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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Kizzire tops Hahn in playoff Kizzire tops Hahn in playoff NAMPA/AFP

    Patton Kizzire parred the sixth playoff hole on Sunday to vanquish James Hahn and seize his second US PGA Tour title of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

    The marathon playoff capped a day when Kizzire needed all of his patience at Waialae in Honolulu.

    He parred the first nine holes before an eagle at the 10th gave him a share of the lead. After another birdie and a bogey he finished with a 68 for 17-under 263.

    Hahn was already in the clubhouse at 17-under after a storming final-round 62, and it would take half a dozen more holes to determine the winner.

    "It wasn't necessarily pretty but it was nice to come out on top," Kizzire said. "James had a great round today."

    Kizzire, who won at Mayakoba in Mexico in November, became the tour's first two-time winner in the 2017-18 season when he finished off Hahn at the par-three 17th. Kizzire was just off the green, 22 feet from the hole and Hahn further off the putting surface.

    Both opted to putt, Kizzire leaving himself a four-footer that he made after Hahn's eight-foot effort caught the edge but didn't drop.

    "It was kind of a marathon playoff," Kizzire said. "I was hoping I could make an eagle on the first hole and end it quickly but I'll take it any way I can get it."

    Kizzire and Hahn both opened the playoff with pars at the par-five 18th.

    Both birdied 18 when they returned again for the second hole, then both parred the par-three 17th.

    They returned again to 18, where Hahn got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker while Kizzire two-putted for birdie from 28 feet.

    Both were in a greenside bunker at 18 for the fifth playoff hole and came up with pars.

    Hahn had been a perfect 2-0 in previous tour playoffs, winning both of his titles to date in extra holes.

    Seven adrift to start the day, he roared up the leaderboard with an eight-under par round.

    His nine birdies included five in a row from the eighth through the 12th, and he added two more at 14 and 15 to get to 17-under.

    "I was hitting them good," Hahn said. "Anytime I'm hitting them good I feel like I can go after flags and not worry about where they're going where they're missing. Short game was on, there was no reason not to fire at the flag."

    Walking off the 72nd green, however, Hahn wasn't expecting to be in a playoff, with the closing holes at Waialae offering birdie chances to those still on the course.

    Overnight leader Tom Hoge, chasing a first US PGA Tour title, was 18-under after rolling in a 21-foot birdie putt at the 12th.

    But he made a double-bogey from a bunker at 16 and missed a birdie chance at 18 that could have seen him in the playoff.

    Hoge signed for a two-under par 70 that left him alone in third on 16-under 264.

    It was a further stroke back to Webb Simpson, Brian Stuard and Brian Harman on 265. Simpson and Stuard both posted five-under 65s while Harman, tied for second with Kizzire to start the day, carded a 70.

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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Lourenco clean-up goes on
  • Lourenco clean-up goes onLourenco clean-up goes onSome say there is a vendetta against Dos Santos The purge by the new Angolan president, Joao Lourenco, continues as he takes out the last vestiges of the former president's nepotism. The first major scalp claimed by Angola's new president Joao Lourenco in his war on corruption and nepotism was that of his predecessor's daughter, who was sacked as head of the state oil company.

    The next big name linked to former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos was that of his son, Jose Filomeno, who was removed from his post at the top of the African nation's US$5 billion sovereign wealth fund. Quick work for a president with barely 100 days on the job.

    Lourenco's manoeuvring against the nepotistic vestiges of Angola's last president began in earnest in November with the toppling of Isabel dos Santos - said by Forbes to be Africa's richest woman.

    The shake-up at the Sonangol oil giant marked a watershed moment in Lourenco's young presidency as he sought to assert his authority and clear out the legacy of his controversial predecessor.

    During his presidential campaign, the former defence minister vowed to distance himself from Dos Santos who remains head of the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party.

    Just a month after Isabel dos Santos was fired, Sonangol announced it was opening an investigation into “possible misappropriation” of funds during her time as chief executive.

    Angolan media outlets have accused her of ordering suspect transfers and payments worth tens of millions of dollars.

    But although her sacking caught some Angola watchers off-guard, Lourenco's dismissal this week of Jose Filomeno as head of the oil-rich country's vast wealth fund did not.

    Lourenco, 63, had hinted he might sack Filomeno during a speech to mark his first 100 days in office after winning August's election on an anti-graft, reformist platform.


    “Lourenco has sidelined all of those over whom he doesn't have control,” said Benjamin Auge, an analyst at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).

    “The members of the Dos Santos family fall into this category, which is why they've been cast-off, one by one.” Like his sister, Jose Filomeno was the embodiment of the political-financial empire built by their father that funnelled the nation's wealth to friends and relatives of the all-powerful Dos Santos clan. But the new sheriff in town appears determined to end the family's grip on the nation's purse strings.

    “No one is above the law,” Lourenco said before being sworn in. For weeks now, Angolan media have been running stories alleging corruption by the Dos Santos family, which had previously been seen as untouchable. As well as the corruption probe facing Isabel, her half-brother was implicated in the “Panama Papers” scandal which showed how the world's wealthy shift profits around the globe to drastically cut tax. Also this week, state television revealed the lavish terms of a government contract awarded to another of Dos Santos' daughters, Welwitschia.

    'Might dig his feet in'

    Facing official scrutiny is proving to be an uncomfortable new experience for the former first family.

    Isabel has huffily denied the allegations against her and accused her critics of a “campaign of defamation” and “fake news”. And even Dos Santos himself waded in, admitting in a rare public appearance last month that while “the changes are necessary, they should not be so radical”. Angola's opposition has been quick to praise the government's campaign against “nepotism” - an issue it has long campaigned about, urging Lourenco see the process through to the end.

    “All of these sackings will be irrelevant if they aren't followed by legal action,” said Lindo Bernardo Tito, vice president of the Casa-CE party.

    “The president should order judicial inquiries without delay.”

    Personal crusade?

    Few observers thought that Lourenco would push his fight against nepotism and corruption as far as he has. “I don't imagine any serious case will emerge against the family (although) the Sonangol probe is clearly a warning of what could happen,” said Alex Vines, an analyst at Britain's Chatham House think-tank. Keen to keep the peace with his one-time mentor, Lourenco has denied any kind of “vendetta” against the Dos Santos family.

    “I don't see any tension in our relations,” he said yesterday. “We are not persecuting them.”

    But Vines said the new president needed to be cautious.

    “Lourenco does need to now prove he is not personalising this - and allow an up-to-now exemplary transition to continue to be smooth,” added Vines.

    “Dos Santos had planned to step down from the MPLA presidency in 2018 - but if he senses there is a witch hunt against his family and friends, he might dig his feet in.”

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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Land reform in Zim critical
  • Land reform in Zim criticalLand reform in Zim critical Zimbabwe urgently needs a new system of land administration to harness development in the agricultural sector. The country's land use and ownership have been significantly reconfigured by the fast-track land reform programme undertaken during Robert Mugabe's rule.

    Today, following the land reform of the 2000s, Zimbabwe has an agrarian structure that's made up of small, medium and large farms, all under different forms of land ownership. A landscape that used to be dominated by 4 500 large-scale commercial farmers is now populated by about 145 000 smallholder households, occupying 4.1 million hectares, and around 23 000 medium-scale farmers on 3.5 million hectares.

    Knowing exactly who has land and where is difficult. Illegal multiple allocations combine with unclear boundary demarcations and an incomplete recording system. Many new land owners don't have formal documentation and lack leases or permits confirming ownership. There is a great deal of uncertainty given the often haphazard, sometimes corrupt, approach to land reallocation that took place under the land reform programme.

    Given that the landscape is very different to what went before, a new system of land administration is urgently needed.

    Promise of change

    In his inaugural speech, Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, declared that land reform was both necessary and irreversible, and acknowledged some big, outstanding challenges.

    A new land administration system for the post-land reform era is long overdue. Paying compensation to former owners is a vital first step. This has to be combined with a comprehensive land audit to weed out those failing to produce, or those illegally holding more than one plot, alongside allocating leases and permits to those in land reform areas, and attracting investment into agriculture as the mainstay of an ailing economy.

    Both compensation and audit processes will inevitably throw up disputes. A fair and transparent system for rapid resolution is required, including the establishment of an independent Land Tribunal. Alternative dispute resolution processes at a local level will hopefully avoid the dangers of the courts getting clogged with numerous cases. An audit also has to be linked to land registration, and an effective, but low-cost, land information management system. Following registration, legal recognition and formal documentation of land ownership is essential, as land tenure security is vital for future investment.

    Many forms of tenure

    Some believe that the only solution is individual freehold titling, as land is otherwise seen as “dead capital”. But this is mistaken, as other forms of land tenure can offer security, spurring investment, if the institutional, legal and political context is right.

    As argued in 1994 by the Rukuni Commission, a major review of tenure policy in Zimbabwe, a multi-form tenure arrangement makes most sense. In some settings, communal tenure regimes are best, allowing flexibility and broad access. In others, a simple permit system can allow registration. In others, a leasehold arrangement can offer security and collateral, while regulations can offset land concentration and assure access for certain people.

    Occasionally freehold title may be appropriate if a completely free market in land is required. However, titling schemes are notoriously expensive to deliver, open up multiple disputes and are difficult to regulate to ensure more equitable ownership structures, including land ownership by women.

    Financing is essential

    To pay land taxes, mortgages or compensation payments, the land must be productive, and this requires finance. Finance for agriculture has been missing in recent years.

    Great efforts have been made to ensure that the 99-year lease for medium-scale commercial farm land (known as A2) is bankable, and cannot be withdrawn arbitrarily. It seems that, at last, the Zimbabwe Banking Association is in agreement. This will allow the release of private bank finance, as land can be used as collateral.

    For those without land leases, other types of collateral can also be used, including assets such as livestock, vehicles or buildings. Alternative sources of farm finance include commercial crop contracting, partnerships and joint ventures or government backed loans.

    All these financing models have shown some promise in Zimbabwe in recent years, with crop contracting at the core of the smallholder tobacco production success story. Contracting arrangements are also extending to other crops. Joint ventures, including partnerships with Chinese investors and former commercial farmers, have also been emerging in a number of under-capitalised medium-scale farms.

    'Command agriculture' - a public-private input supply scheme - has been a flagship project led by the new president and the military. It has helped to revitalise maize and wheat production, especially on larger farms with irrigation infrastructure. Questions are however raised about longer-term sustainability of such subsidised financing.

    Sustainability is key

    Getting a new land administration system working is a huge task. All the elements have to work together – from audit to valuation to compensation to dispute resolution to issuing land tenure documentation to financing – and back again. And this is not just a one-off task to resolve the current mess. Land disputes will continue, audits will need to be repeated, and new leases and permits and sources of finance secured. For this reason any new system must be sustainable, both administratively and financially, and not reliant on external donor finance. Taxes, rents and compensation repayments need to be paid back into a land fund, which in turn supports the system for the long-term.

    Testing this all out at a district level before rapidly rolling it out across the country is an urgent task for Zimbabwe's new Land Commission. Elaborating a new land administration system is long overdue. Such a system will help the country get over the post-land reform impasse, resolving outstanding land issues and getting much-needed investment flowing into the agriculture sector. Only with this working well – as countries in East Asia recognised when they undertook land reforms decades ago - will the full benefits of Zimbabwe's land reform be realised. – News24

    *Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

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    Oompangela dhemanitho lyoskola yaNgwediva odhi li metifaOompangela dhemanitho lyoskola yaNgwediva odhi li metifaElelo lyaShana lya kuthako oongaku Pahapu dhomukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa shaShana, Hileni Amukana okwa popi kutya oonkambadhala tadhi ningwa opo ku manithwe iilonga yetungo yoskola yaNgwediva ndjoka yali yi na okukala tayi longo uule woomvula ndatu dh piti monena, otadhi pula nawa komeho. Palopota dhoshikundanekifo shoNamibian Sun, oskola ompe yOngwediva Junior Secondary School ndjoka monena tayi hiila momatungo gongeleka ngoka geli monkalo yanayipala noonkondo, naalongiskola naalongwa moskola ndjoka oye li taya longele momakuma omakulu ngoka kage na olusheno, omakende goongulu oga tatuka, noombuli dhoongulu dhoka ohadhi lokelwa pethimbo lyomvula, nonando ope na opoloyeka ndjoka ya pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 39, ndjoka ya kala owala ya mwena itayi longo, shalandula sho okondalaka yomutungi gwoskola ndjoka ya kuthwa oonkondo mo 2016. Iilonga mbyoka oya li ya pewa ehangano lyomatungo lyUukumwe Construction.

    MuDesemba gwomvula y 2017, elelo lyoshitopolwa olya katuka oonkatu nokukutha ko iilonga yetungo ndyoka, na okwa li kwa tseyithwa aatungi ya ninge omaindilo gokupewa otendela yokumanitha iilonga yetungo ndyoka.

    Omaindilo ga thika po 30 oga yakulwa. Amukana okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya, okomitiye oya kala omutuumba opo yi ninge omagwedhelepo ngoka taga ukithwa kombelewa yOmunambelewa Omukuluntu gwoshitopolwa. Amukana okwa tsikile kutya ayihe otayi ka longwamo muule wiiwike iyali twa taalela, nomutungi ngoka ta ka manitha iilonga yetungo lyoskola ndjoka okwa tegelelwa a kale a tameka andola iilonga ye okuya pehulilo lyomwedhi nguka tuli.

    Omunambelewa ngoka ina vula okuyelitha kutya oskola ndjoka otayi ka tameka okulonga uunake, ihe okwa popi kutya uuna iilonga yetungo ya pu nena oskola ndjoka otayi vulu okutembukila momatungo ngoka omape.

    Onkundana ndjoka oyi li tayi shambula aakuthimbinga mboka ya li woo ya teka omukumo metungo lyopoloyeka ndjoka, noshigongi shaavali shoka sha li sha ninnwa hugunina momvula yo 2017, aavali oyali ya tokola okuninga ehololomadhilaadhilo yeli ompinge nekateko lyemanitho lyiilonga yopoloyeka ndjoka.


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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Oskola yEmanya ya ndopa nayi
  • Oskola yEmanya ya ndopa nayiOskola yEmanya ya ndopa nayi Omvula yo 2017, kaya li omvula ombwaanawa koskola yEmanya Secondary School sho aanaskola ayehe 71 mboka ya shanga ekonaakono yondondo onti 12 inaya vula okumona iitsa tayi ya falitha kiiputudhilo yopombanda.

    Oshiwike sha piti uuministeli welongo owa tseyitha iizemo yondondo onti 12, yekonaakono lyoNamibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level, noskola yEmanya Secondary School moshitopolwa shaShikoto ndjoka opo ya shanga ekonaakono lyondondo onti 12 lyotango kape na omunaskola e shi pondola okumona iizemo yi li nawa, sho aanaskola mboka ya ndopa nayi noonkondo.

    Iizemo yEmanya Secondary School oya halutha oyendji molwaashoka oskola ndjoka oya kala tayi shi enditha nawa mekonaakono lyondondo onti 10, sho ya kala nokupita noopresenda dhi li pokati ko 90 ne 100, uule woomvula dhi vulithe puntano.

    Sho a popi noshikundanekifo shoNamibian Sun, omukuluntuskola poskola ndjoka, Iileka Malakia okwa popi kutya ina nyanyukilwa iizemo mboka, ihe otaka kwashilipaleka kutya onkalo ndjoka oya lundululwa.

    “Itandi vulu okutya sha ngashiingeyi ihe onda tala iizemo mbyoka na inandi yi nyanyukilwa. Otandi tala kuupyakadhi ngame mwene nokumona kutya openi pwa pumbwa okukwata opo onkalo ndjoka yi galukile kuuwanawa. Otatu ka longa nuudhiginini mokulundulula onkalo,” Malakia a popi. Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya otaya ka kala taya longitha omukalo ngoka haya longitha mondondo onti 10 opo ya vule okuyambulapo iizemo yawo yondondo onti 12.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulaapulo, Omukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa shaShikoto, Lameck Kafidi okwa popi kutya ompumbwe yomihandjo oshowo ontseyo yaalongiskola oyo yimwe yomiinima tayi etitha endopo mooskola dhomoshitopolwa she. Kafidi okwa popi kutya aanaskola mboka ye li momihandjo, ohaye shi enditha nawa ye vulithe mboka haya zi komagumbo.

    Okwa popi kutya aanona ethimbo limwe ohaya iyadha moonkalo dhanayipala, sho kaye na omihandjo nokuza momagumbo gaantu yaaheya shi, hoka ya tegelelwa ya longe kehe shimwe, omanga yakwawo mboka ye li momihandjo kaye na omukundu gu li ngaaka. Okwa tsikile kutya aanona yamwe ohaya thiminikwa opo ya hiile momalukanda nokutsakaneka iinima oyindji yopankalathano.

    “Aantu poompito odhindji kaye hole oshili. Emanya oskola ndjoka kayi na omuhandjo nongele oskola kayi na omuhandjo nena osha hala okutya omolwa ompumbwe twa tokola okutula ondondo onti 12 poskola ndjoka molwaashoka otwa pumbwa okugandja omahala gooskola kaanona. Aanona mboka ohaya iyadha momagumbo gaantu moka kaye na eyambidhidho lyaavali.”

    Kafidi okwa popi kutya ontseyo yelongo nayo oya dhana onkandangala miizemo mbyoka, molwaashoka ondondo ndjoka opo ya totwapo, nonando okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa she otashi ka konaakona iizemo yondondo onti 10 no 12 opo ya tale kutya otaya yambula po ngiini iizemo mbyoka.


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    Oompata kombinga yelaka lyOshiingilisaOompata kombinga yelaka lyOshiingilisaOshiingilisa otashi yi moshipala aailongi Okwa holoka oompata mokati koshigwana kutya elaka lyOshingilisa inali kala tali dhengele metambulo lyaailongi miiputudhilo yopombanda. Iipumbiwa metambulo lyaailongi miiputudhilo yopombanda, moka unene taku pulwa epito lyelaka lyOshiingilisa oya etitha omaiyuvo ga yooloka mokati kAaNamibia sha landula etseyitho pashigwana lyiizemo yondondo onti 12 yoNamibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level.

    Oshiwike sha piti uuministeli welongo owa pititha iizemo yondondo onti 12 yopashigwana na oopresenda owala 39.3% dhomaanaskola o 22 091 mboka ya shanga ekonaakono ndyoka miipundi yeshi pondola okumona iitsa tayi ya falitha kiiputudhilo yopombanda.

    Elaka lyOshiingilisa oshimwe shomiilongwa mbyoka ya ndopwa nayi noonkondo.

    Iizemo yondondo onti 12 maailongi yopaumwene moshiputudhilo shoNamibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) nayo inayi shambula melaka lyOshiingilisa sho oopresenda owala 10 dhaailongi yeshi pondola okupita elaka ndyoka. Shoka osha etitha oompata mokati kaakwashigwana mboka ye wete kutya oshipumbiwa shepito lyelaka lyOshiingilisa miiputudhilo yopombanda nashi kthwe po, molwaashoka otashi indike aailongi oyendji ya tsikile nomailongo gawo.

    Yimwe yomiipumbiwa opo omuntu a tambulwe moshiputudhilo shopombanda shoUniversity of Namibia ,ondondo C nenge yi vulepo melaka lyOshiingilisa nenge ondondo D ngele oshiingilisa osho elaka lye lyotango.

    Oshiputudhilo shoNamibia University of Science and Technology otashi pula ondondo E nenge yi vulepo omanga International University of Management, taya pula ondondo D.

    Omuhwahwameki miinima ya pamba oshigwana, Job Amupanda is okuli gumwe gwomwaamboka taya pula omalundululo miipumbiwa mbyoka. Amupanda okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kutya nonando elaka ndyoka olyo elaka lyopambelewa moshilongo, inali indikitha AaNamibia ya pondole moonkalamwenyo dhawo.

    Amupanda okwa popi kutya ontseyo yomuntu inayi metwa nelaka lyoshiingilisa, nepito moshiingilisa nali kale tali dhengele mookoosa ndhoka dhi na sha noshiingilisa. Amupanda ngoka e li omunambelewa gwodeputy dean of Unam's Faculty of Economics and Management Science, okwa gwedha po kutya aanaskola oyendji oya mono iitsa yi li pombanda yoo 35 ihe itaya vulu okuya kiiputudhilo yopombanda omolwa oya ndopa oshiingilisa.

    Omukomeho gwoTeachers Union of Namibia, Mahongora Kavihuha okwa popi kutya pethimbo kwa tulwa omulandu ngoka mooskola inaku ningwa omakonaaakono ku talike ngele omuntu ngoka tiilongele uunongompango okwa pumbwa tuu ontseyo yoshiingilisa ya faathana naangoka tii longele uuindjinia.

    Kavihuha okwa popi kutya aailongi oyendji monena kaye na iilonga molwaashoka oya ndopa elaka lyoshiingilisa.

    Elongo lyankundipala

    Omundungiki ngoka e li moshipundi shevululuko, Andrew Matjila okwa gandja uusama kaalongiskola omolwa endopo lyelaka lyoshiingilisa mokati kaanaskola.

    Okwa popi kutya endopo ndyoka itali halutha molwaashoka olya kala ngaaka uule woomvula 23 dha piti.

    Matjila okwa popi kutya sho oshilongo sha manguluka mo 1990, okwa tokolwa kutya Oshiingilisa otashi ningi elaka lyopambelewa, ihe uupyakadhi owali kutya aalongi pethimbo ndyoka oyali ya longwa melaka lyOshimbulu, naasho kwa ningwa omalunduluko okwa tegelelwa ya longe elaka lyOshiingilisa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ngele aalongi oya nyengwa koshitya melaka lyOshiingilisa nena ohaya longitha elaka lyOshimbulu nenge limwe lyaavalelwa mo opo ya uvitheko aanaskola, nena ngele omuntu ita vulu okuyelitha melaka lyOshiingilisa, oshi li uupyakadhi uunene.

    Matjila okwa indile epangelo opo li tume aalongi komadheulo gelaka ndyoka opo ya yambulepo ontseyo yawo nuunongo. Uuministeli owa pyakudhukwa okupulakena

    Ominista yelongo, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa okwa popi kutya okwa taambako oompata adhihe moshikumungu shoka. Okwa koleke woo kutya endopo melaka ndyoka kashi shi oshinima oshipe.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa popi kutya ondondo yelongo itayi tulwa pevi, ihe aalongi naanaskola oya pumbwa okuya moshipala onkalo yendopo lyoshilongwa shoka hashi ndopiwa koyendji, nonando opena mboka haye shi piti.

    Okwa tsikile kutya yo oya pyakudhukwa okupulakena koompata dhoka, nongele okwa longithwa oonkundathana dhomondjila nena oshikumungu shoka tashi vulu okukundathanwa momutumba gwopashigwana.

    “Ngashiingeyi otatu landula omilandu dhoka dha tulwa miilonga sho epangelo lyoshilongo shika lya kutha ko elelo lyoshilongo. Ndhoka odho omilandu twiikolelela mudho na otatu tsikile okudhi tula miilonga ihe ngele ope na oompata dhopashigwana nena onda pyakudhukwa okupatulula oompata ndhoka dhi kundathanwe.” “Otwa manguluka okushi fala mopaliamende, otwa manguluka okuninga oonkundathana dhopashigwana nokuuva kutya oshigwana oshi uvitile ngiini onkalo ndjoka, nongele oshigwana oshi uvite kutya ope na shoka tashi vulu okuningwa, otse oolye mbela tu kale itatu pulakene.”


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    Oskola yongeleka yi li monkalo yanayipalaOskola yongeleka yi li monkalo yanayipala Nonando oskola ndjoka oyimwe yomooskola tadhi shi enditha nawa, sho ye shi enditha nawa miizemo opo ya pitithwa yekonaakono lyondondo onti 12 lyoNamibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level, omuhandjo gwoskola yOshigambo High School oguIi monkalo ya nayipala noonkondo.

    Aavali mboka opo ya fala lyotango aanona yawo koskola ndjoka, oya haluka noonkondo konkalo ndjoka moka mu na omuhandjo gwoskola ndjoka.

    Omuvali gumwe ngoka ina hala uukwatya we wuhololwe okwa popi kutya oya futa iimaliwa oyindji ihe onkalo yaanona poskola ndjoka otayi etitha ohenda noonkondo.

    Aavali poskola ndjoka yongeleka yoEvangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), ndjoka hayi pewa eyambidhidho kepangelo, ohaya futu komvula oshimaliwa shooN$8 652 omanga oshimaliwa shooN$362 shoka sha nuninwa etungo hashi futwa kokanona kehe omvula.

    “Oskola ndjoka itayi monika ya fa oskola yopaumwene moka aavali haya futu oshimaliwa oshindji noonkondo. Ohatu falako aanona yetu omolwa ondondo yelongo ndjoka haya gandja ihe oskola oyi li monkalo yanayipala noonkondo.”

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo omukuluntu gwoskola ndjoka Hendrick Shikonda okwa tindi okuyamukula na okwa pula kutya oolye taya nyenyeta onkalo yoskola.

    Oskola yaShigambo oyimwe yomooskola dhingi dhopaumwene ntano moshilongo na oyi li ponomola ontitatu mooskola dhingi moshitopolwa shaShikoto.


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  • 01/15/18--14:00: My Zone meets the grade ones
  • My Zone meets the grade onesMy Zone meets the grade ones First day of school For the first three days of school, My Zone visited All Nations Christian Private School, Windhoek Afrikaans Private School, Windhoek Central Primary School, Gammams Primary School, Auas Primary School, Moses van der Byl Primary School, Amazing Kids Private School, Highlands Christian Private School and Emma Hoogenhout. This was all part of the three back to school media interactions. Brought to you by Shoprite and Checkers, Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) with their partnering newspapers stopped by at the primary schools last week to have a meet and greet with some parents, interact with the teachers and to make sure the first day of school was memorable for the grade ones.


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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Woorde
  • WoordeWoorde Daar is vir my niks mooier as die oordonderende reënwolke en hul gedruis nie, of die melodie van die bosvoëlgesang in die oggend vroeg.

    Ek vra dan vir jou: Hoekom soek jy nie die somer, son en saffier nie?

    Jy kan dalk my woorde vandag lees en 'n tydjie neem voordat my boodskap insink tot verstaan, maar jy sal nie my woorde kan ongedaan maak nie.

    Woorde is eienaardig. Vat jou jare om te leer, en daar sal altyd dié wees wat jy nie ken nie. So magtig dat dit jou lewe beheer en tog so delikaat dat dit net 'n asemteug vat om uit te rol oor 'n beheersde of onbeheersde tong, vernietigend of respekvol sag, opbouend met druppende wysheid.

    Met 'n enkele uitlating kan jy alles verloor. Jou naam is nie eens jou eie nie - word gebruik, misbruik deur elke siel wat oor jou lewenspad storm. Is jou verhaal so diep soos D.F. Malherbe se “Rooivlerkspreeu”? Het jy die woorde om jou lewenspad met koraal te versier, of is dit “'n diep verhaal van warm verdriet – allenig op die eiketak – die smeking van jou stemgeluid?”

    Die meerderheid van die mensdom leef hul pessimisme uit.

    Hulle laaf hulself aan drank, vind ontlading in verslawing en verloor hul stem in die geskreeu tot valse hulp, Psalms en Spreuke se wysheid verniet.

    Wie is jy in vandag se duisternis van 'n samelewing? Staan jy trots agter jou woorde . . . of kwyn jy weg wanneer een van jou woorde onder die vergrootglas kom? “Elke aksie het 'n reaksie.” Goed of sleg, elke woord het betekenis en implikasie; staan simboliek vir een of ander gebeurtenis. Dis anders vir elkeen van ons op die oor.

    Ongelukkig is die innerlike ervaring van woorde irrelevant in vandag se gemeenskap.

    Die leuen seëvier en maskers verberg die werklike.

    Ek dink nie ek en jy besef na wat presies ons woorde kan lei nie. Woorde is nie 'n bespiegelende raaisel nie, die boodskap lê oppervlakkig in 'n enkele lettergreep.

    Sit dit bymekaar en jy kan agter die kap van die byl kom, dink daaroor en die negatiewe en werklikheid laat jou stom. Vertel 'n leuen goed genoeg, en jy glo hom self. Hoekom woorde verdraai en verwring as jy jou eie Rome kan bou?

    Vind die krag in jou stem, staan op vir dit waarin jy glo en moet nie vir 'n oomblik terugkyk en spyt wees omdat jy jouself laat hoor het nie. Glo in wat jy spreek! Soek vir jou die mooiste blom uit, maar moet dit nie pluk nie. Gee dit daagliks water en jy sal later 'n tuin vol mooi snyblomme hê met bosvoëlgesang waarmee jy mens en lewenspaaie kan versier. Klink dit dan nie soos 'n sprokiesverhaal nie? 'n Gedagte vol van die mooiste herinneringe. Woorde is jou direkte pad na sukses.

    Gebruik hulle reg en hulle sal wonders vir jou doen.

    Jou woorde bly nooit net by jou nie, hulle vlieg, nee, sweef die wêreld deur na elke oor wat wil luister, vernietig of verkwik die siel.

    Somer en son en saffier vir my! “Boetie, as jy nou jou keuse kan kry, wat is die wens wat jou hart sal wae?” vra C. Louis Leipoldt.

    “O bedelaar-kind, in raaisel-dom van koue, wereldruim.”

    Laat 2018 se noordewind jou positiwiteit uitrol met wysheid en die mooiste melodie toonset, met sagte antwoorde en maskerlose integriteit.

    Geseënde 201 8.

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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Making science fun
  • Making science funMaking science fun Gold producer B2Gold, in partnership with the Little Shop of Physics from the University of Colorado in the US, recently held a Science Day at the Dawid Bezuidenhout High School. The initiative was used to teach learners how to use simple materials to gain knowledge about physics concepts in a simplistic manner.

    Sheri Lytle from B2Gold shared that the point of the fun day was to show learners that they could have an exciting time while studying science and that there are many creative ways they can use science to study.

    “We want to show Namibian learners that science is not a difficult subject and that they too can have fun while being taught about science. We are engaging learners and telling them that they can use simple everyday items to demonstrate scientific principles,” she said. Brian Jones from the Colorado university said that there have been numerous collaborations between the Little Shop of Physics and University of Namibia which saw lecturers and students from the university gain knowledge on how to work with scientific equipment on a training trip to the US.

    “We've held several workshops where we taught some lecturers and students some of the basics about the equipment and how they can make them.

    “These lectures then use these skills we teach them and then they impart these to learners in Namibia.”

    Bruno Hambira, a learner from Dawid Bezuidenhoud High School said the Science Day was a great initiative to broaden the knowledge of learners and that it was a different teaching method because they could learn more about what they were taught in class by using some of the equipment at the event.

    “I am inspired to study astronomy in the future because of what I was taught at the event,” he says.

    For Jefete Umbila from Ella Du Plessis Secondary School, the event was an opportunity for the Namibian youth to engage one another and it was a good platform for learners to work with one another in the future. “I met other learners from many different schools and some of them have the same ambitions as I do.

    “We want to work on projects in the science field and meeting them at this event opened me up to like-minded people I can collaborate with when the time is right,” he said.

    Nine different schools from the Khomas Region were at the event which focused on different areas of physics such as magnetism, electricity, light and colour, forced motion and energy.

    Shona Ngava

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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day MERRY CHRISTMAS: A girl holds a candle during an Orthodox Christmas service in a church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 6 January 2018. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7 in the Middle East, Russia and other Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the 17th-century Gregorian calendar adopted by Catholics, Protestants, Greek Orthodox and commonly used in secular life around the world. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 01/15/18--14:00: The great English debate
  • The great English debateThe great English debate We have closely been following the debate on social media regarding the core requirements needed for university admission with a particular emphasis on the official language, English.

    Many are of the view that English should not be a requirement for university admission or, at least, it should not deter students from entering university provided that they fared well in other subjects and have enrolled for programmes that do not necessarily place a huge premium on English.

    This is surely an interesting debate in that it will also help us unpack the real issues affecting the performance of learners in both Grades 10 and 12. Various commentators, including Teachers' Union of Namibia president Mahongora Kavihuha, made thought-provoking observations when interviewed about this particular topic by Namibian Sun. We are in total concurrence with the TUN leader when he mentioned that our system has not allowed for flexibility when it comes to university admissions.

    We have in past years failed to move with the times so much so that we don't take other achievements and experiences into account. Yes, English is important, especially at lower levels where learners need to structure sentences, use proper grammar and have an overall better understanding of how the language works. However, this is proving to be a huge barrier considering that the traditional Namibian education system offers limited quality options for learners from poor communities and unequal access to quality education.

    Despite poor teaching techniques, the majority of Namibian learners are not exposed to high levels of teaching. And that is why school standards are struggling to keep up with higher education requirements. It is thus essential to focus on a holistic approach to student education and tackle the issues at the heart of the problem. We also believe that universities should start looking at the huge range of different talents and strengths on the part of students in order to be part of the solution to this impasse. This must be an ongoing conversation and let us approach this issue with sober minds.

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    New contractor to finish troubled Ongwediva schoolNew contractor to finish troubled Ongwediva school The Oshana education directorate will soon name a new contractor to complete the Ongwediva Junior Secondary School project.

    According to education director, Hileni Amukana, the process is well on track. The school continues to rent from the dilapidated church premises where learners and teachers endure challenges of classrooms with broken windows, a lack of electricity, and damaged ceilings and roofs which leak during the rainy season. Namibian Sun on several occasions reported on the troubled N$39 million government project which was stalled and not handed over because the contractor, Uukumwe Construction, abandoned the site which saw the contract terminated in 2016. It is said that the absence of a sewerage system is the primary problem at the new premises, along with minor renovations as well as the incomplete school hall. In December last year, the Oshana Regional Council took over the responsibility to complete the school. Bidders were invited to the site to see what was still outstanding. Over 30 bids were received.

    Amukana told Namibian Sun the procurement committee met for the bid evaluations to make recommendations which will be submitted to the chief regional officer. Amukana pointed out that all the required procedures will be complied with and completed in the course of the next two weeks as the plan is to hand the site over to the successful bidder by end of this month. Regarding the projected completion of the project, Amukana said it is still early to determine but added that the primary objective is to have the school move into the new building facility as soon as possible. “The objective is to have the school move in and for the learners to be in a good learning environment. Hopefully, by the second semester the major problems will be sorted out and the school can occupy. The school hall is not such a big problem therefore it can be completed as time goes on,” Amukana said.


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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Erongo clamps down on drugs
  • Erongo clamps down on drugsErongo clamps down on drugs Police in the Erongo Region this weekend clamped down on drugs and several arrests were made and large amounts of drugs were confiscated.

    At Omaruru, a 24-year-old man was arrested for dealing in drugs on Friday at around 01:30.

    According to the police, Jeremia Goreseb was arrested in Ubasen Street at Omaruru for dealing in 72 pieces of crack cocaine, 34 mandrax tablets and 16 grams of cannabis. The drugs are valued at N$10 810.

    In a separate case at Karibib, a 37-year-old man was arrested for dealing in drugs on Friday at 07:30. Stanley Dausab was arrested in Kasinga Street at the Usab Location of Karibib for dealing in mandrax tablets valued at N$325.

    In another drug bust at Karibib, a 32-year-old man was arrested, also in Kasinga Street, on Friday at 07:30.

    According to the police, Jerome Dausab was arrested for dealing in 170 grams of cannabis valued at N$1 700. Police also arrested an 18-year-old suspect on the same morning, also in Karibib, for dealing in drugs. He was arrested in Kasinga Street, Usab Location, for dealing in 44 grams of cannabis valued at N$440.

    All the suspects appeared before the Karibib Magistrate's Court yesterday.


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    Black rhino hunter says he is a local heroBlack rhino hunter says he is a local heroRights groups block attempt to import trophy The controversial 2017 black rhino hunt has taken yet another twist with the hunter saying he received a medal in Namibia and is a local hero in the country, in a bid to import his trophy to the States. A Texas hunter who paid U$275 000 (N$3.4 million) to hunt a black rhino in Namibia has described himself as a “national hero” in Namibia, following an outcry from animal rights groups in an attempt to stop the import of the trophy into the US.

    “Now, in Namibia, I am a national hero,” Lacy Harber, 81, said. “The Namibian government gave me a medallion and they also gave me documents (saying) where I had contributed ... above and beyond what anybody else in the world had ever done to help save the black rhino.”

    The billionaire Texas hunter paid hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Dallas Safari Club's auction for the permit to hunt the black rhino in Namibia, and now wants to import the completed trophy to the US.

    However, animal rights groups have requested the American government to block Harber's request.

    The environment and tourism ministry, together with the Dallas Safari Club Foundation and Conservation Force, auctioned off the hunt of the rhino in December 2016 for US$275 000. The 81-year-old Harber reportedly shot the rhino on 27 February last year at the Veronica Game Lodge, operated by ARU Game Lodges in Namibia.

    He has now applied to import the trophy from Namibia into the US.

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service has opened a 30-day comment period on this import application, seeking input from the public. The comment period will close on 5 February and hundreds of comments have already streamed in urging the agency to deny the application.

    The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International issued a joint-statement calling on the US Fish and Wildlife Service to deny the application and any other import permit applications to hunters who want to kill and import trophies of black rhinos.

    Masha Kalinina, international trade policy specialist at Humane Society International, said: “We call on the US Fish and Wildlife Service to support the conservation of critically endangered black rhinos by keeping them alive, and not permitting trophy hunters to kill them and import gruesome 'prizes' into the United States. Allowing trophy hunters to kill black rhinos will take a severe toll on their populations, already under immense pressure from poaching.”

    In an interview with the Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Texas, Harber said the rhino he killed was an ageing male who had been kicked out of his herd and had attacked other black rhinos.

    “He had turned into a rogue rhino and the Namibian game department had documented that he had killed two females and three babies,” Harber said. “But they had no money to move him off by himself somewhere. They're very poor.

    “I didn't want that permit. I knew there was going to be a lot of controversy about it, but I did that to save the black rhino,” Harber is quoted as saying.

    This is not the first time that a Namibian black rhino hunt auctioned to a Texas hunter has been shrouded in controversy.

    Texas hunter Corey Knowlton in 2014 bought a black rhino hunt to Namibia for US$350 000 (N$4.4 million) at the Dallas Safari Club-sponsored auction but faced a storm of fierce criticism from animal rights campaigners and wildlife groups.

    When Knowlton was revealed as the winner of the controversial auction, he received so many death threats that local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau Investigation had to step in to keep him safe.

    He eventually came to Namibia in 2015 to hunt the rhino, but faced a heavy backlash from animal right groups who even started litigation to stop the import of the rhino trophy.

    However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service later announced that based on extensive assessments of the conservation and management programmes of black rhinos in Namibia that his import permit was approved.

    The agency said the black rhino hunt was consistent with the conservation strategy of Namibia and generated a huge amount of money for wildlife conservation, anti-poaching efforts and community development programmes in Namibia.

    The ministry of environment was approached for comment but did not respond by the time of going to press.


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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Construction firm Carillion liquidated

    British construction and outsourcing services group Carillion announced its immediate liquidation yesterday after the heavily-indebted company failed to secure a financial rescue from the UK government and banks.

    Carillion, which employs 43 000 staff worldwide including 19 500 in Britain, said that the government would nevertheless provide some funding to allow current state projects to continue, following crunch talks over the weekend.

    Carillion is a major UK government contractor involved in everything from schools to the multi-billion-pound High Speed Two (HS2) rail project. But it has been struggling for some time and in July last year issued the first of several profit warnings.

    In January, British watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority launched an investigation into its market updates. – Nampa/AFP

    Volkswagen reports record global car sales

    Volkswagen said Sunday that its namesake brand sold more vehicles worldwide in 2017 than ever before, a sign it is recovering from a bruising emissions-cheating scandal three years ago.

    Global sales rose 4.2% to 6.2 million, with sales in China jumping 5.9% to 3.2 million, more than half the total sold globally.

    Other countries with strong gains in terms of percentages included the United States, Russia and Brazil, although all of these countries are much smaller markets for VW than China. – Nampa/AFP

    Italy's Versace in ‘no rush’ to list

    Italian fashion house Versace is in "no rush" to list on the stock market, its chief executive told Reuters on Saturday.

    The brand, famous for its Medusa head logo, has been considering a listing, after US private equity Blackstone bought a 20% stake in 2014 to fund its overseas expansion. The Versace family holds the rest of the company.

    Asked about a possible initial public offering (IPO), CEO Jonathan Akeroyd said, "We've been working a lot ... There is no rush."

    Versace posted sales of just under US$817.00 million in 2016. – Nampa/Reuters

    BlackRock hits record US$6 trillion assets

    BlackRock Inc charged past a record US$6 trillion in assets, its profit beating Wall Street forecasts, as investors flooded into the relatively low-cost funds of the world's largest asset manager.

    A new US tax law, which sliced corporate and individual income rates, also helped the company's results in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. BlackRock saw a US$1.2 billion tax benefit related to the law and raised its quarterly cash dividend by 15%.

    BlackRock has the largest lineup of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), many of which "passively" track segments of the market at a relatively low fee. Investors' embrace of those funds caught many of BlackRock's once-larger competitors flat-footed. – Nampa/Reuters

    MoneyGram shares jump on Ripple news

    Shares of MoneyGram International Inc jumped after the money-transfer company said it partnered with blockchain firm and bitcoin-rival Ripple.

    As part of the arrangement, MoneyGram will test the use of Ripple's cryptocurrency, XRP, to move funds in a faster and cheaper way.

    Ripple, created by the founder of bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has risen 31 000% over the past year, overshadowing bitcoin's 1 200% increase.

    China's Ant Financial's deal to buy MoneyGram for US$1.2 billion collapsed last week. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 01/15/18--14:00: Hope for rain remains
  • Hope for rain remainsHope for rain remainsFarmers urged to be patient The delay in the onset of widespread rain has been caused by the tropical cyclone over Madagascar but, the Namibian weather service says the rain will arrive as from now. Forecasts for rainfall remain hopeful despite patchy showers reported across the country in the last weeks.

    Namibia Meteorological Service chief forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi yesterday said that thundershowers were expected over Namibia, “from the north to the central, eastern and southern parts”.

    Thundershowers are expected to increase in intensity by the end of this week. Maximum temperatures of between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius are forecast, he said.

    Nevertheless, towards the end of the week a slight drop in temperature is expected.

    Very hot conditions are expected in the south in the first part of the week, dropping gradually later.

    Speaking to Nampa last week, NMS chief technician for climate Simon Dirkse said light to moderate rain could be expected over the entire country, except the Zambezi Region.

    Dirkse said the general forecast for the first quarter of 2018, ending in April, is that Namibia can expect average rainfall.

    He said the rainfall prospects are favourable despite worries expressed by some that the poor rainfall to date did not augur well for the rest of the season.

    Dirkse explained that the lack of rain in the first half of January was attributed to the development of the tropical cyclone over Madagascar.

    “The tropical cyclone sucks the bulk of moisture, as a result there was little moisture for Namibia, hence the light showers during December last year and nothing in the first week of January,” said Dirkse.

    He said the tropical cyclone had weakened and was moving away from Madagascar, which is favourable for Namibia.

    “The rains have been selective over the past few days, as some farmers in the same areas did not receive rain as others had,” he said.

    Dirkse assured farmers that there would be rain soon.

    Rainfall was recorded in some parts of the central and north-central areas over the weekend. At Okahao, 12.8mm was reported and between 9mm and 10mm was reported at Otjiwarongo.

    Omaruru reported 3mm, Outapi 2.5mm and Oshakati 0.2mm.

    Residents 10km from Okahandja also reported rain at the weekend.

    On Friday, a resident reported that 10mm had been recorded on a farm in the Kalkfeld area.

    Some areas of Windhoek, such as Avis, and the Hosea Kutako International Airport (6.8mm) also received some rain.

    According to the latest NamWater dam bulletin, the Swakoppoort Dam is 40.1% full and Von Bach Dam 58.3%. In the south, the Hardap Dam is 43.1% full.


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    Opuwo power outage frustrates communityOpuwo power outage frustrates community The Opuwo town and surrounding villages were without electricity and water from Saturday afternoon until late Sunday night.

    Opuwo's mayor, Albert Tjiuma, said the power outage was caused by a problem in the power line from Ruacana to Opuwo.

    He said technicians worked around the clock to establish the cause of the breakdown and to restore the power supply.

    “The power disruption affected the water supply. It was just an emergency, the council did not expect it, although Opuwo and the surrounding areas usually experience power outages during the rainy season,” he said. The power supply was restored around 23:00 on Sunday.

    Tjiuma urged local communities to prepare themselves with the necessary equipment and materials such as generators and firewood during the rainy season.

    Some business owners in Opuwo town complained that power outages cost them a loss of income. They requested the town council to improve services in the town in the interest of development.


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    Ueitele marks 2018 as one of integrityUeitele marks 2018 as one of integrity The governor of Omaheke, Festus Ueitele, has described 2017 as an eventful year requiring retrospection and rededication, which should also be the main focus for this year.

    Ueitele issued a media statement yesterday in which he reviewed the work done by his office last year.

    He noted that in line with the first pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which deals with effective governance and service delivery, the staff of his office and the Directorate of Education declared their businesses and other interests.

    The relevant documentation was then forwarded to the respective head offices, Ueitele said.

    The governor further stated that measures have been put in place to improve service delivery by various ministries and local authorities.

    As part of this, the Gobabis council established an Integrity Management Committee with the assistance of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which is tasked with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Gobabis Municipality's Integrity Management Road Map.

    “My office will further undertake to ensure that more ministries adhere to the execution of good governance and service delivery.”

    Ueitele was at pains to note that the region is still confronted with a high number of children living on the streets of Gobabis, describing the issue as a “ticking time bomb”.

    He said his office has taken the matter on in 2017, through the hosting of a stakeholders' meeting.

    “My office is working closely with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and hosts regular visitations to the homes of the identified children,” said Ueitele.

    The governor, however, noted that the issue remains unsolved and requires an in-depth study to determine its root causes in order to devise a lasting solution.

    Touching on the Governor's Charity Project, Ueitele pledged that his office will continue visiting the homesteads of the less fortunate, the marginalised and vulnerable to hand over food packages over the festive season.

    “I call on development partners to join us in assisting the less fortunate. As the quote by Winston Churchill says, 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give',” Ueitele said.


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    We have Von Trotha's extermination order - RukoroWe have Von Trotha's extermination order - Rukoro An authentic copy of General Lothar von Trotha's extermination order against the Ovaherero and Nama communities has been discovered, Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Vekuii Rukoro has claimed.

    Rukoro made the statement at a mass prayer session held at Okahandja on Saturday.

    The session was called in support of a federal class action lawsuit by descendants of victims of the 1904-08 genocide that will be heard in New York later this month.

    Addressing a congregation of about 400 people, Rukoro said the proclamation in which Von Trotha ordered the mass killing of indigenous Namibians was in their possession.

    He said antagonists had questioned for some time the credibility and existence of Von Trotha's extermination order. To this, Rukoro said: “I have news for you. Last month, through our tireless efforts, we managed to find the signed copy of Von Trotha's extermination order after so many years… even the translated copy in Otjiherero, to actually demonstrate the intention that these people must understand in their own mother tongue the intent to kill and exterminate them… we got it.”

    He added: “As we speak, the extermination order is hand delivered to my lawyers; we will file it in court in New York. German government, you are fighting the wrong enemy this time around.”

    This further strengthens and substantiates the case that Namas and Ovaherero people suffered genocide at the hands of German imperial forces, according to Rukoro.

    Rukoro also said that the German government had instructed lawyers to represent it in the US Federal Court after a “full year of refusing to accept legal papers”.

    “After saying that they are a sovereign state and that they will not come to the American court and [that] we are wasting our time, yesterday [Friday] they changed their tune. They are starting to sing a different song and dance to different music. The German government has now instructed lawyers to appear for them on 25 January and to face us in court,” he said.

    If Germany fails to appear in the US court, Rukoro threatened to apply for a default judgement.

    This means Germany will be found guilty as charged “for genocide against the Hereros and Namas; for expropriating our land; our livestock – all of which should have been our inheritance today,” he said.

    The OTA chief added: “This time and because of the arrogance they have displayed all this time against us, we will not be talking of a few hundred millions of dollars. Not even billions. Now we talk trillions.”

    The lawsuit was filed in the US Federal Court by Rukoro and the late chairperson of the Nama Traditional Authorities Association, David Frederick.


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