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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Hardap 'fed up' with councillorHardap 'fed up' with councillorPolitician accused of lawlessness Residents say they cannot trust a leader who does whatever he pleases with state assets. Residents from all over the Hardap Region drove in convoy to Windhoek yesterday to hand over a petition to Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, to request the immediate removal of the chairperson of the regional council, Edward Wambo.

    They said the situation in which Wambo has dunked the region has become “unbearable” and residents of Hardap have “reached a point of no return” in their demand to have him ousted.

    In a strong-worded petition, the residents say they are “disgusted” with the “distasteful leadership capacities, mismatching abilities and clear lack of competencies” of Wambo.

    They accuse Wambo of undue interference and “indiscreet influences” over the administration at both regional and local authorities, claiming he has over the last 10 years, been persistently absent from his Rehoboth urban east constituency and from the regional office over the last two years.

    “Councillor Wambo is virtually a tourist to the constituency he is supposed to lead, develop and represent,” the petitioners say.

    His undue interference in regional and local administrative matters has allegedly led to nonprocedural suspensions and returns of town clerks in various towns in the region, while the standoff with the chief regional officer, Yvonne Boois, who has been on paid suspension for several years, drags on.

    The petitioners say Wambo “orders and commands authority with impunity” and “completely disregards” the Namibian constitution which he is supposed to uphold.

    Enumerating “failed” development projects and “other political misfortunes” they accuse Wambo of having torpedoed a N$15 million toilet project in Rehoboth East, which was meant to replace the bucket system with flush toilets.

    They claim equipment on this project was stolen while it was stored in expensive private storage in 2007.

    Also in the Rehoboth East constituency, a social housing project started in 2009 has allegedly collapsed and N$2,7 million allocated for the installation of a sewerage system for these houses is alleged to have gone missing.

    While the sewerage system has not been installed, the petitioners say the houses are currently “dubiously” rented out to unemployed youth while the social housing initiative was initially meant to benefit the elderly.

    The petition claims that drought relief is distributed at Wambo's discretion, that he has unlawfully named a sports stadium after himself, and that he is using private number plates on state-owned vehicles when he allegedly uses them for private purposes.

    The farming community in the Hardap Region also accuses Wambo of not caring about their plight.

    The petitioners questioned unauthorised purchasing of vehicles and other properties at the regional council and “irresponsible” spending on S&Ts, and the renting of a Mercedes-Benz at N$300 000 while a state vehicle was allocated to Wambo.

    “We are fed up with councillor Wambo's lawlessness,” said the main organiser of the march, Bartolomeus Pieters.

    “We do not want councillor Edward Wambo to be our leader in the Hardap Region and also never want him to lead us in any part of leadership (whether it is in the Rehoboth East constituency or the Hardap Region) unless he is democratically elected on a transparent, open, fair and acceptable platform and manner in future.”


    Meanwhile, Wambo said the demonstration yesterday and allegations against him were orchestrated by “disgruntled people” and spearheaded by former Rehoboth councillor and political nemesis, Stefanus Dax.

    As far as Wambo is concerned, Hardap residents not residing in the Rehoboth constituency where he was elected should take their gripes to the councillors they have voted in.

    The demonstrators at yesterday's march came from Mariental, Gibeon, Hoachanas and Rehoboth.

    “The allegations must be placed in context; these are made by people who have not elected me. How can they come and make demands on projects in the Rehoboth constituency? I am answerable to people in my constituency. Other councillors must answer to their constituencies. My constituency has renewed my mandate, they have voted for me, they trust me,” Wambo said.

    He continued: “One must understand who this group [demonstrators] are and whether they have the legitimacy to do so. It is an open secret that some of these complainants have during the elections openly campaigned against me. From the outset they did not want me to be a councillor. Former councillor Stefanus Dax has led demonstrations against me since 2004. He demonstrated against me again in the 2015 elections but I have been victorious; the people have voted for me. What is it that others have not done correctly that they have not been voted into positions?”


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  • 06/21/17--16:00: Ya Toivo's final farewell
  • Ya Toivo's final farewellYa Toivo's final farewellNamibia prepares to say goodbye to struggle icon Government will spend close to N$3 million on the state funeral in honour of the revered struggle icon. The country officially entered a four-day period of mourning yesterday ahead of Saturday's Heroes' Acre burial of struggle icon Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo.

    Ya Toivo will be honoured with a state funeral, starting with a memorial service tomorrow at the Independence Stadium, which is expected to draw thousands.

    Ya Toivo died on 9 June at the age of 92. Family spokesperson Helmut Angula said delegations from as far as Cuba, Zimbabwe, Angola and neighbouring South Africa, where Ya Toivo spent 16 years on Robben Island, are expected for the funeral. South African communications minister Ayanda Dlodlo will represent President Jacob Zuma at the funeral.

    A number of events in honour and memory of Ya Toivo have already been held across the country.

    A memorial service was hosted in Ondangwa last week, while Keetmanshoop and Rundu also honoured the legendary icon with remembrance events. In South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday held a memorial service in Johannesburg to celebrate the life of Ya Toivo.

    The Namibian was a close friend of the late South African struggle icon Nelson Mandela and the two spent many years together on Robben Island.

    Ya Toivo's funeral is expected to a historic event and the City of Windhoek is providing bus services to mourners wishing to attend the occasion. Large marquee tents will be erected at the Independence Stadium where the memorial service will start tomorrow at 12:00. Namibian Sun understands total spending for the funeral service is about N$3 million, which the cabinet secretary has requested treasury to release.

    In a letter directed to the finance permanent secretary, Ericah Shafudah, Simataa requested the N$3 million to be transferred to the Heroes' Acre bank account.

    Of this amount, he wrote, N$600 000 will be used to “replenish the amount overdrawn on this account”.

    “[The] organisation of the hero's funeral is a mammoth national event that does not come cheap,” Simataa justified the request yesterday.

    He said the hosting of such events involves huge financial resources, both materially and logistically, covering refreshments, transport – both land and air – funeral services, broadcasting – both radio and television – as well as accommodation of local and sometimes international mourners, especially close family members of the deceased.

    The hosting of this event is coordinated by a national preparatory committee composed of most permanent secretaries and other members from regional and local authorities and is chaired by the secretary to cabinet.

    This national preparatory committee is also composed of sub-committees responsible for transport and logistics, safety and security, information, catering services and finances of which each has a budget which is submitted to the national committee for approval, Simataa said.

    Simataa added the procurement of goods and services of heroes' funerals are conducted in line with the national procurement laws and policies.

    He took issue over the fact that his letter to Shafudah was leaked to the media, saying it is internal government communications.

    “Albeit obtained clandestinely, I would like to assure you that the principles of good governance apply to the management of these important national events, as is the case in all affairs of our government. The expenses of these events are audited every year by the auditor-general.

    While I commend you for your misdirected curiosity in matters of national interest, I advise you may approach the Office of the Auditor General to obtain financial statements regarding monies spent on similar events in the past,” Simataa said.

    Simataa did not respond to a question pertaining to the N$600 000 overdrawn on the Heroes' Acre account.


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    Ndeitunga livid over trafficking chargesNdeitunga livid over trafficking charges Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga said the arrest of an Air Namibia employee and his accomplice for alleged human trafficking is an embarrassment for the country and it is shocking that the “national carrier has been dragged into organised crime”.

    The 32-year-old employee of Air Namibia, working at Hosea Kutako International Airport as a check-in agent, and a 29-year-old Angolan national were arrested on Monday for alleged human trafficking and officially charged yesterday.

    Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed the arrest, saying both men will appear in court today.

    The arrest comes after the two men are said to have “smuggled” 11 Angolan nationals, which include seven children, two men and two women on an Air Namibia flight to Frankfurt.

    They are suspected of having facilitated it so that for the 11 Angolan nationals could travel on Air Namibia's flight SW285 from Windhoek to Frankfurt on Monday.

    All the passengers were detained by the German immigration police upon arrival in Frankfurt.

    Kanguatjivi said that the 29-year-old Angolan will also be facing immigration charges as he has been residing in Namibia illegally since last year.

    A furious Ndeitunga told Namibian Sun he was shocked and disturbed to hear about the incident.

    “Now you have employees of the airline colluding with children and women. This is unacceptable. There are loopholes in our national carrier and this must be tightened up immediately,” an irate Ndeitunga said.

    He said that this just demonstrates how Namibia is being used for human trafficking.

    “This is the region for human trafficking.”

    Ndeitunga said he is however relieved that those working with these dangerous organised criminal networks have been arrested.

    “But there are still those out there, hiding, and they should be brought to book.”

    He continued to say that Air Namibia employees should be better vetted.

    “Not everyone should be given a job, because you can see what is happening, they are recruiting criminals and letting criminals through.”

    “This is shocking and an embarrassment for the country, but also an eye-opener that we should be vigilant.”

    'Political refugees'

    Meanwhile the trafficked Angolans who are currently being held in Frankfurt have claimed that they are political refugees and it is still uncertain what will happen to them at this stage.

    The German embassy in Windhoek told Namibian Sun investigations are still ongoing in their home country.

    However, ambassador Christian Schlaga said he is grateful to Air Namibia and Nampol for the swift and comprehensive cooperation which led to the arrest of the persons suspected to have facilitated the attempted illegal entrance of the eleven Angolans to Germany.

    “This case demonstrates yet again the necessity for the implementation of strict travellers' controls directly upon disembarking from the plane at German international airports,” he said.

    Air Namibia spokesperson Paul Nakawa said the problem of inadmissible or illegal passengers is an international problem that all airlines have to deal with. According to him, the motives for such illegal migrations vary from personal, political and economic reasons to criminal such as human trafficking.

    Air Namibia was in the news a few months ago when it denied boarding to a group of Zimbabweans who were booked to travel from Windhoek to Frankfurt with Istanbul as their final destination.

    “There are criminal syndicates who facilitate this kind of activity and who bribe some of our employees to facilitate this type of crime. Please note that illegal passengers do not always travel with fraudulent passports – sometimes they carry legitimate passports and visas obtained somehow,” said Nakawa.

    He said staff is trained to detect illegal passengers and sometimes use this knowledge to facilitate criminal activity for personal gain as possibly happened in this case.

    “Once we received the information from the German police via our station in Frankfurt, we conducted a full investigation and enlisted the help of the police which has resulted in the two arrests with further arrests expected.”

    Air Namibia also issued a stern warning to employees, contractors and agents in the strongest terms possible to desist from engaging in illegal activities that could endanger the safety of our airports, passengers and aircraft and tarnish the good name of our country.

    “The message from the Namibian police and Air Namibia is that we will not allow our country and airline to be used by criminal syndicates for human trafficking and other crimes; and we will deal harshly and to the full extent of the law with anyone involved in these criminal activities.”


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: NRU league reaches climax
  • NRU league reaches climaxNRU league reaches climaxUnam faces United All the clubs pitted against each other are now fighting for top places as the league enters in its final weeks. The University of Namibia (Unam) Sports Ground is set for a thrilling rugby encounter when the university boys host Trustco United on Saturday.

    United will go into the match as the ultimate underdogs given that Unam remains the only undefeated team in the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) premier league.

    The Unam side will also be boosted by the fact that they will be playing on home ground.

    Trustco United players will have to be at the top of their game if they want to secure an unlikely victory away from home.

    The university boys are likely to depend on their strength, while speed will be crucial for the visitors.

    After 11 matches played so far, Unam has an unassailable lead of 58 points, followed by FNB Western Suburbs who are sitting second with 38 points on the log.

    A defeat or victory for the university team will not change much at the top of the table given that Suburbs have wide ground to cover if they want to pipe Unam at the post.

    Unam therefore looks set to claim yet another triumphant season at the top of the table.

    Trustco United are lingering in sixth position after having acquired only 22 points from 11 games this season.

    It appears as if their title hopes have already gone astray with only a few matches remaining in the league.

    Unam coach Johan Diergaardt last weekend said that he was confident that the boys are going to successfully defend the title.

    Diergaardt acknowledged that the point-gab between them and the rest of the teams is so wide that they will only have themselves to blame if any other team closes the gap.

    Other action sees Wanderers visiting Reho Falcon on Saturday, while Walvisbay entertains Rehoboth on Saturday.

    Suburbs travel all the way to Walvis Bay to play fifth-placed Kudus on Saturday.

    A win for Wanders and a defeat for Suburbs will put Wanders into second place ,while the Khomasdal-based club could drop to third place given that only one point separate the two clubs.

    All the fixtures of the NRU league will kick-off at 15: 15 on Saturday.

    The reserve league teams of all clubs will play at 13:30 before the big guns lock horns.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Baby Warriors salvage draw
  • Baby Warriors salvage drawBaby Warriors salvage draw The on-tour Baby Warriors played to a nail-biting 1-1 draw against their host Westphalia under-17 on Wednesday at the Kaiserau Sports Centre in Germany.

    The Namibian under-17 boys, who started off their tour with a 2- 0 win over Homburcher SV and on Wednesday took on the host in a thrilling encounter.

    The Baby Warriors displayed an incredible second half to performance to salvage a precious 1-1 draw against Westphalia.

    The team will again play on Sunday when they travel to the Stadion Abersloh to take on SC PR Munster before taking a tour of German Football at the German Footfall Federation (DFB) in Dortmund on Tuesday.

    The team will then play their final game on tour against B Region Westphalia on Wednesday in Bad Wunnenberg before packing their bags to return home on Thursday night.

    Team coach Pauhl Malembu said that he was satisfied with the performance and overall conduct of the boys on tour.

    “They are following instructions and expressing themselves very well.

    “They are paying attention to presentations by our host on various football and life related issues and our wish is for them to become better footballers, on and off the field,” Malembu said.

    Malembu added that it was imperative for the youngsters to be given this platform where they can play and learn as much as possible at an early age.

    The Baby Warriors Squad: Philipus Josef, Godwin Awaseb, Johannes Hollombach, Dawid Morgan JR, Stanley Ndjavera, Mbakondja Tjahikika, Junior Petrus, Giovani Kaninab, Vaino Uugwanga ,Mbajoroka Kahuure and Godwin Eiseb.

    Sport Reporter

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    Angel di Maria settles tax case and pays fineAngel di Maria settles tax case and pays fine Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria has agreed to pay 2m euros (£1.76m) to settle a tax case in Spain, according to Spanish authorities.

    He will plead guilty to two charges of fraud relating to image rights during his time at Real Madrid.

    Di Maria, 29, who now plays for Paris St-Germain, is one of many high-profile players and managers to have their financial affairs under scrutiny.

    United manager Jose Mourinho and Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo deny charges.

    Mourinho has been accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of 3.3m euros (£2.9m) in taxes while he was Real Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012.

    And Ronaldo is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m) from 2011 to 2014.

    Argentina international Di Maria is accused of failing to pay 1.3m euros to the Spanish tax authorities in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

    The two charges of fraud which he is pleading guilty to carry an eight-month prison sentence each. But under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

    In 2016, Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano received a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud while Barca superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar are both currently awaiting court decisions.

    Both players deny any wrongdoing.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: The cup will stay home
  • The cup will stay homeThe cup will stay homeBafana set for Cosafa Cup defence The Bafana Bafana squad plans on defending their 2016 Cosafa Cup win when the tournament kicks off. Bafana Bafana will be looking to defend the Cosafa Castle Cup title they won in 2016 when they open their account against the winner of group A.

    The identity of the opponents for the Bafana Bafana outfit is still not known as the 2017 edition of the tournament kicks off on Wednesday, 25 June in Rustenburg.

    South Africa will face either Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius or Angola when they enter the competition in the quarterfinal stage.

    That match will be played on Sunday, 2 July at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Kick-off is at 17:00.

    Victory for Stuart Baxter's men will set up a fixture against the winners of the Botswana vs Zambia encounter on Wednesday, 5 July, while a loss will see the hosts face the losers in the clash between the two nations – that match will be played on Tuesday, 4 July at Moruleng Stadium at 17:00.

    Should South Africa win the two clashes, they will qualify for the final, which will take place on Sunday, 9 July at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:00.

    Bafana Bafana has won this competition on four occasions – 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2016. That is a record-equalling four titles as they join Zambia and Zimbabwe at the top of the all-time winners list.

    Angola is second with three victories. After playing in the tournament for the first time in 1998, South Africa only reached the final for the first time in 2002, where they defeated Malawi 4-1 on aggregate in a two-legged final.

    Their next success in the tournament came five years later as they bagged back-to-back gold medals.

    In 2007 they beat Zambia 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time. The match took place in Bloemfontein. The following year they brushed off Madagascar 2-1 to claim victory in Mpumalanga.

    After some barren years, they reclaimed the title in 2016 using the U23 national team that was preparing for the Rio Olympic Games. South Africa deposed of Botswana 3-2 in the final played in Rustenburg.

    Bafana scored two goals from the penalty spot – both by Gift Motupa – while South Africa profited from two penalties in the decider, both scored by Motupa, while Thabiso Kutumela bagged the third goal. Botswana replied through Onkabetse Makgantai and Kabelo Seakanyeng.

    Cosafa Cup Fact File:

    Zambia is the inaugural champions after winning the title in 1997.

    South Africa has won the tournament four times (2002, 2007, 2008, and 2016). A record held together with Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    This year will see 13 of the 14 Cosafa nations present in South Africa.

    Comoros Islands will not participate and have been replaced by east African guest nation Tanzania, they return for a third shot at glory after previously competing in 1997 and 2015.

    The 13 Cosafa nations taking part are: South Africa, Malawi, Mauritius, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Seychelles, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

    The format of the competition will remain the same as previous years, with the eight lowest ranked sides according to past Cosafa Castle Cup performance taking part in the first round. They are split into two pools, each containing four sides, with the top team in each group advancing to the quarterfinals after the round-robin stage.

    Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius and Angola are in group A, while Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Seychelles are in group B. There they will join the six other sides in the field as the tournament continues in a knockout format.

    The six sides are South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

    The losers in the quarterfinals drop into the plate competition.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Painful and dangerous
  • Painful and dangerousPainful and dangerousUlcers must be diagnosed and treated Almost two thirds of people with ulcers do not present any symptoms, but that does not make them less dangerous. An ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach, small intestine or oesophagus. A peptic ulcer in the stomach is called a gastric ulcer. A duodenal ulcer is a peptic ulcer that develops in the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).

    Symptoms include a burning stomach pain, a feeling of fullness, bloating or belching, fatty food intolerance, heartburn and nausea.

    The most common peptic ulcer symptom is burning stomach pain. Stomach acid makes the pain worse, as does having an empty stomach. The pain can often be relieved by eating certain foods that buffer stomach acid or by taking an acid-reducing medication, but then it may come back. The pain may be worse between meals and at night.

    Nearly three-quarters of people with peptic ulcers don't have symptoms.


    Peptic ulcers occur when acid in the digestive tract eats away at the inner surface of the stomach or small intestine. The acid can create a painful open sore that may bleed.

    Your digestive tract is coated with a mucous layer that normally protects against acid. But if the amount of acid is increased or the amount of mucus is decreased, you could develop an ulcer.

    Common causes include:

    A bacteria called Helicobacter pylori commonly lives in the mucous layer that covers and protects tissues that line the stomach and small intestine. Often, H. pylori causes no problems, but it can cause inflammation of the stomach's inner layer, producing an ulcer.

    It's not clear how H. pylori infection spreads. It may be transmitted from person to person by close contact, such as kissing. People may also contract H. pylori through food and water.

    Regular use of certain pain relievers. Taking aspirin, as well as certain over-the-counter and prescription pain medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can irritate or inflame the lining of your stomach and small intestine. These medications include ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, but not acetaminophen.

    Peptic ulcers are more common in older adults who take these pain medications frequently or in people who take these medications for osteoarthritis.

    Risk factors

    In addition to taking certain pain medications, including aspirin, you may have an increased risk of peptic ulcers if you smoke. Smoking may increase the risk of peptic ulcers in people who are infected with H. pylori. Alcohol can irritate and erode the mucous lining of your stomach, and it increases the amount of stomach acid that's produced. Untreated stress over a prolonged period of time can also induce an ulcer as can spicy foods.

    Alone, these factors do not cause ulcers, but they can make them worse and more difficult to heal.


    Left untreated, peptic ulcers can result in:

    Internal bleeding. Bleeding can occur as slow blood loss that leads to anaemia or as severe blood loss that may require hospitalisation or a blood transfusion. Severe blood loss may cause black or bloody vomit or black or bloody stools.

    Infection. Peptic ulcers can eat a hole through the wall of your stomach or small intestine, putting you at risk of serious infection of your abdominal cavity (peritonitis).

    Obstruction. Peptic ulcers can lead to swelling, inflammation or scarring that may block passage of food through the digestive tract. A blockage may make you become full easily, vomit and lose weight.

    See your doctor if you think you may have developed an ulcer.

    Natural remedies

    There are many natural remedies that can be used to treat ulcers and reduce their symptoms.

    Research suggests that flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids, may be an effective treatment for stomach ulcers. Flavonoids are compounds that occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Foods and drinks rich in flavonoids include soybeans, legumes, red grapes, kale, broccoli, apples, berries and teas, especially green tea. Stay away from citrus fruits and red wines.

    Flavonoids are referred to as “gastroprotective,” which means they defend the lining of the stomach and could allow ulcers to heal. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, there are no side effects of consuming flavonoids in the amount found in a typical diet, but higher amounts of flavonoids may interfere with blood clotting. You can get flavonoids in your diet or take them as supplements.

    Take probiotics. These are the living bacteria and yeast that help keep your digestive system moving. They are present in many common foods, particularly fermented foods. These include buttermilk and yogurt.

    You can also take probiotics in supplement form. Studies have shown that probiotics may be helpful in wiping out H. pylori and increasing recovery rate for people with ulcers.

    Honey is far from simply sweet. Depending on the plant it's derived from, honey can contain up to 200 elements, including polyphenols and other antioxidants. Honey is a powerful antibacterial and has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth. As long as you have normal blood sugar levels, you can enjoy honey as you would any sweetener, with the bonus of soothing your ulcers.

    Garlic extract has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth in lab, animal, and human trials. If you don't like the taste (and lingering aftertaste) of garlic, you can take garlic extract in supplemental form. Garlic acts as a blood thinner, so ask your doctor before taking it if you use warfarin or other prescription blood thinners.

    A diet centred on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, is not just good for your overall health. According to the Mayo Clinic, a vitamin-rich diet can help your body heal your ulcer. Foods containing the antioxidant polyphenols can protect you from ulcers and help ulcers heal. Polyphenol-rich foods and seasonings include dried rosemary, dark chocolate, blueberries and black olives.

    Foods to avoid

    Some foods can make ulcers worse, while some provide a preventive and healing effect. Greasy and acidic foods are most likely to irritate your stomach, as are spicy foods.

    To reduce ulcer pain, avoid coffee, including decaffeinated coffee, carbonated beverages, chillies and hot peppers, processed foods, salty red meats, deep fried foods, milk and alcohol.

    Milk's ability to coat the side of a glass may have you thinking that it also creates a protective barrier in your stomach. In fact, drinking milk may initially soothe your ulcer pain. But in the long run, milk is not good for ulcers. It seems to make things worse by causing your stomach to produce more acid.

    If you've ever had a hangover, you know the effects that alcohol can have on your stomach. It's also directly associated with H. pylori infections, meaning it contributes to stomach ulcers and can make existing ones worse.


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    Opoloyeka yokugandja uukwathitho kaanona yaakadhonaOpoloyeka yokugandja uukwathitho kaanona yaakadhonaAanona yaakadhonaoya pumbwa omayambidhidho Omunangeshefa omunyasha Peter Hatupopi okwa gandja omagano guukwathitho kaanona yoskola yaakadhona mooskola 16 mOvenduka. Egandjo lyomagano ndyoka olya tameke mOvenduka na okwa tegelelwa li ka ningwe mooskola dhomuushayi moshilongo ashihe.

    Hatupopi okwa popi kutya okwa tokola okutula miilonga opoloyeka ndjoka, omolwa onge ndjoka e na naanaskola aakiintu mboka haya thigipo nokuli ooskola molwaashoka oya taalela ompumbwe yuukwathitho uuna yeli komathimbo.

    “Onda talele po ooskola dha yoloka monooli yoshilongo muJanuari na onda kumwa sho aanona oyendji haya longitha oombaapila oshowo uututa ye wu kutha kutha komatalashe pethimbo yeli komathimbo. Onda tokola okuyambidhidha aanona mboka,” Hatupopi a ti. Okwa popi kutya omakwatho ngoka oga nuninwa aanona yaakadhona mboka taya lumbu moluhepo. “Otatu ka tala unene kooskola dhomuushayi unene moshitopolwa shaHangwena.” Okwa popi kutya okwa gongela uukwathitho wa thika po-8 000 mboka taka hawaleka aanona yaakadhona unene mooskola dhomuushayi moshilongo ashihe. Okwa pula aalumentu opo ya kuthe ombinga moshiyetwa po shoka nokugandja omakwatho kaanona yaakadhona. “Aantu otaya popi kutya oshidhigu opo aalumentu ya gandje omakwatho ngoka na otandi tsu kumwe nayo, ihe ondi na einekelo kutya aalumentu nayo oya pumbwa okuninga sha. Shoka twa pumbwa okuuvako ooshoka kutya ope na ompumbwe opo tu gandje omakwatho kaanona yetu na otwa pumbwa oku ya kwatha,” Hatupopi ta ti. Queen Moseke, omunaskola okwa popi kutya aanona oyendji yaakadhona ohaya ningwa nayi kooskola uuna ya kala komathimbo e taga monika omolwa ompumbwe yuugamenitho.Okwa popi kutya aakadhona yamwe ohaya hulitha okuya kootundi molwaashoka ohaya yolwa uuna shoka sha holoka.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Omufekelwa a yi ontuku
  • Omufekelwa a yi ontukuOmufekelwa a yi ontuku Omukwashigwana gwaChina, ngoka a tulwa miipandeko muJanuari omolwa okukala nooniga dhoompanda okwa lopotwa a yi ontuku.

    Omunamivo 29, Nan Chen okwa li a pewa omboloha yoshimaliwa shooN$300 000, na okwa li a tegelelwa a holoke komeho yOmpangulilo yaMangestrata gwaVenduka ihe ina holoka mompangu, nomukalelipo gwe gwopaveta, Kadhila Amoomo naye keshi mpoka e li.

    Molwaashoka okwa ndopa okuholoka kompangu, okwa gandjwa elombwelo opo a tulwe miipandeko.

    Iimaliwa ye mbyoka a futu omboloha oya kuthwa po kepangelo sigo osho ta holoka mompangulilo momasiku ga 5 gaJuli nuumvo.

    Ngele natango okwa ndopa okuholoka mompangu, nena otaku ka gwandjwa etokolo lya hugunina opo iimaliwa ye mbyoka yi kuthwe po nokuya moshiketha shepangelo.

    Omukonaakoni gwoshipotha shoka Felix Ndikoma, okwa pewa elombwelo opo a kwashilipaleke kutya epeko ndyoka olya pewa ompangu omanga omasiku ga 5 gaJuli inaga thikana.

    Ngoka ta tamanekwa pamwe naNan, Yongui Lu, 41, okwa holoka mompangu pamwe nomukalelipo gwe gwopaveta, Mbushandje Ntinda.

    Ongushu yooniga ndhoka dha adhika naalumentu mboka okwa lopotwa dhongushu yooN$44 000.

    Mboka oya tulilwa miipandeko momudhingoloko gwaEros.

    Ongundu yaanambelewa yOpolisi yaNamibia oshowo Opolisi yaVenduka, oya tula miipandeko aalumentu mboka sha landula ehadho lya ningilwa mehala ndyoka haya zi na omwa adhika ooniga ndhoka oshowo ondjembo.

    Oshipotha shoka otashi kwatelwa komeho kuMangestrata Vanessa Stanley omanga epangelo tali kalelwa po kuAndreas Joseph.


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    Omuniilonga gwaAir Namibia a tulwa miipandekoOmuniilonga gwaAir Namibia a tulwa miipandeko Omukomeho gwOpolisi yaNamibia, Sebastian Ndeitunga okwa popi kutya etulo miipandeko lyomuniilonga gwehangano lyomatukondhila lyaNamibia, lyoAir Namibia omolwa iipotha yeyako lyaantu oshi li esithahoni enene koshilongo.

    Omunamimvo 32 omuniilonga gwaAir Namibia ta longele pokapale kaHosea Kutako International Airport pamwe nomukwashigwana gwaAngola, omunamimvo 29 oya tulwa miipandeko mOmaandaha. Omupopiliko gwOpolisi yaNamibia Omupeha Komufala, Edwin Kanguatjivi, okwa koleke etulo miipandeko ndyoka.

    Etulo miipandeko ndyoka olya ningwa sho kwa hololwa kutya aalumentu mboka yaali oya yakele modhila ndjoka aakwashigwana yaAngola 11, mwakwatelwa aanona yaheyali, aalumentu yaali oshowo aakiintu yaali. Mboka oya falwa moFrankfurt.

    Okwa hololwa kutya mboka oya longo uumbudhi mboka opo aakwashigwana mboka yaAngola ya vule okutuka okuza mOvenduka nodhila SW285 okuya koFrankfurt mOmaandaha.

    Aafaalelwa ayehe oya tulwa miipandeko komalelo gaGermany.

    Kanguatjivi okwa popi kutya omukwashigwana gwaAngola, ngoka a kala moshilongo shaaheli paveta okutameka omvula ya piti, otaka taalela iipotha yokukala moshilongo keena omikanda.

    Ndeitunga okwa holola omaiyuvo ge gongeyo nehaluko kombinga yoshipotha shoka.

    “Ngashiingeyi owu na aaniilonga yehangano lyomatukodhila mbyoka taya longo iimbuluma yomayako gaanona naakiintu. Shoka itashi idhidhimikilwa. Ehangano ndyoka oli na oomwaka odhindji ndhoka dha pumbwa okuthitikwa meendelelo.”

    Ndeitunga okwa popi kutya shoka otashi holola nkene Namibia ta longithwa meyako lyaantu. Okwa holola enyanyu lye sho mboka taya longele kumwe noongangala momalwenge goludhi ndoka taya tulwa miipandeko ihe okwa popi kutya natango oyendji oye li mokati koshigwana na oya pumbwa okutulwa miipandeko.

    Okwa popi kutya Air Namibia na tale aaniilonga ye molwaashoka itashi ti kehe gumwe napewe iilonga molwaashoka aantu yamwe oongangala.

    Aakwashigwana yaAngola mboka monena yeli miipandeko moFrankfurt oya popi kutya yo ookwatwa dhopapolotika na kakushiwike kutya otaya ningwa ngiini.

    Ombelewa yomukalelipo gwaGermany moNamibia, oya lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya otaku ningwa omakonaakono moshilongo shaandjawo.

    Omukalelipo gwaGermany, Christian Schlaga okwa popi kutya okwa pandula kopolisi nelelo lyaAir Namibia, sho lya kwashilipaleke kutya oonakukwatela komeho oshinima shoka oya tulwa miipandeko.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oshipotha shoka otashi ulike nkene pe na ompumbwe yokutula miilonga omilandu dha kwata miiti.

    Omupopiliko gwaAir Namibia, Paul Nakawa okwa popi kutya iipotha yoludhi ndoka, omukundu ngoka gwa taalela konyala omahangano agehe gomatukodhila.

    Air Namibia natango okwa li miikundaneki oomwedhi dha piti, sho ongundu yaaZimbambwe ya tulwa miipandeko pethimbo yali molweendo okuza mOvenduka, okuya moFrankfurt, na oyali taya ka thika koIstanbul.

    Nakawa okwa popi kutya ope na oongangala dhimwe ndhoka hadhi futu oombumbo aaniilonga yawo opo ya kwathele mokulonga iimbuluma mbyoka.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Ya Toivo ota fumbikwa ngula
  • Ya Toivo ota fumbikwa ngulaYa Toivo ota fumbikwa ngulaNamibia tiilongekidhile okulaleka Ya Toivo Epangelo yaNamibia otali ka longitha oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 3 omolwa elongekidho lyefumbiko lyependafule Ya Toivo. Oshilongo osha tamekitha pambelewa omasiku gane gokuulika oluhodhi omolwa eso lyependafule lyaNamibia, Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo ngoka ta fumbikwa ngula pOmawendo gOmapendafule mOshilandopangelo. Ya Toivo ota ningilwa efumbiko lyopapangelo, taku tamekiwa noshituthi shokumudhimbuluka shoka tashi ningwa nena pOkapale kEmanguluko mOvenduka, na okwa tegelelwa shi kanane aalilisa oyendji okuza koombinga noombinga.

    Ya Toivo okwa hulitha momasiku 9 gaJuni, mepupi lyoomvula 92.

    Omupopiliko gwofalimi, Helmut Angula okwa popi kutya aanambelewa ya za kiilongo ngaashi Cuba, Zimbabwe, Angola oshowo South Africa, hoka Ya Toivo a kala oomvula 16 mondholongo yaRobben Island, okwa tegelelwa ya ka kale poshituthifumbiko.

    Ominista yaSouth Afrika yOmakwatathano, Ayanda Dlodlo otayi ka kalelapo omupresiende Jacob Zuma pefumbiko.Okwa ningwa iituthi ya yooloka omolwa esikumaneko lyaYa Toivo moshilongo ashihe. Okwa ningwa oshituthidhimbuluko she mOndangwa oshiwike sha piti, omanga Okaiti noRundu nayo ya ningi iituthi yokudhimbuluka ependafule ndyoka lyaNamibia.

    MoSouth Africa, oNelson Mandela Foundation nayo oya ningi oshitthi shokudhimbuluka Ya Toivo mEtiyali, shoka sha ningilwa moJohannesburg.

    Ya Toivo okwa hokololwa kutya okwa li kuume kaNelson Mandela na oya kala pamwe oomvula odhindji mondjeedhililo yaRobben Island. Elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka okwa hololwa tali ka gandja omayakulo goombesa kaakwashigwana okuza pomahala ga yooloka moshilongo mboka ya hala okukala poshituthidhimbuluko oshowo efumbiko.

    Oshituthishimbuluko shoka tashi ningwa nena otashi tameke potundi onti-12 noshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha nongele kutya otaku longithwa oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 3 melongekidho lyoshituthidhimbuluko nefumbiko lyaYa Toivo.

    Amushanga gwokabinete okwa hololwa a pula oshiketha shiiyemo yepangelo, momukanda ngoka guukithwa kuamushanga gUuminiteli wEmona,

    Ericah Shafudah, opo ku gandje oshimaliwa shoka sha nuninwa omalongekidho gefumbiko.

    George Simataa okwa pula opo oomiliyona dhoka dhi tulwe komayalulo gombaanga goHeroes' Acre. Simataa okwa popile eindilo lyoshimaliwa shoka kutya elongekidho lyiituthi yoludhi ndoka ohali pula oshimaliwa oshindji, ngaashi okunwa, omalweendo, omayakulo gefumbiko, omatseyitho goparadio nenge kotiivi oshowo omahala gokulala aalilisa yamwe po unene aanenentu.

    Omalongekidho ngoka ohaga ningwa kokomitiye yopashigwana yakwatela mo oohamushanga yiikondo ya yooloka oshowo iilyo yomaleo giitopolwa na otayi kwatelwa komeho kuamushanga gwokabinete.

    Simataa okwa popi kutya ohaku ningwa omakonaakono kombelewa yomuyalulimambo gwepangelo, opo ku talike kutya iimaliwa mbyoka oya longithwa ngiini.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Dome to stage hockey
  • Dome to stage hockeyDome to stage hockeyHockey action storms the coast The indoor hockey tournament will take place this weekend at the Dome at the coast. The national male and female indoor hockey teams will compete in the indoor hockey tournament in Swakopmund from 23 to 25 June to win a slot in the Indoor Hockey World Cup.

    The teams will compete against South Africa and Zimbabwe. The winning men’s and women’s teams will qualify for the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin, Germany and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

    The team received national colours from the Namibia Sport Commission (NSU) ahead of the tournament on Monday.

    Speaking during the ceremony, NSU chief administrator Freddy Mwiya called on the Namibia Hockey Union to take the sport to every region in the country, saying it will help to make the code popular and promote funding.

    “We want to see this sport played everywhere in the country, which will make it to be recognised as a priority sport code, he said.

    The men’s team manager, Paul Adkins also said everyone is ready to compete and to fight for top honours.

    He reckons the competition against South Africa will be tough. “We are in for a tough game that we have to give our all,” he said.

    The Namibian men’s squad consists of:

    Jacobus Coetzee, DJ Strauss, Siabonga Martins, Bucko Bartlett, Ernest Jacobs, Brynn Cleak, Tarry Butcher, Nico Jacobs, Dakota Hansen, Percy Barthram and Liam Hermanus.

    The Women's squad consists of:

    Maggie Mengo (captain), Petro Stoffberg, Berencia Diamond, Jocelle Deysel, Marcia Venter, Jerrica Bartlett, Sunelle Ludwig, Ina Louis, Phia Gerber, Gillian Hermanus, Dure Boshoff and Zalia Duvenhage.

    Fixtures (Friday and Saturday)

    RSA v Zimbabwe (women) 8:45

    RSA v Zimbabwe (men) 10:00

    RSA v Namibia (women) 13:45

    RSA v Namibia (men) 15:00

    Zimbabwe v Namibia (women) 18:45

    Zimbabwe v Namibia (men) 20:00


    Women’s final 9:00

    Men’s final 10:30

    Limba Mupetami

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    De Sousa motivated for youth championshipsDe Sousa motivated for youth championships Namibian sprinter, Sade de Sousa, says she is motivated to give her best at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships to be held from 12 to 16 July.

    The championships for Under-18 athletes will be held in Nairobi, Kenya at the Moi International Sports Centre.

    On Monday, during a capping ceremony at the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), De Sousa said she has trained well for the competition and is looking forward to the challenge.

    “I am not promising medals but reaching the finals will be one of my biggest goals,” she said.

    De Sousa will compete in the 100 and 200-metre sprints.

    She added that the competition will give her a chance to challenge herself against the world’s best - every athlete’s dream and goal.

    The young sprinter, who clocked 11.85 seconds in the 100-metres final to be crowned Namibia’s female champion at the 2017 National Championships for elite women in April this year, also ran 24.30 seconds in the 200-metre race and she finished second and qualified for the world youth championships.

    Three other Namibian athletes will represent the country at this international competition. They are Ivan Geldenhuys who will compete in the 400-metre sprint, Theron Human who will compete in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints and Ryan Williams, who will compete in the discus event.

    Addressing the athletes on Monday, NSC chief administrator, Freddy Mwiya said the time has come for Namibian athletes to prove that they “also belong in first class.”

    Team manager, Leoni van Rensburg said the athletes are prepared well for the competition and she is confident they will compete well against the world’s best.

    This will be the 10th and last edition of the biennial international athletics competition for youth athletes. In August 2016, the IAAF decided to cancel the World Youth Championships as from 2018, saying it is not the best pathway for the athletes at their career levels opting to instead focus on regional competitions.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Curro buys SBS
  • Curro buys SBSCurro buys SBSCurro diversification continues JSE listed education group Curro now holds shares in Southern Business School Namibia. Private education group Curro has bought its second academic college in just one month, as it gears up to list tertiary learning subsidiary Stadio on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

    Stadio will buy 74% of Southern Business School, which will hold a 51% interest in Southern Business School of Namibia, Curro announced on Thursday.

    “This strategy is aligned with Stadio's strategy of creating further access to tertiary education through the expansion and development of its core brands,” it said.

    This follows its announcement earlier this month that Stadio has bought AFDA, the leading film school in Africa with four campuses across South Africa.

    Curro, which intends to unbundle and list Stadio separately in 2017, has seen its share price drop by 14% in the last three months.

    “Curro reaffirms its intention to unbundle and list Stadio separately during the course of this year,” it said on Thursday.

    Curro, which aims to have one major acquisition per year, invested N$266 million in acquisitions in its last financial year. “Acquisitions are carefully considered to ensure that the area still offers growth opportunities and the ethos of the target market is aligned with that of Curro,” it said in its 2017 annual financial report.

    The company, which grew headline earnings per share by 55% in the last financial year, plans to invest N$2 billion in growth and expansion projects going forward.

    At the time of its annual report, it had 54 campuses with nearly 50 000 learners.

    “At the close of the 2015/16 financial year we were operating 115 schools on 49 campuses,” it said. “This year we invested N$571 million in the expansion of existing campuses by adding classrooms and cultural and sports amenities, and invested another N$763 million in the construction of nine new campuses.”

    “We currently have 127 schools on 54 campuses across the country. If this is how we respond during the tough times, I have no doubt we shall reach our 2020 target.”


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Kapana champ search starts
  • Kapana champ search startsKapana champ search starts The preliminary rounds in the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off Competition have kicked off and the first five participants going through to the final round were chosen from hordes of other participants at the coast recently.

    Magreth Uazikiza, Sakaria Hamutenya, Jaco Goliath, Lahya Sofika and Joshua Matheus are the five who emerged victorious from the coastal preliminary rounds held at Swakopmund recently.

    The next round of preliminaries will take place in the north, at the Oshakati Open Market, on 8 July before coming to Windhoek the week thereafter.

    A total of 15 Namibians will go through to the finals which are scheduled for 29 July where exciting cash prizes are up for grabs for the top three participants who emerge victorious.

    Prior to the preliminary rounds, Nedbank, together with its partners for the competition, who are Meatco, the Namibia Chefs Association, the Hospitality Association of Namibia and Fruit n Veg visited Windhoek's Kapana hub at Single Quarters, for a familiarisation tour and to engage with vendors whose livelihoods are sustained through the sale of kapana.

    The Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off Competition aims to promote micro-businesses in the economy, and is one of the ways in which Nedbank provides a platform for Namibians to showcase their talent.

    “Kapana vendors symbolise something great about our nation in that they show us that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, along with the drive to make things happen, regardless of circumstances.

    We at Nedbank respect and admire these characteristics in our Namibian entrepreneurs.

    We hope the kapana cook-off will in its own way help to inspire our fellow Namibians to celebrate the spirit of togetherness,” said Gernot de Klerk, Nedbank's head of communication.

    While entries for the entry-level chef's category have closed, entries are still open for the professional chef's category and these close next week Friday, 30 June.

    The overall winner of this year's competition will walk away with a cash prize of N$15 000, a mobile kapana shop and or kitchen container, as well as access to go through an all-expenses paid SME mentorship programme with businesswoman Twapewa Kadhikwa.

    The second runner-up will receive a cash prize of N$10 000, while the third runner-up will win N$5 000.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Temporary oil gains lost
  • Temporary oil gains lostTemporary oil gains lost Oil turned lower on Thursday after posting gains earlier in the session as traders look ready to test new lows for crude prices with worries persisting over a global glut.

    Since peaking in late February, crude has dropped around 20%, with only brief rallies, completely erasing gains at the end of the year in the wake of the initial Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) led production cut.

    “The market didn't actually buy into the cut for fundamental reasons.

    It bought into it because it was a shift in strategy from OPEC and it gave the market hope,” said Matt Stanley, fuel broker at Freight Investor Services in Dubai.

    “But (OPEC) didn't do enough and ... other producers were always going to fill the void,” he said.

    With output rising in Nigeria and Libya, countries exempt from the deal, and output surging in the United States, which was not part of the agreement, many bulls appear to have thrown in the towel.

    The market largely shrugged off comments overnight from Iran's oil minister that members of OPEC are considering deeper cuts in production. A bigger-than-expected cut in US crude stockpiles reported overnight is also barely shifting the dial.


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  • 06/22/17--16:00: trends
  • trendstrendsFrom international designer influences to streetwise looks Fashion is always changing in such a way that what is regarded fashionable today is likely to be outdated soon. Soon being tomorrow, next month, or next season. It has been established by Namibian fashionistas that we are somewhat laid back when it comes to fashion and are more comfortable with being safe and cool when it comes to following the latest trends from haute couture (expensive, fashionable clothes produced by leading fashion houses in the world) lines. Some overarching trends that are evident throughout Namibia at the moment include fishnets, platform shoes and sneakers, man bags, bomber jackets, floral shiny suits and dresses - in no particular order.

    There also seems to be a great confusion in the local fashion industry between those who keep it safe and look good, those who set trends and pull them off and those who follow trends. With experts like model Maria Nepembe, we will be able to answer some of these questions.

    Fashion lessons - know the difference

    Internationally renowned model Maria Nepembe says fashion trendsetters are those that set seasonal trends and they set them in line with the new season's style.

    According to Nepembe, stylish people are those that look good at any given time. These people pull off the simplest look and make it fabulous. “You don't need to try much to be stylish; you just need to have an eye for fashion,” she says.

    Asked where she falls as she is also the founder of the Ria Clothing line and designer, Nepembe says she does both, but she prefers creating her own trends and says this sets her apart and gives her freedom to express herself through what she's wearing.

    “I look at the international catwalks and that's how I get inspired to come up with good designs. You need to keep up to be able to set trends as a designer,” says Nepembe.

    What's trending

    tjil caught up with a newly established designer who isn't scared of going bold as her latest collection is sync with international fashion collections. Ndapcee keeps herself updated by reading fashion magazines, her favourite being Vogue, and by following globally recognised fashion brands. Ndapcee, who creates timeless clothes, says she isn't one to follow trends but rather sets them. She believes the one trend that will never die out for ladies are jumpsuits. “They have been around since the 60's and are still now, but with a new flare,” she says.


    Ndapcee's latest collection includes floral prints that have been seen at the New York Fashion Week collection from designers such as Red Valentino, Jason Wu and Cynthia Rowley. Floral prints are expected to be trending until 2018 autumn.


    According to the Fashion Bean's website, it has been discovered how menswear floral has come full circle since the Hawaiian shirt misfortunes of the 1980s. With their ingenious and contemporary interpretations, today's designers are proving that a little bloom embellishment is a fresh and modern way to demonstrate sartorial expression. Local stylist Reinhard Mahalie says it's safe to pair a man purse with a floral satin blazer.


    Windhoek-based fashion lover Victoria Ivawa says her first rule when it comes to fashion is knowing and understanding one's body, while the second rule is to dress one's body and not their ego. Ivawa says one thing that many miss is the fact that not all trends or latest fashion are applicable to all body types. “Many people dress themselves based on their budgets and egos and not necessarily in alignment with their physique. I relate my fashion sense to people around the world who might have the same body as me,” she says. Ivawa says she draws inspiration from different fashion icons especially South Africans, because she believes they are daring enough which makes them trendsetters. On an international scale, Ivawa regards Namibia as a country that is between behind and up-to-date when it comes to fashion. “We are very complacent. We are not bold enough to start trends because we are afraid of being judged by society and becoming international laughing stocks,” she says.


    Ivawa gets her fashion ideas from social media, art exhibitions and even animated films. Follow her on Instagram @ivawa_victoria for some chic, some vintage and latest fashion styles.

    Hair trends

    Lately we see that ladies don't have time to sit at the salon for hours three times a week but what to do if you want a great mane? Well, wigs have been around for centuries but now there is a twist to them. Today, one can get any hairstyle sewn on a piece of stocking - from braids to Brazilians for your convenience! Wig maker Tia says wigs are currently trending and she makes them as the client wants. “Back then wigs were restricted to a certain hairstyle but with the variety of material available like frontal laces one can have a wig made in such a way that the client can style it any way and it will look genuine,” she says. Tia says she gets inspiration from YouTube videos and her clients who come with pictures with a hairstyle they want to try. The latest men hair trends include half-cut ponytails and corn rows that resemble the Ovahimba people's cultural hair style.

    4. WIG LIFE:

    Wigs are convenient and can be styled however whenever.


    The latest braid trends include hair stylists leaving a few braids coming across in the front.

    6. CUT LIFE:

    Ladies are doing the great hair chop that sees them cutting off all their hair and leaving a stylish visible line that adds flair.

    7. KILLING IT:

    Artist Oteya is one who is known for putting an outfit together well as she never misses the latest trends. Here she is seen wearing knee high jean boots with a sizzling ripped jersey top and a simple jean jacket to complete the look.

    Bro cave

    Musician Gazza is known as the godfather of the latest man trend of beard grooming and growing in Namibia. Many were sceptical when he started it but today every second man is grooming his beard. “Growing a beard is not like one trying on a t-shirt. You need to know if your beard can grow in the first place, after that you need to find out how long. That's what I did and as time went by I saw it was transforming me into someone I liked and the rest is history,” said Gazza. Gazza says he will shave his beard when girls stop using makeup as his beard is equivalent to makeup.

    8. SWAGGA:

    Gazza says the next hair trend for men will be the good old brush cut as he believes it will never die out, unlike the many hair styles that come and go.

    9. SUIT AND TIE:

    The latest catwalks have men in shiny suits and local designer Ingo Shanyenge keeps up to date with these trends for his pool of customers. Ingo made a navy blazer for comedian Mark which he wore during his one-man show. Ingo says latest trends include bomber jackets which he has included in his latest collection, coming out soon.


    As in the 90s, sneakers are coming back and everyone is embracing them. Women and men are seen expanding their shoe collections with sneakers from brands like Puma, Yezzy and Nike. All these shoes have one thing in common - they are getting bigger. Some of Ruan de Waldt's collection.

    11. FACEBEAT:

    Makeup is known to be a feminist touch up but in the 21st century makeup is for everyone. Makeup artist Jay Aeron says it high time more men embrace it in their day-to-day life too. “Men are known for wearing makeup for TV or photoshoots but a little powder before stepping out and lip moisturiser won't hurt,” he said.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Taking arts to the people
  • Taking arts to the peopleTaking arts to the peopleThe porridge queen amazes scholars The halls of the six regional schools filled with art loving leaners as they eagerly watch the Porridge Queen play. A total of 4,000 enthusiastic and captivated rural government secondary school learners in six regions had been thoroughly entertained over the past ten days with a knock out entrepreneurial educational stage play by Committed Artists of Namibia. Committed Artists of Namibia (CAN) looks forward to applying for more funding from the Namibia National Arts Council in July when the institution's next funding cycle in support of performing arts opens to also stage the same play at secondary schools in the other eight regions of the country. “We are aware of the fact that there are more than 800 secondary schools countrywide at which most learners constantly struggle with the entrepreneurial subject concept. The Porridge Queen offers all learners the unique and golden opportunity to practically experience and witness what a female street vendor created as a job for her own survival and to provide employment to youths,” said Frederick B. Philander.

    CAN is also in the process to creating a puppet play with the same entrepreneurial content to be staged at all government, church and private primary schools in 2018, finances permitting. According to Philander, the artistic director of CAN and a former high school teacher, this flagship play of his company is also aimed at teachers and adults in the mostly culturally starving regional communities. “We need to continue momentum of the theater initiative to help improve the education standards in the regions to the benefit of all school learners and the nation. Most rural learners we have spoken to indicated they are struggling with the said subject,” Philander says.

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    Can the real fashionistas please stand upCan the real fashionistas please stand up Fashion is one of the most visual ways to express oneself. It's a way to express your emotions and to project your attitude. For those who take themselves and their looks very seriously, putting on clothes is not a simple task.

    Many people have a cult following on Instagram and Twitter based on how fashionable they are. Sometimes I'd like to think that fashion can be very political if need be. The ability for some people to express how they feel through words and clothes is why I think fashion can be political.

    The idea that clothes represent how we think is new. Many people have made money from their ability to dress themselves to a point where they even dress artists, musicians and politicians. It is those people that I have a genuine respect for. The ones who are truly vested in their look and the ones who are seriously passionate about their outfits and how they present them. The people who have made a living off of fashion and breathe, walk and sweat fashion are the true ambassadors of what it means to look and feel good. Now with onset of social media we have seen quite a lot “instant fashionistas” the ones who worry about the amount of likes and compliments they get based on the kind of interaction from their followers. These new breed of social media fashion posers I speak of have a boat load of money so they have access to fancy clothes they can buy. They are the kind of people who steal ideas from the authentic fashion people I spoke of earlier.

    So my question this week is very simple, should we consider someone fashionable just because they dress well? I think most of these social media fashion posers rely too much on labels and let labels define who they are. Unlike social media fashionistas, the authentic fashion stars do not rely on labels to define them, they define the labels and they can rock the cheapest material and make it look like something you would wear to the Oscars. Authentic fashion individuals don't wear their clothes to be fashionable, unlike the social media ones who hop from one trend to another. 99% of the time the people whom we consider fashion heavyweights are actually dressed by the authentic fashionistas and that's why I don't really consider them fashion role models. If you are going to preach you should be able to walk what you preach. Any good fashion icon should be able to dress themselves and maybe occasionally collaborate with other fashion savvy people to switch up their looks.

    You can't buy or steal style, you live and breathe style!

    June Shimuoshili


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