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  • 11/12/17--14:00: Power to the powerless
  • Power to the powerlessPower to the powerlessOPE electrifies 588 households for free Oshakati Premier Electric is spending N$7 million on providing electricity to 1 120 homes in informal settlements. Oshakati Premier Electric (OPE) through its free electrification programme in various informal settlements in Oshakati has thus far electrified about 588 households.

    The power distributor still has to electrify 532 households to meet the 1 120 target.

    OPE embarked on the programme last year after realising that 1 120 households in settlements they had electrified about 16 years ago were not yet connected to the grid.

    As a result OPE used half of its dividend to the Oshakati Town Council to provide free electrification. A total amount of N$7 million is being spent on the programme.

    The residents in Uupindi North and South, Evululuko Extension 10, 11 and 12, Okandjengedi and Ompumbu were then encouraged to apply in order to receive the free electrification and not pay the N$6 000 connection fee. According to OPE spokesperson Rautia Mwaala, the project is still ongoing and OPE plans to meets its target.

    “The overall target has not been reached, but the project is still ongoing. We are optimistic that more applicants will be connected as we continue to sensitise the residents of Oshakati town to come and apply,” Mwaala said.

    She pointed out that since the start of the project last year in October they had received about 1 000 applications.

    Some had to be disqualified because the applicants either lived outside the planned areas or because of challenges with ownership verification.

    She said they would continue to engage the town council in order to see how they can overcome these challenges. Mwaala also pointed out that OPE had made funds available for the electrification of Onawa settlement.

    At the launch of the project last year OPE CEO Nelson Sheya said the initiative would contribute towards the sustainable development goals, which are to end poverty, ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all as well as to promote the inclusivity and economic growth.

    “This will go far in achieving the desired outcome with respect to economic transformation which is economic empowerment leading to higher inclusion of disadvantaged groups into the formal economy of the Harambee goal and outcome and thereby ensuring prosperity for all and creating a society where no one feels left out,” Sheya remarked.


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    State appeals voter fraud acquittalState appeals voter fraud acquittal The State has appealed against the acquittal of former director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Philemon Kanime and two others who were charged with voter registration fraud during 2008.

    In January 2014, the Katutura Regional Court acquitted Kanime, Rally for Democracy and Progress member Magnus Nangombe and ECN employee Nicodemus Mingelius on charges of fraud pertaining to the first local authority election for Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.

    State advocate Ed Marondedze argued that it was inconceivable how the court decided to discharge them when the weight of evidence pointed towards their involvement. Nangombe and Mingelius were also acquitted of forgery, or alternatively contravention of provisions of Electoral Act of 1992, as well as a count of uttering a forged document, read with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

    The State had alleged that Nangombe had failed to register as a voter in February 2008 during the gazetted period. Nangombe, allegedly with the assistance of Mingelius, subsequently registered as a voter after the dates of registration had elapsed.

    He allegedly forged a registration form number 2004305280 to appear as if he had been registered by a certain Ester Nangombe, who was an accredited voter registration officer for the Omuthiya local authority elections.

    Marondedze maintained that there was evidence upon which a reasonable court could found the respondents guilty as the Regional Court never discredited State witnesses and added that the court in fact agreed with some aspects of the evidence led by the State.

    According to him, the court agreed that the handwriting and signature of Ester Nangombe had been forged and that the thumbprint on the forged document belonged to Magnus Nangombe.

    “It therefore appears the court did not consider the credibility of witnesses to arrive at the verdict of not guilty as charged,” he said.

    He argued that the court used its discretion to come to the conclusion that there was no evidence on record that either Nangombe or Mingelius had forged the form used for the application to register as a voter.

    The court is said to have used its discretion that there was no evidence that all three respondents were aware that the form used for the application to register as voter was not a proper one.

    “I submit the learned magistrate failed to apply its mind to the elements of the offences, the facts of the case and the evidence led by state to determine whether it had established a prima facie case against the respondents,” Marondedze argued.

    He submitted that the High Court can interfere with the decision of the Regional Court magistrate to discharge the respondents.

    The case will be heard in the High Court in the coming days.

    Advocate Albert Strydom is representing the three respondents.


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  • 11/12/17--14:00: Lions cause mayhem
  • Lions cause mayhemLions cause mayhemFarmer loses 87 sheep and goats Conservationists fear for the lives of a pride of desert-adapted lions that have caused major livestock losses in the Kunene Region. A Kunene farmer lost 86 goats and sheep valued at approximately N$103 000 after at least ten lions entered a kraal on his farm last Wednesday night and wiped out the majority of his stock.

    The farmer, Samuel Gawiseb from farm Avante Post in the Grootberg conservancy, could not be reached for comment but a friend, Vitalis Florry, told Namibian Sun that only eight young goats survived the attack.

    “They also killed the guard dog. About eight kids that were still drinking milk survived,” Florry said.

    It is not clear where the lions currently are, but Namibian Sun was informed that they would be targeted for killing, either when they are declared problem animals by the environment ministry, or if in retaliation, someone decides to try and poison them if the authorities don't act.

    The mass killing has highlighted what Florry and others say is a lack of practical strategies to reduce or prevent human-wildlife conflict, as well as meagre compensation for loss of livestock, crops and even human life in areas farmers share with wildlife.

    “The lions should be collared, so that there is an early warning system in place when they come towards human settlements. But at the moment they are not collared. We don't think those lions were collared,” Florry said.

    Ministry of Environment and Tourism officials have visited the scene and are investigating.

    According to Florry, the financial loss for Gawiseb is a catastrophic.

    One goat has a market value of roughly N$1 200 but the current policy on compensation for farmers makes provision of N$200 for a goat and N$250 for a sheep.

    Based on this, Gawiseb would receive merely N$21 500, more than N$80 000 less than the worth of the animals he lost, Florry estimated.

    Florry explained that in some conservancies, the conservancies add additional funds per animal lost to farmers to minimise the financial loss. He said he was not sure this was also the case in the Grootberg conservancy, where Gawiseb farms.

    The issue of meagre compensation has been under the spotlight for some time, with many communal farmers criticising the current policy, which provides compensation of N$1 500 per cow, N$500 per horse, and N$5 000 towards the funeral when a person is killed.

    In line with this, regional consultations for input on the revised national policy on human wildlife conflict got under way in September and in October the ministry announced it would need N$900 million to implement the revised national policy on human-wildlife conflict management.

    The revised policy has proposed sharp increases in compensation for human-wildlife conflict.

    Izak Smit of Desert Lions Human Relations Aid (Dehlra) told Namibian Sun that there is a number of ways to protect livestock from predators such as lions, including upgrading kraals to make them predator proof, arming farmers with tools to chase off lions and collaring lions as an early-warning and monitoring system.

    He said collaring is a crucial element of helping farmers keep an eye on roving predators and would “go a long way towards addressing the conflict.”

    Smit explained that the killing frenzy was strategic on the part of the lions to silence the panicked animals in the kraal.

    “Lions are intelligent enough to know the animals are turning into whistleblowers, so in order to shut them up and not attract unwelcome attention, they just break the animal's neck. This is not uncommon when there is hysterical frenzy and they need to turn off the noise.”

    He said in an open area, where the panicked prey can run off, lions would not need to silence the animals and the loss of life would be markedly lower.

    He said while the loss to the farmer was a great concern, he was also concerned about the possible loss of ten desert-adapted lions.

    “With the numbers dwindling, we can't just go and annihilate ten lions. That will have a huge knock-on effect.”

    Smit said Dehlra had appealed to the government to collar the lions but their pleas fell on deaf ears.


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  • 11/12/17--14:00: Swapo CC settles for Nevonga
  • Swapo CC settles for NevongaSwapo CC settles for Nevonga The Swapo Party Central Committee on Friday accepted Namibia Public Workers' Union (Napwu) general secretary Petrus Nevonga as the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) representative following a drawn-out leadership battle with the federation's deposed president Ismael Kasuto.

    Nevonga was sworn in as member of the central committee, paving the way for the inclusion of 16 delegates, including former SPYL secretary Elijah Ngurare, at the ruling party's congress in two weeks' time.

    Ngurare missed out on possible nomination for the secretary-general position during the central committee meeting last month.

    That was after both Nevonga and Kasuto had turned up as representatives of the NUNW.

    Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba confirmed that the central committee - in principle - accepted the NUNW representation at the congress.

    “The central committee called on the NUNW to sort out who should be on the list and emphasised that it must be done speedily,” he said.

    Namibian Sun understands the central committee is now likely going to accept the list of 16 names submitted by NUNW secretary-general Job Muniaro, which pitched Nevonga as representative on the Swapo central committee.

    This list includes Anna Shiweda, Loide Shaanika, Sarafina Kandere, Hilma Uushona, Lovisa Ndeyapo Iikali, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, Justina Jonas, Nevonga, Jacob Nghifindaka, Muniaro, John Uuskona, Evans Mawahu, Jessy Nombanza, Jacob Penda, Joseph Dinyano and Ngurare.

    That is different to the list that was submitted by Kasuto, which included himself, Simeon Kavila, Sarafina Kandere, Asnath Zamuee, Esther Nailenge, Cornelius Ntelamo, Rocco Nguvauva, Jessy Nombanza, Angula Angula, Suama Itope Kalulu, Nancy Kahua, Desley Somseb, Regina Nambahu, Jackie Karumbo, Paulus Namwandi, and Lahja Hitula.

    Late last month Kasuto lost a High Court case in which he had challenged his removal as president of the federation. Kasuto has since filed a notice to appeal the ruling by High Court Judge Boas Usiku to bar him from all offices and activities of the NUNW.


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    Brave Warriors thump ZimbabweBrave Warriors thump ZimbabweNamibia win Hage Cup Namibia's senior men's football side won the 2017 Dr Hage Geingob Cup after beating Zimbabwe 3-1 at a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday. The Brave Warriors were playing in front of a capacity crowd of over 15 000 football fans includingthe Cup's patron, President Hage Geingob.

    In the first minutes of the match, Namibia played Zimbabwe's game as the visitors passed the ball around without giving the hosts any chance on the ball.

    However, the team quickly settled in and scored their first goal through Hendrik Somaeb in the 14th minute.

    Peter Shalulile provided the assist and proved to be a thorn in the flesh for the visitors throughout the match, causing problems for Zimbabwe's defence.

    His speed and persistence in the 18th minute also provided him with a goal, much to the excitement of the crowd.

    Minutes later, Somaeb again got a chance to score but blasted the ball wide. The hosts then gave away a penalty which Zimbabwe's Tendai Ndoro converted comfortably.

    The Namibians where not satisfied with their lead and kept tormenting the Zimbabwean defence, which resulted in a penalty after Somaeb was tackled in the box. He comfortably landed the ball in the back of the net.

    The halftime score was 3-1. In the second half both teams made chances with Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti testing his players.

    After the match, Mannetti said the team executed their game plan well.

    “We knew Zimbabwe's weakness and set a trap in the midfield for them as we attacked their central defence. They were also a problem but captain Ronald Ketjijere and Dynamo Fredericks did a great job behind.”

    Mannetti also said that the Namibian fans created an electrifying atmosphere and thanked them for supporting the team through thick and thin.

    The coach called up only three South African-based players and managed to beat a Zimbabwean side which had 10 international players.

    Namibia received medals and a floating trophy, while the visitors received medals and the losers' plate.

    Before the match kicked off, Lolo Goraseb, Congo Hindjou and Collin Benjamin handed over a signed jersey of the Brave Warriors bearing the late Robbie Savage's photo.

    Namibia used the match to prepare for the 2018 African Nations Championship to be played in Morocco in January, while Zimbabwe are preparing for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.


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    NMH and my.na launch exciting auction technologyNMH and my.na launch exciting auction technology From today Namibia Media Holdings and my.na (My Namibia) give readers with the support of our valued advertising clients a unique chance to score a great bargain every week.

    In order to participate, log on the my.na’s online auctions and make your bid.

    As part of Republikein’s 40th anniversary the reserve price is only N$40.

    Auctioned this week is an 85 piece tool piece, on sale at Pupkewitz Megabuild for N$1 799 (retail value N$1 999).

    “We are very excited about this technology,” says Ronèl Claassen, marketing representative for Pupkewitz Megabuild. “The platform is safe and the public can look forward to good bargains.”

    This unique online buy and sell platform was developed by Intouch Interactive Marketing.

    According to Ronèl expert advice is also available country wide at Megabuild’s 16 branches and consumers can get al the latest offerings and gardening advice on Megabuild’s Facebook page.

    Register and log on to my.na auctions at www.my.na/trade/auctions, list your own items and bid on other offerings.

    Maybe sell your old bicylce and upgrade in time for the Desert Dash?

    The site facilitates a safe and user friendly environment where you can sell and bid on products from anywhere. You can use your mobile device or PC.

    People registered to read the online versions of Republikein, Namibian Sun and Allgemeine Zeitung are already registered to use my.na’s platforms.

    The site also offers an auto-bid feature - choose the maximum amount you are willing to spend and let the system place automatic bids on your behalf.

    Happy auctioning!

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    PPP partners urgently sought PPP partners urgently sought Major development projects can benefit Construction, energy and logistics were highlighted at the third annual conference about Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as key sectors in which government can benifited from private expertice and investment. Saurabh SunejaDirector of PPP Unit, Ministry of FinanceThere is a need to expand this asset (Hosea Kutako International Airport). Ogone Tlhage - The government is keen to find private-sector development partners for a number of projects which include the refurbishment of the office of the ministry of justice, a partner in the expansion of Hosea Kutako International Airport, and an operator for the soon to be completed Walvis Bay container terminal.

    This was said by the director of the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Unit at the finance ministry, Saurabh Suneja.

    He was speaking at a PPP conference that was hosted by the finance ministry, PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia, Standard Bank Namibia and Namibia Media Holdings.

    Suneja said presented attractive opportunities.

    “It is a good time to have discussions in the power sector. The [recently adopted] National Integrated Resource Plan envisages 590 megawatt in power generation to be set up. The majority of this investment is expected to come from NamPower. We believe that this is the sector that provides opportunities for PPPs,” said Suneja.

    The government was also looking for a partner for the redevelopment of the Ministry of Justice building on Independence Avenue in the Windhoek city centre.

    “The Ministry of Justice project is an interesting one. We believe we can create surplus commercial office space,” Suneja said in a bid to entice potential investors.

    Suneja said the government was also looking to bring a private operator on board for the Walvis Bay container terminal currently under construction, as well as the planned expansion of Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

    “There is an opportunity to utilise this project through the selection of a private operator,” said Suneja.

    He said the airport project presented a great opportunity for private-sector buy-in.

    “There is a need to expand this asset. This is likely to be a lucrative investment, PPPs present an opportunity to expand public infrastructure,” Suneja said.

    A PPP committee will be established in due course to guide regulation setting, Suneja said.

    “We are in the process of setting up a committee and regulation drafting is at an advanced stage,” he said.

    Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has announced that regulations related to PPPs are expected to be finalised before the end of the year.

    “The PPP regulations as per Section 40(1) of the PPP Act have been drafted. The draft regulations have been submitted to the office of the attorney-general for initial scrutiny.

    “The regulations will assist the implementation of the Act by providing guidelines to be followed throughout the PPP process. The regulations are anticipated to be gazetted by December this year,” said Schlettwein.

    Another recent development was the steps taken towards establishment of the Public-Private Partnerships Committee.

    The roles of the PPP Committee include advising the minister of finance on policies and best practices relating to PPP projects, Schlettwein explained.

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    Ohangwena, Oshikoto road projects boost job creationOhangwena, Oshikoto road projects boost job creation OMUNTELE – More than 1 000 different jobs were created during several road construction projects in the Ohangwena and Oshikoto Regions between 2016 and 2017.

    The minister of works and transport, Alpheus !Naruseb, during the official opening of two roads in the respective regions last week said main contractors and sub-contractors were involved in the process, as well as upcoming SMEs and community members in the different areas who also benefitted.

    “As you all are aware, the government has a responsibility to create an enabling environment for job creation and while on its own, the creation of new infrastructure stimulates the private sector to create jobs; the government has a responsibility to undertake projects that also create new, direct jobs,” !Naruseb said.

    He officially inaugurated the 71 km Etomba-Omundaungilo gravel District Road (DR) 3624 in Ohangwena, as well as the 47.4 km Uukwiyuushona-Omuntele-Amilema DR 3683 connecting the Oshana and Oshikoto regions.

    !Naruseb emphasised that the completion of the roads will contribute significantly to the development of the two regions, as various environmental and social benefits such as the increase in public transport for the people who do not own vehicles, are expected from this project.

    “Moreover, agriculture, which is the main economic activity in these areas, will benefit from increased trade and cheaper inputs and the roads will also facilitate access to external markets, thus promoting the development of alternative economic activities,” he said.

    The construction of the two roads were co-financed by the Development Bank of Germany (KfW) and the Namibian government.

    The roads were built over a combined period of over two years at a cost in excess of N$200 million.

    The director of the KfW in Windhoek, Uwe Stoll, noted that the construction of these roads is mainly aimed at improving living conditions for the local population, while enabling them to access schools and health care facilities all year round.

    “This labour-based project will also at a later stage include 88 km of gravel road in the Kavango West Region, as well as the construction of river crossings and drainage structures for the first time in the Kunene Region,” Stoll said. - Nampa

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     Change in Geingob’s security detail Change in Geingob’s security detail The Office of the President has announced changes to President Hage Geingob’s security detail, which includes changes to the size of his motorcade. In a brief statement, the presidency said the changes were effected following a security audit. “Since assuming office in March 2015, President Geingob has used a smaller motorcade contrary to the established norms and practices of the Office of the Namibian president,” read the statement. Presidency spokesperson Albertus Aochamub confirmed that Geingob’s motorcade will be increased to more than three vehicles. “The president at the moment travels with three cars. It will now be more than that,” he said.

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    Welwitschias begin training campWelwitschias begin training camp The senior national rugby team, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, began with their training yesterday.

    This is after the arrival of some foreign-based players who joined the locals for the upcoming test matches.

    The Namibian team will come up against Uruguay in two test matches.

    The first match will be played on Saturday at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium, with the next match slated for 25 November.

    “We had our first gym and skills session yesterday morning and we are looking forward to doing more during the week.

    “Some of our foreign-based players have arrived, while others have announced their absence due to injuries and university commitments,” assistant coach Roger Thomson said.

    Centre Justin Newman, Cliven Loubster of the Sharks under-20 team and Prince !Goaseb of the junior Blue Bulls have all arrived for the test matches.

    Cheetahs' duo Torsten van Jaarsveld and Aranos Coetzee will not be available for selection due to club commitments.

    Wian Conradie will also be missing from the team because of university examinations, while UK-based Tjiue Uanivi is expected to be in action in the second test match.

    The matches serve as preparation for qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup during June and July 2018.

    The test matches will also form part of the NRU centennial celebrations.


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    NPL Exco demands VIP privilegesNPL Exco demands VIP privilegesNgarizemo is furious MTC NPL's Marley Ngarizemo is leading the complaints involving club representatives not getting an official invitation and VIP access to the Hage Geingob Cup. The Namibia Premier League (NPL) executive committee has expressed disappointment at not receiving an official invitation to the weekend's Hage Geingob Cup.

    The one-day tournament saw Namibia thumping Zimbabwe 3-1 to win the trophy on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    The tournament attracted a capacity crowd and beautiful football from both sides exceeded expectations.

    It has however emerged that some people were unhappy with the way they were treated.

    Namibian Sun is in possession of e-mail correspondence between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the NPL club representatives.

    The boss of Young African FC and executive committee member of the Namibia Premier League, Marley Ngarizemo, started the debate with an e-mail questioning why member clubs were not given official invitations to the match.

    “Dear Mr Mbidi and the NFA executive committee, I am writing to e-mail you my dissatisfaction of how NPL club owners are being mistreated by your organisation when it comes to allocation of VIP tickets for the national team and the Hage Geingob Cup,” Ngarizemo's e-mail reads.

    “We have not been invited or received any complimentary tickets for the said game and it is so sad that the clubs produce these players for the national team.”

    The Young African leader further added that they were disappointed because they had invested much in the players and deemed it important to be given special privileges on occasions such as the Hage Geingob Cup.

    Ngarizemo's e-mail was backed by fellow football administrator Mabos Vries, who was copied in the e-mail.

    “Dear Mr Ngarizemo, I am totally in agreement with your view on this matter.

    “I am not in favour of addressing issues of this nature on this platform, but I am of the view that this matter is totally out of control.

    “Can I remind the leadership of the NPL about the resolution taken by the BOG to engage NFA Exco on seven principle issues of which this matter is part of it?

    “By inviting those who maintain and sustain football on a daily basis is a token of appreciation to them,” Vries wrote.

    The clubs are threatening to bar their players from playing in the competition if their demands are not met.

    The Namibia Premier League chairman, Patrick Kauta and his wife were given VIP tickets to attend the match.

    Namibian Sun also understands that the NFA has distanced itself from the issue, claiming that they were not entirely responsible for the competition.

    The top organiser of the competition, Amos Shiyuka, said these questions should be directed to the Namibia Football Association and not to him.

    The NFA's head of competitions, Titus Kunamuene, said they were working on a response by the time this newspaper went to print.


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    'Tannie Ans' honoured by IAAF'Tannie Ans' honoured by IAAF Ans Botha, coach of South African 400m world record holder, Olympic champion and world champion Wayde van Niekerk, has been named 2017 Coach of the Year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

    Botha, affectionately known as 'Tannie Ans' has guided Van Niekerk to numerous achievements during the course of his career.

    These include two world championship crowns over 400m, an Olympic gold medal and world record over the same distance in Rio in 2016 and a silver medal in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships this year.

    Van Niekerk also shattered Usain Bolt's world record this year in the little-run 300m event.

    He is also is in line for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year which will be announced later this month. Van Niekerk is currently undergoing rehabilitation for an injured knee and will be out for a period of up to six month, ruling him out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Botha, who hails from Namibia, was named SA Coach of the Year in 2016.


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    Ramaphosa in London for RWC announcementRamaphosa in London for RWC announcement The deputy president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, returned to London yesterday to lead Team South Africa at the World Rugby Council announcement of the Rugby World Cup 2023 host venue tomorrow.

    Ramaphosa was at the forefront of World Cup Bid Team SA in September when it presented its case to host the 2023 tournament.

    The South African bid has subsequently been named as the choice of the Rugby World Cup board to host the 2023 tournament. This follows an exhaustive tendering, clarification and evaluation process.

    Contenders France and Ireland were rated second and third respectively.

    The final decision rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who collectively exercise 39 votes and among whom a simple majority is required to secure the hosting rights. The three bidding countries do not vote.

    Those eligible to vote in the secret ballot on 15 November are: Australia (3 votes), England (3), New Zealand (3), Scotland (3), Wales (3), Italy (3), Argentina (3), Canada (1), Japan (2), Georgia (1), Romania (1), USA (1), Asia Rugby (2), Oceania Rugby (2), Rugby Africa (2), Rugby Americas North (2), Rugby Europe (2), Sudamerica Rugby (2).

    The announcement is scheduled for approximately 15:00 (SA time) tomorrow and will be broadcast live on SuperSport (Channel 201) from 14:30 as well as being live streamed by worldrugby.org.

    Ramaphosa's participation and leadership will demonstrate the government's support. He will be accompanied by sport and recreation minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander and chief executive Jurie Roux.


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  • 11/13/17--14:00: NFA praises fans' behaviour
  • NFA praises fans' behaviourNFA praises fans' behaviourSecurity at Hage Geingob Cup impressive The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has praised the good behaviour of Brave Warriors fans at the 2017 Dr Hage Geingob Cup on Saturday. The Sam Nujoma Stadium was bursting with excited fans on Saturday when the Brave Warriors beat Zimbabwe 3-1 to win the Dr Hage Geingob Cup trophy.

    The stadium, with a seating capacity of 10 300 people, was well beyond its capacity, yet there were no incidents.

    NFA president Frans Mbidi praised the tight security and the fans' good behaviour.

    “Our fans demonstrated maturity this time around. Prior to the match we sent out a plea urging fans to refrain from unruly behaviour. They heeded our call and I am sending out gratitude to them.

    “This was one of the best football attendances and the head of state was impressed with the way the cup match was organised,” said Mbidi.

    This is a welcome relief considering that the NFA was fined N$70 922 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the unsporting and offensive behaviour by Brave Warriors fans during the team's 2-0 win over Comoros in the 2018 Chan qualifiers match on 20 August.

    In October, NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro confirmed the fine and called on the public to refrain from such behaviour in the future.

    “We again appeal to the supporters to do away with this kind of behaviour. We all know that the association does not have enough funds and now we have to pay for such unnecessary costs that should not be brought about at all,” he had said.

    He urged fans to find other ways of celebrating and supporting the team.

    “The team needs our support but it must be orderly and civilised and throwing objects onto the field is not the way to go at all,” he said.

    An avid fan of the Brave Warriors, Erica Ashipala, said she had never seen the stadium so full and she enjoyed the fact that there were no incidents of can throwing.

    Another fan, Salome Guises, said the security personnel were on point and maintained order at the stadium. “It was a great feeling to at least know that we were safe and could just enjoy the match without having to witness unnecessary fights unfolding.”

    Brave Warriors gaffer Ricardo Mannetti thanked the fans for turning up in numbers to support the team.

    “The players brought out the fans. I would also like to thank the marketing team for doing a great job in promoting the match,” he said after the match on Saturday.

    Namibia will now focus on preparing for the Chan championship in Morocco in January. In December the team will go on a training camp and will play training matches.


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  • 11/13/17--14:00: 'Black Death' fears grow
  • 'Black Death' fears grow'Black Death' fears growAt least 2 034 cases in Madagascar Widely underreported, the plague in Madagascar is far from over and it may take several more months to bring it under control. Malawi has been put on high alert over fears the plague, which has killed at least 140 people in Madagascar, could hit the East African country.

    It is now the 10th nation in Africa to be put on alert over concerns surrounding the Black Death, which was behind one of the most devastating pandemics in history, wiping out a third of Medieval Europe in the 1300s.

    South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, La Reunion and Mayotte, Kenya, Ethiopia and Comoros have all been warned to prepare for a potential outbreak of the deadly disease.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has also helped Ethiopia and Kenya prepare for a potential spread due to their direct airline connections with Madagascar.

    The plague has swept across the island nation since late summer, moving beyond the areas where it traditionally occurs, with at least 2 034 suspected or confirmed cases reported between 1 August and 8 November, according to the WHO.

    The WHO has pledged N$71.5 million to fight the disease and prepare surrounding countries for a potential spread, but it says it could take months to bring the outbreak under control.

    WHO representative Tarik Jasarevic told The Independent the organisation has seen a decline in reported cases, as well as the number of people hospitalised with the disease in Madagascar.

    “As of 8 November, there were only 16 people hospitalised with plague, compared with 106 on 29 October,” he said.

    “This trend is encouraging, and shows that the quick steps taken to support the Malagasy government to contain the outbreak have been effective. However, we must remain vigilant and cannot rule out the possibility of future flare-ups.”

    Dr Dan Namarika, the principal secretary in Malawi's ministry of health, said his country is working closely with Mozambique to prepare for any possible spread, Mail Online has reported.

    “We have infection prevention materials ready and groups and teams ready to be activated if there is a trigger,” he said.

    The deadly disease is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is generally spread by flea bites or contact with an infected animal.

    Without antibiotics, the bubonic strain of the disease can spread to the lungs, turning into a more virulent pneumonic form, which can easily be spread through coughing or sneezing.

    Early symptoms of the disease include sudden fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and extreme weakness.

    The Black Death has been responsible for widespread pandemics with high mortality rates, claiming more than 50 million lives in Europe during the 14th century.

    Today, however, the plague can be easily prevented and treated with antibiotics if detected early on.


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    Landslides hinder quake rescue missionLandslides hinder quake rescue mission At least 140 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that were hindering rescue efforts, officials said yesterday.

    Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck late on Sunday, while images from the nearby town of Darbandikhan showed major walls and concrete structures had collapsed.

    Iranian state broadcaster IRIB said 129 were dead in an updated toll posted on its website, while the official IRNA news agency said some 300 people had been injured, adding that the toll was expected to rise.

    Six others were reported dead on the Iraq side of the border.

    “We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps,” said Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran's Kermanshah province.

    The quake hit 30km southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 21:20, when many people would have been at home, the US Geological Survey said.

    Iran's emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was “difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off... there have been landslides”.

    The worst-hit towns in Iran were Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah and Azgaleh, about 40km northwest, IRNA said.

    It added that 30 Red Cross teams had been sent to the quake zone, parts of which had experienced power cuts. In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.

    In Sulaimaniyah, residents ran out onto the streets and some damage to property was reported, an AFP reporter there said.

    The quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 25km, was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and for longer in other provinces of Iraq, AFP journalists said.

    On the Iranian side of the border, the tremor shook several cities in the west of the country including Tabriz. The quake struck along a 1 500km fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, a belt extending through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq. The area sees frequent seismic activity.


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    Trump mum on Duterte violenceTrump mum on Duterte violence Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands.

    All that went unmentioned in public by President Donald Trump when the leaders held talks yesterday in the Philippines.

    Reporters saw the beginning of the leaders' bilateral meeting during which Trump praised Duterte's hospitality, the organisation of the summit he was hosting and even Manila's weather. Trump said nothing about human rights and both leaders ignored shouted questions about the violent drug crackdown. The two men also shared a laugh in the meeting when Duterte called reporters “spies”.

    Later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the 40-minute meeting focused on ISIS, illegal drugs, and trade. Human rights, she added, briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs. She did not say if Trump was critical of the violence.

    Breaking with his presidential predecessors, Trump has largely abandoned publicly pressing foreign leaders on human rights, instead showing a willingness to embrace international strongmen for strategic gain.

    “Trump seems very comfortable with strongmen. It's not just that he won't criticise Duterte. I wouldn't be surprised if he patted him on the back,” said Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at US-China Institute at the University of Southern California, before the meeting.

    Duterte's war on drugs has alarmed human rights advocates around the world who say it has allowed police officers and vigilantes to ignore due process and to take justice into their own hands. Government officials estimate that well over 3 000 people, mostly drug users and dealers, have died in the ongoing crackdown. Human rights groups believe the victim total is far higher, perhaps closer to 9 000.

    Duterte has strenuously defended the violence and boasted of participating himself. Late last year, he bragged that he personally pulled the trigger and killed three people years ago while serving as mayor of Davao City. And last week, while in Vietnam for an international summit, he said he took his first life years earlier. Trump has shown little interest in pressuring Duterte to rein in the violence, instead saluting him during a May phone call.

    “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump told Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation that later leaked.

    “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”

    Trump also criticised Obama during the call, noting that his predecessor “did not understand” the drug problem the Philippines faces. Meanwhile, Duterte was openly critical of Obama in the final year of his presidency, including cursing his name.

    White House officials have suggested there is a strategy behind Trump's flattery of Duterte.


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    Oonkoshi dha dhipaga iimuna moKuneneOonkoshi dha dhipaga iimuna moKuneneMoshigunda mwa hupu owala uukombwena uhetatu Omunafaalama moshitopolwa shaKunene okwa kanitha iikombo 86 oshowo oonzi ayihe kumwe yongushu yoo N$103 000 konima sho oshigunda she sha ponokelwa koonkoshi dha thika pomulongo. Omunafaalama ngoka gwomofaalama yedhina farm Avante Post moGrootberg conservancy, ina vula okumonika opo a tye sha ke kanitho ndyoka eetelwa ihe kuume ke , Vitalis Florry, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya iikombo owala iishona ihetatu oyo ya hupu moshiponokela shoka.

    “Odha dhipaga woo nombwa yuusita nuukombona uhetatu owo owala wa hupu,” Florry ta ti.

    Oshiponokela shoka nekanitho ndyoka osheetitha aantu ya popye kombinga yompumbwe dhomilandu dhoka dha nuninwa okukandulapo iikolokosha pokati kaantu niiyamakuti, oshowo okufuta aantu mboka taya kanitha omaliko gawo onga oshizemo sheyonagulo tali ningwa kiiyamakuti.

    Aanambelewa ya za kUuministeli wOmidhingoloko oya talelepo ehala ndyoka nokuninga omakonaakono.

    Pahapu dhaFlorry, Gawiseb okwa kanitha unene, sho ondando yoshikombo shimwe yi li pooN$1 200 ihe omulandu gwepangelo ngoka guli miilonga ngashiingeyi otagu utha okufuta owala ekanitho lyoshikombo noshimaliwa N$200 omanga onzi ooN$250.

    Pamayalu Gawiseb otaka mona owala oshimaliwa shooN$21 500, nokukanitha oshimaliwa shi thike pooN$80 000.

    Florry okwa yelitha kutya momahala gamwe ga gamenwa, oopoloyeka ndhoka ohadhi gandja woo ekwatho kaanafaalama mboka ya kanitha iimuna yawo omolwa oshizemo she yonagulo lya ningwa kiiyamakuti, ihe keshi ngele osho hashi ningwa moGrootberg conservancy, moka Gawiseb e na ofaalamandjoka ya ponokelwa koonkoshi.

    Omulandu ngoka ogwa kala nokunyenyetwa kaaniimuna sho haku futwa owala oshimaliwa shooN$1 500 mongombe , N$500 monkambe oshowo oshimaliwa shooN$5 000 mefumbiko lyomuntu a dhipagwa koshiyamakuti.

    Onkalo ndjoka oya e ta uuminiteli wu ninge omatalululo momulandu ngoka pokati komwedhi Sepetemba naKotomba, na owa popi kutya otawu ka pumbwa oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 900, opo wu vule okutula miilonga omulandu ngoka gwa talululwa.

    Omulandu ngoka otagu pula omagwedhelo giifuta hayi gandjwa kwaambo ya yonagulilwa omaliko gawo kiiyamakuti nenge aantu ya dhipagwa nokweehamekwa kiiyamakuti.

    Izak Smit gwoDesert Lions Human Relations Aid (Dehlra) okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya ope na omikalo dhokugamena iimuna kiiyamakuti ngaashi okulonga iigunda nokuyi ninga yi kale itayi vulu okupita iiyamakuti, okugandja iilongitho kaanafaalama mbyoka tayi tidhile kokule iiyamakuti nenge okutula iiyamakuti uungendjounene oonkoshi dho dhi kale tadhi uvikila kokule, nokugandja ekunkililo kaaniimuna.

    Nonando okwa popi kutya omunafaalama ngoka okwa kanitha oshindji, okwa holola woo kutya ehala ndyoka lyombuga otali kanitha oonkoshi dha thika po10.

    Smit okwa tsikile kutya oya pula epangelo opo li tule oonkoshi uungendjo moothingo ihe eindilo lyawo olya gwile momakutsi ga thita.


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    Elelo lyoSwapo lya taambako NevongaElelo lyoSwapo lya taambako Nevonga Swapo Party Central Committee mEtitano oya taambako amushanga gwoNamibia Public Workers' Union (Napwu) Petrus Nevonga onga omukalelipo gwoNational Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) sha landula oontamanana dhuuleli sho kwa kuthwa miilonga omupresidende gwehangano ndyoka, Ismael Kasuto.

    Nevonga okwa ganithwa onga oshilyo shokomitiye yelelo na otaka kala gumwe gwomwaamboka taya ka kala momutumba gwomahogololo gwoSwapo ngoka tagu ningwa uule wiiwike iyali twa taalela.

    Elijah Ngurare, okwa ndopa ompito yokuhogololwa a ninge a kuthe ombinga methigathano lyamushanga ndjai.

    Amushanga gwoSwapo, Nangolo Mbumba okwa koleke kutya elelo lyongundu oya taambako Nevonga a kalelepo oNUNW.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun oshuuvite kutya ngashiingeyi elelo lyongundu ndjoka otali ka taambako omusholondondo gwomadhina 16 gaamboka ya gandjwa kuamushanga gwoNUNW, Job Muniaro, ngoka gwa pula Nevonga a kale omukalelipo gwawo mokomitiye yelelo lyoSwapo.

    Momusholondondo omu na Anna Shiweda, Loide Shaanika, Sarafina Kandere, Hilma Uushona, Lovisa Ndeyapo Iikali, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, Justina Jonas, Nevonga, Jacob Nghifindaka, Muniaro, John Uuskona, Evans Mawahu, Jessy Nombanza, Jacob Penda, Joseph Dinyano naNgurare.

    Omusholondondo ngoka ogwa yooloka komusholondondo ngoka gwa li gwa gandjwa kuKasuto moka mu na, Simeon Kavila, Sarafina Kandere, Asnath Zamuee, Esther Nailenge, Cornelius Ntelamo, Rocco Nguvauva, Jessy Nombanza, Angula Angula, Suama Itope Kalulu, Nancy Kahua, Desley Somseb, Regina Nambahu, Jackie Karumbo, Paulus Namwandi, naLahja Hitula.

    Omwedhi gwa piti, Kasuto okwa kanitha oshipotha mompangu yoPombanda, moka a li ta patameke ekutho lye miilonga onga omupresidende gwehangano ndyoka.

    Kasuto ngashiingeyi ota pataneke etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kOmupanguli mOmpangu yopombanda, Boas Usiku.


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    OPE taga gandja olusheno oshaliOPE taga gandja olusheno oshaliOpoloyeka ndjoka oya uninwa okuyambulapo oshigwana Ehangano lyOshakati Premier Electric otali longitha shimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 7, moku a ndjakaneka olusheno momagumbo geli 1 120 momalukanda taga adhika mondoolopa yaShakati. Ehangano lyOshakati Premier Electric (OPE) okupitila moprogramma yawo yokugandja olusheno lwoshali, otaya ka gandja olusheno oshali, komagumbo 588.

    Ehangano ndyoka natango oli na woo okugandja olusheno komagumbo 532 opo li vule okwaadha elalakano lyawo lyokugandja olusheno komagumbo 1 120.

    Oprograma ndjoka oya tulwa miilonga omvula ya piti, konima sho ehangano ndyoka lya nongele kutya omagumbo 1 120 momalukanda ngoka ga tulwa oongodhi dhomalusheno oomvula 16, inaga temwa natango. Ongashizemo shonkalo ndjoka, ehangano lyo OPE olya tokolaokua moonkundathana nelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati okulongitha oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 7 mokugandja olusheno oshali, kaanamagumbo mboka, na itaya ka futa oshimaliwa shokupewa olusheno shooN$6 000.

    Omalukanda ngoka taga ka mona oshali shoka ongaashi

    Uupindi North oshowo South, Evululuko Extension 10, 11 no 12, Okandjengedi nOmpumbu, naakwashigwana mboka otaya indilwa opo ya nine omaindilo.

    Omupopiliko gwo OPE, Rautia Mwaala, okwa poi kutya oprograma yawo ndjoka otayi pula komeho na otaya pangele okwaadha omalalakano gawo.

    Mwaala okwa popi kutya konima nkene oprograma ndjoka ya tulwa miilonga oya mona omaindilo okuza moshigwana ga thika pe 1 000. Okwa popi kutya omaindilo gamwe inaga ziminwa molwaashoka aaningi yomaindilo ohaya zi pondje yomalukanda ngoka ga tothwamo nenge omikanda dhuumwene womahala inadhi ihwapo.

    Okwa popi kutya otaya tsikile okuya moonkundwa nelelo lyondoolopa opo ya tale kutya omikundu ndhoka otadhi kandulwa po ngiini.

    Mwaala okwa tsikile kutya ehangano lyawo natango olyiikalekela iimaliwa mbyoka ya nuninwa oku andjakaneka olusheno molukanda Onawa.

    Pethimbo kwa tulwa miilonga oprograma ndjoka omvula ya piti, omunambelewa omukuluntu gwehangano ndyoka, Nelson Sheya okwa popi kutya oshiyetwapo shawo shoka osha nuninwa omalalakano gokuyambulapo oshigwana ngashi okuhulitha po oluhepo, okugandja omayakulo goonkondo dholusheno oshowo okuyambulapo eliko lyoshilongo.


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