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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: Lions focus on 3rd test
  • Lions focus on 3rd testLions focus on 3rd testPrepare for New Zealand Assistant coach Neil Jenkins is adamant that the British Lions' decision to relax at the start of test week is not an indication that they underestimate their opponents. After three days spent relaxing in the South Island resort of Queenstown, the British and Irish Lions have resumed in earnest their preparation for Saturday's third and deciding rugby test against New Zealand.

    The Lions' decision to travel to Queenstown after winning last weekend's second test and levelling the three-test series was thought to be surprising by some commentators who thought the tourists should have travelled straight to Auckland to begin their third test build-up.

    But the Lions say their time in Queenstown, where they jet-boated and bungee-jumped, were important in allowing players to recharge their batteries before the challenge of Saturday's decider.

    Assistant coach Neil Jenkins said Wednesday the break the Lions players had enjoyed in Queenstown was important at the end of a long tour and near the end of a much longer season.

    “It's nice to have a couple of days off and feel refreshed and ready to go,” Jenkins said.

    “The boys have been flat out for seven weeks. They have been non-stop on this tour let alone the season they already played so I think it's good for the guys to have a bit of down time.”

    The Lions' win over the All Blacks last weekend was their first in a test in New Zealand since 1993 and they now have the chance to win a series against the All Blacks for the first time in 46 years.

    He said the All Blacks have been stung by their 24-21 second-test loss and would be formidable on Saturday as they try to stave off a series defeat and their first loss at Auckland's Eden Park since 1994.

    “Look, we know what's coming,” Jenkins said. “They're incredibly good, we know that. Very rarely do they lose and very rarely do they lose at home, so everything is on the line ... we know how hard it's going to be.”

    Hooker Jamie George, who has been in outstanding form throughout the test series, said the Lions players are “fully aware of what's at stake.”

    “I think it's going to be a fantastic occasion on Saturday and one again that we'll never forget,” he said. “(But) we can't get carried away with the emotional side of the game. We've got to make sure that physically we are on it, mentally we are on it, we know our stuff and we can go into the game with clear heads and really attack it.”

    George said the Lions would have to sharply improve their discipline in the third test after conceding 10 kickable penalties in the second, of which seven were converted by All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett.

    “We made it very difficult at times with our discipline,” he said. “I don't think many teams can say they came back from 18-9 down in those conditions to win the game so we're really happy with that.”

    NAMPA/AP

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: AutoExec a cut above
  • AutoExec a cut aboveAutoExec a cut aboveMore than just a body shop Panelbeating in Namibia is big business but good, quality service is a rare find, except when you stop by AutoExec. Competition exists in all industries and this is no different for the panelbeating business in Namibia. And while competition is healthy, it starts becoming good for business when even your competitors are talking about you and consider you one of the best in town.

    AutoExec is one of those companies. Having started out small and having grown into one of the top players in the local market, it owner, Terence Lind says that it comes down to skills, attention to detail, top-quality products and after-sales service.

    “You can have the biggest workshop with the most advanced equipment, but, if the work you do is not approached correctly and with the right skills set, it can make a massive difference to your end product. At the start, a lot of clients will tell you directly but when it leads to talk around the braai fire, you can do a lot of damage to your business,” he said.

    When Wheels visited the business premises in the Prosperita industrial area, it was clear that while they place a lot of emphasis on the application of the work, there is definitely no shortage of equipment.

    Experienced technicians pepper the large workshop and clearly work in very clean and comfortable surrounds. One can sense the focus in the air and every single member of the team is deeply focussed on their work and lost utterly in concentration.

    The key Lind says, is not only to appoint the best people for the job but, to give them the responsibility for their specific duty so that each and every single staff member can make his or her contribution to the production line, to the best of their ability.

    “We target a specific level of quality in everything we do. We are working with our clients’ investments and we take that very seriously. Therefore, the quality we strive for is nothing under 105%,” Lind says smiling.

    “And that is why I only use the best and top-quality products.”

    The repainting of a vehicle is the most labour-intensive part of any vehicle’s repair job, Lind says, but, adds that with the highly advanced spraypaint technology that most vehicles come off the production line with, AutoExec needs the best product and best technical support to get the best results, the first time around.

    “As it stands, one does not really get low-quality paint these days but, the Glasurit range of products coupled with Hemco Paints as partner, we can exceed the client’s needs, time after time.

    “Hemco is always there to provide both technical and material support,” Lind says.

    “As such, we rely on them to execute our job to the best of our ability and to provide the best possible service to our clients.”

    Lind added that although AutoExec is one of the bigger panelbeating companies in the country and they are approved for most brands, they also do smaller jobs because they understand that people want to keep their cars, their investments, in the best nick possible.

    “We are at your service. We love building relationships with our clients and we are more than willing to take on any job. Depending on the availability of parts, we aim to complete the job as quickly and efficiently at possible.”

    AutoExec, through their workmanship and commitment to offer only the best service and highest quality work, coupled with superb technical support, continue to stand firmly head above the herd.

    Contact them at 061 300 615 to experience the best in body repair work.

    YOCHANAAN COETZEE

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: War on the tarmac
  • War on the tarmacWar on the tarmacOkahandja covered in tyre burn A massive drag event was held last weekend at Okahandja's air strip which pitted the best South Africa has to offer against our local talent. The 'Race Wars' drag race with Namibian and South African drivers and riders at the Okahandja airstrip on Saturday saw some of the fastest times on the local motorsport scene.

    Of the total cars and motorbike entrants, 11 were from South Africa, mostly Cape Town.

    The much-hyped event which featured dragsters from South Africa opened their gates around 09:00 while racing commenced at 10:00.

    Namibian drag racers performed well, either edging the South African dragsters or losing narrowly.

    Namibia's record holder over the quarter mile, Dewaal Theunissennd, who in his Toyota Levin clocked a time of 10.46 seconds last year, showed up at the event but didn't have any recorded runs. Theunissennd broke the side shafts of his car while attempting to launch his vehicle during a race.

    South African Reece 'Buddy' Robertson on his BMW S1000RR bike was the fastest over the quarter mile (about 400m), with a time of 9.48.2 seconds after three attempts of 9.6s and 9.7s.

    He told Nampa the success was possible after a pit stop.

    “We changed the chain, the sprockets and tyre pressure to achieve the time,” said the racer, who used a customised machine with an extended framework to reach speeds of over 250 km per hour.

    Robertson said this was to prevent the front wheel from lifting at the start, which can be dangerous and costs time.

    Another South African, Zain Ryland, in his Ford XRT8TT ensured the best time in a motor vehicle when he clocked 10.89.7s. He was followed by Michael van Zyl's Volkswagen Golf 7R which clocked 10.95. The “Mad Tuned” branded 7R now holds the record as the fastest Golf in the country and the first Golf to breach the 11 second mark.

    Namibian racer, Adam Mohamed and his 1987 Toyota Stallion pick-up dubbed 'Tolla Bakkie', recorded 11.55.6s.

    Mohamed said the track was difficult due to the poor traction but he managed to take on several South Africans with their vehicles that are evidently better equipped.

    “I had a couple of good runs with the South Africans and it was a good experience for me,” he said.

    Some of the South Africans, who are used to race on well-prepared and specially built tracks, were impressed with the runway, apart from the traction at the start and their cars losing power due to the track being so high above sea level.

    Warren Thomas, one of the organisers, told this reporter they are already planning the next event after the overwhelming response from both spectators and participants. Approximately 2 000 spectators showed up to the 'drags'.

    Drag racers however were uneasy upon hearing an announcement stating that drag racers were to race any participant that was in line with them at that moment. Thus, there was a stark display of mismatched races.

    This, coupled with the fact that the entries for racing were closed at around 12:00, disheartened many Namibians.

    Thomas said racers weren't allowed to pick their opponents because it would've prevented the smooth flow of the event.

    Racers losing by big margins as a result of this decision did not appreciate the decision resulting in a few individuals withdrawing from the event.

    Thomas said approximately seven cars and four bikes from South Africa competed with the locals in Okahandja.

    The dates and venue have not been set yet but it will most likely be held at Okahandja again, as it is the only place with an unused airstrip that can be used for drag racing.

    – Additional reporting by Nampa





    COBIE BOK

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: New '4' is here
  • New '4' is hereNew '4' is here BMW South Africa has launched its 4 Series with refreshed versions of the Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible models. There's also a new M4 to top the line-up.

    BMW claims nearly 400 000 units have been sold worldwide since the launch of the 4 Series Coupe in 2013. The line-up expanded to the Convertible and Gran Coupe the following year. Local numbers equate to just over 5 500 in South Africa up to the end of 2016.

    The German automaker claims the updated models write the next chapter in this success story with even sharper styling and revised suspension.

    BMW says all the petrol engines, and the four-cylinder diesel unit, fitted in the new 4 Series range stem from the latest BMW EfficientDynamics family of engines. All units are equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

    There are three petrol engines: BMW 420i, 430i and 440i, and one diesel option 420d available for all models – except for the Convertible, which is only offered in the petrol engine derivatives.

    Power figures ranges from 135kW in the 420i up to 240kW in the 440i (fuel consumption combined: 7.5 – 5.5 litres/100km; CO2 emissions combined: 154 – 127g/km).

    The diesel model delivers 140kW with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.0 – 4.2 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 111 – 106g/km.



    What's new?

    Restyled LED headlights take the place of the outgoing cars' xenon units; all models equipped with LED front foglights as standard. The debut LED rear lights provide extra drama to the car's powerful looks. There are also modified air intakes, line-specific applications and the new rear apron add further striking touches.

    BMW says there are electroplated detailing, chrome applications and the centre console is finished in high-gloss black. There's also double stitching on the instrument panel, three new upholstery colour options with three new interior trim strips. Two new body colours have also been added to the range: Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange.

    The wheels get one new model-specific design each for the Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport equipment lines.

    The automaker says: “The new BMW 4 Series Coupe and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe now come with a stiffer suspension set-up delivering even sportier handling without any loss of ride comfort.

    “Both the lateral and longitudinal dynamics have been improved, regardless of the load on board. This applies not only to the standard suspension, but also to the M Sport suspension and the Adaptive suspension.”

    The M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible is now available with adaptive full-LED headlights. A number of styling touches have been added to give the cabin an even more sophisticated air. And the two M4 models likewise feature the updated version of the Navigation system Professional and other ConnectedDrive features.

    Pricing

    Prices start from R715 400 for the 420i Convertible to R985 100 for the 440i Convertible.

    The BMW 420i Gran Coupe starts at R603 200 to R861 100 which the 420i Coupe also starts at R603 200 and runs up to R861 100. (Prices valid for South Africa only).

    WHEELS 24

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: “Hangame nde mu dhipaga”
  • “Hangame nde mu dhipaga”“Hangame nde mu dhipaga” Maurus Valombola (59) ngoka ta tamanekelwa edhipago lyaBenhard Kalimbo (32) mo- 2013 okwa gandja uumbangi uupe mOmpangulilo yoPombanda yaShakati, ta popi kutya haye a dhipaga nakusa.

    Kalimbo okwa hulitha momasiku 7 Februali 2013 mOshipangelo shaShakayi, konima sho a dhengwa nokupumwa noshiyenditho kuValombola. Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa momudhingoloko Okeeke moshikandjo sha Anamulenge moshitopolwa shaMusati.

    “Hangame,” Valombola a lombwele ompangu.

    Nakutamanekwa okwa holola komeho yomupanguli, Werner Januarie.

    Pahokololo lya Valombola, ye pamwe nanakusa oyali taya tamanana mondunda ye yomanwino yedhina, MK Special momasiku ya 6 gaFebruali, sha etitha a dhenge nakusa noshiti shosnooker nokumutilitha nondjembo ndjoka a kala a taalelitha pevi.

    Pethimbo sho a gandja uumbangi we, Valombola okwa popi kutya kali e na elalakano lyokudhipaga nakusa onkene ina pewa uusama medhipago ndyoka. Pethimbo lyomapulaapulo ngoka a ningilwa kuLucious Matota, Valombola okwa popi kutya ope na ompito a lundulwe komuntu gumwe , nokugandja uumbangi wa puka.

    Shoka osha landula shoValombola a pataneke omaumbangi ga gandjwa koombangi dha yooloka mwakwatelwa gumwe gwomaaniilonga ye.

    Momaumbangi omwa kwatelwa woo oshiti shosnooker shoka ha longithwa mokudhenga nakusa, shoka sha teka.

    Oombangi odha lombwele ompangu kutya Valombola okwa dhenge nakusa noshiti shoka sha teka meendelelo.

    Valombola okwa pataneke uumbangimboka kutya oshiti osha teka sho nakusa e shi kwata na okwa li a hala okumu dhenga nasho nopehala oshiidhenge momweelo e ta shi teka.

    “Oshiti inashi teka sho nde mu dhenge nasho ihe osho e shi kutha ndje e shi dhengithendje ihe osha idhenge momweelo e ta shi teka.”

    Sho a hokolola kutya oshike sha e ta oontamanana, Valombola okwa lombwele ompangu kutya sho a dhiki pondunda ye ndjoka yomanwino lyopotundi 22:00, gumwe gwomaaniilonga okwe mu lombwele kutya nakusa okwa li ta ontameke kotuunumbanga yomalandithilo.

    Okwa popi kutya okwe mu pula kutya omolwashike toontameke ngaaka, molwashoka mbyoka iinima hayi ningwa kaafuthi.

    Okwa popi kutya konima okwa thigi po nakusa na okwa kala ta dhana osnooker. Konima okwa lombwele aantu ayehe ya thigepo ondunda molwaashoka olya li ethimbo lyokupata.

    Valombola okwa lombwele nakusa ihe okwa li ta ende nethimbo lye na okwa hala okuya nokahalasa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oya tameke taya kondjo na okwa kutha oshiti shosnooker shoka, nakusa e mu yeke na okwa kambadhala okumu dhenga nasho. okwa popi kutya okwa kutha ondjembo na okwa umbu pevi. Okwiipopile kutya okwa kutha ondjembo onga omukalo gwokwiigamena nokugamena omaliko ge.

    Okwa popi kutya okuza mpoka okwa yi kondunda ye yimwe yi li momukunda Ombathi oshinano shookilometa 8, na okwa galukile pomukunda Okeeke.

    Mondila ye yokugaluka aniw, oya pingathana nanakusa. Okwa popi kutya okwa zi mo mohauto ye na okwa pula nakusa kombinga yaashoka sha holoka po, okwa popi kutya nakusa okwe mu pe ombili. Okwa pula nakusa opo a londe mohauto e mu fale opolisi, ihe okwa tindi. Matota ina manitha omapulaapulo ge molwaashoka oshipotha shoka oshuundulilwa komeho.

    Valombola okwa kalelwa po kuPieter Greyling.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    BoN a hala okupata oSME Bank BoN a hala okupata oSME Bank Oomiliyona 200 dha kana Ombaanga onene yomoshilongo, Bank of Namibia oya tseyitha kutya oya yi kOmpangu yoPombanda opo ku patwe ombaanga yaanangeshefa aashona naamboka yopokati ano oSME Bank. Ngoloneya gwoBoN, Iipumbi Shiimi okwa pula opo oshigwana kashi limbililwe sha landula eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa mompangu na okwa tegelelwa li ka pulakenwe muule wethimbo efupi, ta popi kutya ongeshefa otayi pula komeho ngaashi shito mombaanga ndjoka.

    “Ombaanga yaNamiba oyi na ontseyo kombinga yonkalo moka tamu kiiyadha aaniilonga, aapunguli, mboka ye na omukuli dhawo dhili kombaanga ndjoka oshowo aakuthimbinga ayehe, otatu pula opo kaku kaliwe momalimbililo, tatu pula woo aakuthimbinga ayehe ya longele kumwe muule wethimbo ndika,” Shiimi ta ti.

    Shiimi ina popya muule kombinga yetokolo lyombaanga yawo.

    “Uuyelele wa gwedha po pombinga yoshikumungu shika, otawu ka tseyithwa pethimbo lyoopala,” Shiimi a popi paufupi.

    Epato lyombaanga ndjoka otali ka ningwa momukalo gwelandithepo lyomaliko gombaanga, efuto lyomikuli dhaantu nokutupola omaliko ngoka taga hupupo mokati koyene yongeshefa.

    Oshiwike shika, oshifokundaneki shoThe Namibian osha lopota kutya uuministeli wemona owa hala ombaanga ndjoka opo yi patwe molwaashoka oya ndopa okugwanitha po shoka sha nuninwa.

    “Oshiketha shiiniwe itashi vulu okuhupitha oshiputudhilo shoka sha pungula iimaliwa yasho pondje yaNamibia mbyoka monena itayi vulu okulandulwa,” uuministeli wemona wa popi.



    Onkalo yimwe oondjika kutya oSME Bank kayi na iimaliwa na otayi longo pondje yOmpango yOombaanga moshilongo, oshowo iipumbiwa yolisensa yokulonga, shoka sha tindwa kugumwe gwomaaniipambuluko mombaanga ndjoka, Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe, momuknda ngoka gwa monika koNamibian Sun.

    Uuministeli wemona owa popi kutya elelo lyombaanga ndjoka natango itali ulike li li monkalo yokukwatela komeho ombaanga momukalo gwomondjila.

    Pamakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa kombaanga, etokolo lyokupata ombaanga ndjoka olya ningwa sha landula epungulo lya puka lyoomiliyona 200, ndhoka monena kuwetike kutya odha kana na itadhi vulu okulandulwa.

    Minista Calle Schlettwein okwa koleke oshiwike shika ko The Namibian kutya ope na omakonaakono ga ningwa kombinga yombaaanga yoSME Bank ihe okwa tindi okugandja uuyelele tati oonkundathana kombinga yombaanga ndjoka otadhi tsikile.

    Okwa popi kutya omaiyuvo ge gopaumwene oongoka kutya, epangelo itali vulu okutsikila nokutula iimaliwa moshiputudhilo shoka tashi ndopa.

    Ombaanga yaNamibia oya tula kohi yelelo epe ombaanga ndjoka kuyele nuumvo, sha landula sho kwa ningwa epungulo lyoomiliyona 200, tali limbilike.

    Okuniwe einekelo kutya oshimaliwa shoomiliyona dhili pokati koo181 oshowo 196 odha pungulwa moSouth Afrika okupitila moVenda Bank Mutual Society, niimaliwa mboka kayi wetike mpoka yuuka.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Oonganga dhiifundja dha tulwa miipandekoOonganga dhiifundja dha tulwa miipandekoAakwashigwana yakanitha omayovi moonganga dhopamuthigululwakalo dhiineya Opolisi yaNamibia oya tula miipandeko oonganga dhopamuthigululwakalo dhiikengelela dhaazaizai ndhoka dha kala tadhi longele momudhingoloko gwaKhomasdal mOvenduka. Konima yomanyenyeto ogendji ga ningwa kaakwashigwana mboka ya gwile momake goonganga dhiifundja, oonganga ndatu odha tulwa miipandeko moKhomasdal kopolisi yaNamibia.

    Oonganga ndhoka hadhi ithanwa ngaashi Drs Zamba, Luck naOodo, odha tulwa miipandeko mOmaandaha sha landula omanyenyeto ga ningwa kaantu ya thika po-30.

    Oonakuninga iihakanwa yamwe okwa hololwa ya kanitha iimaliwa yi thike pooN$45 000, N$39 000 noN$5 000.

    Oonganga ndhoka odha popi kutya otadhi kwathele mu kehe shimwe okuza kuupyakadhi wohole, ongeshefa, okumona iilonga nokusindana po iipotha yompangu, ondjokana yi na uupyakadhi, uupyakadhi wopaihulo, uulodhi, okwaaha mona uunona, iingangamithi nomalovu. Ohaya gandja woo oombuku ndhoka aniwa hadhi gandja iimaliwa.

    Kwiikwatelelwa komukomeho gwoKhomas Police Regional Community Affairs, Chief Inspector Christine Fonsech, aalumentu mboka oyali taya longele megumbo li li moKhomasdal popepi noPark Foods. Aakwashigwana ye li 27 oya yi kopolisi nokunyenyeta ya kanithile iimaliwa yawo moonganga ndhoka.

    “Otaya popi kutya yo oonganga dha za koUganda, ihe iifundja kaye shi oonganga,” Fonsech ta ti.

    Aalumentu mboka oye ya moshilongo yaana omikanda na oya longitha uulingilingi mokumona omikanda okuza kuuministeli womatembu.



    Pahapu dhaFonsech, Dr Luck okwa longitha ovisa yiifundja opo e ye moshilongo omanga yakwawo yaali ye ya moshilongo yaana omikanda. Okwa popi kutya omuniilonga muuministeli womatembu okwa kala ta kwatha aalumentu mboka.

    Aalumentu mboka oya kala moNamibia oomvula odhindji taya longo ongeshefa ndjoka, na oye na owala oondondo okutameka pondondo onti-5 sigo onti-9.

    Fonsech, okwa popi kutya pethimbo ya tulwa miipandeko, iimaliwa ya thika poN$7 000 oya kwatwako opamwe momiti ngaashi omwiidhi gwa kukuta, omagadhi, iikuni oshowo iinima yilwe.

    “Aantu otaya hekwa. Opwa li omunamimvo 32 ngoka a futu oshimaliwa shooN$39 000 opo a mone iilonga yi li nawa. Okuna owala ondondo onti-9 na okwa hala okumona iilonga yuukomeho, ihe gumwe ngoka e na ondondo onti-12 oye a mono iilonga mbyoka. Okwa yi koonganga opo a mone iimaliwa mbyoka na okwa kanitha iimaliwa ye,” Fonsech ta ti.

    Opwa li woo anuwa oshipotha shomulumentu ngoka a li a hala okuluka okanona ke omanga keli mepunda lyayina natango, ihe sho a yi koonganga okwa lombwelwa kutya ohauto ye oyi na omupya na okwa pulwa e yi gandje koonganga. Okwa futithwa woo aniwa N$42 000 opo okanona hoka ka lukwe.

    Dr Luck, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya ye oha panga moshili.

    “Omiti ohadhi longo na oshiikwatelela kutya aantu otaye dhi longitha ngiini. Moshilongo shetu omu na iihemba oyindji natatekulu okwa li onganga na okwa tsundje olusha,” Dr Luck a yamukula sho a pulwa kutya okwa ningi onganga ngiini.



    Omatumwalaka gomongodhi ngoka geli mongodhi yonganga ndjoka, oga ulike kutya aapangwa ye inaya nyanyukwa.

    “Wa tokelwa po Dr Luck, owa uvitha ndje nayi, inandi mona shoka nda li nda hala,” etumwalaka limwe lya holola.

    Etumwalaka limwe olya holola kutya nakupangwa okwa futu oshimaliwa shooN$5 000, ashike ina mona ekwatho lya sha.



    “Kandi na we iimaliwa Dr na onde ku pula ngele oto vulu okugalula omuholike gwandje na owa ti eeno ihe ngashiingeyi omasiku oga pwako na ina galuka, na ondi na ishewe okukufuta opo wu mone ndje.”

    Fonsech okwa tsikile kutya kagu shi owala omukoho gumwe ngoka gwiitaala moonganga ihe konyala omihoko odhindji ngaashi aatiligane, AaNama, AaHerero nAaWambo.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu haya kala ye li mompumbwe na osho hashi ya thiminike ya gwile monkalo nomomaheko ngoka. Okwa pula aantu kaya ye we koonganga molwaashoka otashi tula moshiponga uundjolowele wawo noku kanitha woo iimaliwa yawo.

    Mboka yatatu inaya holola natango mompangu pethimbo onkundathana ndjika ya pitithwa, ihe okwa tegelelwa ya ka pangulilwe iipotha, yiikengelela, okuya moshilongo shaaheli paveta oshowo uulunga.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Ta  ku popilwa  egandjo lyuukwathitho kaanona yaakadhonaTa ku popilwa egandjo lyuukwathitho kaanona yaakadhona Omutumba gwoRural Parliament ogwa pula opo oNational Council yi ye moonkundathana niikondo ya yooloka mepangelo opo ku kwashilipalkwe kutya aanona yaakadhona mboka haya yi kooskola oya pewa uukwathitho woshali.

    Aalumentu naaakiintu yomomikunda oya yambidhidha opo aanona mboka itaya vulu okulanda uukwathitho mboka ye wu pewe oshali ,opo ku yandwe efaulo kootundi nenge okuthiga po omanongelo nokuli. Omakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa oga holola kutya okanona kamwe kokakadhona komaanona omulongo yaakadhona musub-Saharan Africa ohaka faula kootundi uuna ke li komathimbo molwaashoka itaya vulu ondando yokulanda uukwathitho.

    MoNamibia onkalo oya faaathana naasho omuthigululwakalo itagu pitika ekundathana lyonkalo ndjoka, osha etitha gumwe gwomaanapaliamende a pule oshipopiwa shoka shi kalekwe momutumba gwopashigwana molwaashoka aniwa otashi sitha ohoni.

    Oshipopiwa shoka osha li sha e twa po kOmupresidende gwoDTA, McHenry Venaani, kutya osha simana okudhimbulukitha mboka ye wete kutya oshiyetwapo shoka oshi li esithahoni kutya iikumungu ayihe mbyoka ya guma omayambulepo oyi li ya gumwa iilyo yomutumba gwopaliamende.

    Shoka tashi limbilike ooshoka kutya iilyo yopaliamende iikiintu kaya li nohokwe yokukundathana oshinima shoka.



    “Onda sa ohoni okukundathana omathimbo mopaliamende,” omupeha omupopi mopaliamende, Loide Kasingo a popi.

    Omapekaapeko ga gwedhwapo oga holola kutya omaupyakadhi galwe gopaundjolowele ohaga etithwa sho aanona mboka haya longitha iinima yaana uundjolowele okwiigamena uuna yeli komathimbo molwaashoka itaya vulu okulanda uukwathitho mboka wa gamenwa.

    Oshiyetwa po shoka osha li sha tulwa poshitaafula, sha landula omutumba gwo4th Rural Parliament omutine ngoka gwa totha omikundu nomaupyakadhi ngoka ga taalela oofamili momikunda.

    Oshilyo shopaliamende ndjoka, Selma Shikongo osha kunkilile kutya aanona oyendji moskola dhaNamibia, oya taalela omasithahoni uuna yeli komathimbo na ohashi ya thiminike opo kaya ye kootundi pethimbo ndyoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ondando yili pombanda yuukwathitho oyo tayi etitha onkalo ndjoka, omanga uukwathitho mboka ihawu landithwa woo pomahala gamwe.

    Shikongo okwa kalela po Ondangwa, na okwa pula oNational Council yi ye moonkunathana niikondo yepangelo opo aanona yaakadhona ya kale taya pewa oshali uukwathitho mboka, ko kuyandwe efaulo kooskola nenge ethigepo lyooskola omolwa omatompelo ngoka.

    Pethimbo lyoonkundathana kombinga yuuthikepamwe, oluvalo lwa longekidhwa, nekandeko lyomaso mokati kaanona, Advocate Bience Gawanas okwa popi kutya okwa taambako onkatu yaNamibia opo a landule moompadhi dhaKenya, ngoka ha gandja uukwathitho oshali kaanona yaakadhona mboka haya yi kooskola.

    “Ngele oto vulu okugandja ookondoma oshali nena natu gandje woo uukwathitho mboka oshali, nokugandja ekwatho kaanona mboka ye wete kutya itaya vulu okuya kooskola uuna yeli komathimbo,” Gawanas ta ti.

    Okwa popi kutya oshigwana osha pumbwa okukwatha aanona yaakadhona opo ku kuthwemo omadhilongo kutya osha puka na oshili esithahoni uuna omuntu tayi komathimbo.

    Omutumba ngoka ogwa kaliwa kaakiintu naalumentu ya za miitopolwa 14 moshilongo ashihe, ogwa ningwa kohi yoshipalanyolo ‘Parliament Gives a Voice to Rural Women and Men on Sustainable Development Goals’.

    Omutumba ogwa nuninwa okugandja ewi kaakwashigwana yomomikunda opo ya kundathane nokugandja omagwedhelepo kombinga yomayambulepo.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: Update your bank records
  • Update your bank recordsUpdate your bank recordsImportance of KYC process explained The KYC process enables commercial banks to minimise the incidence of fraud because clients can easily be identified, says the Bankers Association of Namibia. The process that banks use to identify and verify the identity of customers is known as 'Know Your Customer' (KYC). The objective of KYC is to enable banks to know and understand their customers and their transactions better and help them manage their risks effectively.

    KYC is an important aspect developed globally to combat identity theft, financial fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing.

    It is extremely important that banks perform a KYC on customers for the following reasons: to positively identify who the client is in order to prevent conducting transactions with a fraudster, which in turn protects both the client and the bank; to obtain valuable information in order to understand client needs and what products to offer them; in order to comply with banking obligations in terms of the Financial Intelligence Act (FIA) to identify and verify customers and to allow banks to risk profile customers and accordingly manage money laundering and terrorist financing risks.

    Apart from KYC being a regulatory requirement with which banks have to comply with as per the FIA regulations, it is also very important as it helps banks understand their customers and their financial dealings.

    “The key aspect about banking is that one must investigate the money trail to see where it starts and where it ends. Once the money trail is established, it is easy to track down the culprits and this is fundamentally why banks should have accurate, reliable, and updated KYC norms in place for all customers,” says Baronice Hans, chairperson of the Bankers Association of Namibia.

    KYC obligations came into effect in 2009 when the 2007 FIA was promulgated. The rules-based 2007 FIA has since been replaced with the newer 2012 FIA, which is risk based.

    Performing KYC not only allows banks to comply with FIA, but also to manage money laundering and terrorist financing risk by identifying potential higher-risk customers.

    From a credit perspective KYC plays an imperative role when assessing an application. “We want to evade the likelihood of falling victim of illegal activities perpetrated by customers,” says Hans.

    “KYC is one of the regulations set in place under FIA that obliges Nedbank to take full responsibility to collect as much information as possible from the client in order to strengthen their relationship with the Bank. KYC is an indispensable part of our banking operations, whether it relates to opening an account or for the advancement of loans to ensure that the services are not misused.”

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    Economic enemies on the prowlEconomic enemies on the prowlJacobs warns against business distractions Local entrepreneur Lazarus Jacobs has called for a spirit of camaraderie among young black businesspeople. Businessman and sometimes comedian Lazarus Jacobs encouraged young black businesspeople to ignore temporary pleasures during a sit-down arranged by the Affirmative Repositioning movement this week.

    According to him, it is easy to distract young people and the image portrayed of successful black businesses is often negative.

    Shooting from the hip, he said the black youth was mostly distracted.

    “Namibia is suffering from a disease I like to call the 'Great Distraction', we are always distracted. The reason we find ourselves where we currently are is because the real enemy wants us to be where we are,” said Jacobs.

    Explaining his conspiracy theory, he drew two comparisons and asked the audience to express what came to mind. “We need to be very careful not to get distracted. If I say the name Knowledge Katti (KK) what comes to mind? If I say the name Mark Zuckerberg what comes to mind?” Jacobs asked

    “When you think about KK you think about phosphate and tenderpreneurs. When KK gets a tender, when Lazarus gets a tender or an exploration prospecting licence, we forget about the guy buying Lazarus's exploration prospecting licence, we are distracted. We are fighting each other but who is running away with the money?” said Jacobs.

    “That is the challenge that we are facing,” added Jacobs.

    Elaborating on his theory, he said certain investors often would come into the country only seeking partners to meet certain equity quotas.

    “This is how they do it with us, they come and look for a 'Darkie for Hire'. They give a certain percentage of the business, right, do you think when I get N$5 million I start to think how will I take over this company? No, why, because you are distracted,” he said.

    Elaborating further, he said young black people still had to master the art of business.

    “Look at Independence Avenue, how many black people own property on Independence Avenue? There is a white guy that owns 78 taxis, a white guy! They know and understand the game, when has a white businessman criticised another white businessman,” said Jacobs of what he had observed.

    “This is a designed thing, why are we still talking about this 27 years after Independence? Black people are facing economic annihilation,” he said of his assessment over the years.

    “I am not really an elite, I do not even own the means to production,” said Jacobs justifying his standing in the business community.

    He also encouraged pro-black purchasing, saying that all of his company vehicles were fuelled at a filling station owned by a black businessman.

    “When you buy airtime, buy it from the 'meme' and not the supermarket. Money has to exchange hands a few times before it leaves the community,” said Jacobs.

    He also recounted incidents where he would get calls to attend social engagements or offers to buy vehicles whenever new models would enter the market, saying that he always told those who courted him where to get off.

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: SOEs gains are poor
  • SOEs gains are poorSOEs gains are poorGovernment investment is not paying off The private sector should be allowed to grow while the government should look at limiting its role in the economy, according to Trustco tycoon Quinton Van Rooyen. Trustco's group CEO, Quinton Van Rooyen, says increasing government involvement in the private sector is not ideal and the government should gradually limit its involvement in the economy because it has not benefited from investments in state-owned enterprises.

    “Government owns 58% of the net worth of the top 30 companies. To me that it shocking, the issue is that you have a government that owns a company that owns 58% of companies that are in negative growth.

    “If you take MTC and Namdeb away it is a very dire picture. Who is optimal at creating optimal wealth? Going by the return on equity (ROE) generated, government has earned 2%, foreign companies 18%, and private companies 29%. We should focus on unlocking the wealth of state-owned entities, I am sure government did invest to get an ROE of 2%.”

    “Government must limit its involvement in private businesses.”

    The government should also be more responsive to the needs of the business community, he said.

    “Waiting for a mining licence or a Supreme Court judgement for ten-years is not on. Business is fierce, we need a government that is fluid,” said Van Rooyen.

    He took issue with the way in which the New Equitable Economic Empowerment framework was being handled, saying that it was at best very shaky and not investor friendly.

    “As the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework stands now, there is a reduction of people standing on the sidelines that would like to invest. Many are standing on the sidelines wondering if they should invest or expand their businesses,” said Van Rooyen.

    He called for a speedy solution to the NEEEF debate, saying: “It is a problem, we need clarity. Businesses cannot make decisions, the policy is flimsical, and it is problematic (sic).”

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    Shell begins EIA process for drillingShell begins EIA process for drilling Shell is formally approaching the Ministry of Environment and Tourism with a view to commencing with drilling activities as it prospects for oil off the Namibian coast.

    In a submission made on its behalf by SLR Consulting, it previously signalled intent to start prospecting for oil from 2018.

    “A drilling date has not been fixed, but depending on a range of international and local commercial and economic factors, the first well may be scheduled for drilling between late 2018 and 2020. The expected drilling depth would be approximately 3 000 metres below the seafloor and is expected to take in the order of two months per well to complete,” SLR Consulting said.

    According to the consulting firm, Shell would possibly drill two exploration wells in its search for oil.

    “Shell is proposing to drill one or possibly two exploration wells in an area of interest of approximately 2 500 square kilometres in extent in the northern portion of the licence area,” SLR Consulting has said in its application to the environment ministry.

    “The specific well locations would be based on a number of factors, including detailed analysis of the seismic data, the geological target and the presence of any seafloor obstacles,” SLR Consulting said of the intended activities.

    Shell is banking on exploration work already done in the area of interest, its country manager for Namibia, Dennis Zekveld, told this publication.

    “During Q4 2014 Shell Namibia completed a seismic survey in the north-eastern portion of the licence area to determine whether there is potential for hydrocarbons. Geological structures or 'prospects' were identified, however, hydrocarbons could only be confirmed through exploration drilling. Shell's interest in this part of the world is based on the global and regional geological knowledge at its disposal,” said Zekveld.

    He admitted that it was perhaps not one of the best times for exploration.

    “These are challenging times for the industry and for exploration in particular with limited risk capital available and fierce global competition; however, Shell takes a long-term perspective and continues to pursue exploration projects in a select number of frontier basins of which Namibia is one.”

    Although Shell had indicated its intention to drill by 2018, Zekveld said that a final decision would still need to be made.

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    US, S.Korea send North missile warning after ICBM testUS, S.Korea send North missile warning after ICBM test South Korea and the United States fired off missiles yesterday simulating a precision strike against North Korea's leadership, in response to a landmark ICBM test described by Kim Jong-Un as a gift to “American bastards”.

    Tuesday's launch - acknowledged as an ICBM by Washington - marked a milestone in Pyongyang's decades-long drive for the capability to threaten the US mainland with a nuclear strike, and poses a stark foreign policy challenge for Donald Trump.

    The US president had vowed that “won't happen”, but independent experts said it could reach Alaska or even further towards the continental US.

    It will require a reassessment of the threat posed by the nuclear-armed North, which has carried out five atomic tests and said the multi-stage rocket's warhead could survive atmospheric re-entry to strike a target.

    Amid international condemnation of the test, South Korean and US military forces launched short-range ballistic missiles of their own less than 24 hours afterwards from the peninsula into the Sea of Japan.

    Both weapons homed in on their target, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “displaying the capability of a precision strike against the enemy headquarters in times of emergency”.

    The South's new President Moon Jae-In, who backs engagement with Pyongyang to bring it to the negotiating table, said the North's “serious provocation required us to react with more than just a statement”.

    US general Vincent Brooks, the Combined Forces commander in South Korea, said: “Self-restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war.

    “As this alliance missile live fire shows, we are able to change our choice when so ordered by our alliance national leaders.”

    The two countries are in a security alliance, with 28 500 US troops stationed in the South to protect it.

    Their language is likely to infuriate Pyongyang, which says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and has been subjected to multiple sets of UN sanctions over its atomic and missile programmes.

    The launches came hours after a joint appeal by the presidents of China and Russia for all sides to exercise restraint and ease tensions.

    Disagreement on how best to respond will complicate discussions at the UN, where the Security Council was due to meet in emergency session later Wednesday after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the North's launch as a “dangerous escalation.”

    After personally overseeing the test, the North's leader Kim Jong-Un “said American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

    Breaking into peals of laughter, KCNA said, he “added that we should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom”.

    Kim had inspected the Hwasong-14 missile and “expressed satisfaction, saying it looked as handsome as a good-looking boy and was well made”.

    The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the North's ruling party, devoted five of its six pages to the news, including 55 colour pictures.

    Questions remain over the precise capabilities of the weapon, but footage on the North's state television Wednesday showed the first stage separating from the device and falling away.



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  • 07/05/17--16:00: Ramaphosa vs Zuma
  • Ramaphosa vs ZumaRamaphosa vs ZumaBattle over white monopoly capital far from over White monopoly capital allegations found little favour at the ANC policy conference. The fierce battle over white monopoly capital is set to continue at the ANC policy conference underway at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

    Supporters of President Jacob Zuma and, by extension, presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, are disputing the outcome of the commissions as announced by national executive committee (NEC) member Joel Netshitenzhe.

    Netshitenzhe said during a media briefing on Tuesday that nine out of the 11 commissions agreed that capital should not be racially defined and it is not the enemy.

    “Nine of the 11 commissions felt that the phenomenon of monopoly capital is a global one and manifests itself differently,” Netshitenzhe said.

    “In that context, it would therefore not be correct to characterise ours simply as white monopoly capital. That relationship would apply whether it's Japanese, Indian, white or whatever category you can think about,” he said.

    But the comments earned him the ire of Zuma and Dlamini-Zuma supporters.

    It was widely seen as a defeat for the faction.

    News24 understands that a delegate noted Netshitenzhe's comments through tweets by journalists while plenary was underway.

    ANC Youth League secretary general Njabulo Nzuza raised the matter, leading to another heated debate on Tuesday night.

    The dispute was then referred to the party's steering committee.

    News24 understands that a meeting of the steering committee, including secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, met late on Tuesday night to try and resolve the fresh dispute.



    Proxy battle

    Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans association Kebby Maphatsoe and North West chairperson Supra Mahumapelo sharply differed with Netshitenzhe.

    “Nothing like that in plenary was presented,” Maphatsoe told News24. He said the party could not agree on the contentious matter and decided to refer it back to branches instead.

    Maphatsoe said in the party, they never use numbers but go with consensus.

    “We are not playing soccer here of goals, we are saying if the majority view is this one we go with the majority view,” he said.

    Mahumapelo shared his sentiments.

    “The ANC doesn't make decisions on either the minority or majority in commissions, so this thing of saying majority here, minority there is neither here or there.”

    The policy conference is seen as a proxy battle ahead of the hotly contested presidential race.

    The issue of white monopoly capital was part of the strategy and tactics discussion that is raised across all commissions.

    The ANC has been divided along factional lines on the issue of white monopoly capital.

    The MKMVA, Women's and Youth League, along with KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga and North West, were determined to have it racially defined, while supporters of presidential hopeful Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was no longer part of the party's lexicon.

    They included Gauteng, Limpopo and Eastern Cape.

    A week ahead of the conference, Ramaphosa criticised the use of the phrase white monopoly capital and said it was an invention of a highly paid public relations company to “protect their clients” accused of state capture.

    The comment was widely seen as directed at public relations company Bell Pottinger.

    Leaked emails linked to the Gupta family, who are Zuma's close associates, show that the company was responsible for populating the phrase white monopoly capital.



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  • 07/05/17--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day GIVING THANKS: Jeanne Bi, 32, a member of the Bagyeli Pygmy community, gives thanks to the spirits after finding honey in a felled tree in the Kribi region. There are as many as 75 000 indigenous Baka, Bagyeli, Bedzang and Bakola hunter-gatherer Pygmy people living in the rainforest areas of Cameroon. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: SME Bank's sad fall
  • SME Bank's sad fallSME Bank's sad fall It is almost five months since the SME Bank was placed under the curatorship of the Bank of Namibia following allegations of questionable investments in South Africa. Those that have been speaking out against the troubled institution have every reason to feel vindicated given the latest twist in the saga. For those who don't know, the Bank of Namibia has announced that it initiated proceedings in the High Court to have the SME Bank liquidated. This could result in about 200 job losses. Although finance minister Calle Schlettwein has hinted at the need to reform the bank, it is expected that some staff working for the bank would be let go as the institution winds down. This is sadly the inevitable consequence of what we have to deal with. The fact that the central bank has now approached the High Court seeking the closure of the SME Bank confirms the long-held assertion that this bank only served the interests of a selected a few elite and their foreign partners. The idea to establish an SME Bank was a noble one from the beginning. In these trying times, small and medium enterprises are important for any nation as they are productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development. It is a pity that the SME Bank failed to boost the SME sector in this country. Shamelessly this institution became a disgrace overnight, with records showing that it has dished out loans to the politically well-connected as well as many Zimbabwean professionals running businesses in Namibia. An audit by Deloitte had already uncovered massive irregularities at the troubled bank, including the fact that loan rules were ignored. The SME Bank is a scandal of epic proportions and government was supposed to institute a judicial inquiry into the affairs of this institution from day one already. It is rather disturbing that an attempt by the DTA to introduce a motion, seeking to debate the collapse of the SME Bank, as well as calls to consider an inquiry, has been rejected. Taxpayer's money was spent on this mess of a project and the only proper way of dealing with this problem was to make those responsible pay. Enough is enough!

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: Onguta becomes township
  • Onguta becomes townshipOnguta becomes township The town council of Ondangwa is in the process of formalising one of its oldest locations Onguta.

    According to the town's technical manager, Petrus Shipanga, the council has planned to establish 367 residential plots of which 154 were already standardised during the first phase of formalisation, which started in August last year.

    On Tuesday, council held a meeting with residents of Onguta where the town's mayor, Paavo Amwele, applauded the community for cooperating with council during the formalisation process since its inception.

    Amwele told residents that council had contracted a Windhoek-based company, Brumar Construction, to construct the sewage system at a cost of N$4 million.

    “From our 30 May meeting last year on the planned formalisation of Onguta, you have cooperated very well. The process went smoothly without delays from the community. I am urging you to continue in this way. Those that are not happy are welcome to visit the council offices,” Amwele said applauding the residents.

    During the meeting, a resident, Margret Iitope, expressed her displeasure with the town council for reducing the plot sizes during the formalisation process.

    She said council had relocated them to Onguta in 1997 from Jay-Jay location, behind Three Sister Mall, which is a flood-prone area and allocated big plots, which council is now reducing during the formalisation process.

    “When we were relocated here from Jay-Jay we were given bigger plots, but now council is reducing them. We now have small plots and we are not happy with that,” Iitope said.

    Responding to Iitope's concern, Shipanga said the reduction in plot sizes is not meant to take land from the people, but for the whole community to share equally in the land that is available.

    “Onguta was in a mess and people were not settled in an orderly fashion. We had to settle them in accordance with township standards. Those who had bigger yards had to be divided so that we could accommodate everybody. Some people were relocated to create space for services such as road, water, electricity and sewage networks, as well as reserved areas,” Shipanga explained.

    According to the former Onguta headman, Sakaria Nikanor, he asked that council speed up the process so that they can start constructing their homes.

    “Ever since we have been here, we are not yet allowed to build permanent structures. We are ready and willing to construct our houses, but the municipality is delaying us due to the formalisation process,” Nikanor said.

    Shipanga told the meeting that those who are formalised are free to approach council's offices if they need assistance with their house plans. He said very soon the council will issue residents with allocation letters in order for them to acquire title deeds for the land.

    He also said the construction of the sewage system has been completed and water and electricity networks will now be installed.



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    Businessman denies role in murderBusinessman denies role in murderSaid there was no intent to kill so he is innocent A northern businessman, Maurus Valombola, told the Oshakati High Court that the man he is accused of killing ran away from him after a short scuffle. Northern businessman Maurus Valombola this week vehemently denied that he was responsible for the death of Benhard Kalimbo in 2013.

    Kalimbo died on 7 February 2013 at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital after he succumbed to injuries he sustained after being run over by a car and being assaulted.

    Valombola is accused of these actions.

    The incident took place in the Okeeke area of the Anamulenge constituency in the Omusati Region.

    “It was not me,” Valombola told the court when he delivered new testimony before Judge Werner Januarie on Tuesday.

    Valombola said he was involved in an argument with Kalimbo, which took place at his bar, MK Special, on 6 February.

    This reportedly led to him hitting the victim with a pool cue and scaring him off with a gunshot aimed at the ground.

    During his testimony, Valombola maintained he had no intention to kill the man and therefore, he should not be blamed for the murder.

    During cross-examination by State prosecutor Lucious Matota, Valombola said the possibility of him being framed by someone else and witnesses instigated to testify against him, both exist.

    This came after Valombola disputed the testimonies of various witnesses, including that of his employees, made in court.

    According to the witnesses, Valombola hit Kalimbo with the pool cue, which broke immediately.

    However, Valombola disputes that statement, saying the cue broke as a result of Kalimbo grabbing it from him, wanting to hit him.

    He says he dodged the blow from Kalimbo and the cue subsequently hit the door and then it broke.

    “The cue did not break when I hit him with it, but after he took it from me to hit me. He missed and hit the door and the cue broke,” Valombola said.

    Explaining what led to the commotion, Valombola told the court when he arrived at the bar at around 22:00, one of the bar attendants informed him that Kalimbo was trying to look behind the bar counter.

    He confronted him, asking him why he was doing that, after which Valombola remarked 'those are things done by thieves'.

    He said after that he left Kalimbo and went to play pool to about 00:30.

    Valombola testified that he then informed the patrons of the bar to leave as it was time to close.

    He said everyone left apart from Kalimbo who still had a full drink. Valombola said he asked Kalimbo to leave but he was 'taking a long time' and said he wanted to leave with the glass. This led to the scuffle.

    They grabbed one another. Valombola had the cue in his right hand and hit Kalimbo with it.

    He further testified that Kalimbo took the cue from him and wanted to hit him as he was storming towards him.

    Valombola said he then took out his firearm and fired a shot on the ground between them.

    Kalimbo fled. Valombola told the court he fired the shot out of fear for his life and to protect his property.

    However, he added, Kalimbo did not run far but hid behind a small outcrop and began to throw stones at him.

    He testified that after some time he got into his car and went to Ombathi village, some 8km away, to attend to one of his shops and then he returned back to Okeeke area.

    Upon his return he came across Kalimbo who was walking in the opposite direction.

    Valombola said he stopped his vehicle and got out and confronted him. Another scuffle ensued but, he told the court Kalimbo apologised for what had happened earlier.

    He said he told the deceased to get in the car as he wanted to take him to the police station. Kalimbo apparently refused and ran away. That is the last time Valombola said he saw Kalimbo.

    The trial continues. Valombola is represented by lawyer Pieter Greyling.







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    Govt urged to nurture tourismGovt urged to nurture tourismSector has great momentum During the economic difficulties the country is facing, tourism continues to contribute to the gross domestic product and therefore, investment into the sector should continue. As government continues to tighten its belt during the economic crisis, this should not reach the point where its expenditure within the tourism industry is reduced such that it results in a loss of the momentum created over the last few years.

    This is the view of Zelna Hengari, managing director of Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), who says tourism currently contributes significantly towards the gross domestic product making it a valuable sector within the country.

    According to Hengari, unlike other segments that have not been spared by the tough economic challenges the country is going through, the tourism industry has witnessed a tremendous boost over the past two years.

    “This tells us of the resilience within the industry and the key role it can play towards the attainment of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and the ultimate success of Vision 2030.”

    Hengari says even during the weakening of the Namibian dollar to other major currencies, the industry has seen a boost in visitors, along with increased revenue, due to the affordability experienced by international tourists travelling to Namibia.

    She says credit must also be given to the exceptional work that has been done by the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) in marketing Namibia as a destination of choice, along with Air Namibia, in getting foreign tourists into the country, especially from Namibia's biggest source market – Germany.

    “It is for this reason that as government continues to tighten its belt; it should not reach a point where the country reduces its expenditure within the industry that results in a loss of the momentum that has been created over the past few years.”

    She says government should continue to invest in the sector as not only does this give the country an opportunity to expose itself to the world, but also provides the benefits from direct foreign exchange that comes with international tourists.

    According to her a recent social media post by Strive Masiyiwa, a well-known business person who travelled to Mauritius on holiday a few years ago, illustrates how further investments into the country can come from tourists.

    While in Mauritius, Masiyiwa was pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable the taxi driver assigned to him was about the tourism industry and investment opportunities within his country. This interaction with the taxi driver and the manager of the hotel where he stayed, resulted in him going back to invest in that country.

    Hengari says it is for this reason that investment is needed towards customer service and product knowledge.

    “This is not only at the tourism establishments but at the different points of entry as well. To pu tit simply - the first impression of any guest is how they are welcomed when they arrive at airport or any of the border posts.”

    According to her this experience creates a lasting impression on how they will perceive Namibia and how they will later inform their family and friends about their experience within the country. It is also important that the safety of tourists is ensured.

    “In all honesty, the future looks bright for the industry. What is critical is for each one of us to keep building on what we have, in order to leave a solid foundation for future generations. It would be sad to get to a time when all the beauty we have is destroyed. That is why we should continue to guard against individuals that want to tamper with this.”

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  • 07/05/17--16:00: Rundu to power up waste
  • Rundu to power up wasteRundu to power up waste The Rundu Town Council intends entering a public-private partnership (PPP) with Waste Power Generation (Pty) Limited to collect and recycle refuse as a way of mitigating the town's waste management problem.

    The rector of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), Tjama Tjivikua along with Russian investors, owns the company that also intends working with other local authorities such as Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay.

    “We are challenged by refuse removal and this PPP will address the issues of refuse the town has been battling with,” said Rundu's mayor Verna Sinimbo.

    “We believe this initiative is a comprehensive project as it will start from the collection of refuse to energy generation.”

    The company plans entering into a separate agreement with the Northern Regional Electricity Distribution office in Rundu to recycle the waste and generate electricity.

    Sinimbo said the resolution was taken in May at a council meeting, where concerns on the financial capacity of the company surfaced because it was not proven in the proposal provided earlier.

    The CEO of the company, Professor Frank Michael Adam said that the African Expert Federation is preparing feasibility studies on the project and the PPP agreement.

    Adam said the company has secured funds from two financial institutions, Standard Bank Namibia and the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), for the Rundu project that will cost about N$250 million.

    Every year, Rundu residents complain about the pace at which contractors collect waste around the town and that the tender is awarded to incompetent contractors, who do not possess the skills and equipment to carry out the duties.

    Sinimbo said in future, the town council will look at terminating agreements with contractors who do not perform their duties.

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