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- 12/18/17--14:00: _Shot of the day
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- 12/18/17--14:00: _COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF
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- 12/18/17--14:00: _Alleged child traff...
- 12/18/17--14:00: _A day with Sam Nujoma
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- 12/20/17--14:00: _League end produces...
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- 12/18/17--14:00: TUN a hala elelo lyoNSFAF li tidhwe
- 12/18/17--14:00: Osasiyona yoonkondo dholusheno tayi tungwa mOlindili
- 12/18/17--14:00: Anafaalama mOlushandja ya thigwa pomutenya
- 12/18/17--14:00: Shot of the day
- 12/18/17--14:00: NSFAF's reform challenge
- 12/18/17--14:00: COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF
- 12/18/17--14:00: Family reeling after bizarre suicide
- 12/18/17--14:00: Alleged child trafficker in court after extradition
- 12/18/17--14:00: A day with Sam Nujoma
- 12/18/17--14:00: Bitcoin starts trading on Chicago Metals Exchange
- 12/18/17--14:00: Stray lions wreak havoc, again
- 12/18/17--14:00: NC chair calls for end to human trafficking
- 12/18/17--14:00: Angolan tourists on the decline
- 12/18/17--14:00: MTC's Ekandjo gives back to his community
- 12/20/17--14:00: League end produces mixed results
- 12/20/17--14:00: Beach volleyball to pull large crowd
- 12/20/17--14:00: Angola oil giant probes Isabel graft claims
- 12/20/17--14:00: UN to vote on Jerusalem resolution
- 12/20/17--14:00: Aatseyinawa yaZimbabwe naya shune
- 12/20/17--14:00: Omunashipundi gwoNamvet a dhigi po oPDM
Oshiwike sha piti, Ominista yElongo
Itah Kandjii Murangi, okwa koleke kutya oya tokola opo NSFAF ka kale we oshiputudhilo shiithikamena sha yama kepangelo nopehala oshiketha shoka shi shunwe muuministeli sha landula oolopota dhuulingilingi nekano lyiimaliwa okuza moshiketha shoka. NSFAF okwa totwa po mo 1997 opo a kale ta gandja omakwatho giimaliwa yokwiilonga kaailongi miiputudhilo yopombanda.
Amushanga gwoTUN, Mahongora Kavihuhua okwa pula epangelo opo kali kuthe po aakomeho yoshiketha shoka molwaashoka kaye na oshilonga.
Okwa popi kutya aakomeho mboka itaya vulu okulela oshiketha shoka molwaashoka oya ndopa nale okushininga, sho ya ndopa okugandja omakwatho kaailongi nokugandja uumbangi kutya oya longitha ngiini iimaliwa yoshiketha shoka.
Omutseyinawa gwoomilandu dhopashigwana, Graham Hopwood okwa holola kutya ope na ompumbwe onene yokulundulula omapangelo miiputudhilo yepangelo. Okwa holola woo onkalo ndjoka ya kala ya taalela nale oshiketha shoka omanga sha li oshitopolwa shuuministeli, ta popi kutya ina yelelwa ngele okushunitha muuministeli oshiketha shoka otashi ka kandulapo uupyakadhi mboka wuli po.
Kashi shi oshikando shotango elelo lyoshiketha shoka tali pulwa opo li kuthwe miilonga. MuNovemba oshifokundaneki shoThe Villager newspaper osha lopota kutya oshilyo shongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress, Mike Kavekotora osha pula opo elelo lyoshiketha shoka li kuthwe miilonga.
Onkalo yiilonga yuulingilingi oya dhigupala moshiputudhilo shoka nomo 2016, nokomisi yoACC oshowo Uuministeli wIiputudhilo yEpangelo oyali ya pulwa opo yi ningile omakonaakono oshiputudhilo shoka.
Omvula oyo tuu ndjoka, okwa hololwa kutya oshiputudhilo shoka osha ndopa okuulika oondokumende ndhoka tadhi holola kutya oya gandja omakwatho giimaliwa kaaiilongi.
Omvula ya piti, oshifokundnaeki shoNamibia Sun osha lopota kutya NSFAF okwa pyakudhukwa okugandja omakwatho giiyemo yokwiilonga kaailongi 16 669 mboka ya gwanitha po iipumbiwa yokuninga omaindilo gokumona omakwatho ngoka pokati ko 1997 no 2010, naailongi mboka oya ndopa okushunitha iimaliwa mbyoka yali ya kwathelwa.
Omakwatho ngoka ogongushu yoomiliyona dhaNamibia 479.
Oshiputudhilo osha ulike ehangano lyokugongela oongunga, opo li kwathee oshiputudhilo shoka mokugongelako ongunga dhoka dhiniwe kaiilongi.
Oonkundathana dhopoloyeka ndjoka odha tamekele mo 2007, pahapu dhomukomeho gwoUAG, Haddis Tilahun.
“Oshe tu kutha uule woomvula 10 opo tu kundathane. Mo 2008 onda tameke oonkundathana ndhoka dha tameke mo 20017. Mo 2011 otwa adha etsokumwe. Onda nyanyukwa.”
Onga oshitopolwa shetsokumwe, gumwe gwomomahangano ngoka okwa pumbwa okutula poshitaafula oshititatu shongushu yopoloyeka ndjoka.
“Gumwe gwomutse okwa pumbwa okutula poshitaafula oomiliyona 450, opo dhi vule okukwatela komeho opoloyeka ndjoka. Onda longitha iimaliwa yandje mbyoka nda pungula noQuantama oya longitha woo iimaliwa yawo yene yomapungulo.”
“Opoloyeka yoDiaz otayi ka kala yimwe yomoopoloyeka dhopamuthika. Otwa tegelela yi longe uule woomvula 25. Oshitopolwa shotango shoonkondo dholusheno dhoMW 44, otashi ka gandja olusheno komagumbo 100 000.”
Omunangeshefa ngoka okwa popi kutya opoloyeka ndjoka otayi ke ya kutha uule woomwedhi 16 oku yi tunga. Oopresenda 30 nenge oomiliyona 440 otashi ka gandjwa kehangano lyoQuantam oshowo United Africa, omanga iihupe tayi ka gandjwa kaagandji yiiyemo yopaumwene mwakwatelwa oDevelopment Bank of Namibia.
Okwa tsikile kutya opoloyeka ndjoka itayi ka pula elongitho lyiimaliwa okuza kehangano lyoNamPower kakele otaya ka mona omukuli okuza koDBN.
Tilahun okwa hiya aagandji yiiyemo moshikondo shopaumwene opo ya kuthe ombinga megandjo lyiiyemo kopoloyeka ndjoka, ta popi kutya oshizemo shepungulo ndyoka otashi kala pauyuuki.
Opoloyeka ndjoka okwa tegelelwa yi ka gandje oompito dhiilonga kaantu ye li po 300, naaniilonga 100 okwa tegelelwa ya kakale taya kwatele komeho osasiyona ndjoka yoonkondo dholusheno.
Onga oshitopolwa shetsokumwe oosasiyona dhoonkondo dholusheno dhehangano lyoNamPower, ndjoka yoKokerboom oshowo yoNamib otadhi ka yambulwapo pwaahena elongitho lyiiyemo yasha okuza kehangano lyoNamPower.
Aanafaalama mondama yOlushandja moshitopolwa shaMusati oya thiminikwa opo ya kaleke iilonga yawo noyendji itaya vulu okufuta we omikuli dhaantu dhombaanga yoAgriBank omolwa ompumbwe yomeya. Aaniikunino mbyoka haya longitha woo omeya okuza moompungulilo dhaNamWater oya thiminikwa konkalo opo ya kuthe miilonga aaniilonga. Etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kehangano lyoNamWater opo li pombe omeya okuza moompungululo dhawo dhoka dhopaulumomhumbwe okuza mondama yawo yokuwapalekela omeya mOshakati, olya thigi aanafaalama pomutenya.
Ehangano ndyoka hali ungaunga negandjo lyomeya moshilongo olya popi kutya aluhe ohali kutha omeya molushandja ngele olya taalela ompumbwe yomeya okuza mOndama yaCalueque Dam moAngola.
Pahapu dhomunambelewa gwomauyelele goshigwana mehangano lyoNamWater, Johannes Shigwedha, ondama yOlushandja ndjoka yoshinano shookilometa 17 na oyi na unene yookilometa 2 oyo hayi longithwa kaanafaalama mboka okukutha omeya nokutekela iimeno yawo. Nonando ongaaka ondama ndjoka oyo woo hayi longithwa kehangano lyawo okukutha omeya uuna ya taalela ompumbwe yomeya. Shigwedha okwa popi kutya oya taalela ompumbwe yomeya okuza meni lyaAngola, konima nkene epangelo lyaAngola lya tamekitha iilonga yokulongulula ondama yawo. Onkalo ndjoka oye ya thiminike opo ya pombe omeya okuza mOlushandja.
Ngashiingeyi kape na omeya gaanafaalama ya thika po 68 momudhingoloko ngoka, naaniilonga ya thika po 2 000 oya kanitha iilonga yawo.
Omunashipundi gwOlushandja Horticulture Producers Association (OHPA) Paulus Amutenya, okwa koleke onkalo ndjoka, ta popi kutya aanafaalama yamwe oya pata nale oopoloyeka dhawo, omanga yamwe taya ilongekidha nale opo ya pate oopoloyeka dhawo.
Shigwedha naye okwa koleke kutya ehangano lyawo olya shunitha pevi epombelo lyomeya mOlushandja, oomvula ndatu dha piti omolwa iilonga yondama yaCalueque.
Okwa tsikile kutya mondama ndjoka omwa li mwa tulwa oopomba ndatu ihe omolwa ondjele onene yomeya okanala hoka oka yonagulwa. Okanala kaCalueque-Oshakati koshinano konyala shookilometa 150 ohaka gandja omeya monooli yaNamibia, nomeya ngoka unene ohaga longitha mokutekela iimeno.
Shigwedha okwa popi kutya oya taalela ompumbwe yomeya na osho sha etitha ya pate omeya mOlushandja molwaashoka kaye na omeya ga gwana.
Okwa popi kutya ehangano ndyoka tali pangele omunino ngoka gwa yonagulwa opo lya thikile Etitano lya piti, na otali ka kutha uule wiiwike yathika puitatu opo yamanithe iilonga yawo. Okwa gwedha po kutya monena otaya longitha owala opomba yimwe.
Pahapu dhaTangeni Negonga, ngoka a kala omunashikunino mOndana yaLushandja okutameka omvula yo 1998, okwa popi kutya onkalo itayi vulu okwiidhidhimikilwa. Okwa popi kutya ongeshefa yawo oyali tayi ende nawa sigo omomvula yo 2015 osho NamWater a hulitha po okukala ta pombele omeya mondama ndjoka, na oya kala owala yiikolelela momeya gomvula. Okwa popi kutya oya tameke taya longo omwaalu omushona giikunwa yawo omolwa ompumbwe yomeya nomeya ngoka ya kala taya longitha kage shi omawanawa niikunwa yawo.
Onkalo ndjoka oye ya thiminike ya kuthe miilonga aaniilonga.
Okwa popi kutya sho ongeshefa yali tayi ende nawa aafalaama oyendji oya mono omikuli okuza kombaanga yoAgriBank ihe ngashiingeyi oyendji natango itaya vulu we okushunitha omikuli dhaantu. Okwa popi kutya aanafaalama mboka ihaya mono ekwatho okuza kepangelo na osho owala yali taya ningi ongeshefa ombwaanawa ombaanga yoAgribank opo ya yi kuyo nokuya pa omikuli. Aanafaalama mboka ohaya landithilwa iilongomwa yawo kehangano lyoAgro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA) mOngwediva oshowo mOlushandja Horticultural Marketing Centre mEpalela.
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has congratulated Standard Bank Group for appointing former director-general at National Treasury Lungisa Fuzile as the new chief executive of Standard Bank SA. Fuzile quit Treasury in April after his former boss Pravin Gordhan was sacked in a cabinet reshuffle. He had served 20 years in the public service. His departure from the Treasury represented a setback to the South African civil service.
Standard Bank SA on Thursday announced that Fuzile would take over the reigns as its new chief executive with effect from 15 January 2018. He would replace Sim Tshabalala, who, in September, took over as sole chief executive after Ben Kruger stepped down from the shared position.
Toyota to market more electronic vehicles
The Toyota Motor Corporation yesterday said it will market more than 10 all-electric vehicle (EV) models globally in the early 2020s, and that investment to develop their batteries is likely to exceed US$13 billion through 2030.
Setting out EV sales goals, the world's second-biggest automaker by sales after Volkswagen AG said it needed to accelerate the pace of battery development, as tightening vehicle emissions regulations would require a steep increase in manufacturing capacity for more powerful batteries.
Toyota has also partnered peers including Mazda Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp to jointly develop and market electric cars.
Nestle sells off tea brands in North America
Nestle has sold its sold two of its tea brands in North America as the world's biggest food maker presses ahead with reshaping its business to focus on new consumer trends and healthcare.
Private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners said yesterday it has linked up with Dunn's River Brands to buy the Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds businesses from Nestle North America.
The deal, which was for an undisclosed sum, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Nestle was not immediately available to comment.
Ryanair pilots in Ireland suspend strike planned for Wednesday
Ryanair pilots in Ireland on Sunday suspended a 24-hour strike planned for tomorrow, the final strike threat facing the airline in the busy run-up to Christmas, trade union Impact said in a statement.
"Impact has this evening suspended a planned one-day strike of Ryanair pilots next Wednesday after company management agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots," the union said in a statement.
Subdued coal demand - IEA
Global coal demand will be subdued over the next five years, growing at just 0.5% a year, marginally higher than current levels, due to lower consumption in China, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday.
Coal consumption fell last year by 1.9 percent to 5.357 billion tonnes from a year earlier as lower gas prices, a surge in renewables and efficiency improvements dampened demand, the IEA said in its annual coal market report.
Global coal demand is expected to rise by an average rate of 0.5% a year to 5.534 billion tonnes by 2022, "only marginally higher than current levels and meaning that coal use all but stagnates for around a decade," the agency said.
The deceased, Barry Vorster, allegedly came to Namibia last month with his partner, who buried him, reported his death to the police and indicated where the body was.
Deputy Commissioner Erastus Ikuyu said the deceased's body was exhumed on 19 November and was taken to the police mortuary in Walvis Bay where a post-mortem examination was conducted.
Ikuyu said no foul play is expected. Barry's brother, Alan, who resides in the United Kingdom, however said he and his sister are sure a crime has been committed.
In a letter addressed to Alan, the deceased's partner wrote that they came to Namibia on 4 November. After having bought a car in Windhoek for N$55 000, they drove to the coast to an isolated area and burnt N$60 000, almost all of the remaining money they had brought with them.
This was allegedly done because “humans have been enslaved into believing that this is the only existence, and after we leave this life, there is either heaven, hell or recycling back into this existence. These are all true – depending on your perspective – but there is also a lot more.”
Barry's partner further explained in her letter that the couple came to Namibia on a quest to find spiritual enlightenment and to experience “other existences and realities”.
They had allegedly developed as spiritual mediums over the past six years and had asked on numerous occasions for permission to experience more.
“Of course, the only way this would be possible is to leave this existence. One way of crossing from one existence to another is to cause one's physical to cease,” she wrote.
“The concept of suicide has been manipulated by the church over time because if people's eyes were opened as to how severely humanity is being enslaved and pushed further from the truth, everyone would choose to depart from this reality by their own hands.
“There was nothing negative about this experience. In fact, we were both excited.
We waited for nightfall; said to each other 'see you later', attached a hosepipe to the exhaust, took sleeping pills each and cut our wrists.
“After some time, we woke up, the car still running, back window open and I was unable to close it. We were later told by our spirit guide that we were dead for three days, and spent two more days in the desert trying to die,” she wrote. The couple allegedly drove back to Swakopmund for medical care at the state hospital. Thereafter they spent a few nights sleeping in their car before deciding on another suicide attempt. They drove to the beach north of Swakopmund on 18 November where they waited for the sun to set before attaching a hosepipe to the exhaust again and running the engine.
“After about 15 minutes Barry said 'switch it off'. I did. I opened all the doors. His breathing was very strange, and I was at his side holding his hand. Then he stopped breathing. I didn't know if he was gone or not. It was dark. I covered him with a duvet, closed the doors with windows open slightly, fell into the driver's seat and slept.
“When I woke up the next morning, I realised he was [dead].
“My first reaction was a joy. I am happy for him that he is definitely in a better place. Also, angry and disappointed that I didn't get to go with him. And devastated to be without my best friend,” she wrote.
Alan said he had no knowledge of Barry and his partner's participation in any religion or cult and that his brother had never before attempted to commit suicide.
“Why did she initially tell us that Barry 'died peacefully in his sleep' on 19 November, but it took her another 11 days to notify his family? Why did she survive both suicide attempts? Why did she bury Barry in the desert? She has told us that Barry was buried at the Walvis Bay Cemetery on 8 December, the police say he is still in the mortuary? Why did she burn the remaining money? Did she consider who would pick up the pieces and bury Barry?”
“These are all questions that are lingering in my mind and in my sister's mind. I do not have answers,” said Alan.
The South African citizen is accused of having raped, trafficked and assaulted three minor girls at his home in Swakopmund during 2012.
He is charged with a total of 19 counts including rape, human trafficking and assault, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act. His co-accused, Johanna Lukas (24), was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment by Judge President Petrus Damaseb in August 2015 on counts of human trafficking and rape.
Lukas sold the three minor girls to Pretorius on four occasions in 2012.
The 46-year old Pretorius was extradited to Namibia last week and appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court on Friday.
He allegedly fled to South Africa shortly after Lukas's arrest and was in hiding ever since. During his court appearance on Friday, Magistrate Conchita Olivier immediately transferred the matter to the High Court.
State prosecutor Faith Chipepera-Nyaungwa said the State was opposed to bail being granted to the accused on the grounds that it would not be in the best interest of the public.
She further argued that it is a serious case, the State has a strong case against the accused and that the accused poses a flight risk.
Olivier did not grant bail to the accused and further informed him of his right to apply for legal aid. Pretorius will make his first appearance in the High Court in Windhoek on 23 January 2018.
Lukas was convicted in June 2015 on five charges trafficking in persons, in contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, and five counts of rape.
Judge President Damaseb found that she had procured two underage girls in Swakopmund to be sexually exploited by Pretorius, in April, May and June 2012.
The two girls, who were 13 and 14 at the time, testified in court during Lukas's trial that Pretorius gave them money for having intercourse with them, and that they gave some of that money to Lukas.
Etunda is home to one of Namibia's most recognisable faces – Founding President Sam Nujoma.
Our mission here is simple: spend a day with Nujoma and get first-hand knowledge of how the man who led the long and bitter struggle to liberate Namibia keeps himself busy.
As we make our way along the well maintained sand road, it's not difficult to see why Nujoma chose this piece of land as his permanent dwelling; it truly is a haven for peace and tranquillity.
After a few wrong turns on the farm, we finally find our way to the main farmhouse, which also serves as his office while on the farm.
A few minutes later, my three colleagues and I are ushered into a room where we wait for Nujoma who is an adjacent room, engaged in a last-minute briefing of the day's programme with his executive assistants.
The waiting room is not the usual doctor-type waiting enclave; no outdated magazines placed on coffee tables, no water cooler or file cabinet.
Instead, we are seated on comfortable leather sofas with Nujoma's portraits depicting his heyday at the helm of the erstwhile People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) round up the mood of the room.
We sit in silence, with only a few pensive nods and small talk exchanged between ourselves and the security detail stationed in the room with us. Finally, the doors separating the waiting room and Nujoma's office swing open, and the Founding Father emerges clad in Safari-like overalls in anticipation of the day's activities.
As per popular African customs, we rise to our feet in recognition of the entrance of an elder into the room, as our minds race on whether we were doing it right.
Wearing his trademark smile, Nujoma greets us with a firm handshake, before motioning us to take our seats.
“Welcome to Etunda. Here we work hard and also relax when the time permits,” he quips.
Breaking the ice is relatively easy for now, as the obvious denominator of the conversation is the pleasantries of farm life. Introductions and a rundown of the anticipated programme for the day follow, to which Nujoma eagerly agrees to. He quickly reminds us that a tour around the farm is one of the activities planned for the day.
By now, we realise how important life on the farm has become for him, as Nujoma lets us know that there is no other place he'd prefer.
One of my colleagues makes an observation about the picture of Nujoma as PLAN commander, which triggers a recount of the activities surrounding the liberation struggle.
We exchange glances not knowing if we should ask our camera operator to set up her equipment pronto and record the conversation, or if we should remind Nujoma that the interview is only scheduled for after the greeting.
The tales are too good to pass on, so we embrace the moment to learn a thing or two about Namibia's struggle for liberation through stories that were never printed or published.
Soon, time for the interview arrives: the set is arranged, the excitement palpable and Nujoma is called to take his seat in front of the camera.
Lights, camera, action! The interview gets underway, and so does our appetite to learn more of the life of the man who, alongside others, sacrificed his entire youth for the liberation of Namibia. As we wind up the interview, there is no question that Nujoma had lost valuable years of his youth, but he had achieved an invaluable feat – to help liberate Namibia.
The next phase of our day was without a doubt Nujoma's favourite – a tour around the farm he calls home.
In fact, Etunda is the original birthplace of Nujoma. It is located in the heart of northern Namibia, a few kilometres outside Okahao in the former Ongandjera district.
As Nujoma narrated, he named the farm after his birthplace as it reminded him of his upbringing as a cattle herder. Embarking the 1980s Toyota Land Cruiser, fully converted into a sightseeing and camping vehicle, we knew it was going to be an information-rich ride – and Nujoma did not disappoint.
Our first stop is at a borehole where some cattle are kept. Here, workers are seen inspecting the animals and making sure the water trough is filled. We disembark after the Founding Father, who immediately gets into an inspection of the cattle.
The love for these animals is clearly visible on Nujoma's face as he describes how he plans to rear the cattle.
His methods are nothing fancy; no stud breeding and neither is it for show.
It is all about production in order to sustain his family and others dependent on his farming.
He admits it is a lot of hard work, but the pleasure he derives from farming far outweighs the difficulties that come with it.
“This is the life I have always wanted.
“The peace around here is what keeps me mentally young and will keep me going for more years to come,” Nujoma smiles, pointing to birds chirping in the background and the occasional sighting of some wild animals. After spending close to an hour orbiting the farm, we return to the main homestead, where Nujoma invited us for lunch.
Although we gladly accepted, we were worried about sharing a table with the man; what will we talk about? Can't we have a smaller table in a corner somewhere where we can be on our own?
Nujoma will, however, have it no other way. It was a buffet meal, and Nujoma kindly allows us as guests to serve ourselves first.
With our plates filled, he proceeds to dish up for himself. At this point, we were already seated, anxious of what to do next. I was assigned the seat immediately to his left, while my colleagues and Nujoma's assistant filled up the remaining chairs at the table. Nujoma tells us that the springbok meat we are about to enjoy, was shot for the pot the day before.
“We only consume what we have on the farm. This springbok was shot yesterday for meat right here on the farm.”
He shares how he walks 2 kilometres daily to keep healthy; a remarkable feat for a man of his age.
Not long after the meal, we get into the Land Cruiser again to visit projects on the farm.
The first stop is the clinic operated by two permanent nurses. It was handed over by Nujoma to the Ministry of Health and Social Services earlier this year. The clinic was built mainly to cater for nearby farmworkers who had been finding it difficult to access healthcare facilities.
Just a stone's throw away from the clinic is the construction site for a primary school. This too was financially supported by Nujoma through the Sam Nujoma Foundation.
Next was a visit to the Namibian icon's evergreen garden; clearly a source of pride. It houses mainly citrus trees.
More fruit trees and vegetables are set to be planted.
“I come here almost every day to take a breather. As you can see, all trees here were planted by myself as this area was only full of bush,” gestures Nujoma.
And so the time to depart drew nearer. Saying our goodbyes, Nujoma offers us treats for the road: biltong, fresh omaere (cultured milk) and other snacks from the shop at the Etunda fuel station.
As his protection detail whisks him away back to his farmhouse, we cannot help but admire the strength and agility of a man now in his late 80s.
My mind is now surely made up on what I want to be when I grow up: another Sam Nujoma ...of the journalism world.
CHARLES TJATINDI/ NAMPA
The CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, began trading bitcoin futures on Sunday, with the contract opening at what is currently its session high and dropping over 6% within the first half hour.
The CME bitcoin front-month futures opened at US$20 650 and have so far traded as low as US$19 290 and as high as US$20 650 in a session that extends into Monday.
The launch of bitcoin futures is viewed as a major step in the digital currency's path toward legitimacy that should ease the entry of big institutional investors.
"We saw a nice open on light volume, but pretty uneventful so far. I do think we could certainly pick up in volume as Asia begins to open. This is a brand-new asset class and I think perhaps a lot of investors want to sit back and see how this plays out before dipping their toes in this market," Spencer Bogart, partner at Blockchain Capital LLC, said shortly after trading began on Sunday.
Volume on CME was recently at 287 contracts. On its debut last Sunday, the Cboe traded nearly 4 000 contracts during the full session.
Bitcoin was set up in 2008 by an individual or group calling itself Satoshi Nakamoto, and was the first digital currency to successfully use cryptography to keep transactions secure and hidden, making traditional financial regulation difficult if not impossible.
Some investors believe the CME bitcoin futures could attract more institutional demand because the final settlement price is culled from multiple exchanges.
The Cboe futures contract is based on a closing auction price of bitcoin from the Gemini exchange, which is owned and operated by virtual currency entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.
The general sentiment in the market remains one of caution and that has been reflected in margin requirements for the contracts.
In the futures market, margin refers to the initial deposit made into an account in order to enter into a contract.
The margin requirement at CME is 35 percent, while at Cboe, it is 40%, reflecting bitcoin's volatility. The margin for an S&P 500 futures contract, by contrast, is just 5%, analysts said.
One futures trader said the average margin for brokers or intermediaries on bitcoin contracts was roughly twice the exchange margins.
The five lions attacked and killed two cattle belonging to Andreas Ndakukamo at his Omutambowomawe farm in the Otamanzi constituency on Sunday morning.
Ndakukamo told Namibian Sun the lions were roaming the area on Saturday before carrying out the attacks in the early morning of hours of Sunday.
“On Sunday, I called minister Pohamba Shifeta to inform him about what happened at the farm. He told me that he would send regional officials to the farm, but as we speak, nobody from the ministry came to the farm or attempted to call me,” he said. The farmer said he would continue waiting for environmental officials because he did not want to take the law into his own hands. Ndakukamo has lost 18 head of cattle this year. In April this year, he shot and killed three lions after attacking 16 of his cattle. A fuming Ndakukamo yesterday said he was not going to accept the low compensation from government. He demanded to be compensated fairly.
“I am not going to accept N$1 500, unless they buy me 18 cattle instead of the money. Cattle are expensive and hard to look after. Where am I going to get cattle with such money?” Ndakukamo said. Stray lions have been causing havoc in the Ongandjera grazing area this year. In May, well-known businessman David Kambwa Sheehama also shot three lions after they attacked livestock at his cattle post, which is 12km from Etosha.
A lioness with four cubs was also reported on private farmland near the Otjivalunda salt pans.
These were the sentiments of the chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams, when she briefed members during the opening of an urgent NC session yesterday to review the Urban and Regional Planning Bill of 2017, as well as the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill of 2017 and the Education Amendment Bill of 2017.
Mensah-Williams put specific emphasis on the proposed penalties for human trafficking and urged parliamentarians to be mindful of the importance of the bill that must urgently be passed to protect the people of the country and those innocent people who end up here through trafficking.
According to her, victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation because they are controlled by threats of punishment, violence, coercion and deception.
She said the parliament had an important role to play in ending this shameful practice through passing laws such as the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill of 2017.
“The bill has some flaws but we have the responsibility to ensure we amend the bill. I believe that the proposed sentences in the current bill are too lenient. I also think that that there should not be an option of a fine upon the conviction of a human trafficker. When you steal one goat you go to prison. Why should traffickers who torture and brutalise people be penalised or fined?” she asked.
According to her, the bill will serve as a tool to effectively prosecute criminals who profit from exploiting others.
“Furthermore, when this bill comes into force, it will serve as a deterrent to perpetrators and make citizens more alert to the problem,” said Mensah-Williams.
She further stated that Namibia had an obligation to address the evil of human trafficking under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime.
“We need to end this despicable industry and protect especially the most vulnerable in society. I urge all members to create awareness of the dangers of human trafficking in their constituencies. Furthermore, the National Council will, early next year, embark upon creating public awareness on the issue through its programmes,” she said.
The session was then adjourned to today.
The number of Angolans visiting Namibia dropped by nearly 11%, from 447 038 in 2015 to 398 939 last year. Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 5% decline. Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta expressed concern over the drop in the numbers when he released the Tourism Statistical Report for 2016 last week.
“Angolan visitors have dropped due to the declining buying power caused by the economic crisis and the drop in oil prices.”
After a continued drop in oil prices in recent years, the price of crude oil dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade at the beginning of this year and pushed oil-exporting Angola's currency to record lows. This plunged the economy of Africa's second largest crude producer into a crisis. Despite the country's oil and diamond resources, Angola suffers endemic poverty, with more than a third of the population of around 24 million living below the poverty line.
“They depended on the oil income, which went down. You will now find fewer Angolans coming here to spend. Now you can see that there is a problem and even day-visitors are declining,” said Shifeta.
He said large numbers of Angolan day-visitors used to do shopping at the towns of Oshikango and Katwitwi, but the local economies of these border towns have collapsed.
Shifeta said those Angolans still visiting Namibia are not spending as much as they used to.
In 2015 already, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) had expressed concern that the plunging global oil price would lead to Angolans curbing their massive shopping sprees in Namibia, which had long been the lifeblood of the northern regions.
“Low oil prices are not only good news. Depending on how long they will prevail, they can have a negative impact on oil exploration activities in the country in the medium to long term.
“In addition, demand from Angolans living in Namibia or coming for shopping could decline once the lower oil prices impact on salary levels, economic activities in Angola, and the value of their currency,” the IPPR said. Bonnie Mbdizo of the Namibian Tourism Board added that South Africa had recently lifted its visa restrictions for Angolans.
He said Namibia must ensure that it does not become a transit destination for Angolans on their way to South Africa.
“We need to move our destination further, our competitors are doing well. We have to diversify our markets and address the issue of seasonality.”
Furthermore, statistics show that there was a 1% increase in arrivals from African tourist markets from 2015 to 2016. That poor result is attributed to the 11% drop in the Angolan market. Occupancy statistics indicate that Angolans accounted for only 1.6% of the business done by Namibian accommodation establishments last year. Namibians occupied 33% of accommodation establishments. There was a 35% increase in German visitors to Namibia since 2015 and Germany showed dominance in the overseas market, while the UK and USA took second and third place. The number of tourists from Europe grew by 26% while North American visitors grew by 10% in 2016. There was also an increase of 8% in the number of tourist arrivals from China.
Every elder also received a gift consisting of rice, chicken and soup while the Lüderitz Old Age Home also benefited from the gifts.
The event was meant to celebrate Christmas with Lüderitz's senior citizens and we are delighted that every senior citizen came out to enjoy the day.
The event was graced by the mayor of Lüderitz, Hilaria Mukapuli, who thanked Ekandjo for such a historic get-together. The event was also attended by various religious leaders and the Lüderitz political leadership. Amongst the many speakers were Tim Ekandjo's kindergarten teacher, Ousie Frieda, as well as Mrs Sibeni, who taught Ekandjo English at Diaz Primary School.
“This was such a beautiful event, and we want to thank the almighty God for blessing this child with such a good heart, for spoiling us like this and for making us feel so special,” said one elder.
Ekandjo, who was accompanied by his wife, Ingah Ekandjo, thoroughly enjoyed the event and could be seen serving the elders.
On Sunday morning, Ekandjo donated N$15 000 to the Lutheran Church towards the completion of the new church courtesy of the Ekandjo family.
Barely two months ago, Ekandjo also spoiled the senior citizens of Okombahe with a similar party.
Kauta said one of the issues clubs complained about was double header matches. He explained that eight teams from Windhoek make up 50% which are based in Windhoek.
“Then we have two teams in Walvis Bay, two in Otjiwarongo and one each in Gobabis, Rundu, Tsumeb and Oshakati.
“At the end of the day single headers will be beneficial to Windhoek-based clubs but not the rest of the clubs like the one based in Rundu. The players have to travel eight times. Transport and accommodation costs as a result become an issue,” Kauta explained.
Kauta also touched on the renewed relationship with the Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) which will help them with player grievances.
“They have written to us to become full members and not associate members,” he said.
In addition he also mentioned that they have reached out to sponsors as they are not happy with branding at some of the stadiums where matches are played.
“The field in Gobabis is not properly branded with MTC and FNB's logos. We will speak to the sponsors about it,” he said. He also said he saw terrible as well as good matches being played. “The standard of play from some clubs is not up to par.
“This might be due to the fact that players had many matches and were suffering from fatigue. We also experienced poor attendance from spectators.”
When asked about the standard of refereeing he said the league pays a lot of money to referees but is not in charge of training them.
“We have to find out how other leagues address these issues but also to take it up with them,” he said.
He also mentioned that most coaches in the NPL sit with coaching licences, but Young African club owner and head coach Maleagi 'Mali' Ngarizemo was asked to step down as coach as he did not have the necessary qualifications.
“He is also an exco member but we cannot ask him to step down from that. I am not aware of other coaches who might not have licences.”
NFA rule stipulates that a coach needs to have a B-licence and the assistant a C-licence in order to coach a team in the NPL. The second leg of the league will kick off on 20 February.
This competition will see some of the top beach volleyball athletes taking part, including Carmen Kühn, who was Queen of the Beach 2017, and Daniel Pfeiffer, King of the Beach 2017 as well as the Timeout Beach Series 2017 Overall points leader.
Social and corporate teams will also join to have fun at the end of at the year and to enjoy the festive spirit.
“We are very excited to welcome back Bank Windhoek as tournament sponsor after sponsoring the Beach Bash Volleyball event last year. We are very thankful for their support and are looking forward to working with them again for this event,” said James Verrinder from Timeout Beach Volleyball Academy.
He said the volleyball tournament was part of the Windhoek Draught Beach Bash.
“It's a place where the waves of sound and the ocean meet. A sensation felt so deep, it brings out the bass in you and turns the beach into a magical dream of pure fantasy.
“Some say it's the Vegas of Long Beach, others say it's new-found life on earth. All we know is, it's the Windhoek Draught Beach Bash Volume 5,” added Verrinder.
The Timeout Beach Series has a total of seven events in 2017 and athletes collect points throughout the series to give an overall standing for the men's, women's and youth categories. Accounting for the fact that some athletes are not able to attend all seven events, the five best results from each athlete will give the final overall standings.
These will be released after the Bank Windhoek Beach Bash Volleyball has concluded. Games will start at 08:00 and the finals will be around 16:00.
In recent weeks, several Angolan media outfits have accused dos Santos of ordering suspect transfers and payments worth tens of millions of dollars.
Appointed head of Sonangol by her father Jose Eduardo dos Santos in 2016, dos Santos was replaced last month by Angola's new president Joao Lourenco.
Isabel has flatly denied any misconduct.
“We have established an internal commission of inquiry to investigate the information published,” Sonangol spokesman Mateus Benza said on Tuesday.
“We are verifying possible misappropriation, but I can't yet confirm anything.”
According to the Novo Jornal and the Jornal Economico, the new leadership at Sonangol had identified a suspect transfer of 57 million euros (US$67 million) to Dubai.
Investigators are also probing a monthly payment that began when Isabel became the head of the state oil giant of 10 million euros to a Portuguese company in which she was the principal investor.
It was reported that the new head of Sonangol has written to his predecessor to demand explanations as well as alerting law enforcement agencies.
Prosecutors in the capital Luanda told AFP on Tuesday evening that they had not received a formal complaint.
Dos Santos has hit back alleging a “campaign of defamation”.
“This is fake news... doesn't deserve any credibility since their only goal is to cast doubt on the integrity of Isabel dos Santos,” she said in a tweet.
Dos Santos is reported by Forbes to be the richest woman in Africa and became a symbol of nepotism under the protection of her father.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos stepped down as president following elections in August after 38 years in power defined by the transfer of wealth to those close to the regime.
His successor has promised to fight against corruption and recently dismissed several leaders of state-run companies who were seen as close to the former president.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN reacted angrily to the move, tweeting: “Today there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names,” in rhetoric reminiscent of her boss's threatening style.
Turkey and Yemen requested the urgent meeting of the 193-nation assembly on behalf of the Arab group of countries and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The two countries circulated a draft resolution on Tuesday that mirrors the vetoed measure, reaffirming that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded.
Egypt had put forward the draft at the council which was backed by all 14 other Security Council members in the vote on Monday.
Like the Egyptian draft, the text before the assembly does not mention Trump's decision but expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”
Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour said he expected “overwhelming support” for the measure stating that Jerusalem is an issue “to be resolved through negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians.
“The General Assembly will say, without the fear of the veto, that the international community is refusing to accept the unilateral position of the United States,” Mansour told reporters.
No country has veto powers in the 193-nation assembly, contrary to the council where the United States, along with Britain, China, France and Russia, can block any resolution.
Trump's December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem broke with international consensus, triggering protests across the Muslim world and drawing strong condemnation.
Key US allies Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were among the 14 countries in the 15-member council that voted in favour of the measure.
US Ambassador Haley described that 14-1 vote “an insult” and warned “it won't be forgotten.”
She went further on Monday, warning: “At the UN we're always asked to do more and give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people about where to locate our embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us.
“Today there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
After the clash at the top UN body, the White House announced that US Vice President Mike Pence was delaying a trip to the Middle East planned for this week.
Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.
Several UN resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from territory seized during the 1967 war.
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Vincent Kanyetu omolwa omalundilo guulingilingi.
“Opolotika kayi shi kombinga yelongo noondunge ihe okombinga yelelo.”
Okwa popi kutya nonando okwa kala oshilyo shongundu uule woomvula 28, monena okwa topoka nongundu ndjoka, naanona ye oshowo ookume ke otayi nayo, na otaka konga egumbo lyopapolotika omolwa omahogololo ngoka geli ko mo 2019.
Venaani nenge Amushanga gwoPDM Immanuel Ngaringombe inaya vula okumonika.