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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Top junior athletes ready for gamesTop junior athletes ready for gamesFour national teams receive colours The Namibian Sport Commission handed over national colours to hockey, cycling and cricket national teams at its head office in Windhoek yesterday. The under-16 and under-18 national hockey teams will compete in the International Test Series against Zimbabwe from 4 to 8 September. The games will take place at the Aloe Park Artificial Turf in Windhoek.

    Most of the players chosen for the national teams are from the Khomas and Erongo regions and play in the Namibia Hockey Premier league.

    They were selected from different clubs in the two regions and not from their school teams, says Erwin Haindura, coach of the senior women's indoor national team.

    Five players in the team also play for the national indoor hockey team which recently defeated South Africa to qualify for the 2018 World Indoor Hockey Championships that will be held in Germany in February.

    Their experience will aid the team.

    Hester Neethling, under-18 hockey captain, says they have been training hard for the tournament against Zimbabwe and will put on a great show.

    Ruan Oosthizen, the assistant coach, says the visiting players are paying their own travel and accommodation expenses and the Namibia Hockey Union is only paying for the field they will use.

    The senior national cricket team, who also received colours, will face Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania in the 2018 ICC Women's World T20 Africa qualifier tournament which will be held at Wanderers United Sports Field in Windhoek.

    Five Namibian cyclists will participate in the Cycling World Championships from 17 to 24 September in Norway and the Mountain-bike Cross-country World Championships to be held from 5 to 10 September in Cairns, Australia.

    Team Manager Bonnie du Plooy says the Cycling World Championships are a prerequisite for cyclists to compete in the 2018 Youth Olympics.

    Freddy Mwiya, Namibia Sports Commissions chief administrator, encouraged the athletes to respect their coaches at all times and to compete to the best of their abilities.

    He also encouraged sport codes to be inclusive as Namibia moves forward with the idea of allowing athletes from different ethnic backgrounds to play sports which they could not participate in years ago.

    He also said that sport unions should diversify to different regions of the country in order for that to happen.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: AIBA feud spills over
  • AIBA feud spills overAIBA feud spills over Punches are flying in and outside the ring at the amateur boxing world championships in Germany this week as a bitter power struggle rages for control of the historic Olympic sport.

    In one corner in Hamburg is Wu Ching-Kuo, the embattled Taiwanese president of ruling body the AIBA and an influential member of the International Olympic Committee.

    The opposite corner is crowded with the majority of the governing body's executive committee who have joined forces to establish a temporary administration.

    They are out to KO Wu, who has led the Lausanne-based AIBA since 2006.

    Wu's opponents want to oust him from power, and seize control of the organisation in what the current AIBA boss has compared to “a military coup”.

    Their main gripe is that Wu has left the sport facing bankruptcy, placing the AIBA in peril.

    They claim the “AIBA is not in a position to repay” debts totalling 15 million Swiss francs (13 million euros).

    “Wrong!” says Wu, who contests that the AIBA's finances are in fact “healthy” with “16mn Swiss francs in the bank”.

    The rebels, led by Italian Franco Falcinelli and Pat Fiacco of Canada, attempted to force through an urgent management shake-up in the Swiss courts.

    A ruling this month rejected their request, saying the matter would have to wait for a proper hearing in September.

    The legal action came after Wu's executive committee passed a motion of no-confidence in him at a meeting in Moscow in July.

    Wu claims he is being targeted because of his attempt to reform the AIBA and specifically singled out former executive director Ho Kim of South Korea for seeking “revenge” after his ousting over allegations of financial wrongdoing.

    Wu insists he is “the legitimate president” and said he had written to IOC chief Thomas Bach to explain the situation, pinning Ho as a main plotter.

    Bach was a noticeable absentee from the championships, all the more so with the event being held in his native Germany.

    The IOC explained that “the circumstances which AIBA currently faces are not the right environment for a visit of the IOC President to this year's championships”.

    Careful to avoid an accusation of taking sides in the internecine conflict, the IOC added: “Such a visit could be interpreted by either side as a statement of support”.

    At Sunday's opening ceremony Wu's rivals met with international federation members who according to a statement were “surprised and concerned” about the AIBA's plight.

    Wu had a very different take, claiming “I received lots of support” from his talks with the federations.

    The disputing parties are set to clash again in the ring at an extraordinary congress scheduled for November.

    But here again it's a case of warring press releases.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Germans meet the Czechs
  • Germans meet the CzechsGermans meet the CzechsGermany out to secure World Cup ticket Today's match is Germany's first international of a season which finishes with the World Cup final. Joachim Loew's world champions Germany head to Prague for today's World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic focused on preserving their 100 percent record.

    Having won all six qualifiers so far in Group C, victory at Prague's Eden Arena will leave Germany on the verge of confirming their place at Russia 2018 before hosting Norway in Stuttgart on Monday, when they could qualify if results elsewhere go their way.

    Winger Serge Gnabry is out of both games with an ankle injury, while Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira sat out Wednesday's training with a knee knock.

    Few German fans will need reminding that the team's last heavy defeat in qualifiers came ten years ago in Prague when Loew's men were humbled 3-0.

    However, the Czech Republic were beaten by the same scoreline when the sides met in Hamburg last October with two goals by Thomas Mueller.

    “We know the Czechs from the first game, they like to start at a high pace, but we dealt with that well, scoring two second-half goals,” said Germany's left-back Jonas Hector.

    “We've won all of our qualifiers so far and we want to keep that record.”

    Competition for places is fierce with head coach Loew having called up 17 of the squad which won the Confederations Cup in July and named just seven World Cup winners.

    “We got what we wanted from the Confed Cup, the chance to broaden our group of players and give others a rest,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

    “It was important to give players like Toni Kroos or Sami Khedira more of a break, they remain a fundamental part of the team and they will come back in which will give us added strength.”

    World Cup-winners Thomas Mueller, Kroos, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil and Khedira, if he is fit, are likely to return to the starting line-up after missing the Confed Cup triumph.

    Mueller will be looking to blow off his frustration at Bayern Munich, having been left on the bench by Carlo Ancelotti until the final 17 minutes of Saturday's 2-0 win at Werder Bremen.

    “Thomas Mueller is one of a kind, he is a big name for us,” said Bierhoff.

    “It can happen that one doesn't play, I just hope that Bayern realise he is an identity figure for people who come to the stadium.

    “A striker always needs some support, but he is quite relaxed when he is with us.”

    NAMPA / AFP

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Jones rings in changes
  • Jones rings in changesJones rings in changesDu Toit and Herman injured Namibia will host Eastern Province in the Currie Cup First Division at the Hage Geingob Stadium tomorrow at 16:00. The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias Currie Cup team coach has been forced to make some changes to the squad after Janry du Toit and Joe Herman picked up injuries.

    The two players will not be in action this weekend when the Namibian team host Eastern Province in the Currie Cup First Division.

    The players were part of the team that suffered a 59-66 defeat to the Touch Down Griffons last weekend in South Africa.

    Du Toit will be out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury, while Herman is nursing a shoulder injury.

    Other players dropped from last week's squad are David Philander and Bigman Kaura.

    Christo van der Merwe, Herman Grobler, Heinrich Smit, Hilarius Kisting, Niel van Vuuren and Desiderius Sethie have been called up to play against the team from South Africa.

    Van der Merwe returns to the team after having had a stint with South African club Western Province. The player was also the national under-20 team captain and has played five test matches for the senior team since making his debut in 2016.

    Coach Lyn Jones said he was optimistic that his team would do much better than they did against the Griffons.

    “Yes, we do have a couple of injury concerns, but I am confident that the boys are going to do a good job.

    “Last week, we conceded easy points in the first 20 minutes of the game.

    “We managed to recover in the second half, but we will definitely want to avoid that against Eastern Province this weekend,” Jones said.

    The coach has invited all fans to fill the stadium in order to boost the team's performance.

    The last time the teams met, Eastern Province defeated Namibia 31-18 in the same competition.



    Full Squad:

    (15) Mahco Prinsloo, (14) Gino Wilson, (13) Lesley Klim, (12) Darryl de la Harpe, (11) Johan Tromp, (10) Theuns Kotzé (9) Eugene Jantjies, (8) Christo van der Merwe, (7) Thomasau Forbes, (6) Rohan Kitshoff, (5) Max Katjiteo, (4) Ruan Ludick, (3) AJ de Klerk, (2) Niel van Vuuren (1) Desiderius Sethie.



    Subs: (16) Shaun du Preez, (17) Christo McNish, (18) Herman Grobler, (19) Denzil van Wyk, (20) Adrian Booysen, (21) Heinrich Smit, (22) Helarius Kisting.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Yellow fever in spotlight
  • Yellow fever in spotlightYellow fever in spotlightAfrican health ministers pledge firm actions The plan is to eliminate yellow fever from Africa by 2026 and health ministers have agreed on certain steps to achieve this. African health ministers currently meeting for the 67th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee in Zimbabwe have agreed on 10 priority actions to guide countries to eliminate yellow fever epidemics by 2026.

    Yellow fever is caused by a virus and may lead to severe bleeding and death if patients don't receive quick treatment.

    The disease affects several African countries and is characterised by fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

    Introducing the framework for implementing the global strategy to eliminate yellow fever on behalf of the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the acting director for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Dr Zabulon Yoti, informed the ministers that low yellow fever vaccination rates, limited vaccine supply and emergency stockpile, inadequate implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), climate change and rapid urbanisation are some of the factors that have put over 440 million people at risk. The World Health Organisation estimates that in one of the worst outbreaks in 2013, there were about 170 000 severe yellow fever cases in Africa that led to about 60 000 deaths. The massive pre-emptive vaccination of over 30 million people during the recent outbreak in Angola and DRC was a measure that averted an epidemic that could have been of similar magnitude to that of 2013.

    “Yellow fever is still a serious public health risk within and outside the region. With a single dose of yellow fever vaccine per person, elimination of these epidemics is indeed a quick public health gain.

    Country ownership and leadership is critical to protect people at risk through preventive and routine vaccination,” he said.

    The Ministers have committed to undertake WHO recommended risk assessments, catch-up campaigns and adhere to implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) especially for travellers to and from high-risk countries to tackle the disease. Other actions will be to vaccinate all people in high risk countries, improve routine immunisation, vaccinate every eligible child as well as protect workers in high-risk industries such as oil, mining, construction and forestry. The ministers have also pledged to prepare 'readiness plans' that can facilitate quick response to an outbreak of yellow fever in urban centres. This will also entail sustaining vector surveillance and control programmes in cities and strengthening surveillance and early detection mechanisms.

    In addition, they undertook to establish a regional surveillance network that will bring all high-risk countries together in order to standardise prevention and treatment procedures. The ministers called on the international coordinating group to ensure availability of a stockpile of yellow fever emergency supplies that can back-stop countries in cases of outbreaks. This will go hand-in-hand with fostering response system that facilitates rapid case detection, reactive vaccination, good case management, vector control and community mobilisation. With the above actions people in 35 high-risk African countries will be protected against yellow fever and international spread of the disease will be prevented through prompt detection, confirmation and rapid containment of yellow fever outbreaks on the continent.

    Countries with a risk of yellow fever include Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Republic of the Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.



    About yellow fever

    Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

    The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients. Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.A small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days. The virus is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America. Since the launch of the yellow fever initiative in 2006, significant progress in combatting the disease has been made in West Africa and more than 105 million people have been vaccinated in mass campaigns. No outbreaks of yellow fever were reported in West Africa during 2015. Large epidemics of yellow fever occur when infected people introduce the virus into heavily populated areas with high mosquito density and where most people have little or no immunity, due to lack of vaccination.

    In these conditions, infected mosquitoes transmit the virus from person to person. Yellow fever is prevented by an extremely effective vaccine, which is safe and affordable.

    A single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to confer sustained immunity and life-long protection against yellow fever disease and a booster dose of the vaccine is not needed.

    The vaccine provides effective immunity within 30 days for 99% of persons vaccinated. Good supportive treatment in hospitals improves survival rates. There is currently no specific anti-viral drug for yellow fever.



    WHO

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    Omukomeho gwoNHE a yembe omukalo gwokulongitha oPPPOmukomeho gwoNHE a yembe omukalo gwokulongitha oPPPOmagumbo taga tungwa paumwene oge na ondilo Omukomeho gwehangano lyoNational Housing Enterprise okwa nyana opoloyeka yopublic-private partnerships, ndjoka tayi longithwa komalelo goondoolopa mokutunga omagumbo. Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoNational Housing Enterprise (NHE), Gisbertus Mukulu okwa popi kutya ngele aatungi yopaumwene otaya tsikile nokutunga omagumbo nokuwapaleka evi nena ondando yomagumbo onkene tayi tsikile okuya pombanda.

    Sho a popi noshifokundaneki shoNamibia, sha landula omutumba gwa ningilwa momauliko gwiipindi mondoolopa yaNgwediva, Mukulu okwa popi kutya aatungi yopaumwene otaya vulu owala okutunga omagumbo gondando yili pevi ngele oondoolopa otadhi ya pe omavi ga wapalekwa nale.

    Mukulu okwa yamukula kepulo kutya ngele opoloyeka ndjoka yopublic-private partnership (PPP) pokati komalelo goondoolopa naatungi yopaumwene oshi li tuu ekandulepo lyompumbwe yomagumbo nokutunga omagumbo gondando tayi vulika.

    “Kandi wete ngele aatungi yopaumwene oya wapaleke ooplota otaya vulu okutunga omagumbo gondando yi li pevi naantu otaya landa,” Mukulu a popi.

    Omathimbo ngaaka omalelo goondoolopa otaga yi momatsokumwe gongushu yoomiliyona odhindji opo ku tungwe omagumbo moondoolopa.

    Mukulu ngoka e li omukomeho gwoshiputudhilo shoka shi na oshinakugwanithwa shokutunga omagumbo okwa popi kutya, omalelo goondoolopa itaga ka mona iizemo iiwanawa.

    Okwa gandja omaiyuvo ge, iikolelela komwaalu gwomagumbo ngoka ga tungwa ihe sigo onena kage na ooyene.

    Ominista yEyambulepo lyIitopolwa nOondoolopa, Sophia Shaningwa okwa holola woo omathimbo ga piti omalimbililo ge, omolwa omagumbo ngoka kage na aantu nonando oshigwana osha taalela ompumbwe onene yomagumbo.

    Mukulu okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo oli na omusholondondo gwaantu ya thika po-86 103 mboka ya tegelela okumona omagumbo.

    Okwa popi kutya eyambulepo lyomagumbo miitopolwa ine yomonooli yoshilongo, olya thikama momagumbo 1 799 moka geli 1 425, geli oshitopolwa shoNHE omanga 333 geli kohi yoMass Housing Programme omanga geli 37 geli kohi yoNHE rented housing scheme.

    Mukulu okwa tsikile kutya oNHE oyi na monena ooplota dha wapalekwa dhili 416 moshilongo omanga ndhoka inadhi wapalekwa dhili 2 981. Oya pewa ooplota dha wapalekwa komalelo goondoolopa dhili 837.

    Okwa popi kutya oya taalela omukundu gwompumbwe yooplota dha wapalekwa oshowo oondando dhili pombanda ndhoka taya futithwa komalelo goondoolopa niiyemo yangambekwa mbyoka haya mono.

    Aantu yamwe po mboka ya kala poshigongi shoka oya popi kutya NHE okwa pumbwa okuyambulapo omusholondondo gwe gwoonakutegelela.

    Menindjela gwoNHE monooli yoshilongo Donald Tjikune, okwa yamukula kutya omusholondondo ngoka ogwa li owala gwa yambulwa po shoNHE a li e na opoloyeka meshala lyontumba na okwa popi kutya otashi ka pula ondilo okuyambulapo nokukonga omauyelele omape goonakukala momusholondondo moka.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Ongundu yopamuthigululwakalo itayi popile okatomeno koondoongiOngundu yopamuthigululwakalo itayi popile okatomeno koondoongi Ongundu yopamuthigululwakalo tayi ithanwa Donkib Ge cultural group, ndjoka hayi longekidha oshituthi shokomumvo shonyama yondoongi oya pula epangelo li talulule eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kehangano lyaChina opo li totepo okatomeno koondoongi moNamibia.

    Menindjela gwopoloyeka mongundu ndjoka, Abner Xoagub, okwa popi kutya Namibia ke na oondoongi odhindji opo a ninge okatomeno hoka. Xoagub okwa popi kutya Namibia oku na owala omwaalu gwoondoongi tagu tengenekelwa po-200 000 na okwa pumbwa natango opo ku ningwe omayalulo gopashigwana opo ku vule okukolekwa omwaalu ngoka. Okwa tsikile ko kutya onkalo sho oshilongo kashi na ompango yi li miilonga tayi gamene oondoongi, nena shoka otashi tula moshiponga omwaalu gwoondoongi moshilongo. Okwa gandja oshiholelwa shaChina ngoka omwaalu gwe gwoondoongi moshilongo tagu pumo molwaashoka ka kwali kwa tulwa miilonga omilandu dhi na sha negameno lyiinamwenyo mbyoka.Okwa tsikile kutya inaku ningwa omakonaakono ngoka taga ulike kutya ondoongi otadhi vulu okutulwa muunafaalama wopangeshefa unene menenevi lyaAfrika lyOmuumbugantu. Iikumungu yimwe ya hololwa shi na sha neindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kehangano lyoFu Hai Trading, ongaashi kutya oompangela dhopangeshefa dhehangano ndyoka otadhi limbilike, oshowo sho oshinima shoka sha kala sha fa tashi holekwa. Onzo yimwe oya holola kutya ompangela yongeshefa ndjoka oya ningwa taku longithwa o “five-minute business plan app” na oya tulwa oshipalanyolo 'Meat Export Business Plan'. Ehangano ndyoka olya holola mondokumende yawo yompangela yongeshefa kutya, otayi lalakanene okutuma momalanditho gopondje onyama yondoongi miilongo ngaashi Vietnam oshowo iilonga ayihe yaAsia, muule woomvula mbali uuna ya tameke iilonga. Oompangela ndjoka kayi na uuyelele we wulwe ngaashi, onomola yeshangitho lyongeshefa, ookuume yomongeshefa yomoshilongo oshowo mpoka tapu adhika ongeshefa ndjoka noshotuu. Nonando ongaaka elelo lyondoolopa yaOutjo olya zimine okulanditha evi kehangano ndyoka na olya tseyithile oshigwana oompangela dhawo dhokulanditha evi ndyoka omwedhi gwa piti. Etitano lya piti, aakwashigwana yaOutjo oya gandja omukanda gwomusholodondo gwomanyenyeto gawo kelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, moka ya holola omaiyuvo gawo omolwa oompangela dhokatomeno hoka. Omukanda ngoka ogu na omashainokaha ga thika 1 600. Omutseyinawa gwiikwaveta gumwe ngoka a konaakona omukanda ngoka gwompangela yongeshefa ndjoka, okwa popi kutya oyudha omapuko ogendji, na kayi na omauyelele aagehe ngaashi ngele oya shangithwa, nomauyelele mpoka tapu adhika ongeshefa ndjoka noongodhi dhomakwatathano gongeshefa ndjoka yoFu Hai Trading.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Omakwatho gekondjitho lyombuto yoHIV taga shongolaOmakwatho gekondjitho lyombuto yoHIV taga shongolaOshindji osha pumbwa okuningwa kuNamibia Namibia okwa pumbwa okukonga omikalo dhokumona iiyemo ya nuninwa omahwahwameko gekondjtho lyombuto yoHIV, sha landula sho epangelo lyaUnited State tali pangele okuhulitha po omakwatho ngoka haga pewa iilongo yaAfrika. Ngoka omaiyuvo gomutseyinanwa muundjolowele woshigwana, Sandy Tjaronda, ngoka a pandula epangelo lyaNamibia sho tali kondjo mokukondjtha ombuto ndjoka na otali longitha oopresenda 13 dhiimaliwa yoshigwana mepangelo lyoantiretroviral ooshowo mooprogramma dhimwe dhoHIV.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa kunkilile epangelo kutya olya pumbwa okukutha ko oongaku nokutala komahala ngoka iipotha yekwato lyomukithi ngoka netaandelitho yili natango pombanda.

    Okwa popi kutya oshilongo osha pumbwa okuninga oshindji unene sho ondjele yetaandelo lyomukithi tayi yi pombanda mokati kaanyasha. Ondjele yetaandelo lyomukithi moNamibia ngashiingeyi oya thikama poopresenda 17, kwiikwatelelwa komiyalu dhoUS President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief's (Pepfar's),oopresenda 13.3% dhomwaamboka ya kwatwa oyoomvula dhili pokati ko 15-49.

    Kwiikwatelelwa komiyalu ndhoka, ombuto ndjoka oyo tayi keetitha omaso ga thika po-3 369 mo-2017 moshilongo, sho omukithi gwoAids ogwo guli natango unene tagu etitha omaso mokati kaakuluntu, oshowo maanona yoomvula dhili kohi yantano. Omupeha amushanga mUuministelu wUundjolowele,

    Petronella Masabane okwa popi kutya kape na natango uuyelele mboka tawu holola ngele Namibia naye otaka gumwa ketokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kepangelo lyomupresidende gwaUS Donald Trump, ngoka ta pangele okuhulitha po egandjo lyomayambidhidho goomiliyona ngoka haga gandjwa kepangelo lye miilongo yaAfrika, lya nuninwa okukondjitha ombuto yoHIV.

    Etokolo ndyoka, otali vulu okufaalela oomwenyo dhaantu ya thika pomiliyona 9, moSouth Afrika naIvory Coast. Olopota yoGlobal Aids Update 2017 oya holola kutya Namibia okwa ninga omalunduluko omanene mekondjitho lyombuto yoHIV and Aids, nondjele yetaandelo lyombuto otayi shuna pevi.

    Egwo pevi ndyoka olya lopotwa kutya olyoopresenda 8 pokati komvula yo 2010 no 2015, noopresenda 11 pokati ko 2010 nomvula ya piti.

    Olopota oya tsikile woo kutya onkalo yepango lyombuto ndjoka oya hwepopala menenevi sho oopresenda 51 dha mono epango ndyoka mo-2016 okuza popresenda 19 mo-2010.

    Nonando ongaaka olopota ndjoka oya popi kutya, ope na omashongo ogendji ga taalela oonkambadhala ndhoka tadhi ningwa mokukondjitha ombuto. Omashongo ongaashi ooprograma tadhi ndopa okukwatelamo oomeme mboka ya kwatwa kombuto omanga yeli momategelelo, nenge omanga taya yamutha.

    Omaupyakadhi gamwe ongaashi aakiintu mboka yeshi kutya oye na ombuto ihe inaya hala okuya kepango uuna ya ningi omategelelo. Yamwe otaya hulitha po epango uuna ya pulumutha.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Ethimbo tali lunduluka lwahugunina mOsoondahaEthimbo tali lunduluka lwahugunina mOsoondaha Ethimbo lyokufu otali kakala oshinima shomonakuziwa moshilongo sho AaNamibia taya la lundulula oowili dhawo nowili yimwe komeho oshikando sha hugunina mOsoondaha twa taalela.

    Omutumba gwoPashigwana ogwa pititha Ontotwaveta yEthimbo lyaNamibia ndjoka tayi thikitha pehulilo oshikako shuule woomwedhi ntano shethimbo lyokufu.

    Uuministeli wOmauyelele nOmakwatathano goPautekinika owa dhimbulukitha oshigwana opo shi lundulule oowili dhawo nowili yimwe komeho mOshoonda potundi 02:00.

    Ethimbo ndyoka oyali kala oowili mbali komeho yethimbo lyoGreenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) na otali kala pamwe naSouth Africa oshowo iilongo ayihe menenevi.

    Ontotwaveta yoNamibian Time Bill 2017 oyali ya tulwa poshitafuula kOminista yOmatembu , Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, mOmutumba gwoPashigwana momasiku 22 gaFebruali nuumvo.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka oya kutha po ethimbo lyaNamibia ndyoka lya tulwa iilonga mo-1994 ndyoka tali utha eyooloko lyowili yimwe pokati kethimbo lyokufu nokwenye moshilongo.

    Pethimbo kwa ningwa oonkundathana noshigwana kombinga yelunduluko ndyoka, oNamibian Employers' Federation oya popi kutya aaniilonga momahangano ga kalela po oopresenda 80 oya popile ekutho po lyomathimbo ngoka gaali.

    Egameno lyaanona yoskola unene momikunda olya etitha woo opo ku ningwe etokolo mekutho po lyethimbo ndyoka.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: BAT changes business model
  • BAT changes business modelBAT changes business modelElectronic cigarettes go mainstream British American Tobacco has been looking to double the number of countries where it sells the so-called vaping products. British American Tobacco has reorganised its regional management structure following the acquisition of Reynolds American to bring its vaping and heated tobacco products into the main business.

    “Now that we have built a successful NGP (next generation products) business which is poised for substantial growth, we will be fully integrating NGP to leverage the scale and expertise of the whole group to drive growth in an area that is fast becoming a key part of our mainstream business,” BAT said in a statement.

    Kingsley Wheaton, the managing director of NGP will manage this integration process, the company said.

    BAT has been looking to double the number of countries where it sells vaping products this year and again in 2018, as it chases rivals Philip Morris International to grab a share of a growing market.

    BAT and Philip Morris were the first of the big tobacco firms to invest in cigarette alternatives a few years back, as growing health consciousness reduces traditional smoking.

    Philip Morris is ahead of BAT in the market for tobacco-based vaping devices, which some analysts think will be more popular than traditional e-cigarettes with regular smokers.

    Last month BAT completed the acquisition of Reynolds American in a deal valued at over US$49 billion which it said would help boost its position in the small but growing market for vaping and electronic cigarettes.

    BAT said earlier this year it had the biggest vaping business in the world outside of the United States and intended to take Reynold's own NGP portfolio, led by vaping brand Vuse, into its international markets.

    Also last month the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed cutting nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels in a major regulatory shift designed to move smokers toward potentially less harmful e-cigarettes.

    BAT, which in January quit plans to market a nicotine inhaler called Voke, plans to double the number of markets where it offers cigarette alternatives this year, and again next year.

    Under the management reorganisation announced on Thursday BAT said it has appointed Jack Bowles, hitherto director for the Asia-Pacific region, to the newly created role of chief operating officer for the international business, excluding the United States.

    The company said it also intended to “simplify” the regional management structure to add three regions, Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North Africa, Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

    Ricardo Oberlander has been appointed regional director for the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa and Tadeu Marroco has been made head of Europe and North Africa, while Johan Vandermeulen becomes the director for the new Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.

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    Minnie Jones takes bridesmaids to ParisMinnie Jones takes bridesmaids to ParisBehind the scenes filming of wedding The much anticipated white wedding of the television personality and her television producer husband is set to be one of the glummest occasions in Mzansi this year. Minnie Jones is spending her last weekend before her white wedding in Paris and London with her girl squad.

    Minnie got married in a traditional ceremony last month to her long term boyfriend Quinton Jones.

    Close friends and family of the couple flocked to Minnie's family home to celebrate the traditional gift-giving ceremony, known as umembeso, that often marks the start of wedding celebrations. And now with the date of her white wedding coming fast, 16 September to be exact, SA diamond has been prepping to treat her bridesmaids to an all expenses trip to Paris. YES, ALL expenses paid.

    Wow, it must be great to be Minnie's friends.

    Minnie will be dressed on the big day by Gert Johan Coetzee and will rock two gorgeous dresses for the occasion.

    Apparently, all the behind the scenes fun will be filmed for the upcoming TV series, 'Becoming Mrs Jones'. Quinton is a TV producer so hopefully, he is not watching any footage that might ruin the dress reveal for him.

    'We are getting very excited for the big day “, said Minnie.

    Minnie recently celebrated her birthday in L.A and we have no doubt that this Paris girl's trip will be nothing short of fun as well.

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy She is older but I love her



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 29 and I am dating a 42-year-old girl. We really love each other but people are saying she is not my size. But I love her very much and I really do because she has money. Please help me; I don't want to leave her.



    There are two faces to your story and I will analyse them as such. Firstly, I want to tell you that; age is but a number in my opinion and many people agree with me that in a romantic relationship, age difference is not an issue. Some people go on to say love is blind and this means what other people see as undesirable in your partner you turn a blind eye to. It should be to your heart's content, period! In other words, I am saying as long as you love your partner whether he or she is older than you should never be anyone's problem but your problem. After all; women are like wine, they taste better with age. That being the case, do not listen to what other people are saying about your woman being older. You marry for love and to suit your desires and not the desires of other people. Not even your parents. It is like buying shoes or clothes for you. You buy your shoe size not your neighbour's, the cut, and colour to suite your taste. Some people like tender meat to fry and roast while others like you like mature beef to stew and savour when you eat it, sucking the marrow and glutinous tendons from the bones. Love is case of personal choice. It's always your choice and not anyone's prescription. Secondly, I want to warn you that it is dangerous to love a person because of their fat purse like you said. True love is unconditional so the money issue should never be the reason why you must fall in love with someone or, decide to stay in the relationship.



    Slow to respond



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I'm 17 years old and I'm dating a 21-year-old girl. I really love her but she does not respond to my messages on time.



    If she was not responding at all I would conclude that she does not love you but she responds anyway. Understand that your sweetheart could be having genuine financial challenges and the delays are not deliberate or an indication of dying flames of love. In life I always advise people to be patient and to be slow to judge. If you are a Christian like me, the Bible even cautions us about this. James 1 verse 19 “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Be patient.



    How can I stop my periods?



    Dear Auntie Nangy, my boyfriend is coming from the north to visit me. I have not seen him in months and I am very excited. The problem is that when he is arriving, I am due to get my periods. How can I stop this? Please help me Auntie. I really want to have sex with him.



    You really are excited and looking forward to seeing your boyfriend and this is all very natural and human. The most effective way to stop your periods is using the contraceptive pills. The pack has a 28-day cycle with 21 active pills and seven inactive pills. The active pills prevent you from falling pregnant and the last seven pills are inactive meaning, when you start taking them, they release hormones that make you bleed. So to delay your periods take the active pills and continue taking them until your boyfriend goes back and take the inactive pills to start your periods again. But, you need backup if you are taking the contraceptives for the first time. What I mean is, for the first seven days when you start taking the pill if you have sex, use a condom. There is also medication that you can take called norethisterone 5mg. Take one tablet three times a day beginning three days before the expected period is due to begin. Continue with this dosage for the period that you want to postpone your periods. Some people claim that drinking vinegar three times a day, eating a piece of lemon or drinking gelatine mixed with water also delay periods but these last three methods have not been medically proven.







    She is too tight



    Dear Auntie Nangy, I love my girlfriend but she is too tight and hurts me when we have sex. What can I do? She says I am too big but I think she is too small. She is very dainty. I love her and do not want to lose her. What can I do?



    Many women complain that their men are too big too. What see as the problem is, in most cases, lack of knowledge and understanding of the human body by both men and women. When God created the human body, He created a masterpiece. Our reproductive organs were created with precision to perform the act with ease and pleasure. It takes a man and a woman who really understand how our bodies function to dispel this myth because if a woman is able to deliver a baby, I do not understand how a man's organ can be too big and a woman to be too small. What man has an organ as large as baby's head? If the tightness is not due to hormonal challenges in the case of women it is a different story. A woman when she is stimulated mentally and physically by her partner will release a natural lubricant that will make your organ slide in with ease without tearing her and the same lubrication is released by a man when he is aroused. Many men do not know that making love is an art and needs tact. It is never meant to a hasty act. The kissing, cuddling, fondling and caressing all have mental and mechanical benefits that make lovemaking painless and pleasurable. If you come and go in a rush, your woman will be dry and penetration will be painful and the act is cold and painful. Both of you must know the erogenous zones of your bodies to eliminate this myth about “too big and too small.”

    Always fighting



    Dear Auntie Nangy, my boyfriend and I fight all the time and it feels like he does not understand what I am saying. Are all men like this?



    It hurts me very deeply because I feel like he is dismissing my feelings. What can I do to get through to him? Yours may be a case of poor communication. It is sad that many people do not see communication skills the heart of humanity yet it is. Everyone can communicate but very few people can communicate EFFECTIVELY. How you communicate determines how well your message is decoded or understood. It is not just the way and words you use to communicate with your partner but, it has a lot to do with the non-verbal expressions accompanying it. The best way to communicate with your partner and to be understood is to always create a need. Phrase your questions and ideas to convey a need and not a demand. Remember men naturally have a superiority complex that is consistent with the patriarchal system we are raised in. Each time you talk to him phrase your question to say for example “Baby I feel…” This way it creates room for discussion and not dictation. Good luck.

    Always fighting

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Kaptein releases album
  • Kaptein releases albumKaptein releases albumFormer Tswasis member drops debut album Kaptein Tswasis speaks to tjil about his album and what it took to release it. Kaptein Tswasis has finally released his debut album titled 'Checkmate' and the artist said the title came naturally to him because he wanted to make the right moves for his career.

    “The name comes from the chess game and is about calculating the right and precise time to make the right moves. I took my time with this album and released it at the right time and under the correct circumstances,” said Kaptein Tswasis. He says he wants people to be inspired through the music on his project and to work on getting things done when they are listening to it and furthermore, to excel at what they do. “The album will inspire and motivate whoever wants to work on their dreams to go out there and achieve them. It's a fun album with a lot of good music for everyone,” said Kaptein Tswasis.

    The musician, who used to be part of the group Tswasis, says the album is very special for him because it was tough to work on music after he left the group because he was used to working with other artists. He says that only forced him to work harder on his own music. “It was tough after I left the group because I was used to working with them,

    especially when it came to the music, but now I am doing my own thing and it just comes naturally for me to do my music. It took me two years to finish this album and I am happy about it,” said Kaptein Tswasis.

    The album features a multitude of genres such as house, mag/aisa and RnB. One of the biggest and most popular songs from the album is //iris and the artist collaborated with T-bozz and Staika and has a very familiar and relatable sound that many Damara punch music lovers would enjoy. The artist worked with Ponti on the song Breakthrough where Ponti does justice to the songs as he oozes through with some harmonic tunes. Kaptein Tswasis raps confidently about trying to make a breakthrough in the industry as he tries to carve a name himself as an independent and solo artist. Another song on the album which has the potential of becoming a fan favourite and which will have a lot of people on the dance floor is Follow me. The track is fun and exciting and will have anyone in a relaxed state when they listen to it. Kaptein Tswasis teams up with Kalux on a song that many RnB fans will enjoy. Kalux graces the song with his soft and catchy voice as both artists sing passionately about love and modern day relationships.

    The album will be available from today for N$150 and the artist says he plans on having a launch for the album in the next few months. “For now what I am doing is having a get-together party where people can buy the album and interact with me and then I will plan for the official launch in the next few months,” said Kaptein Tswasis.

    He worked with producers such as Sammy Lee Jones, Steven Naruseb, Kboz and Gothard Nowaseb. The artist will have a get-together party for his fans in Katutura from 10:00 until late at Erf 1706 in Salem Street.

    Shona Ngava

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Spring has sprung
  • Spring has sprungSpring has sprungThere is no party like a Windhoek Spring Fiesta They are so good at partying that they won Best Musical Event at the NAMAs 2017. This time they are back and ready to rock up another great party. Back by popular demand for the fifth year the Windhoek Spring Fiesta will be heading to Umti Lodge on 23 September.

    Being such a popular feature, the Windhoek Spring Fiesta will be celebrating Namibian talent at an all-white party edition.

    The organisers say that the event isn't just a festival anymore but rather a music culture event on the Namibian calendar.

    “We will be providing entertainment to people who are otherwise starved of entertainment in Namibia. Doctatainment is the most prestigious party playground and will set the scene for party goers to create the best dance-floor memories,” said John from Doctatainment events.

    This year's Windhoek Spring Fiesta is set to be bigger than ever before with over 30 local artists plus a bigger stage with state-of-the-art lighting and visuals.

    The organisers pride themselves by being pro-Namibian and hosting events with local talent without being enamored by international artists to contribute to their line-up. “So what we trying to do is to give local content and local entertainment the best possible platform to showcase their talent. It is at the Windhoek Spring Fiesta where they can take ownership and celebrate Namibia,” said John.

    The line-up includes Sally, Gazza, Adora and Jaleel with DJ's Fine Tune, Afroberries and Lantis and many more.

    This year there is more VIP treatment and hospitality packages by Umti Lodge and they will be catering for all party lovers. Surrounded by lush green lawns and sparkling blue swimming pool, there isn't a better place to get down and groovy at this one-of-a-kind music fiesta. Get your best white partying shoes for this one in a lifetime experience. Early bird tickets are N$100 on web tickets.

    The party starts at 22:00 until late on 23 September.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Lessons from TKB
  • Lessons from TKBLessons from TKBTaking it one step at a time From humble beginnings, the trio from Rundu are taking their time to appreciate their work and fans. The Carolina hit singers are back in motion after having worked on their fourth album for a year and a half which for them is longer than usual. TKB say they want to deliver the best by having taken their time to work on the album titled Nzira, which means journey. The singers believe that there are many artists who rush over their albums and drop one each year for the awards only which shouldn’t be the case. “The NAMAs play a crucial role in every artist career whether it’s a win or a nomination. But the thing that should be the reason to release an album is because of their fans. That is something different we decided to do and it’s working for us,” said the trio. TKB also said many artists rush to the city hoping to make a break in their careers instead of building a fan base home first which is a killer move. The Rundu-based artists said that it’s important that artists rather start off in their hometowns and then move to the city after being established.

    Although they have been out the limelight for a while the artists say they are doing a lot back home and giving back to their community. “Artists always want things to be done for them and when they get what they want they keep quite which is unfair. We have been doing free shows around Rundu at schools and in communities. We do this without expecting anything back in return,” they said. The trio said town councils should invest more in arts within their towns to keep the youth busy and out of trouble. TKB say that they took the initiative of starting their own record label Chobe Entertainment in collaboration with Engeemba Productions because of the talent in their region going unnoticed. “Not everyone is book smart and this is what elders fail to understand. Should we have a centre of arts in smaller towns we believe that even crime rates will go down. It’s even sadder when event organisers prefer to have artists from out of town as the headliners whilst the locals are labeled ‘and many others’. At the end of the day our talent goes unnoticed that’s why you get a person that has been in the industry for 20 years and they are still regarded as upcoming artists,” they said.

    TKB dropped their single album this week in anticipation of their 16-track album that will be released in October. The album is available on request and one can get it by contacting the artists on their social media handles. The trio will be performing at the Omarion concert on 27 October in Windhoek at the Independence Stadium. They will also be dropping the hit song Carolina music video this month. TKB thanks their fans for always being there and appreciating their music.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Waldorf cultural festival to be bigger and better Waldorf cultural festival to be bigger and better The Waldorf School Windhoek (WSW) will host a fundraising gala dinner on 7 September where it will also showcase its famous ‘Hit the Beat’ project 2018.

    Guests will be presented with a lovely dinner and amazing performances throughout the evening including dancing, drumming, improvisations, solo singing as well as the high school choir.

    The aim of ‘Hit the Beat’ project is to bring together young people through music and movement. The school believes that art can be used to deal with discrimination and prejudice, trying to put cultural identity in connection with cultural diversity.

    The gala dinner will be followed by the school’s annual cultural show on 8 September offering visitors and prospective parents an immersive cultural experience of taste, sights, sounds as well as Maypole dancing which is a form of folk dance from Germany, England, and Sweden.

    According to WSW executive manager Christian Bosse the main aim of the festival is to raise cultural awareness and to teach children to celebrate their cultural diversity.

    New Era Publications CEO Audrin Mathe and Ulrich Kleber a board member of the school will deliver keynote addresses regarding the importance of cultural diversity and education.

    “One aspect we are celebrating is the diversity of the Namibian culture as well as the pre-vocational training and the actuality of education. These talks will highlight how education can be used to address societal issues,” Bosse stated.

    Visitors that choose to only attend the festival will still have an opportunity to be entertained by the spellbinding ‘Hit the Beat’ performances.

    In the past years ‘Hit the Beat’ has performed with the high school at Warehouse Theatre.

    Tickets for the Gala Dinner can be purchased at the school for N$350 and N$500 for VIP.

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Respect our artists
  • Respect our artistsRespect our artists Some event promoters in Namibia have no respect for Namibian artists and creative geniuses. They usually complain that our artists are not good enough and that our artists do not represent themselves in the right manner at some events, but for far too long now events promoters have been at fault for not paying our artists or not treating them like they are supposed to be treated.

    This week a local artist was complaining that event promoters did not pay him his money after he had a contractual agreement stating that they would do so. Furthermore, they promised him they would pay him on the day of the event. He went on to perform but was not paid as per the agreement. There were several other artists from South Africa who were here for performances and it seems like they were paid instead of our artists. It is second nature for some event promoters to always honour artists that are usually not from here and then they treat our artists horribly. What these event promoters need to understand is that our artists are no different from the many artists that they fly into our country. They have the same artistic skills and talents and therefore need to be treated in the same manner. Our artists need to be respected. Our artists also need to respect themselves enough to conduct themselves and carry themselves in a professional manner. A few Namibian artists are also guilty of showing up to events late, drunk and usually have sub-par performances. How then do you expect event promoters to treat you the right way if you are only giving them half of what they are supposed to be paying you for? Event promoters will at the end of the day treat you like trash because they also feel that you are not up to standard when it comes to performances at their events. In all honesty artists do not get paid at events not because they are not good but because of the reluctance of events promoters to fork out the money they promise the artists.

    In as much international or African artists drive audiences for promoters' shows, Namibian consumers will usually show up to a show if they know their local artists are going to perform. That should be one of the main reasons why events promoters should treat our artists as royalty because they are important for making your event a success. Events promoters and the artists all need one another and all have to work on one page in order to make whatever they are working on a success. The narrative needs to change and the event promoter must also pay close attention to the Namibian act just as much as they do to the artist they fly in.





















    shona@namibiansun.com

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: Celebrating Namibian talent
  • Celebrating Namibian talentCelebrating Namibian talentFrom the stage to the scene and the kitchen The best male actor in theatre of the year 2017 Adriano Visagie is on a roll and seems to be stopping at nothing to get his acting career to higher levels. This week tjil has a sit down with Adriano Visagie to talk about his theatre journey and all the exciting projects he has up his sleeve.

    Visagie fits perfectly the definition of a passionate artist. When he isn't presenting on Radio Energy, he is busy learning and studying his scripts. His acting is so transformative that it will take you to a new level of imagination. He is so daring and isn't afraid to take risks. When he is required to sing, that is what he will deliver with precision. Visagie's journey started when he decided he wanted to act and since then he has never looked back. It was only in 2013 when the witty actor decided to get out of his comfort zone and follow his passion for acting. “I just went for it. I don't have any theatre study background so I use every character I play as a learning opportunity. I guess I fell in love with acting because I realised that when acting, it is about getting into the character. It's not about you being on the screen, it's about the depth of your role. You need to become the character before you can act as them,” said Visagie. His first role was in 'Meme Mia' produced by Sandy Rudd. Since then, he has acted in many roles including solo roles. He has acted in plays like 'District Six' and 'The Nuthouse'.

    Visagie says he remembers the night he won vividly. He recalls only celebrating his nomination and didn't expect to walk away with the award. “I mean I was up against great people you know, like Ashywn Mberi and these are the people who studied for this.” I didn't think I stood a chance. I am very grateful,” said Visagie. For him, every role is essential whether it's big or small. He says one of the misconceptions people have about acting is that it's easy. Visagie also says just the preparation can be so exhausting that one can just give up. He says before going on stage he takes four hours to rehearse his lines each day and on his weekends too.

    Visagie's career was elevated recently and he will be starring in the 'Real Good Kitchen' series that will start be aired on TV from September. He says he has always dreamed of having his own reality show and he says this is the beginning. “On the show, I am a bachelor so I have to prepare three meals that are easy to prepare. It's healthy food that anyone can cook so watch out for it. We are using Namibian products and this is to motivate us to be pro-Namibian. If it doesn't start with the chicken, how will we support our fashion industry or the guys selling on the street corners? It's the little things that matter,” he stressed. Visagie, David Ndjavera and NSK are currently busy working on a play titled 'The Priest and the Dying Man' to be released in October and is a must to look out for. Visagie's movie called 'Salute' will also be on air this month.

    He is encouraging people who are passionate about acting to go to school and get to learn and not do it the way he has done. “It teaches you a lot and you don't have to learn the basics whilst you are rehearsing know your lines, you know. If someone says center stage you understand what they mean whilst I had to learn all of that,” he said emphasising the need for training. Visagie said he is in the process of getting ready to go to school to get more skills in his field. He said as a pro-Namibian he's been asked many times when he will leave Namibia to broaden his career but he says he has never natured the idea to leave the land of the brave. “Why do people always want to go out when we have our own community to plough back into? We have great leaders here and the opportunities to have a job are there. The government and the corporate are there for the arts,” said Visagie.

    To be updated with Visagie's latest plays and films follow him on his social media platforms at Adriano Visagie.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Major marketing investment for De BeersMajor marketing investment for De Beers De Beers Group has announced it will invest more than US$140 million in marketing this year – its biggest spend since 2008.

    The increased investment will be focused on generating further consumer demand for diamond jewellery in the leading markets globally, with the greatest spend targeted in the US, China and India.

    While the majority of the investment will support De Beers' proprietary brands, Forevermark and De Beers Diamond Jewellers, the company will increase its spend on partnership marketing, including with the Diamond Producers Association and India's Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

    Stephen Lussier, De Beers Group's Executive Vice President of Marketing and CEO of Forevermark, said: “Total consumer expenditure on diamond jewellery for the last five years collectively has been the highest on record – and the outlook is positive. However, we cannot take future growth for granted.

    “Increasing our spend from a strong position will help support continued demand in both mature and developing markets, particularly among millennials, who are already the largest group of diamond consumers despite this generation not having yet reached its maximum earning potential.”

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  • 08/31/17--16:00: GMO lab for NCRST
  • GMO lab for NCRSTGMO lab for NCRST The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) is establishing a biotechnology and genetically modified organism (GMO) testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia's Biosafety Framework.

    The Innovation Hub, formerly the head office of the NCRST, is being renovated to host the laboratories as well as other national projects such as the Science Demonstration Centre, Incubation Centre for Innovators and Entrepreneurs, Demola Namibia and the Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS) II Programme.

    As part of the NCRST's very distinct mandate to provide national facilities that could further enhance the promotion of research, science, technology and innovation in the country, the idea of hosting these facilities and projects also ties in well with the NCRST's strategy on national science technology and innovation infrastructure provision.

    “The bigger aim is to establish the National Research, Science, Technology and Innovation (RSTI) Valley, a project that is envisaged to be completed by 2020. Upon completion of the RSTI Valley, all current projects being hosted at the Innovation Hub will be transferred to the Valley and the Innovation Hub will be used as a satellite site” said Vincent Nowaseb, general manager innovation and technology development at the NCRST.

    The Innovation Hub will provide entrepreneurs and innovators a suitable environment in which they can attain high quality standards in terms of their innovative products and services that can compete in the market.

    Furthermore, the hub will promote technology innovation and incubation, capacity building on RSTI and will house facilities for exhibition and marketplace development.

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