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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ya hala omusholondondo gwoonakutulululwa gu tseyithweYa hala omusholondondo gwoonakutulululwa gu tseyithwe Aantu mboka ya kutha ombinga momutumba gwoonkundathana dhevi moshitopolwa shaHardap oya pula omalelo opo ga pitithe omusholondondo gwaamboka yatulululwa okuputila moprogramma yomatulululo.

    Eindilo ndyoka olya landula omauyelele kutya oyendji yomwaamboka ya tulululwa moshitopolwa sha//Karas naHardap oya za moshitopolwa shaShikoto.

    Oonakutulululwa oya kwatela mo aaniilonga yomofaalama mboka ya kuthwa moofaalama dhomalanditho konima sho oshilongo shamanguluka. Moonakutulululwa natango omwa kwatelwa Aayelele , oonakulwa aakulu oshowo aaniilonga mboka ya li taya longele omina yaKombat moshitopolwa shaTjozondjupa.

    Shoka osha kolekwa kuamushanga muuministeli womatulululo, Peter Amutenya, pethimbo lyoonkundathana dhevi ndhoka dha ningilwa moMariental oshiwike sha piti.

    Kuyele nuumvo, Amutenya okwa tindi opo ku pitithwe omusholondondo ngoka, ta popi kutya otagu ka hwahwameka uukwamuhoko.

    Amutenya okwa pulwa opo a yelithe kutya omolwashike aakali yomoshitopolwa shoka inaya mona omauwanawa okuza metulululo lyoofaalama dhepangelo 89 moshitopolwa shaHardap oshowo moofaalama 99 moshitopolwa sha//Karas.

    Okwa popi kombinga yompumbwe yepangelo okukandulapo omukundu gwaaniilonga mboka ya kuthwa miilonga momina yaKombat, konima sho yapata oshowo Aayelele naaniilonga yomoofaalama mboka hali haya zi moofaalama.

    Konyala oopresenda 80 dhevi ndyoka lya landwa miitopolwa mbyoka iyali yomuumbugantu odha pewa aantu ya za moshitopolwa shaShikoto. Okwa ningwa omaindilo gokukutha po omulandu ngoka tagu longithwa monena mokugandja evi.

    Omulandu ngoka okwa monika mo kutya otagu tongola aanafaalama mboka aashona. Oshikondo shomatulululo otashi ningi oonkundathana dhi na sha nevi miitopolwa ayihe 14 moshilongo omanga inaku ningwa omutumba gwevi omutiyali moshilongo ngoka tagu ningwa muSeptemba.



    FRED GOEIMAN

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    Frank a kuthwa miilonga koIAAFFrank a kuthwa miilonga koIAAFOmakonaakono taga tsikile Ependafule lyaNamibia mokutondoka Frank Fredericks okwa kutha miilonga kehangano lyoIAAF pethimbo mpoka ta konaakonwa omolwa iipotha yuulingilingi mbyka ta feekelelwa. Ehangano lyoInternational Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) mOmaandaha oya kutha miilonga oshilyo shimwe shelelo, Frank Fredericks omolwa omafekelo guulungilingi.

    Frank ota konaakonwa omolwa iipotha yuulingiingi shi na sha nomahogololo gomaudhano gOlympics mo-2016, na okwa tameke okukonaakonwa nuumvo muMaalitsa kutya okwa futwa oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona4 komunambelewa gwoIAAF. Okwa loptwa aniwa a pewa iifuta mbyoka momasiku gaali gaKotoba mo-2009, mesiku moka Rio de Janeiro a sindana po omawi gokukala nuudhano wOlympics mo-2016, okuza methigathano ndyoka lya kala pokati kiilando ine.

    Etokolo lyomukutha miilonga olya ningwa kolutu lyomaudho mo IAAF naFredericks okwa hololwa kutya otaka pataneka etidho lye ndyoka.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa tseyithila nale oAIU muJuni kutya itaka kala momutumba gwelelo lyoIAAF ngoka tagu landula opo a gandje ompito ku vule okuningwa omakonaakono.

    “Fredericks ke na ondjo sigo kwa manithwa omakonaakono oshowo omutumba gwomautho kehe ngoka tagu ka ningwa onga oshitopolwa shomakonaakono. Omakonaakono otaga kwatelwa komeho kuAnthony Hooper, omupanguli nale moEnglish Court of Appeal na oku na ontseyo momakonaaakono gomaudhano,” omukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa koAIU gwa holola.

    Iikundaneki yopauyuni oya li ya lopotwa kutya Fredericks okwa futwa oshimaliwa shooUS$ US$299 300 (tashi yelekwa niimaliwa yaandjetu oomiliyona 3.9) okuza komunangeshefa gwomaudhano Papa Massata Diack, omonamati gwoshilyo shoInternational Olympics Committee (IOC) nomupresidende gwoIAAF Lamine Diack, mo- 2009.

    Omakonaakono ngoka ngashiingeyi otaga ningwa okutala ngele, iimaliwa mbyoka oya futwa okulanda omawi giilando mbyoka tayi kwatele komeho uudhano wOlympics mboka wa ningwa nale mo-2016 oshowo mboka kwa tegelwa wu ningwe mo-2020. Rio de Janeiro oye a kwatele komeho omaudhano ngoka ga ningwa mo-2016 omanga Tokyo kwa tegelelwa a ka kwatele komeho omaudhano ngoka taga ningwa mo-2020.

    Fredericks okwa tindi kutya ina ninga sha sha puka na okwa popi kutya iimaliwa mbyoka oya futwa ehangano omolwa iilonga e yi longo. MuMaalitsa okwa tokola okuza ko koshipundi onga oshilyo shoIAAF Russia Task Force.

    Moonkundathana ndhoka a li a ningwa naye koshifokundaeki shaFrance shedhina Le Monde, Fredericks okwa popi kutya iifuta, mbyoka, kayi na sha ekwatathano nomaudhano gOlympic.

    “Iimaliwa yooUS$300 000 ya futwa Yemi Limited kehangano lyoPamodzi Sports Consulting oyi li iifuta yokondalaka pokati komahangano ngoka, ndjoka ya tameke momasiku 11 Maalitsa 2007,” Fredericks a lombwele oLe Monde.

    “Kandi na omadhilaadhilo gokugama ombinga. Ohandi yambidhidha oIAAF Marketing Programme, African Athletics Programme, IAAF Continental Programme oshowo African Athletics Championships.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya iifuta mbyoka oya futwa omolwa omayakulo ngoka ga pewa ehangano ndyoka pokati komvula yo-2007 no-2011.

    “Pethimbo ndyoka kanda li oshilyo shelelo lyoIAAF ihe onda owala omukalelipo gwoIAAF, inandi ya pondje ompango.”



    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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    Etata lyomiliyona lyapumbiwa mokumana ondhalate yEtoshaEtata lyomiliyona lyapumbiwa mokumana ondhalate yEtosha Oonkambadhala dhokutula ondhalate koshikunino shiinamwenyo shEtosha, otadhi yiwa moshipala kompumbwe yoshimaliwa.

    Opoloyeka yetulo ondhalate koshikunino shoka oya tamekele oomvula hamano dha piti, na oya manitha owala oshinano shookilometa 112 shomoshinano shookilometa 822, pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kominista yomidhingoloko Pohamba Shifeta.

    “Muule woomvula hamano dhapiti, oshinano owala shookilometa 112 sha pu noshinano shookilometa 710 osha hupako natango.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya oshinano shookilometa 710 shoka sha hupako otashi pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 500, opo shi vule okumanithwa.

    “Aaniilonga otaya pula oshimaliwa shili pokati komiliyona yimwe noomiliyona mbali mokilometa kehe, na otashi ka pula etata lyobiliyona okumanitha iilonga mbyoka. Ngele kape na iimaliwa nena itatu ka vula okumana iilonga mbyoka,” Shifeta ta ti.

    Okwa popi kutya oshinima shimwe tashi etitha opo iilonga mbyoka kayi manithwe, ootendela odha kala nokupewa omahangano ngoka itaga gwanithwa po iilonga.

    Shifeta okwa popi woo kutya otaku ka katukilwa oonkatu aanafaalama mboka yeli uushiinda nEtosha, mboka haya tula oondhalate dhawo kondhalate yEtosha, ta popi kutya okwa kala noku kunkilila aanafaalama mboka ihe inaya pulakena omakunkililo ge.

    “Oonkatu dhili po okuya owala kompangu ngele inaya kutha ko oondhalate dhawo ndhoka. Etosha oshikunino shopashigwana na kashi shi ehala lyevi lyaayehe,” minista ta ti.



    Oshikununo shoka oshi li uushiinda niitopolwa ngaashi Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati noKunene na oshi na oondhalate dha yooloka na unene ndjoka tayi adhika ko oondjoka yoshinano shoometa 1.2 muule.

    Sho a popi kombinga yiikolokosha pokati kiiyamakuti naantu, Shifeta okwa popi kutya nuumvo oonkoshi dha thika po-25 odha dhipagwa. 19 odha dhipagwa shaaheli paveta omanga dha hupako dha dhipagwa kaanambelewa. Oonkoshi hamano odha dhipagwa moshitopolwa shaMusati, yimwe omOshana, ndatu odha pewa uuzigo omanga 9 dha yahwa moKunene. Kape na omuntu a tulwa miipandeko.



    Minista okwa tsikile kutya omwaalu gwoonkoshi moshilongo oguli poonkoshi 700, noonkoshi 430 otashi adhika mEtosha, ndyoka lyuuthwa owala okukala noonkoshi 350.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oonkoshi otadhi iyakamo moshikunino opo dhi ka konge oondya omolwa oohambo dhaanafaalama ndhoka dha ningwa pooha noshikunino shoka.

    Kombinga yoonkoshi ndhoka dha yahwa komunangeshefa

    David 'Kambwa' Sheehama Kambwa, okwa patululwa epeko lyopolisi nepeko ndyoka olya ukithwa komupanguli-ndjai opo a vule okuninga etokolo.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya omwaalu gwoongombe dhoka dha popiwa kuKambwa kutya odha dhipagwa mohambo ye kagu li mondjila.



    Onga oonkambadhala dhokuyanda iikolokosha mbyoka, Shifeta okwa popi kutya oya tula miilonga omulandu gwekondololo lyoonkoshi.

    Omulandu gumwe okutala komwaalu gwiinamwenyo mbyoka tayi vulu okulundululwa uuna kwa holola iikolosha.



    Mompangela ndhoka omwa kwatelwa woo okulundululila iinamwenyo mbyoka tayi eta uupyakadhi komahala gamwe, nongele oya tsikile nena otashi ka etitha yi dhipagwe.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Egandjo lyomagumbo oshilalakanenwa shotango shelelo lyaVendukaEgandjo lyomagumbo oshilalakanenwa shotango shelelo lyaVendukaOvenduka ya tula miilonga oompangela dhawo dhoomvula ntano Elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka olya hala okugandja omagumbo gondando yopevi geli 4 043 muule woomvula ntano dhili komeho okupitila moopoloyeka ngaashi Mass Housing noBuild Together Scheme. Pauyelele woompangela dhelelo lyoshilando dho2017 sigo 2022, momvula ndjika omagumbo geli 470 otaga ka gandjwa meyambidhidho lyuuministeli weyambulepo lyoondoolopa nomikunda, omanga mo2020/21 taku ka gandjwa omagumbo 1311.

    Muule woomvula ntano elelo olya hala okuwapaleka ooplota dhili 2 087 nooplota 430 otadhi ka wapalekwa nuumvo omanga 1 474 tadhi ka wapalekwa mo-2019/20.

    Mo 2016/17 otaku ka wapalekwa ooplota 300 ndhoka tadhi ka kala nomahala gomagumbo, ongeshefa oshowo iiputudhilo.

    Pamukanda ngoka goompangela dhelelo lyoshilando shaVenduka, ooplota 2 167 otadhi ka wapalekwa okupitila metsokumwe lyoprivate partnerships muule woomvula ntano dhili komeho omanga ooplota 529 tadhi wapalekwa nuumvo no-900 otadhi wapalekwa mo-2019/20.

    Elelo olya popi kutya omauvaneko noompangela ngoka ogiikwatelela konkalo yiiyemo mbyoka tayi monika po, opo ku vule okutulwa miilonga oompangela ndhoka.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoshilando shoka Rudolf Kahimise, okwa popi kutya oyiitulamo mokwaadha omalalakano gawo nokukandulapo ompumbwe yomagumbo nevi moshilando.



    Okwa tsikile kutya otaku ka totwapo omusholondondo gwoonakupumbwa omagumbo nevi moshilando omanga omayambulepo gomagumbo omape taga ka kandula po ompumbwe muule wethimbo ndyoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya evi ndyoka kali na ooyene natango mondoolopa otali kalongithwa omanga evi lyepangelo taku ka pulwa opo li tungwe oopoloyeka oompe dhomagumbo.

    Oshilando osha popi kutya oshiyetwapo shawo shoSpatial Development Plan (SDF), otashi ka tothamo omahala gomalukalwa, nomahala goshigwana, oongeshefa oshowo iinyangadhawa yilwe yomayambulepo.

    Oprogramma ompe yoSDF okwa tegelelwa yi manithwe mo-2018 na otayi ka kwatelamo eyambulepo lyomatungo omakulu.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: No SARB rate hike expected
  • No SARB rate hike expectedNo SARB rate hike expectedSARB expected to leave repo rate unchanged Economists expect a dovish statement as the bank gets closer to its easing cycle. South Africa’s Reserve Bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged at its 20 July meeting, according to a Reuters poll released on Monday, but economists expect a dovish statement as the bank gets closer to its easing cycle.

    Twenty-four of 27 economists said the reserve bank will hold rates at 7% on Thursday. Two predicted a 25-basis-point cut and one expects the repo rate to be cut by half a percent.

    Economic growth in South Africa will be weaker this year after the country slipped into recession in the first quarter, and with inflation easing an interest rate cut is expected in the first quarter of next year.

    “While our consumer price index view indicates that the SARB has room to ease rates from as early as next week, it will first look to change its inflation rates narrative before pulling the trigger,” said Jeffrey Schultz, an economist at BNP Paribas.

    Schultz said at least two members of the Monetary Policy Committee could vote in favour of a 25-basis-point cut next Thursday. At its May meeting, only one of the six committee members voted for a cut.

    “This should send a signal that September is a ‘live’ meeting,” he said.

    At 5.4% in May, inflation has been slowing after a drought last year and will probably average 5.4% this year and 5.3% next year.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: Greenback loses steam
  • Greenback loses steamGreenback loses steamTrump plays on dollar’s strengths Dollar falls as US reform hopes dim, gold climbs FIN24



    The dollar slid back to a 10-month low as President Donald Trump’s economic revitalisation agenda once again faltered. European stocks dropped as some earnings disappointed, and gold climbed to the highest in two weeks.

    The greenback lost ground against all but one of its G-10 peers on signs Trump’s health-care reform bill is effectively dead in its current form, after two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the plan.

    Sterling bucked the trend, slipping against the dollar as UK inflation unexpectedly slowed in June, while the euro surged ahead of this week’s ECB meeting. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell following a grim earnings report from Ericsson AB. Iron-ore futures hit their highest since May on strong demand from Chinese steel mills.

    While many traders had already dialled back their expectations Trump will be able to execute his pro-growth policies, the apparent death of the health-care bill lent a risk-off tone to markets. Some notable investors have become less sanguine as global equities continue to trade near record highs.

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    Faanbergh Winckler supports Buy-a-Brick  Faanbergh Winckler supports Buy-a-Brick STAFF REPORTER

    Standard Bank’s Buy-a-Brick community housing fundraising initiative is fast gaining momentum as more corporates come on board to show their support to this cause.

    One such company is property developer Faanbergh Winckler Projects, which recently donated 1 000 erasers worth N$5 000 to learners of Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School in Windhoek’s Okahandja Park informal settlement.

    The donation is a welcome gesture for the learners, who otherwise would have needed to buy erasers.

    “We are indeed very grateful for this donation. It is something that they never had as most of these children come from disadvantaged homes,” said the school’s head of department Gerson Hakutumbulwa.

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    SABMiller’s 100-year journeySABMiller’s 100-year journeySAB’s resilience has allowed it to become a key player globally. SABMiller has come a long way and started out by selling beer on the mine dumps of Johannesburg during the gold rush. THE CONVERSATION



    On 28 September 2016, the shareholders of South African born international brewer, SABMiller, approved the company’s acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev for R1.5 trillion. The deal paved the way for the creation of what is now by far the world’s largest brewing company.

    For a company that started out selling beer to miners in Johannesburg during the gold rush of the late 1800s, it’s been quite a journey. But how did a brewing company from a developing country rise to compete with the multinational brewing behemoths from the developed world?

    A series of interviews with senior executives and managers who presided over the growth of what was then South African Breweries’ (SAB) rapid expansion during and after the 1990s are revealing. After building up a monopoly-like position in the beer market in South Africa, the company went in search of new markets. It used its experience in South Africa in its entry strategies abroad.

    SAB’s path reflects the differences between multinationals from developed and emerging markets in terms of location choices, sequencing, time horizons and motivation.

    A two-phased expansion path emerges to explain the remarkable success story. The first pillar to SAB’s international expansion was a focus on developing markets. Coming from a developing country itself, the company would cope better with emerging market conditions than brewers from the developed world. These ventures became a powerful base for SAB to take on developed markets.

    The second was to expand into developed countries. This became necessary as it became clear the company was over exposed to emerging markets.

    The first phase of expansion

    After a few early forays into South Africa’s neighbouring countries prior to 1993, SAB executives realised that the company could exploit its knowledge of institutional shortcomings in its home country. It would use this experience to adapt more easily than its competitors to conditions in developing countries.

    And so began the first part of its internationalisation strategy: a rapid expansion into emerging markets worldwide.

    Through a series of acquisitions and joint ventures throughout the 1990s, SAB gained a foothold in various countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. Although many were geographically distant (like Hungary, Czech Republic, China and India), they echoed South Africa in terms of their socioeconomic development. Eastern Europe, for example, was still emerging from political reform in the wake of communism, and infrastructural, institutional and economic weaknesses persisted.

    By expanding into countries that shared socioeconomic characteristics with South Africa, SAB was able to make use of its experience to turn a perceived drawback – institutional weakness – into a strength.

    Once it had established this expansion plan, SAB diversified into developed markets such as Italy and the US. As one interviewee put it: “Investors became sceptical of companies whose only business was in emerging markets.”

    In 2002 it took a step closer to consolidating its position as a multinational brewing giant when it acquired US-based Miller Brewing Company. It became SABMiller.

    Turning weakness into strength

    The advantages that SAB gained from its experience in its home country are many. One was employee aptitude.

    SAB employees had built up an extraordinary resilience, flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit through their exposure to the unsteady South African environment of the 1980s. As one executive said: “They survived labour trouble, survived interest rates at 25%, inflation at 16% to 17%, survived political disorder, political violence… That toughened you, toughened us.”

    This robustness, combined with an ability to connect with many different cultures, gave the company a valuable flexibility in its risk, location and investment choices.

    Another strength was its ability to turn around neglected breweries and businesses. The experience it gained in South Africa, with its large rural population and pockets of poor infrastructure, meant that finding innovative ways to overcome challenges was embedded in the company’s DNA.

    Another advantage the company gained was brand development and marketing ability. SAB was developed into a major operation without reliance on strong, globally-recognised brands. Using its home experience the company took brands it acquired in distant countries and built them into powerful national brands.

    These became a base from which it launched into premium brands such as Grolsch and Peroni through acquisitions. This offset being over-invested in domestic brands.

    SAB also had a philosophical edge over many competitors. Its risk appetite was much bigger. By comparison a company like Anheuser-Busch had a conservative approach to risk and international expansion.

    For example, Anheuser-Busch didn’t react to the rapidly changing global brewer consolidation until it was too late. And when it did, it realised that it had little emerging market experience.

    This weakness meant that in 2008 Anheuser-Busch was unable to avoid a hostile takeover by InBev. This gave rise to AB Inbev, then the world’s largest brewer. AB Inbev, in turn, was compelled to make an offer for SABMiller to acquire complementary emerging market presence.

    SABMiller’s long journey from the mine heaps of Johannesburg to global brewing colossus may appear to have come to an abrupt end after its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch Inbev in 2016. But what’s clear is that its extraordinarily successful approach continues to hold many lessons for aspiring global companies from the developing world.

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: No repo rate hike expected
  • No repo rate hike expectedNo repo rate hike expected The South African Reserve Bank is expected to hold off on policy rate cuts at their next meeting, which begins tomorrow, according to a Reuters survey outcome.

    The outcome of the SARB's decision will have bearing on the decision to adjust the local rate when the Bank of Namibia's monetary policy committee meets to deliberate interest matters on 15 August 2017.

    Economists are split on the matter since the recessionary conditions warrant a cut, and yet exposure to certain well-known risks requires the central bank to proceed with caution, according to Reuters.

    The majority of surveyed experts expect the repo rate to remain at 7.0%, a couple expects a moderate cut of 0.25% and one outlier expects a 50-basis-point reduction.

    Twenty-four of 27 economists said the Reserve Bank would hold rates at 7% on Thursday. Two predicted a 25-basis-point cut and one expects the repo rate to be cut by half a percent.

    Economic growth in South Africa will be weaker this year after the country slipped into recession in the first quarter, and with inflation easing an interest rate cut is expected in the first quarter of next year.

    “While our consumer price index view indicates that the SARB has room to ease rates from as early as next week, it will first look to change its inflation rates narrative before pulling the trigger,” said Jeffrey Schultz, an economist at BNP Paribas.

    Schultz said at least two members of the Monetary Policy Committee could vote in favour of a 25-basis-point cut next Thursday. At its May meeting, only one of the six committee members voted for a cut.

    “This should send a signal that September is a 'live' meeting,” he said.

    In our view, the SARB refrained from cutting rates because of concerns that credit rating downgrades will result in a weak rand,” RMB South Africa said in a trade note this week.

    “The inflation profile is improving, the economy is in recession and the local currency has recovered even in the presence of political risks, why then would the monetary policy committee miss this opportunity to lend a hand to the ailing economy because of exogenous factors beyond the control of the central bank is difficult to fathom, especially now that credit ratings seem unlikely to change over the next six months,” RMB added.

    At 5.4% in May, inflation has been slowing after a drought experienced in South Africa last year and will probably average 5.4% this year and 5.3% next year.

    -Additional reporting by Reuters

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Not many Mazda recalls expectedNot many Mazda recalls expectedCheck your VIN, car owners urged Mazda South Africa is giving a local dealer guidance on the latest recall of vehicles. Novel Mazda has moved quickly to assure owners of Mazda 2, Mazda 6 and RX-8 models that they need not worry, as few vehicles within the affected range are on its database.

    This follows the global recall of 19 000 affected vehicles issued recently by the Japanese automaker.

    Giving an update to Namibian Sun on the matter yesterday, Novel Mazda spokesperson Hayley Allen confirmed that a recall had been issued and appealed to Mazda owners driving the affected vehicles to check their Vehicle Identification Numbers.

    “Novel Mazda has been made aware of the global recall and Namibian Mazda drivers are to take note that only Mazda 2 (year of manufacture from February 2010 to September 2010), Mazda 6 (year of manufacture from March 2005 to December 2008) and Mazda RX-8 (year of manufacture between August 2003 to June 2007) are affected,” said Allen.

    According to her, an easy way to see which Namibian vehicles are affected is to check whether Mazda 2, Mazda 6 and Mazda RX-8 Vehicle Identity Numbers (VINs) start with MM6DE, JM6GG or JMZSE.

    “VINs are clearly indicated on the licence disc of your vehicle for easy reference. These particular units are equipped with the 'PSDI-4' driver-side air bag inflator, the 'SDI-160' driver-side air bag inflator, or the 'SPI', 'SDI-230' and the 'PSPI' passenger-side air bag inflators,” said Allen.

    The recall locally would be done under the guidance of Mazda South Africa.

    “Currently, Novel Mazda awaits instructions as to how the recall protocol is to be implemented. Once the process is in place, Novel Mazda will implement the recall as quickly as possible under the guidance of Mazda South Africa and in a way that does not inconvenience any of our customers,” said Allen.

    She encouraged owners of these vehicles to contact Novel Mazda. “At present, initial information shows that there are not many vehicles within the affected range on our roads. Customers who have vehicles bought within the production periods stipulated or whose VIN numbers indicate that attention to their vehicles is necessary should contact Mr Shaun Willemse, service advisor at Novel Mazda on 081 453 5098.”

    Mazda issued a global recall covering a wider manufacturing period in order to place the highest priority on the safety of Mazda customers.

    “The recall is due to an inappropriate production condition and storage of the propellant in the inflator. The density of the propellant may be insufficient in the inflator. This might cause the propellant to ignite abnormally at the time of airbag deployment and potentially result in extremely high inner pressure of the inflator causing a rupture of the inflator case. In a case of a rupture, the airbag might not deploy as designed and may lead to injury,” Mazda said in a statement issued this week.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: Lovin' the finer things
  • Lovin' the finer thingsLovin' the finer things A former Thai Buddhist monk wanted on child sex charges will be sent home from the United States to face trial, Thai police said on Tuesday, the latest scandal to raise questions about the state of Buddhism in a fast-changing society.

    Wirapol Sukphol, formerly known by his monastic name Luang Pu Nenkham, sparked an uproar in 2013 when a YouTube video appeared showing the then-monk on a private jet with a Louis Vuitton bag, behaviour deemed contrary to Buddhist teachings and a monk's vow to shun material goods.

    Later that year, he was expelled from the monkhood after being accused of having sexual intercourse - a grave offence for monks - with an underage girl. He then fled to the United States.

    Investigations led to the filing of charges of child molestation, child abduction, public fraud, money laundering and computer crime against him, police said.

    "Authorities in the United States will send him back to Thailand tomorrow night," Paisit Wongmuang, director of the special investigation police division, told reporters.

    Wirapol was not available for comment and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

    Buddhism is deemed to be one of the three pillars of Thai society alongside the nation and monarchy. Temples remain at the centre of the community, especially in the countryside, despite the rapid encroachment of the modern, materialistic world.

    But the institution that organises Buddhism and oversees the monkhood has come under scrutiny in recent years after a series of sex and money scandals.

    The military government has been pushing to bring Buddhism under greater control since March, when an influential temple defied a three-week siege by police searching for its former abbot on money-laundering charges. He is still on the run.

    This year, the government introduced a bill that appears to significantly reduce the influence of Buddhism's supreme council.

    Last month, the National Buddhism Office said it would propose another law to force the country's tens of thousands of temples to declare their finances.

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    Jehovah's Witnesses vow to appeal Russia ban in European courtJehovah's Witnesses vow to appeal Russia ban in European court The Jehovah's Witnesses said on Tuesday it would appeal a ban on its activities in Russia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, saying it had exhausted all other legal channels.

    It was speaking a day after Russia's Supreme Court rejected the religious group's appeal and upheld an April ruling which declared the organisation "extremist" and ordered it to disband in Russia.

    "We plan to appeal this at the European Court of Human Rights as soon as we can," Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a member of the European Association of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses, said by phone.

    "All legal avenues inside Russia have been exhausted."

    Sivulskiy said the Jehovah's Witnesses strongly disagreed with the court's ruling against it, but had no option but to comply.

    Religious life in Russia is dominated by the Orthodox Church, which exerts considerable political influence and enjoys the support of President Vladimir Putin. Some Orthodox scholars view Jehovah's Witnesses as a 'totalitarian sect'.

    Prior to the ban, Russian authorities put several of the group's publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organisation that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.

    The group, a United States-based Christian denomination known for its door-to-door preaching and rejection of military service and blood transfusions, says this description is false.

    It says it has 175 000 followers in Russia.

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: Thousands learn via radio
  • Thousands learn via radioThousands learn via radioChildren tune in for radio lessons in Boko Haram-hit region Instead of attending school, thousands of children in northern Nigeria take lessons from the radio. Denied an education by the Islamist insurgency of militant group Boko Haram, tens of thousands of children across the Lake Chad region are instead tuning into lessons broadcast over the radio, the United Nations children's agency (Unicef) said on Tuesday.

    The radio syllabus is providing lessons on literacy and numeracy, and staying safe amid the violence, to about 200 000 displaced and out-of-school children in the far north region of Cameroon and Niger's southern Diffa region, according to Unicef.

    "The level of boredom among children in camps for the displaced is tremendous," said Unicef spokesman Patrick Rose.

    "With this radio education programme, children will receive lessons in a structured way, that keeps them in a rhythm ... so that when they go back to school they won't be so far behind," Rose told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Dakar.

    Boko Haram, whose name loosely means 'Western education is sinful', has killed more than 600 teachers and forced over 1 200 schools to close during its eight-year insurgency in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, according to the UN agency.

    Three years ago, the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the jihadist group in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria sparked global outrage a celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls.

    The project - backed by the European Union and governments of Cameroon and Niger - is engaging community leaders to share available radios and bring children together for the lessons.

    About 150 lessons are being broadcast in both French and the local languages of Kanouri, Fulfulde and Hausa, Unicef said.

    "In the very near future, we hope that children who learn by radio will also receive a certification and pass the school year," said Marie-Pierre Poirier, Unicef's regional director.

    Beyond radio broadcasts, school teachers across the region have been trained by Unicef to identify and respond to security threats to protect children from Boko Haram, and to provide traumatised children with psychological support.

    Boko Haram has killed more than 20 000 people and some 2.7 million people have been uprooted from their homes since 2009 as a result of the group's attempt to create an Islamic state.

    The militants have been driven out of most of the territory they held in early 2015, yet continue to carry out bombings and raids in northeast Nigeria, as well as in Cameroon and Niger.

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    Govt’s challenges in acquiring land for resettlementGovt’s challenges in acquiring land for resettlement Inadequate budgetary provision for acquisition and limited supply are some of the challenges encountered in restoring land to landless Namibians since the inception of the land reform programme in 1991.

    Added to this is an uneven distribution of land offers, as most offers to government are coming from the southern regions of Hardap and //Karas.

    This information was contained in a presentation on the state of land reform by the Ministry of Land Reform.

    According to the ministry, government has been finding it hard to acquire land as owners register commercial land under companies and closed corporations to circumvent the law.

    There is also a high demand for land under the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme run by Agribank in areas with the most suitable commercial land such as the Otjozondjupa Region, which leaves the National Resettlement Programme with marginal agricultural land.

    The ministry's statement noted that government has failed to fully address issues of farm land owned by foreigners and absentee landlords, mainly due to the slow pace of creating legislation to this effect.

    Although the Agricultural Land Reform Act of 1995 and the Land Bill both address the issue of land acquisition by non-Namibians and the registration of land under companies, such laws are yet to be implemented.

    As such, the amendment to existing legislation that deals with land ownership by foreign nationals, is still pending.

    Government has also been hitting a brick wall continuously in some areas when it comes to the expropriation of farmland for resettlement purposes.

    Although expropriation regulations were developed and gazetted in 2016 to deal with the issue of abandoned and underutilised commercial land, budgetary constraints have made it difficult to effectively implement such regulations.

    Farm owners have also challenged government for the use of the expropriation method to acquire their land, which hindered the effectiveness of this method.

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    AU talks women and farming in BotswanaAU talks women and farming in Botswana The coordinator of the AU-Inter Africa Bureau for Animal Resources based at Sebele, Botswana, says the African Union (AU) is committed to empowering women and youth in small stock production.

    Speaking during a workshop for small stock farmers organised by Botswana Farmers Association at Sebele on Wednesday, Dr Peter Sinyangwe said his bureau has been mandated by the AU to work on capacity building and strengthening of small commodity, especially small stock farmers to realise their dreams.

    Sinyangwe said their intervention was also to ensure that small stock farmers form strong and vibrant cooperatives which would make them prosper without encountering many challenges.

    He said there should be synchrony of applied technics and farming methods among farmers in various regions of the country. This, he said, would assist small stock farmers to appreciate and know what the other farmers were doing in other regions, and that they would be able to share ideas as well as challenges they encountered.

    Sinyangwe added that he was optimistic that women, who formed a large part of the attendants, would benefit from the workshop.

    He encouraged the youth to take part in small stock production in large numbers, adding that the sector has a bright future.

    For his part, the deputy coordinator of the poverty eradication programme in the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security, Kemoabe Ditedu said the programme has its challenges, but that he was elated that the small stock sector was doing relatively well compared to other alternative packages. Ditedu said while packages such as bee keeping, rabbit production, leather works, indigenous chickens, vegetable production and fodder production were not doing as expected, small stock was performing well, though goats were at times attacked by diseases.

    He said most vegetable projects did not succeed because of the shortage of water countrywide while chickens were attacked by Newcastle disease.

    With regard to bees, he said there has been a long spell of the absence of wild colonies to collect and multiply while some bee beneficiaries lost their bees because they were not given the right care.

    Meanwhile, the president of Botswana Farmers Association, Diane Sibanda said the country was lacking behind in the region in harmonising its farming activities which were mostly headed by the youth and women.

    She said in the past the country sent famers who were not competent to represent it at SADC regional farming meetings and said the time had come for them to introspect on the issue.

    She also decried challenges such as climate change, lack of resources and infrastructure, saying they crippled the sector.

    Sibanda, however, said with a strong commitment from farmers they could overcome some of the challenges, adding that they should use ICT in farming to achieve maximum rewards.

    Thato Supang from AgriBusiness Forum Botswana, who were co-sponsors of the event, said the workshop would look at various issues such as farming organisation structures, farming principles, existing farming organisation structures, participation of women, policies and strategies and the ICT role.

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: Make mine medium rare
  • Make mine medium rareMake mine medium rareUS, Hong Kong, China are markets to watch Besides Turkey, there are some interesting new trends in beef consumption globally and Namibia can and should make hay while the sun shines. The rising and steady consumption of beef both locally and internationally is creating more opportunities for the Namibian meat industry. This growth allows for Meatco to continue investing in newly realised markets such as Hong Kong and the United States of America while sharing a market space with big suppliers like Brazil and Argentina.

    In late March this year, the beef industry was rocked by a meat scandal in Brazil that created concerns about quality and safety controls. Many countries, including China, temporarily halted imports of Brazilian beef while the scale and scope of the issues were sorted out. In light of these events, it is worthwhile to step back and reflect on beef trends. This week’s piece considers the global beef trends – including consumption, production, imports, and export.

    Consumption

    When it comes to beef consumption, the US is the lead cow. In 2016, US beef consumption accounted for 20% of global beef consumption. In fact, US beef consumption is well ahead of other top consumers; the European Union (EU), China, and Brazil each account for 13% of global consumption. Overall, the top 10 counties account for 79% of global consumption.

    Growth in beef consumption is important to consider. To do this, beef consumption in 2016 are compared to 1990 levels (an admittedly simplistic, but still insightful, method). Globally, growth in beef consumption has been rather lacklustre. During this period, global beef consumption increased a total of 19%, or at an average annualised rate of 0.7%. For context, maize consumption expanded at 3% annually over the same period. While both numbers are small, the difference is huge. For instance, total maize consumption – given 3% annual growth- would double in 24 years while it would take more than 100 years for total beef consumption to double (at 0.7% annual growth).

    While the global trends are slow growth, the story is quite variable by country. Consumption in the US has been even slower than the global trends, 0.2% annual growth. In other significant countries, Russia and Mexico, consumption has trended lower. On the other hand, beef consumption in China has been more aggressive with an annual growth rate of 7.8%. If these growth rates remained constant into the future (which is a big ‘if’), China would be the largest consumer of beef in 10 years (an average growth rate of 7.8% suggest consumption would double in 9.2 year and a doubling of 2016 consumption levels would put China well ahead of the US).

    One final comment on China’s growth in beef consumption. From 1990 to 2016, China’s increase in beef consumption was equal to 69% of total global consumption growth. So while growth in beef consumption has been slow, China has been the source of most growth.

    Production

    Taking a look at global production trends and the top 10 beef producing countries in 2010, the list of counties is nearly the same (Russia made the consumption list, but was bounced by Australia for production.) Global production of beef from 1990 to 2016 was, like consumption, slow to expand at an annual growth rate of 0.7%. Also similar to the trends in consumption, US beef production the same period was slower than global expansion at 0.3% annual growth. More broadly, US production from 1990 to 2016 increase 9% total (not annually). Growth in global and US beef production has been quite small.

    Beef production in Brazil, which is the second largest beef producer and accounted for 15% of global production, expanded 85% from 1990 to 2016; or 2.4% annually. Brazilian production grew at a faster rate than consumption trends during the same period (2.4% vs 1.6%). This sets the stage for Brazil to play an important role in global exports.

    The opposite trend occurred in China where growth rates were slower in beef production (6.8% annually) than consumption (7.8% annually). Again, while the differences between these growth rates seem small (1 percentage point), the impacts over time can be quite significant. For example, if two bank accounts both started with US$100 but grew at the different interest rates (6.8% and 7.8%), after 10 years the faster growing rate would have a balance of US$212, compared to $193 (9.8% more).

    Finally, a third country to note is Turkey. In both production and consumption, Turkey ranking 10th but experienced relatively large rates of growth. Expansion in production and consumption were nearly lock step as both increased at an average annual rate of 4.4%. Should these rates of growth be sustained, one could expect Turkey to quickly jump in the rankings over the next decade.

    Imports

    In 2016, total global beef imports were up 32% from 2000, or at an average annual growth rate of 1.7%.

    Many would be surprised to know the US – the world’s number-one consumer and producer of beef – is also the largest beef importer. In 2016, US beef imports accounted for 18% of total global imports. However, while the US is a large importer of beef there was essentially no change in beef imports between 2000 and 2016.

    Given China’s production and consumption trends, it’s no surprise China’s growth in beef imports have increased in recent years. The rate of increase, however, is quick shocking. Since 2000, China’s imports of beef have increased at nearly 28% annually. This is a phenomenal rate of growth.

    Beef imports in Hong Kong have also experienced large increases, up nearly 11% annually since 2000.

    Exports

    Given its status as a large producer of beef, and growth in production outpacing domestic consumption, Brazil is a beef export heavyweight. In 2016, Brazil accounted for 20% of global exports. Furthermore, Brazilian exports of beef increased at an annual rate of 8.7% since 2000.

    The unexpected story in beef exports is likely India. In 2016, India exported the same amount of beef as Brazil. Furthermore, Indian’s export growth was substantially faster than those of Brazil (from 2000 to 2016: 11.1% compared to 8.7%). India is also very reliant on exports as 44% of production in 2016 was exported, compared to only 20% in Brazil. Don’t expect beef from India at your local grocery story anytime soon, however, as the meat is from water buffalo rather than cows.

    While the US was the largest beef importer, it is also the fourth largest exporter and accounted for nearly 12% of total global exports.

    Finally, beef exports also rapidly expanded in Paraguay increased at an average rate of nearly 13% from 2000 to 2016.

    Final thoughts

    On the surface, global beef consumption and production have been rather lacklustre with slow rates of change in production and consumption. However, trends across countries has setup some interesting trends in the beef industry.

    With production growing faster than consumption, Brazil is an important beef exporter, along with India. Furthermore, consumption has outpaced production leading to a large increase in China’s reliance on imports.

    Looking ahead, all eyes will be on China. Will China repeat in beef what happened in soybeans? China went from accounting for very little of total global soybean imports in the 1990s to more than 60% in recent years. Most recently, China has been working to open the door to US beef exports.

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: Cooler heads prevail
  • Cooler heads prevailCooler heads prevail It is good to see the Ministry of Land Reform and various stakeholders holding meetings in a spirit of fraternal cooperation and mutual understanding ahead of the second land conference.

    We have always advocated for cooler heads to prevail when debating the contentious issue of land reform.

    The authorities have provided the necessary platform where stakeholders have been making submissions to this effect.

    The land reform ministry should be commended for being professional in the handling of the consultative meetings countrywide even though challenges were observed here and there.

    It must be noted that the land issue is a complex one and this problem must be carefully dealt with. It is important for participants in the debate not to distract from what should be a constructive conversation about seeking solutions to the problem at hand.

    The various stakeholders must work together to chart a path forward, which will ultimately lead to better and inclusive resolutions at the September indaba.

    Much of the debate over the past few months has been on the issues of ancestral land rights as well as the under-fire resettlement programme, which has been widely criticised in many quarters.

    We must admit there have been mistakes in the past when it comes to the land resettlement programme and the onus is on those who are responsible for the allocation of units to ensure that this national key priority programme is fair, open and transparent.

    As a pressing need, we also need to see more dialogue centred on the issue of urban land, which the local authorities are grappling with at the moment.

    Responsive strategies are indeed needed to contain the runaway housing backlog, which stands at over 100 000 units.

    There is no denying that houses in this country have been vastly more expensive over the past decade than they have been at any point.

    We simply can't afford a place to call home anymore and solutions to the acute housing shortage must be openly debated.

    Clearly those who need affordable housing must be given an opportunity to get onto the housing ladder.

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  • 07/18/17--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day WHICH WAY IS UP: South Korea's Kim Yeongnam and South Korea's Woo Haram compete in the Men's three-metre synchro springboard final during the diving competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on 15 July. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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    Enough water for 24 months in central areaEnough water for 24 months in central area Cabinet committee member on water supply Pedro Maritz said the central area of Namibia now has enough water to last at least for the next two years if residents continue to use it cautiously.

    Maritz was speaking at State House, after a meeting with President Hage Geingob, Economic Advisor to the President John Steytler, a few members of parliament and his fellow committee members.

    “The water situation is much more linear than what we had last year. With all the work that we have been doing up to now and together with rains that we had this past rainy season, we can now say that if we use our water judiciously, we will be getting through for the next two years at least,” he said.

    Maritz indicated that the dams supplying water to the central area had received some inflow.

    “We can say that they were filled up about 50% but we will still have to pump water from the underground sources in the Grootfontein area,” he added.

    As a measure to address the water supply situation, a number of deep boreholes in the Windhoek area were sunk over the last year.

    These will be used to draw water from the city's underground water reserves – the Windhoek aquifer.

    “During a crucial time, we will now be able to take some of that water out of the Windhoek system,” Maritz said.

    He explained that the underground reserves will have to be regarded as a big underground tank, which has to be filled up from time to time, especially during the good rainy years.

    “We must remember that we cannot go on and use the water injudiciously, we still have to save some water.”

    The Cabinet's committee on water supply is a technical committee that was appointed by Geingob last year to address the water supply situation in Windhoek and other towns in central Namibia.



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    Hardap questions resettlement criteriaHardap questions resettlement criteria People who attended regional land consultations in the Hardap Region, demanded the authorities release the list of beneficiaries of the resettlement programme.

    The demand follows information alleging that the majority of the beneficiaries who were resettled in //Karas and Hardap regions are from Oshikoto.

    These include farmworkers evicted from commercial farms after independence, as well as farmers living in the corridors.

    The people who were resettled also include the San, war veterans, as well as workers who were retrenched following the closure of the Kombat Mine in the Otjozondjupa Region.

    This was confirmed by land reform permanent secretary, Peter Amutenya, during the consultation meeting in Mariental last week.

    Earlier this year, Amutenya declined to release the resettlement list, arguing it will fuel tribalism in the country.

    Amutenya was asked to explain why locals have minimally benefited from the 89 government-acquired farms in Hardap Region and 99 farms in the //Karas Region.

    He conceded the government needed to address the plight of workers retrenched at Kombat Mine after its closure, as well as the San and the farmworkers who lived in corridors.

    Almost 80% of farmland bought in the two southern regions was given to people from Oshikoto.

    Calls were also made for the abolishment of the scoring system used in the land allocation process.

    The scoring system was found to be discriminatory against small communal farmers.

    The participants asked for alternative criteria to determine beneficiaries while demands were also made for traditional and local authorities to be represented on the regional land boards.

    The lands ministry is holding consultation meetings in all 14 regions ahead of the second land conference in September.



    FRED GOEIMAN

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