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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Lack of money limits future sport starsLack of money limits future sport starsClubs need funds to compete Sport commissioner Monica Shapwa says a lack of money is hampering sport in the country. The junior national rugby team would have done better at the recent World Rugby Under-20 Trophy if it had enough funds to prepare, sport commissioner Monica Shapwa has said.

    Shapwa, who accompanied the team to Uruguay where the event took place from 29 August to 10 September, said the biggest challenge facing sports in the country was the lack of money.

    “I am confident that if there was enough money, the team could have prepared better. But we all know that money is hampering our potential future stars in our country because we are simply compromising so much when it comes to preparing our athletes,” she said. Namibia ended fourth overall, just as it did in Zimbabwe last year. Describing the competition as “tough”, Shapwa added that the Namibians did well in spite of unbearable weather conditions that saw the final match between Japan and Portugal abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. She said there was a lot of talent in the current squad, which would definitely go far in the sport.

    “The technical staff played a huge role too. The coaches ensured that everyone was fit and gave a good account of themselves at the championship.” Shapwa stated that the Namibia Rugby Union and the players' parents should be applauded for having done what they did with little money. “A big thanks to all parents who assisted financially and emotionally to the realisation of this tournament.” She said the event was well organised and she thanked the people of Uruguay for their hospitality.

    “Even with language barriers, sport really just unites people.”

    Namibia's Cliven Loubser was selected as one of the top three best players at the competition.

    Namibia finished second in Pool A on 10 points and faced Pool B runners-up Uruguay for third-place playoff. Uruguay won 34-12.

    In their pool games, Namibia beat Canada 31-16 and improved on that with a 33-19 win against Chile. The Namibians lost to Japan 33-13 in their last pool game.


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    Arsenal must decide if they want successArsenal must decide if they want success Arsenal must go into their Europa League campaign with the intention of winning the tournament or set themselves different priorities for the season, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said.

    The London side host Germany's Cologne in Europe's second-tier competition today and Cech, who won the title with Chelsea in the 2012-13 season, said the club must take a call on how they approach the tournament.

    “You make your decision,” he told London's Evening Standard.

    “At Chelsea, we were really disappointed to have been knocked out of the group stage (of the Champions League) but we decided that for the first time and the last time, hopefully, we play in the Europa League so we want to win.

    “Either you take it seriously and you go to win it and you give yourself the chance to do it or you give yourself different priorities and see how it goes.”

    Arsenal, fifth in the Premier League last season, missed qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and coach Arsene Wenger has indicated the club could focus on winning their first league title since 2004 this year.

    Wenger, who has suggested he may rest key players in Europa League matches, will have to take a call on fielding striker Alexis Sanchez against the German side. The Chilean was jeered by sections of the crowd at the Emirates Stadium during his brief appearance as a substitute in the 3-0 league win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

    However, Cech said Sanchez, who was linked with a move to rivals Manchester City in the summer, was committed to the team's cause.

    “I spoke with Alexis and he wants to win,” Cech said.

    “Sometimes people say 'he does this, he does that' but I think in a way, he is a guy who plays with all his passion and all his heart.”


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    Man United part of 'second level'Man United part of 'second level'Mourinho avoids complacency Manchester United cannot be considered among the top band of teams in the Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho insisted after his side brushed aside Basel 3-0 on their competition return. Goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford sandwiched Romelu Lukaku's first goal in the competition proper as United opened their Group A campaign in straightforward fashion on Tuesday.

    There were eye-catching wins elsewhere with Barcelona beating Juventus 3-0, big-spending Paris Saint-Germain crushing Celtic 5-0 and Mourinho said United could not currently be considered in the same bracket.

    “I think for these teams that you are speaking of and for the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and Bayerns, the Champions League starts in February,” Mourinho told reporters at Old Trafford.

    “Now is just the warming up. And in February, when us English teams are trying to survive after the winter period, they are fresh and ready after these warm-ups.

    “For them this is a warm-up. I think we are in the second level. The second level is, let's qualify, let's make the points to qualify for the knockout phase. When we do that, let's enjoying playing against the big guys.”

    Having spent last season picking a path to glory in the Europa League, which enabled them to qualify for the Champions League, this was United's first game in the top continental competition since December 2015.

    An injury to Paul Pogba aside, United could scarcely have asked for a more straightforward reintroduction to a tournament they have won three times.

    But Mourinho criticised his players for easing off after Lukaku's 53rd-minute header put them 2-0 up, accusing them of playing “PlayStation football” decorated by unnecessary “flicks and tricks”.

    Pogba left the stadium on crutches after being forced off in the 18th minute.

    “I don't know, obviously, but by experience, just by looking and feeling, it's a hamstring,” Mourinho said. “Big, small, I don't know.”

    It was an untimely end to Pogba's first match as United captain, but the France midfielder's departure had the beneficial side-effect of bringing Fellaini into the fray.

    So often derided for his perceived lack of coordination, the bushy-haired Belgian was United's best player, opening the scoring in the 35th minute with a bullet header from Ashley Young's right-wing cross.

    After his international team-mate Lukaku had added a second, Fellaini turned provider late on, rolling the ball back from the byline on the right for Rashford to scuff home.

    Fellaini was jeered by some United supporters last season after conceding a late penalty that enabled Everton to rescue a 1-1 draw in a Premier League game at Goodison Park in December.

    But Mourinho said that had been the former Everton player's only misstep in their year-long association.

    “To remember a Fellaini bad performance I have to go back to last season in the beginning and it was not even a bad performance,” Mourinho said.

    “Just a naive mistake when he made a penalty in the last minute at Goodison Park. Fellaini's contributions are always positive. He's a very important player for me.”

    Swiss champions Basel have now gone nine European games without victory, but coach Raphael Wicky was reluctant to criticise his players.

    “We can learn. This is what I said to my team after the final whistle,” he said.

    “I saw a team that was alive, that was suffering and fighting together until the 90th minute.

    “What I didn't like was that at the beginning we seemed a bit scared, particularly when we had the ball. But I never saw the team fall apart. There was commitment and hard work until the final whistle.”


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    Indo-Pacific league takes shape with ARU helpIndo-Pacific league takes shape with ARU help Australian and Indo-Pacific rugby chiefs are working to collaborate on a new league initiated by mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest that will allow Super Rugby stars to feature, it was announced yesterday.

    Plans for the competition were flagged by the billionaire founder and chairman of Fortescue Metals this month after Western Force lost an appeal against their controversial axing from Super Rugby.

    Forrest said the new league, due to start next year, would initially feature six teams, with the Perth-based Force one of them.

    The other five would come from either Singapore, Hong Kong, Samoa, Fiji, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Tonga or Kuala Lumpur.

    In a breakthrough, Forrest revealed he was in negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to ensure players who compete in his league will also be eligible to play Super Rugby and represent the Wallabies.

    This would involve the Indo-Pacific Rugby Championship (IPRC) selecting its schedule to avoid direct clashes with Super Rugby.

    The plan is to allow ARU contracted players to sign up to the Indo-Pacific league for four months each year, encouraging Australians playing in Europe, or those considering leaving, to instead join the new competition and still be eligible to play for Australia.

    Currently, only overseas-based Australians who have played a minimum 60 Tests can be selected for the Wallabies.

    In return, the IPRC would work with the ARU to grow grassroots rugby while attracting sponsorship and broadcaster interest from the booming Asia-Pacific.

    It would also help to develop player, coach and referee skills in the region.

    “We envision the future of rugby union as a most popular global competition in the fastest-growing consumer market in the world, where over 60 percent of the world's people live in the same time zone,” Forrest said.

    “We are now consulting with sovereign governments, international broadcasters, media organisations and other global businesses, with great interest in the Indo-Pacific, as well as Australia's leading coaches and players, both here and overseas.”

    The West Australian newspaper said the teams would likely be made up of internationals, Pacific Islanders, expat Australian and New Zealanders and some local players in an attempt to keep all sides on a level playing field.

    The ARU confirmed it was in talks with Forrest.

    “ARU is involved in collaborative discussions with Andrew Forrest and his Minderoo team and we look forward to continuing these discussions over the coming weeks,” said chairman Cameron Clyne.

    “We do not wish to comment on the specifics of any proposed new competitions while these discussions are at a preliminary stage.

    “ARU remains committed to maintaining a strong rugby presence in Western Australia and will explore all options in this regard.”

    SANZAAR, the governing body of Super Rugby, decided to reduce the competition to 15 teams from next year after the unwieldy four-conference 18-team model lost favour with fans and led to a slump in television viewers. Two South African teams were also axed.


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    PZN: Namibia's premium panelbeaterPZN: Namibia's premium panelbeaterCar mad and customer oriented People follow names and PZN Panelbeaters is one of those names... you know you are going to get good service and the best quality job. You won't easily find many people more passionate about cars than Dippies Dippenaar. Out of a wildly successful career in motorsport, he went on to establish himself and his company, PZN Panelbeaters as one of the preferred panelbeating shops in this highly competitive industry and this, he says, is all thanks to their culture of excellence at every aspect.

    “Over the years, we've introduced a range of systems and quality control procedures that ensure that every part of a repair, whether it is our interactions with the clients or the physical work being done, is executed to the highest levels of craftmanship and care,” Dippenaar said during a visit to the impressive workshop in Windhoek's Northern Industrial Area.

    With over 3 000 square metres of workshop space, the latest in panelbeating, spraypainting and chassis-straightening technology, and an all-star crew of technicians, PZN has become synonymous with quality and customer care, and to achieve what their slogan say ,”Where customers send their friends.” They have also invested in a proper chassis repair system for trucks which allows them to execute and complete all major repairs on trucks and trailers. On top of that, PZN Panelbeaters also has its own tow-in vehicles which make PZN Panelbeaters almost a one-stop repair shop.

    “We have gained many loyal customers over the years, who have, thanks to their positive experiences, gone on to recommend us to their friends and family, who in turn have then become loyal customers in their own right.”

    Dippenaar also added that this comes down to not only having the right skills, products and equipment, but also constant up-skilling and training to ensure that his team are always at the top of their game and that they know of the latest industry developments.

    PZN is an approved body shop for all major manufacturers and is accredited with all insurance companies. This doesn't come easily and requires vast investments in skilled personnel, training, equipment, and of course, using only the best parts and products, such as Glasurit automotive paints,” he added.

    With its superior colour-matching technology, excellent paint quality and expert support from local distributor Hemco Paints, Glasurit products play a key role in the success of Namibia's leading auto repairers. That is the reason why Glasurit was the natural choice, and, coupled with the amazing support of the experts at Hemco Paints, it allows PZN to give their clients' cars the best quality of products.

    With his team's skills regularly being tested at the highest level during motorsport competitions, their speed, attention to detail and level of competency has helped them achieve an organisational efficiency within PZN Panelbeaters.

    Get in touch with PZN Panelbeaters on 061 217421 or visit their premises in Anton Rupert Street in Windhoek's Northern Industrial Area for an obligation-free quote, and you too could be sending your friends their way soon.

    Yochanaan Coetzee

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  • 09/13/17--15:00: Ricky's car show gone viral
  • Ricky's car show gone viralRicky's car show gone viralLocal cars will never be the same again Give us one reason why your car should look the way its manufacturer coloured it in… It was a day to be remembered and it is fast becoming one of the most sought-after events on the car-crazies' calendar. Gates opened at 08:00 Saturday morning 9 September. Five categories were staged and 30 trophies were on offer to be won.

    Of course, it was Rick's annual custom show.

    Ricky's Custom Car shop invited all local car customisers to show their cleanest ride, with a special guest in Cape Stance - “one of my friends that always has my back,” according to Ricky - also attended the show all the way from Cape Town. Showcasing South African automotive culture, they will also be hosting their annual car show in Cape Town in December and are expecting not only a visit from Ricky, but also from a few local rides.

    Cape Stance was set as the judge of the different categories and the hosted an Air Suspension contest. They had categories such as low limbo, best stance car, best old-school car and hidden categories. Ricky and his team also showed the crowed why they are the best in town since day one, by doing a Live BMW F30 build in under 40 minutes… simply amazing.

    Shake 72 entertained the car lovers with good music. A play area was reserved for the little ones to have fun as well. Carlton's car wash Fine Touch kept all rides shiny and clean and GoTV had a live broadcast. Competitive simulation car gaming gave both young and old a chance to compete for a trophy and prize money in games such as Gran Tourismo. A remote control car track was built to compete.

    Ricky, 38, said he does an annual show every year trying to set the bar higher and make the stakes bigger for his competitors in the industry. Ricky chose Ramatex located at the Otjomuise suburb in Windhoek because it is the biggest indoor venue he could find in the city. He says it always has been his dream to customise rides, and had a love for customising cars since he was a teenager. He picked it up from his dad who was a mechanic.

    “I always loved cars and looked at them from another angle. The reason why I'm doing these car shows is to showcase not only my work but also the upcoming customisers what they can be capable of. And of course, to see the beauty of rides close up,” he said. Ricky says he stays on top of his game by having good contacts and suppliers from overseas and always doing research on the latest tricks.

    Yes, the bar was set very high for Alois hosting his third annual show Midnight Tokyo from 7 to 8 October 2017.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: New NCAP tests
  • New NCAP testsNew NCAP tests Since its establishment in 1997, Euro NCAP has been the catalyst for significant and sustained advances in automotive safety.

    In September 2017, the safety organisation celebrates its 20th anniversary and has announced a series of new safety tests set to be implemented from 2020.

    According to organisers: “Today, during our 20th Anniversary celebrations, Euro NCAP launches its Road Map 2025, setting out for the first time the programme's priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience.

    “As our Road Map 2025 makes clear, Euro NCAP will challenge vehicle manufacturers to offer the best possible technology as standard in all segments and countries, protecting not only car occupants of all ages but also increasingly addressing the safety of other more vulnerable road users.”

    New car safety tests:

    Primary Safety

    Driver Monitoring (2020), Automatic Emergency Steering (2020, 2022), Autonomous Emergency Braking (2020, 2022), Vehicle to Vehicle Data Exchange and Vehicle to Infrastructure (2024)

    Secondary Safety

    Whiplash/Rear-end Crash Protection (2020), Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety (2022)

    Tertiary Safety

    Rescue, Extrication and Safety (2020), Child Presence Detection (2022)

    Euro NCAP President, Pierre Castaing, said: “Safety has come a long way sinace we started testing cars 20 years ago and consumers now see it as a key aspect of their purchasing decision.

    “Many predict that the car and our personal mobility will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 100. Going forward, one of Euro NCAP's vital roles will be to offer clear, impartial guidance on these emerging and increasingly automated technologies, whilst also raising awareness of their significant life saving benefits.”


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    14 hacks for your car that work!14 hacks for your car that work! 1. Got a hole in your fuel tank? Use toffee as a temporary fix.

    It pays to have a few toffees in the car on the off chance your fuel tank springs a leak. For a temporary fix before seeing your local mechanic, chew the toffee until it sticks to your teeth. When this happens chew it further to flatten it out. With a rag wipe the area around the leak until it is as dry as possible and then apply the toffee.

    2. Need to clean cloudy headlights? Use Toothpaste.

    Yes it's true, toothpaste (especially whitening) can clean foggy headlights. For this one you'll definitely need to bring your elbow grease. Apply toothpaste to the plastic lens cover with a cloth and thoroughly rub it in all over the lens. Then rinse off completely with clean water and dry. For further protection use a furniture polish or car wax with UV protection.

    3. No cup holder? No problem, use a shoe!

    If your car is from the dark ages you may not have the luxury of using inbuilt cup holders. To that I say NAY! Why not use one of your sneakers? By the gear shift or on the seat it will work perfectly giving your drink more stability. Thirst = quenched.

    4. Can't get your registration sticker off? Use wet newspaper.

    Out-of-date registration stickers are very irritating! Sometimes they can feel like they've been set in the glass when trying to take them off. But no need to worry; some wet newspaper will do the trick. Use warm water and place the newspaper over the sticker for 10 minutes. This lets the warm water penetrate the sticker and will almost fall off into your hands.

    5. Rip your fingers to shreds trying to put a key on a key ring? Use a staple remover.

    Do you find it hard to get keys on a key ring or do they tear up your fingers and finger nails? Then it's time to upgrade to the ultimate in key ring helping technology, a staple remover. Put the teeth of the staple remover in between the two rings, then press down and watch them separate.

    6. Picked up pizza for dinner? Use your seat warmer to keep it hot.

    This one is pretty self-explanatory… Do you have the luxury of using a seat warmer in your car? Well good for you! If you're ever picking up pizza turn the seat warmer on for the drive home. The result, no were cold pizza.

    7. Bang your doors in the garage wall? Use half a pool noodle.

    This is a cheap and effective way to stop having to worry about how close your door is to the garage wall when getting in and out of your car. Cut the tube in half and either glue, nail or bolt the tube at the specific height your door meets the wall.

    8. No paint for small chips and scratches? Use the closest nail polish.

    Park a little too close to the car next to you and while you were at the supermarket they left a little present for you? We can't fix poor judgement in a few minutes but we can fix that scratch with nail polish. Of course it needs to be as close as possible to your car's colour. This may be the only option if you're unable to obtain or don't own the particular colour from the manufacturer.

    9. Hang a tennis ball at the back of your garage roof as a parking guide.

    If you have trouble gauging the distance between the front or back of your car and the garage wall when parking then this is for you. You'll need two screw hooks, string or yarn and a tennis ball. To start have your vehicle parked in the right position. Then, using a ladder and the string, measure the distance between the roof and the middle of your windscreen, add an extra foot (for knot tying) then cut. Once this is done you can put together the guide by screwing the first hook into the tennis ball and the other into your roof directly above the middle of your windscreen and then tie the string to each hook.

    The tennis ball should sit nicely in the middle of your windscreen. If it doesn't, untie one of the knots and adjust the height using the additional length.

    10. Use a plunger to remove small dents.

    This hack is fairly self-explanatory. If you have a small dent on one of your car panels you can use a plunger to try and get it out. When pulled back the suction of the plunger also pulls the dented part of the panel forward and back into place.

    11. No cleaning products in site? Use a razor blade to clean your windscreen.

    Many of us don't have the luxury of a living close to a petrol station. So we don't have close access to a squeegee bin and water for cleaning your windscreen. Most of the time it won't be too clean anyway so you're probably better off putting this hack into action. A simple but useful tool, a razor blade can do the job effortlessly. Keep one stashed away in your glovebox and use it to scrape off any dirt or bugs that try to go through your windscreen. Plus you never know, it may come in handy for other situations.

    12. Use a sticky pad on your dashboard to keep your gadgets in one place.

    Sticky mats are a great tool for keeping your gadgets in one place on your dashboard. No more phones flying around the car when going around corners! The sticky mat is also perfect if you're unable to mount your GPS to the windscreen.

    13. Replace broken fan belt with pantyhose

    First let's start off by saying that if your fan belt is broken, we recommend you call your nearest service centre to see if your car can be towed to their workshop. But if you're in a situation where calling your nearest workshop is not an option (and willing to take the risk) then you can replace a broken fan belt with stockings for a temporary fix. This may be more difficult in newer cars with numerous other components in the way but it has been done.

    14. Boost the range of your car remote by holding it to your head.

    Does your car remote lack the range needed for it to actually be useful? One way to increase the range of the remote is to hold it underneath your chin. I know it sounds crazy but it actually works and should add a few car lengths to the remote's capable distance.


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    Oonganga dhiikengelela inadhi pewa ombolohaOonganga dhiikengelela inadhi pewa omboloha Aakwashigwana yaali yaUganda mboka yakala ya hiila egumbo moKhomasdal na okwa dhidhilikwa kutya oyeli oonganga dhopamuthigululwakalo dhiikengelela, okwa tindilwa omboloha mOmaandaha.

    Geofrey Mugwari naJackie Ssematimba (yoomvula dhaashiwike) oya tindilwa omboloha sho ya holoka komeho yamangestrata gwaVenduka, Celma Amadhila.

    Omufali gwiihokolola mompangulilo, Ntelamo Laura Mabuku okwa pataneke egandjo lyomboloha kaakwashigwana mboka ta popi kutya kaye na uuthemba wo kukala moNamibia molwaashoka kaye na omikanda dhokukala moshilongo.

    Okwa popi kutya ope na ompito onene mboka yaye ontuku okuza moshilongo uuna ya mangululwa. Oya ningi endilo lyomukalelipo gwopaveta gwepangelo.

    Mboka yaali oya tulwa miipandeko momasiku ga 6 gaSepetemba mo-2017, taya tamanekelwa epogolo lyOmpango yOmatembu moshilongo yomomvula yo-1993 sho yeli moshilogo shaaheli paveta oshowo nokulongela moshilonoa yaana epitikilo.

    Otaya tamanekelwa woo epogolo lyOmpango yUundjolowele omolwa egandjo lyomiti kaantu nokuwenda aantu yaahena epitikilo.

    Oshipotha shawo oshuundulilwa komasiku 9 gaKotomba.

    Kwiikwatelewa kolopota ndjoka ya pitithwa koshifokundaneki shoNew Era, oya holola kutya mboka oyali ya tseyitha iipindi yawo moshifo shoka, nomayakulo gawo oga kwatelamo ngaashi okusindana iipotha yoompangu, okusindana omashina nekuthemo lyomategelelo.

    Sho ya pulwa kopolisi oya popi kutya kaye shi oonganga dhopamuthigululwakalo shili.

    Opolisi oya kwatako iinima mbyoka ya kala tayi longithwa mokupanga ngaashi iipa nooniga dhiinamwenyo, uudhila wa sa, omayoka ga sa, omayi, oongwiya, oopela oshowo omalehita.


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    NHE a ndopa okutunga omagumboNHE a ndopa okutunga omagumbo Omupresidende Hage Geingob ota ku popiwa kutya okwa gandja uuyelele wa puka moshigwana, sho a popi moshipopiwa she shokomumvo kutya, okwa tungwa omagumbo ge vulithe po-5000 omvula ya piti.

    Pethimbo lyoshipopiwa she shokomumvo muApilili, omupresidende okwa popi kutya omagumbo geli o5 554 oga pu okutungwa momvula yotango sho kwa tulwa miilonga oHarambee Prosperity Plan, naashoka osha li mo-2016.

    Nonando ongaaka ehangano lyoNational Housing Enterprise (NHE), ndyoka olyo li na oshinakugwanithwa shokutunga omagumbo gondando yopevi moshilongo, olya popi kutya inaku tungwa egumbo nando olimwe, konima nkene omukomeho gwehangano ndyoka nale, Vinson Hailulu a zi miilonga muAguste gwo-2015.

    Omundungethaneko yOmupresidende Geingob yoHarambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) otayi tengeneke okutunga omagumbo ga thika po-20 000. Otayi ka wapaleka ooplota 27 000 nokutunga uundjugo momikunda wuli po-50 000, okuya pehulilo lyo-2017.

    Omunambelewa omupopiliko gwoNHE, Eric Libongani oshiwike shika okwa koleke kutya ehangano lyawo inali tula miilonga opoloyeka yawo yetungo lyomagumbo okutameka muAguste gwo-2015.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando ongaaka otaya longo neitulemo okutula miilonga omukalo gwoopoloyeka dhomagumbo, tagu pitile mo Request for Proposals (RFP), mokaNHE ta kala mekwatathano nomahangano gopaumwene opo ku vule okumonika iiyemo yetungo lyomagumbo ngoka moshilongo ashihe.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa ningwa omaindilo 54 metungo lyomagumbo goshitopolwa shotango.

    Omvula ya piti, NHE okwa tseyitha kutya omukalo gwoRFP otagu ka tunga omagumbo teli po-5 000, kongushu yoshimaliwa shobiliyona 2.

    Ethimbo ndyoka AaChina oshowo omahangano gamwe oga gandja omaindilo gawo.

    Libongani okwa popi kutya moshitopolwa shotango, otamu okwa tungwa omagumbo ga thika po-400, na inaku yelithwa natango kutya aatungi oolye.

    Onzo yimwe yomeni oya popi kutya, oyuuvitithwe nayi keendokashona lyetungo lyomagonbo oshowo ehulithepo lyopoloyeka yomass housing project. Okwa popi kutya pethimbo lyelelo lyaHailulu, okwa tungwa omagumbo ga thika po-3 500, kohi yopoloyeka yomass housing project muule woomwedhi 10 no 11.

    “Ngele opoloyeka ndjoka oya li pewa ekwatho lyiiyemo nawa andola NHE ota vulu okutunga omagumbo gathika po-20 000 mopoloyeka ndjoka.”

    Oonzo ndjoka oya tsikile kutya Afrika oye omutondi gwe mwene molwaashoka okwa simaneka unene opolotika pehala lyiinima yonkalathano yaakwashigwana.

    Onzo oya zimine kutya opoloyeka ndjoka yomass housing oya li yi na uupyakadhi shili, ihe oshihwepo sho ya li ya gandja oompito dhiilonga kaantu naantu ya thika po-25 000 oya mono omauwanawa mopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Epangelo okupitila mUuministeli wEyambulepo lyOondoolopa nIitopolwa otali ndopa okutopola omagumbo ngoka ga tungwa.

    Okuya pehulilo lyomwedhi Juli, omagumbo goopresenda 87,ngoka taga vulu okulandwa nomikuli kaga li ge na aantu, omanga goopresenda 31, ngoka taga vulu okulandwa nomauwanawa gomagumbo gaaniilonga, inaga mona ooyene.

    Omuleli pethimbo lyoshipopiwa she okwa popi kutya omagumbo ogendji ka ge na aantu, omolwa omukalo gokulundululila omagumbo komadhina gooyene, tagu ende kashona. Okwa tsikile kutya epangelo olye otali longo pamwe naamboka ye na oshinakugwanithwa shoka nokukwashilipaleka kutya omukalo ngoka ogweendelelithwa.

    Momasiku 12 Apilili oshowo 24 gaApilili ombelewa ye oya shangele NHE omukanda, tayi pula etulo miilonga lyomulandu ngoka tagu endelelitha egandjo lyomagumbo ngoka gaana aantu.

    Geingob natango okwa ningi ekwatathano naMinista Sophia Shaningwa moshikumungu shoka, naShaningwa okwa pula aaniilonga muuministeli we yeendelelithe egandjo lyomagumbo. Okuuvitike kutya muuministeli owa kutha ko oshinakugwanithwa shokutopolwa omagumbo, okuza koNHE.


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    Omukalimo gwomOkapya ta pula iimaliwa ye kUuministeli wIilongaOmukalimo gwomOkapya ta pula iimaliwa ye kUuministeli wIilonga Nambinga okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya okwa kambadhala okukonga omayamukulo komalelo gomondjila mwakwatelwa nUuministeli wIilonga nOmalweendo ihe ina mona omayamukulo.

    Nambinga okwa popi kutya okwa li a pewa evi lye ndyoka kuhe omanga a li omumati omushona, na omanga ondjila ndjoka inayi tameka okutungwa mo-1995.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa li a yelitha kutya omolwashike kali po sho ondjila ya tungwa na okwa yelitha kutya okwa li omunaskola mOshakati ethimo ndyoka, na kape na gumwe gwomofamili ye a ningi endilo lyiimaliwa mbyoka pehala lye. Uuministeli wIilonga owa longo ondjila yoteya yookilometa 5 okuza mOshikuku omanga onkwawo yuule wookilometa 30 yi li ondjila yomamanya.

    Okuza mo-2010, epangelo okupitila mehangano lyoRoad Authority olya longo nduno ondjila ndjoka ya kala yomamanya na oya tulwa oteya, na oya manwa konima yoomvula mbali.

    Nambinga okwa popi kutya ondhalate yoloogolo lwepya lye oya kuthwa ko ihe inaku gandjwa iifuta yasha. Okwa popi kutya epya olya kuthwa ko oshowo ehala lyuulithilo.

    Okwa popi kutya sho a yi koombelewa hoka a ka pule okwa lombwelwa kutya aantu ayehe oya futwa ihe ina lombwelwa kombinga yiifuta ye.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa kambadhala okumona omayamukulo okuza kehangano lyoRA ihe oombaapila dhe ndhoka a kala nokushanga inadhi yamukulwa. Kansela gwoshikandjo shaShikuku, Modestus Amutse mombaapila ndjoka a shanga momasiku 8 gaMei nuumvo okwa pula woo ehangano lyaRA kombinga yoshikumungu shiifuta yaNambinga shoka sha tameke mo-1995, opo shi konaakonwe.

    Sho ya ningilwa omapulo, omupopiliko gwoRA, Hileni Fillemon, okuukitha omapulo agehe kuuministeli wiilonga, ta popi kutya ondjila ndjoka oya longwa omanga ehangano lyoRA inaali totwa.

    Okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo olya tameke iilonga momvula yo-2000, nondjila ndjoka inayi longwa kehangano lyawo. Okwa tsikile kutya iifuta yondjila ndjoka oyi na okuningwa koshikondo shomalweendo muuministeli wIilonga.

    Sho ya ningilwa omapulo, omupopiliko gwuuminiteli wiilonga, Julius Ngweda ina yamukula omapulo ngoka ya ningilwa paemail, oshiwike sha piti.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: Apple releases new range
  • Apple releases new rangeApple releases new range Apple announced the release of its super-premium iPhone with a super-premium price tag, starting at US$999 (N$13 100).

    The new iPhone X - pronounced like the number 10 - will have a screen with higher resolution.

    It will also lose a distinct home button to make more room for the 5.8-inch display. That's slightly more than the Plus model's 5.5 inches, though the phone's size is closer to the regular iPhone model.

    The features are similar to what Samsung offers.

    The new design will enable new ways to interact with the phone. Instead of pressing the button to get the home page, you swipe up instead.

    Apple is also offering the ability to unlock the phone with facial recognition rather than a fingerprint or passcode. Though some Android phones offer this, Apple is adding sensors to improve performance and says it worked with mask designers during testing to improve security. An executive initially failed to unlock the phone this way in a demo on Tuesday, though.

    The new phone, which is coming November 3, will also permit animated emojis that mirror your facial movements and promises two more hours of battery life than what's in the current iPhone 7.

    Such an iPhone has been widely anticipated for the iPhone's 10th anniversary and comes just weeks after Samsung unveiled its own super-premium phone, the US$930 (12 200)-and-up Galaxy Note 8.

    IPHONE 8

    Apple is refreshing its line-up of iPhones with camera, display and speaker improvements.

    The new phones promise to shoot pictures with better colours and less distortion, particularly in low-light settings. The display will adapt to ambient lighting, similar to a feature in some iPad Pro models. Speakers will be louder and offer deeper bass.

    The new iPhone 8 will keep its predecessor's size - 4.7 inches - but have a higher starting price of US$699 (N$9 168), up from US$649 (N$8 500). The 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus starts at US$799 (N$10 500), up from US$769 (N$10 000). The new phones come out September 22

    Apple is bucking its traditional naming convention by calling the new phones iPhone 8 rather than 7S. The S designation might have given consumers the impression that the new phones are mere incremental updates from the current iPhone 7. That's especially so this year given that Apple is also expected to announce an anniversary edition with additional features and a higher price tag.

    The Plus version will continue to have two camera lenses and now has the ability to optimise lighting as you shoot.

    Both versions will allow wireless charging. Many Android phones, including Samsung's, already have this.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: SARB rate cut likely
  • SARB rate cut likelySARB rate cut likelyOpinion poll shows divergent market views Economists are not in agreement as to whether the South African Reserve Bank will cut the repo rate when its monetary policy committee meets next week. South Africa's central bank is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate by another 25 basis points next week, taking it to 6.5%, as inflation is considered likely to moderate, a Reuters poll found yesterday.

    In a survey taken in the past week, 17 of 26 economists said the Reserve Bank would cut its repo rate 25 basis points. One said it would cut 50 basis points and eight said the Bank would leave it unchanged.

    Last month, the median forecast suggested the Bank would wait until November before trimming borrowing costs and economists gave a median 50% chance of a September cut. But that likelihood rose to 55% in the latest poll.

    “September is expected to see a further easing in interest rates, as consumer inflation, and hence inflation expectations, moderate further,” said Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec.

    Africa's major central banks have entered an easing cycle to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, taking advantage of slower hikes from the Federal Reserve in United States.

    At its last meeting, in July, the Bank unexpectedly lowered its repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.75%, its first cut in five years, as slower inflation gave it room to support a sickly economy.

    Inflation is expected to average just 5.3% this year and 5.1% next, lower than last month's medians.

    “The Monetary Policy Committee has taken the opportunity lately of pushing through a small interest rate cut, and South Africa has likely entered a shallow interest-rate-cutting cycle,” Bishop said.

    The survey also forecast that the Bank would make a further cut of 25 basis points in either January or March.

    Growth is expected at 0.7% this year, 0.1 percentage point better than last month's median but next year's forecast was unchanged at 1.2%. The economy grew 0.3% last year.

    South Africa emerged from recession in the second quarter as agriculture helped the economy expand more than expected, growing 2.5% in the three months to the end of June after contracting in the previous two quarters.

    Still, the rand remains a wild card for the Bank. A separate survey last month forecast it would be 7% weaker in a year on expectations credit agencies would cut the local currency debt rating to “junk” status, ejecting it from crucial bond indexes.


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    Agribank and GIZ sign agreementAgribank and GIZ sign agreement Agribank and the GIZ this week signed a one-year agreement to support bush control and bush utilisation initiatives.

    The agreement covers five areas of cooperation and includes product development, which will see collaborative action in the development of finance products for projects geared to bush control and biomass utilisation, loans recovery assessments which will deal with bush-based value addition loans, information sharing which will touch on the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) to offer referral services, capacity building between the DAS and Agribank to jointly coordinate capacity building for bush control loans holders and monitoring and evaluation of bush control and utilisation activities both organisations said in a joint statement.

    Speaking at the signing ceremony, Agribank CEO Sakaria Nghikembua said the agreement demonstrated Agribank's resolve to play a meaningful role in the socio-economic transformation and development of Namibia.

    “We continuously strive to innovate ways and means to ensure that our products and services become more accessible to all Namibians in order to contribute to the development of agriculture in this country,” Nghikembua said. GIZ project team leader Frank Gschwender said there was great potential for a diversified industry based on Namibian encroacher bush.

    “The scope of bush encroachment is huge, estimated at more than 30 million hectares of land amounting to a total of 200 to 300 million tonnes of biomass, providing Namibia with a sheer unlimited resource which is in high demand globally.”

    According to Gschwender, the knowledge of the opportunities created through biomass utilisation is crucial for the industry to flourish.

    “This cooperation is seen as a roadmap to create financial models suited to boost the bush-based biomass industry, thereby achieve large-scale rangeland restoration,” Gschwender concluded.


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    Windhoek landmark gets new lookWindhoek landmark gets new lookOld Power Station chimney now blue and red Paratus has added its corporate colours to the Old Power Station's chimney while also fitting its LTE equipment on it. Paratus, the largest privately owned Pan African telecoms operator, has revealed the new look to the Old Power Station in Windhoek.

    Together with its subsidiary Canocopy, the distributor of Ricoh products in Namibia, Paratus upgraded the structure of this historic landmark whilst erecting its LTE equipment.

    Built in 1948, the Old Power Station is an iconic landmark situated in the southern industrial area. It provided 22.5 Megawatt of power to Windhoek before the finalisation of plans to build the Van Eck power plant in the northern industrial area.

    Paratus managing director John D'Alton said their teams spent many hours contemplating the upgrade options.

    “Not only from the structural side of the tower to erect the LTE equipment, but also from the visual side to retain the tower as a historic landmark in Windhoek.”

    In April 2016, Paratus launched its 4G LTE mobile data service across 33 base station sites in Windhoek. With the deployment of the LTE Mobile Data service, Paratus added another facet of its services towards its growing customer base.

    “When we initially started negotiating the site with the current owner early in 2015, we knew that the tower required much needed attention. Not only is the site integral to our LTE expansion plans but it is reminiscent of an era gone by, a landmark that needs to be elevated as a historically relevant site in Windhoek,” added Andrew Hall, operations executive of Paratus.

    The current owner, Gerrit Mouton, bought the property from the municipality in 2003 and established what is today known as the Old Power Station Centre. The centre houses several small businesses and is a home for budding entrepreneurs.

    Hall said it was a proud moment to see years of planning, dedication and persistence pay off.

    “We are also proud that other residents have noticed the preliminary work being done and have expressed their content with the upgraded look, although in its early phases.

    “With this, we formally plant our stake in Windhoek and finally declare that this site is now completed,” Hall said.

    “We are proud of the teams involved from both Paratus and Canocopy, as well as with the contractors. We applaud The Sign Shop and Sky Rope Maintenance for their continued support and guidance during this project,” concluded D'Alton.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: Retirement experts to meet
  • Retirement experts to meetRetirement experts to meet The Retirement Funds Institute of Namibia is having its annual retirement fund conference at The Dome in Swakopmund today and tomorrow.

    The event, with the theme 'Contemporary Developments in the Local Retirement Funds Industry', is expected to attract around 130 delegates drawn from pension funds trustees, administrators, asset managers, consultants and regulators.

    The minister of finance, Calle Schlettwein, will deliver the keynote speech, while the mayor of Swakopmund, Pauline Ndahafa Nashilundo, and the governor of Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, will welcome the delegates.

    “In line with our revised strategic thrust of becoming relevant to our members and other stakeholders, we have taken a decision to take this year's event to Erongo Region. We expect that the event will be bigger and better,” RFIN said in a statement.

    The conference will address a number of trending and pertinent issues like public-private partnerships, infrastructure investing, pension fund governance, the FIM Bill, the regulatory levy structure, the Moody's credit downgrade, geopolitics, responsible pension fund administration and sustainability of pension funds.

    “The conference seeks to look at how the retirement fund sector can responsibly respond to socio-economic, geopolitical, legal and other challenges impacting the industry. The conference resolutions are expected to help chart the future of the industry,” the statement read.

    The conference is sponsored by Kuleni Fund Administrators, Standard Bank Namibia, Ino Harith Capital as platinum sponsors, Ino Harith Capital as gold sponsor while RisCura Consulting and Allan Gray Namibia are the silver sponsors.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: Mining drives the economy
  • Mining drives the economyMining drives the economy Government collects massive taxes from sector The government received N$3.2 billion in corporate taxes and royalties from the mining sector in 2016 alone.

    This was said by the deputy minister of mines and energy, Kornelia Shilunga, at the start of the 2017 International Uranium Conference at Swakopmund on Tuesday.

    The two-day conference, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), brought together more than 120 local and international delegates to discuss matters pertaining to the uranium industry.

    During her keynote address, Shilunga said that uranium mining contributed to government revenue despite the prices of uranium declining recently.

    “Notwithstanding the present low uranium prices, the contribution of uranium mining alone, in royalties, was about N$161 million,” said Shilunga.

    She expressed satisfaction with how the Namibian mining industry has become much more responsible towards its employees, nearby communities and its surrounding environment.

    “Our local uranium mines have expended considerable efforts and costs to comply with regional and international standards for safety, health and environment such as those of the National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA),” she said.

    According to the Namibia Uranium Institute, 75% of Namibia's mining is done in national parks.

    The deputy minister pledged that the government would put in place appropriate legislation which would help to enforce, manage and limit the negative impact uranium mining had on people and the environment.

    The Husab, Langer Heinrich and Rössing uranium mines are all in the Erongo Region. Namibia is ranked as the fifth largest producer of uranium in the world.


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    German cops bust fake marriage ringGerman cops bust fake marriage ring German police on Tuesday said they have broken up a fake marriage ring that paired Portuguese women with Nigerian men who paid thousands of euros for a chance to gain EU residency.

    Police arrested five suspects, including four women, as they carried out raids in more than 40 locations across the German capital, Berlin police and prosecutors said in a statement.

    Authorities also raided homes in nearby Potsdam, Frankfurt and the eastern city of Goerlitz.

    Investigators believe the suspects recruited women in Portugal, while in Nigeria, the gang charged men up to US$15 000 for the scheme, with part of the money going to the Portuguese “brides”.

    The ring would then falsify documents such as marriage certificates.

    Armed with the fake marriage certificate, the pretend couples would meet briefly in Germany to present themselves to authorities and apply for a legal, EU residency permit for the “husband”, news agency DPA reported, quoting a police spokesperson.

    “So far we have established more than 70 cases where marriages were faked to obtain EU residency permits,” the police statement said.

    Officers seized hard drives, mobile phones and ID documents in the raids, as well as 300 000 euros in cash, according to DPA.

    German police said they worked with Europol and their Portuguese counterparts to smash the ring, and that searches also took place in Portugal.

    Faced with an influx of more than a million migrants since 2015, German authorities say they are increasingly coming across cases of counterfeit marriages as it has become more difficult for migrants from Africa and Asia to claim asylum.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: Pyongyang sanctions 'evil'
  • Pyongyang sanctions 'evil'Pyongyang sanctions 'evil'UN pushes through tight N Korean sanctions While the United Nations has imposed an eighth set of sanctions at the start of this week, US President Donald Trump says this is just the beginning. North Korea yesterday vowed to accelerate its weapons programmes in response to the 'evil' sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council following its latest and most powerful nuclear test.

    The respected 38 North website in the US raised its estimate for the yield from the explosion, which Pyongyang says was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile, to around 250 kilotons - more than 16 times the size of the device that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.

    The detonation, Pyongyang's sixth nuclear blast, prompted global condemnation and came after it carried out two intercontinental ballistic missile launches in July that appeared to bring much of the US into range.

    The UN Security Council unanimously imposed an eighth set of sanctions on the North Monday, banning it from trading in textiles and restricting its oil imports, which US President Donald Trump said was a prelude to stronger measures.

    The resolution, passed after Washington toned down its original proposals to secure backing from China and Russia, came just one month after the council banned exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to the ICBM launch.

    The North's foreign ministry condemned the new measures “in the strongest terms”, calling them a “full-scale economic blockade” driven by the US and aimed at “suffocating” its state and people.

    It was “another illegal and evil 'resolution on sanctions' piloted by the US”, it said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

    “The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence,” the ministry said, using the abbreviation for the North's official name.

    But the South's unification ministry described the statement as “the most low-key form of response from North Korea to UN Security Council resolutions”.

    Seoul conducted its first live-fire exercise of its new long-range Taurus missile in response to the nuclear test, its Air Force said.

    The German air-to-surface weapon was capable of precision strikes on key North Korean facilities even if launched from the central part of the South, it added.

    The US and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on North Korea to negotiate an end to its weapons programmes but experts are sceptical.

    US President Donald Trump said the latest measures were a “very small step - not a big deal” that must lead to tougher measures.

    “Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will happen,” Trump said, but added that it was “nice to get a 15 to nothing vote”.


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  • 09/13/17--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day UP: Hot air balloons glide in the sky during a flight over Nevsehir in Turkey's historical Cappadocia region, Central Anatolia, eastern Turkey, last week. The rides by hot air balloon start in the morning as they cannot fly at temperatures over 28 degrees Celsius and during extreme windy conditions. Cappadocia is one of the most famous tourist sites in Turkey and has been listed as a World Heritage Site in 1985. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

    *The only thing I really don't understand is whether the Chinese are untouchable. Why does the government turn a blind eye to them? We the citizens are forced to settle our outstanding tax fees and the Chinese are 100% making money without tax, and they are even not investing with our banks. We are not safe in our own land with the Chinese anymore. To the lawmakers, for how long do you have to mistreat us in our own country in favour of your Chinese friends? Are you guys not satisfied with the wealth you made with your so called Chinese?

    *We are protecting and condoning this type of undiplomatic behaviour through our bilateral relations. When do you act as a country to redress this type of behaviour in a foreign country with clear foreign do's and don'ts? Next is the ambassador of China will defend and dictate to us in our sovereign country. I trust my government, please take serious action for the sake of your citizens.


    Those are some of ministers who need to fired, like the works minister because they seem clueless when it comes to their duties and what is good for the country. Where will the money come from to bail out the RCC if the government cannot even make a payment to Neckartal Dam to be completed? Please come on our leaders, the RCC has been operating on loss for so long, just let it go.

    *In my opinion, government must just rescue the RCC just like they did to NBC because we don't want more numbers of people being added to rate of unemployment which is already high.

    *The RCC has over the years been useless and I know that even previous CEOs have been chopping money in that company. Close the thing down I am sure they are not the only Namibian contractor.

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