracts with foreigners at the bank should be terminated.



    Catherine Sasman

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Stray lions kill 22 cattle
  • Stray lions kill 22 cattleStray lions kill 22 cattleLioness, cubs on private farm since January While the deputy environment minister Tommy Nambahu was on a fact-finding mission at Etosha's northern fence, he and his ministry are yet to meet a northern businessman who has reported five lions on his land for five months. Namibian Sun learned that at the Mburru post near the Otjiwarunda salt pan where deputy environment minister Tommy Nambahu's familiarisation tour ended last week, there is a lioness with four cubs on private farmland. According to the farm manager Eino Ashipala, they did not hear about deputy minister's visit to the area so that the farm owner, Mburru Ismael, could get a chance to engage Nambahu about the five lions on his farm.

    “A lioness came onto our farm in January this year and gave birth to four cubs. They are now growing up, eating lots of meat and being taught to hunt, and since February they have killed 22 cattle. We reported them to nature conservation officials, but they never even visited our farm,” Ashipala said.

    Ashipala says that nature conservation only reacts if a rhino escapes from Etosha onto their farms, but not predators.

    “We did not attempt to chase them or kill them because lions are protected animals. We do not want to go against the law.”

    Businessman and farmer David Kambwa Sheehama, who shot three lions on his land recently, confirmed that the over 90-kilometre game-proof fence he had to erect in the tender covered the Ongandjera area and ended at the Mburru post.

    Last week Nambahu undertook a fact-finding mission along the northern boundary fence of Etosha National Park.

    The Ongandjera Traditional Authority hijacked a plan by the Nambahu to host a closed meeting with the two Ongandjera farmers, David Kambwa Sheehama and Andreas Ndakukamo who shot and killed a total of six lions that escaped from Etosha National Park.

    Namibian Sun learned that Nambahu and his delegation, consisting of Oshana's regional councillor for the Okatyali constituency Joseph Mupetami and his personal assistant, was planning to host a closed meeting in Okahao last week Wednesday with the two farmers, but the traditional authority demanded to be represented at the meeting.

    Nambahu was to inspect the security fence and engage in talks with farmers along the boundary to hear their views on human-wildlife conflict. The trip started at Onoolongo in Okatyali constituency and ended at the Mburru post in the Uuvudhiya constituency of the Oshana Region.

    Nambahu's delegation proceeded to Okahao where a closed meeting with the two farmers was held. The meeting has been confirmed by the chairperson of the Ongandjera Traditional Authority, Johannes Kandombo and the two businessmen and farmers in the Ongandjera grazing area, David Kambwa Sheehama and Andreas Ndakukamo, each of whom killed three lions.

    However, Nambahu said that it was not a closed or secret meeting, but a consultative meeting with farmers who own cattle posts near the national park. This he said, has come in the wake of the increasing cases of human-wildlife conflict especially with the cattle post owners in areas bordering on national parks.

    “I went to familiarise myself with the fence of Etosha National Park and engage community members living along the fence on how to live in harmony with wild animals. A meeting I attended with farmers and community members of Ongandjera in Okahao at the traditional authority hall was a success. The traditional authority was also represented by the chairperson,” Nambahu said

    When Namibian Sun contacted Kandombo he said that there was no meeting held with community members and farmers.

    “At first they only wanted farmers who killed lions, but we suggested that the traditional authority must also be represented. It was only a meeting of five people and did not even last long,” Kandombo said.

    Kambwa and Ndakukamo also confirmed they attended the meeting. They said that it did not say anything about the lions they killed, but it was only to tell them how to live in harmony with wild animals.

    “They only told us how to live in harmony with wild animals. They also made a proposal on how farmers can assist the government to fix the Etosha fence. They did not say anything about the lions that we killed,” Ndakukamo said.

    Ndakukamo said that he will not accept the N$1 500 government offers to farmers as compensation for their animals killed by the State's predators. However, Nambahu said that this is not compensation but consolidation for loss of property.

    “They must take me to that place where I can buy cattle for N$1 500. They must invest money in protection to avoid unnecessary tension with farmers. Our aim is not to kill, but to conserve nature, but since they do not respond on time this happens.

    When contacted regarding the five lions at Mburru, Nambahu also said that the distance he covered from Onoolongo until the Mburru post the fence is in a sorry state, but he said that he was not aware of lions at the post where their tour ended.

    “If this is a true story then we regret that the lions stayed that long in the post. I have to inquire from colleagues in the ministry to find out why they took too long to remove these lions.”

    Mburru Ismael has to date not spoken with the deputy minister or his officals.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    CITES criteria met in elephant saleCITES criteria met in elephant sale The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has dismissed allegations and reports insinuating that the export of five baby elephants from Namibia to a zoo in Dubai do not met the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Fauna and Flora (CITES) criteria.

    Namibian Sun recently reported that Namibia is planning to sell five baby elephants to a zoo in Dubai after a permit for export was issued.

    The baby elephants are aged between the ages of 4 to 8 and are owned by Eden Game Farm, which is a private game farm near Grootfontein. The environment minister, Pohamba Shifeta at the time told Namibian Sun that all CITES regulations have been met.

    The sale has however been met with some controversy by the international community with reports that Namibia is flouting CITES export criteria.

    Conservation Action Trust questioned the export saying the sales of wild elephant can create a perverse financial incentive for other countries to engage in poor conservation practices, disguising the sales as conservation, wildlife management, or as 'rescues'.”

    A petition was drawn up against the sale and has nearly 8 000 signatures already.

    Ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyundu yesterday told Namibian Sun that the export of the elephants from the Eden Game Farm to the zoo in Dubai meets all the CITES criteria.

    He stressed that the sale of these elephants is not for commercial purposes but purely for conservation as Namibia has seen an increase in its elephant population and in human-wildlife conflict.

    “This trade in elephants is purely for population management.”

    Muyunda said that the Namibian African elephant population is listed on Appendix II with an annotation that deems elephants to being in Appendix I.

    “This annotation allows Namibia to trade in live elephants to appropriate and acceptable destinations for in situ conservation programmes.”

    He explained that the Namibian CITES authority has issued an export permit following that the requirements to export live specimen of a species listed in Appendix I have been met.

    It is also required that Namibia must be satisfied that the specimen was not obtained in contravention of its laws and the country should be satisfied that any living specimen will be so prepared and shipped as to minimise the risk of injury, damage to health or cruel treatment.

    Furthermore Namibia must be satisfied that an import permit has been granted for the specimen.

    Additionally, the United Arab Emirates as the importing State has issued an import permit following that the requirements to import a live specimen of a species listed in Appendix I have been met. The requirements include that the import will be for purposes which are not detrimental to the survival of the species involved, amongst others.

    “Our conservation has never been disguised and it has always been straightforward. Incentives we receive from the sale of wildlife and wildlife products are ploughed back into conservation. This we have demonstrated throughout the past and we have invested in projects such as poaching and wildlife conflict,” Muyunda said.

    He further pointed out that that the Namibian elephant population has been increasing and this led to the increment of the Namibian elephant's export quota from 75 animals to 90 animals per annum.

    “Although, the increment of the export quota of African elephant from Namibia, this exported quota has never been fully utilized.”

    In 2010, only 42 animals were exported, 53 elephants in 2011, 63 elephants in 2012, 47 elephants in 2013, 65 elephants in 2014, and 77 elephants in 2015. The elephants killed as problem animals are included in these figures.

    Muyunda said that a study conducted by the ministry in 2015 on the trophy quality of African elephants hunted from Namibia since 2001 to 2014, showed that the allocated harvesting quota of 90 elephants per year is sustainable and conforms to the CITES requirement, which states that an allocated quota must ensure that the species is maintained throughout its range at a level consistent with its role in the ecosystems in which it occurs. Additionally, the study also showed that the trophy quality of the elephant has been increasing, implying that the population is healthy and this offtake is not detrimental to the survival of the species.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 06/04/17--16:00: Man killed during burglary
  • Man killed during burglaryMan killed during burglary The police are investigating a case of murder, housebreaking and theft after a man succumbed to a gunshot wound he sustained to his head during a burglary in Swakopmund.

    According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, a suspect allegedly entered the house at 1959 in Mondesa via an open window and removed an HP laptop, a Samsung Note 4 cell phone and a Samsung duo cell phone, with a combined value of N$12 000, from a room where a couple was sleeping on Tuesday at around 03:00. “While the intruder was leaving, the victim Nghipulwa Matheus Kahwadi woke up. He grabbed the suspect and a struggle ensued. Another suspect waiting outside shot Kahwadi in his head and both suspects fled from the scene.” Iikuyu said an unconscious Kahwadi was rushed to the Swakopmund State hospital. “He was subsequently transferred from Swakopmund State Hospital to Katutura State hospital and passed away on Thursday at about 20:50 in Windhoek. We have not arrested any suspects and the police is looking for assistance from the public in this matter. The investigation continues.” Iikuyu also confirmed that members of the Namibian Police Tourist Protection Sub-Division arrested a suspect for committing theft out of a motor vehicle in Swakopmund on Thursday. He said that the vehicle which belongs to tourists was broken into while it was parked in front of IUM earlier in the day. “The suspect removed a bag containing two iPhones, an iPad, a pair of spectacles, a leather bag, N$2 070, 170 euros and seven credit cards with a total value of N$32 430. The stolen items were recovered and the suspect appeared in court on Friday.”

    Iikuyu also announced that three suspects were arrested in connection with another case of stock theft reported at Otjimbingwe on Thursday.

    They appeared in the Karibib Magistrate's Court on Friday.

    “Two sheep and two goats with a combined value of N$4 800 were stolen at the grazing area in the vicinity of Otjiyere resettlement farm. The suspects were arrested while trying to sell the meat in Otjimbingwe. Four carcasses were recovered and the investigation continues.”



    OTIS FINCK

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     Cheick Tiote dies in China after collapsing in training session Cheick Tiote dies in China after collapsing in training session
    Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China, a spokesman for the player has announced.
    Tiote spent seven years at the Tyneside club, making 138 league appearances.
    He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.
    "It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training," said the spokesman.
    "We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family's privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers."
    Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
    He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McLaren.
    Tiote, a defensive midfielder, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m.
    In 2011, he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.

    -BBC


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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Tennis series on cards
  • Tennis series on cardsTennis series on cards The Pro Tennis Academy (PTA) series will resume again this coming Friday at the Windhoek High School tennis courts.

    The competition will end on Saturday, with some exciting tennis matches lined up.

    The fight for tournament victory and series points will ignite the event as Godwin Husselmann and Cleet Farmer attempt to increase their scores.

    The two favourites lead the advanced category after the first three tournaments, with 2 800 and 2 600 points respectively.

    In the other categories, the competition is just as tight and promises good tennis over the two days

    On Friday afternoon the Mini, Midi- and Green Dot categories will be competing, while Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced players will challenge each other on Saturday.

    The PTA Tennis Series is the only series of tennis tournaments in Namibia where the participants play according to their skill level and not their age.

    The series is open for all players and interested participants can still enter until Wednesday.

    The tournament organisers have insisted that the series will produce future stars.

    They believe that there is plenty of talent on display and this will be echoed over the weekend.

    The organisers also invites tennis enthusiasts to come and watch the competition.

    Sport Reporter

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: IBF warns Nam boxing
  • IBF warns Nam boxingIBF warns Nam boxingBoard and promoters urged to make peace The international world has been closely watching the feud between boxing promoters and the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has urged all Namibian boxing promoters and the boxing control board officials to smoke the peace pipe.

    This follows a series of quarrels that have emerged between the boxing board and the promoters over the past few months.

    The boxing board has suspended several of its top officials since last year.

    The latest feud saw the boxing board suspending its acting chief administrator Eckard Modise.

    Modise was acting in the place of suspended chief administrator Joe Kaperu who was slammed with a suspension letter for alleged irregularities.

    The board has also come under heavy criticism from some boxing promoters claiming that the current leaders in the organisation have been milking the board dry.

    This has been followed by several claims within boxing circles that the current leadership on the board has based their operations on vengeance towards promoters.

    Meanwhile, the board has responded to the allegations, stating that they are just being victimised for personal reasons.

    The president of IBF Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf Onesmo Alfred McBride Ngowi, yesterday revealed that the international boxing world is aware of the problems in Namibia.

    Speaking from USA, Florida Ngowi said, “Namibians have to realise that the divisions in their boxing will bring them down.

    “Like I said last week, Namibia has very good group of talented boxers because it has been evident in several boxing bouts I have watched.”

    “However, the boxing control board and the promoters must smoke the peace pipe if they want to see boxing developing further.

    “It is about time they join hands, because what we have been reading in the papers is not good at all,” Ngowi said.

    Ngowi felt that the greed among the leaders has been one of the reasons why the Namibia boxing fraternity is at each other's throats.

    He said that there is enough talent for all promoters to explore and therefore urged both parties to iron out all the issues before they drag boxing in the mud.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Schools netball league kicks offSchools netball league kicks off The first games in the 2017 Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League were played in Windhoek on 31 May and 1 June.

    This year Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League will be played by under-17 and 19 teams, while an additional league was created for under-15 teams.

    The Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League was created as a platform for the teams of top netball-playing schools in the country to participate and compete in additional matches as an incentive for schools in the Namibia Schools Sport Union League to perform at their best. Jacquiline Pack, executive officer of marketing and corporate communication services at Bank Windhoek said that this will assist in the development of this major Namibian sport on school level.

    She further said that at Bank Windhoek they see sport as an integral part of the development for young Namibians, and more specifically the development of young Namibian women. Liezel Garbers, a member of the steering committee who coordinates the league, said that the Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League provides schools with the opportunity to improve the standard of netball at school level. “Therefore, we saw it fit to expand the league this year to include under-15, -17 and -19 teams.”

    The Bank Windhoek Schools Netball Super League is endorsed by the NSSU and the top eight teams of the NSSU netball league automatically qualify for the super league. Wildcard teams are also invited to participate. For this year the following schools have confirmed their participation:

    Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool, Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Privaatskool Moria, Gobabis Gymnasium, Privaatskool Elnatan, Tsumeb Gymnasium, Pro-Ed Academy, Windhoek Gymnasium, Windhoek High School, Edugate Academy, Walvis Bay Private High School, Grootfontein Agri College, Duinesig Combined School and De Duine Secondary School.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Golf tour to excite locals
  • Golf tour to excite localsGolf tour to excite locals The second edition of the Namibia Golf Tour will run from 9 - 11 June at the Oranjemund Golf Course.

    The second NGT tour which is sponsored by Namdeb to the tune of N$200 000 will be called NGT Namdeb Sperrgebiet Open and will see South African and Zambian golfers compete with locals.

    Earlier this year, the NGT tour hosted their first-ever trials at the Windhoek Country Club golf course for amateur golfers who want to turn professional and become part of the club.

    In Oranjemund, 48 professional and amateur golfers will compete for the top honour over three days. They will battle it out over 54 holes, of which 18 will be played on Friday and the rest on Saturday and Sunday. Speaking to the media last week, NGT golf director Hafeni Nghinamwaami said the aim of this tournament is to have an elite group of golfers participate in the various tournaments hosted over the next 12 months.

    He said Namibia has about 29 professional players and the NTG will give them an opportunity to collect enough points for entry into top competitions in the region.

    “Having a local tour creates opportunities for Namibian professional golfers to showcase their talent locally and internationally, thereby attracting more investments to the game, both at amateur and professional level.”

    He said the NGT Namdeb Sperrgebiet Open will be followed by the match day play championships in Windhoek during the first week of July. Dundee Precious Metals, a major global player in the mining and downstream sectors, are partnering with the NGT as sponsor of this event this year.



    NAMPA

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Testing times
  • Testing timesTesting timesCricket Namibia invades Scotland The Namibian senior men's cricket side will play their first match against the Scots today. The Namibian senior national men's cricket side is in Ayr, Scotland, to take part in the Intercontinental Cricket Cup hosted by Ayr Cricket Club as well as the World Cricket League Championship.

    The Intercontinental Cup will run to 9 June and the World Cricket League championship will take place on11 and 13 June.

    Hestelle Haccou from Cricket Namibia said that Scotland will be a well-prepared side as they had warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and managed to beat Sri Lanka in one game so we will be in top form from the word go.

    “We will look to build momentum from the fourth match.

    “Christi Viljoen makes his return for Namibia after having a good season with Otago in New Zealand and will certainly add value with the ball and bat he has been playing in England and will be used to the conditions. He will definitely be a player to watch,” Haccou added.

    She further said that Craig Williams will also be looking to continue his good form and with the ball in hand, Sarel Burger and Bernhard Scholtz could really trouble the Scots.”

    Scotland's head coach Grant Bradburn said that they are looking forward to the opening contest against Namibia in Ayr, where the conditions normally offer something for every skill set.

    The Intercontinental Cup squad of Namibia consists of Sarel Burger, Craig Williams, Stephan Baard, LP van der Westhuizen, Gerhard Erasmus, Jan Frylinck, Christi Viljoen, Zane Green, JJ Smith, Berhard Scholtz, Tangenie Lungameni, Danie van Schoor, Gerrie Snyman and Zhivago Groenewald.



    Limba Mupetami

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Mukwiilongo a fumbikwa
  • Mukwiilongo a fumbikwaMukwiilongo a fumbikwa Aalilisa omayovi oya gongala pomukunda Onatshiku mwElim moshitopolwa shaMusati mOlyomakaya ya piti, opo ya gandje esimaneko lyawo lya huguninwa komukondjelimanguluko, omuleli gwopashigwana, omuleli gwopambepo oshowo omunangeshefa Nangolo Mukwiilongo.

    Mukwiilongo, 93, okwa hulitha moshipangelo sha Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital omasiku 24 Mei sha landula eponokelo ndyoka a ningilwa koongangala pegumbo lye mOnatshiku momasiku 11 gaApilili nuumvo.

    Hage Geingob okwa popi kutya ohenda onene sho omuntu ngoka a hupa molugodhi gekondjelomanguluko ta hulitha monkalo yatya ngaaka miikaha yaantu ye mwene. Okwa pula aanyasha ya simaneke aakuluntu.

    “Omuntu ngoka a yi muupongekwa pondje yoshilongo na okwa hupa momalugodhi ogendji okwa kanitha omwenyo gwe momukalo guli ngaaka. Oshi li esithahoni noonkondo. Sho nduuvu kombinga yoshiningwanima shoka noongangala ndhoka inadhi tulwa natango miipandeko onda dhengele ongodhi omukomeho gwopolisi Sebastian Ndeitunga kutya oongangala ndhoka nadhi tulwe miipandeko.Lwanima okwa lombwele kutya oya tulwa miipandeko na gumwe oye owala ina tulwa miipandeko sigo onena. Ngele oya monika ondjo naya pewa omageelo omanene molwaashoka inaya pumbiwa mo moshigwana.”

    Mukwiilongo ota dhimbulukiwa onga ngoloneya gwotango gwoshitopolwa shaMusati pokati komvula yo-1992 sigo 1998. Okuli woo kansela gwotango gwElim pokati ko-1992 sigo 2004. Okwa yi mongeshefa moomvula dho-1960 nomo-1962, ye pamwe naanangeshefa yalwe mOwambo oya totopo ehangano lyaanangeshefa lyOwambo Business Association ndyoka monena lya tseyika Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI).

    Omukokoli Presidende Sam Nujoma okwa hokolola Mukwiilongo onga gumwe gwomaatotipo yo Ovamboland People's Organisation (OPO).

    Nujoma okwa lombwele aalilisa kutya Mukwiilongo okwa simanekwa onga gumwe gwomaaleli yoSwapo muMalitsa gwo-1972 konima sho a tindi elombwelo lyomukomeho gwElelo lyUukoloni waSouth Afrika, Jan de Wet kutya Mukwiilongo pamwe naanangeshefa yalwe ngaashi David Sheehama naSilvanus Vatuva, naya ninge oshitopolwa shosheendo shelelo lyopamuthigululwakalo shoka tashi ka tsakanena namushanga gwIigwana yaHangana, Kurt Waldheim ngoka a li ta talelepo oshitopolwa pethimbo ndyoka.

    “Mukwiilongo okwa lombwele De Wet kutya pamuthigululwakalo gwawo omukwaniilwa oshowo omalenga omanene oyo owala ya pitikwa okuhogolola mboka taya ningi oshitopolwa shosheendo. Okuza mpoka Mukwiilongo okwa simanekwa onga omuleli omunene gwoSwapo, pamwe naaleli yakwawo ngaashi John yaOtto, Marco Hausiku, Josea Hoabeb, Antony Johannes nayakwawo oyendji mboka ya monithwa iihuna kepangelo lyokatongotongo,” Nujoma ta ti.

    Mukwiilongo okwa li woo omuleli gwongeleka nomomasiku ga 3 gaMei mo1980 okwa kwathelwa kongeleka yaELCIN oshowo oCouncil of Churches moNamibia opo a thige po oshilongo nokuya muupongekwa moFinland naGermany. Omanga a li miilongo yaEuropa okwiilongele omailongo ga yooloka ngaashi ekwato nawa nekondolololo lyiimaliwa, elelo lyongeleka oshowo omalweendo.

    “Omanga a li muupongekwa okwa ningi omupeha amushanga gwoSwapo na okwa li omupeha gwaSimon Mzee Kaukungwa. Okwa pewa oshinakugwanithwa shokukondolopa ehala lyoompungulilp dhoSwapo. Okuli ependafule lyoshili.”

    Mukwiilongo okwa thiga ko oyana ya8.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Oonkoshi dha dhipaga oongombe 22Oonkoshi dha dhipaga oongombe 22Oonkoshi dha kala mohambo okutameka Januari Omanga omupevi minista gwOmidhingoloko ,Tommy Nambahu, a li metalelepo kondhalate yomonooli yEtosha, ye pamwe nuuministeli we natango inaya tsakanena nomunafaalama ngoka a lopota oonkoshi dha kala mohambo ye uule woomwedhi ntano. Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha nongele kutya ohambo ndjoka otayi adhika popepi nekango lyomongwa hali ithanwa Otjiwarunda mpoka omupevi minista Nambahu a li a talelepo oshiwike sha piti. Pahapu dha Eino Ashipala ngoka e li menindjela gwofaalama ndjoka okwa popi kutya inaya nongelea etalelepo lyaNambahu opo a andola mwene gwofaalama ndjoka, Mburru Ismael a mone ompito yokuya moonkundathana naNambahu omolwa oonkoshi ndhoka dha kala mofaalama ye okutameka Januari.

    “Onkoshi onkiitu oye ya mofaalama ye muJanuari na oya pulumutha uukoshona wu li une mboka tawu longwa uukongo na otawu li onyama oyindji. Okutameka omwedhi Februali oya dhipaga oongombe 22, otwe yi lopota kuuministeli ihe kape na shoka sha ningwa po,” Ashipala ta ti.

    Ashipala okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli ohawu yamukula owala ngele ompanda yiiyaka mEtosha nokuya mofaalama yawo ihe ngele iiyamakuti yilwe ihawu yamukula.

    “Inatu kambadhala okudhitidha nenge tu dhi dhipage molwaashoka oonkoshi iiyamakuti ya gamenwa inatu hala okupogola ompango.”

    Omunangeshefa nomunafaalama David Kambwa Sheehama, ngoka a dhipaga oonkoshi ndatu omasiku gapiti mohambo ye okwa koleke kutya iilonga yondhalate yEtosha yoshinano shookilotema 90 mbyoka a longo oya manako omudhingolko gwaNgandjera na oya hulila mohambo yaMburru.

    Oshiwike sha piti, Nambahu okwa yi metalelepo kondhalate yomonooli yEtosha.

    Elelo lyaNgandjera olya longitha ompito yetalelepo lyaNambahu opo li ninge omutumba gwomeholamo naanafaalama yaali

    David Kambwa Sheehama na Andreas Ndakukamo mboka ya dhipaga oonkoshi hamano ndhoka dhiiyaka mEtosha.

    Namibian Sun okwa nongele kutya Nambahu pamwe nakansela gwaKatyali oshowo omuyambidhidhi gwe gwopaumwene oyali taya pangele okuninga oshigongi shomeholamo naanafaalama mboka yaali mOkahao, ihe elelo lyoshilongo shaNgandjera olya pula opo li kale oshitopolwa shomutumba ngoka.

    Nambahu okwa li a ka konaakona ondhalate ndjoka nokuya moonkundathana naanafaalama mboka ye na oohambo dhili popepi nodhalate ndjoka opo uuve omaiyuvo gawo.

    Olweendo ndoka olwa tamekele mOnoolongo mOkatyali sigo opo hambo yaMburru mUuvuthiya mOshitopolwa shaShana.

    Olweendo lwaNambahu olwa tsikile sigo omOkahao moka ya ningi omutumba gwomeholamo naanafaalama mboka yaali. Omutumba ngoka ogwa kolekwa komunashipundi gwElelo lyaNgandjera, Johannes Kandombo oshowo aanafaalama mboka yaali David Kambwa Sheehama na Andreas Ndakukamo, mboka ayehe ya dhipaga oonkoshi ndatu.

    Nonando ongaaka Nambahu okwa popi kutya omutumba ngoka kagwa li gwomeholamo ihe ogwa nuninwa okuya moonkundathana naanafaalama mboka ye na oohambo dhi li komudhingoloko hoka.

    Nonando Nambahu okwa koleke kutya okwa inngi omutumba naanafaalama oshowo oshigwana mOkahao, momutumba ngoka mwa kala woo elelo lyOshilongo shaNgandjera, Kandombo sho a ningilwa omapulaapulo okwa tindi kutya Nambahu okwa ningi omutumba naakwashigwana oshowo aanafaalama.

    “Tango oya li ya hala owala aanafaalama mboka ya dhipaga oonkoshi ihe otwa pula opo elelo lyoshilongo li kale momutumba ngoka. Osha li owala oshigongi shaantu yatano na inashi ningwa uule wethimbo ele,” Kandombo ta ti.

    Kambwa naNdakukamo oya koleke kutya oya kala momutumba ngoka ihe inamu popiwa kombinga yoonkoshi ndhoka ya dhipaga, omwa kundathanwa owala kutya otaya lumbu ngiini momudhingoloko gu na iiyamakuti.

    “Oye tu lombwele owala opo tu kala pamwe niiyamakuti nombili. Oya popi woo kutya aanafaalama otaya vulu okukwathela ngiini epangelo mokulonga ondhalate ndjoka. Inaya popya sha kombinga yoonkoshi ndhoka twa dhipaga,” Ndakukamo ta ti.

    Ndakukamo okwa popi kutya itaka taamba iifuta yoshimaliwa shooN$1 500 mbyoka tayi pewa aanafaalama mboka ya dhipagelwa oongombe dhawo koonkoshi.

    “Naya falendje kehala hoka tandi vulu okulanda ongombe koshimaliwa dhi thike mpoka. Naya longithe iimaliwa opo ya yande omaipumo mumwe ngoka. Elalakano lyetu kali shi okudhipaga ihe okukalekapo uushitwe ihe molwaashoka ihaya yamukula pethimbo shoka osho sha ningwa.”

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yoonkoshi ndhoka dhili mofaalama yaMburuu, Nambahu okwa popi kutya ondhalate yEtosha ndjoka yi li kombinga yofaalama ndjoka oyi li monkalo ya nayipala nayi ihe kali e na ontseyo kombinga yoonkoshi ndhoka.

    Nambahu okwa popi kutya ota ka ningila omapulo aanambelewa muuministeli wawo kutya omolwashike tashi kutha ethimbo opo oonkoshi ndhoka dhi kuthwemo mofaalama ndjoka.



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    Nafau a hala aaniilonga yaShoprite ye mu wayimineNafau a hala aaniilonga yaShoprite ye mu wayimine Olugodhi lwekalelepo lyaaniilonga yaShoprite onkene talu tsikile sho ehangano lyoNamibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) natango omwedhi nguka lya pula opo aaniilonga mboka ya wayimine ehangano ndyoka ekalelipo lyaaniilonga.

    Omwedhi gwa piti Nafau natango okwa ningi eindilo ndyoka opo aniwa a vule okukala momutumba nelelo lyostola ndjoka, mokweeta po oonkalonawa yaaniilonga yostola ndjoka.

    Omanga Nafau ta kondjo ngaaka, omahangano galwe natango ngaashi Namibia Wholesale & Retail Workers Union (NWRWU) noNamibia Commercial, Catering Food and Allied Workers Union (NACCAFWU) nago otaga pula aaniilonga mboka ya wayimine nokuninga iilyo yomahangano ngoka.

    Momutumba gwiikundaneki ngoka gwa ningwa kuamushanga gwoNafau, Jacob Penda okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shaShoprite itashi pu molwaashoka aaniilonga oya topoka na otaya ka lelwa po komahangano ga yooloka.

    “Aaniilonga naya uveko kutya sho ya topoka otaya kala taya mono iihuna naashoka osho sha halika komugandji gwawo gwiilonga molwaashoka kape na ngoka ta kondjele uuwanawa waaniilonga. Aagandji yiilonga otaya humitha oongeshefa dhawo komeho komapepe gaaniilonga nokuya futa oondjambi dhili pevi.”

    “Emonitho lyiihuna lyaaniilonga otali tsikile ngele aaniilonga oya topolwa,” Penda ta ti.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omanga oshikumungu shaaniilonga mboka tashi pula komeho ostola ndjoka otayi patulula iitayi yoostola ya gwedhwapo moshilongo, na otayi popi kutya oyi na oostola dha thika po-80 ngashiingeyi moNamibia.

    Penda okwa pula aaniilonga yostola ndjoka ya hangane nokuwayimina Nafau opo a vule okuya kalela po.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Oil prices subdued
  • Oil prices subduedOil prices subduedOPEC struggles to rebalance oil market OPEC's attempts to cut the supply of oil have been met with resistance owing to increased production by US suppliers. Oil markets were subdued on Monday, with Brent struggling to maintain US$50 per barrel with efforts led by OPEC.

    While there are signs that an effort led by the Organidation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to curb production by almost 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) is starting to impact actual supplies, traders said ongoing increases in US output were undermining those cuts.

    Thomson Reuters Eikon data showed that OPEC tanker supplies to customers around the world were at 24.3 million bpd in May, down from 24.8 million bpd in April.

    US crude production has jumped by over 10% since mid-2016.

    “Investors continue to doubt the ability of OPEC to rebalance the oil market, with crude oil prices remaining under pressure amid further signs of rising US oil production,” ANZ bank said.

    The rise in production has been driven by a record 20th straight rise in oil drilling for new production.

    “The release of rig data also weighed on sentiment,” ANZ said.

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Become energy savvy
  • Become energy savvyBecome energy savvy With winter upon us, electricity consumption is expected to increase significantly with the risk of higher bills at the end of the month.

    Though it may seem difficult to save electricity in colder periods, you can contain and even reduce consumption by following simple steps and be mindful of your usage.

    “Do an energy audit on your family's consumption of electricity. Be sure to include the use of washing machines, air-conditioners, geysers, lights and kettles, and determine whether these are used efficiently and sustainably. Such an assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time,” said Jacquiline Pack, executive for communications at Bank Windhoek.

    Sharing some tips, she advised replacing fluorescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or installing energy-efficient downlights or light-emitting diode (LED) lights, could save you up to 80% of your lighting costs.

    Other tips that will help to save on electricity bills are taking shorter showers, adjusting your water heater, turning down your water heater thermostat can pay off and unplug unused electronics. “Standby power can account for 10% of an average household's annual electricity use,” said Pack.

    “These are just some easy ways you can save on your daily living expenses and savings in turn can be utilised to contribute towards your nest egg,” she concluded.

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    Domestic fuel prices unchangedDomestic fuel prices unchanged Petrol heads will have little to worry about this month with the announcement that fuel prices are expected to remain unchanged for the month of June.

    Minister of mines and energy, Obeth Kandjoze has said that oil production cuts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will not be enough to trigger an increase in oil prices globally.

    “The overall prices of oil products fell during May 2017. The prices are pressured by investor concerns that production cuts by the world's big oil exporters may not be enough to drain a global glut that has depressed the market for almost three years,” said Kandjoze in a statement.

    OPEC and other oil producers, including Russia, recently agreed to strictly control supply until the end of the first quarter of 2018, nine months longer than originally planned.

    Collective output by OPEC and other producers will be held around 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) below its level at the end of last year, he said, motivating the need not to adjust the fuel price for June.

    Meanwhile, he said that the ministry of mines and energy and the ministry of finance resolved to adjust the Road User Charge on all price regulated petroleum products by N$0.08 per litre from N$1.14 per litre to N$1.22 per litre. The increase of the Road User Charge on fuel products is warranted by the need to upgrade and maintain the road network in Namibia.

    Said Kandjoze: “The ministry of mines and energy resolved to balance out the Road User Charge increase by decreasing the pump prices of all fuel products by N$0.08 per litre. In essence, the Road User Charge has increased but fuel pump prices remain unchanged due to the favourable over-recoveries that have absorbed both of these adjustments.”

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    Passenger demand surges in AprilPassenger demand surges in AprilApril capacity increases 7.1% Despite a surge in passenger numbers, the ban on the carriage of large portable electronic devices is expected to hit productivity sharply which is estimated at US$1.4 billion IATA has said. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for April 2017 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) rose by 10.7% compared to April 2016, which was the fastest pace in six years.

    April capacity (available seat kilometres or ASKs) increased by 7.1%, and load factor climbed 2.7 percentage points to 82% - a record for the month of April.

    The strong performance is supported by a pick-up in global economic activity and lower airfares.

    After adjusting for inflation, the price of air travel in the first quarter was around 10% lower than in the year-ago period.

    IATA estimated that falling airfares accounted for around half the demand growth in April.

    However, the cabin ban on the carriage of large portable electronic devices (PEDs) from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports to the US appears to have weighed down Middle East-North America passenger traffic. “April showed us that demand for air travel remains at very strong levels. Nevertheless there are indications that passengers are avoiding routes where the large PED ban is in place. As the US Department of Homeland Security considers expanding the ban, the need to find alternative measures to keep flying secure is critical. If the ban were extended to Europe-to-US flights, for example, we estimate a US$1.4-billion hit on productivity.

    “And an IATA-commissioned survey of business travellers indicated that 15% would seek to reduce their travel in the face of a ban,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director general and CEO.



    Impact of the large PED ban

    The route-level data from March (the most recent month available) show that RPKs flown by Middle East airlines to the US fell in year-on-year terms by 2.8% for the month. This was the first annual decline recorded for this market in at least seven years.

    While traffic growth on the market segment already was slowing, the decline is consistent with some disruption from the PED ban that was announced 21 March, as well as a wider impact on inbound travel to the US from the Trump Administration's proposed travel bans.

    European carriers saw demand rise 14.4% in April, supported by growing momentum in the region's economy.

    Comparisons with the year-ago period are distorted partly by the disruption following the series of terrorist attacks last year.

    That said, the April 2017 results represented the fastest year-over-year growth pace since April 2011, when comparisons were heavily impacted by the Icelandic ash cloud event in 2010 that led to the grounding of thousands of flights in Europe.

    Excluding this one-off event, April's growth rate was the fastest in nearly 13 years.

    Capacity climbed 7.9% and load factor soared 4.9 percentage points to 85.4%, which was the highest among the regions.

    Asia-Pacific airlines' April traffic increased 10.9% compared to the year-ago period, a 14-month high. Traffic on Asia-Europe routes continues to recover from the terrorism-related slowdowns last year. Capacity rose 7.6% and load factor jumped 2.4 percentage points to 80.3%.

    North American airlines posted a 10.3% demand increase compared to April a year ago.

    This appears to reflect a combination of the comparatively robust economic backdrop and the strength of the US dollar supporting outbound passenger demand. Capacity climbed 5.8%, and load factor jumped 3.3 percentage points to 81.8%.

    Latin American airlines experienced a 16.1% rise in April demand compared to the same month last year, which was the fastest rate for the region's carriers since December 2011.

    Demand conditions within South America are robust, although traffic on the larger North-South America route has trended downwards in seasonally-adjusted terms since mid-2015.

    Capacity rose 8.4% and load factor surged 5.5 percentage points to 82.7%.

    African airlines' led all regions in growth with a 17.2% traffic increase in April, the fastest pace in more than five years.

    This follows a recovery in demand on the key market to Europe. Conditions in the continent's two largest economies are diverging, however, with business confidence rising in Nigeria, while political uncertainty remains heightened in South Africa. Capacity rose just 6.1%, with the result that load factor soared 6.9 percentage points to 72.5%.

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  • 06/05/17--16:00: Oranjemund to emulate Swakop
  • Oranjemund to emulate SwakopOranjemund to emulate Swakop The Oranjemund Town Council has approached the Swakopmund Municipality with a request to cooperate in a number of areas.

    This would allow Oranjemund, in the //Karas Region, to tap from Swakopmund in the Erongo Region's knowledge of how to properly run, transform and ensure the sustainability of the town.

    Oranjemund CEO, Shali Akwaanyenga, made the request for a memorandum of understanding in a letter to the Swakopmund Town Council in February this year.

    The letter was part of the council's agenda discussed at the ordinary meeting held Wednesday.

    “The agreement seeks to encourage and support the exchange of knowledge and practical experience in various fields of specialisation and share information materials and any other information of mutual interest,” reads the letter.

    The envisaged cooperation aims for the two towns to develop tourism promotion initiatives to increase bilateral tourism flow, and promote the importance of tourism and travel as an economic engine.

    Apart from being coastal towns, Oranjemund and Swakopmund share interests in mining and tourism which are the backbone of their economies.

    Other areas of cooperation include environmental and health management, town planning, community development strategies and waste management.

    Approached for comment on Thursday, Oranjemund's acting CEO and manager of infrastructure and technical services, Festus Nekayi, confirmed the request.

    “Being a new council, we want to lean on well-established towns such as Swakopmund to help us develop fast,” said Nekayi.

    The diamond mining settlement was managed by the Namdeb Diamond Corporation, formerly known as Consolidated Diamond Mines, since 1936 and it was proclaimed a town in 2012.

    Oranjemund has more than 10 000 residents.

    Nekayi said the council is in the process of establishing by-laws, training and selecting human capital.

    The Swakopmund management committee requested the Oranjemund council for a schedule, including the timeline and activities for the formulation of the strategic plan. This means they will only sign the agreement once the information requested has been submitted.

    “Oranjemund Town Council should indicate the financial responsibilities of both councils in writing for consideration,” committee chairperson Errki Shitana said while reading the recommendations during the council meeting.

    Swakopmund has twinning agreements with other towns, including Otavi.

    NAMPA

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