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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: Indongo to rest and reflect
  • Indongo to rest and reflectIndongo to rest and reflect Namibian boxer Julius Indongo was welcomed by a large crowd of fans at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek yesterday.

    Along with his team, Indongo returned home from Omaha, Nebraska where he was contending for the full unification world title fight against Terence Crawford of the US.

    Indongo lost the fight in the third round when he was knocked out by Crawford. Indongo in an unusual manner took the fight to Crawford from the start. But his school-boy errors in the ring cost him four titles, the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF, much to the dismay of Namibian fans who watched the fight live in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    However, even though the result was not in Namibia’s favour, the boxer was applauded by his manager Nestor Tobias from MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy for having the guts to travel all the way to America to take on Crawford in the historic fight.

    Tobias said that the boxer will take time out to reflect on the fight and to rest before they start making plans for the future.

    “We would like to thank Namibians and all our boxing fans for the support, it really gave us courage to work very hard. We were very confident and humble going in the fight, Crawford’s camp was also well prepared and I can only congratulate him for a job well done.

    “It was a good night for boxing although we didn’t get the undisputed championship, we still feel proud to be part of the history as ‘Blue Machine’s’ name will be remembered for many years to come. He put our nation on the world map. The champ is well and has no injury,” said Tobias.

    However, even as he lost his titles Indongo still has a chance to redeem himself as Crawford is rumoured to be planning a move to welterweight and will vacate all his titles in the junior division. This will take a lot of hard work from Indongo’s side in his attempts to reclaim what he has lost.

    – Additional reporting Boxing News

    Limba Mupetami

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    Hotto relishes Arrows fixtureHotto relishes Arrows fixtureWilling to haunt former club The 2015 Cosafa Namibian star believes that he will not be affected by the home crowd. Bloemfontein Celtic winger, Deon Hotto, says he is raring to play against his former club Golden Arrows tonight.

    Celtic travels to Pretoria where they will be playing Arrows in their second game of the South African Premier League.

    Hotto's team held Kaizer Chiefs with a 1-1 score line over the weekend and hope to beat the 'The Backheel Boys' on their own turf.

    “For me, we started the season well and I can see that everyone in the camp is hungry for playing just as much as I am.

    “I was happy with the result we got against Chiefs even though I felt that we could have won it because we were all over them,” the Namibian international said.

    Hotto joined Celtic from Golden Arrows at the start of the 2016/17 campaign and has featured in most of Celtic's games last season.

    He is now eager to upset his former employers in a game which Celtic desperately needs to win in order to climb up on the log.

    “I am ready to collect three points out of this game and there is no other way.

    “I know the supporters will be booing at me but the good thing is I know that they love me too.

    “As a professional, my job is to get on the field and make sure that we get a good result,” Hotto said.

    In other action, Kaizer Chiefs will host SuperSport United, while Ajax Cape Town will battle Maritzburg United away from home.

    Cape Town City host Platinum Stars as Free State Stars lock horns with Bidvest Wits.

    All the matches will be played tonight at 18:30 Namibian time.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Khomas counting on home-ground advantageKhomas counting on home-ground advantage With 18 days left before the start of the 2017 Skorpion Zinc under-17 Cup in Windhoek, the host region Khomas are hitting the home stretch on final team selection for the teen showpiece which they won in 2013.

    The Khomas Region recently held trials in search of talent and have selected 30 players who have been part of training thus far.

    Khomas are in Group B with the Kavango East, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Erongo regions and play their first game against Oshikoto Region at 14:00 at the NFA Technical Centre. Head coach Hermanus !Naobeb is excited about his team's prospects.

    “We currently have 30 boys in training and the boys are doing great. They exited my expectations but we are struggling in terms of fitness levels because the youth league is inactive and these boys are not playing consistent football. On Wednesdays we go jogging and have friendly games on Saturday and Sunday. We are currently working on their fitness levels as the boys will be forced to play a great number of games in just a few days. ”he explains.

    He adds that the biggest challenge the team will encounter at the tournament is playing at the Sam Nujoma Stadium as the boys have been preparing at a smaller stadium.

    “The Sam Nujoma Stadium is bigger than the NFA Technical Centre and fitness will be a problem. But that will not stop us from pulling out all our guns and hopefully securing a win”. He also urges the supporters, parents and all stakeholders involved in the Khomas Football to come support the boys in great attendance.

    One of the boys in training, Immanuel Hamunyela a grade 10 learner at Eldorado High School says that he is feeling positive.

    “This will actually be my first time to play in a tournament of such magnitude (if selected); I am feeling great and looking forward to the games.

    “The coaches are trying their best to incorporate the different talents and techniques we have in one team.”

    Another major player to look out for is Pitsi Amseb who is participating in the tournament for the second time and currently plays for the Baby Warriors.

    In Group C, Hardap, Oshana, Kavango West and Hardap will battle for a semi-final date with group A winners. Omusati, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Karas are in Group A. Group B winner will face the best runner up from Group A and B.







    SPORT REPORTER

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    Uruguay, Argentina to announce World Cup bidUruguay, Argentina to announce World Cup bid Uruguay and Argentina will officially launch their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup next week at a ceremony involving the country's two leaders, Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez said Monday.

    Vazquez said the formal announcement of the bid would take place during a visit to Uruguay by Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri on August 30.

    The move coincides with Uruguay's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Montevideo on August 31.

    The joint bid between the two South American neighbours had long been signalled.

    Uruguay, the hosts of the inaugural World Cup in 1930, is hoping to win the rights to the tournament with Argentina to mark the centenary of the event. Both Uruguay and Argentina have won the World Cup twice before, with Uruguay taking the inaugural tournament and again in 1950.

    Argentina won the tournament in 1978 on home soil, and again in Mexico in 1986.

    South America last staged the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and any bid for 2030 is likely to face stiff competition from the Asian region, where China is expected to be the front-runner to stage the finals. The next World Cup takes place in Russia, with Qatar staging the event in 2022.

    A joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid is the favourite to win the 2026 tournament, with only one other country, Morocco, so far expressing an interest in entering the bidding race.



    NAMPA/AFP

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    Martial tips Pogba to win Ballon d'OrMartial tips Pogba to win Ballon d'OrImpressed by teammate Paul Pogba has already scored two goals in the 2017/18 English Premier League season. Manchester United's Paul Pogba is the world's best midfield player and has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or in the next five years, the Frenchman's club and national teammate Anthony Martial has said.

    Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus in 2016, scored five goals and provided four assists in 30 Premier League appearances last campaign.

    The 24-year-old has started the current season strongly with two goals and an assist in the first two league matches and Martial believes his compatriot can reach the next level and become the best footballer in the world.

    “Paul is very mentally strong and he is very sure of himself,” Martial told United's website www.manutd.com.

    “He is a big guy, he is very technical on the ball and he has lots of endurance. I would say he is probably the best midfield player in the world.

    “He is still young too, so he has a lot to work on and he can get even better if he continues to play and improve like he is doing then I think he is also going to win the Ballon d'Or award in the next five years.”

    Martial, who has scored two goals in as many league games this season, also praised Pogba's attributes off the pitch and said the duo are targeting silverware at both domestic and national tournaments.

    “We want to win a lot of trophies together at United, and we also want to win the World Cup with France,” the 21-year-old added.

    The United duo will be looking to extend their flying start to the campaign when the club host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    McGregor win would be 'dreadful' for boxingMcGregor win would be 'dreadful' for boxing Australia's Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday's super fight and hopes the American will “annihilate” the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing.

    Horn, who became WBO welterweight champion by beating 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane last month, said McGregor would struggle to even land a punch on the undefeated American.

    Mayweather (49-0) has not fought in nearly two years but is a heavy favourite to surpass Rocky Marciano's record in the Las Vegas bout, which purists have dismissed as an exhibition.

    “I hope Mayweather annihilates him and I think he will,” Horn said in comments published by News Ltd media on Tuesday.

    “It will be dreadful for the sport of boxing if Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters of all time, gets rolled by a guy having his first fight but I can't see McGregor doing too well even with all the hype.

    “Their fight is going to be under boxing rules and Mayweather will probably not even get hit.

    “If McGregor's got any sense he'll crash tackle Floyd at the opening bell and put a choke hold on him, get disqualified and then they'll have a rematch and make even more money.” Saturday's fight is tipped to test the pay-per-view and revenue records set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in 2015.

    Mayweather's defeat of the Filipino generated over U$400 million from 4.6 million pay-per-views.

    After Horn's own win over Pacquiao, the Australian immediately laid down a challenge to Mayweather, holding up a walking stick to bait the 40-year-old.

    Former schoolteacher Horn is set for a rematch against Pacquiao in Brisbane later in the year but said he would “love a crack” at Mayweather.

    “He could challenge me for the world welterweight title. And if McGregor wanted to fight me I'd take it right now. I wouldn't be worried one bit,” said the 29-year-old.

    Horn added that he would fight Mayweather like Marcos Maidana, who pushed the American in two defeats in 2014.

    “A few years ago we saw Marcos Maidana from Argentina give Floyd the fight of his life but Maidana didn't have the engine to sustain it for 12 rounds,” the Australian said.

    “I'd fight Mayweather like Maidana did but I'd do it for 12 rounds, not six.”

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    Uulingilingi wa lopotwa momahala ga gamenwaUulingilingi wa lopotwa momahala ga gamenwa Ominista yOmidhingoloko nOmatalelepo, Pohamba Shifeta okwa kunkilile aantu mboka taya longitha pambambo oonzo dhomahala ga gamenwa kutya otaya vulu okupangulwa.

    Pohamba okwa popi kutya uuministeli otawu konaakona omanyenyeto ngoka ga ningwa omolwa uulingilingi tawu longithwa nelongitho pambambo lyomaliko momahala gaakwashigwana ga gamwenwa moshilongo.

    Pohamba okwa tsikile kutya, omahala ngoka kage shi oshilongitho shokutopolwa aakwashigwana papolotika nokatongo koludhi kehe na itaya ka thiga emanya lya londa kekwawo mokukatukila oonkatu oohandimwe mboka taya longo iilonga mbyoka itayi popilwa.

    Minista okwa popi kutya omanyenyeto gamwe oga kwatela mo elongitho nayi lyomaliko niiyemo yomahala ngoka komapepe gaakwashigwana, omanga yamwe taya nyenyeta kombinga yuunkundi womakwatathano pokati kaakwashigwana naamboka ya pewa oshinakugwanithwa shokukwatela komeho omahala ngoka. Namibia oku na omahala ga gamenwa ga thika po-80, ngoka taga gandja uuwanawa kaakwashigwana okupitila miiyamakuti noonzo dhilwe dhopaushitwe.

    Omahala ngoka oga nuninwa okulikola iiyemo okuza maatalelipo oshowo muukongo mboka wa pitikwa.

    Pohamba okwa tsu omukumo iilyo yomahala ngoka yi longe momukalo omuwanawa nepangelo ewanawa.

    Minista okwa popi woo kutya iilyo yomahala ngoka oyi na oshinakugwanithwa oshinene mokukondjitha uukongo waaheli paveta niimbuluma kehe tayi ningilwa iiyamakuti.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Epangelo lya popile aanashilonga AaZimbabweEpangelo lya popile aanashilonga AaZimbabweEpangelo lya kunkilile kombinga yeningilo lyokatongo aazaizai Ominista yOmauyelele nOmakwatathano oya zimine kutya elalakano enene lyepangelo opo li pule aathaneki yomatungo naayalulo yongushu yiitungithi AaZimbambwe opo ya shangithwe inaku landulwa omilandu olya nuninwa okupitika aakwashigwana yoshilongo shoka ya vule okutotapo oostola dhawo uuna ookondalaka dhawo dhiilonga dha hulu nuuministeli. Sha landula omanyano nomanyenyeto ngoka ga ningwa kaaNamibia mboka yeli momapandanda kaye na iilonga nonando oye na oonzapo dhuulongelwe, omolwa AaZimbambwe mboka taya pewa omauwanawa giilonga kepangelo, okabinete koshilongo oka gandja elombwelo kUuministeli wIilonga nOmalweendo opo wu ninge ekwatathano noNamibia Council of Architects oshowo ngiika oEngineering Council of Namibia ya tale konkalo yompumbwe yaanashilonga ya pyokoka moshikondo shepangelo.

    Pethimbo lya faathana Ominista yOmauyelele nOmakwatathano goPautekinika oya kunkilile oshigwana kombinga yokatongo kaazaizai.

    “Namibia okuli oshizemo shuukumwe wopashigwana na otwa nyanyukwa molwaashoka aakwashigwana yiilongo ya yooloka otaye ya okukala moNamibia noku tu kwathela mokutunga nokunenepeka egumbo lyaNamibia. AaNamibia oye na omagumbo gawo niilonga miilongo ya yooloka muuyuni onkene aakwshigwana yiilongo yilwe naya vule okukala yuuvute uugumbo moNamibia, omanga pethimbo lya faathana AaNamibia naya kale yuuvite woo uugumbo moshilongo shawo,” Tjekero Tweya a popi.

    Omupopiliko gwepagelo okwa popi kutya enenedhilaadhilo lyokushangitha aanashilonga mboka, okuya pa ompito ya vule okutota po oostola dhawo moshikondo shopaumwene uuna ookondalaka dhawo dhiilonga nepangelo dha hulu.

    Tweya okwa popi woo kombinga yondjila odhigu ndjoka hayi endwa kwaamboka ya manitha omailongo gawo opo ya vule okumona iilonga.

    Okwa yelitha kutya aailongi mboka oya pumbwa okwiishangitha omadheulo ngoka haga kutha uule woomvula ndantu sigo oheyali nenge dhivulithe po opo ya vule okwiishangitha nomalutu ngoka gaanashilonga.

    Ominista yIilonga nOmalweendo Alpheus !Naruseb momasiku 17 gaMaalitsa oya tula pamushanga gwopapangelo nomomasiku 28 gaJuli okwa shangele ombaapila ya nuninwa Omupresidende gwoNamibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, Kerry McNamara,opo ongundu yaaZimbabwe 29 shangithwe noNamibia Council of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, inaku landulwa omilandu onga aathaneki yomatungo naayaluli yiitunguthi nongushu yiitungithi yomatungo. Tweya okwa popi kutya ombaapila ndjoka ya shangelwa McNamara inayi hwahwameka opo andola aanashilonga mboka ya shangithwe inaku landulwa omilandu dhompango yoArchitects' and Quantity Surveyors yomo-1979,kwiikwatelelwa ketsokumwe lyaNamibia naZimbambwe ndyoka lya ningwa mo-2012 ihe olya pwa ongushu.

    Tweya okwa tsikile kutya AaZimbambwe oya li ya kutwa moNamibia opo ya kwatele komeho oopoloyeka muuministeli wiilonga oshowo epangelo nokugandja omadheulo kaaNamibia aanyasha, naashoka inashi tulwa miilonga eshangitho owala lyaakwashigwana mboka.

    Oshiputudhilo shoNamibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) inashi taambako oonzapo dhoNational University of Science and Technology (NUST) of Zimbabwe, naashoka osho sha etitha aanashilonga mboka ya kale inaya shangithwa, ihe mboka ya ningilwa omakonaakono oya piti nokushangithwa, pauyelele wa Tweya.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: Heroes Day caption
  • Heroes Day captionHeroes Day caption EDHIMBULUKO LYOMAPENDAFULE: Omapandela goshilongo otaga monika ga tsilikwa moondoolopa dhomonooli yoshilongo ngaashi Ondangwa, Ongwediva nOshakati omolwa etyapulo lyEsiku lyOmapendafule lyomasiku 26 gaAguste. Nuumvo Esiku lyOmapendafule otali dhimbulukilwa mOshakati. Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShana Clemens Kashuupulwa okwa hiya aakwashigwana ayehe ya wayimine etyapulo lyesiku. ETHANO: KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Inaku adhika etokolo mofaalama yAayeleleInaku adhika etokolo mofaalama yAayeleleYa kuthwa oonkondo shevi lyawo Nonando okwa hololwa omanyenyeto, ehangano lyaChina oshowo omukomeho nale gwehangano lyaaniilonga onkene taya tsikile okulongela mofaalama ndjoka ya tulululwa oofamili omugoyi dhaakwashigwana yAayelele. Uuministeli wOmatululuo owa tegelelwa opo wu tokole natango kombinga yehangano lyaChina oshowo omukomeho nale gwehangano lyaaniilonga, Alfred Angula, mboka taya longele owina mofaalama yedhina Farm Ludwigshafen No. 48, moka mwa tulululwa Aayelele.

    Osheendo oshinene sha kwatelwa komeho kuamushanga gwuuministeli womatulululo, Peter Amutenya osha talelepo ofaalama ndjoka muJuni konima sho Angula a popi kutya oye mwene gwofaalama ndjoka.

    Ofaalama ndjoka oya pewa oLudwigshafen Worker Trust, ndjoka Angula a totopo konima sho oofamili ndhoka dha tseyithwa kutya osho tadhi tulululwa mofaalama ndjoka.

    Angula keshi gumwe gwomwaamboka ya tulululwa mofaalama nonando okwiiningi omunashipundi gwoLudwigshafen Worker Trust omanga a li amushanga-ndjai gwoNamibia Farm Workers Union (Nafwu).

    Angula okwa li a popi kutya okwa ningi omunashipundi gwehangano ndyoka pankatu ye yopaumwene ihe kashi shi sho e li omuleli gwehangano lyaaniilonga. Ooyene ngashiingeyi yofaalama ndjoka, ofamili yaBooitjie Koebeb, Moses Gaeseb, Mathews Kauswoab, Festus Harabib, Johannes Aap, Markus Kamati Sosa, Andreas Kamati, Elifas Haraseb naJan Tsam.

    Onga omunashipundi nduno gwehangano ndyoka, muApilili gwomvula ya piti, Angula okwa yi metsokumwe nehangano lyaChina lyo Aochen Farming, lyomukwashigwana gwaChina, Tao Wang, ndyoka tali longo uunafaalama mofaalama ndjoka.

    Aakwanezimo mboka yeli mofaalama ndjoka oya popi kutya kaye na mo ewi lyasha mopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Kwiikwatelelwa konzo yimwe, Angula okwa popi kutya oye mwene gwofaalama ndjoka, momaindilo guukithwa kuuministeli wiikwameni nomatembu sho aaniilonga yehangano ndyoka ya ningi omaindilo gomikanda dhiilonga. Uuminisyeli wEvi owa tseyithilwa kombinga yomapopyo gaAngula sha landula etalelepo ndyoka lya ningwa.

    Angula okwa tindi omapopyo kutya okwa popi kutya oye mwene gwofaalama ndjoka, na okwa holola kutya aniwa ye okuli owala gumwe gwomwaamboka ya tulululwa mofaalama.

    Meyamukulo lyopatumwalaka lyokongodhi ndyoka a ningi, Angula okwa a yamukula a geya kutya: “Alikana koleka uuyelele woye omanga ino ningilandje omalundilo goludhi ndoka.”

    Gunwe gwomookomufala uulikwa opo a konaakone oshikumungu shoka pokati kaAngula nehangano lyoAochen okwa koleke omapopoy ngoka.

    Komufala ngoka ina hala okutumbulwa kedhina okwa popi kutya omaindilo giilonga oga ningwa nokomisi ndjoka, ihe inayi nyanyukilwa etsokumwe ndyoka lya ningwa pokati kaAngula nehangano lyoAochen.

    Komufala gumwe natango okwa popi kutya etsokumwe ndyoka oli li eikuthilo lyevi.

    Omupeha prima, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah naye okwa talele po ofaalama ndjoka kuyele nuumvo na okwa holola okuuva nayi kwe omolwa etsokumwe ndyoka.

    Nonando ongaaka Wang okwa popi kutya osheendo shoka sha talele po ofaalama ndjoka muJuni osha nyanyukilwa ekalo lye mofaalama ndjoka.

    Aochen otayi pangele okunenepeka uunafaalama wawo noohecta 30 mofaalama ndjoka.

    Oonakutulululwa mofaalama ndjoka oya popi kutya oya patelwa pondje metsokumwe ndyoka lya ningwa kuAngula nehangano lyoAochen.

    Booitjie Koebeb okwa popi kutya etsokumwe pokati kaamboka yaali otali tsikile na kaye na ontseyo ngele Angula okwa futwa nenge ina futwa.

    Natango Angula okwa hololwa a yi metsokumwe naanafaalama yopuushinda opo ya tete mo omwiidhi mofaalama ndjoka yaLudwigshafen. Natango oonakutulululwa mofaalama ndjoka kaye na ontseyo yetsokumwe ndyoka.

    Mboka ya yi moshipala oonakuteta omwiidhi oya pewa omakunkililo okuza kehangano lyo!Naruses and Associates, ndyoka lya pewa elombwelo ko 'Ludwigshafen Trust'.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: Olopota yepeko lyopolisi
  • Olopota yepeko lyopolisiOlopota yepeko lyopolisi Okanona koomvula mbali oka dhipagwa kuhekulu momukunda Rupara moKavango Wes,t ongulohi yEtitano lya piti.

    Pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kopolisi, omulumentu gwoomvula 34 okwa kutha po okanona hoka na okwe ka dhenge pevi.

    Hausiku Alberth okwa ehamekwa omutse na okwa hulithile mokaklinika kaRupara. Omufekelwa okwa tulwa miipadeko.

    Moshitopolwa shaShikoto, uunona wuukadhona uyali owa kwatwa onkonga komushiinda shawo. Uunona mboka owoomvula hetatu nahamano. Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningwa omutenya gwEtitano momukunda Iindongo yaKeelu mOmuthiya.

    Pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kopolisi omulumentu ngoka okwiithana uunona mboka mondunda ye na okwe wu hula iizalomwa nokuwukwata onkonga. Yinakulu yuunona mboka okwa ithana opolisi.

    Moshiningwanima shimwe sha yooloka, okakadhona koomvula omugoyi oka kwatwa onkonga kuhekulu momukunda Onakalunga momudhingoloko gwEenhana. Omufekelwa natango ina tulwa miipandeko.

    Otaku hokololwa kutya omufekelwa okwa ithana okanona mondunda ye na okwe ka kwata onkonga.

    Momukunda Onambaladi popepi nEenhana, opolisi otayi konaaakona eso lyokanona kokamati komvula yimwe. Otaku hokololwa kutya Festus Mayoo okwa si omeya mokandambo komeya mEtitano. Metitano natango, omukiintu okwa a dha okanona ke koomwedhi ne ka hulithila pombete, momukunda Okanyandi popepi nOkongo. Otaku ka ningwa omakonaakono goshiyetithi sheso.

    Aalumentu yaali AaNamibia yoomvula 29 no 32 oya tulwa miipandeko peinda lyopolisi pOnhuno moshitopolwa shaHangwena ongula yOlyomakaya konima sho ooniga dhoompanda dha adhika mehauto lyawo.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Mozambique planning sovereign fundMozambique planning sovereign fund Mozambique's government plans to set up a sovereign investment fund where taxes paid on sales of the country's minerals will be used to finance development projects, the state-run AIM news agency said on Monday, quoting the finance minister.

    Minister of economy and finance Adriano Maleiane said the new fund would have capital gains taxes paid on the sales of shares in the country's mineral resources as the main source of funding.

    The London Stock Exchange AIM reported, that the first money to go into the fund would likely be the US$350 million in capital gains tax to be paid on the sale by Italian energy company ENI to the US oil and gas giant ExxonMobil.

    In June ENI signed an US$8 billion deal with government to develop a gas field off the coast of Mozambique, the first of a series of projects that could transform the poor African nation into a major energy supplier to Asia.

    The Coral South, field operated by ENI, contains about 450 billion cubic metres, or 16 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.

    Exxon Mobil Corp XOM.N agreed this year to pay Eni US$2.8 billion for a 25% stake in Coral South.

    AIM reported Maleiane saying the fund would be managed by an autonomous institution, which is likely to be the National Investment Bank (BNI).

    Maputo has been struggling to shake-off an international scandal after the discovery of hidden loans worth US$2 billion to state companies led the International Monetary Fund and Western donors to halt support for Mozambique, triggering the collapse of its currency and leading to a debt default.



    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: Respite for oil producers
  • Respite for oil producersRespite for oil producersOil prices rise on signs of gradually tightening market A tightening on the side of oil producers is encouraging price recoveries. Oil prices rose on Tuesday, lifted by indications that supply is gradually tightening, especially in the United States.

    “US crude oil stocks have been falling consistently in recent weeks. If the downtrend in oil inventories is maintained, then a bullish case can be made for oil, especially given the ongoing supply restrictions from OPEC and Russia,” said Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at futures brokerage Forex.com.

    US commercial crude inventories have fallen by almost 13% from their March peaks, to 466.5 million barrels.

    And although US crude production has broken through 9.5 million barrels per day (bpd), its highest since July 2015, analysts said growth may soon slow as US energy firms are cutting the amount of rigs drilling for new oil.

    Erik Norland of CME Group, a major commodity exchange, said “it looks like the growth in US production is quickly running out of steam and all else being equal, this should be good news for OPEC and the price of oil”.

    The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) together with non-OPEC producers, including Russia, have pledged to hold back around 1.8 million bpd of output between January this year and March 2018 in order to tighten supplies and prop up prices. The weekly rollout of data on US inventories started later on Tuesday, giving the market a chance to see if the recent downward trend will continue.

    “Attention has now turned to this week's crude inventory figures on Tuesday evening and today,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA in Singapore.

    “The street will be looking for a continuation of the drawdown patterns seen of recent times to bring fresh buyers to the market. Disappointment could once again see oil bulls' hearts broken.”

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: New seal processing factory
  • New seal processing factoryNew seal processing factoryLocal consortium promises empowerment A new factory to process seal products will provide job opportunities to Lüderitz residents. The Uukumwe Youth Empowerment Consortium recently opened a new seal processing factory in the coastal town of Lüderitz.

    According to its owners, the new facility is poised to contribute positively to the development of the small harbour town.

    Speaking at an inaugural event held to celebrate the commissioning of the new factory, chairperson of the consortium Olavi Hamutumwa said local residents now stood to benefit from the economic spin-offs the factory would create.

    “All shareholders of Uukumwe will from now on benefit together with the community of Lüderitz, benefit from this patience. Economic empowerment of the youth through this company now translates into community empowerment of the Lüderitz community,” said Hamutumwa.

    According to him, the factory met stringent environmental standards.

    “We have submitted this factory to vigorous environmental compliance checks.

    “To give an example, the water utilised at this factory will be re-purified to 95% and we can re-use the water again.

    “We will as a matter of fact use that water to keep our grounds clean,” said Hamutumwa.

    The factory was constructed at a cost of N$17 million and will provide employment opportunities to 30 people, according to Hamutumwa.

    He encouraged stakeholders in the fishing industry to re-invest profits made, thereby creating wealth and more job opportunities.

    “To all the participants in the fishing industry, please promise to re-invest in the fishing industry to create wealth and jobs,” concluded Hamutumwa.

    Marine and environment minister Bernhardt Esau expressed his satisfaction that Uukumwe chose to construct its factory in the //Karas region.

    “I wish to thank Uukumwe for choosing to establish this processing factory in Lüderitz.

    “The ministry of fisheries is keen to promote regional development, especially in Lüderitz which has enough stocks to ensure the economic sustainability of this factory,” said Esau.

    Esau was also satisfied that the factory would produce a variety of value-added goods.

    “I am happy to note that there will be about four value-added products processed in this factory, namely skins, blubber, gonads and animal feed. These products will have an economic impact in industries such as fashion, pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics and bio-medical fields where they will create further jobs and other value added activities,” he concluded.

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: Advantage awarded at Loeries
  • Advantage awarded at LoeriesAdvantage awarded at Loeries Advantage Y&R put in an impressive showing at the 2017 Loeries Awards held in Durban, South Africa recently.

    Advantage Y&R won two silver Loeries, one in the indoor posters category for their 'African Trash Masks' created for Greenpeace Africa, and another in the media innovation category for the commodity exchange and YOLO condoms 'Be Safe' campaign.

    'African Trash Masks' were a series of posters created as an anti-littering and recycling campaign. 'Be Safe' used giant condoms placed on termite mounds along the road to the Namibian coast to provide both high-impact advertising for the new YOLO condom brand, and an innovative platform for public health messaging.

    Advantage Y&R were Namibia's sole representative at the Loeries, and picked up seven finalist nominations overall. The two silver trophies represented an improvement from 2016, where they won one silver and one bronze for their #DontWashMeNAM water-saving campaign. “We're thrilled to see Namibian work represented on the same stage as bigger-budget South African and Middle East campaigns - being there not just to make up the numbers, but to actually win, which is an incredible feeling,” said Advantage Y&R creative director, Toufic Beyhum.

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    NSA launches geographic portalNSA launches geographic portal The Namibia Statistics Agency on Monday launched the online national geographic portal which it says will help citizens search and evaluate data from different government institutions.

    The portal will also help citizens link map browsers through Digital Namibia, which is found within the platform and which permits visualisation and analysis of basic data.

    Speaking during the launch, minister of lands and resettlement Utoni Nujoma said Namibia is committed to building a soft infrastructure of government spatial data that will reflect a digital Namibia.

    “Together, as a network of government institutions, we can heighten a culture of evidence-based development planning, decision-making and policy formulation.

    Spatial data, also known as geospatial data or geographic information, is data or information that identifies the geographic location, features and boundaries on earth, such as natural or constructed features and oceans.

    Nujoma added that launching the national geographic portal shows that all government ministries will live up to their mandate in maintaining and providing data to avoid promoting a redundant system that is populated with outdated information that does not live up to government's mandate.

    He applauded the Namibia spatial data infrastructure team under the NSA together with the minister of economic planning and director of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo, and the minister of information and communication technology, Tjekero Tweya, for their level of commitment towards the realisation of the platform.

    “This high level of commitment should serve as a pillar of hope and source of motivation to all of us to continue working in the best interest of our country,” said Nujoma.

    Speaking at the same event, Alweendo encouraged various government ministries and agencies to partner with the NSA to have full access to the portal.

    He also encouraged citizens to be concerned with the quality of data that the portal has to provide, adding that people and government ministries and agencies should make the best use of the platform.

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    Lagos, Accra on Air Nam radarLagos, Accra on Air Nam radarNew markets for flag carrier Air Namibia will start flying to Accra and Lagos on 25 March 2018, the airline has announced. Air Namibia this week announced that it will add Lagos and Accra to its route network effective 25 March next year.

    This was according to its spokesperson Paul Nakawa who said the legs to West Africa are geared towards growing its business on the continent.

    The routing for the two new destinations will be Windhoek-Lagos-Accra, and the return will be Accra-Lagos-Windhoek, four times per week, using the Airbus A319-100 aircraft. Apart from providing a direct connection from Namibia to West Africa, the operation will further transport passengers and cargo on the Lagos-Accra-Lagos route, using the fifth freedom traffic rights granted by the Ghanaian and Nigerian governments, as contained in the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreements.

    Days of operation departing from Windhoek will be Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The operating schedule and flight timings allow smooth and convenient connections inbound and outbound to our regional flights, connecting West Africa via Windhoek to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Vic Falls, Gaborone, Walvis Bay and Durban.

    “This much-needed service will give our passengers a better and alternative travel option, and will reduce travel times between Namibia and West Africa by more than 60%. We are happy to introduce our award-winning service in this market and we are already receiving positive feedback on the launch of this new route. The operation fits within our existing capacity in terms of aircraft and crew, thereby improving the utilisation rates of these resources while increasing revenue catchment opportunities. Especially as it means we are entering Africa's largest regional air travel market,” said Mandi Samson, Air Namibia acting MD.

    Xavier Masule, Air Namibia's general manager for commercial services thanked the governments of Nigeria and Ghana for ease of access into the new markets now open to the flag carrier.

    “We are grateful to the Namibian, Ghanaian and Nigerian governments for the commitment to promote easy access and the much needed improved levels of mobility on the continent, which will help promote intra-Africa trade and tourism flow,” he said.

    Air Namibia previously operated a flight connecting Windhoek and Accra, the service was however suspended in 2013. The airline said the rationale to re-open the flight was because it had noted an uptick in passenger and cargo traffic between the two destinations.

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  • 08/22/17--16:00: Angola on cusp of change
  • Angola on cusp of changeAngola on cusp of changeLandmark vote today for new leader José Eduardo dos Santos steps down after elections today, but an oil price crash and high inflation have loosened the MPLA party's grip on power. It is a contest that will be familiar to many – not just in Angola but in every country across Africa where anyone remembers the cold war.

    It pits the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the political party that has ruled the southern African country for more than four decades, against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), which has been battling to gain control for more than 50 years.

    The two are no longer warring over trenches, airstrips and dusty roads through scrubby forests, but fighting for the backing of 9 million voters as Angola goes to the polls today to elect a new president.

    Angola's civil war lasted more than 25 years, ending in 2002, leaving the country devastated. Since then more than US$100 billion has been spent on reconstruction. The stakes are now not quite as high as when MPLA troops, backed by Cuba and the Soviet Union, clashed with Unita forces, supported by South Africa and the US, in the 1980s, but few doubt the importance of the poll.

    “It would be extremely surprising if the MPLA loses power, but this is the first time in the past 40 years where there is uncertainty over what happens next,” said Søren Kirk Jensen, an expert on Angola at the independent policy institute Chatham House.

    One major change will follow the poll. After 38 years in power, José Eduardo dos Santos is not seeking re-election. The 74-year-old has guided the MPLA from hardline Marxism to a rapacious capitalism that enemies say has been tarnished by cronyism, nepotism and corruption. Now, weakened by illness, he is stepping down.

    New hope

    Dos Santos was Africa's longest-serving president after Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Unless Unita can win the poll, dos Santos's place will be taken by 63-year-old João Lourenço, the defence minister.

    It is Lourenço's image that graces almost all the election posters splashed across the capital, Luanda, and other cities in Angola. Far fewer show Unita's candidate, Isaías Samakuva, and many of these have been defaced.

    Even some critics of the MPLA see Lourenço's likely election as a turning point. “The MPLA has made so many mistakes; there is so much corruption. It will be impossible for [Lourenço] to make as many errors,” said Marcolino Moco, a former prime minister and party official who in now a fierce opponent of dos Santos.

    Lourenço joined the MPLA as a teenager and fought in the independence struggle against Portugal and the civil war with Unita that followed. Along with hundreds of other cadres, he later studied in the Soviet Union before rising up the ranks in the military and the party, navigating the MPLA's swing from leftism to market capitalism with success. He has a reputation for relative probity and is respected by the army.

    Dos Santos, who remains president of the party, will retain significant powers and his family is expected to maintain its hold on a huge business empire. Dos Santos' daughter Isabel runs the enormous state oil company and is reported to be Africa's richest woman. “There won't be a revolution,” Jensen said.

    In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Lourenço said the MPLA was “working towards a comfortable victory” in the elections. His confidence appears justified. Unita won just 18% in the last election, in 2012, against the MPLA's 72%.

    There is widespread concern about the fairness of the electoral process. The government has deployed state resources on a huge scale and has consistently repressed critics, moving on 12 August to ban protests and demonstrations by groups not running in the polls.

    In a document distributed to the media and quoted by Angola Press News Agency, the interior ministry said street protests planned by activists posed a security risk and “may clash with activities of political parties”.



    Draconian control

    A new law has given regulatory control of all media to a body controlled by the government and the ruling party. The campaign group Human Rights Watch said the election will be “marred by severe restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, and limited access to information due to government repression and censorship”.

    Unita officials say they have already complained about the inconvenient allocation of polling stations to voters, who sometimes live in different provinces, and problems registering Unita representatives to accompany the vote. The European Union has also scrapped plans to observe the elections after Luanda failed to agree to a package of conditions, including access to all parts of the country during the poll. It will send a small team of experts instead.

    However, the biggest threat to the MPLA is its failure to manage Angola's economy. The state, Africa's second-biggest producer of crude oil, has been hit hard by the global fall in oil prices, with revenues crashing from US$60 billion three years ago to US$27 billion in 2016. After years of surging growth, Angola has slipped into recession. One recent symptom of the poverty that 15 years of inefficient and expensive investment have failed to eradicate was an outbreak of yellow fever, among the world's worst in decades, though the disease can be prevented by a single inoculation.

    Poor people, many of them still living in shanty towns visible from the glittering office blocks and luxury hotels that line Luanda's corniche, have been hit by inflation that peaked at 42% last year, steeply increasing the cost of rent and basic foodstuffs.

    The income of the new middle classes – including vast numbers of civil servants, soldiers and teachers on the state payroll – has dropped steeply in real terms as salaries have remained unchanged. The elite have suffered too. Sales of hugely expensive European-made luxury cars have plummeted, dealers in Luanda say.

    In one recent poll, nearly 90% of respondents said the MPLA leadership acts in its own interest, and not in that of the state or the Angolan people.

    Unita is campaigning on a broad platform for change, promising to increase spending on education and health, combat corruption and open the economy to more foreign investment. Yet it is unclear where funding for this would come from.

    “We need to have an opposition that is capable of stopping certain acts which constitute abuses of power,” Samakuva, Unita's presidential candidate, said last week, adding that he would welcome working with Angola's second opposition party, the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Coalition (Casa-Ce), to form a coalition government if necessary.

    Casa-Ce won 6% in 2012, at its first appearance on the ballot, but the few polls available suggest it should gain ground this time, attracting younger urban voters disillusioned by the two main parties.

    The economic crisis also undermines the system of political patronage that underpins MPLA rule, said Francisco Miguel Paulo, an economist at the Catholic University of Angola, because it reduces the government's ability to invest in projects that “benefit the lives of people and bring it popularity”.

    “There was a time when Angola had a lot of money and the government had the chance to make a difference. That opportunity was missed,” Paulo said.

    But the crisis has also focused minds. Soren of Chatham House said the political elite has realised “the party is over”.

    “Lourenço is coming with a mandate … to do things differently. It is not fair to say this is simply cosmetic,” he said.

    Any change is likely to be gradual, said Moco, the former prime minister.

    “It will be slow and difficult. But we have to have some hope. We have to try. We have to hope.”

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    Nguvauva receives bull from MeatcoNguvauva receives bull from Meatco Esegiel Nguvauva, who was crowned Communal Producer of the Year 2016, recently received a prize bull along with the unveiling of signage on his farm.

    Meatco handed over the Brahman bull to Nguvauva, who expressed his gratitude towards the company for keeping their word, along with the promise that the bull would be well taken care of.

    Nguvauva, who farms in the Ovitoto area in the Omatako constituency, says the bull was selected and acquired from a highly respected breeder, because of its known characteristics, including heat tolerance. Although this is only one factor in the environmental adaptation of cattle, it is considered the most important.

    Nguvauva scooped up the prestigious award for 2016 in a highly contested category.

    The weekend farmer's journey with Meatco is an exceptional one. Having produced for other abattoirs and not being content with the benefits, Nguvauva conducted research and then began to produce for Meatco not too long ago.

    “Meatco gives me a competitive price for my livestock in comparison to other players in the industry. Also, Meatco provides extraordinary incentives for farmers by engaging and motivating us in many different ways,” Nguvauva previously told Meatco.

    According to him, being a weekend farmer means you need to make time whenever you can to go to the farm and assist where possible to achieve your goals.

    “I'm very fortunate to have a wife (Ursula) who supports me in everything I do. Our children are also very supportive and helpful with the farming,” says Nguvauva.

    Winning the award was wonderful and is something he can use as a yardstick to measure the hard work he put into farming.

    “The award certainly gives me the willpower to put more into my farming and to produce better,” he says.

    Adding to the communal producer award, Nguvauva also won the Top Regional Producer award (slaughter communal) and the Top Five Producer award.



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    Cabinet to review sheep marketingCabinet to review sheep marketingReport to be delivered to committee this week Role players are invited to make submissions to the Cabinet committee on a sheep marketing strategy for local producers. The joint 'Recommendation on long-term strategy for sheep marketing' will be handed to the Cabinet Committee for Trade and Economic Development within this week. This is according to the agriculture minister, John Mutorwa, who met with the Namibia Agricultural Union during a recent meeting.

    The strategy, inter alia, provides for maintaining the 1:1 sheep local slaughter to export ratio and further requests the finance ministry for the speedier processing and payment of VAT.

    Various role players will be granted the opportunity to again make presentations to the committee. The final document will thereafter be presented to Cabinet for approval.

    Meanwhile, the Meat Board of Namibia says despite reports and actions by border control officers of the customs and excise directorate, the 30% export levy on cattle weighing more than 450kg is still applicable.

    The government notice, published on 15 October 2014 by the finance minister imposing this particular levy, has not been recalled despite requests from the Meat Board.

    The Meat Board informed the directorate at all border posts regarding the existence of this notice and that it should be applied accordingly.

    Furthermore, funds from the Emergency Veterinary Levy Fund held at the Meat Board, have been committed to financially assist with maintaining essential veterinary services.

    According to the Meat Board, such essential services entail the maintenance of international border and veterinary cordon fences, the maintenance of the Namibian Livestock Identification and Traceability System (NamLITS), farm and community inspections and laboratory tests required for the export of meat and livestock.

    The assistance is provided in light of the current financial challenges experienced by government and the listed services were earmarked as essential to maintain Namibia's animal health status and export markets, the Meat Board said.

    “This assistance, however, would be only a short-term measure, while the livestock and meat industry together with the game, Swakara, hides and skins and diary sectors, must still decide on long-term solutions to secure the certification of Namibian livestock and meat products with integrity,” it said.

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