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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    No rift between Geingob, Malima - GovtNo rift between Geingob, Malima - Govt The government has dismissed reports that there is simmering tension between President Hage Geingob and the director-general of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service, Phillemon Malima, over the SME Bank saga.

    The ministry of information was reacting to a front-page article that appeared in a weekly newspaper last week.

    The Windhoek Observer reported that Malima was once again in trouble after he allegedly remarked to attorney-general Sacky Shanghala that Geingob was protecting criminals involved in the SME Bank saga.

    “Impeccable sources told the Windhoek Observer this week that the spy agency chief's relationship with the president continues to be strained after he was asked to resign or risk being fired in early June, over remarks he made to Shanghala following a Cabinet meeting sometime in May. The Windhoek Observer has it on good authority that Geingob and Malima have been ruffling each other's feathers for some time,” the paper reported.

    It quoted sources as saying that mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze overheard the conversation between Malima and Shanghala and reported Malima to Geingob, who then wrote a letter to Malima, asking him to resign or risk being fired. According to the newspaper Malima is said to have written back to Geingob, reminding him that he was the one who had brought him out of retirement.

    But according to a statement issued by the ICT ministry yesterday, the government refuted all allegations made in the article, saying that the relationship between Malima and Geingob remained cordial and solid.

    “At no point has the president instructed the director-general to resign or risk being dismissed, as is being alleged. This could not be true as there has never been ground for such instruction. However, it is a standing truth that all political office-bearers serve at the behest of their appointing authority, the president,” the statement read.

    “At any point in time, it is the President's prerogative to appoint, reshuffle, relieve, promote or demote any member of his cabinet or other office to which he can appoint. Any future rearrangement of cabinet or other offices should be seen in this light, and nothing should be linked to this malicious fabricated story, orchestrated by some fantastic minds, masquerading as journalists,” said the ministry.

    The ministry went on to say neither Malima nor Shanghala have had discussions with anyone about the collapsed SME Bank and none of them ever made such remarks on the subject. “The director-general is a seasoned public office-bearer, a liberation hero, who has and will continue to outlive petty fabrications in the media, hence the unwavering trust of the president in him. As for the attorney-general, he is a young professional who has already made his indelible marks on the nationhood of Namibia, and will continue to be groomed into the leadership of tomorrow,” said the statement.

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    SOE money at SME Bank unrecoverableSOE money at SME Bank unrecoverable Loans awarded by the recently liquidated SME Bank could be recalled, but taxpayers' money invested in the financial institution is unlikely to be recovered.

    Speaking at a panel discussion on the closure of the SME Bank and its impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on Tuesday, Eileen Rakow of the ombudsman's office explained that the liquidation process would proceed with money owed to the bank being recovered.

    “That money is gone and will have to be made up from somewhere else, and that is the biggest impact on the citizens and the man on the street, because they will have to recover that money,” Rakow said.

    She added that the legal procedures would take long and would require a lot of patience from Namibians.

    Rakow was speaking at a public lecture hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on Tuesday evening.

    The SME Bank was placed in provisional liquidation on 11 July 2017 as a result of unsound investments which led to the disappearance of N$200 million.

    Finance minister Calle Schlettwein recently said during a briefing on the state of the economy that there was no possibility that the monetary authorities here and in South Africa would be able to trace between N$181 million and N$196 million that had been invested in unsound financial instruments there.

    Another reason given for the closure was that the bank was insolvent and not in a position to service all its clients.

    “There were efforts by the South African Reserve Bank to trace the money; those efforts failed. It appears that it may be gone, that is the main cause of its illiquidity. That's the first point. The second is that its mandate was to serve small and medium enterprises. If looking at its structure, it did not,” said Schlettwein.

    “We will try to close the bank in a manner that all the depositors get their money back; we are curbing the losses. We are aware that others will be affected. A failing bank with a slow economy is a no-go, a failing bank will weaken the economy, we have to close the bank.”

    The liquidation order stands to be made final on 15 September 2017.

    About 200 people lost their jobs because of the closure of the SME Bank.

    -Additional reporting by own reporter

    NAMPA

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  • 08/09/17--16:00: DTA wants expropriation
  • DTA wants expropriationDTA wants expropriationForeign landlords should be paid fair value The leader of the official opposition has called for the expropriation of farms owned by foreigners. Namibia must stop protecting absentee landlords unwilling to sell farmland to the government, says DTA president McHenry Venaani.

    The DTA is planning to host a land policy conference from 4 to 6 September - one week before the long-awaited second national land conference.

    Venaani believes there must be a frank interrogation of the willing-buyer, willing-seller model in order to create a more socially just formula for the acquisition of land for resettlement purposes.

    He urges the government to review the model to allow it to pay a fair value for land in the hands of foreigners unwilling to sell farms that are not productively used.

    “That person must be forced by circumstances. Expropriation with fair value, it is part of the constitution. It is already there, but you need to put a category. You need to create a safety belt for those that want to access land,” Venaani says.

    He further urges the government not to “shy away” from the reality that some farmers cannot buy land because absentee landlords are still clinging to it despite only using it for hunting once or twice a year.



    Spectacular failure

    The Swapo government has on several occasions admitted that its willing-buyer-willing-seller policy has failed, but has not adopted a different approach.

    In 2013 former president Hifikepunye Pohamba described the model as a “spectacular failure” and that a new alternative for land acquisition must be found.

    He also admitted that the Swapo government had not provided enough access to land to previously disadvantaged communities.

    In the same year, then defence minister Nahas Angula called on the government to amend the land laws in order to ban foreigners from buying farmland.

    Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma last year announced that the government since independence had expropriated only three farms, measuring 15 184 hectares, while foreign nationals still owned 1.4 million hectares of agricultural land in Namibia.

    According to him the government paid N$4.9 million for the three farms, named Wyoming, Kansas and Groot Ruigte, in the Omaheke Region.This process came to a standstill in 2006 when farm owners challenged expropriation notices for five farms in the High Court.

    According to ministry statistics 126 farms measuring over 620 000 hectares belong to German citizens, while 81 farms measuring 349 000 hectares are owned by South Africans. Fourteen farms are owed by Austrians, ten are jointly owned by Namibians and South Africans, while 12 are jointly owned by Namibians and Germans.

    In November last year Nujoma tabled the Land Bill, which sought to ban foreign land ownership, in the National Assembly.

    This bill was withdrawn after an outcry from opposition MPs, who felt it needed to include the issue of ancestral land rights.



    Ancestral land

    Venaani said the historic legacy of land dispossession and foreign ownership must be a central component of any national land policy.

    “In addressing these claims focus should be placed on accountability and transparency and in the process establish a culture of openness and trust,” he urged.





    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Nangof seeks land conference delayNangof seeks land conference delayConcern about lands ministry’s readiness The umbrella body representing non-governmental organisations says it has doubts about preparations for next month’s second national land conference. FRED GOEIEMAN



    The Namibia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (Nangof) has requested President Hage Geingob to postpone the second national land conference scheduled for next month.

    Uhuru Dempers of Nangof claims that the land reform ministry is not ready for a conference of such magnitude. He says there is too much at stake and the conference is being organised without the involvement of all the stakeholders.

    In an interview with Namibian Sun, Dempers expressed concern over the ministry’s state of readiness.

    He said they had petitioned the president at the beginning of July to assess the ministry’s state of readiness and suggested that the conference be postponed to allow for “proper” arrangements.

    According to sources, the president had expressed his willingness to hear the forum’s concerns and promised that if these concerns were warranted the government would consider a postponement.

    Chrispin Matongela, public relations officer at the land reform ministry, said the preparations would go ahead and the conference would take place as planned.

    “What state of readiness is Nangof talking about?” Matongela asked.

    “Nangof must not involve themselves in things that do not concern them. We have a programme we are following. In fact, the second land conference should have happened last year but was postponed at their demand,” he remarked.

    He said the ministry respected Nangof as an organisation that has a stake in land reform but their comments were not helpful in moving the country forward.

    Matongela promised to give a comprehensive response to Nangof’s allegations.

    Dempers, however, maintained there were no substantive outcomes from the ministry’s recent consultations, which only concerned self-evaluation of policies and procedures.

    “The ministry is organising the second national land conference without the involvement of key stakeholders such as traditional leaders, church organisations, farmers’ organisations, rural women’s organisations, NGOs and so on. It was just a few bullet points offered in presentations. What they brought to the regional consultation was self-evaluation.”

    Furthermore, he said no research documents were presented to the participants and therefore Nangof wrote to the president, asking him to consider bringing together stakeholders to assess the country’s readiness.

    “The president has responded and requested more information, which we are gathering,” Dempers said.

    “Consensus building before the conference has not taken place. You must at least agree on certain scenarios, like ancestral land, and decide which direction the conference should go, otherwise it will be chaos,” he argued.

    “To those who are saying no ancestral land claims should be entertained: what is Namibia going to do with those who lost ancestral land like the /Khomanin, Afrikaner and !Karakhoen traditional communities? They do not have communal land while people who are sitting on their ancestral land are saying we shouldn’t entertain ancestral land claims,” he argued.

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    Moussongela gets 9 years for fraudMoussongela gets 9 years for fraud The Eenhana Magistrate's Court yesterday sentenced controversial Congolese pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela to nine years' imprisonment following his conviction on a charge of fraud.

    Magistrate Helvi Shilemba further imposed a fine of N$16 000, or five years' imprisonment, on the other four counts of employing foreigners without work permits.

    Moussongela was convicted last week on three charges of fraud and four charges of contravening the Immigration Act.

    Moussongela falsified the documents of children born outside Namibia, whom he claimed to be his own, to conceal their true citizenship. These children later obtained Namibian documents after Moussongela misrepresented the late Teresia Tangi Iyambo as the mother of the children.

    In March this year the court heard that Moussongela had facilitated the children's entry into Namibia from Angola. He is also guilty on four counts of employing foreigners as teachers at his Mennonite Brethren Community School at Omafo in the Ohangwena Region.

    Last month the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court put on hold Moussongela's bail application on other charges of human trafficking, rape and assault by threat until the finalisation of yesterday's proceedings.

    On 22 June he also appeared before the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on the same charges and the case was postponed to 1 March next year.

    Following his arrest on 23 June last year a group of alleged victims of human trafficking made shocking allegations outside the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court during a protest against granting him bail.

    Moussongela, who is the founder of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church and Mennonite Brethren Community School Namibia, allegedly used these institutions to sexually exploit and traffic desperate Namibians to Europe and other countries.

    During several court sessions, Moussongela claimed the school was established for orphans and vulnerable children.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Kashihakumwa heads unit for anti-poachingKashihakumwa heads unit for anti-poaching Former Oshana police commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa has been appointed as the head of the new anti-poaching unit.

    The appointment took effect on 1 August. This was announced yesterday by the environment minister, Pohamba Shifeta, who described the appointment as a step in the right direction to fight the escalating incidence of poaching in Namibia. Kashihakumwa's appointment is ideal given his background in the military, crime prevention, criminal investigation and intelligence, said Shifeta.

    “We believe his vast experience and abilities will help the ministry and the country in the fight against poaching.”

    According to the minister, Kashihakumwa is a trained soldier, an experienced police officer, a commander, a trained leader and he is also trained in the gathering of intelligence.

    Shifeta said Namibia's conservation success was being threatened by the current poaching trends.

    “Namibia was initially spared during the first few years of the wildlife crime crisis, but since 2013, rhino and elephant poaching has increased,” Shifeta said.

    Given this situation, the cabinet approved that the environment ministry re-organise existing staff structures and establish a dedicated anti-poaching unit.

    The organisation of the ministry, particularly the Directorate of Wildlife and National Parks, was amended to create the anti-poaching unit.

    The unit, with a staff of 495, was approved by the Public Service Commission.

    Seven members, including Kashihakumwa, have so far been appointed to the unit. Further appointments would only be made once money became available, the ministry confirmed.

    The unit, formally known as the Division: Wildlife Protection Services, will be a division within the ministry.

    Its work will consist of patrols, surveillance, investigations, on-the-job training and retraining, communication and adaptive management.

    Shifeta said the functions of the division would include protecting wildlife, mainly rhinos and elephants, from poaching. It will also promote the enforcement of wildlife laws in the country and with neighbouring states. It will also strengthen law enforcement and better prepare the ministry for syndicated forms of wildlife poaching.

    The division will further conduct arrests, seizures and the collection of crime scene evidence in collaboration with other law-enforcement agencies.

    According to Shifeta, the ministry is trying to intensify both ground and aerial patrols and therefore will reorganise its air wing to increase efficiency.

    The ministry already does aerial patrols but according to Shifeta using a helicopter is a very expensive way of patrolling small areas.

    He emphasised that the ministry had already contracted pilots who will soon start flying in the Etosha and Bwabwata national parks, where most poaching cases are reported.

    Rhino poaching incidents have increased from 56 in 2014, to 95 in 2015, 60 in 2016 and 21 so far this year. Elephant poaching incidents have increased from 78 in 2014, to 91 in 2015 and 101 in 2016.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Confusion over Zim professionalsConfusion over Zim professionalsControversial deal dates back to 2014 The government's plan to employ Zimbabwean architects and quantity surveyors made sense back in 2014, when it was agreed on, the professional council says. OGONE TLHAGE



    The president of the Namibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, Kevin McNamara, has defended a decision to grant 29 Zimbabwean architects and quantity surveyors exemption from professional competence examinations.

    McNamara said there was nothing untoward about the exemption of the foreign professionals, who will not be required to register with the professional body immediately.

    Works and transport minister Alpheus !Naruseb recently wrote to the Namibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, requesting that the registration process be expedited.

    This follows an agreement signed with Zimbabwe in 2012.

    Currently, the professional body requires that prospective and active architects and quantity surveyors sit for yearly assessment of professional competence exams.

    It also appears that the skills transfer programme is only being utilised now despite being agreed to five years ago, Namibian Sun understands.

    McNamara yesterday responded to quell the confusion and uproar !Naruseb’s letter had caused.

    According to McNamara, the Ministry of Works engaged with the Namibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors in 2014 and motivated why it needed the registration of the Zimbabwean architects and quantity surveyors to be expedited.

    “After much debate, the council granted this request on strict conditions,” McNamara said.

    He added that strict limitations were imposed on the work of the Zimbabwean nationals in Namibia.

    “They may not work in private practice or perform private work. If this is happening, the council must be informed and they will be in breach of their employment contract and the Act’s regulations,” said McNamara.

    “They must attend training to ensure they learn our building contracts and laws, an item that still needs to be fully defined by the council and the department of works.”

    According to him, the council also inquired into the registration of these professionals in Zimbabwe.

    He said the council would most likely only be able to register those who are already registered in Zimbabwe as experienced professionals.

    “Their registration is limited to only work in government, not in private sector, and only limited to their employment period,” he said.

    McNamara said it was not clear why the 2014 agreement was only being implemented this year.

    “Why it has taken until April 2017 to gazette is unknown by the council,” he said.

    McNamara conceded that there were plenty of locally registered architects and quantity surveyors available, but said that did not mean they wanted to work for the government.

    “Yes there are experienced and registered architects and quantity surveying professionals in Namibia, however, do they wish to work for the state, or for the ministry of works and transport, and have they offered their CVs to the Ministry of Works and Transport in seeking work opportunities? I think this has been brought to the ministry’s attention and will be addressed,” he said.

    “This government special registration issue was agreed to back in 2014, nearly three years ago, in a very different economic climate, and this time frame aspect must be very well understood.

    “At that time the majority of professionals took up work in the private sector as it was far more lucrative than state work ... and thus the Ministry of Works and Transport possibly had to seek resources from neighbouring countries in order to service capital projects throughout the whole country and not just Windhoek,” said McNamara.

    He suggested that the government should revise the agreement in view of the current economic climate, which has affected many architects - an issue raised by the president of the Namibia Institute of Architects, Willem Dewulf.

    “The economic climate and building industry has changed from 2014/15 and the Ministry of Works and Transport or the state must acknowledge this and possibly review this need for special registration, or foreign resources involvement,” said McNamara.

    McNamara acknowledged that the situation was not beneficial to local professionals.

    “Is this fair? Possibly not in light of the downturn in the Namibian economic climate and building industry now,” he admitted.

    Works permanent secretary Willem Goeiemann earlier in the week defended the exemption, saying that it would add to the country’s skills base.

    “It must be noted that the signed [agreement] aims to boost local technical capacity through in-service training and mentorship recognisable by local professional bodies such that the trainees are eligible for registration as full professionals in future,” Goeiemann said.

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     Namibia the biggest movers in latest Fifa world rankings Namibia the biggest movers in latest Fifa world rankings The Brave Warriors are the biggest movers in the latest FIFA rankings, having moved 20 places to 136 in the world and 39 in Africa. In June the Brave Warriors fell 62 places to 156 in the world and 47 in Africa. Namibia is now ranked higher than regional neighbours Angola and Botswana. The top ranked sides on the continent are Egypt, DR Congo, Senegal, Tunisia and Cameroon, respectively. The world rankings are dominated by Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland and Poland.

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    Attempted hijacking, robbery on Western BypassAttempted hijacking, robbery on Western Bypass A family of four German tourists survived an attempted hijacking and/or robbery on the Western Bypass at roughly 13:30. According to eye witness reports, the family of four had just landed in Namibia and were en route to Etosha National Park in their rented double-cab bakkie. On the Western Bypass, just across from Paaltjies, a silver Polo which was following them, indicated there was something wrong with the vehicle. The unsuspecting tourists stopped and were attacked by three assailants, eye witnesses related to Namibian Sun. The assaulted the father and demanded money from him. The driver of a bus travelling behind the Polo noticed the commotion and stopped to come to the tourists' aid. The driver of the bus was said to be armed and fired two warning shots. Two of the three robbers fled in the vehicle leaving one behind (pictured) who was said to be held at gunpoint by the bus driver until the police arrived. The robbers fled with the bakkie's keys. There is no indication of how seriously the German man was injured in the assault.
    Bystanders told Namibian Sun, the family was visibly shaken and determined to return to Germany immediately.

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    Rankings boost Namibia's tripRankings boost Namibia's trip Namibia will travel to the Comoros as hot favourites after their incredible move on the FIFA rankings.

    The Brave Warriors are the biggest movers in the latest FIFA rankings, having moved up 20 places to 136th in the world and 39th in Africa.

    The Namibian team is also four places ahead of their next challengers, Comoros [43rd], on the CAF rankings.

    Despite their superiority over the Comoros on the rankings, coach Ricardo Mannetti insists that they are not going to underestimate the islanders.

    The two teams will meet in the Comoros on Sunday for the first leg of the CHAN final qualifying round.

    “We can be better on the rankings now, but we are not going to take our opponents lightly.

    “For us, it has boosted our confidence because we are now above top countries on the continent.

    “However, our focus remains getting a good result from our trip to the Comoros,” Mannetti said.

    In June the Brave Warriors fell 62 places to 156th in the world and 47th in Africa.

    Namibia are now ranked higher than neighbours Angola and Botswana.

    The top-ranked sides on the continent are Egypt, DR Congo, Senegal, Tunisia and Cameroon.

    The world rankings are dominated by Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland and Poland.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 08/10/17--16:00: NPL board proposes congress
  • NPL board proposes congressNPL board proposes congressConstitution in NFA's hands The Namibia Premier League Board of Governors hopes that the league can start by October. A meeting of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) Board of Governors on Tuesday tentatively decided to hold a congress on 23 August for the adoption of a new constitution.

    Member club representatives approved the new constitution on 5 August.

    Namibian Sun has been reliably informed that the draft constitution is now in the hands of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for ratification and endorsement.

    Once the NFA has endorsed the constitution, the league officials and member clubs will hold a congress to formally adopt it.

    The member clubs hope that the NFA will speed up the endorsement process in order for the congress to take place on the proposed date.

    “At the moment things are going well and the draft of the constitution is now in the hands of the NFA for ratification.

    “Like I said earlier in the week, we are getting our house in order before we approach the sponsors again,” NPL's Joshua //Hoebeb said.

    With many leagues in the world kicking off this weekend and others next weekend, the NPL is the only league that has been idle for over a year now.

    Many players have resorted to playing in small local tournaments, while others are playing in the NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup.

    The lack of sponsorship for the NPL led to the resignation of its leaders and infighting within the football fraternity.

    The problems of the league have affected more than 400 players, coaches and referees.

    The dark cloud over Namibian football has also slowed down the movement of players from Namibia to foreign clubs.

    Young African boss Marley Ngarizemo praised the commitment that club representatives have shown during the last two months.

    Ngarizemo said all members wished that the league can kick off before the end of the year.

    “We know that CAF has introduced new international playing dates and that is why it is very important for Namibia not to be left behind in terms of league football.

    “The belief is that we should be able to play league football by October.

    “For the first time in many months, I can say that we are in the right direction,” Ngarizemo said.

    Speculation is also rife that the league's long-term sponsor MTC will be ready to start new negotiations once the NPL elects new leaders following the adoption of the new constitution.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 08/10/17--16:00: Balls, baskets and wheels
  • Balls, baskets and wheelsBalls, baskets and wheelsWindhoek is introduced to wheelchair basketball The first local wheelchair basketball tournament will take place in Windhoek this weekend. The Katutura Youth Centre will host a wheelchair basketball tournament, the first of its kind to be held in Windhoek, on Saturday. The event will provide an opportunity for the athletes to be classified by a qualified classifier.

    Three clubs were invited to register teams for the one-day tournament: Wheel-Ability Sports Club from Windhoek, Oshana Heroes Sports Club and the Ohangwena Wheelchair Basketball team.

    This tournament will serve as a national championship as it is organised by the Namibian Paralympics Committee. It will provide an opportunity for disability athletes to showcase their talents while raising awareness of the sport in Namibia.

    Even though it is largely a male-dominated sport there are a few women who play wheelchair basketball in Namibia and it is one of the goals of the NPC to encourage more women to take up this sport.

    The sport is growing slowly but surely, as most of the players no longer use their ordinary wheelchairs to compete but have acquired multi-sport chairs since receiving a sponsorship in 2015.

    However, the public needs to be made more aware of the challenges these athletes face every day just to do what they enjoy.

    Paralympic athletes need to be classified in order to compete internationally. A qualified classifier from South Africa has been invited to this weekend's event to do just that.

    A classifier is an official who has the necessary knowledge to provide sport-specific classification assessments which determine the class in which an athlete competes.

    Athletes are classified according to the following criteria: eligibility of impairment, minimum disability criteria, and sport class. Classification is important to prevent one-sided contests and to provide a platform where athletes who share a similar disability can compete against each other.

    The public is invited to share this experience with the athletes. Entrance is free of charge.

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    German hockey federation donates gearGerman hockey federation donates gear The German Hockey Federation has donated Adidas hockey attire worth an estimated N$200 000 for the development of youth hockey in Namibia.

    DB Schenker paid N$32 000 for the transportation of the freight from Germany to Namibia as part of their social responsibility. The clothing will be distributed to youth development clubs in several regions of Namibia, according to hockey development officer Erwin Haindura. Haindura says they have a three-year plan for developing hockey in the Kunene, Erongo and Oshana regions, as they have done in Khomas, Zambezi and other parts of the country. He says the sponsorship will help youth teams to look presentable when they play matches and to encourage the youth to take part in the sport. DB Schenker's sales manager, Sean Fallis, says it is their social responsibility to support underprivileged children in the country.

    “What we did is just a small drop in the ocean, so I urge local businesses to continue supporting youth development in order for sport codes to expand and grow.”

    The president of the Namibian Hockey Federation, Marc Nel, who received the donation, said Germany is a leading hockey country and wants to help Namibia to reach the top level. According to him more support will come from Germany in the future.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Wenger braced for knife-edge ArsenalWenger braced for knife-edge ArsenalGunners meet Leicester Last season was by far the most difficult of Arsene Wenger's 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club's support. Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal's dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of today's Premier League opener against Leicester City.

    Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, he is looking forwards and says that if the team put on a united front, the fans will fall into line behind them.

    “A lot (of the trouble) was created by my own situation. Maybe I made a mistake,” Wenger said after Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties in last weekend's Community Shield.

    “Overall I believe that it's down to us. The trend has always to come from the team.”

    Undermining Wenger's quest for harmony is the uncertainty surrounding several first-team players.

    Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are among the players whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

    Sanchez in particular has been the subject of intense speculation about his future amid reported interest from the big-spending duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Chile forward missed pre-season after being granted extra time off following the Confederations Cup and has been ruled out of Friday's game due to an abdominal strain.

    That Wenger is not going into the new campaign with the fans still at his throat owes much to Arsenal's strong finish to last season.

    After Wenger belatedly adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation - a tactical trend sparked by champions Chelsea - Arsenal won seven of their last eight league games and stunned Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final.

    They defeated Chelsea again when the teams renewed acquaintances at Wembley in last Sunday's Community Shield, winning a penalty shootout 4-1 after a 1-1 draw.

    As well as the silverware, Arsenal's supporters have also had a major signing to celebrate after Wenger broke the club's transfer record to sign prolific French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

    The 26-year-old set Arsenal back an initial fee of £46.5 million (U$60.3 million, 51.5 million euros) and is expected to lead the line, flanked by Sanchez and Ozil.

    Ozil is a doubt against Leicester, however, along with Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, while Laurent Koscielny is suspended. Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are definitely out.

    For the first time since 1997, Arsenal are going into a season without Champions League football and Wenger has pledged to rest players in the Europa League.

    He has said he intends “to focus completely on the Premier League”, but if such an approach fails to yield a title challenge, he can expect the protests to ramp up quickly.

    After going into last season as defending champions, only for a close shave with relegation to cost manager Claudio Ranieri his job, Leicester are targeting stability under Craig Shakespeare.

    They have spent over £50 million, strengthening each squad department with moves for goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, centre-back Harry Maguire, midfielder Vicente Iborra and striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

    Spaniard Iborra has been ruled out of the trip to the Emirates Stadium with a groin strain and joins centre-back Robert Huth and midfielder Danny Drinkwater on the sidelines.

    But 20-year-old Nigeria starlet Iheanacho, signed from Manchester City last week, has been passed fit after sustaining a knock in a friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

    “You've got the season ahead to look forward to and everyone's raring to go,” said captain Wes Morgan.

    “We've got our first game this Friday coming and we can't wait to get started.”

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Comebacks not easy for SerenaComebacks not easy for Serena Serena Williams will face a difficult path ahead if she attempts to return to tennis after having a baby, Kim Clijsters has warned.

    Clijsters completed the 'Mother of all Comebacks' when she won the US Open in 2009, just 18 months after giving birth to her first child.

    The Belgian enjoyed her best days in tennis after becoming a mother, as she won three of her four Grand Slam titles before retiring at 29.

    But Williams's situation is unique, and the 23-time Grand Slam winner will have to pick her way through some tough challenges if she comes back to the tour, Clijsters told AFP.

    “Every player is different, every pregnancy is different, every delivery is different so it's really hard to comment on how quickly she'll be able to bounce back,” she said in a phone interview in her role as ambassador for the WTA Finals, which take place in Singapore in October.

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    Hernandez keen to hammer homeHernandez keen to hammer home West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez is eager to showcase his talents on the return to his former stomping ground when the London side visit Manchester United in their opening fixture of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign on Saturday.

    The Mexico international, nicknamed Chicharito, enjoyed a productive four-year spell at United from 2010, scoring 59 goals in more than 150 appearances as the club won two league titles and reached the 2011 Champions League final.

    Following a season-long loan spell with Real Madrid, Hernandez moved to Germany's Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 before joining West Ham last month, and the 29-year-old is focused on putting on a good display during Saturday's emotional return.

    “To start my new chapter in this second part of my English life and in the Premier League, it's going to be something happy,” Hernandez told British media. “I have very good memories of those four years that I lived in Manchester...

    “Now I'm very glad to be back in England... I'm looking forward to try to show that happiness and confidence on the pitch.

    “It's going to be emotional to be in my old house against my old club, of course. But I am with my new team, my new chapter and I want to do as best as I can. It's an important moment for me.”

    Hernandez said that he was focused on helping West Ham achieve their goals rather than comparing the two clubs.

    “I prefer not to think about if it's different or not (at West Ham),” Hernandez added. “I'm feeling the same way I did in my first day in England... because I love this game.

    “I want to deliver positive numbers and, hopefully, we can achieve the main aim of the club to be in the European places.”

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  • 08/10/17--16:00: Eat well to feed well
  • Eat well to feed wellEat well to feed wellWhat your diet should be when breastfeeding Breast is best for sure but moms that are breastfeeding need to take care of their bodies to give the best for their babies – we tell you what to eat. Many new moms wonder how breastfeeding will affect their diet. You probably don't need to make any major changes to what you eat or drink when you're nursing, though there are a few important considerations to keep in mind:

    Eat a well-balanced diet for your health

    One of the wonders of breast milk is that it can meet your baby's nutritional needs even when you're not eating perfectly. (However, if your diet is too low in calories or relies on one food group at the exclusion of others, this could affect the quality and quantity of your milk.)

    Just because your baby won't be harmed by your occasional dietary lapses doesn't mean that you won't suffer. When you don't get the nutrients you need from your diet, your body draws on its reserves, which can eventually become depleted. Also, you need strength and stamina to meet the physical demands of caring for a new baby.

    Many breastfeeding moms feel extra hungry, which makes sense: Your body is working around the clock to make breast milk for your baby. Eating small meals with healthy snacks in between – the way you may have done during pregnancy – is a good way to keep your hunger in check and your energy level high.

    Instead of counting calories, follow your hunger as a guide to how much you need to eat.

    The exact amount depends on a number of individual factors, such as your weight, how much exercise you get, how your metabolism works, and how frequently you're breastfeeding.

    Include a variety of healthy foods

    Variety and balance are key to a healthy diet. Eating a mix of carbohydrates protein, and fat at meals keeps you feeling full longer and supplies the nutrients your body needs.

    Complex carbs like whole grains and cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables not only provide more nutrition than processed starches and sugars, they provide longer-lasting energy. And choosing from all food groups is important so you can get the vitamins you and your baby need over time. So mix it up – try to eat something today that you didn't eat yesterday.

    When it comes to fat, think mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Sources of these “healthy fats” include canola oil, olive oil, and fatty fish (like salmon) as well as avocados, olives, nuts, and seeds.

    Limit saturated fats and avoid trans fats, both of which are considered unhealthy. Saturated fats show up in high-fat meats, whole milk, tropical oils (such as palm kernel and coconut), butter, and lard. Partially hydrogenated oils contain trans fats. Saturated fats and trans fats are both listed on a product's nutrition label.

    In addition to being bad for your diet, getting too much of these unhealthy fats can alter the fat composition of your breast milk, which isn't good for your baby's health.

    It's a good idea to try to minimize your exposure to contaminants in your food (and your environment) while you're nursing. Pesticides, insecticides, and other chemicals that you ingest can make their way into your breast milk.

    Choose produce that's in season in your area, and buy local when you can. Choose lean meats, and remove the skin and extra fat before cooking. Consider drinking filtered water while breastfeeding.

    Eat fish – but be picky

    When you're nursing, it's important to get protein from a variety of sources – including fish.

    Some fish (especially cold water fish) also contain DHA and EPA, omega-3 fats that play an important role in the brain and eye development that continues during your baby's first year. (Your baby gets these omega-3s from your breast milk.)

    Not only does DHA help your baby, but it helps you too. Research suggests that moms who have lower levels of DHA, as well as lower seafood consumption, are more likely to develop postpartum depression.

    If you don't like seafood, try an omega-3 supplement. Just be sure to talk to your healthcare provider first to find out how much to take.

    Go easy on the alcohol

    If you time it right, an occasional drink probably won't harm your breastfeeding baby, but in general you may want to hold off on drinking alcohol while you're breastfeeding. Alcohol does enter your breast milk, and having as little as one drink may affect your milk letdown reflex.

    Studies show that babies consume less milk in the four hours after you have an alcoholic beverage. And your baby may become drowsy and fall asleep more quickly after you have a drink, but he'll also sleep for a shorter amount of time. If you're going to enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage, keep in mind that it takes two to three hours for your body to eliminate the alcohol in one serving of beer or wine. Specific time frames depend on your size and how much you drink, but the more you drink the longer it takes your body to get rid of it. So you might want to time that toast for right after a feeding session.

    Drink plenty of water and limit caffeine

    When you're breastfeeding, your body needs plenty of fluid, but there's no need to keep a record of how much you drink. A good guideline to follow is drink to satisfy thirst – that is, drink whenever you feel the need. If your urine is clear or light yellow, it's a good sign that you're well hydrated.

    Speaking of fluids, it is okay to have your morning cup of coffee while breastfeeding if you like, but don't overdo it. A small amount of caffeine winds up in your breast milk, and it can accumulate in your baby's system because she can't easily break it down and excrete it.

    Consider the flavours of what you eat and drink

    Most nursing moms can eat a wide variety of foods while nursing – including spicy foods – without any objection from their baby. In fact, some experts believe that babies enjoy a variety of flavours in their breast milk. Eating your favourite foods while you're nursing gives your baby a “taste” of your diet and may help him accept different foods once he starts eating solids.

    But some moms swear that certain foods – like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, dairy products, chocolate, citrus, garlic, or chili pepper – make their breastfed baby gassy or irritable. If your baby seems consistently uncomfortable after you eat a particular food, then by all means avoid it to see if your baby is happier.

    Keep taking your vitamins

    It's a good idea to continue taking your prenatal vitamin while you're breastfeeding – at least for the first month or so. After that, you can switch to a regular multivitamin and mineral supplement or stay on your prenatal vitamin, depending on your individual needs.



    BABY CENTRE

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    Kape na omananathano pokati kaGeingob naMalima - EpangeloKape na omananathano pokati kaGeingob naMalima - Epangelo Epangelo olya ekelehi olopota kutya ope na omananathano pokati kOmupresidende Hage Geingob oshowo omukomeho gwoNamibia Central Intelligence Service, Phillemon Malima, kombinga yoshikumungu shoSME Bank.

    Uuministei wOmauyelele owa popi ngaaka wa yamukula koshinyolwa shoka sha holoka kombanda yashimwe shomiikundaneki yomoshilongo.

    Oshifokundaneki shoWindhoek Observer osha lopota kutya Malima okwa iyadha muupyakadhi konima sho a popi komeho gaHahende-Ndjai, Sacky Shanghala kutya Geingob ota gamene oongangala ndhoka dha kutha ombinga miimbuluma ya longwa moSME Bank.

    Oshikundaneki shoka osha nyola kutya, ekwatatano pokati kaMalima naGengob olya nika iipa yombwa, sha tameke muJuni, shoMalima a popi ngaaka, na okwa pulwa iikuthe miilonga nenge a tidhwe miilonga.

    Oshifo shoka osha lopota kutya, Ominista yIikwamina nIikwankondo,

    Obeth Kandjoze okwa uvu oonkundathana ndhoka pokati kaMalima naShanghala na okwa ka lopota kuGeingob ngoka a shangele Malima ombaapila opo iikuthe miilonga nenge a kale miikondekitho yokutidhwa miilonga.

    Uuministeli wOmauyelele owa ekelehi olopota ndjoka, tawu popi kutya ekwatathano lyaGeingob naMalima kali na uupyakadhi washa.

    Pashinyolwa shoshifokundaneki shoka, Malima aniwa naye okwa shangele Geingob ombaapila, temu dhimbulukitha kutya oye e kmu kutha mopenzela.

    Uuministeli owa tsikile kutya pokati kaMalima nenge Shanghala kape na ngoka a popi kombinga yoshikumungu shombaanga ndjoka ya patwa.





    OMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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    Kashihakumwa ta kwatele komeho oshikondo shokukondjitha uukongoKashihakumwa ta kwatele komeho oshikondo shokukondjitha uukongo Komanda nale gwOpolisi yaShana, Komufala Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa okwa ulikwa opo a ninge omukomeho gwoshikondo oshipe shokukondjitha uukongo.

    Euliko lye olya yi miilonga mesiku lyotango lyomwedhi nguka.

    Etseyitho ndyoka olya ningwa mEtitatu kOminista yOmidhingoloko, Pohamba Shifeta, ngoka a popi kutya euliko lyaKashihakumwa oli li onkatu ombwaanawa mokukondjitha uukongo waaheli paveta moNamibia.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya euliko lyaKashihakumwa olya ningwa kwa talika kondjokonona ye yiilonga, sho a longela oshikondo shegameno, ekonaakono lyiimbuluma, e yo lyiimbuluma moshipala na okuli woo omukwaita a dheulwa.

    Minista okwa popi kutya Namibia ina kala nale unene niimbuluma yi li pombanda tayi ningilwa iiyamakuti, ihe okutameka omvula yo-2013 iimbuluma mbyoka oya londo pombanda noonkondo.

    Omolwa onkalo ndjoka, okabinete okwa zimine opo uuministeli wu tule miilonga oshikondo oshipe shoka tashi ka ungaunga nekondjitho lyuukongo mboka. Oshikondo shoka tashi kala naaniilonga ya thika po 495 na osha ziminwa woo koPublic Service Commission.

    Iilyo 7 mwakwatelwa Kashihakumwa, oya ulikwa nokukakwatela komeho oshikondo shoka.

    Oshikondo shoka sha kala nale sha tseyika

    'Division: Wildlife Protection Services' otashi kala oshitopolwa shUuministeli wOmidhingoloko.

    Minista okwa popi kutya iilonga yoshikondo shoka otayi ka kala okugamena iiyamakuti unene oompanda noondjamba, okupatolola, okuninga omakonaako oshowo okugandja omadheulo.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya uuministeli otawu ka tula miilonga epatololo lyopevi nopombanda moka omadhagadhaga taga ka kala taga longithwa mokupatolola omahala ngoka taga ka longela aaniilonga mboka.

    Iipotha yedhipago lyoompanda oya londo okuza piipotha 56 mo 2014, okuya piipotha mo -2015, mo-2016 60, oshowo iipotha 21 mbyoka ya lopotwa momvua ndjika.

    Iipotha yedhipago lyoondjamba oya londo okuza piipotha 78 mo-2014, 91 mo-2015, 101 mo-2016.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    AaZimbambwe taya pewa uuwanawa okuyeleka nAaNamibiaAaZimbambwe taya pewa uuwanawa okuyeleka nAaNamibiaEtokolo ndyoka olya landula etsokumwe lya tulwa miilonga mo-2012 Omupresidende gwoNamibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, okwa popile etokolo opo ku shangithwe aakwashigwana yaZimbambwe mboka ye li aathaneki yomatungo naanambelewa yokuyalula omwaalu gwiitungithi nongushu yiitungithi, nonando inaya ningilwa omakonaakono. Kevin McNamara okwa popi kutya kape na sha sha puka uuna aazaizai mboka taya pewa uunzapo mboka nonando itaya ka pulwa opo yiishangithe nolutu ndoka meendelelo.

    Ominista yIilonga nOmalweendo, Alpheus !Naruseb omasiku ga piti okwa shangele omukanda olutu lwoNamibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, ta pula opo eshangitho lyaanambelelwa mboka li endelelithwe.

    Shoka osha landula etsokumwe ndyoka lya shainwa kuZimbambwe naNamibia mo-2012.

    Monena olutu ndoka ohalu pula opo omuntu omanga ina shangithwa, a ningilwe omakonaakono uule woomvula dhontumba.

    McNamara okwa yamukula komapulaapulo ngoka ga holoka po sha landula ombaapila ya !Naruseb ndjoka yeeta epiyagano.

    Pahapu dhaMcNamara, uuministeli wIilonga owa yi moonkundathana nehangano lyoNamibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors mo- 2014 nokukundathana kutya omolwashike eshangitho lyaantu mboka lya pumbwa okweendelelithwa.

    Konima yoonkundaathana noompata, ehangano olya tokola opo ku shangithwe AaZimbambwe mboka pamulandu gumwe, kutya otaku tulwa oondjindikila dhomwaalu gwaaZimbambwe mboka taya kutwa miilonga moNamibia.

    Mboka inaya pumbwa okulonga moshikondo shopaumwene nuuna ngele shoka osha ningwa nena ehangano ndyoka olya pumbwa okutseyithilwa molwaashoka otaya yi pondje etsokumwe lyawo lyiilonga nompango.”

    “Oya pumbwa okuningilwa omadheulo opo yiilonge kombinga yookondalaka dhomatungo getu noompango, oshinima shoka sha pumbwa natango okuyelithwa kehangano ndyoka,” McNamara ta popi.

    Ehangano ndyoka olya li owala tali ka shangitha mboka yeli yashangithwa nale moZimbambwe onga aaniilonga mboka na inaya pitikwa okulonga moshikondo shopaumwene ihe omepangelo owala. Okwa tsikle kutya inashi yelamo kutya omolwashike etsokumwe ndyoka lya ningwa mo-2012 opo owala tali tulwa miilonga ngashiingeyi.

    McNamara okwa popi kutya ope na aathaneki yomatungo naayaluli yiitungithi nongushu yiitungitho mbyoka tayi pumbiwa metungo, AaNamibia mboka ya shangithwa ihe itashi ti kutya inaya halika okulongela epangelo. Okwa pula ngele aanambelewa mboka Aanamibia ya shangithwa oye na tuu ohokwe yokulongela epangelo, nongele oye na ohokwe oya gandja tuu omaindilo gawo kepangelo. Okwa tsikile kutya ohokwe ndjoka inayi hololwa kAaNamibia oya etitha opo uuministeli wu ka konge ekwatho piilongo yopuushiinda oomvla dha piti, ihe onkalo ndjoka oyali ya pumbwa okutalululwa sho oshilongo sha taalela onkalo yopaliko tayi limbilike ndjoka ya gumu woo unene oshikondo shaatungi.

    Amushanga muuministeli wIilonga nOmalweendo, Willem Goeiemann kuyele oshiwike shika okwa popile etokolo ndyoka, ta popi kutya olya nuninwa okugwedha koshikondo shontseyo yaaNamibia, nokugandja omadheulo nuunongo.



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