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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Haingura excited by Kavhura CupHaingura excited by Kavhura CupTournament picks up momentum Organisers of the tournament have held more meetings in the northern region of Namibia. The chairperson of the Petrus Kavhura competition, Poulus Haingura, has expressed excitement over the commitment individuals have shown towards the tournament.

    He said that the presence of people from Kavango East Region at meetings has raised the spirit of the tournament.

    “There was a meeting held at Ndonga Linena regional counsellor's office.

    “The aim of the meeting was to discuss the competition sponsorship updates, and registration fee for participation,” he said.

    Haingura confirmed that the organising committee has agreed to open the registration for participating in this competition from 1 August. It was also agreed that the due date for the registration will be at the end of September.

    “The launching of this cup competition will be held in October before the kick-off.

    “Petrus Kavhura Cup is a recognised competition under the Namibian Football Association (NFA), Kavango East Second Division and recognised by the ministry of Sport.”

    Haingura maintained that the competition is not a money making tournament, but more like an academy for the youth in rural areas.

    The competition was launched last year with the aim of educating the youth about the values of teamwork, fair play and social cohesion.

    Football is so far the only sport code represented at the tournament.

    Gumma Golden City won the inaugural tournament last year after defeating Hoha FC with one goal in the final.

    A total of 29 teams participated in the first tournament. The organisers expect more teams to enter this year.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    NFA to honour Robbie with CHAN qualifierNFA to honour Robbie with CHAN qualifier The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will honour the memories of the late Robbie Savage with a fitting send-off on 20 August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium as Namibia takes on Comoros in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) third round second leg match.

    “The NFA president, executive committee, secretary-general and the entire family of football in Namibia hereby honours and celebrates the life of Robson Robbie Savage who passed away on 20 July 2017.

    “Robbie has been part of the football family and has over the years been recognised with an array of accolades and acknowledgments for his contribution to the general atmosphere at football events,” NFA wrote in a media release.

    The NFA described Robbie as a dedicated and super committed Brave Warriors fan.

    Sport Reporter

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    Guardiola eyes long-term future with CityGuardiola eyes long-term future with City Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes to stay as long as possible at the Premier League club and build a squad that can deliver long-term success, the Spaniard has said.

    City has spent over 200 million pounds (US$261.48 million) on transfers, according to British media, after Guardiola failed to win a trophy for the first time in his managerial career last season.

    “I will try to remain as long as possible to help, to help City keep moving forward and stay high,” Guardiola, who begins the second of his three-year contract this season, told reporters.

    “I think the club has to work and listen to the manager in the right moment, but also take their own decisions in the future. Nobody knows what will happen. For all the managers in the world it depends on the results.”

    Guardiola has made an effort to significantly lower the average age of his City squad, overseeing departures of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov since the end of last campaign.

    He also recruited several youngsters into the squad, including goalkeeper Ederson, midfielder Bernardo Silva and full back Benjamin Mendy.

    “The new players have come in and we know the kind of energy they have to give us a really good chance to fight for the titles,” Guardiola added. “All the players averages are so, so young, so for the next five, six or seven years they will be here.”

    Guardiola also confirmed Mendy will remain on the side-lines for up to three week with a thigh strain, which could force the French full back out of City's Premier League season opener at Brighton and Hove Albion on Aug. 12.

    “Unfortunately he is a little bit injured and is not ready for the next two or three weeks,” said Guardiola.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Swartbooi a thigi po Swapo
  • Swartbooi a thigi po SwapoSwartbooi a thigi po Swapo Swartbooi a loloka aniwa uukayamulwa woSwapo Oshilyo shoSwapo shoka sha kuthwa momutumba gwopaliamende omasiku ga piti osha tseyitha eikutho lyasho okuza mongundu tayi pangele, nokweekelahi omapopyo kutya otashi toto po ongundu yopolotika. CATHERINE SASMAN

    Bernadus Swartbooi okwa ningi etseyitho ndyoka mEtine pomutumba gwiikundaneki ngoka gwa ningilwa moRed Flag Commando Hall moKatutura. Swartbooi okwa popi kutya ngashiingeyi ota kotha ta mbonyoka sho a kuthwa miilonga onga oshilyo shomutumba gwopaliamende shoSwapo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ekutho mo lye moPaliamende kashi shi oshinima tashi halutha kuye na okwa kala eshi tegelela nale.

    Okwa nyana woo omapulo kutya otaka hupa ngiini sho a kuthwa mo miilonga.

    “Onkamwenyo yandje otayi tsikile na otandi pandula aalanduli yoSwapo mboka ya kala nawa nangame muule woomvula dhoka.”

    Swartbooi okwa popi kutya ota tsikile nokukondjitha uulingilingi nuukwamuhoko moshilongo.

    Okwa nyana woo aniwa uukayamukulwa mboka tawu longithwa kongundu yoSwapo, nokukambadhala aluhe okumweneka mboka taya nyana omaihumbato omawinanyi niilonga yuulingilingi mokati kaakomeho yongundu ndjoka.

    Okwa popi kutya uulingilingi otawu dhana onkandangala mongundu ndjoka, ta gandja oshiholelwa sho inaku tulwa miipandeko nando omuntu gumwe omolwa oomiliyona ndhoka dha kana mombaanga yoSME oshowo miiputudhilo yimwe.







    ‘Omauvaneko gaGeingob’

    Swartbooi okwa popi kutya etidho lye olya hwahwamekwa sho a tindi okuzimina omauvaneko ngoka a kala ta ningilwa kaayambidhidhi yomupresidende Hage Geingob omolwa okongressa yongundu ndjoka yi li ko nuumvo.

    Okwa popi kutya Geingob okwa kala ta pula opo ya ninge naye omutumba muule woomwedhi ne dha piti, ta popi kutya ote mu pe onkatu yuuminista ngele okwa lwitha Omukwatakanithi gwoSwapo, moshitopolwa shaShikotoArmas Amukwiyu, omunangeshefa Lazarus Jacobs oshowo Desmond Amunyela nomuleli gwoSwapo, Kazenambo Kazenambo.

    Swartbooi okwa popi kutya okwa tindi omauvaneko ngoka na okwa talwako onga omukolokoshi kelelo lyongundu ndjoka. Omupopiliko gwOmupresidende Albertus Aochamub ina yamukula komapulo ngoka a ningilwa.

    Aahwahwameki yiikumungu yoshigwana yalwe ngaashi Henny Seibeb oya popi kutya nayo otaya thigi po ongundu nokwiitula mo miilonga yehwahwameko ndyoka, mbyoka ya kwatela mo okupopila egandjo lyevi lyuuthiga momake gaamboka ya kanitha evi lyawo.

    Ehwahwameko lyoLPM olya popi kutya otali ka kondjitha uulingilingi, uukwamuhoko nomikundu dhilwe dha taalela oshigwana.

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Ehafo Trust lya hala evi
  • Ehafo Trust  lya hala eviEhafo Trust lya hala evi KENYA KAMBOWE

    Konima sho ya landitha po oshiltopolwa shawo shevi komiliyona 21 mo-2015 momudhingoloko gwaKlein Windhoek elelo lyEhafo otali kongo ehala mpoka tali vulu okulanda ehala epe.

    Omunashipundi gwEhafo Board of Trustees, Andrew Matjila okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya natango otaya kongo evi ihe ina yelitha kutya otaya ka mona ehala ndyoka muule wethimbo li thike peni.

    Epangelo olya li lya tulilemo oshipotha elelo lyehangano ndyoka oomvula dha piti, pethimbo ehangano ndyoka lya li liipyakidhila nokulanditha po ehala ndyoka.

    Elelo lyEhafo, lya thikama po muMatjila, Rolene Boer, Dora Lebereki-Thlababella, Paul Helmut, Walter Louw nehangano lyegameni lyomaliko lyoTIA Protection Service CC.

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yoshipotha shoka, Matjila okwa popi kutya kape na oshipotha molwaashoka oshipotha shoka sha li po osho owala aantu mboka taya lumbu nuulema ya li ya indikwa okuya meni lyehala ndyoka lya landithwa po monena.

    Oshikumungu shoka shepato lyehala ndyoka osha tameke mo-2007 konima sho ehangano ndyoka lya kala li na oondjo dhaantu dha thika pomiliyona 4 na itali vulu okufuta iimaliwa mbyoka, nenge okufuta aaniilonga. Omunashipundi gwehangao ndyoka okwa ka konga omakwatho kiikondo ya yooloka yepangelo.

    Omuprima nale Nahas Angula okwa gandja ekwatho kehangano ndyoka, nomikuli dhaantu odha futwa.

    Konima yiiwike iishona aaniilonga pamwe nomunashipundi gwehangano ndyoka oya koleke kutya otaya futwa kepangelo, sha landula etsokumwe ndyoka lya ningwa.

    Okatokolitho ka ningwa ketsokumwe ndyoka, oka utha kutya uuna omikuli dha futwa nena omaliko gehangano ndyoka otaga lundululilwa kepangelo nepangelo otali ka tsikila nokufuta aaniilonga yehangano ndyoka.

    Nonando ongaaka, omukalelipo gwehangano ndyoka miikwaveta Andreas Vaatz sho a pulwa kombinga yokatokolitho hoka okwa popi kutya ngele etsokumwe ndyoka inali shayinwa nena omaliko ngoka ogooyene yotango yehangano.

    Vaatz, ngoka a kalelepo Ehafo Trust okutameka mo- 2012, okwa popi kutya natango okwa li kwa ningwa omutumba gumwe pokati kehangano ndyoka nuuministeli welongo, na okwa ningwa okatokolitho kutya kutya egandjo lyomaliko ngoka miikaha yepangelo itali ningwa we.

    Sho a pulwa kutya omolwashike epangelo ya tsikile nokufuta oondjambi dhaaniilonga mboka okutameka o-2007 ihe inali hulitha po iifuta mbyoka sho okatokolitho ka ningwa, okwa yamukula kutya keshi kutya omolwashike na okuwete kutya ngiika epangelo otali kwathele aantu mboka taya lumbu nomaulema.

    Mutjila okwa koleke koshifokundaneki shika kutya aantu mboka taya lumbu nomaulema oyeli taya futwa natango kepangelo okutameka mo-2007.

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    Opoloyeka yoBasic Income Grant  otayi tsikile – Kameeta Opoloyeka yoBasic Income Grant otayi tsikile – Kameeta Ominista yEkondjitho lyOluhepo moNamibia, oya popi kutya oshiyetwapo shobasic-income grant natango otashi tulwa miilonga nokugandja ekwatho kaakwashigwana ayehe mboka taya lumbu moluhepo. Ø Opoloyeka ndjoka otayi shunitha pevi oluhepo

    JEMIMA BEUKES

    Minista Zephania Kameeta okwa tegelelwa a ka tule oshitaafula omushangwa gwopashigwana kombinga yetopolo lyeliko lyoshilongo, oshowo ekondjitho lyoluhepo, omushangwa ngoka gwa ziminwa kokabinete koshilongo omwedhi gwa piti.

    Kameeta okwa popi kutya ope na aantu ya thika po-150 000 mboka taya hepekwa koluhepo na oya pumbwa ekwatho ndyoka.

    Minista okwa gandja omagano giikulya kookombitha ndhoka hadhi gandja omakwatho goondya kakwashigwana mboka taya lumbu moluhepo na okwa pula opo akwashigwana mboka taya vulu ya gandje omakwatho kaakwashigwana mboka yeli moluhepo.

    “Ngele ito vulu okukwatha aantu 100 nena tameka nomuntu gumwe ngoka to vulu okukwathela. Ope na aantu taya hepa noonkondo koluhepo moshilongo.”







    Kameeta ngoka uulikwa mo-2015 opo a ninge omukwateli komeho gwoshikondo shoka oshipe moshilongo, okwa popi kutya oshidhigu okuuvithako aatotiveta.

    Okwa popi kutya omushangwa ngoka ogwa pumbwa okutulwa miilonga meendelelo.

    Omanga inaku tulwa miilonga opoloyeka ndjoka yoBIG mo-2008 aakalimo yomomikunda Omitara nOtjivero moshitopolwa shaMahake oya li taya lumbu monkalo yoluhepo ya nayipala.

    Konima shoka twa tulwa iilonga opoloyeka ndjoka mOmitara omakonaakono oga ulike kutya onkalo yoluhepo mokati kaakwashigwana oya shuna pevi. Omiyalu ndhoka dha pitithwa odha holola kutya ondjele yoluhepo oya gu pevi okuza poopresenda 75 okuya poopresenda 37 konima owala yomvula yimwe.

    Omakonaakono ngoka oga ningwa kaasita Claudia naDirk Haarmann okuza koDesk for Social Development moELCRN, oshowo Herbert Jauch naHilma Shindondola-Mote ya za koLabour Resource and Research Institute.

    Opoloyeka yoBIG oya ningitha oshipe aakwashigwana mboka taya lumbu nombuto yoHIV momudhingoloko ngoka ya vule okuya kepango lyoantiretroviral nokukonga omakwatho gopaunamiti molwaashoka ngashiingeyi otaya vulu okufutila omalweendo gawo okuza moGobabis okuya mOvenduka.

    Opoloyeka oya shunitha woo pevi omwaalu gwaanona mboka taya thigi po ooskola molwaashoka aavali ngashiingeyi otaya vulu okufuta ooskola nomihandjo.

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: NEA ta popile Shoprite
  • NEA ta popile ShopriteNEA ta popile Shoprite KENYA KAMBOWE

    Ehangano lyoNamibian Employers Association (NEA) olya nyana nomuthindo omapopyo ngoka gwa ningwa kOminista yAaniilonga kombinga yehangano lyoShoprite/Checkers. Pahapu dhomupresidende gwehangano ndyoka, Cor Beuke, okwa popi kutya omapopyo ngoka ga ningwa kuErkki Nghimtina kage li pauyuuki na otaga vulu okweeta evundakano moshikumungu shoka ashihe.

    Beuke okwa popi ngaaka ta yambidhidha ehangano lyaShoprite ndyoka li li oshilyo shawo. Ominista yAaniilonga oya popi momasiku 20 gaJuli , ta pula ehangano lyoostola dhaShoprite opo li simaneke oompango dhaaniilonga moNamibia. Shoprite otaku popiwa kutya ota ningi nayi aaniilonga ye mboka haya kwata oondjambi dhili pevi noonkondo na kaye na omauwanawa gasha.

    Nghimtina okwa popi kutya aaniilonga yaShoprite kaye na ehangano ndyoka tali yakalelepo ta popi kutya oonkambadhala ndhoka dha ningwa kuuministeli opo andola ku kandulwe po omukundu ngoka odha hulile muunyengwi.

    Mo-2015 aaniilonga yaShoprite oya tulilwa mo iipotha yokupogola oompango dhehangano oshowo okukutha ombinga mekanka lyaali paveta.

    Mboka oya pangulilwa woo eyonagulo lyomaliko gopaumwene nokuya moshipala omakonaakono gehangano.

    Konyala aaniilonga yevulithe pe-100 yehangano ndyoka oya tulilwamo iipotha omolwa okukutha ombinga mekanka ndyoka.

    Omitumba dhomautho natango onkene tadhi ningilwa aaniilonga mboka.

    Ehangano lyoEconomic and Social Justice Trust (ESJT) oshowo omahangano gamwe omakalelipo gaaniilonga ngaashi oNamibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau), Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU) noNamibia Commercial, Catering, Food and Allied Workers Union (NACCAFWU) ogiimanga kumwe taga pula ehangano lyaShoprite li kuthe mo iipotha mbyoka.

    Monena Shoprite mondoolopa yaRundu naGobabis okwa tidha aaniilonga 176. Pauyelele wa gandja kuuministeli waaniilonga ostola yaShoprite/Checkers oya kuta miilonga aantu ya thika po-4 300 moNamibia.

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    Richest man in the world… for a short whileRichest man in the world… for a short whileJeff Bezos toppled Bill Gates for a while there, but fell back It appears as though the battle for the world's richest is on between Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, for now. For a while there, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, was the richest man in the world but, it was not to last and he dropped back below Bill Gates on Forbes' Real-Time Ranking, and Gates ended the day as the world's richest person.

    Earlier on Friday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had overtaken Bill Gates and was the richest person in the world, with a fortune topping US$90 billion for the first time ever.

    When markets opened on Thursday, Bezos had a net worth ofUS$90.6 billion, putting him US$500 million ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Amazon stock opened up 1.6% on Thursday, adding US$1.4 billion to Bezos' net worth. That was enough to put him ahead of Gates, who was last surpassed on Forbes' real-time rankings for just two days nearly a year ago by Spanish retail giant Amancio Ortega.

    Forbes started tracking billionaires around the globe in 1987. Bezos is now the seventh person to hold the title of the world's richest person and the third American to top the global ranks besides Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. While Buffett appeared on Forbes' first ranking of America's 400 Richest people in 1982 and Gates joined four years later, Bezos is a newer addition to Forbes' wealth rankings. He first appeared on the Forbes 400 in 1998, a year after Amazon went public, with a US$1.6 billion fortune. Bezos ranked third richest in the world on Forbes 2017 list of the World's Billionaires, published in March, with a fortune of US$72.8 billion.

    Bezos would be nowhere close to being the world's wealthiest person had Gates not given so much of his fortune to philanthropy. Gates, who created the Giving Pledge with Buffett to encourage billionaires to give at least half of their wealth to charitable causes, had given away US$31.1 billion over the course of his lifetime through end of 2016. Forbes estimates that Bezos, who has not signed the pledge, had given approximately $100 million to charity through the end of 2015. In June, Bezos tweeted out a request for ideas for his philanthropy, garnering thousands of responses.

    FORBES

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: NDP5 taken to Hardap
  • NDP5 taken to HardapNDP5 taken to Hardap The deputy minister of economic planning, Lucia Iipumbu last week visited Mariental in the Hardap Region as part of the National Planning Commission's (NPC) popularisation campaign of the National Development Plan (NDP5) to all regions.

    Iipumbu said the NDP5 implementation plan does not only set the required investment goals but also sets annual targets which will be used to monitor progress of its implementation.

    “The NDP5 implementation plan will be the primary consideration in decision-making on government budget allocation. Therefore, offices, ministries and agencies need to prioritise projects in NDP5 to ensure the alignment of the national budget to the national development frameworks,” she said.

    Progress on NDP5 projects will be assessed on a quarterly basis.

    Iipumbu said institutions responsible for implementation of a particular project will be required to submit a comprehensive progress report to the NPC.

    According to Iipumbu, when they consulted the Hardap Region last year, the region identified good governance, poverty and malnutrition, unemployment, small and medium enterprises development, land delivery, housing, water and sanitation, energy and infrastructure development as priority areas. “Given the agricultural potential, I strongly believe the region can contribute to food security and agricultural production, especially value addition to the agricultural sector,” she remarked.

    She called on agencies and ministries, regional councils and local authorities to take ownership of the two volumes of NDP5 and work towards the attainment of the desired goals set for the nation.

    The popularisation campaign aims at providing insights into the strategies and desired outcomes outlined in NDP5. It also provides a platform for various stakeholders and communities to interact with drafters of the plan.

    The idea is to also engage communities and implementing stakeholders to fully understand and discuss key aspects outlined in NDP5 using a series of town hall meetings in the country's 14 regions, Iipumbu explained.

    The meeting was attended by the CEOs from village councils in Hardap and various stakeholders.

    NAMPA

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: A million jobs to go in SA
  • A million jobs to go in SAA million jobs to go in SASpillover pressure expected at home The economic state of South Africa is set to cost at least a million jobs into 2018 as the economy slows to a crawl. A million more South Africans could be unemployed by the end of 2018, and that's a conservative estimate, according to Momentum and Unisa.

    The latest Unisa Household Financial Wellness index shows that declining GDP growth rates, increasing levels of unemployment, stagnating job creation and sky-high levels of income and wealth inequality paint a gloomy picture for the rest of 2017, stretching into 2018.

    The number of employed people grew from 14.1 million in 2011 to 15.95 million in 2016 and is expected to grow only marginally to 15.97 million by the end of 2018, Unisa and Momentum said in a statement.

    At the same time the number of unemployed increased from 4.6 million in 2011 to 5.9 million in 2016 and will be about 7.2 million at the end of 2018, which means that there will be about 1.3 million more unemployed people at the end of 2018 compared to the end of 2016.

    “The unemployment rate increased from 24.8% in 2011 to 27% in 2016 and could be as high as 31% by the end of 2018 should current economic, demographic and employment trends continue,” the statement read.

    Meanwhile, the production elasticity of employment which indicates the elasticity between employment growth and GDP growth declined from 0.7 in 2011 to -0.2 in 2015 and are expected to be below 0.3 in 2017 and 2018.

    “While the production elasticity of employment is on the decline the production elasticity of real compensation increased from 1.8 in 2011 to 3.2 in 2015 and is expected to be about 4.0 in 2017 and 2018. This is indicative of growing compensation inequalities – whereas employment is stagnating compensation is growing strongly with the implication that a small percentage of income earners are cashing in big time,” Unisa and Momentum noted.



    Low growth expectations

    According to the data, GDP growth rates declined from 3.3% in 2012 to 0.3% in 2016 and are expected to be below 1% in 2017 as well as 2018.

    “During the past year economists have been downgrading their economic growth expectations for 2017 and 2018 continuously,” Momentum and Unisa said.

    The impact of the increasing economic stagnation on household finances is clear from the results of the Index for the period 2011 to 2016.

    During the review period Financial Wellness index rates increased marginally – from 64.1 in 2011 to 67.3 in 2016. This represents growth of about 5% over five-year period.

    “Given that GDP growth is expected to stagnate over the period 2017 to 2018 it is expected that financial wellness levels will also stagnate over this period,” Unisa and Momentum said.



    Household indebtedness

    Financial Wellness research revealed that at least three quarters of South African households are under financial pressure. Some of the pressures were caused by variables outside of their control, while others emanated due to households' own actions or inactions.

    The variables over which they have no or little control include stagnating economic growth, high levels of unemployment, and volatile changes in the value of the rand, a severe drought, policy uncertainty and political instability. These resulted in low levels of business confidence, higher prices, retrenchments, exclusion from participation in the economy and an increase in the number of children born in poverty.

    There are, however, also many households that are under pressure due to bad management of a number of things that are within their control, Unisa and Momentum said.

    “These include low levels of financial literacy, absence of comprehensive financial planning, such as a lack of proper budgeting, conspicuous consumption, wrong use of credit, very high levels of indebtedness, no provision for emergency expenses and insufficient provision for retirement and protection.”

    FIN24

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    Zambia loans US$600m from World BankZambia loans US$600m from World Bank The World Bank has provided Zambia US$600 million to invest in various sectors of the economy as well as for budget support for the next three years, state media reported.

    The Bank has also committed itself to increasing its support to the southern African nation under the International Development Association (IDA)

    Minister of Finance Felix Mutati revealed this after meeting with the World Bank executive director for Zambia Andrew Bvumbe who is in the country for consultations.

    “We have received commitment from the World Bank for increased resources and about US$150 million will be in the form of budget support,” he is quoted as saying by the Zambia Daily Mail.

    Out of the announced funds, US$255 million will support irrigation and agribusiness while 280 million dollars will be invested in the energy sector, he added.

    The bank, he said, will dedicate a further US$200 million for improving rural roads in order to support the agriculture sector.

    He expressed gratitude that the World Bank has announced the increased support at the time the economy has started to stabilise as macroeconomic fundamentals were promising.

    The government, he said, has agreed with the World Bank to utilise the resources to transform critical sectors to address poverty, job creation and inclusive growth.

    On his part, the World Bank official welcomed government's focus on prioritizing development in agriculture, rural road development and energy which were key to creating jobs and enhancing economic development.

    The World Bank official further commended the government for addressing macroeconomic fundamentals as evidenced by low inflation and stability of the local currency.



    NAMPA/XINHUA

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    Guide to Namibian construction hereGuide to Namibian construction here Namibia's construction industry has announced it is ready for action with its newly published CIF Annual Directory 2017/18.

    The publication showcases the diversity and capacity of the members of the Construction Industries Federation of Namibia. It features a spectrum of contractors, from small-to-medium-sized contractors with annual turnover of N$1 million to businesses with previous annual turnover of well above N$200 million.

    Bärbel Kirchner, consulting general manager of the CIF says, “The directory is hot-off-the-press and we are truly very excited about this new edition. We have produced a mammoth publication with excellent information. By the time of going to print, a total of 373 paid-up CIF member companies were listed in our directory.

    A publication such as the CIF Annual Directory is very valuable. The directory is the ultimate source of information in Namibia's construction industry. Everyone involved with procurement should want to have a copy. It is of great use to buyers of building and construction services, principal agents, and ultimately, decision-makers involved with the awarding of tenders. The Namibian construction industry's wide range of expertise is showcased in one user-friendly directory.

    Kirchner added: “Considering the spectrum of companies listed in our directory, members of the Namibian Construction Industries Federation, truly have the capacity to handle almost all sizes of projects, ranging from residential building work to large scale civil infrastructure projects, valuing above N$500 billion.

    “Our industry has come of age with extensive capacity. Even during difficult economic times, the industry remains true to its tough, tenacious and forward-thinking spirit. The Namibian construction industry is able and ready for action.”

    A critical feature of the directory is the categorisation of companies, based on their annual turnover. This provides a guideline in terms of their capacity of handling respective projects. Depending on the size of the tender, Namibian companies can also join forces.

    Since the first issue in 2012, the publication has become a reference document and source of extensive information. Members of the public who are building their dream home or are involved in a renovation project, will find this useful sourcing tool available to them free of charge at all trade outlets, such as Pupkewitz Megabuild, CTM and Cymot.

    A total of 5 000 copies were printed and will be distributed throughout the year. Recipients of the directory include key decision makers at all levels of government – central, regional and local. Ministers and their deputies, permanent secretaries, regional councillors, mayors, chief executive officers of state-owned enterprises as well as local authorities will all receive a copy. Consultants in the industry, which includes engineers, architects and quantity surveyors, are also recipients of the directory.

    The CIF online public directory of companies operating in the construction industry is also of great use. This searchable directory on the CIF website, www.cifnamibia.com, will help buyers of construction and building services to find contractors - including SMEs - as well as trading companies and affiliated members, such as electricians, on the website.

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: NamBrew under SA pressure
  • NamBrew under SA pressureNamBrew under SA pressureIncreased competition for Namibian beer giant in South Africa Investment firm IJG Securities has predicted a tough time for Namibia Breweries in South Africa due to the positive performance and expansion plans of AB Inbev, SABMiller's new owner. AB Inbev released their second quarter 2017 (2Q17) results last week, reporting strong profits following the acquisition of rival beer giant SABMiller. Despite a poor performance in Brazil and lacklustre results in the US, revenue still grew by 5% with global volumes up 1%. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 11.8% to US$5.35 billion on an adjusted basis as strong cost-cutting measures led to expansion of EBITDA margins.

    The company recorded strong growth in South Africa. Revenue increased by 13.4% in 2Q17, which consisted of revenue per hectolitre growth of 2.4% and volume growth of 10.8%, while the first half of the year revenue grew 9.7%. The double-digit growth in volumes comes as quite a surprise given the weak economic climate prevailing in South Africa. According to the statement, the sound top line performance was “driven by a portfolio of brands with distinctive positioning and consistent through-the-line sales execution”.

    The company noted that the launch of the premium market unit recorded promising growth, specifically in the Stella Artois and Corona brands. Corona has been gaining ground worldwide, with global growth of 16.6% and 26.2% growth excluding Mexico. According to Ricardo Tadeu, president of the new Africa zone in AB InBev, the world's biggest brewer doesn't have any plans to reduce its presence in any of the 31 African markets in which it now operates. They have also announced their plans to bring global beer brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona to African markets and have also indicated their interest in brewing these brands in South Africa.

    Furthermore, AB Inbev has started to invest heavily in increasing its capacity in southern Africa, recently announcing that it was investing R2.8 billion in expansions at two of its breweries, Alrode in the south of Johannesburg and Rosslyn, outside of Pretoria. Each brewery is to receive a new 45 000 bottles per hour packaging line for returnable glass bottles, adding a total of four million hectolitres of capacity per year. The Alrode packaging line will be in production by August while Rosslyn's will be online by October.

    These developments do not bode well for Namibia Breweries who have a 25% stake in Heineken South Africa, the owner of the 4.5 million hectolitre Sedibeng brewery in Johannesburg. This brewery produces a range of premium beers including Heineken and Amstel. It also brews Windhoek and Tafel lager under licence. The increased competition, specifically in the premium market, may disrupt their plans to rapidly expand their South African market share. According to Namibia Breweries' management, they and their associate currently hold roughly 50% of the premium beer market in South Africa, which in turn comprises around 16% of the total beer market which was estimated to be at 31.4 million hectolitres in 2014.

    As mentioned IJG's Namibia Breweries first quarter 2017 results review, their target price is quite sensitive to the rate at which the Sedibeng brewery can increase production volume, which in turn depends on the demand created by increased market share. Details on the South African operation are limited at present, as financial information regarding the cost structures and future volumes is limited. They have thus assumed that full capacity will be reached over a five-year to six-year horizon. Given the high level of fixed cost associated with the brewery and the time it is expected to take to ramp up production, the investment firm says it expects to see losses in FY17 and FY18, breakeven levels of profit in FY19 and then increasing profitability thereafter. “This is based heavily on management's guidance,” IJG said.

    The South African operation will become a very large part of the business and could make up nearly half of NBS's value once running at full capacity.

    Namibia breweries' first quarter statements reflected strong volume growth in the last six months of 2016. Beer revenues grew by 13.9% which was driven largely by increased exports to South Africa. These volumes were largely boosted by Windhoek lager, which has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. However, it remains to be seen if the heightened exports to South Africa could be sustained in 2017 and if volumes produced in South Africa continue to grow as projected in the face of heightened competition from the AB Inbev premium brands. Namibia breweries are expected to release their FY17 results in September.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Smith celebrates 350th game
  • Smith celebrates 350th gameSmith celebrates 350th game Test skipper Cameron Smith celebrated his 350th National Rugby League game with a starring role in Melbourne Storm's crushing 40-6 win over the Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday.

    Smith was involved in four try assists, topped the tackle count and kicked six goals as the Storm preserved their two-point lead over the Sydney Roosters at the top of the standings.

    The skilful hooker became only the third NRL player and first forward to join the 350-game club, along with Darren Lockyer (355) and Terry Lamb (350), and is now within sight of breaking the league record by the end of this season.

    Yet again Smith and Test scrum-half Cooper Cronk orchestrated Storm's dismantling of the Sea Eagles, running away with the contest in the second half after leading 12-6 at half-time.

    The Roosters kept the Storm in their sights with a come-from-behind 22-16 win over the North Queensland Cowboys at home on Saturday, after trailing 16-6 at the interval.

    Stand-off Luke Keary was at the heart of the Roosters' attacks as they powered home to overhaul the fifth-placed Cowboys, who are playing the rest of the season without their injured Test superstar Johnathan Thurston. Defending champions Cronulla Sharks are in third spot after a 26-12 win on Friday over the New Zealand Warriors, in a further blow to the Auckland-based side's slender hopes of qualifying for their first finals since 2011.

    The Brisbane Broncos were beaten 28-14 at home on Friday by the resurgent Parramatta Eels to stay in fourth spot.

    Parramatta in sixth place have all but wrapped up a top-eight spot as they chase finals football for the first time since 2009.

    St George Illawarra Dragons were upset by bottom team Newcastle Knights 21-14 in Newcastle on Saturday to stay in eighth spot.

    The Penrith Panthers kept on the Dragons' tail with a 16-8 home win over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Thursday.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Barcelona beat Madrid
  • Barcelona beat MadridBarcelona beat MadridEl Clasico lives up to hype Messi and Luis Suarez started in attack while Bale, Modric and Karim Benzema were all unleashed by Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Gerard Pique delivered Barcelona's match winner over Real Madrid on Saturday as El Clasico Miami lived up to the hype.

    The Spanish international steered in a Neymar free-kick in the 50th minute to seal a 3-2 win for the Catalan giants in front of 66,014 at the Hard Rock Stadium.

    Lionel Messi, who put in a superb 64-minute performance, opened the scoring after just three minutes and when Ivan Rakitic doubled the lead soon after, the writing appeared to be on the wall for a sluggish Real Madrid side.

    Yet Zinedine Zidane's side quickly woke from their slumber and by the end of the first half, goals from Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio had pulled them level.

    What followed was entertaining, often breathless friendly fare before Pique struck that decisive goal.

    This was nothing more than a pre-season match and obviously wasn't going to affect the overall record between these two old rivals, which stands at 93 wins for Real, 91 for Barcelona.

    Their last meeting was quite incredible. Messi's last gasp winner, his 500th for the club - it was quite a night.

    Madrid had the last laugh in May, winning La Liga and the Champions League, but actually arrived in Miami off the back of two exhibition defeats - a penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester United before City also did a number on them in Los Angeles, running out 4-2 winners.

    Barca, meanwhile, had beaten United and Juventus in the International Champions Cup friendly competition, but the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Neymar and the interest from Paris Saint-Germain has cast a serious cloud over their two-week stay in North America.

    The Brazilian started for Ernesto Valverde's side and while the rest of his team-mates head home he will fly to China to perform commercial obligations on behalf of the club.

    To their credit, and much to the obvious delight of the organisers, both teams didn't hold back with their starting lineups.

    Neymar's first involvement was to fall to the ground and clutch his ankle.

    For a moment it looked like his evening would be over before it began, though he was back on the pitch in time to see Messi open the scoring with just three minutes on the clock.

    The Argentine ace waltzed into the box and lifted a shot past Keylor Navas via a deflection off Raphael Varane.

    And it wasn't long before the Costa Rican international was picking the ball out of the back of the net once again.

    On six minutes, Neymar, gradually moving more freely, squared the ball and it found Rakitic, whose finish was clinically struck in the seventh minute.

    What a start for Barcelona. Real had barely escaped their own half and were lucky not to fall further behind on 13 minutes when Suarez fired over from close range.

    Yet with Madrid's first effort on goal, Zidane's side pulled one back.

    Croatian Kovacic evaded a challenge just outside the box before arrowing the ball past the outstretched hand of Jasper Cillessen.

    Suddenly, the game was on. Benzema, who'd barely had a sniff, dragged just wide on 19 minutes with Cillessen beaten.

    Navas remained the busier keeper, however, and was on hand to repel Messi once again on 31 minutes.

    It was a key save because on 36 minutes, Asensio levelled for Madrid.

    Los Blancos were counter-attacking dangerously and it was left to Modric who squared for the Spaniard who took full advantage of Jordi Alba missing the ball to rifle past a horribly exposed Cillessen.

    Both teams retained their star men after the restart and it was Neymar whose pinpoint free-kick was steered home by Pique in the 50th.

    While the clash of the Spanish rivals was supposedly a friendly, Rakitic was lucky to escape a red card just after the hour mark when he appeared to push referee Jair Marrufo.

    Neymar departed on 72 minutes in what could have been his final performance in Barcelona colors.

    If it was, those inside the Hard Rock Stadium home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins won't forget it.



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    Champagne makes return to podiumChampagne makes return to podium French champagne, rather than sparkling wine, will again be sprayed on the Formula One podium after Carbon was announced as the sport's new official supplier at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

    In a fresh twist, the bottles presented to the top three drivers will have marks gold for the winner, silver for second and bronze for third.

    The bottles, containing a vintage 100% Chardonnay 2009 Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Millesime, are coated in the same carbon fibre used in manufacturing race cars.

    Mumm, the Pernod Ricard-owned house, was Formula One's most recent official champagne but that 15-year partnership ended in 2015.

    Chandon, a Moet Hennessy-owned sparkling wine that sponsors McLaren and has vineyards in Argentina, the United States, Brazil, Australia, India and China, stepped in as the replacement without fanfare and was used last season.

    That meant the familiar drawn-out shout of 'Champaaaagne' as the corks pop on the podium was silenced, since wine can only be called 'champagne' if harvested and produced in the eastern French region.

    Instead, the call was for 'celebration' a formula used at grand prix in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain where non-alcoholic rosewater is sprayed for cultural reasons.

    Moet was the official champagne supplier before Mumm.

    Motorsport's champagne spraying tradition started 50 years ago, after Swiss driver Jo Siffert accidentally sprayed the crowd at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours race when the cork shot out of a bottle of Moet warmed up by the sunshine.

    The following year at the same race, American winner Dan Gurney recreated the moment and deliberately shook the bottle to cheers from the crowd.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Dark Soweto Derbies
  • Dark Soweto DerbiesDark Soweto DerbiesKaizer Chiefs defeat Pirates A look back at past incident-filled Soweto derbies between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The Soweto Derby is the highlight of the South African football calendar for many fans, but is also a fixture mired in tragedy and with something of a dark past.

    The latest incident to cast a pall over the game came on Saturday when two fans were killed and scores others injured by a stampede at the FNB Stadium, all while the game carried on inside the cavernous venue.

    The game saw Kaizer Chiefs beating Orlando Pirates 1-0 in a packed stadium.

    Nobody should go to a stadium to watch a game of football and not come home but history, it seems, will continue to be repeated with tragic consequences.

    Two Soweto Derby incidents stand out for the sheer number of people who lost their lives so tragically.

    The first was at the Oppenheimer Stadium in Orkney in January 1991, when Chiefs and Pirates met in a pre-season friendly.

    Pirates fans started pelting their Chiefs counterparts with objects and then charged at them, which caused a stampede in which 42 people were killed.

    No judicial inquiry was ever held and nobody was ever held accountable.

    A decade later, in April 2001, 43 people died at Ellis Park when fans forced their way into the stadium, causing a crush that claimed young and old.

    This time an inquiry was held and the report from Justice Bernard Ngoepe ran 130 pages long, but stopped short of apportioning blame, claiming the commission lacked jurisdiction.

    Just months earlier police had been forced to shoot rubber bullets at fans trying to gain entrance to FNB Stadium after the latter had become impatient at the late sale of tickets.

    Police also fired rubber bullets at fans at Ellis Park in 1998 as supporters tried to enter an already full stadium. The problem? Fake tickets that saw genuine ticketholders left outside, unable to get in and frustrated.

    The subsequent SAPS report said Premier Soccer League security personnel “allowed spectators through the gates after corruptly receiving monies from them, resulting in ticket-holding spectators being unable to enter the stadium”.

    All of these warnings went unheeded until tragedy struck, and early reports of Saturday's latest incident suggested that fake tickets were involved too, though it should be stated that has yet to be proven.

    After a peaceful start to their rivalry, violence and mayhem and matches between Chiefs and Pirates became commonplace from the early to mid-1970s onwards.

    In 1972 visiting English referee Norman Burtenshaw had to flee for his life after a 2-1 win for Chiefs, a game at which a father of three, Selby Masemola was stabbed to death and 27 other people injured.

    A BP Top Eight game in 1974 had to be abandoned after a crowd invasion, while there was a riot after Chiefs won the 1975 Champion of Champions final.

    Just a year later and another game was abandoned after a pitch invasion, this time with Pirates leading, while visiting English referee Alan Robinson was threatened with knives and bottles by fans of The Buccaneers at half-time of a Soweto Derby in 1979. The break lasted 40 minutes before things were calmed down.

    In 1980 there were stabbings at the games, in 1982 teargas and in 1985 an attempted attack on a linesman.

    Fans ripped up seats at Ellis Park (1987) and FNB Stadium (1994), and the year before gunshots were heard after running battles between fans.

    It should be stated that these types of incidents have mostly been eradicated in the last 15 years, though obviously not altogether.

    The Soweto Derby is a game of high passion and heightened emotions, and a “not-to-missed” fixture on the South African football calendar.

    It is also therefore a high-risk event for officials and every measure should be taken to ensure the safety of everybody involved. Jordaan promises full investigation

    Somebody failed those poor two souls killed on Saturday though. But just like all the incidents listed above that went unpunished, don't expect any culprits to be brought to book soon.

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    Chinese kids adopted by MMA clubChinese kids adopted by MMA club After a quick breakfast, he heads to a gym in southwest China where more than a dozen other shirtless teenage boys are kickboxing, wrestling and grappling holding one another in full-body grips until one person yields.

    Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Many were orphans or came from impoverished homes, and were connected to the club through the local civil affairs bureau.

    Though most of the club's activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group earlier this week after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week.

    Local authorities could not be reached for comment Friday. The education department in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture told Chinese media that the underage fighters have been returned to Liangshan and may be matched with new schools.

    A coach for the club told AFP that most of the kids have returned to the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, where they are continuing their training.

    En Bo, the club's Tibetan founder, was formerly in the military, and has spent the last 18 years running amateur MMA fighting studios.

    Enbo Fight Club boasts more than 200 members, with kids comprising just a small fraction.

    “As long as they meet my standards, we take kids of all ethnic groups, including the Qiang, Hui, Yi and Tibetan minorities,” En Bo told AFP in June. “We have a team that manages their health and safety, as well as teachers who are responsible for their schooling.”

    The kids' housing, food and clothes are all provided by the club, En Bo said, and they receive extra “scholarships” if they win fights.

    But many commentators online were alarmed by the web documentary, streamed on the site Pear Video, in which the kids' sparring appeared to be sold as a commercial spectacle.

    In the footage, two thin, prepubescent fighters are seen in an octagonal steel cage. One knocks the other down and proceeds to bash him repeatedly about the head and body as the losing fighter cowers on the mat.

    Models wearing bikini tops and short jeans cheer and a man with a microphone whips up the crowd by saying the boys were “fighting for their fate.”

    “These kids are tougher than your kids,” the MC says. “Their story is more touching than your kids'. And they have had it much harder than your kids.”

    The video was a point of fierce debate on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform.

    “Soliciting and using minors to engage in commercial performances which are also violent, while depriving them of a salary, is illegal,” wrote one user named Chen Ming.

    Others argued that without the club the boys would end up on the street and a possible life of crime.

    The glaring neon lights, rowdy crowds, and scantily-clad female performers at these public fights did not faze Jihushuojie, a 12-year-old who joined the club one and half years ago.

    “I'm not really scared of getting hurt,” he told AFP. “Before a fight, I feel relaxed and excited.”

    China had 500 000 orphans at the end of 2015, with less than 20% raised by the state and only about 5% adopted.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Karumendu heads to London
  • Karumendu heads to LondonKarumendu heads to LondonPays for own ticket The ministry of sports and Athletics Namibia are unable to pay for the Chef De Mission’s trip to London. Regional sport officer in Omaruru, Berthold Karumendu, has been selected as the Chef De Mission for the Namibian team heading to London.

    The team will jet-off to London tonight for the IAAF world championships.

    Karumendu said that he was thrilled by his selection and will ensure that team Namibia is treated well in London.

    Karumendu however had to pay for his own travelling ticket due to the financial difficulties faced by Athletics Namibia.

    “As a sport administrator and athletics technical official, it is indeed a great exposure and opportunity to gain experience on international level on events of this nature.

    “Therefore, I would like to use this great opportunity to thank and acknowledge the support of Bobby Gribel of Erongo. “Thank you to Trading/Omaruru Spar and Mr Armand Steyn of Windhoek Cash & Curry/Powersave Wholesale who came on board both to share by sponsoring my ticket to London in order for my dream to be come true,” Karumendu said.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 07/30/17--16:00: Navachab sponsors marathon
  • Navachab sponsors marathonNavachab sponsors marathon The Navachab Mine in conjunction with QKR Namibia have sponsored the SADC Half Marathon Run with N$45 000.

    The fourth edition of the Confederation of African Athletics Southern Region event is slated for 16 September this year.

    The Karibib FNB also contributed N$6 000 towards the event while Karibib OK Foods gave N$5 000.

    Another Karibib company, Namagra also sponsored the event with N$5 000 while Coca Cola will sponsor the drinks.

    The launch of the race was scheduled to take place on 8 August 2017, but will not take place due to circumstances that have intervened.

    The event organisers will hold a press conference a week before the race.

    This year, the race has been incorporated with Athletics Namibia. The CAA Southern Region Half Marathon championships in Namibia will be held together with the Navachab Half Marathon Challenge Run.

    “It means it is a two in one race and is open to everyone to take part. Once again this race is there to promote and support road running in Erongo Region and Namibia at large,” organisers said.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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