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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Osasiyona yopolisi mOshifo inayi pwa okutungwa natangoOsasiyona yopolisi mOshifo inayi pwa okutungwa natango Oshikondo shiilonga yomatungo mOpolisi yaNamibia osha kutha ko iilonga yetungo lyosasiyona yopolisi mOshifo moRuacana moshitopolwa shaMusati, sho ehangano lyoAMA Engineering and Construction, lya ndopa okugwanitha po iilonga.

    Etungo ndyoka lyongushu yoomiliyona 27.8 olya tamekele mo 2012 na olya kala uule woomvula hamano inali manithwa sha landula omananathano ga kala pokati kehangano ndyoka lyokutunga oshowo uuministeli wegameno nuuhepelo. Ehangano ndyoka olya li lya pewa otendela opo li tunge osasiyona ndjoka mo 2011, niilonga oya tamekelwa mo 2012 na oyali ya tegelelwa yi manithwe mo 2014. Palopota yomuyalulimambo gwepangelo, ndjoka yomo 2016, momvula yo 2012 uuministeli owiikalekele iimaliwa yoomiliyona 27.8 mbyoka ya nuninwa opoloyeka ndoka opo yi kale yamanithwa momwedhi Malitsa mo 2014. Okuya muMalitsa gwo 2015, oomiliyona 21.65 odha longithwa mopoloyeka ndjoka nonando inayi manithwa. Omupopiliko gwopolisi yaNamibia, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, okwa popi kutya oshikondo shopolisi kasha li sha nyanyukilwa iilonga yehangano ndyoka lyoAMA Engineering and Construction na oya pula opo li hulithe po iilonga.

    Okwa popi kutya oshikondo shomatungo muuministeli wawo osha li woo tashi manitha iilonga yetungo lyoombelewa oonene dhoshitopolwa shaMusati mOutapi, moka aatungi nayo ya ndopa okugwanitha po iilonga. Mwene gwehangano lyoAMA Engineering and Construction, Peter Kanu Amadhila okwa tindi okuyamukula.

    “Itandi ku yamukula mwaashoka, otwa pata omolwa iituthi yomatango omanene,” Amadhila a yamukula sho a ningilwa omapulaapulo. Monena opolisi yaRuacana otayi longele mosasiyona yopakathimbo ndjoka yi li monkalo yanayipala noonkondo.

    Uuna etungo ndyoka lya manithwa, otali ka kala li na oombelewa, oondjeedhililo oshowo omahala gaanambelewa ya thika po 30 gokuza nokila yomidhimba.

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    NNFU a pula ekondololo lyoongambaNNFU a pula ekondololo lyoongamba Sho omuloka gwa tameke, aaniimuna monooli otaya pangele okushunitha iimuna yawo unene oongombe moAngola, nomupresidende gwoNamibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), Jackson Emvula, okwa pula opo ku tulwe po ekondololo lya kwata miiti poongamba opo ku vule okuyandwa etaandelo lyomikithi dhiimuna.

    Emvula okwa popi kutya aanafaalama naya kale aluhe haya tseyithilwae oNNFU nenge Oshikondo shUundjolowele wIimuna, mUuministeli wUunamapya, Omeya nOmakuti kombinga yoompangela dhawo dhokupititha iimuna yawo pokati koongamba dhaNamibia nAngola.

    Aanafaalama yaNamibia oya lundilwa kutya otaya yi pondje oompango dhetsokumwe ndyoka tali pitika iimuna yaaNamibia yi lithwe meni lyaAngola, sho aanafaalama mboka haya yakele moshilongo shoka iimuna yawo.

    Emvula okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya pumbwa okutonatelwa naanafaalama oya pumbwa okutseyithila omaleo gomondjila kombinga yoompangela dhawo, po ku vule okuyandwa etaandelitho lyomikithi, sho iimuna mbyoka tayi taaguluka oongamba ya pumbwa andola okwiikalela uule wethimbo lyontumba.

    Omwedhi gwa piti, Ngoloneya gwaHangwena Usko Nghaamwa okwa ningi omutumba naanafaalama na okwa holola omaiyuvo ge gonayi omolwa aanafaalama mboka haya fala iimuna yawo yi ka nape meni lyaAngola, pwaahena epitikilo. Nghaamwa, ngoka naye e na oofalama meni lyaAngola, okwa kunkilile kutya aanafaalama naya kwate nawa ekwatathano ewanawa ndyoka li li pokati kiilongo mbika iyali.

    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya omalelo gaAngola ogemu tseyithila kombinga yaanafaalama yamwe mboka taya ikuthile omahala guulithilo meni lyoshilongo shoka omanga inaya pewa epitikilo lyokushininga.

    Ngoloneya okwa tsikile kutya konyala oongombe dhaaniimuna yaNamibia dhi vulithe po 50 000 ohadhi napa meni lyaAngola, ta kunkilile opo aanafaalama ka ya longithe pambambo ekwatho ewanawa ndyoka lya gandjwa kepangelo lyaAngola.

    Emvula okwa popi kutya NNFU ota pangele okushangitha aanafaalama opo a vule oku ya monena omalandithilo giimuna yawo.

    Okwa popi kutya omashangitho ngoka otaga ka ningitha oshipu opo ya vule okukongela aanafaalama aalandi yiimuna yawo nenge iilongomwa yawo yomiikunino.

    “Shoka otashi ka ningwa okuya moonkundathana nookansela yiikandjohogololo oshowo omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo oshowo oshikondo shomayakulo guundjolwele wiimuna. Otwa tameka nale netotepo lyomulandu ngoka nomashangitha otaga ka tameka mbala. Aanafaalama ayehe mboka ya shangithwa otaya ka pewa uukalata womashangitho,” Emvula ta ti.

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    Elongo lyondama yaCalueque lya nyanwaElongo lyondama yaCalueque lya nyanwa Aakuthimbinga moshikondo shomeya otaya gandja uusama kehangano lyoNamwater, omolwa opoloyeka yawo yongushu yoomiliyona ntano, yokulonga omunino gwaMota-Engil ngoka hagu topola omeya okuya moNamibia okuza mondama yaCalueque muumbugantu waAngola, kutya omunino ngoka opo gwa li gwa longwa kepangelo lyaAngola.

    Namwater okwa popile etokolo lye meendelelo lyokulongitha omunino ngoka, kutya ogwa kulupa noonkondo na otagu ziya molwaashoka inagu longululwa konima nkene gwa tulwa po uule woomvula 35 dha piti.

    Metitano, omukomeho gwoshikondo shomauyelele goshigwana mehangano lyaNamWater, Johannes Shigwedha okwa koleke koNamibian Sun kutya oya ningi ekwatathano meendelelo nehangano lyo Natwe Engineering Company opo ku vule okugandja omeya monooli yoshilongo, sha landula eziyo lyomunino ngoka hagu kutha omeya mondama yaCalueque moAngola.

    “Onkalo ndjoka ya taalela ondama yaCalueque kayi na sha nepombo lyomeya okuza mondama ndjoka, ihe ominino dhopondje dhondama tadhi ziya. Ominino mbali dhuunene woometa 1.6 na odha ya mevi oshinano shoometa 12, nuule woometa 60, otadhi ziya, molwaashoka odha kala tadhi longo uule woomvula 35, na odha tameke okuulika omadhidhiliko kutya odha kulupa ngashiingeyi.”

    Petameko lyomvula ya piti, ehangano lyoNamWater olya tseyitha kutya epangelo lyaAngola, olya longitha iimaliwa ya thika poobiliyona 2.7 mokulongitha ondama yaCalueque ndjoka tayi adhika moontondokelo dhomeya dhaCunene River Basin muumbugantu waAngola, na ohayi gandja omeya kaaNamibia. Okwa lopotwa kutya elongo lyondama ndjoka, olya kwatelamo etulopo lyoopomba ndatu dhokupomba omeya ngoka haga longithwa kaantu ya thika poomiliyona 2, aakwashigwana yaAngola miitopolwa yomuumbugantu oshowo ya Namibia miitopolwa yomonooli ngaashi Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana, Kunene oshowo Oshikoto okupitila mo 1964 Cunene River Scheme Agreement.

    Aakuthimbinga moshikondo shomeya yamwe po oya nyenyetele NamWater kutya ita popi oshili kombinga yoshikumungu shaCalueque.

    Oopomba adhihe mondama ndjoka aniwa otadhi longo nawa, molwaashoka odha li oshitopolwa shiilonga mbyoka ya ningwa kepangelo lyaAngola.

    Shigwedha okwa popi kutya aakuthimbinga mboka oya pewa uuyelele wa puka, molwaashoka ominino ndhoka odha li tadhi ziya noonkondo omanga inaku yiwa pethimbo lyiituthi yomatango omanene, sha etitha nokuli e yo moshipala lyetopolo lyomeya.

    Okwa tsikile kutya kutya onkalo ndjoka oya li tayi vulu okutula moshiponga eyandjakaneko lyomeya monooli.

    Momasiku 22 gaDesemba, omukomeho gwaNamWater, Vaino Shivute, okwa shangele ominista yuunamapya John Mutorwa ombaapila, te mu tseyithile kombinga yonkalo yaCalueque noshowo kutya okwa ulika ehangano ndyoka tali ka longa ominino ndhoka omolwa eziyo lyomeya.

    Shivute okwa popi mombaapila ndjoka kutya ominino ndhoka odha kala tadhi ziya noonkondo nomeya ogendji oga hepa omolwa eziyo ndyoka, na oya konga ehangano ndyoka tali ka longa ominino ndhoka omanga onkalo inayi piyagana unene.

    Shigwedha mEtitano okwa popi kutya, iilonga yomunino ngoka oya tameke momasiku 16 gaDesemba, na otayi manithwa muule wiiwike iyali, omanga iilonga yomunino omutiyali kwa tegelwa yi tamekwe ngele omunino gwotango gwa manithwa.



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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day SNOWED IN: Snow begins to melt on cars parked at a dealership after a winter storm in Hartford, Connecticut. A howling storm across the Northeast left much of the New York-to-Boston corridor covered with more than three feet of snow on Friday into Saturday morning. Photo: NAMPA/AP

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    Anarchy should not be toleratedAnarchy should not be tolerated Some former SWATF/Koevoet soldiers are threatening to spill blood following their defection from the Namibia War Veterans' Trust (Namvet) which in the last couple of years has been trying to draw attention to their plight. An attempt to march to State House in December last year also failed after their action was declared illegal by the police. And after enduring many struggles and frustrations, more than 30 ex-fighters have now broken away from Namvet to form the Namvet Liberation Movement. This grouping has also vowed to spill blood if their demands are not met by the authorities. There is clearly divided opinion on how the issue of former SWATF/Koevoet soldiers should be handled by government. On the one hand, many argue there is no justification for a pension payout, among others, for ex-SWATF/Koevoet soldiers who were against Namibia's independence. Others, however, feel that the group of ex-SWATF soldiers is being sidelined and marginalised by the government in an independent Namibia. The plight of the former fighters is a complex one and although the Swapo-led government inherited the republic from the South African authorities, it will be unfair to expect the government of the day to give in to their demands. Also owing to the competing priorities and limited resources at government's disposal, the plight of the apartheid soldiers is unlikely to be entertained. The government has not showed willingness to listen to them and it is high time that this matter is resolved once and for all. We cannot continue to have groupings making serious threats against such as that of taking up arms. Anarchy should not be tolerated. As Namibians, those who feel aggrieved are duty bound to respect the constitution and the laws of our country. It is also within their rights as citizens to approach the courts with their grievances. The policy of national reconciliation that was adopted after independence allowed perpetrators of brutal acts to be given the opportunity for amnesty and that should be respected by all. It is absurd and distasteful to make abhorrent demands against the very same government that you are threatening.

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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Namvet threats treasonous
  • Namvet threats treasonousNamvet threats treasonousChief of police warns former soldiers Namibian police chief Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has warned the newly established Namvet Liberation Movement to desist from making threats of violence. Threats by former South-West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and Koevoet members to spill blood if their demands are not met are tantamount to treason, the Namibian police chief Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said.

    More than 30 former members of the Namibia War Veterans' Trust (Namvet) have now formed the Namvet Liberation Movement and on Monday met in Windhoek, where they made the threats. Their demands include being recognised as war veterans, which would amongst others mean they are entitled to pensions. Ndeitunga said the police “will not tolerate any nonsense” from the group.

    “They are playing with us. How can someone in a democratic system say they want to take up arms? Do you think the Namibian people will close their hands and tolerate that nonsense?” he asked.

    The police chief said they will not be threatened, adding that there are other avenues including the courts that the group can resort to instead of violence.

    “I hope those people come to their senses. They should choose their words carefully when talking to the media,” he said. Ndeitunga went on to say taking up arms against the State is treasonous.

    “It is treason and will be treated with the force it deserves”.

    Meanwhile, the former Koevoet and SWATF members claimed that they have exhausted all legal and diplomatic avenues. Disgruntled group members carrying sticks, knobkieries and pangas convened near the UN Plaza in Katutura on Monday, with the message “Matutu ama turu” (Otjiherero for 'we will die fighting') dominating their talk.

    Namvet Liberation Movement spokesperson Uondaja Koruhama vowed that they are prepared to shed blood.

    “We have followed the legal route, but it is non-existent. What is here is a law of discrimination,” he said.

    Koruhama charged that they have been side-lined and are excluded from the Namibian house.

    “Let the South Africans and Americans hear that we are still on top of trees [suffering], hungry and thirsty in this so called independent country,” he said. He went on to say if the police approach them peacefully, they will respond with peace.

    “If they come with war, we will kill each other,” he added.

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    Henties to honour young heroesHenties to honour young heroes The Municipality of Henties Bay has decided to reward Dylan !Gaoseb and Phala !Gaoseb, who saved four boys from drowning in Henties Bay last week.

    Town mayor Herman Honeb told Nampa on Monday the council will hold a meeting this week to decide on rewards for the two boys, which could include school uniforms or certificates of recognition.

    Five boys were swept out to sea while swimming last Wednesday and Dylan, 14, and Phala, 15 - who are not related - helped to bring four of them back to shore.

    The 10-year-old Lee-Wayne Delwin Nanubeb drowned. He is expected to be buried on Saturday.

    There are no lifeguards on the beach, which is popular amongst Henties Bay residents.

    The municipality now plans to train people as lifeguards.

    Honeb said his office is speaking to members of the business community to assist with the training and with the provision of equipment needed to save lives.

    They will also involve the police, schools and parents who are interested in the training.

    “We need to be involved as a local authority. This situation will be changed so that we are able to save lives,” said the mayor.

    Dylan !Gaoseb last Thursday told this news agency he was walking along the beach when he noticed the distressed swimmers, immediately took off his clothes and jumped into the water to help them.

    After saving two of the boys, he called the LifeLink Emergency Rescue Services.

    It has since transpired that Phala !Gaoseb rescued the other two boys while he was contacting the emergency services.

    The youngest of the boys, a six-year-old, was admitted to the Swakopmund State Hospital and released on Thursday.



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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief ECB sells Steinhoff's bond after scandal

    The European Central Bank has sold its bonds of scandal-hit South African retailer Steinhoff, data showed on Monday, potentially suffering a loss of up to 55% on that investment.

    Steinhoff, the owner of more than 40 multinational retail brands including Conforama, Mattress Firm and Poundland, revealed "accounting irregularity" last month along with the immediate departure of its chief executive.

    Its latest bond was worth as little as 45 percent of the value at which it was issued late last July, when the ECB bought it as part of its stimulus programme. – Nampa/Reuters

    BAT sees boost from US tax change

    British American Tobacco said yesterday that new US tax rules would boost its earnings per share by 6% in 2018, all other things being equal, supporting its commitment to high-single digit earnings growth.

    The maker of Lucky Strike and Dunhill cigarettes said the changes would also result in a non-cash exceptional tax credit as a result of the revaluation of deferred tax balances arising from the acquisition of Reynolds American in 2017. – Nampa/Reuters

    Alibaba founder will ‘seriously consider’ HK listing

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will "seriously consider" listing in Hong Kong, founder Jack Ma said, in response to an invitation from the financial hub's leader asking the company to consider doing so.

    Ma made the comments at an event in Hong Kong on Monday, an Alibaba spokeswoman said. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a speech during the event that she hoped Alibaba would consider returning to Hong Kong to list.

    "Daring to speak like this marks a strong commitment so we will definitely seriously consider the Hong Kong market," Ma said in response to Lam's speech.

    The Alibaba spokeswoman said there were no further details available on what any Hong Kong listing plan could involve. – Nampa/Reuters

    Ablynx rejects Novo Nordisk's biotech bid

    Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin maker, went public with a 2.6 billion euro (US$3.1 billion) bid for Belgian biotech group Ablynx on Monday, seeking a new source of growth by bolstering its treatments for rare blood disorders.

    Ablynx rejected Novo's latest takeover approach and analysts predict the Danish group, whose new chief executive is trying to expand by buying drugs developed by competitors, might face counterbidders and would need to raise its bid.

    The Belgian group specialises in the research of novel drugs based on nano-bodies found in the immune systems of llamas and alpacas, for which it partners with several of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.

    Ablynx's shares have almost doubled in price in the past 12 months, buoyed by successful clinical trial data. – Nampa/Reuters

    Nigeria's Union Bank boosts buffers

    Nigeria's Union Bank has raised 49.7 billion naira (US$163 million) through a rights issued which it said was 120% subscribed.

    Union Bank, set up 100-years ago, had said it planned to spend 80% of the funds to enhance its regulatory capital and boost working capital.

    The bank, in which Atlas Mara Ltd, the African investment vehicle of former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, owns a 22.1% stake, planned to raise funds to also tap opportunities lending to agribusinesses.

    Union Bank was a former unit of Barclays Bank. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Father accused of raping daughterFather accused of raping daughterRobberies rife over the weekend The police have had their hands full with a high number of robberies and other violent crimes over the past weekend. Three cases of rape were opened over the weekend including a case where a young mother was raped while her baby was lying next to her, and a six-year-old girl's father was arrested on charges of raping her.

    An alleged rapist remains on the run from police after he raped a 30-year-old mother in the presence of her four-month-old baby in a riverbed in Klein-Aub.

    The incident took place on Friday, according to the police.

    The man, whose identity is not known, allegedly accosted the woman at 05:30 at Rietoog in a river bed and then “grabbed her and pushed her to the ground with her four-month-old baby”.

    The police say he then raped her.

    The suspect has not been identified and the police investigation continues.

    A 52-year-old man was arrested over the weekend in Opuwo after his six-year-old daughter began complaining of back pain and pain in her lower abdomen.

    The police reported that she was taken to the Opuwo state hospital were an examination led to findings that she had been raped.

    Further investigation led to the arrest of her biological father, who has since been arrested and appeared in the Opuwo Magistrate's Court. Police are also hunting for a man who allegedly burnt down the house and all of the possessions of his ex-partner and mother of his child on Sunday.

    Police say the incident took place in the Goreangab informal settlement.

    The 30-year-old owner of the house was warned by her ex-partner in an SMS that he would kill her and then burn down the house.

    “The suspect carried out his threat by burning the victim's house and all her belongings were destroyed,” the police crime report stated.

    Another rape case was opened at Oshivelo on Sunday, after a 17-year-old teenager was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old man who remains on the run.

    The police reported that the incident took place at King Kauluma village.

    A passer-by heard the woman screaming and saw the suspect run away.



    Robbers go to town

    At least four robberies across Namibia over the weekend led to the theft of cash and goods worth more than N$142 000 in total.

    A case of armed robbery was opened on Sunday after a Dutch male tourist was robbed at gunpoint at an ATM in Windhoek.

    The three suspects were arrested but the N$17 800 in cash they withdrew beforehand and the ATM card have not been recovered to date.

    Another case of armed robbery was opened at Omuthiya on Saturday at the Sport News China Shop building after three suspects entered the shop and used a machete and a gun to threaten the three female employees.

    The men at first pretended they were customers and asked to buy building materials, but shortly after they pulled out the weapons and forced the employees to open a safe from where they removed N$50 000 cash.

    The staff was tied and their mouths covered. The men escaped on foot and have not been arrested to date.

    Another armed robbery took place in Okahandja on Saturday at around 01:33.

    A security guard who was on duty was threatened with a gun by the armed robber who then proceeded to break into a container with a bolt cutter. He stole two spades, and other equipment valued at N$25 280. No arrests have taken place to date and the investigation continues.

    A case of hijacking and robbery is being investigated in Windhoek after three men armed with knives robbed a taxi driver of his vehicle.

    The car, a silver Toyota Corolla with registration number N90625W, is valued at N$50 000.

    Two suicides were reported over the weekend, leading to the death of a 42-year-old man in Kuisebmund and an NDF Special Forces official at Oshivelo.

    Both men committed suicide by hanging from a tree.



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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Illegal campers fined
  • Illegal campers finedIllegal campers fined Three more people were slapped with N$1 200 fines for camping illegally at Long Beach, between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, over the festive season.

    These are in addition to a man who was fined on 30 December 2017 at Mile 8 north of Swakopmund.

    The two areas form part of the Dorob National Park. Visitors without a permit to overnight are expected to vacate the park by 21:00.

    Park warden, Jeremia Lamek from the environment and tourism ministry confirmed issuing the fines on 30 December and 2 January.

    They are expected to appear in court between 2 and 19 February 2018 to plead to the charges and pay the fines should they be found guilty. A warrant of arrest will be issued should they fail to show up to court on the dates assigned to them.

    Lamek said his office decided to issue fines this festive season as people have been violating park rules for the past two years.

    “Those who stayed over at Long Beach on New Year's Eve were not fined,” he said.

    With regards to littering, he said rubbish was left strewn all over but his team of volunteers managed to clean up all the beaches and camping sites. He said at Mile 4, visitors left broken bottles on the beach and someone set a rubbish bin on fire.

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    MUN reflects on 2017 challengesMUN reflects on 2017 challenges The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) was mainly challenged by retrenchments and several cases of labour unrest throughout last 2017, Paul Situmba, MUN's assistant secretary-general, has said.

    In a recent interview with Nampa, Situmba said retrenchments continue to frustrate the MUN as most members are left jobless and labour unrest hinders the progress of the union.

    “Retrenchment and labour unrest was a huge challenge to MUN, and it is mostly caused by unhealthy relationships between shop stewards and employers,” Situmba said.

    He added that effective communication, trust, respect and mutual cooperation should be a priority between shop stewards and employers in order to achieve their set objectives.

    However, Situmba highlighted reaching a compromise on job cuts planned by the Scorpion Zinc Mine in April last year as an achievement for the union.

    According to him, most of the other disputes were resolved through the High Court.

    MUN is often faced with a challenge of unrealistic demands by members who make impossible demands such as 100% salary increments, pension and health benefits among others, according to Situmba.

    He further mentioned that the MUN will continue to foster good relations between all stakeholders and introduce capacity building programmes which will help reduce future labour disputes.



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    Drought conditions hit SA maize beltDrought conditions hit SA maize belt Producers in the western parts of the country could not generally plant their intended hectares due to drought conditions. - Grain SA JOHANNESBURG - The western part of South Africa's maize belt has been hit by drought and farmers there have only planted 70% to 75% of the area they had intended to, industry group Grain SA has said.

    With the window of planting opportunity fast closing, the unexpected onset of dry conditions in the key maize-growing provinces of North West and the Free State could push depressed futures prices higher with implications for South Africa's inflation outlook.

    "Producers in the western parts of the country could not generally plant their intended hectares due to drought conditions," Grain SA said in a statement on Monday.

    In Namibia, farmers in the Grootfontein, Tsumeb and Otavi areas have also expressed concern about planting conditions. Should they not receive sufficient rain by the end of this month it will be too late to plant maize, Republikein reported on Monday.

    Parts of the maize belt in South Africa experienced heat-wave conditions over the weekend and into Monday and in recent weeks did not get the rainfall that was expected from a La Nina weather system, which generally brings above average precipitation to the Southern African region.

    Grain SA said only 70 percent of the intended maize in North West had been planted and 75 percent in the northern Free State, which between them account for most of South Africa's maize crop.

    Crop estimates

    The group said in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, producers had planted what they had planned to because of good rains but certain areas there were also now being scorched by hot weather.

    In October, South Africa's official Crop Estimates Committee said farmers were expected to plant 6% fewer hectares of the staple grain in the 2017/2018 season, after last year's record harvest of over 16.7 million tonnes depressed prices.

    The South African Weather Service still forecasts good rains over much of the grain belt for the rest of the summer season until the end of March.

    The white maize futures contract due in March is down around 57% from a peak of over R5 200 a tonne hit during a blistering drought two years ago, closing on Monday at R2 029 a tonne.

    Depressed maize prices have helped to keep a lid on South African inflation, which was 4.6% in November, the middle of the central bank's target range. – Nampa/Reuters and own reporting

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    Gold eases on outlook for US rate hikesGold eases on outlook for US rate hikes Gold prices inched down yesterday amid expectations for more US interest rate hikes this year. Spot gold was down 0.2% at US$1 317.86 an ounce by 0655 GMT. Last week, prices touched their strongest since Sept. 15 at US$1 325.86. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, who is a voting member of the US central bank's policy board, said on Monday that two hikes might be needed in 2018, in light of weak price pressures. Gold is highly sensitive to rising US interest rates, as these increase the opportunity cost of holding non yielding bullion, while boosting the greenback, in which it is priced. Photo Nampa/Reuters

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    Cuban pharmaceutical plant plans still onCuban pharmaceutical plant plans still onNamibia ‘strongly considering’ initiative The agreement is part of the Namibia-Cuba Joint Working Group (JWG), through which the two countries aim to promote and build cooperation. OSHAKATI – Cuba’s plans to set up a pharmaceutical plant in Namibia are still in progress, with the Cuban government already having signed their part of the agreement.

    Namibia’s ambassador to Cuba, Jerobeam Shaanika, says health is one his key priorities areas as the country’s representative.

    “The Namibian government is still going through the agreement and Namibia is still strongly considering this initiative,” Shaanika added.

    The agreement is part of the Namibia-Cuba Joint Working Group (JWG), through which the two countries aim to promote and build cooperation.

    Even though there are a number of pharmaceutical distributors in Namibia, the ministry of health and social services in the recent past reportedly experienced a shortage of specific medication in state hospitals.

    Health minister Bernard Haufiku also recently announced the government’s plan to set up a larger central medical store at Otjomuise’s Ramatex complex in the capital.

    According to the minister, a consortium of medical personnel from the United Kingdom is busy with plans to reconstruct medical stores in the country. With the approval of Cabinet, it would be implemented once ready.

    Over 250 students are currently studying in Cuba, with the majority of them specialising in medicine. - Nampa

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    SPYL concerned about educationSPYL concerned about education The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary for education, pioneers' movement and culture, Hofni Iipinge, wants the government to address a number of issues facing the education sector.

    Some of the issues Iipinge is concerned about are the more than 18 000 learners who failed grade 10 last year, the lack of hostel accommodation at government schools as well as the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) saga.

    Iipinge has called on the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to allow the grade 10 learners who failed with 20 to 22 points and whose parents cannot afford the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) enrolment fees to be allowed repeat the grade.

    Last year the ministry allowed those learners who failed grade 10 and were 17 years old or younger to register on the first day of school.

    Recently Namcol publicly announced that the number of spaces for registration of subjects was limited due to limited resources.

    “The question we as stakeholders in education should ask ourselves is where will the over 18 000 learners go? This is why the SPYL secretary for education is requesting from government through the line ministry to address the issue and avoid these learners from ending in the streets,” Iipinge said.

    Iipinge also called on companies to construct vocational training centres in the regions in order to absorb learners who do not get the opportunity to further their studies.

    “We all have a role to play in educating the Namibian child. That is why I am challenging corporate companies to build vocational training centres in all regions as this will have a good impact on the economy of the country and also reduce poverty,” Iipinge said.

    Late last year it was reported that the government was contemplating plans to return the embattled NSFAF to the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation because of corruption claims and the manner in which the fund was being run.

    Iipinge said that was not a solution. He said the government should investigate NSFAF and based on its findings it should act accordingly and rectify the issues.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Drunk drivers terrorise Namibian roadsDrunk drivers terrorise Namibian roads Namibia's epidemic of drunk driving remains a deadly problem despite repeated calls from lawmakers and others for Namibians to change their risky behaviour.

    “It's still a huge problem and ultimately it's all about attitude,” Percy Openshaw from Crisis Emergency Services told Namibian Sun this week.

    Aubrey Oosthuizen from the West Coast Safety Initiative agrees.

    “It's attitude, attitude, attitude,” he said, adding that the problem not only extends to drivers, but to friends and family who protect the guilty ones at all costs.

    “We have got used to this behaviour and unless the message does not come from all of the relevant authorities, from senior political levels and from the courts, it will only get worse.”

    Eddie Bezuidenhout from E-med Rescue24 said there is no doubt that alcohol contributes to many accidents on Namibia's roads. He urged the authorities to strengthen measures to help change attitudes and ensure that Namibians drive sober.

    Bezuidenhout added that often innocent bystanders are severely injured or killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers.

    “It's a huge problem,” he said, noting that a person's decision to drive drunk often leads to a crushing blow for those using the roads responsibly.

    And while the steps taken by authorities in various regions to combat unruly and drunk driving are praised by the emergency workers, they say more can and should be done, including stronger prevention, enforcement and punishment.

    “It doesn't help law enforcement catches someone and locks them up and then they are only fined a certain amount. That is not an incentive to change behaviour,” Bezuidenhout said. He said suspending licences would be a step in the right direction, as well as ensuring that alcohol level testing is done effectively and efficiently.

    “We have picked up that testing alcohol blood levels is a process that doesn't always work. We need to put stronger and better systems in place.”

    One solution would be to have doctors on stand-by during peak traffic times, such as holidays and long-weekends, to ensure blood tests are carried out effectively and efficiently.

    Openshaw added that fines need to reflect the danger of drunk driving, and authorities should be able to confiscate licences and cars in certain incidents.

    “The police and traffic authorities really are trying and doing their best to catch the culprits. But they can't be everywhere 24/7. And when a drunk driver is caught and appears in court, the fines do not reflect the possible damage their behaviour could have caused.”

    Moreover, unmarked police vehicles should be deployed to patrol certain areas, Bezuidenhout said.

    “It's unbelievable how many people sit in their cars and drink and how many first drive through roadblocks and then start drinking.”

    All agree that culprits often sprint away from the scene, but added that authorities are increasingly able to catch them quickly. Nevertheless, an alcohol blood test is then no longer possible. Another key factor is the fact that many Namibians still tolerate drunk driving by their friends and relatives.

    “Many people drive drunk for years and years, and because nothing happens, nothing changes,” Openshaw explained.

    He also called on parents and guardians to not turn a blind eye to their children who stay out late drinking and who are more likely driving drunk or sharing a car with someone who is under the influence.

    “Many people know their kids are out drinking, but they do and say nothing.”

    Bezuidenhout pointed out that a key behavioural change is for Namibians to rely more on taxis or designated drivers when they know they will be drinking.

    In line with this, E-med is testing a phone application that will allow anyone to simply press one button that will alert E-med, who will send a taxi to their location.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Mutorwa and Goeiemann clash
  • Mutorwa and Goeiemann clashMutorwa and Goeiemann clashWorks ministry says their duties will be done today The agriculture minister says the man responsible for the delay in opening two northern abattoirs is works permanent secretary Willem Goeiemann. Accusations are flying left, right and centre between agriculture minister John Mutorwa and works permanent secretary Willem Goeiemann over delays in the opening of the Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs.

    Mutorwa has claimed that thousands of farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA) are suffering because of Goeiemann, “who has been playing and continues to play the delay game since September 2016”.

    For his part, Goeiemann maintains that there is no delay, and things are being done professionally.

    While responding to the Namibian Sun's article 'NCA farmers in limbo', Mutorwa sympathised with farmers and accused Goeiemann of not feeling the suffering of the farmers by delaying the opening of the two abattoirs for reasons known only to him.

    Mutorwa emphasised that the delays had nothing to do with money, as his ministry had budgeted for the repairs.

    “It is not a question of money, but, in my considered view, an attitudinal problem, non-empathetic and uncaring attitude from some government officials, who do not have feelings for the suffering of the affected farmers at heart, for reasons unknown to my ministry,” fumed Mutorwa.

    An incensed Mutorwa said that, before the signing of abattoirs leasing agreement in August 2016, his ministry contacted Burmeister and Partners to do technical evaluation and inspections of the two government abattoirs. He said the consultants finished their work on time and submitted their report to him as required.

    Mutorwa said based on that report, they appointed a contractor to do the required repair work as a matter of urgency.

    “The works ministry through its permanent secretary intervened and advised that the contractor cannot and may not be appointed solely on the basis of the said report. They insisted that the works ministry engineers must do their own technical evaluation, on the basis of which a contractor may then be appointed,” Mutorwa explained.

    Mutorwa questioned why Goeiemann could not speed up this process.

    “These delaying tactics have been played, and continue to be played, since September 2016 until the present, despite my ministry's protestation and thousands of NCA farmers suffering.”

    Goeiemann denied these allegations, saying he was not consulted from the outset and only came to know about the abattoirs in September last year. He said they have been working around the clock to finish two bills of quantities.

    “These are technical activities. They take time and one cannot just finish them in a day. We started in September and we could not go on holiday just because we are committed to the task,” Goeiemann said.

    He said they were completing one bill of quantity yesterday, while another one would be completed today, to be submitted to the agriculture ministry.

    Goeiemann said he was not the one who intervened in the process, but that the ministry was referred to him by the attorney-general.

    “The agriculture ministry went to the attorney-general for the lease agreement contracts and they were advised that I have to sign each one. They brought them to me to sign, but I cannot just sign something I do not know about since I was not consulted. That is why I sent our engineers to do the evaluation,” Goeiemann said.

    Mutorwa announced that the abattoirs would be run by private businesses, with the Oshakati abattoir having been given to KIAT Investment Holdings, while the Katima Mulilo abattoir was given to Zambezi Meat Corporation (ZAMCO) to operate.

    Last week the Namibia National Farmers' Union (NNFU) president Jason Emvula said the pressure on NCA farmers was high because cattle numbers now stood at 1.6 million and overgrazing was extensive. The farmers have not had abattoirs since September 2016 when Meatco closed shop. It is now using a mobile slaughter unit in the area.

    In August last year Mutorwa announced that the two abattoirs would resume operations by November last year. Emvula said farmers were excited and ready to sell their cattle, and now they were desperate to find a market.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Lourenço denies beef with Dos Santos clanLourenço denies beef with Dos Santos clan Luanda - Angolan President João Lourenço has denied "any tension" with his long-serving predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos, many of whose relatives and friends he has sacked from public office in a fight against corruption in the oil-rich southern African nation.

    In November, within three months of taking control of Angola, Lourenço sacked dos Santos's daughter - Africa's richest woman - as head of the state-run oil company Sonangol. In recent weeks, he has fired a string of other business figures closely associated with his predecessor.

    A long-standing pillar of the regime, the new president had promised to distance himself from the Dos Santos clan during his successful campaign ahead of the August 23 poll.

    Dos Santos, 75, finally quit power in August after ruling the country for 38 years. He is still head of the ruling MPLA party and has publicly deplored his successor's "radical" decisions.

    "I don't see any tension in our relations," Lourenco told a press conference marking 100 days in power.

    ‘Normal working relations’

    "The president of the party is guided by the statutes of the party and I as president seek to respect and obey the constitution," he said, adding that he had "normal working relations" with Dos Santos.

    Before retiring, Dos Santos took care to freeze by law the hierarchy of the security forces for several years. But Lourenço replaced the heads of the police and military intelligence anyway.

    Angola, along with Nigeria, is one of Africa's biggest oil producers, pumping out 1.7 million barrels per day. But the oil wealth has bypassed the overwhelming majority of citizens who live in grinding poverty.

    Sonangol has ordered a probe into "possible misappropriation" of funds by Isabel dos Santos, and Lourenço on Monday said the sacking was not politically motivated.

    "The person who was replaced isn't a member of the opposition," he noted.

    He also hinted that Dos Santos's son, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, could be axed as the head of the country's sovereign investment fund.

    "I am not saying I'm going to sack him but it is possible that it could happen," he said.

    Lourenço refused comment on Dos Santos' future as head of the MPLA. In 2016, Dos Santos pledged to retire from politics in 2018.

    "It's up to him to say if he will do that, if he upholds his promise," he said. – Nampa/AFP

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    Back to school live, with NMHBack to school live, with NMH The publications of Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) - Namibian Sun, Allgemeine Zeitung and Republikein - will be hosting their very first back-to-school live media interactions with different primary schools around Windhoek starting today.

    The aim of this initiative is to involve both our online and print audience in the first week of school for first-time primary school children entering grade 1. The media interaction sessions will involve live Facebook videos, the handing out of our annual school calendar and speaking to some of the grade 1 learners.

    This year, the enrolment numbers for grades 1 to 7 for this academic year stood at 483 685, representing a 3% increment when compared to 2016. Looking at figures for the 2017 pre-primary enrolment rate, it is fair to assume the total number of grade 1s will be roughly 37 000 this year.

    The sessions will broadcast the importance of involving both of the two vital parties that contribute to a child's success - parents and teachers. As for most parents, the first day of school is a milestone and NMH wishes to capture this moment. The first day of school marks a huge step in the child's education as the academic begins with grade 1. The involvement of the school, and the teachers too, is critical and they are also involved.

    Catch all of the back-to-school sessions on our Facebook page and contact us if you want to share a story.

    TUNOHOLE MUNGOBA

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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Crash victims identified
  • Crash victims identifiedCrash victims identifiedTen dead on Monday alone Another victim of Monday's collision at Ondangwa has died in hospital, bringing to ten the death toll of two accidents that happened that day. The police have released the names of eight of the ten people who died in two accidents on Monday. Two victims are yet to be identified.

    Yesterday Namibian Sun reported that four people died when a Toyota Corolla they were travelling in collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota VVTI pickup at Okapya village in Ondangwa.

    The number of fatalities increased to five when another passenger succumbed to her injuries at the Oshakati state hospital. She has not been identified yet.

    Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said the other four victims were identified as Selma Angnes Katshoona (35), Ipawa Hennock (13), Medusalem Nantinda (32) and Brunah Tuwilika Ndemupehafo Shapi (4).

    A case of culpable homicide has been opened and police investigations continue. The other accident happened on the Linyanti-Sangwali road at Katima Mulilo when the driver of a Toyota Noah seven-seater lost control of the vehicle after a rear tyre burst, causing the vehicle to overturn. Four people died on the spot while one succumbed to injuries while being transported to hospital.

    The five other occupants of the bus, including the driver, sustained serious injuries. So far only four of the five victims have been identified: Fidelis Masule Mukushi (71), Kazanga Isaac Ronmoss (19), Linda Mataa (21) and Mubita Nsozi (age unknown). The bus driver has been charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driving licence.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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