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- 11/30/17--14:00: _Ombudsman wins deta...
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Land talk upsets pa...
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Graduates receive c...
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Spotlight on HIV, PrEP
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Kambwa says thank you
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Africa Briefs
- 11/30/17--14:00: _The sky is not the ...
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Bulk rail tenders c...
- 11/30/17--14:00: _MPs lash NSFAF
- 11/30/17--14:00: _Long Service Employ...
- 12/03/17--02:44: _Three grade 8 learn...
- 12/03/17--14:00: _Aloysius has high h...
- 12/03/17--14:00: _Thompson sees poten...
- 12/03/17--14:00: _Dempsey on target f...
- 12/03/17--14:00: _Sopita benefits fro...
- 11/30/17--14:00: PnP says good bye to Roelf van Tonder - a "father" to many
- 11/30/17--14:00: Standard Bank Namibia expands footprint to Okakarara
- 11/30/17--14:00: Namfisa warns against shady investments
- 11/30/17--14:00: Confusion about city council election
- 11/30/17--14:00: Ombudsman wins detainee case
- 11/30/17--14:00: Land talk upsets parliament
- 11/30/17--14:00: Spotlight on HIV, PrEP
- 11/30/17--14:00: Kambwa says thank you
- 11/30/17--14:00: Africa Briefs
- 11/30/17--14:00: The sky is not the limit, your determination is
- 11/30/17--14:00: Bulk rail tenders cancelled
- 11/30/17--14:00: MPs lash NSFAF
- 11/30/17--14:00: Long Service Employees receive recognition for loyalty
- 12/03/17--02:44: Three grade 8 learners killed in crash
- 12/03/17--14:00: Aloysius has high hopes
- 12/03/17--14:00: Thompson sees potential
- 12/03/17--14:00: Dempsey on target for Seattle
- 12/03/17--14:00: Sopita benefits from Hsu injury
However, what is positive is that since 2004 as the "darkest year" with a rating of 4.1 out of 10, the trend is overall positive and slowly but surely increased with a rating of 5.3 in 2015. The exceptional low rating of 2004 could be due to the first round of the Social Security Commission corruption during 2002/2003 with reference to the kickbacks received for investment made via insurance companies and agents, incompetence and limited financial accountability. For example, Lazarus Kandara’s involvement and the absence of the Chief Executive Officer for 18 months, who studied in the United States. She made the remark in court that she signed blank cheques.
Major corruption scandals that negatively affected Namibia's rating since 2004 include the Overseas Development Corporation (ODC), annual fish quotas, the National Defence Force and alleged Sanlam insurance representatives’ corruption, City of Windhoek (Human Resources Manager and some VIP’s not paying municipal fees), Avid, GIPF, corruption with the allocation of oil exploration licenses, TransNamib, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the National Housing Enterprise (first round 1998 and second round of corruption during 2014/5), the re-advertising of the Neckartal Dam tender, and the Walvis Bay harbour facilities to mention a few.
SUPPORTING THE ACC
Since 2005/6, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been established. Based on a survey done by the ACC in 2011/12, the ACC does not seem to be effective in bringing corrupt officials to book as opposed to the ACCs of Singapore and Hong Kong.
The highest ranking official that lost his position in Namibia as a result of an ACC investigation, was a director. The big fish is not brought to book and "petty corruption" seems to be the bread and butter of the ACC.
This does not mean that the ACC is not trying and that investigating officers are not dedicated and committed. To find evidence is extremely challenging. The public, especially businessmen are complaining about the ACC but when it comes to providing evidence, they are very reluctant to come forward, even if they do no business with the government. Such businessmen are more accountable for lack of prosecuting corrupters and corruptees than the ACC. It seems the ACC is trying its level best to get evidence for prosecution, however does not have the political backing to go with vigour for the big fish.
Given the current level of corruption and its magnitude - it is not millions at stake anymore as in 2004, but billions, e.g. the escalated Walvis Bay harbour facilities, the Neckartal Dam and the Hosea Kotako Airport - it is more likely that the TI corruption trend will be negatively effected during the following two to three years.
Transparency International. 1998-2016. Corruption Perception Indices.
As he embarks on an early retirement, with 30 November 2017 scheduled as his last day of work, van Tonder will be remembered as a true leader and a significant contributor to PnP Namibia’s growth, especially that of PnP stores in the north of the country. Van Tonder: “My journey dates back to 1996 when I was appointed as Store Manager at the then Model Woolworths in Tsumeb. In 2008 I was appointed as Regional Manager North and in 2015 as National Manager for PnP Namibia.”
It is his ability, according to his peers to work with people and lead them to significant successes that has van Tonder stand out among the rest. O&L Group Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme: “Roelf is synonymous with Pick n Pay, especially our northern regions, where his many long years of service has contributed greatly not only to PnP but certainly the entire O&L Group and its people. Roelf has passionately served the Group for 21 years and truly lived our purpose by developing and growing people to become successful leaders in their respective roles.”
Van Tonder says his greatest appreciation for the O&L Group, is the culture that adds significant value to its people. Van Tonder: “People are most important for the O&L Group. I have always appreciated how so much time and resources are invested in the development of its people. And I take with me the O&L Values which has become such a big part of my life – not only in my profession, but also personally. The past two decades in the O&L Group, and PnP was a journey full of growth opportunities, not only for myself, but I was also very inspired to grow everyone around me.”
PnP Namibia Managing Director, Norbert Wurm regards the departure of van Tonder as one of the saddest good byes since he took up the MD chair. Wurm: “With words it is difficult to describe someone like Roelf, who through his many long years of service has contributed so much to PnP, the O&L Group and its people. For many of us, and I include myself, he has been a father-figure and has enabled so many of our people to grow and to become successful leaders. If he was the father, we were the family. PnP was (and is) in his blood. He lived our purpose of ‘Creating a Future and Enhancing Life’ throughout, connecting to it fully on a personal level. His main goal was always to grow and develop ‘his’ people – by that he meant all of us. Even if frustrations sometimes resulted in his emotions getting the better of him, this was always driven by the love and passion he had (and has) for PnP and our people.”
For van Tonder, his greatest highlight, was the road he walked with PnP store managers in the north of Namibia. He has been a mentor and leader, and contributed significantly to the development and upbringing of store managers. One of those are Oshana store manager, Rachel Ekongo. She has been working under Van Tonder’s mentorship and guidance since the year 2000. Ekongo: “He made me feel so important, and had the unique ability to celebrate my successes, in the midst of my failures. I will miss his entering the store, and greeting and hugging everyone. He is one of the most humble people I know. Someone who respects everyone regardless of your skin colour and ethnicity, or background. And his open door policy, and care for my and my family’s well-being has strengthened not only my journey as a leader, but also my ability to love and inspire everyone around me.”
PnP Katima Mulilo store manager, Petronella Samwele says van Tonder is a very straight forward man. Samwele: “I have always been impressed with the interest he has shown in the lives of his employees, and mentees. He knows his people, not only professionally, but also on a more personal level. He is a giver, great listener, and I stand in awe at his passion for other people, and his compassionate nature, which brings so much comfort in times of darkness. It is really hard to say good bye to him. He is a father, an outstanding leader. I wish we all had leaders like him. He is my friend - a man who brought life to the northern crew.”
Some of the highlights of his entire life, van Tonder attributes to the world the O&L Group has opened up for him. Van Tonder: “I had the opportunity to share a plate of food with our Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma and found myself in the company of King Shimmy at some point in my life. These are all moments I will take with me forever. I will always be thankful to PnP and O&L for giving me a life and I will never forget the team that made me and held me up, when I was down. O&L is embedded in my heart and therefore I will always feel part of the O&L family.”
Roelf will go into fulltime farming, enjoying this next season in his life with his wife, children and grandchildren.
This latest addition comes after the bank also recently opened new branches at Karibib and Okongo in the Erongo and Ohangwena regions respectively.
At the official opening the regional chairperson for Otjozondjupa, Julius Neumbo, encouraged the residents to make optimal use of the new branch in order to grow themselves financially. This will ultimately stimulate viable business initiatives that will develop the town to greater heights and the region as a whole.
“I know I am speaking to the converted when I say that keeping money under pillows or mattresses is not only unsafe, it is old fashioned and antiquated, and can only be compared with an unwise and archaic decision in the days gone by,” said Neumbo.
With a current population of approximately 7 000 residents, Okakarara has seen considerable growth in terms of infrastructural development over the years. It has the biggest veterinary clinic in the region, a medical centre, an SME Park and a business centre.
In view of these developments, Standard Bank Namibia saw the importance of offering customers innovative banking services and products to further boost economic activities, said Saara Shivute, the bank’s head of branch distribution.
“In essence, opening a new branch has positive spin-offs for the community in that it ultimately generates employment, brings a variety of banking service efficiency and various business and personal banking options for customers, as well as reduces the unnecessary travelling costs,”said Shivute.
Standard Bank opened its first branch in the country at Lüderitz in 1915. Since then it has grown from a mere few staff members to over 1 700 employees. It currently has 58 branches and a wide network of 266 ATMs countrywide.
The bank also plans to open its 59th branch at Aussenkehr next week.
According to Namfisa CEO Kenneth Matomola the public remains exposed to unregulated entities and persons from within and beyond the borders of the country. These include investment proposals and schemes which are advertised in the public domain and those offered more discretely, he said in a statement.
Motomola said occasionally, only a few people demonstrate vigilance prior to their investment decisions and approach Namfisa for confirmation on the registration of such entities or persons.
“Unfortunately, a great number of investors do not exercise similar caution, and only approach Namfisa when experiencing difficulty recovering their investments.”
He advised anyone who would like additional information to contact Namfisa. - Nampa
On Tuesday, Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua announced that the election of new office bearers for 2018 would take place today.
However, on Wednesday afternoon the event was suddenly cancelled.
The reasons are contained in a letter, dated 29 November and printed on a Swapo Party letterhead, that Shaningwa sent to all local authorities and all Swapo regional coordinators.
“The process of the swearing-in should be put on hold until 6 December. The office of the secretary general will provide direction on the way forward on this matter,” Shaningwa wrote.
The Windhoek city council, in compliance with the directive, swiftly notified residents and the media that the election had been postponed.
Then, yesterday afternoon, the event was given the green light again. The council announced that the election and inauguration of a new mayor, deputy mayor and five members of the management committee would take place today at 10:00.
Namibian Sun was informed that this was in line with another directive received from the ministry of urban and rural development, of which Shaningwa is still the minister.
Shaningwa yesterday refused to comment on the matter, criticising the media's possession of the letter.
Shaningwa also said the city council could go ahead with the elections today.
She refused to comment on why she had instructed local authorities to put on hold the swearing-in ceremony until next week Wednesday, stating she was “not accountable” to the media.
The five members of the 2017 management committee are all Swapo members. They are Matheus Amadhila, Tala Uwanga, Moses Shiikwa, Matrid Ukeva and Immanuel Paulus. The deputy mayor is Fransina Kahungu.
On Tuesday, Kazapua said although there had been significant achievements this year, many other areas of concern remained. He said service delivery, socio-economic development, poverty reduction and other issues needed to be improved on.
Specific challenges singled out by Kazapua included “land delivery, housing, unemployment and budgetary constraints that limit the council's ability to adequately deliver on its mandate.”
“Rapid urbanisation, in particular, has been, and still is, a major challenge, as most if not all the other challenges, such as land delivery, housing, unemployment and budgetary constraints, are derivatives of this phenomenon,” the mayor said.
He said next year the council would redouble its efforts to “enhance revenue and to attain financial stability” as part of the transformational strategy of 2017 to 2022.
On 13 February this year, the Office of the Ombudsman had submitted an urgent application on behalf of 47 citizens in the High Court to have the detainees released.
They hail from countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. Two of the detainees are juveniles, 17 years old, who were arrested on 4 January and 13 January this year.
The Ombudsman achieved success as the detainees were released on 13 February when he brought the application, but yesterday, the court heard arguments on legal costs. The immigration authorities could not give reasons as to why they could not be ordered to pay for the costs of the unlawful arrest and detention of the 47 persons.
Judge Shafimana Ueitele, after hearing arguments, ordered the respondents to pay the applicant's costs of the application. The costs include the costs of one instructing, and one instructed, lawyer.
They are the commanders of Katutura, Wanaheda, Seeis and Windhoek police stations, the home affairs and safety and security ministers, the chief of immigration and the Immigration Tribunal, as well as the inspector-general of the Namibian police.
The matter is now finalised.
Initially, before the release of the 47 foreigners, the Ombudsman sought an order from the court that the respondents must produce the 47 persons currently detained by them to the court on 20 February for an inquiry into the lawfulness of their continued detention.
They were also required to show reasons why the 47 persons should not be released from custody with immediate effect.
“I am mandated and duty-bound by the Namibian Constitution to investigate complaints concerning alleged or apparent instances of violation of fundamental rights and freedoms,” Advocate John Walters had then said in explaining the purpose of his application.
Ueitele said immigration officials involved in the arrest and detention must come to court and show in person why a part of the costs of the application cannot be granted against them. “If the inquiry is resolved they do not have to answer,” he added.
The judge further remarked that none of the alleged illegal immigrants had been brought before the court or the Immigration Tribunal.
The 47 persons allegedly had been detained since December 2016, January 2017 and February 2017 without a warrant of further detention, purportedly under the Immigration Control Act.
Yoleta Campbell appeared on the instructions of Norman Tjombe for the Ombudsman While Sylvia Kahengombe appeared on behalf of the defendants.
The parties, including RDP and Swanu, yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction in a statement signed by Popular Democratic Movement member of parliament Jennifer van der Heever.
The parties also accused the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, of bias after he said the bill did not relate to land matters.
Two weeks ago the opposition members walked out of parliament, refusing to discuss the bill.
At the time, rural and urban development minister Sophia Shaningwa pleaded with the members not “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and to instead take time to study the bill and make decisions on merit.
Parliament sessions were disrupted by Swapo members' campaigning for the party's top four positions that were elected at the weekend's party congress.
According to Van der Heever Swapo MPs simply “abused” their majority and pushed the bill through when they returned to parliament on Tuesday.
The land conference, which had been scheduled for September this year, was postponed indefinitely after several earlier postponements.
“It is completely unacceptable for the National Assembly to have agreed in principle to the withdrawal of the Land Bill on the basis that it would be discussed after the second national land conference.
“And further for the Swapo caucus to have voted out a motion by Swanu's member of parliament Usutuaije Maamberua seeking to interrogate the resettlement programme on the basis that discussions should wait until after the second national land conference, and then for the House to be directly confronted by land issues in piecemeal fashion through a variety of bills such as the Land Tax Amendment Bill and Urban and Regional Planning Bill,” she said.
The parties pointed out that they had no problem with the substance of the Regional Planning Bill itself, but believed that the culture of “stifling debate” in the National Assembly, and then looking to “bulldoze” through crucial legislation on the very same issues, weakened and compromised the integrity of the law-making process.
“Land is an important and highly emotive issue in Namibia. It is an issue that must be addressed by looking at all its different dimensions and not only by randomly looking at those aspects that are convenient to some. By so doing, we comprise the integrity of the law-making process insofar as land is concerned in Namibia,” they stated.
FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation Trust recently also handed over N$ 330 600 to CHANGE, an independent non-governmental organisation. These funds assist CHANGE in making a positive contribution in the lives of ex-offenders, ensuring that they become valued members of society.
At the graduation ceremony Revonia Kahivere, Corporate Social Investment Manager, First National of Namibia stated: “The education, training and skills CHANGE provides are a great opportunity for those who do not have formal qualifications, those who need to improve their work-related skills, and those who lack positive social support systems.” She added that many times life crumples us, and we make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. “But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it! I wish you every success for the future.”
Human Rights activist Phil Ya Nangolo thanked all the sponsors - the Hanns Seidel Foundation, FNB and Financial Literacy Initiative - for their contributions over the years and requested the graduates to remain disciplined as anything without discipline would possibly lead to failure.
CHANGE has trained 21 ex-offenders in 2017 in Fashion Designing and has a long-term plan to train more ex-offenders. Furthermore, the Namibian Correctional Services, specifically the Division of Community Supervision which is currently engaging CHANGE to become a possible stakeholder as an After-Care Institution for offenders released conditionally. This will entail formalising the working relationship with CHANGE to provide different skills training to offenders to facilitate their successful reintegration into the society as law abiding citizens.
1120 people have been trained since the programme was introduced in February 2004. The programme has one Diploma intake and one Certificate intake per annum depending on how many students are enrolling. Those receiving training are mostly members from the disadvantaged backgrounds such as ex-offenders and their family members as well as school drop-outs. According to UNICEF’s National Review 2015 report many children from the age of 15 years start dropping out of school as well as some grade 10 learners and some end up engaging in criminal activities in order to earn a living.
Today, the world celebrates the efforts it has made to combat the spread of HIV/Aids by pushing for easy access to healthcare, yet in sub-Saharan Africa many sex workers still feel left out.
Introduced as a safeguard measure against the spread of HIV, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is not making the impact it should because it remains far out of reach for those who truly need it, in particular sex workers.
According to a UNAIDS article published in June this year, sex workers, both male and female, and transgender adults who have consensual sex in exchange for money or goods, either regularly or occasionally, are among the populations that are being left behind in the HIV response.
The article stipulated that HIV prevalence among sex workers is ten times higher than among the general population, and sex workers are poorly served by HIV services.
For ‘migrant sex workers’ like Jose (not his real name) who travel across borders to sell sex, the access to health services is virtually non-existent.
“I do my work in Angola and I can tell you there are no clinics or pharmacies. There are only hospitals but it is not like what you find here (Namibia). If we get sick we must cross the border to find a clinic in Namibia. Even for HIV tests we must come to Namibian clinics,” he said.
Jose, a sex worker for the past 16 years active mainly in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said he is aware of PrEP, but believes it is a tedious process for a migrant sex worker.
PrEP is useful when people at very high risk for HIV take the medication daily to lower their chances of becoming infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
Anyone interested in taking PrEP must first take an HIV test before beginning the treatment to be sure HIV is not already contracted.
“Sometimes a friend cannot go out of the country because he is too busy with clients. If he needs ARVs he will have to make arrangements with a clinic here in Namibia and we can pick it up for him,” said Jose.
According to Jose, taking PrEP is critical for sex workers. Jose has suffered violence at the hands of his clients and has been gang-raped on occasion.
“We often find ourselves in situations where we have no bargaining power. Clients can force themselves on you and you can be raped. You must also keep in mind that some clients are willing to pay up to N$10 000 for sex without a condom, and the money is very appealing,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to one of the country’s most vocal sex workers, Nikodemus Aoxamub, popularly known as Mama Africa, stigma still locks out many members of key populations.
Mama Africa, the director of Rights not Rescue Trust (RnRT) is especially irritated with “born-again” nurses that start preaching instead of giving healthcare.
“When sex workers go to the clinic they have to answer a list of questions about their lifestyle, and they are rebuked when they say they have sex with many men. You did not come to attend a church service, you came for care and on top of that, the nurses often refuse to supply condoms because their faith does not allow it,” she said.
Mama Africa strongly advocates for the use of PrEP and awareness raising of the treatment amongst key populations - in particular migrant sex workers.
According to her, some migrant sex workers not native to Namibia used to bring PrEP in illegally from South Africa, because of the troubles in accessing it locally.
“There are those whose passports and documents are not in order and they cannot go to the local clinics to seek health care. I know of one sex worker that has imported the medication here,” she said adding that one can pay up to N$3 000 to acquire PrEP through this route.
“If you have a client that is a truck driver than you can simply ask him to pick up the pills and deliver them to you but, the price will not be very high,” said Mama Africa.
He said that since he started business in 2005, this was the toughest year to do business but, he added, his customers continued to support him.
Kambwa has 14 building material outlets at Oshakati, Okahao, Ondangwa, Oshikango, Eenhana, Omuthiya, Outapi, Oshikuku, Ruacana, Tsandi, Onesi and Opuwo and he said that despite the economic downturn they are all coping thanks to loyal customers.
“Despite the economic hardship, my customers continue to support the business. Sales have gone done but my customers have continued to come and if it was not for them there would be no business,” He said.
He said that this year’s economic difficulties are worse than that of 2007.
Sheehama undertook to continue giving his customers quality products that provides value for money.
“I have to make sure that the products that I offer are of quality so that during times like these customers continue to offer their support and the business can grow,” he said.
He said that there are no specific products that customers were demanding the most, but almost all the building materials were doing better.
Kambwa Trading orders about 80% of cement that goes to the north from Ohorongo Cement. He orders between 80 000 and 100 000 bags of cement monthly.
“I welcome the opening of the cement depot in Ondangwa. Cement is being transported by train from Otavi and we can get it from Ondangwa, which is easier. This will also help us to supply our customers without any delay,” Sheehama said.
He commended the government for investing in infrastructure such as railway lines.
South African utility Eskom said yesterday rolling power cuts are unlikely despite coal supply possibly falling below a 20-day requirement at its Hendrina power station.
Investigative news outfit AmaBhungane reported Eskom may be forced into nationwide electricity cuts after a coal mine linked to the Gupta family threatened to halt supply.
Coal supply at Eskom's power stations stood at 74 days' worth in March but had fallen to 25 days' worth at Hendrina by October and may have fallen below a 20-day requirement since.
Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said the company was investigating whether supply at all its 12 power stations complied with regulations requiring at least 20 days' worth. – Nampa/Reuters
South Sudan eyes OPEC membership
South Sudan is exploring the benefits of joining the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as the African nation aims to more than double crude production within 12 months.
The world's newest country has seen its crude output almost halve in recent years, to about 135 000 barrels per day (bpd) currently, amid security concerns and internal strife.
Within a year, South Sudan should be producing 350 000 bpd of oil, its oil minister has said. At that point, the country could participate in wider OPEC production cuts. – Nampa/Reuters
Zambia wants bigger stake in copper mines
Following the sharp rise in copper prices this year Zambia's state-controlled firm ZCCM Investments Holdings wants to increase its stakes in the country's mines and also expects higher dividend payments, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
ZCCM-IH, which was formerly called Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings, has assets of about US$1 billion with minority stakes held in the local mine operating subsidiaries of foreign miners including Glencore, First Quantum Minerals, Vedanta and Jinchuan Group International Resources.
However, CEO Pius Kasolo would not be drawn on how much money ZCCM-IH would invest in the companies or over what period. – Nampa/Reuters
Kenya to build highway to boost Africa trade
Kenya has signed a US$620 million agreement to build a 530 km highway from its east coast to the centre of the country, part of a campaign to boost its role as a regional trade hub.
A consortium including a unit of South Africa's Group Five and the Development Bank of Southern Africa with work with the state. Work is due to start in mid 2018 and be completed within four years.
Kenya wants to build up a role as a regional trade and transport hub, serving as a link to landlocked countries such as Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. – Nampa/Reuters
Kambunga hails from Walvis Bay and after school he started working at Standard Bank and served in various departments from the bank’s call centre to its waste management section. But soon the logistics bug bit him and in 2004 Kambunga enrolled at the Polytechnic of Namibia for a degree in Logistics and Supply Management. Here he flourished and achieved distinctions and commendations throughout his studies, and later went on to obtain his honours in Logistics. Despite finding English a challenge, Kambunga with the help of his UK born lecturer completed his thesis and was recommended for a two year’s masters course at the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Kambunga wanted to study in Rotterdam, the biggest port in Europe, but was advised that the Kühne University was the best option to complete his masters. In preparation for this shift, Kambunga also took part-time classes at the Goethe Centre to learn to speak, read and write basic German.
“I left my beautiful country to pursue my Masters of Science in Global Logistics and Supply Chain management at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg in August 2015. Since I have never lived in a foreign country for more than a month before, living in Germany was an eye-opener. I was excited but also apprehensive as to how I would fit into the fast paced European culture shock that awaited me,” Kambunga said. “I found Hamburg to be a magnificent place. I was amazed by this bustling metropolitan port city’s efficient and reliable public transport, which also allowed me to see much more of the city and neighboring towns. Regarding my field of study, Hamburg as the third largest port in Europe, was the ideal logistics hub housing some of the largest logistics companies in the world.”
“Yes, there was a culture shock. To be from a country where everyone talks to everybody, even to the strangers, I found myself in a country where people don’t talk to strangers nor to their fellow countrymen. It was hard to understand this almost cold or aloof atmosphere at the beginning. To be honest I was a bit confused and wondering if there was something wrong with me. However, I realised that it’s part of the local culture. In Germany, a person can sit next to you in the public transport every day, it doesn’t matter either a bus or metro train without saying hi or excuse me. Everyone minds their own business. It’s only when you get to know people a little better that they warm up a bit,” Kambunga added.
“Manica Group Namibia sponsored most of my study and traveling expenses in Germany, and I was also fortunate enough to do my internship with the company. They gave me the opportunity to learn and understand how the logistics industry operates in real life. During my stint at Manica, I was assigned two projects. I conducted a study on ways to improve the supply chain flow of the warehouses and the cost-effective use of the workforce and equipment.”
Kambunga returned to Namibia last month to take up employment at Woker Freight Services, describing it as a milestone in reaching his goals. “It feels good to be done with my studies and I am proud that I completed my degree within the time frame. I sometimes miss the school vibe, but I am fortunate enough for securing employment after one month of completing my studies.” Kambunga ’s role within Woker Freight Services is a Business Systems Analyst. “I am currently learning and analyzing the business process and systems within WFS. I am assigned to the EDI system to get the real feel of working on the system. For now it’s still step by step to full grasp the various clearing and forwarding systems within WFS.
Asked if the theoretical knowledge he learned in Germany matched real-world logistics environment, Kambunga said he was fortunate to have had a mix of the practical and theoretical, with a stronger focus on the practical. “I have been with WFS for less than a month, and by the look of things all seems to relate to what I have studied. Yes there are unique systems and processes but many of the things that I studied now make more sense in the real environment. I am currently exploring the EDI system and although it is my first time to use the system, I am able to maneuver around it comfortably. I think it is because during my period in Germany I was exposed to different systems such as SAP, System Dynamic, XLminer for solver. Hey, don’t forget I am still a student I keep learning days and nights.”
At home Kambunga loves reading, “…because every time you read a book or an article in the newspaper or on the internet you educate yourself and acquire new knowledge. I also like to travel and I have been too few European countries and visited some of the beautiful Islands such as Majorca and Ibiza, and on the list is Santorini and Maldives. For the experimenting purpose, I do enjoy cooking because it is an art. As the body needs to relax, good music will always do, and country music is the best. Well, I do also enjoy soccer.”
His motto in life? “Get your hands dirty! And always be a student. If I could give young people advice I’d say: I don’t know if you realised that you are the captain of your own ship, the director, and actor of your own movie. Therefore, don’t have wait to be reminded of the storm in the sea or when to shoot the next episode of your movie, be the driving force and be a proactive person. I keep telling my friends that the only person who knows you better than anybody else is you yourself. You know where you want to be in next five years, what you want to achieve in life, and know what is best for you, therefore, don’t wait for somebody to do things for you or push you around. That person you are waiting for will never come to your rescue because that person is you. Your future is in the palm of your hands!”
Manica awarded a living expense bursary to Kambunga to the tune of N$310,000 for his two year stint in Germany to cover his accommodation and other living expenses during this period.
The committee was ready to start proceedings, but it was surprised when it emerged that there was no NSFAF representative on the opposite end. Only higher education permanent secretary Alfred van Kent had showed up. Committee chairperson Mike Kavekotora was livid when he saw the letter from the fund, saying it was the second time they had requested a postponement.
“Parliament concluded yesterday and these members stayed behind specifically to conduct this hearing. What is written in this letter is nothing new and it does not add value to the hearing. I am very concerned and I want to express my dismay,” Kavekotora remarked.
“There seems to be an attitude from the fund.They are coming up with excuses that are totally unacceptable.”
Kavekotora also accused the fund's management of displaying an arrogant attitude and total disregard for the committee's work.
“We need to take immediate steps now about this behaviour. We are not prepared to be humiliated by a body that is supposed to account to us. We will have to meet now and consider what steps are going to be taken. A possible subpoena can be included,” he said.
“Students are out there crying. The nation is crying and we do not know how much money was spent in a fraudulent manner. This time around we will have to take serious steps.”
In the NSFAF letter dated 29 November, the management requested a postponement of the public hearing on 22 November. That hearing was then scheduled for yesterday.
The fund at that stage requested a postponement to allow for consultations between the office of the auditor general and its auditors.
According to the fund, a meeting then took place on 28 November where it became apparent that although NSFAF had done some work to confirm that funds disbursed from treasury were spent on student bursaries, that was not the expectation of the auditor-general.
NSFAF said it needed to prepare for the public hearing, which included restating the total funds disbursed amounting to N$1.792 billion; substantiate the N$1.729 billion on what comprises a loan or grant. It said this exercise required detailed validation and analysis of over 46 000 files which had been transferred from the education ministry.
It further claimed that it needed to enlist the services of a certain Gert Beyleveldt, who worked for the ministry as a financial advisor before the fund was moved from the education ministry.
“From the activities required above it is apparent that NSFAF requires time to work and finalise the reconstruction of the financial statements. NSFAF is currently busy with validating 46 000 files and this exercise is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018,” it said.
The fund said it would be ready to appear after 31 March.
After reading the letter the committee deliberated for more than half an hour on what steps needed to be taken.
According to Kavekotora, the first request by the fund for a postponement was reasonable as they wanted more clarity on certain issues and this was provided to them. However, he said the second request was not reasonable at all.
“The issues raised in the letter are known to them and were clarified during their meeting with the auditor-general. This is a delaying tactic.”
He also referred to the timing of the letter and said the fact that the letter was only delivered on 29 November in the afternoon after parliament had closed was unacceptable.
The committee only received the letter yesterday morning after the public hearing was supposed to have started.
“Our first initiative was to subpoena the members of the fund to appear on Monday, but this is not fair to the members of parliament. We have reached a compromise to postpone the hearing until next year,” he said.
Kavekotora made it clear that the hearing was not postponed because of the request by the fund, which he said had no justification.
Kavekotora said when parliament resumes in February the committee will determine a date for the public hearing.
“We will subpoena the permanent secretary and the management of the fund to come to the hearing and answer questions. The fact that the fund could not account for N$1.7 billion and this could go over to N$2 billion must be answered.”
Kavekotora also told Van Kent that the ministry was taking a serious risk by allocating money to the fund.
“You are giving money to a fund that is in a mess,” he said.
Van Kent said he was unaware that the management of the fund would not show up at the hearing and was also not aware of the letter requesting for a postponement.
“It is a serious matter. I am surprised they did not turn up and will convey the message to the minister,” he said.
As such, it came as no surprise that this year’s recipients of the awards came out in numbers to receive their accolades, with most of them elated that they were being recognised for their hard work.
Standard Bank’s Head Human Capital, Isdor Angula, who officiated the proceedings this year said he was elated that over 200 of the Bank’s employees were receiving the recognition, between 5 to 35 years, as it not only showcased their loyalty, but positioned the Bank as an employer of choice by retaining employees for decades.
“I’m very pleased to be marking this milestone event with all of you. In fact, I am very proud of you because it takes a whole lot of stamina, dedication, loyalty and love for your job to be recognized for your long service of work at Standard Bank. For most of you Standard Bank was and still is your first love. It is an honour to acknowledge our valuable employees for the memorable years they have worked tirelessly in moving Standard Bank forward,” Angula said during the event, which was held on Friday, 17 November at the Hilton Hotel.
Standard Bank is cognisant of the fact that human capital is the most important and valuable resource for any institution, which is why it is imperative for the Bank to honour them. A total of 234 Long Service Awards were handed over to employees for their steadfast commitment and loyalty.
The awards also encourage and motivate new employees to perform their tasks with renewed enthusiasm to achieve high levels of productivity, most especially because the distinguished employees have overcome numerous difficulties, given the complexity of their work, which makes them examples for the younger ones, to whom they must pass on their knowledge.
“As devoted employees you have come a long way with the blue bank and this event is just a token of appreciation in thanking you for your positive contribution and hard work towards the success of Standard Bank and encourage you all to continue keeping up the standard of great work by living up to our brand promise of moving Standard Bank forward,” he concluded.
The deceased have been identified as 19-year-old Ronaldo Mukuyu, Seth Goreseb, 18, and Ricky Small Aukumeb, 16.
The accident happened approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Outjo at about 01h00.
The spokesperson of the Namibian police in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, told Nampa upon enquiry on Sunday that there were four occupants in the vehicle, and a 16-year-old classmate of the three deceased persons survived the accident with minor injuries.
It is suspected the driver, Goreseb, lost control over the vehicle, causing it to overturn.
“Preliminary police investigations indicate that the learners allegedly took the car keys and drove away without the consent of the owner,” said Mbeha.
The next of kin have been informed and police investigations continue.
Aloysius last year failed to also win a medal at the Rio Paralympics in Brazil after taking part in the long jump and 400m category.
He finished 11th in the T12 long-jump final but clocked a seasonal best of 6:38 and also failed to compete in the 400m races.
“It has been a bit difficult for me because I have not lived up to my standards this year.
“I am however happy with a couple of results I managed to bag over the past two years.
“In 2018, I really want to push myself to the limit and ensure that I become one of the greatest Paralympics stars this country has ever had.
“It is important that I remain focused on my journey to improve and represent my country at the highest level,” Aloysius said.
The star also said that he wishes his teammates all the best going into 2018 hoping that they can secure more medals for Namibia.
Aloysius said that Namibian Paralympics have been doing well and therefore deserves the acknowledgement of the nation.
“Our team has always been fantastic on our global travels and this is all due to the great work our coaches and athletes put in.
“We have been the hope of team Namibia on so many occasions when competing at global events.
“I would finally like to wish everyone a happy festive season,” he said.
Aloysius was born in 1989 in Lubango, Angola, and the family moved to Namibia a few days after his birth. He suffered severe burns just four months after he was born during a house fire where he was living near Döbra.
He spent the next four years in different hospitals fighting for his life.
The athlete, however, recovered and has earned several accolades during his career.
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The youthful rugby mentor who has worked with many of the junior teams said that the Namibia Rugby Union is on the right track developing young stars.
He says that the most important thing is to avoid a bigger age gap between the older and younger players in the national team.
“We have so many talented players that are going to be stars in the national team.
“Several schools in the country also have some players that are waiting to be explored.
“I always believed that the future of Namibian rugby is bright as long as we keep on bringing the younger guys in the system,” Thompson said.
He lauded national team coach Phil Davies who also has an understanding of bringing young players into the setup.
Namibia is yet to win a World Cup match after several attempts, but Thompson believes that they could break that curse sooner than expected.
“Other teams in the world have been winning the World Cup and matches because of the big financial muscle they have.
“Plenty of these nations have clubs with a professional setup that brings up young players through the ranks,” he said.
Thompson, however, said that it was a bit difficult for Namibian clubs to do so because rugby is not played at a professional level in the country.
According to the youthful mentor, many upcoming rugby players prefer to play in foreign clubs making it difficult for the union to groom these players.
“We are however trying our utmost best to ensure that those who remain in the country get the necessary exposure and training they need.”
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Veteran striker Dempsey rammed in Seattle's second goal of the night as the defending champions completed an emphatic 5-0 aggregate victory to advance.
They will face Toronto in Canada on 9 December in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Seattle won on penalties.
The Sounders had taken a stranglehold on the Western Conference final after winning last week's first leg 2-0 in Houston.
And any hope of a Houston comeback was snuffed out after 22 minutes when Victor Rodriguez played a superb one-two with Will Bruin before tucking away his finish.
Dempsey then doubled Seattle's lead in the 57th minute with another well-worked goal that put the Sounders 4-0 ahead on aggregate.
Joevin Jones found space down the left flank and calmly stroked a low cross into the path of Dempsey, who stabbed home a low shot.
As Houston's frustration grew, the match threatened to turn ugly and Tomas Martinez was given a red card for a violent shove on a Seattle opponent in the 66th minute.
Bruin made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute, catching the Houston defence cold before lifting a deft chip over the advancing Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis.
The win means Seattle will now have the chance to become the first team since the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011 and 2012 to successfully defend the trophy.
A tearful Hsu, the Taiwanese world record holder and double Olympic champion at 53kg, injured her right elbow on her third snatch attempt and left for treatment at the Anaheim Convention Center before Sopita emerged for her first clean and jerk.
There was better news for Taiwan in the women's 58kg class, however, when Kuo Hsing-chun made six good lifts to defeat another Olympic champion from Thailand, Sukanya Srisurat, with Latvian teenager Rebeka Koha claiming third.
Kuo had finished third to Sukanya at last year's Games in Rio but won easily with a combined total of 240kg.
Sopita, who was fourth at this weight class behind Hsu in the last world championships in Houston two years ago, won in Rio when she dropped down to 48kg.
Back up again in weight, she made a total of 210kg to finish well clear of Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan and Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines.
Hsu, competing for the first time since Rio, was one of only two world champions defending the titles they won in Houston. Thirteen holders are absent because nine nations are banned for multiple doping offences, and North Korea did not enter. Georgia's Lasha Talakhadze, world record holder in the men's super-heavyweight class, is the other champion lifting at the event.