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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 08/16/17--16:00: NUST bravely struggle on
  • NUST bravely struggle onNUST bravely struggle onBank Windhoek hockey reaches halfway mark The DTS teams were too strong for NUST, who were defeated in both divisions and remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Only two games were played over the weekend as the Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Premier League reached its halfway stage.

    Both games in the Bank Windhoek Men's and Women's Premier League were between NUST and DTS, who battled it out in the sixth round.

    NUST have gradually built up resilience when it comes to the big clubs. Although there has been a slight improvement from the team, they still continue to suffer heavy defeats at the hands of the top five.



    Men's Premier League

    In the Bank Windhoek Men's Premier League, DTS, known as the Red Army, came out all guns blazing as they had no mercy for their counterparts.

    DTS substituted their keeper and fielded a striker to increase their goal tally.

    Seven players from the Red Army found the net as they made the game look easy.

    Although DTS comfortably won the match, the players were a little frustrated that they could not capitalise on clear chances in front of goal.

    Percy Bartram from DTS was the top goal scorer with a couple. DTS won the game 8-0 and moved to third position on the log table. They are now a point behind SAINTS and WOBSC on the log table.



    Women's Premier League

    In the Bank Windhoek Women's Premier League, DTS continued their winning streak as they defeated a determined NUST women's team.

    The Red Machine (DTS) steamrolled their way over the opposition. DTS players were ruthless as they gave no space to their opponents.

    They scored 12 goals with no reply from the NUST women's team who struggled throughout the encounter.

    Arina van Rensburg was the top goal scorer who tormented the NUST defence and scored a hat-trick for DTS.

    As it stands in the women's league, Saints still lead the pack with 15 points followed by BDO Wanderers and WOBSC on 11 and 8 points respectively.

    SPORT REPORTER

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    All hail the humble donkey cartAll hail the humble donkey cartRural Namibia’s 4x4s The donkey is said to have carried Jesus and to this day, the animal serves rural residents to get from point A to point B. Although you may think that mini-bus taxis, buses and bakkies are the modern means of transport in an ever-expanding Africa, on the dusty roads of the Namibian interior, far from crowded cities and the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, it is also the donkey cart that is one of the quintessential Namibian forms of transport.

    The many gravel roads that bisect rural Namibia are arteries in the vast country, ideal for this transport of old that has survived the centuries, providing a vital form of affordable non-motorised transportation for local inhabitants and for carrying essentials such as firewood and water. Donkey carts convey people from village to village, to wells and clinics, and transport children to school. They are a common sight in the communal areas from southern to northern and eastern to western Namibia as they wind their way to their destinations at a pace appropriate for rural Africa. The two-wheeled ‘4x4s’ of the Namibian countryside are often emblazoned with car names like ‘Toyota’, ‘Ford’, ‘Opel’ and even ‘Mercedes Benz’ and are led by teams of up to five donkeys. Humorous inscriptions such as ‘Take me home’, ‘Lady man’, ‘Barjero – It’s a lifestyle’ and ‘The king of the road’ are often also added.

    The ‘engine’

    The donkey descended from the African wild ass and was domesticated about 5 000 years ago in Egypt or Mesopotamia. From there, it spread around the world to be used for transport and as a pack and draft animal. Donkeys, like horses, are not indigenous to southern Africa but were imported into South Africa at the time of the first Dutch settlers in the mid-1600s when the Cape of Good Hope became a re-provisioning station for the ships rounding the tip of Africa on their journeys to the East. The hardy Equines were introduced as pack and draft animals and to breed mules (a hybrid bred from a female horse and male donkey), which were more in demand for their superior strength, stronger hooves and surefootedness. The first shipment of mules and donkeys is reported to have arrived at the Cape in 1656.

    Donkeys were introduced into what is referred to as southern Namibia today in small numbers as settlers began to cross over the Orange/Gariep River from the latter part of the 18th century. Later on, towards the end of the 19th century, German settlers brought in donkeys to breed mules for use in the diamond fields and for military purposes. In the depression years following World War I, there was an influx of Afrikaner farmers travelling north from South Africa in two- or four-wheeled wooden donkey carts, replacing the ox-wagon as a means of transport.

    In later years as cars gained popularity, the majority of donkey carts were made using remnants of old cars. The carts were made using the ‘bak’ or rear part of the car, rear axles and tyres. From the 1920s until the 1950s donkey carts were the main form of transport on the farms. When the karakul market started to peak in the 1940s, many farmers were able to purchase their first cars. Donkey carts were passed on to the workers and made their way into the communal areas. By the mid-20th century the donkey cart had become a popular form of transport.

    Part of the culture

    With the continual rise in petrol prices and the high cost of motor vehicles, people are depending more and more on donkey carts for transport. They have become part of the lifestyle and culture of rural Namibia. These valuable carts are the Chevrolets and Subarus of the countryside, often even proudly bearing number plates. The donkeys are also given amusing names. Originally custom-made, donkey carts are now innovative modes of transport constructed with recycled parts from the scrapyard. These include the tyres, and the donkey cart occupants may be required to wait while the donkey cart stops every few kilometres for the owner to jump out and pump the tyres.

    While the inhabitants of the north-central regions of Namibia have mostly used donkeys to plough their fields or to transport large water containers and the Himbas have used donkeys as pack animals, the Namas and Damaras of southern and western Namibia have wholeheartedly embraced the donkey cart culture.

    An intriguing attraction for tourists, the donkey cart is part of the Namibian journey. You know you’re in Namibia when you see your first donkey cart hurtling along the auxiliary roads, disappearing between the long bleached grass into the distance or when you explore the hinterland. Just when you begin to think you are the only person for miles around, a donkey cart will appear on the horizon. These are the times to slow down, not to envelop its occupants in clouds of dust, wave and become acquainted with the colourful people of Namibia. Guaranteed they will be waving and smiling back, and will always have time for small talk.

    GONDWANA COLLECTION

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  • 08/16/17--16:00: Hello Tata
  • Hello TataHello TataTata Bolts in to a league of its own Cost-cutting is on everyone's lips and finally, here is an affordable vehicle that actually has some safety features. 'I don't know what it is, but I get a helluva kick out of testing the more affordable, less popular cars that find their way into the Wheels24 garage'.

    I found it pretty amusing having just driven Porsche's beautiful 911 GTS for two glorious days, and then having to trade it for a Tata Bolt like a hawker at the fruit market.

    But, I don't mind these things. After all, I'm as average as the next Joe and South Africans are looking for ways and means to cut costs in all forms - downsizing and going for smaller, more affordable cars is one way of doing that.

    The Tata Bolt could serve as a considerate downgrade, or, a great purchase for the small, young family who wants to have their own vehicle. Pricing for the Bolt starts at R157 995. And, for most families, that's still the price of an arm and a leg. But... it's a lot more accessible and affordable for most.

    Having driven the Bolt two years ago on launch, it feels a lot better than it did for some reason. Perhaps a better batch in quality? The build definitely feels more solid, and that the car is not going to fall apart at speeds in excess of 100km/h.

    The Reverton 1.2-litre engine holds its own on the highway at the national speed limit without having to turn your knuckles white to help fight and keep it on the road during gusty winds. It's good for 66kW at 5000rpm and 140Nm at 1500-4000rpm.

    The facia is simple in the entry level XMS version, there are upholstery seats and it's not too crammy. It even has a big enough boot for a small family to fit a small load of monthly shopping.

    Other than that, there's not much else to write home to mom about.

    Maybe except for its infotainment system consisting of four speakers, four tweeters, video playback and an image viewer on the 13cm display screen. It also comes with advanced voice command recognition.

    Other niceties include fog lights, daytime running lights, LED indicators, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity, incoming SMS notifications and read outs, a multi-function steering wheel with audio controls.

    On the safety front, there's ABS, EBD, corner stability control and not one, but two airbags in the front of the car - one each for driver and passenger.

    With all that said the Datsun Go is one of the Bolt's direct competitors and its fast becoming one of the most popular budget cars taking SA by storm. Just in June, the Go reached the Top 10 list of most-sold passenger cars for the month, even knocking Ford's Fiesta off the list.

    The Datsun Go's downfall was always that it didn't have sufficient safety features, but even opting for a Lux version with two airbags still knocks off about R30 000 for the Bolt's cheapest unit from R126 900 for the 1.2-litre powered Go.

    The Bolt offers as much fun as you can have with a bucket and spade in the sand, and it genuinely is sufficient for the average family who needs to get the kids to school and travel to work, and the odd weekend outing.

    However, my concern did arise when my test session was coming to an end. I had started to hear some strange noises and kinks and niggles that wasn't there when I had received the car. I didn't go off-roading, nor did I take any long-distance drives this time round, so it was a bit disconcerting.

    Either it was my imagination, or it was alarm bells that a car like this might need a lot more maintenance and servicing that you would plan for.

    For the sake of the car, and what it's worth, I sincerely hope it was not the latter.

    – Wheels24



    Janine Van der Post

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    Oompangela dhokatomeno kaaChina tadhi tsikileOompangela dhokatomeno kaaChina tadhi tsikileOondoongi 70 tadhi ka tomwa mesiku Aakwashigwana naakuthimbinga ayehe oye na sigo ehulilo lyomwedhi Aguste opo ya holole omaiyuvo gawo nomapulo gawo kombinga yoompangela dhehangano lyaChina okutunga okatomeno koondoongi mOutjo. Oshikumungu ngoka osha e ta nale omaiyuvo goshigwana shoka sha popi kombinga yenyateko lyomeya gomevi oshowo evi , nomukalo gongeshefa ngoka tagu longithwa okwa nyanwa sho okatomeno hoka kwa tegelelwa ka ka tome oondoongi 70 mesiku moshilongo shoka shin a owala iinamwenyo mbyoka inayi pitilila po160 000.

    “Namibia ke na iinamwenyo mboka oyindji opo yi vule okupulitha komeho ongeshefa ndjoka uule woomvula mbali netata okuya poomvula ntano, nuuna ongeshefa ndjoka ya ndopa, nena aakalimo yomOutjo oyo taya ka thiminikwa konkalo ya wapaleke eyonagulo ndyoka tali ka ningwa kongeshefa ndjoka. Ngele oondoongi odha pupo nena uukongo waaheli paveta otawu ka lala omukundu omolwa shompumbwe yoondongi,” aakwashigwana ya holola omaiuyo gawo oshiwike shika.

    Ehala mpoka pwa tokolwa okutulwa okatoemno hoka kali na omeya nominino dhiiyekelwahi, nelelo lyaOutjo olya zimina nale opo li gandje omayakulo ngoka pehala ndyoka.

    Okwa hololwa woo omaipulo kombinga yomeya ngoka taga ka longithwa mokatomeno hoka sho okatomeno taka ka pumbwa oolita dhomeya mesiku dha thika po-120,000 oshowo olusheno ndoka taluka longithwa mondoolopa ndjoka yi na olusheno halu guko konyala kehe oshiwike.

    Mondokumende yuuyelele tayi ithanwa background information document (BID) ndjoka ya shangwa po kehangano lyoQuivertree consulting, ehangano lya kutwa koFu Hair Trading Enterprise opo li ninge omapekaapeko goenvironmental impact assessment (EIA) kombinga yokatomeno hoka, olya hiya aakwashigwana oshowo aakuthimbinga ayehe ya kale ya gandja omaiyuvo gawo nomapulo kombinga yokatomeno hoka sigo opehulilo lyomwedhi Aguste.

    Ondokumende ndjoka oya holola kutya pauyelele wa gandjwa kehangano lyoFu Hai Trading Enterprises kombinga yoompangela dhawo dhongeshefa dhoka dha ningilwa omalunduluko, okatomeno hoka otaka ka toma mesiku oondoongi 70 nenge oongombe 100.

    Ehangano olya holola kutya mokatomeno hoka otamu ka tomwa owala oondoongi nenge oongombe, nonyama yawo otayi ka tumwa pondje yoshilongo okupitila momatulilo gaMbaye okuya koChina. Ehangano olya tsikile kutya oondoongi ndhoka taya ka toma otadhi kaza monooli moka ehangano lyawo lya mona aniwa oopresenda 62, na inaya holola omwaalu gwoondoongi ngoka guli moshilongo.

    Nonando ongaaka, oEIA otayi ka konaakona uupyakadhi womwaalu gwoondoongi mboka tawu keetithwa ketomo lyoondoongi mokatomeno hoka. Pauyelele mboka wa li wa gandjwa kehangano lyIigwana yaHangana lyoFood and Agriculture Organisation mo-2014, Namibia otaku tengenekwa e na oondoongi dha thika po-159 000.

    Dr Anja Boshoff-De Witt, omukomeho gwo meat standards moMeat Board of Namibia okwa yelitha kutya kape na oompango dhoka tadhi indike omuntu a ninge omatomeno taka tomenwa iinamwenyo ya yooloka moNamibia, ihe okwa pumbwa okutulwa omilandu dha kwata miiti, opo ku yandwe uupyakadhi.

    Okwa yelitha woo kutya monena kape na onyama hayi tumwa moChina, omolwa omukithi gwoshipa.

    “Monena Namibia iha tumu onyama koChina molwa omalandulathano ngoka geli miilonga, shoka otashi ti kutya onyama ndjoka tayi ka za mokatomeno hoka oyi na okuya momalanditho gomoshilongo sigo uuna kwa ziminwa onyama yi vule okukala tayi tumwa koChina nege kiilongo yilwe.”

    Okwa yelitha kutya Namibia naChina oye na etsokumwe opo ka ku tumwe onyama koChina uule woomwedhi dha thika po-12 omolwa omukithi gwoshipa sho Namibia a dhidhilike omatukuko gomukithi ngoka omvula ya piti.

    Svenja Garrard gwoQuivertree consulting okwa koleke kutya evi mpoka tapu tungwa okatomeno hoka olya wapalekwa nale omanga oonkundathana pokati kehangano ndyoka nelelo lyondoolopa yaOutjo inadhi tseyithilwa oshigwana. Evi ndyoka otali ka kala tali hiilwa kehangano lyoFu Hai Trading Enterprise. Omakonaakono ngoka taga kaningwa otaga ka tala woo komauwanawa ngoka taga vulu okweetwa kokatomeno hoka ngaashi oompito dhiilonga nekandulepo lyoluhepo, ihe otaga ka tala woo ngele ope na ompito yelanditho lyoondoongi shaaheli pamulandu onga oshizemo shokatomeno hoka.

    Okwa hololwa kutya, Fu Hai Trading okwa yi moonkundathana noBurmeister and Partners opo a manithe ethaneko lyetungo lyokatomeno hoka.

    Onkalonawa yiinamwenyo nuuyogoki wonyama ndjoka otayi ka konaakonwa koFood Chain Solutions Namibia.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Ya holoka mompangu omolwa edhengo nomamanya lyomunamimvo 43Ya holoka mompangu omolwa edhengo nomamanya lyomunamimvo 43 Aalumentu yatatu oya holola mompangu omolwa eso lyomunamimvo 43 ngoka a dhengwa nomamanya mOtjiwarongo oshiwike sha piti.

    Tobias Fillemon Nghikongelwa okwa ponokelwa kaalumentu yatano molukanda lwaDRC lwopotundi 01:00 mEtiyali lyoshiwike sha piti.

    Oonakuholoka mompangu oya tumbulwa kutya omunamimvo 26, Munengenga Johannes Kamati ngoka a holoka mompangulilo yaMangestrata gwaTjiwarongo mEtitano omanga Abiatar Fillemon Hango, 25, nomunamimvo 26 Simon Shitilifa mOmaandaha.

    Oshipotha shoka osha kwatelwa komeho kuMangestrata, Ivette Fredricks.

    Fredricks okwa yelithile mboka uuthemba wawo wokukonga aakalelipo yopaveta yopaumwene nenge ya ninge eindilo lyaakalelipo yopaveta okuza koshikondo shOmayakulo gIikwaveta mUuministeli wUuyuki.

    Ayehe yatatu oya tokola okuninga eindilo lyaakalelipo okuza kuuministeli.

    Oshipotha shoka osha undulilwa komasiku ga 7 gaSepetemba opo mboka ya vule okuninga omaindilo gaakalelipo yawo.

    Coleen Yisa otaka lelepo epangelo moshipotha shoka. Komufala Heinrich Tjiveze ngoka e li komanda yOpolisi ya Otjozondjupa okwa popi kutya aakwanezimo yaNghikongelwa oya tseyithilwa eso lye.

    Tjiveze okwa popi kutya omudhimba gwaNghikongelwa ogwa adhika gwa zinda na ogu na iilalo sho gwa adhika gwaana oonguwo na osha etitha omafekelo gedhengo.

    Aantu mboka haya zi popepi naampoka pwa ningilwa oshiningwanima shoka oya popi kutya oya mono aalumentu taya ponokela Nghikongelwa nomamanya niiti, oshowo omakende goombiila sigo a lala a mwena ita inyenge.

    Omakonaakono gopolisi otaga tsikile.

    NAMPA

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    Aakiintu AaNamibia yeli moondjeedhililo pondje yoshilongoAakiintu AaNamibia yeli moondjeedhililo pondje yoshilongo Omvula ya piti, Namibia okwa ningi iipalanyolo iinene sho aakwashigwana ye unene aakiintu ya tulwa miipandeko miilongo yopondje sho ya adhika niingangamithi.

    Aatseyinawa yegameno oya holola kutya sho oshilongo sha taalela ompumbwe yoshimaliwa, aakwashigwana oyendji oyeli mompumbwe yoshimaliwa na otaya hekwa nuupu opo ya longe iimbuluma yokundalaspota iingangamithi.

    Kwiikwatelelwa kuuyelele mboka wa pitithwa koNamibian Police Drug Trafficking Unit aakiintu AaNamibia yatatu oyeli moondjedhililo pondje yoshilongo omolwa iipotha yiingangamithi.

    Opolisi oya popi kutya aakiintu mboka oya kwatwa niingangamithi yongushu yoomiliyona 4. Aakiintu yaali oyeli miipandeko moSao Paulo, Brazil, omanga gumwe e li moSouth Africa.

    MuApilili omukiintu OmuNamibia okwa tindililwa omboloha moSouth Afrika sho a adhika niingangamithi yongushu yoomiliyona 2.

    Lena de Waal, 33, okwa tulilwa miipandeko pokapale koondhila a adhika nookg 5 dhiingangamithi yococaine mbyoka ya adhika momitsalo dhe.

    MuMei, omukiintu omunamimvo 30 okwa tulwa miipandeko moSao Paulo poGuarulhos International Airport moBrazil. Dedre Anzell Strauss okwa adhika niingangamithi. Oshikondo shoka osha popi kutya omukiintu ngoka okwa tulwa miipandeko muNovemba na inaku gandjwa we uuyelele wa sha.

    Opolisi yaNamibia otayi kunkilile aakiintu aanysaha kaya ninge iihakanwa yaazaizai mboka taye ya heke ya ninge aandalasipoti yiingangamithi.

    Otaku hololwa kutya mboka taya ningi iihakanwa AaNamibia unene mboka ye wetike yeli mompumbwe na ohaya hekwa nomwaalu gwiimaliwa. Omvula ya piti muApilili,

    Melanie van Niekerk, okwa tulwa miipandeko moBrazil sho adhika e na iingangamithi pokapale koodhila.

    Okwa lopotwa woo muJanuari kutya omulumentu omunamimvo 50oOmuNamibia okwa tulwa miipandeko moIndia sho adhiki pokapale koodhila kaNew Delhi e na ookg 20 dhiingangamithi yo ephedrine (tik) moBengaluru. Nakutulwa miipandeko okwa li molweendo lwe okuya moSouth Afrika.

    MuJuni gwomvula ya piti, ombelewa yomukalelipo gwaNamibia moBrazil oya okleke kutya AaNamibia yatano aakiintu oye li moondholongo dhoshilongo shoka omolwa iimbuluma yi na sha niingangamithi. Omageelo haga gandjwa moshilongo shoka oge li poomvula dha thika po-10.

    Omvula ya piti opolisi oya koleke kutya aaNamibia ya thika po-50 otaya longele omageelo goodholongo miipotha yiingangamithi , omakwatonkonga, omiyeka kwahomatiwa miilongo ngaashi India, Brazil, Angola naSouth Africa. Yamwe oya tulwa miipandeko omolwa iipotha ngaashi uulunga nokukala miilongo yaantu yaahena omikanda dhomondjila.

    Okutameka omwedhi gwa piti, oshifokundneki shika osha kala tashi pula okuza koshikondo shiingangamithi omiyalu dhaaNamibia mboka ya tulwa miipandeko pondje muule woomvula omulongo dha piti, ihe sigo onena inashi mona omayamukulo.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    AaZimbabwe taya futwa oondjambi dhili pombandaAaZimbabwe taya futwa oondjambi dhili pombandaAazaizai taya futwa nawa omanga aavalelwa mo yeli momapandaanda Iifuta mbyoka hayi futwa aanashilonga aazaizai moshilongo oya nyanwa sho epangelo hali futu aanashilonga mboka omwaalu omunene omanga AaNamibia taya futwa oondjambi oonshona nenge yamwe kaye na nokuli iilonga. Oshilongo shoka sha taalela ompumbwe yoshimaliwa shoka sha tulwa pondondo yopevi omasiku ga piti, osha pyakudhukwa okutufa aazaizai omwaalu omunene gwoondjambi pauyelele mboka wa monika koshifokundaneki shika. Uuministeli wiilonga ohawu futu AaZimbabwe ya thika po-86 oondjambi dhongushu yooN$697 130.45 komwedhi omanga komvula oshimaliwa shoka oshi li poomiliyona 8.4.

    Oondjambi dhongundu ontiyali yaaZimbabwe odhili poomiliyona 55.7 komvula. Miifuta moka omwa kwatelwa omauwanawa ngaashi omalweendo ngoka geli pongushu yoomiliyona 10 komwedhi nonando mboka ohaya mono nale omauwanawa gomalweendo koondjambi dhawo.

    Okuyeleka naashoka, AaNamibia yeli 36 mboka ya manitha omailongo gawo na oya kutwa kuuministeli mboka oondjambi dhawo odhili owala poomiliyona 10.2 omanga omauwanawa gomalweendo gawo geli pooN$258 336.00.

    Omiyalu ndhoka odha pewa oshikundaneki shika, komuniilonga OmuNamibia muuministeli mboka, ngoka a loloka ethindilo kongudhi lyaaNamibia.

    “Epangelo otali futu omwaalu guli pombanda oontauki dhopaliko. Otaya thipi ombinzi epangelo lyetu,” onzo yimwe ya holola.

    Onzo oya pula kutya osha ende ngiini epangelo li kute miilonga aakwashigwana mboka yaana ontseyo yasha onga ooindjinia naanashilonga yalwe, omanga AaNamibia oyendji yeli momapandaanda konima yomailongo gawo. Aanashilonga mboka AaNamibia oya ningile ominista yoshikondo shoka omatilitho kutya otaya ka konga ekwatho lyompangu, sha landula sho Alpheus !Naruseb a tokola opo ongundu yaaZimbabwe 29 shangithwe noNamibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, inaku landulwa omilandu onga aathaneki yomatungo naayaluli yiitunguthi nongushu yiitungithi yomatungo. Aanamibia mboka otaya pula woo uulongelwe noonzapo dhaaZimbabwe mboka ya pulwa ya shangithwe. Shoka osha li sha uthwa ko kondalaka yuule woomvula ntano ndjoka ya shaninwa pokati kaaZimbabwe mboka mo-2012 kOmupresidende pethimbo ndyoka Hifikepunye Pohamba nOmupresidende gwaZimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

    Kwiikwatelelwa konzo dhili meni lyuuministeli mboka, AaZimbabwe mboka inaya shangithwa nolutu lwaanashilonga mboka koshilongo shaandjawo omanga yamwe kaye na nokuli ontseyo ya sha miilonga moka.

    Etsokumwe ndyoka olya pu ongushu ihe AaZiambabwe mboka otaya kondjo opo etsokumwe ndyoka li lelepekwe.



    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Politics drags down SA growthPolitics drags down SA growthSouth Africa's political tensions constrain growth Moody's Investor Services did not publish a ratings review of South Africa on Friday, as had been widely anticipated. Political tensions in the ruling African National Congress will weigh on South Africa's growth, ratings agency Moody's said yesterday.

    President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote in parliament last week but a few dozen lawmakers from his own party supported the motion that would have had him removed after eight years in office.

    “Key constraints to growth are domestic, including political tensions and policy uncertainty,” the ratings agency said in its credit opinion statement on South Africa.

    Moody's Investor Services did not publish a ratings review of South Africa on Friday as had been widely anticipated.

    Moody's has South Africa's long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at Baa3, with a negative outlook. It is the only ratings agency that has South Africa's foreign-currency and rand-denominated debt at investment grade.

    On 9 June, Moody's downgraded South Africa's credit ratings, some two months after both Standard & Poor's and Fitch had downgraded the foreign currency rating to junk status, following a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle at the end of March.

    Both ratings agencies argued in their statements explaining the ratings decision that the executive changes initiated by President Jacob Zuma had put at risk fiscal and growth outcomes and caused policy uncertainty.

    -additional reporting by FIN24



    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    UK to seek 'temporary customs union' after BrexitUK to seek 'temporary customs union' after Brexit Britain said on Tuesday that it would seek a “temporary customs union” with the European Union after Brexit, in an opening gambit for trade negotiations that received a cool response from Brussels.

    The government proposed to continue for around two years the kind of tariff-free arrangements that apply now to EU-UK trade in goods, to give businesses more time to adapt to new post-Brexit systems.

    But unlike under the current customs union, London said it wanted to be able to negotiate free trade agreements with non-EU countries during the interim period, which would then be implemented afterwards.

    Brexit minister David Davis told BBC radio it was “sensible” to have a “shortish period in which we maintain the current arrangements”, lasting “something like two years”.

    The proposal was welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry, Britain's big business lobby group, but critics dismissed it as “fantasy”.

    Britain has said it will leave the EU customs union and single market–its largest trading partner–when it leaves the bloc in March 2019, but wants trade to continue as smoothly as possible.

    The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said on Tuesday that it would “take note” of the proposals, but warned: “'Frictionless trade' is not possible outside the single market and customs union.”

    Experts have said it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to negotiate a new EU-UK trade agreement before Britain leaves the bloc, raising fears of a damaging “cliff edge”.

    “One possible approach would be a temporary customs union between the UK and the EU,” the Brexit ministry said in a statement, as it published a policy paper on future trading relations.

    The CBI's deputy director Josh Hardie said the proposal was “encouraging”, adding: “The clock is ticking and what matters now is giving companies the confidence to continue investing as quickly as possible.”

    The policy paper set out Britain's first proposals for the future customs arrangements with the EU, including one option to streamline and simplify administrative processes for the movement of goods.

    This could be similar to an arrangement between Australia and New Zealand, though the paper admitted this would see “an increase in administration compared with being inside the EU customs union”.

    An “innovative and untested” alternative could be a new customs partnership in which Britain adopts the EU's external customs border to allow for free EU-UK trade, but applies its own tariffs for goods from third countries destined only for Britain.

    “One of the options is basically deep cooperation, and the other seems to me like continuing within the customs union but without calling it the customs union,” said Professor Alan Winters, director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex.

    He described the proposals as “vague and aspirational” - a view echoed by John Springford, director of research at the Centre for European Reform think tank, who accused the government of “constructive ambiguity”.

    Opposition Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna, a prominent pro-European, said the government's plan was “a fantasy” - a position echoed by Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's outspoken Brexit negotiator.

    “They might promise frictionless trade, but they are offering a red tape bombshell for British business,” Umunna said in a statement.

    A third round of Brexit negotiations is due to begin at the end of August, focused on Britain's financial settlement, expatriate rights, and the border between British-controlled Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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    Solar power plant goes onlineSolar power plant goes onlineRosh Pinah plant generates 5 megawatts The four-month construction project at the southern mining town created 150 temporary and six permanent jobs. A five-megawatt solar energy plant built at Rosh Pinah by Aloe Energy Investment has been completed.

    The plant was constructed at a cost of N$124 million by the Namibian start-up in partnership with Spanish company AEE Power.

    The ground-breaking ceremony for the initiative was held at the zinc-mining town in February, followed by the construction process from April until July.

    In an update to the !Karas Regional Council on Tuesday, the company's managing director, Shitongeni Kakehongo, said the plant would be inaugurated next month.

    Generated energy started flowing into the NamPower national grid around 16 July already, he said.

    Shitongeni said 150 temporary jobs were created during the construction phase, while six employees were retained on a permanent basis for the maintenance of the plant.

    “As per the mandate from the regional council, the jobs were given to local people of the region and we remain proud to be involved in Namibian skills transfer and development,” he said.

    Shitongeni expressed interest on behalf of his company to establish more such plants in the !Karas Region.

    “The region has one of the highest rates of radiation in the world and this should be taken advantage of,” he said, explaining that the plant uses rotating solar panels that follow the direction of the sun.

    The plant was built on public land made available by the regional council.

    The panels, inverters and transformers were imported by Aloe and its technical partner and investor, AEE from Germany, while materials and equipment were transported through the Walvis Bay and Lüderitz harbours, Shitongeni said.

    The project is one of 14 renewable-energy projects commissioned under a feed-in tariff programme initiated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Electricity Control Board.

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  • 08/16/17--16:00: Nam import cover increases
  • Nam import cover increasesNam import cover increasesRoughly six months’ breathing space The government’s fiscal consolidation has had a positive impact according to the Bank of Namibia. OGONE TLHAGE



    The Bank of Namibia says the fiscal consolidation programme introduced by the government has helped increase the country’s stock of foreign reserves.

    “As much as we see positive inflows, fiscal consolidation played a role in the reserve building. The fiscal consolidation path has had a positive impact on the reserve levels,” BoN deputy governor Ebson Uanguta said at a press briefing yesterday.

    According to bank data, as of 31 July, the preliminary stock of international reserves stood at N$32.7 billion, representing an increase both on a monthly and an annual basis.

    Uanguta said the increase was mainly due to repatriation of funds by financial institutions, the African Development Bank loan inflow and repayments by the National Bank of Angola.

    Uanguta said financial institutions repatriated about N$2 billion.

    “At this level, the stock of international reserves is estimated to cover 5.5 months of imports of goods and services, and thereby remains sufficient to sustain the currency peg between the Namibian dollar and the rand.”

    He also commented on the recent credit-rating downgrade issued by Moody’s, which he said would result in increased borrowing costs for the government.

    “Any downgrade will have an immediate impact, which is an increase in the cost of borrowing,” said Uanguta.

    The deputy governor also announced that the monetary policy committee of the central bank had decided to reduce the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.75%. The decision was seen as a measure to support economic growth while also maintaining the one-to-one peg with the rand.

    “GDP growth is much better than last year. We will revise our growth figures for 2017. There are positive as well as negative weaknesses to take note of in order to compile the new growth numbers for 2017,” Uanguta said.

    He said the BoN believed inflation would settle at around 6.2% for the rest of 2017. A softening of food prices is expected to help drive down inflation.

    “Namibia’s inflation rate averaged 7% during the first six months of 2017, relative to 6.3% during the corresponding period of 2016,” said Uanguta.

    The monetary policy committee will meet again on 17 October 2017.

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    Airport authorities conduct emergency training Airport authorities conduct emergency training NAMPA

    The Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Namibia Airports Company are currently engaged in an airport emergency planning workshop.

    The five-day workshop which started on Monday is being attended by all key stakeholders from across the aviation industry, including the Namibian Police, Namibian Defence Force and City of Windhoek.

    It is being facilitated by instructors from the world-renowned Singapore Aviation Academy.

    In a statement issued on Tuesday the NAC said the workshop was meant to allow key stakeholders to plan and respond to acts of unlawful interference as per the International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Air Transport Association regulations.

    NAC acting strategic executive Albert Sibyeya was quoted in the statement as saying that with the emergence of world-wide attacks against airports, security in the aviation industry could only be effective as long as people received appropriate training to carry out their jobs efficiently and effectively.

    NCCA director Angelina Simana said it was the responsibility of the two organisations to ensure that contingency plans were developed for all Namibian airports.

    Simana emphasised that resources must be made available to safeguard civil aviation against any unlawful acts.

    She said the NAC and NCAA needed to work together to ensure that the safety and security of the national airports met international standards and adhered to regulations.

    The NCAA recently renewed the airport operating licence for Hosea Kutako International Airport under the management of NAC. The licence expires on 31 July 2018.

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  • 08/16/17--16:00: 30 dead in Nigeria
  • 30 dead in Nigeria30 dead in NigeriaThree suicide bombers, one female, set off blasts It has been yet another bloody week in north-eastern Nigeria with three Boko Haram-styled suicide bombings killing dozens. Up to 30 people were killed, and another 83 people injured, after three suicide bombers blew themselves up in north-eastern Nigeria in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram.

    A female suicide bomber blew herself up on Tuesday killing at least 27 people while two other suicide bombers detonated their devices at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, critically wounding dozens, two Nigerian officials told Al Jazeera.

    The regional emergency agency said 45 people were “critically injured” and confirmed the death toll could be as high as 30. The explosions took place near the city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of a continuing conflict between government forces and the Islamist group Boko Haram.

    The Nigerian army has been involved in a long-running campaign against the extremists and last year successfully took back large swathes of territory from the group.

    However, Boko Haram has been fighting back since June, weakening the army's control and killing at least 143 people prior to Tuesday's attacks. During the last eight years Boko Haram has attempted to create an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria. In April 2014 the organisation angered the international community when it kidnapped more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls.

    Eighty of the kidnapped schoolgirls remain missing after the rest were freed in May during a prisoner exchange.

    One of the Boko Haram's better known factions, led by Abubaker Shekay is based in the Sambisa forest and is infamous for using women and children as suicide bombers because they are harder to detect. They are subsequently sent to target mosques and markets.

    Abu Musaab Al Barnawi leads a rival faction, based in the Lake Chad region, and has strong ties to the Islamic State. This faction has carried out highly sophisticated and deadly attacks too.

    An oil prospecting team was captured last month by Al Barnawi's group. More than 50 people were killed, including members of a rescue team backed by vigilantes, as they attempted to free the hostages.

    The Boko Haram rebellion has killed 20 000 people and forced some 2.7 million to flee their homes in the last eight years.

    Religious conflict in Nigeria goes as far back as 1953. In the 1980s the military ruler of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida, enrolled Nigeria in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, aggravating religious tensions in the country, particularly among the Christian community.

    Since the return of democracy to Nigeria in 1999 Sharia law has been instituted as a main body of civil and criminal law in nine Muslim-majority and in some parts of three Muslim-plurality states. Then Zamfara state governor, Ahmad Rufai Sani, began the push for the institution of Sharia at the level of government.



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    Herding cattle in Gauteng's suburbsHerding cattle in Gauteng's suburbs Six days a week, 23-year-old Mxolisi Zondo works herding livestock, applying skills learned in rural KwaZulu-Natal, in the busy Gauteng township of Kwathema.

    Mxolisi Zondo battles to live and support his two wives and four children back in KwaZulu-Natal on his monthly salary of R1 500.

    But herding livestock is the only work he could find when he came to Gauteng about a year ago, GroundUp reports.

    Failing to find work in Johannesburg to support his family, he moved on to Kwathema, settled in an informal settlement and found work as a herdsman at a nearby men's hostel.

    “I went to different firms looking for work finding nothing. I did not know I would end up herding livestock like I did back home, in order to earn a living.”

    As early as 06:00 in the morning, six days a week, Mxolisi begins work. With his small salary he said he could not afford a cell phone or an alarm clock and he relied on his ability to tell the time by the sun - a skill he learned in his village in KwaZulu-Natal.

    With a long stick and three dogs, Zondo leaves his home at the corner of Vlakfontein and Hebede Street in KwaThema and summons the 25 cattle and 15 sheep which he looks after from the kraal in the bushes between KwaThema and Springs. He knows all the cattle by name.

    The sheep do not have names.

    For the first three hours of the morning Zondo lets the livestock graze in nearby bushes to avoid the early morning traffic on the roads.

    At about 10:00 Zondo leads the animals across the Springs road with cars waiting until the road is clear of the herd to proceed.

    He takes the animals to drink, either at a small stream in KwaThema or near Reedville residential area.

    Then he takes them to graze at grasslands near a big shopping complex in nearby Brakpan. At the weekend he sometimes takes them south to other grazing near Geluksdal, where there is also a small stream.

    There are other herdsmen in the area, he said, looking after their employers' livestock and sometimes earning as little as R1 200 a month.

    Some of the animals wander off and must be tracked down with the help of the dogs.

    There is no time to sit down and eat and Zondo knows if he returns with a single animal missing he will be in trouble with his employer.

    But, he said, he was a hardcore rural-bred young man who could survive any situation.

    “If l had a choice I would be working in a better job. I still ask around for other work but nothing has come along yet.”

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  • 08/16/17--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day AIRBORNE: Switzerland's Léa Sprunger, Jamaica's Ristananna Tracey and Britain's Meghan Beesley compete in a semi-final of the women's 400m hurdles athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 08/16/17--16:00: RCC workers' agony
  • RCC workers' agonyRCC workers' agony Close to 400 workers employed by the government-owned Roads Contractor Company (RCC) could lose their jobs if cabinet approves a decision not to grant the beleaguered company a bailout.

    The fate of the RCC lies in the hands of the cabinet committee on treasury, which according to media reports is also reviewing the financial status of a number of problematic state-owned enterprises.

    The RCC has continued its loss-making trajectory over the last couple of years and its board has requested N$300 million this year in order continue operating. However, a number of senior politicians are not entertaining any idea to rescue the company with a bailout and want it closed. In recent interviews, finance minister Calle Schlettwein has been as quoted saying that government does not have the money to throw a lifeline to the troubled RCC. The painful process of cutting jobs is looming large at the RCC, which illustrates the extent of the crisis it finds itself in. And given the serious governance failures seen at parastatals, including the RCC, it is understandable why government is taking a tough stance on the issue.

    However, it is unfortunate that the workers now have to pay such a heavy price for the mismanagement of the company. There is a very sombre mood among employees who have not been paid for about two months after they were told by treasury in no uncertain terms that there is no money for salaries.

    It is very sad that workers have to endure this ordeal, mainly because of a leadership deficit that has been allowed to play itself out over the years.

    Owing workers unjustifiably and due to no fault of their own is unfair and families should be spared this ordeal. This is a national embarrassment, which also demonstrates that the total dependence of many of the parastatals on central government allocations, has and never will be, a viable way out.

    Moreover the plan to kill off 400 jobs in a country which is already battling high levels of unemployment should be guided by long-term plans to overhaul how all these state-owned entities are managed.

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    Bail for suspects in tourist robberyBail for suspects in tourist robbery The two other suspects, who were involved in last week Thursday's Western Bypass highway robbery, were each granted N$5 000 bail on Tuesday.

    Stefanus Nauta and Martin Akawa's matter was postponed to 5 September.

    The duo managed to escape after the robbery but their accomplice, Frabianus Endjala's attempt to flee after allegedly robbing a family of four Germans tourists, was foiled buy a bus driver who intervened. The family had just landed in Namibia and was on its way to their tourism destination, Etosha National Park.

    Ironically, the first accused, Endjala, who had been issued with a warrant of arrest the same morning he was arrested for the alleged robbery in another robbery case, was granted bail of N$5 000.

    That morning, the magistrate had withdrawn Endjala's N$2 000 bail and issued a warrant for his arrest.

    According to police spokesperson, Edwin Kanguatjivi, “there must have been a miscommunication for the accused to secure bail.”

    Kanguatjivi said since Endjala was wrongfully issued with bail, the police have not been able to trace him.

    According to the police, the Polo Vivo used in Thursday's robbery has been impounded. The vehicle has been linked to other cases of theft out of motor vehicles.

    In another related incident, two men were robbed at gunpoint of more than N$167 900.

    The robbery was committed at the Woermann Brock Hyper Complex parking area in Khomasdal on Monday. The vehicle they were driving was also stolen.

    According to the police, the two men robbed were on their way to the bank. The vehicle used to commit the crime was later recovered after the robbers abandoned it. No arrests have been made.



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    More than 70 register for OlufukoMore than 70 register for Olufuko Preparations for the 2017 Olufuko Cultural Festival are in full swing, with 78 young girls having registered and confirmed their participation in the initiation ritual this time around.

    The Outapi Town Council, in conjunction with the Omusati regional and traditional authorities, is hosting the Olufuko Festival for the sixth consecutive year.

    Senior Manager for Local Economic Development of the Outapi Town Council, Nyeuvo Ekandjo said the 78 girls to be initiated this year, eight less than last year's figure of 86, are all from within the Omusati Region.

    The Ombalantu Traditional Authority will contribute the highest number of 37 girls, followed by the Ombadja Traditional Authority with 25 girls.

    Other Omusati Region traditional authorities are to delegate girls as follows; Uukolonkadhi (9), Uukwambi (5) and two from Ongandjera.

    They are to be initiated and prepared for motherhood.

    “We anticipate that more girls will show up before the commencement of the festival on 25 August,” Ekandjo said, adding that the festival has also attracted 284 exhibitors so far.

    The exhibitors will showcase their products and services at the festival.

    “The number of exhibitors is also not final because we are waiting for the corporate institutions that tend to confirm their participation at the last minute,” Ekandjo said.

    Founding president and patron of the festival, Sam Nujoma will officially open the event on 1 September. The occasion will also be attended by former president, Hifikepunye Pohamba.

    “The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the chief of the host Ombalantu Traditional Authority will also deliver speeches during the official opening,” Ekandjo explained.

    The Outapi Town Council and Standard Bank Namibia remain the main and official sponsors of the festival, respectively.

    The festival will run until 5 September at its usual venue, the Olufuko Festival Centre and Traditional Homestead.



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    Food bank beneficiaries fraudulentFood bank beneficiaries fraudulentMany names on list that who not quality The poverty eradication ministry is currently investigating fraudulent beneficiaries of the food bank and says those found guilty will be brought to book. The majority of beneficiaries of the poverty ministry's food bank initiative earn more than N$400 per month, which is against the qualifying criteria and illegal.

    The director of poverty eradication programmes and coordination in the ministry, Niita Iipinge confirmed this over the weekend at a community meeting in Okuryangava for the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency.

    Without disclosing a number, she said the ministry has established that most of the households benefiting from the programme earn above the stipulated monthly income for those who qualify to benefit from it.

    The food bank programme, which is still in its pilot phase, has benefited over 17 000 households in seven constituencies of the Khomas Region thus far.

    The project was established in mid-2016 with the aim to provide impoverished citizens with food to reduce hunger and fight poverty.

    Among the criteria are identification documents and a declaration from the Namibian police that the applicant/household earns less than N$400 per month.

    Iipinge said an assessment of the programme that commenced last month revealed the fraud.

    She explained one example of when a woman filed a complaint after she noticed that her neighbour, an employed police officer, is benefitting from the programme while she, who is unemployed, is not.

    Iipinge said the ministry has through the Khomas Regional Council instructed the street committees to identify and remove the households whose monthly income is above N$400 from the beneficiaries list.

    She said it is clear that most applicants provided the police with false information regarding their monthly income, which is illegal.

    Iipinge said those found guilty of providing false information under oath will be brought to book, as the ministry will open a case against them.

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    Swapo prepares for fresh elective conference in OmahekeSwapo prepares for fresh elective conference in Omaheke The Swapo Party in the Omaheke Region will on Saturday convene a fresh regional elective conference.

    The conference will be preceded by repeat party district conferences in three districts whose previous election results were disputed.

    The districts are Otjombinde, Otjinene and Aminuis.

    Otjombinde and Otjinene have in the meantime already concluded their repeat district conferences last week, and Aminuis is expected to convene on Wednesday and Thursday for the same purpose.

    This follows a directive from the party's politburo, which two weeks ago ruled that there were some irregularities in the initial district conferences in these three districts.

    A team of top Swapo party leaders visited the region shortly after the disputed initial district conferences held between June and July to verify the outcome of such results, and found that the elections for portfolios were not properly conducted.

    As such, all previous election results in Otjombinde, Aminuis and Otjinene districts were nullified and new elective conferences were ordered by the Swapo party politburo.

    The results of district conferences in Kalahari, Epukiro and Gobabis were accepted as no irregularities were observed.

    The team included former Speaker of the National Assembly Theo-Ben Gurirab, erstwhile deputy prime ministers Libertine Amadhila and Marco Hausiku; and education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.

    The same team will also be present in Omaheke and will monitor and observe the fresh elective district conferences.

    An extra-ordinary conference will be held for Okorukambe district on Friday to elect four delegates to the regional conference, and another four to the party congress scheduled for end of November.

    Incumbent Swapo Party regional coordinator for Omaheke, Kejamuina Mungendje said the process is expected to go smooth with the presence of the verification team.

    “All is in order and we are ready to take the process forward and complete it as per schedule,” Mungendje said on Wednesday.

    Swapo party regional districts in Omaheke are divided according to the country's political constituencies and they are Aminuis, Otjinene, Otjombinde, Okorukambe, Epukiro, Kalahari and Gobabis.

    Each district however has several sections that make up its district leadership.

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