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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Shape up or ship out – GeingobShape up or ship out – GeingobUrges civil servants to respect citizens President Hage Geingob has read the riot act in his New Year's message saying 2018 will be the year of reckoning but also, of service to the people. No lax behaviour will be tolerated from government workers in the New Year said President Hage Geingob during his New Year's address.

    The president and his wife, Madame Monica Geingos, wished the Namibian nation a happy and prosperous 2018.

    “We give thanks to our Lord and Saviour for having granted us grace to usher in the New Year. It is a time for celebration and a time for hopes and dreams. The New Year brings with it the promise of new beginnings and fresh opportunities.”

    Meanwhile, the president said he is disturbed by reports of correspondence which remains unacknowledged and unanswered from government ministries, local authorities and parastatals.

    Reiterating his call that 2018 will be the year of reckoning, Geingob said this will be the year for stocktaking and to hold people accountable for both achievements and shortcomings.

    “Let us ensure none of us are found wanting in 2018. All government offices, ministries and agencies should strive to include turnaround times and take measures to ensure that service delivery in general is improved. Let us show respect to our fellow Namibians by providing services in a courteous and helpful manner, as envisaged by the Public Service Charter.

    “We are not doing our people a favour by working in the public space, we are occupying positions of trust and we must act accordingly,” Geingob emphasised.

    He further called on Namibians to keep the faith despite indications that the economic headwinds will persist into the New Year.

    “Government has taken serious cost-saving measures to ensure we live within our fiscal means.

    “The short-term pain of these measures will be cushioned by the long-term benefits that will accrue when the economy inevitably recovers,” he said.

    He promised that the government will continue its efforts to improve service delivery to the people, especially for those in the rural areas.

    The president also vowed that his administration will step up its efforts to find workable solutions to the long-standing issue of land accessibility and affordability.

    “Our objective is to make land available and connect more Namibians to basic services like water, sanitation and electricity.

    “We will continue our road construction and maintenance programme as a national priority, to ensure that all parts of Namibia are connected and accessible.

    “We also aim to pursue other infrastructure development projects including airports, ports and rail developments and upgrades, but this must take place in a transparent and accountable manner,” he said.


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  • 01/01/18--14:00: Ehenye floods again
  • Ehenye floods againEhenye floods againTrashed Homeowners at the Mass Housing Ehenye township have had it with what they describe as the bad planning and ignorance of the Oskahati Town Council. Good rains have fallen in the northern parts of the country and while this has been welcomed, the residents of the Ehenye township at Oshakati, are fed up with annual flooding.

    The development, constructed through the government's Mass Housing scheme, has been plagued with floods every time good rainfall is received. During last season, many residents were stranded on the 'mini islands' inside their homes, with their erven flooded.

    Namibian Sun visited Ehenye and found flooded yards with many residents not able to move in and out of their homes. The bone of contention is the fact that the houses are constructed on higher ground creating mini islands when the rain falls and causing the structures to be surrounded by floodwater.

    This situation has forced many homeowners to purchase sand from private companies in order for them to manoeuvre in and out of their properties.

    They say this is a costly exercise as they are expected to fork out huge amounts of money to buy sand when the rains come, something which should have been considered during the construction phase.

    The residents that spoke to Namibian Sun blamed the governwment through the Oshakati Town Council for not fulfilling all its obligations when it handed the houses over to them.

    They argue that during the course of last year after the rainy season, they expected council to do something and address the issue which they blame on ignorance and a lack of town planning.

    “When council saw last year we had a problem with water they could have done something during the winter but now they have left us with the same situation and mind you, the rainy season is still ahead,” one of the homeowners argued.

    “We are now in January and you know this is one of the difficult months when it comes to finances as we have a lot of expenses such as ensuring our children have all their materials for school. Now we are forced to use our savings to buy sand which is not good,” she further argued.

    The homeowners pointed out that as much as they wanted a house to live in and raise their family, some challenges such as the flooding of houses is creating an unnecessary burden.

    They called on the town council to take action.

    Pools of water have also been observed around the town of Oshakati in the various informal settlements; some houses at Ekuku township have been affected as well as the pools of water at the recently serviced erven at the various Ehenye extensions where houses are yet to be constructed.

    When contacted for comment, Oshakati mayor Angelus Iyambo said they are aware of the situation.

    He pointed out that the homeowners should meet council halfway in terms of addressing the water issue, calling on those who can afford to buy sand to do it.

    Iyambo further said that the economic situation in the country is not good and thus, council cannot assist everyone, only those who are in dire need.

    “We are aware of the situation and like last year we helped some people who really had no other alternative and we will continue doing so. If the situation is severe, we will step in. We must learn how to work together,” Iyambo said.

    Regarding a long lasting solution to the flooding issue, Iyambo said the availability of funds plays a role and currently, funds are limited.

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  • 01/01/18--14:00: Trashed
  • TrashedTrashed Thousands of revellers spent New Year's Eve at the beach between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and once again left a mountain of trash behind which needed to be picked up.

    Independence beach, on the outskirts of Kuisebmond, where hundreds converged to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, appeared to be one of the worst affected areas.

    It looked like a tsunami had hit the area after the revellers had departed.

    Liquor bottles, plastic, papers and other litter was dumped and strewn as far as the eye could see while a skip stationed in the area was filled to the brim with rubbish.

    Vandals also destroyed a table and a lamp post in the picnic area while some of the merrymakers left smouldering fires behind.

    Ericson Kangula, employed by a local company contracted by the municipality to clean up the beach, said he and two other female colleagues were tasked to tidy up the area throughout the course of the day.

    “My colleagues are cleaning the toilets and will join me to help clear the rubbish from the beach and the picnic area as soon as they're done. Holidaymakers simply ignored pleas to look after the environment. They are not using the rubbish bins or refuse bags. It's a bit quiet now but people will come back later on.”

    The municipality earlier reminded holiday makers that no overnight camping on the seashore is allowed. Bonfires or barbeques are also not permitted unless suitable, removable containers are used.

    The municipality also requested holidaymakers to remove ash or coals and stated that the dumping of anything that affects the cleanliness of the beach is prohibited and carries a fine of N$1 000 or a sentence of three months' imprisonment. Efforts to determine if any fines were issued by the municipality for dumping this festive season proved futile.

    During the holiday period, coastal residents have repeatedly taken to social media to complain about the trash left behind by holidaymakers. Clean-ups have been ongoing, many driven by the private sector including the Spar Namibia Group and others.

    Erongo regional police commissioner Erastus Iikuyu however confirmed that there were no serious crime-related incidents reported in the region. egion.


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  • 01/01/18--14:00: Deadly New Year crashes
  • Deadly New Year crashesDeadly New Year crashes An elderly South African couple died and a 14-year-old girl sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision on Sunday morning on the Gaub Pass between Walvis Bay and Solitaire.

    According to the police's spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, one of the vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser, carried four French nationals driven by a Namibian driver while the other vehicle, a Jeep, was driven by the victims.

    “It is alleged that the driver of the Jeep overtook at a blind spot on a hill, resulting in the head-on collision,” she said.

    She added that all French tourists were injured and transported to the Welwitschia Hospital at Walvis Bay.

    Their next of kin are not yet informed and investigations continue.

    Meanwhile, two men died in the crash which involved Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Thursday afternoon en route to Tsumeb from Oshivelo.

    The minister is still admitted in the Medi-Clinic Private Hospital.

    Another motor vehicle accident took place at the Dordabis turn-off on Friday afternoon. According to pictures on social media one vehicle landed on its side while another came to a standstill in the bushes next to the road.

    The police could however not provide any information regarding this accident.

    In a separate incident a 35-year-old Okahandja man identified as Raul Roberto Daniels, died in the local hospital after he rammed into a decelerating train at the town last week.

    The incident was confirmed by Otjozondjupa police spokesperson Maureen Mbeha.

    According to Mbeha, the driver of the train and his passengers did not sustain any injuries.

    “It is alleged that the deceased failed to stop at the railway crossing stop sign,” she said.

    According to her the train travelled from Windhoek.

    A case of culpable homicide is being investigated.

    Meanwhile, at Usakos a 21-year-old man sustained serious leg injuries after he was run over by a train.

    The victim reportedly sat on the railway line and was run over by a train travelling from Walvis Bay to Windhoek.

    The victim was taken to Usakos State Hospital and subsequently transferred to Katutura State Hospital for further treatment. Investigations continue.

    In a separate incident a well-known 58-year-old Omaruru businessman Heiner Dörgeloh drowned south of Walvis Bay at the Pelican point when the car he was travelling in landed in the sea.

    The Erongo Region's crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the incident which took place on Saturday.

    According to Iikuyu, the vehicle the deceased was travelling in, an orange Land Cruiser, went down an embankment and into the sea where it was swept away.

    Dörgeloh, however, as a result of his disability, could not escape from the vehicle and eventually drowned in it.

    “The vehicle is still under water,” said Iikuyu.

    The deceased's body was recovered and was taken to the Walvis Bay police mortuary for a post-mortem. The vehicle has not been recovered yet. Police investigations into the matter continue.

    In a separate incident, a 42-year-old disabled man identified as Mario Donwell Rigardo Feris burnt to death in the house he was staying in at Rehoboth on Sunday morning.

    Hardap regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Eric Clay confirmed the accident.

    According to him, the owner of the house left her three children aged three, seven and nine with the deceased to have coffee at her sister's house nearby.

    “After half an hour she was called by a passer-by that her house is on fire. The fire started at the room where the disabled man was sleeping. Attempts to bring the fire under control were futile.”

    -Additional reporting by Des Erasmus and Jessica Botes

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    Lifeline for Steinhoff subsidiaryLifeline for Steinhoff subsidiary Mattress Firm, a US subsidiary of Steinhoff, has secured a new NS920 million credit line from Barclays Bank, which may increase to N$2.7 billion.

    The announcement comes amid earlier warnings by Steinhoff that the credit facilities of its 40-odd subsidiaries are increasingly “being suspended or withdrawn by lenders” in the wake of the abrupt resignation of its CEO Markus Jooste, a share price collapse and an independent investigation into its books.

    In a media statement, Mattress Firm said the new credit facility shows the group is on a sound footing. It said it would be used for working capital needs and other general corporate purposes.

    “The company intends to upsize the facility via an incremental availability feature to a total aggregate principal amount of up to US$225 million,” it said.

    “This new credit facility provides independent liquidity and capital to support our strategy, and demonstrates the strength of our business, the value of our assets and the quality of our brands,” stated Ken Murphy, Mattress Firm’s president and CEO.

    Steinhoff acquired Mattress Firm for US$3.8 billion in September 2016, in its largest foray into the US market. The mattress and bedding retailer has 3 300 stores in 49 US states.

    The Stellenbosch-headquartered furniture and household goods conglomerate's share price has fallen by some 90% since December 5, erasing about N$180 billion in market capitalisation.

    At a share price of N$4.63 at 11:58 on Friday, the company' market cap is currently below R20 billion.

    Since its share price entered a downward spiral, Steinhoff has been attempting to reassure lenders that its subsidiaries' businesses are fundamentally sound.

    About 40 brands in 30 countries fall under the larger Steinhoff umbrella, including Ackermans, Pep and Tekkie Town in South Africa, pan-European home furnishings company Conforama, and German furniture group Poco.


    The CEO of Retirement Fund Solutions, Tilman Friedrich, said the losses were severe when taken on a case-by-case basis per fund.

    “In the case of Steinhoff it seems the maximum exposure to this share of any investment manager was 1.5%, a relatively small exposure that most members can still absorb. When you convert such low exposures to an amount, in most instances it still represents a significant loss,” he said.

    “The one consolation for pension fund managers should be the fact that prudential investment guidelines place very restrictive caps on the maximum exposure to a single investment,” Friedrich said.

    According to him, asset managers invested money in various companies to lower the risk of being exposed to one single company in the event of severe losses.

    “Typically pension funds spread their investment across anything between 30 and 100 companies and those are typically large companies,” he said.

    With regard to physical property such as shopping malls and industrial complexes, in which pension fund money is also typically invested through companies like Oryx which owns and operates Maerua Mall, strict limitations are also imposed to manage the risk of an investment going bad.

    “No pension fund may invest more than 5% of its capital in a single property. It may invest a maximum of 10% of its capital in a company which has a market capitalisation of at least N$5 billion or a maximum of 5% if the market capitalisation is less than N$5 billion,” Friedrich explained.

    It is speculated that most pension funds would have had some exposure to Steinhoff since it was in the Top 40 index on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).


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  • 01/01/18--14:00: November PSCE slows
  • November PSCE slows November PSCE slows Credit extended decreases by 0.5 percentage points Loans to consumers and businesses slowed in November according to the latest money and banking report. The demand for loans from consumers was also low The growth in private sector credit extended slowed somewhat at the end of November according to the latest money and banking report released by the Bank of Namibia.

    The annual growth in total private sector credit extended came in at just under 5%.

    “Growth in private sector credit extension (PSCE) slowed at the end of November 2017. The annual growth in total PSCE edged lower to 4.7% at the end of November 2017, decreasing by 0.5 percentage points when compared to the previous month,” the Bank of Namibia said.

    On the commercial banking front, the overall liquidity of the commercial banks also increased under the month in observation the Bank of Namibia said.

    According to the central bank, the commercial lenders saw their liquidity increase by N$388.5 million on a monthly basis to close the month off at N$3.2 billion.

    There was a slight contraction in the value of loans to businesses the report showed.

    “Growth in total credit extended to businesses continued its downward trend at the end of November 2017. The annual growth in total credit extended to businesses slowed to 1.3% at the end of November 2017 from a growth of 2.2% at the end of October 2017,” the Bank of Namibia said.

    The slower growth in credit extended to businesses was mainly reflected in the contracted growths of both instalment credit and other loans and advances during the period under review, according to the central bank.

    “The categories instalment credit and other loans and advances contracted further by 0.4 percentage point to 7.2% and 1.2% at the end of the month under growth in total credit extended to individuals slowed at the end of November 2017,” the Bank of Namibia said.

    Loans to consumers also slowed somewhat. Comparatively however, the slow-down was remarkable on the consumer front as opposed to businesses the Bank of Namibia said.

    “The annual growth in credit extended to individuals slowed to 7% at the end of November 2017 from a growth of 7.4% at the end of October 2017. The sluggish growth is evident in all credit categories, most notably in instalment sales which recorded a contracted growth of 2.6% at the end of the review period.”

    Namibia’s stock of international reserves declined somewhat from the higher level observed in October when it was just over N$30 billion the bank noted.

    “The level of international reserves stood at N$28.5 billion at the end of November 2017 from a higher level of N$31.6 billion at the end of October 2017. The decrease in the level of reserves was mainly due to exchange rate fluctuations and net commercial banks purchases of foreign currency during the review period,” the bank said.


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  • 01/01/18--14:00: SA trade surplus soars
  • SA trade surplus soarsSA trade surplus soars South Africa's trade surplus soared to R13 billion rand in November, its highest in a one-and-a-half years as exports of mineral and chemical products as well as commodities and vehicles grew briskly while imports were subdued.

    It was a big jump in the surplus from R4.34 billion in October, according to revenue service data on Thursday, and well above market expectations of a modest R1.3 billion surplus in November - the 10th consecutive month in the black.

    Exports in November expanded by 11.5%, with sales of precious stones and minerals up 21%, base metals rising 19% and vehicles and transportation equipment exports climbing 16 percent. Imports in the month grew by 3.3%.

    A rebound in global prices of commodities such as gold and platinum, driven by greater demand from China as well as the euro zone, coupled with a volatile currency in the last quarter of the year, have supported exports.

    On a cumulative basis, the trade balance between January and November was at a R64.7 billion surplus, compared with a R11.22 billion shortfall over the same period in 2016.

    The Reserve Bank said in November the positive trade account was supportive of the rand and, along with the narrowing current account deficit, would help the economy withstand some of the effects of a recent credit downgrade to sub-investment.


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    Namibgrens robbers set fire to farmhouseNamibgrens robbers set fire to farmhouse
    The home of the owner of the well-known Namibgrens Guest Farm near the Gamsberg Pass west of Windhoek went up in flames at around 02:30 on New Year's Day.
    According to the Namibgrens manager, Annamarie Strydom, the farmhouse of John Rabie burned down while he and his family were on holiday at Cape Cross.
    "The house burned down so quickly. Everything is destroyed and we could not save anything," Strydom said.
    The facility was fully booked, but all the guests were safe and no one was injured during the incident.
    It is reported that the arsonists possibly started the fire at Rabie's house to divert attention while trying to break into Strydom's house.
    "As we went to see how the house burned, they came through the bathroom window at my house. They stole cash of about N$17 000. They left everything else, even the mobile phones that were lying around were not stolen," Strydom said.
    "To cause such damage for this amount of money is terrible. This is the first time something like this happened on Namibgrens. Our year ended badly."
    She said the Nauchas police and environmental reservists were very helpful and arrested four suspects who are reportedly from the area.

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  • 01/02/18--02:15: Nandi-Ndaitwah out of ICU
  • Nandi-Ndaitwah out of ICUNandi-Ndaitwah out of ICU
    Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has been moved out of the intensive care unit and is now recuperating in a general ward at the Medi-Clinic Private Hospital.
    Her husband, ever vigilant by her side, Lieutenant General Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah, this morning told Namibian Sun that his wife’s recovery can be measured at the fact that she took a “generous” walk in the hospital corridors this morning.
    The Deputy Prime Minister was involved in a serious head-on collision last week after her official vehicle collided head-on with a private vehicle on the Tsumeb-Oshivelo road.
    According to the police there were three cars in her motorcade.
    She was then admitted at the Tsumeb State Hospital but soon airlifted to Medi-Clinic where she was admitted in the ICU.
    According to General Ndaitwah, the driver who remained behind at the Tsumeb State Hospital has since been discharged and is recuperating at home with his family.

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    Theron brothers win Vasbyt in styleTheron brothers win Vasbyt in styleVasbyt 4×4 showdown a success The 31st edition of the Weskus 4x4 Vasbyt saw a record 26 entries, including five South African teams, with the Theron brothers dominating the event at the coast once again. Brothers Nico and Herman Theron managed to complete all the stages successfully. They scored a maximum 600 points from the ten demanding stages which included six sand pits, two dune climbing, a tyre pit and mud pit stages and won the 2017 edition of the annually contested motorsport event hosted by Namib Desert 4x4 Vasbyt Club.

    It was the second time that the driver and co-driver team, who have been partnering since 2011, won the overall competition and also clinched the C Class.

    Floris Steenkamp Senior and his daughter, Hele, finished second overall on 570 points and also won the A Class. Hanjo and Christy Horn shared the overall third position as well as the second position in the C Class with Martin and Jana Theron after both teams finished with 560 points.

    Nicholas Harris and Izak Maritz emerged as winners of the Extreme class which accommodated the South African contenders.

    They collected 570 points from the ten obstacles and were not in contention for the overall standings due to it being a Namibian championship.

    Izak and his wife Annelie had previously won the event four times in a row with their crowd favourite 'Goofy', a 2.0-litre Cilica pipe car.

    The wind stayed away and the weather played along at the event, which was well attended by thousands of visitors, who cheered on the drivers and their vehicles.

    Six teams competed in the A class for short-wheel-base vehicles, seven teams in the B class for long-wheel-base vehicles and eight teams in the C class for modified vehicles.

    Five South African teams were in action in the Extreme Class. It was no easy task for the drivers who had to work their way across ten very difficult and demanding obstacles while keeping their vehicles upright and within the boundaries of the tracks to build up points. The sand pit stages saw one team taking a tumble with their vehicle.

    The event concluded with the mud run, which is a fun event contested by spectators at the end of the stages.

    Namib Desert 4x4 Club chairman Theuns van Zyl commended the South African competitors for driving all the way to Namibia to participate.

    He also thanked motorsport fans for attending the event and the marshals as well as the participating drivers for providing much fun to the spectators.

    The winners:

    A Class: 1st Floris Steenkamp and Hele Steenkamp (570).

    Second: Jaco Louw and Matt Paulsen (420).

    Third: Nico Oberholzer (Jnr) and Nico Oberholzer (Snr) (380).

    B Class: 1st Morne Oosthuysen and Niels Hartner (540).

    Second: Theuns van Zyl and Deon Louw (530).

    Third: Chris Bruyns and Frank Scholtz (440).

    C Class: 1st Nico Theron (Jnr) and Herman Theron (Jnr) (600).

    Second: Hanjo Horn and Kirstie Horn (560). As well as Martin Theron and Jan Theron (560).

    Third: Dolf Bothma and Rico Bothma (520).

    Overall: 1st Nico Theron Junior and Herman Theron Junior (600).

    Second: Floris Steenkamp and Hele Steenkamp (570).

    Third: Hanjo Horn and Kirstie Horn (560) as well as Martin Thereon and Jana Theron (560).

    Extreme Class: 1st Nicholas Harris and Izak Maritz (570).

    Second: Izak Maritz and Annelie Martiz (480).

    Third: Ludwig Schaffner and Nicolaas Marris (470).


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    Fitness scare for Muguruza as Brisbane proves too hotFitness scare for Muguruza as Brisbane proves too hot World number two Garbine Muguruza suffered a fitness scare ahead of this month's Australian Open when she was forced to retire from the Brisbane International on Tuesday with severe cramping.

    Wimbledon champion Muguruza was ahead 2-1 in the deciding set against Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic in the second round of the warm-up tournament for the season's first Grand Slam event when she collapsed to the ground following a serve.

    The Spanish top seed was unable to continue and handed the match to Krunic 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 2-1.

    “I felt in trouble in the second set when I was 2-0 up,” Muguruza said.

    “I started to feel my calves were cramping.” Muguruza had won a tight first set and appeared heading for a straight sets win over Krunic when she opened up a 5-2 lead in the second.

    However, she began to struggle in the 30 Celsius heat and oppressive humidity as Krunic fought back to win the second set on a tiebreak. Muguruza received treatment from the physio on court before the start of the decider and broke Krunic only to collapse while serving to consolidate the service break.

    “I continued to think that with the match they might go away, and then they were increasing, increasing. And then I had a lot of my body cramping,” Muguruza said.

    The loss ends any hope Muguruza had of leapfrogging Simona Halep and becoming world number one before the seedings are decided for the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.

    But Muguruza was not too downhearted by having to withdraw.

    “I'm pleased because we were playing very good points and, you know, good rallies,” she said.

    “I felt it was a good level, a good match, but I wanted to finish to see, to evaluate how the match was, but I'm happy with the way I was playing.” Krunic will now play either Sorana Cirstea or Anastasija Sevastova in the quarter-finals. Last year's runner-up Alize Cornet eased into the final eight with straight sets win over Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

    Cornet, who won her first round match when fourth seed Caroline Garcia retired injured, was too consistent for Lucic-Baroni, winning 6-1, 7-5. In the men's draw, 21-year-old South Korean Chung Hyeon stunned fifth seed Gilles Muller from Luxembourg 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) while US qualifier Michael Mmoh upset Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4.


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    Jesus has knee ligament damageJesus has knee ligament damage Manchester City's Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus suffered knee ligament damage in Sunday's 0-0 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace, the Premier League leaders said on Monday.

    City said on their website that Jesus had “suffered a medial collateral ligament injury” and will have further examinations this week to establish the extent of his lay-off. City manager Pep Guardiola said immediately after the match that Jesus would “be out for a little bit more than one month.” The 20-year-old forward left the Selhurst Park pitch in tears after landing awkwardly during the first half and had to be consoled by his club's medical staff.

    “Today I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial collateral ligament injury,” Jesus wrote on Instagram on Monday.

    “Thank God it is not very bad and I won't have to go through any surgery procedure. Promise to be back as soon as possible.”

    City was 12 points clear at the top of the table prior to facing mid-table Watford at home last night.


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    Tough choice to decide African Footballer of the YearTough choice to decide African Footballer of the YearAfrica to crown best player Africa will crown its best soccer player on Thursday but the electors have a tough choice in deciding between the three candidates for the 2017 African Footballer of the Year award. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon goes up against Liverpool's Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah with none of the final three candidates having a defining achievement over the last 12 months to set them apart.

    The winner will be announced at the annual Confederation of African Football awards being hosted in Accra, Ghana.

    Aubameyang, who was the African Footballer of the Year in 2015 and runner-up in the last poll to Riyad Mahrez, finished as top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, netting 31 goals, and continued his form in front of goal into the new campaign.

    He also scored the winner in the German Cup final in May but that is hardly likely to resonate with the voters, who are the national team coaches and captains from each African country plus a selected panel of journalists.

    At national team level, the 28-year-old Aubameyang made little impression at the African Nations Cup finals in his home country at the start of 2017 and then missed most of Gabon's unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign, citing transfer negotiations among the reasons for his absences.

    Mane and Salah helped Senegal and Egypt qualify for the World Cup after lengthy absences and have emerged as leading players this season in the English Premier League.

    Salah, 25, has the edge over his club mate since he was a major catalyst in Egypt reaching the Nations Cup final in Libreville in February, where they lost narrowly to Cameroon, and has scored regularly for Liverpool after his record transfer for an African footballer in the close season.

    Mane, also 25, is looking to become only the second Senegalese to win the award after El Hadji Diouf, who was African Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2002.

    The only Egyptian winner was Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983, while French-born Aubameyang is the only player from Gabon to win the award, which was first introduced in 1970.


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  • 01/02/18--14:00: DRC crackdown on protests
  • DRC crackdown on protestsDRC crackdown on protestsOpponents to President Kabila fired at The government of President Joseph Kabila has quelled protests with force. Congolese security forces shot dead a man and injured several others on Sunday in a bloody crackdown on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand President Joseph Kabila leave power.

    AFP reporters witnessed the latest of several recent outbreaks of bloodshed in the vast mineral-rich central African country, wracked by tension over delayed elections.

    An AFP reporter at a demonstration in the central city of Kananga saw a man shot in the chest by soldiers who opened fire on worshippers gathered for what church leaders said would be a peaceful protest.

    Elsewhere, troops fired tear gas and bullets in the air to break up gatherings at Catholic masses across the capital Kinshasa, in one case arresting 12 altar boys who were leading a protest.

    Protests banned

    Church and opposition groups defied a ban by authorities to push ahead with the demonstrations.

    The protesters were demanding that Kabila promise he will not seek to further extend his time in power in DRC, a mostly Catholic former Belgian colony.

    Kabila has been in power since 2001. Elections to replace him have been delayed and are currently set for December 2018.

    The United Nations says dozens of people have been killed during anti-government protests this year.

    Impatience boiled over on Sunday, with all the vast central African country's main opposition and civil society groups joining in the call for peaceful protests.

    Priest, woman hurt

    In Kinshasa AFP counted about 10 people hurt including a priest with an injury to the face and a woman in her sixties with a gash on her forehead after police broke up church gatherings.

    One army officer threatened a team of AFP reporters covering the crackdown at St Michael's church in Kinshasa.

    “If you don't clear out of here, I'll order that you be shot at,” he said.

    “Press, or not, no one is allowed inside. What's more, you have a white man with you - that's a race that causes us problems.”

    A journalist for French radio station RFI was briefly detained, AFP reporters saw. A churchgoer who asked not to be named described to AFP how officers dispersed worshippers from one mass.

    “While we were praying, the soldiers and the police entered the church compound and fired tear gas at the church,” he said.

    Another parishioner who identified herself as Chantal said: “People fell, first-aiders are resuscitating old ladies who have fallen” - but added that the priest carried on saying mass.

    Officers later detained 12 altar boys dressed in their liturgical robes outside one church as they led a protest march.

    Other protesters went back inside the church grounds and started singing for the Virgin Mary to “make Kabila go”.

    In Kinshasa, Catholics of the “Lay Coordinating Committee” had invited worshippers to walk, holding bibles, rosaries and crucifixes, after mass on Sunday.

    They want Kabila, 46, to declare publicly that he will not run for another term as president.

    The country has not had a peaceful transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.

    Kabila succeeded his assassinated father Laurent Kabila in 2001 and refused to step down at the end of his second and final term in December 2016. That refusal led to protests and a bloody crackdown.

    Elections had been due to take place by the end of this year under a church-mediated deal.

    The delayed poll is now scheduled for December 23 next year, further angering Kabila's opponents.

    Government spokesperson Lambert Mende alleged in televised comments that “weapons of war have been distributed” by opponents of the government.

    “These destabilising acts of agitation aim to create an atmosphere of insurrection which would enable them to seize power in our country by undemocratic means,” he said, citing a government report.


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  • 01/02/18--14:00: Abbas slams West Bank vote
  • Abbas slams West Bank voteAbbas slams West Bank vote Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday harshly condemned a vote by Israel's ruling party in support of annexing large parts of the West Bank and criticised the United States for its silence.

    Abbas said the non-binding vote by the central committee of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party on Sunday “could not be taken without the full support of the US administration.”

    He said in a statement that the White House “has refused to condemn Israeli colonial settlements as well as the systematic attacks and crimes of the Israeli occupation against the people of Palestine.”

    “We hope that this vote serves as a reminder for the international community that the Israeli government, with the full support of the US administration, is not interested in a just and lasting peace,” Abbas said.

    “Rather its main goal is the consolidation of an apartheid regime in all of historic Palestine.”

    The Likud central committee backed a resolution urging Israel to extend sovereignty over all settlement areas in the West Bank and called for unlimited settlement construction. Netanyahu, who is a member of the central committee, was not present for the vote. Taking such a measure could effectively end hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as there would be little area left for a Palestinian state.

    But a significant number of members of Netanyahu's right-wing coalition say that is precisely what they are seeking and openly oppose a Palestinian state.

    The prime minister says he still supports a two-state solution with the Palestinians, although he has also pushed for Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank, which has been under Israeli occupation for more than 50 years.

    Palestinian anger at the US is already high after President Donald Trump last month tore up decades of careful policy to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


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    Probe launched into toddler church deathProbe launched into toddler church death The City of Ekurhuleni has launched an investigation into the death of a three-year-old girl and the alleged assault of a paramedic at the Incredible Happenings church in Katlehong on December 24, the municipality said on Monday.

    Controversial Pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng is accused of assaulting one of the paramedics after they arrived at the Incredible Happenings church, where he had been “praying” for the child.

    He blames paramedics for the child's death, saying they refused to enter the church, while paramedics maintained they first wanted to do a preliminary treatment at the scene.

    In a statement, Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services spokesperson William Ntladi said the City “views this matter seriously” and is working with law enforcement in unravelling it.

    Ntladi urged community members to “be calm” while waiting for investigations to be completed.

    “During this time of activism against gender-based violence and new year celebrations, the city would like to urge everyone to calm down and allow the law to take its course.”

    In an affidavit on Wednesday, three-year-old Latoya's mother Nontombi Gwam, 42, explained that she initially took her daughter to a clinic, where she failed to find help.

    Her daughter was then taken to a doctor where a drip was administered and the doctor assured her that her daughter would be fine.

    However, when she woke up the next day, Latoya's condition had deteriorated.

    Gwam said she then went to Motsoeneng for help, asking the pastor to pray for her child and call an ambulance.

    On Wednesday, the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) sharply criticised Motsoeneng, saying churches should not be considered hospitals.

    But Motsoeneng defended himself, saying people need “both prayer and medication if they so require”.

    He denies assaulting a female paramedic when they arrived at the church.

    In the statement, Ntladi said the City's MMC for Community Safety Department, Vivian Chauke, and the local ward councillor have visited Gwam's family regularly to help with all relevant logistics building towards a decent funeral for the little girl.

    “City of Ekurhuleni [sends] its sincere deepest condolence to the family of Gwam after losing one of their own,” he said.

    “For the injured paramedic and Mrs Gwam, we wish them good health and speedy recovery because of this unforeseen tragic incident.”


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    Ehenye li li kohi yomeya isheweEhenye li li kohi yomeya ishewe Aakalimo yomomudhingoloko gwomagumbo mEhenye, oyeli ya geela elelo lyondoolopa yaShakati omolwa omagumbo gawo ngoka natango ga yi kohi yomeya sha landula omuloka ngoka gwa loko omasiku ngaka. Sho omuloka ngoka gwa loko miitopolwa yilwe monooli yoshilongo gwa tambulwako nomaako ageye koyendji, aakalimo yomEhenye mOshakati otaya nyenyeta omolwa efundja ndyoka hali ya adha kehe omvula uuna okwa lokwa.

    Omagumbo ngoka ga tungwa kohi yopoloyeka yepangelo yetungo lyomagumbo gehwata yoMass Housing scheme, ohaga yi kohi yomeya aluhe ngele kwa lokwa unene.

    Oshifokundnaeki shika osha talelepo omudhilongoko ngoka, nomalugumbo gomagumbo ogendji ogeli kohi yomeya na osha ningitha oshidhigu aakalimo yomomagumbo ngoka ya ze mo momagumbo.

    Onkalo ndjoka oya etitha aakwashigwana oyendji ya lande omavi paumwene opo ya vule okutula moohofa dhawo yo ya vule okwiinyenga yamanguluka itaya ende momeya.

    Nonando ongaaka, shoka otashi ya pula iimaliwa oyindji, na oya popi kutya shoka oshinima sha li shina okukala sha talika pethimbo kwa tungwa omagumbo ngoka.

    Aakalimo yomomudhingoloko ngoka, mboka ya yi moonkundathana noshifokundaeki shoNamibian Sun, oya gandja uusama kepangelo okupitila melelo lyondoolpa yaShakati, molwaashoka oya ndopa okukandulapo uupyakadhi mboka omanga inaya gandja omagumbo kooyene.

    Oya popi kutya pethimbo lyomuloka omvula ya piti, oya li ya tegelela elelo lyondoolopa li ninge po sha, ihe natango oye ya thigi owala nomukundu ngoka.

    Aakwashigwana oya popi kutya nonando oya kala ya halela omagumbo gawo noonkondo, omikundu ngaashi ndhoka natango otadhi gandja uupyakadhi komapepe gawo. Oya pula elelo lyondoolopa opo li ka tuke oonkatu.

    Uupyakadhi mboka natango owa dhidhilikwa pomahala galwe gomagumbo ngaashi Ekuku oshowo omahala gomagumbo omape ngoka taga adhika mEhenye.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulaapulo kombinga yonkalo ndjoka, Mayola gwondoolopa yaShakati, Angelus Iyambo okwa popi kutya oye na ontseyo kombinga yuupyakadhi mboka.

    Okwa popi kutya ooyene yomagumbo oya pumbwa okutsakaneka elelo lyondoolopa ondjilakati mokukandula po uupyakadhi mboka, ta pula opo mboka taya vulu okulanda omavi, ya lande omavi.

    Mayola okwa tsikile kutya onkalo yeliko lyoshilongo oya nayipala pethimbo ndika, onkene itaya vulu okugandja omakwatho kaantu ayehe.

    “Onkalo ndjoka otu yi shi nomvula ya piti, otwa kwathele aantu yamwe po mboka yali ye na uupyakadhi wa faathana, na otatu tsikile okushi ningwa.

    Ngele onkalo oya dhigupala noonkondo nena otatu ka katuka oonkatu. Otu na okwiilonga okulongela kumwe,” Iyambo ta ti.

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yomukalo tagu kalelele mokukandulapo uupyakadhi mboka, okwa yamukula kutya ompumbwe yiiyemo oyo tayi dhana onkandangala moshinima shoka.


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    Ina ya pyakudhukwa okufuta iifuta yomayakulo gamuniIna ya pyakudhukwa okufuta iifuta yomayakulo gamuni Aakwashigwana mboka yali nale aakalimo yomOkatwitwi na oya kala haya landithile molukanda ndoka, oya popi kutya inaya pyakudhukwa okufuta iifuta yomayakulo gelelo lyondoolopa yawo molwaashoka oya kanitha ongeshefa dhawo. Omasiku gokukala itaya futu omayakulo gamuni, gaakalimo nale yomOkatwitwi oga thika pehulilo.

    Aakwashigwanaa mboka oya falwa kehala epe, na oya tegelelwa ngashiingeyi ya kale taya futu omayakulo gelelo lyondoolopa.

    Uule woomvula odhindji aakwashigwana mboka oya kala molukanda lwedhina Katwitwi nokulala taya landitha iilandithomwa yawo molukanda ndoka ya kala shaaheli paveta, nelelo lyondoolopa yaHelao Nafidi inali vula okuya futitha iifuta yomayakulo. Onkalo oya lunduluka ngashiingeyi sho okuya muNovemba gwo 2017, aakwashigwana mboka ya tembudhilwa kehala epe momasiku ga 6 gaDecemba.

    Kehala epe hoka kwa falwa aakwashigwana mboka, oya tegelelwa ya ka tunge omagumbo gawo yene pooplota ndhoka taya pewa kelelo lyondoolopa nokuninga omaindilo gomeya nolusheno, na otaya ka kala taya futile omayakulo ngoka. Sho oshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun sha talele po olukanda ndoka, mehuliloshiwike, osha adha aakwashigwana oyendji kaye na ombili. Oya popi kutya inaya pyakudhukwa okufuta omayakulo gamuni. Oya popi kutya oya kala ye na oongeshefa dhawo mOkatwitwi, ihe kaye na we oongeshefa ndhoka na otashi ningitha oshidhigu kuyo ya vule okumona iiyemo, yo ya vule okufutila omayakulo ngoka.

    Oya nyenyeta kutya pehala lyawo ndyoka epe, inaya pitikwa okulanditha iilandithomwa yawo, ihe oya tegelelwa ya kale taya futile omayakulo gamuni.

    Aakwashigwana mboka oya nyenyeta woo kiinima yilwe ngaashi omeya, oshowo olusheno momagumbo gawo, nonando oye na omalamba gomomapandanda momudhingoloko gawo oshowo uundjugo momapandaanda. Ohaya longitha iihwa mboka yi li popepi nayo, uuna taya pumbwa okulongitha uundjugo.

    Sho a ningwa naye oonkundathana koNamibian Sun, mayola gwondoolopa yaHelao Nafidi, Eliaser Nghipangelwa, okwa popi kutya oye na ontseyo kombinga yomanyenyeto gaakwashigwana mboka, ihe yo oya landula owala oompango pethimbo ya tembulile aantu mboka komahala ngoka omape. Okwa popi kutya oku wete kutya mboka taya nyenyeta oyeli mondjila, molwaashoka inaya igilila okufutila omayakulo ngoka.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando ongaaka elelo lyondoolopa itali idhimbike okugandja omayakulo kaakalimo yomondoolopa yawo

    Mayola okwa popi kutya sho aakwashigwana mboka ya tembulilwa komahala ngoka omape oya lombwelwa kutya otaya ka tunga omagumbo gawo yoyene, na otaya ka tegelelwa ya ningi omaindilo gomayakulo gomeya oshowo olusheno okuza kelelo lyondoolopa.

    Kombinga yetungo lyuundjugo, Nghipangelwa okwa popi kutya elelo lyondoolopa itali ka tungila aakwasshigwana uundjugo, ihe aakwashigwana oya tegelelwa ya tunge uundjugo wawo yoyene. Mayola okwa tsikile kutya elelo lyondoolopa olya ningi oonkambadhala opo li fatululile aakwashigwana mboka kombinga yehangano lyokutunga omagumbo, gaamboka haya mono iiyemo yi li pevi noonkondo, lyoShack Dwellers' Federation of Namibia opo mboka taya vulu okutungitha omagumbo gawo nehangano ndyoka, ya vule okutameka.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun oshi uvite kutya aantu ayehe mboka ya zi mOkatwitwi inaya tulululwa. Nghipangelwa okwa popi kutya opwa li pe na iinima yimwe ya pumbwa okutalika manga, omanga inaya tulwa momusholondondo gwaategelelli.

    Oshinima shimwe ooshoka kutya, opwali pe na aantu mboka ya kala nale nomagumbo mOkatwitwi na oyali taye ga hiilitha po, shoka shaetitha uupyakadhi pokati koonakuhiila nooyene yomagumbo, ihe omaupyakadhi ngoka inaga kandulwapo natango, onkene mboka inaya vula okutulululwa.


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    Omulumentu ta tamanekelwa ekwatonkonga a mangululwa nomboloha yoN$2 000Omulumentu ta tamanekelwa ekwatonkonga a mangululwa nomboloha yoN$2 000 Omakwatonkonga nuulunga wiimuna oyimwe yomiimbuluma mbyoka ya lopotwa pethimbo lyiituthi yomatango omanene mwakwatelwa omulumentu ngoka ta tamanekelwa ekwatonkonga lyokamona komukadhi a mangululwa nomboloka.

    Omunamimvo 59 omomukunda Onandjaba,moshitopolwa shaMusati, ngoka a li tulwa miipandeko muSepetemba gwomvula ya piti molwa oshipotha shekwatonkonga lyokamona komukulukadhi gwe hoka ngashiingeyi ke na omvula 17, okwa mangululwa sho a futu omboloha yooN$2 000, mompangulilo yaOutapi.

    Mangestrata Karrel Muyeghu okwa gandja omboloha, komulumentu ngoka ina vula okutumbulwa kedhina opo ku vule okugamenwa uukwatya wanakuninga oshihakanwa. Omboloha yongushu yooN$2 000 oya gandja momasiku 30 gaNovemba 2017, nokupewa omalombwelo opo omutamanekwa kaye moshipala omakonaakono moshipotha shoka.

    Meindilo lyomboloha ye, omutamanekwa okwa popi kutya otaka kala mOshakati. Oshipotha shoka osha undulilwa kesiku lyotango lyaFebruali, opo opolisi yi vule okuninga omakonaakono. Etulo miipandeko lye olya ningwa sha landula opolota ndjoka ya ningwa kokakadhona hoka popolisi yaNandjaba muSepetemba gwo 2017, ihe oka tindi okutulamo oshipotha nonando opolisi oshowo aanambelewa yehungomwenyo oye mu pula a tulemo oshipotha.

    Okwa hololwa kutya yina yokanona, ngoka a hokanwa komutamanekwa naye okwa tindi okutula mo oshipotha pehala lyokanona. Opolisi oya tulamo oshipotha, konima sho okanona hoka ka popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya tameke omanga kali keli kohi yoomvula 16. Otaku hokololwa kutya omulumentu ngoka okwa yi miihulo nokanona hoka, iikando ya thika pu itano pokati komwedhi Januari 2016 naSepetemba gwo 2107, moondoolopa dha yooloka monooli, mwa kwatelwa woo megumbo lyaandjawo mOnandjaba. Omutamanekwa ota kalelwa po moshipotha kuJan Greyling and Associates omanga Martha Hasheela ta kalelepo epangelo moshipotha.

    Metitano lyoshiwike sha piti, Shikufinde Gabriel (44) a za momukunda Onavivi okwa holola mompangu yaOutapi oshikando shotango omolwa oshipotha shedhipago lyaEkonia Ndapanda sha ningilwa momudhingoloko Omayela mOkafitukeonde momasiku 26 gaDesemba 2017.

    Ndapanda okwa tsuwa mothingo na okwa hulithile pehala lyoshiningwanima.

    Gabriel okwa tindilwa omboloha. Gabriel kwa holola kutya ota kiipopila yemwene mompangu na otaka ninga eindilo lyokupewa omboloha. Oshipotha shoka oshuundulilwa komasiku 21 gaFebruali nuumvo. Oshitopolwa shErongo, omwa lopotwa iipotha itatu yekwatonkonga omanga omvula yo 2017 inayi thika pehulilo. Pahapu dhomunambelewa omukonaakoni gwiimbuluma nomukwatakanithi gwiimbuluma mErongo, Omupeha Komufala, Erastus Iikuyu, oshipotha shimwe shekwatonkonga osha ningilwa moMondesa, ongulohi yEtiyali lyoshiwike sha piti. Omukiintu gwoomvula 46, oya li ya lala pamwe nomumati gwe mombashu, sho omumati gwe a mono omulumentu gwontumba e li momilalo nomukiintu ngoka omanga a li a kotha. Iikuyu okwa popi kutya omumati ngoak pamwe nomumwayina oya dhenge omutamanekwa ngoka a tseyika owala nedhina Kapata. Okwa yi ontuku, ihe okushiwike na otaka tulwa miipandeko mbala, pahadhu dhaIikuyu. Moshiningwanima sha yoloka, omulumentu gwoomvula 25 okwa landulile kegumbo molukanda Old Location nakuninga oshihakanwa gwoomvula 31, okuza mondunda yomanwino yedhina Western Bar moKaribib.

    Omutamanekwa okwa kwata koonkondo omukiintu ngoka, na okwa hololwa kutya ayehe oyali ya longitha iikolitha noonkondo. Omufekelwa okwa tulwa miipandeko na okwa tegelelwa a holoke komeho yompangu mbala.

    Moshiningwanima shimwe natango mOmatjete, otaku hokololwa kutya omulumentu gwoomvula 35 oyali taya nu pamwe nomukiintu omunamimvo 48 , momukunda Otjohorongo.

    Palopota yopolisi aniwa oya yi pamwe kegumbo lyanakuninga oshihakanwa, nomufekelwa okwa kwata koonkondo omukiintu ngoka.

    Omufekelwa okwa tulwa miipandeko na okwa tegelelwa a holoke mompangulilo yamangestrata gwaMaruru mbala. Iipotha yuulunga wiimuna iyali oya lopotwa mErongo, oshiwike sha piti.

    Iikuyu okwa popi kutya kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko miipotha mbyoka ya ningilwa moKaribibi oshowo Usakos.

    Iikombo omugoyi, yongushu yooN$12 600 oya yakwa moshigunda momasiku 28 gaDesemba momudhingoloko gwaKaribibi, okuza mokamba yamuni. Moshipotha oshikwawo, pokati komasiku 17 sigo 30 gaDesemba 2017, oongombe heyali odha mangwa nondhalate okuza mofaalama yedhina Farm Goabeb, ndjoka tayi adhika oshinano shookilometa 25 okuza moUsakos.

    Pahapu dhaIikuyu, oongombe dhoka odha Phillip Haradoeb dhongushu yooN$70 000.

    Kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko, niimuna mbyoka inayi monika natango.


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  • 01/02/18--14:00: Learning to self-regulate
  • Learning to self-regulateLearning to self-regulate hile vulgar and entirely unacceptable, the scenes that greeted residents and clean-up crews on New Year's Day along the country coastline, were not unexpected. These scenes play out year after year and are becoming increasingly spread out as more and more people flock to the beaches and sand dunes to spend New Year's Eve.

    On 1 January, motorists were warned to drive with caution between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as several, still drunk, pedestrians were making their way home by foot, to either of the two towns.

    Over-indulgence and a lack of general respect are common in Namibia and signify a very disturbing trend that we are unable to self-regulate.

    This means, in essence, we are like children. Namibians cannot self-regulate when they use the country's roads – this much we have seen reflected in the excessively high accident and injury and death rate. Namibians speed and overtake as though there is no tomorrow.

    Namibians cannot self-regulate when given the option to be honest. Our levels of corruption are through the roof and there is nary a day when a bribe is declined. We are simply unable to say no to scoring a few bucks at the expense of our fellow countrymen or our natural resources.

    Namibians cannot self-regulate when it comes to alcohol consumption. We will drink ourselves into a stupor and then proceed to rob from whomever stands in our way or has something we want, or, we will rape and beat with reckless abandon, as though it were our right to violate women and children in such an abhorrent way.

    We do not care about tomorrow. We do not care about leaving our trash behind because we either do not know the threat that plastics hold to the world's oceans, or we do not care. Our very future is threatened by this, in particular that of Namibia which relies so heavily on our fishing industry, but, we do not care.

    Hell, it is New Year's and we have a few bucks in our pocket. Let's behave like hooligans so we can tell everyone how drunk we were and what a wonderful time we had, although we cannot remember anything.

    We need to learn to self-regulate in this country.

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