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  • 11/13/17--14:00: Whopper find for Trustco
  • Whopper find for TrustcoWhopper find for Trustco A diamond of 476 carats was discovered at Meya Mining in the Kono District in Sierra Leone, in which Trustco Group Holdings has an interest of 51%. “An initial assessment indicates that this find is the 29th largest diamond ever discovered,” Trustco said in a statement on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) on Friday. It added, however, that “any value indication of the diamond is pure speculation at this stage as the diamond has not yet been examined and assessed by the necessary experts”. Meya intends selling the diamond through an international auction. According to the statement, “two other special diamonds of 19.70 carats and 27.93 carats” were also discovered in the Kono District in which Meya holds a four-year exclusive diamond exploration license. Trustco, which is also listed on the overall index of the NSX, closed at N$4.76 a share on Friday, up N$1.81 or about 61% from the beginning of 2017. In the photo, Minkailu Mansaray, the minister of mines and mineral resources in Sierra Leone, shows off 476-carats gem. Photo Contributed

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    Four SA citizens, two from Zim, nabbed in city robberyFour SA citizens, two from Zim, nabbed in city robbery The Namibian police have arrested six people linked to the armed robbery of a G4S cash-in-transit van at the Westlane Lifestyle Centre on Monday morning.
    Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed today that detectives recovered more than N$430 000 that was stashed inside a secure cash transit bag.
    Shikwambi confirmed that the cash consisted of one bundle of US$2 000, another of US$4 500 and N$336 000.
    She said four of the robbers were South African citizens, and two Zimbabwean.
    According to the police, at least two of the suspects, a woman and a man, acted as insiders who worked at a store in the mall, providing the two armed men who assaulted a G4S security guard as well as shot at the driver of the transit van, with information.
    The police have received widespread praise for the quick action that led to the arrests late on Monday night.
    It was reported that President Hage Geingob praised the police’s swift response and arrest of the suspects yesterday.
    Shikwambi said that four were arrested round 21:00 on the way to Rehoboth and two arrests took place in Windhoek.
    G4S has confirmed that the two employees who were robbed were not injured, and are doing okay.


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  • 11/14/17--07:57: Rising tension in Zim
  •  Rising tension in Zim Rising tension in Zim Zimbabwe is on edge as army tanks are seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.
    The Associated Press saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.
    While it is routine for tanks to move along that route, Tuesday's timing heightens unease in this country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
    Mugabe last week fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power.
    Over 100 senior officials allegedly backing Mnangagwa have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Mega fixtures unite clubs
  • Mega fixtures unite clubsMega fixtures unite clubs Several MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs have decided to join hands in order to host successful home matches this coming weekend.

    Tura Magic, African Stars, Civics and Tigers will play home games on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    The mega fixtures will be reduced to three at the same stadium on Sunday as Orlando Pirates, African Stars and Civics play as home teams.

    A weekend which begins with the famous Katutura Derby between Orlando Pirates and Black Africa on Friday night is expected thrill in the capital.

    Tura Magic will begin the Saturday afternoon fixtures against Rundu Chiefs at 13:00, with Civics entertaining Chiefs Santos at 15:00.

    African Stars will then clash with Young Chiefs at 17:00, while Tigers and Mighty Gunners close off the day at 19:00.

    On Sunday, Civics begins their second game of the weekend against Young Chiefs at 15:00, followed by African Stars and Chief Santos at 17:00.

    Orlando Pirates and Otjiwarongo's Mighty Gunners will play the last game of the weekend at the same stadium at 19:00.

    The tickets for Saturday's matches are selling for N$40 at Pick n Pay outlets and N$50 at the gate, while Sunday's tickets sell for N$30 in advance and N$40 at the gate.

    At a joint press conference held by African Stars, Orlando Pirates, Tigers and Tura Magic, the club officials enounced they have decided to work together in order to have a successful weekend.

    Each team will get a 25% cut from the gate takings.

    The vendors have also been ordered to sell beer in disposable cups as beer cans are not allowed at the stadium.

    “We have also requested the police to handle security matters in order to avoid any serious spectator problems at the stadium.

    “This will be the first time that four Namibia Premier League games will be played at the same stadium in one day,” Civics representative Tim Isaacs said.

    Other league matches on Saturday will see Life Fighters hosting Mighty Gunners in Otjiwarongo at the Mokati Stadium at 15:00, while Citizens FC travel to the coast to play Eleven Arrows at the Kuisebmond Stadium at 15:00.

    Blue Waters are also in action against Unam FC at the Kuisebmond Stadium at 17:00.

    Black Africa travels to Otjiwarongo to battle Life Fighters for three points at the Mokati Stadium on Sunday at 13:00, with Blue Waters playing Citizens at 13:00, followed by Eleven Arrows and Unam FC at the same stadium at 15:00.

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    Shipanga ends ties with Tura MagicShipanga ends ties with Tura Magic Tura Magic's head coach, Paulus Shipanga has stepped down from his role, it was announced on Monday.

    Shipanga, who took up the head coach position in 2015, will be replaced by James Britz, who has been appointed as caretaker coach until a substantive coach is appointed.

    Upon joining in July 2015, Shipanga led Tura Magic to a third-place finish at the end of his first season.

    Shipanga said the decision to leave the club was a mutual agreement between himself and the club and that he was not fired.

    “There are no bad vibes, it's just one of those things when you do not see eye to eye,” he said. He further said that he will take time off from football, weigh up his options and see where he goes. “At the moment I do not have any ties to any club.”

    According to a statement sent out on Monday, Tura Magic thanked Shipanga for his invaluable contribution towards the stability and success of the club in a short space of time. “He joins a short list of reputable coaches, among them Timo Tjongarero, Ronnie Kanalelo, Woody Jacobs and Bertus Bock, who have done remarkably well during their stints at Tura Magic.”

    The team also announced that they have promoted several youngsters from its feeder team, Namib Colts FC, which campaigns in the Khomas Second Division. These players are:

    Mervin Kasetura, Katjinaani Katjinaani, Cornelius Uyepa, Uataviza Kaitjindi, Stanley Ndjavera and Ngumeritiza Muvangua.

    In addition to the promoted players, several others were also signed from various clubs. These players are: Theophilus Nanguti (from Falcon FC), Kamaijanda Ndisiro (on loan from Desert Rollers), Macauly Baloyi Tsandib (from Benfica), Petrus Shitembi (from Stellenbosch FC in SA), Edmund Amugongo (on loan from Pescanova FC), Tjiveta Koko Katjimune (from KK Palace FC), Eldery Dawid Morgan (on loan from Windhoek United), Mwatuoovange Ikeinge (on loan from Khomas Nampol), Johannes Shiweda (on loan from Khomas Nampol), and Hiha Katjivena (from SKW).

    Finally, two goalkeepers, Donovan Gai-nub and Itareua 'Baron' Ndjai have been cleared to play for the clubs of their choice.


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    Demolisher mandatory challenger for WBC titleDemolisher mandatory challenger for WBC titleBrit falls to Namibian Namibia's 'Demolisher' will challenge for the WBC title next year. Namibian boxer Lukas 'Demolisher' Ndafoluma won a ceremonial challenge title and not the WBC International middleweight title over the weekend in Manchester against Craig Cunningham.

    The pair faced off on Friday in the first ever inaugural 'UK vs Africa' boxing competition event organised between VIP Boxing, Trident Sports from Manchester, South Africa's Kalakoda Boxing and Kwese Sports.

    The boxing match, which was for the WBC title, was no longer on the line due to the fact that the organisation failed to sanction the Namibian's fight due to late arrival.

    It is mandatory for every boxer to be weighed three times in 72 hours before a fight as per the boxing rules. Ndafoluma, however, arrived two days late.

    It was then decided by the event organisers to create a title for the two boxers to contend for. Cunningham, who tasted bitter defeat, vacated the WBC International middleweight title which means that the two boxers will either have a rematch for the title or the Namibian will face a new challenger early next year.

    The Demolisher said he is happy about his win and that he will continue working hard.

    “What is mine is mine and I will return next year with the belt,” he promised boxing fans.

    His promotor Kiriata Kamanya said fighting outside the country was a great experience for the boxer and that next year every boxer in his stable will get the chance to fight for a title.

    The pair faced off on Friday in the 'UK vs Africa' event that took place at Victoria Warehouse in Salford. Ndafoluma looked calm and collected as he eyed his opponent.

    A return leg of 'Africa vs UK' is expected to take place in either Namibia or South Africa, in February 2018.

    Armas Shivute from Salute Boxing also explained that the reason why only Salute took place in the competition was because they joined hands with Kalakoda Promotions from South Africa and that the competition is their brainchild.

    The overall winners of the event were the UK, winning the Kwesé Cup with a 3.5 to 1.5 winning margin in a pulsating encounter.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: The next big thing
  • The next big thingThe next big thingMervin Kasetura brushes shoulders with the best Tura Magic has found a gem in the young goal stopper Mervin 'Lukaku' Kasetura. Goalkeepers are the unsung heroes of modern-day football. They can never win a match for their team but they can definitely save it.

    These days' goalkeepers are not just mere shot-stoppers, but highly influential figures responsible for organising their back line efficiently and distributing passes accurately.

    They need to know how to lead the team from the back and make sure that defenders are wary of their opponents. One such aspiring goalkeeper is Mervin Kasetura, a 19-year-old first-choice goalkeeper for Tura Magic after Collin Ndjai left for Black Africa.

    The young goalkeeper evolved from Tura Magic's feeder team, Namib Colts FC, which campaigns in the Khomas Second Division. He says that being a goalkeeper is not an easy job because one has to be a leader with confidence to organise the back line.

    With a perfect physique enabling his long reach, superb reflexes, and knowing when to speed off his line - aided by the knowledge of when to come and when to stay – Kasetura, a former learner of Acacia Secondary School said he looks up to Lloyd Kazapua and just like him, wants to play for the senior side one day.

    This is something which might be in his reach if he maintains focus. Brave Warriors gaffer Ricardo Mannetti was impressed by the young goal stopper and said that Tura Magic's coach really needs to be applauded for taking the chance to play such a young player in the league.

    He made this statement at a recent media briefing and added that when clubs identify talent and provide the opportunity for players to show their talent, it makes it easier for him to scout the players for the senior national football team.

    At the moment, Kasetura has featured in six matches for the Tura Magic side which is currently second on the Namibia Premier League with 10 points, following African Stars which has 12 points.

    “I want to always do my best when I play and I hope that the Brave Warriors will one day call me up and groom me to be the best. My family is not very supportive of my football career but this is what I love and I hope to make them proud someday.”

    Kasetura wishes to study electrical engineering at the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) next year. If given the right direction, substantial game time and exposure; he will surely live up to his potential and become a real star.


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    Omuyekwa kwa homatiwa gwa ningilwa moPionierspark omutenyaOmuyekwa kwa homatiwa gwa ningilwa moPionierspark omutenya Oongangala mbali dha homata odha ponokele ohauto yokuhumbata iimaliwa yehangano lyoG4S pendiki lyoostola lyoWestlane Lifestyle Centre moPionierspark Extension 1 ongula yOmaandaha lyopotundi onti 09:00.

    Oongangala ndhoka odha yi ontuku noshimaliwa shomwaalu gooN$487 320. “Onda li tandi kongo ehala lyokukankameka oshiyenditho shandje naasho nda thikama pomataagulukilo gaayendi yokolupandhi onda mono ohauto yo G4S ya thikama pomweelo,” gumwe gwaamboka yali po a popi. “Onda mono nkene ongangala yimwe ya kwata sekuriti nokumulangeka pevi, nomuhingi okwali natango mohauto, nongangala yimwe oya umbu mekende lyohauto nekende olya tatuka. Oongangala odha kutha konima yohauto iipakete iyali shimwe oshiluudhe nashimwe oshimbulawu na odha tondoka dha piti pungame yuulika iilwitho yawo kungame.” Okwa popi kutya oya nhukile mohauto ta fekele kutya oToyota Yaris. Okwa lombwele oNamibia Sun kutya ongangala yimwe oya dhenge ohauto yimwe nepakete ndyoka embulawu na olya gwile pevi ihe ohauto ndjoka ya longitha oya li nale yahala okuya nongangala ndjoka oya thigipo epakete nokulonda mohauto. Okwa popi kutya oongangala ndhoka inadhi zala sha iinima yokuholeka iipala yawo. Dries Kannemeyer, omukomeho gwoG4S, okwa koleke omuyeka ngoka nomupopiliko gwopolisi, Edwin Kanguatjivi okwa koleke kutya omwaalu gwa thika lwopoN$500 000 ogwa yakwa po.

    Opolisi oya koleke woo kutya oongangala ndhoka odha umba ondjembo ihe elago enene kape na ngoka a ehamekwa.


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    Omudhimba gwa holekwa popepi noFish RiverOmudhimba gwa holekwa popepi noFish River Omulumentu gwomoBerseba okwa tulwa miipandeko ta tamanekelwa oshipotha shedhipago sho opolisi ya mono omudhimba gwomulumentu ngoka kwa lopotwa kana konyala uule woshiwike shimwe, gwa holekwa moFish River pokati kaBerseba naTses .

    Opolisi oya koleke kutya omuthimba gwomunamimvo 44, Josef Olifant, ogwa monika gwa holekwa na otaku fekelwa kutya okwa dhipaga noshinima oshidhigu ngaashi ohamala.

    Mosoondaha opolisi ya lopotelwa oshiningwanima shoka kwaamboka ya mono omudhimba ngoka, ihe opolisi sho ya thiki pehala ndyoka oya mono kutya omudhimba ogwa kuthwa po.

    Lwanima opolisi oya mono omudhimba ngoka gwa holekwa kohi yomamanya, nopolisi oya popi kutya oontamanana dhina sha niingangamithi odho dha etitha edhipago lya Olifant.

    Koongulasha dhOmaandaha, omukalimo gwomoRundu, mewalanda lyaantu mboka ye na uupyakadhi wopamadhilaadhilo moshipangelo shaRundu okwa dhipagwa kaapangwa yalwe yaali.

    Nakusa okwa tumbulwa kedhina kutya oPontanius Hausiku. Opolisi oya tamekitha omakonaakono nofamili yaHausiku oya tseyithilwa eso lye.

    Mosoondaha mwene gwokandingosho mOnayena okwa ponokelwa komulungu gwondjembo nokudhengwa nokuyekwa oshimaliwa sha thika pooN$30 000. Kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko.

    Omuyeka gumwe natango ogwa ningilwa mOndangwa mEtitano sho omulandithi mostola a ponokelwa nokudhengwa omutse mekuma. Ongangala ndjoka oya pula ooshapi dhoshiketha shokupungula na oya yaka uulitjatja wongushu yooN$700, ongodhi yoSamsung oshowo ongodhi yimwe yongushu yooN$1 600 niimaliwa koomuma yoN$3 685. Kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko. Molyomakaya opolisi oya tseyithilwa kutya aafekelwa yatano mboka yiiningitha kutya aapolisi oya yi megumbo lyomukwashigwana gwaChina moBrakwater.

    Sho ya yi megumbo aalumentu mboka oya manga mwene gwegumbo ndyoka omunamimvo 37, omukulukadhi gwe oshowo aantu yalwe yatatu, na oya yaka oshimaliwa shooN$500 000, iilwitho, omathano, oowili oongodhi dhopeke, oolinga oshowo iimaliwa yaChina. Ongushu ayihe yiinima mbyoka ya yakwa inayi tseyitha natango na kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko. Mongwediva omwa lopotwa eteyo lyegumbo, noongangala odha yi ontuku niinima yongushu yooN$3 000. Opolisi oya popi kutya aafekelwa oya tulwa miipandeko niinima oya shunithwa kumene. Metitano omutalelipo Natacha Ferreira Alves (26), okwa hulitha sho a pumwa koshiyenditho oshinano owala shookilometa ntano okuza pokapale koodhila. Alves okwa adhika opo owala a thiki moNamibia, pamwe nahe oshowo omumati gwe.

    Opolisi oya popi kutya naakusa okwa li a zi mo moshiyenditho shawo sho a mono ohima ndjoka yali tayi taaguluka opate, mondjila yokushuna kohauto yawo okwa pumwa koshiyenditho shoka sha li tashi piti po. Okwa hulithile pehala lyoshiponga.


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    Ngame onda li koDTA, kakushi koPDM – KauraNgame onda li koDTA, kakushi koPDM – Kaura Omukomeho nale gwongundu yoDTA, Katuutire Kaura okwa wayimine ongundu yoSwapo, mehuliloshiwike lya piti. Omuleli nale gwoDTA, Katuutire Kaura okwa popi kutya okwa dhigwa keena egumbo lyopapolotika, sho ongundu ndjoka yawo nale yoDTA ya lukululwa nokuninga oPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) iiwike yapiti.

    Okwa popi kutya etokolo lyokulukula ongundu yawo ndjoka, olyo lye mu thiminike a wayimine ongundu yoSwapo, ta popi kutya ina ningwa naye oonkundathana kombinga yomalunduluko ngoka.

    “Momasiku ga 4 gaNovemba,oDTA oya hanagulwa po nokuningwa ongundu oPDM, nangame onda thigwa kandi na ongundu,” omunapolotika omunamimvo 76 a popi.

    “Ngashiingeyi shoDTA kayi po we onda manguluka okuwayimina ongundu kehe yehogololo lyandje. Ondiinekela mOmupresidende Hage Geingob mokutunga egumbo lyaNamibia.”

    Etokolo lyaKaura okuwayimina oSwapo, olya ningwa pethimbo lyomahwahwameko ga ningilwa moGrootfontein moka Geingob a popitha aakwashigwana omolwa omutumba gwomahogolologaaleli yoSwapo, ngoka tagu ningwa pehulilo lyomwedhi nguka tuli.

    Geingob ogumwe gwomookandindate ndhoka dhili methigathano lyuupresidende pamwe Nahas Angula oshowo Jerry Ekandjo.

    Omunashipundi gwopashigwana gwongundu yoPDM, Jennifer van den Heever okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya Kaura iniikutha mo mongundu yawo.

    Geingob okwa lombwele engathithi ndyoka lya kala pomahwahwameko mpoka kutya Kaura okwe mu tumine okatumwalaka okafupi kongodhi kutya okwa hala okujoina ongundu yoSwapo, ndjoka a kala nokunyana muule womvula dha piti.

    Kaura okwa kanitha oshipundi shuuleli woDTA, kuMcHenry Venaani mo 2013 sha landula omutumba gwomahogololo ngoka gwa ningwa kongundu yawo.

    Konima okwa tameke ta nyana elelo lyongundu yawo pashigwana, na okwa li a ningilwa omutumba gwomautho nokutidhwa mo mongundu muFebruali gwo 2014.

    Okwa li woo a kanitha oshipundi she momutumba gopaliamende ihe okwa pataneke etokolo ndyoka mompangu, ndjoka ye mu shuna mopaliamendeonga oshillyo shoDTA.

    Kaura okwa thigi po omutumba gwopashigwana sho oshikako she sha thiki pehulilo mo2015, na okwa ninga omugandjimayele gwangoloneya gwaKunene nakusa Angelika Muharukua.

    Van den Heever okwa popi kutya ombelewa ye natango oya tegelela omukanda gwaKaura gwokwiikutha mongundu yawo, molwaashoka oya tseya owala ethigepo lye lyongundu yawo komapandja gomakwatathano gopainternet.

    “Katu shi kutya omolwashike a wayimine oSwapo, ihe ongundu yetu okwe yi thigipo mo 2013 konima sho a kanitha oshipundi shuupresidende kuVenaani sha landula omahogololo. Okuza mpoka otwa kala tatu mu ithana kiilongadhalwa yongundu yetu ohe ihe ya,” Van den Heever a popi.

    “Onga oPDM otatu halele Kaura ompolo monkalamwenyo ye, na oshi li uuthemba we wopaundemokoli okuwayimina oSwapo. Katu na shoka tatu ti.”

    Mo2014 sho Kaura a li a tidhwa moDTA, okwali a ningi oonkundathana noNamibia Sun moka a li a popi kutya okwa mangulukwa okuwayimina ongundu kehe yopolotika yehogololo lye.

    “Ngele to tidhandje mongundu nena owa tidha woo omukulukadhi gwandje. Aantu ayehe 14 mboka haya zi megumbo lyandje oyiishangitha okukakutha ombinga momahogololo ihe itaya ka hogolola oDTA molwashoka kandi shi oshilyo. Nena ongundu oya kanitha aahogololi ayehe mboka 14.”

    Yamwe oya popi kutya etokolo lyaKaura okuwayimina oSwapo, okwa hala a ningwe ngoloneya gwaKunene.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Orchards doing blooming well
  • Orchards doing blooming wellOrchards doing blooming wellTree planting brings in copious returns The agriculture ministry's tree-planting project is doing very well and farmers have been urged to take up the challenge and produce for local consumption. The agriculture ministry is satisfied with the progress made by its tree-planting project that was launched in 2003 and has created hundreds of jobs.

    The project's objective is to plant trees on a trial basis to assess their viability in open grasslands in the Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto regions.

    Agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika told Namibian Sun that since its inception in 2003, the project has established 56 orchards in the regions, totalling 364 hectares. These trees generated an income of N$120 400 in the 2016/17 financial year, up from N$65 993 during the previous financial year.

    Misika said that in 2001 Founding President Sam Nujoma directed that the saline grasslands in these regions, known locally as 'ombuga', should be planted with appropriate tree species in order to increase tree cover in this semi-arid environment which has been traditionally used for grazing.

    “The tree planting is progressing well even though the trees are reliant on regular watering and good rainfall. Over the past 15 years several orchards and woodlots were successfully established. Tree-planting activities have increased forest and vegetation cover, have produced fruit for consumption and generated government revenue,” Misika said.

    In 2014/15, 13 tons of mangoes, four tons of guavas, 1.5 tons of lemons and 0.24 tons of oranges were produced, which generated N$89 423.

    During 2015/16, 10 tons of mangoes, 0.72 tons of guavas, three tons of lemons and 0.6 tons of oranges were produced and N$65 993 was generated.

    In the last harvest, 17.3 tons of mangoes, two tons of guavas, 5.2 tons of lemons and 0.73 tons of oranges generated N$120 405.

    He said the 56 orchards have employed 199 workers.

    The 60-hectare Etunda orchard is the largest with 43 contract workers and two community supervisors.

    Misika said these orchards provide seed that is distributed to government nurseries.

    Although there has been significant success, tree planting in arid, poor soil is not a cheap practice. It requires a lot of labour and water.

    The absence of reliable water sources in the area poses a challenge and in many places they are forced to use potable water from NamWater, which comes at a high cost.

    “The ministry will continue increasing the area under afforestation to ensure that tree planting activities are promoted in many parts of the country. We will develop management plans for the orchards and we plan to enter into partnerships with other institutions such as AMTA for selling and processing the fruit,” he said.

    He added that the ministry would also consider entering into public-private partnerships to manage the orchards.

    Lemon, mango and guava trees are suitable for the area but frost and a lack of water are limiting factors. Mangoes seem to have the best local market in northern Namibia.

    The ministry also encourages individual farmers to plant more trees on their farmland and to assist with resources such as water supply infrastructure for the project to achieve its intended objectives.

    The project sells fruit to the public, thus creating more jobs for vendors trading at open markets.


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    Zim general warnS of party purgeZim general warnS of party purgeSays military will step in General Constantino Chiwenga has warned of the chaos in Zanu-PF saying his soldiers will step in. Zimbabwe's army chief on Monday demanded a halt to the purge in the ruling Zanu-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, and warned the military could intervene.

    “The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” General Constantino Chiwenga told a media conference.

    In an unprecedented warning, he said in a statement: “We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.”

    Mnangagwa was dismissed and humiliated a week earlier after clashing with veteran President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace, who is now in prime position to succeed her 93-year-old husband.

    Mnangagwa's main rivals within the ruling Zanu-PF party are the younger “Generation 40” or “G40” group, who enjoy Grace's support.

    But the 75-year-old former vice president has powerful military connections, having served as defence and state security minister.

    Soon after his dismissal Mnangagwa quickly fled into exile, vowing to return and launched a direct challenge to Mugabe by calling for members of the ruling party to desert the president.

    Zanu-PF is due to hold a congress next month, when 52-year-old Grace, a hugely divisive figure, could be appointed as one of the country's two vice presidents.

    The move could pave the way for her to get the top job after Mugabe.

    Chiwenga charged the ruling Zanu-PF party had been infiltrated by people who were seeking to destroy it from within.

    “Known counter-revolutionaries... must be exposed and fished out,” he said.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day CHAMPION: Dog Jett catches a frisbee during Disc Dogs event, at the Woofstock 90210 dog show in Beverly Hills, California on 5 November 2017. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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    Political alignments and vested interestsPolitical alignments and vested interests Many Namibians are seemingly carried away by the euphoria of the Swapo congress. There is widespread debate almost everywhere about this important gathering that will elect a new leadership of the ruling party and by extension, the country's next president. The Swapo succession battle has now become a tale of two campaigns pitting Team Harambee against Team Swapo.

    This leadership race is more than just elections. It is also about political alignments and vested interests that come with it, post-congress. The leader of a political party matters, more so, if that political party happens to be Swapo. The highly-charged debate regarding the two centres of power is mainly what this campaign is centred on, thus illustrating that there is a lot at stake. This campaign is surely getting dirtier despite repetitive calls from both sets of teams to play the ball and not the man. What we are now witnessing is not only inter-party competition but the dark side of politics as well.

    However, the campaign lacks a battle of ideas and knowledge of basic details of bread and butter issues. Poorly-considered and half-baked policies are the order of the day, which most of the captured delegates and members don't dare to question. Job opportunities have been lost and the poor are becoming increasingly poorer compared to the well-off elite. The income gap continues to widen judging by the high levels of inequality in our country. Yet, we are not getting a proper programme detailing how these aspiring politicians are prepared to fight for social and economic justice. Also, where is the Swapo manifesto in all this?

    What happened to the once-active Think Tank of the ruling party? It is a pity that an odd number of 700 delegates have to decide the destiny of over two million people. Yes, instilling hope is a necessary leadership trait. Be that as it may, the key emphasis of this campaign should be delivering on the Swapo manifesto and making Namibia a better place. Obviously it is not all doom and gloom, but many see Swapo as a vehicle for self-enrichment and nothing else. And herein lies the problem.

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    En masse hacking risk is realEn masse hacking risk is real Driverless cars face a "real risk" of being hacked en masse when they are introduced in Britain and other countries in the not too distant future, an expert has warned.

    The connected nature of these vehicles could make them a target for hackers, according to evidence submitted to Parliament.

    Matthew Channon, of Exeter University, has written to MPs to warn of the danger of road accidents. In his evidence to Parliament on the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, he wrote: "A major issue that has not been introduced in the Bill is in relation to mass risk."

    There are concerns the automated cars could be fooled into detecting obstacles which are not there and remotely slam on their brakes.

    He said there was a "real risk" of multiple vehicles being hacked at the same time, as they are expected to communicate potential obstacles to each other. Mr Channon said: "Because they will be sharing information, if you hack one, it will be possible to hack the others also."

    The motor insurance expert raised concerns terrorists could access the cars’ systems, after attacks where vehicles were used as weapons. However, he said the scenario was not inevitable and has been impressed by the industry’s response so far.

    He also said driverless vehicles could save many lives as they reduce the risk of driver error.

    Cyber-security expert Hugh Boyes said: "It has been demonstrated in the US that vehicles can be hacked. The industry has moved swiftly to try and reduce that risk but it would not be prudent to say it could never happen."– Daily Mail

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    Chev unleashes insane 563kW Corvette ZR1Chev unleashes insane 563kW Corvette ZR1 This, General Motors will lose no time in telling you, is the most powerful Chevrolet production car yet unleashed on the buying public. Shown in public for the first time at the weekend in Dubai, this is the 2019 Corvette ZR1.

    Yes, that’s not a misprint; the eighth-generation Corvette ZR1 will go on sale in the US late next year, but how is GM backing up its “most powerful” claim?

    With the 6.2-litre LT5 supercharged V8, available only in the ZR1 and wielding a Society of Automotive Engineers-certified 563kW and 969Nm, is how, thanks to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that moves 52 percent more charge air than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger, and GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system with primary direct injection as well as supplemental port injection.

    It drives the rear wheels via either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission - the first time that an auto has been offered in a ZR1 - to a top speed of “more than 340km/h'.

    Two aero packages

    A special new front apron houses four additional new radiators for the car’s various cooling systems - bringing the total to 13 - and the special carbon-fibre “halo” bonnet has a big opening in the middle to allow space for the blower and intake plumbing.

    The available aero packages include the standard low wing for the highest top speed and an optional, two-way adjustable High Wing Package, producing 432kg of downforce for maximum traction and acceleration on track days. And, since the ’Vette has a composite body, both wings are mounted on brackets that extend through the body, to mount on the tubular steel chassis, as on the Corvette Racing C7.R race car, for strength and stability

    The adjustable High Wing Package also includes a front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tyres, and specific chassis and magnetic ride control tuning for greater cornering grip.

    The signature Sebring Orange design package seen here is based on a custom metallic orange paint finish and includes orange brake callipers, orange rocker and front splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and special bronze aluminium interior trim.

    Heated and vented nappa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as are a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats with optional suede insets, performance data recorder and a Bose premium audio system. – iol.co.za

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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Fishing permit talks on
  • Fishing permit talks onFishing permit talks onGovernment wants to end confusion Several sessions of public consultations are taking place both inland and at the coast to clear up uncertainties about the new angling levies that are currently suspended. A second round of public consultations took place last week in Swakopmund as the conundrum surrounding the new levies for fishing permits continues.

    A handful of anglers and stakeholders took part in the sessions at the coast but this did nothing to alleviate the lack of certainty surrounding the new levies.

    The meeting itself was also fraught with confusion as members of the public wanted to make their inputs.

    They were, however, advised that they should make written submissions and it was decided that those submissions could be handed in after the meeting ended.

    Members of the media who were in attendance, were instructed by the deputy fisheries permanent secretary Ueritjiua Kauaria, not to make any information contained in the submissions, public.

    Fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau, although not in attendance, prepared a speech read by Kauaria. Esau said following several requests by stakeholders, he decided to withdraw the new levies which where gazetted on 26 June this year.

    “I took into account that several aspects and definitions regarding recreational fishing and sport fishing were not defined in the new notice. I thus asked the justice ministry to suspend the implementation of the new fishing levies. I instructed my ministry's staff to also hold on the implementation of the new levies and to launch a series of public consultations in this regard,” he said.

    “I appreciate the submissions and suggestions made by stakeholders. We are also all working towards the same goal, that of developing our fisheries to the benefit of the current and future generations.” Esau provided more information on the new levies.

    “The Marine Resources Act of 2000 provides for the application of levies on specific items, including recreational fishing, as a cost recovery measure to ensure service delivery. Levies should not be confused with taxes or other costs, including quota fees, which are resource-based fees.

    These are used by the government carry over the benefits of fisheries to other sectors of the economy. Levies on recreational fishing are allowed to ensure that costs are recovered for the issuing of permits, the verification of permits on beaches, data collection and road blocks to control daily catches,” he told the meeting. Esau added the levies were implemented in good faith following a comprehensive 2009 study on the instructions of Cabinet.

    “Notwithstanding this, I have called for these consultative sessions with an open mind and I am ready to listen to what you have to say before I take my next decision. I urge you to make suggestions as to how we can continue to facilitate recreational fishing while the costs in the control of this activity are maintained.” Consultations will be held in both Lüderitz and Windhoek over the next four weeks.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Khomas drug abuse worrying
  • Khomas drug abuse worryingKhomas drug abuse worrying The governor of the Khomas Region has called on the education ministry to come up with a strict policy to prevent the use of drugs and other substances among learners.

    Laura McLeod-Katjirua made the call at the handover of a boundary wall by B2Gold Namibia to the Namibia Primary School in Windhoek on Friday.

    McLeod-Katjirua said many cases of substance abuse by learners are being reported “as a result of drug dealers selling drugs to learners through school fences”.

    This, she said, makes the issue of school safety a major concern because learners are exposed to these types of social evils.

    The governor urged parents and community leaders to actively support schools' efforts to increase safety.

    She proposed that an extensive campaign of resource mobilisation and allocation be established in the Khomas Region in order to create a safe environment at schools.

    McLeod-Katjirua said a boundary wall alone cannot infuse the vision and passion that guide the school's development.

    “It is the human spirit and interaction between teachers, parents and learners which will make the difference and ensure the safe environment supports higher levels of teaching and learning.”

    The Namibia Primary School was founded in 1988 and has 1 095 learners with 24 teachers.

    Its boundary wall was constructed at a cost of N$2 million.

    B2Gold Namibia country manager Mark Dawe said at the handover that he was proud to see that the mine was giving back to the community.

    Dawe said apart from education, B2Gold also works with the health ministry through its corporate social responsibility initiatives.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Swakop murder case postponed
  • Swakop murder case postponedSwakop murder case postponed The murder trial of Unaro Mbemukenga, 25, who confessed to killing 78-year-old Manfred Hartmann in Swakopmund, has been postponed to 5 February 2018.

    Mbemukenga made another appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of bludgeoning Hartmann to death in his home in Vineta, Swakopmund on 18 August.

    The case was postponed to allow further police investigations.

    The State, represented by Paulus Shilongo, alleged that Mbemukenga hit Hartmann multiple times but he says he only hit the old man once.

    Mbemukenga pleaded guilty to the charge of murder at his previous appearance during September.

    He told the court, “I tied him up with a rope, then I hit him once with a brick on the head. After I killed him, I went into the house and took a bag of clothes, a cell phone and a laptop,” Mbemukenga said.

    “When I hit him with the brick, I had an intention to kill. I don't know what was going on in my head,” said Mbemukenga.

    Magistrate Conchita Olivier was satisfied with the preliminary plea and said it would be used as a formal confession in the upcoming trial.

    Mbemukenga was arrested at Outjo on 21 August, three days after the murder. He was wounded during the arrest.

    The State objected to the granting of bail due to the seriousness of the case, the high level of public interest and because Mbemukenga had fled the Swakopmund district after the crime.

    Mbemukenga is remanded in custody in Swakopmund.


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  • 11/14/17--14:00: Brabus boosts Maybach S650
  • Brabus boosts Maybach S650Brabus boosts Maybach S650Boasts a brutal 662kW! This cruise liner comes with a twin-turbo six-litre V12 rated for a not inconsiderable 463kW - but for the Brabus performance junkies that’s just a starting point. Long-established tuning haus Brabus doesn’t play favourites. Not content with amping up Mercedes-Benz’ sporty models until their wastegates squeak, it has now turned its attention to Stuttgart’s new luxury flagship, the 2.8 ton Mercedes-Maybach S650 sedan.

    First they bore and stroke the engine to 6.3 litres using a custom billet crankshaft with longer stroke, forged pistons with a larger diameter, and precision-balanced connecting rods. The standard turbos are replaced with bigger ones on special manifolds, fed directly from the redesigned grille by by a special duct on the underside of the bonnet and a larger airbox with bigger air-filter elements, shrouded with Brabus’ signature heat-reflective gold foil.

    The standard downtubes give way to 80mm stainless steel drainpipes, free-flow metal catalysts and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps.

    All of which is modulated by re-written ECU software that not only delivers a rated 662kW at 5500 revs and 1500Nm at 4200, good for 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and a quoted top speed of more than 350km/h - but also complies with the stringent new Euro6 emission standards!

    In the aptly named ‘Coming Home’ mode the Brabus auspuff is even quieter than the OEM original, while its open-throated roar in Sport mode is considerably more authoritative.

    Given its admittedly brutal performance, the new Brabus S900’s clear lacquered carbon fibre aero kit is of more than cosmetic importance; the front bumper with its distinctive Brabus grille, larger air intakes and integrated lip spoiler, which completely replaces the original, was developed in the wind tunnel to reduce front axle lift and maximise cooling airflow to the radiators and front brakes.

    The matching rear bumper with integrated diffuser has special cutouts for the four chrome-plated tailpipes of the high-performance exhaust system.

    A kit designed for this models lowers ride height by 15mm, while 22” Brabus Monobloc g ‘Platimum Edition’ forged alloy wheels shod with 255/30 front and 295/25 rear gumballs just about fill the wheel arches.

    The inside of the S900 is retrimmed in ‘Masterpiece’ trim, designed especially for the Maybach models, available in an endless variety of leathers and alcantara in any desired colour and with practically any desired upholstery layout, with just as wide a range of wood or carbon inlays, which are likewise available in any desired colour and with a variety of surface finishes. And the final touch is a special Brabus speedo that reads to 400km/h.

    The demo Brabus S900 is finished throughout in ‘Nature Beige’ leather, precisely perforated to match the functioning of the seat ventilation, with shell-shaped quilting on the seats and door panels, matching the layout of the teak flooring.

    A new centre console stretches all the way back between the individual rear seats, housing power-operated tray tables that extend at the touch of a button, controlled by a nine-centimetre touchscreen in the armrest between the seats. Each tray table houses a Microsoft Surface 4 Pro computer, hooked up to screens in the backs of the front seats - or you can ask for a large retractable liquid-crystal display integrated into the headliner.

    Brabus will either build you a brand-new S900 to your specifications or upgrade your existing Mercedes-Maybach S650 to whatever level you desire; all Brabus components are backed by a three-year or 100 000-kilometer Brabus Tuning Warranty. – iol.co.za

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