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  • 02/28/18--14:00: Land question ticking bomb
  • Land question ticking bombLand question ticking bombSA expropriation tremors hit Namibia Local land activists have urged President Geingob to follow the example of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his African National Congress, which supported an opposition motion to expropriate land without compensation in the neighbouring country. The South African parliament's passing of a motion that will in all likelihood lead to the expropriation of land without compensation has reignited Namibia's burning debate around the issue, with analysts warning that the Swapo government risks being caught with its pants down.

    The motion, brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, was adopted with a vote of 241 in support, and 83 against, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) throwing its full weight behind the move.

    Reacting to the news of what had transpired in the neighbouring country on Tuesday, local political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah cautioned that the Namibian government, just like its South African counterpart, will be caught unaware when emotions over the land question spills over.

    “South Africa never planned properly and thought the land issue will sort itself out, now it finds itself in a situation where the people on the ground are demanding for land and out of desperation it must make these radical decisions, otherwise ANC will suffer consequences.

    “And there will also be economic consequences,” he said.

    Kamwanyah also believes that South Africa's radical solution towards will eventually spillover to countries like Namibia which shares the same political history of land lost during colonial rule.

    “It sounds appealing to the landless but it will have serious consequences we have to think this through before we sit with a problem,” he said.

    Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Nico Smit supports the expropriation of land in Namibia, saying the time has come for the country to deal with its absentee landlord crisis.

    In 2016 the lands ministry confirmed that a total of 1.2 million hectares of Namibia's agricultural land are still under foreign ownership, with the majority being in German and South African hands.

    This is despite a decision that was taken at the landmark 1991 national land conference that non-Namibians must not own farmland.

    President Hage Geingob and his predecessor Hifikepunye Pohamba has both admitted that the willing buyer, willing seller policy has failed and needs to be revisited.

    Smit, who said he was sharing his personal views, said the upcoming second land conference should tackle the issue of absentee landlords, among other burning issues.

    “There are a lot of farming land occupied by absentee landlords that are not occupied to their full capacity.

    “Namibians must have the first opportunity to have ownership, and then foreigners. But only if they contribute to the GDP, then one can consider them.

    “It may even be necessary to change our constitution to address this. And these are the things the land conference must look at,” Smit said yesterday.

    Henny Seibeb of the Landless People's Movement (LPM) also feel government must clamp down on absentee landlords, saying “they cannot only come to hunt”, but must contribute productively to the country's GDP.

    The LPM, in its quest to push for land delivery, held its own land conference last year and the issue of land expropriation and communal land ownership for women featured prominently.

    “We really hope Geingob will learn from the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who, with his party the ANC, finally realised what the African masses have been calling for all these years.

    “Last time Geingob said he learnt from former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, but when he returned (from Harare) nothing happened. Swapo must learn from ANC,” he said.

    Prominent land activist Sima Luipert argued against compensation after expropriation, saying the land belongs to the natives and was stolen from them through dubious means.

    “When they resisted subjugation and stood up for their dignity and property and means of survival, they were met with mass murder and theft of property, including land.

    Have those who lost land through such sinister and cruel means been compensated? Is it fair that those who dispossessed be compensated? How can you take my inheritance from me in such a cruel manner and expect payment for my heritage? At least you should come to the table for an amicable solution,” she argued.

    To date, government has only expropriated four farms for which it has paid about N$8.6 million.

    The process went smoothly because the farmers agreed to the purchase prices.

    However, this process came to a standstill in 2006, when farm owners challenged expropriation notices for five farms in the High Court.

    It is against this background that the government drafted its guidelines on expropriation that will soon be gazetted to make the acquisition process more transparent.

    Government has in the meantime continued with its willing buyer, willing seller approach, which has not yielded the expected results.

    In 2016 land reform minister Utoni Nujoma said government had acquired 36 farms at a cost of more than N$290 million, on which it resettled 57 families between April 2015 and February 2016.


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    ... uncertainty over food costs... uncertainty over food costs South Africa's far-reaching decision to set in motion a chain of events that will eventually lead to land expropriation without compensation is set to spark significant fallout in Namibia.

    Among the expected impacts is a possible drop in agricultural output in the neighbouring country, leading to more expensive fruit and vegetable exports to the Land of the Brave.

    This is according to independent agricultural economist in Namibia, Wallie Roux, who is also concerned that South Africa has now set a land expropriation example that may spillover.

    He explained that because of a land expropriation motion there will be great uncertainty about the ownership of property in that country and this will cause insecurity among investors.

    Roux pointed out that nobody will want to buy land just to have it be taken away in a year or two. He said further that banks will also hesitate to approve loans to buy land.

    “This will impact on productivity in South Africa negatively.” His concerns were echoed by Agri SA, which said a situation may soon develop where financial institutions will no longer make production loans available to farmers in the neighbouring country.

    “Without these loans, farmers cannot purchase seed, fertiliser, feed or implements and will be unable to produce.

    “This may lead to food shortages, price increases, food related riots and social instability.”

    Roux said with regard to the export of Namibian livestock to South Africa, especially weaners, this will not be impacted as exported animals are being kept in feedlots.

    He, however, said that if agricultural productivity in South Africa declines, products with a very short shelf life imported by Namibia will be impacted.

    The South African parliament on Tuesday voted to amend property clauses in the country's constitution, to pave way for the government's policy of acquiring land without compensation, which it says is necessary to redistribute land forcibly taken from blacks during white rule.

    The motion, brought by the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, was supported by the ruling African National Congress, leading to a 241/ 83 vote in its favour.

    The proposed amendment will now be referred to the Constitutional Review Committee, which must report back to parliament by 30 August. Commenting on the impact of land expropriation without compensation in the neighbouring country on Namibia, Roux said the prices of vegetable and fruit imports will increase, as the demand increases and supply decreases.

    During 2015/16, Namibia produced 36% of the total demand for vegetables and fruits consumed in the country, while the remaining balance was imported from South Africa and other countries.

    Roux added that products such as maize and wheat, which are currently being imported from South Africa can be imported from overseas countries. According to him, although it is easier to import from a neighbouring country, the price of these products will depend on the exchange rate and the supply and demand. “It should however be remembered that the motion has only now been accepted in parliament, it has not been implemented yet and there is still an election that lies ahead. They will not now suddenly start taking land away.”

    Roux added that the motion is expected to be used as propaganda for the election.

    “However, the problem is that this is now on the table and that it can be used at any time.”

    Meanwhile, Agri SA has reacted strongly to the motion on land saying although it understands the need for land reform, the frustration with the apparent slow progress of land reform, politics and emotion dominated the debate on land reform in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

    It said in a statement that rational arguments regarding the possible implications that such a step may hold for the agricultural sector and the broader economy were absent from the debate.

    “The fact is that financial institutions are substantially invested in the sector and that expropriation without compensation will also impact negatively on the banking sector.” Agri SA further said that it will also get legal and other advice regarding the process that is currently unfolding. The organisation's president, Dan Kriek, warned that all property owners' rights are at stake and that amending the property clause in the South African constitution represents a step backwards into a past where the protection of property rights was not applied across the board.


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     Baby stolen from Oshakati hospital found Baby stolen from Oshakati hospital found A three-week-old baby stolen from the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital this morning has been found at Okaku. Sergeant Frieda Shikole of the Oshakati police confirmed that the baby was found alive and was taken back at the hospital for further check-ups. According to sources, a relative of the suspect returned the baby to the hospital. The whereabouts of the suspect is unknown at this stage. Earlier in the day a kidnapping case was opened at the Oshakati police station. The baby was snatched from one the maternity wards while her mother was taking a shower.

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: Enemies become friends
  • Enemies become friendsEnemies become friendsStars, Pirates, Civics join hands In desperation to attract crowds and make more money, old rivals have become friends. The Sam Nujoma Stadium is set to come alight as Namibia Premier League old foes play on the same turf in one day.

    Civics, African Stars and Orlando Pirates will be visited by clubs from outside the region on Saturday.

    In the past, the three clubs had a rivalry which often spiced up Namibian football.

    The clubs have, however, decided to smoke a peace pipe in order to share the profits they take from gate-takings.

    FNB Orlando Pirates open the mega fixtures with a game against coastal side LHU Blue Waters on Saturday at 15:00.

    The next game will see African Stars hosting Rundu Chiefs at 17:00, while Civics close off the day with a match against Mighty Gunners.

    The games will continue on Sunday as Civics entertain Rundu Chiefs at 13:00.

    Orlando Pirates will then host Elven Arrows at 15:00, while the weekend ends with a game involving African Stars and Mighty Gunners at 17:00.

    African Stars have made transport available for people after the games.

    The transport tickets are being sold for N$15, while the match tickets are selling for N$30 at Pick n Pay. The cost at the gate for those who fail to acquire tickets will be N$40.

    “It is very important to work together because it can draw larger crowds.

    “African Stars promise to play attractive football over the weekend just because we have prepared well for this game against the two teams,” African Stars Lesley Kozonguizi said.

    Orlando Pirates CEO Niklaas Kasipili also promised that his club will come up with more ideas in order for them to mobilise fans.

    The CEO admitted that the club has not been doing enough over the past three years in attracting spectators.

    Meanwhile, Civics coach Brian Isaacs said his team will do whatever it takes to win the matches over the weekend.

    “I will not promise good football because my team is desperate for points.

    “All I can hope for is to win the matches and collect maximum points even if we have to play dirty,” Isaacs reiterated.


    MTC Namibia Premier League

    Black Africa v Unam Sam Nujoma Stadium 20:00

    Young African v Unam Legare Stadium 15:00

    Life Fighters v Eleven Arrows Mokati Stadium 15:00

    Young Chiefs v Tigers Indipendance Stadium Oshakati 15:00

    Chief Santos v Tura Magic Oscar Norich Stadium 15:00

    Orlando Pirates v Blue Waters Sam Nujoma Stadium 15:00

    African Stars v Rundu Chiefs Sam Nujoma St. 17:00

    Civics v Mighty Gunners Sam Nujoma St. 19:00


    Young African v Citizens Legare St. 15:00

    Life Fighters v Blue Waters Mokati St. 15:00

    Young Chiefs v Tura Magic, Independence Stadium Oshakati. 15:00

    Chiefs Santos v Tigers Oscar Norich St. 15:00

    Civics v Rundu Chiefs Sam Nujoma St. 13:00

    Orlando Pirates v Eleven Arrows Sam Nujoma St. 15:00

    African Stars v Mighty Gunners Sam Nujoma St. 17:00

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: No regrets for Naidjala
  • No regrets for NaidjalaNo regrets for Naidjala Namibian boxer Immanuel, 'Prince' Naidjala, says he has no regrets for losing his title fight against Australian pugilist Jason 'The Smooth One' Moloney, last Saturday.

    Naidjala, who recently returned from Australia, said his plan is to go back to the drawing board.

    “I do not have regrets about losing this fight because I always knew that it was going to be tough even if I was prepared.

    “Boxing is a game where one will have to lose and I have accepted that.

    “Right now, I am just going to rest before I go back to the drawing board in preparation for any fight that may come my way,” Naidjala said.

    The referee stopped the fight in the third round, as Naidjala failed to keep Moloney at bay.

    Naidjala is a former WBO African, WBO Intercontinental, WBA Pan African and IBF International champion.

    “I believe that there is plenty of fight in me and will try my best not to give up on my boxing career.

    “This is not the first time I suffered a defeat and that is why I do not fear getting back on my feet and doing what I love to do most.”

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: All systems go!
  • All systems go!All systems go!Tantalising weekend clashes in Debmarine eliminators The weekend has some exciting fixtures lined up in the Debmarine Namibia Cup elimination rounds for first and second division clubs. The Debmarine Namibia Cup eliminator rounds that started yesterday promise some tantalising clashes around the country this weekend, with clubs raring to advance to the next stage of the competition.

    The country's biggest cup competition pits local clubs against each other as they climb the ladder to the summit of the competition.

    The elimination rounds involve the first and second division teams in the country.

    The matches kicked off yesterday and are expected to end on 11 March.

    The first and second clubs are battling it out for places in the competition's round of 32.

    The official cup launch and draw for the Round of 32 will take place in Windhoek on 15 March.

    The round of 32 will see regional second division and zone first division teams competing with Namibia Premier League sides.

    Last year, the final took place at Gobabis, where Young Africans were crowned champions and bagged the N$500 000 top prize.

    Individual efforts were also recognised and Itamunua Keimuine of Tura Magic was awarded N$20 000 for being the top goal scorer award

    Young African's Himeezembi Hengombe was voted player of the tournament and was rewarded with N$20 000.

    Young African coach Maleagi Ngarizemo was crowned coach of the tournament and was handsomely rewarded with N$15 000, while Young African goalkeeper Mbemutjiua Mata won the golden gloves award and was given N$15 000. I

    In late 2016 Debmarine Namibia CEO Otto Shikongo announced the company's commitment to football in Namibia, via a N$14.1 million sponsorship over a three-year period (2017 to 2019).

    The list of Debmarine Cup elimination fixtures to be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium this weekend is as follows:

    Rock Stones FC vs Afrika Rassap FC

    Eleven Champions FC vs Impala Chiefs FC

    Falcon FC vs Swallows FC

    NUST FC vs Namib Eagles

    Namib Colts FC vs Golden Rivers FC

    City Boys FC vs Young Ones FC

    Java Java FC vs Kingston United FC

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: NFA-GiZ course reaches out
  • NFA-GiZ course reaches outNFA-GiZ course reaches out The NFA/GIZ Basic Coaching Certificate course for girls youth football will extend to the Hardap and Otjozondjupa regions in March and April.

    The course was hosted in Windhoek last month.

    The course, that saw over 50 individuals registered and in the end only 36 accommodated for the three-days, was held at the Girls Elite Centre at the NFA from 23-25 February. It will now move to the Hardap Region with Mariental's Danie Joubert High School serving as the host. The course will take place from 9 to 11 March.

    Youth coaches and teachers from the area, including towns such as Keetmanshoop, Rehoboth, Maltahöhe, Aranos, have been invited to register for the Unicef Namibia-sponsored course.

    FIFA instructor and general manager of Women's Football at the NFA, Jacqui Shipanga, is the official Instructor for the three-day course.

    The course focuses on several important aspects of basic football which coaches need to cover before they can properly train young footballers on the importance of the role of the coach. The course will also teach the girls optimal skills development and strategies to attract more young girls to football. The aim of the course is to train new coaches in the girls football programme and GiZ is also the official partner of the NFA Girls Centre that opened its doors on 2 September 2016.

    The centre was built for talented and vulnerable girls to have a safe place to play the game they love, and to pursue their dreams to go to school and stay away from unwanted bad influences.

    Sport Reporter

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    El Chapo security chief killedEl Chapo security chief killed Mexican soldiers and police killed the security chief for the family of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman on Tuesday, officials said.

    The defence ministry said a shootout erupted when security forces raided a building in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, where Guzman's Sinaloa cartel is based.

    “They were attacked by a group of individuals who tried to escape,” the ministry said in a joint statement with federal prosecutors.

    Two people were killed in the gunfight and three arrested, including two who were wounded, the statement said.

    Officials identified one of the dead as Luis Alfonso 'N'.

    A government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the person in question was Luis Alfonso Murillo Acosta, head of security for the Guzman family and a hitman for El Chapo's son, Archivaldo Ivan Guzman Salazar.

    Murillo Acosta is accused of coordinating a September 2016 attack on army troops that killed five soldiers and wounded 12, said the source.

    El Chapo, 60, was one of the world's most powerful drug traffickers.

    But his reign was cut short in January 2017 when he was extradited to the United States following his capture after a brash escape from a Mexican prison, his second jailbreak.

    Guzman, who is being held in solitary confinement in New York pending trial, told a judge earlier this month that he is struggling to pay for his lawyers.

    He is accused of trafficking more than 200 tonnes of cocaine into the United States.


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  • 03/01/18--14:00: New US school gun incident
  • New US school gun incidentNew US school gun incidentTakes place as Florida students return to school While there was an outpouring of love and support as Florida learners returned to school, a Georgia teacher fired a gun in class. A social studies teacher barricaded himself inside a classroom at a Georgia high school on Wednesday and fired a handgun, sending students running outside or hunkering down in darkened gym locker rooms, authorities said.

    No Dalton High School students were in the classroom when the teacher fired the weapon, and despite the chaotic lockdown and evacuation, the only injury was a student who hurt her ankle running away.

    It wasn't immediately clear why the teacher, 53-year-old Jesse Randal Davidson, had the gun. Under questioning by detectives, he refused to discuss what led to the shooting.

    The gunfire erupted with a nation on edge two weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17 students and faculty dead and ignited a new debate over gun control in America.

    Within minutes of the Dalton shooting, students there took to social media, calling for restricting gun rights. In the afternoon, US President Donald Trump, who has advocated for arming teachers, convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House to address gun violence.

    'Go away, don't come in here'

    The teacher was taken into custody without incident after a 30- to 45-minute standoff with officers, police spokesperson Bruce Frazier said. A teacher since 2004, Davidson also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the high school's football team.

    Police noted that Davidson didn't appear to want to hurt the students or faculty. He fired the gun at an exterior window when the principal tried to enter the classroom.

    “I don't know whether he was just firing the gun off to let people know to back off or what,” Frazier said.

    The shooting happened about 11:30 during Davidson's planning period. At first, students tried to get into the classroom, but they couldn't. The students told the principal, who tried to enter.

    “I didn't get the door open very far, but he slammed the door and hollered 'Go away, don't come in here.' He had some nonsensical noises that were made as well,” Principal Steve Bartoo said. Bartoo returned a short time later and put his key in the door “and again he slammed the door before I could open it and he said, 'Don't come in here, I have a gun.'”

    That's when Davidson fired and the school was placed on lockdown, authorities said.

    Davidson faces six charges, including aggravated assault involving a gun and terroristic threats and acts, jail records showed. Other charges include carrying a weapon in a school safety zone and reckless conduct. It's not clear if he has an attorney. The Georgia incident took place and Florida students and returned under heavy police guard to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for the first time since a teenager with an assault rifle killed 17 people and thrust the huge Florida school into the centre of a renewed national gun debate.

    The half-day began with fourth period so that the nearly 3 300 students could first be with the people they were with during the shooting two weeks ago.

    “In the beginning, everyone was super serious, but then everyone cheered up and it started being the same vibes we had before the shooting. People started laughing and joking around,” said Kyle Kashuv, a junior who said he hugged every single teacher.

    On the way in, teens were guarded by hundreds of police officers. The police were accompanied by comfort animals, including dogs, horses and a donkey. One of the horses had “eagle pride” painted on its side. A nearby woman held a sign offering “free kisses”.

    After school dismissed, members of the Guardian Angels wearing their trademark red berets lined the streets at a crosswalk.

    Kashuv said he was amazed by the outpouring of support from the community, including the police presence, the animals and many well-wishers.

    There were letters from all over the world and “banners on every single wall”, he said.

    Some of the officers carried military-style rifles, and Superintendent Robert Runcie said the police presence would continue for the remainder of the school year. The heavy arms rattled some students.

    “This is a picture of education in fear in this country.”

    The National Rifle Association “wants more people just like this, with that exact firearm, to scare more people and sell more guns”, said David Hogg, who has become a leading voice in the student movement to restrict assault weapons.

    About 150 grief counsellors were on campus “to provide a lot of love, a lot of understanding” and to help students “ease back” into their school routines, Runcie said.

    The freshman building where the February 14 massacre took place remained cordoned off.

    Students were told leave their backpacks at home. Principal Ty Thomas tweeted that the school's focus would be on “emotional readiness and comfort, not curriculum”.

    In each classroom, coloured pencils, colouring books, stress balls and toys were available to help students cope. “It's not how you go down. It's how you get back up,” said Casey Sherman, a 17-year-old junior. She said she was not afraid to be return, “just nervous”.

    As classes resumed, Dick's Sporting Goods, a major US retailer, announced that it would immediately halt sales of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21.

    The company's CEO took on the NRA by demanding tougher gun laws.

    Later on Wednesday, Walmart announced that it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.


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    Epangelo lya ndopa okugamena aanangeshefa yaNamibiaEpangelo lya ndopa okugamena aanangeshefa yaNamibiaEgameno lyoongeshefa dhomoshilongo olya pumbiwa Omunangeshefa a tseyika nawa, Epafras Mukwiilongo, okwa popi kutya aazaizai inaya pumbwa okuya moongeshefa dhomalanditho. Epafras Mukwiilongo ngoka e li woo omunapolotika okwa popi kutya opo andola oongeshefa dhomoshilongo dhi koke, aazaizai naya pitikwe owala okulanditha kaanangeshefa ihe inaya pitikwa okulanditha kaakwashigwana.

    Mukwiilongo okwa popi kutya, sho oongeshefa dhaaNamibia tadhi pata, otashi etithwa kethigathano ndyoka li li po pokakati kawo naalandithi aanene mboka oyo haye ya landitha iilandithomwa yawo.

    Oongeshefa dhaazaizai ohadhi landitha kondando yi li pevi okuyeleka nondando ndjoka tayi landithwa kwaamboka haya kutha iilandithomwa kuyo naashoka otashi dhipaga oongeshefa dhaaNamibia.

    Okwa popi kutya ompumbwe woo yoompango ndjoka tadhi gamene aanangeshefa moshilongo oshimwe tashi hwahwameke onkalo ndjoka, na otashi thindile kongudhi oongeshefa dhaaNamibia opo dhi vule okupondola.

    Mukwiilongo okwa lombwele oNamibia Sun kutya monena ongeshefa yaNamibia oya kwatwako kaanangeshefa aazaizai unene aakwashigwana yaIndia naChina.

    Mukwiilongo okwa yelitha kutya ita popi kutya aakwashigwana yiilongo mbyoka naya ye ihe okwa hala owala oongeshefa dhomoshilongo nadho dhi pondole ngaashi sha kala nale, molwaashoka onkalo yonena itayi shi pitika.

    “Omwa kala oongeshefa odhindji unene monooli, ndhoka dha li tadhi shi enditha nawa, ihe ngashiingeyi odhili peni? Aantu oyendji otaya hiilitha po omahala gawo molwashoka kaye na we shoka taya vulu okuninga. Epangelo olya pitika aazaizai ye ye moshilongo nokukutha mongeshefa aavalelwa mo.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya nonando epangelo otali pula oshigwana shi kuthe ombinga mongeshefa nokuyambulapo eliko, itali gandja eyambidhidho lyepondolo koongeshefa ndhoka. Okwa gandja oshiholelwa kutya aanyasha moshilongo otaya vulu okutulapo omadhilaadhilo gongeshefa omawanawa nokutameka oongeshefa ihe oongeshefa dhawo itadhi kalelele na otadhi pata mbala molwaashoka aazaizai otaya landitha iilandithomwa yawo kombiliha.

    Okwa pula kutya omolwa onkalo ndjoka nena aazaizai inaya pitikwa ya kale taya landitha iilandithomwa kaakwashigwana ihe naya kale taya landitha kaanangeshefa, oyo ya vule okulanditha koshigwana, opo owala oongeshefa dhawo tadhi vulu okuhupa.


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    Onyata otayi tula moshiponga uundjoloweleOnyata otayi tula moshiponga uundjolowele Onkalo yiikwaniipangitho yongushu yopevi omulandu gwoku ekelahi iiyekelwahi moshilongo otayi tula moshiponga uundjolowele waakwashigwana oshowo oshi li uupyakadhi komidhingoloko.

    Minista Pohamba Shifeta okwa popi kutya nonando aakwashigwana ohaya futile omayakulo ngoka, otashi ulike kutya omalelo goondoolopa ihaga longitha iimaliwa mbyoka moku pungula miikwaniipangitho yoku ekelahi iiyagaya.

    Shifeta okwa li ta popi pethimbo kwa tulwa miilonga oNational Solid Waste Management Strategy. Pethimbo kwa ningwa omapekaapeko omanga inaku tulwa miilonga omulandu ngoka, okwa hololwa kutya iikwaniipangitho mbyoka hayi longwa moku ekelahi iiyagaya oyi li monkalo yanayipala noonkondo.

    Okwa popi kutya natango shoka tashi etitha omalimbililo onkalo moka aakwashigwana haya ekele iiyagaya kehe pamwe.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli otawu ka ningwa omahwahwameko opo ku vule okulundulwa onkalo ndjoka mokati kaakwashigwana.

    “Okukala pwaahena omilandu dhomondjila ngele tashi ya koku ekelahi iiyagaya oshi li oshiponga oshinene sha taalela iinamwenyo yetu oshowo oomwenyo dhaantu.”

    Okwa popi kutya oshiponga oshinene osha taalela woo oshikondo shaataleli po, nenyateko lyomidhingololko otali vulu okutula pevi ondondo yoshilongo nokugandja ethano ewinayi muuyuni, shoNamibia e li ehala hali hogololwa kaatalelipo oyendji. Ngele omidhingoloko oga nyata nena shoka otashi ka sitha uunye aatalelipo opo ya vule okupopila oshilongo onga ehala ewanawa nokutalela po nenge ya galuke ishewe.

    Minista okwa tsikile kutya omidhongoloko dha nyata otadhi vulu natango okweetitha omalimbililo kaatalelipo kombinga yongushu nuuyogoki womeya getu, egameno oshowo oondya.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya muule woomwedhi tadhi landula otaku ka tulwa miilonga omilandu ngaashi ndhoka tadhi ka kundathana efutilo lyoonayilona onga omukalo gwokushunitha pevi elongitho lyoonayilona ndhoka dhi li omukundu omunene kuundjolowele wiimuna.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli tawu pangele okutula miilonga omilandu kombinga yoku ekelahi iiyekelwahi, opo ku vule okugamenenwa po omidhingoloko, iimuna oshowo uundjolowele waantu.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya oku na ondjodhi opo Namibia a kale oshilongo dhingi muAfrika okuya mo 2028, shi na iikwaniilongitho yopamuthika ngele tashi ya koku ekelahi iiyagaya.


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    Aazaizai aailongi moNamibia yeli momalimbililoAazaizai aailongi moNamibia yeli momalimbililo Aazaizai mboka yeli aailongi moNamibia na oya ningi omasiku yeli momikweyo puuministeli wiikwanemi nomatembo opo ya ninge omaindilo gomauthemba gokukiilonga meni lyoshilongo, oye na uutile kutya otashi vulika ya kale inaya manitha we omailongo gawo, sho aailongi yamwe inaya vula okuninga omaindilo molwaashoka sho ya kala ya tegelela uunzapo okuza kopolisi kutya ka ye na ondjokonona yiimbuluma ya sha oshowo iizemo yawo yomvula ya piti.

    Gumwe gwomaiilongi mboka omukwashigwana gwaCuba, Charity Hernandez, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun okwa kala momukweyo uule womasiku gaali na okwa pumbwa ombaapila ye yo ku mu pitika opo a tsikile neilongo lye lyokuyambulapo iitsa ye noNamibian College of Open Learning (Namcol).

    Oku li moshilongo molwaashoka yina okwa hokanwa komukwashigwana gwaNamibia.

    Omwiilongi gumwe a za koZambia, ngoka ina hala uukwatya we wu hololwe okwa popi kutya okwa kala momukweyo uule womasiku gaali naasho a mono ekwatho andola okwa pulwa a gandje uumbangi kutya oku li oshilyo shoshiketha shuunamiti.

    Okwa popi kutya shoka oshe mu kutha natango esiku molwaashoka okwa ka konga manga ehangano ndyoka tali vulu okumu pa uuwanawa mboka kondando yopevi.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu yamwe otaya lala poombelewa ndhoka, na otaya ningilwa woo omatilitho kaanambelewa kutya otaya shunithwa kiilongo yawo.

    Omupopiliko guuministeli mboka,

    Salome Kambala okwa popi kutya omikweyo omileeleka molwaashoka aantu ohaya tegelele sigo esiku lya hugunina opo ya ninge omaindilo gawo.

    Okwa pula aailongi ya kale haya ningi omaindilo gawo mbala pakulongitha woo ointernet ngele pamwe oye li komafudho kiilongo yawo.

    Okwa nyana woo mboka haya mana owala omailongo gawo yo otaya ningi nale omaindilo gokulongela moshilongo, ta popi kutya naya kale aluhe ye na uumbangi kutya oya mona iilonga opo nduno ya vule okuninga omaindilo ngoka. Okwa tsikile kutya itaya vulu owala okukonga omaindilo gokulongela moshilongo omanga inaya mona iilonga, go omahangano ngoka tage ya pe iilonga naga kale ga shanga ombaapila nokugandja omatompelo kutya omolwashike ge wete kutya otaga gandja ompito ndjoka yiilonga komuntu ngoka.


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    Oompata dhevi dha tukuka isheweOompata dhevi dha tukuka isheweEkundathano lyevi moSA tali hwahwameke Namibia Aahwahwameki yiikumungu ya guma oshigwana moshilongo, otaya pula opo omupresidende Hage Geingob a kuthe oshiholelwa komuleli gwaSouth Afrika, Cyril Ramaphosa opo ku vule okukuthwa ko evi itaku gandjwa iifuta ya sha. Opaliamende yaSouth Afrika otayi pititha etokolo ndyoka tali ka utha ekundathano lyoshikumungu shekutheko lyevi pwaahena iifuta, onga omukalo gwokutopola evi moshilongo.

    Oshikundathanwa shoka sha tulwa poshitaafula komuleli gwongundu yoEconomic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, osha tulwa miilonga konima sho sha hogololwa kaahogololi 241, omanga aantu 83 yeli ompinge nooshiyetwapo shoka. Ongundu tayi pangele moshilongo shoka yoAfrican National Congress (ANC) otayi yambidhidha oshiyetwa po shoka.

    Sho ya yamukula koonkundana ndjoka ya zilile poshishiindalongo mEtiyali, gumwe gwomaanongononi yopolotika moshilongo, Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya epangelo lyaNamibia otali ka adhika inali ilongekidha ngaashi epangelo lyaSouth Afrika, uuna ekundathano lyevi lya tameke.

    “South Afrika ina pangela nawa na ina kala e na ondjodhi kutya oshikumungu shevi otashi ka pitako. Ngashiingeyi okwiiyadha monkalo yaakwashigwana taya pula evi, na omolwa onkalo ndjoka iiyadha muyo, ota ningi omatokolo ngoka taga tula moshiponga eliko,” Kamwanyah a popi.

    Kamwanyah oku na einekelo kutya omukalo ngoka tagu kundathanwa kuSouth Afrika otashi vulika gu ka taandele miilongo yimwe ngaashi Namibia, mbyoka yi na ondjokonona yevi ya faathana naandjoka yaSouth Afrika.

    Omunapaliamende gwongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM), Nico Smit okwa yambidhidha ekutho ko lyevi moNamibia, ta popi kutya ethimbo olya thikana opo Namibia a ungaunge nooyene yevi mboka kaye li moshilongo.

    Mo 2016 uuministeli wevi owa koleke kutya konyala oohecta dhevi dhi li poomiliyona 1.2 odhili momake gaazaizai, unene aakwashigwana yaGermany naSouth AFrika.

    Shoka otashi ningwa nonando okwa li kwa ningwa etokolo pethimbo lyomutumba gwevi ngoka gwa ningwa moshilongo lwotango mo 1991, kutya ha omuzaizai ta kala nevi moshilongo.

    Aaleli yaNamibia, omupresidede nale Hifikepunye Pohamba oshowo omuleli gwaNamibia monena Hage Geingob, ayehe oya koleke kutya omulandu tagu longithwa kepangelo lyaNamibia, gwomulandi a hala nomulandithi a hala itagu gandja iiyimati ya sha.

    Smit ngoka a gandja omaiyuvo ge gopaumwene, okwa popi kutya omutumba gwevi ngoka tagu pangelwa okuningwa, ogwa pumbwa okukundathana onkalo ndjoka yooyene yevi, aazaizai mboka iyaha lumbu moshilongo.

    Henny Seibeb gwoLandless Peoples Movement (LPM) naye okuuvite kutya epangelo nali kuthe po onkalo ndjoka yaazaizai mboka ihaya kala moshilongo ihe oye na omavi muka.

    “Otwiinekela kutya Presidende Hage Geingob ota kutha oshiholelwa komupresidende gwa Sputh Afrika, Cyril Ramaphosa ngoka pamwe nongundu ye yo ANC ya dhidhilike kutya aakwashigwana oya ningi ethimbo taya pula shike. Geingob okwa li a kutha oshilongwa komuleli gwaZimbambwe nale, Robert Mugabe ihe sho a galuka okuza koHarare kape na shoka sha ningwa. Swapo niilonge okuza koANC.”

    Omuhwahwameki gwevi, Sima Luipert okwa popi kutya ita popile omukalo gwiifuta uuna taku kuthwa ko evi, ta popi kutya evi ndyoka olyaakwashigwana na oya li ya kuthwa evi lyawo pethimbo lyuukuloni.

    Okwa popi kutya sho aakwashigwana yali itaya popile omukalo ngoka nokugamenena po uuntu wa wo oya tsakanekwa niilwitho na oya dhipagwa nokuyekwa omaliko gawo mwakwatelwa evi. Okwa pula kutya ngele mboka ya kanitha evi lyawo momukalo ngoka guuhwapindi oya futilwe.

    Monena epangelo olya kutha ko oofaalama ndatu na olya futu oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 4.9 mo 2006, omukalo ngoka ogwali gwa ningwa nombili molwaashoka oonakukuthwa evi oya li ya zimine kondando ndjoka taya pewa.

    Oofaalama ndatu ndhoka dha tumbulwa kutya Wyoming, Kansas oshowo Groot Ruigte, otadhi adhika moshitopolwa shaMaheke. Omukalo ngoka ogwa hulile ondjilakati sho mo 2006, ooyene yofaalama ya pataneke etseyitho lyekuthoko lyoofaalama dhawo mompangu yopombanda.

    Shoka osha etitha epangelo li tule po omilandu ndhoka tadhi longithwa mekuthoko lyoofaalama, nomilandu ndhoka okwa tegelelwa dhi ka tulwe momushangwa gwepangelo mbala.

    Monena epangelo otali tsikile nomulandu gwomulandi a hala nomulandithi a hala ihe omulandu ngoka itagu gandja iizemo ya sha. Mo 2016 ominista yevi, Utoni Nujoma, okwa popi kutya epangelo olya kutha ko oofaalama 36 kongushu yoomiliyona 290, noofamili 57 odha tulululwa moofaalama ndhoka pokati komwedhi Apilili mo 2015 na Februari gwo 2016.


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    Visual exhibition with a powerful meaningVisual exhibition with a powerful meaning Omba Gallery will be exhibiting Leonard Abraham 'Under Threat' art as of today.

    The word threat is defined as the identification or perception of someone or something likely to cause harm, damage or is dangerous, and this is exactly how Leonard Abrahams views the objects in his paintings. A lion and its cub, the beautiful Christuskirche in Windhoek as a symbol of Christianity, cattle carrying the burdens of human survival and civilisation, a lone San man, his feet disappearing into clouds of dust, and so on. “Everything is under threat,” he says, with a smile. “So are we, even as we live”.

    Through the visual presentation of images on canvas, most of them familiar to Namibians, Abrahams also expresses his Namibian aesthetic values and that which he strongly feels deserves protection; his concerns for the environment, a light touch on politics, the well-being of people and their lifestyles. His works are literal representations with subtle messages, not abstract, nor ornamental, and yet, are, technically, extremely well-executed for a self-taught artist.

    It was the trained eye of a Roman Catholic nun at the Marianum Seminary in Stampriet, that first spotted his potential and with kind words encouraged a young Abrahams to draw. The seminary was situated in the small town of Stampriet in the Kalahari, north-east of Mariental, in the Hardap Region of southern Namibia and offered education to children in and from the surrounding areas. This was during the early 1960s when the political landscape in southern Africa was rapidly changing for the worse; a few hundred kilometres further south across the Orange River, white supremacy and apartheid South Africa were rising.

    Like many of his peers in that part of the country, Leonard Abrahams was typical for his milieu, culture and class. Of mixed ancestry, he was from a poor, working-class background that viewed education as a privilege and the only means of escaping a lifetime of poverty. So it came about that when Leonard Abrahams left high school, the pathways to employment and financial independence in an increasingly militarised Namibia under apartheid South Africa, were limited to the major professions: law, medicine, teaching and nursing. The idea of studying art was eliminated by the pressing and immediate needs of an extended family and finally, abandoned. In 1981 he was accepted at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to study for a Bachelor's degree with law subjects. Upon graduation in 1985, and feeling disillusioned with the legal profession at the time, he opted to further his studies in the practical field of accounting, and for the next couple of years, worked as an accountant for various companies in the capital city of Windhoek. Since 2004, Leonard ventured into the transport logistics sector, in which he still operates to this day.

    Under Threat at Omba Gallery is the first public exhibition of the works of self-taught Namibian artist, Leonard Abrahams.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: Fixing local hip-hop
  • Fixing local hip-hopFixing local hip-hopMore talks of this kind needed A successful talk about the status of Namibian hip hop held at the Warehouse Theatre shows hope for the industry. Hip-hop was the centre of conversation at the Hip-Hop Talk that was held at Warehouse recently. The purpose of the event was to create a platform where rappers, producers and hip-hop fans could talk freely about issues and topics with that affect Namibian hip-hop.

    One of the main speakers at the event was rapper J-Black, who spoke at length about relevance and how Namibian rappers can use their music to build a successful career. Throughout his speech the rapper also touched on social media marketing, online branding and artistic integrity that rappers need to adhere to in order to be more relatable to their audience. “Rappers these days think they can just post a link online and promote it and they become successful after their song is heard. You actually need to put in more work than that and go out onto the streets and to the people and promote your music there. Let the people feel your music. Social media marketing and reality are two completely different things,” said J-Black.

    Also speaking at the event was rapper DV8 who advocated for more platforms that would document the stories and the highlights within the hip-hop genre for archival. The panel who were discussing various topics comprised of rappers Ghetto Ballerina who spoke about the plights of rappers and what it takes to make in the industry, DJ Musketeer spoke about the importance of other hip-hop elements such as dance, poetry and graffiti, and why more attention needs to be given to them to improve the genre. Radio personality and TV presenter Franklin gave rappers advice on how they can work on their music and improve their conduct with the media to add value to the credibility and perception of rappers in the country.

    June Shimuoshili

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    PDK gets Vevo YouTube channelPDK gets Vevo YouTube channelMaking their online presence felt Popular Namibian kwaito group PDK has become the first independent artists in Namibia to have their own Vevo YouTube channel. The YouTube channel, named PDK Namibia has two music videos namely 'Ondjema' and 'Aaah'. Ondjema and Aaah have over 7 700 and 570 views respectively.

    Their first debut album 'Skoko', earned the group their first Namibian music award in the Best Duo-Group category in the 2008 Sanlam-NBC music awards.

    In March 2012 the group withdrew from the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).

    Asked on whether the trio will participate in this year's NAMAs, the trio's lead singer, Patrick Mwashindange said that they have entered and are waiting to know on whether their application has been accepted.

    “It's up to them to nominate us. If they don't nominate us then I don't know.

    The issue in the past is that we did apply but somehow things did not work out for us,” said Mwashindange. The 'Dirty Kandeshi' hit-makers started off as dancers and were known as the Action Boys. Later they changed their name to Action Geez.

    After joining the mainstream in 2006 as PDK, the trio has released 11 studio albums with 'Odikwa' being their latest. The 16-track album is available online on iTunes.

    Their Vevo YouTube channel, which was published in January this year, has over 150 subscribers so far.

    Namibia only has one other musician who has a Vevo YouTube channel. Lazarus Shiimi, better known as Gazza, had his Vevo YouTube channel published last year in July.

    The 2017 NAMA Male Artist of the Year has accumulated over 270 000 views in total for music videos for his two smash hits 'Up up away' featuring Nyanda and 'Abangani Bako' featuring Emtee and Saudi.

    Adolf Kaure

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: Kasi Vibe Festival
  • Kasi Vibe FestivalKasi Vibe FestivalCall for entertainers to apply for stalls tjil sits down with Bomba Shiguedha on the exciting and innovative news for this year's Kasi Vibe Festival. What do you get when a bunch of young and vibrant Namibians come together for two days of entrepreneurship and empowerment? You get the Kasi Vibe Festival.

    For the third session, the organisers plan for a bigger and better festival, leaving no one behind. The Kasi Vibe Festival is a youth entrepreneurship and empowerment event that brings young entrepreneurs together.

    The initiative aims to get Namibians from different backgrounds to come together to support one another's business ideas, and it is also a platform for young business owners to connect and engage with one another.

    For the third festival, the organisers invite local entertainers to apply for stalls and sell their brands as a business.

    Bomba Shiguedha says entertainers should take advantage of such opportunities as the festival is a platform for business break through.

    “Many artists have their albums on them so if they could buy stalls and bring them to the people I'm sure they will leave with a few sold.

    It's all about one bringing a TV screen where their work can be displayed and engage with other entertainers, business personalities for possible funding and to engage with their fans,” he said.

    Shiguedha pointed out that entertainers from abroad survive on endorsements and locals could take an example by using the Kasi Vibe Festival platform to sell themselves as brands.

    He said the festival will be used to break stereotypes that are in the entertainment industry and hopefully form united forces.

    “There is a culture of when international acts come to Namibia they are separated from the local acts and when the international artist goes back they take nothing from our country, not even a collaboration prospect.

    We want artists to get used to mingling with each other, whether established, or up-and-coming artists, so they get used to each other so they can trade experience and contacts,” he said.

    Stalls will be sold for N$800 for three days of the festival. Shiguedha says upcoming entertainers can share costs and use one stall if they cannot afford one alone. The organisers will be awarding two free stalls to those that will want to use their platform but don't have the funds. The due date for stall application is 30 March.

    “Our aim is to support locals in business and build a culture of supporting each other. It's all for Namibians by Namibians.

    There will be performances this year unlike last year. Black Boxx entertainment will be performing as a sponsorship and some performances are yet to be announced,” he said.

    The Kasi Vibe Festival will take place from 1 to 3 June at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    June Shimuoshili

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    MultiChoice and Africa Magic announce 2018 AMVCAsMultiChoice and Africa Magic announce 2018 AMVCAs Following months of speculation and anticipation, Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice, are proud to announce the call to entry for the 2018 edition of the AMVCAs, the prestigious initiative that honours film and TV talent across the continent.

    The Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs) were created to celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent's film and television industry and, with the success of the previous five editions, preparations are in top gear for the 2018 edition. Entries for the AMVCAs are open and will close on 30 April.

    Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, director for M-Net West Africa said nearly one year after the last AMVCAs, they are pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2018 edition of the awards. The African movie and television industry is brimming with exciting talent and Africa Magic contributes to the industry by not only giving these talents the platform to showcase their skills and passion, but by celebrating their achievements whilst also encouraging them to continue honing their craft.

    The AMVCAs celebrate filmmakers in different categories ranging from acting and directing, to scriptwriting and cinematography.

    This year, a number of awards in different categories will be presented. Other categories will include: short film or online video, soundtrack, costume design, and sound and lighting, amongst others. For 2018 there are 27 categories in all, with seven open to viewer voting and 20 decided by the respected AMVCA panel of judges.

    Entry for the AMVCAs is free and the closing date for submissions is 30 April 2018. Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered into or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition are eligible to be entered for the AMVCAs, and all films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCA if they are broadcast or publicly screened during the period of 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2018. The awards are to be held on 1 September.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: Amber, the next big thing
  • Amber, the next big thingAmber, the next big thingAspiring model with big dreams This week, tjil chats to up-and-coming model Amber on why she won't stop chasing her dreams. She lives by the motto, if your dreams don't scare you then they are not big enough. Amber Hendricks is one of the many girls who choose to follow their dreams and make a living out of them, no matter the cost.

    After matriculation, Hendricks chose not to further her studies as there are no schools for her career of choice, and she is yet to narrow it down to one abroad.

    “Having big dreams is like being high on adrenaline. You just want what you want and won't stop until you get it.

    I want to be that Cindy Crawford of Namibia, the next Tyra Banks. I want to become a worldwide model from Namibia,” she said.

    The aspiring model says she has seen many live successfully from modelling and it's high time Namibia follows in these footsteps. She says it's not fair that a country that is soon to celebrate its 28th independence year still follows a system that believes one can only make a living from studying books. Hendricks urges the government representatives at the Arts Council to ensure that there are academies for all types of schools.

    “I am now forced to look for a school outside Namibia because there is no one here to help me become the best in my field which is unfair.

    Modelling is not just walking on a ramp. It's about representing a country through arts - if one is given an opportunity. I don't want to be a model that lives out of Namibia. I want to be here. It's high time they consider us,” she said.

    The 20-year-old aspiring model says she will move to Cape Town next year to pursue her dreams. She is currently a promotional girl for Geneva Events and she says the job is giving her exposure and building her confidence skills.

    Hendricks advises other girls who want to do modelling not to give up and get a job that they will hate.

    “I don't want to be forced to become a banker or a lawyer if I don't want to be one. Be a go-getter and show them it can be done.

    I am thankful that my family supports my ambitions but only because I showed them I can be responsible for my actions and they know how badly I want to be a professional model,” she concluded.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 03/01/18--14:00: Show off your work
  • Show off your workShow off your work With all due respect allow me to get this off my chest. Namibian artists need to stop with the culture of releasing an album and not promoting it properly. You find artists who release a ten-track album and only promote three songs, shooting only one music video. What happens to all the other songs on the album?

    The thing that has always bothered me as a supporter of local music is when an artist decides to shelve the whole album. I have noticed over the years that many artists promote completely different singles just a few months after dropping an album and these singles are not even a part of that album. Maybe there are a few behind-the-scenes things we do not know that you are dealing with regarding your labels and managers. But you can't release an album and then just decide you want to promote a new single. We are still using the same promotion tactics from the early 2000s and we are not taking into consideration that times have changed.

    Instead of the usual tactics, throw yourself onto the internet. Instead of the usual album launch event, try having an album tour or signing session. Have album-listening sessions because they are more intimate and you have better engagement from your audience, compared to album release parties we've been having over the years. We've seen over the years that album-launch parties or events are getting emptier and emptier and we need to counter that with digital album releases -something which a few Namibian artists have done.

    The last thing you want to do is start working on your next album and disappear for a few months. After months of silence, when you finally come out with an announcement your fans may not be listening or looking out for your content anymore. Social media is one way you can engage your fans. We need more behind-the-scenes content and documentaries that shed light into your creative process as an artist. There are many ways artists can promote their albums and you need to tap into that.

    June Shimuoshili


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