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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Aandonga 'confused' by leadership disputeAandonga 'confused' by leadership dispute Ondonga community members say they are confused about the ongoing leadership battle within the traditional authority.

    This was one of the concerns that came out of Saturday's meeting in Ondangwa organised by the dismissed senior leaders of the Ondonga Traditional Authority, which was attended by close to 500 people.

    Community members said they didn't know who to report their problems to anymore, as two groups were now fighting for control of the traditional authority.

    The infighting stems from the succession race, which took a major twist in April this year after king Immanuel Kauluma Elifas denounced his supposed successor, Fillemon Nangolo Shuumbwa, even though he had written to the Ministry of Rural and Urban Development in 2002 naming Shuumbwa as his successor.

    The six fired councillors have since approached the High Court to challenge their dismissal by Elifas in July.

    They are: former traditional authority chairperson Peter Kauluma, former spokesperson Joseph Asino, the senior headman for Ondangwa district, John Walenga, former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili.

    They were replaced after they failed to turn up at a disciplinary hearing, which they claim was not properly constituted.

    Saturday's meeting was also attended by the legal team representing the dismissed councillors in their case against the Ondonga king and the councillors who replaced them.

    Lawyer Elize Angula said all attempts by the dismissed councillors to meet with Elifas and explain the legal consequences of their dismissal had failed.

    Angula said their troubles started when the dismissed councillors challenged the removal of Uukwanambwa district headman Wilbard Lidker, who was replaced by Ester Gwashamba Nepando in February this year.

    “At the time when I took over the case, the Ondonga Traditional Authority was going to court seeking for urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa to stop the inauguration because it was illegal. By traditional authority regulations the minister has no power to stop the inauguration since she is not the appointing authority. I reviewed their case and advised that we need to have an audience with the king,” Angula said.

    She added that Kauluma and Asino tried in vain to speak to the king.

    “Since the firing was done without the councillors' consent, all we wanted was affirmation that it was really him who took that decision. He has all the power to do that, however, he needs to follow traditional authority procedures.”

    Angula also questioned the signature stamp used by the traditional authority in their correspondence announcing the firing and hiring of new councillors.

    “They have created a signature stamp for the king and it is the one that was used in all these correspondences. The newly appointed leaders have no power and are not recognised, while the dismissed leaders are still recognised,” she argued.

    During the meeting an elderly woman appealed to the legal team to finalise the matter urgently and to allow the king to tell the truth when he appears in court.

    “Our greatest fear is that what if the king dies before he appears before the court. We cannot trust people you are saying are not recognised. We do not know their intentions,” she said.

    Former deputy minister of mines and energy Henock Ya Kasita urged those who have evidence to come forward and assist the legal team.

    “Those of you who have evidence must come forward and assist the lawyers. You must not only speak out there, you must come forward, be prepared to assist this team when it is coming to you for consultation,” Ya Kasita said.


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  • 08/20/17--16:00: From war to wildlife
  • From war to wildlifeFrom war to wildlifeArmy joins frontline against poachers NDF commandos are receiving specialised training to beef up the government's anti-poaching units. Environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta has issued a stern warning to poachers, saying that they continue with their crimes at their own peril.

    Shifeta also announced that close to 500 commandos from the Namibian Defence Force are receiving specialised training in order to be deployed in anti-poaching units in the country's national parks.

    According to Shifeta, the soldiers will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to stem the tide of poaching that has seen hundreds of endangered animals killed in Namibia. He said these commandos would be deployed at poaching hotspots.

    “The commandos will be there and you won't see them… so tell everybody that they should not enter Etosha at undesignated areas. They are doing so at their own risk,” said Shifeta, who was speaking at the Regional Conservancy Chairperson's Forum in Ongwediva last week.

    People are only allowed to enter the Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate, Von Lindequist Gate, Galton Gate and King Nehale Lya Mpingana Gate.

    But poachers have unhindered access to the park as efforts to erect an elephant- and predator-proof fence are being held back by financial constraints.

    Efforts to repair the 800-kilometre-long park fence are said to be continuing, albeit at a snail's pace because of the unavailability of funds, the minister admitted.

    He said that the ministry has given top priority to the fixing of the fence at places known as hotspots for illegal entry and poaching.

    According to the latest statistics released by the environment ministry, between 2014 and June this year, 246 poaching suspects have been arrested. The statistics also indicate that only 78 people were arrested in 2016 for wildlife crimes.

    Human–wildlife conflict

    Meanwhile, Shifeta on Saturday also visited the community of Onamatanga in the Omusati Region where he addressed them on human-wildlife conflict and wildlife crime prevention.

    Onamatanga is one of the areas close to the Etosha National Park where a number of locals have been implicated in poaching.

    Shifeta told the community about the strict measures his ministry has come up with to combat the scourge of poaching.

    Shifeta said unemployment was no excuse for local people to get involved in poaching, as there were many opportunities out there for people to make a living.

    “Unemployment should not be an excuse for you to be part of those that are recruiting you to poach. The money that they are giving you is not worth your life, as entering Etosha is dangerous. The reason why they are sending you is because it is dangerous in the park as you are amongst wildlife. Ask yourself why don't they go and do it themselves.”

    Shifeta also said that the ministry's officials were working around the clock to contain wildlife, especially lions, escaping from Etosha.

    He pointed out that human-wildlife conflict was a result of local people intentionally cutting the park fence.

    He also accused farmers of erecting their fences too close to the park.

    In the past few months over a dozen lions have been shot dead by community members in Omusati after the lions allegedly killed their livestock.

    Shifeta told the community members that they do not have the right to take the law into their own hands and should rather report such problems to the ministry, which would then decide on the best possible solution.

    He also explained that the increasing number of lions in Etosha contributed to their escaping from the park. Because livestock are easy prey for lions and hyenas, it becomes difficult for these animals to return to the park.

    Some community members complained that the compensation paid when their livestock are killed or injured by predators was not enough.

    “Minister, it takes one many years and a lot of money to raise our livestock, especially the cattle, but when I suffer a loss because they were attacked by lions and hyenas I only get N$1 500 per head which is not fair,” one community member remarked.

    Shifeta responded that the government realised their situation and was drafting a national policy to address that issue.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: Katupose cherishes moment
  • Katupose cherishes momentKatupose cherishes momentSuper sub Katupose books Warriors' place at Chan finals Brave Warriors forward Muna Katupose booked a place for the team in the 2018 CHAN tournament after scoring a brace at a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday. Namibia's forward Muna Katupose is in a jovial mood after his team's 2-0 win against Comoros in the return leg of their third-round match of the CHAN qualifier.

    The team was dealt a 2-1 defeat in Moroni, Comoros a few weeks ago but came back to score two goals courtesy of Katupose, who said that he could not sleep after scoring the winning goals.

    The trickster who headed in both goals after coming in as a super sub said that he knew he was going to score as he had already told his teammates that he would carry them through to Kenya, as he did in 2007 when he scored for the Brave Warriors taking them through to the 2008 Nations Cup.

    “I told them that I will take them through to CHAN. It seemed like a joke at first but when I got on to the field I knew what I had to do. I gave the Comoros defenders trouble and later on I could see that they were scared as they did not allow me any space to move,” the player said.

    Namibia's senior national team started the game on a strong note, attacking the defence of the Comorans but the visitors tried to hold on to their lead, leading the game to a 0-0 halftime score.

    Coach Ricardo Manetti made the right change in the second half, bringing in Katupose and Benjamin Nenkavu for Immanuel Heita and Itumunua Keimuine.

    Mannetti said Katupose proved all his critics wrong with those two brilliant goals.

    “I made a good substitution with Katupose. A lot of people said that Katupose was too old and that he won't cut it. But I put him on in the second half. He was not of the fittest players in training but I made it my mission to get him ready. Captain Ronald Ketjijere also outdid himself, he showed his maturity and composure on the pitch, that's what I expect from him always,” said Mannetti.

    The Warriors could have scored more goals but chances were missed. In the end they secured a comfortable victory though.

    Petrus Shitembi and Ketjijere also impressed and gave the Comoros midfielders tough time with their speed and trickery.

    So much so that the fans threw beer cans onto the field; action not applauded by Frans Mbidi, president of the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

    Mbidi said fans should not emulate bad behaviour and respect countries who visit to play football. “We will receive penalties and it's not cheap. If this behaviour continues we will be instructed to play in empty fields. Fans should behave and stop this bad behaviour.”

    The NFA president also presented Brave Warriors mascot Robbie Savage's family with a shirt signed by all the players as the match was played in remembrance of the team's number one supporter who passed away last month.

    The CHAN championship will be held in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February next year.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: Namibians counsel Indongo
  • Namibians counsel IndongoNamibians counsel Indongo The Namibian boxing fraternity has encouraged defeated former WBA, IBF and IBO world champion Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo to move on after losing his belts.

    The Namibian lost to America's Terrence 'Bud' Crawford by a third-round knockout in the WBA, IBF, WBC and WBO super lightweight title unification bout in Lincoln, Nebraska over the weekend.

    Indongo became the third Namibian to lose a world title fight given that Paulus Hitman and Paulus Ambunda had all lost valuable belts in the past.

    Moses lost his WBA lightweight title in 2009, while Ambunda lost the WBO world bantamweight title in 2013. Ambunda also lost the IBO supper bantamweight title last year.

    “Losing a world title fight is not an easy thing to digest, but we just have to accept that it is part of sports.

    “I have known Indongo since he was an amateur fighter and I do believe that he will bounce back.

    “I have lost before and the only thing one can do is forgive yourself and go back to the drawing board,” Ambunda said.

    After Ambunda lost his belt to Tamoki Kameda, he bounced back to win the IBO super bantamweight world title in 2015.

    The boxer lost the title again, to Mexico's Moises Flores in 2016, and is trying to rejuvenate his career.

    In 2015, Joseph 'Smokey' Hilongwa lost an important fight against fellow Namibian Immanuel Naidjala in a WBO Africa bantamweight title fight.

    Hilongwa believes that just as he got over that important title fight, Indongo will rise again.

    “It is one of the most difficult times for a boxer because you feel like you have let yourself and the nation down.

    “My advice to Indongo is to take a small break to digest everything before he returns to the gym.

    “The first professional defeat is always hard to take in. I do believe that Indongo still has what it takes to win more titles,” Hilongwa said.

    Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotions expressed disappointment with the outcome of the fight but said Indongo had done what he could.

    “Some people are saying that the boxer only went there for the money and that is why he went down in the third round.

    “That is pure nonsense because I do believe that he did his best and we all believed and still believe in him even after the fight.

    “It was never his intention to lose and I believe he just lost because the other boxer was more prepared and had the home-ground advantage.

    “The good thing is that Indongo has tasted what it is to be the centre of global attention and that will motivate him to make a comeback,” Nangolo said.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: WHS dominate hockey finals
  • WHS dominate hockey finalsWHS dominate hockey finals The Windhoek High School girls' and boys' teams dominated the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) hockey league finals in Windhoek on Saturday.

    Nine games were played in nine categories. In the girls' second league bronze category, Moria Private School beat Tsumeb Gymnasium Private School 2-1. In the boys' second league bronze final, Otjiwarongo Secondary School beat Etosha Secondary School 2-0.

    The girls' first league bronze final ended with Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool beating St Paul's College 2-0. The boys' first league bronze went to Windhoek Gymnasium after they beat Pro E-d 2-0 in the final. The girls' second league final was won by WAP after they beat Windhoek High School 2-1.

    In the boys' category WHS defeated Jan Mohr Secondary School 5-0. The girls' first league final was won by Windhoek Gymnasium who beat WHS 11-2. The boys also impressed by beating WAP 7-0.


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    Rugby team and boxers off to championshipsRugby team and boxers off to championships The under-20 national rugby team and two local boxers yesterday received national colours from the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) ahead of international tournaments in Uruguay and Germany respectively.

    The rugby players will take part in the under-20 World Rugby Trophy competition in Uruguay from 21 August to 12 September, while boxers Jonas Junias and Matheus Hamunyela are taking part in the AIBA World Boxing Championship in Germany from 25 August to 2 September.

    The rugby team will be accompanied by coach Rodger Thompson and four other officials, and the boxers by boxing president Benjamin Rebang and two officials.

    Eight countries are taking part in the rugby tournament in Uruguay.

    The two boxers will compete against other boxers for one of the most sought-after boxing titles in the world.

    Rodger Thompson said the fact that the rugby players sacrificed their studies to take part in the tournament should be applauded. He said it was a strong team and they would not only go to compete but also to enjoy themselves at the tournament.

    The captain of the rugby team, Prince !Gaoseb, said he was privileged to represent the country. “We will do our best as our goal is to be among the top three at the end of the tournament,” he said.


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    Coach wants a league for playersCoach wants a league for playersCall for netball league in Omaheke An Omaheke netball enthusiast wants a netball league in the region to showcase players' talents. Netball enthusiast Constancia Katjimune in the Omaheke Region has called for the establishment of a formal regional league to allow local players an opportunity to showcase their talents.

    Katjimune, a netball coach who led the Omaheke team during the Debmarine Senior Regional Netball Championship in Windhoek earlier this month, said the players gave their all in the competition and proved that there was a great future for netball in Omaheke.

    She said there had been no senior netball in the region for close to ten years.

    “The team that represented Omaheke Region was put together in a matter of less than a month; all this because there is no active netball league,” she said.

    Katjimune bemoaned the lack of sponsorship for local netball, saying that the region had a lot of undiscovered talent.

    “I am sure that if we get a sponsor for a netball league, we will go a long way in uplifting local netball,” she said.

    She said more local netball tournaments would be organised in due course to raise the profile of the sport in the region and to give talented players a chance to be spotted by scouts.

    Omaheke ended third of ten regions that took part in the tournament after clinching a 15-14 victory against Otjozondjupa in a narrowly contested third-place encounter.

    The team had earlier lost to an in-form Erongo Region by 37-22 points in the semi-finals. Omaheke walked away with N$9 000 and bronze.

    The nail-biting encounter against Otjozondjupa and the team's overall performance in the competition led local netball pundits to believe that netball in the region is on the right path.

    The tournament was eventually won by Khomas after edging Erongo 41-29.


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    Aandonga ya limbililwa komananathano gelelo lyawoAandonga ya limbililwa komananathano gelelo lyawo Aakwashigwana melelo lyaNdonga oya popi kutya yo oye li momalimbililo omolwa omananathano gelelo ngoka geli melelo lyawo lyopamuthigululwakalo.

    Shoka oshimwe shomaiyuvo ga ningwa koshigwana pethimbo lyomutumba gwaakwashigwana ngoka gwa ningwa mOlyomakaya mOndangwa, gwa unganekwa kaaleli yelelo ndyoka mboka ya tidhwa miilonga. Omutumba ngoka ogwa kaliwa kaantu ya thika po-500.

    Aakwashigwana oya popi kutya kaye shi we kutya naya ka lopote omaupyakadhi gawo kule molwaashoka ngashiingeyi elelo ndyoka oli na oongundu mbali ndhoka tadhi kondjele elelo lyoshilongo.

    Uupyakadhi owa tameke muApilili gwonuumvo, sho omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas a ninguluka nokukutha oonkondo omuulikwa gwe nale

    Fillemon Nangolo Shuumbwa, nonando okwa shangele ombaapila ominista yomayambulepo giitopolwa noondoolopa, mo-2002 ta popi kutya Shuumbwa oye omulanduli gwe.

    Oonakutidhwa miilonga oya ka konga ekwatho lyOmpangu yoPombanda opo yi kuthe oonkondo etokolo lyaElifas. Mwaamboka ya tidhwa omwa kwatelwa omunashipundi nale gwelelo ndyoka Peter Kauluma oshowo ngoka a li omupopiliko gwelelo ndyoka Joseph Asino.

    Yamwe po mbyoka ya tidhwa omwa kwatela omalenga omanene nale ngashi John Walenga, Ngoloneya nale gwaShikoto, Vilho Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu naFillemon Nambili.

    Mboka oya pingenwa po miilonga konima sho ya ndopa okuholoka komutumba gwomautho, ngoka ya holola kutya inagu ningwa pamulandu.

    Oshigongi shomOlyomakaya osha kaliwa woo kaakalelipo yopaveta yookansela mboka ya tidhwa miilonga.

    Hahende Elize Angula okwa popi kutya oonkambadhala adhihe ya ningi opo ya ye mekwatathano nomukwaaniilwa Elifas odha hulile muunyengwi. Angula okwa popi kutya uupyakadhi owa tameke sho ookansela mboka inaya popila ekutho miilonga lyamwene gwoshikandjo shUukwanambwa, Wilbard Lidker, ngoka apingenwa po kuEster Gwashamba Nepando muFebruali nuumvo.

    “Pethimbo ndyoka sho nda kutha ko oshipotha shoka, Elelo lyaNdonga olya li tali yi kOmpangu, tali pula opo Minista Sophia Shaningwa ye moshipala etulo koshipundi ndyoka molwaashoka kali li paveta. Paveta minista ke na oonkondo dha sha molwaashaoka haye e na oonkondo dhokuulika aaleli. Onkene onda pula opo tu ninge oonkundathana nomukwaniilwa.”

    Okwa gwedha po kutya Kauluma naAsino oya ningi oonkambadhala okumona omukwaniilwa ihe odha hulile muunyengwi.

    “Konima nkene ookansela mboka ya tidhwa inaya lombwelwa, otwa li twa hala okukwashilipaleke ngele oye tuu aningi etokolo ndyoka. Oku na oonkondo shokushi ninga ihe ongele owala a landula omilandu dhelelo lyomidhigululwakalo,” Angula a tsikile.

    Angula okwa ningile omapulo eshaino shoshihako shoka sha longithwa moombapila dhoka dha utha etitho dhookansela mboka.

    Angula okwa tsikile kutya omukwaniilwa okwa ningilwa oshihako shoka osho sha kala tashi longithwa momakwatathano agehe ngoka. Okwa popi ishewe kutya elelo epe kali oonkondo dhelelo omanga elelo ndyoka ekulu li li miilonga natango.

    Pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa ningwa mehuliloshiwike omukokele gumwe okwa pula ongundu yoohahende yimanithe oshikumungu shoka opo omukwaniilwa a ka popye oshili mompangu.

    Omupeha minista nale gwiikwanima niikwankondo,

    Henock Ya Kasita okwa pula mboka ye na uumbangi ya longele kumwe naanambelewa yiikwaveta mboka opo oshikumungu shoka shi vule okumanithwa.


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    A yakelwa oshimaliwa shooN$60 000 pondunda yomanwinoA yakelwa oshimaliwa shooN$60 000 pondunda yomanwinoAafekelwa ya tulwa miipandeko ihe iimaliwa inayi monika Okwa lopotwa omulumentu a yakelwa omwaalu omunene gwoshimaliwa pondunda yomanwino nondoolopa yaNdangwa, naafekelwa moshipotha shoka shuulunga oya mangwa po. Nakuninga oshihakanwa okwa lopotwa a li a nana oshimaliwa shooN$60 000 momayalulo ge gombaanga opo andola a ka pingakanithe iimaliwa mbyoka niimaliwa yaSouth Afrika.

    Okwa yi mondunda yomanwino opo a kadhane eshina ihe aafekelwa yaali oya yi mondunda moka nokumukwata nokumu kutha iimaliwa moondjato.

    Aafekelwa mboka oya yi ontuku nohauto ontonkele yoPolo Vivo, yin a onomola N 34181 W, yehangano lyoAvis Car Rental.

    Sho mboka ya shunitha ehauto ndyoka koAvis, oya tulwa miipandeko. Iimaliwa inayi onika.

    Moshipotha oshikwawo mOndangwa, omunamimvo 26 omulumentu okwa yaka omuniilonga gwe oshimaliwa shooN$700 000, shoka a yaka a longitha eyalulo lyombaanga.

    Omufekelwa ngoka okwa li a kutwa miilonga onga omunambelewa gwomapulaapulo mombaanga yoBank Windhoek mOndangwa na okwa longitha omayalulo gombaanga yaazaizai mboka kaye li moshilongo.

    Okwa lopotwa kutya okwa kala ta kutha iimaliwa komayalulo goombaanga ndjoka ta longitha oEasy Wallet nokukala ta nanene iimaliwa mbyoka puushina wokunana iimaliwa mOndangwa nOvenduka.

    Omufekelwa okwa tulwa miipandeko mOvenduka momasiku 17 gaAguste omanga a li moshigongiilonga. Omakonaakono gombaanga oshowo opolisi moshiningwanima shoka otaga tsikile.

    Opolisi oya patulula epeko lyuulunga woshiyenditho, sho omuntu gwontumba a hingi ehauto lyaantu lyohiila okuza moNamibia sigo oDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    Omufekelwa okwa hiila ohauto yombaki yoNissan okuza mOndangwa car-hire na okwa yi nalyo moDRC okupitila moAngola. Ohauto oya monika ihe kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko.


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    Etanga lyegameno tali wayimine ekondjitho lyuukongoEtanga lyegameno tali wayimine ekondjitho lyuukongoAakwaita taya ka pewa omadheulo onga oshitopolwa shokukondjitha uukongo wiiyamakuti Ominista yOmidhingoloko oya gandja ekunkilile kaakongo yaaheli paveta opo ya hulithe po omiyonena dhoka taya ningle iiyamakuti, pethimbo a tseyitha kutya etanga lyegameno otali wayimine oshikondo shokukondjitha uukongo. Minista Pohamba Shifeta okwa tseyitha kutya ookomanda dha thika po-500 metanga lyegameno otadhi pewa omadheulo gowina ga nuninwa ekondjitho lyuukongo.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya aakwaita otaya ka pewa omadheulo kombinga yuukongo mboka wuli wa lundalala moshilongo.

    Etseyitho ndyoka minista okwe li ningi pethimbo lyomutumba gwoRegional Conservancy Chairperson’s Forum mOngwediva oshiwike sha piti.

    Okwa popi kutya mboka taya ka adhika pomahala ngoka inaga pitikwa okukala aakwashigwana mEtosha otaye shi ningi kuyoyene naantu oya pitikwa owala okuya moshikunino shoka shiinamwenyo taya longithwa omweelo gwa

    Anderson, Von Lindequist, Galton oshowo King Nehale Lya Mpingana.

    Nonando ongaaka aakongo ohaya longitha oombululu ndhoka tadhi adhika mondhalate ndjoka ya dhingoloka oshikunino shoka, sho iilonga yelongo lyodhalate ndjoka yoshinano shookilometa 800 tayi yiwa moshipala omolwa ompumbwe yiiyemo.

    Pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kuuministeli pokati komvula 2014 sigo omwedhi Juni gwonuumvo, aakongo yeli 246 oya tulwa miipandeko. Omiyalu ndhoka odha holola woo kutya aantu owala 78 ya tulwa miipandeko 2016 omolwa uukongo.

    Shifeta okwa talelepo woo aakwashigwana gwomomudhingoloko gwa Onamatanga moshitopolwa shaMusati, nokuya moonkundathana naakwashigwana mboka omolwa iikolokosha hayi holola pokati kaantu niiyamakuti.

    Onamatanga omudhingoloko tagu adhika popepi nEtosha, moka aantu oyendji ya pelwa ombedhi uukongo.

    Shifeta okwa lombwele aakwashigwana kombinga yomilandu dha yaga komuntu dhoka dhili miilonga, dha nuninwa okukondjitha uukongo. Okwa popi kutya okwaahena iilonga hako omaipopilo aantu ya kale taya dhipaga iiyamakuti shaaheli paveta, molwaashoka ope na oompito odhindji ndhoka aantu taya vulu okutula miilonga mokukondjitha okwaahena iilonga.

    Shifeta okwa tsikile woo kutya aanambelewa yuuministeli otaya longo ya manamo opo ya vule okukwata oonkoshi niiyamakuti yilwe mbyoka taya gwaya odhalate yEtosha nokuya mokati koshigwana. Okwa lundile woo aanafaalama kutya oya dhika oodhalate dhawo popepi nEtosha. Oomwedhi dhapiti oonkoshi odhindji odha dhipagwa kaanafaalama konima sho dha ponokele iigunda yawo.

    Minista okwa lombwele aakwashigwana mboka kutya kaye na uuthemba wokudhipaga iiyamakuti nopehala oye na okulopota iiyamakuti mbyoka kuuministeli wo tawu tokola komukalo gwomondjila ngoka tagu vulu okulongithwa.

    Aakwashigwana yamwe oya nyenyeta kutya iifuta hayi gandjwa kuuminsiteli uuna iiyamakuti ya dhipaga iimuna yawo iishona noonkondo.

    Uuministeli ohawu gandja owala oshimaliwa shooN$1 500 mongombe uuna ya dhipagwa koshiyamakuti, naakwashigwana oya nyenyeta kutya ohashi ya kutha oomvula odhindji mokukalekapo iimuna yawo ihe ngele ya lika po kiiyamakuti ohaya futwa owala okamaliwa hoka okashona na oye wete kutya kashi li pauyuuki. Shifeta okwa yamukula kutya epangelo olya uvako onkalo ndjoka, na otali ka tula miilonga omulandu gwopashigwana ngoka tagu ka kala tagu longithwa.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: Omananathano moNUNW
  • Omananathano moNUNW Omananathano moNUNW Omupresidende gwoNational Union of Namibian Workers okwa kuthwa koshipundi mehuliloshiwike ndika lya piti.

    Ekutho koshipundi lyaIsmael Kasuto, ine li taambako sho a popi kutya omutumba ngoka gwa ningwa mehuliloshiwike ogwa ningwa owina opo a vule okukuthwa koshipundi.

    Ngoka ta longo pehala lyomupresidende, Albert Liswaniso okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya ekutho koshipundi lyaKasuto olya ningwa pamulandu sha landula omutumba gwelelo lyehangano ndyoka.

    “Okwa kuthwa ko koshipundi paundemokoli. Okwa ningwa omutumba gwomahogololo ngoka gwa hogolola ekutho lye koshipundi. Ota vulu okupopya kutya okwa kuthwa koshipundi kashi li pauyuuki ihe iilyo yoNUNW olyo yemu kutha ko lyoyene. Ngele okwa hala okupataneka ekutho ko lye ota vulu okushi ninga,” Liswaniso a popi.

    Pahapu dhe, omupeha presidende gwoNUNW, oye ngashiingeyi tayi pehala lyaKasuto.

    Liswaniso okwa popi kutya ota kala ta longo pehala lyaKasuto, sigo kwa ningwa omahogololo gokuhogolola elelo epe.

    Kasuto okwa pataneke omapopyo gaLiswaniso nokupopya kutya okwa li owala a yi momutumba gwoonkundathana dhiifuta yuukwashilyo iipe, ihe oonkundathana dhekutho lye koshipundi odha tameke.

    Kasuto okwa popi kutya ekutho lye koshipundi olyopakathimbo, na otaka thigapo owala oshipundi ngele kwa ningwa omutumba gwomondjila, na okwa landulwa ekotampango lyounion ndjoka.

    Ondokumende yoNUNW kombinga yekutho koshipundi lyaKasuto oya popi kutya okwa ndopa okuninga omitumba dhelelo lyoNUNW nokutula miilonga uutokolitho wokongressa younion ndjoka, oshowo okutsika oombuto dhuukwamuhoko netopoko, nuuhasha.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: Namibia's rating downgrade
  • Namibia's rating downgradeNamibia's rating downgradeAn opportunity to review spending priorities Moody's recently downgraded Namibia's long-term senior unsecured bond and issuer rating to junk. As we know, Moody’s Investor Services downgraded Namibia’s long-term senior unsecured bond and issuer rating from Baa3 to Ba1 or to “non-investment grade” status.

    Moody’s has, however, maintained Namibia’s local currency rating at BBB- or “investment grade” status.

    Both Moody’s and Fitch had previously warned that the country’s elevated debt levels and sizeable deficit could potentially warrant a downgrade.

    Given the measures that the government had put in place to rein in expenditure and meaningful strides that the country has made, the announcement of the ratings downgrade was disappointing.

    Over the nine months since the mid-tem budget review in October 2016, the spending cuts have gone a long way in ensuring that government consumption grows at a slower pace and that the budget deficit continues to decline over the medium term expenditure framework.

    And whilst undoubtedly challenging, these budget cuts have been crucial in demonstrating Namibia’s commitment to fiscal prudence.

    It is important to note that given the magnitude of the economic slowdown experienced in 2016, the Namibian economy has made significant strides towards economic recovery during the course of 2017. While the quarter one results of 2017 did show an overall contraction in the economy, there were some key sectors that are performing well – most notably the agriculture and mining sectors.

    Overall, Namibia’s economic growth is expected to pick up from the growth recorded in 2016; and year to date, 2017 has already seen a sharp deceleration in inflation and, more recently, moderating interest rates.

    While the currency peg to the rand will insulate Namibia from the most negative ramifications of the downgrade; positive trends in the economy coupled with amendments to regulation 28 of the Pension Fund Act and rising import cover will ease liquidity constraints and ensure that the economy remains adequately capitalised.

    The Namibian banking system remains robust and sound, and well positioned to withstand the downgrade, with the liquidity position at healthy levels compared to a year ago and well above thresholds.

    That said the ratings downgrade represents an opportunity for the government to fundamentally reassess its operating model and review the internal structures that have contributed to these structural inefficiencies.

    It is increasing apparent that budget cuts alone may not be enough. We believe it is imperative that government review its spending priorities and its fundamental operating model and structures including demonstrating urgency regarding the reform and divestiture of SOEs that have hindered and constrained the effectiveness of the government’s austerity measures.

    It is important that this is accompanied by measures to stimulate investments for the economy to be private-sector led and less reliant on the public sector.

    Vetumbuavi Mungunda

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  • 08/21/17--16:00: Air Nam open to change
  • Air Nam open to changeAir Nam open to changeRespects wishes of shareholders Air Namibia is following a business plan approved by its line ministry, the airline's spokesman says. Air Namibia is not opposed to a change to its operations should it be required, according to its spokesperson, Paul Nakawa.

    This follows a recent remark by minister of public enterprises, Leon Jooste, that a change in the modus operandi of the national airline might be necessary to curb losses.

    According to Nakawa, Air Namibia would follow the government's wishes.

    “It all depends on the wish of the owner of the airline and what it is they want to achieve. At the moment we have a business plan adopted as per shareholder approval, in terms of which capacity in the form of aircraft lease commitments, maintenance and crew capabilities were sourced.

    “These commitments include the Frankfurt route, and are continuing and will not go away unless contracted periods are fulfilled,” he said.

    Nakawa also stressed that Air Namibia was following a business plan approved by its line ministry.

    “We are operating in terms of the approved business plan. The approved business plan is linked to ensuring that tourism as well as exports and imports are promoted. These are very strategic sectors of the economy and it would be a huge risk if one places such a critical element that drives the economy in foreign hands,” he added.

    Nakawa said that Air Namibia's existence helped propel the growth of the tourism industry.

    “Airlines normally attract traffic to their home countries through destination marketing, which is what Air Namibia has been doing over the years, started off with two or three flights per week to now daily. Tourism from the domestic and regional markets is very small in relation to the spin-offs from the long-haul European market,” he said.

    Jooste said at a recent public engagement that it would become necessary to change Air Namibia's business model. According to him, there were no indications that the national flag carrier would be making any profits soon and that it was necessary to curb the losses the airline was making.

    He made the comments following news that German airline Lufthansa might resume flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt.

    “The chances of Air Namibia making a profit are very limited. What we are [also] saying is that the cost of running Air Namibia must be a lot less.

    “We are looking at all underperforming public entities. We are looking at all restructuring options. We should be less sensitive and less guarded about these things,” Jooste said at a University of Namibia lecture.

    He added that introducing a new business model did not seem far-fetched but did not present much detail. “Redesigning the Air Namibia model is definitely a possibility,” said Jooste.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: MTC licence in transit
  • MTC licence in transitMTC licence in transit The sale of Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) to the government is gaining traction after a notice was published on the transfer of the company's licence from minority shareholder Samba to Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings.

    Namibian Sun recently asked the communications regulator to explain why the transfer of MTC's spectrum licence was necessary and whether the transfer meant that the sale had been concluded.

    Communications Regulatory Authority CEO Festus Mbandeka explained why the mobile operator's licence was being transferred following a planned acquisition of the shares by government

    “When a licensee applies for the transfer of its service licence the licensee should also request for the transfer of its spectrum use licences as the two licences are linked and the telecommunications service cannot be provided without the spectrum use licence,” said Mbandeka.

    While there has been no official confirmation of the transfer of shares from Brazilian entity Samba to Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings, it appears that the government will in due course take ownership of an additional 34% stake in MTC.

    Hoping to get an update on the acquisition progress, Namibian Sun spoke to MTC board chairman Elvis Nashilongo, who could not be drawn into giving an update.

    “It is really a shareholder issue, I do not think that it is right as MTC to comment,” Nashilongo said.

    Another MTC insider also declined to comment, saying: “I really do not know what the progress of the sale is.”

    Information and communication minister Tjekero Tweya first announced the government's intention to acquire the remaining 34% stake in MTC from Samba in December 2016.

    “Cabinet took note of the progress made with regard to the buyback of the 34% foreign-owned shares in MTC. Cabinet endorsed the Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings decision to obtain confirmation of the legal rights of Samba to act on behalf of Africatel B.V., before the transaction will be negotiated further,” Tweya said.

    “The government through NPTH reserves the right to retain ownership of the full 100% of MTC until further approved by Cabinet,” Tweya said.


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  • 08/21/17--16:00: Festivities for youth
  • Festivities for youthFestivities for youthProsperity Health supporting Namibia's youth Prosperity Health is the title sponsor of the Oshana Patriots Franchise for the two-day event. The Hashtag Festival is not only destined to become a fixed date on the Namibian calendar, but is likely to evolve into one of the smartest one-stop solutions for parents and their children.

    The event is not only held to promote sport, but firstly, it is intended to facilitate access to career advice and opportunities and everything connected to such educational processes within the Namibian context.

    This manner of thinking resonates well with a modern entity such as Prosperity Health, where the best results are found by thinking out of the box.

    Prosperity Health is the sponsor, which has teamed up with the Oshana Patriots Franchise.

    The Hashtag Festival will be taking place from 7-9 September.

    Saturday, is the highlight for the children because this is when they compete against each other in Super 7's Rugby, Fast 5 Netball, Quick 5 Soccer, High 5 Hockey, Beach 4 Volleyball, Cheerleader Dance-offs, Fastest 40m Dash on grass and Tennis designed such that none of the normal rules apply.

    All things being equal, the above activations are included in the package to raise interest, but never to overshadow the fact that the first two days of the #Festival focus primarily on the Career Expo, with educational institutions, professionals, tradesmen and sport-legends manning information stands and tending to presentations, which will allow Namibia's next generation to inform themselves and take informed decisions when they plan future careers and take career paths that enable them to reach their goals.

    Not only kids from the schools involved in the #Festival are welcome during the three days, but also from schools not involved. The organisers welcome anyone who wants to attend in order to get information and advice. If learners who attend dressed in school uniform, they will be granted access to the event free of charge.

    Frank Steffen

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  • 08/21/17--16:00: The state of the nation
  • The state of the nation The state of the nation Economic turbulence is worrisome Although the country’s management is trying to assure us that everything is under control, we need to weigh the challenges against at the positives. It is about time that we are brutally honest with ourselves.

    Government debt is at an all-time high.

    The state cannot meet its expenditure obligations and our sport industry is in tatters.

    Our SOEs are in shambles and depend on yearly bailouts from government.

    Youth unemployment is skyrocketing.

    The evils of tribalism are at play every other day.

    The calls from civil society for land expropriation and radical economic transformation are becoming louder yet the state is dilly-dallying to implement policies like a headless chicken.

    We are indeed facing very turbulent times.

    Politicians and pro-government activists try to paint a green coat over our challenges but that only serves to deepen the problem and stir up more frustration among the population and civil society.

    Years of reckless government spending and ineffective policies have caught up with us.

    The Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) is a horrendous disaster.

    Our national debt doubled almost instantly after the Geingob administration came into power.

    Our national debt went up from N$30.7 billion in 2015 to a shocking N$56.3 billion in 2016.

    One year down the line the debt is now standing at a staggering N$66.2 billion. Our debt now accounts for 48% of our gross domestic product (GDP).

    Never in the history of this country have we found ourselves in such a dire situation.

    Indeed the factors that contributed to this huge bill are no secret.

    The irrational and ill-advised expansion of our National Assembly from 72 to 104 members, the appointment of six advisors with no clear job specifications, the creation of the vice-president and the creation of ministries that have no link to the larger Namibian problem - the list goes on. What is even more irritating is the absolute lack of honesty and accountability from the Geingob administration about the current troubles the country is facing.

    The president simply does not want to admit that he made critical policy errors that are now costing the efficiency of the economy and functionality of the country dearly.

    The president has made it quite clear and noticeable that his administration has really no idea how to pay off our national debt. Corruption is becoming rifer in Namibia.

    The institutions mandated to perform checks and balances on the state and corrupt practices in general, are simply not doing their job.

    Our watchdogs, in the form of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Anti-Corruption Commission are sleeping.

    We don’t have a Thuli Mandonsela in Namibia; we don’t have a Julius Malema in Namibia.

    Civil society must start influencing public discourse.

    We need fresh blood in our Parliament.

    All in all, the nation is angry.


    *Maximalliant T Katjimune is a first year BA (Hons) Political Studies and Sociology student at Unam and NANSO KREC Secretary for Political and Internal Affairs.

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    King Price Insurance – OverviewKing Price Insurance – Overview King Price has always questioned the traditional insurance model and has disrupted the industry with its unique pricing model. With its premiums that decrease monthly, the company has changed how risk is managed. In 2016 King Price introduced its one-of-a-kind insurance offering to consumers in Namibia.

    This ‘relatively’ new kid on the block is known for its quirky personality, decreasing monthly premiums, N$ 1 insurance for bikes, golf clubs and hunting rifles, and outstanding corporate culture. King Price is an organisation that keeps on inventing. This ‘wild child’ is determined to turn the industry on its head but it’s not doing it alone. It has the backing of the world’s leading reinsurer, Munich RE, as its reinsurer and shareholder, along with Namibian founders. It also has the support of the Mertech Group whose owner, Francois van Niekerk, co-founded the Atterbury Property Group.

    At King Price, you always speak to Namibians in Namibia. With offices in Windhoek, King Price allows Namibian consumers to enjoy a complete insurance solution and in-country service from an insurer who understands what they really need. King Price is looking forward to growing, innovating and constantly spreading delightful confusion, while making a real difference. With the proudly born Namibian, Justinus van der Westhuyzen at the helm, he is always looking for better ways to service their clients.

    Everything a company does better than its competitors attracts clients. Like offering a superior product, or delivering extraordinary service. Or both, in King’s Price’s case! When a client base of a company grows, it results in the higher returns, allowing the company to lower the price of its products!

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    Chief Financial Officer – Braam VermeulenChief Financial Officer – Braam Vermeulen Braam Vermeulen is the Chief Financial Officer at King Price Insurance. He is also responsible for managing the reinsurance department. Just like clients acquire insurance cover for their assets and belongings an insurance company also acquires insurance cover for the company itself. We call this concept Reinsurance and it is a financial management function of an insurance company.

    Typically insurance companies acquire reinsurance cover from a reinsurer against major catastrophic events like cyclones, hail storms and earthquakes that might cause damage to the assets and belongings of the clients it insures.

    Reinsurance is a “global spreading of risk” concept that entails insurance companies entering into international reinsurance agreements, called treaties, with reinsurers all over the world.

    The largest Reinsurance company in the world named Munichre is based in Germany. Namibia also has it`s own reinsurance company named Namibre.

    The reinsurance manager`s core responsibility is to ensure that the financial capabilities and wellness of an insurance company is not compromised with regards to the insurance risks it accepts from clients. For one to prosper as a reinsurance manager you need to have a passion for financial and risk management.

    A Reinsurance Manager should:

    1) Have financial insight

    2) Have a love for maths and statistics

    3) Be law orientated

    Pull quote: “Risk management and the ability to control the controllable, is not a talent, it’s hard work”

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    Andre Spies, Claims Manager at King Price Insurance.Andre Spies, Claims Manager at King Price Insurance. The claims manager is responsible for the claims department of an insurance company. An insured client will contact the claims department of an insurance company to submit a claim following an incident for which the client is insured.

    The most important responsibility of the claims manager is to make sure that clients are treated fairly when they claim. The claims department needs to ensure that all claims are settled fast and accurate.

    On a daily basis a claims manager procures the services and products of suppliers in order to repair or replace the items insured by clients. The claims manager negotiates favourable terms with suppliers in order to repair or replace the damaged items at a fair price.

    The claims manager is also responsible for identifying fraudulent claims and reporting it to the authorities.

    An insurance policy is a contract between a client and the insurance company. The claims manager therefore needs to have a sound capability of interpreting the terms and conditions of contracts.

    The claims process that a client needs to go through when submitting a claim usually occurs in a time that the client is still dealing with traumatic circumstances following an incident. The claims manager therefore needs to be sympathetic at all times and apply a sensitive approach to proceedings.

    The most satisfying aspect of being a claims manager is helping clients get back in the same financial position they were before an incidents.

    A Claims Manager should:

    1) Have great negotiation Skills

    2) Have problem solving abilities

    3) Be able to interpret contracts

    Pull quote: “The ability to finalise claims fairly and efficiently is the most important duty of an insurance company. Without it, you are not achieving the reason for insurance.”

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    Sales Manager – Tiaan van RooyenSales Manager – Tiaan van Rooyen The sales manager is responsible for the sales department of an insurance company that entails acquiring new clients.

    A prospective client will contact the sales department of an insurance company in order to get a quotation for insurance cover.

    Insurance cover is acquired for the assets and belongings of clients such as motor vehicles, buildings and personal belongings.

    The most important responsibility of the sale manager is to make sure that clients are assisted quickly with the correct insurance cover and at fair terms.

    The sales manager has a lot of sales people in his department reporting to him and managing them requires an energetic and efficient approach.

    There are various insurance covers you can acquire as a client and it is the responsibility of the sales department to help you choose the adequate ones.

    A self driven, disciplined and spirited individual will do very well in sales because of the high tempo and efficient turnaround times an insurance company needs to maintain.

    The most satisfying aspect of being a sales manager is being able to help clients acquiring peace of mind with regards to protecting their belongings and financial wellness against unforeseen risk.

    A Portfolio Manager should:

    1) Be results driven

    2) Be energetic

    3) Be confident to sell products to clients

    Pull quote: “There is no better feeling in the world when you give someone an opportunity, that has been disregarded by the market, and they prosper”

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