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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Chinese labour on cement project to be phased outChinese labour on cement project to be phased out'No Namibian has the necessary skills' Eyebrows have been raised over the large number of foreigners being employed at one project. Whale Rock Cement, currently building the second cement factory outside Otjiwarongo, says it will retain 150 out of 400 Chinese workers when the construction phase ends in early 2018.

    A spokesperson for Whale Rock Cement, Manfred /Uxamb, said this number of Chinese workers would be reduced further to 75 over a period of five years.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration had reached an agreement with the company to bring in 400 Chinese to work on the cement plant for 20 months, starting in February.

    The large number of Chinese workers on this single project raised eyebrows at the time of its announcement in July, but

    /Uxamb then justified it by saying that the constructing company, Chinese cement building giant SINOMA, was to design and build the factory with its own experts. Namibian labour would be recruited “to assist wherever needed as they [SINOMA] are doing now although the risk is entirely on them”.

    “Building of cement plants needs special skills and scientific approach due to the heavy equipment and infrastructure to be set out. That means that you need an experienced builder or contractor that must build the foundation that can carry heavy loads, buildings, cement storage, silos, and so on,” /Uxamb explained in July.

    He said a lot of the machinery imported from China to be used on the project was “of the latest design (new generation of equipment as they would call it)”, a lot of which was to be built on site.

    For this, he said, the Chinese nationals were “specifically trained” at SINOMA's Research and Design Institute in China.

    Additionally, he said, the reason for the recruitment of Chinese labour was because the project was to be completed in a short space of time.

    Last week /Uxamb said in the long run approximately 500 Namibians would be employed while the Chinese workers would be “phased out” after the construction was finalised.

    Last week /Uxamb said: “SINOMA is a specialist in cement construction and no Namibian has the skills to build a modern cement facility and for that reason Whale Rock Cement has appointed SINOMA, the experts in building such infrastructure.”





    He said the company wished to expedite the construction period so that the plant could start production to “give the Namibians their rightful employment”.

    “We have rescheduled to work around the clock. We must have a committed workforce to work around the clock in order for our new schedule to be productive soon.”

    The Chinese workers are accommodated in temporary housing on the construction site at Farm Cleveland.

    This was criticised by some Otjiwarongo residents who felt that the workers should have been accommodated in town for the potential economic spin-offs.

    /Uxamb said the reason why the workers were accommodated on the farm was for better control and safety reasons, as well as the language barrier. Another reason is because of the 24-hour shifts and the ease of management, /Uxamb said.

    /Uxamb, former CEO at the Otjiwarongo municipality, said there was an economic spin-off from goods and services being bought in town.



    THE MINE

    The project has been a long time coming, since 2007 when it first got 15-year mineral rights for industrial minerals (ML 146) until 2022 for the development of a limestone and marble quarry and factory on a 1004-hectare portion of Farm Cleveland.

    The marble deposit is to be mined from an open pit.

    At an August 2006 planning meeting, it was discussed that the lack of skills would be dealt with by employing relevant people during the construction phase to be trained in Brazil to come back and run the operations of the factory.

    A first environmental clearance certificate was issued in 2007, but due to a lack of investment at the time, the implementation was put on hold until 2015 when an investment agreement with Chinese Asia and Africa Business Management (XIAN) was reached.

    Then a second environmental clearance certificate was issued and the Otjiwarongo municipality and Otjozondjupa regional council welcomed the project.

    Farm Cleveland was bought by the government for resettlement purposes but was later handed over to the Otjiwarongo municipality.

    It is not clear what the arrangement between the Otjiwarongo municipality and Whale Rock Cement is regarding the use of the farm portion, since neither the municipality nor Whale Rock responded to questions in this regard.

    However, the municipality served eviction notices in February on 32 families who had illegally settled on the farm since 2006 and 2007.

    According to the environmental management plan, a US$350 million (about N$4 billion) investment will be made in the project and the economic benefits would include “more than US$30 billion” being pumped into the Namibian economy over 40 years.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Govt slammed over vote against UN resolutionGovt slammed over vote against UN resolution While there has been no direct comment from the government, social commentators have responded to Namibia's resistance to discussing genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing.

    The motion to propose that the 'Responsibility to Protect' and the 'Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity' resolution be included on the 72nd UN General Assembly's agenda was moved by Australia and Ghana.

    On Friday, Namibia voted against this motion along with 21 other countries including Cuba, North Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan and Burundi.

    A total of 113 countries voted for the motion, while 17 abstained.

    Information minister Tjekero Tweya told Namibian Sun that he had no knowledge of the resolution or how the Namibian delegation voted.

    Local commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said it was shocking that Namibia would make such a bold statement against human rights when the country itself was “living proof” of genocide.





    “In fact Namibia should be the first to advocate for the protection of humanity. I do not understand why we are afraid to put our stamp of approval on this,” he stressed.

    He strongly urged the government to explain thoroughly why it had decided to vote against the motion and whether it had been influenced by the Swapo 'dungeon' probe.

    “It gives the impression that we do not care about human rights and the people that are suffering from these crimes,” he said.

    Last month the Committee of Parents and the Truth and Justice Committee launched an international inquiry into crimes against humanity committed during 1966 to 1989 and in postcolonial Namibia that has attracted strong opposition from the Swapo-led government.

    The committee is investigating the alleged killings and detention of Namibian refugees, torture and forced confessions of detainees from complaints against Swapo's leadership made by members of its youth wing in 1976, as well as members of Plan, the involvement and complicity of foreign missions and other instances, the probing of the John Ya Otto Commission of Inquiry, and other related matters.

    Local constitutional law expert Professor Nico Horn said it made no sense for Namibia to have voted against the motion. Namibia has repeatedly committed itself to the cause of Saharawi people and the Palestinians.

    Horn speculated that perhaps Namibia had been forced to vote against the motion out of fear that Morocco might use the Swapo dungeon probe against it.

    Experts were further confused by this vote given the fact that Namibia is still grappling with the aftermath of the 1904-08 genocide against Nama and Ovaherero people that wiped out an estimated 80% of the Herero people and 50% of the Nama people.

    Another commentator, Graham Hopwood, argued that Namibia's vote put it in direct contravention of the Bill of Rights in the Namibian Constitution, which unequivocally promotes the right to life, human dignity, protection and liberty and equality.

    “It is very shocking. I cannot see any reason why Namibian would vote no. It brings the country in disrepute in terms of its standing on human rights,” he said.

    South Africa and Botswana voted for the motion while Zimbabwe voted against it. Malawi and Angola abstained.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 09/19/17--15:00: Gunners ready for Tura Magic
  • Gunners ready for Tura MagicGunners ready for Tura Magic Mighty Gunners will clash with Tura Magic on Saturday in the first semi-final of the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup at the Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo.

    The game will kick off at 15:00 and Young Africans will battle Young Chiefs at 17:00 for a place in the November final in Windhoek.

    Mighty Gunners coach Gerhard Washa-Washa Hengari said his side was keen to reach the final of the competition and was well prepared to overcome Tura Magic.

    “We have come a long way in the cup. We have been tested along the way, took out Citizens and Unam from the Premier league and Try Again in the quarterfinals. It was tough but we have proven to overcome big names in this competition,” Hengari said.

    Hengari added that Mighty Gunners, the only Otjiwarongo team left in the competition, would rely on home support for the extra push to achieve their goal of playing in the final.

    “We can handle the pressure and we can handle Tura Magic. Pineas Jacob is fit and ready, and so is captain John Ndjalo, as well as hit man Vernon Claassen. We also have some new guys including John Mawe from Young Chiefs, so we fear no one and set our eyes on beating Magic and then we will talk about the final later.”

    In 2013, Gunners were relegated from the Namibia Premier League but managed to reach the season-ending final of the Bidvest Namibia Cup, now the Debmarine Namibia Cup, where they lost 2-0 to African Stars.

    Gunners reached this 2017 Debmarine Namibia cup semi-finals as they edged out Try Again 1-0 courtesy of Asser Hara-Ramseb's goal and it was the same score line for Tura Magic as they ousted Civics through Itamunua Keimuine.

    Young Africans took on Rundu Chiefs and after a goalless draw, Africans won 5-4 on penalties. Oshakati-based Young Chiefs recorded a comprehensive 5-1 win over Eastern Chiefs with Lee-Roy Angula's brace and strikes from Kennedy Paulus, Eilo Shipalanga and Uatumba Muheua.

    Each club for the semi-finals will get N$20 000 for travel and preparations, and the fees will be increased to N$30 0000 for the two finalists. Man of the Match awards will be worth N$2 000 in the semi-finals and N$5 000 in the final match. The player will have to select a charity of his choice that will receive an equivalent amount.

    Match tickets are available at Computicket at N$20.

    NFA

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    Warriors players get green lightWarriors players get green lightHoraeb joins Highlands Park Brave Warriors fullback Larry Horaeb has returned to playing professional football. National team coach Ricardo Mannetti has promised that he will not stop players from signing for clubs outside the country.

    This comes in the wake of the Brave Warriors' preparations for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) for locally based players.

    Mannetti admitted that the squad could be stretched if more players left the country for foreign contracts.

    Larry Horaeb, who was part of Namibia's CHAN squad, secured a contract with South African First Division club Highlands Park this month. Another player who was on trials with the South African team was striker Muna Katupose.

    It is understood that Katupose has returned to Namibia but it remains likely that he will move to a foreign club.

    “We all know that it is going to be difficult because I believe many players in my squad do want to play outside the country,” Mannetti said.

    “However, the only player I can confirm will not be part of the CHAN competition is Larry Horaeb who recently signed for Highlands Park FC. “With this situation, I will still not stand in the way of players who want to sign for foreign clubs because this is their future.”

    The fifth edition of the CHAN finals will be held in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February next year, with 16 teams competing for the grand prize of U$1.25 million (N$16.2 million).

    Namibia reached the finals of the competition by beating Zimbabwe and Comoros Islands in the qualifiers over four matches.

    The team also managed to secure N$2.2 million for qualifying to the tournament.

    “It is important that the players remain focused and I am happy with what they have been doing so far.

    “Katupose has not returned to training yet, but I do believe he will give me an update as to where he stands as soon as he returns to training,” Mannetti said.

    When contacted, Katupose said he would answer questions about his career as soon as he had the time.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Veteran athlete bags N$130 000Veteran athlete bags N$130 000 Namibia's veteran marathon runner Helalia Johannes took second place at the recent annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in South Africa.

    Johannes was six seconds behind the winner, Betelhem Moges from Ethiopia, who clocked an impressive 2:30:22 in the gruelling marathon which attracted close to 8 000 runners. Helalia Johannes, who ran as a pacemaker, decided to finish the race, clocking an impressive 2:30:28. Kenya's Agnes Kiprop took third spot, clocking 2:30.28.

    Six Namibian athletes took part in the 42.2km race. Another marathoner, Uveni-Nawa Kuugongelwa, who fell just 2km into the race, was hurt but put on a brave face and finished the race in 12th position with an impressive time of 2:19:25. Sanlam Namibia general manager Evans Simataa said he was proud of all the athletes who participated, adding that although they did not win, their performance was among the very best. “The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon attracts world-class athletes, so our guys competed against some of the very best and they proved to be a force to be reckoned with.

    “Once again Helalia has done very well after winning the 10km leg at last year's marathon. She is a leading athlete and she continues to prove herself on the world stage,” Simataa said. The winner in the women's category, Moges, walked away with R265 000 prize money, while Johannes received R130 000 and third-placed Kiprop R70 000

    The other Namibian participants' results were as follows: Simon Shipingana was in 13th place with a time of 2:20:35; Pinehas Embashu took 20th place with a time of 2:27:35 and was the winner in the veterans' category for runners over 40; Martin Ntinda was 22nd with a time of 2:29:00; and Komeya Oscar took the 38th spot with a time of 2:34:46.

    SPORTS REPORTER

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    NCCS Pro Cycling Team takes third spotNCCS Pro Cycling Team takes third spotCyclists push past obstacles A team of local cyclists performed exceptionally well at the recent MTN Khemani road classic race in Swaziland. Namibian cyclists from NCCS PRO Cycling team took third place in the fifth edition of the MTN Khemani road classic race in Swaziland recently.

    First place went to team BCX from South Africa, followed by team Sampanda from South Africa.

    The individual and group competition race is the largest and most popular road race in Swaziland and its gaining popularity every year.

    Cyclists from Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana took part in the event. It was the first time a Namibian team participated in the event.

    The Namibian team consisted of Fiffy Kashululu, Jafet Amukushu, Danzel Dekoe, Ananias Ananias and Markenz Eiseb.

    Dekoe does not belong to NCCS PRO Cycling, but the team took him along as a guest rider. He is currently riding and supported by Nedbank Namibia.

    “Our aim and motto is to support all Namibian cyclists to become stronger and compete on an international level,” said team manager Jacob Kiyola.

    “Swaziland Cycling Federation promotes and support all cycling events and invites teams from other countries to make their races more professional and their cyclist better through competitive events,” he said.

    He added that the Swaziland Cycling Federation has a very good and fair support system. “I encourage the Namibians to collaborate with them to share ideas in order to develop young cyclists to be competitive in the world.”

    Kiyola said the team faced many financial constraints.

    “With assistance from local businesses and the Namibia Sports Commission who provided transport, Windhoek Embassy Liquor, Cycledelic, Maqui Duty Free, supplements provided by Frans-Antonie Gerber and Norton Kingwill of Coca-Cola Namibia, we managed to travel to Swaziland.

    “We had to cut corners and only arrived a day ahead of the race, which means our cyclists had little time to recover and adapt to the environment.

    “Despite all the ups and downs, we regrouped and gathered our strength to tackle the event. We got awarded for coming third overall in the team category,” said the team manager.

    “I am extremely happy because we achieved our goal to be in the top ten with the highest finish by Fiffy Kashululu in the individual race finishing six overall and the rest of the team managing to finish in the top 20,” said Ebben-Ezer Iita, one of the owners of NCCS Pro Cycling.

    Iita said the cyclists have started training already to prepare for the Pick n Pay Cycle classic and Hangana Hake Run & Ride.

    “We are also going to participate in South Africa for the 94.7 cycling event taking place on 19 November. By competing in such races with experienced teams our cyclists can become strong so we have a better chance of getting good results at the next Commonwealth and Olympic Games.”

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 09/19/17--15:00: Sports awards on track
  • Sports awards on trackSports awards on track The annual MTC-NSC Namibia Sports Awards 2017 are on track despite the fact that two categories have not been sponsored yet.

    These categories are Coach of the Year and Umpire of the Year. Fifteen companies where approached for possible sponsorship according to Jessica Jacobs from Offline Communications.

    Fifteen categories in total, and not 22 as stated in Monday's article, will make up the list.

    Categories have been reduced from 22 to 15 this year in line with the regional awards (RASA).

    The categories include MTC Sports Star of the Year, MTC Sportsman and Woman of the Year, Nampower Sportsman and Woman of the Year with Disability, MTC Junior Sportsman and Woman of the Year, Nampower Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year with Disability, Tafel Lager Sports Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Umpire/Referee of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year, Development Programme of the Year, Namibia Sports Commission Honorary Award.

    All these categories recognise individuals, males, females, sport personalities with disability, national and international participants, national federations, schools, and media and sport legends.

    All categories recognised and up for awards will be for the period from 1 October 2016 to 31 August 2017.

    NSC invites all sports federations and umbrella bodies to submit entries of their best athletes.

    Entry forms are available on request from the Namibia Sports Commission offices till 28 September.

    Corporate tables will be available from early next week at N$15 000 per table. For more information on purchasing tables, contact 081 605 7522 or alternatively 061 246 105.

    The annual event will be held on 27 October at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 09/19/17--15:00: JCCA off to a flying start
  • JCCA off to a flying startJCCA off to a flying start The coastal cricket first division league started on Saturday and the Junior Coastal Cricket Academy (JCCA) recorded two victories in Walvis Bay.

    JCCI defeated Sparta II by 14 runs on Saturday at the Sparta Recreational Club cricket grounds and Blue Waters I by 24 runs on Sunday at the Walvis Bay Oval.

    JCCA scored 119 runs. Gerhard Lottering was the top run scorer for JCCA and contributed 46 runs. Pierre Van Zyl was the top bowler for Sparta with four wickets from three overs.

    Sparta scored 105 runs. David Fortuin was the top runs scorer with 32. Etienne Beukes was the top bowler for JCCA. He took two wickets in four overs.

    In Sunday's match, JCCA scored 125 runs with Gerhard Lottering being the top scorer and contributing 64 runs including five sixes and four fours against Blue Waters I.

    Herman Karsten was the top bowler for Blue Waters with four wickets from four overs. Blue Waters managed 101 runs. Opening batsman Romario Scholtz was the top contributor with 25 runs. Mathew Stander was the top bowler for JCCA with four wickets from 2.4 overs.

    The EBH Welwitschias will take on Mariental (10:00) and United (14:00) at SRC on 23 September in Premier League matches.

    The semi-finals and final of this year's Premier League are scheduled for 4 and 5 November in Windhoek.

    Sparta I will face Blue Waters I at SRC on 24 September. JCCA will face Swakopmund 2 at the oval and Swakopmund I will take on Blue Waters II in Swakopmund in Coastal T20 league matches.

    The semi-finals of this year's Coastal T20 league are scheduled for 28 October and the final for 29 October at a venue yet to be decided.

    OTIS FINCK

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  • 09/19/17--15:00: Namibian bowlers win medals
  • Namibian bowlers win medalsNamibian bowlers win medals Namibian bowlers scooped six medals out of eight at the 2017 African States Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week.

    Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated in the tournament that took place from 10 to 16 September. The countries competed in four disciplines - pairs, trips, fours and singles.

    The Namibian team returned home with a bronze and silver medal for their overall performance. The women's team finished as runners-up in their category, while the men's team ended third overall.

    South Africa won the overall men's category, while Zimbabwe finished as runners-up.

    In the women's category South Africa finished first, while Kenya were third.

    The Namibia Bowling Association said Marietjie van den Bergh emerged as one of Namibia's best female bowlers and the best singles player in Africa.

    “Van den Bergh bagged a gold medal for Namibia in this discipline. She made short work of her opponents, losing only to Kenya, who eventually managed bronze,” they said.

    Van den Bergh and her pairs partner, Anjuleen Viljoen, also won a gold medal while the women's fours team, consisting of Lesley Vermeulen, Sheena du Toit, Amanda Steenkamp and Anjuleen Viljoen, walked away with a bronze medal.

    “The men's pairs discipline represented by Will Esterhuizen and Douw Calitz lost by one shot against South Africa but still retained the gold medal after winning all their other games at the competition.”

    The men's fours team flew the Namibian flag high by winning four of their six games to end with the silver medal behind Botswana with South Africa coming in third.

    The women's trips team (Lesley Vermeulen, Sheena du Toit and Amanda Steenkamp) ended fifth out of six countries. Malawi did not field a women's team.

    The men's trips team, consisting of Graham Snyman, Piet Appollis and Axel Krahenbuhl, also finished fifth out of seven countries.

    Namibia's men's singles player, Douw Calitz, won four of his six games and brought home a bronze medal, finishing behind South Africa (gold) and Zimbabwe (silver).

    NAMPA

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    FIBA 3x3 coastal challenge postponedFIBA 3x3 coastal challenge postponedDate for FIBA games to be announced The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3x3 basketball challenge scheduled for Walvis Bay was postponed due to technicalities. All players who wish to play in any FIBA-endorsed 3x3 games or competitions are required to have a valid and confirmed profile on the FIBA 3x3 Planet.

    Players who are not registered on FIBA 3x3 Planet will not be allowed to participate in FIBA 3x3 endorsed games.

    Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) secretary Ramah Mumba explained that individual player profiles were created for the event and registered players were placed in teams in their age (13, 15, 18 and senior) categories. The software system scheduled the games automatically.

    “We have the players, unfortunately many arrived very late for the event. When we initiated the system the day before it showed that some of the players' profiles had been rejected and games were thus forfeited.”

    The requirements and proper registering process for the FIBA 3x3 event was explained to approximately 70 players that pitched on Saturday. The teams present also played some friendly matches at the Walvis Bay municipal parking lot.

    Mumba left the medals and trophies in the care of the Erongo Basketball Committee. He tasked Pankratius Kashongo with registering players, creating the required profiles and organising the FIBA 3x3 challenge at the coast.

    Kashongo said he hoped to have the profiles done by today and that the competition could take place within the next two weeks.

    The NBF hosted similar events in Windhoek and the Oshana Region. The first, second and third-place winners of the under-18 age category will compete at the finals on 28 October where national: men's and women's teams will be selected to travel to Botswana for the Young Lions Cup in December.

    The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board announced in June that it had decided to include 64 athletes: 32 men and 32 women for 3x3 as part of the Olympic Basketball programme starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

    A new urban basketball discipline being added to the Olympic program marks a quantum leap for the development of the game. It also presents an array of opportunities for new countries and players alike.

    The FIBA 3x3 game is widely considered as the number one urban team sport. It is perfect for social engagement with youngsters and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody.





    OTIS FINCK

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    Opoloyeka yoBIG otayi lundulula oonkalamwenyo-GawanasOpoloyeka yoBIG otayi lundulula oonkalamwenyo-Gawanas Ope na uumbangi mboka tawu ulike kutya opoloyeka yoBIG otayi ka hwepopaleka oonkalamwenyo dhaakwashigwana, pahapu dhomugandjimayele gwowina koMinista yEkandulepo lyOluhepo nOnkalonawa yAanona, Bience Gawanas.

    Sho a li taya popi pethimbo lyoonkundathana dhoAfrican Union Agenda 2063 and Social Protection, Gawanas okwa popi kutya mboka taya popi ngaaka naya pule mboka yeli monkalo ndjoka yoluhepo na ohaya lala nondjala kutya oshimaliwa shooN$100 otashi vulu okuninga elunduluko li thike peni. Okwa popi kutya opoloyeka yoBIG otayi vulu okulundulula oonkalamwenyo dhaakwashigwana.

    Oonkundathana dho Agenda 2063, ndhoka odha nuninwa okukundathana kombinga yiipambele yaAfrika yonkalathano nomayambulepo muule oomvula 50, dhili komeho.

    Okwa tsikile kutya Namibia ita vulu okutegelela sigo okomvula yo 20263, opo a vule okuyambulpao aakwashigwana ye.

    Oompangela dhoAgenda 2063 action plan odha totwapo pethimbo kwa dhimbulukiwa oshituthi shekalepo lyOrganisation of African Unity/African Union, uule woomvula 50, oshituthi shoka sha ningilwa moAddis Ababa, Ethiopia, muMei 2013. Moompangela moka, aaleli yaAfrika oya hala okweendeleleka omayambulepo giilongo okuya mo-2063.

    Epangelo lyaNamibia olya ningi oonkundathana nomakonaakono kombinga yopoloyeka ndjoka yoBIG, ndjoka tayi utha opo kehe omukwashigwana a kale ta mono komwedhi oshimaliwa shooN$100.

    Epangelo inali holola natango ngele otali zimine opoloyeka ndjoka opo yi tulwe miilonga.

    Omupopi gumwe, Dr Michael Akuupa, omukomeho gwoLabour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI), okwa popi kutya nonando oopoloyeka dhegameno lyopankaladhano mokati kaakwashigwana mboka taya lumbu moluhepo, odha simana noonkondo oonkundathana ndhoka taya ningi itadhi kandulapo onkalo ndjoka.

    OOMUTOOLINKUNDANA GWOMENI

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    Inaku ningwa etokolo lyokatomeno koondoongi mOkahandjaInaku ningwa etokolo lyokatomeno koondoongi mOkahandjaElelo lyondoolopa otali pulakene koshigwana Mayola gwondoolopa yaKahandja okwa popi kutya omaiyuvo goshigwana ngoka ga ningwa, sha landula etseyitho lyetungo lyokatomeno koondoongi mondoolopa moka, otaga ulike kutya okwa pumbwa okuningwa ooonkundathana dha gwedhwa po natango moshikumungu shoka. Omanga oenvironmental impact assessment (EIA) kombinga yokatomeno koondoongi hoka taku pangelwa ka ningwe mOkahandja, ya pewa nale uuministeli womidhongoloko opo wu gandje onzapo yoenvironmental clearance certificate, aanambelewa aakuluntu melelo lyondoolopa ndjoka oya popi kutya inaku ningwa natango etokolo lyahugunina kombinga yokatomeno hoka.

    Mayola gwaKahandja, Johannes Hindjou okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya elelo lyondoolopa olya l,i li wete kutya ongeshefa ndjoka yokatomeno kondoongi otayi taambiwako koshigwana, unene sho tayi ka gandja oompito dhiilonga kaantu ya thika pe-100, ihe omaiyuvo gaakwashigwana meni lyoshilongo oshowo okuza pondje kombinga yoompangela dhokatomeno koondoongi mOkahandja oshowo mOutjo, otashi ulike kutya okwa pumbwa okuningwa oonkundathana dha gwedhawa po kombinga yetungo lyuutomeno mboka.

    Okwa popi kutya osha simana opo elelo lyondoolopa li pulakene koshigwana.

    “Sho ye ya tango kutse nompangela ndjoka, otwe yi yambidhidha, ihe sho twa uvu omaiyuvo goshigwana na otwa yakula omikanda dhopaemail odhindji, otwa tokola opo tu ninge omakonaakono tse tu pulakene koshigwana.”

    Okwa popi kutya elelo lyondoolopa yawo inali tokola natango kombinga yokatomeno hoka.

    Oshikondo shoenvironmental affairs mUuministeli wOmidhingoloko osha koleke kutya osha yakula oEIZ ndjoka yuukithwa kombelewa yakOmufala gwOmidhingoloko opo yi talike ko kuvule okuningwa etokolo.

    Namibian Sun okwa tseyithilwa kutya oEIA ndjoka oya ningwa koCNM Environmental Consulting Services, ehangano lyuulikwa kehangano lyoAgriNature Investment Trade ndyoka tali pangele okuninga okatomeno hoka.

    Hindjou okwa popi kutya oAgriNature Investment Trade, oli li ehangano lyomuhanga lyaChina naNamibia, na olya tseyithilwa kombinga yomilandu ndhoka li na okulandula omanga inaku tulwa miilonga okatomeno hoka, taka pangele okutuma onyama momalanditho gopondje.

    Mayola okwa tindi oolopota ndhoka dha popi kutya oya landitha evi kehangano ndyoka lyoAgriNature Investment Trade.

    Hindjou okwa popi kutya ehala lyonomola 780 olya li nale lyehangano lyaChina limwe, ndyoka lya landitha po ehala ndyoka paumwene kehangano lyoAgriNature Investment Trade.

    Okwa koleke kutya elelo lyondoolopa ngashiingeyi oli na okutokola ngele otali ka zimina eindilo lyoAgriNature, opo ya tule okatomeno kawo mehala ndyoka.

    Hindjou okwa li ta popi moshigongi shelelo, moka aakuthimbinga oyendji ya holola kutya itaya popile okatomeno hoka.

    Aakalimo yomOkahandja mboka ya kutha ombinga moshigongi moka, oyali ya nyanyukwa omolwa oonkundathana dhoka ya ningi nelelo lyondoolopa yawo, taya popi kutya elelo oli na owino kombinga yiikumungu oyindji mbyoka ya hololwa koshigwana shoka shi li ompinge nokatomeno hoka, ngaashi onkalonawa yiinamwenyo, elongitho lyomeya, enyateko lyomudhingoloko oshowo iikundathanwa yilwe.

    Oshiwike sha piti, elelo lyaKahandja olya ningi omutumba naakalelipo yehangano lyoDonkey Sanctuary UK, ndyoka lya ninga omakonaakono kombinga yongeshefa yoshipa shoondoongi miilongo ya thika po-40.

    Elelo olya kuutumba woo naakalelipo yoSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

    Abner Axel Xoagub naWerner Thaniseb, iilyo yoDonkib Ge Cultural Group, nayo oya tindi okupopila etotepo lyuutomeno woondoongi moNamibia, na oya ningi oonkundathana namayola mOmaandaha konima yomiyelo dha pata.

    Aakalelipo mboka oya popi kutya oonkundathana ndhoka odha pumbiwa, opo ku gandjwe elongo nuuyelele kombinga yongeshefa yoludhi ndoka, kaaleli oshowo kaakwashigwna.

    Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwondoolopa yaKahandja, Martha Mutilifa okwa tindi okupopya kombinga yoshikumungu shoka, konima sho a koleke kutya oya yakula etindo enene lyoompangela ndhoka okuza moshigwana.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    A tulwa miipandeko omolwa uulunga woondjuhwaA tulwa miipandeko omolwa uulunga woondjuhwa Opolisi yaMusati oya tula miipandeko omunamimvo 25, gwomomukunda Omagalanga mOshikandjohogololo shaShikuku, ngoka a yaka nokudhipaga oondjuhwa dhamushiinda she dhi li 20.

    Pahapu dhomunambelewa omupopiliko gwOpolisi yaMusati,

    Linekela Shikongo ngoka a koleke oshiningwanima shoka, ta popi kutya omufekelwa okwa tulwa miipandeko mOsoondaha na okwa li a tegelelwa a holoke mompangulilo yaMangestrata gwaShakati, mOmaandaha.

    Shikongo okwa popi kutya omufekelwa okwa tulwa miipandeko, sha landula sho omunamimvo 69, Aina Shiwana a tulamo oshipotha mEtitano omolwa oondjuhwa dhe dhoka dha yakwa po.

    Otaku hokololwa kutya omufekelwa ngoka e na epitikilo lyokuya megumbo lyomukulupe ngoka, moka omo haka teka omeya, okwa kala ta longitha ompito ndjoka nokuyakapo oondjuhwa dhaantu, ndhoka haka teleka kegumbo lyawo.

    Omukokele okwa dhimbulula omwaalu gwoondjuhwa dhe tagu shonopala mesiku lyotango yaSepetemba, naye pamwe nofamili ye oya landula ompadhi ndjoka ye ya fala sigo omegumbo lyomufekelwa ngoka.

    Shikongo okwa popi kutya tango omufekelwa okwa tindi kutya haye, ihe sho a ningilwa omatilitho gopolisi okwa zimine.

    Metitano lyapiti, Shiwana okwa patulula oshipotha shuulunga woondjuhwa dhe, nomutamanekwa okwa tulwa miipandeko.

    Ongushu yoondjuhwa ndhoka otayi tengenekelwa pooN$1 660.

    Nonando ongaaka uulunga woondjuhwa kawu shi oshinima shipe, sho unene hawu holoka miitopolwa yomonooli yoshilongo.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Oshituthi shOshipe sha ningilwa mOnamundindiOshituthi shOshipe sha ningilwa mOnamundindiEteyo lyonuumvo otali shambula Pethimbo lyoshituthi shokomumvo tashi ithanwa Oshipe, shoka sha ningilwa mOmukunda Onamundindi mOshikandjohogololo Ogongo, aanamapya oya tumbalekwa omolwa okulonga nuudhiginini. Sho a tula miilonga opoloyeka Operation Tulongeni kuyele nuumvo, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa li a tsu omukumo aanamapya opo ya tameke okulonga momapya gawo sha landula omuloka, naashoka osha pandulwa pethimbo lyoshituthi shoka sha ningwa.

    Oshituthi shoka shokomumvo, sha tseyika nedhina Oshipe, ohashi ningwa aluhe kehe omvula onga omukalo gwokupandula eteyo ewanawa ndyoka lya dhidhilikwa kaanamapya, nokuteleka iikulya yopamuthigululakalo mbyoka iipe opo ya zi momapya nokugandja woo olupandu kaathithi.

    Nuumvo oshituthi shika osha ningilwa megumbo lyaMateus Iilonga momukunda Onamundindi mOgongo, pehala lya faathana mpoka pwali pa tulilwa miilonga komupresiende opoloyeka 'Operation Tulongeni'.

    Sho a popi poshituthi shOshipe shoka, Omupevi Presidende

    okwa popi kutya sha landula omuloka omuwanawa ngoka gwa dhidhilikwa moshitopolwa shaMusati nuumvo, aanamapya oya mono eteyo ewanawa na otali shambula naanamapya monena otaya tyapula iiyimati yiilonga yawo.

    Mondjokonona, Iyambo okwa popi kutya oshipe osha totwapo kaakulu yonale onga omukalo gwokupandula Kalunga sho e ya yambeke niipalutha yokomumvo, nonkuluhedhi ndjoka oya simanekwa nokulandulwa koyendji unene monooli yoshilongo.

    Okwa yelitha kutya Operation Tulongeni oshi li owala eyambidhidho okuza kepangelo opo ku tsuwe omukumo aanamapya ya longe nuudhiginini momapya gawo, yo ya vule okwiimonena iipalutha ya gwana moshilongo. Iyambo okwa tsikile kutya konyala oopresenda 70 dhAaNamibia odhiikolelela muunamapya nuuniimuna oshikondo shoka tashi gandja oompito dhiilonga koyendji nokuyambulapo eliko lyoshilongo.

    Iyambo okwa popi woo kombinga yopogramma yuuministeli wuunamapya yoDry Land Crop Production Programme (DCPP) ndjoka ya tulwa miilonga mo-2008, ndjoka ya nuninwa okuyambidhidha aanamapya naaniimuna. Okwa popi kutya aanafaalama ngashiingeyi otaya mono ekwatho okuza koprogramma ndjoka uule woomvula mbali monena, noshimaliwa shoomiliyona dha thika po-20, oshiikalekelwa sha nuninwa omambakumbaku gepangelo, ngoka haga longithwa mokuyambidhidha aanamapya.

    Ngoloneya gwaMusati, Erginus Endjala okwa pandula aanafaalama sho ya longo nuudhiginini , na okwa longitha ompito ndjoka okutseyitha kutya aanamapaya yamwe oya tokola okugandja yimwe po yomiilongomwa yawo yomomapya koompungulilo dhepangelo onga olupandu.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Good governance will fight corruptionGood governance will fight corruption Poor corporate governance at State-owned enterprises (SOEs) has become endemic, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa (CSSA) CEO Stephen Sadie said on Monday.

    He told delegates at the ninth CSSA Premier Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa that good governance at public sector entities, including SOEs, municipalities and national and provincial departments, was critical.

    “Because many people depend on the services, such as education, health, security, and electricity, provided by the public sector, it goes without saying that public sector governance is essential to the general wellbeing of our society.

    Wealthier individuals could switch to private providers but the majority of citizens had no other option.

    Noting that most public sector employees had not been trained in public sector governance, the CSSA aims to train people in public sector governance. “[Our] public sector governance module aims to fill this gap in exposing public sector officials to a thorough understanding of what good governance entails.”

    Sadie added that the CSSA also planned to work with other professional bodies to try and counter the scourge of corruption and fraud that had become commonplace in South Africa.

    “Almost all professional bodies are affected at this point. It is probable that there are accountants, lawyers, company secretaries, engineers, directors and auditors who assist in a myriad of corrupt transactions. Professional bodies need to look into the role of these professionals who could taint the whole profession,” he noted.

    Sadie expressed support for Karen Mills, the company secretary of the Johannesburg Roads Agency, who had been suspended after she made a protected disclosure to Major Shadrack Sibaya, the head of Group Forensic and Investigative Services at the City of Johannesburg. He said that companies needed to do more to protect such whistleblowers.

    Citing auditing firm KPMG, whose CEO Trevor Hoole and eight other senior partners resigned on Friday after an internal investigation revealed the company's work for the Gupta family fell considerably short of KPMG standards, Sadie said it was inevitable that the company was being questioned.

    The auditing firm on Friday also acknowledged flaws in a report that it compiled for the South African Revenue Service (SARS), implying that former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had helped set up a so-called rogue spy unit when he was SARS commissioner.

    “KPMG has been auditing Gupta-owned companies since 2002 and only now have they come forward and said they need to investigate these activities. It may be a case of too little, too late,” Sadie told Engineering News Online.

    He added that it was necessary for companies to have corrective measures in place for these types of situations.

    “[KPMG] gave R23-million back to SARS [after admitting flaws in its report] but that's miniscule. [They] didn't take corrective action and didn't have risk measures in place within the company. We assumed that auditors were monitored, but it seemed as if their activities were condoned,” he said.

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    Equatorial Guinea takes off with LNGEquatorial Guinea takes off with LNGEnters into major agreement with Burkina Faso Already one of the leading LNG producers on the continent, Equatorial Guinea has entered into a very important agreement with Burkino Faso. The ministry of mines and hydrocarbons, representing the government of Equatorial Guinea, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Burkina Faso to supply the West African country with LNG and build critical infrastructure to import, store and transport gas.

    The initial three-year agreement compels both sides to negotiate and sign an LNG sales and purchase agreement and a terminal use agreement that will be the basis for their first LNG exchange. The MoU also calls for Equatorial Guinea to explore and produce oil and gas in Burkina Faso.

    “We are very pleased to strike this agreement and be given the opportunity to supply our African brothers in Burkina Faso with crucial gas resources,” said Gabriel Lima, the mines and hydrocarbons minister of Equatorial Guinea. “This collaboration with Burkina Faso, part of our 'LNG 2 Africa' initiative, highlights the important responsibility of African countries to cooperate in the energy sector and build the necessary infrastructure to strengthen our economies.”

    As part of the agreement, both sides will commission a technical study for the construction of regasification and LNG storage terminals and will exchange knowledge and data.

    They will also work to build regasification and storage terminals in Burkina Faso and transport infrastructure, either by pipeline or LNG carrier.

    Equatorial Guinea is one of Africa's biggest LNG producers, exporting 3.4 million tonnes per annum of LNG to destinations worldwide. It is committed to significantly expanding its export capacity through the 2.2 million tonnes per annum Fortuna FLNG project which is on track to reach final investment decision by the end of the year. When it goes online in 2020, Fortuna will be Africa's first deepwater FLNG project.

    In May, Equatorial Guinea entered into a binding agreement with the OneLNG joint venture to explore the liquefaction and commercialisation of natural gas in offshore blocks.

    Bringing online new LNG volumes will enable Equatorial Guinea to sell gas to higher priced markets in Africa and beyond while retaining a share in profits for onward marketing.

    AFRICAN PRESS ORGANISATION

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  • 09/19/17--15:00: Implats to cut 2 500 jobs
  • Implats to cut 2 500 jobsImplats to cut 2 500 jobs South Africa's second-largest platinum mining company has initiated a process that may lead to 2 500 staff reductions at its lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, where financial sustainability has deteriorated significantly in recent years.

    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) said on Monday that it had issued a notice to relevant employee representative groups, government authorities and other stakeholders of its initiation of a Section 189 consultation process in terms of the Labour Relations Act, aimed specifically at ensuring the sustainability of the Impala operations, which currently employ some 31 000 people.

    The company, headed by CEO Nico Muller, is experiencing severe financial pressures largely as a result of persistently low metal prices in rands and continued production cost increases.

    At the same time, Impala Rustenburg is encountering declining labour productivity rates, with production falling from an historical base of some 1 000 000 ounces of platinum a year to the 680 000 ounces to 720 000 ounces forecast for the current financial year ending 30 June next year.

    “Unfortunately, we're now left with no further option in the prevailing operating environment but to consider further restructuring processes that may lead to a reduction in the number of employees,” Muller said in a release to Creamer Media's Mining Weekly Online.

    While 2 500 jobs could be affected in the near term, further optimisation processes may also be required in future to ensure the continued sustainability of the operation.

    “It must be emphasised that no final decision has been taken as regards the proposed restructuring, and no final decision will be taken prior to full and proper consultation with affected employees, and their representatives, in compliance with the Labour Relations Act,” added Muller, who told Mining Weekly Online that important steps to effect greater strength of leadership within the Impala Rustenburg operation had already been taken.

    Implats reported last week that it was in the first phase of the review of an intended restructuring of Rustenburg after its headline earnings per share plunged to a 137c a share loss in the 12 months to 30 June. Ongoing cost saving and optimisation initiatives had been implemented in an attempt to restore profitability and secure continued employment as far as possible.

    A priority target of returning Impala to a cash neutral position by 2019 has now been set assuming the current low platinum price environment remains as is.

    This incorporates an assessment of each shaft and production area and will result in a mining complex that is likely to be somewhat different to the large and intricate current operation and may lead to the disposal or suspensions or harvesting of marginal and lossmaking shafts.

    Impala's leadership has been strengthened and realigned to ensure that a fit for purpose team is in place to drive performance, to increase production volumes, and improve efficiencies and productivity.

    On the cards is the rebuilding of the entire operating methodology and culture at Rustenburg, where delegation of authority and accountability to lower levels is anticipated.

    Currently decision-making is seen as being excessively centralised, with the changes already undertaken giving rise to early signs of improvement.



    MINING WEEKLY

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  • 09/19/17--15:00: Swiss act on cyptocurrency
  • Swiss act on cyptocurrencySwiss act on cyptocurrencyShut down 'fake' E-Coin in latest crackdown The risk of fraud is massive in the ever-growing cryptocurrency world. Switzerland's financial watchdog has closed down what it said was the provider of a fake cryptocurrency and is investigating around a dozen other possible fraud cases, in the latest clamp-down on the risks involving virtual money.

    The move by the FINMA watchdog comes on the heels of Chinese authorities ordering Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading and immediately notify users of their closure.

    Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, which are issued and usually controlled by their developers and not backed by a central bank, are hailed by their supporters as a fast and efficient way of managing money.

    But regulators and traditional banks are increasingly concerned about the risks of fraud in the burgeoning online cryptocurrency underworld.

    JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon last week said Bitcoin, the original and still the biggest cryptocurrency, “is a fraud” and will eventually “blow up”.

    The QUID PRO QUO Association shut down by FINMA had provided so-called E-Coins for more than a year and had amassed funds of at least 4 million Swiss francs (US$4.2 million) from several hundred users, FINMA said in a statement yesterday.

    “This activity is similar to the deposit-taking business of a bank and is illegal unless the company in question holds the relevant financial market licence,” FINMA, Switzerland's Financial Market Supervisory Authority, said.

    E-Coin was not like “real cryptocurrencies”, FINMA said, because it was not stored on distributed networks using blockchain technology but was instead kept locally on QUID PRO QUO's servers.

    Reuters was not immediately able to reach Zurich-based QUID PRO QUO for comment.

    FINMA said it had three other companies on its warning list due to suspicious activity in cryptocurrencies, and was conducting 11 investigations into other possible fake virtual currencies.

    The Swiss finance industry has been looking for new avenues of growth following a weakening of its bank secrecy rules during a global crackdown on tax evasion.

    The small Swiss canton of Zug, famed for low taxes that have drawn multinational companies, has been trying to turn itself into a hub for virtual currency firms.

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    BoN annual symposium tomorrowBoN annual symposium tomorrow The Bank of Namibia (BoN) will host its 18th annual symposium in Windhoek tomorrow.

    A media statement issued by the BoN on Monday says this year's event will be held under the theme 'Feeding Namibia: Agricultural Productivity and Industrialisation'.

    The agriculture minister John Mutorwa will officially open the symposium.

    The one-day event aims at bringing together experts, policy makers, farmers and other relevant stakeholders to share contemporary research, exchange views and make recommendations with the ultimate aim of informing best practices and policy interventions in Namibia.

    The statement says this year's topic is timely as there is significant momentum behind developing and promoting the agricultural sector as a catalyst to industrialisation.

    “A strong and efficient agricultural sector will enable the country to feed its growing population, generate employment and foreign exchange and provide a market for industrial products.”

    The symposium will also provide a platform to focus attention on the agricultural sector to address the eminent issue of food insecurity and agricultural productivity in Namibia, thus providing the motivation to the industrialisation programme of the country.

    Other keynote speakers will include former agriculture deputy minister and farmer Paul Smit, Dr Adeleke Salami, senior research economist in the Development Research Department of the African Development Bank and NamWater CEO Dr Vaino Shivute.



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    Veya ICT grows regional footprintVeya ICT grows regional footprint The launch of VEYA ICT's Erongo regional office branch in Walvis Bay on Friday signalled the company's expansion into Erongo Region.

    According to VEYA's managing director Winnith Schrywer, the Erongo Region and Walvis Bay are pivotal to the economic growth of the country and so is the need for consistent innovation and rolling out of technologies to substantiate such exponential growth.

    Schrywer pointed out that sectors within fishing, manufacturing and tourism, can benefit from improved connectivity and the advancements that ICT has to offer, especially in thriving communities such as in Walvis Bay and the heart of Namibia's economy.

    “The fishing, mining, and tourism sectors are the key contributors to the GDP of the country. For these industries to stay competitive on the global market, technology becomes a key enabler. Therefore, being close to our customer base is a necessity to the industry and for keeping costs low.

    “Sustainability is key and we need to empower our local resources with the required projects (and subsequent contracts) to grow and maintain the Erongo based skill sets relevant to each enterprise. By this measurement, all industries would carry the intended benefits but it also means all industries need to participate,” Schrywer said.

    She also said she hopes the investment into the local economy will boost the port's importance in the region and will help to develop the technology that will propel the area forward and achieve further global recognition.

    The new branch in Walvis Bay further allows the company to fulfil its commitment to existing clients more efficiently, as turnaround times and costs are reduced by the additional capacity offered by this branch.

    Speaking at the launch, information minister Tjekero Tweya said the use of ICT could further improve the prosperity of both the port and the Export Processing Zone (EPZ).

    “Not only will you have companies increasing their capacity and service delivery, improved technological infrastructure will also encourage more foreign companies to invest in the Export Processing Zone.”

    The minister also said although infrastructure was key in advancing ICT in Namibia, for businesses to develop and thrive, skills should be placed at the top of the agenda, as well-equipped technological infrastructure required skilled Namibian citizens to utilise it effectively.



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