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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Paralympic championship this weekendParalympic championship this weekendPara athletes to battle it out Namibia’s disabled athletes will compete at the annual Coca-Cola National Championship in Windhoek this weekend. The Coca-Cola National Championship is an event organised by the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) with the aim of bringing all its athletes together to close off the year, while preparing for the following year.

    The championship is scheduled for today and tomorrow at the Independence Stadium.

    Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, NPC secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya said this year's championship will see 168 athletes from 11 regions compete.

    “We invited all our athletes from the regions to come and compete against each other and prove who is the best in the country,” Hamukwaya said. At this same championship, new talent from the regions is often discovered, Hamukwaya noted.

    Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Kunene are the three regions that have not confirmed their availability for the championship.

    Hamukwaya said the NPC will introduce wheelchair racing at this year's event, which will add a new excitement to the competition.

    He said all the elite disabled athletes should be at the championship, as this is a requirement from the NPC for its athletes.

    “This is the only platform we have to compete in front of our sponsors and fans so it is a requirement for all our athletes to attend this event if they are to be considered for national events next year,” explained Hamukwaya. Namibia's disabled athletes like Johannes Nambala, who won silver medals in T13 200m and T13 400m at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championship in London, as well as Ananias Shikongo, who won silver in T11 100m, will grace the event.

    The secretary-general, who called on the nation to flock to the Independence Stadium for the event, said one of the biggest attractions of the championships will be Namibia's blade runner, Etchegaray Nguluwe, who will be testing his blades for the first time at a national competition.

    The championship will start at 15:00 today with 100m races, 1500m races and field events of javelin and discus. Entrance to the stadium is free.

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    Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt eye World Cup placesNigeria, Tunisia, Egypt eye World Cup placesPharaohs are at home Namibia's disabled athletes will compete at the annual Coca-Cola National Championship in Windhoek this weekend. NAMPA/AFP

    Nigeria will secure a sixth appearance at the global football showpiece by winning in Uyo against Zambia, the only other Group B contenders.

    Tunisia are away to Guinea and must better the result of second-place Democratic Republic of Congo, who face Libya, to clinch qualification from Group A

    Egypt can end 28 years in the World Cup wilderness with a home victory over Congo Brazzaville if Uganda fail to collect maximum points against visiting Ghana.

    The other mini-leagues, topped by the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, cannot be decided after the penultimate series of matches, whatever the results.

    Having won 2-1 in Zambia last year, Nigeria are understandably optimistic, especially after impressive home and away performances against African champions Cameroon last month.

    Inspired by current and former Chelsea midfielders Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi, the ‘Super Eagles’ triumphed 4-0 in Uyo and drew 1-1 in Yaounde to end the Cameroon challenge.

    Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr does not expect another multi-goal romp against Zambia, who would draw level with Nigeria on 10 points by winning.

    "I do not believe another four-goal victory is a realistic expectation - winning by one or two goals will do fine," Rohr told reporters.

    "Zambia are now a much better team than when we beat them last year. Watching videos of their wins over Algeria, I was struck by the speed of the strikers.

    "I believe Algeria underestimated them and we dare not make the same mistake. Zambia have introduced some of the African youth championship-winning team with good effect.

    "It is nice that we have control of our destiny - a win takes us to Russia. The players, my technical staff and I are totally focused on that objective."

    Tunisia travel to Guinea with a three-point advantage over DR Congo having taken four points in back-to-back matches between the countries last month.

    But the ‘Carthage Eagles’ have a woeful record in Conakry, losing four previous World Cup qualifiers in the west African coastal city.

    Libya host DR Congo in Tunisia for security reasons and the Congolese hope Cedric Bakambu can transfer his Spanish club form to north Africa.

    The striker scored a hat-trick for Villarreal last weekend - his first in La Liga - and is overdue some World Cup goals.

    Egypt have nine points in Group E, two ahead of Uganda and four in front of Ghana as they hope to end a long-running World Cup nightmare.

    The last of two appearances at the tournament was in 1990 with the record seven-time African champions suffering several heart-breaking failures since.

    Despite three withdrawals through injury, Argentina-born coach Hector Cuper can call on a formidable mix of local and Europe-based talent.

    Centre-back Ahmed Hegazy, midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Ramadan Sobhy and striker Mohamed Salah are with English Premier League outfits.

    Saudi Arabia-based goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is 44 and set to become the oldest footballer to play at a World Cup if the ‘Pharaohs’ qualify.

    Group D is tight with only one point separating Burkina Faso from third-place Senegal with Cape Verde in between.

    South Africa are five points behind the frontrunners having had a victory over Senegal annulled due to manipulation by a Ghanaian referee, who has been banned for life.

    Ivory Coast, seeking a fourth consecutive World Cup qualification, are one point ahead of Morocco and two above Gabon in Group C.

    The Ivorians are away to Mali Friday in the first of 10 fixtures scheduled for the weekend while Morocco host Gabon in Rabat.

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    Aapaliamende ya limbililwa konkalo yomategelelo maanona aashonaAapaliamende ya limbililwa konkalo yomategelelo maanona aashonaOondingosho nadho otadhi dhana onkandangala monkalo ndjoka Iilyo yomutumba gwopashigwana oshiwike shika oya kundathana kombinga yonkalo yeningo lyomategelelo mokati kaanona aashona, onkalo ndjoka ya lundalala noonkondo oshilongo. Omakwatathano gopaihole naalumentu aakokele, onkalamwenyo yopombanda, elongitho nayi lyomalovu oyo yimwe yomiinima mbyoka tayi hwahwameke eningo lomategelelo mokati kaanona aashona, pahapu dhaanapaliamende.

    Ominista yUundjolowele, Bernard haufiku oya popi kutya otashi limbililike momadhilaadhilo ge kutya omolwashike aavali haya pitika aanona yawo yaakadhona ya ye momagumbo nomagano gondilo, ihe kaye shi kutya oga kuthwa peni.

    Haufiku okwa pula aatotiveta yakwawo opo ya tule miilonga oompango ndhoka tadhi kiindika omaihumbato goludhi ndoka, ongaashi aanona aashona otaya longitha iikolitha oshowo eningo lyoomategelelo.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu yamwe ngaashi aalongiskola otaya gandja omategelelo kaanona, ihe ihapu ningwa sha.

    “Aanona otaya pewa ongodhi. Okanona koye koomvula 15 ota keya megumbo nongodhi yo iphone, ndjoka wushi kutya oyi na oo N$16 000. Okwe yi kutha peni? Ihe ito mu pula,” Haufiku a popi.

    Ominista yIikwameni, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana naye okwa gandja omaiyuvo ge koshipopiwa shoka.

    “Otashi halutha noonkondo okuuva okuza kaakomeho yiitopolwa kutya oshitopolwa shaMusati oshi aanona yoskola ya thika po-400, mboka ya pewa omategelelelo kaalongiskola.”

    Okwa popi kutya monakuziwa aanona yaakadhona oya li ya simaneka aakuluntu ihe ngashingeyi aakuluntu oto a dha ya kwata aanona yaakadhona momaako moondingosho noku ya landela omalovu.

    Haufiku okwa yamukula kutya aatotiveta naya tule miilonga oompango ndhoka tadhi yi moshipala onkalo ndjoka.

    “Okwa tumbulwa kutya aanaskola ya thika po-400 oya pewa omategelelo moshitopolwa shaMusati, kaalongiskola, momvula yimwe…Aalongi mboka oyeli peni? Oyeli kooskola taya longo nombili…. Olye a li e na okuninga omalunduluko ngoka? Otseni. Omolwashike itatu ningi omalunduluko?” Haufiku a pula.

    Jerry Ekandjo okwa popi kutya oshilongo osha pumbwa okushuna momuthigululwakalo ngoka gwa kalako opo ngele omukadhona okwa ningi etegelelo, nena a kumbilwe omwiidhi e ta hwikwa po.

    Iivula-Ithana okwa pataneke epopyo ndyoka ta popi kutya itashi vulika ku dhipagwe aantu yaali, yina oshowo okanona.

    Okwa popi kutya aalumentu ohaya etha okuya yamanguluka, nomukalo ngoka gwokudhipaga hago ta popi sho ta pula ku kongwe omikalo dhokuya moshipala onkalo ndjoka. Sho a pulwa lwanima, Ekandjo okwa popi kutya okwa li ta ningi omashendjo.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha lopota omwedhi gwa piti kutya aanona yoskola ya thika po-4 000 oya thigi po ooskola omvula ya piti, omolwa omategelelo.

    Ominista yElongo, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa oya popi kutya oyali ya haluka sho ya mono aanona yaakadhona aashona taya ulike omategeleo gawo komapandja gomakwatathao gopainternet.

    Iivula-Ithana okwa popi woo kutya kuuviteko kutya omolwashike aanona yaakadhona haya ningilwa woo iituthi uuna ya ningi omategelelo.

    Oondimosho na dhi ye

    Haufiku okwa pula aatotiveta ya yelithe kutya omolwashike oshidhigu okukutha mo oondunda dhomanwino momahala gomagumbo.

    Oonkundathana dhoka dhomategelelo mokati kaanona aashona, odha tamekwa koshilyo shopaliamende kokatekete kongundu yoDTA, Elma Dienda, noshikundathanwa shoka osha ukithwa ko komitiye yoparliamentary standing committee on gender equality, social development and family affairs.


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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Omuloka gwa tameke
  • Omuloka gwa tamekeOmuloka gwa tameke Omvula oyindji okwa tegelelwa yi kale ya loka oshitopolwa shonooli uuzilo waNamibia, muuzilo oshowo piitopolwa yopokati koshilongo.

    Omuloka ogwa dhidhilikwa mOshilandopangelo, mOkahandja, Aranos moshitopolwa shaHardap oshowo oofaalama moKalahari popepi noSpreetshoogte Pass.

    AaNamibia oyendji oya topola omathano gomvula tayi loko momidhingoloko dhawo komapandja gomakwatathano gopainternet.

    Aanafaalama momudhingoloko gwaKalahari, oya holola enyanyu lyawo ongula yEtitatu kepandja lyawo yongundu tayi ithanwa 'Reën in Namibia', taya popi kutya okulonga niimuna yawo momvula oshinima shoka yahala okukala taya ningi kehe esiku.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu omutengeneki gwokalo yombepo moNamibia Meteorological Service (NMS), Odillo Kgobetsi okwa popi kutya omuloka ogwa tegelelwa gu tsikile monooli uuzilo oshowo iitopolwa yomuuzilo, ihe otaku ka kala kwa kukuta moshitopolwa shomuuninginino nuumbugantu.

    Kgobetsi okwa popi kutya onkalo yuupyu muumbugantu okwa tegelelwa yi ka londe pombanda. Aakalimo yomOvenduka, otaya ka tegelela onkalo yombepo ya ndjena, iikogo tayi monika poombinga dhimwe oshowo omata gomvula nena.

    Onkalo yombepo yiikogo tayi adhika pomahala gamwe po oshowo omata gomvula otayi ka dhidhilikwa woo moondoolopa ngaashi Rundu oshowo Ondangwa.

    Muumbugantu otamu ka monika iikogo koombinga dhimwe nombepo ya talala ihe itaku tengenekwwa omvula.

    Ehangano lyoNamWater olya pititha olopota mOmaandaha kutya oondama ndatu oonene dhopokati koshilongo oSwakoppoort, Von Bach nOmatako odhuudha omeya nondjele yoopresenda 46.3 okuyeleka noopresenda 8% pethimbo lya faathana omvula ya piti.

    Swakoppoort oyuudha noopresenda 46.3 omanga omvula ya piti ya li pooprsenda 7.6, Von Bach Dam 71.0% omvula ya piti oya li poopresenda 15.8 omanga Omatako Dam yuudha noo 8.6%.


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    Aanona 'yokombanda' ya wapaleke  mOshakatiAanona 'yokombanda' ya wapaleke mOshakati Ongundu yaanyasha ya thika po-25 ya valelwa mekondjelomanguluko pondje yoshilongo, mboka ya unga ontanda poombelewa dhongundu yoSwapo, mOshakati oya kumitha oyendji sho ya tameke okugongela iiyagaya nokuwapalekwa omudhingiloko gwaKandjengedi, oshiwike shika.

    Ongundu ndjoka oya tameke tayi wapaleke poombelewa dhoSwapo, mpoka yeli, nomupopiliko gwongundu ndjoka,

    Hamukoto Fredrick, okwa popi kutya oya tokola okuwapaleka molwaashoka oya loloka okukala kaye na shoka taya ningi.

    Fredrick okwa popi kutya oye li 32 mboka ya unga oontanda poombelewa ndhoka, ihe o-25 owala oyo ya kutha ombinga mewapaleko ndyoka. Okwa popi kutya yakwawo yamwe inaya vula okuya wayimina molwaashoka kaya li ye na iilongitho yokwiigamena ya gwana.

    “Otwa kambadhala okukonga omanyala, iinima yokwiigamena komayulu, oonayilona okuza moshipangelo shaShakati ihe inatu mona oyindji, onkene otwa tokola okupula komeho nokuwapalekwa.”

    “Elalakano lyetu okukaleka omudhingoloko gwetu gwa yela pakutoola mo iiyagaya ayihe mbyoka tayi adhika mOkandjengedi,” Fredrick ta popi.

    Okwa popi kutya oya tseyithika elelo lyoombelewa dhoSwapo, nelelo olya yambidhidha edhilaadhilo ndyoka.

    Amushanga gwOmauyelele mEwawa lyAanyasha moSwapo moshitopolwa shaShana, Israel Twiihendeni, okwa pandula ongundu ndjoka omolwa oshilonga shoka.

    “Otwa nyanyukwa sho yetu tseyithile edhilaadhilo lyawo. Otaya ningi nawa pehala lyokukala owala ya lala esiku alihe,” Twiihendeni ta ti.

    Ongundu ndjoka oye ya pOkandjengedi okuza kOndangwa hoka ya kala ya unga oontanda pendiki lyomadheulo gOpolisi tali ithanwa Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre. MuJanuari opolisi oyiipumu mumwe naanona mboka, konima sho ya tokola okuninga einda pondjila yopokati kaNdangwa naShakati.

    Fredrick okwa popi kutya otaya hupu nuudhigu poontanda mpoka, na ota pula uuministeli waanyasha wu ya tume komadheulo goNational Youth Service training moBerg Aukas.

    Omvula ya piti, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa gandja elombwelo opo oshimaliwwa shoomiliyona 11 shi pitithwe okuza koshiketha shomayambulepo moSocial Security Commission (SSC) shi vule okulongithwa mokugandja omadheulo kaanyasha mboka.

    “Mboka ya hogolowa nokuya komadheulo oya tameka nale oonkalamwenyo dhawo oompe, omanga tse ta tu mono iihuna. Epangelo nali endelelithe omulandu opo natse tu tumwe komadheulo.”


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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Oh la la chance in France
  • Oh la la chance in FranceOh la la chance in France Do you dream of France or do you perhaps have a project linked to the country of love? Then this is your chance to participate in the “FNCC Flies You to France” contest and stand a chance to win a flight ticket to France.

    The competition is for French lovers including artists and French learners who must propose a creative project that will be carried out in France. The aim of the project is to strengthen the cultural relations between the two countries. For artists, it can range from a solo performance to a tour of France on the road showcasing Namibian art to the French public. “French learners can visit landmarks studied in class or a discovery of French museums. It can also be a project to study in a French university during the few months,” said Alexandrine Guinot from the FNCC.

    Interested artists and learners can join the information session of the competition on 10 October at 15:00 for details about this great project. Candidates are free to add any media such as pictures, songs, videos, and letters of recommendation. Individual or group projects are welcome, although only one plane ticket will be awarded to the team. Groups should ensure that they are able to fund the trip for the rest of their members. The deadline for applications is 25 October.

    June Shimuoshili

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    A successful first for Otji FestA successful first for Otji FestThe entertainment and behind the scenes The first Otji Fest is described by some as the Namibian style of Coachella with a little international flavour. Arts and sports lovers from all over Namibia gathered in the town of Otjiwarongo for an unforgettable event and an experience of a life time. The organisers said the aim was to ensure that entertainment was spread out across Namibia and not only in Windhoek.

    Although the event was described as a lekker one by the audience who came to have a good time and to see their favourite local and international artists such as Matongo Family, Cassper Nyovest, PDK and Durban's Finest just to mention a few, the local artists and media where being given a hard time backstage by the organisers. A fuss was created due to a misunderstanding with the organisers when the media and local entertainers where chased out of the tent when the international artists arrived. This caused a stir and commotion as the artists felt disregarded in their own country by organisers of the majority of the events and for once, the local artist decided to stick together and speak up. When organisers were confronted they merely said it was a miscommunication from them to the ushers. “It was a complete misunderstanding as the VIP tent was provided for artists to network and watch the show comfortably. We were not aware this was happening until it was brought to our attention and we immediately intervened and soon all artists where together,” said the organisers.

    The commotion was noticed by South African Kwaito legends Trompies who then shared a word of wisdom to both the organisers and the artists about unity. “In your country you should always consider your own first over the internationals because they are the ones who remain. Never sideline your own and strive for unity. It is the only thing to make a great entertainment industry and everyone has a role to play from organisers, artists and the media,” said Trompies. Television entertainment journalist and producer Emil Seibeb suggested that those tasked to deal with artists should take communication etiquette workshops.

    The organisers also took a stand against artists who do not respect time and made an example out of Lady May who came minutes late for her performance resulting into her not giving the crowd some love. It is not the first time artists either do not show up on time for their sound check or come late to perform and it was about time the culture was broken. “Lady May did not perform as she was not present at the time of her performance after being informed that she was set to be next on stage and the schedule was already behind. We need to all start respecting time. If an event starts later than scheduled, artists need to be informed and proper communication channels should be used,” said the organisers.

    The event is set to be an annual event and the dates for the next show are yet to be announced.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Another one from Young T
  • Another one from Young TAnother one from Young TThe man that keeps on giving Probably the most prolific maker of music in the country, Young T is dropping yet another album in November. Young T is all about the music and providing nothing but quality for his fans. The artist says that the criticism he gets from some people that he releases way too much music without enough promotion is not accurate.

    He recently announced that he will be dropping his fourth album called Wise Ruler and some fans took to social media saying the artist releases too many albums without letting some time pass before he drops again. Young T says he is just an artist who reacts to the needs of his fans. He says he is too passionate about his music and wants his fans to have as much of his music as possible. “I make music throughout the year and I cannot really choose when to drop some of the songs. Some of the songs make it to my albums and some do not. Sometimes the music is too nice and I just share it with the fans, I cannot keep the music to myself,” said Young T.

    For the Wise Ruler he says he wants to cater to everyone and reach as many people he can. “For this album I am catering for everybody. You will have a song that is your favourite and you will have a connection to the album,” said Young T. The artist, who is well known for his unique hybrid sound that bonds traditional Oshiwambo and hip-hop, says he will be getting back to his hip hop roots for Wise Ruler. “I am going back to deep hip hop roots with this album but it is also going to surprise you with traditional music,” he said. He says his fans should look forward to a great album with a lot of retrospect and reflection. “The album is going to be very diverse and on some of the traditional songs I get very lyrical. The album is well thought through and is very different from all my previous albums.”

    He dropped his debut album titled Philosophical Pages in 2014, followed by The Music Merchandise in 2015. In 2016 he released his most successful album so far, Becoming King. The year 2017 has been good so far to the artist; he won two awards at the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). The young singer and producer took Song of the Year with Fikulimwe that received massive airplay on radio, and Best Kwaito with Fesha ft Voster and Wizblack.

    According to Young T, Wise Ruler will be dropping on 25 November.

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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Using celebrity
  • Using celebrityUsing celebrity Everyone has a choice to be part of the fight

    Being a creative is about being able to think out of the box and using your artistic skills to make an impact.

    Rhinos are one of the most valued animals in Namibia, attracting a lot of tourists. They are majestic animals roaming our land for many thousands of years. Last year was not a great year for rhinos. An increase in rhino deaths due to poaching has been fuelled by the increasing demand for rhino horn in the growing economic classes of many countries in southeast Asia.

    Not wanting to be mere bystanders, an idea by one became a project supported by more, and has gone from a small fun and slightly crazy idea to a project that has a real chance of making a difference. This was to make a calendar. “I contacted a mix of ladies of all cultures in Namibia about two years ago and told them about my idea to produce a calendar and whether they be willing to play model for a photoshoot, showing a bit of skin – not too much – and either hold a rhino sculpture in the hand or a target sign or wear jewellery of a Namibian-born and bred jeweller, Frieda Lühl. The rest is history,” said founder Natashja Pinsenschaum. The models including Lize Ehlers, Tania Wiese and Mercedez, who all agreed to do it for free. Even the photographers Adrian and Angelique Peake, the hair stylist Silvia Byrne and the make-up artist Manuela Pinsenschaum, worked for free.

    The calendars will be sold for N$250 in Namibia and South Africa and for 16 euro in rest of world at the end of October. They are available at Earth Deli, SRT in Swakopmund and by contacting Natashja Pinsenschaum on her Facebook page. Those that are interested in sponsoring the calender pages are also welcome to contact her.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Let's get serious
  • Let's get seriousLet's get serious I don't know what needs to be done for Namibian artists to start seriously investing in themselves and their art as a career. I hope the past weekend was really an eye opener for those that attended the Bush Party and the Otji Fest in Otjiwarongo. The thing is that the majority of the artists, when they hear 'event', they only think of how much they will make and that's it… yet there are so many things that make you get booked again by the same organisers should they host something similar.

    Let's not even get into how we need more workshops so artists can be taught how to successfully sell themselves because there have been many hosted and how many show up? Let me leave it there. I guess what needs to be discussed now is if this is the industry we all want to leave behind for our children to carry on with. The disrespect for time, sound-checking, being sober before the event and after so you can network and sell yourself to the next event organiser at the event, is nauseating. We are a joke compared to other countries and this is why we are moving at a slow pace. It really all starts with one saying 'I want to better… myself and my music'. The next question is how do I do this? You stop thinking you know it all and actually listen to what those that know how things are done. It does not “hate if you are told not drink at an event”. It might mean that your performance will be rusty or you might miss it and end up not performing. Getting to the event is also a job on its own. I've noticed that Namibian artists get to events with a string of friends who do nothing to make sure your performance goes smoothly but instead just “chill with the celebrity” instead of taking videos etc., of you performing to build your portfolio. Invest in people who care about your brand and who can help you achieve greatness.

    I know and understand that being an artist is dealing with a lot of things to do and sometimes you just want to sing without worrying about booking for gigs, speaking to the media or how to get into a boardroom to sell your brand. Organisations like Poiyah Media can manage your PR for you and all you need to worry about is your music. I applaud Sally for taking an initiative of investing in her art and brand by joining Poiyah Media and I hope many more follow suit.

    June Shimuoshili


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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Confidently beautiful Suné
  • Confidently beautiful SunéConfidently beautiful SunéFrom empowering women to Miss Universe Excited beauty queen shares her plans on how she is preparing for Las Vegas. As the saying goes, where there is a will there is a way, and go-getter Miss Namibia, Suné January, took matters into her own hands and hosted a fundraiser event for her to represent Namibia at the 66th Miss Universe pageant that will take place in Las Vegas on 29 November.

    January said many investors and sponsors did not know about the Miss Universe pageant and she really wanted to represent her country like Lizelle Esterhuizen, who was the first to represent Namibia on the platform in five years. Instead of going door-to-door and asking for funding she thought of a way that won't only be a fundraising event but a platform for women to empower each other. “I did it because I need to show people that I needed funds and they gave been supportive.

    The idea was to bring women from all spheres together and even though the venue was not full it felt like it and I want this to be my brand, and become an annual event,” she said.

    At the same occasion, called Wonder Women Empowerment, Ilke Platt-Akwenye of Poiyah Media demonstrated the importance of family as a woman. She shared her insights from her experience, and about women going through tough times. “If you do extra work, it will eventually pay off. It is okay to burn out because that is when you surprise yourself to do things that you did not think you could do. Don't lose your identity,” she said.

    Regardless of her busy schedule, January has been preparing very hard for the Miss Universe pageant. She says hard work and dedication are part and parcel of her journey to Las Vegas and puts in her all to make the best of her time representing Namibia. “I have been jogging and doing core workouts. It is all about the survival of the fittest and I plan on being the one. I have also been getting pageantry training from The Edge Academy which has been very helpful and life coaching by Du Dile. I can safely say that Namibia is in good hands,” said January.

    Since looking good is part of representing Namibia January is looking forward to doing just so with the generosity of Namibian designers. She said she wants her garments to be diverse and fully Namibian. “I have called on Namibian designers who would like to design for me to and the response has been overwhelming so far. Many have come forward and I am very happy as to how we have teamwork and unity. Some have confirmed and others haven't yet but I am very grateful for everyone putting in effort for me to represent Namibia,” she says.

    When asked if she is ready, January says no one is every fully ready when it comes to such events but she is confident in herself and will make the best of her trip to Las Vegas. She says she wasn't ready to be Miss Namibia but she did and she has done so much already. “Every opportunity is a learning curve and at the end it is all about the experience and I am most definitely ready for that but am I ready for Miss Universe? I don't know,” she said.

    January has been involved the rhino anti-poaching campaigns during her reign and has been going on field trips. She says taking a step towards fighting poaching shows that there is more to being a beauty queen with a pretty face. “Looking back at the past queens none of them have really taken up a challenge, as most of them just went with the flow and did the usual. I wanted to swim upstream instead of going with the flow. I believe in making the world humane again and this means the future generations being able to see what a rhino looks like,” she said. Should she win Miss Universe, January says she wants to start her 'A Dollar Campaign' in every country to help eradicate poverty within those countries.

    January will be leaving on 9 November. The main event will take place on 29 November and will air live from the Axis at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas on FOX. Steve Harvey is set to return as host.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Signs you should change careersSigns you should change careers Changing your career isn't as scary as it sounds. “Your ability to make a bold move will feel liberating, and there is a chance that the feeling of freedom can inspire you to do even more in your professional and your personal life.” If what you're doing isn't making you happy, then why not change it?

    That being said, there are definitely some practical issues you should consider before you make the change. It's important to be thoughtful as you go about changing your career, but if you know the risks and can accept them, there are so many ways that you can benefit.

    “As long as you have a compelling reason to change your career, there are only pros,” career coach, Alex Aberle says. “Your ability to make a bold move will feel liberating, and there is a chance that the feeling of freedom can inspire you to do even more in your professional and your personal life.”

    This is not to say that you should walk up to your boss and shout “I quit!” tomorrow without some viable alternatives.

    Here’s how you know if you really should switch careers, because you have to be prepared to hustle.

    • Your current job isn't ticking the right boxes.

    The biggest factor is how happy you are in your current career. If you're excited to go to work every day, earn a good living, and love what you do, then it would be silly to jump ship just for a change of pace.

    But if you're feeling unfulfilled or like there's no room for growth, you may need to start looking around at what else is out there. Don't worry too much about the details at first.

    • Your job is affecting your mental health

    If you're so unhappy at your job that it's having a negative impact on your health, then you definitely should look at changing. It's not giving up. Remember that not everyone is the right fit for all jobs. Be prepared to take care of yourself and find something that really suits you.

    • You're willing to put in the work

    Switching career paths takes work, especially if it's into something you don't have experience with.

    “Before quitting your current job, ask yourself one simple question,” says Aberle. “'How much effort am I willing to put in building my new career?' You have to be willing to be uncomfortable while going through change. If you are passionate about succeeding, you will overcome temporary hardships.”

    • You're OK with making sacrifices

    Starting over can mean some real sacrifices. “You definitely need to set realistic expectations that you will be starting over again, and that means at the bottom,” Aberle says.

    “You will probably need to overhaul your budget and your lifestyle. Moreover, you might find yourself needing to take an internship to even get your foot in the door. Don’t think you are above these things. If you are really serious about starting a new career you might have to do things you don’t want to do, or feel too old to do … do them anyway. It will not only be a great learning experience, it will ensure that you are making the right decision changing your career in the first place.”

    You don't need to be stuck in one career path forever — especially if you're not happy in it. If you're willing to make some sacrifices, then there's very little to lose from trying out something new. - www.bustle.com

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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Shame the
  • Shame theShame the It appears government is taking lightly the debilitating teen pregnancy issue judging by the recent debate by legislators in the House this week. Or, are we being too critical for nothing? Concerned members have aired the views about the challenge. The debate and teen pregnancy statistics bring to the fore how rotten and heartless adult males in this country have become, to unzip and deflower their daughters and grandchildren without conscience, while the State sits on the terraces and watches the spectre with its hands in its pockets. Hardly a day goes by without the media reporting on girl child abuses involving even toddlers. A myriad of lacks fan this demonic sex thirst that perpetrators continue to quench with innocent girls, with impunity. Why hasn't government taken a firm stand to prosecute and incarcerate these rapists destroying nation-building efforts executed by lobbyists and even the First Lady's youth “Be Free” campaign? What is the point of spending conferences and signing treaties and adopting child protection policies and laws that courts rarely apply? Disturbing and ironic was youth minister Jerry Ekandjo's joke reminiscing about past practices where the girl was tied and burnt with grass when she fell pregnant. For a minister heading a ministry in charge of the very youth he is supposed to protect, such jokes question the minister's conscience. Sanity must prevail and unless government takes a tough stance and immediate action, future presidents will lead a population of bitter and traumatised women and children born out of immoral acts. We implore the government to tackle the teen pregnancy catastrophe with the urgency it deserves. The status quo encourages men to continue to terrorise and lure teenagers into the bush, bedrooms and cars without fear for their pleasure. Hats off to health minister Bernhard Haufiku and home affairs minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana for the sane contributions and show of grave concern. Any sane and responsible citizen sees this issue as a cause for grave concern and not a laughing matter. At this rate, the prisons would be bursting to the seams with convicted men but it is rather the understaffed hospitals grappling to deal with the life-threatening deliveries of underage girls mostly in remote rural areas. Do we care?

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    How to format an email messageHow to format an email message When you're sending an inquiry about a job or applying for a job, it's important to format your email as professionally as you would any other professional business letter. After all, everyone – recruiters and hiring managers included — get a lot of emails.

    Send job search-related emails from a professional email address — ideally, your email address should just include some combination of your first and last name or first initial and last name.

    Subject Line Don't forget to include a Subject Line in your email.

    If you forget to include one, your message probably isn't even going to get opened. Use the subject line to summarize why you're emailing. Some examples of strong subject lines:

    Application for Marketing Associate - Jane Smith Informational Interview Request Thank You - Marketing Associate Interview Salutation If possible find out the hiring manager's name — the information is sometimes listed on the job listing. If there is a contact number, you can also call the company's front desk and see if the receptionist can provide information.

    If you do not have the contact person's name, simply address your email to Dear Hiring Manager. Another option is to not include a salutation and to simply start with the first paragraph of your message.

    Body of the Message

    When you're applying for a job via email, copy and paste your cover letter into the email message or write your cover letter in the body of an email message. If the job posting asks you to send your resume as an attachment, send your resume as a PDF or a Word document.

    When you're inquiring about available positions or networking, be clear about why you are writing and the purpose of your email message.

    Format Your Email Message Your email message should be formatted like a typical business letter, with spaces between paragraphs and with no typos or grammatical errors.

    Don't mistake length for quality — keep your email brief and to the point. Avoid overly complicated or long sentences.

    Proofread it, just like you would any other correspondence. If you're really concerned about typos, consider printing out the email draft.

    Include an Email Signature It's important to create an email signature and to include your signature with every message you send. Include your full name, your email address, and your phone number in your email signature, so the hiring manager can see, at a glance, how to contact you. You can also include a link to your LinkedIn profile page or website so that recruiters and hiring managers can easily find out more information about you.

    Don't Forget Attachments.

    Sending a job search email often involves attaching files — a resume, portfolio, or other sample work. Make sure to double-check that you have attached all files mentioned in your email before hitting the "send" button.

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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Tired of teaching?
  • Tired of teaching?Tired of teaching? In light of Teacher Appreciation Day on 5 October, we take a look at what other career paths teachers can consider. Teaching is difficult and interesting work. It can be very fulfilling and at the same time almost unbearably frustrating and stressful.

    Generally, it’s not the kids who make teachers want to move on to another profession. Often, it’s the system itself that eventually adds up to be too much. Some teachers are driven away by the long hours and low pay, others feel they need to move on because of trying relationships with administrators or too much tension with parents. Others find the curriculum, or the tests, too limiting and confining.

    The bottom line is a fairly large percentage of teachers often decide that they are ready to move on to something else. There’s nothing wrong with making this choice. In fact, regardless of the profession, changing careers at some point during one’s professional lifetime is normal.

    • If you love teaching, but want to increase your income.

    There are a couple of ways to go about that. If you teach at a state school, consider switching over to private school. You might also consider taking on some side projects either within your current school or outside of it. Consider doing some tutoring in the evenings, or try your hand at curriculum development or other administrative tasks. If you love teaching and want to keep at it, there are ways to earn more than your basic salary. Talk to some of the administrators in your school; they might even know of some immediate opportunities.

    • Consider becoming an administrator.

    Maybe you love working in education but are ready to step away from the classroom for a bit. Many wonderful administrators started off in the classroom. In fact, having classroom teaching experience will likely make you a wiser, more compassionate administrator, because you’ll be aware of the challenges and realities happening on the school’s front lines.

    You’ll almost certainly need to head back to school yourself if you decide to make this change, especially if you’re aiming to be a vice principal or principal, but it’s a fairly straightforward process and the move could allow you to stay in the field you love while also having a fresh challenge and better compensation.

    • Consider other jobs in the field.

    When your background, training, and heart are woven so tightly around the field of education, it can be tough to imagine stepping away from it altogether. There are many other stimulating and fulfilling jobs within the field of education that you are uniquely suited for as a former teacher. Consider teaching home-bound kids, working for a curriculum development or textbook company, or doing some educational consulting. If you know anyone who’s made this kind of change, talk with them about how they did it. Networking could be the key to unlocking the opportunities you’re seeking.

    • Realize that your skills qualify you for other jobs.

    As a teacher, you have the soft skills employers seek and that makes you qualified for a variety of jobs. You could aim for something that relates to your discipline (for example, you could do some writing or editing work if you worked as an English teacher) or you could go an entirely different way.

    Have confidence that the difficult job of classroom teaching has prepared you well for a second career in business, IT, or another industry that interests you. Tailor your CV to highlight the skills that will help you shine and go for it. Employers look favourably upon folks with backgrounds as teachers; know that, and be confident that your years in the classroom have prepared you well for what’s next. – Source: www.payscale.com

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    Prisoner sues for N$4.6 millionPrisoner sues for N$4.6 million Prison authorities are being accused by an inmate of disregarding the provisions of the Namibian Correctional Service Act when they denied him parole and remission.

    The inmate also claimed his right to healthcare has been ignored.

    Johannes Hauwanga, currently serving 24 months for attempted theft in the Windhoek Correctional Facility, lodged an urgent application demanding N$4.6 million for damages he has suffered.

    He also wants the court to order the medical division of correctional services to punctually and professionally discharge their medical duties, including treatment and his prescribed dietary recommendations.

    He also asked for a certified copy of his health treatments received.

    Hauwanga is accusing the prison authorities of not respecting and abiding by the provisions of the Act.

    He argues that the offence he is convicted of is a non-scheduled offence and that the due date of his release on parole and remission has already passed.

    He maintains that his right to healthcare, that is, the right to medication and the right to have prescribed diet has been infringed upon.

    In his handwritten founding statement, he said that in accordance with correctional service principles, decisions are made in a forthright and fair manner with access by an offender to effective grievance procedures.

    He contends that this is not the case as the decision by the correctional facility has denied him, parole and remission.

    “Hence, there is a need that a competent court must strongly reprimand correctional services,” Hauwanga argues.

    According to him a correctional officer stated that they do not have his file and that he must be transferred back to Swakopmund for remission.

    He says the prison authorities are violating his right to health by denying him a prescribed diet and optionally by not allowing him to buy milk.

    The prescriptions of a special diet are issued only by medical officers. He was allegedly recommended to, among others, eat a balanced diet, such as fruits, eggs, milk, fish and potatoes.

    He further alleges that the prison authorities did not provide proof to verify the claim that the clinic staff is of the opinion that the prescription of his diet has expired.

    “I need a copy of the health passport to defend my fundamental health rights,” he emphasised and maintained that the patient charter clearly states that as a patient that he has a right to have a copy of his passport.

    He is of the opinion that he is being discriminated against from getting his prescribed diet while other inmates are getting their prescribed treatments.

    He says he notified the officer in charge, as well as a social worker, doctor, the nurses, the Ombudsman, his unit manager and the head of security, but said correctional officers still continued to violate his rights.

    He further alleges that his prescription against high blood pressure was not noted in his health passport and that the nurses are fabricating the fact that his prescription has expired. The authorities allegedly also delayed his treatment which he said was very serious and dangerous to his health.


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    Govt weighs in on elephant-troubled OmatjeteGovt weighs in on elephant-troubled Omatjete Government is deliberating on permanent interventions to stop the loss of human lives and property caused by elephants in the Omatjete area of the Erongo Region.

    Colgar Sikopo, the director of parks and wildlife management in the environment ministry gave this assurance on Wednesday in answer to sentiments expressed by Zeraeua Traditional Authority spokesperson Fabianus Uaseuapuani.

    In a telephone interview with Nampa, Uaseuapuani said the community was still traumatised because the elephants continue destroying their houses.

    “We are very upset because our petition to the ministry was not responded to so far. We feel ignored, we do not know why the ministry is quiet. This is a serious matter.”

    He said the community does not need any other interventions such as putting down troublesome animals, but they need them out of the area.

    The National Council's Standing Committee on Habitat held community meetings in Omatjete and Uis earlier in the week to collect views regarding the elephants. Parliamentarians will compile a report with recommendations for submission to cabinet.

    This year, the Omatjete community experienced the death of a community member, and the destruction of houses, boreholes, gardens and fences from elephants.

    About two months ago, they stood up and wrote a petition to the ministry demanding the elephants be driven away from the area forever.

    The animal which killed the man was put down and rangers were deployed to the area to monitor elephants and keep the community safe.

    In reply, Sikopo said the community is not ignored.

    Sikopo claimed officials would be sent to Omatjete to respond to their petition while a formal letter of reply to the petition would also be prepared.

    He, however, emphasised that the “idea of driving the elephants out of the area is not practical”.

    Sikopo said the ministry understood very well how serious the situation is, and hence its plans to rectify it.

    The ministry is looking at reducing the number of animals through trophy hunting, fencing off houses that are in the migratory path of elephants.

    “Another action we are deliberating on is to get a transformer and provide electricity to the most affected villages, so that the lights can keep the elephants away.”

    He said the animal which was put down generated about N$100 000. This money, Sikopo said can buy the transformer or barbed wire for fencing.

    “By next week we should be able to finalise some of these plans and decide which ones will be implemented. The same week we will also write a letter to the community or go there to respond to their petition.”


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  • 10/05/17--15:00: Disabled are 'left out'
  • Disabled are 'left out'Disabled are 'left out' People with disabilities are not considered when sanitation facilities in rural communities are set up, the chairperson of the National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia, Daniel Siremo, said.

    Siremo spoke during the poverty ministry's popularisation workshop of the Blueprint on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication.

    The objectives of the countrywide workshops are to inform the stakeholders on the blueprint and its implementation plan; to seek the stakeholder buy-in in the activities contained in the implementation plan; and to forge collaboration with stakeholders and enhance coordination of the activities under the implementation plan.

    Contributing to the discussion, Siremo said the Namibian government is trying its level best to build proper sanitation facilities as indicated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.

    However, sanitation facilities are built in such a way that they do not accommodate people with disabilities, he noted.

    Siremo questioned what message is being sent when such facilities are constructed without provision for the disabled, stating that the disabled are “left out”.

    On the mass housing project, Siremo called on government to renovate houses given to disabled people to suit their needs, such as better access facilities.

    Responding to Siremo's concerns, poverty permanent secretary I-Ben Nashandi said issues of disability need to be mainstreamed in all government policies.

    Nashandi said this has to be done so that whenever government constructs facilities these issues are taken care of.

    “I know that the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development is busy with a new blueprint on the mass housing, as they realised that they need to re-plan the redistribution of the mass housing,” he explained.

    Nashandi said Siremo's comments will be given to the ministry.

    The one-day event was attended by the poverty minister Bishop Zephania Kameeta and the governor of the Kavango East Region, Dr Samuel Mbambo, amongst others.


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  • 10/05/17--15:00: The long walk to water
  • The long walk to waterThe long walk to waterMan voluntarily delivers water to destitute villagers Lazarus Thomas has been hailed as a hero in his community for travelling 40km every day to deliver potable water to poor villagers in need. A severe shortage of potable water in the Oshikunde constituency in the Ohangwena Region has forced Lazarus Thomas, 23, to supplying incapacitated members of his community with water from Omundaungilo, and he does so voluntarily.

    Thomas uses donkeys to transport water from Omhito in Omundaungilo to his community in Oshikunde, which is about 20km, twice a day.

    Oshikunde is situated between the two constituencies of Omundaungilo and Okongo, which receive water supplies from the massive Ohangwena aquifer. But according to authorities Oshikunde's underground water has proven to be saline and not fit for human consumption.

    These results came after several boreholes were drilled at different places across the constituency.

    According to the regional councillor for Oshikunde, Lonia Kaishungu, community members rely on donkeys to transport water from far-off areas, while those without donkeys harvest slightly saline rainwater in ponds in their fields, which last some months after the rainy season.

    According to Thomas, he wakes up as early as 03:00 every day and gets to collect water from Omhito and he makes another trip in the afternoon.

    He uses water containers from his homestead and provides them to destitute members of his community to ensure they have potable water.

    “It is very far and sometimes the donkeys and I are walking slowly because we are tired. I have to get there early because it gets very crowded there with people collecting water. The earlier you get there, the earlier you get water. I do this every day and I have become used to it,” Thomas said.

    Thomas, who completed his schooling in grade 10, said he gets the motivation from senior citizens who approached him to help transport potable water for them.

    Now he says it has become a bit of a passion for him.

    Every day he walks 40km, twice a day, following his donkey to Omundaungilo.

    “I have to assist them because it is saddening to see people sharing water with livestock while I am able to help them. Some of them give me some money when they have, but some cannot give anything at all. But, I continue to assist them,” he said.


    Kaishungu said that community members of her constituency are struggling with potable water especially in homes without donkeys.

    “If you are a visitor at these homesteads, they will ask you if they can cook for you or if they must give you water to drink or water to bath. There is not enough water for all three activities and they can only assist you with one on minimal basis,” Kaishungu said.

    She said that six boreholes were installed in her constituency in 2013, but to date they are not functioning because they are not equipped.

    These form part of the 104 boreholes that will be rehabilitated by the South African government's N$100-million donation to Namibia in 2013.

    In August this year, the South African High Commission told Namibian Sun that Rand Water, the largest water utility in South Africa and supplier of water to Gauteng, has been mandated for the N$50 million rehabilitation of these boreholes.

    The deputy head of the South African High Commission, Eli Bitzer, informed Namibian Sun that the company was busy with the preparation of the sites, training locals and other tasks before they kick off the operation, after a memorandum of understanding between South Africa and Namibia was concluded and signed on 15 June 2015.

    The agriculture ministry spokesperson, Margaret Kalo, said their ministry, in conjunction with the prime minister's office, drilled a total of 104 boreholes: 25 in Zambezi, 14 in Kavango East, 17 in Kavango West, 16 in Ohangwena, 21 in Kunene and 11 in Omaheke because the condition of the funding agreement was for the installation of boreholes only, and not for the drilling of boreholes.

    “Work has commenced at two borehole sites close to Rundu, namely at Kahururu, where civil works and concrete slabs for the tank stands and a trough for animals is already completed; and at Ncamahoro, where the construction of concrete slabs for the tank stands and the trough for animals is under way. Now that a start has been made, the whole programme will gain momentum and be able to accelerate meaningfully,” said Bitzer at the time.

    Kaishungu said that only after these boreholes are equipped and start functioning will her constituency have some relief from the current devastating water crises.

    “We have a water tank distribution programme in the region, but it covers a huge area. Water is being shared by community members and schools and clinics. This means that for weeks there is no water that will be distributed to collection points or constituencies. A feasibility study was conducted to have pipeline connection at Ohandiba to bring water to Eenhana from Ondobe.”

    The councillor for Omundaungilo Constituency, Festus Ikanda, called for the establishment of a Constituency Development Fund that would enable regional councillors to have their own budgets to fund projects.


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    Soup kitchen for 1 170 learnersSoup kitchen for 1 170 learners The soup kitchen donated by the German Namibian Relief Fund to the Hanganeni Primary School in Swakopmund on Tuesday, is set to benefit 1 170 learners.

    The fund's Georg Quant said that the donation will bring socio-economic transformation.

    “Children should have three meals per day so that they can concentrate and remain focused. No malnutrition should be experienced in Namibia.

    “We should bring about socio-economic development to ensure that all children are fed daily. The donation will help aid the quality of education. Education is a major tool to fight poverty,” said Quant.

    He also thanked the group of architects who designed the kitchen and promised the school that within two weeks, they would complete the construction of a new playground.

    Speaking at the same occasion, the education inspector in the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund circuit, Monica Gawises, said that school feeding programmes still have many obstacles which hamper the ability of schools in the Erongo Region to effectively feed its learners.

    “We still have schools without eating and cooking shelters. Members of the community are still in the dark about the ownership of the programme. Beneficiary schools are still finding it hard to cope with the high demand for meals at schools by learners,” said Gawises.

    She urged other businesses to emulate Georg Quant's contribution and that the school should take care of the premises.

    The German Namibian Relief Fund has been in existence for 45 years and Founding Father Sam Nujoma has been part of it for 23 years.

    The fund has contributed an amount of N$191.76 million to five schools in Namibia including Hanganeni Primary School.

    Three volunteer cooks as well as a supervisor will cater for the soup kitchen.


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