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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ondingwanyama declared 'open defecation free'Ondingwanyama declared 'open defecation free' Ondingwanyama village in the Eenhana Constituency has been declared ‘open defecation free’ (ODF) after all of its 68 households constructed their own sanitation and hand washing facilities.

    The agriculture ministry said in a statement that Ondingwanyama is the first village in Namibia to achieve ODF status.

    “Access to sanitation services is among the essential services for basic human needs and one of the targets for measuring poverty reduction worldwide and in adherence to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6,” read the media release. This goal aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

    The ministry stressed the need to strengthen political will at both regional and national levels, by putting sanitation and hygiene on the national agenda at all times.

    The ministry, in partnership with the health ministry, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Red Cross Society and the Society of Family Health will celebrate Ondingwanyama’s ODF achievement on Tuesday.

    The objectives of the celebration are to advocate amongst policy makers and opinion leaders for support towards activities aimed at eliminating open defecation practices throughout Namibia.

    NAMPA

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    Picking the fruit of today’s labourPicking the fruit of today’s labourAfrica will hold almost half of working-age people Projected to be home to 40% of the global population of working-age people, Africa is in a prime position to take advantage of this leverage, but can it? Africa will account for approximately 80% of the projected four billion increase in the global population by the year 2100, according to the United Nations.

    That population of young people is projected to double by the year 2050. This can be an opportunity or a challenge, according to Frederick Okwayo, a population data policy advisor with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in east and southern Africa. .

    He told the parliament members drawn from the 12 SADC member states that Africa’s population was projected to constitute 40% of the world’s population by the year 2100.

    “We have a resource which, when invested in, we can leverage.”

    The demographic dividend refers to the economic benefit that can arise when a country has a relatively large proportion of working-age population due to declining fertility and mortality, and when it effectively invests in their health, empowerment, education and employment through public action and private sector involvement.

    “With timely, targeted and simultaneous investments at macro and micro levels, this shift can accelerate inclusive socio-economic development. Changing the age structure can produce a window of economic opportunity in countries undergoing a fertility decline.” Okwayo said.

    “When fertility goes down, the population age structure changes so that there are more people in the working age group population. When that happens, the dependency ratio declines.”

    “For it to become real, duty bearers who include parliament members, development partners and the private sector, need to make a lot of investments. The working age population has to be empowered, kept healthy, be educated and be highly skilled in an environment that offers decent jobs.”

    Okwayo cited a few of the many parametres that African countries, working closely with members of parliament, can focus on to derive the demographic dividend. They include maternal mortality; women in agriculture; low life expectancy; rampant poverty; high inequality; low school enrolment rates in early childhood; and illiteracy, as well as unmet needs for family planning.

    “We need to provide resources or services to women so that we continue changing the population age structure but in a human rights perspective,” Okwayo said.

    The AU has identified four pillars that require focus: Employment and entrepreneurship; education and skills development; health and wellbeing; and rights, governance and youth empowerment if member states are to realise the demographic dividend.

    Okwyo called on members of the SDAC PF to embrace and promote the concept of demographic dividend, allocate resources to undertake relevant research, and develop a roadmap and action plan.

    “There is need for laws that improve access to credit facilities for the youth and establish and operationalise national and regional youth funds to increase young people’s access to business capital.”

    Okwayo’s presentation sparked animated debate.

    The speaker of Malawi, Richard Msowoya said unless African members states begin to shun corruption, the demographic dividend would remain an elusive pie in the sky.

    “While he (Okwayo) was speaking, I opened my smartphone and checked the index on corruption. There is a direct correlation between the level of corruption and the number of women who are dying in our country,” he thundered.

    He said technocrats including Okwayo, should help SADC member states to stop corruption and all else would follow.

    Malawi lawmaker Joseph Njobvuyalema took issue with Okwayo for not talking about the youth’s responsibilities in the quest for the demographic dividend.

    “Much as the youth enjoys rights, they have certain responsibilities and obligations to observe. We can invest in health but it is their responsibility to protect themselves against contracting HIV. You can invest in education but if they don’t observe the rules or not attend school, that investment would not be meaningful at all.”

    “Some of us come from very poor backgrounds but here we are with Master’s degrees. We have secured good jobs because as youths, we carried personal responsibilities. Today if a country makes a simple decision of hiking fees, the youth will go demolishing buildings.”

    Senator Monica Mutsvangwa from Zimbabwe said today’s youth lacked mentorship. She called on MPs to fill that gap.

    Zambian MP Elizabeth Phiri said some youth needed help in understanding the difference between wants and needs. *Moses Magadza is Communications and Advocacy Specialist at SADC PF

    Moses Magadza

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    Survey to unmask TB in Namibia Survey to unmask TB in Namibia The health ministry launched the tuberculosis disease prevalence survey (DPS) that will screen 34 000 Namibians aged 15 and above over the next six months to mitigate the country’s high global ranking.

    The survey will help to improve knowledge about the rate of TB infections and to craft better strategies to control the disease and effectively allocate resources.

    In a speech read at the launch on his behalf, health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku said “TB affects adults in their most productive years but if we detect TB early and treat it, it becomes non-infectious and curable.”

    Allaying fears that often grip patients diagnosed with the TB, Haufiku said once patients are diagnosed and start treatment, they can live productive and normal lives.

    “As far as treatment is concerned, 87% of new patients who commenced treatment in 2015 were successfully treated,” he further said.

    Haufiku also said there is need to combine efforts to ensure that all TB patients on treatment are successfully cured.

    The minister warned that ending TB will require not only identifying and treating infected patients, but focusing on long-term strategies such as poverty-reduction “since TB is strongly associated with poverty.”

    He explained that TB control takes generations, primarily “because we already have a large pool of infected individuals who can develop TB in future.”

    Studies have concluded that TB remains one of Namibia’s top public health challenges and the country remains one of the most afflicted globally. Namibia has consistently remained in the top 10 countries in the world with high TB prevalence.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 30% of cases go undiagnosed treated or reported.

    The first steps of the survey have already begun with visits carried out to the 68 selected areas where participants will be engaged and sensitised to the purpose of the survey and its procedures.

    The disease prevalence survey is the best currently known method to accurately determine a country’s true TB disease burden.

    Haufiku said the success of the survey depends on the support of all individuals within the selected clusters.

    The survey report is expected to be completed by March 2018.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    PS suspended over tender irregularitiesPS suspended over tender irregularities Suspended ministry of health permanent secretary Andreas Mwoombola is under investigation after being accused of irregularly awarding tenders, Anti-Corruption Commission chief Paulus Noa said yesterday.

    Mwoombola was suspended on Tuesday over alleged misconduct.

    “The case was lodged a few days ago. What I can tell you off-the-cuff, because I am not in the office, is that it involves the awarding of irregular tenders,” Noa told Namibian Sun yesterday.

    Health minister Bernhard Haufiku also briefly commented on the issue, saying unethical behaviour will not be tolerated and that no single employee, including himself, was indispensable.

    According to Haufiku, he had picked up irregularities a few months ago, but only had sufficient information to present before Cabinet three months ago.

    Haufiku said Mwoombola is suspected of interfering in the internal processes of the ministry.

    “Do not be worried about what he has done the truth will be out soon. The Anti-Corruption Commission must investigate the ministry unhindered. They have been provided with enough information. If it means more people must vacate their office even I would have to leave,” he said.

    “I also received several reports from staff members including the financial director in the ministry.”

    Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa on Tuesday announced that Bertha Katjivena has been temporarily appointed as acting permanent secretary.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Hardap to march against WamboHardap to march against Wambo Hardap residents from at least eight towns and villages are planning a protest march to the regional council's headquarters in Mariental tomorrow to once again demand that regional councillor Edward Wambo be removed from office.

    This comes exactly a month after they have petitioned Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa in Windhoek to take steps against the Swapo councillor whom residents claim is “lawless” and exacting “indiscreet” influences” on various council offices.

    “We want sound, effective, confident, honest leadership. Not what we have and experience now. The Namibian nation, government and the Swapo Party must hear our voices loud and clear,” said an organiser of the protest march, Bartolomeus Pieters.

    He said the petitioners want to walk to the regional council office at Mariental to tell Wambo “exactly what we think of him”.

    “Unlawfulness, disorder and ill-discipline will and cannot be tolerated. Enough is enough,” he said.

    Residents from Kalkrand, Aranos, Hoachanas, Stampriet, Gochas, Rehoboth, Mariental and Daweb are anticipated to participate in the march.

    A joint community meeting was also held at Rehoboth's Block E last Sunday where residents registered their displeasure with the Rehoboth Town Council and Wambo, whom they have christened as a “tourist” in his constituency.

    They have also lashed out at council employee, Willie Swartz, who stands accused of embezzlement.

    On this charge he was suspended for one day by the chief executive officer Chris /Uirab but the majority Swapo council then stepped in the next day and reinstated him.

    Opposition councillor of the United People's Movement (UPM), Lennie Pienaar, yesterday said the a legal opinion obtained from Shaningwa's office is that Swartz is no longer in the employment of the council.

    Swartz, however, remains at the office and is currently serving as the acting CEO while /Uirab is on leave.

    According to Pienaar the Swapo councillors at a questionably constituted council meeting had installed Swartz as the “permanent acting CEO” if the CEO is not in office.

    The Rehoboth community at the Sunday meeting charged that Swartz is “under the protection” of the four Swapo councillors and has become “untouchable” and threatened to remove him forcibly if steps are not taken against him.



    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Ohangwena rejects ancestral land callsOhangwena rejects ancestral land callsWilling-buyer, willing-seller policy heavily criticised Stakeholders in the Ohangwena Region say any talk about ancestral land should not be entertained. Public consultations on land reform that took place at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region this week, have resolved that the current distribution and administration process regarding land reform is treating Namibians unfairly.

    The consultative meeting, one of many held across the country and organised by the lands ministry, criticised the willing-buyer willing-seller policy and strongly rejected the ancestral land demanded by some Namibians.

    The group also recommended that land in the ownership of foreigners should be expropriated without compensation.

    These were the views of the Ohangwena stakeholders that comprised traditional leaders, regional councillors and community members.

    They agreed that the land question is not being addressed to the benefit of all Namibians.

    Ohangwena Governor Usko Nghaamwa said that the willing-buyer willing-seller policy has “failed the nation and did not yield any positive results in terms of land delivery” to the citizens. He said that even for people who have money there is still no land to buy.

    “Even if you are a willing buyer with money and want to buy and there is no willing seller and you will not get land. This is because not always there are willing sellers. If they are there they set their price high and unaffordable,” Nghaamwa said.

    He added that the willing-buyer willing-seller is a failure in itself and suggested that it be done away with.

    Ohangwena regional participants also rejected the ancestral land question saying the land belongs to all Namibians.

    The majority of attendees said that everyone in Namibia should be allowed to stay and reside wherever they wish as provided for in the constitution.

    Some warned that the ancestral land issue has the power to divide the nation.

    Veteran politician and currently the village headman in the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, Kanana Hishoono expressed his concern over absentee landowners.

    He said that government should acquire all those farms and expropriate it to qualifying Namibians.

    “If there is a Namibian farming outside the country, he should come back home and stay in his land. Otherwise, foreign-owned farms should be expropriated without compensation and be given to the needy Namibians,” Hishoono said.

    Participants supported Hishoono's viewpoint and strongly recommended for land expropriated and the owner be compensated only for infrastructure on the land.

    However, another Oukwanyama village headman Dineinge Sheya cautioned that the expropriation of land and its redistribution should be done with proper care and without inviting hunger in the country.

    The meeting, that was also attended by queen of Oukwanyama Martha Mwadinomo Nelumbu, suggested that government should start giving allowances to village headman in order to fairy administer lands in the areas of jurisdictions.

    They said that they are leading villages with no means of income from the land, yet they are working hard to assist government with land administration.

    They said government should determine the purchase prices of land and regulate all the land dealings in the country.

    The meeting also asked for a database to determine how many absentee-owned farms there are in the country. They also proposed a 12 000-hectare standard size for each farm, because some farms are big, but unproductive.

    On the issue of communal land the meeting said that those who have land on the south of redline should not be allowed to own farmland in the communal areas.

    This suggestion was made as it was alleged that senior politicians and powerful individuals own big farms in both communal and commercial areas.

    The Ohangwena consultations were held on Monday and Tuesday. Land ministry officials have proceeded to the Kavango West Region where the same conference started yesterday.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 07/19/17--16:00: Shell to drill for oil, gas
  • Shell to drill for oil, gasShell to drill for oil, gasHopes for commercial discovery After having pulled out of the Kudu gas field, the company hopes to start its exploration activities for new prospects in 2018 and 2020. The public has until 4 August to comment on an environmental report on the intended commencement with deep-water exploration well drilling by Shell Namibia Upstream B.V. in its petroleum exploration licence (PEL) 39 (Block 2913A and 2914B) off the southern coast.

    The draft scoping report was done by SLR Environmental Consulting.

    Shell acquired the exploration licence in early 2014 when the company returned to upstream operations in Namibia and established a small office in Windhoek as operator of the deep-water licence some 250km offshore.

    The licence borders with South Africa and is about 12 000 square kilometres big.

    Shell holds 90% controlling interest in the licence, while Namcor has the remaining 10%.

    The company is proposing to drill one or possibly two exploration wells in the northern portion of the licence area to determine whether identified geological structures or prospects contain oil or gas in potentially commercial extractable amounts, SLR said.

    The board chairperson of Shell Namibia, Dennis Zekveld, earlier said the company had completed a seismic survey in the north-eastern portion of the licence in 2014 to determine whether there is potential for hydrocarbons.

    He confirmed that “prospects” were found but stressed that the real find can only be determined by the actual drilling.

    “A commercial discovery by any operator would be significant in terms of delivering stable energy supply and economic growth,” Zakveld said. “These are challenging times for the industry and for exploration in particular with limited risk capital available and fierce global competition. However, Shell takes a long-term perspective and continues to pursue exploration projects in a select number of frontier basins of which Namibia is one.”

    Shell Namibia has originally been exploring the Kudu gas field and found negligible amounts of gas to be explored commercially.

    Zekveld said the three-dimensional seismic survey done in 2014 has shown that the geological characteristics between PEL 39 and the Kudu gas field are quite different, but said the hydrocarbons discovered in the gas field area is “encouraging evidence” that commercial quantities of hydrocarbons could be present in PEL 39. The anticipated drilling will be at a depth of about 3 000 meters below the seafloor at an estimated cost of US$50 million to US$100 million for each well.

    Drilling of each well is expected to take two months. The drilling date has yet to be fixed and may be scheduled for late 2018 and 2020.



    Environmental concerns

    Zekveld said Shell said it has since 2014 been in “constructive communication” with the fishing sector.

    “The fact that during the early exploration phase Shell consciously avoided the peak fishing catch period demonstrates that oil and gas exploration and Namibia's fishing industry can coexist,” Zakveld said.

    He said as part of the drilling environmental impact assessment independent marine ecology and fisheries studies will be undertaken, which will include a mitigation management plan to control the potential impact of Shell's exploration activities.

    Zakveld said there will be no contribution to the acidification of the Namibian coastline as a result of the deep-water exploration activities.

    “Oil and gas exploration activities will only have a localised, temporary and negligible deep-water impact and there will be no chemical pollution effects on the Namibian coastline,” Zakveld said.



    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 07/19/17--16:00: Ondonga fires councillors
  • Ondonga fires councillorsOndonga fires councillorsRoyal succession remains hot potato The Ondonga King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas has gotten rid of some of his long-serving top aides after a fallout over the royal succession issue. Ondonga King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas has ordered the expulsion of seven out of the eight traditional councillors who were suspended in April this year.

    The dismissed leaders include senior traditional councillors such as former Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) chairperson Peter Kauluma and former OTA spokesperson Joseph Asino.

    Heavyweights such as senior headman John Walenga and former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya were also expelled from the traditional authority.

    Three other councillors - Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili – have also been dismissed.

    The announcement was made yesterday by senior traditional councillor and Elifas' spokesperson Naeman Amalwa.

    The councillors have been dismissed from all Ondonga Traditional Council and correlated traditional duties and positions in Ondonga with immediate effect as from 14 July 2017.

    Amalwa claimed in a statement disciplinary hearings were held to determine whether or not there were grounds for dismissal based on the suspended councillors' alleged misconduct.

    Only one councillor Josef Akawa attended the disciplinary hearing, while the other seven failed to attend the inquiry.

    “The duties to attend the hearing rested in them whereas the duties to ensure substantive and procedural aspects related to the hearing rested onto the initiators, which was executed correctly,” Amalwa said.

    “Owing to this willful forfeiture of their rights to be heard, the disciplinary hearings have been conducted in their absentia and recommendations were thereafter communicated to the appointing authority who is the Omukwanilwa of Ondonga, the chairperson of the traditional council and the head of the traditional community in terms of the Ondonga customs and the Traditional Authority Act, No.25 of 2000 to make a final decision.”

    The traditional authority has been rocked by infighting over the years, with the squabbles escalating to an all-time high early this year.

    The infighting is largely linked to the succession battle of the Ondonga kingdom.

    The dismissed councillors are backing Shuumbwa Nangolo, who was nominated by the Ondonga king as his heir in September 2012.

    This is now a bone of contention, with some members of the royal family, including the king's wife, Cecilia Elifas, challenging Nangolo's nomination.

    Ondonga headman Oscar Sheehama is reportedly the king's wife favoured heir.

    In May this year, the standoff, mainly between the Ondonga leaders and royal family, led to mounting tension and calls were made for the powers that be, including government, to intervene to help end the impasse.

    Amalwa confirmed that the succession issue was one of the fundamental factors that led to the dismissal.







    “It is important for you to know and appreciate that the major underlying factors above and beyond all immediate effects as has been occurring in public domain and which is the motive of their misconduct by these traditional councillors to do what they have done, is the issue of royal succession in the Ondonga traditional community,” he said.



    New leaders

    Meanwhile, Elifas has appointed popular northern businessmen Erastus Mvula, popularly known as Mvula Mnyaango, and Paavo Amwele to replace Walenga as senior headmen responsible the Ondangwa district.

    Rainhold Nepolo has been named to replace Asino at Oniiwe district, while Naeman Kambala will take over from Kamanya as Amuteya.

    Former President Sam Nujoma's bodyguard Nepando Amupanda will take over from Peter Kauluma at Ongula yaNetanga district, while he will also remain acting secretary of the Ondonga Traditional Council.



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    Call for probe into smoking learnersCall for probe into smoking learners Schools will not be turned into a breeding ground for alcoholics or drug addicts, education ministry permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp has said.

    Responding to a picture of Dawid Bezuidendhoudt Secondary School learners smoking hubbly-bubbly on school premises recently, Steenkamp said they will have to face the full measure of disciplinary action.

    According to her, a full investigation will have to be launched by the school board to determine what the learners were smoking at the time.

    She added there have also been instances where school learners were found consuming alcohol during their entrepreneurship days.

    Steenkamp, however, lamented the attitude of parents and said they must take ownership and realise that their children are subject to school regulations and rules. “You find parents who bypass the office of the regional director to come and cry at the office of the permanent secretary when their children are being disciplined for ill-behaviour. What must be clear is that we are not hesitant to expel learners if they are guilty of serious misconduct,” she said.





    According to her, once a learner has been expelled they will only be allowed to return to school to write exams.

    Meanwhile, the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) has condemned the smoking of hubbly-bubbly as well as the increasing rates of smoking on school premises.

    CAN director Rolf Hansen, who has just returned from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Afro-Region meeting in Mauritius, said the biggest aggravating factor is that Namibian youth are under the misconception that the hubbly-pipe is healthy.

    The hubbly-bubbly, which is also called a hub, hookah or a water pipe, is an instrument for smoking tobacco, which is often flavoured.

    It consists of a base container, usually made of glass, attached to one or many smoking tubes.

    According to Hansen, informal interviews his team did with learners during cancer outreaches in the country has revealed that learners believe the hubbly-bubbly is a “cooler” alternative.

    He added that young people also prefer the pipe to cigarettes because of the high tobacco tax and because it is a cheaper alternative.

    “What they do not understand is that the flavour that they put in the pipe is raw tobacco… water is not a filter. We need to introduce a healthy lifestyle to our youth which forms part of the school curriculum in schools,” he said.

    He also called on government to embark on a national survey to determine the rate of smoking amongst youth.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Man gets 38 years for burning lover to deathMan gets 38 years for burning lover to death A 41-year-old man who recently admitted that he murdered his girlfriend in an arson attack about five years ago has been slapped with a 38-year jail term by the Windhoek High Court.

    Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday sentenced Plesie /Gowaseb for the murder of Petrina /Goagoses, saying his action was irrational and unjustified.

    “The offences of murder and arson are serious, premeditated and prevalent. Hence the objectives of punishment which are retribution and deterrence must be emphasised,” Liebenberg said.

    He sentenced /Gowaseb to 34 years imprisonment for murder of the 32-year-old /Goagoses read in conjunction with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act and eight years imprisonment for arson.

    The judge ordered the four years for arson to run concurrently with the 34-year sentence for murder, meaning the accused will spend 38 years in jail.

    He admitted he committed the offences during the night of 13 and 14 October 2012 when he set alight the house in which /Goagoses was.

    She succumbed to her injuries in a local hospital a week later.

    The couple had three children.

    /Gowaseb earlier told the court during the day of 13 October he approached the victim in order to rekindle their relationship.





    However, he claimed, /Goagoses reacted by insulting him and told him to leave.

    This angered him and during the night when everyone was asleep, he returned and locked the door from outside with a padlock after he had gained access to the house through an open window.

    He then doused the victim's room with paraffin he had found inside the house before setting it alight.

    The accused later managed to escape through the open window.

    Although the victim also managed to escape from the burning room, she had already suffered severe burns.

    “She died a week later in hospital as a result of burnt wounds,” Liebenberg said.

    /Gowaseb said he was consumed by anger and was unable to control himself and that he regretted committing the heinous crimes.

    Liebenberg emphasised that the accused had pleaded guilty to the offences and has shown sincere remorse and that the circumstances justify a significant reduction in sentence.

    The circumstances of the accused, gravity of the offences he was found guilty of, the legitimate interest of society, and emphasis on the specific and general deterrence, the judge said he found the sentences imposed as appropriate.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Namibia poised to face ZimbabweNamibia poised to face ZimbabweWarriors to play for Robbie Savage Namibia is ready to cross paths with Zimbabwe in the second leg of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers in Harare. The Brave Warriors restored lost pride last weekend after beating regional rivals Zimbabwe 1-0 at Sam Nujoma Stadium to grab the first leg advantage in the 2018 CHAN qualifiers.

    At a packed stadium in Katutura, the local players stormed in hoping to claim territory, however, Zimbabwe stood their ground and controlled the game in the first half.

    Both sides played some entertaining football with Welwian !Hanamub in particular, impressive for the Brave Warriors. However, both teams failed to convert the chances created in the first half. Zimbabwe winger Talent Chakaroma had an opportunity to score after some fine footwork in the first half, but his effort went wide, much to the delight of the clearly football-starved local crowd.

    The support from the home crowd pushed the team forward to clinch a goal which came from former Free State Stars and Blue Waters goal poacher Hendrik Somaeb in the second half.

    Now the team has to prepare themselves mentally as they will face pressure on the field and from the Zimbabwean supporters in their away match.

    Having lost their number-one fan, Robbie Savage, yesterday after a long illness, the Warriors go out to play for him. Savage was ever-present at the Warriors training grounds or on play day, rallying the crowd to support the team.

    Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Manetti asked the team at yesterday‘s morning training session for a moment of silence to pay tribute to their fan and said that Savage was there with the team through thick and thin. “When Namibia made their first appearance at the African Cup of Nations in 1998 in Burkina Faso, Savage was there. I was a player then and he always travelled with us. It is sad to hear of his passing.”

    Absalom Iimbondi, Warriors midfielder said that Savage was a royal fan who always turned up no matter what. “I do not think we will find another supporter like him ever again,” he said.

    Defender of Namibia, Ferdinand Karongee shared his sentiments and said that Savage was one of a kind: Someone who they will always remember when they get onto the field of play.

    Speaking about the game Manetti said that Zimbabwe remain the favoritessince they just won the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa and that his team needs to perform well.

    Manetti also said players have to perform above themselves to secure a win. “We remain the underdogs and have to play above ourselves to beat Zimbabwe,” he said.

    Possible Brave Warriors squad to face Zimbabwe (away): Goalkeepers Lodyt Kazapua and Edward Maova. Defenders - Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan !Hanamub, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda. Midfielders - Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi and Absalom Iimbondi. Strikers: Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Roger Katjiteo and Muna Katupose.

    Limba Mupetami

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  • 07/20/17--16:00: Welwitschias to test Uganda
  • Welwitschias to test UgandaWelwitschias to test Uganda The Welwitschias will cross paths with Uganda on Saturday in Kampala in the Africa Gold Cup.

    The Welwitschias last weekend tackled Zimbabwe in a match which saw them trailing from behind to snatch the win from the hardworking Zimbabweans as the game ended 31-26.

    It was Welwitschias' third win in the cup after they thrashed Senegal 95-0 in their second match and Tunisia 53-7 in the first match.

    Namibia now leads the log on 15 points, followed by Kenya on 12, Uganda on 11, Zimbabwe fourth on five points, Senegal with one point and Tunisia 0.

    Both the Welwitschias and Uganda Cranes are enjoying an unbeaten streak in the cup and the match will be a test of character and determination for both teams.

    All the countries on the log are racing to close the gap and catch up with Namibia, and Uganda is close as they have already beaten Tunisia 78-17 on home ground in Kampala last Saturday. This gives them confidence to face the Welwitschias.

    In other matches, Uganda has also performed well. They beat Senegal 17-16 in their away match, and drew their opening match 33-33 to Kenya.

    Rohan Kitshoff, captain of the Welwitschias said that their game against Zimbabwe was tough and they will have to perform above themselves for their next game.

    After the Uganda game, the home side will face Kenya. The winner of the Gold Cup automatically qualifies for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.



    Possible squad for the game:

    Casper Viviers, Shaun du Preez, AJ de Klerk, Nelius Theron, Orbert Nortje, Desiderius Sethie, Collen Smith, Janco Venter, Max Katjijeko, Ruan Ludick, Mahepisa Tjeriko, Rohan Kitshoff, Thomasau Forbes and Wian Conradie.



    Backs: Damian Stevens, Eugene Jantjies, Helarius Kisting, Cliven Loubser, JC Greyling, Justin Newman, Gino Wilson, Johann Tromp, David Philander, Chrysander Botha.



    Limba Mupetami

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    Basketball cup action starts todayBasketball cup action starts todayBall action to attract crowd The Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) resumes after a month's break. The second round of 2017 Khomas basketball season kicks off today in the capital. The league resumes after a month-long break, due to the unavailability of the gym hall, which was used by Unam for exams.

    In the men's first division, Unam Wolves went into the break sitting on top of the log with nine points from five matches having won four, and losing one.

    They were followed by DHL Titans who had the same record but were in position two due to a lower goal average.

    Third on the log are Blue Devils with eight points, followed by Unam Rebels with six points, Lions with five points and Plaza Lions sitting with four points.

    Wolves and Titans now have 12 points apiece, with the average goal difference still favouring the students.

    Lions, meanwhile, have jumped over Rebels and gained four more points. They now stand at nine points, but are still behind third-placed Blue Devils who have a better goal average.

    Plaza Warriors anchor the log with six points. The men's second division see's Zula Black Mambas leading a 10 team log, having amassed 17 points, one more than Unam Wolves II.

    At the bottom of the second division is Technical Basketball Academy (TBA) and Lingua College, who gathered 11 and nine points, respectively.

    In the women's section, Unam Sparks continue leading the log with 10 points, followed by BAS Falcons with eight points and Lion Ladies having seven 7 points.

    They are followed by TBA and DHPS Penguins.

    Nigel Muwanigwa, KBA competitions director, said this year's competition does not have sponsors; hence the league will use the team's affiliation fees to buy trophies and pay match officials.



    The fixtures for the KBA Cup:

    Friday

    BAS Falcons vs Lion Ladies:18:00

    DHL Titans vs Zula Black Mambas: 20:00

    Saturday

    Unam Wolves vs TBA Boys 13:00

    Unam Rebels vs DHPS Penguins 15:00

    Plaza Warriors vs Unam Raiders 17:00

    NUST Blues vs Unam Wolves II 19:00

    Sunday

    Blue Devils II vs Unam Pacers 14:00

    Blue Devils I vs Afro Stars 16:00



    NAMPA

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  • 07/20/17--16:00: Kante wants more
  • Kante wants moreKante wants moreChelsea keen to add to last season's success The London side lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup final but Kante has moved on from that defeat and is focused on preparing for the next two meetings against the same opposition. Premier League champions Chelsea will fight on all fronts as they look to build on last season's success, midfielder N'Golo Kante said ahead of Saturday's pre-season friendly against FA Cup winners Arsenal in China.

    The Frenchman, named Player of the Year after his stellar performances in 35 league appearances, helped Chelsea seal their second title in three years and first under manager Antonio Conte, but Kante is hungry for more silverware.

    “It was a very good season and I enjoyed it but we are starting a new season and we have to convince again,” Kante told the club's website.

    “We are looking to do better and we know at a club like Chelsea a good season means to win titles. So we will try to win some titles. Win, win, win. We will win what we can win. We will fight for everything.”

    “Arsenal played well, better than us and they deserved the victory. We have to take this game (in China) seriously because it will help us prepare well for the Community Shield, the first game of the season,” Kante said.

    Chelsea will also mark their return to the Champions League after the 2012 winners failed to qualify last season and Kante is excited to be making his debut in the tournament.

    “I am looking forward to this competition,” Kante added. “Until now, I've just been watching it on TV. I'm happy to have this chance.”

    After the Arsenal match, the west London side will travel to Singapore to face German champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday and end their pre-season fixtures against Inter Milan on July 29.

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    Walker joined City to win silverwareWalker joined City to win silverware England right back Kyle Walker has said he joined Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur to win trophies, with the North London side sometimes lacking the edge to get over the line.

    Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs have come close to clinching their first top division league title since 1961 but could only finish in the top three during the last two seasons. They are yet to win a major trophy since the League Cup triumph in 2008.

    “I am hoping with the world-class players we have here that we will go and lift a trophy, which is what I want to do in my career,” Walker told the BBC.

    “I was unfortunate at Tottenham. We made it so close in the last two seasons, it was just that sometimes we were unlucky. Sometimes we just didn't have that little bit of edge.

    “I needed a new challenge. This would have been my ninth season at Tottenham. Sometimes you need to come out of your comfort zone a little bit.”

    Walker, who was signed by City for 50 million pounds (U$64.92 million), according to British media reports, said he was excited to work with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

    “The manager was a big thing for me (coming to City). I wanted to come and play under him,” the 27-year-old added.

    “He's worked with Dani Alves and all the top players at Barcelona, plus (Philipp) Lahm at Bayern Munich, that was a big attraction for me.”

    Walker is set to face his former team mates on July 29 when City meet Spurs in a pre-season friendly in Nashville.

    Man City who finished third in the Premier League last season will play newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion in the opening game of the new campaign in August.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 07/20/17--16:00: It lies with the children
  • It lies with the childrenIt lies with the childrenCelebrating hope for every child Unicef continues to recognise the rights of children, including those with disabilities, and works continuously to improve their access and inclusivity. Seventy years ago, Unicef was founded to meet the desperate needs of children whose lives had been torn apart by World War II. It did not matter then which country those children lived in or what role that country played in the war. What mattered was reaching the children at greatest risk and in greatest need.

    Unicef brought these children life-saving humanitarian support and long-term assistance. In doing so, it also brought hope to children who had endured the horrors of war and deprivation. Hope for a more normal childhood. Hope for a better future.

    Seventy years on, Unicef has played a significant part in dramatically reducing child deaths and helping millions of children fulfil their potential.

    In Namibia, Unicef has continued to maintain and strengthen partnerships, relationships and alliances to accelerate the realisation of children's rights. It is through these partnerships that Namibia continues to witness breakthroughs and resounding achievements in increasing immunisation coverage, combatting HIV and Aids, reducing infant mortality, ensuring universal free primary education, better access to clean water, giving every child a fair chance in life, while ensuring that all children are protected from all forms of violence and exploitation

    As Unicef continues its work and celebrates the achievements made for Namibia's children, it recognises that too many children are still being left behind and its work has never been more urgent.

    These children are being left behind because of their gender, race, religion, ethnic group or disability; because they live in poverty or in hard-to-reach communities; or simply because they are children. Some children are excluded because they live with disabilities.

    Bringing hope to the Sunshine Centre's children, in June 2016, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for eastern and southern Africa, travelled to Swakopmund to participate in the Day of the African Child (DAC) National commemorations. At the event Yvonne was fascinated by the Sunshine Centre Children's Choir and fell in love with the song they were performing. From there an idea of collaborating with the choir was born. The song entitled “Kulila” which was written by Gerson Mwatile (Dollar), describes the hardships that many men go through when they leave their villages for the city in search of a better life.

    “The struggles and challenges explained in the song are in line with what children living with disabilities go through,” Yvonne said. “Surviving and thriving to their full potential can be especially difficult for children with disabilities. They are confronted with additional challenges as a result of their impairments and the many barriers that society throws their way. They encounter different forms of exclusion based on the degree of their disability and more so their gender.”

    Although very little information is available on children with disability and their actual participation in education and coverage of disability grants in Namibia, studies suggest a high degree of mental health problems among children and young people.

    A school-based survey in grades 7 to 9 in 2004 showed that 21% of learners had seriously considered attempting suicide. Of these, 36% had made a plan about how to attempt suicide and 42% said they had attempted suicide one or more times during the last 12 months. Services for children with mental health problems, however, remain scarce.

    The Sunshine Centre, based in Walvis Bay, is one of the few centres in the country that has opened its doors for children living with disabilities. The centre believes that every child who is differently abled has intrinsic value and potential and more so, has the right to be included in society.

    This is the place that the Sunshine Centre Children's Choir call their second home. Here they learn to sing, dance and are taught basic skills to enable them to live to their full potentials. The centre, which was started as a community based organisation, opened its door 21 years ago. It currently has about 30 children and young adults ranging from the ages of two to 30. The centre survives mainly from financial and in-kind assistance from local businesses especially the fishing sector.

    “We at Sunshine Centre believe that every child is unique and has the right to be respected as such.” said the director Elsa Murangi. “Our belief is that no child should be defined by a disability. Hence we have created an environment where each child is given an opportunity to participate in educational, cultural and recreational options for the healthy physical and intellectual development of every child.”

    As part of her contribution to the centre and advocating for the inclusion of children living with disabilities, this year, Yvonne Chaka Chaka recorded the “Kulila” song with the Sunshine Centre Children's Choir. The song which will be released as a single and as part of her upcoming album will be launched on 28 July in Walvis Bay. The event aims to raise funds for the centre and demonstrate the many talents that children living with disabilities have. Portion of the proceeds from the song will also benefit the centre.

    “Unicef is proud to be associated with such a successful and meaningful endeavour,” said Unicef representative Micaela Marques de Sousa. “Children with disabilities have rights too. We need to ensure that they are able to enjoy the same rights and choices as other children - among these, the right to life and to the opportunities that flow from good health care, nutrition and education. They should not be treated nor regarded simply as recipients of charity.”



    STAFF REPORTER

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    Amushanga gUundjolowele a kuthwa miilongaAmushanga gUundjolowele a kuthwa miilonga Amushanga gwOshikondo shUundjolowele, Andreas Mwoombola ota ningilwa omakonaakono ta feekelelwa oshipotha shuulingilingi megandjo lyotendela, pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kOmukomeho gwoAnti-Corruption Commission, Paulus Noa.

    Mwoombola okwa kuthwa miilonga mEtiyali.

    “Oshipotha shoka osha tulwa mo omasiku ga piti na itandi vulu okugandja uuyelele awuhe molwashoka kandi li mombelewa,” Noa a lombwele oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun.

    Ominista yUundjolowele, Bernhard Haufiku na ye okwa popi paufupi koshipotha shoka ta ti itaku idhidhimikilwa omaihumbato goludhi ndoka mokati kaaniilonga ye naye a kwatelwamo.

    Pahapu dhaHaufiku okwa dhidhilike onkalo ndjoka oomwedhi dha piti, ihe opo owala a mono uuyelele mboka a vulu okugandja kokabinete omweedhi ndatu dha piti.

    “Inamu ipyakidhila naashoka a ninga manga molwaashoka oshili otashi ka za mo. Okakomisi kOkulwitha Uulingilingi naka ninge omakonaakono. Oya pewa omauyelele agehe , nongele otashi ka kwatelamo aantu oyendji nena ayehe naya thigepo owala ombelewa.”

    Amushanga gwokabinete, George Simataa okwa tseyitha mEtiyali kutya Bertha Katjivena oye ta longo manga pehala lya amushanga.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Ohangwena ya tindi oonkundathana dhevi lyuuthigaOhangwena ya tindi oonkundathana dhevi lyuuthigaOonkundatha dhevi tadhi tsikile moshilongo Aakuthimbinga moonkundathana dhina sha noshikumungu shevi moshilongo moshitopolwa shaHangwena oya popi kutya oonkundathana kombinga yevi lyuuthiga inadhi pitwa. Oonkundathana dhopashigwana kombinga yomatulululo gevi dhoka dha ningilwa moshitopolwa shaHangwena mondoolopa yEenhana oshiwike shika odha holola kutya omulandu ngoka tagu longithwa monena mokutopolwa evi moshilongo kagu li pauyuuki.

    Oonkundathana dhoka dhili oshitopolwa shoonkundathana tadhi ningwa moshilongo dhuunganekwa kuuministeli wevi odha nyana omulandu tagu longithwa monena gwomulandithi a pyakudhukwa nomulandi a pyakudhukwa.

    Oonkundathana ndhoka odha tindi woo ookupula komeho noonkundathana lyevi lyuuthiga .

    Ongundu yaakuthimbinga mboka oya gandja woo omayele kutya aazaizai naya kuthe uumwene wevi pwaahena iifuta ya gwedhwapo.

    Oya zimine kutya omukundu gwompumbwe yevi mokati kaakwashigwana moshilongo, itagu kandulwa po otaku gandjwa uuwanawa kaakwashigwana ayehe.

    Ngoloneya gwaHangwena, Usko Nghaamwa okwa popi kutya omulandu gwomulandithi a pyakudhukwa nomulandi a pyakudhukwa itagu longo nokaantu mboka ye na iimaliwa.

    Okwa popi kutya ngele omuntu oku na iimaliwa na okwa hala okulanda evi nena otashi vulika a kale itavu okulanda evi molwaashoka aalandithi inaya pyakudhukwa okulanditha po evi lyawo koondando dhontumba noondando dhawo odha tulwa pombanda noonkondo.

    Nghaamwa okwa popi kutya omulandu ngoka ogwa ndopa na ogwa pumbwa okukuthwa po.

    Aakuthimbinga oya nyana woo oonkundaathana dhevi lyuuthiga taya popi kutya evi olyaaNamibia ayehe naantu ayehe moshilongo otaya vulu okukala kehe mpoka ya hala ngaashi tashi uthwa kekotampango lyoshilongo.

    Yamwe oya gwedha po kutya oonkundathana dhoka odhi na omungo tagu vulu okutopolwa oshigwana.

    Omunapolotika omukuluntu na okuli mwene gwomukunda melelo lyUukwanyama, Kanana Hishoono okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kombinga yaantu mboka ye na evi moshilongo ihe ihaya lumbu moshilongo. Okwa popi kutya epangelo nali kuthe ko oofaalama ndhoka e tadhi pewa aakwashigwana mboka ye li mompumbwe yevi, na oya gwanitha po iipumbiwa.

    Aakuthimbinga oya yambidhidha omapopyo gaHishoono, ta ya popi kutya mboka inaya pumbwa okupewa iifuta sho taya kuthwa omavi ngoka ihe naya futwe owala omolwa iilongitho mbyoka ya yambulapo moofaalama dhawo.

    Nonando ongaaka mwene gwomukunda melelo lyUukwanyama, Dineinge Sheya okwa kunkilile kutya ekuthoko lyoofaalama ndhoka nali ningwe melandulathano itashi etitha ondjala moshilongo.

    Omutumba ngoka ogwa kaliwa kOmukwaniilwa gwUukwanyama, Martha Mwadinomo Nelumbu, na ogwa gandja omagwedhelepo opo epangelo li kale hali gandja iiyemo kooyene yomikunda, opo ya vule okutopolwa evi pauyuuki. Oya popi kutya ooyene yomikunda otaya longo nuudhiginini mokukwathela epangelo metopolo lyevi, ihe ihaya mono iiyemo ya sha omolwa iilonga yawo.

    Oya pula epangelo li tule po omusholondondo gwoondando dhevi moshilongo nokukala tali kondolola omalanditho gevi moshilongo ashike.

    Oya gwedhapo woo opo ku kale taku gandjwa owala evi lyuunene woohecta 12 000 momuntu molwaashoka aantu yamwe oye na iitopolwa iinene yomavi ihe ihayi longo sha.

    Aakuthimbinga natango oya popi kutya mboka ye na oofaalama koshitopolwa shomeni lyomusinda omutiligane inaya pitikwa ya kale niitopolwa yevi pomahala gomavi gaayehe. Oya popi kutya aanankondo yamwe po mwakwatelwa aanapolitika noohandimwe oye na oofaalama oonene kehe pamwe.

    Oonkundathana ndhoka odha ningwa mOmaandaha nEtiyali.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Elelo lyaNdonga lya tidha ookanselaElelo lyaNdonga lya tidha ookanselaShomOndonga itashi hulu nuumvo Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga okwa lopotwa a tidha miilonga yamwe po yomookansela ye mboka ye mu longela ethimbo ele. Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas okwa tidha ookansela yaheyali yomookansela 8 mboka yali ya kuthwa iilonga muApilili nuumvo.

    Mwaamboka ya tidhwa omwa kwatelwa omunashipundi nale gwelelo ndyoka Peter Kauluma oshowo ngoka a li omupopiliko gwelelo ndyoka Joseph Asino.

    Yamwe po mbyoka ya tidhwa omwa kwatela omalenga omanene nale ngashi John Walenga, Ngoloneya nale gwaShikoto, Vilho Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu naFillemon Nambili.

    Etseyitho ndyoka olya ningwa mEtitatu kelenga enene na okuli omupopiliko gwaElifas, Naeman Amalwa.

    Ookansela mboka oya tidhwa miilonga nokwaahapitikwa opo ya kuthe ombinga miikumungu ayihe yelelo lyoshilongo shaNdonga, okuza momasiku 14 Juli 2017.

    Amalwa okwa popi kutya mboka oya li ya ningilwa omutumba gwomautho opo ku vule okupulakenwa kekutho lyawo miilonga omolwa iipotha mbyoka taya tamanekelwa, kutya oyiihumbata nayi.



    Okwa lopotwa kutya okansela owala yimwe, Josef Akawa ya yi komutumba gwomautho omanga yakwawo yaheyali ya ndopa okukala momutumba ngoka.

    Amalwa okwa popi kutya omutumba gwomautho ogwa ningwa mboka kaaye po na okwa ningwa omatokolo kwiikwatelelwa kOmpango yOmalelo gopamuthigululwakalo onti-25 yomo- 2000.

    Elelo lyoshilongo shoka olya kala montamanana nomananathano geetithwa kekondjelo lyoshipundi kutya olye ta landula omukwaniilwa.

    Ookansela mboka ya tidhwa okwa hololwa taya yambidhidha, Shuumbwa Nangolo, ngoka a hogololwa komukwaniilwa muSepetemba gwo-2012 onga omulanduli gwe, omanga yamwe po mwa kwatelwa omunyekadhi gwoshilongo shoka, Cecilia Elifas, itaya popile euliko lyaNangolo, na oya hala, Oscar Sheehama.

    Oontamanana ndhoka odha etitha woo ku ningwe omaindilo opo epangelo liidhope moshikumungushoka nokweeta po ombili.

    Amalwa okwa koleke kutya oontamana ndhoka odhili shimwe shomwaambyoka yeetitha etidho ndyoka.





    Aaleli aape

    Ngashiingeyi, Elifas okwa ulike omunangeshefa Erastus Mvula, a tseyika nedhina Mvula Mnyaango, naPaavo Amwele ya pingenepo Walenga.

    Rainhold Nepolo okwa ulikwa na ota pingenepo Asino moshikandjo sha Oniiwe, omanga Naeman Kambala ta pingenepo Kamanya.



    Omugameni nale gwomukokoli presidende Sam Nujoma, Nepando Amupanda ota pingene po Peter Kauluma moshikandjo sha Ongula yaNetanga, omanga natango ta longo pehala lyamushanga gwelelo.

    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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  • 07/20/17--16:00: Eskom denies it is 'broke'
  • Eskom denies it is 'broke'Eskom denies it is 'broke'There is no cash crisis…yet The South African power utility tried to paint a rosy picture, showcasing its positive growth in Ebitda - a form of measuring operating profitably. If all goes according to plan Eskom has a bright future ahead, its executives said on Wednesday during the release of its financial results. Unfortunately hidden in the financial statements a tale emerged that questioned whether the state utility had reversed its fortunes.

    Eskom's irregular expenditure alone ballooned to R2.996 billion this year, amidst a host of disreputable actions and tenders. Also declining electricity sales, significant governance issues and a market that is increasingly suspicious of Eskom's scandals might scuttle the firm's best laid plans going forward.

    New Eskom interim CEO Johnny Dladla, interim chair Zethembe Khoza and Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh emphasised that Eskom had no cash crisis, after weekend reports indicated that the company was basically broke.

    “We are financially sound and stable,” Dladla affirmed, despite a qualified opinion by its auditors.

    Khoza added that the qualified audit did not materially impact Eskom.



    Qualified audit

    Last week Eskom's results were delayed to this week after auditors raised the qualified audit opinion on the state utility's accounts.

    At first glance Eskom's balance sheet looks quite promising. Revenue rose by 7.9% to R177bn from last year's R164.2bn. Dladla said this was driven largely by a 12.1% increase in export sales and a 9.4% tariff increase that was granted by the energy regular last year.

    Singh said the company's cost-cutting measures were also bearing fruit, with a saving of R20.2bn realised in the year under review, up from R17bn achieved previously. The savings were achieved from coal operational expenditure and other operating costs. Coal prices had decreased significantly, helping Eskom to cut down on its operational costs.

    But Eskom profit plummeted 83% to R888m, down from R5.1bn last year.



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