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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Discrimination, racism, tribalism rifeDiscrimination, racism, tribalism rifeNamibia remains a deeply divided nation A report by the ombudsman's office says discrimination on various grounds is rife in Namibia. Racism, racial discrimination, tribalism and general discrimination against women, marginalised communities, people with disabilities and others are alive and well in Namibia.

    This is the key finding in a report compiled by a team of experts and spearheaded by the office of the ombudsman following an in-depth inquiry into all forms of discrimination in Namibia that was launched last week.

    The sub-heading of the report states that Namibia remains a deeply divided nation and asks why racism and other forms of discrimination still persist after 27 years of Namibian independence.

    The authors write in the report that by listening and reading the stories of victims, they discovered that racism, racial discrimination, discrimination in general and tribalism are “present in the workplace, in education, sports, health, service delivery or the lack thereof, the spoken word and in our thoughts.”

    Racism is any action or attitude, conscious or unconscious that subordinates an individual or group based on skin colour or race.

    Racial discrimination is when preference is given based on biological characteristics.

    The authors, including Advocate John Walters, Toni Hancox, Linda Baumann and Nico Horn, state in the report at the start of the inquiry “one may have thought that racism was a thing of the past, not realising that it was in fact very much alive, in spite of the fact that it has become more veiled and insidious.”

    They noted that a major step in the fight against widespread prejudice begins with being informed, a step the report itself contributes to.

    The experts also note that the earliest education on racism and other forms of discrimination starts at home. “We accept that children by nature are not racist” but are taught to be.

    Walters said there is an urgent need for unlearning racist language and dismantling of fixed identities through radical change.



    In their own voice

    One submission that was made to the committee during the public hearings, stated racism in Namibia was alive and well and present across the board. “I've experienced it on several occasions and for someone to say there is none, is either white or ignorant.”

    With regard to discrimination based on health status, a woman told the committee that before she discovered she was HIV positive and pregnant, “I was okay. But after I tested positive, they treated me badly. They said why do you want to have a baby, if you are HIV positive?”

    A lesbian woman told the committee that after she reported her rape to the police they told her it was too late to investigate as there was not enough evidence to pursue.

    Another group highlighted unequal distribution of resources, by telling the committee that the majority of fishing quotas are allocated “to people of the north, while Nama people do not have fishing quotas.”

    The committee said people informed them that “the inequality gap is no longer just about race and tribe, but class and how those in power use tribe to entrench certain positions of power and wealth.”

    Self-classifying terms are still in wide use, such as “Basters, Bushmen, Coloureds, Damaras”, Walters said.

    Racial slurs are widely used to degrade and demean.

    People with disabilities are still told they are deaf, instead of hearing impaired, and blind, instead of visually impaired.



    Action needed now

    The report was submitted to parliament last week.

    The authors said they hoped parliament would review the report and instruct those “responsible to implement the recommendations will do so with dedication and conviction.”

    Moreover, the committee sent the report that includes “substantive recommendations … that can and should be implemented” to various line ministries.

    The ministries have been given a six-month deadline to provide concrete measures how the recommendations will be implemented.

    The Ministry of Education in particular should consider “tolerance education”

    The authors also noted that recommendations and concluding observations made by UN treaty bodies, to which Namibia is a signatory, should be acted on urgently.

    A chief finding is that the “anti-discrimination law fails dismally to bring about social change as it disempowers those who experience racial discrimination.”

    The committee also wrote “it is clear the current legal framework does not provide sufficient protection of a person's rights to equality and dignity and equal access to courts.”

    They recommend that that government establish a user-friendly court environment, in the form of a tribunal.

    “A tribunal which will provide easy access to justice to the most disadvantaged to seek speedy redress against discrimination on grounds of disability, HIV status, age, political affiliation, gender, religion and more.”

    Another key tool to help is for government to urgently implement the recommendations prescribed by a number of UN treaty bodies, to which Namibia is a signatory.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Goals rain at Women's Super CupGoals rain at Women's Super CupWomen show brilliant skills A total of 73 goals were scored in the eight matches played on Saturday during the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Women's Super Cup. The first of its kind women competition was played at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura. It started on Saturday and ended on Sunday, with the final slated for 2 December in Gobabis as a curtain raiser at the DebMarine Cup.

    In the opening matches of the tournament, V-Power Angels beat Mighty Erongo 3-2 and in the second match Tura Magic Ladies thrashed Oshana FC 12-0.

    Other matches on the day saw a strong Khomas NamPol team getting the better of their opponents Western Angels from Swakopmund with a 13-0 win. In the fourth and fifth matches, Galz and Goals met Right Way FC with the former coming out victorious with a 4-1 win, while Oshana redeemed themselves when they beat V-Power Angels 7-1.

    The star-studded Tura Magic Ladies team continued with their dominance when they beat Mighty Erongo 10-0 in the sixth match, while Khomas Nampol beat Right Way FC 6-0 in match seven. The highest number of goals on the day came in match eight with Galz and Goals humbling their opponents Western Angels 14-0 in the last game of the day.

    Immanuel Hamutenya, coach of Right Way FC said the tournament is presenting the girls with a lot of competition and opportunities to improve their game.

    “We haven't had football in a long time and without a league, this is a perfect opportunity to see how well our teams are doing without an active league for a year now.”

    Hamutenya said he could see the players were a bit rusty, but with more tests of this magnitude, women football will improve in the country.

    Eristu Shikomba, coach of VPoower said the tournament was great and that his team qualified for the semi-finals. “The matches are good for the young players to gain experience,” he said.

    Swakopmund Women's Soccer League (SWSL) administrator Wilson Nguvauva expressed happiness with the Cup.

    Nguvauva said he brought two football teams from the coastal towns and he is happy with the level of football displayed at the competition.

    “This is the first time that most of the girls are playing on artificial grass and coming from the coastal town were the weather is not so favourable for them, I am happy with their performance because they are giving it their all,” he said.

    He added that the most important thing now is for his players to be seen by the national selectors and possibly be considered for selection.

    “We lost our first games, but I am positive that at the end of the competition our girls would have been seen by the selectors and possibly get selected.”

    He said the experience gained from the remaining games would help the coastal players when the Swakopmund league starts next year in January.

    - Additional reporting NAMPA

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Teams off to various tournamentsTeams off to various tournaments The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) awarded colours to three sports codes on Thursday in Windhoek ahead of the respective tournaments.

    Matheus Angula a para-swimmer who is off to Mexico tomorrow to take part in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) 2017 World Para Swimming Championships.

    The 3x3 basketball team that will take part in the IBF 3X3 Young Lions Cup Southern African tournament in Botswana from 30 November to 4 December, as well as a team of anglers received national colours ahead of their tournaments.

    Anglers from the Tackle Boat Freshwater Angling Association will take part in the Fresh Water Light Tackle Boat Region 5 tournament at Gariep Dam in South Africa from the 26 November to 2 December.

    The basketball team consists of eight players and one official. Nine other countries will take part in the tournament.

    These games are important as they will be used as qualifying games for the Youth Olympic Games next year.

    The names of the players are: Oumatjie Angolo, Lino Simao, Ndahepuluka Aron, Helena Shuumbwa, Beloved Vanster, Vasco Paile, Tony Toromba, Nehemia Amukoshi and Mekondjo Hamata.

    The angling team:

    Senior men: Denys Opperman, Christian Feyerabend, Jaques Theron, Marius Brynard and Schalk Marais.

    Under-21 national team:

    Binneman Johannes, Demar Opperman and Binneman Nicolaas Johannes senior.

    Under-16 national team:

    Dehan Marais, Otto Feyerabend and Andries Theart.

    Women's national team:

    Bonita Doll, Zelda Horn and Reiner Horn.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    FIFA pleased with schools' projectFIFA pleased with schools' project FIFA design consultant Ian McClements was in Namibia recently to assess progress made on the development and rehabilitation of sports fields in the Khomas and Ohangwena regions commissioned in February this year.

    McClements works for Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), a company that deals with construction and development of sports facilities and has been doing field inspection for 26 years. He has so far visited 15 venues in the northern part of Namibia, where stadium construction was either under way or completed.

    He also visited Concordia College in Windhoek, which at the moment is the only school part of the project in the Khomas Region.

    He says the construction and development of sports facilities ranges from world-class stadiums, the highest level, such as the stadium in Russia, which he is currently busy with in preparation for 2018 World Cup, to grassroots level.

    “We've had good engagement with various stakeholders during my visit so we are very happy with the progress that is being made,” McClements said.

    He has designed stadiums for five African countries, namely Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Morocco, and Tanzania, with Namibia being the sixth, and was involved in the development of pitches for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The far-reaching project will seek to enrich the lives of a vast number of Namibian children by benefitting 23 schools and one Vocational Training Centre in the country, while also aiding the NFA with the expansion of youth football at grassroots level by introducing football and other sporting competitions in schools.

    FIFA and the NFA will renovate existing football pitches at selected schools and institutions working with young people, with FIFA and the DFB helping to provide football equipment and educate instructors for coaching, refereeing and league management.

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will build 44 new sport fields for football, basketball, volleyball and netball at the selected schools.

    The overarching objective is to provide better access to education on HIV/ AIDS through football, sporting facilities and equipment. As well as increasing the sporting capacity of the schools involved and widening the participation of school children in football, with the introduction of the school football competitions and improved levels of coaching.

    NFA

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  • 11/26/17--14:00: Africa Briefs
  • Africa BriefsAfrica Briefs Algeria govt debts owes businesses billions

    Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ordered his government to settle debts owed to foreign and local companies immediately, the presidency said on Thursday.

    The debt amounts to around 400 billion Algerian dinars (US$3.50 billion) and most of the affected firms have done construction projects but were not paid.

    The decline in oil revenue forced the government to cut spending over the past two years, causing the freezing of projects and complaints from firms about delayed payments. – Nampa/Reuters

    Zim bourse slumps after military takeover

    Zimbabwe's stock market has shed US$6 billion while its main index has slumped 40% since Nov. 15 when the military seized power leading to the fall of Robert Mugabe, stock exchange data showed.

    The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange had been on a rapid rise in the last two months, driven by investors seeking a safe haven for their investment amid fears of a return to hyperinflation in an economy suffering acute shortages of foreign exchange.

    But analysts said the market had entered a period of correction on investor optimism of a change in economic policy in a post-Mugabe era. – Nampa/Reuters

    Chad sacks finance minister

    Chad's President Idriss Deby has sacked Finance Minister Christian Georges Diguimbaye, a government decree showed.

    The decree also dismissed Diguimabye's deputy, Banata Tchalet Sow. It gave no reason for the sackings.

    Diguimbaye and Sow's dismissal came amid a standoff with Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore over more than US$1 billion the West African country owes it in oil-backed loans. – Nampa/Reuters

    Bashir wants nuclear talks with Russia

    Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he wanted to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia.

    China probes children mining in Africa

    A Chinese metal trading firm, Yantai Cash, is investigating whether children are toiling in Congolese mines that supply it with cobalt, a key resource for mobile phones and electric cars.

    Amnesty International issued a report last week accusing leading technology and electric car companies of failing to ensure that minerals used for batteries are not dug up by children.

    Children as young as seven were found scavenging for rocks containing cobalt by researchers in mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, the report said. – Nampa/AFP

    SA to stabilise debt in next year's budget

    South Africa will implement spending cuts of R25 billion and raise revenue by R15 billion in next year's budget to contain growing debt, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba told parliament last week.

    Gigaba said the extra R40 billion, or 0.8% of GDP, would be used to tackle rising public debt which otherwise could balloon beyond 60% of GDP by 2022. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 11/26/17--14:00: Top estate agents honoured
  • Top estate agents honouredTop estate agents honouredStandard Bank Namibia’s annual awards Both the top performing Estate Agent of the Year and the Estate Agency of the Year generated business in access of N$50 million. Staff reporter - While most sectors continue taking major blows owing to the current economic downturn, local estate agents and developers continue to hold their sector above water, aiding in the growth of the sector through property deals financed through Standard Bank Namibia.

    These were some of the sentiments that were shared by Standard Bank Namibia’s head of personal and business banking, Mercia Geises, at its annual Estate Agents Awards recently.

    According to Randy Slabbert, Standard Bank Namibia's head of home loans, the bank achieved a 34% year-on-year growth in both the volume and value of new business generated.

    There was a 70% year-on-year increase in the cumulative sales value achieved for the top five estate agents nationally. A similar trend was evident relating to the top five estate agencies, where a year-on-year growth of 90% was reported.

    Both the top performing Estate Agent of the Year and the Estate Agency of the Year generated business in access of N$50 million, Slabbert said.

    The winning agents were subdivided into various categories, while the overall winners were awarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Bali, Indonesia.

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    Omuriro scoops innovation awardOmuriro scoops innovation award Ogone Tlhage - Entrepreneur Peter Till’s fire-inspired idea saw him walk away with N$25 000 following the crowing of the Sanlam Innovation Works competition winner at the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) last week.

    Till owns and manages local start-up, Omuriro firelighters.

    He promised to share his winnings with the four other nominees who were not lucky enough to scoop the big prize. This sees Till walk away N$21 000 richer.

    Congratulating each of the finalists, Sanlam Namibia general manager for public and corporate support, Evans Simataa, said that it was a pleasure to be involved in the innovation challenge.

    “It is indeed a great pleasure to bear witness with you all awarding the third winner of the Sanlam Innovation Works. Innovation is about creating things that will make a difference in people’s lives,” Simataa said.

    According to Till, the firelighters have an unlimited shelf life, contain no toxins and are all made locally. “Omuriro natural firelighters are untreated wax dipped hardwood shavings made from the Namibian Acacia Black Thorn, bush wood. Omuriro lights fires fast and easy,” Till said.

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    Engineers doubt council president's qualificationsEngineers doubt council president's qualificationsNASE claims that ECN president is unqualified The Namibian Society of Engineers charges that Engineering Council of Namibia president Markus von Jeney is not eligible to head the professional council because he doesn't have an engineering degree. The Namibian Society of Engineers (NASE) has announced its intention to investigate Engineering Council of Namibia (ECN) president Markus von Jeney's qualifications and eligibility to head the council.

    In a statement on Friday, NASE secretary for industrial relations and institutional liaison Kefas Kanyungule demanded a detailed summary of Von Jeney's qualifications and supporting documents for his appointment as president of the council.

    “These revelations point to Mr Von Jeney's ineligibility to be either a member of the council or president of ECN and come at a time when many Namibians have grave and legitimate concerns over the way the affairs of the council are handled, including the criteria used in the registration of engineers,” said Kanyungule.

    A local weekly recently reported that Von Jeney had admitted that he did not have a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree that would allow him to be classified as a professional engineer.

    Section 6 (5) of the Engineering Professions Act of 1986 states: “A member of the council who is not a professional engineer or who in the period between the commencement of this Act does not qualify to be registered as a professional engineer shall not be elected president or vice-president of the council or preside at any meeting thereof.”

    The Act further states that the qualification required to be registered as a professional engineer is a four-year bachelor's degree in the engineering sciences awarded at a university recognised for this purpose by the council.

    When contacted for comment, Von Jeney said: “I am not talking to the media anymore.”

    According to his Linkedin profile, Von Jeney studied at the University of Pretoria from 1962 until 1963, after which he served as a director at NamPost between 1994 and 2000.

    He also served as a director at NamWater between 2006 and 2010 and then as commissioner at the National Commission for Science, Research & Technology (NCRST) from 2011 until 2015.

    According to Linkedin, Von Jeney currently works at the Ministry of Defence as the head of the construction and maintenance directorate, and serves as chairman of the Namibian Standards Institution Impartiality Committee.

    It is not the first time the society of engineers has taken issue with Von Jeney, whom they have accused of deliberately barring young professionals from being registered.

    “More local engineers, who are mainly those of colour, are being pushed over to register as incorporated engineers (a category lower than professional engineer) or technicians, even though they meet the requirements to be professional engineers,” they said in a statement in March this year.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Father guilty of double murder with direct intentFather guilty of double murder with direct intent A father was on Friday found guilty of murder with direct intent, read in conjunction with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, for the killing of his two minor children.

    Shinana was found guilty of having murdered his and Rosalia Antonius's son, Matheus Shinana (6), and their three-year-old daughter, Emilia Naatye Shinana, in Okuryangava in Windhoek during the night of 23 December 2009.

    The children were found dead in the house where Shinana lived on the morning of 24 December 2009. Their throats had been cut.

    Shinana was found in the same room, with a piece of rope around his neck while another piece of rope hung from a roof beam.

    Judge Nate Ndauendapo said in his verdict that Shinana had admitted to the police that he had cut the children's throats with a knife.

    Shinana later claimed in court that an intruder had entered the shack, tried to strangle him and killed the children.

    The judge said the evidence showed that once the shack was locked with a padlock from inside, it could not be opened from outside.

    “The shack had no windows. The accused was lying under a blood-stained knife and a piece of rope around his neck and another piece of rope on the wood in the ceiling,” Ndauendapo said.

    “The fact that the shack had no windows showed that the children were killed by the person inside the shack and that person is the accused as nobody else could have entered it,” the judge concluded.

    The case was postponed to 24 January 2018 for sentencing.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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  • 11/26/17--14:00: Aiding sports stars
  • Aiding sports starsAiding sports stars It's very testing to run a sports club in Namibia or to be an athlete with aspirations of making it big professionally.

    It's very difficult especially if you are just starting out and struggling with funds to keep programmes running and to send athletes for mayor tournaments and championships.

    Many athletes with the potential to soar at the end of the day quit sports because they do not receive the necessary funding to expose them to various competitions.

    I say this because I see it a lot. Club managers and individual athletes approach the paper seeking publicity to raise funds from the sports loving nation.

    Sometimes calls come in from good Samaritans who wish to help the clubs or the athlete. Most times calls never come, leaving the athlete in a desperate situation.

    It's so disheartening to tell an athlete that no one called in to help fund their dreams or that they cannot travel to compete for an event they qualified for because of lack of funds.

    I see it a lot with cyclists who are always looking for someone to help with equipment and so forth as it is an expensive sport. Tennis players also suffer a lot because tournament fees are costly, just like the equipment.

    We have a lot of businesses in Namibia but very few athletes who are endorsed by these businesses. Some supermarkets will not even part with N$50 just to give a few balls to a football academy, companies always shy away leaving the responsibility to a selected few who have taken up the challenge.

    There are a lot of petrol stations, but few sports kits are spotted with their brand name. Is it because people do not approach them or are we all hit by the economic crisis?

    I was very pleased to attend a press conference where football loving individuals were pledging money out of their own pockets to enable a Women Football Cup to take place in the capital. They were doing it out of their hearts to enable activities to take place. That truly is the spirit of sport.

    I don't want to call out companies but we see a blue coloured company always committing money to boxers in the country. These boxers are excelling because they receive the support. Even if there might be an unsatisfied few, we see the step they are making towards development.This brand is associated with winners; I can't seem to understand how local businesses fail to recognise the opportunity to be associated with winners.

    Every company has a social corporate responsibility, so in that spirit can we make it a priority to aid sporting stars amongst others.

    The Namibia Sports Commission cannot fight this battle alone, hence the fact that the ministry of sport doesn't really hand out a large sum to the federation to help every club and athlete to excel.

    Can our business owners step in and adopt deserving clubs? Let's help with equipment and see how far we can push these athletes to do better.

    Let's not wait for someone to make the step towards helping sports stars and then only step in with complains and finger pointing.

    Also, there are a lot of children who play street football and those who play football on underdeveloped fields with no grass. Can we not offer to put together money towards the development and renovation of sports facilities around the country?

    I know it's too much to ask but let's start small.

    Also, it should be mandatory for all schools across the country to have different sports codes. Expose the young learners to variety of sports and let's find out what they are good at. Let's not wait for them to grow up only to realise that the particular child could have been a great swimmer if exposed at a young age. Let's help each other in order to make development in sports possible.



    It begins with you.



    limba@namibiansun.com

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  • 11/26/17--14:00: Swapo shakeup
  • Swapo shakeupSwapo shakeupCongress can't get things done The ruling party's congress was characterised by delayed voting and postponed resolutions. The just-ended Swapo congress was not only marred by factional wars, but chaos and confusion prevailed during the four-day event.

    The ruling party clearly struggled to get things done in its attempt to chart a new way forward following what has been described as a toxic power struggle.

    The voting for the top four leadership positions was delayed by more than seven hours, while a session called yesterday morning to adopt the draft resolutions also ended abruptly and the matter was deferred to an extraordinary congress, which is likely to take place next year.

    A number of constitutional amendments were also moved to the next extraordinary congress, which former secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba was quoted as saying would take place next year.

    That gathering will adopt resolutions taken at the just-ended congress as well as amendments to the party's constitution.



    Controlling social media

    Among a raft of draft policies, the ruling party wants the government to establish a ministry of cyber security to monitor social media. This follows just a month after the now deposed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe had created a similar ministry, which aimed to tackle the growing abuse of social media, including cyberbullying.

    Namibians have in the past condemned government attempts to control social media.

    Constitutional law expert Professor Nico Horn frowned at the idea of establishing a department or ministry to regulate social media and pointed out that there was “adequate” legislation that could deal with social media.

    “I am always worried that the government wants to control the media. Social media are just another platform of freedom of speech; if someone violates your rights then you can press charges against them such as crimen injuria,” he said.

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah echoed Horn's sentiments and said this proposal could only be dangerous, but pointed out that context is key.

    “I do not know the context in which this decision was made, but in general it is not a good move. What do they mean with control? We do not want to risk suppressing views. It is a very dangerous zone; we need to guard against suppressing views,” he said.

    In neighbouring South Africa, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) continues to advocate for the regulation of social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.

    That government has also been criticised of trying to control expression and discourse in the country, deeming the idea undemocratic.

    Policy expert Graham Hopwood told Namibian Sun yesterday that it would be a welcome development if the plan was only to deal with the illicit flow of money and online crimes.

    However, he warned the Swapo-led government to be very careful when pushing for such legislation.

    “The main concern is that this is not an attempt to control or restrict certain liberties in Namibia. Any such law would be in contradiction of the constitution, Swapo should be very cautious. Hopefully it is only to control the illicit flow of money,” he said.



    Discipline

    Swapo is also appearing to take decisive steps in effectively dealing with factionalism and poor discipline. In its draft resolution, the ruling party is proposing that disciplinary measures be taken against any member who uses social media against the party, its leadership and members.

    The party also wants members to first seek recourse internally before going the legal route. The party has been beset by court challenges in recent years, while the latest court challenge was dealt with on Thursday morning – the same day the ruling party's congress kicked off.

    “In order to prevent a situation where members run to court to seek legal recourse, Swapo Party leaders strictly apply and adhere to the party rules and procedures when dealing with disciplinary cases.” Swapo's draft policies also include social issues such as gender-based violence and teenage pregnancy.

    The ruling party has proposed that the government revisit the maternity leave policy. The party wants maternity leave increased from 12 to 14 weeks. “…and to either increase their salaries or keep them at the same level during maternity leave.”

    It also touches on infrastructure development, water security, industrialisation, science and research, energy as well as the economic outlook in the country, which it says must be placed on a sound footing.



    'Strange'

    Kamwanyah criticised the decision to postpone the adoption of congress resolutions to another meeting.

    “Why would they want to defer it while they could have done it now? But then it would seem as if this congress was a little disorganised,” he said.

    Hopwood, on the other hand, said while it was not a bad thing to postpone discussions it must be done before the next elections in 2019, in order for the party to be clear on its policies ahead of its manifesto.



    Permanent membership

    The next extraordinary congress will also seek to grant a permanent membership of the politburo and central committee to vice-president Nickey Iyambo, former deputy prime minister Libertina Amathila and struggle stalwarts Ben Amathila and Theo-Ben Gurirab. The congress also wants former secretary-general Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, veterans Vinia Ndadi and Kanana Hishoono to be granted permanent membership of the central committee.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 11/26/17--14:00: NPL takes a surprising turn
  • NPL takes a surprising turnNPL takes a surprising turnTeams fight to stay ahead The Namibia Premier League is turning out to be a great surprise with teams fighting tooth and nail to keep ahead of each other. On Friday night, Black Africa drew one-all with Civics in a match where chances were not used by players, much to the frustration of their coaches.

    Civics coach Brian Isaacs said they had a great match but failed to use their chances. He also said the team lost concentration in the second half.

    Blue Waters beat defending champions Tigers 1 - 0 at the Kuisebmond Stadium.

    Tura Magic proved too strong for Eleven Arrows, defeating them 3 - 2 at the coast.

    Unam also had a great match, recording a 3 – 1 over visitors Rundu Chiefs at Unam Sport Stadium.

    Citizens and Mighty Gunners scored two goals each and ended the match in a draw.

    Tsumeb outfit Chief Santos are having a hard time in the league, losing 0 – 1 against Orlando Pirates at Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb.

    Young Chiefs and Life Fighters drew one-all, while Young African also played to a one-all draw at Oshakati Stadium.

    Young African and African Stars drew one- all.

    Yesterday Citizens were supposed to cross paths with Rundu Chiefs.

    Unam were preparing to meet Mighty Gunners in a tantalising match. Blue Waters and Tura Magic were to face off at Kuisebmond Stadium.

    Eleven Arrows had a date with Tigers at the same venue.

    Young Chiefs were to meet the more experienced Orlando Pirates in a match to separate the boys from men. Chief Santos were to meet Life Fighters; the Tsumeb team lost on Saturday and hoped to redeem themselves on home ground.

    Young African and Civics were to battle it out at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis.

    Black Africa and African Stars will meet tomorrow at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. The match will kick off at 20:00.

    African Stars are the current log leader with 24 points, two points ahead of Tura Magic in second position.

    With a draw against Civics, Black Africa remained third on the log with 16 points.





    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Geingob, running mates make clean sweepGeingob, running mates make clean sweep President Hage Geingob has won the Swapo presidency with a landslide victory. Geingob’s preferred candidates for the vice-president, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general also overwhelmingly defeated their rivals during a tense Swapo congress, which just ended a few moments ago. The full results are as follows:
    President
    Hage Geingob 574
    Jerry Ekandjo 153
    Nahas Angula 39

    Vice-President
    Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah 552
    Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana 194
    Armas Amukwiyu 243

    Secretary-general
    Sophia Shaningwa 523
    Armas Amukwiyu 243

    Deputy secretary-general
    Marco Hausiku 545
    Petrina Haingura 118
    Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun 102



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    Scientist says pelagic fisheries diminishingScientist says pelagic fisheries diminishingJellyfish increasing rapidly An increase in jellyfish means competition for the other species and could even lead to the fast decrease of fish stocks. What is for sure is that the pelagic will diminish; what is not clear is how fast and when exactly it can happen. - Bjorn Erik Axelsen, Dr Fridtjof Nansen Advanced Research Vessel WALVIS BAY – Chances are high that pelagic fisheries will diminish along the Atlantic coast of Africa, a scientist has concluded.

    Pelagic includes small fish such as sardines and herrings as well as bigger fish such as tuna and pilchard.

    Norwegian chief scientist Bjorn Erik Axelsen of the Dr Fridtjof Nansen Advanced Research Vessel told reporters at Walvis Bay on Saturday that a survey they are currently conducting detected less pelagic.

    The vessel commenced a survey on pelagic in Morocco in May and reached the Port of Walvis Bay this week.

    It will conclude the survey in Cape Town, South Africa, in the next few weeks.

    Axelsen, however, assured that apart from that finding, there are no other worrying discoveries in the Atlantic, which also covers Namibia.

    “What is for sure is that the pelagic will diminish; what is not clear is how fast and when exactly it can happen.”

    He added that the survey discovered that the population of jellyfish in the Atlantic coast of Africa increased rapidly.

    “The jellyfish population has exceeded far more that of the pelagic,” the scientist said.

    He said such an increase will mean competition for the other species and could even lead to the fast diminishing of fish stocks.

    “Jellyfish are not that consumable, hence there is little or no use for them; that’s why they have increased fast,” he explained.

    Some fish, however, do prey on them.

    Axelsen said the challenge is to find a way to harvest and use jellyfish for economic gains.

    The internet has unconfirmed reports of jellyfish being eaten in China.

    In Israel innovators are allegedly looking at making biodegradable diapers and female hygiene products out of jellyfish.

    Axelsen said the survey also found that various fish species are available in abundance, but in deep water where they cannot be caught.

    “The use of light can bring some species closer while others go deeper when they see light.”

    He explained that the survey aims to understand the behaviours and population of fisheries and implications in order to manage them sustainably.

    The Dr Fridtjof Nansen research vessel is described as the third most advanced in the world. - Nampa

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    Ratings cut? SA's local bonds already trade as junkRatings cut? SA's local bonds already trade as junk S&P Global Ratings cut South Africa’s local currency debt to "junk" status, while Moody’s placed the country on review for a downgrade.

    However, the view long held by seasoned emerging bond investors is that the once-prized but inexorably deteriorating emerging market deserves to be treated as junk.

    Plagued by corruption, moribund growth, refusal to embrace reform and - most recently - by a budget deficit blowout revealed by finance minister Malusi Gigaba, South African 10-year bonds yield over 9%.

    That is well above Indonesia, Romania or Hungary, which carry the same rating from Moody's.

    The cost of insuring exposure to South Africa's debt via credit default swaps (CDS) is also higher than peers with the same Moody's rating. Its five-year CDS spread is double Indonesia's, for instance.

    "If you look at external debt spreads and CDS, that's pretty much bang on where the average BB credit trades. It's trickier to compare on the local side, but nonetheless it's cheap . . . real yields are among the highest in EM," said Paul Greer, senior trader at Fidelity International.

    Correspondingly, South African dollar bonds pay an average premium of 287 basis points over Treasuries, while Indonesia pays 173 bps.

    "It feels like time has run out," said Sailesh Lad, senior portfolio manager at AXA Investment Managers who is "underweight" South African debt in his portfolio.

    "The budget tells you the debt dynamics are on a worsening trend, the finance minister has not delivered what was anticipated."

    Gigaba in October slashed growth forecasts and hiked his budget deficit to 4.3% of gross domestic product from 3.1% in April, pencilling in a big rise in borrowing.

    For Lad, this means little policy change can be expected after the ruling ANC party's December conference that will vote to replace its scandal-plagued leader Jacob Zuma.

    "Whoever wins in December, the ANC has already dictated what policy is going to be . . . Are you going to see wholesale change? I don't think so," he said.

    Cristiana de Alessi, a portfolio manager at BNP Paribas Asset Management, said most of the risks cited by agencies for the sovereign rating had already materialised. For her, the turning point came in March when Zuma sacked respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan without warning.

    "The ratings agencies always talked about the strength of the institutions, and you can see a marked deterioration in the Treasury over the past six months or so," she said. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Tsumeb outfit Chief Santos in money crisisTsumeb outfit Chief Santos in money crisisNo one accountable for irregularities Allegations of fund mismanagement at Tsumeb community outfit Chief Santos, has everyone divided over who should lead the team next and when players will be paid. Funds to the value of N$260 000 were distributed to each club in the premier league for September, October, November and December when matches kicked off - funds which are to be used for players' upkeep and transport costs, amongst others.

    However, for two months players from the copper town claim they have not been paid by Chief Santos management under chairperson Hendrik Dawids.

    Players then decided to go on strike three weeks ago but thw Namibian Football Players Union (Nafpu) stepped in and stopped them. The secretary-general of Nafpu Olsen Kahiriri said they travelled to Tsumeb last week Friday for an emergency meeting. He says they sat down with the players and encouraged them to stand behind the team as they sought explanations as to why they have not been paid.

    He said players were promised payment last weekend from funds solicited from caretaking funds but nothing has materialised to date.

    Kahiriri said they have on several occasions reached out to league chairperson Patrick Kauta in order to find a solution for this crisis,. However according to him, he has been unresponsive to calls and text messages from their office. “Kauta does not see the seriousness of this matter, but when they were seeking funds, they were using the players' names saying that they were lying idle with nothing to do. Now they cannot help the players.

    “NPL does not even have a dispute resolution chamber for this kind of crisis. They have no proper structures at all,” Kahiriri said.

    “We cannot give Kauta favours if he is not doing his job. The players called the union themselves to help them, not the other way around, and if Kauta does not respond to this crisis we will take further action as players are first priority,” Kahiriri stressed.

    The outspoken Kahiriri also said that the “NPL is a joke” and that “Kauta is unprofessional and has no regard for other people”.

    The president of Nafpu, Lolo Goraseb said the issue of fund irregularities should be sorted out between NPL, the club Chief Santos and Hendrik Dawids. He added that they are in solidarity with the players and are planning on holding a press conference to address the issue. Goraseb also said the players played last weekend without any management in sight and that there is indeed a need for intervention at the club.

    Former referee Bafana Subeb, who was fired when the ownership of the club went to Dawids and when a new coach from South Africa was appointed, said he might not have the right qualifications but stuck with the team through their difficulties. He also said the community recalled him again as Dawids decided to hand the team back to the community when complaints arose of him not paying the players. Subeb claimed the coach also left soon after as he was not paid. He further added that Dawids came with “promises to develop the team and everyone believed and supported him. However, as time by went he refused helped from others” and called it interference. Subeb also said that players moved from towns like Mariental to play for Santos but were finding it hard to maintain themselves without any payments forthcoming.

    “These guys need toiletries and food, how will they survive if they are not paid?”

    He confirmed that they have been in talks with Nafpu to help the players and to clear the situation.

    Tovey //Hoebeb chief administrator of NPL said they cannot do anything if the executive committee of Santos does not report the case to them. “They should write to us and open a case if there is mismanagement of funds involved.

    He further said that NPL pays money into the club account and not into individual accounts.

    //Hoebeb also said that if Dawids stepped down it's up to the club's executive committe to use the club constitution to guide them as to who should lead the team next.

    Players have contracts with the club and are paid according to different categories under which they fall. Salaries range from N$2 500 to N$5 000.

    Dawids, the former owner of Blue Waters, did not respond to calls or text messages before going to print.

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    Wenger salutes Arsenal spiritWenger salutes Arsenal spirit Arsene Wenger heralded Arsenal's strength of character after his side recorded a dramatic 1-0 victory at Burnley without Mesut Ozil.

    After a morale-boosting local derby win over Tottenham a week earlier, Wenger was looking for Arsenal to build on that victory and improve on a record of just four points away from home this season.

    The fact that the Gunners did so without German playmaker Ozil and against a Burnley team that started the day level on points with them in the Premier League table made the day especially rewarding for Wenger.

    "For us, after the win against Tottenham, it was important to go away from home and play a different game and win it," said Wenger, whose side are up to fourth place.

    "And that's what we did. For the benefit of the team it's very important.

    "They showed great character because we kept a clean sheet and they were really up for it, Burnley.

    "We won 1-0 but congratulate our three centre-backs because they did a remarkable job."

    Ozil was ruled out of the game on the morning of the match with illness and will now be assessed before Arsenal's next game against Huddersfield on Wednesday.

    "The doctor came to see me and said Mesut had to travel back," said Wenger.

    "He was in the hotel with us, but then travelled back.

    "There were traffic problems getting here so we arrived at 1pm and there were only 17 of us. How bad is he, will he be available for Wednesday? We'll see what it is."

    Alexis Sanchez won the game with an injury-time penalty, awarded after a push by James Tarkowski on Aaron Ramsey, and, despite complaints from Burnley players and supporters, Wenger was adamant that referee Lee Mason made the correct call.

    He also claimed Arsenal may have been awarded an earlier one after Robbie Brady tackled Hector Bellerin in the area.

    "From outside it looked 100 percent like a penalty," said Wenger.

    "I don't know why he pushed him with two hands in the back.

    "There was one on Bellerin as well, I can understand why they were disappointed but from our side it looked a penalty.

    "When you speak to him, He didn't throw himself on the ground, he wanted to go back and flick the ball, he was pushed in the back.

    "He has a problem in his neck from the push; it was a very strong push."

    Wenger also reserved praise for Sanchez; the match winner who many expect could leave the club in the January transfer window as he enters the final six months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

    "I pushed him more in the middle in the second half and he was much more influential," said Wenger.

    "I felt in the first half he was like the team. He didn't get into it enough but the second half was much better, more dangerous.

    "You could see through him danger could be created."

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche agreed that referee Mason had made the right decision in awarding the penalty although he did question, mischievously, whether a small club such as his own would have been given the decision.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Magic and NamPol in Women Super Cup finalMagic and NamPol in Women Super Cup final Tura Magic and Khomas NamPol will contest the final of the first-ever NFA Women Super Cup at Gobabis on Saturday after seeing off Galz & Goals and V-Power Angels in Sunday’s semi-finals at the NFA Technical Centre.

    Former Brave Gladiators midfielder Shirley Cloete scored on either side of halftime to propel her side to a 3-0 victory over a resolute V-Power Angels team.

    After Cloete gave NamPol the lead, Laurika Afrikaner made it 2-0 before the break and later in the second half Cloete made sure of their place in the final on Saturday.

    Sharon Pieters scored an own goal in the opening half and Tura Magic took that lead into halftime. In the second half, Anna Shikusho made it 2-0 before Julia Rutjindo reduced the deficit with a goal for Galz & Goals. Lovisa Mulunga finally made it 3-1 as Magic secured their trip to Gobabis.

    The third and fourth place match will take place at the NFA Technical Centre on Wednesday at 17:00 between V-Power Angels and Galz & Goals.

    Vistoria Shangula of Tura Magic is leading the scoring with seven goals, followed by Beverly Uueziua of Galz & Goals on six goals and the competition’s star attraction Zenatha Coleman on five goals with Mammie Kasaona also on five.

    The competition is made possible by individuals with NFA president Frans Mbidi giving N$30 000 and Jacqui Shipanga with N$10 000, while the NFA coffers too offered N$10 000. Facebook Group Thru Pass gave N$16 00 which translates to N$100 for every lady of the match in addition to the Telecom Namibia Mobile’s 16 cellphones.

    Lownan “Wamboe Seun” Nangombe also pledged N$1 000 for Player of the Tournament which now grew to N$3 000 thanks to Namibia’s world-renowned boxer Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo (N$2 000) who witnessed the semi-finals.

    Secretary-general of NFA, Barry Rukoro pledged N$1 000 for Goalkeeper of the Tournament. Immanuel Hamutenya from Rightway Football Club pledged N$1 000 for Young player of the Tournament, to be awarded to a player 20 years or younger, and a further N$5 000 has also been pledged by the Namibia Players’ Union while German development agent GIZ provided football equipment for the losing clubs.

    The runner-up will walk away with N$5 000, N$3 000 for the third place, N$2 000 for fourth place and football equipment such as cones, bibs and balls for the clubs that lost at the group stage.

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    Gunners have the experience - HengariGunners have the experience - HengariDebmarine Clash nears Gobabis will be on fire this weekend at the final of the Debmarine Cup. Mighty Gunners will take their 2013 NFA Cup final experience into Saturday’s clash against Young African at Gobabis as they aim for second time lucky in the final of Namibia’s prestigious football competing, the Debmarine Namibia Cup.

    Gunners came close in 2013 but lost 2-0 to African Stars in the final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and coach Gebhardt Hengari reckons that experience, together with proper planning this week, will make sure they take the cup back to Otjiwarongo.

    “We have been here before. We lost to Stars in 2013 and we gave a good account of ourselves and come Saturday, we still have about 70% of those players. They have matured over the years and they can make it possible for us,” said Hengari who was at the helm in the defeat four years ago.

    Hengari added that despite African having the home-ground advantage, they will stick to the plan and see the game through.

    “Young African will be at home and remember we played Stars at their home in 2013 as well. We know what to do, we have played some crucial league games away this season and we have learned a lot in terms of dealing with the crowds and playing according to our tactics,” Hengari explained.

    Gunners drove back to their base in Otjiwarongo on yesterday morning, following their 2-1 defeat at Unam on Saturday on match-day 10 of the Namibia Premier League while African goes into the final on a back of a 2-1 win over Civics at their fortress, the Legare Stadium.

    “We don’t have any injuries and everyone is available for selection for Saturday’s match. The defeat on Sunday also gives us that extra drive to make amends and it does not come better than a cup final that we so want to win,” said Hengari, whose Gunners played to a 2-2 draw at Citizens on Saturday.

    Match-day tickets will be for sale at Football House and at Computicket outlets, Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide for N$30.

    Gunners and African will each receive an increased N$30 000 for travel and preparations, Man of the Match will get N$5 000 and the player will have to select a charity of his choice that will receive an equivalent amount.

    In December 2016 the NFA and Debmarine Namibia announced and signed the agreement worth over N$14 million for three years, marking the richest cup competition in domestic football with the winners guaranteed N$500 000.

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    Russia joins search for missing subRussia joins search for missing sub Eleven days after Argentina's missing San Juan submarine went silent following an explosion, a 14-nation search has failed to find the vessel at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

    But not for want of trying.

    For more than a week, aircraft from Argentina, Britain and the United States have crisscrossed the South Atlantic.

    A Russian Antonov transport plane has arrived with an underwater robot that can scour the ocean at a depth of 1 000 metres, adding to the arsenal of sophisticated international recovery tools.

    Russia also sent an oceanographic research ship to the search zone, and the US navy provided an underwater rescue capsule.

    Even though Argentina's navy has yet to declare the 44 crewmembers of the ARA San Juan dead, many relatives of the crew have lost hope.

    On Thursday, the navy revealed there had been an explosion aboard the submarine, which experts said was likely catastrophic and linked to a battery problem.

    “There is no precedent in history for a deployment of this extent,” naval engineer Horacio Tettamanti said of the recovery effort.

    “The United States and Russia are the most developed in this field, a legacy of the Cold War,” added Tettamanti, one of Argentina's leading experts in the field.

    Confirmation of the explosion has led to a more localised search area around a zone 400km off the Argentinian coast, after searchers initially scoured a 500 000-square kilometre area nearly the size of France. But in this region north of the Falkland Islands - known in Argentina as the Malvinas - depths at the edge of the Argentine shelf can plummet.

    From Argentina's military base at Bahia Blanca two US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft are using their radars and scanners in the sub hunt.

    An AFP journalist aboard saw them drop buoys equipped with sensors to try to detect the vessel.

    US personnel focus on their monitor screens, looking for any clues to the sub's location on a mission that continues 24 hours a day using rotating crews. At the port of Comodoro Rivadavia, a ship carrying the submarine rescue vehicle cast off and headed toward the search zone.

    The vehicle could descend to the sea floor to recover the crew members once the San Juan is located - and it will be, said Tettamanti.

    “The search will continue until they find it. With the technical deployment that is there I am convinced that it will turn up rapidly, in coming days,” he said.

    But military expert Rosendo Fraga cautioned: “The search is going to take time.”

    NAMPA/AFP

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