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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Uupyakadhi woondoongi mOkahaoUupyakadhi woondoongi mOkahao Einyengo lyiimuna ya manguluka okwa hololwa kutya ogwo omukundu gwa taalela unene ondoolopa yaKahao moshitopolwa shaMusati.

    Onkalo ndjoka okwa hololwa kutya oyi li omukundu omunene gwa taalela konyala oondoolopa odhindji monooli yoshilongo, sho iimuna hayi kala owala tayi ende ya manguluka, moondoolopa naashoka otashi tidhile kokule aapunguli.

    Sho oshifokundaneki shika sha talelepo ehala ndyoka hali edhililwa iimuna mbyoka hayi adhika tayi endagula mondoolopa yaKahao, aanambelewa yondoolopa oya popi kutya oondoongi ndhoka unene haya idhilile ohadhi kala uule wethimbo ele moshigunda shoka inadhi ilwa mo kooyene. Oya popi kutya oondoongi ndhoka ohadhi vulu okukala dha edhililwa uule woomwedhi nando ne.

    Mayola gwondoolopa yaKahao, Immanuel Amutenya okwa hokolola onkalo ndjoka, onga omukundu omunene, na okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi hwahwamekwa sho iimuna oyindji ngaashi oondoongi kadhi una uupapa wokomakutsi mboka wuna uuyelele wooyene yiimuna mbyoka, onkene osha ninga oshidhigu opo ondoolopa yi konge ooyene yiimuna mbyoka.

    Natango, Amutenya okwa popi kutya aaniimuna yalwe ohaya tindi okufutila ko iimuna yawo uuna ya edhililwa kelelo lyondoolopa.

    “Ngele taya ileko iimuna yawo, unene aakokele ihaya hala okufuta na otaye ku lombwele kutya oya kala mOkahao omanga inatu yamo onkene itaya futu,” Amutenya a popi.

    Okwa popi woo kutya ohashi kala uupyakadhi ngele oshimuna osha sile moshigunda moka. Okwa ti palundji iimuna ihayi silemo omolwa ompumbwe yiikulya ihe okomatompelo galwe.

    “Iimuna yimwe ngaashi oondoongi ndhoka hadhi li tali shi tali ka toka ihadhi vulu onkalo yomoshigunda shoka. Iimuna yilwe ngaashi oongombe niikombo ohayi si komikithi dhilwe pamwe ye ya mo nale tayi ehama moshigunda.”

    “Monale aantu ohali haya pulula noondoongi naashoka otashi si po sho aantu ngashiingeyi haya longitha owala omambakumbaku, onkene oondoongi ohadhi ethwa owala.”

    Amutenya okwa tsikile kutya pethimbo lyiilonga yomomapya uuna omuloka gwa tameke, elelo ohali kala tali yakula omanyenyeto ogendji okuza kaakwashigwana mboka taya nyenyeta iimuna mbyoka tayi yonagulapo omapya gawo.

    “Pethimbo lyomvula omainyengo giimuna oga ngambekwa na ohayi li owala oshikulya kehe ya mono. Shoka ohashi etitha iimuna yi yonagule po omiti momagumbo gaantu yo aantu taye ya taya nyenyetele elelo lyondoolopa. Poongeshefa natango iimuna ngaashi iikombo ohayi yi owala moostola dhaantu nenge tayi holama momizile pomatungo gooskola, naashoka ihashi kala oshiwanawa kooyene yoostola, mboka ye na okukala aluhe taya wapaleke pomahala ngoka.”

    Amutenya okwa tsikile kutya omukundu ngoka, ogu na oshilanduli oshiwinayi keyambulepo lyondoolopa, molwaashoka aapunguli oyendji itaya panda onkalo yatya ngaaka.

    Okwa indile aakalimo ya takamithe iimuna yawo, yo kaye yi ethe yi kale tayi enda enda nondoolopa.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Ekwatonkonga lya lundalala mOshikotoEkwatonkonga lya lundalala mOshikotoNgoloneya ta gandja uusama kelongitho nayi lyiikolitha Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShikoto okwa popi kutya ekwatonkonga olyo oshimbuluma shoka hashi longwa unene nomukundu omunene gwa taalela oshitopolwa she. Ekwatonkonga oshi li oshimbuluma shoka hashi lopotwa unene mOshikoto, naNgoloneya gwoshitopolwa shoka Henok Kankoshi okwa gandja uusama kelongitho nayi lyiikolitha oshowo okunwa iikolitha uusiku.

    Pahapu dhaKankoshi, aakiintu moshitopolwa shoka oya ninga iihakanwa yomakwatonkonga.

    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya olundji iimbuluma mbyoka otayi longwa uusiku nenge oonakuninga iihakanwa yeli kohi yodhungo.

    “Omakwatonkonga ngoka otaga ningwa omausiku sho aakiintu taya thigi po oondunda dhomanwino, moondjila sho yuuka komagumbo gawo, na otaya ningi iihakanwa yoongangala ndhoka tadhi longo iimbuluma mbyoka. Aakiintu mboka ohaya kala yeli kohi yodhungo onkene itaya vulu okwiigamena,” Kankoshi a popi.

    Ngoloneya gwaShikoto okwa popi ngaaka, pethimbo a ningi oshipopiwa shopashigwana shoshitopolwa she. Kankoshi okwa kondema nomuthindo onkalo yiimbuluma moshitopolwa she.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando ongaaka iimbuluma moshitopolwa she oya shuna pevi sigo opiimbuluma 104 okuza piimbuluma 260 pokati komvula 2015 no 2017.

    Ngoloneya gwaShikoto okwa tseyitha kutya, iipotha yomakwatonkonga oya shuna pevi okuza piipotha 72 okuya piipotha 18, omanga iipotha yomadhipago mbyoka yali po-10 ya shuna evi sigo opiipotha itatu mo-2017.

    Omiyonena dhomomagumbo odha shuna pevi okuza piipotha 64 okuya piipotha 24, uulunga wiimuna owa shuna pevi okuza piipotha 72 okuya po-36, omanga omiyeka kwahomatiwa dha shuna pevi okuza piipotha 45 okuya 23.

    Oshipotha shekwatonkonga shoka sha lopotwa omasiku ngoka moshitopolwa moka, osha lopotwa momudhingoloko gwaTsintsabi. Otaku hokololwa kutya omukiintu omunamimvo 30 okwa kwatwa onkonga omanga a li mondjila ye okuya kegumbo okuza puushiinda. Otaku popiwa kutya nakuninga oshihakanwa okwa li a longitha nayi iikolitha na ina vula okudhimbuluka omuponokeli gwe.

    Kombinga yaanona, Kankoshi okwa popi kutya oya taalela oshiponga shokungilwa omiyonena sho taya thigwa momatonatelo gaaniilonga unene yomomagumbo, aalithi yiimuna, aashiinda oshowo aatonateli yalwe mboka kaye na ohenda nonkalo yuuntu.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun okupitila molopota yiimbuluma yOpolisi yaShikoto, osha holola kutya okwa dhidhilikwa e yo pombanda lyomakwatonkonga taga ningilwa aanona aashona. Okwa lopotwa kutya oyendji yomaanona yoskola aamati otaya kwata onkonga aanona yaakadhona aashona, na otashi ningilwa moondjila dhokuya nenge okuza kooskola.

    Iimbuluma mbyoka otayi longelwa miihwa.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Omuhikingalo a tulwa miipandekoOmuhikingalo a tulwa miipandeko Aafekelwa yaali oya holoka komeho yompangu, taya tamanekelwa oshipotha shuulingilingi, uulunga omanga gumwe ta tamanekelwa ishewe oshipotha shokwiininga omunambelewa gwopolisi.

    Mboka oya holoka mompangulilo yaMangestrata gwaMbaye mEtitano.

    Mangestrata Rhivermo Williams okwa undulile oshipotha shomuhikingalo Frederick Shitana (32) oshowo Martin Ismael (31) komasiku ga 3 gaAuguste opo ya vule okwiimonena aakalelipo yopaveta, go omakonaakono gopolisi ga vule okutsikila.

    Omufali gwiihokolola kompangu, Tuihaleni Hilikuete okwa tindi egandjo lyomboloha kaatamanekwa mboka ta popi kutya otashi vulika ya kaye moshipala omakonaakono gopolisi.

    Pahapu dhomupeha Komufala, Erastus Iikuyu, Shitana okwa hololwa a kutu miilonga Martin onga omupolisi gwe gwopaumwene.

    Oya talele po omahala goongeshefa ga yooloka mOmbaye, momudhingoloko gwaKuisebmond nokugandja omageelo kooyene yoongeshefa, taya pula iifuta na oya dhiminike ooyene yoongeshefa yaye momatsokumwe nayo molwaashoka oya ningi ookopi dhoomusika dhaShitana.

    Gumwe gwomooyene yoongeshefa ndhoka okwa nyenyeta kopolisi, nopolisi oya tameke omakonaakono.

    “Otaku popiwa kutya pokati kOlyomayaka nEtiyali lyoshiwike sha piti, Martin ngoka iiningi omupolisi pamwe naShitana oye shi pondola okugongela iimaliwa ya thika pooN$10 552.00 okuza kaanangeshefa yoondunda dhomanwino ndatu, oshowo ongeshefa yokunyanyangitha omathano nokuninga ookopi, molwaashoka oya ningi ookopi dhoongalo dhaShitana.

    Otwa kutha ko okamutse taka ulike kutya Ismael okwa li omunambelewa a za koshikondo shoCopyright protection unit mOvenduka, oshowo okopi yondokumende yoNamibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) ndjoka yi na oompango kombinga yiimbuluma yokuninga ookopi iihikomwa yaantu,” Iikuyu ta ti.



    OTIS FINCK

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    'Simanekeni uuthiga waYa Toivo''Simanekeni uuthiga waYa Toivo' Omukalo omwaanawa AaNamibia taya vulu okulongitha mesimaneko lyependafule Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo okutsikila nokukalekapo uuthiga we wokukondjitha onkalo yokwaahathikapamwe netopolo lyeliko moshilongo shaahathikepamwe, uukwamuhoko nuulingilingi.

    Ngoka omatumbulo gomuselekadhi gwaYa Toivo, Vicki Erenstein-Ya Toivo pethimbo a popi poshituthidhimbuluko shomusamane gwe shoka sha ningwa mehuliloshiwike sha piti moshilandopangelo. Vicki okwa lombwele aalilisa kutya na ya kondjithe okwaahathika pamwe, uulingilingi nuufukedhi. Okwa popi kutya emanguluko ndyoka lya monika itali tyapulwa ngele aaleli itaya longo mokuthitika omwaka ngoka guli pokati kaathigona naakengeli moshilongo.

    “Otwa pumbwa okusimaneka uukumwe mbuka. Shika osha hala okutya uukwamuhoko kawu na ehala mokati koshigwana shetu. Tseni AaNamibia noshotango inatu pumbwa okupitika tu topolwe. Uukumwe waantu yetu otawu pula opo tu thitike omwaka ngoka tagu adhika pokati kaakengeli naathigona mokati koshigwana shetu. Uukumwe moshigwana owa simana mokwaadha omalalakano getu ngoka twa hala okwaadha.,” Vicki ta ti.

    Omuselekedhi gwaYa Toivo okwa pula AaNamibia ya kale ye na esimaneko yo ya kondjithe noonkondo okwaaha thike pamwe.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ekalekepo lyemanguluko lyoshilongo ongele owala oshigwana tashi longo nuudhiginini nokukondjitha uulingilingi.

    “Shoka osha hala okutya, otwa pumbwa okulonga nuudhiginini nokukondjitha uulingilingi, okwiihole nuufukedhi. Ngoka ogwo owala omukalo tatu vulu okusimaneka nokukalekapo ombili yetu nokweetitha oshigwana shi tyapule ombili niiyimati yoshilongo.”

    Ya Toivo okwa hulitha momasiku 9 Juni megumbo lyeVenduka, na okwa fumbikwa mOmawendo gOmapandafule mOlyomakaya ga piti.

    Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa koleke omapopyo gaVicki kutya, Aafrika oye na omutondi gumwe ngoka a tumbula kutya, okwaahathike pamwe meliko, oluhepo nuulingilingi.

    Geingob okwa pula oshigwana shi hangane mokukondjitha aatondi mboka, opo aakwashigwana ayehe ya vule okutya pula iiyimati yemanguluko lyoshilongo.

    Geingob okwa pula woo oshigwana shi simanake yaYoivo miilonga yawo ihe ha mokana owala.

    “Otandi indile oshigwana shaNamibia shi simaneke ependa ndika lyekondjelomanguluko.

    Omukalo omuwanawa okusimaneka nokutumbaleka ependafule ndika okupitila miilonga ya nuninwa okukondjitha omikundu ndhoka dha taalela oshigwana. Natu simanekeni oshilonga shoka a longo sha simana pakukondjitha omikundu ndhoka dhili mokati koshigwana shetu ngaashi uukwamuhoko, etopolo lyeliko kashithike pamwe noshotuu.”

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Markets await rate hike decisionMarkets await rate hike decisionNo love for dollar ahead of central bank speeches Rate hike indecisiveness has pinned the greenback down as investors lose faith in the Federal Reserve in the US. Financial investors' lack of faith in another rise in US interest rates this year kept the dollar pinned back on Monday at the start of a week packed with speeches from Federal Reserve and other senior central bank officials.

    A small dip for the yen early in European trade was driven by mildly improved appetite for risk among investors and helped keep the dollar index roughly flat on the day as Britain's pound inched higher.

    Pound sterling recovered 1.5 cents from lows hit in the past 10 days due to uncertainty over the makeup of the next government, helped by a shift by several Bank of England policymakers towards raising interest rates this year.

    But markets so far loathe to buy the Fed's own line that it will raise US rates once more before the end of 2017 and another three times next year. That has kept Treasury yields at historically low levels and halted any progress for the greenback.

    “The market continues to call the Fed's bluff on its intentions to change rates. I don't think anything (Fed chair) Janet Yellen can say this week will change that," said Stephen Gallo, head of European FX strategy with Bank of Montreal.

    “We were saying buy dips in cable and euro (against the dollar) last week. We still look for the same this week.”

    “The main reason behind the weakness of the dollar, which has lost its upward momentum since the Fed rate hike, is US yields stuck at low altitude," said Junichi Ishikawa, senior FX strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo.

    “Yields appear to better reflect US fundamentals relative to equities, and in focus this week are political developments and the various indicators due for release."

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Facebook looking to TV
  • Facebook looking to TVFacebook looking to TV Facebook Incorporated is in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

    The social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as US$3 million per episode, in meetings with Hollywood talent agencies, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

    Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with a focus on the 17 to 30 range. The company has already lined up "Strangers", a relationship drama, and a game show, "Last State Standing", the report said.

    Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment.

    The company is expected to release episodes in a traditional manner, instead of dropping an entire season in one go like Netflix Inc., and Amazon.com Inc., Wall Street Journal said.

    The company is also willing to share its viewership data with Hollywood, the report said.

    Apple Inc. hired two co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, earlier this month, to lead its video-programming efforts.

    Apple began its long-awaited move into original television series last week, with a reality show called "Planet of the Apps", an unscripted show about developers trying to interest celebrity mentors with a 60-second pitch on an escalator.

    The company's future programming plans include an adaptation of comedian James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment from his CBS Corp show that will begin airing in August.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    US, UK bond issuance for NaspersUS, UK bond issuance for NaspersMedia giant looking to shore up balance sheet ahead of planned acquisitions Naspers, revenue-dependent on Chinese internet company Tencent, is now looking for growth elsewhere as it moves to raise capital in the UK and the US. Naspers will approach investors in the US and the UK next week about a bond issue as Africa's biggest company by market value continues its acquisition-hungry quest to expand its internet businesses.

    The proceeds for the bond will shore up the company's balance sheet for future growth opportunities and will also be used to refinance some of its current debt, Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk said by phone this weekend.

    While Naspers spends about US$500 million on mergers and acquisitions a year there is no set target and decisions depend on finding the right businesses and opportunities, he said. The Cape Town-based company reported full-year earnings on Friday.

    “We are focusing on building online businesses and bringing them to scale,” Van Dijk said. Naspers is looking to invest further in its classifieds, e-commerce and online payment businesses where revenue growth is accelerating, the CEO said.

    Naspers, the market leader in classifieds in most of the emerging markets that it operates in, entered the US last year and now competes with well-established businesses such as Craigslist.

    The company is seeking to grow outside of a 33% stake in Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings, which contributes the bulk of Naspers's US$1.8 billion profit and is worth more than the South African company's market value of about US$90 billion.

    “We are quite excited about our growth in our Letgo business in the US,” Van Dijk said. “Since we consolidated with Wallapop, we have become the leader in the number of daily-active users in the mobile app space,” he said, referring to the merger of two of the company's classifieds businesses.

    The owner of Africa's biggest pay-TV service has been able to add subscribers over the past year even as the business struggles with sluggish economic growth and the arrival of competitors including Netflix Inc.

    “Sub-Saharan Africa has had a tough few years and our business there also had many challenges,” the CEO said. “So far it has turned out to be a viable business, whether that will change in a number of years we will have to see,” Van Dijk said.

    BLOOMBERG

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    Sibanye to restart Cooke mineSibanye to restart Cooke mine South African precious metals producer Sibanye Gold aims to resume production at its strike-hit Cooke Mine later this week, but first plans to conduct safety inspections in the shafts on Monday.

    A company spokesman also said the company needed to wrap up an appeals process for around 1 500 miners who face possible dismissal for taking part in a violent wildcat strike that started almost three weeks ago in protest against a company drive to root out illegal miners.

    Illegal gold mining has plagued South Africa for decades, with bullion pilfered from both disused and operating mines, and Sibanye has vowed it will clear all illegal miners from its shafts by January 2018.

    “We hope to have the appeals process done by the middle of the week and then we can resume production later this week,” company spokesman James Wellsted said.

    Workers at the mine downed tools over resentment at the company crackdown against illegal miners, which has included the arrest of employees for collusion and a ban on taking food underground.

    Underscoring the scale of the problem, 461 illegal miners have been arrested at Cooke since the stoppage began.

    They have been forced to come to the surface because of the strike, which has emptied the shafts of employees, thereby starving them of their sources of food and water underground, an unintended consequence of the strike.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    Financial help for Zim agri sectorFinancial help for Zim agri sector Zimbabwe's government has signed a US$478 million agreement with an energy company and three banks to finance the 2017/18 summer farming season in a push to improve food security, a state-owned newspaper said on Monday.

    The southern African nation has since 2001 relied on imports and foreign donors to meet demand for the staple maize. Drought, lack of financing and President Robert Mugabe's seizures of land from white farmers that hit commercial agriculture have been blamed for low grain production over the years.

    The Herald newspaper reported that the government and local energy company Sakunda Holdings had signed an agreement that would see three banks provide the capital to mainly fund production of maize and soya.

    Sakunda, which imports and distributes fuel, runs a logistics business and operates a 200 megawatt diesel power plant, will work with CBZ bank, Barclays and the local unit of Ecobank to provide the money.

    The newspaper did not give details on the funding. CBZ Chief Executive Never Nyemudzo and Sakunda boss Kudakwashe Tagwirei did not answer their mobile phones when contacted. Officials from Barclays and Ecobank could not be reached for comment.

    After a devastating drought last year, Zimbabwe received above normal rains during the 2016/17 farming season and expects to produce 2.1 million tonnes of maize, its highest since 1996, according to official figures.

    The Herald said the government would start delivering seed, fertiliser and crop chemicals to farmers around the country between July and September, ahead of the planting season that begins in November.

    Farmers would be required to sell their crop to the state grain agency as repayment. Nearly 70% of Zimbabwe's population is rural and survives on agriculture.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    Cheese factory planned for OkombaheCheese factory planned for Okombahe A cheese factory is expected to be set up in the Okombahe settlement of the Erongo Region in the next financial year, the region's governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua said last week.

    Delivering his annual State of the Region Address, Mutjavikua said this will be done by international investors in conjunction with Namibian entrepreneurs.

    He said imported goat cheese is very expensive in local shops and that situation can only be turned around by producing the same product at home.

    “We have goat farmers in Otjimbingwe and Okombahe who can benefit from supplying the factory with milk for cheese. So, we will make this a reality,” he said.

    The governor said investors visited his office and toured the region to explore investment opportunities after which they selected a few.

    Okombahe is also expected to see a nurses' training institution through the same investors, which will mostly focus on training young people from the area.

    Other projects are hospitals planned for Arandis and Henties Bay, and a desert green scheme project which will be irrigated with desalinated water.

    “We have to bring agriculture to our desert, we can and we will.”

    A factory to assemble calculators and radios is envisaged in Walvis Bay, as well as a kitchen-utensil production factory financed by the Seaflower Whitefish Corporation.

    “All forks and spoons we use come from other countries, we are about to manufacture our own very soon.”

    Mutjavikua said these tenders were already advertised and the regional council is just waiting for those with interest to respond.

    On youth empowerment, the politician reported that 72 unemployed youth were trained in entrepreneurship under the National Youth Service and given soft loans to start their businesses and create jobs.

    “Ten of these young people started a bakery in Okombahe which is doing very well,” said the governor.

    NAMPA

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Construction slows economy
  • Construction slows economyConstruction slows economyTough times expected says PSG Economic growth will be strained owing to a slow-down in construction activities says PSG Konsult. The economy is in for a rough ride, owing to contractions in construction as fiscal consolidation measures continue, according to PSG Konsult which has released a note following the release of the growth figures for the first half of 2017 by the Namibia Statistics Agency.

    With most construction activities largely coming to an end, its analyst Michele Arnold said the economy would come under some strain. “The construction boom has collapsed as mining and other large infrastructure projects were completed in 2015 and the government suspended construction projects to contain rising public debt,” she said in relation to the growth figures released by the NSA.

    “We expect the hard times in the construction sector to persist throughout 2017 as fiscal consolidation is set to continue and investment in the mining sector has stalled. The trade sector has also performed poorly of late,” said Arnold.

    Growth in wholesale and retail trade sales declined from 8.2% in 2015 to 3.4% in 2016. The poor performance of the trade sector reflected weaker domestic demand, according to Arnold. “We expect that a modest recovery in growth, a moderation in inflation and unchanged interest rates will support a rebound in the trade sector through 2017,” said Arnold.

    The manufacturing sector should recover somewhat during the remainder of 2017 in line with increased output from mining and agriculture due to the strong links with these sectors. “We forecast a slight rebound in growth to 2.6% in 2017 from 0.2% in 2016. This is mainly on the back of an expected strong performance in mining exports as diamond production recovers and output at the new gold, uranium and copper mines is ramped up,” she said adding, “The water-dependent agricultural and manufacturing sectors are also expected to achieve moderate recoveries as good rainfalls have continued to bring relief from the worst drought on record.”

    However, further economic stagnation and credit downgrades in South Africa, as well as the possibility that commodity prices could move sideways in 2017, pose significant downside risks to our growth forecast.

    The domestic economy contracted by 2.7% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to a 4.1% growth recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016. The poor performance can mainly attributed to the construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants sectors that contracted by 44.9%, 10.7%, 7.4% and 9.3% in real value added, respectively, the Namibia Statistics Agency said last week.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: PARTY progress reviewed
  • PARTY progress reviewedPARTY progress reviewedEmpowering the marginalised The Finnish embassy last week organised an event to update stakeholders about midterm progress of the PARTY project. Ambassador Anne Saloranta has expressed delight at the combined effort rendered by stakeholders to address issues and challenges faced by the San communities.

    Addressing delegates attending the event of a midterm progress of the “Participatory Tools for Human Development with the Youth” (PARTY) project, Saloranta said it is line with the Finnish Government development policy to promote the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalised people.

    “I am delighted to see that the issues and challenges that the San communities are facing in Southern Africa are addressed by different stakeholders, organisations and at different levels of cooperation,” Saloranta said. Saloranta added that by combining ideas and expertise not only from Finland and Namibia, but also from Italy, United Kingdom and South Africa, the project can surely reach its objectives.

    The Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) is one of the southern Africa host partners whose contribution is based on expertise in community-based technology development.

    At the ceremony, Nust Vice-Chancellor Tjama Tjivikua said Nust strives to create innovative and sustainable solutions to national and international challenges facing the different sectors by involving the respective stakeholders. “The Party project under the leadership of the University of Lapland is yet another milestone in our international collaboration circle,” said Tjivikua. The Party project is an international multi-stakeholder initiative under the leadership of the University of Lapland and is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework programme.





    MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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    For the good of the communityFor the good of the communityYoung business man with a vision With the alarming accidents recorded on our roads each day, a young man with the help of a shareholder decided to introduce breathalysers for companies to use and involving the community to find solutions to this perpetual problem. Marino Gogoseb, a 20 year old young man from Windhoek has merged his business idea to save lives on Namibian roads daily. After completing his grade 12 in 2015 and getting admission to study for his tertiary education in South Africa, Gogoseb could take up the offer due to unforeseen circumstances. However, this did not discourage him and proved to be a blessing in guise when it presented him with an opportunity to focus on his business idea with his business partner, Marius Steynberg.

    “I have always had this idea since I was in high school, but due to finances, I did not have any means of executing this plan and seeing it grow into something which I wanted,” said Gogoseb. He also added that the country’s economy was also a contributing factor after he failed to acquire sponsorship or funds from private companies. After meeting his partner in 2016 at a rugby game, Gogoseb merged his breathalyser idea into Windhoek Security Solutions. “We spoke about it and we came up with this solution for road safety. One of the biggest contributing factors to road accidents are people driving under the influence of alcohol. Every day, we read about these accidents but, no one has come up with solutions,” explained Gogoseb.

    These breathalyser machines are purchased in Johannesburg, South Africa and they are merged into company security systems. Companies that come on board will submit a request to have their employees tested. “Our target market are mostly big companies involved in transport and logistics as well as employees who work with heavy equipment that require intense concentration,” he added. In Namibia employers have the right to test their employees if they suspect that they are drunk in work environments that demand the employees to be sober all the time. “We also need to take into consideration that if someone works with heavy equipment at work and this person is intoxicated, freak accidents can occur and the companies will be forced to fork out money to treat the employee ,” Gogoseb said.

    “We are currently working with big companies and introducing our services. Once they see the benefits of our work, it will be put to good use.” Gogoseb however warned that their company is not a law enforcement institution as “we do not have any rights to take anyone in for the readings reported on our machines.” Gogoseb continued to explain that the benefits of this will be that if the employer wants to take the guilty employee for disciplinary hearings, there will be proof regarding the alcohol readings from their machines. “This will in turn make sure that employees do not risk their jobs by consuming alcohol and their work will not be affected,” he continued.

    Gogoseb also said that what makes their work so unique is that they also do private call outs as per request. These private call outs is a service given to the public and requires the mobile team. “These private call outs can be used by suspicious parents who have any reason to believe that their children have been consuming alcohol. Underage drinking is also a very big problem in our country and some parents have no means to prove this.” Gogoseb also added that schools can also utilise their services at matric farewells, athletics meetings and other school events to make sure that their learners do not get into their vehicles intoxicated. He also said learners found under the influence will not be allowed to drive and alternative arrangements will be made for them to get these learners safely home. “These private call outs can be done by any individuals who want to make use of breathalysers and the response is very quick. We want to make sure that our services are reliable as we believe in putting our customers first and making sure that no lives are lost due to drink and driving,” Gogoseb said. Gogoseb said that the companies have given them positive feedback and there has been a change of behaviour among workers.

    A big fan of rugby, Gogoseb also mentioned that it is also one of his dreams to branch out into professional rugby and representing Namibia at international games. Asked about how he would balance his work with his social life, Gogoseb said he wants to play his part in assisting his country so prioritising has never been an issue. “I also have my time to enjoy my life, but I realised that I have more responsibilities. Although, in future, I would like to further my studies, I would like to see my business take off ground and until it grows into something big.” He would also like to have breathalyser services used in all the14 regions of the country. “Accidents are not only happening in Windhoek, but all over the country as well. Every company’s dream is to expand nationally so in two to five years time, we want to have our offices nationwide as we also want to contribute to reducing the high unemployment rate in Namibia with.”

    Gogoseb also advised the youth to focus on entrepreneurship and start up their own business. “Everything starts up small, but with consistency and dedication, it will easily grow into something big and you would be very proud of yourself and looking back and seeing how far you have come.”

    TUNOHOLE MUNGOBA

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Pioneering a movement
  • Pioneering a movement Pioneering a movement Passionate about youth matters John Mbako, shares his role as the chairperson of the Junior National Council and the legacy he wants to be remembered for as the first ever chair of this organisation. John Mbako, 17, is a Grade 11 learner at St Georges Diocesan School in Windhoek and is the chairperson of the first-ever Junior National Council in Namibia. He attributes his character as the reason why he has been afforded the opportunity to serve in this position. “I like knowing about issues that affect young people and I like working with likeminded people to find solutions to the issues that affect us as young people,” Mbako said.

    As the chair of the Junior National Council, members of the council report to Mbako and he reports directly to the chair of the upper chamber, Margaret Mensah-Williams. “My role also extends to ensuring that I create awareness about the chamber so that the masses, especially the youth, know about the existence of the organisation,” he said. Mbako added that he feels like there are a lot of social ills that prevail in Namibia and as a result a lot of young people lack the right role models. “Because of this I feel it is part of my responsibilities in my capacity as the council chair to advocate for change with these types of social issues.” Mbako stated that young people in Namibia need to find right people to look up to and that his generation needs to set a good example for the next generation. Mbako also hopes to join other young Namibian leaders in various capacities in addressing gender-based violence and tribalism. “We need to protect women and children and we need to acknowledge that we are all Namibians before anything else so it is important that we do not discriminate each other on the basis of tribe or even political ties,” he said.

    The Junior National Council is made up of 42 school-going learners from the 14 regions. The council was officially established to represent Namibia’s youth and to provide a national platform for school-going youth where they can discuss pertinent issues concerning them. The platform also serves as a stage to campaign for change that the youth hope to see take place in Namibia.

    As the first chairperson of this administration Mbako admits that the position comes with a lot of responsibilities and challenges but despite that he wants to leave a remarkable legacy. “I want to be remembered as the leader that listened to his people and found solutions to problems faced by young people in Namibia,” Mbako said. He maintains that he wants people to realise that the Junior National Council is an organisation for the youth and that members of are not going to just make use of government resources without making a positive impact.

    Mbako calls on young people to render their support to the administration stating that the Junior National Council is not for members only but for all Namibian youth. “As members of the chamber we are just representatives and we really want young people in Namibia to take ownership of this organisation,” said the chairperson.

    He shared that his parents took it very well when they learned of his appointment. “My parents were very happy for me. I think they are proud that they made a leader,” he said. He added that he is confident that he will do a great job because he has the support of his parents, peers and his mentor Margaret Mensah-Williams is very supportive and is doing an excellent job in guiding him. Mbako describes Mensah-Williams as an excellent mentor who is understanding and is interested in listening to young people. “Margaret Mensah-Williams has taught me that I need to listen and learn from everyone because it is not from whom I learn from what the lesson is.” Mbako further shared that his mentor always gives him advice on leadership skills on a more regular basis and that she has taught him that one cannot make it without people. “That is why I am calling for unity from my fellow young people and that we all take ownership of the Junior National Council because the success of this chamber will be determined by the input by all young Namibians,” said Mbako.

    Mbako explained that with his appointment he has learned that anything is possible stating that one can do anything but not everything. “You cannot be a football player and a pilot at the same time so I urge my fellow youth to find their passion in life and tap into it,” he said.

    Mbako shared that after high school he wishes to pursue his tertiary education at an ‘ivy league’ university in the United States of America in the field of aviation. However, he maintains that after his studies he wants to return to Namibia so that he can empower his community. “I look forward to obtaining my pilot’s licence at a renowned university and at a young age but the future is unpredictable I might just become a politician,” he shared.

    MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Always stay strapped!
  • Always stay strapped!Always stay strapped! I was shocked by statistics issued by the United Nations on HIV and Aids concerning the youth of Namibia. I was attending the 'Be Free' movement event organised by the Office of the First Lady of Namibia.

    Let me clarify the statistics for you. According to the UN, the youth are not using condoms compared to our parents or the older generation. We are also leading in terms of being infected with HIV; the youth record some of the highest new HIV infections in the country. And just to show how dire our situation is, another report that focuses on new HIV/Aids infections in southern Africa by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) revealed that 45 girls in Namibia are infected with HIV every week. The statistics don't just end there. A 2013 report by Namibia's Demographic Health Survey showed that only 24.5%, less than a quarter, of youth aged 15 to 19 use contraceptives and that the pregnancy rate in this group currently stands at 19%.

    If these statistics are not unsettling for you and do not worry you, you need a mental check. It is only a matter of time before all of us are affected by those statistics. Why should you as a young person not be worried about those statistics? Because one way or another we are going to run into the people in these statistics. It is our responsibility as young people to be concerned about issues that face us. The past few weeks I've been pondering these issues. Too many young people are not using condoms, we are getting infected with HIV/Aids and many of our young ladies are getting pregnant. I've had a few debates with my friends about why we are in the situation we find ourselves in. It all boils down to the issue of condom use.

    I think as young people we are very naïve about the importance of using condoms. There is still a perception between young people that if you want to use a condom with your partner it is either you are unfaithful or carrying a disease. As I struggled to figure out why we do not use condoms as youth, I concluded that some people believe they take away the pleasure you get during intercourse. These were just some of the issues my friends and I were talking about. Another thing that was of grave concern was how immune we've become to HIV/Aids campaigns. We know all the popular slogans and we can even sing along the lyrics by heart. Every year its “condomise” and “abstain” but we keep ignoring those messages because we just do not care about them at all. I will even go as far as saying that as young people we are not scared of contracting sexually transmitted infections and diseases. We should also be aware that the decision to wear a condom isn't always made by one person. Partners must debate and agree and hopes about their reaction (or a lack of discussion altogether) may influence the choice. Getting caught in the “heat of the moment” is a commonly quoted barrier to protections use. Maybe we do not know how to use the condoms properly and in the long run put ourselves at risk of contracting infections or pregnancy. Whatever the reasons may be, we need to deal with them at once.

    It's evident to me that we all need to address these attitudes, fears and concerns that many teens have regarding condom use, if we want to reduce the risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections. The good news is that these attitudes may be easily influenced and changed through clinical and community-based interventions. We all need to ensure we practice safe and sound sex and that we monitor the way we behave especially the importance of condom use. I'm not advocating for more people to have sex but for people to be responsible when having intercourse. Do not be a statistic, use a condom!!!



    Until next time. Peri nawa!



    shona@namibiansun.com

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    China mourns dead after landslideChina mourns dead after landslide Villagers in China visited what used to be their relatives' homes on Monday to mourn loved ones lost when a landslide swept down a mountain, with little hope of finding anyone alive after more than 48 hours of fruitless searching.

    At least 93 people are missing after the landslide engulfed Xinmo village in mountainous Sichuan province as dawn broke on Saturday. Ten people have been confirmed dead.

    “Our house was somewhere around here but everything has been destroyed beyond recognition,” said a middle aged woman, one of a few residents who were away when disaster struck, after she pulled a green blanket she recognised out of the mud and rocks.

    The government has sent some 3 000 rescuers, along with heavy digging equipment, and has promised to do all it can to look for survivors.

    Heavy rain triggered the landslide, authorities have said.

    Some villagers said they've always known landslides are a big danger but authorities never offered to help them move.

    With danger of more landslides, authorities have been restricting access to the disaster zone, but hundreds of people were allowed back on Monday.

    Mournful wails and firecracker explosions echoed through Xinmo's steep valley as bereaved relatives returned, many clutching snacks and wrapped in plastic and bottles of wine as offerings for the dead.

    Some people burned paper money and lit incense which, along with setting off fireworks, are traditional acts of mourning.

    “Every single family has been impacted by the landslide, it's horrible,” said Sun Danxian, from a neighbouring village who was walking through the site.

    The government of Mao county, where the village is located, posted drone video footage of the area showing about dozen mechanical diggers shifting through a landscape of grey rocks.

    Earlier on Monday, about 100 villagers, unhappy with what they said was limited information, met government officials at a nearby primary school, insisting they had to get to Xinmo.

    They also voiced fears about the possibility of rebuilding homes before winter and what would happen to orphans.

    “These government officials have been lying to us for three days,” a middle aged man from Xinmo, with several missing relatives told Reuters. He declined to give his name.

    “They told us we could go back yesterday morning but they kept delaying and delaying giving us all kinds of excuses. They told us a central government official was going to come to visit us. He showed up and didn't even bother to speak to us.”

    Another relative said the government should have moved them out of an area they knew was prone to landslides.

    “There have been landslides before but no one has ever suggested we move. The government knows it's dangerous to live in these kinds of villages and yet they do nothing,” said the elderly man, who also would not provide his name.

    The official China Daily cited Xu Qiang, a disaster expert at the Ministry of Land and Resources, as saying large-scale relocations in the area were difficult.

    “Many of the villagers have been living here for generations and have seen no major geological disasters,” Xu said. “This is their home and livelihood and it is very difficult to convince them to leave, especially when you only have a hypothesis and predictions.”

    Sichuan province is also prone to earthquakes, including an 8.0 magnitude tremor in central Sichuan's Wenchuan county in 2008 that killed nearly 70 000 people.

    Mao county is next to Wenchuan. State media said the mountainside that collapsed onto the village had been weakened by the 2008 earthquake.

    Most residents of the area are poor farmers of the Qiang ethnic minority and the area is the target of a poverty alleviation project, according to government officials.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: SA sides with DRC
  • SA sides with DRCSA sides with DRCUnited Nations probes Kasai violence South Africa has taken the side of the Kabila administration following an investigation into violence in the Kasai province which has displaced millions. South Africa has chosen to side with the Democratic Republic of Congo on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province, which has seen hundreds of people killed in the past 10 months and at least 1.3 million displaced.

    No mention was made in any public statements of this violence during President Joseph Kabila's state visit to South Africa over the weekend, but his delegation was asked to explain it in a closed meeting that was chaired by Kabila and President Jacob Zuma.

    Kabila's chief advisor, Barnabé Kikaya-bin-Karubi, who was in the meeting, told News24 the Congolese delegation explained that the DRC government was already investigating the violence and it was opposed to an independent investigation as was suggested by some countries in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last week.

    “It is international law. The United Nations cannot override the sovereignty of a country, and when the matter broke out we put together our own investigation,” he said.

    “Until that investigation is done, no other body can come to our country and investigate any other internal matter.”

    He said the DRC did not object to accepting technical assistance on the investigation. Although the European Union, which has already instituted sanctions against 11 DRC officials over the Kasai violence, lobbied countries, including South Africa, to vote for an independent investigation. Kikaya-bin-Karubi said South Africa and the rest of Africa sided with the DRC.

    Eventually it was decided that the investigation be done in conjunction with the DRC government.

    The Congolese delegation said the conflict hinged around a young man, Kamwina Nsapu, who came to South Africa to study and then returned home after his father's death.

    He found, however, that his father had made his brother the heir to the throne, so Nsapu mobilised the youth “and the youth made havoc, killing, maiming people”, Kikaya-bin-Karubi said.

    He said the police intervened to calm them down, but Nsapu was killed and “it made matters even worse”.

    He claimed the situation was calm now.

    A South African official who was in the meeting said the explanation by the DRC government made sense. “Imagine an international investigation into Marikana,” he said, referring to the police shooting in 2012 that killed 34 people and for which there was a judicial commission of enquiry.

    The Catholic Church has estimated that more than 3 300 people have died since the outbreak of violence in the Kasai region, which is an opposition stronghold.

    NEWS24

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day VICTORY: In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, people gather in Washington's Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colours on the day the Supreme Court ruled to legalise same-sex marriage. In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalised nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey released yesterday. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Don't Judge
  • Don't JudgeDon't Judge The very sad story of the woman who sells her body to look after her children has sparked a huge debate on air and social media. The combination of strong condemnation and praise for her bravery presents a bitter sweet reaction. We hail those who walked a thousand miles in her shoes and wiped her tears with positive comments and material support. If truth be told, her story is more complex than what was narrated and some episodes, if published, would trample on our professional ethics. The media exposes heart rending stories every day about women going through trying situations single-handedly. Disheartening is the condemnation from fellow women who should be supporting her. Ironically, in this case, the first person to pronounce any willingness to assist her is a man. More needs to be done by the government and stakeholders to mitigate and avoid such situations that force one to use the wrong treatment for a correct diagnosis. Here is a woman who repossessed her children to save them from an abusive uncle to continue her parenting role. While we are quick to judge, let us not forget to find the root cause of the problem. The severity of the global economic crunch impacts poorer citizens more. When factories close and economies shrink, it is people living in the informal settlements that bear the brunt and buckle under economic pressure. In addition, the judicial system in this country does little to protect its female citizens and mothers whose children's' fathers disappear from the lives of their sons and daughters after conception. The law glaringly crucifies the woman in a criminal case that involves two people. Women have been judged according to archaic prostitution laws that hurt women and pamper the prostitutes' clients. Concerns have been raised about high rentals forcing citizens to opt for shacks that bruise Maslow's theory. Calls for a rent control body have been heard, but the finger of government still hovers over the call to action button. As we sleep in our comfortable beds and heated bedrooms in the leafy suburbs, let us not forget the Okahandja resettlement citizens whose numbers earned us those parliamentary seats.

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    King Elifas hires and fires moreKing Elifas hires and fires moreOndonga leadership feud claims more casualties And Ondonga Traditional Authority head says he was fired by a Whatsapp message and has vowed to go on with his work. The head of Ondonga's Onyelelo sub-district, Petrus Shambo Martin, is the latest casualty in the long chain of dismissals over three months in the Ondonga Traditional Authority.

    Martin confirmed to Nampa that he received a dismissal letter through a WhatsApp group message from an unknown cell phone number, informing him that he is no longer the leader of Onyelelo sub-district.

    The same letter, seen by Nampa, indicates that King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of Ondonga has also dismissed Martin as the headman of Okadhimeti village. It accuses Martin of transgression.

    “WhatsApp is a ghost to me. Therefore, I reject that letter and I remain waiting the messenger of Omukwaniilwa to come deliver it to me physically and my misconduct to be thoroughly explained to me,” Martin said.

    He alleged that continuous dismissal of leaders without procedural hearings had become the order of the day in Ondonga.

    Approached for comment, a spokesperson of the Ondonga Traditional Authority Council, Nepando Amupanda said the dismissal letter Martin had received was authentic.

    “It has the signature of Omukwaniilwa (King Elifas) and that is his own problem if he did not accept it,” Amupanda stated.

    Meanwhile, another dimension of the Ondonga Traditional Authority leadership feud surfaced Saturday, when the Uukwanambwa District's new senior councillor, Ester gwaShamba Nepando, appointed Alwin Nashongo as acting head of Uudhengelo sub-district.

    Nashongo is taking over from Fillemon Nambili, whom King (Omukwaniilwa) Elifas suspended with seven other traditional councillors, Peter Kauluma, John Walenga, Vilho Kamanya, Joseph Asino, Kashona kaMalulu, Joseph Akawa and Tonata Ngulu in April.

    Speaking during the appointment of Nashongo at Uudhengelo village, Nepando said the eight councillors had been suspended for clandestinely attempting to take Elifas to court for reasons only known to them.

    Nambili was both the head of Uudhengelo sub-district and Uudhiya village, and as such from Uudhengelo, Nepando proceeded to Uudhiya village to appoint Abisai Kapunda to act as the headman of that village.

    A handful of village headmen and villagers, including Nambili, attended the two appointment occasions.

    Spokesperson of Uukwanambwa District, Frans Shidhudhu introduced Nepando to the villagers as their new senior councillor during the Uudhengelo and Uudhiya meetings.

    Elifas earlier this year appointed Nepando as senior councillor for Uukwanambwa District after he dismissed Wilbard Lidker from the same position due to an alleged transgression.

    NAMPA

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