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- 02/07/18--14:00: _Seven-a-Side kicks off
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- 02/06/18--14:00: The gridlock hurting business at Nigeria's busiest port
- 02/06/18--14:00: Nam-German Foundation slammed
- 02/06/18--14:00: Agri-pollution drags country down
- 02/06/18--14:00: Skeleton found at Otjiwa
- 02/06/18--14:00: Khama: Money will not put genocide to bed
- 02/06/18--14:00: NAU condemns Botma murders
- 02/06/18--14:00: Sites identified for referral hospital
- 02/06/18--14:00: Court rules for shorter jail terms
- 02/06/18--14:00: Armyworms attack Etunda maize plantation
- 02/06/18--14:00: Bank probe tracks Zim 'super-rich'
- 02/06/18--14:00: Stubborn Zuma drags SADC down
- 02/07/18--14:00: Tigers ditch eight players
- 02/07/18--14:00: Namibia suffers first loss
- 02/07/18--14:00: Gladiator's focus on 'intense fitness'
- 02/07/18--14:00: Seven-a-Side kicks off
- 02/07/18--14:00: De Villiers appointed as Zim coach
- 02/07/18--14:00: Oompangela dhoshipangelo oshinene monooli tadhi pula komeho
- 02/07/18--14:00: Oshikondo shuunamapya moshilongo otashi shongola
- 02/07/18--14:00: Oshungo momatala gaShakai itayi longo
- 02/07/18--14:00: Omakonaakono goSME Bank taga tsikile
Riders pick their way gingerly around giant potholes that resemble blast craters, and among the lines of stationary trucks perched at precarious angles on the rutted surface.
Getting to and from Apapa - the catch-all name for Lagos' two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island - has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone.
Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has given the federal government an ultimatum: fix the roads or face an indefinite walk-out.
MWUN leader Adewale Adeyanju said an open-ended strike by its members would paralyse port activities but they had no alternative.
"The road is now a safe haven for criminals, who use every opportunity to attack, assault and rob innocent Nigerians, including our members, who trek to and from work daily on the road, because it is no longer motorable," he told AFP.
As well as security, he said shipping companies and businesses were increasingly using alternative berths such as those in Cotonou, in neighbouring Benin.
"While our neighbouring ports are booming, our ports have been deserted because of the failed access roads to the ports, the gateway to the nation's economy," said Adeyanju.
Union leaders were due to meet the labour minister in Abuja yesterday. But it's possible that even then, oil tanker drivers like John Chinedu will still be waiting on the dilapidated highway.
"We have been at this same spot for the last four days and we've not been able to enter the port," he said.
Chinedu, though, is a recent arrival compared to Lekan Yinusa.
"It's been two weeks since we arrived in Lagos to help an importer carry his container that has been lying in the port for several weeks," he said.
"But we have not been able to because of the bad condition of the road. I go to the toilet, wash and even eat over there," he added, pointing to the side of the road.
The dismal state of the roads is all the more astonishing for a port that handles more than 60% of Nigeria's cargo and generates some 70% of customs revenue.
In 2017, duties totalled more than one trillion naira (US$2.8 billion) - up from just under 900 billion naira the previous year.
Jonathan Nicol, a Lagos-based importer, said the condition of the roads has had a knock-on effect on business, and spiralling costs had forced some to shut down.
"We are forced to pay extra charges and demurrage [when a ship's owner pays a penalty for not loading or discharging in time], which is not the fault of importers," he added.
"Manufacturers cannot get their raw materials on time. The delay leads to extra port charges which will be passed on to the final consumers in terms of high prices."
Shipping executive Lukman Busari said Apapa's chronic traffic jams were not helped by the location of fuel depots around the ports.
"There are over 200 farm tanks with thousands of trucks waiting to load petroleum products at the ports, thereby creating gridlock on the roads," he said.
"To decongest the roads, the railway should be developed while pipeline distribution of petroleum product should be considered."
The managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, acknowledged the grievances, which come as Nigeria looks to boost growth after months of recession.
"There is no doubt that the deplorable state of the roads at Apapa is hurting businesses. We are not happy about the situation," she said.
The NPA last year contributed 1.8 billion naira for road repairs and was pushing the government to do further work, despite it not being in the authority's remit.
"We are ready to do it because of its importance to our operations," she said, appealing to port users to bear with the authorities while the facilities are improved.
"We have to adopt a multi-transportational approach to move cargo to and from the ports.
"Right now, over 90% of cargo is moved through the roads, which is not too ideal. There is need to develop the railway and inland waterways as well."– Nampa/AFP
In a statement this week, NaDS chairperson Andreas Herrle said Rukoro's comments can imply that German-speaking Namibians could become the target of attacks by the Ovaherero.
This follows Rukoro's comment at a media briefing that the Ovaherero and Nama people could reach boiling point with the alleged behaviour of German-speaking Namibians and possibly also “go crazy”.
Rukoro was giving feedback on his delegation's attendance of the New York court proceedings, where the Nama and Ovaherero are suing Germany for damages for the genocide.
In a statement yesterday, the authority said it has noted that the Namibia-German Foundation has been conspicuous through its silence on the issue of genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama, and the need for reparations to be paid by Germany.
“In its statement, it cannot even get itself to call a spade a spade and it refers to 'historical losses' rather than genocide and expropriation. It is as if the 'losses' just happened in history just like that.”
The statement further noted that it will never incite the Ovaherero and Nama against Namibians of German descent, since they live together peacefully and continue to negotiate a difficult past with each other in their daily lives and dealings.
“A young and ill-informed foundation such as the Namibia-German Foundation may not be able to grasp that. Wearing blinkers as they have done on the issue of genocide and which they lack the courage to acknowledge, the Namibian-German Foundation may not have heard of the term radicalisation amongst the dispossessed and disempowered. This notion is being debated extensively in 'free' Europe and the foundation may want to acquaint themselves with that debate.”
However, the authority added that it will be dishonest for the traditional leadership of victim communities not to point out that the continued dispossession, exclusion and disempowerment of the Ovaherero and Nama, enhanced by the racist and arrogant attitude of the German government on the issue of genocide and reparations, will radicalise young Ovaherero and Nama with dire consequences for all.
“Rest assured that despite the efforts of the German government, we shall not fall for her divide-and-rule tactics. Germany shall fail in the wedge she has been trying to drive between ourselves and our government, and between ourselves and Namibians of German descent.
“That is why in our class action lawsuit in New York, we consciously avoided citing the Namibian government even though we could. The Namibia-German Foundation arrogantly offers to play a mediation role, and we also reject that offer with the contempt it deserves.
“The foundation is totally ill-informed to play such a role. They don't seem to understand that Germany herself set a precedent in negotiating directly within a tripartite framework with the State of Israel and the Jewish Victims Groups represented by the Claims Conference. We as Ovaherero and Nama are asking for no less than adherence to that precedent,” the statement read.
Namibia ranked 79th in the world for its overall environmental performance out of 180 countries, coming third in sub-Saharan Africa.
Its score, however, has been dragged down by the poor performance in agriculture for water and sanitation.
Namibia's baseline ranking is 75. This ranking is based on when the index was launched a decade ago.
The 2018 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries in 24 different categories, including air pollution, sanitation, climate and energy and fisheries and agriculture.
Namibia received its highest score for biodiversity and habitat, ranking at number 11 globally.
“Namibia's deep commitment to biodiversity and environmental protection are embedded in its history. Namibia was the first African country to incorporate the environment into its constitution. Following its independence in 1990, the government returned ownership of its wildlife to the people, employing a successful, community-based management system that gave its citizens the right to create conservancies,” the report says.
In this category, issues such as marine protected areas are looked into, for which Namibia received a ranking of 55. In the same category Namibia also received the following rankings: biome protection globally (1), biome protection nationally (1), species protection (37) and habitat (79).
In the category of ecosystems vitality, Namibia was ranked at 25 globally, for climate and energy it was placed at 48, while it also scored fairly well for fisheries, ranking at 62.
Some of Namibia's lower scores were for water resources for which it ranked 86th, for heavy metals it received a ranking of 98, and for air pollution, it was ranked 102nd.
The worst performing areas for Namibia was in air quality (125), environmental health (132), water and sanitation (146) and agriculture (161).
In the category of water and sanitation, drinking water and sanitation was scored at 146 and 147, respectively.
Namibia was among the 20 worst performers globally for agriculture. Within this category the report specifically looked into the use of nutrient pollutants in the sector.
Switzerland leads the world overall rankings, followed by France, Denmark, Malta and Sweden.
India and Bangladesh come in the near bottom of the rankings, with Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nepal rounding out the bottom five.
In sub-Saharan Africa, only the Seychelles and Equatorial Guinea top Namibia.
According to the report the global community is generally improving on a number of issues, such as health outcomes related to drinking water and sanitation, and the protection of marine ecosystems, while on other issues, significant challenges remain.
According to a crime report issued by the Namibian police yesterday, the worker was searching for mushrooms in the veld at the Otjiwa Safari Lodge when he stumbled upon the remains.
Reportedly, only the skull, arm and thigh bones were found. Blue trousers and shorts were also found in the vicinity. Police investigations are ongoing and DNA tests will be conducted to identify the person. Meanwhile, several suicides have been reported across the country since Friday.
On Monday the 25-year-old Serubabel Lungameni hanged himself in his home at Okakukanyaluwili village in the Anamulenge constituency. A suicide note was left behind.
Another suicide was reported at Keetmanshoop on Monday, in which a woman used a piece of cloth to hang herself from a tree. No suicide note was left behind.
Another suicide was reported in Keetmanshoop's Krönlein area, where a 24-year-old man hanged himself in his bedroom with an electrical wire.
At Divundu on Saturday, a 43-year-old woman hanged herself from a tree.
Meanwhile, a 32-year-old man committed suicide in the Oshikoto Region at the Omuthiya State Hospital on Friday. A nurse found his body hanging from the burglar bars in his room. He was identified as Ikela Tomas and no suicide note was left behind.
At Mariental police arrested a 26-year-old man on Monday for being in the possession of drugs.
He was found at Bambi restaurant with ten parcels of dagga. The value of the drugs is not known yet.
Also at the Bambi restaurant, a 34-year-old man was arrested when he was found in possession of 11 parcels of dagga and 78 Mandrax tablets with an unknown value.
Responding to media questions in Windhoek on Monday, Khama said he was aware that the Ovaherero and Nama were seeking retribution from Germany.
“You spoke of putting the genocide to bed once and for all. I know they are seeking some kind of retribution from the German government. And even if they succeed, and I don't know if they will, it will not put it to bed,” said Khama.
Explaining his view, he added: “When that kind of atrocity has happened in history, it has happened and money will not remove it from the books of history.”
Khama believes the 1904-1908 Nama and Ovaherero genocide should rather serve as a lesson to the world.
“If anything, we should just learn a lesson from it to ensure that it doesn't happen anywhere else in the world.”
Khama pointed to the 1994 Rwanda genocide and mass killings in Myanmar that continue in the present day as countries that suffered genocide, something he strongly believes ought never to happen.
“The reparation talks have been an initiative by the Herero community in Namibia and we are aware of it. And we are not as a government directly involved in it,” he said.
Some Ovaherero survivors fled to neighbouring Botswana in the aftermath of the genocide and many continue to reside in that country till this day.
Khama advised the affected groups to pursue the genocide case through avenues available in Namibia, particularly the parliament.
In the latest attack on farmers in Namibia, Giel (79) and Sarie (80) Botma were murdered last Friday at farm Lindeshof near Koës in the
Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Monday, calling for the attackers to be denied bail and for them to receive life sentences.
In a petition delivered to the court, farmers expressed concern that similar attacks might follow if the suspects were released.
Julius Frederick Arndt (40), Andries Afrikaner (37) and Johannes Christiaan (36) were charged with murder, housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm without a licence and the illegal possession of ammunition.
They were not asked to plead and their case was postponed to 23 April to allow for further police investigations and for them to apply for legal aid.
It is alleged that the trio shot and killed Giel before strangling his wife, after they had gained access to the couple's house through a window.
NAU president Ryno van der Merwe said it was clear that defenceless people were being targeted by unscrupulous villains and that violence was part and parcel of the attacks.
“The safety of the farming community is an integral part of the development of rural areas. The law-enforcement agencies are requested to punish these criminals severely and no bail should be granted to them,” Van der Merwe said.
The NAU further requested law-enforcement agencies to prioritise the protection of lives and property in rural areas.
The union also appealed to the farming community to consider their own safety as a priority, while urging that farmers should at all times be aware of possible criminal actions in their vicinity, and report this immediately to the police.
According to Van der Merwe the Namibian police have invited the union to participate in the development, drafting and implementation of a national integrated crime combating strategy for Namibia.
Crime prevention and combating will also be discussed at the meeting of the Joint Crime Prevention Forum, which will be held in Windhoek on 19 February.
The union expressed its appreciation to police inspector-general Sebastian Ndeitunga for his assistance and support in the Botma case, while also thanking Commissioner Flip Blaauw from the police's air wing.
The union also thanked the Koës, Mariental, Keetmanshoop and Aranos police, as well as the Khowesno, Aranos, and Leonardville crime prevention forums.
“Without the fast actions of all involved, the culprits would not have been caught immediately,” said van der Merwe.
Namibian Sun recently reported that statistics compiled by the NAU over the past 18 years indicated that there had been 83 farm attacks and murders on commercial farms in Namibia.
At least 43 people had been murdered in farm invasions and about 78 people had been attacked on farms since the year 2000.
The recent murders of elderly married couple Siegfried and Brunhild Riedel on a farm outside Gobabis were the first reported farm murders for this year.
Health minister Bernhard Haufiku will this month lead a ministerial delegation to inspect the possible sites in Ongwediva and Ondangwa before making a submission to cabinet for a final decision.
The political leadership of the Oshana Region wants the state-of-the-art hospital to be built at Ondangwa, while some political heavyweights reportedly prefer Ongwediva.
The identified sites are all within 30km from Ondangwa Airport.
Four of the sites are within the jurisdiction of the Ondangwa town council, and three in Ongwediva.
Late last month, Haufiku wrote to Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, inviting him and the Ongwediva and Ondangwa town councillors to join him for the site visits on 22 and 23 February.
“Having had our team of architects and health facility planners in the field for the last couple of months to map out possible sites for this academic referral hospital, I am pleased to inform that the technical team has identified seven possible sites for the said project,” read Haufiku's letter.
“I am aware that a lot has happened since our meeting at Ongwediva – both in political circles, local (Ondangwa town council) and national level (meeting of Ondangwa town council delegates with President Hage Geingob).
“None of the events' and meetings' resolutions or decisions takes away the fact that the people of these six northern regions and others need a Level A tertiary health institution equivalent to or just a bit bigger than the Windhoek Central Hospital.”
Last year Namibian Sun reported that a boardroom tussle between northern politicians and the health minister was threatening to stall the hospital project.
The political leadership in Oshana has identified Ondangwa as the most suitable site for the referral hospital, while Haufiku is accused of favouring Ongwediva. Haufiku has dismissed these accusations.
“May I repeat, Comrade Governor and honourable councillors, that this project is for the vast majority of the people of the north and as such must be seen as a health development project for the above stated regions - not just one region or local authority,” said Haufiku.
When contacted for comment, Ondangwa mayor Paavo Amweele reacted angrily to Haufiku's letter.
“I have seen the letter but I have not read it fully. Its content is not what I expected. What site visiting, if our sites are already known and tested? They must tell the truth,” Amwele said.
Acting health permanent secretary Petronella Masabane said the site inspections were part of the consultation process before submissions would be made to cabinet for a final decision.
“We do not want this to go back and forth after we have made the submission,” Masabane said. Ongwediva mayor Angelina Angula said she was looking forward to the site inspection.
This was the ruling of a panel of five Supreme Court judges, who ruled yesterday that these long fixed-term sentences infringe upon the right to dignity, which is enshrined in Article 8 of the Namibian Constitution.
The panel, consisting of Chief Justice Peter Shivute, Appeal Judges Dave Smuts and Elton Hoff, as well as Acting Appeal Judges Yvonne Mokgoro and Theo Frank, delivered their ruling in the case where four accused were sentenced to fixed terms of imprisonment of 64 to 67 years.
They had been convicted on two counts of murder, one count of housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as two counts of housebreaking with intent to steal, and theft.
The Supreme Court set aside the imprisonment terms of Zedikias Gaingob, Erenstein Haufiku, Nicodemus Uri-Khob and Salmon Kheibeb and replaced them with life sentences in respect of the two murders, which are to be served concurrently with the further terms of imprisonment imposed on them.
The five appeal judges ruled that informal life sentences, where inordinately long terms of imprisonment are imposed until offenders die in prison, erases all possible hope of ever being release during their lifetime.
They further viewed these sentences as “alien to a civilised legal system and contrary to an offender’s right to human dignity, protected under Article 8 of the Namibian Constitution”.
“It offends against the right to human dignity and the protection from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment,” the Supreme Court ruled.
The court further ruled that the sentences of 67 years imprisonment in the case meant that Gaingob, Haufiku and Kheibeb would be eligible for parole after 44 years and six months, and in case Uri-Khob, he would only be eligible for release after 42 years and six months, given his 64-year sentence.
The Supreme Court is of the opinion that the sentences in this case amount to informal life sentences imposed upon the appellants, as they have no realistic prospect of release, in the sense of fully engaging in society again.
The appellants would only become eligible for parole at the ages of 80 years in the case of Gaingob, 69 years and six months in the case of Haufiku, 77 years and six month in case of Uri-Khob and 66 years and six months in the case of Kheibeb.
“This sentences effectively remove from all of the appellants the realistic hope of release during their lifetime and amounts to cruel, degrading and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and infringes on their right to human dignity,” the judges said in their ruling.
One of the farmers, Antonio West, confirmed the armyworm invasion in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Monday.
According to West, the worms attack mostly the maize plantations.
“The worms are destroying our maize plants to the ground since we started the planting in November and continue causing havoc despite the fact that we are using spray to fight the larvae,” said West.
He said the farmers spent a lot of money in buying chemicals to spray their plants against the infestation without any success.
The farmers are now calling on the government to intervene in order to help them win the fight against the worms.
“I have 2.5 hectares of land already affected,” West said.
Farmers believe maize of a compromised quantity and quality will be produced at the project this year as a result of the worm invasion.
Project manager Albertus Viljoen also confirmed the attack on crops, saying the problem of worms deterring good harvests at Etunda was also experienced during the 2016/17 season.
He pointed out that armyworms destroy maize plants at all stages of growing.
“The worms are protected from the spray by penetrating the plant, especially the maize head, and remain hiding during the spraying exercise,” Viljoen explained.
The armyworm is described as a common early season pest. - Nampa
During 2013 and 2014, the SME Bank invested about N$196 million in Mamepe Capital, a South African black empowerment financial services company headed by Mauwane Kotane, the grandson of the late Moses Kotane, a treason trial accused and South African Communist Party veteran. But what happened to the bulk of the money after that has led liquidators on a path that has unmasked alleged links to affluent Zimbabwean businessmen.
Liquidators David Bruni and Ian McLaren have reported that N$150 million of the initial Mamepe investment was transferred into bank accounts with differing names, including Asset Movement and Financial Services (AMFS), DMA Consultants, Mamepe Capital Asset Managers, Moody Blue and Transparency.com, but with overlapping account numbers. An amount of N$85.9 million was deposited into AMFS, which has the same account number as Mamepe and that of Moody Blue.
Close to N$6 million was paid into DMA Consultants' account, which has the same account number as Mamepe Capital.
Mamepe Capital Asset Managers, which shares account numbers with AMFS and Moody Blue, received N$87.3 million.
Over N$1.6 million was paid into Moody Blue's account, which has the same account number as AMFS and Mamepe Capital.
More than N$8 million was paid over to Transparency.com that shares the same bank account number with Mamepe Capital.
According to a document seen by Namibian Sun, an “investor participant” of AMFS is a certain Zimbabwean national Chamu Tsvakai, who has an address in Johannesburg's upmarket Sandton suburb, and has apparent links to Benoni-based business people.
AMFS at one stage had drawn up a “preference shares subscription/member's loan agreement” with a certain Omulunga Capital Investments, of which a Cosmas Mushininga was confirmed as the director at the time the agreement was formulated.
Mushininga, who is also a Zimbabwean national, describes himself as a businessman and “strong Christian” on his Twitter account, with companies in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.
His business interests include mining, earthmoving, commodity broking and capital investment.
It is not clear if the agreement was clinched and what it entailed, but by the time the shenanigans were uncovered at SME Bank, Mushininga boasted on Twitter about trips to Germany, France and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In one of the posts he was described as a “super-rich guy” and “billion boss”.
Bruni and McLaren estimated that of the N$196 million paid over to Mamepe, only about N$32.7 million was recoverable.
Former SME Bank chief internal auditor Mathews Kanyenze, a Zimbabwean national, wrote in an August 2017 report that the Mamepe investment was at the behest of former bank CEO Tawanda Mumvuma, who is also a Zimbabwean.
He wrote that Mumvuma had instructed the finance department, under the leadership of Joseph Banda (another Zimbabwean), to debit an investment account in the general ledger and credit Mamepe, through various South African banks.
Kanyenze reported that the treasury front desk, the office from which these transactions were supposed to originate from, was avoided during the transaction.
He also claimed that by 2016, when the transfers were reported to the Bank of Namibia (BoN), the internal auditors had already raised their concerns as far back as 2014 in their reports to the SME Bank's compliance and anti-money-laundering department.
According to Mamepe's website, the word 'mamepe' emanates from an “imagination of the land flowing with milk and honey”, purportedly a desire it holds for its stakeholders and investors.
The company boasts about a relationship with Deutsche Bank, which it stated is “to the disproportionate advantage” of Mamepe.
The ongoing probe has also revealed how after being capitalised by the Namibian government to the tune of N$900 million and receiving deposits from a range of state-owned enterprises, the SME Bank had cash liquidity of a mere N$3.9 million, when a provisional liquidation order was obtained.
The reckless abandon with which state and other depositor money was handled emerged in an urgent High Court application by the liquidators last Friday, in which they had sought the right to pursue any proceedings, as required, in the high courts of South Africa and Zimbabwe to retrieve the bank's missing funds.
The court papers outlined the frantic attempts by parastatals to retrieve the money they had invested at the SME Bank, which included the National Energy Fund, under the mines and energy ministry, which urgently wanted to disinvest its N$368.4 million from the bank.
The investment had a maturity date of September 2017 onwards, but N$117.6 million was in a call account and does not have a maturity date.
On 5 July 2017, the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) wanted to disinvest the N$100 million it had invested at the SME Bank.
The Social Security Commission (SSC) had invested N$150 million with the SME Bank. NamWater was able to get back N$90 million of its initial N$140 million it had invested there.
Bruni and McLaren stated in their affidavit that by October 2017 about 600 out of a potential 24 700 claims from depositors were received.
The liquidators said there were about 18 000 “affected customers” and investors in SME Bank.
Namibia, whose currency is pegged to the South African rand, has been severely affected by the spillover of the corruption and state capture allegations swirling around Zuma's administration, which have resulted in the rand tanking against major currencies before Cyril Ramaphosa's election as the new ANC president last year.
The rand, and by implication the Namibian dollar, has strengthened to N$12 to the US dollar since December last year, with analysts predicting that it will surpass R11.50 to the greenback if Zuma goes.
Analysts agreed yesterday that an early Zuma exit would increase political and economic certainty in countries such as Namibia, as well as boost investor confidence in South Africa.
Economist Klaus Schade believes that since South Africa is regarded as the economic powerhouse in the region, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) stands to benefit greatly once Zuma steps down.
“The region will benefit as well from improvements in investor and in general business confidence. However, it will take time and concerted efforts to reduce and root out corruption in the country, even once Zuma has left.
“Likewise, bringing SOEs (state-owned enterprises) back on track, for example South Africa Airways (SAA) and Eskom, is important in order to improve the reliability of efficient service delivery vital for economic growth,” he says.
South African political commentator Professor Nixon Kariithi believes Namibia can play a role in solving the current political stalemate in South Africa.
“From a political point of view, Namibia has seen very smooth transitions of power. I think it may reach out to its neighbour with a sense of saying there is a bigger mission or objective for liberation parties, such as the ANC. Namibia has been independent longer,” he argues.
He believes that although the political situation has eroded the South African economy, it may not be too difficult to rebuild it once Zuma has left.
“There seems to be a sense among analysts that the underlying fundamentals are not as bad and recovery can come fairly fast,” he says.
Kariithi adds that a quick resolution to the Zuma exit saga would certainly see a much better financial market and an improved currency.
He is also optimistic that with Zuma out of the way the private sector will be emboldened to push for economic growth that creates jobs, as opposed to the current wait-and-see attitude.
During Zuma's presidency, the weaker South African rand has translated into increased costs for imported goods and services, and ultimately put consumer spending under pressure in Namibia too.
Yesterday, the ANC national executive committee tried to finalise an exit strategy for the embattled leader. This coincided with parliament postponing the country's annual state of the nation address, which was interpreted as another pointer that Zuma will be out of office soon.
However, Zuma is hell-bent on delaying his exit as he battles to secure some sort of deal that will ensure a soft landing, amid state capture investigations and an expected decision on whether he will have to face 783 charges of corruption linked to South Africa's arms deal.
The club issued a statement yesterday, citing a bloated squad as the reason they are releasing the players.
Tigers believes that letting the players go will help the club cut costs.
Their contracts were terminated on 2 February.
“We would like to thank each and every ex-player for their service and wish them well in their future careers.
“The release of the players was necessitated by the bloated squad and the endeavours by the club to bring down operational costs.”
The players released are Charles G. Wimmert, Dino Da Silva, Gerson Gaseb, David Hango, Joseph Kuugongelwa, Petrus Sakaria, David Shifela and Vaino Uugwanga.
The club appointed Woody Jacobs as mentor late last year, after coach Lucky Kakuva resigned.
The champions currently find themselves in the unusual position of being 14th on the NPL log, after 15 games.
Tigers have lost nine matches this season - the most of any club this season - and are 22 points behind log leaders African Stars.
The Katutura giants have collected three points on only four occasions so far this season, while drawing two matches.
Tigers have conceded 20 goals, while scoring only six, putting their goal difference in a negative.
Their hopes of retaining the title this season are all but over, given the points difference between them and African Stars.
Tigers are hoping to leap out of the relegation zone, given that they are lingering in the bottom half of the table.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
The national women's senior inline hockey team was caught off-guard as Czech Republic, ranked third in the world, opened the scoring two minutes into the match via an Adela Lehovcova goal.
Lehovcova netted again in the 12th minute, followed by Tereza Mejzlikova, who joined the scoring spree in the 14th minute.
Lehovcova scored again in the 17th minute, followed by her teammate Renata Capouchova, leaving the halftime score at 5-0.
In the second half, Namibian player Kiana-Che Cormack scored in the 26th minute, followed by her teammate Mercia Venter, who added her name to the scorecard in the 38th minute of the game.
However, Czech Republic had the last say, when Lehovcova scored her fourth goal in the 40th minute, while sending a clear message that her team means business at the tournament.
Namibia is ranked number two on the continent, behind South Africa, who failed to qualify for the world cup.
The Land of the Brave is ranked 14th in the world.
Namibia qualified for the world cup after beating South Africa 3-2 in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament held in Swakopmund last year, which also doubled as a qualification event.
Head coach Edwin Haindura will have to come up with a range of new strategies and tactics, if Namibia is to survive the group stages and qualify for the quarterfinals.
At the time of going to print, Namibia was expected to play Germany, the hosts of the tournament, at 19:30 last night.
Germany proved too strong for Russia in their opening match, beating them 8-1 in a one-sided contest.
Germany is ranked second in the world, behind Netherlands.
In other matches yesterday, Ukraine beat Australia 4-3 in a closely contested match in Group B.
For many of the players and teams competing at the Max-Scheming-Halle in Berlin, the tournament is the pinnacle of their indoor hockey careers, and a memory that they will cherish for years to come.
The indoor world cup runs from 7 to 11 February, with the world's top 24 national indoor teams, consisting of 12 men and 12 women teams taking part in the event.
This is the third time Germany is hosting the indoor world cup, following hugely successful events in 2003 and 2015 in Leipzig.
The away leg will be played on 7 April in Zimbabwe, with the winner advancing to the second round, where they will face either Tanzania or Zambia.
The senior women national team's only previous participation at the continental showpiece was in 2014, when Namibia hosted the tournament. Gladiators failed to qualify for the 2016 tournament in Cameroon and are now hoping to qualify for the 2018, which will be hosted by Ghana from 17 November to 1 December. Jacqui Shipanga, the general manager of women football in Namibia, released the names of a 29-strong training squad on Tuesday. She said the camp will include intense fitness sessions to get the ladies into shape. “The ladies haven't played competitive football for about five months now, since playing in Cosafa Cup in Zimbabwe, and our fitness levels will be key during this camp ahead of Zimbabwe's visit.
“Therefore, Namibia Football Association (NFA) fitness coach Charl Botha, who has worked wonders with the Brave Warriors during their qualification and participation at the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals in Morocco, will be in charge, with head coach Brian Isaacs overseeing everything,” said Shipanga.
American-based based Annouscka Kordom, who plays for Corban Warriors, Zenatha Coleman of Real Zaragoza in Spain, as well as Vewe Kotjipati, who plies her trade at German side Herforder Sportverein, will join the team at a later stage, while the rest of the team will consist of locally based players.
The Brave Gladiators training squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers - Lydia Eixas, Agnes Kauzuu, Melisa Matheus and Fiola Vilete
Defenders - Lina Katuta, Uerikondjera Kasaona (captain), Ester Amukwaya, Stacey Naris, Lorraine Jossop, Lydiana Nanamus, Emma Naris, Anna Shaende and Lovisa Mulunga
Midfielders - Annouscka Kordom, Juliana Skrywer, Millicent Hikuam, Zenatha Coleman, Memory Ngonda, Julia Rutjindo, Elmarie Fredericks, Asteria Angula and Beverly Uueziua
Strikers - Twelikondjela Amukoto, Vewe Kotjipati, Stella Williams, Faustina Amutenya, Anna-Marie Shikusho, Julia Blou and Iyaloo Rooi.
The tournament, which officially kicks off this weekend, will be played on Fridays and Saturdays this month at the Ramblers sports fields.
The competition is a collaborative venture with the football club and has been growing steadily over the past 18 years.
Namib Mills' investment into the tournament is N$126 100, with Ramblers receiving N$28 000 as the administrators of the event.
The popular football tournament has already attracted 75 teams thus far, up from the 70 teams that participated last year.
Speaking at the launch Namib Mills senior brand manager Marne Bouwer said the aim of the tournament is to encourage companies to use it as a team-building initiative, as well as an opportunity for employees to participate in friendly games, with the aim of boosting staff morale.
Bouwer added that good players inspire themselves, but great players inspire others.
“This tournament teaches the important quality of teamwork and supporting one another. It is a platform to get to know your colleagues better, to build relationships and to have fun.”
The event is Namibia's oldest and biggest social football competition and is aimed at community upliftment and engagement.
It is also a way for Namib Mills to reward dedicated and disciplined sportsman, who continue to support the tournament.
Ramblers FC chairperson Harald Hecht encouraged players to have fun and respect the refereeing decisions at all times.
The two teams with the best supporters will win a cash prize of N$1 750 each at the end of the tournament.
The prize money for the winning team is N$13 000, while the runners-up will receive N$8 000, the third-placed team N$6 500 and the fourth-placed side N$3 000.
Matches will kick off at 18:30 on Fridays and at 13:30 on Saturdays at the Ramblers sports fields in Pioniers Park.
Fans and supporters are encouraged to bring their camping chairs, as there will be a jumping castle for young children and music to keep the momentum going.
De Villiers was unveiled by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union on Wednesday in Harare and told reporters it was the “greatest day of my life”.
Zimbabwe will play a round-robin set of world cup qualifiers with five other African nations - favourites Namibia, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Uganda.
The top team will be assured of a place in Japan, where they will face New Zealand, South Africa and Italy in Pool B.The team that qualifies second will enter the Repechage stage that involves further playoff games against teams from Asia, South and North America and Europe.
De Villiers, known for his outspoken views on the game, coached the Springboks between 2007 and 2011, winning the Tri-Nations in 2009 and a series against the British & Irish Lions in the same year.
He was axed after the Springboks controversially lost by 11-9 to Australia in the quarterfinals of the world cup seven years ago.
Omahala ngoka ga monika po geli gane mOndangwa, agehe otaga adhika oshinano shookilometa 30 okuza pokapale koodhila mOndangwa. Mongwediva omwa monika omahala ge li gatatu.
Omwedhi gwapiti, Haufiku okwa gandja omahiyo kuNgoloneya gwaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa oshowo kaanambelewa yelelo lyaNdangwa naNgwediva, te ya hiya opo ya ka kale pamwe naye nokukakonaakona omahala ngoka ga tothwa mo.
Etalelepo ndyoka otali ningwa momasiku 22 no 23 gaFebruali nuumvo.
Haufiku okwa holola momikanda dhehiyo kutya aanambelewa aathaneki yomatungo noompangela dhomatungo guundjolowele oya kala taya longo neitulemo muule woomwedhi dha piti, na oya tothwamo omahala ge li ga 7 ngoka taga vulu okutungwa oshipangelo shoka.
“Ondi shi shi kombinga yonkalo ndjoka ya holokapo konima yomutumba gwandje ngoka gwa ningilwa mOngwediva, ngele onkalo yopapolotika, melelo lyondoolopa yaNdangwa, pankatu yopombanda moshilongo sho elelo lyaNdangwa lya ningi omutumba nomupresidende gwoshilongo.
Oonkalo ndhoka inadhi kutha po etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kutya aantu yomiitopolwa ihamano monooli yoshilongo oshowo yalwe oya pumbwa oshipangelo oshinene tashi yelekwa nenge shi vule pwaashoka shoWindhoek Central Hospital.”
Omvula ya piti oshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun osha lopota kutya okwa holola okwaahauvathana pokati kaanapolotika monooli, naminista okwa ningi omatilitho gokukaleka etungo lyoshipangelo shoka.
Elelo lyopolotika mOshana olya hogolola Ondangwa oyo yi tungwe oshipangelo shoka andola, ihe Haufiku ota lundilwa kutya ota popile etungo lyoshipangelo shoka mondoolopa yaNgwediva.
Sho a ningilwa omapulo, mayola gwondoolopa yaNdangwa, Paavo Amweele okwa yamukula nondjahi kutya okwa yakula omukanda gwehiyo gwaHaufiku ihe ine gu lesha sigo opehulilo molwaashoka etameko lyehiyo ndyoka inali mu nyanyudha.
“Onda mona ombaapila ihe inandi yi lesha sigo opehulilo. Etameko lyombaapila ndjoka halyo nda li nda tegelela.
Omolwashike taku konaakonwa omahala ngele omahala getu oge shiwike nale na oga konaakonwa nale? Naya popye oshili,” Amwele a popi.
Ngoka ta longo pehala lyamushanga moshikondo shuundjolowele, Petronella Masabane, okwa popi kutya ekonaakono lyomahala ngoka oshi li oshitopolwa shoonkundathana omanga oshikumungu shoka inashi ukithwa kokabinete hoka taku ka ningwa etokolo lyahugunina.
Mayola gwaNgwediva, Angelina Angula okwa popi kutya, okwa tegelela esiku lyomakonaakono ngoka.
Namibia okwa tulwa ponomola onti 11 miilongo tayi shi enditha nawa mekakekepo lyoonzo dhopaushitwe negamenenepo lyomidhingoloko.
Namibia okwa tumbaleka kutya oshimwe shomiilongo ya kalekepo egameno lyomidhingoloko konima nkene sha mono emanguluko mo 1990.
Oshilongo osha tulwa woo poonomola dha yooloka momusholondo gwiilongo miinima ngaashi egameno lyomidhingoloko, egameno lyiishitwa, elunduluko lyonkalo yombepo, iikwankondo oshowo oonzo dhomomeya.
Oshilongo osha mono oondondo dhi li pevi miinima ngaashi oonzo dhomeya moka oshilongo shi li ponomola onti 86, oshowo enyateko lyewangandjo mpoka e li ponomola 102. Natango oshilongo osha mono oondondo dhopevi mongushu yombepo mpoka twa tulwa ponomola onti 125, uundjolowele wopamudhingoloko 132, uuyogoki nomeya 146 omanga uunamapya twa tulwa ponomola 161.
Mondondo yuuyogoki 146, omeya gokunwa ga yela 147.
Oshilongo osha tulwa momushondondo gwiilongo 20 mbyoka itayi shi enditha nayi moshikondo shuunamapya
Switzerland okuli ponomola yotango momusholondondo gwiilongo tayi shi enditha nawa a landulwa kuFrance, Denmark naMalta. MuSub-Sahara iilongo owala iyali ya tumbulwa kutya Seychelles na Equatorial Guinea mbyoka ya dhenge moNamibia.
Aakwashigwana oya holola omaiyuvo gawo, kombinga yompani ndjoka ya tseyika koyendji nedhina 'Oshungo ya Shakati' taya popi kutya iimaliwa yoshigwana inayi pumbwa okuhepekwa.
Oshungo ndjoka ohayi longithwa unene kaatalelipo okutala ondoolopa yaShakati, taya futu omwaalu gwontumba.
Aakwashigwana oya pula kutya omolwashike tashi kutha elelo lyaShakati oomvula dha thika pu 2 opo li kandulepo omukundu ngoka.
Omukwashigwana gumwe okwa nyenyeta kutya: “Omatala ngoka oga patululwa pambelewa oomvula mbali dha piti komupresidende ihe oshungo ndjoka itayi longo.
Ngele owa yi po kape na shoka tashi ningwa po.
Iimaliwa yoshigwana oya longithwa mokutunga omatala ngoka onkene elelo lyoshilando nali takuke oonkatu opo oshungo ndjoka yi tameke okulonga, molwaashoka oyetu,” Lukas Thomas a lombwele oNamibian Sun.
Epangelo olya longitha oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 90 mopoloyeka ndjoka ya tungwa uule woomvula hamano.
Sho a ningilwa omapulo, Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwelelo lyaShakati Werner Iita okwa popi kutya okwa li kwa ningwa etseyitho lyotendela yokukwatela komeho oshungo ndjoka oshowo ehala lyokuyoga iihauto ihe sho omuntu owala gumwe a holola ohokwe moshungo, elelo olya tokola natango opo otendela ndjoka yi tseyithululwe.
Ehala lyokuyogela iihauto olya pewa nale omuntu.
Pokati ko 2013 no 2014, ombaanga yoSME Bank oya pungula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 196 moMamepe Capital, ehangano lyaSouth Afrika ndyoka tali kwatelwa komeho kuMauwane Kotane, omutekulu gwanakusa Moses Kotane, ngoka a li ta pangulilwa oshipotha shuukulo oshowo omunapolotika gwongundu yoSouth African Communist Party.
Nonando ongaaka oshike sha holoka po sho omakonaakono ngoka ga holola elyenge epe moka iimaliwa mbyoka ya kwatakanitha nomakenge gaZimbabwe.
Aanambelewa mboka taya kwatele komeho oshikumungu shoka, David Bruni naIan McLaren oya lopota kutya oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 150 shomiimaliwa mbyoka yali ya pungulwa moMamepe investment osha lundululilwa momayalulo goombaanga dhomadhina ga yooloka ngaashi Asset Movement and Financial Services (AMFS), DMA Consultants, Mamepe Capital Asset Managers, Moody Blue and Transparency.com, nomayalulo goombaanga dhomahangano ngoka oga kwatathana.
Oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 85.9 osha tulwa omayalulo gombaanga yoAMFS, ndjoka yi na oomomola yomayalulo gombaanga ya faathana nomayalulo goMamepe oshowo Moody Blue.
Oshimaliwa konyala shoomiliyona 6 osha futwa momayalulo gombaanga yoDMA Consultants ndjoka yi na omayalulo gombaanga ga faathana noMamepe Capital.
Mamepe Capital Asset Managers, ndjoka yi na oonomola dhomayalulo gombaanga ga faathana naangoka goAMFS oshowo Moody Blue, oya mono oomiliyona 87.3.
Omiliyona 1.6 oya futwa momayalulo gombaanga yoMoody Blue nomayalulo ngoka oge na onomola ya faathana nomayalulo goAMFS noMamepe Capital.
Oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 8 osha futwa momayalulo gombaanga yoTransparency.com nomayalulo ngoka oge na onomola yomayalulo ya faathana naandjoka yoMamepe Capital.
Pandokumende dha monika koNamibia Sun, omupunguli gumwe gwoAMFS omukwashigwana gwaZimbambwe gwedhina Chamu Tsvakai, ngoka kwa hololwa kutya omukalimo gwomo Johannesburg moSandton oku na ekwatathano naanangeshefa yaBenoni.
Poompito yimwe AMFS okwa tula po etskumwe lyomukuli, nOmulunga Capital Investments, moka Cosmas Mushininga kwa kolekwa kutya okwa li omukomeho gwehangano pethimbo etsokumwe ndyoka lya ningwa.
Mushininga, ngoka e li omukwashigwana gwaZimbabwe, okwiihokolola kutya omunangeshefa Omukriste kepandja lye lyoTwitter na oku na oongeshefa moZimbabwe, Zambia naNamibia.
Inaku gandjwa uuyelele owundji kombinga yetsokumwe ndyoka lya ningwa, ihe pethimbo uulingilingi mboka wa hololwa moSME Bank, Mushininga okwa kala ta popi koTwitter kombinga yolweendo lwe okuya koGermany oshowo moDRC. Momapopyo ge gamwe okwa popiwa kutya omukengeli e na iimaliwa.
Bruni naMcLaren otaya tengeneke kutya oomiliyona 196 ndhoka dha tulwa momapungulo moMamepe, oomiliyona owala 32.7 dha monika.
Omukomeho nale gwomayalulo gopashimaliwa moSME Bank,
Mathews Kanyenze, ngoka e li omukwashigwana gwaZimbabwe, okwa shanga moopota ya ningwa muAguste mo 2017 kutya epungulo lyoMamepe olya li elombwelo lya ningwa komukomeho nale gwombaanga ndjoka, Tawanda Mumvuma, ngoka e li woo omukwashigwana gwaZimbabwe.
Okwa shanga kutya Mumvuma okwa gandja elombwelo koshikondo shiiyemo mehangano ndyoka kohi yelelo lyaJoseph Banda (omukwashigwana gwaZimbambwe) opo ya kuthe iimaliwa komayalulo gombaanga nokutula iimaliwa mbyoka momayalulo goombaanga dhehangano lyoMamepe okupitila moombaanga dha yooloka moSouth Afrika.
Kanyenze okwa popi kutya omulandu gwokuninga omatumo giimaliwa ngoka, ogwa yandwa pethimbo kwa tumwa iimaliwa mbyoka.
Okwa tsikile kutya sho 2016 sho etumo lyiimaliwa mbyoka lya lopotelwa Ombaanga Onene mOshilongo, oshikondo shawo shomayalulo osha holola nale omaiyuvo gasho okutameka mo 2014, moolopota dhawo dhombaanga koshikondo shocompliance and anti-money-laundering department.
Ombaanga ndjoka oya li ya pewa iimaliwa yomapungulo kiiputudhilo yepangelo ya yooloka mbyoka ya kala woo tayi kambadhala okukutha mo iimaliwa yawo mwakwatelwa oNational Energy Fund, kohi yuuministeli wiikwamina sho ya kala yahala okunana ko oshimaliwa shawo shoomiliyona 368.4. Epungulo ndyoka olya li tali vulu okukuthwa mo muSepetemba gwomvula ya piti ihe oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 117.6 osha li meyalulo lyomapungulo tali ithanwa call account na kasha li shi na kutya otashi vulu okukukwako uunake.
Momasiku ga 5 gaJuli, oshiputudhilo shoGovernment Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) osha li shahala okukuthako iimaliwa yasho yoomiliyona 100 mbyoka sha pungula mombaanga ndjoka.
Social Security Commission (SSC) naye okwa pungula oshimaliwa shoomiliyoan 150 nombaanga ndjoka. NamWater ngoka a li a pungula oomiliyona 140 okwa li a mono ko oomiliyona 90 okuza momapungulo ge.
Bruni naMcLaren oya holola momikanda dhawo dhompangu kutya okuya momwedhi Kotomba mo 2017 omaindilo owala giimaliwa ya pungulwa mombaanga ndjoka geli 600 gomomaindilo 24 700 ga futwa. Ookastoma dhombaanga ndjoka dhathika po 18 000 odha gumwa.