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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Springboks scrape home 18-17 against FranceSpringboks scrape home 18-17 against France A try just after the hour mark by centre Jesse Kriel saw the Springboks end their five-match winless streak with a hard-fought 18-17 victory over France on Saturday night.

    In front of a capacity crowd at the Stade de France in Paris, Allister Coetzee's team managed to get back into the winners' circle despite the misfiring boot of flyhalf Handre Pollard, who slotted just two out of six attempts at goal.

    The South Africans were guilty once again of kicking away front-foot possession, with Pollard and halfback partner Ross Cronje guilty of booting the ball too far downfield, while the Boks' execution and decision-making let them down on attack.

    They started well enough as they showed much greater conviction when carrying the ball, and the more positive approach paid dividends in the eighth minute.

    Courtnall Skosan started the attack, and after a couple of powerful runs by Malcolm Marx and Siya Kolisi, wing Dillyn Leyds showed good skill to dummy and then reach over to dot down.

    Pollard extended the lead to 8-0 with a penalty in the 18th minute, and it looked like the Boks were well on their way to a comfortable victory.

    But the French found their feet in the second quarter, with lively wing Teddy Thomas stretching the Bok defence with his stepping skills. Eventually, flyhalf Anthony Belleau burst through a flimsy tackle from Jesse Kriel to bring the French back into the game at 8-7. Pollard, though, lost his goal-kicking radar, missing penalties either side of halftime, while Belleau put the hosts into the lead at 10-8 in the 47th minute.

    The Bok no. 10 missed his fourth goal-kick of the night in the 55th minute, and it nearly cost them a victory on the night.

    But then French scrumhalf substitute Baptiste Serin was yellow-carded for an early tackle on Marx following a line-break by Kriel, and that relieved the pressure somewhat for the South Africans.

    Pollard managed to get a three-pointer that put the Boks 11-10 up, and the one-man advantage counted when captain Eben Etzebeth got the ball away to Kriel to dot down with 18 minutes left.

    There was some controversy after it appeared as if Etzebeth may have lost the ball forward in the act of passing to Kriel, but the TMO and referee Nigel Owens ruled that the French defender had knocked the ball out of Etzebeth's hands and that the ball had gone sideways to Kriel.

    There was a nervous last few minutes when Serin scored with just three minutes to go to take the score to 18-17, but the Boks held out for a much-needed victory.

    Scorers:

    France: 17 (7): Tries: Anthony Belleau, Baptiste Serin. Conversions: Belleau (2). Penalty: Belleau

    Springboks: 18 (8): Tries: Dillyn Leyds, Jessie Kriel. Conversion: Handre Pollard.

    -NAMPA/ANA

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    Real Madrid sends two top coachesReal Madrid sends two top coaches Sport Reporter



    All the eyes of Namibia's footballing world will be on Swakopmund from 11 to 15 December as the Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) hosts its second coaching clinic in conjunction with The Dome in Swakopmund.

    True to the winning philosophy of “Los Blancos”, Europe's most decorated footballing institution, nothing is left to chance.

    The foundation has selected Carlos Gustavo Albert Garcia and Héctor Vicente to lead the clinic on the Namibian west coast.

    Garcia brings tons of experience and expertise.

    The 35-year-old has been involved with Real Madrid's first team for more than eight years after also spending a couple of years at the Royal Spanish Football Association (RFEF).

    His focus at the record Champions League winners was, among other things, goal keeping, training session development as well as scouting and analysis work.

    After his stint with the men's first team he moved to the RMF's technical department.

    Here Garcia was and is still heavily involved with the customisation, coordination and supervising of the club's projects.

    The Spaniard also holds a UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching certification available from the European Football Association.

    The licence is required for anyone who wishes to manage a football club in the top tier of any European nation's league system on a permanent basis.

    Furthermore, Garcia, who is also proficient in English and French, holds a degree in physical activity and sports science from the Camilo José Cela University in Madrid.

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    Tough CHAN draw for Brave WarriorsTough CHAN draw for Brave WarriorsMannetti remains optimistic The Brave Warriors remain positive as they hope for a fairy-tale run in the African Nation Champions (CHAN). Jesse Jackson Kauraisa



    Namibia's national football team has been pitted against some of Africa's toughest nations in the African Nation Champions (CHAN).

    The tournament, slated for January 2018, will see the 2015 Cosafa champions playing Zambia, Uganda and African powerhouse Ivory Coast in the group stages.

    However, Mannetti is optimistic that his team can cause an upset at the tournament.

    Namibia will open their campaign against Ivory Coast on 14 January before they play Zambia on 18 January.

    The team will conclude the group stages against Uganda on January in Morocco.

    Namibia have avoided the host nation in the first round, but will still play two of Africa's former Africa Cup of Nation's winners.

    “It is a tough group and the team will have to be physically and mentally prepared if we are to beat these nations.

    “I knew the group was going to be tough and that is why I am not surprised by the draw.

    “I have a very strong team that I believe will give their all in the tournament,” Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti said.

    The fifth edition of the CHAN finals will be held in Morocco, with 16 teams competing for the grand prize of U$1.25 million (N$16.2 million).

    All the teams which qualified to the tournament received N$2.2 million for their heroic efforts.

    Namibia qualified to the competition after beating Zimbabwe and the Comoros in the qualifying rounds.

    Morocco heads Group A and will face Sudan, Guinea and Mauritania in Casablanca while Namibia and company will contest in Marrakech.

    Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea are in Group C and will play in Tangier while in Agadir; Group D will take centre stage with Angola, Cameroon, Congo and Burkina Faso.

    The quarterfinals will be played on 27 and 28 January, whilst the semi-finals will be held on 31 January 2018.

    The third-place match will be on 3 February and the grand finale is slated for 4 February 2018 at the newly refurbished Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca.

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    DBN rewards innovative businessesDBN rewards innovative businessesWinners in three categories The winners meet immediate development requirements, while providing for long-term development needs. In a small country like Namibia, we depend on each other through supporting new business ideas and enhancing the already existing ones. – Albie Basson, DBN: Board member The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) last week held its Good Business and Innovation Awards in Windhoek.

    The awards recognised business excellence that contributes to Namibia’s development.

    Speaking at the event, DBN’s chief executive officer, Martin Inkumbi, said the winners meet immediate development requirements, while providing for long-term development needs.

    Three categories were up for grabs, namely the emerging enterprises, large enterprises and innovation awards.

    In the emerging enterprise category, Welwitchia University took the top award worth N$100 000. Blumfelde Meat was the first runner-up and Telne Properties came third.

    Erongo RED walked away with N$150 000 in the large enterprise category, Namibia Dairies took second place and Veya ICT was third.

    Namibia Ceramics scooped the innovation award worth N$500 000, NSVP Scientific was the runner-up and the Windhoek Entrepreneur's Base came in third.

    Speaking at the same event, DBN’s board member, Albie Basson, lauded the bank’s commitment towards the advancement of local enterprises.

    “In a small country like Namibia, we depend on each other through supporting new business ideas and enhancing the already existing ones,” said Basson. - Nampa

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  • 11/19/17--14:00: PDM wants more from cup
  • PDM wants more from cupPDM wants more from cupOpposition lauds Geingob Namibia's opposition political party, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has encouraged the organisers of the Hage Geingob Cup to do more. Jesse Jackson Kauraisa



    The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) believes that the Hage Geingob Cup could grow if more potential investors come on board.

    The movement is urging President Hage Geingob and the organisers of the tournament to seek more support for the competition.

    In a statement released on Thursday, the movement wrote: “We urge President Hage Geingob, to engage with and invite potential investors to come on board and invest in our local sports.

    “Sport is not just a recreational activity, but offers a positive outlet for the youth, aside from also being a big employer of young people that can help kick-start the anti-poverty drive.”

    Once additional investors are secured, the movement believes that more nations can be invited to the event.

    PDM reiterated that the growth in the size of the event will also mean more opportunities will be made available to the youth through secondary activities.

    These activities include sale of food and drinks, ticketing, security, entertainment.

    The PDM also congratulated the organisers of the Hage Geingob Cup for staging a successful tournament.

    Formerly known as DTA, the political party also expressed gratitude towards President Hage Geingob for being part of the initiative.

    The competition saw Namibia defeating Zimbabwe 3-1 in front of a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    “We wish to congratulate the organising committee behind the Dr Hage Geingob Cup, as well as the patron of the tournament, for the hosting of such a great event that gave football-loving Namibians an opportunity to unite behind our national team.”

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 11/19/17--14:00: Fans are being fantastic
  • Fans are being fantasticFans are being fantastic Many have criticised Namibian fans for misbehaving at the stadiums whenever the Brave Warriors are playing, but I must congratulate them for the way they behaved during the Hage Geingob Cup.

    The Sam Nujoma Stadium was packed to its capacity about a week ago and the red colours of the national team looked so beautiful on the pavilions.

    It was one of those atmospheres that Namibian football has been yearning for.

    It reminded me of the time when the Brave Warriors still had the likes of Congo Hindjou and Riccardo Mannetti as players.

    The incredible support that the men and women of this country gave was something to smile about.

    President Hage Geingob was so excited and energetic that he went to the extent of doing the famous 'Okamannetti'. Now that, is what we call patriotism.

    It is indeed a special feeling to see Namibians standing behind their team in such large numbers.

    The goalkeeper of the Brave Warriors went on to post on social media after the game that he had always dreamed of playing in front of such a large crowd.

    Thanks to the Namibian people that they made the goalkeeper realise his dream.

    The team played brilliant football because the spectators cheered for the team all the way.

    I am almost certain that many who went to watch the team for the first time can't wait for another home game just to enjoy the electric atmosphere.

    It is now up to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to draw more people to the stadium by marketing the home matches.

    I have realised that the team plays better when it has the support of its people.

    It is with this that I would like the NFA to find a way in which they can get more fans to travel to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament slated for Morocco in January.

    I know that it is going to be expensive and remains a daunting task for many Namibian fans given the distance from Namibia to Morocco.

    However, it is about time that we do the impossible in order to get the fans to travel to Morocco.

    When Namibia won the Cosafa tournament in 2015 in South Africa, the Ministry of Sport organised busses for the masses that went to watch the team play.

    It was an encouraging scene and that is why the players performed to the best of their capabilities.

    It is time that Namibians start showing the world that we are able to travel with our team regardless of the financial circumstances that the country faces.

    There are poorer countries than Namibia, but their football fans always do the impossible to travel with their teams.

    If these poor nations can do it, then Namibia does not have an excuse as to why we are not able to send a large number of spectators with the team.

    The team is looking very good and I feel that Mannetti is finally getting his strategy right.

    After some wrote him off last year for not winning the Cosafa tournament at home, the coach has proved his worth to the nation.

    The fact that the team qualified during the darkest days of Namibian football has been something remarkable.

    As a nation, we owe him our support given that he will be going into a very difficult competition with Africa's top nations in January.

    Fans must continue with the good behaviour they showed during the Hage Geingob Cup.

    Players must also continue to make their fans happy as it will keep them coming for more games in the future.

    Namibia is ours, the Brave Warriors is ours, and so let us stand behind the team.





    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    jesse@namibiansun.com

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  • 11/19/17--14:00: Couple held for murder
  • Couple held for murderCouple held for murder The Rehoboth police has arrested a man and his girlfriend in connection with the murder of the woman's brother who reportedly intervened during a fight over sex.

    According to the deceased's older sister, she overheard the couple arguing over sex in their nearby bedroom and then heard their sister (one of the suspects) call their brother for help.

    The incident reportedly took place on Friday evening 17 November.

    “I was in my room with my husband during this quarrel and after a while we heard the sound of a knife falling on the concrete floor or what sounded like a blade. It was, however, a while later that my younger brother called me to come and see our brother was killed,” she said.

    According to the older sister, they may have dozed off and did not hear any screaming or fighting during the time.

    “It was just the three of them in the bedroom; even one of our children that was sleeping in a nearby room did not hear any strange noises. We are shocked and stunned and we have no idea what could possibly have gone wrong in that room,” she said.

    She added that minutes before his gruesome death, her brother a “peace-loving” man, had begged the couple to stop “quarrelling and fighting”.

    Hardap regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Eric Clay, yesterday confirmed that the couple has been arrested and are in police custody for the murder of the 54-year-old man.

    According to Clay, the suspect, a sister of the deceased, has implicated her boyfriend saying he stabbed the man and then gave her the knife and ordered her to get rid of it.

    “We still have not found the murder weapon, which at this point can only be described as a sharp object, judging from the wounds on the deceased's body. The police are still searching for it,” Clay explained.



    Speechless

    Meanwhile, neighbours of the family, who all live together in a home in the Block C residential area at the town, are dumbfounded by what has happened, saying the deceased and his sister who is now suspected of stabbing him to death, were “inseparable”.

    A neighbour told Namibian Sun that the siblings were seen together in a joyful mood earlier on Friday.

    “He (deceased) was such a quiet man, he was a drinker but he never started or engaged in quarrels. I cannot believe this has happened,” she said.

    The couple is being questioned and will make a court appearance in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court today.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    'If you love Mugabe so much, take him''If you love Mugabe so much, take him'Diaspora say Mugabe stays on at his own peril The Zimbabwean community in Namibia has said President Robert Mugabe should listen to the will of the people and step down otherwise he will be at his “own peril”. On Saturday, Zimbabweans in Namibia, joined their countrymen back home and marched through the streets of Windhoek to show their support for the military action taken in their country and to demand that Mugabe step down by yesterday.

    The diaspora in the region were urged to march in their respective cities and towns on Saturday.

    “Mugabe leave Zimbabwe now”, “Enough is enough”, “Freed at last”, “We are in full support of our army,” were just some of the posters that the crowd displayed while they marched to the Zimbabwean High Commission to hand over a petition.

    According to the petition, Mugabe has done enough damage to Zimbabwe and killed too many dreams and people.

    “We wish to start a new chapter on 19 November without you at the helm or in the country, if it is your wish. We hope for the sake of peace and for Zimbabweans, you will consider our request seriously and do the noble thing.”

    The Zimbabweans said in the petition that should Mugabe stay in power beyond 19 November it would be against the will of the people of Zimbabwe and at his own peril.

    SADC, the AU and the UN were also warned that if they take any action it will be against the Zimbabwean army and all Zimbabwean civilians both in and outside the country.

    A further appeal was made to President Hage Geingob and SADC to encourage Mugabe to listen to the people of Zimbabwe and to step down peacefully.

    According to the petition, the Zimbabwean Defence force is made up of Zimbabweans and the army takeover, although not ideal, is fixing the problems of Zimbabweans.

    The Zimbabweans said they are in full support of the army stepping in and that they should have done this many years ago. Addressing SADC the petition states that while it gathers in Botswana to discuss Zimbabwe that there is no need at this time for SADC to do anything, but let it be business as usual.

    “…please drink your tea and eat biscuits and watch your TVs the same way you did for 37 years. We speak for many people when we say we hoped and prayed for this day for very long and now that it is here do not mess it up for us. If you love Mugabe so much you can have him all to yourselves. We will even throw in a 50-something year-old lady as a bonus.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Nimbus targets big stake in Paratus TelecomNimbus targets big stake in Paratus TelecomInvestment of N$95 million The proposed transaction will allow Nimbus to make an early transition from a capital pool company to a full-fledged listed company on the NSX mainboard. Paratus has an impressive track record, both in Namibia and across the continent. – Nimbus Infrastructure Jo-Maré Duddy – Nimbus Infrastructure Ltd, which debuted on the local index of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) as the country’s first capital pool company (CPC) on Oct. 6, intends acquiring 26.5% of the shares in Paratus Telecom.

    The proposed transaction is worth N$95 million and will pave the way for Nimbus to be listed as a fully-fledged listed company on the NSX mainboard, the company said in an announcement Thursday on the local bourse.

    In terms of the transaction Nimbus will acquire 8% of the issued share capital in Paratus from Cuvelai Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd for an initial cash payment of N$20 million. Cuvelai currently holds 33.9% of the issued ordinary shares in Paratus.

    In addition, Paratus will allot and issue shares in Paratus to Nimbus for an amount of N$75 million. This will bring the effective shareholding of Nimbus in Paratus after the allotment to 26.5%, resulting in an effective 20.1% dilution of existing shareholders.

    Nimbus will raise the cash needed for the entire transaction through a private placement.

    Diversification

    The proposed transaction will provide Nimbus with exposure to diversified revenue streams, the company said in its announcement on the NSX.

    “Paratus has an impressive track record, both in Namibia and across the continent. The company has grown its customer base aggressively, particularly in the corporate space, and is actively expanding into the retail market. They have shown a strong growth profile, with both revenue and profits expanding on a yearly basis,” Nimbus said.

    By obtaining exposure to Paratus Namibia, Nimbus has immediate exposure to the current revenue and profits of Paratus, as well as the asset base, which includes terrestrial and urban infrastructure.

    “Although the growth in revenues generated by Paratus is currently largely driven by fiber infrastructure roll-out, Paratus also has sustainable revenue streams from other sources such as cloud, connectivity, local area network, security and voice, providing exposure to diversified revenue streams for Nimbus,” the NSX announcement states.

    According to Nimbus, a shareholding in Paratus provides it with a strong base from which to pursue further investments across Namibia and continent.

    “The transaction does not preclude further investments by Nimbus, but rather creates a strong foundation from which to raise further capital, be it debt or equity, for further projects and acquisitions,” it says.

    In addition, the transaction will see the majority of the capital raised by Nimbus invested into a viable asset. This will result in Nimbus making an early transition from a CPC to a full-fledged listed company on the NSX mainboard.

    The transaction is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent, as well as regulatory approval. The latter includes the green light from the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran) and the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC).

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    Highway cameras still illegalHighway cameras still illegal The yellow traffic enforcement cameras on national highways which have been erected along main highways in the country are still not legal but the legislation is expected to be signed and gazetted soon.

    The police's head of traffic, Deputy Commissioner Amalia Gawanas, confirmed to Namibian Sun that the cameras have not yet been activated but this is expected to take place during the first week of December.

    Gawanas said once gazetted, the cameras will be activated at 12 points across the country.

    When the cameras were erected there was public outcry, mostly on social media platforms, questioning their legality. At the time the police had said that transgressors of speed by these cameras will be prosecuted.

    Gawanas said it is expected that the cameras will be activated within the first week in December - if everything goes according to plan.

    She said that if caught driving too fast by the camera, the fines will work exactly the same as any other speeding fine, depending on what speed you have travelled. “The camera will capture the footage and the driver will receive the fine in the mail.”

    In the Erongo Region, two cameras are up, one about 47km to Karibib from Okahandja and another 30 to 40km before Swakopmund.

    Cameras in the south are located just after the weighbridge outside of Windhoek on both sides of the road and also 45km to Windhoek from Rehoboth.

    In the north, cameras were erected 110km to Otjiwarongo from Okahandja and 61km to Otjiwarongo from Okahandja. Another camera was put up about 70km to Otavi from Otjiwarongo and also 50km to Otjiwarongo from Otavi, while others are also located about 45km from Otavi and 40km to Otavi from Tsumeb.

    Moreover, there are cameras about 28km to Oshivelo from Tsumeb, 36km to Omuthiya from Oshivelo and 42km to Ondangwa from Omuthiya.

    Gawanas further warned road users to be extremely careful during the upcoming holiday season and said the public will be informed when these cameras are activated.

    She said people must take ownership and responsibility when they are on the roads.

    “With more than 648 fatalities already this year in a population of 2.1 million this is very worrisome. At the end of the year where will the death toll stand?

    “People must take ownership. Nobody wants to die on the roads. We must stand together and obey the rules of the road as if it is your own life that depends on it.”

    Meanwhile, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has undertaken various activities in commemoration of Africa Road Safety Day that took place yesterday.

    These activities include road safety interventions such as roadblock refresher and first responder training, #StandSober campaign and a National Prayer Walk.

    Statistics from the Fund from January to October this year indicate that there have been 585 fatalities compared to 547 during the same period last year, 5 498 injuries compared to 5 624 last year and 3 083 crashes in comparison with 3 273 last year.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Oshakati hospital running on emptyOshakati hospital running on emptySupplies often erratic As the biggest referral hospital to district hospitals in five regions – including patients from Angola – the availability of resources are precarious. Medical practitioners at the Oshakati Intermediary Hospital say they fear the lives of patients could be put at risk due to collapsing, untenable conditions prevailing at the hospital.

    During late September, the hospital experienced some days during which water supply was cut off without warning reportedly for infrastructure repair or upgrades.

    This was then confirmed by the hospital's superintendent, Dr Korbinian Vizkaya Amutenya, who said the hospital would usually have been given notification of any supply interruptions.

    During that month the medical practitioners preferring anonymity said bedding was not sterilised and many patients had to sleep on uncovered mattresses, often in corridors due to a shortage of beds.

    Incomprehensibly too, they said, they were forced to use the more expensive surgical gloves for any and all contact with patients because the cheaper non-surgical gloves were simply not available.

    “We are being told that there is no money available but then we are forced to use the most expensive gloves on the most mundane of tasks,” one source said, adding: “We simply do not know what is going on.”





    The management team at the hospital acknowledged that there are problems in the supply of materials from the Central Medical Store, which it described as “erratic”, saying delays of delivery and unavailability from the store was often experienced due to “some logistical problems”, which “may affect the operations of the hospital in one way or another”.

    The management team said the hospital has reported that it had run out of non-sterile gloves on 23 September and the following day the regional store and clinical supply managed to get gloves from other facilities while it waited to be restocked by the store.

    “For now the glove situation is solved and the entire hospital has non-sterile gloves. Of course, not the amount we are comfortable with for now,” the management team said.

    It said staff was forced to use sterile gloves in the meantime to avoid cross infections from patients.



    New ward unused

    Another claim was that the hospital is boasting with a brand new theatre in the maternity ward but that this has never been used due to construction problems.





    The Oshakati Intermediate Hospital is also used for emergency operations by other district hospitals in the Oshana, Kunene, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions as well as the southern part of Angola. This places an enormous pressure on the resources of the hospital.

    However, information received from the sources is that because the labour theatre is not in use, the other available theatre is being used for Caesarean sections and other emergency cases, which allegedly causes a bottleneck and delays of numerous other operations that should have been done in the operational theatre. The sources claimed this might even put lives in danger.

    The Oshakati management team said the two brand new theatres in the maternity ward are not yet completed. It said the construction company, Stauch and Partners Consultants, have reported that it is 95% complete; the remaining 5% include the installation of medical items and equipment.



    Angolan patients

    Medical staff at the Oshakati hospital also observed that a large number of patients using the State facility are from Angola.

    Some estimated the number of Angolan patients to be as much as around 50% at any given time who pay the same nominal fees that Namibian state patients do. In one instance, someone commented, an Angolan national paid N$30 for a month in the intensive care unit (ICU).

    According to the medical staff, this further places resources under severe pressure.

    The Oshakati management team said it would be an exaggeration to say that 50% of patients are Angolan nationals.

    It said on 25 October out of the 812 patients the following were foreigners: two Zimbabweans; one South African; one Malawian; 82 Angolans.

    On 25 October of the six patients in the ICU, two were foreigners (one Zimbabwean; one Angolan).

    The management team admitted that all patients – Namibians and foreigners – pay the same rate “without fear or favour”.



    Catherine Sasman

    Catherine Sasman

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  • 11/19/17--14:00: I am not fired: Jacobs
  • I am not fired: JacobsI am not fired: JacobsStars maintain class The 'Buccaneers' coach Woody Jacobs was on the stands as his team played arch rivals Black Africa on Friday night. Jesse Jackson Kauraisa



    Orlando Pirates coach Woody Jacobs insists that he is not fired even after he was not present on the pitch at the derby on Friday.

    Black Africa played Orlando Pirates and the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate in front of passionate spectators.

    Orlando Pirates, however, looked far from normal without their coach Woody Jacobs.

    The club told reporters that their youthful mentor had other family commitments to attend to.

    As a result, former player and assistant coach Ivan Namaseb took over the coaching duties.

    The questions on Jacobs' position however emerged when the gaffer was seen sitting on the pavilion even after the club had declared his absence.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview yesterday, Jacobs confirmed that he is still the coach of Orlando Pirates.

    “I am even the guy that selected the team which played against Black Africa.

    “Well, many people are asking if I am fired from the team, but I can confirm that I am still the coach.

    “I did have other commitments on the day, but I made sure that I came to the stadium to watch the team,” Jacobs said.

    The coach lauded the fans who came in their numbers to watch the famous derby.

    “It was a very great atmosphere and I am happy with what transpired at the stadium.

    “The boys played very well and I do believe that the team will do better in the coming weeks.”

    Meanwhile, African Stars, Tigers, Tura Magic and Citizens were all successful in their first games of the weekend.

    African Stars defeated Young Chiefs by 3-1, while Tura Magic got the better of Rundu Chiefs at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.

    Civics failed to capitalise on their home ground advantage as they lost 1-0 to Chief Santos.

    Defending champions, Tigers proved their mettle when they cruised past Mighty Gunners with 4-1.

    In other action outside Windhoek, Citizens collected three points against Eleven Arrows with a 2-0 victory in Walvis Bay.

    Also on the road was Young African FC who battled it out with Life Fighters in Otjiwarongo on Saturday.

    The game ended level with both teams failing to score a goal during the match.

    Unam managed to salvage a point against Blue Waters on Saturday in Walvis Bay with a 1-1 score line.

    The second matches of the weekend were played on Sunday and the results will be published in tomorrow's edition.

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    Joe’s boosts dividend for StimulusJoe’s boosts dividend for Stimulus Staff reporter - The board of directors of Stimulus Investments Limited has approved an interim dividend payment of N$25.8 million to all its preference share shareholders following the disposal of shares held in Joe’s Beerhouse Properties (Pty) Ltd.

    Stimulus acquired majority shareholding in Joe’s Beerhouse in March 2007 and subsequently sold the operations in June 2012, while retaining the property. The new owners of the business continued trading as Joe’s Beerhouse, while renting the property from Stimulus.

    “We retained the property for strategic reasons and we believe that the disposal of the property is perfectly timed to serve the best interests of both parties,” Josephat Mwatotele, executive director of Stimulus, said in a statement.

    Stimulus, whose preferential shares are listed on the local index of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), exceeded its returns expectation over the investment holding period, he said.

    “The current tenants have retained the unique experience that Joe’s Beerhouse provides. We wish to commend them for solidifying the strong legacy of Joe’s Beerhouse through hard work and focus. Joe’s Beerhouse is a household name in Namibia and far beyond its borders and we are proud to have been associated with this uniquely Namibian brand. We wish them only the best in all their future dealings,” Mwatotele says.

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    Geingob opens ‘Omatala’ at OshikangoGeingob opens ‘Omatala’ at Oshikango HELAO NAFIDI – President Hage Geingob said the Helao Nafidi Town Council in the Ohangwena Region has contributed to the government’s objective of sustained economic development by constructing an Open Market at the town to fuel local business.

    Geingob said this when he officially inaugurated the new Open Market, or “Omatala”, at the Helao Nafidi Town’s Oshikango suburb on Saturday.

    “Scholars of economics have presented the argument that entrepreneurship and business are the key drivers not only of economic development, but also catalysts for the reduction of poverty,” Geingob told his audience.

    According to him, entrepreneurs in Helao Nafidi and surrounding areas have waited patiently for trading facilities such as the Open Market.

    He commended the town council for promoting a business-friendly environment in which entrepreneurship and business are pathways leading to the reduction of poverty.

    The new Open Market can be viewed as an incubator for the future development of larger public infrastructure, aimed at enhancing economic competitiveness, Geingob said.

    “As our vendors and building entrepreneurs ply their trade at this open market, they are setting themselves up to morph into small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and fully-fledged manufacturing companies in the future,” he said.

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    He then encouraged the town council to keep on working tirelessly to prioritise the socio-economic and development aspirations of its residents.

    Geingob went on to say if the town council wants its town to continue growing and become the pride of Ohangwena, it must also engage in efforts to attract investors and business people from elsewhere to bring their expertise and businesses to the town.

    He wished all vendors a future of successful business and continued growth, while on the other hand urging the town leadership and community to safeguard the Open Market so that it can serve for years to come.

    Speaking at the same event, urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa pointed out that the Helao Nafidi Town Council has funded the construction of the new Open Market at a cost of more than N$5.7 million.

    The Open Market has a capacity of 364 business stalls, but it accommodates 634 vendors including those who are doing business in the open space. - Nampa

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     Fitch downgrades Namibia to junk Fitch downgrades Namibia to junk Fitch Ratings has downgraded Namibia’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating (IDR) to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-‘. The Outlook is Stable. According to the ratings agency, the downgrade reflects weaker-than-forecast fiscal outcomes and the government debt to GDP ratio will continue to increase in the short-term. The country’s economic recovery has been weaker than expected. “This will leave debt in financial year 2019/20 at nearly double the ratio in 2014/15. The downgrade also reflects a weaker-than-expected economic recovery and our view that medium-term growth has shifted to a lower gear,” the agency stated. Fitch noted that fiscal consolidation was temporarily interrupted in current financial year. “We forecast the general government deficit to narrow to 6% of GDP from 6.9% in 2016, against a revised government target of 5.3%. However, this improvement is due solely to a one-off surge in transfers from the South African Customs Union (SACU) which we expect to lead to a downward adjustment in the receipts for 2019. The initially projected reduction in aggregate public capital spending will not materialise due to a N$2.5 billion capital injection in a new public infrastructure fund and to the settlement of previously unreported arrears worth N$2.7 billion arising from commitments undertaken in 2016. Total spending-to-GDP will stabilise as lower non-wage current outlays will offset the rise in the payroll, interest costs and public investment.” The government has revised its fiscal consolidation strategy, and no longer targets a reduction or stabilisation of debt-to-GDP, the ratings agency said. “The latest Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) published earlier in November projects general government debt to grow to 44.2% in 2019, while it was forecast to decline to 37.7% in the previous MTEF. The government also foresees a reduction in the general government deficit to 2.9% in 2019, up from a previous target of 1%. It plans to achieve this improvement by cutting operational costs, stabilising capital spending in nominal terms, and freezing the wage bill by reducing the number of civil servants by 2% per year through natural attrition.”

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    Poor attendance at mega-fixturesPoor attendance at mega-fixturesNo gate taking profits The MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) matches at the Sam Nujoma Stadium which saw four Windhoek-based teams in action failed to pull large crowds over the weekend. Clubs involved in the mega-fixtures which took place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday and Sunday did not make any profit.

    Tura Magic, African Stars, Civics and Tigers all played at the same stadium on the same day.

    Orlando Pirates, Civics and African Stars were also in action on Sunday.

    The games were marked by poor attendance by the fans of each team.

    The fact that the 2015/16 champions Tigers were in action and yet people did not show up raised questions about the marketing skills of the club. The other disappointing aspect was that African Stars, who normally have a strong support base, failed to attract fans to the stadium.

    African Stars CEO Lesley Kozonguizi was in charge of the organising committee for all the clubs on the weekend. Kozonguizi said he was disappointed by the fact that only a few supporters turned up at the stadium.

    “It is no secret that the matches did not attract as many people as expected.

    “There are, however, many factors which caused the low turnout over the weekend.

    “Speaking of African Stars, I do believe that our fans had other engagements like weddings and other traditional activities.

    “As we know that most of our support base are Hereros, it means that some of these people are farmers and travel to their places over the weekend,” Kozonguizi said.

    He added that some people did not come to the stadium because they were watching European leagues on television.

    He felt that some people might have other hobbies because the league was not played for over a year.

    “The other important thing that a person can mention is also the fact that people fail to buy tickets in advance.

    “This means that they have to come and pay extra at the football fields, resulting in them not just showing up.”

    It has also emerged that some people are selling fake tickets at the stadiums. The issue is apparently making the clubs lose more money given that their original tickets are not being sold. Tigers FC's Hafeni Hivelua said the club was doing its best to attract supporters but the turnout has been appalling so far this season.

    “We are even trying to sell tickets at the gate just to make sure that people get the vibe of the games.

    “However, it has been a bit difficult for the team to attract fans this season because we did not start the season so well.

    “Many people are also saving money for December and that could be one of the reasons why the stadiums have been empty,” Hivelua speculated. Members of the other two clubs could not comment on the issue, but instructed this newspaper to speak to Lesley Kozonguizi.

    MTC NPL's Joshua //Hoebeb urged the clubs to do more if they want packed stadiums.

    “I was not in town over the weekend, but I am well aware of the situation about the fans.

    “Clubs must start going to the people in order to mobilise the fans. Sitting and waiting for the fans to come to the stadiums on their own will not work.

    “The clubs must take the players to the people and improve their marketing strategies,” Hoebeb said.



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    Women cricket tournaments to engulf capitalWomen cricket tournaments to engulf capitalCricketers unite to compete A total of 105 female cricketers are expected in Windhoek from 5 to 8 December to take part in two cricket tournaments. The tournaments, namely: Junior Girls under-13 and under-15 T20 tournament as well as the Senior Women's T-20 Franchise League, are organised by Cricket Namibia as part of their development goals for the year.

    The junior girls will make up teams from the central north, which is Outjo, Tsumeb in the far north, Erongo and Khomas regions.

    The team names are Makalani, Welwitschia, Baobab and Mopane. The senior tournament will consist of three teams namely Pelicans, Dolphins and Seagulls.

    The female cricketers will participate in both leagues over that time with the hope of developing skills for the youngsters and grooming them for senior positions according to Hester Kahn, chairperson of Namibia Women's Cricket, who said women cricket has improved tremendously over the years and the tournaments organised for December are to continue spreading interest in the local community.

    She further said that many people might find it difficult to take part in the sport as it is expensive to buy equipment as the price for a single bat ranges from N$4000 to N$8000.

    “It is costly but the association tries its best to help young girls who venture into the sport by providing them with equipment which we receive from donations.

    “The association has also spread its wings in towns such as Khorixas and Outjo and there are now many girls playing the sport,” Kahn said.

    Namibia's senior and junior national women's teams have been quite active over the past year during which they recorded some good results.

    In February the senior team won three matches against a Western Province Development team and two county sides from England, Hampshire and Warwickshire; while they also won two out of four matches on a tour to Gauteng.

    In September this year the Cricket Namibia successfully hosted the Women's Africa T20 Qualifiers in Windhoek. The tournament was won by Uganda.

    The Namibian under-19 team won the African eight-nation tournament after beating Botswana.

    “These are all signs that we are doing well in the sport,” Khan said, urging cricket fans to storm the CCD cricket grounds in Olympia as well as United sports grounds to watch the matches.

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    Basketball workshop concludes successfullyBasketball workshop concludes successfully More than 30 junior basketball coaches from the Ohangwena and Khomas regions took part in a workshop at the Basketball Artists School (BAS) Foundation in Katutura on 18 November.

    The full-day workshop was organised by BAS within the framework of the project 'Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS' in cooperation with the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The workshop included theoretical and practical sessions on leadership, organisation and life skills. The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) presented opportunities for getting involved in the development of youth basketball.

    Through the Free Throw project, more than 120 basketball junior coaches have been trained since 2015, most of them being between 15 and 20 years old.

    The workshop was conducted by project coordinator Ramah Mumba, assisted by instructor Malakia Matias and DOSB expert Frank Albin.

    “The workshop enabled us to evaluate the progress of our junior coaches. It is important to keep in touch with them and to support them with guidance and more knowledge. Further workshops are envisaged for 2018,” said Mumba, who was very pleased with the attendance and motivation of the participants.

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    Man City must keep their cool despite stellar start, says KompanyMan City must keep their cool despite stellar start, says Kompany Manchester City extended their winning run in the season to 16 games across all competitions but captain Vincent Kompany has urged the Premier League side to remain composed in their pursuit of silverware.

    City maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday and are unbeaten in the Champions League heading into the knockout stages.

    “It's exceptional, but it's early doors in the season, and we want to put it aside a little bit and just focus on the next game,” Kompany told the club's website (www.mancity.com).

    “Hopefully we can continue such a special start. I think when you're pushing the boundaries like this, the main thing for yourself is to always feel like you can achieve even more, and more.

    “We've got no silverware for it, and therefore so many reasons to just stay calm about it. Hopefully this is just something at the start of a beautiful story.”

    Pep Guardiola's team finished third in the league last season and ended the campaign trophyless and defender Kompany is wary of a repeat this time around.

    “We have played well last season as well, and therefore we need to be cautious that it's not just about how well we play, but how much we can actually do when we're on the pitch,” Kompany said.

    City tops the Champions' League group and face Feyenoord in their penultimate group stage match today.

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  • 11/20/17--14:00: Mugabe impeachment
  • Mugabe impeachmentMugabe impeachmentNext step in ousting long-time president Following an alleged agreement to resign and then an apparent retraction, Zanu-PF will drive impeachment proceedings in Harare’s parliament today. By late yesterday afternoon, Zanu-PF party had reportedly summoned its members of parliament "as the former liberation movement moved to trigger a process to impeach beleaguered President Robert Mugabe".

    Mugabe, according to a number of officials, had agreed to resign after the military had met a number of his conditions, including immunity from prosecution for himself, his wife and their family including her son from a previous marriage. But he apparently backtracked on the agreement to write the resignation speech together with senior officers and, at the end, refused to show them what he had written.

    Impeachment talks were taking place yesterday after the Monday midday deadline for his resignation came and went.

    The deadline was set by Zanu-PF.

    The embattled leader surprised Zimbabweans on Sunday, declaring on TV that he planned to remain as president.

    Zanu-PF says it backs impeachment, and proceedings could begin as soon as today when parliament meets.

    Mugabe's grip on power has weakened considerably since the country's army intervened last week Wednesday in a row over who should succeed him.

    The crisis began two weeks ago when the 93-year-old leader sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife Grace as next president.

    Zimbabwe has since then seen huge street rallies demanding his immediate resignation.

    The protests have been backed by the influential war veterans - who fought in the conflict that led to independence from Britain in 1980.

    The group's leader, Chris Mutsvangwa, yesterday called for more demonstrations against the president's attempt to cling on to power.

    "We want to see his back now," Mutsvangwa said. "Mugabe, your rule is over. The emperor has no clothes. Thank you very much."

    What is clear from commentators is that Zimbabweans believe the Mugabe era is over. Saturday's protests unleashed something and people believe that a line has been crossed. Now it is really about negotiating the time, the process and the choreography of Mugabe's departure.

    During Mugabe’s 20-minute address on Sunday evening, the president, who was flanked by generals, made no mention of the pressure from his party and the public to quit.

    Instead, he declared that the military had done nothing wrong by seizing power and placing him under house arrest.

    Before his speech, Mnangagwa was named as Zanu-PF's new leader and candidate for the 2018 general elections, while Mugabe's wife was expelled.

    After Mugabe's speech, Zanu-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke was quoted as saying that the resignation ultimatum was unchanged.

    He added that impeachment proceedings could be launched today in parliament. This would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

    The opposition MDC-T party has tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mugabe in the past, but this time the ruling party - which has an overwhelming majority in both houses - is likely to go against him.

    However, the impeachment process could take weeks.

    The BBC's Africa editor, Fergal Keane, said his understanding of the situation was that Mugabe had agreed to resign, but then changed his mind.

    The generals have no intention of forcing Mr Mugabe out by the barrel of a gun, and are happy to let the Zanu-PF carry out its procedures, working through impeachment if necessary.

    The War Veterans Association, which used to back Mugabe, now says it is time for him to step down.

    "Thirty-seven years, you have had your time, you are toast now politically," Mutsvangwa told the BBC.

    According to the British government Mugabe has "lost the support of the people and of his party."

    SADC and the African Union are watching the matter very closely and today, South African President Jacob Zuma is headed to Luanda, Angola to attend another urgent SADC Organ Troika meeting "to discuss the unfolding developments in Zimbabwe”.

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