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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Iimaliwa yelelo lyaNdonga ya kanaIimaliwa yelelo lyaNdonga ya kanaIimaliwa oya li ya nuninwa okutunga ombala ompe Okwa tukuka oontamana pokati kelelo epe lyopamuthigululwakalo mOndonga oshowo elelo ndyoka ekulu lya kuthwa miilonga oomwedhi dha piti, omolwa iimaliwa mbyoka kwa lopotwa ya kana aniwa. Oongundu ndhoka mbali otadhi lundilathana omolwa iimaliwa mbyoka ya kana ya thika poomiliyona 1.4

    Amushanga omupe gwelelo ndyoka, Nepando Amupanda okwa lopotwa ta lundile elelo ndyoka lya kuthwa iilonga kutya olyo lya yakapo oshimaliwa, shoka sha li sha gongelwa sha nuninwa okutunga ombala ompe yoshilonga shaNdonga.

    Ongundu ndjoka ya tidhwa oya yamukula tayi gandja uusama kelelo ndyoka epe.

    Omukomeho gwOpolisi yaShana, Rauha Amwele okwa koleke kutya elelo lyopamuthigululwakalo mOndonga olya tula mo oshipotha omolwa ekano lyoshimaliwa sha thika pooN$400 000 shoka sha kana komayalulo gombaanga yoStandard Bank yelelo ndyoka.

    Oshiketha shiiyemo yelelo ndyoka okwa lopotwa kashi na iimaliwa ngashiingeyi, na otashi ningitha oshidhigu elelo ndyoka li gwanithe po iinakugwanithwa yawo.

    Aakwashigwana oyendji melelo ndyoka oya tindi okufuta iigandjwa yawo yiifuta yomagumbo konima nkene elelo ndyoka lya yi moontamanana ndhoka dha ninga ethimbo ngashiingeyi.

    Elelo epe otaku popiwa lya gwedhele oondjambi dhawo dhokomwedhi mwakwatelwa ondjambi yaAmushanga, ndjoka ya gwedhelwa okuza pooN$1 300 komwedhi kuya kooN$11 000 komwedhi. Omupopiliko gwOmukwaniilwa gwaNdonga, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, na okuli elenga enene moshikandjo sha Oniimwandi, ' Naeman Amalwa okwa koleke kutya otaya kongo iimaliwa mbyoka ya kana okuza komayalulo gombaanga yaStandard Bank, na oyuukithwa komayalulo gombaanga yahahende gwaaleli mboka ya tidhwa.

    Nonando ongaaka Amalwa okwa popi kutya ita vulu okugadja uuyelele awuhe na okwa ukitha omapulo agehe kuAmupanda. Ngoka a popi pehala lyookansela mboka yali ya tidhwa miilonga, Kashona kaMalulu okwa koleke kutya iimaliwa mbyoka oya futwa ehangano lyoohahende, na osha ningwa nepitiko lyaakwashigwana mboka ya yambidhidha mokugongela iimaliwa mbyoka. Okwa popi kutya oya futa ooN$400 000 ihe kayi shi oomiliyona N$1.4, ngaashi tashi popiwa.

    Konima nkene twa tula miilonga opoloyeka ndjoka, otwa gongele oshimaliwa shooN$600 000 ihe kayi shi oomiliyona 1.4 ngaashi elelo ndyoka epe tali popi.

    “Otwa pula aakwashigwana mboka ya gandja iimaliwa mbyoka opo tu yi longithe po. Na ya popye woo kombinga yoomiliyona 1.5 ndhoka dha kana okuza komayalulo gombaanga yelelo,” kaMalulu a popi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya elelo epe kali oonkondo dhiinakugwanithwa yelelo, naaakwashigwana oya tindi okufuta iigandjwa yawo.

    KaMalulu okwa popi woo kutya Nepando ota ningile omatilitho aakwashigwana kutya otaya ka kuthwa omavi gawo niimuna yawo ngele otaya tindi okufuta iigandjwa yawo.

    MuJuli, Elifas okwa kutha miilonga omunashipundi gwelelo lyaNdonga, Peter Kauluma, omupopiliko gwelelo ndyoka, Joseph Asino oshowo omalenga omanene ngaashi Walenga, Tonata Ngulu, Kashona Malulu, Joseph Akawa, Fillemon Nambili naVilho Kamanya.

    Oonakutidhwa otaya kongo ekwatho kOmpangu yoPombanda.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Aanapolotika ya topolwa kuukwathitho waanona yaakadhonaAanapolotika ya topolwa kuukwathitho waanona yaakadhona Ominista yelongo, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa oya ekelehi omagwedhelepo ngoka ga ningwa kOmupevi minista gUunamapya, Anna Shiweda opo aanona yaakadhona ya tsuwe omukumo ya kale taya longitha iinima yilwe uuna yeli mompumbwe omolwa omathimbo, pehala lyokukala ya tegelela epangelo li ya pe uukwathitho.

    Sho a popi pethimbo lyomutumba gwokomitiye yegandjomayele tayi ithanwa Gender advisory committee, Shiweda okwa popi kutya epangelo otashi vulika li kale liitulamo shili mokukonga iiyemo yokulanda uukwathitho mboka tawu pumbiwa, ihe otashi vulika li ka nyengwe ngele iiyemo oya pupo.

    Okwa popi kutya ope na iinima yilwe, mbyoka tayi vulu okulongithwa kaanona yaakadhona, ihe kayi shi omafo gomiti.

    Omagwedhelepo ngoka oga yakulwa nomaako agehe kOmupevi Minista gwElongo lyoPombanda nOmadheulo,

    Becky Ndjoze-Ojo ngoka a popi kutya aakadhona otaya vulu okukala taya longitha uukwathitho mboka hawu vulu okuyogwa nokulongithwa ishewe.



    Pahapu dhaNdjoze-Ojo, uukwathitho mboka andola tawu gandjwa oshali kepangelo owa nuninwa aanona mboka taya lumbu moluhepo momagumbo kaamuna aakuluntu nenge aasilishisho yawo.

    Hanse-Himarwa, okwa yeleke kutya ita popile omagwedhelepo ngoka, opo aantu ya tsuwe omukumo ya kale taya yogo oombinzi kakele ongele ehalo lyomuntu ye mwene.

    “Kashi na uuyogoki. Okugandja uukwathitho mboka kashi na ondilo, na ondiinekela otatu vulu okutula miilonga oprograma ndjoka tayi ka longa.”

    Lwopokati mpoka, olopota yuuthikepamwe, elongo nomadheulo ndjoka ya tseyithwa kuAmushanga gwElongo,

    Sanet Steenkamp oya holola kutya oshimaliwa shoo N$300 000 osha gongelwa kepangelo nokaagandji yooshali opo shi vule okulanda uukwathitho mboka tawu pumbiwa kaanona yaakadhona mooskola dhomoshilongo.

    Shoka osha ningwa koSanitary Products Technical Committee, okomitiye ndjoka ya hogololwa ya nuninwa okukandulapo ompumbwe yoludhi ndoka, mokati kaanona yaakadhona mboka taya hiti ooskola.

    Pauyelele wolopota ndjoka, aanona yaakadhona yeli

    3 750 oyeli mompumbwe okuza miitopolwa 14 moshilongo, naanaskola ayehe kumwe ya thika po-5 328, mwakwatelwa aamati naakadhona otaya mono omayambidhidho okuza koshiyetwapo shoka.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 10/03/17--15:00: Keep animals off roads
  • Keep animals off roadsKeep animals off roadsMVA Fund implores livestock owners Accidents involving livestock on open and public road reserves have long claimed many lives and farmers have been urged to abide by the law and keep their animals behind the fences. Animal-related road accidents have resulted in 13 people being killed and 265 people sustaining varying degrees of injury in 140 crashes last year.

    The Otjozondjupa Region was the bloodiest, recording the highest number of animal-related crashes (42), followed by Oshikoto (17) and Hardap (13) last year.

    The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has urged farmers to keep domestic animals off public roads, take control of their farming activities by instituting an absolute search when livestock go missing, and herd their livestock during the day and keep them in the kraal at night.

    Commercial farmers are advised to carry out periodical inspections of fencing to ensure that animals do not stray from the grazing fields.

    This follows after various road safety partners - including the MVA Fund - earlier this year held discussions pertaining to road safety impediments along the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, the A1 and A2 routes.

    A prominent aspect that came to the fore was the presence of stray domestic animals on road reserves, prompting the MVA Fund to engage the Witvlei community in July this year on ways to control stray animals to reduce their involvement in road crashes. Following suit, the Maltahöhe Farmer's Association in Hardap and the Omutsegwonime community in Oshikoto Region were engaged by the Fund recently.

    According to the Fund, the communities expressed various challenges with regard to controlling their livestock.

    These include a lack of impounding kraals in the corridors to keep stray animals safe and off the roads, a lack of financial resources to rehabilitate border fences that collapse due to wear and tear, and lack of knowledge on how to administer Section 348 of the Road Traffic and Transport Regulations of 2001.

    The regulation states that “a person may not leave or allow any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig or ostrich to be on any section of a public road where that section is fenced or in any other manner closed along both sides.”

    The regulations further state that a person may not leave the animal in a place from where it may stray onto that section of a public road unless such animal is being ridden or used to draw a vehicle along a public road, or is being driven from one place to another in such a manner as not to constitute a source of danger or injury to any person or vehicle using the road. In instances where animals referred to above are driven along a public road during the period of sunset to sunrise, the owner or herder needs to a carry a red light for visibility. During any other period of the day, the person driving animals must display a red flag in a conspicuous manner.

    The Fund further called upon all drivers to exercise extra vigilance especially during the dry season when animals are more likely to be close to the roads looking for greener pastures and when driving in areas with high volumes of wildlife.

    Motorists should further be attentive to road warning signs and adjust accordingly. Additionally, speed reduction especially at night and when driving in an unfamiliar environment will critically help reduce motor vehicle crashes especially with stray animals.



    Other efforts

    A new pilot project allows people to send a photo via WhatsApp of the identifying NamLITS tags, which all livestock are required by law to wear.

    The project was launched recently by the Joint Crime Prevention Forum. The initiative is supported by Kosmos 94.1 radio station, with sponsorship from NamAgri, and is taking place in collaboration with the police and other relevant authorities.

    NamAgri's Alex McDonald said the project was aimed at clearing the road reserves of livestock in order to reduce the risk of accidents.

    Once a photo is received via the toll-free WhatsApp number, 081 765 5636, a team starts the work of tracing and contacting the owner of the animal.

    McDonald said the project was in its infancy and more publicity would follow to ensure all Namibians could take part. He confirmed that at least one police station had joined the project.

    He said animals in road reserves were a bigger problem than people realised.





    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Australia offers to help US with gun reformAustralia offers to help US with gun reform Australia offered to help the United States reform its gun laws yesterday after a successful two-decade clampdown on firearms in the wake of its own worst mass shooting.

    The US is reeling after at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured when retired accountant Stephen Paddock opened fire on thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas before killing himself.

    The shocking tragedy has sparked renewed calls for weapons control, a sensitive subject in a country where the pro-gun lobby - the National Rifle Association - is a powerful political force.

    “What we can offer is our experience,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, pointing to a 1996 gun buyback and ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons.

    “But at the end of the day it's going to be up to the United States legislators and lawmakers, and the United States public, to change the laws to ensure this type of incident doesn't happen again.”

    Australia was rocked in 1996 when gunman Martin Bryant went on the rampage armed with semi-automatic weapons at the historic Tasmanian colonial convict site of Port Arthur.

    Thirty-five people died in the massacre, a turning point for a nation that traditionally had a high rate of gun ownership.

    Then centre-right Liberal prime minister John Howard swiftly enacted tougher gun laws, including bans on certain weapons, a minimum ownership age, and licences.

    More than 600 000 weapons were destroyed in the aftermath and while controversial at the time, gun control measures now have strong public support.

    In the first national amnesty since then, which started in June and ended last weekend, more than 26 000 guns were surrendered.

    While gun violence has not disappeared, there have been no further mass shootings, in contrast to the United States where they remain common.

    A survey published in 2016, which examined intentional firearm death rates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, found gun-related deaths and suicides had declined since 1997.

    James Carouso, the acting US ambassador to Australia, admitted his country could learn from Australia when it comes to gun policy.

    “Every time one of these things happens, US analysts always point to what happened in Australia, and point out that your murder rate with guns has gone down drastically, and you haven't had the repeat of this sort of mass murder,” he told broadcaster ABC.

    “I think certainly a lot of observers in the US look to the Australian example.”

    But not the National Rifle Association, which in 2015 disputed whether Australia's gun buyback scheme and ban on semiautomatic weapons actually helped reduce rates of violent crime.

    “The Australian people paid a massive price in liberty.

    Their reward? At best, an unexamined resolution that things were somehow better now,” it said.

    “Gun rights were, for all practical purposes, gone forever.”

    All guns in Australia must now be registered, although many arrive illegally from overseas through organised syndicates and tens of thousands of the weapons are still believed to be on the streets.



    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 10/03/17--15:00: Vegas cops baffled
  • Vegas cops baffledVegas cops baffledLas Vegas shooting biggest massacre in history While the world has responded with condolences and flags are at half-mast in the US, no one knows why the retired accountant did it. The victims just kept coming. In private cars, in ambulances waiting four or five deep, from the walking wounded to the barely alive, they arrived in droves.

    “I have no idea who I operated on,” said Jay Coates, a trauma surgeon whose hospital took in many of the wounded after a gunman opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel window on a country concert below.

    “They were coming in so fast, we were taking care of bodies. We were just trying to keep people from dying.”

    As Sunday night led to Monday morning, the attack became the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history with 59 killed and 527 wounded.

    University Medical Centre of southern Nevada was one of many hospitals that were overflowing.

    “Every bed was full,” Coates said. “We had people in the hallways, people outside and more people coming in.”

    He said the huge, horrifying wounds on his operating table that told him it wasn't just the massive numbers that made this shooting different.

    “It was very clear that the first patient I took back and operated on that this was a high-powered weapon,” Coates said.

    “This wasn't a normal street weapon. This was something that did a lot of damage when it entered the body cavity,” Coates said.

    The gunman, 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock, killed himself as authorities stormed his hotel room.

    He had 23 guns - some with scopes - in the room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino where he had been staying since Thursday. He knocked out two windows to create sniper's perches he used to rain torrents of bullets on the crowd of 22 000 some 500 yards away, authorities said.

    Two guns were modified to make them fully automatic, according to officials briefed by law enforcement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still unfolding.

    At Paddock's home, authorities found 19 more guns, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Also, several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser that can be turned into explosives, were in his car, authorities said.

    Authorities believe Paddock acted alone. While he appeared to have no criminal history, his father was a bank robber who was on the FBI's most-wanted list in the 1960s.

    “I can't even make something up,” his brother in Florida, Eric Paddock, said when asked what might have motivated his brother. “There's just nothing.”

    Authorities also had nothing to say about Paddock's motive.

    Paddock appeared to fire unhindered for more than 10 minutes, according to radio traffic, as police frantically tried to locate him.

    The crowd, funnelled tightly into a wide-open space, had little cover and no easy way to escape. Victims fell to the ground, while others fled in panic. Some hid behind concession stands or crawled under parked cars.

    “It was chaos - people just running for their lives. People trying to get down. Trying to get to their loved ones that had gotten hit,” said Shaun Topper. “It was just, you know. It was chaos.”

    President Donald Trump decried the massacre as an “act of pure evil” on Monday, but refrained from addressing calls for gun control or an unproven claim of responsibility from the Islamic State group.

    Calling for unity, Trump instead tried to console the nation - an act that has become a grim rite of passage for modern US presidents as each mass shooting rekindles the divisive national debate on gun control. “In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one - and it always has,” Trump said.

    “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence.

    “And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today - and always will, forever.”

    Hillary Clinton hit out at the gun manufacturers lobby - the National Rifle Association - which has backed a congressional push to make it easier to obtain a gun silencer.

    “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer,” tweeted Clinton, whose Democratic Party has tried in vain to introduce lasting gun control measures despite the national scourge of mass shootings.

    “Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

    World leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sent condolence messages to President Donald Trump.

    Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history took place in June 2016, when a gunman who professed support for Muslim extremist groups opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people.

    Historically, the United States has had a number of mass shootings surpassing Sunday's attack. For example, more than 100 black people were gunned down during a mass shooting in Colfax, Louisiana, in 1873.



    NAMPA/AP

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  • 10/03/17--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day SURVIVAL: A young refugee from Central African Republic (CAR) holds up a mattress in a refugee site on the outskirts of the town of Mobayi-Mbongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The CAR president urged the UN to send more peacekeepers to his strife-torn country and ease an arms embargo in the way of equipping his weak army. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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    Prioritise sanitary aid for girlsPrioritise sanitary aid for girls It is pleasing to see the Gender Advisory Committee dialogue finally discussing the significant subject of sanitary pads for schoolgirls. For far too long Namibians, including lawmakers, have seemingly shied away from discussing the issue in public. We recall vividly last year when female MPs in the National Assembly avoided debating the provision of free feminine hygiene products to needy schoolgirls because the matter was a 'taboo'. The motion had been tabled by DTA leader McHenry Venaani who felt that MPs had a moral obligation to highlight the plight of the girl child. Among the MPs who were uncomfortable with the debate were deputy speaker Loide Kasingo and the deputy minister of gender equality and child welfare Lucia Witbooi. This debate was intensified during the Gender Advisory Committee dialogue held in Windhoek on Monday and again politicians appear to be divided on the issue. The high cost of sanitary pads has led to schoolgirls skipping classes rather than facing the shame and humiliation when on their periods. This is a global problem and not just confined to Namibia. It must be said that menstruation is an important and normal part of the female human life. The girl child therefore needs the necessary support and this can only be achieved if there is proper menstrual hygiene management in place. The responsibility of ensuring that the girl child remains in school largely rests on parents. However, and in most cases, poor parents can't afford the high cost of sanitary pads, which influences the attendance as well as performance of schoolgirls. We should no longer compromise on access and quality of education for our children. The National Assembly must bring back the debate and a motion must be adopted to ensure that schoolgirls are provided with free sanitary pads countrywide. This will greatly improve access to education where many cannot afford the sanitary products. We must follow the examples of countries like Kenya who have amended the education act to offer every girl registered at school free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels.

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  • 10/03/17--15:00: 'Stop selling kapana'
  • 'Stop selling kapana''Stop selling kapana' Members of the Swapo Party Women Council (SPWC) assigned to Erongo Region were introduced in Karibib on Saturday at a ceremony also used to commemorate Pan African Women's Day.

    Deputy prime minister and the international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, SPWC coordinator for Erongo, Teresia Garises and Selma Engombe, were the three assignees introduced.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Nandi-Ndaitwah said the council has a responsibility to educate and empower all women through designing programmes to create employment and provide access to education for women.

    “I am disappointed. For the past 27 years we have not had a successful women empowerment programme. In my view, success is when we establish a company which employs more women with good salaries and all benefits.”

    She urged women to work together with the youth to plan development programmes for Namibia and Africa, while explaining that the continent is slowly recognising women empowerment efforts made in Namibia.

    The minister said there are many women across Africa who need the guidance that Namibia can offer.

    “Africa's development is stagnant. If we do not encourage the youth, Africa will not develop any further. Let us guide, inspire and instil a sense of ethics and responsibility in our children.”

    She encouraged women to start working for the benefit of all, not just for themselves.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah said Swapo women should be focused because that is the only way other women can follow them.

    On the party front, Nandi-Ndaitwah called for the safeguarding of a strong Swapo party, noting that “Swapo is the future of Namibia. If we destroy it, our new generation will start afresh.”

    On her part, Garises thanked Swapo for creating a chance for women to be in positions of power.

    “Women can also be lawmakers and engineers, so let us use the opportunity provided for us and stop selling kapana,” said Garises.



    NAMPA

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    Lüderitz becomes wind farm meccaLüderitz becomes wind farm mecca The construction of the five-megawatt, N$180-million Ombepo wind farm has sparked renewed interest in the southern coastal town of Lüderitz according to town CEO, Aunie Gideon.

    She said that although there had always been interest from prospective power producers, the Ombepo facility has seen scores of investors visit the town with a view to one day establishing similar facilities.

    “The interest has always been there before the construction of the Ombepo wind farm. A lot of people would like to construct wind farms now. It has sparked a new interest in the town,” she said.

    According to her, investors are also keen to enter into smart partnerships with the Lüderitz Town Council. Gideon also said that the benefits of wind-farming are already noticeable.

    “We are very open to opportunities with prospective investors. We want to ensure wind-farming becomes a success. We've seen here in Lüderitz that you do not even need gusting winds to see the turbines turn. Just this week it was cloudy and there was almost no wind but we could still see the turbines turn, producing electricity,” she said excitedly.

    The wind-farming industry would, according to her, also help develop a new skills set in that locals would be empowered to fix and install turbines, a skill she says is not readily available in the country.

    “To have technicians working on turbines is a skill that we do not have. It is an exciting opportunity particularly for residents of Lüderitz,” she said.

    The facility was commissioned early in September and is already feeding energy into the national energy grid.

    The Lüderitz Town Council also owns a 5% shareholding in the facility while the rest is owned by French-backed Innosun Holdings.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 10/03/17--15:00: Namibia's exporting jobs
  • Namibia's exporting jobsNamibia's exporting jobsMajor opportunities are lost outside the country The lack of value addition as well as our reliance on imports is exporting real and tangible jobs creating work outside the borders of the country while we combat unemployment. Namibia is exporting local job opportunities within the agricultural sector by allowing value addition to take place outside the country.

    Furthermore, the country, because it cannot produce enough food for its own needs, relies on imports to make up on the shortfall which leaves us exposed to food insecurity.

    This is according to Paul Smit, a former deputy agricultural minister during the recently held Bank of Namibia's symposium 'Feeding Namibia: Agricultural Productivity and Industrialisation'.

    Smit gave an overview of the country's current status of agricultural productivity and industrialisation.

    He said meat produced in the country is mainly exported in its primary state, implying a loss of local job creation in the form of value addition.

    “About 80% of local production is either exported as primary beef cuts, lamb carcasses and live exports on the hoof. This implies that a lot of secondary and tertiary value addition in the meat sector takes place outside Namibia. This equates to exporting local jobs, while the dividends of value addition are not repatriated back to the country and to livestock producers,” he said.

    Smit said apart from the livestock sector, all the other sectors within the agricultural industry are deficit producers and rely on imports to satisfy the local demand.

    He is of the view that production will continue to dominate agricultural production, while chicken production still falls short of local consumption.

    “Poor marketing, the small size of the domestic market, and the inability to add processing value and penetrate foreign markets, all act as constraints to agricultural development.”

    According to Smit, agriculture is an important sector not only in the context of food security, but also in terms of economic development in general.

    “In terms of food security, while the livestock industry is relatively developed, the horticulture, and poultry sectors need to be developed.

    “Livestock produce is mainly exported, while horticulture and poultry still lag behind in terms of meeting local demand.”

    About 70% of the Namibian population depends on agriculture for all or part of their livelihoods, with 40% smallholder farmers growing grain crops mainly for their own consumption.

    The high reliance on imports for agricultural produce leaves Namibia exposed to external price increases, said Smit. Namibia only produces about 40% of the food it consumes and is highly dependent on imports.

    “The country is therefore forced to import about 60% of its food requirements, which leaves it vulnerable to external price increases, with the poor having less ability to absorb such fluctuations.”

    Exports of livestock and crops were valued at N$1.7 billion in 2016, accounting for 2.8% of total export receipts.

    Smit added that horticultural produce plays an increasingly important role in exports and hence the government has identified about 27 000 hectares of potential irrigable land of which about 11 000 hectares is under production. Between 2003 and 2008, the overall value of game meat exports almost tripled, from less than N$11 million to N$31 million. In terms of volumes, South Africa remained Namibia's principal venison trading partner.

    Since 2014 however, there has been no facility exporting meat from game species to overseas markets, and export activities have been largely confined to small amounts of processed products (biltong and droëwors) going to South Africa, with meat export quantities plummeting to 86 tonnes in 2014 and 38 tonnes in 2015.

    Furthermore, with the introduction of venison for the health-conscious consumer seeking leaner meat and a more favourable fatty acid composition, traditional livestock farming is under threat of being replaced. The oversupply of game meat, especially during the hunting season, sees farmers losing out on business, as venison is relatively cheaper than beef.

    Recent data indicates that agriculture in Namibia occupies 64 million hectares or 78% of the land area, including 206 000 households and 1.17 million people. However, less than 2% of the total land area is arable because rainfall is limited. Only 40 000 hectares are suitable for intensive agriculture, and the country suffers from drought six out of every 10 years.

    In 2016, the agro-processing sector (food products, beverages, leather and related products) contributed approximately 5% to the GDP. Namibia is a net exporter of unprocessed agro-products, especially from the livestock sub-sector.

    The meat and processing industry showed declining growth in recent years, mainly attributed to the drought conditions. In terms of value addition, meat and meat processing grew on average by 0.48% between 2007 and 2016.

    “Stagnant contribution to GDP can be seen from the period between 2014 to 2016 with a growth rate of 0.4%. This was caused mainly by the severe drought conditions experienced during this period.”

    He says the sector continues to face significant challenges. These include persistent droughts, high input costs, lack of interest from local retailers to stock local products, and a lack of adequate storage facilities.

    According to Smit, the agro-processing industry has been identified as a key sector for creating jobs and spurring growth owing to its strong linkages with primary agriculture.

    However, the inability to add processing value and penetrate foreign markets act as constraints to agricultural development. Growth prospects in the agro-processing industry are evident, as seen from its export figures, especially in the meat and fishing industries.

    Rapid growth in the manufacturing and export services, therefore, can only occur when the agricultural sector's productivity improves significantly, Smit said.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Business survey for OngwedivaBusiness survey for Ongwediva Ongwediva residents have welcomed the town's business survey, saying that it will be a great step in ensuring that no unnecessary businesses are set up.

    The survey, the first of its kind in Ongwediva, started Saturday and will be conducted by the Ongwediva Town Council's economic development and community services department, in collaboration with the Namibia Statistics Agency.

    In an interview with Nampa, Hanover resident Monica Nhoni observed that a number of businesses were set up in the town, but closed down shortly after as there was not enough research done to figure out an appropriate market.

    “Not all businesses are suitable in all towns because the market and town's needs are not always the same, so good research is needed before one sets up a business which will become a flop,” Nhoni said.

    The survey is expected to run until 24 October this year.

    The town council's corporate communications officer, Jackson Muma, told this news agency last week the survey is aimed at determining the history, current and future state of the town with the input of the community.

    “The comprehensive survey will reflect the ideas and opinions of Ongwediva residents and [business] owners,” Muma said.

    Lukas Tuhadeleni, a resident of Prestige residential area, said there was a need for lighter entertainment (less alcohol) for the youth to counter the growth of places serving alcohol that keep increasing and this survey is just the right platform to give these views.

    “We would like to see more spots similar to Bennies Entertainment Park, where both the young and old can just hang out and have a good time and not experience the violence, drug and alcohol abuse some bars have to offer,” Tuhadeleni suggested.

    This survey will include randomly selected residents and property owners who are 18 years and older, who will be requested to respond to a number of questions including the types of businesses residents would like to have or set up, among others.

    NAMPA

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    Poverty plan goes to the peoplePoverty plan goes to the people The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the country to popularise the newly launched Blueprint on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication.

    The first workshop took place at Katima Mulilo on Monday, and the next workshop will be held at Rundu today targeting residents of the Kavango East and West regions.

    On Friday, a third workshop will take place at Ongwediva for residents of the Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions.

    Next week the workshops will target the Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions.

    The last workshop will be held at Keetmanshoop for the //Karas and Hardap regions.

    The blueprint was born out of countrywide consultations.

    According to poverty minister, Zephania Kameeta one of the main issues that came out of the national dialogue was the lack of implementation of the good programmes and initiatives that the government had put in place.

    “In this regard, it was deemed absolutely essential to develop an implementation plan for the blueprint. Most of the interventions and activities to be implemented under the blueprint are not new, but are activities that were identified by the people during the national dialogue, which require accelerated implementation if we are to address the basic needs of our people and lift them out of abject poverty,” he said.

    “Our people in especially the rural areas raised concerns of lack of access to basic necessities such as water, sanitation, shelter, health services and electricity.”

    The implementation plan points out that the government aims to provide more potable water and increase it from 87% to 90%, by 2025.

    The plan also states that the government aims to phase out the bucket toilet system and that by 2020 the proportion of the population without provision of proper sanitation facilities will be decreased from 49% to 30%.

    According to the blueprint, 50% of the households in Namibia use bush toilets of which 14% are in urban areas and 77% are in the rural areas.

    The blueprint states that supply of potable water remains a challenge especially in rural areas where people walk long distances to the nearest water points.

    It further states that all schools and health facilities will have access to electricity by 2020 and that by the same year the provision for affordable shelters for the poor and vulnerable will be operational in all regions.

    The implementation plan states that all Namibians will have access to primary healthcare by 2020 which would include a nutrition surveillance system and maternity waiting homes.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Oshakati buses refuse new terminalOshakati buses refuse new terminal Long queues and overcrowding at the town council's bus terminal at the new Oshakati open market have forced some bus owners and drivers to load passengers at undesignated points in town.

    Some drivers are now using the old and popular bus terminal at Okatana Service Station, and according to the town council it is illegal and the police will be called in.

    The new terminal at the open market is also under a new leadership that replaced the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) last month.

    According to the chairperson of the new management team, Dave Hashili, they registered about 120 buses that travel to various destinations countrywide.

    Hashili said the Oshakati town council had done an excellent job to provide them with a well-organised bus terminal with ablution facilities, adding that buses are loaded according to their areas of destination.

    “Law and order prevails at our terminal. Those who do not like law and order are the ones that shun the new terminal claiming that there are long queues,” he said.

    “We register buses on a list as they arrive at the terminal. When we are loading passengers, we adhere to the list so that whoever arrives first will also be the first to load and depart.”

    One of the bus owners, who refused to be identified, said the terminal at the open market is crowded.

    The bus owner also complained of the loading lists. He added customers often do not want to go to the new terminal because of taxis that operate from Okatana Service Station taking customers to buses at undesignated loading points.

    “This is our survival and I cannot stand for two days in the queues while others are loading successfully outside the open market. How will I get money to pay the driver, the bus maintenance and family at home at the end of the day? Some of our buses are bank financed and at the end of the month I am expected to pay back the bank's money,” he said.

    Another bus owner added those who manage the terminal are corrupt and sometimes favour their own buses. They do not follow the list, loading their buses first.

    Hashili refuted these claims, saying that the loading system at the open market is free and fair.

    “All our buses are bank financed and that cannot be an excuse of not complying with the loading rules. If they can get customers in the street it means there are enough customers to do business at the open market. It is only that they do not want to cooperate with others,” he said.

    Town council CEO Werner Iita said there is only one authorised bus terminal in Oshakati and that is at the open market.

    “Everyone who is not operating from the open market is operating illegally and we have mandated the Namibian police to maintain law and order in our beautiful town. Therefore, those who are not operating from the open market must know that police is coming for them,” says Iita.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    PM denies links to corruptionPM denies links to corruption'Where is the evidence?' The prime minister says people who want to accuse her of corruption should take the evidence to the relevant authority. Prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has refused to be drawn into allegations of corruption for a second time this year.

    The prime minister has in the past been linked to the construction of the bulk fuel storage facility in Walvis Bay, which has seen its price skyrocket from just under N$1 billion to almost N$5.2 billion owing to flimsy tender control measures on the side of the authorities.

    In a statement released this week, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila distanced herself from allegations levelled against her and called on members of the public to approach state institutions with evidence of these alleged practices.

    “The prime minister has always advised that those who think they have evidence of corrupt practices by public officials should present their evidence to the relevant state institutions that are empowered to deal with such cases so that appropriate action is taken. People making such allegations with regards to these specific projects are advised to do that,” the statement read.

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further denied that she had used her administrative powers to sway deals in her favour or that of her close associates.

    “The prime minister further wishes to point out that accountability procedures in the public sector in regard to the discharge of administration duties and functions are carried out by designated persons under the relevant state laws and the procedures thereunder,” the statement said.

    According to her, the laws clearly stipulate how public officials are to be held accountable, leaving no discretion to politicians in this regard. She further denied that she favoured individuals or subjected them to victimisation and called such notions malicious.

    Allegations of favouritism and victimisation were also rejected by the premier.

    “Allegations of favouritism or victimisation of civil servants by the prime minister in the administration of the accountability procedures are thus misleading and malicious, and are strongly rejected.”

    Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has in recent times been drawn into the saga of the multi-billion-dollar fuel storage facility in Walvis Bay.

    She had been dragged into the spotlight over the role she played as finance minister in pushing through the project, along with National Planning Commission permanent secretary Leevi Hungamo and former energy ministry permanent secretary Kahijoro Kahuure, The Namibian recently reported.

    In May, permanent secretary in the ministry of finance, Ericah Shafudah, was issued a final warning after it had come to light that she had failed to attend technical committee meetings that had to do with the construction of the bulk fuel storage facility.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Appeal board to decide on Erindi buffaloAppeal board to decide on Erindi buffaloSurplus buffalo sold only for export A board of veterinary experts will consider the private game reserve's appeal against the government's refusal to let it keep buffalo. Erindi Private Game Reserve has appealed a government decision denying it permission to introduce buffalo from Waterberg and becoming the first 'big five' game reserve in Namibia.

    Agriculture minister John Mutorwa appointed an appeal board consisting of industry experts on 21 September.

    The board, which was publicly introduced on Monday, is headed by lawyer Vetu Uanivi and it will specifically deal with a 15-page document submitted by Erindi through its legal representative Sisa Namandje on 16 August, expressing dissatisfaction with the ministry's decision.

    The other board members are Dr Archie Norval, Dr Albertina Shilongo, Dr Alaster Samakange and Dr Anja Boshoff.

    Mutorwa, when announcing the board, said because of the public interest in the matter there should not be any speculation about the appointment of the members or that there was any influence from the minister.

    He made it clear that the meeting was not called to secretly plot, discuss or impose any strategy with the board, but to publicly inform and clarify to the board the nature of their assignment.

    Giving some background leading up to the appeal, Mutorwa said he was contacted by Namandje on behalf of Erindi on 27 July requesting an urgent meeting for the following morning.

    “I accepted the request and scheduled the meeting accordingly for 28 July at 10:00 in the ministry's boardroom.”

    Mutorwa said he further contacted the chief veterinary officer, Dr Milton Masheke, and other public officials to attend the meeting.

    “We met here and 16 people were present.”

    He said after the meeting a flurry of letters addressed to him followed via Erindi's lawyers.

    These letters requested for Erindi to be allowed permission to acquire buffalo from Waterberg.

    The environment ministry recently advertised the sale of live buffalo from Waterberg and invited interested parties to submit tenders.

    The advertisement said the ministry has a population of disease-free, high-value buffaloes with good genetics on the Waterberg Plateau Park.

    Currently, there is overpopulation of buffalo at Waterberg and grazing is under pressure due to drought.

    For this reason the government has put to tender the sale of buffalo to reduce the population. There are currently about 1 000 buffalo based in Waterberg while there is only capacity for 400 and therefore the environment ministry advertised to sell the excess animals.

    Following this advertisement, Erindi requested the agriculture ministry's permission.

    Mutorwa said the ministry on 14 August communicated its final position to Erindi regarding its request to be allowed buffalo from Waterberg.

    The ministry denied the request because the total commercial area in Namibia has been proclaimed as a protected area in 2013, which aims to prevent the introduction and spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the FMD-free zone of the country.

    The Waterberg Plateau Park however is excluded from this proclamation. Buffalo are the carriers of inter alia FMD, although the buffalo of the Waterberg are classified as disease-free.

    The ministry also informed Erindi that all trade agreements for the export of meat are based on the fact that there are no buffalo in the commercial area.

    Agricultural permanent secretary Percy Misika recently told Namibian Sun that the ministry does not allow African buffalo outside proclaimed national parks, and therefore buffalo can only be sold for export purposes.

    According to him, this is in line with the Animal Health Act 1 of 2011.

    According to Mutorwa, following the ministry's final decision, Erindi lodged its complaint in the form of a 15-page document urging that section 31 of the Animal Health Act should be invoked and an appeal board be appointed to handle the matter further.

    “We do not have a problem with that. If someone is not happy with a decision, this is a democratic country and they can seek relief.”

    Mutorwa said that Erindi specifically pointed out that they were unsatisfied with the decision taken by Masheke.

    “It is for this reason that Masheke is not attending this meeting, to ensure transparency.”



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Namibia turns into poachers' paradiseNamibia turns into poachers' paradiseNamed as priority country in smuggling rhino horns Smuggling routes have become more convoluted as syndicates attempt to evade detection, a new report says. Namibia has been identified as a significant link in the international rhino-horn smuggling network.

    This follows a surge in rhino poaching in Namibia since 2013. Previously the country was not identified in this trafficking route.

    This is according to a rapid assessment of smuggling routes and techniques used in the illicit trade in African rhino horn.

    The report draws on 456 records in TRAFFIC's global database of wildlife seizures covering the period 2010 to June 2017.

    It examines the complex and dynamic smuggling routes used by networks ferrying their contraband from Africa to Asia, identifies hotspots and presents an overview of smuggling methods employed by rhino-horn traffickers.

    According to the report more than 7 100 rhinos have been killed by poachers in Africa over the past decade.

    In 2016 alone there were 1 160 documented incidents of rhino poaching in six African states.

    While most of the losses were experienced in South Africa, significant losses were also recorded in Namibia and Zimbabwe over the past three years, raising concern about geographical shifts in poaching.

    The report says the smuggling routes employed by criminal networks trafficking rhino horn are complex and dynamic, exploiting weaknesses in border controls and law enforcement capacity constraints to provide a steady supply of rhino horn to Asian black markets.



    “They span countries and continents, passing through multiple airports and legal jurisdictions. It is a task made easier for criminals by fragmented enforcement responses hamstrung by bureaucracy, insufficient international cooperation and corruption.”



    From 2010 to June 2017, at least 2 149 horns, weighing more than five tonnes, were seized by law enforcement agencies globally.



    South Africa accounted for the bulk of the seizures, followed by China.



    “Vietnam, Mozambique, Hong Kong and Kenya also reported 15 or more seizures from 2010 to June 2017.”



    Qatar, Thailand, the USA, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malaysia, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Nigeria and the European Union (EU) are also significant links in the illegal supply chain.



    The available evidence suggests that, over time, trade routes have become more convoluted as syndicates attempt to evade detection.



    The smugglers appear to move away from direct shipments between source and consumer countries and make use of various transit countries before reaching destinations in China and Vietnam.



    “The majority of rhino horn shipments originate in southern Africa, particularly South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Countries or territories that have been used as export or transit points for the illegal rhino horn trade include Cambodia, Ethiopia, the EU, Hong Kong , Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. There have been several seizures of rhino horn along these transit routes since last year.”



    Numerous methods are used to smuggle the contraband and evade detection. Whole horns are cut into smaller pieces, concealed inside machinery and hi-fi speakers, disguised as curios or toys, worked into beads and bracelets, wrapped in foil and coated in toothpaste or shampoo to defeat x-ray machines and mask the stench of decay, hidden in box wine cartons and in consignments of timber and cashew nuts, to list a few examples.



    According to the report of particular concern is new evidence that some criminal networks of Chinese origin, operating in South Africa, have begun processing and working rhino horn locally before smuggling the products to consumers in Asia.



    These syndicates have begun manufacturing bracelets and beads, cutting horn into rough “disks” and packaging offcuts and rhino horn powder locally to facilitate smuggling efforts, evade detection at airports and supply readymade products to consumers in Asia.



    Should these methods become more widespread, it is likely to significantly heighten the law enforcement challenge in Africa and along the trade chain to Asia.



    A total of 27 rhino have been poached in Namibia this year.



    Altogether 59 rhinos were poached last year and 95 rhinos in 2015, 56 in 2014 and 9 in 2013.





    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Boois files complaint against KatrinaBoois files complaint against Katrina Former Hardap chief regional officer Yvonne Boois last week filed eight charges of fraud and corruption with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the minister of education, arts and culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.

    Boois filed the complaints on 26 September, days after she had threatened to do so at a press briefing conducted at her home in Windhoek. The deputy director-general of the ACC, Erna van der Merwe, yesterday said the new charges would be added to another similar complaint Boois had previously registered. Boois said she had submitted a copy of the charges against Hanse-Himarwa to the ombudsman “to keep an eye on it” in case the ACC decided not to investigate. The charges against her former close ally and apparent benefactor are serious. Boois claims that between 2011 and 2012 Hanse-Himarwa, then the governor of the Hardap Region, misused her office by misappropriating funds and resources of the Hardap Regional Development Trust Fund (HRDTF). The HRDTF was established in 2011 by former President Sam Nujoma with the purpose to “provide a basis from which assistance and support will be given to the public interest free of charge where necessary to any person, persons or organisations requiring such assistance or supporting and aiding such development may be taken for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Hardap Region”.

    Boois alleges that N$300 000 was withdrawn from the bank account of the HRDTF without the authorisation of the regional council to buy shares in a company called the Hardap Feedlot in which Hanse-Himarwa allegedly has shares.

    She claims no share certificate or proof of payment was issued.

    The second charge is that Hanse-Himarwa allegedly single-handedly managed Farm Daweb, which is in the Maltahöhe area, which was donated to the Hardap regional council by allowing “advantaged” Namibians to occupy the farm.

    Hanse-Himarwa is also accused of having influenced a tender award to HIPET Construction, which is owned by her husband, Andreas 'Ghenno' Himarwa.

    Boois claims she was harassed by Himarwa to make a payment without a payment certificate, which she says she refused to do. She says the money was later paid out illegally and without her approval as the CRO.

    “Ever since the day I said no to the request to make the unauthorised payment to HIPET Construction in 2012, things changed and turned from bad to worse,” Boois alleges.



    She says Hanse-Himarwa then “shamelessly robbed” her of another five-year stint as CRO after councillors resolved to extend her contract.



    Hanse-Himarwa is further accused of having pushed elderly Magdalena !Gaoses off a resettlement farm, which she then allocated to a family member, Erica Mungunda-//Khaibeb.



    Another charge is that Hanse-Himarwa allegedly gave “bogus titles” to permanent secretaries so that they could join her on a trip to Algeria, which cost the regional council N$30 000 that was not paid back to the line ministry.



    Hanse-Himarwa is further said to have misused the powers of her office when she appointed Boois as CRO.



    Hanse-Himarwa in August 2016 admitted to have 'favoured' the Boois family “to become inhabitants of Hardap by employing [Boois] even though she came out fourth in the interview because she is a woman”.



    Boois claims Hanse-Himarwa has never handed over funds collected from embassies for a 'backyard garden' initiative when she left the office of governor.



    She said the former governor also unduly influenced Hardap councillors to reinstate a contractor on a botched sewerage tender in Hoachanas.



    Hanse-Himarwa was not available for comment before going to press.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Mannetti explains Ballack omissionMannetti explains Ballack omissionPlayer suspended at African There are more than one reason why Wesley 'Ballack' Katjiteo has been omitted from the Brave Warriors squad. Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has explained why he left out Young African player Ballack Katjiteo when he announced his 23-man squad for the Botswana clash.

    Katjiteo has been influential for his club Young African FC in the early stages of the 2017 NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup.

    The player will not be part of the national team over the weekend because of personal reasons, according to the coach.

    “Katjiteo recently attended the funeral of his sister and I think it is wise to give him a break for this clash,” Mannetti said.

    The Namibians are preparing to play Botswana's Zebras in an international friendly match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.

    The last time Botswana visited Namibia, they left a bitter taste in the mouth of many as they defeated the home side 5-4 on penalties in the 2016 Cosafa showpiece.

    Namibia went on to win the plate final that year, while South Africa were crowned champions of the competition which took place in Windhoek.

    However, Young African boss Marley Ngarizemo says there could be other reasons for Ballack's omission besides the death of his sister, since he is also on suspension at the club.

    According to Ngarizemo, Katjiteo has been misbehaving and that it is why he was suspended.

    “To be honest, I do believe Mannetti did not call up Ballack because he has been inactive on club duty.

    “The player was instigating his teammates not to train because he wanted to know how much they would be paid after the tournament.

    “For this reason, I decided to suspend him until further notice,” Ngarizemo said.

    Ngarizemo is delighted that one of his players, Himeezembi Hengombe, was called up to represent Namibia this weekend.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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  • Shimbonde picks up injuryShimbonde picks up injury MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions has announced that Steven Shimbonde, who was scheduled to fight Emmanuel Mungandjela, has been injured.

    The boxer will no longer fight for the national title this month.

    Mungandjela will now fight Mendu Kaangundue for the national welterweight title over 10 rounds on 21 October.

    What could have made the Mungandjela and Shimbonde bout significant is that both have fought for a long time, but never got a crack at a title fight.

    Having grown up together, they vowed that friends would become enemies in the ring because of what was at stake.

    Shimbonde will have to wait a little longer before he can realise his dream, while Mungandjela moves closer to a title.

    An excited Kaangundue said he was ready to fight Mungandjela and declared himself fit for the fight.

    “It is an excellent opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to declare victory over him,” Kaangundue said.

    The Champions in Action event will see Walter 'The Executioner' Kautondokwa defend his WBO middleweight title against Meshack 'Smart Boy' Mwankenwa of Tanzania.

    Namibia's promising welterweight prospect Mike Shonena will challenge Juma Waiswa of Uganda for the vacant WBO Africa welterweight title in the main undercard.

    There will be eight other undercards to give boxing fans value for their money.

    Tickets are available at Computicket outlets, Antonio's shop in Post Street Mall and at the Windhoek Country Club reception.

    General tickets cost N$200 while a VIP table seating 10 persons costs N$10 000.

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    Kickboxing event to storm coastKickboxing event to storm coast The Namibia Kickboxing Federation (NKF) will host the Desert Storm 1 international kickboxing competition at the coast on Saturday.

    Kickboxing, self-defence and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be some of the events seen on this day.

    This is the first event of its kind for Namibian kickboxing and there will be a world title fight as well as three African title fights.

    The one-day tournament will only feature men as the NKF is only one year old and currently there are no women with black belts to compete in title fights.

    Women will participate in the national trails and participants will be from USA, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa and host Namibia.

    Anita de Klerk, president of the Namibia Kickboxing Federation, said that during the day national trials will be held for all kickboxing clubs in Namibia.

    “These will aid towards a selection of an inclusive Namibian team to represent the country at international level in competitions. This will also enable athletes to set and improve their own standards as well.”

    The world title fight will be between Brandon Mashele (South Africa) and Clain Matrix (Reunion Island).

    The Sub-Sahara title fights will be fought by: Delano Müller (Nam) vs Tabiso Mkhwebane (South Africa) in age group 13; Lesley Hoaeb (Namibia) vs Nico Bezuidenhout (South Africa), welterweight; and Julian Müller (Namibia) vs Johan Scholtz (South Africa), middleweight.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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