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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ekanitho lyiilonga tali londo pombandaEkanitho lyiilonga tali londo pombandaOnkalo yeliko tayi thiminike omahangano ga kuthe miilonga aaniilonga Nonando omuleli gwoshilongo okwa popi kutya onkalo yeliko lyoshilongo shetu otayi hwepopala, oNamibia Employers Federation (NEF) oya tengeneke kutya AaNamibia oyendji otaya ka kanitha iilonga muule woomwedhi dhili komeho. Pahapu dhamushanga gwoNEF, Tim Parkhouse, ombelewa ye oya kala tayi dhengelwa oongodhi kaagandji yiilonga mboka taya kongo omayele kombinga yomilandu ngele oya hala okukutha aaniilonga miilonga.

    Okwa popi kutya omahangano gamwe otaga shunitha pevi oowili dhiilonga oshowo oondjambi dhaaniilonga, omanga gamwe taga pata.

    Ompango yaaniilonga otayi popile eshunitho pevi lyoowili dhiilonga oshowo oondjambi pomathimbo gonkalo yeliko tayi shongola.

    “Oshiwike sha piti niiwike yilwe ya piti, omahangano ga thika pugatano oga ningi ekwatathano nangame kombinga yekutho lyaaniilonga miilonga. Kage shi owala omahangano ihe niilyo yetu mbyoka yili mongeshefa yoonkundathana dholudhi ndoka oya kala tayi gandja omayele komahangano nkene ge na okushunitha pevi omwaalu gwaaniilonga,” Parkhouse a popi.

    Parkhouse, okwa popi kutya omahangano otaga longitha woo omikalo dhilwe dhokushunitha pevi omwaalu omunene gwelongitho lyiimaliwa, pakulelepeka omwaalu gwoowili tadhi longwa kaaniilonga inaku gwedhelwa oondjambi omanga omahangano gamwe itaga pinenepo naaniilonga aaniilongamboka ya zi miilonga.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omahangano ogendji ngoka ga gwedhele oowili dhiilonga inaga gwedhela oondjambi dhaaniilonga,oga popi kutya itaga ka vula okufuta oondjambi dholupandu kehulilo lyomvula nuumvo.

    “Egwo pevi lyeliko olya guma aaniilonga yiikondo ayihe noshikondo shomatungo osho sha gumwa tango. Otandi dhengelwa unene oongodhi na otu na uumbanda kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi ka etitha aantu ya vule okukala itaya futu omikuli dhawo.”

    Parkhouse okwa tengeneke woo kutya ondjele yokwaahena iilonga ndjoka monena yi li poopresenda 34, oya ya pombanda noonkondo.

    Omuprofessa gwopaliko, Omundohotola Omu Kakujaha-Matundu okwa tsu kumwe naParkhouse, ta ti otashi ka kutha oomvula odhindji opo oshilongo shi shune konkalo ombwaanawa.

    “Tala komahangano ngoka ga yama kepangelo, otaga pangele okukutha miilonga aaniilonga, ngele oge shi ningi nena otwa tegelela ondjambi yokwaheena iilonga yi londe pombanda.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya omahangano gendji ngoka ga yama kepangelo nago itaga vulu we okulongitha iimaliwa oyindji, omolwa onkalo yeliko. Okwa popi kutya omahangano ogendji ogiikolela mootendela na itaga ka vula we okumona ootendela okuza kepangelo.

    Uuministeli wiilonga otawu longekidha omiyalu dhaaniilonga muule woomwedhi ndatu dha piti, ihe itawu vulu natango okugandja uuyelele.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Aantu ye vulithe po-70 yiishangitha mOlufukoAantu ye vulithe po-70 yiishangitha mOlufuko Omalongekidho gOlufuko Cultural Festival nuumvo ogeli metifa na okwa kolekwa kutya aaanona yaakadhona ya thika po-78 oyiishangitha opo ya ka kuthe ombinga moshituthi shoka.

    Elelo lyondoolopa yOutapi melongelokumwe nelelo lyoshitopolwa shaMusati oshowo omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo ogo taga kwatele komeho oshituthi shoka oshitihamano pandjokonona.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoLocal Economic Development mOutapi Town Council, Nyeuvo Ekandjo okwa popi kutya aakadhona yeli 78 otaya ka kutha ombinga moshituthi shoka shopamuthigululwakalo, nomwaalu ngoka ogwa shuna pevi naantu yahetatu, okuyeleka omvula ya piti sho aakadhona 86 yali ya kutha ombinga momauliko ngoka gopamuthigululwakalo.

    Ayehe oya za moshitopolwa shaMusati.

    Ombalantu Traditional Authority oya gandja omwaalu guli pombanda gwaanona yaakadhona yeli 37 , ya landulwa kOmbadja Traditional Authority ndjoka ya gandja aakadhona 25.

    Omalelo gamwe ongaashi Uukolonkadhi (9), Uukwambi (5) nayaali ya za mOngandjera.

    Aakadhona mboka taya ka longekidhilwa okuninga aakiintu.

    Ekandjo okwa popi kutya nuumvo omauliko ngoka oga nana aanangeshefa ya thika po-284.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya omwaalu ngoka hago gwahugunina molwaashoka oya tegelela iiputudhilo mbyoka iinene yi koleke omazimino gawo, kominute gwa hugunina.

    Omukokoli presidende ngoka e li patronagwomauliko ngoka otaka patulula omauliko ngoka pambelewa mesiku lyotango lyaSeptemba, noshituthi shoka otashi ka kaliwa woo komupresidende nale Hifikepunye Pohamba.

    Uuministeli welongo oshowo Omukomeho gwElelo lyoPamuthigululwakalo lyaMbalantu otaya ka gandja iipopiwa. Elelo lyOutapi oshowo Standard Bank Namibia oyo aayambidhidhi aanene yomauliko ngoka.

    Omauliko otaga yi sigo omomasiku gatano gaSepetemba.



    NAMPA

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    Oosekuriti natango tadhi futwa oondjambi dhi li peviOosekuriti natango tadhi futwa oondjambi dhi li peviEtulo lyetsokumwe ndyoka pamushangwa gwepangelo tali ende kashona Oomwedhi hetatu dha piti monena sho ehangano lyoSecurity Association of Namibia (SAN) naaniilonga aakeleli yomaliko ya tsu kumwe megwedhelo lyoondjambi dhaaniilonga mboka noopresenda 25, omahangano owala omashona ga tula miilonga etsokumwe ndyoka. Aaniilonga aakeleli yomaliko ya thika po-17 000 oya thigwa pomutenya ketsokumwe ndyoka lya tulwa miilonga, omolwa oomalongekidho gokutula pamushangwa gwepangelo etsokumwe ndyoka taga ende kashona.

    Otaku tengenekwa kutya omahangano goosekuriti 150 gomomahangano 180 onkene taya tsikile okufuta aaniilonga yawo oondjambi yooN$7.00 mowili pehala lyokufuta ondjambi yooN$8.75 ndjoka ya tulwa miilonga muJanuari.

    Omahangano gethike pugatano oga tameke taga futu aaniilonga mboka ya longa ethimbo ondjambi yooN$10.00 mowili ngaashi tashi uthwa ketsokumwe ndyoka lya tulwa miilonga muDesemba gwomvula ya piti.

    Nonando uuministeli waaniilonga owa ningi etseyitho momwedhi Juni, tawu pula oomapataneko getulo miilonga lyoondjambi ndhoka oompe inaku ningwa natango e yo komeho.

    Iilyo yoSAN oya kala tayi pula uuministeli wEgameno nuuhepelo opo wu manithe etulo miilonga lyoompango dhoshikondo shoka, ndhoka kwa tegelelwa dhi ka tulwe miilonga kaaniilonga aakaleli yomaliko. Iilyo yoshikondo shoka oya holola omaiyuvo gonayi sho uuministeli wiilonga itawu endelelitha etulo miilonga lyetsokumwe ndyoka.

    Omuprsidende gwoSAN Dries Kannemeyer, okwa li eekelehi omapopyo ga li ga ningwa kuamushanga gwuuministeli wiilonga, Bro-Mathew Shinguadja, sho a popile uuministeli na okwa gandja uusama koSAN oshowo omahangano ngoka gelilepo aaniilonga omolwa ekateko lyetulo pamushangwa gwopapangelo oondjambi dhoka oompe..

    Kannemeyer okwa popi kutya uuministeli itawu ulike ohokwe moshikumungu shoka, naashoka osho sha etitha evundakano moshikondo shoka. Etseyitho lyopashigwana kutya iilyo owala yoSAN tayi ka futa oondjambi ndhoka oompe sigo dha andjakanekwa noshilongo ashihe olya e ta omaipulo.

    John Kwedhi gwoNamibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau), ngoka omvula ya piti a tsu omukumo aaniilonga mboka ya ye momakanka ngele inaya futwa oondjambi oompe okwa popi kutya ombelewa ye oya yakula omanyenyeto ogendji okuza kiilyo yawo kutameka muDesemba.

    Okwa popi kutya omahangano ogendji ngoka geli momatsokumwe nepangelo otaga popi kutya otaga ka futa owala oondjambi ndhoka uuna etsokumwe ndyoka lya tulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo.

    Kwedhi okwa popi kutya omahangano owala omashona ga tula miilonga etsokumwe ndyoka, ihe oga taalela ethigathano lyaaheli pauyuuki okuza komahangano omakwawo ngoka inaga tula miilonga oondjambi ndhoka. SAN okwa popi kutya omahangano ngoka taga futu oondjambi dhoka dha tulwa miilonga, otaga kanitha ookastoma dhawo ndhoka tadhi yi komahangano ngoka inaga tula natango miilonga oondjambi ndhoka, molwaashoka otaga pula ookastoma iifuta yi li pevi.

    Kannemeyer okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya e ta opo omahangano gamwe ngoka geli iilyo yoSAN ga tokole kutya otaga futu oondjambi ndhoka oompe sigo dha tulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Steady progress on Brexit
  • Steady progress on BrexitSteady progress on Brexit Britain is confident it will make “sufficient progress” in negotiations with the European Union by October to move to the next phase of the talks, its Brexit department said yesterday.

    On Wednesday, unidentified sources were quoted by Britain's Sky News as saying the two sides might have to delay talks on their post-Brexit relationship until December because they would not make the progress the EU says it requires in the first stage.

    “Government officials are working at pace and we are confident we will have made sufficient progress by October to advance the talks to the next phase,” a spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Demand for US treasuries
  • Demand for US treasuriesDemand for US treasuries Most euro zone government bond yields fell yesterday, tracking an earlier move in US treasuries after minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showed some policymakers called for halting interest rate hikes until inflation improves.

    Details of the July meeting, released late Wednesday, showed concerns that recent soft inflation data may cool the pace of monetary tightening in the world's largest economy despite moderate growth and very low unemployment.

    The Fed has raised its benchmark overnight lending rate twice this year and forecasts one more rise before the end of 2017. But money markets pricing suggests investors now see less than a 50% chance of a hike by December.

    “Fed communications are cementing expectations of a very gradual approach to monetary tightening,” Mizuho's head of euro rates strategy Peter Chatwell said.

    Signs of the central bank's caution came as President Donald Trump dissolved two business advisory group, sowing further doubts over his ability to deliver growth-boosting spending plans he promised when elected.

    The Fed is not the only central bank wary of weak inflation.

    Reuters reported on Wednesday that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will not deliver a new policy message at next week's Jackson Hole conference, tempering expectations for the bank to start charting its course out of stimulus.

    US 10-year yields, which had climbed to one-week peaks earlier on Wednesday, fell after the minutes and eventually closed down 4 basis points on the day at around 2.23%.

    When European markets opened on Thursday, benchmark German equivalents fell nearly 2 basis point to 0.42%, coming off Wednesday's high of 0.47%. Most other euro zone yields fell 1-2 basis points.

    In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester staked out the hawkish argument for carrying on with US interest rate hikes even while weak inflation has split opinions among her colleagues.

    She said while some price readings have fallen this year, expectations are more stable, and that policy must anticipate changes in the data and not react to temporary aberrations.

    San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams, a non-voter, said the Fed is roughly at the mid-point on its current path to normalise interest rates. The Fed has raised key overnight borrowing costs four times since December 2015.

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Hyundai goes green
  • Hyundai goes greenHyundai goes greenHyundai set to launch electric vehicles The vehicles will be estimable to drive 500km after a charge. Hyundai Motor Co is to launch a long-range electric vehicle with a driving range of 500 kilometres per charge after 2021, seeking to address investor concerns that it is lagging rivals in the green car race.

    The automaker and affiliate Kia Motors Corp, which together rank fifth in global vehicle sales, also said they are planning 31 eco-friendly models by 2020, up from a previously flagged 28.

    The new additions include three plug-in hybrid vehicles, which come on top of eight battery-powered cars and two fuel-cell vehicles. Battery-powered cars offered by the likes of Tesla are gaining traction faster than fuel cell vehicles backed by Hyundai and Toyota Motor Corp. Last year, Hyundai launched its first mass-market pure electric car IONIQ, but the vehicle's per-charge driving range is much shorter than offerings from Tesla and GM.

    The automaker said will introduce an electric version of its Kona small sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a driving range of 390 km in the first half of next year. It also confirmed a Reuters report that it is developing its first dedicated electric vehicle platform, which will allow the company to produce multiple models with longer driving ranges.

    Hyundai unveiled a near production version of its new fuel cell SUV with a driving range of more than 800 km per charge under European standards, nearly double the 415 km for its current Tucson fuel cell SUV.

    The mid-sized SUV will be launched in Korea early next year, followed by U.S. and European markets. A fuel cell electric bus is slated to be unveiled late this year, while a sedan-type fuel cell car is also planned.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy My weight haunting me

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 16-year-old girl and I am too fat. My friends tease me and laugh at me behind my back. What can I do?

    My dear, I know how it feels when people giggle and tease you for being overweight but this should not put you down and rob you of your self-confidence. Firstly, I want to tell that those you are calling friends and not true friends. True friends never chide their friend about a problem. Genuine friends feel for each other and when their friend's spirit is low, they work hard to bring it up and therefore; I advise you to dump these hypocrites. The overweight problem can be caused by numerous problems and most of them can be overcome or solved. Obesity or overweight can be a genetic, behavioural, biological or cultural problem. It has been concluded that if both parents are overweight or obese, the chances of the child getting overweight are very high. However, generally, our bodies are what we eat. This means that you must watch what you eat and cut unhealthy food from your diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables and cut back on sweets, cakes, chocolate and fast food and this way you will lose fat. Make an effort to exercise and drink lots of water. Please do not be offended by your friends and people laughing at you but let their laughter challenge you to lose weight. It is easier said than done but you can do it.



    No breasts

    Dear Auntie Nangy, at the age of 17, I don't have breasts. I feel something circular inside and I think it is the reason why I do not have breasts. I am very worried that I don't have breasts and people call me bad names because of this condition that I have. What can I do?



    Our physical features are made while we are in our mothers' wombs. However, in cases like yours and sometimes in cases were one loses limbs due to various causes like accidents or diseases, the lost limbs can be replaced with artificial limbs or organs. Your problem needs medical expertise and I advise you to see a doctor to help you with the way forward. I have heard about artificial breasts but I honestly don't know how good they are and whether they are also warm to the touch like natural ones.



    Does age really matter?

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 18 and I am dating a 15-year-old boy. We really love each other but people are saying he is too young but I love him very much and I really don't mind the age gap. Please help me; I don't want to leave him.

    They say age is just but a number and where there is genuine love it has never been an issue if a woman is older than the man. What I do not like about your case is to be in a relationship with a minor under the legal age of consent. You are abusing that boy and if the relevant government ministries read about your issue you will be arrested and charged with statutory rape. The age of consent in this country is 16 and you are bragging about this relationship which I advise you to stop before the long arm of law catches you. Remember ignorance of the law is no defence so beware.



    Lying to keep the man

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I'm 23 and I have been dating this guy for four years. I been trying to have a baby but I can't fall pregnant. I have been lying to him ever since that I'm pregnant. I once had miscarriages. I love him so much that I don't want to lose him. Please help.

    You are such a dishonest woman and I do not side with people who are dishonest. Four years is too long a time for you to have played games with a man that you claim and profess much love for and yet you have persistently lied to him for four years. You are exploiting this man sexually and emotionally. You did not tell me the causes of the miscarriages that you have had in the past. Based on your dishonesty, I strongly suspect that you have had backstreet abortions which might have damaged your uterus and now you cannot fall pregnant. Please stop lying and pretending and acting like a pregnant woman. You should have a conscience and just leave this man that you are lying to. The man is also stupid and he must wake up and smell the coffee.

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Living the dream
  • Living the dreamLiving the dreamUnapologetically Somgaga Dancer, choreographer, author, Idols judge and media personality Somizi Mhlongo shares his story and how he does it all. He has appeared in various television shows, such as Living the Dream with Somizi, I am and Idols SA. The popular South African choreographer, actor and radio personality opens up to tjil.

    Somizi's reality show Living the Dream aired first on DStv's Mzansi Magic channel last year in May and has since received overwhelming responses from fans. With only two seasons completed, the glitzy entertainer shares his personal life and the charismatic characters that influence his fast-paced lifestyle with his fans.

    According to Somizi, having a reality show is not as easy as it looks. There is a lot of hard work and logistics put in. “The planning takes quite some time depending on what you will be doing. I made it clear that when I do a reality show it has to be as current as possible. You need a cast and crew - just to mention a few. The bulk of the work is done during the shooting,” he says.

    In the crazy world of Somizi Mhlongo who's on a constant quest to live his life to the fullest, he gives a glimpse of the highs and lows that make the talented entertainer and businessman tick. In one of the scenes Somizi set himself on a quest to feed homeless people and later had an emotional breakdown as a result. He says he does this to encourage people and not just celebrities because one can bless another through their blessings. “There is always an opportunity for people to share and this doesn't only apply to the rich but everyone. It shouldn't always be your leftovers,” he says.

    For a person that wears many hats, Somizi says this year has definitely been a successful one in terms of his career. “I hosted the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for the second time and that was huge for me. I also released my book titled Dominoes and it is doing extremely well. All my accomplishments are different from each other but they are equally big,” he says.

    Somizi confirmed that he will be coming to Namibia to host the Otjiwarongo Bush Party on 30 September and is looking forward to engaging with his local fans. He also plans to make other trips to Namibia. “Next year I want to host the NAMAs so hopefully the universe is listening and will take it from there. This is still in the pipeline but I also want to host a book signing in Namibia and tour the country. I appreciate my Namibian fans. I see their tweets and inboxes. I love you guys,” he said.

    Three things you didn't know about Somizi

    Somizi's spirit animal is an eagle because it soars into the skies without shaking.

    He doesn't have a sense of smell.

    He is a great cook.



    June Shimuoshili

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Carving for a living
  • Carving for a livingCarving for a livingWhen your passion looks after you An exhibition of sculptures by Kudzanai Katerere brought to you by the Namibian Arts Association is dedicated to the development and promotion of art and artists in Namibia. Zimbabwean sculptor, Kudzanai Katerere, grew up in the Nyanga district where the distant sound of chiselling stones was a norm in the nearby forest. Exposed to the rich tradition of Zimbabwean stone sculpting, Kudzanai's talent was evident from a young age and he picked up sculpting when he was in primary school and has won awards and recognition ever since.

    Carved is his first solo exhibition and illustrates his skill and range as a sculptor from small curvaceous figurines that pay homage to women and celebrate their femininity to his larger sculptures that work around themes of spirituality and larger than life forces on earth - Kudzanai is able to breathe life into stone.

    Inspired by the mountains and forests landscape of home area, his work can best be described as ethereal and spiritual, bringing the elements, the heavens and forces of nature into one. The stone that speaks as the artist describes it as not only about the story that he tries to tell through his sculptures, but the stories that the stones speak to him. Like, when he starts working on a piece, he has no idea where it might take him, but the stone speaks to him, and guides him where to end up.

    Much like the three blind men told to describe an elephant, is an analogy of a distinct style, here the artist is creating pieces that are multi-dimensional, where what you see all depends on your perspective and each side of the stone tells a unique story of its own.

    On Saturday, at 17:30, a presentation will be held by the artist. The exhibition will be ending on 26 August and entrance is free to the public on Mondays to Fridays between 09:00 to 13:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00.

    Staff reporter

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: My innocence almost robbed
  • My innocence almost robbedMy innocence almost robbed After a long day at college and chasing assignments deadlines, I decided to go to Base FM to finish one of my assignments. The process took a little longer than I thought it would all because the computer was acting up but I was able to finish around 22:30. As I step outside, I could feel the cool breeze in the air as I crossed the road to look for a taxi to take me home. I swear that was the longest time I have waited in my entire life. The street was so quiet and the only sound was that of dogs playing in the streets. I looked left, right and left again but there was no sign of a taxi coming. Finally, a couple of them came but none were going my direction. As I waited, I saw a group of boys coming towards me. Holding my water bottle tight in my hands and as they got closer and closer, a taxi came and I was hoping and praying that this one would take me but it was another no. My heartbeat accelerated. I could see the boys looking at me while talking to each other. The cold breeze hit my face and I could feel the numbness of my lips. Wild thoughts raced through my mind. For a second I wanted to run back to Base FM but could not move my feet. They started to walk away from me and I heaved a sigh of relief and I I slowly let go of my water bottle. At that very moment, a taxi come along and the driver was willing to take me home.

    *Johannes Orr is a Cota student, Base FM presenter and an enthusiastic writer

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Sing Namibia
  • Sing NamibiaSing NamibiaGood bucks for the right tune The hunt for a Namibian national song is underway and the lucky winner or group stands a chance to walk away with a whooping N$50 000. The information and communication ministry and the custodian of the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) campaign, is lobbying Namibians to come up with a national song titled My Namibia. This song should not be confused with the national anthem. A national song is less formal and jovial and has no rules and regulations when it being sung and it is being introduced to complement our national anthem. According to the ministry, the national song is meant to arouse feelings of patriotism and unity and it will not be mandatory to play it at official ceremonies like the national anthem. It is hoped the song will instil national pride, unity and promote patriotism. Whenever this song is played, at gatherings, people are expected to must dance.

    The competition was officially launched on the 10 August and the month long campaign will until 11 September. All submissions should be handed in before 15:00 on 11 September and a panel of judges will select the five best songs from the entries which will be put out to the public for people decide the winner by voting. All Namibian citizens are who are willing to write and records the songs are welcome to participate inclusive of groups and choirs. The final song will be perfected and revamped as per judges’ advice and a video will be produced before the official launched in November.

    The song must be three to four minutes long and it will be a property of the Namibian government. It should be the original work of the artist or artists and shall not infringe any existing copyright work. The song must be recorded and accompanied by written lyrics and should echo a unifying sound of Namibia’s diverse culture. The successful artist(s) will pocket N$50 000 and royalties.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: The future of TV
  • The future of TVThe future of TV Social media now takes a huge chunk of people's lives where content such as videos are consumed on a daily basis. Many are sharing glimpses and phases of their lives with strangers and their acquaintances every day. People have found ways and initiatives to share their stories on social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram. This has opened up many Namibians to the advent of reality TV.

    The problem though, with reality TV on social media is that it is in short supply, and not a lot of people do it often. The question is why NBC or One Africa and our celebrities have not thought of starting their own reality TV shows? The Namibian public has shown that they love reality TV shows and they do it often. If they are not watching 'Keeping up with the Kardashians', they are watching 'WAGS' or other reality TV shows. Many people want to know what their favourite celebrities are doing after the lights, camera and action is ends and this is what reality TV reveals. That is, the other element of our favourite celebrities lives. Namibia still has to catch onto the reality TV wave. There is potential for many reality TV characters in Namibia who can get the attention of the people. The celebrities just have to take the initiative and allow a part of their lives to be put out to the public.

    A few people can make a success out of creating their own reality TV show and such are people like Dillish Mathews, Maria Nepembe and Meriam Kaxuxwena and others with huge social media following have the potential to break into the reality TV industry. All you need is a concept and a proper plan to become as popular as other reality TV stars. The time has come for us to tell our own stories. We are caught up too much in other people's reality shows and it is high time we also need to whet the public's appetite to embrace reality TV. I think it is possible with proper planning to have a great reality TV show in Namibia. We just need willing people to take the initial step. Namibian artist, Gazza also had his own reality TV show a few years ago but, it was discontinued. I believe if more people can come up with their own unique concepts, reality TV may be the prospect for television viewers in Namibia who want to watch something more entertaining the news, movies and soaps.

    June Shimuoshili

    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Music videos in 2017
  • Music videos in 2017Music videos in 2017The relevance of music videos in today's era If you are an artist, here are some reasons why you need to reconsider shooting that music video you have been procrastinating about or haven't thought of yet. It is recorded in the history books that the first music video to get airplay is XTC's Video Killed the Radio Star song shot 36 years ago.

    Since then music videos have become an important part of the music industry to the success of an artist. That's how important they are.

    Artists need something bigger than a track to get the publicity they deserve.

    Artistic visuals help to draw attention to the artist's work and to create a bond between the artist, fans and potential fans.

    They also serve to translate the message of the artist in visual terms. From music videos, fashion trends and dance moves are acquired and differentiate generations from one another.

    We all remember the Michael Jackson's moon walk and suit and tie trends.

    Today we have artists taking it back to the 90s dress code and twerking dance moves.

    This week tjil looks at the importance of music videos from a Namibian artists and music producer's point of view in the millennial and digital era.

    Local music director Reggie started making music videos three years ago and decried the process to tjil.

    For him, music videos are fascinating because unlike still photos, you can't really edit them to great extents. He says one simply can't just use Photoshop to create a great video.

    “Shooting a music video will generally on average take six hours or an entire day, depending on the amount of scenes and how big a budget is.

    The real hard work comes in when it's time to edit which usually takes an average of three to four days,” he says.

    According to Reggie, the founder of Reggie Films, local artists he has worked with have a common misconception of the work that is put into making a music video.

    He says they all complain about how long it takes as they come with the idea that it is just a “short, quick thing” like taking photos.

    Reggie says music videos are very important in this era as a visual marketing tool.

    He says with platforms like YouTube music videos will forever be popular.

    “There are times when a song is terrible but a good music video will make the person listen to your song will they watch the video. So music videos will stay relevant forever,” says Reggie. As expensive as it may be to shoot a video, it is a great investment to show to potential sponsors and event organisers especially in the corporate world.

    Songstress Sally said music videos are crucial to an artist's portfolio at the recent launch of her new single music video titled What You Say. The video which is currently airing on DStv's Trace Africa music channel is about a girl confessing her feelings to a guy. The viral-worthy video is one that visually captures the viewer's attention, has Sally captivating the viewers with her killer dance moves, slaying outfits and great acting skills. Sally says she looks forward to the day where Namibia has its own music video channel. “Not all of us can make it on to certain music channels because they have their criteria. We should have our own Namibian channel for all artists. This doesn't mean we must settle for low-quality but it will keep competition going which is good,” she says. The music video is also available on her YouTube channel.

    Recently released music videos include NAMAs Male Artist of the year 2017 Gazza's Abangani Bako and Up Up Away. The visual wonders of the videos are both astounding but the acting left something to be desired especially in Up Up Away given the fact that it was not shot in Namibia. The plot for both videos is intriguing making the videos good for summer vibes. Both videos are currently doing great on YouTube.



    Top six hottest music videos right now

    Sally - What You Say

    Gazza - Abangani Bako

    TheFutureIsGigs - Real Ones

    Monique English - Work for It

    Dice – Bodies

    Oteya ft Macky 2 - Whataguan



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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Boot Nghimtina, says union
  • Boot Nghimtina, says unionBoot Nghimtina, says unionDissatisfaction with labour minister grows President asked to facilitate removal, saying workers' rights are not taken into account. The Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers' Union has called on President Hage Geingob to remove the minister of labour, industrial relations and employment creation, Erkki Nghimtina, from office.

    The union stated that Nghimtina does not consider workers' well-being and has failed to uphold and protect the oath he took when sworn into office.

    Speaking at a media conference on Wednesday, NWRWU secretary-general Victor Hamunyela said Shoprite's exploitation of workers was influenced by the frail minister and the state's inability to abide to the constitutional obligation stipulated in Article 95 of the constitution.

    He said the failure of the labour commissioner's office to contain and prevent the dispute and resolve the matter when it arose, showed the inability of the assigned minister.

    “How do we stay in this Namibian House when those entrusted and paid to do work on behalf of government are not doing it and expect us to take it as normal?” asked Hamunyela.

    He noted that Chapter 11 of the constitution obligates the state to enact legislation to ensure equality, which is not being done as Shoprite's workers are treated unfairly.

    “It is very embarrassing that despite such constitutional powers, the minister is being insulted that he does not know what he is doing by the same people who are mistreating fellow Namibians,” said Hamunyela.

    He demanded the ministry urgently introduces the minimum wage nationally and not only give political statements to silence the suffering Namibians.

    The unionist said the ministry is supposed to create employment but it created none to date.

    “Instead, people are quitting these unfair jobs to start up their own businesses, resulting in the forever growing informal economic sector in Namibia,” fumed Hamunyela.

    Shoprite workers have been protesting for the past four years, demanding better wages, transport allowance, housing allowance and a company medical aid contribution of 60%.

    They are claiming cases of unfair dismissals and deplore their “permanent part-timer” contracts, saying they are paid less than employees on permanent contracts.

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Repo reduction welcomed
  • Repo reduction welcomedRepo reduction welcomed CLAUDIA BOAMAH

    Relief has finally been granted to the Namibian economy which has struggled over the last year within the tight policy environment. The Bank of Namibia cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.75% in line with the South African policy rate.

    The dire condition of the domestic economy as evinced by: the recession, falling inflation, high unemployment and weak credit growth has long since necessitated rate cuts. However, the central bank also had to keep in mind the protection of the Namibian dollar’s link to the rand. Fortunately, recent data on the level of our international reserves indicates that the peg can be sustained for almost half a year thanks to injections from the National Bank of Angola and the African Development Bank loan.

    Economic activity has slowed down significantly in the last year as can be concluded from weakness in credit growth, the Bank of Namibia reports that the private sector credit extended grew by 8.5% in the first half of this year compared to 12.5% during the same period in 2016.

    Furthermore, the economy contracted by 2.7% during the first quarter while the unemployment rate is currently estimated at 34% percent. While necessary, fiscal consolidation had adverse consequences for the construction industry and other industries within the secondary and tertiary sectors also weighed down on overall growth. Inflation has consistently declined on a monthly basis since the 8.2% high in January; in July it finally fell to 5.4% which is within the preferred range of 6% to 3%.

    A 0.25% reduction is welcome considering the above; however, monetary policy will have to be relaxed a little more to stimulate private demand and business activity. Most central banks in developed economies have turned dovish which tilts interest rate differentials in our favour and supports capital inflows.

    The outlook for global growth is quite positive which couldn’t have come at a better time in light of the recovery in the agricultural and mining industry. As usual there are a few factors that could thwart our growth prospects; on the international front we have to look out for rising protectionist sentiment and closer to home we will have to pay close attention to the political developments of our southern neighbour.

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    Standard Bank boosts Jazz FestivalStandard Bank boosts Jazz Festival JAZZING: Having recognised the power that music has in society, Standard Bank once again recommitted itself to supporting the annual Windhoek Jazz Festival. “As we all know, music is universal as it brings people from all walks of life together… Music not only unites the nation but also as we know our artists are enabled to share their talent with the nation and through their hard work they too can contribute to the upliftment of our economy,” said its spokesperson, Surihe Gaomas-Guchu. This year the festival will be headlined by international artists Ringo, Mi Casa and Mané Fernandes, while Erna Chimu, Liz Ehlers, Suzy Eises, Big Ben, Major 7 and William Peterson will be the supporting local artists. The Jazz Festival will take place on 4 November this year. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Economy grows 1% in 2016
  • Economy grows 1% in 2016Economy grows 1% in 2016GDP growth falls sharply The slow performance of the economy is attributed to the secondary and tertiary industries. OGONE TLHAGE



    Growth figures released by the Namibia Statistics Agency this week showed that Namibia registered growth of 1.1% for 2016. This comes off the back of contractions witnessed in both the tertiary and secondary industries, the NSA noted.

    “This slow growth of 1.1 percent during 2016 is coming from a backdrop of a much stronger growth of 6% recorded in 2015. The slow performance is attributed to the secondary and tertiary industries that recorded a contraction in real value added of 7.8% and a slow growth of 3.9%, respectively,” the NSA said following the release of the growth numbers for 2016.

    The slowdown in the construction sector was most noticeable, registering sharp declines in value addition in 2016.

    “The drop in the secondary industries is due to the construction sector that recorded a decline in real value added of 26.5% in 2016 compared to a robust growth of 26% in 2015. The real value for construction works by general government slowed to 5.6% in 2016 from a growth of 31% recorded in 2015,” the NSA said.

    “The slow growth recorded in the tertiary industries is attributed to the following sectors that have slowed, namely; wholesale and retail (3.4%), hotels and restaurants (5.1%), real estate and business services (2.5%), public administration and defence (3.3%), education (3.5%) and health (10.5%),” added the NSA.

    According to the agency, the recovery in the primary industries was led by the agriculture sector, specifically the livestock farming subsector that recorded a growth in real value added of 2.3% in 2016, following a decline of 13.3% registered in 2015. Furthermore, a recovery was also witnessed in the crop farming and forestry subsector that recorded a decline of 1.2% compared to a deeper contraction of 6.6% registered in 2015.

    Meanwhile, University of Namibia academic Omu Kakujaha-Matundu this week told Namibian Sun that it would take a number of years to get out of the current economic slump.

    “Look at the state-owned enterprises that are planning to lay off their workers. If they do it then we will definitely see an increase in the unemployment rate,” said Kakujaha-Matundu.

    According to him, more retrenchments are highly likely.

    “When you look at the public sector as one of the main sectors in the economy which in the face of the current fiscal consolidation cannot afford to spend any more, most companies will not be able to benefit from government tenders anymore,” he said.

    The Bank of Namibia had previously said that it expects a slight recovery for the current year, anticipating growth of around 2.1% for 2017.

    “The domestic economy is projected to register a moderate growth rate in 2017 before rising further in 2018. Namibia’s real gross domestic product growth is projected to recover to 2.1% in 2017 before improving to 3.8% in 2018,” the central bank said last month.

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    Vehicle sales contract remarkablyVehicle sales contract remarkably Vehicle sales contracted sharply at the end of July 2017, reflecting a 23.5% decrease. This is also a sharp decline when compared to the same period in 2016.

    This was according to an assessment carried out by Simonis Storm recently. According to them, year-to-date, only 15 523 vehicles had been sold.

    While year-to-date figures have been trending downward, vehicle sales showed a slight uptick when measured on a monthly basis Simonis Storm noted.

    “On a monthly basis, however, overall vehicle sales picked up by 10.3% to 1346 units. This was particularly reflected in the category of light commercial vehicles, supported by continued stronger demand in the rental market, as Namibia's tourist season continues,” said Simonis Storm.

    The slight improvement in vehicle sales on a monthly basis was not cause to believe that there was an improvement in the economic climate, Simonis Storm said.

    “While we note a moderate rebound in vehicle sales, we believe that this reflects a seasonal pattern and should not be construed as a reflection of an improvement in economic conditions locally, as private sector credit extension continues to trend downwards. We thus expect overall vehicle sales to return on its downward spiral by the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2017 as the Namibian tourist season ends,” said Simonis Storm.

    In its assessment, IJG also noted that vehicle sales would be affected to changes in the credit agreement act and slowed economic growth.

    “Overall vehicle sales remained sluggish in July, continuing on almost the same trend as in 2016, showing some positive signs before trending downwards midway through the year. Continued fiscal tightening, evident through lower government spending on capital assets, slower economic growth, waning consumer discretionary income as well as the credit agreement act have been the main impediments on new vehicles sold,” said IJG.

    While a slight uptick had been observed for the month of April, vehicle sale figures were far lower than what had been observed in prior years.

    “While there has been a sizeable increase in total vehicle sales since April this year, year-to-date and year-on-year data is still depressed compared to previous years,” IJG concluded.

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    Trump erred in far-right defence - GermanyTrump erred in far-right defence - Germany Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday US President Donald Trump had made “a huge mistake” by failing to clearly condemn a white supremacist, neo-Nazi and “alt-right” rally.

    Trump on Tuesday said there had been “very fine people, on both sides” at a violent clash between the far right and anti-fascists Saturday in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville.

    Gabriel said that “creating an equivalence between the two sides instead of clearly rejecting the Nazi-leaning side that was a huge mistake”.

    “And it is wrong,” he said in an interview with national news agency DPA. “It shows how enmeshed part of Trump's support base is with the far-right in the United States. His chief ideologue (Steve) Bannon is close to them.”

    A violent fracas broke out at the Charlottesville rally attended by members of organised neo-Nazi and so-called alt-right groups protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.

    One counter-protester was killed when a suspected Nazi sympathiser drove a car into a crowd.

    Trump's initial response was criticised by those demanding a strong condemnation of racism and violence, but his further remarks on Tuesday - when he doubled down on his claim that there had been “blame on both sides” - set off a political firestorm.



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  • 08/17/17--16:00: Mali shrines cost 2.7m euro
  • Mali shrines cost 2.7m euroMali shrines cost 2.7m euroJihadist to pay for Timbuktu destruction In only the second ruling of its kind, the International Criminal Court has found Ahmad Faqi Al Mahdi guilty of the destruction of the sacred shrines of Timbuktu. The International Criminal Court yesterday ruled that the former jihadist from Mali is liable for 2.7 million euros in the Timbuktu destruction of shrines in 2012. Judge Raul Pangalangan ruled that the victims be paid individual, collective and symbolic reparations.

    The perpetrator, Ahmad Faqi Al Mahdi, was jailed last September for nine years for ordering the 2012 attack on the venerated landmarks.

    Jihadists used pickaxes and bulldozers against nine mausoleums and the centuries-old door of the Sidi Yahya mosque, part of a golden age of Islam.

    Timbuktu, founded by Tuareg tribes between the fifth and 12th centuries, has been nicknamed “the city of 333 saints”, referring to the number of Muslim sages buried there.

    During a halcyon period in the 15th and 16th century, the city was revered as a centre of Islamic learning - but for 21st-century fanatics, its moderate form of Islam was idolatrous.

    The assault on a world heritage site triggered global opprobrium, but also led to legal precedent.

    Mahdi's case was the first to come before the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) as a crime of cultural destruction.

    Jailing him sent a strong warning that destroying cultural heritage would not go unpunished, and reparations will aim to “alleviate the lasting imprints” of the crime, said Alina Balta at Tilburg University's International Victimology Institute.



    Compensation question

    According to the court's 1998 founding accord, the Rome Statute, judges can determine that victims are entitled to reparations including “restitution, compensation and rehabilitation”.

    The court can also hand out an order directly against a convicted person, demanding similar reparations.

    The compensation awarded on Thursday will be closely scrutinised, given concern about whether substantial funds can be secured, and the time it will take to reach victims.

    The security situation in northern Mali “poses serious challenges”, the Trust Fund for Victims, an agency that will implement the judges' order, has warned.

    It has also pointed to a dilemma - the risk in the future that rumours of hefty compensation could provide an “incentive” for similar attacks in poor countries with cultural treasures.

    The reparations are the second such award in the history of the court since it began work in 2002.

    In March, the ICC awarded symbolic damages of US$250 to each of the 297 victims of former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga, who is serving 12 years for a 2003 attack on a village.

    The court estimated the damage caused in the attack at US$3.7 millio, and found Katanga liable for US$1 million of that total - but it also acknowledged he was penniless.



    'Evil spirits'

    Mahdi was a member of Ansar Dine, one of the Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups which seized territory in northern Mali before being mostly chased out by a French-led military intervention in January 2013.

    A former teacher and Islamic scholar, he was the head of the so-called Hisbah or “Manners Brigade”.

    The slight, bespectacled Malian pleaded guilty to the crime and apologised for it.

    He said he had been overtaken by “evil spirits” and urged Muslims not to follow his example.

    The shrines have now been restored using traditional methods and local masons, in a project financed by several countries as well as Unesco.



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