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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the day Shot of the day BEAUTY IN SAD TIMES: Syrian girls pose for a photograph against a bullet-riddled wall in the rebel-held village of Kafr Ghan, in the northern countryside of Aleppo, on 28 August 2017. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: The land of false hopes
  • The land of false hopesThe land of false hopes Government's decision to once again postpone the second national land conference exposes the nation's lack of preparedness in dealing with critical issues like land reform.

    The authorities had over two years to plan for a conference of this magnitude but decided to call it off indefinitely at the eleventh hour.

    A conference of this magnitude does not happen overnight. It requires thorough planning and wide consultation for it to succeed.

    Last year, the conference was also postponed in October to September this year much to the irritation of civil society and opposition parties who are eager to take part in the land debate.

    It must be said that government has been bullish in the handling of the second national land conference after it refused to co-opt pressure groups and other land stakeholders in the planning and preparation of the conference.

    The land issue affects us all and government should stop raising false expectations about land reform processes while actually doing otherwise.

    As pointed out recently, there appears to be no urgency in dealing with the issue of land reform and there is clearly a lax attitude towards the subject judging from the conduct of the authorities. It cannot be business as usual when key stakeholders - including the media - are denied information on the content or subject matters to be discussed at the land conference.

    It is also a slap in the face of taxpayers who will be paying for the hosting of such a conference.

    There should be clear information on who exactly is invited to attend and the criteria used to invite participants.

    Government alone cannot claim to address equitable access to land as a matter of urgency if it does not involve concerned stakeholders in the planning and organisation of the land conference.

    The land issue is a ticking time bomb and the failure to deal with land reform effectively will have a devastating impact on food production and security in the future.

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    Salini keen to finish NeckartalSalini keen to finish NeckartalSlow-down in production due to non-payment Salini has undertaken to finish the Neckartal Dam despite a slow-down in activities due to N$80 million outstanding from government. The slow-down in construction activities at the Neckartal dam are not expected to affect the completion of the project according to Salini spokesperson Gilles Castonguay.

    According to him, Salini was working on project completion by year-end despite the slow-down in activity following non-payment of some N$80 million on the part of the water and agriculture ministry.

    Salini reduced its 12-hour work shifts to seven-and a-half-hours to circumvent layoffs and the payment of overtime to workers and contractors.

    When asked how the slow-down was expected to affect construction, Castonguay said Salini was keen to keep the construction on track.

    “We are working to complete the project on schedule, we are working towards that target,” said Castonguay.

    When asked to provide a comment on the payment due to Salini, Castonguay would not comment.

    “The company prefers to refrain from commenting on the matter. Thank you for contacting us,” Castonguay said in an email response.

    The dam's workforce of around 2 500 were informed of the company's decision in a letter on Friday.

    The company normally operates on a 24-hour schedule with two 12-hour shifts.

    Company insiders told Nampa this week the Namibian government at the beginning of September only paid a portion of an accumulated amount to Salini.

    “The president [Hage Geingob] announced that all outstanding bills to contractors would be paid by the end of August, but unfortunately, this promise is not being honoured,” one source said.

    Director of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Leonard Niipare confirmed that only N$127 million out of N$209 million was paid to Salini.

    “We are busy engaging with the ministry of finance to see how it can intervene to sort out the payment issue,” he said.

    Niipare acknowledged that recurring labour issues and cash flow problems at Neckartal could see the delay of the project – officially set for completion at the end of 2017.

    He further admitted that the initial contract amount of N$2.4 billion for the largest dam in the country could escalate.

    “I cannot confirm escalations now as we have to look at final amounts, but we are confident the project will be completed, maybe later than anticipated, but definitely,” the director said.

    – Additional reporting by Nampa



    OGONE THLAGE

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    RCC liquidation talks ongoingRCC liquidation talks ongoing With no clear indication as to what the future of beleaguered public enterprise Roads Contractor Company holds, Namibian Sun sought an update on the possible closure of the RCC.

    The minister of public enterprises, Leon Jooste, said discussions were still ongoing but would not be drawn into saying when the matter would be concluded.

    RCC board chairman Fritz Jacobs also confirmed that they are yet to be “updated on the process going forward since a formal decision from Cabinet is still pending”.

    Jooste had previously told Namibian Sun that no decision had been made on the closure of the RCC.

    “It was not D-Day yet,” Jooste said in response to a media report which suggested that a cabinet committee would decide last Wednesday whether to recapitalise or liquidate the parastatal.

    “There is very little that I can share on this,” Jooste said.

    It was reported that the cabinet committee on treasury, which is deliberating on the RCC matter, could not reach consensus.

    It was said that while Jooste propagated the closure of the RCC, the works minister, Alpheus !Naruseb, vehemently rejected this.

    The RCC has sought a N$300-million bailout from government while Jooste argues that it will take more than N$1 billion to rescue the parastatal.

    Rumours inside the RCC are that there are talks that the company will be restructured “fit-for-purpose” or that it will possibly be merged with other state-owned enterprises.

    A remodelled RCC would, according to these rumours, include the mandate to build and maintain roads but then to “streamline” the company to “make commercial sense and be competitive in the industry”.

    Rumours of the suggested closure of the RCC are reportedly “not so strong”.

    Whatever the future of the RCC is, insiders say the more than 400 employees at the parastatal are in a panic over possible job losses.



    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Youth, defence get new accounting officersYouth, defence get new accounting officers The ministries of youth and sport, and defence, have appointed new permanent secretaries effective 1 September.

    Emma Kantema-Gaomas is the new permanent secretary at the ministry of youth, while Peter Vilho will take over from Petrus Shivute at the defence ministry.

    Until his recent appointment, Vilho served as Navy commander and has been replaced by Rear Admiral Bamba Nghipandua.

    The youth ministry has been without a permanent secretary since the retirement of Alfred Ilukena earlier this year.

    Kantema-Gaomas, who at 39 is arguably the youngest permanent secretary in the public sector, is a former company secretary at the Social Security Commission (SSC).

    She is also briefly served as acting SSC CEO in recent years.

    She is a founding director of the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority, and she also served on the NIPAM Governing Council and the Namibia Institute of Corporate Governance.

    She holds a Master of Business Administration degree, specialising in corporate governance and strategic management.

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    Traditional leaders in Kunene welcome conference postponementTraditional leaders in Kunene welcome conference postponement The postponement of the much-anticipated second land conference will only be a good thing if the groups and communities bypassed by the consultations will be consulted.

    This is the view of the chairperson of the Kaoko League of Traditional Leaders (KLTL), Licius Kaaree Mupya.

    Mupya in an interview with Nampa said they were happy the conference had been postponed as not all affected communities around the country would have been consulted had the conference taken place as planned.

    According to Mupya, who is also a former mayor of Opuwo, the issue of ancestral land which is anticipated as a hot potato during the conference needs more time for consultation with the affected communities.

    He told this agency that KLTL was overlooked during the consultation.

    The KLTL submitted a petition on a land crisis existing between residents of Kunene and Omusati in which they gave the Office of the President 60 days to respond.

    Mupya told this agency that their petition had not been responded to hitherto and the postponement would serve them well.

    “We will knock at every door of the relevant authorities until our concerns with regards to land have been addressed,” said Mupya.

    President Hage Geingob last week postponed the four-day conference which was scheduled for 18 September.

    He said various parties involved, among them the Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (Nangof) and the Swapo Party Youth League had raised concerns about the insufficient time for consultations ahead of the conference.

    During a Swapo meeting last month, Geingob also informed the central committee members that the land conference had been postponed after some civil society groups complained about inadequate consultations.

    The KLTL consists of 42 traditional leaders within the Kunene Region, most of whom are not recognised by government.

    NAMPA

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: Belgians donate to Eluwa
  • Belgians donate to EluwaBelgians donate to EluwaTwinning agreement benefits special school The donation of a full playground set marks the end of the 20-year twinning agreement with Lommel but plans are under way for revival. The Belgian town of Lommel has donated playground equipment to the Eluwa Special School in Ongwediva as part of the 20-year twinning agreement and international youth exchange between the Lommel Municipality and Ongwediva Town Council.

    According to Eluwa's acting principal, Ndinelago Nangolo, the school was established in 1973 among the only three schools to provide education for visually and hearing-impaired children in Namibia.

    There are only three such schools in Namibia with the remaining two in the Khomas Region.

    Nangolo said the school has 350 learners of which learners are hearing-impaired while 100 are visually-impaired.

    The school offers pre-primary education through to grade 10.

    She said that their school has been receiving support from the city of Lommel for the past 20 years and over the years, they received a donation of three braille typing machines and last year the city renovated their 1973 dining hall.

    This week, Lommel's deputy mayor Jasmine van Grieken handed over the playground equipment to the School.

    She said that the donation was made possible by the youth of Lommel who raised money through the Ongwediva-Lommel international youth exchange programme.

    “We have been with Eluwa Special School for the past 20 years through our twinning agreement. Part of this agreement is the international youth exchange programme. Every year youth from Lommel raise money to assist Eluwa Special School. The aim of the programme is to train youth to be responsible citizens in future,” Van Grieken said.

    She said that the facilities are locally produced by the students from the Valombola Vocational Training Centre in Ongwediva.

    Nangolo said that the donation means a lot to the special children of Eluwa School.

    “We welcome this gesture and it means a lot to our school. This means that our children have something to play on and this makes their learning environment conducive for them. We thank the people of Lommel,” Nangolo said.

    Toon Jansen, Lommel's coordinator for municipal services, said that the twinning agreement with Ongwediva Town Council ends next year but, consultations to revive it are under way.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: Sympathy is not enough
  • Sympathy is not enoughSympathy is not enoughDTA slams Esau's statement on fishermen The government should do something tangible to help thousands of fishermen who were fired after an illegal strike, the official opposition says. The DTA says if the government is truly sympathetic towards the more than 4 000 fishermen at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz who were fired after their strike was declared illegal, the seamen should be reinstated in their jobs.

    DTA secretary-general Manuel Ngaringombe said the government's sympathy should extend to tangible actions designed to return the fishermen to their jobs.

    “A failure to do so would simply place further doubt on where the government's sympathy truly lies – with the politically connected fishing rights holders or with the countless fishermen and their families who have been left jobless and with no means to feed their families,” he said.

    This follows after fisheries minister Bernard Esau recently castigated fishermen who had embarked on an illegal strike two years ago, saying they did not listen to the authorities.

    He added that the government was sympathetic to their cause, and the fired fishermen should have first right of refusal when new jobs are advertised.

    In October 2015, more than 4 000 fishermen went on strike at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz. The strike was declared illegal. The seamen demanded basic salary increases, higher medical aid benefits, overtime pay and housing allowances.

    Most of them were fired from their jobs, while a few returned to work after the strike was declared illegal.

    “The DTA believes that the Namibian people need to rally together and stand up and be counted. It is only once we rise together in unity and fight for the rights of fishermen and all those who have fallen victim to the crippling unemployment spreading through Namibia, that we will be able to not only sympathise but empathise with the fishermen and all other unemployed Namibians – young and old alike,” said Ngaringombe.

    According to him, fishermen in Namibia have for many years raised concerns with their employers, the fisheries ministry and the labour ministry regarding unsafe and deplorable working conditions.

    However, all their concerns and complaints fell on deaf ears, said Ngaringombe.

    “It is therefore extremely perplexing to find Esau now telling fishermen that they did not listen and instead went on strike. Who listened to the fishermen when they aired their grievances on countless occasions?”

    According to Ngaringombe the minister wanted to make it seem as if the fishermen's decision to go on strike during October 2015 was a “knee-jerk reaction”, when in fact it was borne out of frustration with not having their complaints addressed for many years.

    He said the pretence now that had the fishermen not gone on strike their problems would have been addressed internally, was a complete shame when numerous attempts to do so internally were ignored by the fishing companies and the ministries of fisheries and labour.

    “For Esau to now say that the government is 'sympathetic' to the cause of the more than 4 000 fishermen who lost their jobs when the same government ignored their concerns for so long, is completely insincere.”

    Ngaringombe said if the sympathy was truly genuine, then the situation would not have been allowed to escalate to the point where the fishermen felt that going on strike was the only avenue available to them in order to address their deplorable working conditions.

    He said it was not enough to simply say that the fired fishermen should have right of first refusal should new jobs become available. According to him, without an official commitment to develop a database of the fired fishermen for future job placements, the minister's statement is no more than wishful thinking.

    “One cannot at this point help but wonder whether the fishermen who say that government's true sympathy lies with the politically connected elite who control and manage the fishing companies which continue to be awarded multi-million dollar fishing quotas, may be right. After all, actions do speak louder than words.”



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: Is China trading or raiding?
  • Is China trading or raiding?Is China trading or raiding? Kenyan academic Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba has questioned why Namibia with its vast resources cannot be in the same social league as Denmark and Qatar.

    According to Lumumba, who argues that Namibia's employment rate must be at 100%, African countries like Namibia should stop importing Chinese engineers while professionals are produced locally.

    He emphasised that Africa still lags behind in all sectors and must begin to harness its resources to the benefit of Africans.

    Lumumba was speaking during a lecture on the theme 'African Leadership, Development and Sharing of National Resources' hosted by the New Era Publications Corporation (NEPC).

    He emphasised that Africa is standing at crossroads and must question whether China's relations with the continent are trade or raid.

    “We must make a distinction between trade and raid. We have welcomed raiders in our midst we must revise the situation if Africa is to realise its potential.

    “Someone told me that at a dinner table of human civilisation and human development there are three ways of being at the dinner table, you are a diner, the waiter or the food to be eaten.

    “For Africa there are only two roads, at one time she was the food to be eaten and at the best of times she has been the waiter,” he said to thunderous applause.



    Corruption

    Expressing his disdain with African leaders' “insatiable thirst” for goods and power, Lumumba said civic education is a waste of time.

    “I think one of the problems in Africa is impunity. Many Africans have gone scot-free with many of their criminal activities that they think nothing can happen to them. Today here in Namibia I am sure you have something about civic education. If you jail just one cabinet member and take away his or her ill-gotten wealth, that would be enough civil education for twenty years,” he suggested.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: Geingob off to the USA
  • Geingob off to the USAGeingob off to the USAFull itinerary for two-week trip President Hage Geingob and a high-level delegation will be visiting the United States this month. JEMIMA BEUKES



    President Hage Geingob will fly to the United States for half a month where he is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly.

    The president will also address the academic community at Rutgers University, as well as the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy organisation, on 22 September.

    The presidency yesterday announced that the University of Namibia would sign an agreement with Rutgers University during this visit.

    Other events on the president’s itinerary include a street renaming exercise on 16 September in Harlem, New York, in honour of the late pan-African activist Elombe Brath, who campaigned and supported African liberation movements during the colonial era.

    The president will attend the UN Private Sector Forum 2017 titled ‘Financing the 2030 Agenda; Unlocking Prosperity’ on 18 September, and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on 20 September. Other notable participants who will join Geingob at this event include Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma of Ali Baba. Ma recently visited Namibia to discuss business opportunities in the country.

    The president will also be interviewed by a number of leading media organisations in the US, including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, the Financial Times, New York Times and Washington Post.

    A year ago, Geingob appeared on the Voice of America's ‘Straight Talk Africa’ show, where he promised to subject all political office bearers to lifestyle audits in an effort to curb corruption. This is yet to be introduced in Namibia.

    The president will be accompanied by a few cabinet ministers, including deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze, minister of economic planning Tom Alweendo and housing minister Sophia Shaningwa.

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: Swapo succession battle
  • Swapo succession battleSwapo succession battleAnalysts put their money on Geingob Although a two-horse race is predicted at this year's elective congress, unexpected entrants in the Swapo leadership tussle cannot be ruled out. Political analysts are confident Swapo acting president Hage Geingob is likely to prevail as the victor at the highly-anticipated ruling party congress despite strong opposition to his candidacy.

    About 600 delegates from Swapo branches, wings and affiliates will convene in Windhoek this November to elect a new leadership for the next five years.

    The Swapo vote is interesting because it will be the first time an incumbent state president contests for the presidency of the party.

    There is an all-out battle for the control and soul of the ruling party. Unlike his predecessor Hifikepunye Pohamba, who was a long-serving Swapo vice-president and founding president Sam Nujoma's hand-picked candidate successor, Geingob finds himself in a difficult situation as the elective congress looms large.

    Although playing a key role in ensuring that Geingob was elected Swapo vice-president at the 2012 congress, Pohamba is yet to declare openly his support for Geingob, while the iconic Nujoma has seemingly also elected to play his cards close to his chest.

    Geingob was elected unopposed as Swapo vice-president in 2007 at the same congress, which also confirmed Pohamba as the Swapo president following Nujoma's retirement.



    Political comeback

    Five years later Geingob found himself facing competition for the vice-presidency of the party but triumphed over Jerry Ekandjo and Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana to become the Swapo presidential candidate during the 2014 national elections.

    Political commentator Nico Horn believes Geingob will secure the plum position of Swapo president at the congress - a victory that will present a new dawn for the ruling party's politics.

    According to Horn, after this year's congress Geingob will eventually be his “own man”, the “one he promised the nation during his presidential campaign in 2014”.

    “He will not be who he needs to be. He will be less dependent on party structures,” said Horn.

    Geingob already enjoys support from the Swapo Party Elders Council, youth wing, several regions, while there appear to be divided support for him within the circles of the Swapo Party Women's Council.

    The names of Ekandjo and Helmuth Angula have been linked to the presidential race, while ministers Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Nahas Angula and the party's current sectary-general Nangolo Mbumba have been touted as potential candidates for the vice-presidency.





    For the secretary-general post, the likes of Albert Kawana and Sophia Shaningwa are likely to stand, according to Swapo insiders.

    There has also been a mention of education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa - a staunch Geingob supporter – for either the secretary-general or deputy secretary-general post.



    'Detractors'

    Those opposed to a Geingob presidency such as Oshikoto regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu also appear to be making strides in positioning their candidates as congress delegates.

    A case in point is the recent Khomas Region special gathering which elected four candidates to represent it at congress.

    The four included prominent businessman Desmond Amunyela, Mirjam Onesmus, John Elago and Nambata Angula, who are not considered Geingob supporters.

    Political commentator Ndumba J Kamwanyah agreed that it will be difficult for anyone to successfully oppose Geingob even though there is a possibility of nominations from the floor. He, however, pointed out that Geingob's headache should not be whether he will land the party's presidency but the performance of his running mates for the vice-president, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general positions.

    Kamwanyah added that to sway things into his favour he would have to extend an olive branch to his so-called detractors.

    “But I do not see a sign of peace offering coming from him. In fact, I thought when he was elected he would be above the fray, but he is not. He is associated with camps and he should leave that for the people below him,” said Kamwanyah.



    'Nasty surprises'

    Another commentator, Hoze Riruako, questioned the “audacity” of some party members to want to contest an incumbent president, saying it would be a futile exercise.

    The focus, Riruako noted, must instead be on the candidates vying for the vice-presidency, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general positions.



    According to him, the party must early on identify candidates for these positions to avoid nasty surprises.



    “Many of the delegates would want to sway these positions into their favour. Therefore it is important to make sure nominations will not be made from the floor, because candidates must be scrutinised to ensure they have the credentials that are important for these positions,” he said.



    “It is important although there are different opinions and different candidates at the congress, members must present themselves in an orderly manner. It has always been Swapo's tradition to caucus beforehand and come out united,” he said.

    However, divisions in the party are concerning to Riruako.

    “We may not see a new political party emerging after this congress but those that feel they have lost out will want to disrupt the party.”



    Anyone must stand

    Meanwhile, Politburo member Kazenambo Kazenambo has warned that the congress is not an “appointment” event, but an election of which the outcome is not yet known.

    “We are going to an elective congress, not an appointment congress,” he said.

    Kazenambo, who has in the past described Geingob's leadership style as bullish, this week stressed that people are “elected” to positions and not automatically “appointed”.

    According to Kazenambo, every party member wishing to stand for a position in the party must campaign and present their case and convince the voters why they are the best candidates.

    “Let us move away from personalities and look at policy issues. What are these leaders' stances on the genocide issues which has caused a lot of consternation? What are their positions on ancestral land and economic empowerment?” he urged.

    Kazenambo also rejected claims that factions will damage the party, saying it is a democratic phenomenon.

    “We are a diverse society, shaped by diverse issues and will therefore have diverse interests. Factions are normal,” he emphasised.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 09/06/17--15:00: More bogus healers netted
  • More bogus healers nettedMore bogus healers netted Barely two months after police arrested a group of so-called traditional healers who had defrauded more than 30 people, another police crackdown has led to the arrest of three foreign nationals charging exorbitant fees for all kinds of maladies.

    The spokesperson of the Namibian police, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, yesterday said that the latest arrest of bogus healers was just the tip of the iceberg and warned the public not to fall prey to these conmen.

    According to Kanguatjivi, three foreign nationals, two men and one woman, were arrested at about 14:00 on Tuesday. The arrest took place at a house in Khomasdal where the three 'doctors' were operating from.

    During the operation N$37 500 in cash was confiscated, as well as 14 syringes and needles, various tablets originating from India, artificial snakes, goat horns, and other ritual items. Photos were also found of locals that had probably been used in rituals.

    Kanguatjivi said the three bogus healers claimed that they could perform 'miracles'.

    They spread their message through leaflets that are distributed by hand and claim they can help with everything from love and business problems, to securing tenders and jobs, winning court cases, sexual and marriage problems, bewitched people, having babies, erections, drugs and alcohol.

    “They offer services such as abortion, which is illegal in Namibia, and also say they can sacrifice someone for you, which means getting rid of someone, killing them,” said Kanguatjivi.





    According to the police spokesman, investigations also indicated that a substantial amount of money - hundreds of thousands of dollars - had left the country through these individuals paying the cash over to family members.

    “They will be charged with various violations,” he said.

    According to him charges currently include violations of the Immigration Act, fraud, theft by false pretences, endangering people and distributing medicine without a licence.

    The two men who were arrested claimed to be from Uganda but were unable to produce any proof of identification.

    Kanguatjivi added that although the woman was able to provide a Ugandan passport, it had no Namibian entry stamp. The last point of entry was on 20 May this year at Harare Airport in Zimbabwe.

    “From there it is unknown how she entered into Namibia.” He said other border control points in the passport indicated that the woman was also in Tanzania.

    Kanguatjivi stressed the danger of using illegally imported tablets, saying that the ingredients and formulations were unknown and not approved by the local medicines control board.

    He also pointed out that the syringes and needles that were found could have been shared between people, transmitting diseases.

    “The photos of local people that were found in the possession of the healers… we do not know if they were supposed to be victims of a love cure or something else.”

    Kanguatjivi warned people not to fall for the false promises of bogus healers.

    “You could end up losing your job and money and there is no guarantee of this working.

    “This is the tip of the iceberg. Clients have been phoning non-stop since the arrest of these three suspects. They are doing good business and making very good money.”

    In July this year three traditional healers, calling themselves Drs Zamba, Luck and Oodo, were arrested in a clampdown by the Namibian police after 37 victims had been duped out of thousands of dollars.

    Some of the victims lost N$45 000 and N$39 000. The three men were operating from a house in Khomasdal near Park Foods. The three had also entered the country illegally and claimed to be from Uganda.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    #Festival games expected to pull large crowd#Festival games expected to pull large crowd LIMBA MUPETAMI

    The first #Festival organised by Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) kicked off yesterday at the SKW grounds in Windhoek.

    The festival will run until Saturday and aims to pull a large crowd to support the schools taking part in the community sport games.

    The festival will have sports activities which include hockey for boys and girls, rugby, football for boys, fast five netball, sprints, swimming, tennis, chess, volleyball as well as a cheerleading competition.

    Nine community schools will compete against each other in these sports codes: four community teams from Windhoek and five from the rest of the country will take part in the games.

    There will be cheerleading performances by Delta Lions, Windhoek Saints, Arabian Knights, Canyon Rangers, Etosha Ravens, Coastal Dolphins, Oshana Patriots, Pioneer Warriors and Highveld Cheetahs.

    Apart from the sport games, there will be a career expo for the schools, providing an opportunity for school pupils to engage with career professionals who will help them choose a career upon completion of high school.

    In this regard, CEO of NMH Albe Botha said education is the key to the country's prosperity. “We must ensure that our children not only receive quality education, but that they also understand and are informed about the various career options that are waiting for them after school.

    Also follow the internet sites myzone.com.na and hashtag.my.na in order to read up on all the activities related to the Hashtag Festival's career expo, community games and sport and summer festival.

    Access for learners is free of charge if they turn up in their school uniform or school sport attire. Learners who prefer to wear casual clothes to the #Festival will pay half price at the gates.

    Please note that while the activities might end later in the evening of each day, entrance gates will be closed by 20:00.

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: All systems go for Zinc Cup
  • All systems go for Zinc CupAll systems go for Zinc CupPlayers are raring to go The under-17 regional tournament finally returns after being absent for a year. The Skorpion Zinc under-17 tournament this weekend will determine which region has the best youth team in the country.

    All 14 regions of Namibia have gathered in Windhoek as the Skorpion Zinc under-17 tournament starts today.

    The tournament is expected to produce thrills as the best junior football players from all regions are eager to impress.

    The matches will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and NFA Technical Centre from today until Sunday.

    All regions have expressed their desire to win the lucrative youth tournament.

    The tournament starts this morning with a Group A clash between Omaheke and Kunene at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    The match will be followed by a clash between Otjozondjupa and Omusati at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    Shipena Nakalondo of the Omusati Region believes that the defending champions are ready to take the cup back to Outapi.

    “We have a new coach but I was also part of the selection team and we are very confident the boys will go all the way to the final. We have a good feeling about this tournament,” Nakalondo said.

    Other action sees Ohangwena and Oshikoto challenging each other for points in their group.

    Kavango East and Erongo open their campaign at the NFA technical centre this morning.

    The last time the tournament took place in 2015, Omusati defeated Oshikoto 1-0 to lift win the Scorpion Zinc Cup.

    A total of 70 goals were scored in that competition.

    This year, the competition has drawn the defending champions Omusati alongside Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, //Karas and Kunene in Group A.

    Group B will see Kavango East, Erongo, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Khomas battling for the knockout stages.

    Group C has only four teams: Kavango West, Oshana, Hardap and Zambezi.

    The final and semi-finals of the competition will be played on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi said: “The competition is an avenue for new exciting players and we therefore guarantee a high level of organisation towards this competition.”

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Desert storm ready for fight
  • Desert storm ready for fightDesert storm ready for fightBoxing night is on MTC Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy boxers are ready to set the Windhoek Country Club alight tomorrow night. Namibia's top boxing prospect Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas says he is ready to impress the crowd tomorrow.

    Lukas, who will be defending his WBO Africa featherweight title against Mudde Rabisa from Uganda, predicts that he will send the Ugandan down to the canvas.

    “I am not a guy of many words, because I like to express myself in the ring.

    “I will be doing what I love to do best on Saturday by entertaining the crowd with good boxing,” Lukas said.

    Lukas holds a record of 19 wins in 19 professional fights, with 13 of his wins coming by knockout.

    Rabisa said he would not be intimidated by Lukas's record.

    “I have been a champion myself and know what it takes to win big title fights.

    “I am therefore ready to show Sakaria what a warrior can do in the ring,” Rabisa warned.

    Paulus 'Hitman' Moses's fight will be the main bout of the event as he defends his WBO Africa lightweight title against Saidi Mundi.

    There will also be several undercards, including a fight which will see Jeremiah 'No Respect' Nakathila and Said Chino from Tanzania trading leather for the WBO junior lightweight title.

    Tickets are available at Computicket. General tickets sell for N$200 while VIP tickets cost N$1 000.

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Bayern’s Alaba injured
  • Bayern’s Alaba injuredBayern’s Alaba injured The first #Festival organised by Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) kicked off yesterday at the SKW grounds in Windhoek.

    The festival will run until Saturday and aims to pull a large crowd to support the schools taking part in the community sport games.

    The festival will have sports activities which include hockey for boys and girls, rugby, football for boys, fast five netball, sprints, swimming, tennis, chess, volleyball as well as a cheerleading competition.

    Nine community schools will compete against each other in these sports codes: four community teams from Windhoek and five from the rest of the country will take part in the games.

    There will be cheerleading performances by Delta Lions, Windhoek Saints, Arabian Knights, Canyon Rangers, Etosha Ravens, Coastal Dolphins, Oshana Patriots, Pioneer Warriors and Highveld Cheetahs.

    Apart from the sport games, there will be a career expo for the schools, providing an opportunity for school pupils to engage with career professionals who will help them choose a career upon completion of high school.

    In this regard, CEO of NMH Albe Botha said education is the key to the country's prosperity. “We must ensure that our children not only receive quality education, but that they also understand and are informed about the various career options that are waiting for them after school.

    Also follow the internet sites myzone.com.na and hashtag.my.na in order to read up on all the activities related to the Hashtag Festival's career expo, community games and sport and summer festival.

    Access for learners is free of charge if they turn up in their school uniform or school sport attire. Learners who prefer to wear casual clothes to the #Festival will pay half price at the gates.

    Please note that while the activities might end late in the evening of each day, entrance gates will be closed by 20:00.

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Welwitschias to face Valke
  • Welwitschias to face ValkeWelwitschias to face ValkeNamibia building momentum in Currie Cup Namibia will face Hino Valke at the Hage Geingob Stadium tomorrow. After winning their first match of the Currie Cup First Division by beating visitors Eastern Province Kings last weekend, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will now face Hino Valke.

    In last week's game, the Welwitschias beat Eastern Province 51-25 and cruised through to their first Currie Cup First Division victory of the season.

    Johan Tromp scored two of his side's six tries, while flyhalf Theuns Kotze had an excellent day with the boot, not missing any conversions.

    Now the home side have their sights set on building momentum and working their way into favourable log positions as the competition nears the halfway mark.

    The Welwitschias will test the Hino Valke in the second Currie Cup First Division clash between the two sides. The first time they met the Hino Valke secured a convincing 50-20 victory.

    But with the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias fresh off their maiden tournament victory, and the side having scored 110 points in their two matches up to now, they will want to build on that in front of their home crowd.

    Hino Valke lost last weekend to Down Touch Griffons 34-19 and want to redeem themselves with this match. The Griffons are the current Currie Cup First Division champions.

    Rohan Kitshoff, captain of the local side, said they were ecstatic with last week's win.

    “We knew that it would not be an easy win. We are a developing team and the win is very great for our morale. We will again work hard for the coming match as last week's win is something of the past and we are only as good as our last win,” he said.

    Lesley Klim of the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias received the man of the match award and said that the win was due to teamwork.

    The match kicks off at 16:00.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Running on fumes
  • Running on fumesRunning on fumesNine ways to get your energy back It is that time of the year when everyone is exhausted – change of season and of course, our return to summer time did not help either… here is how to stop feeling so tired all the time. You're only as old as you feel, the saying goes. But what if you feel old, tired, and rundown? Fatigue is a common complaint, especially after people hit middle age. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to boost energy. Some even slow the aging process.

    Here's how to refill your tank when your energy levels sputter.



    *Rule out health problems

    Fatigue is a common symptom of many illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, anaemia, thyroid disease, and sleep apnoea. Talk to your doctor if you feel unusually tired. Many medications can contribute to fatigue. These include some blood pressure medicines, antihistamines, diuretics, and other drugs. If you begin to experience fatigue after starting a new medication, tell your doctor.



    *Get moving

    The last thing you may feel like doing when you're tired is exercising. But many studies show that physical activity boosts energy levels. “Exercise has consistently been linked to improved vigour and overall quality of life,” says Kerry J. Stewart, professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “People who become active have a greater sense of self-confidence. But exercise also improves the working efficiency of your heart, lungs, and muscles,” Stewart says. “That's the equivalent of improving the fuel efficiency of a car. It gives you more energy for any kind of activity.”



    *Strike a pose

    Although almost any exercise is good, yoga may be especially effective for boosting energy. After six weeks of once-a-week yoga classes, volunteers in a British study reported improvements in clear-mindedness, energy, and confidence. It's never too late to try, either. University of Oregon researchers offered yoga instruction to 135 men and women ages 65 to 85. At the end of six months, participants reported an increased sense of well-being and a boost in overall energy.



    *Drink plenty of water

    Dehydration zaps energy and impairs physical performance. “Our research shows that dehydration makes it harder for athletes to complete a weight lifting workout,” says Dan Judelson, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University at Fullerton. “It's reasonable to think that dehydration causes fatigue even for people who are just doing chores.” Dehydration has also been shown to decrease alertness and concentration. How to know if you're drinking enough water? “Urine should be pale yellow or straw coloured,” Judelson says. “If it's darker than that, you need to drink water.”



    *Get to bed early

    Lack of sleep increases the risk of accidents and is one of the leading causes of daytime fatigue. The solution: Get to bed early enough for a full night's sleep. When people enrolled in a 2004 Stanford University study were allowed to sleep as long as they wanted, they reported more vigour and less fatigue. Good sleep habits may also have important health benefits. Centenarians report better than average sleep. If you do fall short on shut-eye, take a brief afternoon nap. Napping restores wakefulness and promotes performance and learning. A 10-minute nap is usually enough to boost energy. Don't nap longer than 30 minutes, though, or you may have trouble sleeping that night. A nap followed by a cup of coffee may provide an even bigger energy boost, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.



    *Go fish

    Good for your heart, omega-3 oils may also boost alertness. According to a 2009 study by scientists at Italy's University of Siena, volunteers who took a fish oil capsule for 21 days demonstrated faster mental reaction times. They also reported feeling more vigorous.



    *Keep time with your body clock

    Some people get a burst of energy first thing in the morning. They're often called morning larks. Night owls are people who are at their best at the end of the day. These individual differences in daily energy patterns are determined by brain structure and genetics, so they can be tough to change. Instead, become aware of your own circadian rhythms. Then schedule demanding activities when your energy levels are typically at their peak.



    *Shed extra weight

    Losing extra weight can provide a powerful energy boost, says Stewart, of Johns Hopkins University. Even small reductions in body fat improve mood, vigour, and quality of life. Most weight loss experts recommend cutting back on portion sizes, eating balanced meals, and increasing physical activity.



    *Eat more often

    Some people may benefit by eating smaller meals more frequently during the day. This may help to steady your blood sugar level. Favour whole grains and other complex carbohydrates. These take longer than refined carbohydrates to digest, preventing fluctuations of blood sugar. If you start eating more often, watch your portion sizes to avoid weight gain.



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  • 09/07/17--15:00: A-tishoo!
  • A-tishoo!A-tishoo! Homemade remedies for hay fever can quickly reduce seasonal allergy reactions, providing relief from symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itching, congestion and coughing.

    Hay fever affects the mucous membranes of the sinuses, nose, throat, eyes and palate. Grasses and plant pollens are the cause of inflammatory reactions that stimulate the immune system, and are made worse by the presence of chemicals, dust and pollutants. Research indicates that approximately 20% of the population suffer some form of hay fever.

    Homemade remedies including treatment with herbs, homeopathy and common household ingredients provide natural antihistamines, relieve symptoms and prevent their return.

    Treatment with herbs

    Homemade remedies consisting of herbal recipes are often highly effective at providing allergy relief for hay fever sufferers.

    Chamomile tea is reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms. Some herbalists suggest smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a tissue and inhaling to prevent hay fever symptoms.

    Ginger tea and raw honey works to break up chest congestion and loosen phlegm. It strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine.

    Green tea blocks the production of histamine and is one of the best homemade remedies for building the immune system.

    Peppermint tea relieves nasal and sinus congestion. Drink it cold to sooth coughing associated with hay fever and allergies.

    Homemade remedies

    Old time, folk remedies are tried and true, providing relief from sneezing, congestion and itching from hay fever.

    Steaming produces excellent results to break up congestion. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water and carefully inhale the steam. Avoid eucalyptus if you are taking homeopathic remedies as it voids their action.

    Grapefruit and lemon boiled in one cup of water for 15 minutes makes an excellent home remedy for hay fever. Use only the fruit, not the rind. Cool and mix with raw honey to relieve symptoms.

    Calendula liquid diluted in water makes an excellent eye wash to soothe itchy eyes. Use non-alcoholic calendula. Add a dropper full of colloidal silver to enhance the anti-microbial action and reduce inflammation.

    Omega-3 fatty acids may act to lower the amounts of inflammatory chemicals produced by the body after exposure to an allergen. Although additional research is needed, it appears that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids may help decrease the incidence of hay fever.

    NATURAL NEWS

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    Ongundu yoDTA ya popile aalongi momeya mboka ya kanitha iilongaOngundu yoDTA ya popile aalongi momeya mboka ya kanitha iilonga Ongundu yoDTa oya popi kutya ngele epangelo olya li shili lyeetela olukeno aaniilonga yomomeya mboka ya kanitha iilonga yawo mOliindili oshowo mOmbaye, sha landula sho ya kutha ombinga mekanka lyaali paveta ndyoka ya ningi, andola aaniilonga mboka oya shuna miilonga.

    Ndhoka odha popiwa kuAmushanga gwongundu ndjoka, Manuel Ngaringombe, ngoka a popi kutya ohenda yepangelo ando otayi monikila meshuno miilonga lyaaniilonga mboka.

    “Endopo okuninga ngaaka otashi e ta omaipulo kutya ohenda yepangelo oyi li peni, ngele okaagandji yiilonga mboka ya kwatakwanithwa kopolotika nenge okaaniilonga mboka ya kanitha iilonga yawo na otaya kondjo nuudhigu okupalutha oofamili dhawo.”

    Shoka osha landula sho Ominista yOohi nOonzo dhOmomeya, Bernard Esau a popi kutya aalongi yomomeya inaya pulakena komalelo sho ya kutha ombinga mekanka ndyoka lyaali paveta. Okwa gwedha po kutya epangelo olye ya etela ohenda aaniilonga mboka .

    MuKotomba gwo-2015, aalongi momeya ya thika po-4000, oya yi mekanka mondoolopa yaLiindili nOmbaye.

    Okwa tseyithwa kutya ekanka ndyoka ya ningi kali li paveta . Aaniilonga mboka oya yi mekanka taya pula omagwedhelo goondjambi, omauwanawa guunamiti geli pombanda oshowo iifuta yolutayima, nomauwanawa gomagumbo.

    Oyendji oya tidhwa miilonga yawo omanga aashona yowala ya shuna miilonga konima sho ekanka ndyoka kwa tseyithwa kutya kali li paveta.

    Amushanga gwoDTA okwa popi kutya AaNamibia oya pumbwa okuya pamwe mombepo yuukumwe, opo ewi lyawo lyuuvike, nokukondjitha egalulo lyuuthemba waaniilonga mboka ya hililwa monkalo yokwaahena iilonga.

    Ngaringombe okwa tsikile kutya aalongi momeya yaNamibia oya kala nokunyenyeta kombinga yonkalo yawo yiilonga kUuministeli wAaniilonga uule woomvula odhindji ihe omwanyenyeto gawo oga gwile momakutsi ga thita na kape na ngoka e ya pulakene.

    “Otashi limbilike shoEsau ta popi kutya aaniilonga mboka inaya pulakena nopehala oya yi mekanka. Olye a pulakene aaniilonga mboka pethimbo ya nyenyeta.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya minista okwa hala okuninga kutya aaniilonga mboka oya yi pekanka pwaahena sha ihe oshili ooshoka kutya aantu oya loloka onkalo moka yeli molwaashoka ka pe na ngoka a kandula po uupyakadhi wawo uule wethimbo ele, na oya thiminikwa konkalo moka yiiyadha opo ya ye mekanka.

    “Ngashiingeyi Esau ota popi kutya epangelo olya etela ohenda aaniilonga mboka yeli 4 000, sho ya kanitha iilonga yawo, omanga epangelo lya kala nokwiidhimbika omanyenyeto gaaniilonga ngoka ya ningi ethimbo nuule.

    Ngaringombe okwa popi kutya ngele ohenda ndjoka oyashili nena, andola onkalo ndjoka inayi pitikwa opo yi ye sigo opokantu mpoka yi li nena.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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