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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Govt introduces talk shows on international relationsGovt introduces talk shows on international relations The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) will soon introduce lecture series aimed at informing and engaging the public on contemporary global events.

    Delivering a parliamentary statement on the outcome of the Foreign Policy Review Conference of 2016 on Tuesday, line minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the series will be launched by President Hage Geingob on a date yet to be confirmed.

    The 'Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series', named after the country's first Minister of Foreign Affairs and 54th President of the United Nations General Assembly, will be held countrywide.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah said the idea was motivated by the overarching interests of the public, especially the youth and academia, in activities concerning international relations.

    “The purpose of the lecture series is to encourage the public to be involved in shaping policy on international relations, in relation to Namibia's development agenda,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.

    Such development agenda is defined in the country's Vision 2030, National Development Plans, Swapo-party Election Manifesto, Harambee Prosperity Plan, and complemented by the African Union's Africa Agenda 2063 and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.

    The lecture series will provide an opportunity to reflect on how best the country can continue to effectively serve the interests of the Namibian people, as well as the promotion of the country's values through its active international engagements.

    Presenters will be drawn from government, including senior management within MIRCO, Association of Former Ambassadors, and various sectors of society such as academia, civil society, private sector, political parties, youth representatives, diplomatic corps and where possible, international experts.

    The series will be held on a quarterly basis, and it is expected that the venue for the series will rotate to include university campuses in the south, north-eastern and northern regions.


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  • 07/13/17--16:00: Billions for new homes
  • Billions for new homesBillions for new homesGovernment sets ambitious target The authorities have undertaken to build 25 000 houses in the next five years as part of the fifth National Development Plan. If successful, 25 000 low- and middle-income houses at a cost of close to N$1.4 billion will be built through the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) by 2022, and thousands of homes will have improved access to sanitation facilities, while the proportion of severely poor Namibians will drop by six percentage points, from 11% now, to 5%.

    These goals and cost overviews form part of the just-released NDP5 implementation plan, which aims to build 5 000 homes every year over a period of five years, at a cost of around N$354.15 million per year.

    In addition nearly N$4.9 billion or N$975 million each year is needed to achieve the goal of servicing 6 500 erven each year, as per the NDP5 goals.

    Another NDP5 goal is to upgrade two informal settlements every year while 21 new townships will be proclaimed across Namibia each year over five years.

    The plan includes improving sanitation infrastructure for 12 500 households each year, with a sanitation budget of N$2.4 billion.

    The NDP5 implementation goals were announced in parliament this week by Lucia Iipumbu, the economic planning deputy minister.

    Iipumbu revealed these plans as part of the NDP5 implementation plan launch this week, which followed the launch of the NDP5 policy document in May.

    “The NDP5 implementation plan is therefore a tool to indicate the targets to be achieved each year for every identified project,” she explained.

    Goals included in the NDP5 are to reduce the number of food insecure individuals from 25% as measured in 2016, to 12%, and increasing food production by 30% cumulatively over the five-year span of the project.

    Another goal is to reduce poverty from 37% as measured in 2010 to 25% in 2022 in order to improve the rural quality of life and socio-economic wellbeing.

    Under the social transformation programme in the implementation plan, the goal is to reduce the proportion of “severely poor individuals” from 11% in 2016 to 5% in 2022.

    The NDP5 implementation plan envisions reducing the number of Namibian households living in improvised houses from 19% to 12% in 2022.

    As part of its education goals, the NDP5 has set a target of building three new schools each year, and upgrading or renovating between 550 and 1 000 schools each year.

    According to the implementation plan, seven health clinics will be opened this year, and three next year, while the next three years seven new clinics will be opened on a yearly basis.

    One district hospital is included in the plan, to be opened by 2021/22. Overall, the implementation plan consists of 80 programmes that are to be implemented through 178 projects over the next five years.

    In monetary plans, the cost of implementing the NDP5 is estimated at N$164 billion in total over its five-year lifetime, of which nearly 77%, or N$125.6 billion, is geared towards development while N$38.3 billion form part of operational costs.

    Some N$73.3 billion, or 43% of the total required investment, is for physical infrastructure expansion and modernisation in sectors such as water, energy and ICT, while N$32 billion, representing 19%, is the estimated required investment for social development, social protection, sanitation, housing development, land servicing, youth empowerment and sports development.

    Estimated funds for human capital development amount to N$30 billion, 18%, and N$19.4 billion is the estimated investment to enable structural transformation.

    Projects aimed at promoting good governance, including public service delivery and transparency, effective implementation of decentralisation and the preservation of peace, stability and rule of law, will require around 4%, or N$7 billion.

    The investment for environmental sustainability and management is estimated at N$2.6 billion, or 2% of the total required investment.

    Projects will be funded from a multitude of sources, Iipumbu said, including government budgets, private sector funding, funding from development finance institutions, donor funding and more.


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    Land workshops in regions for show - DTALand workshops in regions for show - DTA The DTA has slammed the regional consultative workshops that are taking place in the build-up to the second land conference, saying they are just for show and that key interest groups have been excluded from the workshops.

    The Khomas regional consultative workshop on the land conference took place this week and according to the DTA's acting Khomas regional coordinator, Ignatius Semba, there was no genuine effort to ask for views or respond to questions that were asked on different topics at the workshop.

    “It is disturbing that after an unsuccessful attempt to push through the Land Bill without extensive consultation, the same mistake is being repeated when it comes to the second land conference. A conference which should serve as the basis to draw up a Land Bill which reflects the land interests and aspirations of Namibians from all walks of life,” he said.

    According to him the consultative workshop was not widely publicised and was effectively an invitation-only event.

    “It is puzzling to find that at a discussion on an issue as important as land, there was no representation of political parties, commercial farmers' unions, farmworkers' representatives, land and housing lobby groups, members of the private sector directly involved in land or housing financing, as well as many other critical sectors of society with vested interests in the land debate.”

    Semba said it was not enough to create the illusion of consultation. “Consultation must be genuine and must include all interests groups and people must be given a fair opportunity to air their views and concerns.”

    According to him the land questions affects every Namibian. “It does not make sense to create exclusivity around regional consultations in anticipation of the land conference. Especially when it is widely known that only a few select people will be able to attend the second land conference.”

    He further said the workshop itself had no structure or objective.

    “Once the deliberations started, it became clear that no technical experts in the field of land or land financing had been organised, meaning the large majority of questions posed could not be answered.”

    According to him many of the resolutions of the 1991 land conference, were given to committees for implementation, and none of these committees were present to report on progress or to explain the reasons behind the delays.

    “Many of the resolutions taken in 1991 have not been implemented due to shortage of funds to buy land and yet in 2017 at a workshop on the second land conference, there was nobody present from the Ministry of Finance.”

    According to him the time provided for the workshop to discuss the various issues was insufficient and it was impossible to deliberate meaningfully on a subject.

    “As a citizen of Namibia, and as someone who was also present at the first land conference in 1991, I strongly advice the Ministry of Land Reform to urgently revise and amend the composition and consultative procedure for the regional workshops on land before proceeding to any other region. In the current format, they amount to just going through the formalities with no real aim to seek the views of all Namibians.”

    He further recommended that the land conference be extended from the proposed five days to at least a full week, adding that the number of speeches and statements by politicians should be limited as much as possible to give enough time for substantive deliberations by ordinary Namibians.


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  • 07/13/17--16:00: Swapo Politburo douses fires
  • Swapo Politburo douses firesSwapo Politburo douses firesHopes to solidify unity The party's organ is rushing in to appease tempers that have flared up over political positions. As the jostling for representation at the sixth Swapo Party congress later this year heats up, a special Politburo meeting on Wednesday evening decided to establish verification teams to deal with contested outcomes and procedures of various regional conferences that are threatening disunity among members.

    At least three verification teams headed by senior party members will be dispatched to the Omaheke, Oshikoto and Khomas regions, where party members have become embroiled in running battles and violent confrontations and disruptions.

    The team for Omaheke, consisting of Theo-Ben Gurirab, Marco Hausiku, Libertina Amathila and Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, is tasked to verify the procedures that led to the district conferences.

    They will visit the party districts of Otjinene, Otjombinde, Aminuis, and Okorukambe.

    The Oshikoto team has to verify the constitutionality of the process followed for the extraordinary district conferences there.

    It also has to establish the validity of complaints brought against leaders assigned to the region, as well as alleged division between the regional executive committee members and some regional councillors.

    The Oshikoto team will be led by Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Alpheus !Naruseb and Charles Namoloh.

    The Khomas team has to verify compliance with the Swapo Party constitution and rules and procedures during the recently concluded regional conference.

    This team consists of Nahas Angula, Erkki Nghimtina and Immanuel Ngatjizeko.

    “The Politburo firmly believes that proper attention to concerns or complaints will solidify unity in the party only when properly attended to,” the organ concluded.

    For several months regional party conferences that have taken place across the country have become battlegrounds as members fight each other for political office.

    In some instances the Namibian police had to be called in to maintain law and order and to prevent factions from trading blows.

    On the other hand senior party leaders yesterday morning met with the Swapo-affiliated National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) to mollify the umbrella workers' federation that reportedly feels left out in the cold.

    Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba and two other party leaders met with NUNW leaders Ismael Kauto, Asnath Zamue, Desley Somseb and Eben Zaaronda and agreed that the workers' federation would have six delegates at the November party congress.


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    Patients applaud better servicePatients applaud better serviceNo more waiting for medicines An American-funded stock-control system is saving time and money at hospital pharmacies in Namibia. The Facility Electronic Stock Card (FESC) introduced at the Oshakati Intermediate and Referral Hospital has resulted in tangible improved dispensing service at the hospital's pharmacy.

    This was made possible by the US President's Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), which invested N$6.6 million in FESC as well as the pharmaceutical information dashboard, which was launched in June last year in Windhoek and implemented at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in September the same year.

    Yesterday, the United States ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton, visited the Oshakati hospital pharmacy where the pharmacy staff and patients commended the system for improved health delivery service since its introduction.

    The FESC is an electronic stock management tool that simplifies pharmaceutical inventory management tasks using a computer. With FESC, pharmacy staff and managers monitor stocks of antiretroviral (ARV) and other essential medicines; compile a report of essential logistics information for effective planning. The dispensing staff can track the availability and use of pharmaceuticals and clinical supplies at health facilities.

    The head of the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital pharmacy, Mesele Walellign, explained how the customer service delivery system had improved. He said the system reduced the time spent to assist patients, which in the past was as much as seven hours, to less than 30 minutes.

    “Our service delivery has improved. We are now using an easy to manage system that keeps up-to-date information about pharmaceuticals and clinical items in stock. It is easy for our pharmacy staff to locate drugs and issue them to patients within a short period of time,” Walellign said.

    Walellign also said the pharmacy has 11 pharmacists and six assistants who control stock of about 1 500 items.

    Walellign said in the past, the government had spent a lot of money buying and replacing many drugs that expired while in stock because the dispensing staff could not locate the drugs. The system has also reduced government expenditure on overtime claims.

    Patients hailed the system for drastically reducing waiting time. Queues are now a thing of the past and patients no longer have to sleep in queues as was the case before the introduction of FESC.

    A pensioner, Olavi Shomongula from Ongwediva, described Oshakati Intermediate Hospital pharmacy as the most improved service provider he has used in his life. He said in the past, he would leave home very early in the morning in order to be served early.

    “In the past you could come to the pharmacy around 09:00 in the morning only to be assisted around 16:00 in the afternoon. You always found the pharmacy crowded with patients from the previous day and who would have slept in the queues at the hospital. Now, there are days you go to the pharmacy and find nobody. It is now the best pharmacy,” Shomongula said.

    Shoopati Veronica from Onawa village said for many years she used to collect her mother's medication and spent many hours at the pharmacy before getting assistance. She told Namibian Sun that since last year there had been a great improvement in dispensing services at the pharmacy.

    After Okatana Health Centre unveiled its FESC system yesterday, there are now 50 health facilities in the country that are using the electronic stock management inventory. The system now is in use at all 35 district and referral hospitals, four health centres, six clinics and five clinics run by Walvis Bay Corridor Group and Namibia Planned Parenthood Association.

    The medical superintendent for Oshakati Intermediate and Referral hospital, Dr Josephine Augustinus, said the pharmacy is responsible of 190 208 patients from Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto and Kunene regions. About 3 000 patients visit the pharmacy on daily basis.


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    Police confiscate thousands of weaponsPolice confiscate thousands of weapons Thousands of dangerous weapons have been confiscated by the police in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Henties Bay.

    Warrant Officer Illeni Shapumba says the majority of these weapons were confiscated from minors under the age of 18. These weapons included pepper spray, kitchen knives, pocket knives, pangas, forks, garage/alarm remotes, firearms, toy guns, scissors, screwdrivers, hammers, golf clubs and sheep shears.

    “These weapons were confiscated not from houses, but on a random stop and search basis, during the early hours of the morning,” Shapumba said.

    He said most of the weapons were confiscated in areas such as Mondesa and Kuisebmond.

    “There are people walking around at night grabbing cellphones and valuables. These weapons are used to assault and rob people. We cannot allow these things to happen as if there is no authority present. There is an authority. We want to advise the public to not walk at night and avoid dark areas.”

    He said since the police had started these operations, there had been a decrease in robbery and assault cases, particularly in Mondesa and Kuisebmond.

    “We assume that these unlicensed firearms, knives and these other weapons are carried with the intent to commit a crime.”

    Shapumba explained that toy guns are used to frighten people to hand over their valuables.

    He also mentioned that there had been an increase in burglaries at the coast, which were also reduced through these operations.

    “The items that are mostly targeted include electronics such as cellphones, laptops and flat-screen TVs but these items disappear into thin air. This means that the market is us, the community members.

    “The public is very quick to alert us or give us information on serious crimes, but it is very hard for us to get information about items stolen during housebreakings from the public.”


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  • 07/13/17--16:00: Most against winter time
  • Most against winter timeMost against winter timeStanding committee recommends passing Time Bill A second round of public consultation on the Namibian Time Bill has the same outcome as the first – most Namibians want the two annual time changes abolished. Recent public consultations with Namibians on their view of winter time have again found that the vast majority are in favour of cancelling winter time.

    The results from widespread consultations in all 13 regions, and with ministries, mirrored the outcome of previous consultations, which found that out of 3 507 respondents, close to 90% strongly supported the abolishment of winter time.

    Reasons for the widespread support include the fact that crime rates surge during winter time and that many feel that it costs the country economically in a number of ways.

    The majority of participants in public consultation sessions over the past three months supported the Namibian Time Bill, which seeks to abolish Namibian Winter Time.

    A report on the consultation process, tabled by the parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and security this week, listed numerous reasons for the public support of the bill.

    These included feedback from the education and safety and security ministries, farmers, businesspeople, border security, working mothers and others.

    In February, the Time Bill was shelved by the National Assembly after MPs failed to reach consensus.

    Subsequently the standing committee was tasked to consult further on the issue. The committee's report recommends the adoption of the bill and recommends that the education ministry regulate school hours and consider reintroducing the four-term school system with a focus on providing a proper winter school holiday.

    Robberies and rapes rise

    The report notes that the Namibian police observed that limited afternoon daylight jeopardises the safety of many Namibians, especially workers who depend on public transport or who have to travel by foot to reach their homes after work, risking exposure to criminals, including robbers and rapists.

    The police said that during winter, crimes such as rapes, robbery, stock-theft, illegal hunting and poaching tend to increase.

    Car crash rates also increase due to the winter times, when reduced daylight diminishes visibility and increases the risk of accidents.

    Moreover, police said that they find it “difficult to do foot patrols at cuca shops and shebeens as it is too dark.”

    Security sector respondents also noted that “some civil servants opt to leave or disappear from their workplaces, many times without permission, for safety and security reasons.”

    Following consultations with the education ministry, the report noted that “during the current winter time, school children are exposed to criminal activities when they walk to school, as it is still dark in the mornings.” The same concerns apply to the afternoons, the ministry said, as some rural children only attend afternoon classes and have to return home in the dark.

    For learners, as well as others who participate in extramural activities or have to attend events after school or work farmers, “the current winter times has an adverse impact as it is already dark after 17:00”.

    Frustrations abound

    The time change in winter can cost up to four business hours a day with major trading partners across the border, participants said.

    “Providing for one standard time, may improve productivity during winter and ensure speedy provision of goods and services, which may improve the economy of the country.”

    Electricity costs also rise in winter, as artificial light has to be used more.

    Communal and resettlement farmers told the committee that during the winter months it is difficult to check the condition of their livestock when they return from grazing, because of the lack of light.

    Production times are impacted and valuable time lost due to the changed times, the farmers complained.

    The report stated that due to winter time, “serious disruptions occur with the opening and closing times of border posts with South Africa and other neighbouring countries” causing delays and increasing costs for tourists and other travellers.

    In terms of health, studies found that “the current winter time has an adverse effect on people's body clocks. It makes them inactive, tired and unproductive simply because it is dark.”

    Another concern is that working parents “neglect their parental responsibilities during winter time because when they reach home it is already dark and they are exhausted. As a result, it is challenging to assist their children with homework and caring for them.”

    Single parents especially are impacted by the various challenges posed by winter times, the report found.


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    Marauding lions to be relocatedMarauding lions to be relocated The minister of environment and tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, says they have a plan to manage the increasing conflict between lions and humans which has led to farmers killing at least 12 lions this year.

    According to Shifeta lions that that have escaped from Etosha National Park and are currently outside of the park will be relocated “far away” to areas such as Bwabwata National Park or even into private ownership.

    Also it has been decided that lion numbers in the Hobatere Concession Area that lies adjacent to western Etosha will be reduced.

    The Hobatere lion population falls within the Etosha lion sub-population.

    However Shifeta stressed that the numbers cannot be reduced too much, as communities here rely on lions as a tourist attraction.

    According to AfriCat the fences of Hobatere and Etosha are far from lion-proof. Lions can freely move in and out, occasionally they cross the southern, western and northern boundaries of Hobatere, yet more often move between western Etosha and Hobatere.

    Lions also regularly move through the Etosha boundary fence onto adjacent communal farmland where they cause conflict with the communal livestock farmers.

    Shifeta said that private individuals may apply to the ministry if they are interested in owning a lion.

    However he stressed that the lions should not be kept in captivity. “These are wild animals and there should be enough space for the lions.”

    Shifeta said that the ministry decided to relocate the lions far from Etosha because even if they are returned to the park they just escape again.

    “The only action is to take them away.”

    The ministry is also going to help communities to set up kraals for their livestock, he said.

    Shifeta confirmed that he will be in Etosha today and that a press conference will take place next week to communicate the action plan of the ministry to the public on how the ministry intends to manage the situation.

    It is expected that he will further provide details on investigations that have taken place as he received a report on the David 'Kambwa' Sheehama lion killings recently.

    At the end of May the ministry confirmed that six lions that had killed 21 head of cattle had been killed by cattle farmers in the north of Namibia.

    In June the last of the last of the 'Five Musketeers' were killed in the north of Namibia amid ongoing conflict between farmers and lions when Tullamore, alongside a lioness and two cubs, were poisoned

    Last week two more lions were shot and killed in communal farmland west of Etosha National Park in the Kunene Region.

    Shifeta on Wednesday said in the National Assembly that the alleged misconduct of ministry staff who failed to respond promptly to lion and other predator alerts would also be investigated.

    The minister of presidential affairs, Frans Kapofi, expressed concern about reports of a man who was attacked by a lion in the Kunene Region last week in the incident where the two lions were killed.

    According to Kapofi the rangers were notified that a lion had been seen in the area the night before the attack, but they did not respond.

    He said it appeared as if ministry staff were not keen to work after hours and therefore did not attend to such reports by farmers.

    “We have some challenges where officials only respond when they are paid overtime. They only want to work within the working time,” Kapofi said.

    Shifeta said he would report back to the public once investigations were concluded.

    Namibian Sun has sent a list of questions to the ministry about the recent lion killings in Namibia, which include how far investigations are, prosecutions and arrests, permits to kill the lions, how many people have been killed or injured. It remains unanswered.


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  • 07/14/17--05:45: Ex-MAG leader dies
  • Ex-MAG leader diesEx-MAG leader dies Veteran politician and former leader of the Monitor Action Group party, Kosie Pretorius has died. Pretorius died at his Walvis Bay home this morning, Namibian Sun has established. He was 81. Pretorius, who was a retired politician, served as member of the National Assembly from 1990 to 2005.


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     Shikongo bags Namibia’s first medal Shikongo bags Namibia’s first medal Namibian Para-athlete Ananias Shikongo has become the first Namibian athlete to win a medal at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee World Athletics championships in London. Shikongo aided by his guide, Even Tjiviju, won the silver medal on Saturday, in the men’s T11, 100 metre after finishing second behind world champion David Brown from the United States of America and his guide Jerome Avery, who finished the race in a time of 11.20 seconds.

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  • 07/16/17--16:00: Youth geared for games
  • Youth geared for gamesYouth geared for gamesMake your presence felt, Tjongarero urges athletes Nine athletes will take part in the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games taking place in the Bahamas. The Namibian Olympic team consisting of nine athletes, four coaches and one cycling mechanic who left for the Bahamas on Saturday, were sent off by the deputy minister of sport, Agnes Tjongarero.

    The athletes will take part in four sport disciplines: cycling, tennis, boxing and athletics. Tjongarero told the athletes that the country expects medals from them. “You are lucky. When we were young we did not have this type of championships. This is a good test of your abilities, so go out there and make the nation proud.”

    She also said the athletes should take opportunities presented to them seriously and make sport a career instead of considering the opportunities as an excursion.

    “Be focused as you have a job to and do not be overwhelmed by your surroundings. As much as you should enjoy yourself and make friends, make your presence felt,” she said, encouraging the athletes.

    Abner Xoagub president of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) who was also present at the send off echoed the same sentiments saying the team must exercise discipline to be good ambassadors for Namibia. “Tell the people you meet about Namibia. Tell them what we can offer in the country.”

    Xoagub appealed to parents to urge their children to take sport seriously and not to disappear from the Namibian sports scene after they finish secondary education. “Most of you leave the country to further your studies and never return to represent the country. As a result, we lose many athletes and a gap is created, because junior athletes are nowhere to be found after we have invested in them,” he said.

    One of the athletes taking part in boxing, Tryagain Ndevelo said he is fit for the games and hopes to win a medal. “It is going to be my first time out of the country and I am proud to have been selected to represent my country. I will do my best and hopefully return with a medal,” he said.

    Joan Geldenhuys who was representing her son said she is proud of her son Ivan Geldenhuys whom she is praying for to continue with the excellent performance he has displayed so far.

    She encouraged other parents to support their children saying they can achieve great goals if they remain focused.

    Ivan Geldenhuys who is taking part in the IAAF under-18 championships in Nairobi, will be the only athlete who will join the team in the Bahamas.

    The athletes consists of Joan Smith, (team leader), Gerson Gawanab (athletics coach), Natalie Louw and Albertus Smith.

    The boxing team comprises of Petrus Gerson, Tangeni Nampadhi, Tryagain Ndevelo.

    The cycling team is made up of Hans Tu Toit, Charles Du Plooy, Charl Du Plooy, and Schuster Miller.

    The tennis team will be represented by Clive Gawanab, Carlize Moolman and Codie Van Scalkwyk.

    More than 1,000 young athletes will take part in games taking place from 18 to 23 July.

    It is the first time in more than 50 years that a Commonwealth Games event is taking place in the Caribbean. The last time it was held in the Caribbean was in 1966, in Kingston, Jamaica.

    Limba Mupetami

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    Lemao wins SA's first gold medalLemao wins SA's first gold medal Tshenolo Lemao won South Africa's first gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships (under-18) in Nairobi winning the 100m in 10.57s.

    It was a one-two for South Africa in the final as Retshidisitswe Mlenga was second in 10.61s with the pre-race favourite, Tyreke Wilson (Jamaica) and third in 10.65s.

    “I am definitely over the moon. It was a great race to win,” said the 16-year-old learner from TuksSport High School moments after his victory.

    The conditions were far from ideal as it started to rain just before the final. However, Lemao was never going to allow that to get to him. He is a firm believer in controlling the controllable.

    “I was excited when I started to settle down in my starting blocks. The only thing I wanted to do was to run. I knew the conditions would be tough, but I told my myself to stay calm and focused.”

    According to Lemao, he was motivated after the semi-finals as he ran only the third fastest time. He finished second in his semi-final heat running 10.50s.

    “Afterwards I told myself to refocus on what matters and that is to win a medal for South Africa.”

    Before he left for Nairobi Lemao was slightly worried as to how he would perform on the international stage. In the 100m I feel at times that I get overexcited, over-concentrating before I race. That leads to me messing up my race.”

    Testing himself against the stopwatch was not always Lemao's first passion. At first, he was an avid hockey and cricket player. At primary school, he earned his provincial colours in hockey, and he used to be a handy fast bowler.

    “What I love about sprinting is that you get to test yourself all the time. There is always the question as to how fast you can really run,” said the TuksSport High School learner.

    He ascribed his success to hard work.


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  • 07/16/17--16:00: Kotoko in deadly accident
  • Kotoko in deadly accidentKotoko in deadly accident Asante Kotoko's team bus rammed into a stationary truck on Wednesday night while travelling back home from a league match.

    The 23-time league champions had honoured a match day 22 at the El Wak Stadium located in Ghana capital, Accra.

    They lost 1-0 to Inter Allies and were on a road trip back to their base, Kumasi, when the accident occurred around 9:45 pm local time.

    According to eyewitness reports, the Kotoko bus ran into the loaded truck parked with no reflectors or any warning signs on one of the lanes of the Accra-Kumasi stretch near Nkawkaw in the Eastern region of Ghana.

    One person is feared dead while other personnel including players on the bus suffered various degrees of injuries and are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

    The Ghana FA, as well as a number of individuals and clubs have offered their support for the Porcupine Warriors.


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  • 07/16/17--16:00: Future star in the making
  • Future star in the makingFuture star in the makingWenger keeps tabs on Nelson Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on Reiss Nelson as he continues to impress him when he plays. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says teenager Reiss Nelson is “very close” to more first-team action after his dazzling performance in the Gunners' 2-0 pre-season friendly win in Australia.

    The 17-year-old looked a star in the making as he ripped apart the Sydney FC defence with his pace and on-the-ball skills in Sydney on Thursday.

    While record-signing Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the headlines with a goal on his Arsenal debut, it was Nelson who provided Wenger with a glimpse of an outstanding Highbury future.

    “Since I've been in the game I've understood that you either have that (confidence) at 17 years of age or you don't,” Wenger told reporters after the match.

    “They all did well today, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock as well had a very strong performance. They are young, just 17 or 18 years old, so that is very promising.”

    Nelson played 35 times for Arsenal's youth teams last season, scoring seven goals and also featured in the England Under-17 squad.

    The Gunners are staying on in Sydney to play 2014 Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers at the Olympic stadium on Saturday, with Wenger thrilled by the response of Australian fans to the club's first visit Down Under in four decades.

    “There were 80 000 fans turning up for a game like that and it shows how incredible sport is in Australia and how incredible the support we have here,” he said.

    Wenger hailed Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne as the man of the match in Thursday's game after his spectacular saves, but was reminded by reporters that Redmayne had a trial with the Gunners 12 years ago.

    “I don't remember. I must say that it is such a long time that I've been at Arsenal that I don't remember all the trials,” said 67-year old Wenger.

    “But if he was with us, we made a mistake (not signing him),” he laughed.

    Redmayne, then 16, trialed at Highbury and nearly had a deal before the north London club opted to sign a 15-year-old Wojciech Szczesny instead.


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    Nakuhupa moshiponga ta gandja aniwa uumbangi wiifundjaNakuhupa moshiponga ta gandja aniwa uumbangi wiifundja Uumbangi wa gandjwa ku nakuhupa moshiponga shoka sha faalela oomwenyo dhaantu yahamano owa nyanwa pethimbo lyepwaakeno lyoshipotha shoka mompangu yaSwakopo oshiwike sha piti.

    Advocate Louis Botes, ngoka takalelepo omutamanekwa moshipotha shoka Jandré Dippenaar, okwa ningile omugandji guumbangi moshipotha shoka omapulaapulo Antonia (Toni) Klara Joschko, kombinga yaashoka sha holoka po pethimbo lyoshiponga shoka sha holoka momasiku 29 gaDesemba mo-2014.

    Joschko okwa popi mEtitatu lyoshiwike sha piti kutya okwa li ye li molweendo pamwe nahe, Walter Helmut (48), yina, Stephanie Dorothea Schemick (49), oshowo omumwayinakadhona omukuluntu Alexandra (19), okuza moSwakopo okuya koCape Cross pethimbo sho oshiponga sha holola.

    “Mondjila yetu okuya koSwakopo onda li tandi popi namumwamemekadhona ngoka twa li twa kuutumba naye koshipundi shokonima. Onda li nda kuutumba konima yatate ngoka a li ta hingi omanga meme a li a kuutumba koshipundi shokomeho. Omanga owala tatu piti pokamulondo kamwe otwa mono ohauto ontokele yili komeho yetu.”

    Okwa lombwele ompangu kutya he ngoka a li ta hingi ina vula okuhenuka ohauto ndjoka molwaashoka oyali popepi noonkondo.

    Sho a pulwa kutya he okwa li kombinga yini po okwa yamukula kutya okushi shi kutya he okwali kombinga yomondjila.

    “Osha simana kungame opo ndi yelithe petameko molwaashoka ondi shi shi kutya aantu otaya ka gandja uusama kutate molwaashoa otwa za koGermany hoka aantu haya hingile kombinga ya yooloka.”

    Botes pwa pula natango omugandji guumbangi kutya ina mona ohauto yomutamanekwa sigo osho yali nale popepi komeho yohauto yawo.

    “Nandi shi popye kutya etompelo sho ino mona ohauto ndjoka omolwaashoka kwa li to tala kondjila noshiponga shika andola osha li sha ningilwa komulondo, andola aakonaakoni oye shi popya,” Botes a popi.

    Okwa ulike omathano ngoka taga ulike ehala lyoshiponga shoka.

    “Omathano ngoka otaga ulike kutya pehala mpoka pwa ningilwa oshiponga kape na omulondo.”

    Joschko okwa yamukula kutya omathano otaga ulike owala ombinga yimwe yehala lyoshiponga ihe omulondo otagu kala gwa yela momathano gombinga onkwawo.

    Botes okwa nyana omaumbangi gomunamimvo 19 ngoka ta popi kutya itaga tsukumwe.

    “Okutala komaumbangi goshili, otandi popi kutya owa totopo ehokololo lyoye nomatompelo gaali. Shotango owa hala okugamena tate goye omolwa epuko ndyoka a ningi, oshitiyali kushi kutya oshike sha holokapo esiku ndyoka.”

    Otaku hokololwa kutya Jandré Dippenaar, okwa li ta sineya shoo iidhenge mohauto yofamili yaJoschko.

    Ohauto moka mwa li Dippenaar oya yaka omulilo naafaalela oya patekene mohauto ndjoka.

    Oonakusila moshihauto shomutamanekwa

    Dinah Pretorius (30), Charlene Schoombe (24) naJ C Horn (27).

    Dippenaar okwa taalela iipotha ihamano yedhipago, okuhinga nuuhasha uulingilingi oshowo okuhinga keena sha omukanda gwokushinga.

    Oshipotha shoka osha undulilwa komasiku 21 gaNovemba.


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    Elelo lyaNgwediva lya tula moloogolo etoto lyiiyagayaElelo lyaNgwediva lya tula moloogolo etoto lyiiyagaya Elelo lyondoolopa yaNgwediva olya tokola okutula ondhalate ketoto lyiiyagaya mondoolopa moka shoka sha nuninwa okweeta pehulilo onkalo yaakwashigwana mboka haya ka toola iikulya ketoto hoka.

    Omvula ya piti muSepetemba oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun, osha lopota kutya omolwa ondhalate ndjoka ya li ketoto ndyoka ya yakwa ko, aantu oya tameke okuya ketoto hoka okuka toola iikulya mbyoka ya ekelwahi.

    Omupopiliko gwomondoolopa yaNgwediva,

    Jackson Muma okwa popi kutya osha kala oshiponga kaantu nokiimuna sho etoto ndyoka li li polweela, ta gwedhapo kutya etokolo lyokutula meni lyoloogolo etoto ndyoka otashi ka kaleka kokule aantu niimuna opo kaya ye metoto ndyoka.

    “Onkalo oya lunduluka na otatu pula owala aakwashigwana opo ya gamenenepo oloogolo ndoka, opo ondhalate ndjoka kayi kuthwe ko,” Muma ta ti.

    Pahapu dhaMuma, iilonga yokutula oloogolo ketoto ndyoka oya tamekele muApilili na oya manithwa momasiku 15 gaJuni na oyongushu yoshimaliwa shooN$550 000.

    Muma okwa popi kutya oyiipyakidhila nokuwapaleka oonayilonga ndhoka tadhi adhika pomudhingooko gwetoto ndyoka.

    Etoto ndyoka otali kondololwa koshikondo shoEnvironmental Development and the Community Service melelo lyondoolopa yaNgwediva.


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    Omunyasha a dhipagelwa moshipangelo shaKaitiOmunyasha a dhipagelwa moshipangelo shaKaiti Omukomeho gUundjolowele moshitopolwa sha//Karas, Barth Mutenda okwa holola okuuva nayi kwe omolwa edhipago ndyoka lya ningilwa moshipangelo shaKaiti ongula yEtitatu.

    Sho a ningwa naye oonkundathana konzokundaneki yoNampa, Mutenda okwa popi kutya okwa haluka molwaashoka oomwenyo dhaapangi naapangwa odha yi moshiponga pehala ndyoka lya li li na okukala ehala lya gamenwa.

    Nonando Mutenda ina gandja uuyelele awuhe kombinga yaashoka sha holoka po, okwa koleke kutya omulumentu omunyasha okwa tsilwa nombele posheelo shoshipangelo shoka.

    “Okwa hulitha omanga a li ta pewa ekwatho lyuunamiti koondokotola naapangi moshitandelo.”

    Nakusa okwa dhimbululwa kutya omunamimvo 20, Johan Jansen, pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kOmunambelelwa Omukwatakanithi Omukonaakoni gwIimbuluma moshitopolwa shoka, Omupeha Komufala Chrispin Mubebo.

    Ayehe Mutenda naMubebo oya popi kutya omulumentu ngoka okwa li a falwa koshipangelo sha landula sho a tsuwa iikando yontumba pethimbo lyolugodhi lwa holola pokati koongundu mbali mondunda yomanwino tayi adhika momudhingoloko Tseiblaagte potundi 02:00.

    Otaku fekelwa kutya mboka yali taya kondjo nanakusa oye mu landulile koshipangelo nokumutsila natango moshipangelo.

    Mutenda okwa holola okuuva nayi kwe omolwa moshiningwanima shoka na okwa popi kutya kashi shi oshikando shotango oomwenyo dhaaniilonga moshipangelo shoka tadhi tulwa moshiponga kaakwashigwana na okwa tsikile kutya otaya ka tula miilonga omulandu gwegameno opo ku kwashilipalekwe egameno moshipangelo shoka .

    Aafekelwa yaheyali oya tulwa miipandeko shi na sha nedhipago ndyoka na oya holoka mompangulilo mEtitano lya piti.


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  • 07/16/17--16:00: Aantu o 63 ya si komalaria
  • Aantu o 63 ya si komalariaAantu o 63 ya si komalariaOmukithi ngoka ogwa lopotwa woo moAngola Iipotha mbyoka oya lopotwa pokati komwedhi Januari naApilili nuumvo. Uuministeli wUundjolowele owa tseyitha oshiwike sha piti sha piti kutya okwa lopotwa iipotha yomukithi gwomalaria ya thika po-38 000 mbyoka ya etitha omaso 63 moNamibia.

    Pethimbo a tseyitha uuyelele mboka momutumba gwopashigwana, Omupeha Minista gUundjolowele, Juliet Kavetuna okwa popi kutya nonando okwa lopotwa omwaalu ngoka gwiipotha yomalaria, omukithi ngoka ogwa shuna pevi noopresenda 51 okuyeleka niipotha ya lopotwa pethimbo lya faathana mo-2016.

    Uuministeli owa hehela woo oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 12.3 ndhoka dha nuninwa okukondjitha omukithi ngoka momvula nguka.

    Kavetuna okwa lombwele aatotiveta kutya konima nkene omukithi ngoka gwa tukuka, uuministeli owa tamekitha omahwahwameko gokukondjitha omukithi ngoka.

    Iipotha yili pombanda yomalaria oya lopotwa iitopolwa ngaashi Ohangwena, Zambezi, Omusati, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa nOshana.

    “Sha landula etukuko lyomukithi ngoka aantu ya thika po- 181 373 oya konaakonwa onga oshitopolwa shomahwahwameko naantu 13 080 oya monika omalaria na oya pewa epango.”

    Omupeha minista okwa popi kutya omukithi ngoka ogwa lopotwa woo moAngola,nomalelo gaNamibia naAngola otaga longele kumwe mokukondjitha omukithi ngoka.

    Kavetuna okwa tsikile kutya omadheulo gopombela otaga tameke mesiku lyotango lyaSepetemba nuumvo .

    MuApilili nuumvo Ominista yUundjolowele yaAngola,

    Dr Luis Gomes Sambo oya kala pedhimbuluko lyOmukiti gwoMalaria mUuyuni mOmafo moshitopolwa shaHangwena, pamwe nambushe gwe miilonga gwaandjetu, Dr Bernhard Haufiku.

    Pethimbo lyedhimbuluko ndyoka okwa ningwa etsokumwe lya ningilwa mOihole moAngola moshitopolwa shaCunene opo ku kondjithwe omukithi ngoka.

    Pethimbo lyoshituthi shoka Sambo okwa koleke kutya omukithi ngoka londa pombanda moshilongo shaandjawo, ta gwedha po kutya omukithi ngoka otagu taandelithwa moNamibia kaakwashigwana yaAngola mboka taye ya okutalela po moNamibia kehe esiku.


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  • 07/16/17--16:00: Frankfurt not on agenda
  • Frankfurt not on agendaFrankfurt not on agenda Lufthansa's Eurowings budget carrier said starting flights from Frankfurt, Germany's biggest airport and the Lufthansa brand's main hub, was not currently on its agenda.

    Frankfurt airport operator Fraport signed a deal with Irish low cost carrier Ryanair for incentives, and Eurowings has been weighing its options.

    “It's not a topic for us at the moment,” Eurowings managing director Oliver Wagner told journalist. “We are focussed on other airports.”

    It is set to be a busy summer of travel for European carriers, with major airlines reporting good booking demand.

    Wagner said bookings at Eurowings, which flies both short and long-haul routes, had been above last year and the price environment was also stable.

    Eurowings last week announced it would be starting long-haul flights from Munich and basing three A330 wide body jets there next summer. Eurowings currently bases long-haul jets in Cologne only.

    “There's the next step with Munich and then we'll see whether there's more growth potential. We believe in the segment,” he said when asked about whether Eurowings could have more long-haul planes beyond the planned seven A330s.


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    Nigeria, Libya oil supply uncappedNigeria, Libya oil supply uncappedOPEC left room for 500 000 barrels in supply gains by members OPEC Can Absorb 'Orderly' Oil Recovery from Libya, Nigeria, Iran OPEC wants an “orderly recovery” in oil production from Libya, Nigeria and Iran and has a flexible output target under its cuts agreement to accommodate more crude from the three member nations, the group's Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said.

    The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was anticipating a revival in production from the three when it set a targeted output range from 32.5 million to 33 million barrels a day under its November agreement, Barkindo told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday at a conference in Istanbul.

    Nigeria will support a cap on its production, the country's Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Emmanuel Kachikwu told reporters in the capital Abuja.

    Cuts Eroded

    “Dramatic improvement” in output from Libya and Nigeria diluted OPEC's actual supply cut of 920 000 barrels a day in June, almost halving it to 470,000, the IEA said in a report. If Libya can sustain current production of about 1 million barrels a day, Nigeria builds on recent gains and the rest of OPEC holds output steady, then the group's cuts could be eroded in July to less than 300,000 barrels a day, the Paris-based agency said.

    Libya and Nigeria may be asked to cap their output soon in an effort to help re-balance the market, Kuwaiti Oil Minister Issam Almarzooq said Monday at the Istanbul event. Both African nations are expected to send representatives to the next meeting of the OPEC and non-OPEC Joint Technical Committee on July 22 in Russia, Barkindo said.

    Nigeria's output limit would come into play when the nation can pump at a stable rate of 1.8 million barrels a day, about 100 000 more than it's currently producing, Kachikwu said. “We still are below the 1.8 million barrel a day benchmark set for us by OPEC,” he said. “I think that over the next one or two months, hopefully, we can get to that point where we can say the recovery has been tested, it is systemic and predictable.”

    OPEC recognises that Libya, Nigeria, and Iran have faced “severe challenges,” and it welcomes their increased production, he said. “We are glad these countries are recovering fast.”

    Libya Output

    Nigeria will miss an OPEC ministerial committee meeting in Russia scheduled for July 24, but Kachikwu plans to meet with Saudi Arabia and Russia after that, he said.

    Libya's output has risen to 1.05 million barrels a day, or 45,000 barrels a day more than the country was pumping at the beginning of July, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified for lack of authorization to speak to the media. The nation's output is at the highest level since June 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    The global cuts accord between OPEC and non-OPEC producers faced “headwinds” in the first quarter this year and didn't cause crude stockpiles to decline fast enough, Barkindo said. The current market downturn is lasting longer than previous slumps, due largely to 700,000 to 800,000 barrels a day of additional supply from the US, he said.

    Supply and demand now “show us we are on the right course” to achieving OPEC's goal of reducing stockpiles to their five-year average, he said.

    Shale producers “need to join us so that together we can restore stability and maintain it,” Barkindo said. “The global economy itself benefits from stable oil markets.”


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