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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Hospital has a million patients to care forHospital has a million patients to care for The chief medical officer at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, Dr Korbinian Vizcaya Amutenya, says that the northern hospital is basically a referral hospital as all the northern district hospitals as well as the Angolan healthcare services, refer their patients there.

    He said this is due to the fact that the hospital is well-equipped with the latest technology that are lacking at district hospitals in the northern areas.

    Amutenya, who is the hospital's former medical superintendent, was speaking during the cataract surgical campaign in Oshakati last week. He said the hospital, situated in the Oshana Region, does not only cater for patients within the region, but due to its extended facilities, now also caters for patients suffering from serious conditions, from all the district hospitals.

    “We receive patients from the northern Kunene Region and also from the Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kavango East regions. Hospitals in the south of Angola also refer their patients to us. This is because of the medical infrastructure our hospital has,” Amutenya said.

    Amutenya made these remarks while answering the media's questions on the ophthalmology campaign last week. It is reported that the only intermediate hospital in the region is responsible for providing healthcare to more than 950 000 people. He said that the number of patients at the hospital increased when government announced that Angolans can also be treated in Namibian hospitals, just as Namibians.

    The health ministry is in the process of constructing a referral hospital in the Oshana Region for referral patients from the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kavango East, Kavango West, Kunene, Zambezi and southern Angola.

    During May this year, the regional leadership from these eight regions agreed during a consultative meeting in Ongwediva with health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku that the referral hospital will be built in Oshana. Haufiku had convened the meeting to sell the idea of building a facility, like the Windhoek Central Hospital, in the Oshana Region to address the transportation of patients some 700 kilometres to Windhoek.

    The decision has divided the political leadership of Oshana Region. This was the meeting that agreed for the hospital to be built in Oshana. The health ministry had earlier indicated that Ondangwa was an ideal location for the construction of the district hospital. This however, appears to have been shelved and the state-of-the-art referral hospital will now most likely be constructed in Ongwediva.

    The youth of Ondangwa demonstrated on the matter accusing the regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa, of diverting the hospital's plan away from Ondangwa, saying he has done so before with government-funded projects. Meanwhile, the political leadership went to State House to seek an audience with President Hage Geingob for the hospital to be built in their town.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    New wildlife law tough as nailsNew wildlife law tough as nails The National Assembly has passed the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill.

    This brings the barring of foreigners in Namibia should they be convicted of a wildlife crime, one step closer.

    The bill will now be looked over by the National Council which has the right to make amendments and then send it back to the National Assembly. If not, it can be signed by President Hage Geingob and gazetted into law.

    The bill, amongst others, proposes that foreigners who are found guilty of wildlife crimes will not be allowed back in Namibia after completing their jail terms.

    This will apply to foreigners who are found guilty of possession of, and dealing in, elephant and rhino products.

    A court order will be issued and the person would be declared persona non grata after serving his or her sentence, or after paying a fine.

    The bill further proposes that the fine for the illegal possession of controlled wildlife products should be increased from N$20 000 to N$15 million and the imprisonment period increased from five years to 15 years.

    It also proposes that the fine for illegal dealing or trading in controlled wildlife products be increased from N$200 000 to N$25 million and the imprisonment period be increased from 20 years to 25 years. The fine for non-compliance with regulations will be increased from N$8 000 to N$100 000 and the imprisonment period from two to 10 years.

    Additionally, an amendment is proposed to strengthen the seizure and forfeiture provision of the principal Act by adding reference to the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 2004.

    The environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said he is elated that the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill and the Nature Conservation Amendment Bill have been passed.

    According to him, the Nature Conservation Amendment Bill will soon be gazetted after being signed by Geingob.

    Shifeta said that these two bills will reinforce the anti-poaching efforts that are taking place on the ground.

    He said that the results from anti-poaching activities can already be seen with a drastic decrease in both elephant and poaching numbers this year, compared to a few years ago.

    He also pointed out that there has been no poaching of rhino in the Etosha National Park this year, thus far.

    Meanwhile, Shifeta is still advocating for wildlife courts to be established in Namibia and said during the debate of the bill that with these specialised wildlife courts there will be one more tools in the box to combat wildlife crime in Namibia.

    Shifeta said during the debate that Namibia has undertaken a number of activities to create awareness among the judiciary's prosecution staff and the police on wildlife crimes, specifically poaching.

    He further explained that when the bill was drafted the issue of rhino and elephant poaching was not a big challenge in Namibia. “We had nearly 30 years of no real rhino and elephant poaching and as a result the fines in the Act were adequate.”

    According to him at the rate which the rhino and elephant poaching is occurring in Namibia action needed to be taken to find a way to deter Namibians and others from committing these crimes in Namibia.

    “The laws must be dynamic and must be able to respond to changing conditions. He said that having fixed fines with annual increases may not be an ideal way to deal with issues such as wildlife crime that is so complex and always evolving,” said Shifeta.

    He said that the ministry also objects to the issuing of granting bail to people apprehended for wildlife crime but respects the constitutional provisions and the laws under which such activities are conducted.

    He however encouraged the judiciary and prosecutors to work closely with the ministry when bail is granted.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Namibia: Old guard leadership in its elementNamibia: Old guard leadership in its element By: Dylan Mukoroli

    Namibia, 27 years into independence has achieved a great deal, however there is a greater deal that has still to be achieved for Namibians at the far end of the line to start reaping the benefits. To enable this to happen there needs to be a form of leadership that can prevail and leaders need to sensitise themselves to society.

    Leadership has been at the centre of many revolutions, reformations and industrialisations. One finds that there exists a “preference”, when it comes to what kind of leadership one should associate with. First being (i) democratic leadership: This form of leadership has its origins on the margins of basic democracy, and has components such deep in subordinate responsibility, social cohesion and the woe of the masses. Namibia has demonstrated this form of leadership in its early days of independence, when they knew the feelings having “democratic power”. This saw the implementations of large-scale programmes such as adult learning and literacy. State-owned enterprises also saw their rise when they were commissioned and mandated to spearhead these initiatives. However one can argue the ingenuinity of this leadership, as it is not by will but by mandate that newly established democracies must follow, has gone and hence most of these programmes don’t serve a larger purpose and are phased out.

    Namibia also portrayed other forms of leadership such as (ii) organisational oriented leadership, (iii) team leadership. These two forms of leadership, serve the wider ends of society. Organisational oriented leadership is when individuals U-turn from national aims to institutional/organisational agendas. In the Namibian context, an analogy would be when the majority party rigidly developed its institutional framework to ensure longer and prosperous existence. This was through deployment of cadres in key positions to drive the institutional agenda. This form of leadership served its disadvantaged purpose, that there was little focus on the country then. It was at this stage when unemployment levels surged, poverty increased, and the economy benefited the balander. It was at this stage where there was growing discontent and calls for the majority government to get itself in order. This then saw the minimisation of the organisational oriented leadership, and a paradigm shift came in form of “team leadership”.

    Team leadership was to be the alternative to further sensitise and lobby for the societal support. Components of team leadership involve the creation of a vivid picture of its future, where it is heading and what it will stand for. The vision inspires and provides a strong sense of purpose and direction, an analogy in the Namibian context are the failing NDPs and Vision 2030. Its narrative of national development, economic emancipation, health, social capacity building and decentralisation of wealth are admirable. However, its mistranslation comes in form that there is no clear-cut plan to implement all these plans. This call for unity in action comes with action less unity. Namibia has so far passed four NDPs and is embracing the NDP5.

    And there is very little that one can reference as developmental products of these NDPs. This relates to the failure of team leadership that national imperatives and visioning creates an ideal Namibia that most should be working towards, but government doesn’t set the platform and framework that we can build on.

    This analysis leads me to the abstract of this opinion piece, old guard leadership can be regarded as the “never give up” form of leadership. But there is a whole world behind the word. This form of leadership is the kind that bares leaders that worked themselves up the ranks of institutions and organisations. They fought existing systems to ensure that they settle themselves.

    As they make it to the top of the institutional chain, they hold on tight and automatically become the system. In the Namibian context, old guard leadership has enacted itself in SOE’s, ministries and tertiary educational institutions. Old guard leadership through the establishment oppresses young ones hoping to break ranks and build themselves. They oppress the generation that they sensitised and rooted the belief of a solid nation.

    There has been much more prevalence during the recent incidences, where the fearless youth have raised up contemporary issues such as Land, economic emancipation and social growth. But there is no indication by the old guard to bring forth the support. Even within the ruling establishment, the old guard in leadership has suppressed the revolutionary youth, and has acted unconstitutionally in trying to secure itself. And it has come to the point where they end up in the other side of the law. A further headache for the old guard is that the revolutionary youth have used legally responsible methods of sensitisation and accountability, and this proves a new era of educated revolutionaries.

    *Dylan Mukoroli is a new age capitalist and third-year Lifelong Learning and Community Education student at the University of Namibia

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    The mask behind African leaders’ allegiance The mask behind African leaders’ allegiance By: Romanus Mungamba

    In our contemporary society, genuine love and support for our leaders during election time is hard to come by and when it comes from citizens, their needs, and their votes, are unappreciated and sidelined during service provision. However, the uncanny support assured by the men in the masks is most beneficial to the leader in power. Their wants are served on a silver platter and so we are left with a grievance and bad taste in our mouths. Then it is back to the drawing board with questions as to why this is so, and the answer should not be hard to see. In fact if you are incisive enough to pay attention to any news report, you often come across that it’s rather a farfetched situation of reality we live in and experience around us.

    Media reports claim we have so much resources and mineral deposits and lay out figures of our country’s grading, in terms of what our living standards should be but the reality is that the leaders manifest their visions to citizens during campaigns. It becomes a contest for who can sell better dreams and the best vision construction wins the administration. The power vested into them from that point onwards is not used for the people. They turn a blind eye on the average man/woman or better yet on the voting men and women that empowered them, and instead they call upon their cronies that financially rallied behind them (through enormous sponsorships) and new friends (capitalists and vassals).

    The reason is in Africa the campaigning leaders do not have to understand their respective political and economic environments of their countries and have no protocols on standards and procedures for candidates. As long as they can gather enough support and financial cronies during campaigns to manipulate the citizens to vote, you are almost guaranteed to be in charge, which places them in a vulnerable position to these externalities. This in addition forces their hands to serve and satisfy their cronies’ wants first, which highly compromise our systems and our values and credibility, for due to the lack of capacity (knowledge) to understand their positions they embrace the gifts and manipulations that come from their cronies and new friends. A is leader supposed to uphold and protect the interests of his or her citizens, by making drastic pragmatic decision, even if it goes beyond a conventional agreement. To illustrate an example of a representative leader, I use the current USA administration, which in my opinion should not just be taken for a laughing stock, but rather other national leaders should draw some valuable lessons from it.

    Whilst coming up with their own international motives that look at best ways to maximise their national interests. Namibia who claims to be enemy to none and friends everyone should wake up, before every foreign friend of ours determines our national interests, in the disguise of the capitalist vassals and mercenaries that only serve the interests of his or her personal needs or home countries. The mainstream scholars denounce the world and say it is first and foremost an anarchic state. Dornan, (2011) quotes Adem that “the major theories of international relations embrace the view that the international system is anarchic” and it is no exception to Namibia, a country who has self-proclaimed to be friends with all, because we are having friends (the man in the mask) shaping up our foreign policy for us, and this results in citizens, or rather voters, being continually marginalised in their living conditions.

    Certain scenarios such as the USA (a friend) pulling out of the Paris (climate) treaty, risking the subsequent global warming that hampers most developing (in the southern hemisphere) countries’ weather conditions, whilst also eloquently being one of the biggest contributors to climate change, was surely not a empathetic move toward other countries, but rather that country’s President’s move to cater for the interests of his national citizens. Whether it’s a wrong move or not, at least the voters can have a sense of pride, in that their interests (through job creation) are being represented, which is something that we Africans have long craved for, but never experienced. African leaders should understand that being a leader means making bold decisions in your nation’s interest, to be acknowledged by the world and to avoid becoming a puppet of everyone else. To ensure local citizens are not being exploited and marginalised from what they should be rightfully entitled to. Surely the people that elect you into power deserve to have full catering of their basic needs, opposed to the “men in the masks” whose only motive is making a dollar for themselves on all accounts and at all costs.

    *Romanus Mangamba is a student studying towards a degree in Public Management at the University of Namibia

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Finding our identity
  • Finding our identityFinding our identity A democratic state embodies the values of free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of choice and all the other characteristics of any democracy. Currently, in Africa, only South Africa draws closer these inherent values where citizens can be able to engage and constructively criticise the government on issues affecting them without fear of being thrown in jail.

    Contrary to South Africa, on the other side of the border, in Zimbabwe, there is freedom of speech but no freedom after speech. This is characterised in the events that followed the death of a certain famous journalist who was brutally murdered for opening up the ills of the country to the world a month ago.

    Democracy must stretch across all aspect of the nation. A country where the people who reside within it can decide to change the status quo and request for things to move in the direction of hope. Botswana is also close to South Africa in terms of strong democracies. The Ian Khama administration has seen an increased approval rating within the country and subsequently in southern Africa.

    In this edition of the Astute Conversation, the regular writers of this youth column, Dylan and Romanus, explain the perspective of leadership inherent in an African set-up.

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Cut home loans - AR
  • Cut home loans - ARCut home loans - ARSeeks 1% interest rate and 10-year repayment The Affirmative Repositioning movement has called on finance minister Calle Schlettwein to cap interest on home loans and to drop the term to 10 years. Affirmative Repositioning is calling for changes to the financing structures of home loans, saying it excludes the poor from owning property.

    The AR made the call following proposed changes to the Usury Act by finance minister Calle Schlettwein recently.

    The youthful firebrands suggested a maximum cap on interest charged and a sharp reduction in the 20-year mortgage bond terms.

    “Interest charged in any lending transaction in respect of fixed property or house financing shall not be more than 1% above the repo rate as determined from time to time and [that] any term of repayment on a money-lending transaction in respect of fixed immovable property or housing financing shall not exceed a period of more than 10 years,” the movement proposed.

    Justifying their call for a review, AR said that interest rates charged were not regulated, thus giving commercial banks carte blanche to do as they pleased. “As we have been at the forefront of ensuring that houses become affordable, we have done research and have concluded that both interest charged in respect of housing finance in Namibia and in terms of home loans are not regulated,” said AR.

    The movement also welcomed changes to the Usury Act also saying the development would help protect the poor. “We applaud such developments as they are aimed at protecting the very vulnerable members of our society and it is through such interventions that our society will forge ahead without abuse and exploitation of our people,” said the AR.

    “We sincerely hope that you will be able to heed our submission, for it will mean a lot for to the future generations in this quest to search for a direction and impetus in the fight for economic freedom and more so to restore the dignity of our people,” added the AR.

    The movement has given Schlettwein three weeks to respond to their suggestion upon which they will follow-up.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Namibia Today employees still on Swapo payrollNamibia Today employees still on Swapo payroll Three employees of the Swapo Party mouthpiece, Namibia Today, are still on the party's payroll even though the weekly publication last hit store shelves two years ago.

    This month marks exactly two years since the publication aimed at pushing forward the agenda and policies of the Swapo Party was published.

    The editor of the publication, Asser Ntinda, confirmed that he and two other employees, Anna Nakambale and Levi Uupula, are still on the party's payroll as they are not yet dismissed. A fourth employee, Esau Muzeu, resigned last year.

    “We have not yet been dismissed and that is the reason why we are being paid. Our contracts with Swapo still stand,” he said.

    When contacted for comment, Swapo's secretary-general, Nangolo Mbumba, could not confirm or deny whether the trio are still on the party payroll saying that it is likely they are still being paid.

    “It is quite possible that are still being paid because they were budgeted for and we had a contract with them. However, I can't divulge more regarding whether they are still being paid until this month or whether it has stopped as that falls under the department of information,” Mbumba said.

    Attempts to secure details regarding the contracts proved futile.



    Getting rid of Ntinda

    Namibian Sun also understands that the top leadership of the Swapo party wants to revamp the structure of the mouthpiece as this is seen as a way of getting rid of Ntinda as editor.

    Ntinda yesterday said he was aware of such stories. He said that “there are those in the party not happy with him at the helm of the paper”.

    He also said he was informed that the issue about Namibia Today was also 'hotly' discussed at the last party central committee meeting which took place recently.

    “Some Swapo leaders, particularly the top three, do not want me as editor of Namibia Today. The dilemma is how to terminate my contract. Mbumba made this clear to me when I had a meeting with him late last year,” Ntinda said.

    “I told him point blank that I also had no problem parting ways with Namibia Today. It is actually a blessing in disguise because I won't be able to defend some of the weird decisions they make,” Ntinda further remarked.

    Ntinda said it does not make sense for the party to keep paying him for work he is not doing, asking why the party is taking its time to get rid of him.

    “I don't know why they are taking so long to let me go. I know that they need Namibia Today, but not with me as editor. But on a serious note, how can you pay a person for two years for doing nothing? I also do not want to work with people who do not want to work with me,” he said.

    Last year, Namibian Sun contacted the party's information secretary Helmut Angula on the issue of getting rid of Ntinda. He was quoted saying the party needed a young and energetic team for the mouthpiece.

    “The time has come when we need more young and energetic people who are knowledgeable and new technology will be used in the publication of Namibia Today,” Angula was quoted as saying.

    He confirmed yesterday when asked about the future of the paper.

    “We are just working on putting together the newspaper, especially the staff where we are discussing issues and recruiting,” Angula said.

    When asked when the paper is likely to be published again, Angula said he does not know as there is no date set yet.

    Ntinda however made it clear that he will not fight to be the editor of Namibia Today.

    “I will neither fight to be Editor of Namibia Today nor lose my sleep over aging politicians trying to play soccer. I have been with Namibia Today for 18 years now. I have done my part. There is life after Namibia Today,” Ntinda said

    “It seems our aging politicians have no confidence in the young people of this country. They only want lapdogs. No country can truly move forward with such mentality … they have their own people whom they want to place in the party structures, and not only at Namibia Today,” Ntinda further said.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Donkey problems at Okahao
  • Donkey problems at OkahaoDonkey problems at Okahao Free-roaming livestock has been named as one of biggest challenges the town of Okahao in the Omusati Region is currently faced with, especially donkeys from nearby villages.

    This is a problem that many local authorities all across the country confront, where livestock are left to roam freely in townlands for grazing.

    During a visit to the impounding facility Namibian Sun was informed by council officials that some of the donkeys have been unclaimed for about four months. This, they said, has become a costly exercise even though the livestock owners are expected to pay up upon collection.

    Talking to Okahao's mayor, Immanuel Amutenya, he described the situation as a headache and said the matter is worsened by the fact that some livestock such as the donkeys, do not have tags or burn marks making it almost impossible for council to trace the owners.

    Apart from the identification challenge, Amutenya also pointed out that some farmers refuse to pay the impounding services fee when collecting their livestock.

    “When they come, especially the older generation, and they want their livestock to be released and they will tell you they have been in Okahao before your existence and therefore, why should they pay us anything,” Amutenya said.

    He further said it becomes more problematic and confrontational when an animal dies while impounded. This, he added, was not due to lack of fodder.

    “Some of the animals, such as the donkeys that are used to eating from sunrise to sunrise do not cope in the impounding facility. As for the other livestock, such as the cattle and goats, they can succumb to sicknesses they might have had before they were impounded,” Amutenya explained.

    He pointed out that some of the unclaimed livestock may have been born in the veld and this could be one of the reasons why they are not marked.

    “In the past people used to plough with donkeys but this is not common anymore as most farmers make use of tractors. So, now the donkeys are left to roam about and they breed and the owners are not aware of it,” he said.

    Amutenya said during the rainy season a number of complaints by angry home- and business owners were lodged at the council due to havoc caused by the roaming livestock in the town.

    “You see, during the rainy season, the movement of livestock is limited and they will feed where they can see food. This sees plants at houses being destroyed and people just come to council to complain.

    “As for businesses, animals such as goats during the rainy season will just storm into a store or rest under shade netting which does not sit well with the owners of businesses and shopping complexes who have to clean up the following day and make sure the scent of the livestock is gone,” Amutenya said.

    Amutenya said as long as this challenge remains it will have a negative impact on the development of the town as investors will not be motivated to invest in the town.

    He therefore called on residents to return to the days when looked after their livestock and not leave them to roam around. He also said if residents find their animals missing they should visit the impounding facility.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Ndeitunga slams road carnage
  • Ndeitunga slams road carnageNdeitunga slams road carnageAsks police and drivers to redouble their efforts Following another bloody weekend on Namibia’s roads, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has expressed his horror and frustration at the reckless behaviour seen on our roads. Reckless and negligent drivers responsible for killing thousands of Namibians on the roads and those posing a daily threat to others with their bad driver attitudes and refusal to adhere to traffic rules, were severely condemned by the country’s police chief over the weekend, following a number of horror crashes and the recent death of an officer at a traffic roadblock.

    “Road carnage is costing the nation too much, and all of us as road users need to bring our part to curb it. None of us are as safe as we think,” Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga of the Namibian police warned on Sunday.

    The Inspector-General said he is “particularly perturbed by the recent road carnage in which a number of innocent lives were lost, including those of police officers who are hard at work to prevent road deaths.”

    The Namibian police confirmed yesterday that between January and 25 June 1 863 crashes have taken place, resulting in 2 947 injuries and 345 fatalities.

    In August 2016, Namibian Sun reported that since 2009, more than 4 500 people have died on Namibian roads, in large part due to negligent or reckless drivers.

    Statistics by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund at the time showed that on average 600 to 700 people die on Namibian roads annually.

    This weekend, Ndeitunga pleaded with Namibians to stick to traffic rules and urged police officers to “rededicate and redouble their efforts in making sure that our roads are safe and lives are not lost through reckless, negligent and drunk driving.”

    He instructed the police to make sure “these reckless people who are a danger on our national roads are properly charged. We must see to it that when found to be on the wrong side of the law, they are punished.”

    Ndeitunga added that following the recent death of Sergeant Aina Magano Iileka at the Oshiko roadblock, the fourth reported death of a police officer at a roadblock since 2011, he has recommended that measures are put in place to protect police officers from negligent drivers.

    One of those measures he said will be to erect speed humps at all permanent checkpoints to ensure motorists reduce their speeds when approaching.

    Ndeitunga said he is deeply concerned, and is sure many in the country are, about the high rate of deaths on Namibian roads “because of attitudes to safety and despite tremendous efforts” made by authorities to educate road users and warn them to drive safely.

    He said drunk and reckless drivers are one of the main culprits when it comes to traffic accidents, and urged police to “pay particular” attention to such drivers.

    Moreover, he appealed to the public in general to “change their attitudes and cherish life at all times”.

    The police chief said the carnage on the road continues despite road safety campaigns and “it appears as if all the well-intended efforts are falling on deaf ears. One life, be it a police officer or a road user, is one life too many.”

    Ndeitunga appealed to Namibians to exercise “extreme caution and consideration when on the road and when approaching the police checkpoints and any other roadblock for that matter.”

    Since 2011, four police officers have died and four drivers charged for reckless driving, culpable homicide and murder.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Governor hurls insults
  • Governor hurls insultsGovernor hurls insultsAlleged to have turned tribal and vulgar While the governor of the Hardap Region Esme Isaacks refused to comment on allegations of vulgar language and tribal references, staff at Maltahöhe's Village Council are adamant she overstepped. Dramatic scenes with near physical confrontations and marred by tribal undertones played out two weeks ago in the Hardap Region with its political head at the centre of the skirmish.

    Governor Esme Isaacks yesterday upon enquiry on allegations that she referred to a staff member of the Maltahöhe Village Council as an 'Owambo' and a near physical confrontation with the Daweb constituency councillor, responded in anger and told this reporter, “Get off my back.” She would not comment any further.

    A staff member of the Maltahöhe Village Council, Ester Iipinge, who is responsible for NamWater accounts disconnected the Maltahöhe police station's water due to non-payment. The police station and the barracks' accounts are alleged to be in the red with more than N$260 000.

    This angered the governor, who upon arrival at the offices of the council declared that she is the governor of the region and allegedly told staff that “nothing will take place in that place without her knowledge”.

    “You people from Maltahöhe are so uncouth. Where is that Owambo who is cutting off water?” she asked.

    Iipinge was on maternity leave which Isaacks questioned.

    Upon enquiry about her alleged remarks and behaviour the governor refused to comment and abruptly switched off her phone.

    On 4 June the governor together with Edward Wambo, chairperson of the Hardap Regional Council, visited the Maltahöhe Village Council to supervise the election of the Swapo District Coordinator. This is where the altercation is alleged to have taken place.

    Iipinge, who when contacted for comment, referred Namibian Sun to the village council's acting chief executive.

    She however stated her distaste for being referred to on her tribal origin.

    She explained that the water and electricity supply to the Maltahöhe police station was reconnected.

    “We don't just disconnect water. We first check the amount of arrears outstanding and if the client's arrears are more than N$300 we call them in and inform them about disconnection and arrange payment to settle outstanding arrears,” she explained.

    She confirmed the police station owes NamWater more than N$200 000 while the police barracks' arrears are over N$60 000.





    Meanwhile Helena Tâseb, a clerk at the council confirmed that the electricity supply to the police station was reconnected after the governor left, while the police barracks are still without power for non-payment.

    Some of the staff members who out fear for possible persecution chose anonymity said, “We were so ashamed and were near to tears when she started scolding us without asking.”

    Further drama unfolded in the office when she had a heated exchange with Gerhardt Richter, man most of the people regard as not in his right mind. Having come to buy electricity, he saw the governor and immediately told her he is hungry and she must give him money to buy bread.

    She allegedly however chased him away saying, “You dirty thing! I do not give my money to things like you! Go and wash yourself.”

    Richter allegedly said: “Eto tae xu ga nama he.” [What is a Nama? You people are stupid and when you get a position you become big-headed.]

    Isaacks further told Richter she is not going to give him money because he is going to buy alcohol but he allegedly invited her if she does not believe him to go with him to buy the bread.

    The heated exchange between the two transpired before the residents who came for municipal services at the council's office.

    Wambo, who accompanied her, said the leaders are saying they are not respected but as leaders they must also bring their side especially with regards their behaviour towards the public because respect is mutual.

    The governor said “I have said it and it is done”, after which she instructed the councillors, station commander of the police and the Swapo district coordinator to sit and discuss police arrears and to reconnect the electricity supply.

    On Thursday, 15 June, after the handing-over ceremony of community projects during a lunch at the Mariental Hotel the governor allegedly again started scolding the regional councillors who were present.

    Hercules Jantze, the Daweb constituency councillor, advised her to speak in a respectable manner and if she has issues then she must call them privately and advise them.

    She is said to have jumped up, hitting her fists on the table saying, “You do not only have disrespect for my position as a governor but have no respect for me as a person!”

    She is said to have thrown her glasses away saying in Afrikaans: “Ons sal mekaar moer! It's enough you do not have respect for the position of a governor.”



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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  • 06/26/17--16:00: Two babies die at the coast
  • Two babies die at the coastTwo babies die at the coast The police apprehended two mothers as suspects involving the deaths of their two baby boys in separate incidents this weekend at the coast.

    According to Iikuyu, Martha Nangombe, 28, was arrested in connection with her child's death after allegedly leaving her eight-month-old baby boy alone, locked up in her shack at Omuramba Street DRC suburb in Mondesa, and leaving for work. “She apparently placed the key where others could find it and left without informing or instructing anyone to take care of the child. Nangombe's sister and her friend arrived at the house at around 17:00 and found that the baby had died. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.”

    She appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court yesterday charged with culpable homicide and contravening certain provisions of the Children's Act of 1960. She was denied bail and the matter postponed to 25 July for further investigations and the post mortem to be conducted.

    In the second incident, a concealment of birth and murder case was opened against a mother, 40, in Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay.

    Erongo police's Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said the suspect arrested in Kuisebmond had allegedly given birth to a healthy baby boy, placed the baby in a plastic bag and threw it into a rubbish bin where she resides at a house in Okombahe Street. “The lifeless child was discovered the next day, on 23 June, after the suspect went to the Walvis Bay State Hospital and complained of abdominal pain.”





    Medical staff examination her and alerted the police which launched an investigation. The suspect subsequently admitted to hospital. She is in a stable condition and under police guard. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of the baby's death and the investigation continues.”

    The suspect is still hospitalised and is expected to appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court today.



    OTIS FINCK & ADOLF KAURE

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    Region Five marathon a big disappointmentRegion Five marathon a big disappointment The third edition of the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region Five Marathon which was held in Swakopmund on Saturday only attracted three countries: Namibia, Botswana and Malawi.

    The marathon was expected to attract 200 athletes all together, however, Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe did not send athletes for the event.

    Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator, Freddy Mwiya expressed disappointment with Region Five countries that failed to honour their commitment with the regional marathon.

    “If we are to make this event bigger in the region we need athletes from all the Region Five countries to compete,” Mwiya said.

    Mwiya said South Africa should be taken to task, because it appears as if they do not care about the competition. “South Africa looks at themselves as superior; because they prefer to see their athletes compete in Europe than at this regional event.”

    He said since the start of the marathon in 2015, South Africa has never sent athletes to support this event and this does not make sense because they are one of the countries with more resources in this region.

    Mwiya added that if this event is to reach its peak and become the biggest in the region, countries should be compelled to compete at each and every competition.

    He said Malawi and Botswana brought enough athletes who challenged their Namibian counterparts. “The event was a success because we also had track events, where Namibian able-bodied athletes and Para-athletes showed off their talents.”

    Peter Wilson from Disability Sport of Namibia said the event was well organised and kicked off when it was suppose to, however, participation was the problem. He said that he did not know why the other countries did not turn up or if they gave any excuse for their absence.

    He referred this reporter to Joanne Manuel chairperson of the organising committee. She said that there will be a press release approved by NSC availed to all media about the happenings at the event before going to print.

    The marathon was first held in Malawi in 2015 and in Mozambique in 2016. The AUSC Region Five is the sports arm of the African Union, which aims to use sport as a tool to achieve peace, integration and unity in Africa.

    –Additional reporting NAMPA



    Limba Mupetami

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    Football hopes rest on WarriorsFootball hopes rest on WarriorsMannetti announces Cosafa squad Namibia travels to South Africa today in an attempt to repeat their 2015 Cosafa Castle Cup The lost hopes and dreams of Namibian football might be restored by a heroic performance from the national team at the 2017 Cosafa Cup, coach Ricardo Mannetti says.

    The 2015 Cosafa winning coach said he was hopeful that the Brave Warriors will pull off another historic performance at this year's tournament.

    The coach yesterday announced a 22-man squad travelling to South Africa for the southern African regional showpiece.

    Mannetti has managed to select some of the finest players he could get, despite having selection headaches due to the fact that the local league has been idle since last year.

    His selection was mainly based on the past two tournaments the country has played, combined with the activeness of the players plying their trade in South Africa and Botswana.

    “It will be such a wonderful thing if Namibia can go on to win this tournament.

    “Many Namibians' football hopes have been dashed because of the football problems the country faces and I do believe that winning this competition or advancing in the last stages can restore that hope.

    “It is important that all Namibians show their support to the team because the boys will need it,” Mannetti said.

    Players like Wangu Gome and Peter Shalulile remain a huge doubt for the tournament because of injuries even if they made the squad.

    Gome has been struggling with a recurring knee injury, while Shalulile is nursing a chronic angle injury.

    Another player likely to be ousted from the team list at the eleventh hour is Hendrik Somaeb who is caught up in a problem with South African immigration authorities.

    The coach stated that Somaeb's last visit to South Africa resulted to him being banned from entering the country again after experiencing paper work complications.

    The Namibian management team are however doing all they can to ensure that Somaeb gets a green light to enter South Africa.

    “At the expense of the non-active Namibian league, I looked at the previous league games and Cosafa tournaments to come up with a squad.

    “My biggest concern now is match fitness because Lesotho has played more games than us this year.

    “However, I am impressed with the general fitness the players have and that should be enough to get us through.”

    The 22-men squad Mannetti announced will be trimmed to 18 before Namibia plays Lesotho in the quarterfinals at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa.



    Squad

    Virgil Vries, Maximilian Mbaeva, Loydt Kazapua, Ferdinard Karongee, Denzil Hoaseb, Chris Katjiukua, Gebhardt Ananias, Larry Horaeb, Tiberius Lombard , Riaan !Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamaseb, Dynamo Frederickcs, Wangu Gome, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, Hendrik Somaeb, Benjamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Deon Hotto, Peter Shalulile, Rodger Katjiteo, Itamunua Keimuine.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Okwa tulwa miilonga ototwaveta yegameno lyiiyamakutiOkwa tulwa miilonga ototwaveta yegameno lyiiyamakuti Omutumba gwopashigwana ogwa tula miilonga ontotwaveta tayi ithanwa

    Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill.

    Uuna ya ningwa oveta nena kehe omuzaizai taka monika ondjo kwiikwatelelwa koveta ndjoka, otaka indikwa okuya moshilongo.

    Uuna ontotwaveta ndjoka ya kundathwana otayi kashainwa yi ninge oveta komupresidende Hage Geingob nokutulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka oya tulwa miilonga momutumba gwopashigwana oshiwike sha piti, pamwe noontotwaveta dhilwe. Ontotwaveta ndjoka otayi pula opo omuzaizai kehe taka monika ondjo miimbuluma yiinasha niiyamakuti opo a indikwe okuya moNamibia. Shoka otashi ka kwatelamo aazaizai ayehe taya ka adhika ye na iinima ya indikwa okuza kiiyamakuti.

    Ontotwaveta otayi pula opo egeelo lyaamboka taya ka a dhika ye na iinima ya za kiiyamakuti ngaashi andola omayego goondjamba nooniga dhoompanda okutumbulapo owala yimwe, yapewe egeelo lyoshimaliwa shoomiliyona 15, na kayi shi we oshimaliwa shooN$20 000 ngaashi shili po ngashiingeyi.

    Egeelo lyodholongo otali kala okuza poomvula ntano okuza poomvula 15.

    Egeelo lyokulanditha iinima ya za kiiyamakuti ya gamenwa otali gwedhelwa okuza pooN$200 000 okuya poomiliyona 25, nenge oomvula 20 sigo 25 mondholongo.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka oya pula woo ekondopeko lyoonkondo opo epangelo li vule okukala tali kwatako omaliko ngoka ga monika okuza miimbuluma yalongekidhwa, nokukondjitha iimbuluma ya longekidha ano

    Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 2004.

    Ominista yomidhongoloko Pohamba Shifeta oya koleke etulo miilonga lyontotwaveta ndjoka.

    Pahapu dhe ontotwaveta yoNature Conservation Amendment Bill otayi ka tulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo nokushainwa komuleli gwoshilongo.

    Minista okwa popi kutya ooveta ndhoka odha nuninwa uukongo waali paveta mboka wuli walundalala noonkondo moshilongo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli otawu longo nuudhiginini mokukondjitha uukongo mboka, niilonga yawo otayi e ta iiyimati iiwanawa sho inaku lopotwa nuumvo uukongo waali paveta woompanda mEtosha.

    Shifeta ota pula opo ku tulwe miilonga oompangu dhokukwatela komeho iimbuluma yiiyamakuti moNamibia, opo ku vule okweendelelithwa iipotha yoludhi ndoka, mbyoka tayi pangulilwa moompangulilo dhoshilongo ndhoka tadhi ungaunga nale niipotha oyindji.

    Okwa popi kutya uuministeli we otawu pataneke egandjo lyoomboloha kwaamboka taya tamanekelwa iipotha yiimbuluma yiiyamakuti. Nonando ongaaka okwa pula aapanguli ya longele kumwe nuuministeli uuna taku gandjwa oomboloha.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Omukwaniilwa Elifas ta kutu nokutidha miilongaOmukwaniilwa Elifas ta kutu nokutidha miilongaOohapu dhomOndonga onkene tadhi tsikile Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga okwa lopotwa a tidha miilonga limwe lyomomalenga ge, ndyoka lya tidhwa miilonga pakutseyithilwa netumwalaka aniwa lyopaWhatsapp, ihe elenga ndyoka olya gana kutya otali yi kiilonga. Elenga lyoshikandjo sha Onyelelo, Petrus Shambo Martin, ogumwe gwomaamwaamboka ya tidha miilonga muule woomwedhi ndatu kelelo lyOpamuthigululwakalo lyaNdonga.

    Martin okwa koleke konzokundaneki yoNampa kutya okwa pewa omukanda gwe gwetidho miilonga, ngoka atuminwa koWhatsApp, okuza konomola yongodhi keeyishi.

    Martin okwa popi kutya momukanda ngoka a tuminwa okwa tseyithilwa kutya keshi we elenga lyoshikandjo shoka.

    Omukanda ngoka gwa monika woo konzokundaneki yoNampa, ogwa holola kutya Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas okwa kutha miilonga Martin onga mwene gwomukunda Okadhimeti. Omukanda ogwa popi kutya Martin okwa ihumbata nayi.

    “WhatsApp oshiluli kungame, onkene itandi taamba ombaapila ndjoka na onda tegelela omutumwa gwomukwaniilwa a thike kungame nokupandje ombaapila yandje yekutho miilonga.Omaihumbato gandj e gonayi oga pumbwa woo okutseyithilwa ndje,” Martin ta ti.

    Okwa popi kutya ekutho miilonga lyaantu, pwaahena omitumba dhomautho osha ninga oshinima sha kehe esiku mOndonga.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, omupopiliko gwelelo lyaNdonga, Nepando Amupanda okwa popi kutya ombaapila ndjoka ya monika kuMartin oyili mondjila.

    “Eshaino ndyoka li li pombapila ndjoka olyomukwaniilwa naamboka uupyakadhi we mwene ngele ita taambako ombaapila ndjoka.”

    Natango okwa tukuka ishewe oohapu sho elenga lyoshikandjo shUukwanambwa, Ester gwaShamba Nepando, uulike Alwin Nashongo opo a longe pehala lyomukomeho gwoshikandjo sha Uudhengelo.

    Nashongo ota pingenepo Fillemon Nambili, ngoka a tidhwa miilonga komukwaniilwa pamwe nayakwawo yalwe ngaashi Peter Kauluma, John Walenga, Vilho Kamanya, Joseph Asino, Kashona kaMalulu, Joseph Akawa naTonata Ngulu muApilili.

    Sho a popi pethimbo lyoshituthi uliko lyaNashongo, momukunda Uudhengelo, Nepando okwa popi kutya omalenga ngoka oga kuthwa miilonga sho ga kambadhala okufala kompangu omukwaniilwa Elifas, nomatompelo geshiwike owala kuyoyene.

    Nambili okwa li omukomeho gwoshikandjo Uudhengelo oshowo mwene gwomukunda Uudhiya. Nepando okwa ulike Abisai Kapunda opo a longe onga mwene gwomukunda ngoka manga.

    Aanamukunda oyendji mwakwatelwa Nambili oya kala piituthi mbyoka iyali yomauliko gaaleli aape. Omupopiliko gwoshikandjo shUukwanambwa, Frans Shidhudhu okwa tseyitha Nepando koshigwana onga kansela gwawo gwopombanda miigongi mbyoka ya ningwa mUudhengelo nUudhiya.

    Elifas kuyele nuumvo okwa ulike Nepando onga kansela gwoshikandjo shUukwanambwa konima sho kwa tidha miilonga Wilbard Lidker.

    NAMPA

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    AR a hala oomvula dhiifuta yomagumbo dhishonopekweAR a hala oomvula dhiifuta yomagumbo dhishonopekwe Ehwahwameko lyoAffirmative Repositioning olya pula opo ominista yEmona Calle Schlettwein a kuthe po iishoshela yoondando dhomagumbo mbyoka yi li pombanda noonkondo ko taku shunwa pevi omwalu gwoomvula ndhoka haku futwa oondando dhomagumbo.

    AR okwa ningi omagwedhelepo ngoka opo ku ningwe omalunduluko mompango yo Usury Act by kuminista Calle Schlettwein.

    Ehwahwameko ndyoka lyaanyasha olya pula opo iishoshela yishunithwe pevi niishoshela yoomvula 20.

    “Iishoshela koondando dhomagumbo inayi pumbwa okklala yi li pombanda yoopresena 1, niifuta yomagumbo inayi pumbwa okukala yi vulithe poomvula 10.”

    Sho ya popile eindilo lyawo, AR okwa popi kutya iishoshelaa hayi tulwa koondando dhomagumbo kayi li paveta na ihayi kondololwa, onkene oombaanga ohadhi tula ko owala iishoshela kehe mbyoka dha hala , naashoka otashi etitha oondando dhomagumbo dhi londe pombanda noonkondo dho dhi kale itadhi vulika kaalandi.

    AR okwa popi kutya okwa nyanyukilwa omalunduluko ngoka taga ningwa mompango ndjoka molwaashoka otaga ka eta uuwanawa waathigona mboka oyo unene taya dhengelwa pevi koondando dhomagumbo.

    “Otwa nyanyukwa omolwa omalunduluko ngoka molwaashoka oga nuninwa okugamena aakwashigwana komahangano ngoka taga monitha iihuna aakwashigwana noondando dhili pombanda noonkondo.”

    “Otatu indile neifupipiko kutya oto ka tala komagwedhelepo getu molwaashoka oge na omwiityo omunene kutse oshowo konkalamwenyo yaanyasha mokukonga ondjila mekondjo lyemanguluko lyopaliko nokutula po ongushu yuuntu waantu yetu.”

    Ehwahwameko olya gandja iiwike itatu kuSchlettwein opo a kale a yamukula komagwedhelepo gawo ngoka ya ningi.

    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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  • 06/27/17--16:00: VW embraces AI
  • VW embraces AIVW embraces AICooperation on artificial intelligence Volkswagen chief of information, Martin Hoffmann, has called artificial intelligence the key to the future of the car maker. German carmaker, Volkswagen, said on Tuesday it would cooperate with U.S. chipmaker Nvidia on deep learning software that could be used to manage traffic flows or make it easier for humans to work with robots.

    “Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group,” Hofmann said in a statement.

    “We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge required. Cooperation with Nvidia will be a major step in this direction,” he said.

    The U.S.-based group separately announced it was also partnering with Volvo Cars and Swedish auto supplier Autoliv to develop self-driving car technology for vehicles due to hit the market by 2021. Nvidia came to prominence in the gaming industry for designing graphics processing chips, but in recent years has been a key player in the automotive sector for providing the so-called “brain” of the autonomous vehicle.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 06/27/17--16:00: Possible ECB tweaks - Draghi
  • Possible ECB tweaks - DraghiPossible ECB tweaks - Draghi The European Central Bank should adjust policy only gradually as the euro zone still needs 'considerable' monetary support despite a stronger recovery in growth and inflation, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Tuesday.

    Draghi also hinted at possible tweaks to ECB policy, which includes massive bond purchases and ultra-low interest rates, but said any change would depend on favourable global financing conditions.

    “As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged,” Draghi told an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal.

    He said inflation was still being held back by commodity price shocks and labour market slack so ECB stimulus was still needed and would only lead to a gradual rise in prices.

    The comments support market expectations that the ECB will continue to adjust its guidance in the coming months but only by the smallest of increments, preparing the way for an eventual exit from stimulus.

    Fighting ultra-low inflation, the ECB has kept interest rates deep in negative territory for years and buys 60 billion euros worth of bonds each month, all in the hope of inducing spending to generate growth and eventually inflation. “All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area. Deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones,” Draghi said.

    “However, a considerable degree of monetary accommodation is still needed for inflation dynamics to become durable and self-sustaining,” he added.

    Draghi pointed out that commodity price weakness is keeping inflation low, while residual labour market slack, not accurately reflected in jobless data, is keeping wage growth anaemic and also capping consumer price growth.

    “While these various reasons might delay the transmission of our monetary policy to prices, they will not prevent it,” Draghi said.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 06/27/17--16:00: Farming is business
  • Farming is businessFarming is businessKnow all about good debt and bad debt Debt need not necessarily be a bad thing, in fact; it does serve a good purpose if taken up for the right reasons according to FNB's Christo Viljoen. Debt has not always been viewed favourably and with good reason. This should however not deter farmers from taking up new loans if they think it could improve their operations FNB's head of agriculture, Christo Viljoen has said this week.

    He presented the pros and cons of debt and schooled farmers on the differences between good debt and how it can help an ailing farming operation, and bad debt.

    He said if farmers pay attention to improving the infrastructure of the farms, this could help generate additional income. “It is not easy to regain your loss when you pay too much for land.” Infrastructure improvements such as dams, fencing, solar, de-bushing, electrification and even buildings will also increase your productivity, effectiveness and profitability while a centre pivot used to plant Lucerne or maize or anything else, either to generate another stream of income or to round off the animals for the market, is another possible good debt,” Viljoen told farmers.

    Switching the focus to bad debt, Viljoen also explained the key differences and advised farmers to not to incur expenses they would not be able to service. “Bad debt on the other hand is debt which, amongst others, finances your lifestyle and adds no value to your wealth over the years. It is also debt you cannot really afford and where there are no prospects that the new asset will pay for itself in the future. This weakens your financial position,” said Viljoen. Examples of bad debt according to him include vehicles that one would not really need, overseas holidays one cannot afford or any other purchases financed on a credit card. “Please do your homework and ensure it is really worth your while,” said Viljoen.

    He also put out a checklist to farmers to gauge their affordability and risk appetites. “Can I afford the debt comfortably? This means two things, will I make more profit by taking up the loan than the cost involved in the loan? Would I be able to deal with interest rate changes? Will the loan improve my financial position in the long term? Will my farm be worth more if I take up the loan? Do I understand the risks of the debt and the terms and conditions involved in the loan?” Viljoen advised farmers to ask themselves.

    “Make sure your farm can afford the good debt. In other words, the income generated by your farm must be sufficient to cover all expenses, including any other obligations you have towards the bank, the co-operative and other creditors. Good debt is paid with a strong cash flow from your business. You as the owner are paid last and not the other way around,” Viljoen said in closing.

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    SACU revenue formula up for reviewSACU revenue formula up for review The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is expected to review the contentious revenue sharing formula in this financial year.

    This is according to its spokesperson Kungo Mabago, who recently spoke to Namibian Sun on developments in the trade arena.

    “The revenue sharing formula was agreed upon collectively by all the member states as outlined in Annex A of the SACU Agreement, 2002. It is reviewed based on consensus reached by the member states and as and when need arises. Since entry into force of the SACU Agreement of 2002 the formula has not been reviewed. However, it is anticipated that the revenue sharing formula will be reviewed in the 2017/18 financial year,” said Mabogo.

    She also gave an update of its work programme that was adopted at a ministerial retreat in Windhoek in 2016. “The work programme comprises issues and activities including review of the revenue sharing formula, industrial policy, rebates and tariff setting mechanism [amongst others],” said Mabogo.

    “It is anticipated that the work will be carried out over 24 months following approval of the work programme and 'terms of reference' in June 2017,” added Mabogo.

    Meanwhile, SACU reaffirmed its commitment to trade matters important to the BLNS countries, its member states. “The summit reaffirmed the importance of SACU as an organisation in deepening regional economic integration, industrialisation and economic diversification of SACU economies as a common goal, as well as positioning SACU to take advantage of regional and global economic developments.”

    Botswana president Ian Khama also assumed the chairmanship of the customs union.

    SACU was established in 1910 and is the oldest customs union in the world.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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