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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Hoeseb a monika ondjo moshipotha shedhipagoHoeseb a monika ondjo moshipotha shedhipago FRED GOEIEMAN

    Omukalimo gwomOtjiwarongo, okwa monika ondjo moshipotha shedhipago nonkambadhala okuya moshipala iilonga yuuyuki nuulunga sha landula eso lyomukiintu omunamimvo 26 ngoka olutu lwe lwa hwikwapo ombinga muKotomba gwo-2015.

    Ompangu inayi mona ondjo omunamimvo 32 Ivan Hoeseb moshipotha shekwatonkonga nomuyeka kwahomatiwa.

    Olutu lwaElizabeth Ganses, 26, olwa adhika mOtjiwarongo momasiku 31 gaKotomba naHoeseb okwa kala ta tamanekelwa edhipago, omuyeka kwahomatiwa, ekwatonkonga onkambadhala okuholeka uumbangi sho a hwikepo olutu lwanakusa.

    Omupanguli Christie Liebenberg okwa popi kutya Hoeseb okwa hwike omudhimba gwanakusa owina onga omukalo gwokuholela uumbangi, na kali e na ealakano lyokukalopota oshipotha shoka. Omutamanekwa okwa zimine kutya okwa pondo nakusa.

    Petameko Hoeseb okwa zimine ondjo miipotha ayihe, ihe lwanima okwa popi kutya okwa dhipaga owala nakusa.

    Omupeha komufala Moses Khairabeb okwa popi kutya Hoeseb okwa tulilwa miipandeko momukunda Okaepe moshikandjohogololo shaKakarara na okwa adhika e na ongodhi yopeke yanakusa. Hoeseb okwa koleke kopolisi kutya okwa dhipaga Ganses na oyali yeli pondunda yomanwino momudhingoloko gwaDRC, na oya yi miihulo na okwe mu pe ooN$400 onga iifuta.



    Hoeseb okwa lombwele opolisi kutya sho ya li mondjila yawo okushuna kondunda yomanwino, omumati gwaGanses okwa dhenge ongodhi ta pula Ganses opo a ye kegumbo a ka lale. Ganses okwa tokola kutya ita shuna we kondunda yomanwino. Okwa popi kutya okwa pula opo ya ye ishewe miihulo, ihe Ganses okwa tindi, nolugodhi olwa tukuka, na okwa pondo Ganses na okwe mu kwata onkonga. Okwe mu kutha iikutu ye yimwe, na okwa tomeke omulilo olutu lwa nakusa omulilo.

    Okwa lombwele opolisi kutya okwa tokola okudhipaga Ganses konima sho e mulombwele kutya oku na ombuto yoHiv, naGanses okwe mu lombwele ngaaka konima sho ya yi miihulo iikando itatu inaya longitha egameno.

    Hoeseb okwa popi kutya okwa gandja ombili na okwa pula edhiminepo okuza kofamili yanakusa.

    “Onda taamba etokolo lyompangu na ondi uvite nayi koshimbuluma shoka nda longo.”

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    Omalyenge giimbuluma tayi longwa koomafia dhaChina ga hololwaOmalyenge giimbuluma tayi longwa koomafia dhaChina ga hololwa CATHERINE SASMAN

    Andrew Fordred okwa popi kutya AaChina mboka kaye shi aanangeshefa mboka ya hala okuninga iimaliwa meendelelo tashi pitile miimbuluma ihe oyeli iilyo yoongundu dhiimbuluma ya longekidhwa.

    Olundji ohaya kala inaya longwa na ohaya toto po omahala goongeshefa haga ithanwa ‘Chinatown’ na ohaya longitha omahala mokulonga iimbuluma yawo, ngaashi elanditho lyiinima ya tulwa iilimbo yomadhina ngoka ga tseyika nawa, elanditho lyiingangamithi, niimbuluma tayi ningilwa iiyamakuti, okutumbula po owala yimwe po.

    Okwa popi kutya omalyenge ngoka ohaga kala niitayi oyindji muuyuni, na otaga longele okuzilila moChina.

    Okwa tsikile kutya iitayi ya thika pu ine otayi longele miilongo yaAfrika mwakwatelwa Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe naZambia.

    Omalyenge ngoka oga tumbulwa komadhina kutya

    Ongaashi Wo Shing Wo group, San Yee On group, 14K-Hao group, oshowo 14K-Ngai group.

    Ongundu yo 14K okwa hololwa kutya oyimwe yomoongundu dhi na oonkondo moChina nomuuyuni, pahapu dhaFordred.

    Oongundu ndhoka okwa hololwa dha tameke iilonga yadho moBotswana moka oshikondo shoDirectorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS), oshowo labour and immigration departments, ya ningi iihakanwa yoongundu dhoka dhuumafia.

    Oshikondo shoDirectorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) oshowo Botswana United Revenue Services (BURS) osha mono uuyelele kutya omuulikwa gwoBotswana Democratic Party (BDP) okwa pewa omayambidhidho kongundu ndjoka yoomafia.

    Iipotha yeholeko lyoonzo dhiimaliwa mbyoka tayi konaakonwa ko

    FIA noDCEC oya holola kutya oomafia ndhoka odha yaka moshilongo iimaliwa yoopula oomiliyona 45 muule woomwedhi 24.

    Oongundu ndhoka okwa lopotwa kutya otadhi kwatele komeho elando nelanditho lyaali paveta lyomayego goondjamba nooniga dhoompanda nuuwe naNamibia ina hupako kongundu yiilongo mbyoka ya gwile moshiponga shoongundu ndhoka, naashoka otashi popilwa koolopota dhiipotha moompangu moshilongo.

    Moomvula ngaashi o-2009 Namibia kali e na ondjodhi kutya iipotha yuukongo waali paveta mboka wa kala tawu dhana onkandangala moshishiindalongo South Afrika, otayi ka taaguuluka oongamba nokuya moNamibia.

    Omukwatakanithi gwopoloyeka yoLand, Environment and Development (LEAD) moLegal Assistance Centre (LAC), Willem Odendaal, okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya lunduluka sho kwa lopotwa oshipotha shotango shedhipago lyompanda momudhingoloko gwaPalmwag muDesemba gwo-2012.



    Ondjele yuukongo waaheli paveta

    Fordred okwa popi kutya open a omalyenge goongangala gomoshilongo otaga longele kumwe noongangala dhaChina.

    Okuza mo-2012 sigo 2015 aakwashigwana yaChina yaheyali oshowo Aanamibia 103 oya tulwa miipandeko shi na ekwatathano nuukongo waaheli paveta wiiyamakuti.





    Shoka osha etitha ombelewa yOmukalelipo gwaChina yi popye kutya omapopyo ngoka taga ningwa kutya aakwashigwana yaChina otaya longo iimbuluma moshilongo itaye ga popile molwaashoka oyendji mboka ya tulwa miipandeko aakwashigwana yaNamibia.

    Nonando ongaaka oFinancial Intelligence Centre (FIC) oya totha mo kutya aakwashigwana yaNamibia ohaya kutha unene ombinga muukongo wopondondo yotango nontiyali.

    Oya popi kutya AaChina ohaya kutha ombinga muukongo wopondondo onti-3 miimbuluma ya longekidhwa noongundu ndhoka ohadhi kutu miilonga yiimbuluma aakwashigwana yomoshilongo oyo ya longe iilonga yawo ya nyata.

    MuDesemba gwomvula ya piti, oNamibian Chamber of Environment oya pula omukalelipo gwaChina moNamibia opo ku hulithepo iimbuluma yomiyonena yiimayamuti, nehangano ndyoka olya popi kutya ombelewa yomukalelipo oyo yi na oshinakugwanithwa shomaihumbato gaakwashigwana yaawo.

    Aakuthimbinga yomoshilongo

    Elyenge lyomoshilongo olya kwatela mo Dr Gerson Kandjii pamwe nooyakwawo mboka ya tulwa miipandeko iikando yontumba omolwa iipotha yuukongo waaheli paveta.

    Ongundu ndjoka tango oya tulwa miipandeko muNovemba gwo-2014 omolwa edhipago lyoompanda 4 mEtosha National Park. Omanga ye li pondje yondholongo sho ya pewa omboloha, oya tulwa ishewe miipandeko omolwa edhipago lyomukwashigwana gwaGermany, Reinhard Schmidt momudhingoloko gwaKalkrand muMaalitsa gwo-2015.







    Etulo lyawo miipandeko shi na sha nedhipago lyoompanda mEtosha, olya etitha woo etulitho miipandeko lyaPinehas Auene, omupeha omukomeho gwoshikondo shodirectorate of maritime affairs. Okwa mangululwa modhoongo komboloha yooN$35 000.

    Okwa tulwa woo miipandeko Fillemon Magongo Ilende, omunambelewa gwopolisi, ngoka ta kwatakanithwa noshipotha shoka, na okwa mangululwa koshimaliwa shoN$25 000.

    Ongundu tayi ithanwa ‘Karibib gang’, ndjoka ya kala tayi longo moomvula dho-2010, oya kwatela moBeatus Emvula, Absalom Fillemon, Thomas Iyambo, Jacob Jacobine, Joe Emvula, Otillia Sheehama, Paulus Amakali oshowo Thomas Xoagub.

    Absalom okwa tulwa miipandeko konima yomwedhi gumwe omolwa oshipotha shedhipago lyompanda na okwa holoka komeho yompangu yaMangestrata mOmaruru.



    Fordred okwa popi kutya ongundu ndjoka yi li popepi na Festus Mazuva, omuniilonga mehangano lyaNored, oya kambadhala okulanditha ooniga dhoompanda moZambia muMei gwo-2016.

    Shoka osha etitha etulo miipandeko lyaNefuma Stefanus pamwe naakwashigwana yaZambia yatatu, mboka yaali yomuyo aanambelelwa yetanga lyegameno moshilongo shoka.

    Mazuva, Eben Levi naTuakutuakumue Mupiam oya tulwa miipandeko na oya tindilwa omboloha, ihe mo2013 Levi okwa mangululwa pahenda yomupresidende. Ngoka natango ta kongwa okwa tseyika nedhina Ulemo, ngoka e li omupangi moshipangelo shEpangelo shaRundu.





    Ookadhenga miimbuluma mbyoka aakwashigwana yaChina

    Iimbuluma mbyoka omwa kwatelwa omukwashigwana gwaChina, Xuecheng Hou (41), ngoka a tseyika nedhina Jose.



    Ehangano lye lyedhina New Force Logistics otali kutha ombinga meteto lyomiti moKatima Farm oshowo Caprivi State Forest.

    Fordred okwa popi kutya Hou oye omulandi omunene gwomiti tadhi ithanwa African rosewood, ndhoka ehangano lye lya kala tali tete moKatima Farm okutameka omwedhi Februali.

    Hou okwa tulwa miipandeko iikando ihetatu moNamibia pokati ko-2004 no-2014m omolwa uulunga iimbuluma yiiyamakuti, nonando ina holola mompangu miipotha ayihe mbyoka, okwa pewa ombooha yongushu yooN$100 000.

    Omakonaakono giimbuluma ya longekidhwa oga fala metulo miipandeko lyaHui Wang, Li Xiaoling, Li Zhibing oshowo Pu Xuexin, mboka taya lonele ondhoongo oomvul 14.

    Fordred, okwa tsikile kutya okwa tulwa woo miipandeko Stefan Geng, ngoka a futu iifuta yawo yomilalo. Stefan okuli omumwayinamati gwa Zhi Geng, ngoka a tulwa miipandeko pamwe naJames Barron Wallace omolwa oshipotha sheyako moshilongo oniga gompanda.

    Fordred okwa popi kutya ope na woo uumbangi tawu holola ekuthombinga lyaakwashigwana yaPakistani naaIndia.

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Old Mutual to list, not sell
  • Old Mutual to list, not sellOld Mutual to list, not sellCompany to split into four part Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual aims to list two divisions rather than sell them as it pursues a plan to split into four parts by the end of next year. Old Mutual, which said last year it is breaking up because regulatory change made its disparate businesses too complex to run, posted a 37% rise in first-half operating profit on Friday to 969 million pounds (US$1.26 billion), helped by sterling weakness and strong performance in Old Mutual Wealth.

    After starting life as an insurance company in Cape Town in 1845, Old Mutual has branched out into other parts of Africa, Britain and the United States, and into banking and funds.

    But within a few months of joining as chief executive last year, Bruce Hemphill announced the break-up which will leave him without a job but may entitle him to a maximum bonus of 1 000% if he can deliver it successfully.

    Hemphill's plans led to speculation of a sale of Old Mutual Wealth, its fund management arm, but the CEO said there were no offers for the firm's businesses on the table at present.

    “We have had all sorts of interest, our preferred route is to list these businesses,” he told Reuters by telephone.

    Old Mutual is not alone in shaking up its businesses, other insurers and asset managers have also been reassessing their make-up due to increased competition.

    Prudential said this week it would merge its UK insurance and asset management arms, while Standard Life will merge next week with Aberdeen Asset Management.

    Old Mutual will list Old Mutual Wealth in London and Johannesburg, along with Old Mutual Limited (OML), a new holding company covering its emerging markets division, its majority stake in South Africa's Nedbank and Old Mutual plc.

    The listings will involve a demerger for the benefit of existing shareholders, with the possibility of an initial public offering for Old Mutual Wealth. They will take place as soon as possible after the release of full-year results in March.

    Analysts say Old Mutual Wealth has a valuation of at least 3 billion pounds.

    A demerger of Nedbank will follow the listing of OML, although Old Mutual will keep a “strategic minority stake”. It is also reducing its holding in US firm OM Asset Management to 5.5% and plans to pay an interim dividend of 3.53 pence, up 32% from a year ago.

    Analysts said the results were slightly ahead of forecasts, which Barclays called “a credible performance in a tough and uncertain macro environment in South Africa”, reiterating its “equal weight” rating on the stock.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    Skepticism over Opec cuts returnsSkepticism over Opec cuts returns Oil investors are back to being skeptic over whether the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Opec-led production cuts are draining a global glut fast enough, keeping prices below US$49 a barrel and driving crude toward a second weekly loss.

    Futures fell as much as 1% in New York on Friday. Neither a pledge by the two biggest producers of Opec to strengthen their commitment to curbs, or declining US crude stockpiles is managing to lift prices. That's as America pumps more while the inventory drop is seen as seasonal.

    Opec's own output is increasing on more supplies from Libya, which is exempt from the group's deal to reduce production.

    While US crude inventories dropped to the lowest level since October, gasoline stockpiles last week expanded for the first time since early June, indicating that consumption boosted by the summer driving season may be waning.

    Opec on Thursday raised demand estimates for its crude through 2018, but higher Libyan output is undermining its plan to shrink a global glut.

    “The power of Opec rhetoric is diminishing,” said Michael McCarthy, a chief strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney. “The underlying demand picture has slightly improved, but it's a glacial improvement for the oil market.”

    West Texas Intermediate for September delivery lost as much as 49 cents to US$48.10 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and was at US$48.30 at 8:02am in London. Total volume traded was about 57% above the 100-day average. Prices were down 2.6% last week.

    Brent for October settlement fell as much as 52 cents to US$51.38 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. Prices on Thursday dropped 80 cents to US$51.90. The global benchmark was down 1.5% last week and traded at a premium of US$3.20 to October WTI.

    Opec increased its forecasts for the amount of crude it needs to supply in 2017 and 2018 by about 200 000 barrels a day for each year, according to a monthly report on Thursday from its secretariat in Vienna.

    Libya boosted output by 154 300 barrels a day, while production from all members reached 32.87 million a day.

    BLOOMBERG

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: LNG search in Moz kicks off
  • LNG search in Moz kicks offLNG search in Moz kicks off The Mozambican ministry of mineral resources and energy, and representatives from the energy companies, the Italian ENI and the US based Anadarko, signed a contract that will commence the exploration of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Rovuma basin in the country.

    ENI managing director Fabio Castiglioni said it took two years of negotiations to ensure that the final document was strategic and reflected the vision of all sides, including the government and the concessionaires.

    To guarantee that the exploration process follows the country's legal framework, the three ministers of transport and communications, of land, environment and rural development, and of interior waters and fisheries, signed the special licenses to allow the project to operate.

    “This act marks an important moment, a future that is much closer to us now. We are all looking forward to witnessing the beginning of the exploration of liquefied natural gas from the areas 1 and 4 of the Rovuma basin,” said the mineral resources minister Leticia Klemens at the signing ceremony.

    Klemens said that the project should not be limited to the initiation of the exploration of natural gas but also to the increase of other projects that rely on gas to come to life, including the production of fertilisers, fuel and electric power.

    “As government, we are aware of our role in this process and we will guarantee that the resources will be explored on behalf of the Mozambican people through its local transformation to add value and guarantee its contribution to the industrialisation of Mozambique,” added the minister.

    The Mozambican government promised to continue with its reforms to attract more investment, research and development of natural gas.

    Anadarko representative John Grant said with this spirit of work, Mozambique is in the right path to become a world leader in the exploration of natural gas.

    ENI managing director, Fabio Castiglioni also said that the signing of the contract represents real actions for the effective development of the hydrocarbon sector in Mozambique.

    NAMPA/XINHUA

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    South Africa sees credit extension dropSouth Africa sees credit extension drop South Africa has also seen a seasonal slowdown in credit extension, according to the latest Consumer Credit Market Report (CCMR) and Credit Bureau Monitor (CBM) released by the National Credit Regulator (NCR) in that country last week.

    The CCMR and CBM are based on data submitted to the NCR by registered credit providers and credit bureaus respectively.

    NCR CEO Nomsa Motshegare advised consumers to live within their means, take credit only when there is an absolute need and only from registered credit providers.

    “Consumers who are not coping with repayments should talk with their credit providers or consult registered debt counsellors for assistance,” cautioned Motshegare.

    The latest edition of the reports covers credit market information up to March 2017. The number of applications for credit decreased by 9.49% quarter-on-quarter from 10.52 million in December 2016 to 9.53 million in March 2017. The total value of new credit granted decreased by 5.63% quarter-on-quarter from R123.40 billion to R116.46 billion.

    Some of the most significant trends observed in terms of credit granted for the quarter ended March 2017 include that the value of new mortgages granted decreased by R3.08 billion (8.24%) quarter-on-quarter, but increased by R1.15 billion (3.47%) year-on-year.

    Credit facilities increased by R390.87 million (2.62%) quarter-on-quarter and by R2.02 billion (15.14%) year-on year.

    Unsecured credit decreased by R2.99 billion (12.96%) quarter-on-quarter, but increased by R1.19 billion (6.29%) year-on-year.

    The total outstanding consumer credit balances (or gross debtors book) as at March 2017 was R1.71 trillion, representing an increase of 1% quarter-on-quarter and 3.04% year-on-year.

    NEWS24

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: A plan must be made
  • A plan must be madeA plan must be madeInformal economy cannot carry job seekers With Africa predicted to hold the highest number of working-age people in the coming decades, they will have to be met with formal jobs. Unemployment in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa's largest economy, is running at more than 14% and climbing; in South Africa, the second largest economy, it is over 27%. For youth in both places, it is far more.

    This may seem bad enough, but according to International Monetary Fund calculations the sub-Saharan Africa region's jobs travails are in danger of reaching unchartered territory in less than two decades.

    That is, unless the economies can create jobs for their burgeoning, young population.

    “By 2035, sub-Saharan Africa will have more working-age people than the rest of the world's regions combined,” the IMF wrote in a blog post this week. “This growing workforce will have to be met with jobs.”

    This has major implications for the region's economy, its security and wider immigration patterns.

    In the past, some of the jobs strain has been taken up by the so-called informal economy which is dominated by street vendors, household workers and off-the-radar cash jobbers.

    Typically, these workers pay no tax and do not come under regulation, but they do add to a country's wealth.

    The informal sector in sub-Saharan Africa was around 38% of gross domestic product in 2010-14, according to the IMF.

    This represented a steady decline from nearly 45% in 1991-99, possibly a reflection of more formal growth in some parts of Africa. But up to 90% of jobs outside agriculture are still in the informal sector.

    It is not generally by desire.

    The IMF found that a third of new entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa said they were doing what they were doing out of necessity.

    “Most would prefer a job in the formal sector, but don't have that option,” it said.

    The International Labour Organisation goes further.

    “Some of the characteristic features of informal employment are lack of protection in the event of non-payment of wages, compulsory overtime or extra shifts, lay-offs without notice or compensation, unsafe working conditions and the absence of social benefits,” it notes.

    “Women, migrants and other vulnerable groups of workers who are excluded from other opportunities have little choice but to take informal low-quality jobs.”



    Economic impact

    For the economy, informal sector work can be both positive and negative for growth. In some cases, for example, it represents entrepreneurship and start-up businesses.

    But a lot of it is far from opportunity for growth. The informal sector tends to be low productivity work, partly because it attracts lower skilled workers.

    “In a country where the informal sector is large, the rate of economic growth is reduced,” the IMF said.

    This would suggest that countries such as Tanzania and Nigeria, where the informal economy is 50% to 65% of GDP, will fare worse than others such as Mauritius, South Africa and Namibia, where it ranges between 20 to 25%.

    Africa is not alone, of course. Indeed, at the moment the region where the informal sector plays the biggest role is Latin America and the Caribbean. It also amounts to around 15% of GDP in developed countries.

    But with the large working age population about to explode, the countries of the region are facing a crunch.

    “Countries need to adopt a balanced approach in the design of policies to grow the formal sector. This means focusing on ways to increase the productivity of the informal sector, while working to support the expansion of formal businesses,” the IMF said.

    It also called for improved access to finance to create the right kind of jobs.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    United States businessman to invest in NamibiaUnited States businessman to invest in Namibia American businessman Christopher Cox has expressed interest in possible investments in Namibia.

    Cox was speaking to the media after he paid a closed-door courtesy visit to President Hage Geingob at State House last week.

    The businessman, who referred to himself as a friend to current US President Donald Trump and now a new friend to Geingob, said he had always had an interest to work with Namibia.

    He said Namibia has a good political system and great opportunities for economic development.

    “I want to bring US ambassadors and investors from around the world to Namibia to take advantage of this opportunity as there is going to be over 450 million Africans who will have joined the workforce in 20 years' time,” Cox said.

    According to him, it is important to bring economic development to Africa to deal with the demographic bulge which will occur then.

    He added that investing in African countries would contribute to employment, which will result in bringing hope and peace to the people.

    Cox, who is also involved in other business partnerships with Chinese manufacturing companies, deemed it a great opportunity to bring some of these companies to Namibia, as the political system works so well here.

    “Namibia is a great place to do that seeing as it is on the western coast of Africa and it would be easy with shipping goods, for example.”

    He reiterated that bringing economic development to Africa would also benefit the entire world as a whole as it would mean creating more opportunities for the rest of the countries.

    Cox told the media that he was satisfied with the outcome of the visit with the Head of State.

    He revealed that his first step towards this initiative would start in 2018, during which a delegation from the USA would be visiting Namibia, followed by another one from China.

    NAMPA

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Phosphate tussle in court
  • Phosphate tussle in courtPhosphate tussle in courtFurther consultations will be required On Thursday of last week, the appeal by Namibian Marine Phosphate, seeking to mine the mineral on Namibia's sea floor, was heard in the Windhoek High Court. Legal counsel for Namibia Marine Phosphate (NMP) last week delivered their arguments in an appeal to have their environmental clearance certificate, which was set aside, reinstated.

    The clearance certificate was issued by the environmental commissioner Teofilus Nghitila on 5 September last year and granted permission to NMP to mine and extract marine phosphate roughly 120 kilometres south of Walvis Bay, in the Atlantic Ocean.

    A public protest followed the issuance of this clearance certificate and this prompted the environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, to have the certificate set aside on 2 November last year.

    NMP lodged an appeal at the high court against Minister Shifeta, Michael Gawaseb, CEO of the Namibia Consumer Trust and the environmental commissioner. In their documents, the company states that an earlier appeal which had led to Shifeta having the clearance set aside, was filed late in terms of the regulations pertaining to environmental management.

    Furthermore, the company told the court that they were not informed of the appeal against the issuance of the clearance certificate and thus, was not granted an opportunity to state their case before Minister Shifeta made his decision.

    Advocate Reinhard Tötemeyer (SC), assisted by Advocate Deon Obbes, appeared for NMP and told the court that the company's rights had been infringed upon when the clearance certificate was set aside, adding that they were not granted an opportunity to state their side of the matter to the minister. “What happened was a trial by ambush,” Tötemeyer said.

    For the State, Advocate Vincent Maleka (SC), assisted by Advocate Werner Boesak, told the court that the absence of one party is only the absence of form but not of substance”. He added that the minister had made his decision after thorough public consultations and further, that the minister has a duty to the future generations to not do any harm to the environment.

    Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, appearing for Gaweseb said the government had a responsibility towards the public to protect the environment adding that the clearance certificate placed NMP in a position to harm the environment.

    Judge Shafimana Ueitele will deliver judgment on 15 December.

    Jacqueline Louw

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Murray dies at 74
  • Murray dies at 74 Murray dies at 74 Bryan Murray, a long-time NHL coach and general manager who helped turn around the Washington Capitals and took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, has died at 74.

    He was diagnosed in 2014 with colon cancer that he was told was incurable and became an advocate for awareness and early detection. Murray worked that season and another as general manager of the Senators, who confirmed his death Saturday.

    "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said.

    Murray served as general manager in Anaheim, Florida, Detroit and Ottawa and coached in Washington, Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and Ottawa. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84 and reached the Cup Final with the Senators in 2007.

    "Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front-office excellence," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

    The Capitals had not been to the playoffs in their first eight years of existence before making seven consecutive postseason trips under Murray. Former player Craig Laughlin described Murray as a players' coach with an old-school approach and a knack for managing personalities.

    "He was an absolute players' coach that in my career you would go through the wall for because of your respect for him as a person and as a hockey coach," Laughlin said. "He was just an unbelievable guy where as a player you could sit down and have a beer with your coach and talk hockey, talk family, talk sports, talk anything and he was a guy that was there for you."

    David Poile, now Nashville's GM, inherited Murray as coach when he was GM of the Capitals and said he learned more from him than he taught. Murray began his adult life as a gym teacher, and that translated well to coaching.

    Murray coached 1,239 regular-season and 112 playoff games over parts of 18 seasons. Murray made the playoffs in 12 of his 13 full seasons as head coach.

    He last coached in 2007-08 and was Ottawa's GM until stepping down to an advisory capacity last season because of his health. Murray worked in the NHL in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons, making far more friends than enemies along the way.

    Trading barbs with referees was a particular habit of Murray's, though it had a purpose.

    Murray said he wanted his legacy to be cancer awareness. When his fellow GMs honored him at their annual March meeting in 2015, nephew Tim Murray and others said they went to get a colonoscopy after learning about Bryan's diagnosis.

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    Bitter experience keeps Guardiola groundedBitter experience keeps Guardiola groundedCity starts with a win A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty handed. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not get carried away after a 2-0 opening day win at promoted Brighton as he is still stung by the bitter experiences of last season.

    "Last season we were favourites too," said Guardiola. "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: 'You are the favourites, you are the most beautiful, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League'. And you know what happened? After that, Chelsea killed us.

    "So okay, we accept what people say. Whether we are favourites or not is your job to say, not ours. I cannot control it. But I am used to that. I was manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich so I can handle that situation.

    "Last season we were third and people said it was a disaster. We will try to improve. Last season we were a humble team and an honest team. We played with the best intentions and it was not enough. We'll try this season. If not, then next season."

    City won far more convincingly on Saturday than the score suggests, even though they had to wait until the 70th minute to open the scoring through Sergio Aguero.

    Five minutes later an own goal by Lewis Dunk ended the contest.

    That was a relief after the uncertain starts made by title rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, and his new three-man defence was seldom in difficulty.

    "The first game of a season is always complicated," he said. "We spoke about that -- we saw what happened with Liverpool and Watford, with Chelsea - that's the Premier League.

    "Here every game is a battle, and from my experience - in Barcelona too - it's difficult against a newly-promoted club. They have the passion, the fans, they have no pressure.

    "It's difficult but we did it. We were stable as a team and conceded just one chance after a corner and after that nothing happened. We controlled the game."

    Guardiola added: "And we ran a lot. People say we are a big team, but we ran like a League One or Conference team. You don't see a player in my team who didn't run, and I'm proud of that. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus ran back, and Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. And that is the first step to creating something.

    "We did that last season too, but in the boxes we were not good. Today in the boxes we were perfect."

    Brighton, in their first top flight game since 1983, had few chances to break out and their nerves were evident in their inability to keep possession.

    "The manager [Chris Hughton] is top, and they have the qualities in their players," Guardiola said.

    "They have strong central defenders and they are so well organised, but there are many teams like this. It will be tough for them, but it is tough for everybody."

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    Komphela refuses to blame playersKomphela refuses to blame players Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela could not fault his team despite their 1-0 loss to SuperSport United in the MTN8 quarterfinals on Saturday.

    Kiwi assassin Jeremy Brockie got the goal six minutes in after latching onto a floated pass from strike partner Bradley Grobler.

    SuperSport were otherwise on the back foot, as Chiefs trio Hendrick Ekstein, Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala all struck the woodwork at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

    Komphela said: “As we are walking up here [to the press room], somebody said to me; 'nothing is wrong but something is not right'. And I'm saying, but wait a minute... that is confusing. 'Nothing is wrong but something is not right', so you what can say.

    “Because we did everything right, did everything right; played football the way Chiefs are supposed to play the game and unfortunately we suffered a setback like Eric Tinkler has just put it. Around six, seventh minute; break attack we couldn't deal with, one zero and the rest is history.

    “It is just that the ball did not get into the net. There was the Parker one where I said 'awu nkosiyami' [oh my God] this means the ball will not go in the back of the net.

    “There's one Parker touched and where we are sitting you could see the ball going in and I'm saying it's going to hug the side-netting and it didn't. I'm sure by then Tinkler's heart was almost out, but congratulations to them.

    “You can't fault the players, not at all. Because I thought they played good football. Forty-five thousand supporters, we appreciate their support. I think, apart from the defeat, they must have enjoyed themselves. Did we create chances, yes we did... I don't know.”

    When it was jokingly suggested to Komphela that he should consider performing a ritual to remove the bad luck, the former Maritzburg United boss took it in his stride.

    “Has it gone to that level [of me performing a ritual]?” Komphela said in a response that got its fair share of laughs.

    “The difference, in pressure and no pressure, is getting the round thing [ball] moving outside from hitting the upright inside and hitting the upright and going out. If then that is African, that Africanism taking it from hitting the upright out it should be upright inside that is the only thing I can say.

    “You can't explain this. Honestly. In as much as you respect the question because if you don't respond to the question, it is awkward. We take responsibility and you can't say no but you saw how the way we played... that is playing around games. You don't say that to people you respect.”

    Chiefs will open their 2017/18 Premiership campaign against Bloemfontein Celtic at Free State Stadium next Sunday.

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Gunners win netball tourney
  • Gunners win netball tourneyGunners win netball tourneyOtjozondjupa Dinolo netball thrills The regional netball tournament for Otjozondjupa took place at the Paresis Sports Complex. The Mighty Gunners netball team at Otjiwarongo on Saturday won the 2017 regional Dinolo Super Netball tournament that is sponsored by the African Deli Company.

    The Walvis Bay-based company is unique in that it processes ready-to-eat traditional food from northern Namibia.

    African Deli Netball coordinator Charlane Minnaar, in a chat with Nampa on Saturday, said Mighty Gunners will now represent the Otjozondjupa Region at the national Dinolo Super Netball League on 30 September 2017 in Swakopmund.

    Minnaar said 11 netball teams in the Otjozondjupa initially indicated their participation in the tournament, but due to lack of transport, only seven turned up.

    The teams are the Osire Senior Secondary School, Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School, Mighty Gunners, TransNamib Devils, Otjozondjupa Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Eleven Warriors and Paresis Senior Secondary School.

    The Mighty Gunners as winners received a cash prize of N$2 000, followed by the Eleven Warriors with N$1 500 in second place and Nampol in third place with N$1 000.

    Minnaar said a similar regional tournament was held in the Khomas, Erongo, Hardap, Omaheke, Kavango West, Oshana and Oshikoto regions.

    She said the next regions are Omusati, //Karas, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Kunene and Zambezi.

    Winners of these regional netball tournaments will participate at the Dinolo national netball league finals.

    “The main objective of holding the league at the regional and national levels is to develop netball amongst women in all 14 regions,” Minnaar said.

    She said the overall league winners at the nationals in Swakopmund will receive N$15 000 followed by N$10 000 for second place and N$10 000 for third place.

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: The game of the homeboys
  • The game of the homeboysThe game of the homeboysStreet football remains relevant Deep in the streets of Soweto, there are young street football players who are aspiring to become football legends. Many footballers who are now playing for big clubs and their countries somehow share the same beginnings.

    This beginning is where passion is first experienced and where football is just played for fun or even for enough money to buy ice.

    Sometimes, mothers come holding their belts looking for their children who have been missing from home the entire day.

    There are no referees and the ball used in the streets is often made of plastic bags.

    The goal pole is often made with a pair of bricks or even with a pair of shoes.

    Many may say that street football is a waste of time, but deep in the locations, it remains a tradition and many a soccer star's illustrious career started from street football.

    Some football teams from the locations which graduated to first division clubs were formed during street football games deep in the heart of Katutura.

    The joy of the young ones is often electric and on a good day, the matches can attract a few spectators [mainly from that street].

    In Brazil, street football has been a common sport which has also produced plenty of talent including the likes of Ronaldinho.

    Former Brave Warriors player, Eslin Kamuhanga, is a testimony of the street game here in Namibia.

    “We used to play on the gravel road in our street and I can tell you that our parents were infuriated by the fact that we returned home late and dirty.

    “However, after a nice hiding, we still returned to the streets the next day just to play street football.

    “This is where we first discovered that we actually had talent,” Kamuhanga remembers.

    After starting with street football, the player has gone on to play for more than three premier league clubs, including playing for a team in Germany.

    Bloemfontein Celtic Winger, Deon Hotto's fame is also from the dusty and salty streets of Swakopmund and shares the same history and he is a former African Stars player.

    Hotto remembers how he was bullied by the bigger boys, while playing in the street teams.

    “My discovery and love for the game started at the time I was playing street soccer.

    “I was just five when I started playing with the older boys. Sometimes they would bully us, but they taught us how to be tough.

    “Today, I am playing for one of the finest teams in the South African Premiership,” Deon Hotto said with pride.

    While the two Namibian stars have already benefited from street football, there are many young ones who are following in the footsteps of these stars.

    In the streets of Soweto, a group of young boys gathers every afternoon to test their skills.

    They often compose teams of four players each and each team must score one goal to win in order to send the opponents out.

    Some of these boys have voluntarily dropped out of school, while others could not afford to go to school.

    Others are still in their primary school years, aspiring to become the next Lionel Messi of this world.

    “I grew up in this location and street football has always been a common sport here.

    “I know that the cars are always hooting at us and we are sometimes forced to stop the game because a ball struck and broke the window of a house nearby.

    “It is fun for me and important because it keeps us away from drugs and many other social ills,” a young Hernano Khaiseb said.

    Romano Hangara who is a Jan Mohr School learner describes how the game has sharpened his skills.

    He believes that the future will yield great results if he continues playing street football.

    “I want to become the greatest footballer this country has ever seen. I want to play for the best clubs in the world and my dream starts here in the streets.

    “I hope that someone will be able to spot my talent, while I am just showcasing my skills here on the dusty streets,” Hangara said.

    Tjaimba Kauraisa who attends school at the Namibia Primary School has a dream of his own.

    “Football has always been a passion for me and playing with my homeboys in the street gives me plenty of joy.

    “Our group sometimes gathers and we go to play with other street teams in the location.

    “Just like anyone else, I want to be a great player for my country,” Kauraisa said.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Ethiopia's Edris ends Farah fairytaleEthiopia's Edris ends Farah fairytaleAthletics great suffers shock defeat Olympic great Mohamed Farah failed to defend his 5 000-metre title after he was beaten in the final of the race. Following a pulsating 5 000m race in front of a vocal and passionate crowd at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, 10 gold medals over 5 000m and 10 000m are now neatly sandwiched by two silvers, both secured in races where Great Britain's Mo Farah was defeated by an Ethiopian rival.

    In the 10 000m in Daegu in 2011 it was Ibrahim Jeilan who outkicked Farah on the final lap. Here it was Muktar Edris, the 2012 world U20 champion and the 2017 world leader.

    The 23-year-old showed a devastating turn of pace in the final 300m, to which Farah was unable to respond, the winning time of 13:32.79 a far cry from the 12:55.23 that the Ethiopian had set in Lausanne in July.

    It had looked like being another tactical master class from the quadruple Olympic champion, with Farah rarely straying from second place throughout the 12 and a half laps. Occasionally he pushed to the front, but he otherwise stayed out of trouble, content to let first Kenya's Cyrus Rutto, then USA's Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo take the lead.

    Farah's British teammate Andrew Butchart hit the front through the first kilometre, moving through in 2:48.20, with Farah third and Edris back in sixth, although the pace was comfortable for all 14 athletes.

    Edris led momentarily after 1600 metres, but soon settled back into the pack, almost Farah-like in his insistence on not getting involved with too many unnecessary surges.

    Another pace injection came after 3 000 metres, with Australia's Patrick Tiernan deciding to chance his arm, opening up a 10-metre lead that lasted until the final 700 metres.

    Throughout the 22-year-old's adventure, Chelimo, Farah, Edris and his Ethiopian colleagues Yomif Kejelcha and Selemon Barega bunched and jostled for position.

    With 600 metres to go, Farah and Butchart hit the front in what was possibly a planned move, looking to run the legs out of the Ethiopians, all of whom were now to the fore.

    With the volume levels set at maximum, the bell rang for the final lap with Farah, Kejelcha, Edris and Barega all in contention. With 250 metres remaining, Kejelcha and Edris made their decisive act, opening up a two-metre lead as Farah gave chase.

    Into the home-straight, Edris showed superior sprinting speed, holding off the Briton, who picked off Kejelcha by charging down the inside. Chelimo, who himself had lost position a lap earlier, also swept past, securing bronze.

    Edris's performance was almost vintage Farah even down to the Mo-Bot he performed 10m beyond the finish line.

    Farah, though, was left to rue the opportunity missed to close out his championship career on top of the podium.

    An Ethiopian victory may have been a surprise to some, but not to the gold medallist.

    “I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah,” he commented. “After the 10km he was maybe tired so he did not have enough for the last kick. I was stronger.

    “Mo has many victories but now I have one. I am the new champion for Ethiopia. That's why I did the Mo-Bot. I am the next champion.”

    “I have won the gold in front of his home crowd. I didn't have much support but we did it. I did the MoBot out of respect as well for him.”

    Farah was left to reflect on a week that has seen the end of an incredible career that even he might not have dreamed about back in Daegu when the medal rush started.

    “It's been amazing. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible,” he said. “It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line. I had a couple of minutes to myself, that this is it.”

    And despite the crushing disappointment, the 10 000m champion could still find it within himself to congratulate the victor.

    “To be honest with you it takes so much out of me. It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised. Tactically, I was trying to cover every move. They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day. I gave it all and didn't have a single bit left at the end.”

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    Wheelchair Basketball tourney a successWheelchair Basketball tourney a success The Katutura Youth Centre was a hive of activity on Saturday as the venue of the 2017 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, where a qualified classifier assessed athletes.

    The one-day tournament was hailed a success by Bjorn Magg, one of the organisers.

    “The tournament was more than I had imagined. We had five teams playing, one of which was an all-ladies team. The competition was tough, as the level of wheelchair basketball is improving quickly,” he said.

    Magg told Nampa the spectators created an unbelievable atmosphere, as evidenced by the tension during the finals.

    Wheel-Ability Sports Club (SC) Legends beat Oshana Heroes 23-22 points to claim the winner's trophy.

    Magg said the next step is to select a national team and raise enough money to compete internationally.

    President of the Namibia National Paralympic Committee, Johannes Litwayi, echoed the organisers' view, saying national budget cuts have affected everyone in the country, including sports.

    “I would like to thank our sponsors who made this possible, at the same time calling on more companies to come on board and support disability sports,” he said.

    Litwayi said their wish is to hold more such events and allow disabled Namibians to showcase their skills, noting there was a big improvement in the quality displayed by the athletes on Saturday.

    He expressed hope for more funds that will allow for the selection of a national team to represent Namibia.

    The teams that took part in the tournament are Wheel-Ability SC Legends, Wheel-Ability SC Zebras, Wheel-Ability SC Cheetahs (all ladies team), Oshana Heroes and Ohangwena SC.

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: I encourage the NPL
  • I encourage the NPL I encourage the NPL I have been closely following the meetings that the Namibia Premier League (NPL) club members have been holding and the steady progress they have made.

    This is why I am penning this piece with the hope that I can encourage people who are involved in the latest developments.

    For many months, our football fraternity has been in limbo because it has been dismantled by football politics.

    Leaders resigned and many football dreams have been shattered by the lack of synergy among football stakeholders.

    The fact that many people were prepared to break football than to build it has sunk Namibian football.

    I must admit that the recent reports from the NPL’s offices have given me a glimmer of hope.

    I want to thank all the football clubs that decided to finally stand together during this difficult time.

    The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has come under fire for making conflicting decisions in recent months.

    The great thing that the NFA did in the past two months was giving the NPL clubs their right to make their own decisions.

    It is something which should have been done in the first place - what is done has been done. Let bygones be bygones.

    Therefore, I would like to pay my gratitude towards the football body for removing the ad hoc committee which they appointed earlier.

    The good thing out of all this is that the NFA and NPL members are working together in order to finalise the NPL constitution.

    What is coming out of all these meetings is that Namibia had the opportunity to work with two FIFA experts which the NFA had invited.

    It also goes without saying that I have been impressed by the attitude of the people I have spoken to in the past couple of days.

    The positive reports in the newspapers about the NPL progress suggest that a new dawn is on the horizon.

    These reports will regain the lost confidence of sponsors in football that have drifted away from our beautiful game.

    My wish is to see a proper leadership structure and a stable new constitution introduced by the NPL.

    I will also warn all the people involved in the recent developments to shy away from any media controversies.

    It is important that a positive spirit is maintained in order to get the league to start.

    I have heard about the potential candidates for the NPL chairmanship.

    The names of veteran lawyer Patrick Kauta and Black Africa chairman Boni Paulino have emerged as favourable candidates.

    I also believe that these candidates have what it takes to rejuvenate the NPL.

    The fact that they have been around football structures for a long time can add value to football.

    Their academic backgrounds make me believe that they can be great NPL leaders.

    The time has come for the transformation of football in this nation so that it becomes the centre of attention.

    The time has come for all Namibians to rally behind the NPL in order for it to kick off.

    Now is the time to restore hope in the lives of over 400 players which took a dramatic twist and were plunged into poverty about a year ago.

    All the other football leagues in the world have begun and many Namibians will be glued to their screens.

    We need to show the world that Namibians are hard nuts to crack even when they are going through trying times.

    I want my children and my children’s children to be able to embrace our own football league.

    This has to be the time that the corporate world, through financial lifelines, stands behind our football-loving nation.

    If the league ever recommences, and I am confident it will, I want Namibians to fill up the stadiums and show corporate Namibia that we are a crazy football-loving nation.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Momentum rugby thrills
  • Momentum rugby thrills Momentum rugby thrills Walvis Bay beat WHS The tournament has attracted over 50 schools and is now approaching its final stages at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek. Keetmanshoop Private School (I) under-19 rugby team proved too strong, after beating Moria Private School 40-26.

    Windhoek High School (WHS) (I) under-19 team surrendered a 16-0 lead against Walvis Bay as the coastal side fought back to defeat tournament favourites 20-16 in the semi-finals of the Momentum Rugby board trophy.

    In other under-19 action, WHS (II) also suffered a 20-24 defeat at the hands of Tsumeb Gymnasium I on Saturday.

    Pro- Ed Academy advanced to the semi-finals following their 39-20 victory against Dr Lemmer High School (I).

    M&K Gertze Secondary School (I) also managed to beat defeat the Tsumeb Gymnasium (II) under-19 side 37-20 in the other semi-finals.

    Maurits Devenish School’s under-14 team were also 24-0 winners against a helpless Windhoek Gymnasium.

    Karibib Private School (I) and Rehoboth High School under-19 match was one of the closest ties of the competition.

    The two teams played to a 41-40 score line, with Rehoboth High School coming out victorious in a pulsating match.

    Windhoek High School (b) under-14 team played well to beat M&K Gertze secondary school, while Elnatan (I) under-15 side was beaten 7-24 by Windhoek Gymnasium (A) side.

    The final matches of the competition will take place over the coming weekend in Windhoek at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

    Some of the schools are appearing to be very strong and will be favourites going into the final matches of the competition.

    Catch the full results of the Momentum Ruby Board trophy on page 15 of the Sports Wrap.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Right wing horror
  • Right wing horrorRight wing horrorRally turns violent as anti-protesters killed The largest white supremacist rally in a decade in the US turned into a horror story when a vehicle ploughed into a group of people protesting the right-wing action. A car ploughed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting more than a dozen others and ratcheting up tension in a day full of violent confrontations.

    Shortly after, a Virginia state police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally, crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.

    The chaos boiled over at what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade. The governor declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people out. The group had gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and others arrived to protest the racism.

    Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tyre-screeching sound". A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barrelling through "a sea of people".

    The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions.

    The driver was later identified by police as James Alex Fields Jr of Ohio. Police say Fields, 20, has been charged with charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday.

    Field's mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Associated Press on Saturday night that she knew her son was attending a rally in Virginia but didn't know it was a white supremacist rally.

    "I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump's not a white supremacist," Bloom said.

    "He had an African-American friend so ...," she said before her voice trailed off. She added that she'd be surprised if her son's views were that far right.

    Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally, said she and her son had just moved to the Toledo area from the northern Kentucky city of Florence. She said that's where Fields grew up. She relocated to Ohio for work.

    Late Saturday, the Department of Justice announced the opening of a federal civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the FBI's Richmond field office and Rick Mountcastle, the US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, will lead the investigation.

    "The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice," Sessions said in a statement. "When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated."

    The turbulence began on Friday night, when the white nationalists carried torches though the University of Virginia campus. It quickly spiralled into violence on Saturday morning. Hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays. At least three more men have been arrested in connection to the protests

    The Virginia state police announced late on Saturday that Troy Dunigan, a 21-year-old from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L Smith, a 21-year-old from Louisa, Virginia, was charged with assault and battery; and James M O'Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, was charged with carrying a concealed handgun.

    City officials said treated 35 patients altogether, 19 of whom were injured in the car crash.

    State Police said in a statement that the helicopter was "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation" when it crashed in a wooded area. The pilot, Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Trooper-Pilot Berke MM Bates of Quinton, Virginia, died at the scene.

    President Donald Trump condemned "in the strongest possible terms" what he called an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" after the clashes. He called for "a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives".

    Trump said he had spoken with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and "we agreed that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now".

    But some of the white nationalists cited Trump's victory as validation for their beliefs, and Trump's critics pointed to the president's racially tinged rhetoric as exploiting the nation's festering racial tension.

    The Reverend Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years publicly questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship.

    "We are in a very dangerous place right now," he said.

    Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a "pro-white" rally in Charlottesville, sparked by the monument decision. White nationalists and their opponents promoted the event for weeks.

    Oren Segal, who directs the Anti-Defamation League's Centre on Extremism, said multiple white power groups gathered in Charlottesville, including members of neo-Nazi organisations, racist skinhead groups and Ku Klux Klan factions.

    The white nationalist organisations Vanguard America and Identity Evropa; the Southern nationalist League of the South; the National Socialist Movement; the Traditionalist Workers Party; and the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights also were on hand, he said, along with several groups with a smaller presence.

    On the other side, anti-fascist demonstrators also gathered in Charlottesville, but they generally aren't organised like white nationalist factions, said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

    Many others were just locals caught in the fray.

    Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the "counter-protesters are crazier than the alt-right".

    "Both sides are hoping for a confrontation," he said.

    It's the latest hostility in Charlottesville since the city voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Lee.

    In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.

    Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people".

    "This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do," he said in an interview.

    The statue's removal is part of a broader city effort to change the way Charlottesville's history of race is told in public spaces. The city has also renamed Lee Park, where the statue stands, and Jackson Park, named for Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. They're now called Emancipation Park and Justice Park, respectively.

    For now, the Lee statue remains. A group called the Monument Fund filed a lawsuit arguing that removing the statue would violate a state law governing war memorials. A judge has agreed to temporarily block the city from removing the statue for six months.

    NAMPA/AP

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  • 08/13/17--16:00: Root out the rot
  • Root out the rotRoot out the rot It has been a while now that we have considered the presence of the Chinese underworld, the triads, in Namibia. Things are simply too odd, too unapparent and there are far too many high-profile Chinese personalities and businesspeople visiting our tiny, and seemingly insignificant, corner of the world.



    While we are not surprised, we are still shaken to the core by these revelations. And we should all be very concerned indeed.



    Clearly, corruption in Namibia is now systemic. Deeply rooted within the body of government and its agencies. It has sprung roots and is flowering.



    It is no wonder then, that nothing ever happens and as was the case with the ongoing logging in the Zambezi, a meeting was. A meeting. That is all.



    One must ask the question then, who stands to benefit? Why are authorities not dealing with the ongoing issue of our Chinese guests involved in fraud and poaching and other wildlife crimes? Why are millionaires appearing in the magistrate's courts of our little country?



    Something is rotten in Denmark and as far as we can surmise, Namibia's checks and balances, if there was ever a system to begin with, have been altered.



    Someone in power somewhere, knows something but will not speak. For such is our political and civil service structure that the lining of the back pocket takes firm precedence over the Namibia our children will inherit.



    The inaction, the silence and the continued hosting of these foreign nationals, raises more than eyebrows. The hair on the back of our necks is standing up.



    We cannot have international syndicates operational in this country. Much less so if there are high-level authorities involved and getting paid for their silence.



    We are so quick to refer to the sacrifices of the liberation struggle. So quick to talk about freedom for Namibia and how blood was shed for us to determine our own way, our own futures.



    Is this what that struggle was for? To sell out our precious wood, animals, donkey hides and later, surely diamonds too, through underworld syndicates?



    As we do with industry protection, it is time that we shut our borders and start taking care of our own.



    Root out the rot and deport it or lock it up in jail, throwing away the key.

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