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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Omatala gaShikango ga patululwaOmatala gaShikango ga patululwa Nonando omatala ngoka ga kala ga tegelelwa ethimbo nuule mOsshikango oga patululwa mehuliloshiwike ndika lya piti, Elelo lyOndoolopa yaHelao Nafidi olya popi kutya natango ope na omapuko omashona ngoka ga pumbwa okuwapalekwa.

    Omatala ngoka taga adhika mondoolopa yaShikango oga patululwa mEtitano lya piti, sha landula etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kelelo lyondoolopa momasiku gatatu gaAguste.

    Okwa ningwa etokolo opo omatala ngoka ga tungwa kongushu yoomiliyona 5.8, na inaga tulwa natango ehala lyokuthikamena oombesa opo ga patululwe, nuutile kutya otashi vulika ga gwe ongushu.

    Omatala ngoka oga tungwa taga vulu okukala aalandithi ya thika po-400.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha talele po omatala ngoka mehuliloshiwike, nomwaalu ogundji guutala wokulandithila momatala ngoka owu na aalandithi.

    Aalandithi okuza molukanda lwaKatwitwi, oyo ya pewa ompito yotango pamwe naalandithi aakwashigwana yaAngola mboka taya landithile pehala lya andjuka.

    Molwaashoka aalandithi yomoKatwitwi oyali haya lala pehala mpoka taya landithile, shoka osha dhigupalela elelo lyondoolopa opo li monene ehala lyopopepi aalandithi mbyoka, mpoka taya kala taya zi.

    Oomwedhi dha piti, Mayola gwondoolopa yaHelao Nafidi Eliaser Nghipangelwa, okwa popi kutya oya mona ehala mpoka taya vulu oku tula aalandithi mboka, ihe ngashiingeyi okwa popi kutya ehala ndyoka itali wapala molwaashoka aalandithi oyendji natango ohayi zi mOkatwiwti.

    Okwa popi kutya uupyakadhi mboka otaye ku kandula po, okuya pehulilo lyoshiwike shika.

    Okwa hololwa kutya aalandithi yomoshilongo otaya nana nuudhigu moongeshefa dhawo sho iilandithomwa tayi yakelwa moshilong, kaalandithi yaAngola. Iilandithomwa mbyoka tayi yakelwa moshilongo ongaashi omalwishi, osuuka nomahooli. Onkalo inayi guma owala aalandithi yokolupadhi ihe noostola woo.

    Epangelo nalyo otali kanitha woo iiyemo, sho itaku futwa iishoshela kiilandithomwa mbyoka tayi yakelwa moshilongo.

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yonkalo ndjoka, Nghipangelwa okwa popi kutya shoka oshi li oshinakugwanithwa shopolisi, opo yi pula aantu ayehe mboka taya ningi oongeshfa oombaapila dhuumbangi kutya iilandithomwa oya zi peni.

    Okwa popi kutya pwa li ethimbo mpoka elelo lyondoolopa yahala okukatukila onkatu aalandithi mboka, ihe omolwa ekwatathano ewanawa pokati kaNamibia naAngola, inaya hala okupiyaganeka ombili.

    Sho oshifo shika sha li sha talelepo olukanda lwaKatwitwi aanambelewa yopolisi oyali taya monika taya kutha ko iilandithomwa mbyoka ya yakelwa moshilongo, ihe aalandithi mboka oya tembukile moondoolopa dhilwe ngaashi Ondangwa moka omo taya landithile ngashiingeyi.

    Kansela melelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, oshilyo shongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), Vilho Shimuoshili, okwa popi kutya omalelo goondoolopa kage na iimaliwa omolwa iinima ngaashi mbyoka, sho aantu haya pitikwa opo ya ninge shoka yahala. Okwa popi kutya ongeshefa mOshikango oya gwa pevi molwaashoka ope na ethigathano enene omolwa aalandithi mboka taya landithile iilandithomwa yawo kondando yopevi momapandaanda. Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya pumbwa okutalika.

    Omolwa onkalo yeyakelo lyomahooli moshilongo okuza moAngola, aaniihauto ohaya yi molukanda lwaKatwitwi nokulanda omahooli gawo.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Geingob oku na ompito onene a ninge omuleli gwoSwapoGeingob oku na ompito onene a ninge omuleli gwoSwapoAaSwapo yalwe ya holola ohokwe okukondjitha Geingob Nonando otaku ka kala olugodhi olunene lwekondjelo lyoshipundi shuuleli woSwapo, pethimbo lyokongressa ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi ningwe, aanongononi yonkalo yopolotika oya popi kutya ope na ompito onene Hage Geingob a ninge omuhogololwa. Aanongononi yopolotika oya popi kutya oye na einekelo mwaangoka ta longo pehala lyomuleli gwongundu yoSwapo, Hage Geingob kutya oku na ompito onene opo a hogololwe nokuninga omuulikwa gwongundu ndjoka, pethimbo lyomutumba gwomahogololo ngoka tagu ningwa nuumvo.

    Iilyo yongundu yoSwapo ya thika po-600 ya za miitayi yongundu ndjoka moshilongo ashihe otayi ka kutha ombinga momutumba ngoka tagu ningwa moNovemba, moka tamu ka hogololwa omuleli gwongundu ndjoka. Shoka otashi ka kala oshikando shotango taku ningwa omahogololo gokuhogolola omuleli gwongundu ndjoka, uule woomvula ntano twa taalela.

    Geingob okwiiyadha monkalo moka ta hogololwa inashi fa omulandulwa gwe Hifikepunye Pohamba, ngoka a li uulikwa komukokoli presidende onga omulandu gwe.

    Nonando okwa dhana onkandangala onene mokukwashilipaleka kutya Geingob okwa sindanapo omahogololo guupresidende ngoka ga ningwa mo-2012, Pohamba ina holola ngaashiingeyi ngele ota yambidhidha Geingob, oshowo Nujoma naye ina holola ngele ota yambidhidha tuu Geingob.

    Geingob okwa hogololwa ina kondjithwa, onga omupeha presidende gwOngundu yoSwapo, mo2007, omahogololo ngoka ga hogolola woo Pohamba onga omupresidende gwongundu sha landula sho Nujoma a yi moshipundi shevululuko.

    Konima yoomvula ntano, Geingob okwiiyadha methigathana naJerry Ekandjo oshowo Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana mboka yali ye na ohokwe yokuninga aaleli yoSwapo, pethimbo lyomahogololo ngoka ga ningwa mo 2014.

    Omunongononi gwopolotika, Nico Horn okwiinekela kutya Geingob otaka sindanapo omahogololo ngoka nokuninga omupresidende gwoSwapo.

    Geingob ota mono nale eyambidhidho okuza kewawa lyaakokele mongundu ndjoka, aanyasha niitopolwa yimwe, omanga kwa holoka etopoko mewawa lyaakiintu pokati kaamboka taya yambidhidha Geingob mboka itaye mu yambidhidha.

    Omadhina gooEkandjo nooHelmuth Angula nago oga kwatakanithwa nedhigathano ndyoka, omanga Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Nahas Angula naNangolo Mbumba taku popiwa kutya otaya ka kutha ombinga methigathano lyuupeha presidende wongundu.

    Ehala lyuuamushanga wongundu otali fofodholelwa

    Albert Kawana naSophia Shaningwa.

    Katrina Hanse-Himarwa – ngoka e li gumwe gwomaayambidhidhi yaGeingob ota popilwa ehala lyuupeha amushanga.

    Mboka taku popiwa kutya oyeli ompinge na itaya yambidhidha Geingob ongaashi omukwatakanithi gwongundu yoSwapo, moshitopolwa shaShikoto, Armas Amukwiyu.

    Amukwiyu otaku fofodholwa kutya okwa konga po ongundu yaakalelipo mboka taya ka kutha ombinga momutumba ngoka gwomahogololo. Mboka oya tumbulwa komadhina kutya omunangeshefa

    Desmond Amunyela, Mirjam Onesmus, John Elago naNambata Angula, na otaku popiwa kutya itaya yambidhidha Geingob.

    Omunongononi gumwe gwopolotika Ndumba J Kamwanyah, naye okwa popi kutya, otashi kala ekondjo edhigu okusinda Geingob, nonando otashi vulika pu kale ompito ndjoka.

    Hoze Riruako, okwa pula oonkondo dhiilyo yimwe yongundu mbyoka ya holola ohokwe okukondjitha Geingob, ta popi kutya omahala ngoka taya vulu okusindana ongaashi uupeha presidende, nuuhamushanga.

    Nonando ngaaka etopokauko ndyoka li li mongundu ndjoka, otali limbililike Riruako.

    Okwa popi kutya ke wete pena ompito yetotepo lyongundu yopolotika konima yomutumba ngoka, ihe mboka taya ka sindika otaya ka kambadhala okupiyaganeka ongundu.

    Omunapolotika, Kazenambo Kazenambo okwa kunkilile kutya okongressa ndjoka kayi shi omutumba gwomauliko ihe omahogololo. Kazenambo ngoka omathimbo ga piti a holola kutya ina nyanyukilwa elelo lyaGeingob okwa tsu omuthindo kutya aantu otaya ka hogololwa ihe itaya ka ulikwa owala.

    Pahapu dhaKazenambo, iilyo mbyoka ya hala okukutha ombinga momahogololo ngoka nayi ninge omahwahwameko nokuuvithako aahogololi kutya omolwashike oyo yeli aahogololwa yomondjila.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Salini a pyakudhukwa okumana opoloyeka yondama yoNeckartalSalini a pyakudhukwa okumana opoloyeka yondama yoNeckartal Eendo kashona lyiilonga yetungo yondama yoNeckartal inaku tegelelwa yi ye moshipala emanitho lyiilonga yokutunga ondama ndjoka, sha landula sho epangelo lya ndopa okufuta ehangano tali kwatele komeho iilonga mbyoka iimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 80.

    Salini okwa lopotwa a shunitha pevi oowili dhe dhiilonga okuza poowili 12 mesiku okuya poowili 7, opo a vule okufuta omalutayima niilonga mbyoka tayi longwa komahangano ngoka taga longo pamwe naye kohi ye mopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Sho a pulwa kutya eendo kashona ndyoka otali gumu ngiini emanitho lyiilonga Omupopiliko gwehangano ndyoka, Gilles Castonguay okwa popi kutya oya pyakudhukwa okumanitha iilonga yawo.

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yiifuta mboka inayi pewa natango ehangano ndyoka, Castonguay okwa tindi okutya sha.

    “Ehangano olya tokola opo kali tye sha koshikumungu shoka. Tangi sho mwa ningi ekwatahano natse,” Castonguay a popi, meyamukulo lye ndyoka li li pamukanda gwopa email.

    Aaniilonga yondama ndjoka ya thika po-2 500, oya tseyithilwa omatokolo omape ngoka ga ningwa pambaapila ndjoka ya pitithwa mEtitano lya piti.

    Nale, ehangano olya kala hali longo oowili 24, dha topolwa moongundu mbali dhaaniilonga mboka haya longo kehe oowili 12. Onzo yimwe oya tseyithile onzonkundaneki yoNampa kutya epangelo olya futako owala etata lyiimaliwa yehangano ndyoka, petameko lyaSepetemba.

    Nonando ongaaka, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa Ii a tseyitha kutya oongunga dhaantu dhehangano ndyoka, ndhoka dhi niwe kepangelo otadhi kala dha futwa adhihe muAguste, ihe nonando ongaaka euvaneko ndyoka inali ningwa.

    Omukomeho gwoshikondo shoWater Supply and Sanitation Coordination mUuministeli wUunamapya, Leonard Niipare okwa koleke kutya oomiliyona owala 127 dhomoomiliyona 209, dha futwa.

    Niipare okwa popi kutya otaya ningi oonkambadhala nokuya moonkundathana nuuministeli wemona opo iimaliwa mbyoka yi kale ya futwa, molwaashoka onkalo ndjoka otayi yi moshipala iilonga yopoloyeka yetungo lyondama ndjoka.



    OGONE THLAGE

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    China will need planes worth US$1tnChina will need planes worth US$1tnBoeing fleet size is expected to grow Chinese airlines are likely to buy more than 7 000 planes worth US$1.1 trillion over the next 20 years. Boeing says China will need more than a trillion dollars-worth of new airplanes over the next two decades as the cash-rich middle class grows and infrastructure projects pick up.

    The US aircraft giant also outlined plans to open its first factory in the country as it looks to reinforce its position in the face of competition from European rival Airbus.

    In its annual forecast Wednesday, Boeing predicted China would need 7 240 new commercial jets by 2036 with a market value of nearly US$1.1 trillion, adding almost a fifth of all global orders would come from Chinese companies.

    “China's strong economy, the growing middle class and the significant investment in infrastructure support our long-term outlook” with the proliferation of secondary airports expected to add to this growth, said Randy Tinseth, Boeing's vice-president of marketing.

    The firm last year predicted China would order 6 810 planes in the next two decades and cited an improving economy, expansion of local airlines and a recovering cargo market for its increased outlook.

    Air traffic in China has increased as new low-cost carriers pop up and Boeing expects the middle class to double in ten years to reach 600 million people.

    This prosperous group, who want to travel to increasingly long-haul destinations, are predicted to fuel a rise in sales of high-capacity planes.

    But the single-aisle jets used for regional flights are forecast to stay at the heart of the China's demand for new planes, comprising an estimated 75% of orders.

    Chinese companies now operate more than half the international flights in and out of China, challenging the previous domination of long-haul routes by foreign businesses, said Tinseth.

    Home-grown Hainan Airlines announced in May it would buy 19 Boeing aircraft for an estimated US$4.2 billion, including 13 long-haul

    B787-9 “Dreamliners”.

    The explosion of e-commerce and the need for air freight will be the main driver of demand for larger planes, Boeing said, and forecast the Chinese cargo sector to develop rapidly over the next 20 years.

    The Chinese aerospace market is split almost equally between Boeing and its European rival Airbus.

    Unlike Airbus, which since 2008 has boasted an assembly line for the A320 passenger jet in Tianjin, Boeing does not yet have a factory in China.

    But it is working with state-owned manufacturer Comac to open a “completions centre” next year in Zhoushan, with the capacity to fit interiors in more than 100 of its popular mid-range B737 each year, Tinseth confirmed.

    However, that partnership could prove turbulent. The Chinese firm this year oversaw the test flight of its first home-built mid-range carrier, the C919 - ostensibly a rival to the B737, with the aim of breaking the US-European duopoly.

    “It's about balance but if you're going to be in a market like this, you have to have partners,” said Tinseth.

    He also played up the importance of China to Boeing in light of President Donald Trump's threats to slam tariffs on Chinese exports, which many fear could spark a damaging trade war.

    “We work very hard with the US government, (China is) a critical market for us, this is a market that we believe in,” he added.



    NAMPA/AFP

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    SA business confidence lowest in 32 yearsSA business confidence lowest in 32 years Business confidence in South Africa has plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years as political uncertainty, unemployment and dwindling trade weighed heavily, a survey showed Wednesday.

    South Africa's economy, which is the most developed in Africa, is plagued by sluggish growth and only returned to growth in April after a six-month recession.

    Unemployment, which has stymied South Africa's growth, is at a record high of 27.7% and official statistics revealed last month that more than half of the 56.5 million population live in poverty.

    “(Despite) the positive sentiment and outlook prevailing in the global context, South Africa's economic performance could be doing better,” said the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's business confidence index report.

    “The business climate remained sensitive to political posturing and an uncertain direction for the economy.”

    The country lost its investment grade credit rating when the world's two major ratings agencies, Fitch and Standard & Poor's, downgraded its sovereign debt to junk status earlier this year following the sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan.



    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy What is the problem?

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I have problem when I release my sperm… it is very slow. They don’t shoot far. What is the problem?

    My dear, I am not very sure if I understand you well enough to give you a satisfactory answer. I would like to think that you masturbate or doing what I personally call self-rewinding. Being a woman, to be honest I am responding to this question using my imagination and a bit of research from male colleagues here. I would like to think that if you are masturbating and you ejaculate, you must have seen the sperm flowing out without much pressure and hence not going far as you state in your question. What I know for a fact is the body manufactures more sperm every time a man ejaculates so what you lose when you ejaculate during sex or masturbation is replaced immediately. A man, unlike a woman, will go to the grave fertile or in other words still able to make babies. I am not sure if your sperm is still slow as you said it when you ejaculate during sexual intercourse. The way God created us - our sexual organs is amazing. In the actual act when you are having sex with a woman, you enter the woman and in order for your sperm to reach the cervix or womb of the woman, the penis gets longer when it is aroused and in order to get to the opening of the cervix where when you ejaculate, the sperm are able to easily enter the uterus where the sperm will fertilise the eggs. The vaginal canal is created with features that stimulate the male organ as you make love to the woman and the pleasure that a man gets from the act make some men to cry out loud in ecstasy when they ejaculate and if it is in a real sexual act, the sperm you say don’t go far come out in spurts and force depositing them close enough to swim up and into the uterus. Maybe your problem is you are not getting sufficient arousal. Read more about the foreplay before the actual act and learn how to enjoy making love. The more you pump the more pleasurable the act and voila, the more forceful the ejaculation. Lovemaking is a skill my dear. You have to learn the tricks of the trade. Never a dive in dive out. “Ejaculation is the endpoint of a process that begins with a touch. Skin covering the shaft and glans of the penis is filled with nerve endings sensitive to pressure and vibration. Stroking that skin sends signals to the brain that say ‘sexytime!” says gizmodo.com

    Painful periods

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 18 years old and I have a problem with my periods. They are always painful. What can I do?

    Yes, there are some women who throughout their lives suffer from period pains or period cramps but others have them now and then they vanish after childbirth. Period pains are muscle contractions and cramps that are similar to labour pains. Some people may even vomit or have diarrhoea. It is a condition affecting the uterus or other organs. It is however advisable to consult a doctor if the pain is severe. Home remedies for period pains include taking a hot bath or hot shower to relieve the pain. Place a plastic bottle filled with hot water on the lower abdomen and the back to relieve the pain. Alternatively, soak a towel in water, wring out the excess water and then heat it in the microwave for one minute. Place it on the lower abdomen until the towel cools. Repeat every few minutes until the pain is gone. Another home remedy for period pains is taking ginger. Grate a small piece of ginger and pour hot water over it. Add honey and drink this tea three times a day. You can also add ginger to your ginger to your food or suck ginger sweets. Basil is another fantastic herb that can ease the pain very well without costing you an arm and a leg. Add a teaspoon of basil to a cup of hot water and drink this herbal tea every few hours and it works perfectly. Try it and let the blood flow happily ever after.

    He is a player

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 21-year-old girl and I am dating a 32-year-old guy. I love him so much but he is a player and he is the one who gave me HIV so must I live him or what? Please help me. But he likes me to stay with at their house.

    In sickness and in health until death do us part. All I am saying is if the guy has infected you that is a sign that he was promiscuous and only IF he is the one who infected you. You did not tell me what your status was before you met this man or that the two of you went for tests before you had unprotected sex. It would be surely be unfair to always blame men for infecting women because sometimes it is the women who are infecting the men. However, regardless of who infected who, what is important at this point is to make sure that if you decide to remain in this relationship that both of you are taking the ARVs religiously and practising safe sex. These days Aids no longer kills and it is just like any other chronic disease - if one takes their medication and eats healthy food you will live as long as or longer than people who don’t have Aids.

    I am cheating

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am 22 years old guy and I am involved with two girls but one is already having a baby with me. What must I do Auntie?

    You sound desperate, like you don’t know what to do. I believe a man can truly love just one woman and therefore, I feel you are not being honest with both women. That you already have a child does not mean she is the one you love. Just be honest about your feelings and take the one that you love unless you want to be a polygamist. At 22, I wonder whether you are not mature enough to be honest with your feelings and make a meaningful decision soon enough before breaking the hearts of these women that you are two-timing and cheating on. Have a conscience and save someone heartbreak.

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    Rewarding deserving NamibiansRewarding deserving NamibiansA successful 'first of its kind' event The red carpet was rolled out for the Namibian entertainment industry at the Simply You Robert Mugabe Avenue turned into glitz and glamour as the Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFA) were held at the national Theatre of Namibia. The awards show are the brainchild of Simply You Magazine Executive Helena Ngaifiwa which was founded to celebrate Namibia personalities from different industries… SA personality Maps Maponanye made a special appearance including Namibian personalities like Dalton Ashikoto and Dr Helena Ndume graced the event.

    The night kicked off with a fashion show and female powerhouses Oteya and Sally kept the crowd on their feet with their performances. Some of the winners included Leah Misika who walked away with Favourite Blogger, while Sam Kapepo - who is known for being an activist in his community - was given the SYM Diamond award which is given to someone who does extraordinary things in their community and is also influential at the same time. These awards were created to celebrate Namibians by Namibians.



    2017 SYMLAFA winners

    Best Radio Personality - Sunet van Wyk

    Best DJ – KFC DJs

    Best Comedian - Big Mitch

    Best Celebrity Couple - DJ Kbozz & Sally

    Best Stylist – Aubrey TJ

    Best Photographer – Andrew Ingo

    Best Makeup Artist – Miss Jey

    Best Female Model - Meriam Kaxuxwena

    Best Fashion Designer - Taati Sibolile

    Best Actor - Dice

    Best Actress - Inesh

    Best Emerging Designer - Ndapcee

    Best Male Model - Jeremia Jeremia

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    Dancing taught me how to be a manDancing taught me how to be a manBreaking stereotypes one step at a time In a space where dancing is a female pursuit, one brave and talented young man is making all the difference. There's no substitute for reality. Television and its grandchildren have allowed us to see more, but the comforting distraction they afford can cause us to experience less. While digital media can be a useful educational tool for exposing young minds to the scope of the world, it can't replace real life. This is the foundational idea behind Letlhogonolo Nche's Journey, an initiative that aims to take dance off the screen and into the lives of township children.

    Nche found freedom through physical performance when he was a boy, though to hold onto it he was forced to fight the ridicule of his peers. He would not be told that he should not move his body a certain way… that it just wasn't for men. Because dance made him feel alive. After matriculating, Nche's perseverance was rewarded when he earned a scholarship to pursue his passion at Moving into Dance Mophatong. “Dancing has taught me resilience and how to love something unconditionally,” he reflects.

    Still in the beginnings of his career, Nche felt compelled to return home to the Northern Cape to develop the art in his community. “Dancing is my purpose,” he says. “It's what feeds my soul and guides me in the right direction.” His chargeless programme gives girls and boys of all ages the opportunity to have dance influence the course of their lives, promoting the creativity and freedom of self that is essential to healthy development.



    Nche's Journey

    In September last year, Heather Dugmore of Business Day met with Nche at the dance studio in Kimberley's Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre.

    “Many learners in Northern Cape communities have never been to a natural history museum or to a live theatre performance — their only experience of theatre has been on TV,” Nche told Dugmore.

    At the time Nche was working on A Walk in a Museum which explored a range of wild African animals to show learners what they look like, how they behave and the sounds that they make.

    Since 2013, Nche has managed and taught contemporary dance at the Mayibuye Dance Academy, an initiative of the Northern Cape Arts and Culture Council and its department of sport, arts, and culture. Born and raised in Pampierstad, 120km from Kimberley, he was the first recipient of the ImpACT Award for Dance, which recognises individuals making an impact in the development of the arts, culture, and creative sectors.

    “A Walk in a Museum is part of my Journey series of productions, which are aimed at inspiring young people and exposing them to the arts from a young age,” Nche says. “This helps give them a strong sense of who they are, and an opportunity to think about the things they can achieve in their lives.

    “I called the series Journey because I am on a journey to discover the opportunities, skills and innovations in the arts that can change the lives of young people. Journey is just one of our initiatives at the academy, where we train young people who want to pursue dance as a career, and help them secure auditions, apply for scholarships, and enter competitions.”



    Family affair

    The academy offers programmes for pupils in a range of dance styles, including contemporary, ballet, Latin, and ballroom.

    In 2015, two of Nche's students were among the six finalists for the annual ACT | Dalro | Nedbank Scholarship.

    He also mentored his younger brother, Katlego Nche, a talented dancer, actor and singer who won the 2014 ACT | Dalro | Nedbank Scholarship.

    The internationally acclaimed Johannesburg dance company and training institution Moving Into Dance Mophatong offered seven of Nche's students an opportunity to further their dance training.

    “Katlego and I are very fortunate that both our parents encouraged our interest in the performing arts,” he says.

    “Many fathers are caught up in outdated masculine stereotypes, but our dad, Tshokolo Nche, who works in maintenance at a bus company, is very supportive of our dancing. At the same time, he is supportive of our sister Kesekang's love of playing soccer.”

    Their mother, Pontsho, was a Latin and ballroom dancer who won various competitions when she was younger. However, there were no opportunities for her to pursue a professional dancing career.

    She encouraged her sons when they showed an interest in dancing.



    Love was great

    “I was nine when I started doing ballroom and Latin, and I used to get mocked at school about doing girls' stuff,” Nche recalls.

    “It put a lot of emotional strain on me, but I carried on because my love of dance was greater than their putting me down,” he says.

    Within two months of starting dance classes, he won regional competitions with his partner.

    When he was in grade 10 and attended the National School Arts Festival in Mafikeng, he took the decision to pursue dancing as a career.

    “At that festival I met two internationally acclaimed dance partners, Kagiso Ntseane and Tebogo Kgobokoe. I looked up to them, and from then on I really wanted to dance.”

    At the festival, Nche attended a contemporary dance show by Moving Into Dance and knew this was the style he wanted to pursue.

    “I hadn't been exposed to contemporary dance before, and after completing my matric at Pampierstad High School, I went for an audition at Moving Into Dance and I was offered a scholarship for 2009,” he says.

    He moved to Jo'burg, completed the year and returned to the Northern Cape, where he volunteered as a dance teacher at schools in Pampierstad and taught Afrofusion dance at the Virgin Active gym in Kimberley to make a living.

    “For me, it was very important to return home, give back and share my knowledge and skills here because of the lack of opportunities available for learners and young people with performing arts talents,” he says.

    Nche became one of the first teachers at the Mayibuye Dance Academy, where he developed programmes for learners and young people in the greater Kimberley district.

    “This province isn't recognised for the arts, but I want to change this because there is so much talent.

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    It's Summer Music Festival time…It's Summer Music Festival time…Jamming at the #Festival The #Festival which is on until tomorrow in Windhoek promises to be a fun, exciting and mesmerising festival with a lot of activities planned for the youth. The #Festival which officially launched two months ago and kicked off yesterday, blends education and entertainment catering specifically for the youth with a three-day fun-filled festival. A number of universities, schools, colleges and vocational training centres will be offering leaners from different schools career advice. A host of activities such as community games that include soccer, tennis, hockey, volleyball, swimming and cheerleading competition will drive the boredom away.

    On the last day of the festival, tomorrow, there will be the Summer Music Festival that will allow people to celebrate and unwind after two intense days of exercise, both mental and physical. NAMA female artist of the year Monique English will also be performing at the music event hosted by #Festival. Fatman from The Voice SA, Just Jack, Adam, and Pyplyn with Stefan Steyn will all be gracing the music festival that will start at 17:00.

    Adults will pay N$120 at the gates for the #Festival while children will pay N$60 (if not in school uniform or sportswear) to access the event for the three days. Pensioners and children under seven also get in free of charge at the event. E-tickets are also available at the Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) cashier, at the offices at 11B General Mutala Muhammed Avenue at Eros. The #Festival will take place at the SKW sport grounds.

    Come and get jamming!

    Staff Reporter

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Let the people decide
  • Let the people decideLet the people decideDStv Mzansi viewers' choice awards make SA entertainment history A recap of the Mzansi Magic Viewer's Choice Awards that have awarded entertainers, viewers and community members in the showbiz industry – for the first time. History was officially made at the inaugural DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards. Over a million votes were cast for 50 nominees in 10 categories, as South Africa made her voice heard. The glittering gala evening was the peak of a legendary battle worthy of Mzansi's entertainment history, as fans put their thumbs through the wringer voting for their favourites in the inaugural DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards.

    The red carpet at the Sandton International Convention Centre (ICC) was ruled by the ladies in alluring gowns and the gents in elegant suits, as fans cheered for their favourites in an unparalleled fashion and glamour frenzy. Thespians, musicians, sports personalities and comedians were among those who put their best foot forward to be part of entertainment history in the making. The DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards was beamed live to millions of households via Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161). The show lit up all social media platforms and left the live audience in awe, as a parade of Mzansi's finest entertainment talent walked off the stage clutching the coveted black and gold statuette.

    The top-notch entertainment was befitting a celebration of this magnitude. The venue was transformed into a laser-and-tribal print cavern, with the stage hosting – among others - the likes of Lady Zamar, social media dance maven Zodwa Wabantu, the majestic Thandiswa Mazwai, Lion of Judah power voice Lebo Sekgobela and the beautiful ratchetness of Gqom, led by seasoned industry pros DJ Cleo, Winnie Khumalo and Busiswa.



    Full list of the DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards winners:

    Song of the Year: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte

    TV Presenter: Thembisa Mdoda

    Comedian: Summary

    Rising Star: Sjava

    Radio Personality: B2cada

    Actor: Themba Ndaba

    Actress: Vatiswa Ndara

    Music Artist or Group: Kwesta

    DJ: Black Coffee

    Sports Personality: Caster Semenya

    Ultimate Viewers' Choice: Thembisa Mdoda



    June Shimuoshili

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    More is always more for David TlaleMore is always more for David Tlale SA's most acclaimed fashion designer David Tlale, celebrated 15 years in fashion this past weekend with More is More, his latest collection, which showcased during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg

    More is More took its departure point from fashion's most legendary interior designer and international style icon, Iris Apfel's ostentatious manner of accessorising and bold use of colour. This was evident in the collection's bold use of vibrant colours (bright pink, yellow, blue and green), and multitude of textures (lace, twill, mesh and features). As for the designs itself, guests saw voluminous cuts, overwhelming silhouettes and very long, floor grazing hemlines, which were masterly combined with Tlale's distinguished “African Chic” design aesthetic and exclusive African prints.

    “The objective of this collection is to celebrate the power of women, who I see coming through very strongly in leadership and entrepreneurial roles. Even the menswear designs have feminine touches coming through in support of the women's powerful look, making them strong and sexy,” said Tlale.

    Guests in attendance included former Miss South Africa, Candice Abrahams, 5FM DJ Ismail Abrahams, Uju Chimezie, and the muse of Tlale's collection, former Miss SA Tatum Keshwar, who also modelled in show. Tlale also surprised guests with an impromptu musical performance by Musa Mashiane and the Thoto band.

    “I wanted to create a journey where guests can walk through an installation of celebration of the 15 years of our brand, which includes our partnership with Courvoisier Cognac and collaboration with Jockey. At the same time we're also celebrating our optimism for the future and setting the tone of years to come, where more is more, more length, more volume, more drama!” explained Tlale.

    This collection will create a journey of luxury in African fashion, when it travels from Africa to Paris where it will be introduced to Europe later this year – a clear reminder that more, really is more!

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: The face of Namibian gospel
  • The face of Namibian gospelThe face of Namibian gospelPaving international paths for Namibian gospel artists Starting from the bottom and now she's here... Maranatha Goroh shares her musical journey with tjil. Growing up in a Christian household with her father a pastor, one would assume that she didn't have the option of pursuing any other career or genre, but Maranatha Goroh says this was her calling and wouldn't have it any other way. The damsel with a golden voice has been doing the most with her career which only started in 2015 by scooping awards, getting gigs out of Namibia as far as Dubai, and releasing her album. Indeed she is the face of Namibian gospel. The trick, according to Maranatha, is for one to live unapologetically themselves.

    Maranatha says it's all about hard work and the misconceptions that people have about the gospel genre are misleading. With her whole family having invested in music it was easy for her to kick off her career. Maranatha recalls her parents not forcing her and her siblings to live a certain way but to always to be true to themselves. The problems that she had as a teen made her closer to God and through this time she grew closer to God. “I would listen to my father's radio album from when he was in university. My break came in 2014 when she sang before Benny Hinn at an event in South Africa and TBN offered me a recording contract which I turned down due to commitments I have in Namibia. My father then decided to help me record my album here in Namibia. I have never looked back,” she said.

    With little recording experience Maranatha set into studio to record her first album titled Smile on which she featured gospel artists like Effy and D-Naff. She said it was very different from what she knew as she was used to performing live. “I love being with a band and then the magic happens. Performing with a back track is limiting and I don't think my fans will get their money's worth if they come to a show and I don't have a live band. Being in studio was totally new and challenging, yet a learning experience. My producer told me to feel a certain song and I began to cry which was powerful,” she said. The album is available at Antonio's Arts in town. From the album's work, Maranatha was awards NAMAs Best Gospel Song and Best Live Performance of the year 2017. She says the year 2016 was terrible for her and her winning was all God and she realised that He can do wonders.

    Maranatha says gospel is all about the message and the content that one has in their lyrics and has nothing to do with the genre as one can sing gospel on a hip hop, pop or reggae beat. This she believes is the misconception that Namibians have about gospel music. She has invested time and effort in her music to the extent of her getting asked to perform outside Namibia which is quite rare for Namibian gospel artists. Maranatha recently came back from touring in South Africa and Nigeria. She will also be opening for America RNB singer Omarion. “You have Kirk Franklin performing at the Grammys and at circular events but you will never see him deviate from his message. I look up to people like that because at such events that you get people who need to hear the word. I will still be singing gospel,” she said. Maranatha says artists should strive to be unique in their sound and music and that will help open doors in the country and outside our borders too. Gospel artists can send their music videos to One Gospel music channel which can get them out and known.

    Maranatha says the Namibian gospel industry is growing but it could do better to reach status of other countries' standards. She says there is too much competition in the industry which is caused by a lack of a united front. “There should be more initiatives like the Ongoma Awards but most importantly, let's stop this competition attitude. For anyone who wants to sing gospel, know that it is not a church, it's not a genre but about conveying the message. Be willing to do that and you will go far,” she says. Maranatha has put all her touring on hold to work on her music video that will drop this year.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Realising the business dream
  • Realising the business dreamRealising the business dream Forty-six-year-old Windhoek-born entrepreneur Christophore McClune always had a dream of owning his own transport company. Today he is living his dream.

    McClune is the sole owner of well-known Walvis Bay based transport company McClunes's Shuttle Services. The company has 16 full-time employees. It operates seven days a week transporting commuters between Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. McClune's Shuttle Services has a fleet of 12 branded vehicles.

    The company started its operations ten years ago and has grown to be one of the most reputable, safe, reliable and economical means of passenger transport. “It was a long and rough road but my passion for transport helped me start it off,” said McClune.

    “I saw this as an opportunity to provide work for my family and other Namibian citizens. I am determined to make it a success,” said McClune.



    How it all started

    Twenty-two years ago Mclune joined the taxi business as a taxi driver in Windhoek. On weekends, he would transport commuters to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in the same sedan he used as a taxi in Windhoek.

    Gaining while on the job, Mclune managed to save most of the proceeds he made. In 2007, he officially registered McClune's Taxi Services,. “This is how the infant idea of how McClune's Windhoek to Walvis Bay Shuttle Service was born,” he said.

    McClune wanted his customers to be comfortable whenever they used his company's service. With this in mind he planned on buying his first 16-seater bus. He sought financial assistance but was denied most of the time. In 2009 he approached Bank Windhoek's Emerging Small and Medium Enterprises (ESME) Finance branch and his application was approved.

    “It was very difficult to get financing. I first applied at other financial institutions including my own and they all refused to help me. But Bank Windhoek assisted me, I am thankful,” he said.

    Bank Windhoek's emerging small and medium enterprises finance branch partners with Namibian entrepreneurs who positively contribute to Namibia's economy. The branch offers a comprehensive range of products tailored to entrepreneurs individual business needs and also provides financing and mentorship services to small and medium enterprises.

    “Small and medium enterprises employ one in five people in Namibia and play a vital role not only in the economy, but also in raising the standard of living for Namibians and alleviating poverty. McClune's Shuttle Services fits these criteria,” said Bank Windhoek's emerging small and medium enterprises finance branch manager, Mbo Luvindao.

    It's about family

    Born in Khomasdal as the eldest of five children, McClune had to immediately start working after he completed his secondary education at David Bezuidenhoudt High School 27 years ago. He started working as a cashier at a local retail shop. With this job he supported his siblings whenever he could.

    Although he is the sole owner, McClune said that his business involves his family. His wife, three brothers and his mother all contribute to the daily operations of McClune's Shuttle Services. It is registered as a close corporation.



    Business growth and advice

    McClune's Shuttle Services was one of the first shuttles that targeted the local market. Initially commuters did not understand its business model. “We had difficulty explaining to the customers that this is a service for the locals as well,” said McClune.

    McClune said that he noticed that at that time his competitors only provided services to the affluent market and tourists. He then identified a need in this area and decided to offer such services to the local market.

    Although current business is slow due to the challenging economic climate, McClune is satisfied and said that his business has been growing tremendously and aims it to be self-sustainable.

    He advised other aspiring entrepreneurs, young and old to be sure of what they want to do right from the start. “Have passion for what you do, because it will keep you going forward in the most difficult times. Be honest with your employees, yourself and your family, as they are the ones who are going to support you in your quest to make a success of your business,” he said.

    McClune concluded that with Bank Windhoek's emerging and small and medium enterprises finance branch financial and mentoring support, he is confident that the future of his business is stable and looks promising. His optimism about the future is evident as he is planning to introduce new routes in the near future.

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: IPM to host 7th conference
  • IPM to host 7th conferenceIPM to host 7th conferenceLeadership to come under spotlight This year's conference will run over the course of two days and will be opened by the minister of public enterprises, Leon Jooste. The seventh annual Institute of People Management conference is scheduled to take place on 16 and 17 October at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek.

    Hailed as the biggest HR and people leadership event in Namibia, the theme of this year's conference is 'Leading in Turbulent Times'.

    “This year's conference is special in the sense that we will put an emphasis on leadership. The theme is fitting indeed, given the challenges our economy finds itself in, it presents us with countless opportunities if we remain steadfast in our quest for leadership” said IPM president Tim Ekandjo.

    The 2017 conference will run over two full days and offers a list of the most powerful local and international speakers that will enrich delegates experience.

    The conference will officially be opened by minister of public enterprises, Leon Jooste.

    The programme features prominent leadership topics such as 'The Leadership Architecture in Turbulent Times', which will be presented by Nene Molefi from South Africa; 'Free for Success in Turbulence' by Sigi Lange; and 'Leaders Without Titles' by Louise Shixwameni from the Office of the Prime Minister.

    Of significant interest on the programme are the two panel discussions. Day one's topic is 'SME Bank-Lessons Learned', while day two will discuss a very topical issue titled 'Corporate Governance in SOEs - Does it Exist?'. Other discussions are 'Corruption in Business' which will be tackled by Tarah Shanika from the NCCI while Suta Kavari from the National Planning Commission will discuss NDP5.

    Closing this year's conference will be a special guest, Lynette Ntuli, who is the CEO of Innate Investment Solutions, a South African entity that provides property, asset management and infrastructure solutions to the built environment and custodians of land and property portfolios.

    Ntuli received various awards and accolades which included the Fun Fearless Award 2008 Cosmopolitan Magazine, Woman to Watch Destiny Magazine, Under 30 and Top Feature O Magazine (the Oprah Magazine), the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans 2012 Award, Power 40-Destiny Magazine, and the Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year 2014 winner.

    Ntuli is a World Economic Forum global shaper and founding curator of a South African hub. In 2014, she had been selected as one of the Top 200 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium – the world's premier symposium on leadership, politics and society. Ntuli is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow in the flagship programme of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a former advisory board member of First National Bank (FNB) in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, a member of the African Leadership Network and the interim chair of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs in Southern Africa (SADC).

    This year's conference will once again end on a high note with the IPM Excellence gala dinner that will see outstanding HR professionals being celebrated and recognised in various categories.

    Delegate fees for registered IPM members are N$4 500, for non-members N$5 500, N$6 500 for registered IPM exhibitors and N$7 500 for non-members. Registrations are now officially open.

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    Slight dip in Nambrew profit expectedSlight dip in Nambrew profit expected STAFF REPORTER

    Namibia Breweries Limited expects a slight decrease in profit after tax following the release of its trading update on the Namibia Stock Exchange News Service this week.

    According to the statement, while it expects an increase in operating profit and headline earnings per share, net profit after tax is expected to decrease by s between 20% and 30% .

    “The group’s operating profit is expected to increase materially by between 10% and 20% compared to the previous year and headline earnings per share is expected to increase materially by between 20% and 30%,” Nambrew said this week.

    The increase was mainly attributable to increase production volumes supplied to Heineken South Africa that mitigated softer Namibian volumes.

    On the net profit expected after tax, Nambrew said: “The group’s profit after tax and earnings per share for the period ended 30 June 2017 is expected to decrease materially by between 10% and 20% compared to the previous year.”

    The decreases were mainly attributable to the increase in equity losses from the group’s associate, Heineken South Africa, resulting from an increased shareholding in that entity.

    “The equity losses have since further increased with losses incurred by Heineken South Africa resulting from the restructuring of the South Africa operations, but the current performance of Heineken South Africa is on track and in line with the original business case,” Nambrew said.

    Nambrew and Heineken entered into a joint-venture arrangement for the ownership of a brewing plant, situated in South Africa’s Gauteng province.

    Following the release of its half-year results for the period ended 30 June 2017, Nambrew reported an operating profit of N$541 million.

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    Namfisa gears up for FIM BillNamfisa gears up for FIM BillExpects imminent tabling in parliament The Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority is hopeful that the Financial Institutions Market Bill will be tabled in the last session of parliament. OGONE TLHAGE



    The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) is gearing up for the anticipated adoption of the Financial Institutions Market Bill, which it says should be tabled in parliament before the end of the year.

    This is according to its CEO, Kenneth Matomola, who spoke yesterday at the launch of its annual report for the year 2016.

    “The FIM Bill has been submitted to the legal drafters and will be finalised in the next few weeks. The Usury Act will not be replaced, however, we will be working on a Consumer Protection Bill over the next three years. The bills have gone through various processes and have been submitted to the ministry of finance. We are confident the bills will be tabled in parliament.”

    Changes to the regulation of non-banking financial institutions were first mooted in 2012.

    Commenting on other developments, Matomola said time would tell whether the owners of Namfin-X, a proposed alternative to the Namibia Stock Exchange, would appeal the High Court’s dismissal of its application to register as the secondary bourse.

    Namfin-X had approached the High Court to challenge a decision by Namfisa not register it as an alternative stock exchange. Matomola would not be drawn into commenting and said that the matter was sub judice.

    When asked to comment on proposed changes to its levy structure, Matomola said the finance ministry had been engaged and the process was ongoing.

    “Consultations are ongoing with the ministry of finance with regards to the levies. I am unable to shed more light and the board needs to make recommendations to the minister on the matter,” Matomola said.

    Namfisa reported a loss of N$44 million for its financial year ended 31 March 2017.

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Angola poll outcome rejected
  • Angola poll outcome rejectedAngola poll outcome rejectedOpposition parties vow to contest ruling party's win Four political parties that contested the August 23 election in Angola have united to challenge the outcome. Angola's Electoral Commission declared Wednesday that the ruling MPLA party had won last month's election, in a victory that allows outgoing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to install a party loyalist in his place after 38 years in power.

    The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) garnered 61.7% of the vote, and 150 of the 220 seats in parliament, the head of the CNE electoral commission, Andre da Silva Neto, said in announcing the final results.

    Dos Santos, 75, who has ruled since 1979 and is reportedly in poor health, will hand over to former defence minister Joao Lourenco at the presidential inauguration on September 25.

    The opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) won 26.6% of the vote and 51 parliamentary seats, while Casa-CE managed 9.5% with 16 seats.

    Along with two smaller groups, the opposition parties said they would challenge the results of what they have called an “unconstitutional and illegal” vote in court.

    On Sunday, the four defeated opposition parties had called for a recount of the August 23 vote, alleging that ballot boxes and voter forms had disappeared.

    The electoral commission rejected the demand.

    “The country is at a crossroads because the conduct, transparency and validity of the electoral process is being called into question,” said Claudio Silva, a spokesman for the opposition.

    “We consider that the practices of the CNE are a violation of democracy and the rule of law,” he added.

    A Unita delegate to the CNE confirmed it would file a challenge with Angola's constitutional court.

    If the electoral commission upholds the results, “we will turn to other measures prescribed by the constitution,” said Estevao Tachiungo, indicating that protests could be held.

    But the claims of violations were dismissed by Lourenco late Wednesday, who accused the opposition of “spoiling the people's party”.

    “These political groups, by protesting in their sole interests against these so-called procedural irregularities, have violated electoral laws,” he said.

    “Their attempts at inciting civil disobedience show that they do no respect the popular will as expressed at the ballot boxes.”

    Human Rights Watch Southern Africa has urged the incoming president to “urgently implement much-needed human rights reforms” in the oil-producing country, which suffered years of civil war that ended in 2002.

    “He should support free press and association, and ensure that all Angolans are able to express their political views without fear of reprisal or intimidation,” said regional director Dewa Mavhinga.

    “Opposition parties' claims that elections were marred by irregularities, such as the disappearance of ballot boxes, should be promptly investigated by a competent and impartial body,” he added.

    The MPLA had predicted it would win easily, but the result showed a decline in support from the 2012 election.

    The country of 28.8 million population is battling high poverty levels and has suffered from a slump in crude prices in recent years.



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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Malema graduates from Unisa
  • Malema graduates from UnisaMalema graduates from Unisa Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and some members of his party leadership and his family attended his graduation ceremony at the University of South Africa on Wednesday evening.

    Unisa principal and vice-chancellor Prof Mandla Makhanya made special mention of Malema during his welcoming address at the ceremony‚ at which the university awarded seven doctorates and numerous other degrees and diplomas.

    Malema was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in philosophy.

    “Let me make special mention of Julius Malema‚ the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters. He is also a member of parliament. He is receiving an honours degree‚“ Makhanya said.

    He said Malema graduated last year with his bachelor's degree.

    Makhanya said if Malema could make it despite his busy schedule as a politician‚ there was no excuse for other students not to work hard to obtain their qualifications.

    Makhanya also welcomed Malema's wife‚ Mantoa‚ his grandmother‚ Sarah Malema‚ and his cousins who attended the ceremony.

    He also welcomed the leadership of the EFF which attended the ceremony‚ including deputy president Floyd Shivambu‚ secretary general Godreech Gardee and spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.



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    Namibians queue up for everything!Namibians queue up for everything! I just don’t get why Namibians prefer queuing up for almost anything under the sun. Okay, let me rephrase that – why are we made to queue up for everything? Where is the logic in telling someone who can hardly breathe, to wait in line because ‘he came last’ and ‘there were others before him’?

    I am done with queues and will not queue up even if my life depended on it! All my life, I have obeyed rules. Yeah, I was a good boy – always helpful to the elderly and never too tired to lend a hand to a neighbour in distress (Thank you Clarence Carter).

    After having been made to queue for something, one just gets so tired of the hassles and drama of queues and I for one, have decided to give up such a ‘hobby’.

    After shopping around for what appears to be hours with my better half, who by the way thinks shopping is a hobby, I kindly excused myself.

    I had to find a way to pass the time as I knew she would shop the whole day and still argues that the 24 hours the Lord provided for us per day are just not enough to get everything done. Where is Steve Harvey when you need him the most?

    The only place that was in close proximity to where we were shopping, and where I could hide for an hour undisturbed – was the Wernhil Park shopping mall lavatory facilities. Well, I didn’t really need them, but thought they could prove to be a good cover for when Madam starts to look for me!

    I made my way into the gallery of the cloakroom and lo and behold; there was a queue of at least seven men waiting their turn to use the lavatory.

    I couldn’t believe my eyes. At first I thought maybe something had happened in the toilet – you know like someone was killed, or beaten up to a pulp, or something in that line.

    I however came to the sad realisation that all these grown adults were waiting their turn to use the facilities, and I had to join the queue too! It was going to be a long wait in the toilet gallery as we watched the closed doors swinging open one by one and another going in.

    I tell you, it was indeed a long wait. The problem was that none of us could actually admit to what we were queuing up for. Therefore, none of us even dared starting up a conversation with the rest. In fact, I overheard someone having difficulty explaining his whereabouts to his wife.

    “Honey, I can’t talk now…I am waiting for my turn…,” he said.

    “Your turn to do what? Didn’t you say you were going to use the lavatory?”

    “Yes honey, but we are all waiting. One guy is busy now. Once he finishes, then another will enter… I am fourth in the line honey.”

    “Don’t play with me Donald… into what are you waiting to enter?

    “Honey, can’t really talk now… these guys may take my place and enter first….”

    The funny thing about queuing up is that you are forced into conversations with absolute strangers – many of whom you have nothing in common with. But this was no ordinary queue! What in heaven’s name do I say to the dude next to me? “Hey buddy, don’t worry your turn will come soon?” Or perhaps ask, “Is this your first time?”

    I bet the guy who is privileged to be inside the cloakroom will be thinking of those in the gallery and wonder how he could cut his ‘visit’ short to accommodate us all!

    It also wouldn’t be strange to hear someone shouting “Ekse my broer, hurry up please my brother…please tog my broer.”

    While the person would really be sympathetic to your cause, I guess there are just certain things you cannot rush through.

    So, one by one they go in and out of the cloakroom. And one by one they come out of it, wash their hands and put on a ‘you ask me how it was and I will show you how good Mike Tyson was in his heyday’ face as he walks past you.

    Whatever the reasoning, there are just certain things that need no queuing up for.

    Until then…

    Tjatindi@gmail.com

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  • 09/07/17--15:00: Who should lead Swapo?
  • Who should lead Swapo?Who should lead Swapo? With a little over two months left before the much-anticipated Swapo elective congress, the ruling party is yet to declare the campaign window open. There is so much at stake at this year's congress and judging by the all-out jostling for positions at district and regional conferences, the congress is expected to be a major showdown. The question is: will acting party president Hage Geingob ascend to the presidency to complete his political comeback that started with his election as Swapo vice-president in 2007, or are we in for a major surprise? Who will land the vice-president's position as well as the powerful secretary-general post? The party though is way behind schedule when it comes to congress preparations, as not all regional conferences have been endorsed by the central committee. In the coming weeks we are expected to see interesting developments including aspiring candidates finally coming out of their cocoons to campaign for congress votes. Although many leaders in Swapo traditionally like to play their cards close to their chests, there are clearly many influential outsiders pulling the strings and this makes the countdown to the end of the year an interesting journey. The silly season is indeed upon us and there will be outright lies, unrealistic campaign promises and smear campaigns as different factions square off in the run up to congress. It is unfortunate that Swapo has adopted a secretive culture, which discourages mature and constructive debates on issues of the day. Aspiring politicians need to show that they have a credible vision for the future of this country. Although it is up to Swapo delegates to determine which candidate best understands and supports the role of the ruling party, their congress and subsequent outcome affects us all. Our lives and destiny are in the hands of Swapo, without a doubt. We will catch a cold every time Swapo coughs. Our advice to the ruling party is that they should allow candidates to campaign openly and encourage a climate of open, free and fair competition during the “silly season”.

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