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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    NSFAF denies fault in loan delaysNSFAF denies fault in loan delays The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund said delays in loan payments are most often due to incomplete paperwork from either students or the institutions they attend, and not the fault of the institution.

    “Nsfaf is committed to the process of payments to students who have signed contracts, and resources are available to effect payment,” Percy Tjahere, the Nsfaf spokesperson told Namibian Sun.

    He said when a student is not paid because of a lack of necessary and mandatory paperwork from either the student or the institution they are attending, Nsfaf has concluded “a number of agreements with these institutions to solicit such information as a matter of urgency to process payment.”

    A complaint submitted to Namibian Sun recently accused Nsfaf of numerous delays in loan payments.

    The anonymous student accused the institution of sometimes taking as long as ten months to pay first-year student loans, and claimed that second- and third-year students “are still waiting for payments six months after the start of the academic year.”

    The complainant, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the institution's ability to make timely loan payments and to handle enquiries on such issues “raises serious concerns about the institution's capability to deliver on its set mandate.”

    Although proof for the lengthy delays was not submitted by the complainant, Namibian Sun reached out to Nsfaf requesting responses on the accusations.

    “The waiting time depends on a number of facts, such as prompt submission of all relevant documents, signing of the terms and conditions etc.,” Tjahere said.

    He added that applicants are able to get a preliminary award letter within 48 hours of applying for a loan but this is then followed by “a meticulous verification process which may take longer if all required documents are not submitted.” Tjahere dismissed allegations that it can take between six to ten months for some students to receive their loans.

    He said that it is critical to note that Nsfaf can only make payments following the compulsory verification processes and documentation required and “if there are any mishaps it could take longer, but not as long as you indicated.”

    Tjahere said in some instances delays are due to students who have wrongly signed a contract or not signed it at all.

    Other reasons for delays, excluding incorrect or delayed paperwork submissions, also include the “availability of resources, correct invoices from institutions of higher learning and whether students have obtained the Nsfaf payment card via which non-tuition fees are facilitated.”

    He added that Nsfaf receives subsidies from government and “subventions are made in line with approved channels of government and within the tight cash flow management applicable across government.”

    The student complaint noted that a delay in tuition, and non-tuition fees for books and other items, can lead to a student being blocked from writing exams “which leaves the students worried and unable to concentrate on their studies.”

    The complaint said delayed payments could force students to “seek help from other undesirable means (sic) to cover the pressing tuition needs.”

    Tjahere, however, noted that even if an award letter, which means approval for funding, has not been physically handed over to a student or the institution of higher learning, the respective institution will be instantly informed of the final approval in order to avoid Nsfaf applicants from being barred from writing their mid-term examinations.

    He said to date this year, 4 195 students have received their award letters from Nsfaf.

    He said in cases were verification processes have not been completed, due to a number of possible issues, Nsfaf is committed “to complete the issuance of award letters by end of June 2017.”

    Apart from the complaint sent to Namibian Sun, students have also criticised Nsfaf and its various services on the institution's Facebook page.

    In one instance, a student in April posted a status accusing the institution of continuing to “break records on how inadequate their services are.”

    The online complaint accused Nsfaf call centre of being unreachable at critical times, and accused the institution of not admitting that their services remain below par, including the online application services.



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 06/12/17--16:00: Three arrested for extortion
  • Three arrested for extortionThree arrested for extortionACC foils N$300 000 extortion attempt Three men have been charged in an extortion scam involving more than N$300 000. A racketeering and extortion scam already involving more than N$300 000 has been uncovered, with three people arrested, while a fourth suspect is still at large.

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday described the scam as a well-organised criminal extortion racket and said that they suspect that more members of the public are likely to have fallen prey to this scam.

    According to the anti-graft agency, the scam was perpetrated by several individuals who made contact with a businessman under the pretext that he was as a contractor placed on a list and selected to perform certain construction work.

    The businessman met with a person who pretended to be an employee from the Ministry of Works and Transport and told the man that he had to show his appreciation for being added to the list and pay an amount of N$2 000.

    After this amount was paid the businessman was approached by two black men and one white male.

    According to the ACC, these men arrived in a green Mercedes-Benz sedan and introduced themselves as officials from the ACC and officers of the police.

    The businessman was then 'arrested' and taken to the Katutura police station. Two of the 'police officers' then entered the police station while the businessman and the other 'police officer' remained in the vehicle.

    This 'police officer' then extorted an amount of N$300 000 from the businessman and the cash was withdrawn by the businessman's son and handed over.

    Following an investigation, three suspects were arrested and appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate's Court between 7 and 12 June.

    A fourth is still at large.

    The case was remanded to 27 July and all three suspects remain in custody pending further investigations.

    The suspects arrested are 52-year-old Adrian Schickerling, who is also known as 'Boy' Schickerling, Isaskar Lourens Aebeb and Michael Tangeni Mureko.

    They were arrested for falsely pretending to be an authorised officer, for contraventions of the Police Act and for racketeering in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (some of the accused have similar previous pending cases) and extortion.

    The ACC said that the accused are not authorised officers of the ACC or from police.

    “The commission suspects that they may have extorted cash from other members of the public.”

    If so, investigator Werner Nghashikuao of the ACC can be contacted at 081 258 2387 or 067 302731 (Otjiwarongo) or chief investigator Justine Kanyangela at 081 127 7486 or (061) 435 4000.

    The ACC further warned the public to avoid getting involved in scams such as these and to not make payments that can compromise them.

    The identity of any authorised officials of the ACC can be verified with Nelius Becker, the head of investigations and prosecution at the ACC 081 129 9215 or 061 435 4000.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Land reform, NEEEF in spotlightLand reform, NEEEF in spotlightNAU makes submission on racism A submission by the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) to the Ombudsman of Namibia, John Walters, regarding racism and discrimination focused mainly on land reform and the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework. The executive manager of the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU), Sakkie Coetzee, made the submission to Walters last week on behalf of the union.

    According to the NAU, they were invited to make a submission on the sensitive topic.

    The Office of the Ombudsman is conducting a series of public hearings across the country on the prevalence of racism and racial discrimination in Namibia to solicit public perceptions, understanding and suggestions for the formulation of legal regulations.

    The NAU's submission was based on the country's constitution and was mainly about certain articles in the Land Reform Act as well as the land valuation regulations, which are seen as discriminatory.

    According to the union, NEEEF also was high on the agenda and the union not only gave discriminatory aspects of this debated draft legislation to the panel, but it also had the opportunity to make certain proposals on how the objectives of NEEEF could be reached within existing legislation and policies.

    The union furthermore expressed its concern that young people who were born after independence are still subject to the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act of 1998.

    The panel was warned that young professional white children are looking for better opportunities in other countries where such discrimination is not applicable and this could lead to an eventual loss of expertise in the country.

    The Office of the Ombudsman launched the Baseline Study Report on Human Rights in Namibia in October 2013 that assisted with the identification of priority human rights concerns for Namibia.

    This served as a basis on which the Ombudsman commissioned the preparation of a draft consultative framework for facilitating a consultative process involving relevant stakeholders in eventually drafting Namibia's first National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP).

    One of the focus areas identified in this action plan was 'the right not to be discriminated against', for which the Office of the Ombudsman assumed responsibility.

    It is against this background that the Ombudsman decided to call for public hearings through which the necessary research could be conducted in order to get a sense of the prevalence of racism and discrimination in Namibia, to compile recommendations for legal and regulatory reform.

    Public hearings will be held in the //Karas, Kavango, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Zambezi and Khomas regions in June and July.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 06/12/17--16:00: Hero's burial for Ya Toivo
  • Hero's burial for Ya ToivoHero's burial for Ya Toivo Liberation struggle icon, Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo will be honoured with a state funeral at Heroes' Acre, President Hage Geingob announced Sunday evening.

    Addressing mourners at Ya Toivo's residence in Klein Windhoek, Geingob said further funeral arrangements will be announced after consultation with the grieving family.

    Ya Toivo died on Friday, aged 92.

    He was an anti-apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner active in pre-independence liberation movements.

    Ya Toivo was one of the co-founders of the South West African People's Organisation (Swapo) in 1960, and its predecessor the Ovamboland People's Organisation (OPO) in 1959.

    Former presidents Sam Nujoma, Hifikepunye Pohamba and his wife Penehupifo Pohamba, Prime Minister Saara Kugongelwa-Amadhila and First Lady Monica Geingos were among the mourners who attended the praying session at Ya Toivo's residence.

    Ya Toivo is survived by his wife, Vicki, and twin daughters Mutaleni and Nashikoto.

    Family spokesperson, Helmut Angula said some of Ya Toivo's family had demanded that his body be taken to Ondangwa in the Oshana Region for many people to pay their last respects.

    “The late Ya Toivo was an influential leader in Ondangwa both in Swapo and business,” said Angula.

    Angula remembers Ya Toivo as his good friend, father, leader and mentor whom he met at the age of 16.

    “He was a people's person, a down to earth man and of course a stubborn man when it comes to dealing with apartheid,” Angula said.

    Ya Toivo is survived by his wife, Vicky, and twin daughters.



    NAMPA

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    A community's long walk to potable waterA community's long walk to potable water The king of the Ongandjera Traditional Authority Johannes Mupiya has expressed his dismay after hearing that the long-term water crisis at the remote village of Onamatanga in Omusati Region's Ruacana constituency has yet to been resolved.

    This came after a revelation in a community meeting that HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and other patients with communicable diseases in Onamatanga are at the mercy of principal of Onamatanga Primary School, Johannes Shaanika, who is supplying them with water from the school reservoir.

    The volume is just enough for taking their medication.







    To further compound matters, the Roads Authority (RA) in 2013, drilled and equipped a borehole to supply water to the community of Onamatanga, but something went wrong after a few months and the problem is still not fixed.

    However, the rural water supply directorate of Omusati is not aware of the borehole and whether it was tested and fit for human consumption or not. Community members say they have been using water from the borehole before it stopped working, for about two years.

    Onamatanga is situated about 60km from Omakange and over the weekend Mupiya visited the village accompanied by the advisor to the Omusati governor, Fillipus Kashima, and a councillor of the Ruacana constituency.

    They held a meeting with community members where Shaanika and other community leaders told the delegation that after the borehole's breakdown, community members went back to their self-made wells which contain only saline water.

    Those with cucashops use donkey carts to get water from wells that contain better water, but they are far away.

    Interested community members also pay them to get better quality water.

    “In 2013 RA drilled a borehole for Onamatanga community while planning the construction of the Omakange-Onamatanga road. The borehole was functioning and community members were benefiting from it. Later, we were told by officials from the health ministry that the water is not fit for human consumption, but it was better and we could use it for cooking and drinking. We cannot do that with the water we get from the wells,” Shaanika said.

    He added said that the school harvests rain water from the roofs which they use for the school feeding programme and during the dry season the rural water supply directorate provides them with water.

    “This water is for the school's use only, but when I found out that the quality of water community members are using to take their medicines is not fit for human consumption I decided to take it up with the school board so that we can start providing water to those on medication. They get five litres a week.”

    Petrus Martin, the chief control officer in the ministry of agriculture, water and forestry's rural water supply directorate in Omusati Region said that the issue of RA borehole of Onamatanga is not in the mandate of rural water supply and that the hole was not for the community's use.

    “Water in the whole area of Onamatanga is saline and not fit for human consumption. During 2003/04 our directorate drilled several boreholes, but water from all of these was not fit for human consumption. We never received information on the operation of RA borehole. We don't even know if that water was tested and declared fit for human consumption or not,” Martin said.

    However, the former chairperson of Ongandjera Traditional Authority and the senior headman of Ongandjera west section under which Onamatanga resides, Sakeus Shikongo, said that he was part of the meeting where the RA resolved to drill a borehole for Onamatanga district.

    “I was in that meeting in 2013. The RA said that there is a section east of Onamatanga with potable water. They promised to drill a borehole and connect a pipeline that will provide the Onamatanga community with a tap water point. It is very disappointing to hear that there is no water again,” Shikongo said.

    Mupiya said that water problem of Onamatanga came a long way and he thought it was already solved by the RA.

    Contacted for comment, RA spokesperson Hileni Fillemon told Namibian Sun that the authority will respond in due course.

    Kashima promised the community members that he will take up the matter with the rural water supply directorate.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Govt allays fears on medical aidGovt allays fears on medical aidPsemas patients still have coverage Following rumours that patients on government's medical aid scheme Psemas have to pay cash up front, the finance ministry has reassured all members that the scheme is functional and can pay claims. Medical professionals have been advised not to demand upfront cash payments from patients that are currently using government's Public Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme (Psemas).

    This comes off the back of rumours that the medical aid scheme can no longer afford to make payments.

    The request was made by ministry of finance permanent secretary Ericah Shafudah yesterday who said the medical aid scheme was undergoing a business re-engineering process.

    According to her, existing contracts for health professionals are currently being revised after it was discovered that the scheme had come under abuse by some medical aid professionals whom she said are aware of loopholes which allow them to cheat the medical aid scheme out of millions.

    Investigations are underway in this regard.







    “No Psemas-contracted health professional will require Psemas patients to pay upfront. If they do, the ministry of finance should be informed immediately. In fact, we urge the health professionals to desist from such,” said Shafudah.

    A review to the medical aid scheme was recommended as far back as 2010 Namibian Sun reported recently.

    A report in possession of Namibian Sun indicated the finance ministry knew as far back as April 2010 that there were major gaps in the fraud management system regarding claims managed by the fund administrator, Methealth.

    It had also received a list of suspect doctors, clinics and pharmacies that had submitted questionable and false claims, along with risk analyses.

    The ministry was also advised to urgently appoint a board of trustees to manage the fund effectively.

    However, in the same year, Methealth Administrators was awarded a new five-year tender to continue administering the medical aid scheme and doing the claims processing and payouts.

    That tender has since been extended annually.

    Methealth has been administrating Psemas since a merger with NamHealth in September 2003.

    According to Shafudah, Psemas members and their dependents would be covered, dispelling any fears that the scheme would not able to meet its obligations.

    “The ministry of finance would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight and assure Psemas members and their dependents that the scheme will continue to operate as it has been for all the years,” said Shafudah.

    She said a review of the contracts were necessary, owing to the country's precarious financial position.

    “The public will be informed of new changes to the contracts once the review process is finalised, ensuring that Psemas exists sustainably. Namibia is experiencing a tough financial period and all healthcare professionals and Psemas members and dependents need to adapt to the times.”

    In a recent interview with this paper, finance minister Calle Schlettwein said an investigation into the affairs of the medical aid scheme would be completed by the end of July.

    He added that if criminal activity can be shown, charges would be brought against medical professionals that are guilty of this conduct.

    Explaining the need behind the remodelling, would look at contributions to the scheme as well as the overall administration of the scheme.

    “We are looking for anomalies and trying to locate wrongdoing,” the minister said, adding, “Remodelling will include looking at contributions, benefits and the administration of the fund, as well as the roles of stakeholders and contracts with service providers.”



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    Man kills pregnant lover with axeMan kills pregnant lover with axe A man allegedly killed his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend and hanged himself on Friday evening. According to the police, the 34-year-old man repeatedly hit his girlfriend with an axe at around 23:00 on a farm 100km east of Dordabis.

    The two were apparently from Gobabis and were employed on the farm.

    The victim was between four and six months pregnant and had reportedly called her family, complaining that her boyfriend was abusing and mistreating her, according to the police.

    The family then demanded to speak to her boyfriend and even threatened to come to the farm with the police to get the girl.

    The police said the family told the girl that she should get ready and they would come to get her.

    However, when the victim entered the room her boyfriend followed her and an argument ensued.

    The man apparently kept assaulting the woman outside before stumbling upon an axe, which he used to hit the victim repeatedly resulting in her death.

    The man left the scene and was found hanging from a tree nearby.

    In another incident on Sunday, a nine-year-old girl was raped by a man whose age is not known.

    The incident happened at Okaku in the Oshikuku Constituency.

    According to the police, the man is a neighbour of the victim and had apparently called her to his sleeping room where he proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her.

    The suspect is not yet arrested and investigation continues.

    In a separate incident, a one-year-old child drowned in a bucket of water on Friday at about 11:00, at Onandjandja village.







    The police has also opened a case of murder at Oshikushomunghete village in the Oshikuku Constituency after the body of a baby boy of approximately two to three months old was found floating on top of a dam near Omunghete Combined School.

    The boy was fully dressed and his body was discovered by a villager.

    No suspect has been arrested and it is suspected that the body was thrown into the dam. The body was taken to the police mortuary to conduct a post mortem in order to determine the cause of death. According to the police the incident could have occurred anywhere during the month of June.

    Meanwhile in the Erongo Region, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the arrest of a 31-year-old male suspect in connection with an attempted murder case involving a shooting incident in Kuisebmond last week.

    During the shooting incident, Josefine Elifas, 32, was hit in her lower right arm by a stray bullet while sleeping in inside her house.

    She was taken to Walvis Bay State Hospital and subsequently transferred to Katutura State hospital for further medical treatment and her condition is reported to be stable.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    ANA calls for global standardsANA calls for global standardsNaimhwaka encourages athletes Local athletes will once again compete in the seventh edition of the Dr Sam Nujoma Half Marathon. The popular marathon which will kick off on 27 August was officially launched in Windhoek yesterday and Erwin Naimhwaka, president of Athletics Namibia used the platform to urge athletes to push for global opportunities instead of competing for the prizes on offer.

    “The prizes are very decent, but should not be the end in itself. Look beyond the prize monies and see the wide opportunities in the global arena of athletics.

    Let's do better at the Olympics World Championships. Doing so, will encourage our partners such as MTC to support us more, which will allow us to conquer the world,” he said. MTC is sponsoring the event this year to the tune of N$184,639.

    Naimhwaka further said most local heroes and heroines, including Dr Sam Nujoma had the potential to become world sports champions if in their youth their time was not spent fighting for the liberation of the country.

    “It is therefore important that the youth in Namibia, appreciate the peace and freedom that we have, which allows us to freely participate in sport.”

    He further said the marathon has impacted athletics by contributing to making marathons one of the leading athletics in Namibia. However, he said the marathon is not only about competitive runners but a chance for recreational runners to take part in pursuance of healthy lifestyles.

    Joseph Mundjindi, manager sponsorship and promotions at MTC, implored corporate companies to support sports in the country. “It should not be a thing of affordability but a conscious decision and an embodiment of our genetic makeup.

    Athletes are also our customers and they deserve better. We should open our wallets and support them just as they humbly spend their hard earned money on supporting us to grow as businesses,” he said.

    Participants will take part in the 21km, 10km, and 5km races.

    The 21km and 10km races will be contested in the seniors, juniors, veterans and masters categories, while the 5km is open to all.

    A new 10km category for schools is also open for participants this year.

    The senior male and female winners in the 21km race will walk away with N$10 000 each.

    In the national male and female category, winners will walk away with N$10 000 each. The 10km veteran category winners will receive N$4 000 each, the 10km (open category) men and women will receive N$5 000 and masters category winners will walk away with N$2 000 each.

    Junior male and female winners will receive N$2 000 each and the schools winner will take home N$5 000.



    Limba Mupetami

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  • 06/13/17--16:00: Baby Warriors off to Germany
  • Baby Warriors off to GermanyBaby Warriors off to Germany The Baby Warriors will depart for Westphalia today for the annual Germany two-week developmental tour after they exited the Cosafa Cup tournament due to lack of funds.

    Cosafa defending champions voluntarily chose not to be part of the Cosafa under-17 championships this year according to Cosafa media the team will be travelling to Germany to take part in various training games. The team will be hosted at the prestigious Kamen-Kaiserau Sports Centre and will amongst others play against Homburcher SV Under-18 on Saturday and it will also get a chance to take part in the German Under-17 Final DFB on Sunday.

    The Baby Warriors team won the 2016 Cosafa Under-17 championships that featured the likes of Mbakondja Tjahikika, Eldery Morgan, Lubeni Haukongo and Johannes Hollombach.

    The team will be coached by Cosafa title winning assistant coach Pauhl Malembu, and will at least have seven matches during the visit. The team will also visit the German Football Museum.

    Namibia Football Association President, Frans Mbidi, states that the development of the winning generation continues and thanks the bilateral agreement between the Namibian Government, the NFA and the Westphalia Football Association for being part of the agreement.

    “This agreement marked 20 years in 2015 and remains a very important one for us. The boys won Cosafa but now they go to Germany to further develop themselves. They will be around state-of-the-art facilities and will engage in a lot of football related activities and that is what holistic development is all about,” Mbidi said.

    He said as long as the boys are afforded platforms to play, their development is still on track and there is no need to panic.

    “At this age the boys need this kind of exposure so that as they graduate through the ranks, they can handle the pressure and different environments. They had a good 2016 and even fared well in the 2017 African Under-17 qualifiers and now this is a new level for them,” explained Mbidi.

    The tour is funded by Westphalia Football Association.



    Travelling squad:

    Philipus Josef, Godwin Awaseb, Johannes Hollombach, Lubeni Haukongo, Dawid Morgan JR, Stanley Ndjavera, Mbakondja Tjahikika, Vaino Uugwanga, Pitsi Amseb, Giovani Kaninab, Stevano Dundee, Denzil Narib, Junior Petrus, Megameno Kapuku, Jovane Narib, Mbajoroka Kahuure, Immanuel Hamunyela and Godwin Eiseb.

    Limba Mupetami

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    Iran qualify for 2018 World Cup finalsIran qualify for 2018 World Cup finals Iran became the second team to qualify for next year's World Cup finals as they beat Uzbekistan 2-0 with goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi at the Azadi Stadium on Monday.

    Azmoun's goal midway through the first half set Iran on track to qualify for the 2018 event in Russia before Taremi added a second two minutes from time as Iran reached back-to-back World Cup tournaments for the first time.

    The three-time Asian champions, who also missed a penalty just after the break, join Brazil as the qualified nations so far after Iran secured a fifth World Cup appearance.

    The win means Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz's Iran team will finish in the top two places in Group A of Asia's final round of qualifying. Uzbekistan are eight points adrift of the leaders in third place and have only two games remaining.

    The top two teams in each of Asia's two qualifying groups advance automatically to the finals while the teams in third place go through a series of playoffs.

    Azmoun opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Alireza Jahanbaksh's through ball found the FC Rostov striker with time and space behind the Uzbek defence to roll the ball under goalkeeper Aleksandr Lobanov and into the net.

    Captain Masoud Shojaei squandered the chance to double Iran's advantage five minutes into the second half when he fired a penalty over the bar after Taremi had been bundled over in the box by Akmal Shorakhmedov.

    But Taremi calmed Iran's nerves when he added the second goal late on by curling a low shot into the corner of Lobanov's goal to spark celebrations among the home supporters.



    SUPERSPORT

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    Kautondokwa jets off to GhanaKautondokwa jets off to Ghana Namibia's WBO Africa middleweight champion, Walter 'The Executioner' Kautondokwa, has left for Accra to defend his title against Obodei 'The Miracle' Sai of Ghana on Friday.

    According to a press release issued by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy, Kautondokwa can expect a tough title defence against the Ghanaian, who is the current WBO Africa Interim champion.

    The fight is expected to be a mouth-watering battle between two of Africa's world-rated giants in the middleweight division.

    Before jetting out, Kautondokwa said that he is prepared for the fight and looked forward to successfully defending his title away from home. “I know it will be tough in Ghana, I expect a tough fight and intimidating crowd, but my team and I have planned nothing but a victory” said Kautondokwa.

    Kautondokwa, remarkably known for his monstrous power remains undefeated after 14 fights with an excellent knockout record of 13 fights. Kautondokwa is accompanied by trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias and trainer Joseph Antindi.

    The fight will take place at the newly built Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana which boasts with an 800-seater sports auditorium, two-storey aerobic, physiotherapy and gym block, a 300-seater conference hall, an Olympic size swimming pool and a 5 000-seater open air arena for boxing.



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  • 06/13/17--16:00: Anticipated leagues resume
  • Anticipated leagues resumeAnticipated leagues resumeFistball to ignite crowd A number of competitive encounters are expected in the National A and B Fistball leagues in the weekend. The Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) in Windhoek will be buzzing with excitement on Saturday, 17 June when the third round of the Bank Windhoek National Fistball League continues.

    The day will kick off with a match between the two Cohen teams CFC 1 and 2 who will face each other in the first encounter of the National A League. Currently, log leaders CFC 1 has won every set.

    The latest news coming from the organisers of the league is that a player from CFC 2 has been promoted to CFC 1 to fill a void left by two players that left the team.

    This has presented a huge challenge for CFC 2, since they will now have to work harder to win a set. The pressure on every team member has increased.

    It remains to be seen on how the team will cope on the day. It will be a difficult task for the reserve team to win a set, because of this latest development.

    In the next encounter Cohen 1 will go head to head against SKW 1, both teams are on 18 points.

    Although SKW 1 is the favourite, this will be an interesting match to watch, since both camps are up for the challenge. In the game thereafter, SKW 1 will go up against CFC 2. The second clash of the three teams will also take place in this order.

    In the National B League, SKW 2 aims to increase their four-point lead over the runner-up, SFC. The defending champions must battle it out against CFC 3, DTS and their closest rivals, SFC 1. DTS is the surprise team of the season.

    Only one point separates them from SFC and thus DTS has the chance to pass the Swakopmund-based team.

    Later on DTS will also play against SFC 1 and Cohen 3. The latter (Cohen 3) is ranked fourth with five points on the table, as they have so far had a disappointing season. As a result, the qualification for the playoffs is almost unattainable for champions should they not collect some vital points in this league round.

    The team spirits are on a high and everything is set for a thrilling competitive weekend in the third round of the Bank Windhoek National Fistball League.

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    McCarthy unveiled as Cape Town City coachMcCarthy unveiled as Cape Town City coach Cape Town City FC on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of legendary Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy as their new head coach.

    This comes after Sport24 reported on Monday that the 39-year-old flew to Cape Town last week to meet with club owner John Comitis.

    Cape Town City were taken by surprise when Eric Tinkler opted to bow out of his three-year contract after just one season with the club to join SuperSport United.

    Tinkler exceeded expectations as he guided Cape Town City to a Telkom Knockout Cup triumph, while claiming an emphatic third-place finish in the Premiership.

    McCarthy will have his hands full in his first attempt as a PSL coach - City have ambitions of challenging for league honours, while also having a crack at the CAF Confederations Cup.

    McCarthy was previously an assistant coach for a season in the Belgian Pro League at Sint Truiden before his contract was terminated.

    The former UEFA Champions League winner has played all over Europe for likes of FC Porto, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and finished his glittering career at Soweto giants Orlando Pirates. McCarthy has signed a three-year contract with the Citizens.

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    Uushona defends title in JulyUushona defends title in July The Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) will host its second boxing bonanza of the year, where Tyson Ushona will defend his World Boxing Federation (WBF) title.

    Called 'Defending My National Pride', the bonanza will be held at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek on 1 July.

    The night will feature four title fights: WBF world title, International Boxing Organisation (IBO) All Africa title, and two national title fights in the junior middleweight and junior lightweight categories.

    Uushona won the WBF World Welterweight title in December last year after defeating Poland's Rafal Jackiewicz in Windhoek.

    On 01 July, he will fight Roman Belaev of Russia in his first title defence.

    Lucas Ndafoluma will for the first time fight for the IBO All Africa Middleweight title against Barend van Rooyen of South Africa.

    Some of the boxers anticipated to also fight on the night include Japhet 'Masterio' Amukwa, Joseph 'Smokey' Hilongwa, Immanuel Joseph, Nathaniel 'Iron Fist' Sebastian, Johannes Niingoti, Vakufilapo 'Cowboy' Nashivela, Simeon Shafodino, David 'Opuwo Flash' Shinuna and Immanuel 'Engel' Andeleki.

    Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, SBA Spokesperson Armas Shivute said everything is in order and they are calling on people to fill up the complex in support of local boxers.

    Uushona said at the event the fight will be tough, but he has prepared himself well to defend his title.

    “I don't know how the other opponent has prepared but I know it's going to be a tough fight that I have prepared for,” said Uushona.

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    Durant named most valuable playerDurant named most valuable player Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors hoping to win an elusive title and on Monday he not only reached his goal but was also named the unanimous Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.

    Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, led the way in a 4-1 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture his maiden NBA title and the team's second in three seasons.

    The 28-year-old American averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the best-of-seven Finals, which the Warriors wrapped up in five games.

    To win his first NBA title, Durant had to overcome Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose former Miami Heat team defeated Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals.

    “He's the only person that I was looking at since 2012,” Durant said after the game.

    “I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him ... you can't stop the guy. But we battled.

    “I told him we're tied up now and we're going to try to do this thing again but I'm going to celebrate this one tonight.”

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  • 06/13/17--16:00: Hogg ruled out of Lions tour
  • Hogg ruled out of Lions tourHogg ruled out of Lions tourFreak injury ends fullback's journey The player will have to get further treatment to ensure that he fully recovers from the injury. Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg says he is “gutted” to have been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand with a facial injury suffered in Saturday's match against the Crusaders.

    The Lions said Tuesday Hogg would leave the tour to seek specialist treatment for the injury, which occurred when he collided with Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray, his roommate on tour.

    In a freak accident, Hogg ran into Murray's elbow and suffered a serious fracture around his right eye.

    “I'm gutted to be leaving the Tour at this stage,” Hogg said. “It is an honor to have been involved in a second British and Irish Lions tour and I have hugely enjoyed my time with the squad and I'm very excited about the potential of this group.

    “I'm disappointed to be leaving in this way but wish all the squad the best in the coming weeks and will be cheering them on from home.”

    Lions coach Warren Gatland said no replacement would be sought as the Lions had sufficient back-up within the current touring party, now reduced to 40 players.

    “It is hugely disappointing for Stuart to have to return home early and for us to lose one of our touring party,” Gatland said. “Stuart has been a key member of our squad on and off the field and it is disappointing to see injury cut short his time with us in New Zealand.

    “We all wish him the best with his recovery and we look forward to seeing him back in action in the future.”

    Lions medical staff had been treating Hogg's injury in consultation with doctors at his Glasgow Warriors club side. It was decided Tuesday that he should return to Scotland to better continue his treatment.

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    Omukundu gwomeya mOnamatanga inagu kandulwa poOmukundu gwomeya mOnamatanga inagu kandulwa po Omukwaniilwa gwaNgandjera Johannes Mupiya, okwa holola okuuva nayi kwe konima sho uuvu kutya uupyakadhi wompumbwe yomeya mboka wa kala mokati kaakwashigwana yomomukunda Onamatanga mOshikandjohogololo shaRuacana mOmusati, inawu kandulwa po natango.

    Shoka oshe ya polweela pethimbo lyomutumba gwaakwashigwana ngoka gwa holola kutya aakwashigwana mboka taya lumbu nombuto yoHIV/Aids, TB oshowo aapangwa yalwe yomikithi dhilwe otaya silwa ohenda komukuluntuskola poskola yaOnamatanga Primary School, Johannes Shaanika, ngoka oye he ya pe omeya okuza poskola ndjoka.

    Nonando ongaaka omeya ngoka inaga ga gwana.

    Ehangano lyoRoads Authority (RA) mo- 2013, olya ningi omboola mOnamatanga ndjoka ya nuninwa okugandja omeya kaakwashigwana yomOnamatanga ihe opwa ende epuko konima yoomwedhi dhontumba nuupyakadhi mboka inawu kandulwa po sigo onena.

    Oshikondo sheyandjakaneko yomeya momikunda kashi na ontseyo kombinga yomboola ndjoka na kashi shi ngele oya li ya ningilwa omalolelo kutalike ngele omeya ngoka otaga vulu tuu okunuwa kaantu.

    Aakwashigwana oya popi kutya ya kala taya longitha omeya ngoka sigo osho omboola ya kala itayi longo we uule woomvula mbali dha piti. Onamatanga otayi a dhika konyala oshinano shookilometa 60 okuza mOmakange.

    Mehuliloshiwike Mupiya okwa talelepo omukunda ngoka, pamwe nomugandjimayele gwangoloneya gwaMusati, Fillipus Kashima, oshowo kansela gwoshikandjohogololo shaRuacana.

    Oya ningi sohigongi naakwashigwana moka Shaanika pamwe naakwashigwana ya lombwele osheendo shoka kutya konima sho omboola ndjoka ya teka aakwashigwana oya shuna kokulongitha omeya gomomithima ngoka ge na oshimongwa.

    Mboka ye na uundingosho ohaya longitha uutemba woondoongi opo yaka konge omeya komithima ndhoka dhi na omeya geli nawa ihe omithima ndhoka odhi li kokule noonkondo.

    Aakwashigwana yamwe nayo ohaye ya futu woo opo ye ya etele omeya ngoka geli nawa.

    “Mo-2013 RA okwa ningi omboola mOnamatanga ya nuninwa aakwashigwana omanga ta pangele okutunga ondjila ya Omakange-Onamatanga. Omboola ndjoka oya kala nokugandja omeya kaakwashigwana ihe lwanima otwa lombwelwa kutya aanambelewa yuundjolowele oya popi kutya omeya ngoka haga zi momboola ndjoka inaga yogoka nokunuwa kaantu ihe osha li oshihwepo andola otatu longitha ngaa omeya ngoka mokutelela nokunwa, molwaashoka itatu vulu okulongitha omeya ngoka haga zi momithima molwaashoka oge na oshimongwa,” Shaanika tati.

    Okwa tsikile kutya pethimbo lyomvula oskola otayi gongele omeya ngoka haga zi piipeleki nuuna oshikako shomuloka sha piti, nena oshikondo sheyandjakaneko lyomeya momikunda ohashi ya etele omeya.

    “Omeya ngoka oga nuninwa owala oskola ihe sho nda mono onkalo yongushu yomeya ngoka haga longithwa koshigwana unene mboka haya nu omiti dhawo, onda tokola okuninga oonkundathana nelelo lyoskola opo mboka yeli komapango ya kale taya pewa omeya yo ya vule okunwa omiti dhawo. Ohaya pewa oolita ntano dhomeya kehe oshiwike.”

    Petrus Martin, ngoka eli omunambelewa omukuluntu koshikondo shomeya nomakuti mUuministeli wUunamapya, Omeya niihwa moshitopolwa shaMusati okwa popi kutya onkalo yomboola ndjoka ya ningwa koRA mOnamatanga kashi shi oshitopolwa shoshikondo shawo nomboola ndjoka kaya li ya nuninwa aakwashigwana.

    “Omeya momudhingoloko aguhe gwaNamatanga oge na oshimongwa na itaga vulu okunuwa kaakwashigwana. Momvula yo-2003 no-2004 oshikondo shetu osha ningi oomboola dhontumba momudhingoloko ngoka ihe kadhi na omeya taga vulu okulongithwa kaakwashigwana. Inatu mona uuyelele kombinga yomboola ndjoka ya ningwa koRA. Katu shi ngele omeya ngoka oga konaakonwa ngaa nokumonika ngele otaga vulu okunuwa kaantu.”

    Nonando ongaaka omunashipundi nale gwelelo lyaNgandjera opamwe nelenga enene lyoshikandjo shaNgandjera yomuuninginino moka tamu adhika Onamatanga, Sakeus Shikongo, okwa popi kutya okwa li oshitopolwa shomutumba moka mwa tokolwa opo RA aninge omboola mOnamatanga.

    “Onda li momutumba ngoka gwa ningwa mo-2013. RA okwa popi kutya ope na oshitopolwa shi na omeya ga yogoka muuzilo wOnamatanga na oya uvaneke taya ka ninga omboola ndjoka nokutulamo ominino ndhoka tadhi vulu okukwatakanitha omeya momudhingoloko gwaNamatanga, na otashi uvitha nayi okuuva kutya ka kuna we omeya komudhingoloko ngoka,” Shikongo ta ti.

    Mupiya okwa popi kutya uupyakadhi womeya mOnamatanga owa zi nale na okwa li e shi uupyakadhi mboka owa kandulwa po koRA

    Omupopiliko gwoRA, Hileni Fillemon okwa lombwele o Namibian Sun kutya ehangano lyawo otali ka yamukula mbala. Kashima okwa uvanekele aakwashigwana kutya oshikumungu shoka oteshi fala koshikondo sheyandjakaneko lyomeya momikunda.



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    Ndakolo a popile iimaliwa mbyoka ya pewa uuministeli weNdakolo a popile iimaliwa mbyoka ya pewa uuministeli weNDF onkene ta tsikile okumona oshipambu oshinene shoshikwiila shoshilongo Ominista yEgameno Penda Ya Ndakolo okwa popi kutya kape na uupyakadhi washa kombinga yiimaliwa mbyoka ya pewa uuministeli we momumvo gwoshimaliwa nguka. Ya Ndakolo okwa popi ngaaka a yamukula komapulo ga ningwa kOmupreesidende gwongundu yo DTA , McHenry Venaani ngoka a pula kutya omolwashike oshikondo shoka sha pewa omwaalu gwiimaliwa guli pombanda nonando oshilongo osha taalela onkalo yompumbwe yiimaliwa.

    Ya Ndakolo okwa tseyithile Venaani kombinga yomilandu dhuuministeli we.

    “Opo ndi vule okuyamukula epulo ndika, onda pumbwa okuyelelwa kutya omusimanekwa Venaani okwa hala okutya ngiini sho tati omwaalu ngoka gwa pewa uuministeli inagu lunduluka. Iimaliwa mbyoka hayi pewa oshikondo shetu ohayi gandjwa okupitilwa momutengenekwathaneko gwopashigwana ngoka hagu ziminwa kegumbo ndika.”

    Minista okwa popile woo eholeko lyomauyelele muuministeli we ta popi woo kutya iilongitho yopakwiita oyi na ondilo na ohayi kutha ethimbo okundulukwa nenge okuthika moshilongo uuna ya landwa.

    Omwaalu gwiimaliwa ngoka hagu pewa oshikondo hoka osha shunithwa pevi nuumvo okuza poobiliyona 5.95 okuya poobiliyona 5.68. Oshikondo shegameno lyoshigwana osha pewa oobiliyona 12.45. Moka omwa watelwa oshikondo shOpolisi.

    IPPR naye omathimbo ga piti okwa ningile omaapulaapulo iimaliwa mbyoka tayi gandjwa koshikondo shoka kutya oyi Ii pombanda unene . IPPR okwa popi kutya pehala lyokugandja iimaliwa mbyoka mokutotapo oompito dhiilonga dhuukilila iimaliwa nayi longithwe miikondo yopangeshefa mbyoka tayi vulu okutota po oompito dhiilonga.



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    Epangelo lya kunkilile oondohotola yopaumweneEpangelo lya kunkilile oondohotola yopaumwenePsemas ta tsikile nokugandja omayakulo kiilyo ye ngaashi sha kala Oondohotola dhopamwene odha kunkililwa opo kadhi pule iifuta okuza kaapangwa mboka haya longitha oshiketha shuunamiti shepangelo shoPublic Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme (Psemas). Shika osha landula sho kwa holola omapopyo galwe ngoka inaga kolekwa kutya oshiketha shoka itashi vulu we okufuta omayakulo ngoka.

    Ekunkililo ndyoka olya ningwa kuamushanga gOshikondo shEmona gEricah Shafudah mOmaandaha ngoka a popi kutya oshiketha shoka otashi ningilwa owala omalunduliko gopangeshefa.

    Okwa popi kutya okondalaka ndjoka yi li miilonga naanambelewa yoshikondo shuunamiti otayi talululwa sha landula sho sha monika mo kutya omuna oombululu ondhindji ndhoka tadhi etitha elongitho pambambo lyoshiketha shoka nokutulamo omaindilo giikengelela giifuta yomayakulo ngoka, gongusu yoomiliyona odhindji.

    “Kape na aagandji yomayakulo yiilyo yoPsemas taya ka pula opo aapangwa ya fute opo yapewe omayakulo. Ngele oya ningi ngaaka nena uuministeli nawu tseyithilwe meendelelo. Otatu indile aanambelelwa yuunamiti kaya ninge ngaaka,” omukanda gwa holola.

    Etalululo lyookondalaka ndhoka nekondololo lyoshiketha shoka olya pulwa nale okutameka omvula yo-2010.

    Nonando ongaaka olopota ndjoka yi li momake goNamibian Sun, oya holola kutya Uuministeli wEmona owa kala wu na ontseyo okutameka muApilii gwo-2010 kutya ope na uulingilingi tawu longwa mokuninga omaindilo, okupitila moMethealth. Molopota moka omu na woo omusholondondo gwoondokotola noostola dhomiti dhoka dha ningi omaindilo ngoka taga tongololwa na otaga limbilike. Uuministeli owa li wa pulwa opo wuulike okomitiye ndjoka tayi kala tayi kondolola oshiketha shoka.

    Momvula ndjoka, Methealth Administrators okwa pewa otendela yuule woomvula ntano opo a kale ta kwatele komeho eningo lyomaindilo moshiketha shoka nokukwatela komeho wo iifuta.

    Otendela ndjoka ngashiingeyi oya kala nokulelepekwa kehe omvula. Methealth okwa kala ta kwatele komeho omaindilo goPsemas konima nkene a hengumukile mumwe nehangano lyoNamHealth muSepetemba gwo-2003.

    Pahapu dhaShafudah, iilyo yoPsemas pamwe noofamili dhawo nenge mboka ye li kohi yetonateo lyiilyo otaya pewa omayakulo guunamiti, ta ekelehi uutile mboka wuli po kutya otashi vulika oshiketha itashi ka vula okufuta omayakulo ngoka.

    Amushanga okwa popi kutya oshigwana otashi ka tseyithilwa komalunduluko omape ngoka taga ningwa mookondalaka uuna dha talululwa.

    Pethimbo sho a li a ningwa naye oonkundathana koshifokundaneki shika, Ominista yEmona, Calle Schlettwein okwa li popi kutya omakonaakono ngoka taga ningwa moshiketha shoka shomauwanawa guunamiti waaniilonga yepangelo, otaga kala ga manithwa pehulilo lyaJuli nuumvo.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya ngele okwa dhidhilikwa uulingilingi nena otaku ka patululilwa iipotha mboka taya ka monika mo kutya oya longo uulingilingi. Minista okwa popi kutya elalakano lyawo lyokuninga omakonaakono ngoka okuwapaleka omapuko ngoka geli po.



    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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    Ya Toivo ota pewa efumbiko lyopapangeloYa Toivo ota pewa efumbiko lyopapangelo Omukondjelimanguluko Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo ota fumbiwa papangelo mOmawendo gOmapendafule.

    Shoka osha steyithwa kOmupresidende Hage Geingob ongulohi yOsoondaha.

    Pethimbo a popitha aalilisa moshigumbo shaYa Toivo mo Klein Windhoek, Geingob okwa popi kutya omalongekidho ga gwedhwapo otaga ka tseyithwa uuna kwa ningwa oonkundathana nofamili.

    Ya Toivo okwa hulitha mepupi lyoomvula 92 omutenya gwEtitano lya piti.

    Nakusa okwa li ependufule lyaNamibia nomunapolotika omunene ngoka a kutha ombinga miikumungu yekondjelomanguluko lyoshilongo oshowo miikwapolotika konima sho oshilongo sha manguluka na okwa li woo onkwatwa yiita.

    Ya Toivo okuli gumwe gwomaatotipo yOngundu yoSouth West African People's Organisation (Swapo) mo- 1960, ndjoka ya pingenepo ongundu yOvamboland People's Organisation (OPO) ndjoka ya totwa mo- 1959.

    Aaleli nale yoshilongo, Sam Nujoma, Hifikepunye Pohamba pamwe nomukulukadhi gwe Penehupifo Pohamba, Omuprima Saara Kugongelwa-Amadhila oshowo omunyekadhi gwaNamibia Monica Geingos oya li mengathithi lyaalilisa mboka ya gongala pegumbo lyaYa Toivo okugandja esimaneko lyawo.

    Ya Toivo okwa thigako omuselekadhi gwe, Vicki, oshowo oyana yaali aakadhona aakwanambwiyu Mutaleni naNashikoto.

    Omupopiliko gwofamili Helmut Angula okwa popi kutya yamwe po yomaakwanezimo yaYa Toivo oya hala omudhimba gwe gu falwe kOndangwa moshitopolwa shaShana opo aantu yalwe mboka yeli monooli yoshilongo ya vule okugandja esimaneko lyawo lya hugunina.

    “Nakusa Ya Toivo okwa li omuleli ngoka ahokiwa koyendji mOndangwa, mongundu yoSwapo nomongeshefa,” Angula ta ti.



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