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- 11/15/17--14:00: SHOT OF THE DAY
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South Africa’s dream of hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup was dashed this afternoon as the bid was awarded to France.
The decision was made at the World Cup Council meeting held in London today.
South Africa, France and Ireland had all submitted their bid to host the global spectacle.
However, Ireland was eliminated in the first voting round after only getting 39 votes.
The second round of the voting saw France beat South Africa by 24 to 15 votes.
South Africa last hosted the World Cup in 1995, in what turned out to be an historic tournament as the South Africans defeated New Zealand 15-12 in the final.
It will be the third time France will be hosting the tournament after having hosted it in 1991 and 2007.
First round of voting: France 18, South Africa 13, Ireland 8.
Second round of voting: France 24, South Africa 15.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
This follows a request from the NNOC to the lawyers that the case be sorted out urgently due to the upcoming Commonwealth Games in which the boxer is expected to participate.
Jonas was accused of sexual harassment by a housekeeper employed at the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games.
Last week the NNOC was confident that the lawyers could provide feedback by last week Friday.
There is however still limited communication between the lawyers and the NNOC.
“At the moment we are still in the dark because the lawyers have not given us any feedback, even though we anticipated them to contact us by last week Friday.
“We are not sure what is taking them so long, but we are going to continue knocking on their doors in order to get the right information about the case,” NNOC secretary-general Joan Smit said.
Junias was initially left behind by his fellow teammates, given the circumstances of his case.
The boxer however returned to Namibia in April after spending more than six months in Brazil.
Upon his return to Namibia, it was reported that the boxer might have to return to Brazil for his trial.
Before he returned to Namibia it was said under Brazilian law, attempted rape, rape and sexual harassment are categorised as the same crime. Should Junias be found guilty, he could face between six and 10 years in jail.
The boxer denied that he had done anything wrong and maintained that he was falsely accused by the Brazilian woman.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
Black Africa sits third on the log and Pirates tails behind on the ninth spot.
Black Africa is basking in accolades they have received over the years and Pirates vowed to silence the most decorated club in the country, come match day.
Both teams have incredible players in their yard - Black Africa's Emilio Martin is the driving force behind his team while Riaan !Hanamub of Pirates is in great shape and displayed incredible skill and speed on the ball for the Brave Warriors in Saturday's encounter against Zimbabwe in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup. And he is expected to add more goals to the scorecard.
Black Africa's Cassius Moetie said the team is ready to get back to business.
“Everyone is waiting in anticipation for this match. We are ready to take back the championship. It won't be a walk in the park for us as every team is vying for top spot. We are aware of the pressure but captain Da Costa Angula is ready to lead his team to victory,” he boasted.
Moetie urged fans to be disciplined at all times.
“Let us remain disciplined at all times and allow the match to flow. Can throwing does not reflect well on the league, or the clubs.”
Jacobs said the match will go to whomever wants it the most. He said his players are psyched up and the fact that they did very well against African Stars and the six matches they played so far allowed them to build confidence.
In terms of injuries due to the lack of fitness of players, he refused to dwell on that for the sake of bragging rights.
“Let's put that aside and hope the medical team deals with it. Black Africa is standing in our way of collecting three points so we will go out and show the fans what we can do,” Jacobs said.
Subeb, Black Africa's coach said that the restructuring phase of the club is going well and that training has been going according to plan. He added that the transition from assistant to coach has been great.
“I am learning more each day, we are fighting for fitness and we will fight for the league title.”
He also emphasised that being a former goalkeeper of the Brave Warriors as well as Black Africa is an asset which enables him to read the game.
“Expect fireworks,” he told fans.
Pirates captain Innocent Saul said that he has been looking forward to this derby since he was a young boy.
“I have supported the team since I was young. I cannot predict the score, but Friday night is going to be special. Pirates is my bread and butter and this is going to be a special match for me,” he said. Angula, who has been struggling with an injury, said he has been working hard at training and is motivated for the match.
“I cannot promise a clean match as I am a defender but we will stick to FIFA rules and go out on the field to fight and win.”
The match kicks off at 20:00. There will be ample security provided during the match. Tickets are N$30 in advance and N$40 at the gate. VIP tickets are N$50 in advance and N$100 at the gate. An extra N$10 will be charged on vehicles.
The bank had an agreement with the two clubs since 2014 which saw both clubs receiving close to N$800 000 a year.
Orlando Pirates CEO Niklaas Kisilipile confirmed that the deal has officially ended.
“I can officially announce that FNB Namibia is no longer our sponsor.
“This also means that they are no longer the sponsors of Black Africa.
“I believe the sponsorship could possibly have continued, but was halted by the fact that FNB Namibia is now also co-sponsoring the league with N$5 million,” Kisilipile said.
The Pirates CEO, however, assured fans that Orlando Pirates management will do what it takes to get a new sponsor on board.
He also promised that better marketing strategies will be implemented in order to pull larger crowds to the stadiums.
“Yes, we do understand that people struggle to get replica jerseys of the team and many other things.
“Our plan is to make things such as key rings and jerseys of the team available at the stadiums,” Kisilipile said.
Meanwhile, it was announced last year that African Stars were about to sign a deal with an international company to become the club's main sponsor for the 2016/17 season.
The name of the sponsor was kept a secret by the club to protect the interests of both parties.
The deal, however, failed to transpire after the 2016/17 season failed to kick off due to a lack of sponsors.
With MTC and FNB coming on board to sponsor the 2017/18 season, the league kicked off and African Stars remains without a sponsor.
African Stars CEO Lesley Kozonguizi said: “The international sponsor was on the verge of entering into an agreement with us until the league affairs came to a standstill.
“They told us that they will not be able to sponsor us given that there were no league activities taking place.
“We spoke to them again since the league started and they asked for time to see how the league affairs are going before we can restart negotiations.”
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
In a media statement, NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro said kick-off time of the match that will see Young African locking horns with Mighty Gunners, will be 16:00.
Speaking to Nampa via telephone, Rukoro said several factors had been considered in the NFA taking the finals to Gobabis.
“We decided before that we were going to take the finals to the town where one of the two finalists comes from. That would have guaranteed us fans at the stadium. We also had two previous rounds in Otjiwarongo while we had one in Gobabis,” Rukoro explained.
He added that Gobabis had the best attendance of all the venues throughout the tournament, hence they had to justify and thank people from that town.
“Generally, Gobabis has never been a bad venue in terms of attendance. It is also easily accessible as people can drive to and from the town the same day,” he further said.
Rukoro said the venue itself is capable of hosting an event of such magnitude because of the availability of other amenities around the stadium, including dressing rooms and terraces for the fans.
Rukoro also revealed that the sponsor, Debmarine had agreed to pay for a bus to ferry Mighty Gunners fans to and from Otjiwarongo for the final.
He continued that they are busy working on the programme of the day as they want to deliver top class entertainment on the day.
Rukoro called on all football loving Namibians to make their way to Gobabis and witness a great football spectacle.
In December 2016, NFA and Debmarine signed a three year deal worth N$14 million for the Debmarine Cup.
The winners of the tournament will walk away with N$500 000 in prize money.
Elelo lyondoolopa yaShakati olyiikalekele iimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 7, opo ku wapalekwe ehala ndyoka nokuninga olukalwa lwaakashigwana ku endithwe kashona embombolokelo lyaakwashigwana mondoolopa yaShakatim okukonga oompito dhiilonga.
Etungo ndyoka otali tameke kuyele momvula twa taalela, sho taku wapalekwa tango ooplota 400, oshowo etungo lyoondjila dhomeya niiyekelwahi, omapandanda oshowo etulo lyomalusheno pehala ndyoka. Omwa kwatelwa woo etungo lyomagumbo gopoloyeka yoBuild Together. Nonando ongaaka aakwashigwana yopomudhingoloko ngoka inaya nyanyukwa. Mo2013 ooyene yomagumbo ngoka ga kala pomudhingoloko ngoka ye li 89 yomooyene yomagumbo 97 oya futwa omolwa evi lyawo ihe muule woomwedhi dha piti opwa holoka oontamanana pokati kelelo lyondoolopa naakwashigwana yamwe po.
Mokati kaamboka omwa kwatelwa yamwe po mboka ya pewa nale iimaliwa yawo na otaya popi kutya omulandu gwokufuta aakwashigwana mboka inagu landulwa, na inaya futwa minima yawo ayihe.
Opo ya vule okunana minista a tale komaiyuvo gawo, aakwashigwana mboka oya shanga epulakata melaka lyoshiwambo ndyoka lya tumwa meni lyepya lya mwene gwomukunda.
Epulakata ndyoka olya shangwa, “Tse aakalimo yomOnawa inatu nyanyukwa na itatu pitika iilonga tayi longwa kelelo lyondoolpa yaShakati molwaashoka oya ndopa okugwanitha po iinakugwanithwa yawo.”
Moshipopiwa she, Shaningwa okwa holola kutya ope na aakwashigwana yamwe mboka itaya pitika e yo komeho ndyoka molwaashoka inaya tseyithilwa kutya oompangela dhashike tadhi ningwa pehala mpoka.
Okwa popi kutya ngele ope na omaupyakadhi nena aakwashigwana oya pumbwa okukakonga ekwatho kombelewa yangoloneya, opo elelo lyondoolopa yaShakati li kandulepo omukundu ngoka.
Konima sho oshituthi shoka sha manithwa aaniikundaneki oya ithanwa ya kale momutumba ngoka gwa kwatelwa komeho kumwene gwomukunda, Job Sheehama, na ogwa kaliwa kaakwashigwana ya thika pe-100.
Oya popi kutya inaya tseyithilwa kutya uunake naya thigepo ehala ndyoka na otaya uka peni niimuna yawo.
Omukwashigwana gumwe, Josua Haunawa, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya elelo lyondoolopa olyali li na okuyelithila aakwashigwana kombinga yomulandu gwiifuta yaantu mboka, ihe olya kengelele aantu yashayine molwaashoka oyendji yomaanamagumbo mboka aakokele naakwanaluhepo.
Okwa pula elelo lyondoolopa li kuutumbe naakwashigwana nokukundathana.
Omukwashigwana gumwe, John Kaxuadi naye okwa koleke oohapu dhaHaunawa ta popi kutya elelo lyondoolopa nali kuutummbe naakwashigwana nokukundathana onkalo ndjoka.
Omukomeho gwelelo lyoShakati, Werner iita, okwa popi kutya okwa ningwa oonkundathana naakwashigwana na okuna omaiyuvo kutya oontamanana momagumbo kombinga yoshikumungu shoka, odho tadhi etitha onkalo ndjoka.
Okwa popi kutya ngele aakwashigwana oye wete kutya ope na shoka sha pumbwa okuninga na inaya futwa iimaliwa yawo yiihwapo, nena naya ninge ekwatathano nombelewa yelelo lyondoolopa.
'Operation Tulongeni 2017', aakalimo yomoshitpolwa shaMusati oya gandja omagano giikulya kOmusati food bank.
Ombaanga ndjok ayiikulya moshitopolwa shoka, oya nuninwa okugandja omakwatho nokuya moshipala onkalo yondjala moshilongo.
Ombala yaNgandjera muukwandongo oya popi kutya aakwashigwana oya udha woo iigadhi mbyoka yali ya pu, sho iilya yali ya gandjwa mo miigadhi mbyoka, nokutopolelwa oshigwana.
Sha landula omuloka omuwanawa omvula ya piti, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa tula miilonga opoloyeka yo 'Operation Tulongeni 2017' mepya lyaMatheus Iilonga momukunda Onamundindi moshikandjohogololo Ogongo moshitopolwa shaMusati. Opoloyeka ndjoka oya nuninwa okutsa omukumo aanamapya ya longe nuudhidhinini.
Moonkundathana ndhoka a ningwa naye mEtiyali koNamibian Sun, ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaMusati, Erginus Endjala okwa popi kutya ombelelwa yoshitopolwa meyambidhidho lyombelewa yOmuprima moshilongo, oya tula miilonga ombaanga ndjoka yiikulya, ndjoka yi li kohi yetonatelo lyehangano lyoAgro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA). Aakwashigwana ohaya gandja oondya kombaanga ndjoka.
Pahapu dhaEndjala monena ombaanga ndjoka oya pungula owala omahangu, ihe aakwashigwana otaya pulwa opo ya gandje oondya kehe ndhoka ye na.
“Pethimbo lyoshipe shoka sha ningilwa muSepetemba mOnamundindi, popei nOgongo, aanafaalama oya gandja omagano goondya dhawo ndhoka ya teya momapya gawo kombaanga ndjoka. Oya gandja omagano giinina ngaashi, omahangu, omakunde, omakanuwa, omanyangwa oshowo iinima yilwe. Kohi yetonatelo lyoAMTA iikulya mbyoka oya pungulwa moompungulilo dhomoTsandi omanga yimwe tayi pewa oombelewa dhookansela opo yi pewe aakwashigwana mboka yeli mompumbwe.”
Oshipe oshinyangadhalwa shopamuthigululwakalo moka, ooyene yomapya haya ningi oshituthi nokuteleka yimwe yomiitewa yawo yomomapya onga omukalo gwokupandula aathithi omolwa eteyo ewanawa.
Ngoloneya okwa tsikile kutya AMATA ota kondolola woo ongushu yomahangu ngoka taga gandjwa opo ku kwashilipalekwe kutya okwa gandjwa omahangu omawanawa noshitopolwa monena osha gongela ootona mbali dhomahangu.
Okwa popi kutya otaya pula yapewe omahangu gonuumvo, ihe mboka ye na ngoka gomvula ya piti, nayo otaya indilwa ya gandje kopoloyeka ndjoka yopashitopolwa.
Omvula ya piti, elelo lyaNgandjera olya tokola okupatulula iigadhi lyawo, nokutopolela aakwashigwana mboka yeli mompumbwe yiikulya. Pahapu dhomunyekadhi gwaNgandjera, Adelheid Mupiya, aantu oyali ya yi momwaalu ogundji niigadhi 12 oya li ya patululwa. Nonando iigadhi mbyoka oya li yapu omvula ya piti sho iilya ya pea mo oshigwana, sha landula eteyo lyonuumvo aantu ota gandja omagano giilya kombala, opo iigadhi mbyoka yi kale ishewe niilya yo yi vule okupewa mboka yeli mompumbwe.
Omunyekadhi okwa popi kutya nonando egongelo lyomahangu mombala oshi li oshinima hashi ningwa pamuthigululwakalo, otaye shi ningi oshitopolwa shokutsakaneka epangelo ondjilakati mokukandula po ondjala mokati koshigwana.
Mehuliloshiwike lya piti oshifokundnaeki shoNamibian Sun osha talelepo ondhalate ndjoka yi li oongamba dhaNamibia naAngola ndjoka ya tulwa kepangelo lyaAngola nomutoolinkundana gwoshikundaneki shika okwa mono ombululu onene yi li kondhalate ndjoka yuunene woshinano tashi taliwa uule woominute 30.
Pethimbo ndyoka aantu oshowo iinamwenyo otaya ende yamangulula okupita mombululu ndjoka, mwakwatelwa aalumentu yaali mboka ya monika ya londa oomota molukanda Okatwitwi mOshikango, oshinano shoometa 100 okuza poongamba ndhoka.
Olukanda lwaKatwitwi olya tseyika nawa onga ehala lyomalandithilo gaali pamulandu, niinima yombiliha ngaashi omahooli giihauto ngoka haga yakelwa moNamibia okuza moAngola. Oomweenge niilandithomwa yilwe otayi e twa nokuyakelwa woo moshilongo shaaheli pamulandu.
Sho a ningwa naye oonkundathana pangodhi, ngoloneya gwaHangwena, Usko Nghaamwa okwa popi kutya ondhalate yaNamibia oya yonagulwa po oomvula dha piti mwakwatelwa woo ethimbo lyekondjelomanguluko.
Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi etitha woo epangelo li kanithe iiyemo molwaashoka iinima mbyoka hayi e twa nokulandithwa moshilongo ihayi futilwa pomweelo oshowo omukundu omunene gwetaandelo lyomukithi gwekondo nelaka pokati kiilongo mbyoka iyali, omolwa einyengo lyamanguluka lyiimuna. Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya ooyene yiimuna unene AaNamibia ohaya mono uuwanawa monkalo ndjoka molwaashoka ohaya vulu okupititha nokukalitha iimuna yawo meni lyAngola.
Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka yokwaahena oongamba dhopamuthika pokati kiilongo mbika oyi na omauwanawa nomauwinayi, nuuna andola taku tokolwa opo oongamba ndhoka dhi tulwe pamuthika, nena okwa pumbwa okuningwa oonkundathana momalelo giilongo ihe okwa pula aakwashigwana yiilongo mbika iyali ayehe opo ya simaneke oompango yo ya yande okuyakela iilandithomwa miilongo nokupitila pomiyelo mpoka puuthwa.
Mayola gwaHelao Nafidi, Eliaser Nghipangelwa okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kutya oongamba ndhoka nadhi tulwe ondhalate yo aakwashigwana taya landula nokusimaneka oompangu nomilandu
Okwa holola woo kutya olukanda lwaKatwitwi nalu kuthwepo.
The new Audi RS 5 Coupe is the gran turismo among the RS models and is priced at around N$ 1 285 500.
The 2.9 TFSI V6 bi-turbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency; capable of 331 kW/600 Nm – 170 Nm more than the model it replaces. The Sportiest A5 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – however customers can choose to increase this to 280 km/h as an option. The V6 bi-turbo consumes a claimed 8.7 litres/ 100 km with emissions of 197 g/km. This is an efficiency gain of 17% over the previous model. Also beneficial for the new RS 5 Coupé is a drastic reduction in weight; the vehicle weighs 1655 kg, 60 kg less than its predecessor.
A revised five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model.
With the standard RS sport suspension, the new RS 5 Coupé sits 7 mm lower than the base model. As an alternative, Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning.
Drivers can make their personal driving experience more individual, dynamic or comfortable using the standard dynamic handling system Audi drive select.
The designers drew inspiration for the new RS 5 Coupé from the racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. The new model measures 4.7 m long (74 mm longer than its predecessor), 1.3 m tall (6 mm lower) and 1.8m wide.
In comparison with the A5 Coupé, the Singleframe radiator grille appears broader and flatter thanks to its new honeycomb structure. It bears both the Quattro lettering and the RS 5 emblem.
Beneath it, a blade in contrasting colour runs between the air inlets, connecting these with one another. These also adopt the three-dimensional honeycomb structure and underline the dynamism of the RS 5 Coupé. The standard headlights use LED technology, while the optional Matrix LED headlights are distinguished by their darker tinted bezels.
Alongside them are additional lateral air inlets, which make this top-performing athlete appear even wider and more aggressive. It's fitted with a RS-specific diffuser insert, oval tailpipes and a surface-mounted spoiler lip.
The styling packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide even more customisation. Overall, the RS 5 Coupé is available in seven colours, with Audi Sport also offering the exclusive paint colour Sonoma green metallic. A carbon roof with visible fibre structure is also available as an option.
Additionally, customers are also able to specify the RS Dynamic Package which contains Matrix LED headlights, dynamic steering, quattro with sports differential, speed limiter increase to 280 km/h and sports suspension plus with dynamic ride control.
As standard, the RS 5 Coupé welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing the RS 5 logo. LED light guides trace the contours of the doors and the center console – doing so in 30 different colours in combination with the optional ambient lighting.
Bathed in black, the interior is of an extremely high standard and sportily equipped. RS sport seats in Fine Nappa Leather with honeycomb pattern is standard – and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel underscores the character of the high performance Coupé in the interior as well. The steering wheel rim bears the RS badge, as do the front seat backrests and the shift gate.
The RS design package brings the sporty contrast colour red into play on the centre console as well as on the armrests, the seat belts and the floor mats with RS logo. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara.
The luggage compartment offers 10 litres more volume than before. It now holds a best-in-segment value of 465 litres.
Display and controls
As standard, the RS 5 Coupé features large RS-specific analog instruments for speed and revs. Between this is the 7” colour driver infotainment system.
The MMI navigation plus has a screen diagonal of 8.3” and is a standard feature on the new vehicle.
The all-digital Audi virtual cockpit is also standard on the new RS 5 Coupé. With a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels, the 12.3” TFT display provides detailed and selectable graphics. As with all RS models, the RS screen supplements the infotainment and classic displays.
It places the rev counter with integrated digital display for speed in central focus. The driver can configure other displays around this, such as torque, power, tyre pressure and temperature and g-forces. The rev counter also serves as a shift indicator: if the eight-speed tiptronic is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments are activated sequentially as the revs increase.
Just before the engine reaches the limit, the entire scale flashes red.
The lap timer, a further function of the RS menu, records up to 99 laps and compares the times against each other.
Another option available is the head-up display. It projects all relevant information onto the windshield in the driver's direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits. Drivers can then keep their eyes on the road. Here, too, the RS 5 Coupé features specific content like the shift light and displays for lap times and oil temperature.
The largest diamond ever offered at auction went under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening for nearly US$34 million, a world record for a gem of its kind, the Christie's auction house said.
The 163.41-carat flawless D colour diamond, suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace called The Art of Grisogono, sold for 33.5 million Swiss francs, after taxes and commissions, at the Christie's autumn jewel auction.
The diamond was cut from a 404 carat rough rock which was discovered in February 2016 in the Lulo mine in Angola - the 27th biggest rough white diamond ever discovered. – Nampa/AFP
StanChart Kenya's pretax profit slides
Standard Chartered Kenya's pretax profit dropped by 38% to 6.87 billion shillings (US$66.3 million) in the first nine months of this year.
The lender blamed the fall on a government cap on commercial lending rates introduced in September last year and an economic slowdown after the Supreme Court nullified an Aug. 8 presidential election and ordered a re-run.
The rate cap, which limited commercial lending rates at 4 percentage points above the central bank rate and set a minimum deposit rate of 70 percent of the benchmark, has squeezed margins across the industry.
Standard Chartered Kenya said its net interest income declined by 8% from a year earlier. – Nampa/Reuters
Zamtel to more than double subscriber numbers
State-owned Zambian telecoms company Zamtel will more than double its mobile phone subscribers in the next three years after investing US$300 million in new infrastructure.
Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, has more than 12 million mobile phone service subscribers, equivalent to about 70% of the population.
Zamtel spokesman Kennedy Mambwe said the company's subscriber numbers are expected to increase from about 2.2 million to 3 million by the end of next year, rising to 4 million by the end of 2019 and 5 million in 2020.
China agreed to lend Zambia the US$280 million to improve the nation's telecommunications infrastructure and increase mobile phone usage over three years. – Nampa/Reuters
Eskom has cash to last ‘a few months’
South Africa's cash-strapped power utility Eskom has enough cash to pay wages and keep operations going for a few months and does not plan to retrench any workers despite a liquidity crunch, spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said.
"The finance division has indicated there isn't any hindrance in our ability to make those payments [wages]," he said.
"This is why we've been negating these reports that we only have R1.2 billion in our coffers. Although we have not met our target of R20 billion in terms of reserves, we still have enough cash to keep us going for a few more months," he said. – Nampa/Reuters
Bharti Airtel, Tigo merge in Ghana
Bharti Airtel has merged with Millicom's Tigo in Ghana to become the country's second largest mobile operator, the new company AirtelTigo said.
The merger, the first of its kind in Ghana, is a bid to increase share in the West African country where mobile phone use is one of the highest in Africa and competition for 37.4 million mobile phone users is fierce.
South Africa’s MTN dominates with 47.5% of subscribers. Others include Britain's Vodafone, Globacom of Nigeria and Sudan's Sudatel Expresso.
AirtelTigo will serve around 10 million subscribers with revenues close to US$300 million. – Nampa/Reuters
Kazapua was speaking at a welcoming ceremony held at the Swapo Party headquarters of Kaura and other former members of the DTA, now the Popular Democratic Movement.
“He did not join because of any position. He merely joined as an adult who took a decision of his own and made a choice to change,” Kazapua said.
Kaura joined the ruling party in front of nearly 5 000 people during a party rally at Grootfontein on Sunday where he was welcomed to the party by Namibian President and acting Swapo president, Hage Geingob.
On Tuesday, the former DTA of Namibia leader explained his decision to join Swapo by quoting French philosopher, author, and journalist, Albert Camus.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer and that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Kaura noted how people criticising his move to the ruling party seem to have forgotten that the Namibian Constitution was written by both Swapo and the DTA of Namibia.
He also said the other reason he joined the ruling party was because the party he used to belong to has now died and no longer exists.
“Anyway, what we said yesterday is over and done with and the time to continue with the fight for this country continues now.”
Welcoming Kaura and the other new members, Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba expressed contentment towards the group and referred to the day as a historic event.
“The more people, the better,” said Mbumba as he handed over party membership cards to Kaura and the other new Swapo members.
The 76-year-old Kaura was president of the DTA from 1998 to 2013 when he lost to McHenry Venaani in the party's presidential elections.
He was appointed Special Adviser to the Office of the Kunene governor in September 2015.
Irate community members boycotted a ground-breaking ceremony officiated by urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa this week.
The residents held a separate meeting with their headman where they, among others, questioned the compensation policy used by the local authority. Onawa is earmarked for 3 000 low-income houses and the town council has budgeted N$7 million to service the area to form a new township. The project will be done in phases. In 2013, 89 homeowners out of the total 97 homesteads in Onawa were compensated for their land, but conflict has been brewing ever since between the town council and some dissatisfied community members.
Some residents have bluntly refused to vacate the piece of land despite having received compensation for it. They claim they were not compensated fully.
“We, the residents of Onawa, are not happy or accepting of the work done by the Oshakati Town Council as they have failed to carry out their responsibilities. #socialjustice,” read a message placed on a large swath of fabric on the headman's field. During the ground-breaking event, Shaningwa said she was well aware of the discontent brewing within the community. “I should also indicate that there are people who seem not to be convinced that they have to vacate their places,” she said.
“We have the responsibility to build the country and we have the responsibility to negotiate with the people, thus, those of you who are not yet convinced, you should please approach the regional governor as well as the mayor and CEO of Oshakati so that at least you can work together as a team on your compensation package in accordance with the law and policies of Namibia.” Unhappy residents claim they were not getting detailed information from the Oshakati officials regarding the compensation policy.
“The Oshakati Town Council was supposed to explain to the people what the compensation policy states, but instead they tricked the people to sign and because most of the homestead owners are old and poor, they signed without understanding the consequences,” Josua Haunawa told Namibian Sun. Haunawa explained the people are not against development, but unhappy about the council “sidestepping the compensation policy”.
“The council must just come and sit down with the people and negotiate. This thing of having a ceremony without the presence of the headman is an insult to us,” Haunawa remarked. Oshakati CEO Werner Iita denied the allegations, saying proper and thorough consultations took place before people agreed to move. He is of the view that conflict amongst family members is the source of the current dispute.
“To me there is no conflict… our offices are always open and we are there for them. Any person who wants to acquire or register a complaint is welcome, our office is open for them,” Iita said.
The regional food bank is aimed at contributing toward the national programme to alleviate hunger in the country. The palace of the Ongandjera Traditional Authority at Uukandongo has also announced that community members have successfully refilled mahangu stores that were emptied for them due to the severe drought and food shortages experienced last year.
Following good rains over the past season, President Hage Geingob launched 'Operation Tulongeni 2017' at Matheus Iilonga's mahangu field at Onamundindi village in the Ogongo constituency of the Omusati Region.
This programme is meant to motivate subsistence farmers to start working their fields.
In an interview with Namibian Sun yesterday, the Omusati governor Erginus Endjala said that the regional council, in collaboration with the disaster management unit under the Prime Minister's office, has rolled out the Omusati food bank under the supervision of the Agro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA).
Here community members can deposit surplus from their harvests.
According to Endjala, the regional food bank currently only has storage facilities for mahangu. However, community members are welcome to donate any food products they have, which can be given to regional council offices for regional distribution.
“During the Oshipe Festival which took place in September at Onamundindi village near Ogongo, many farmers donated the surplus of their harvests to the regional food bank. They donated a variety of items such as mahangu, beans, watermelon, pumpkin and many others. Under the supervision of AMTA we store mahangu in the national silos at Tsandi. The other items have been distributed to various regional council offices to be given to the needy,” Endjala said.
Oshipe is a traditional Aawambo harvest festival where traditional food is cooked and thanks is given to the ancestors.
Endjala said that AMTA is monitoring the quality of mahangu donated to ensure that they are collecting healthy mahangu. He said that the region has so far collected two tons of mahangu.
“Since it is a national project we prefer mahangu from this season's harvest but those who have left over grain from last season are also welcome. There are many who still need food,” he said.
During last year November, the Ongandjera Traditional Authority decided to share its stored mahangu with the drought-stricken community. According to Queen Adelheid Mupiya, people came in large numbers and all 12 stores were emptied. However, after the harvest community members refilled them.
“Last year when we opened the stores people came in high numbers. We had to empty the stores so that we could give mahangu to everybody who needed food. After the good rainfall and the harvest, people started bringing mahangu to the palace to refill the stores. They did so without any invitation and we are so grateful,” Mupiya said.
Mupiya said apart from the mahangu donated by community members, the harvest from the palace's fields was also good. She said it is customary for those finding themselves without something to eat to receive mahangu from the palace.
She said that mahangu at the palace belongs to the community and it is simply stored at the palace for them. She said they are the ones who donate, cultivate and harvest it every year on the palace's land.
Mupiya said while trying to restore the Ongandjera culture they are aiming to complement the government's drought relief programme. According to the authority, the government's effort needs assistance due to the prolonged nationwide drought.
From January to August this year the number of sheep slaughtered at export abattoirs has declined from 254 770 last year to 194 646 in 2017.
According to the Meat Board of Namibia, the main reasons for the significant reduction in local slaughter numbers are a decrease in sheep numbers due to unfavourable climatic conditions and the lower local producer slaughter prices compared to the slaughter prices in South Africa.
The Meat Board says the live export of sheep continues to account for more than half of the total market share of sheep marketed. This represents a 57% share compared to the sheep slaughtered locally with a 43% share.
Overall, all three export abattoirs slaughtered below 50% of their total capacity, achieving only 33.89% of their total capacity.
“Although alarming, the percentage utilisation is a result of the decline in the number of sheep slaughtered at these abattoirs, driven by the overall decline in sheep production in Namibia over the past years.”
Aranos abattoir slaughtered 43%, Farmers' Meat Market 27% and Brukarros at Keetmanshoop, 36% of their total slaughter capacity respectively. “This is a very worrying trend as the profitability and long-term sustainability of these facilities comes into question,” said the organisation.
Farmers' Meat Market has already earlier this year announced that it will shut its doors.
Moreover, the Meat Board says a shortage in the supply of sheep will be observed due to the retention of sheep by South African producers because of the new pasture growing season. This will have a positive impact on Namibian sheep exports as the demand and therefore the associated price, will increase.
“A narrowing South African-Namibia price differential will act as a pull factor for the local producers over the short term to slaughter at the local export abattoirs instead of exporting live. The high long-term South African-Namibia price differentials are one of the main reasons why local producers are discouraged from slaughtering at local export abattoirs. Local producers will continue to prefer the export market if local slaughter prices are below the South African parity price.”
It says the high South African-Namibia price differentials which threaten the survival of local export abattoirs and the unavailability of grazing, still places the local sheep industry in a very bad spot. Producers will be compelled to market their animals where the price is most favourable and where they are able to experience increased overall welfare.
“The current financial situation, coupled with the decreasing number of sheep in the country should urge abattoir owners to come up with innovative models to improve their competitiveness and to ensure an increase in the number of sheep slaughtered at these respective abattoirs. This can also discourage exports.”
For the period January to August this year, there has been a 4.69% increase in the total production of sheep from to 555 194 between 2016 and 2017.
On the other hand, the higher probability of South African feedlots has increased the exports of Namibian weaners especially since local slaughter prices underperformed significantly compared to local weaner prices.
The Meat Board says the weaner- and slaughter prices are expected to remain firm in both Namibia and South Africa over the medium term due to the shortage of the supply of cattle in South Africa and the high demand from the South African feedlots, driven by lower feeding costs.
“After many years of a declining real weaner- and slaughter price, both have increased from 2016 to 2017, with real weaner prices being the star performer for the period under review. Real prices are however still expected to decline over the long term, emphasising the fact that farmers must become more efficient,” Meat Board says.
There was a 36.65% increase in the total production of cattle measured between January and August comparing year-on-year. This is an increase of 216 999 to 296 524.
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The increase is driven by the sharp increase in the live export of weaners to South Africa, increasing by 73% year-on-year.
From the total cattle marketed in 2017, 74% were exported live, 20% marketed at export abattoirs and 6% marketed at B and C class abattoirs.
Out of the 78 150 cattle slaughtered during the reported months, 415 were cattle slaughtered at the Meatco mobile abattoirs in the northern communal areas (NCAs). The mobile abattoir is currently the only market available for these producers. The Oshakati and Katima abattoirs have been commissioned and therefore, despite not being operational yet, it presents a better opportunity for NCA producers in future.
“The question still remains whether we have sufficient take-off in the NCA to render these two facilities economically viable.”
An increase in the live exports of cattle to South Africa is linked to the increase in the price of weaners being offered by the South African feedlots.
Last year 126 283 weaners were exported compared to the current 218 789 that were exported this year. South African producers are retaining their weaners to take advantage of the improved availability of relatively cheap fodder.
The business climate index has so far been below 50 points for the entire 2017, indicating economic contraction. The index is now at its lowest level since December 2003.
According to the latest BCM, complied by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), the leading indicator – a benchmark for business expectations - remained unchanged in September.
“The slight decrease in the BCM, coupled with the flat leading indicator, suggests some moderation of the economic downturn,” the IPPR says.
Of the 31 indicators measured by the index, 14 showed improvement while the remaining 17 deteriorated.
The number of livestock fell by 30%, or almost 16 000 cattle, compared to August. However, year to date has seen 100 000 more cattle marketed in 2017 than in 2016.
The growth seen in some commodity prices this year made an about-turn in September, the IPPR says.
In US dollar terms, copper prices fell by 5%, while gold and diamond prices fell by 3% and 2% respectively. Uranium remained flat.
A 4% depreciation in the US$/rand exchange rate saw the prices remain flat in Namibia dollar terms, except for uranium, which rose by 5%.
Inflation picked up to 5.6% year-on-year, due in part to a 30c increase in fuel prices.
Private sector credit extension rose by 0.32% month-on-month and 5.24% year-on-year, compared to higher growth of 6.35% seen in August.
Building plans printed flat on a monthly basis. However, year to date N$1.83 billion of building plans have been approved, an increase of 17.4% year-on-year.
Carry trade is a strategy in which traders borrow a currency that has a low interest rate and use the funds to buy a different currency that is paying a higher interest rate, according to Investopedia.
Barring a few days in early January, the rand’s year-to-date carry return against the US dollar turned negative for the first time in 2017, and is the only currency among 16 major peers to have handed carry traders a loss on a year-to-date basis through November 13.
Back in late March, it was a different story. The dollar-rand carry trade was up 12%. It began to lose its sparkle once investors suspected President Jacob Zuma would fire his fiscally conservative finance minister Pravin Gordhan, which he did.
The currency’s woes have since mounted, with Zuma lurching from one political crisis to another and the economy faltering. The rand has fallen 5.3% this year to R14.50 per dollar on Tuesday, the weakest level since September 2016.
Yesterday morning it was trading at R14.37 against the greenback. – Bloomberg
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In the latest attack 145 sheep and goats were killed on Tuesday night. Eight donkeys also went missing during the week and are now suspected to have been killed by the stray predators.
A total of 120 goats and 25 sheep valued at N$186 000 were killed only a few kilometres from the lion attack reported last week Wednesday at Avante Post in the Torra Conservancy.
In this attack 86 sheep and goats valued at approximately N$103 000 were killed. According to the chairperson of the Torra Conservancy, Tommy Adams, the Tuesday night attack occurred in the Melkbosrand area a mere five kilometres where the previous attack happened.
“It was the same pride of lions. They counted 15 lions and they even saw them jumping out of the kraal with lambs in the mouth,” he said. In both incidents the lions entered the kraals where the animals were being kept for the night. Both kraals were, however, old and not yet upgraded.
There are kraals in the area that have already been upgraded and livestock were not attacked in these kraals.
The lions are from the Etendeka and Klip Rivier area in Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy. Adams said they had countless meetings with the environment ministry, warning about the lion problem, but their pleas fell on deaf ears. Izak Smit from the Desert Lions Human Relations Aid (Delphra) yesterday also confirmed the latest lion attack to Namibian Sun.
“It is a killing field and farmers feel that the ministry is not upholding its mandate to put collars on the lions and monitor it properly but instead wants to relocate or destroy the animals.
“Again we reiterate that if they were collared and monitored this could have been prevented. We have warned against this and hold those we warned responsible. Ignoring our offers and pleas now resulted in this outcome.” Smit said the environment ministry has to take action adding that the communal farmers are at the end of their tether.
He argued the cost and effort to dart and capture 15 lions in this terrain is probably equal to the efforts it would take to dart and collar it. Environment ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said they are aware of the latest attack. He said the ministry is still planning to relocate the lions, but that it has now become a matter of urgency.
The process will be expedited and officials are already on the ground with the instructions to capture the lions, according to Muyunda. Officials from nearby sub-stations such as Swakopmund have also been called in to assist with the process. “Should those on the ground fail we will send in a helicopter for assistance,” he said.
The ministry will shoot the lions as the last option.
“The situation has now become urgent and is highly regrettable and unfortunate.” Muyunda further said that investigations into both cases are still ongoing. With regards to why the ministry is not considering collaring the lions, Muyunda said the process is very expensive.
“With relocation we are using resources that are already at our disposal. Although collaring is used for monitoring lions in the Kunene, we do not have the resources for collaring all the lion prides in the Kunene.” It is expected that lions will be relocated to a national park in the north-east of Namibia.