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- 03/08/18--14:00: _Auntie Nangy
- 03/07/18--14:00: Wife killer jailed for 27 years
- 03/07/18--14:00: Haufiku wants Okahao hospital money back
- 03/07/18--14:00: Zaaruka gets interdict on Ongwediva land
- 03/07/18--14:00: Africa Briefs
- 03/07/18--14:00: Moussongela's school in spotlight again
- 03/07/18--14:00: Crack whip on corruption – Calle
- 03/07/18--14:00: Nation on the ropes
- 03/07/18--14:00: Opposition bash N$6bn defence allocation
- 03/08/18--14:00: Peanuts for sport
- 03/08/18--14:00: No room for excuses
- 03/08/18--14:00: Derby night for BA, Pirates
- 03/08/18--14:00: Jones to resume coaching duties
- 03/08/18--14:00: Mugabe political outfit is 'no threat'
- 03/08/18--14:00: Russian 'spy' probe ongoing
- 03/08/18--14:00: Possible toxic attack in Syria
- 03/08/18--14:00: Omukwiita nale a yaha ombwa ye
- 03/08/18--14:00: Ya Nangoloh ya tsukumwe naShaduva
- 03/08/18--14:00: Oskola ya Moussongela miikundaneki natango
- 03/08/18--14:00: Auntie Nangy
While imposing an effective 27-year sentence on 45-year-old Johannes Jacobs, Judge Dinnah Usiku said the jail term will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of the four children who are dependent on their father.
“That is inevitable and unfortunately it is one of the consequences of the crime,” Usiku said.
She sentenced Jacobs, who was employed as a security guard, to 30 years while suspending three years of his jail term for five years on condition that he is not convicted of murder, culpable homicide or any violent offence during the period of suspension.
Jacobs was convicted of killing wife, Sophia Lucia Jacobs (41), by stabbing her 12 times with a knife in the chest and back at Blouwes Primary School on 18 June 2014 in the Keetmanshoop area, where he was employed as a security guard.
He had fled the scene. She died the next day due to the injuries sustained in the knife attack.
Jacobs married the deceased during 2000 and they have children aged 11, 15 and 19. Another child was born to another woman after the death of the deceased and is 18 months old.
All the children are being cared for by an older sister of the accused. He was also involved in caring for the recent baby, as the mother allegedly used to neglect the baby.
Usiku said the accused regretted the murder and had asked for forgiveness from his children.
She said Jacobs had subsequently denied he asked for forgiveness, because he wanted to persuade the court to show him mercy on the grounds that he was not the sole cause of her death.
The judge said the accused and the deceased had experienced marital problems.
“The best he could have done was to let her go. After all, she had already left he matrimonial home. It appeared the deceased no longer wanted the accused as a husband.”
Usiku said it is in the interest of society that the punishment meted out was neither too severe nor too lenient.
She, however, said the sentence the court imposed will undoubtedly have a drastic effect on the lives of those who are dependent on the accused for their livelihood.
The project remains incomplete after the contractor abandoned it for no apparent reason nearly seven years ago. According to the health minister, Bernard Haufiku, the money was paid to Messrs Property Decorative Developer before they started doing the work.
In 2015 the hospital's senior medical officer, Dr Mary Nandjebo, said that about N$17 million had been paid to the contractor. The ministry's senior health programme officer, Martin Mukulu, asserted that the ministry had only paid for work done and approved by the consultants on the project.
In an interview with Namibian Sun, however, Minister Haufiku said this money was paid before the company even started the work. He said the work done by the contractor was not worth N$17 million and the ministry would try to recover N$16 million of it.
“The completion of this hospital will be budgeted in the 2018/2019 financial year, but the ministry has to recover the N$16 million of this money. This money was paid to the contractor before they started doing the work. They abandoned the project but the work they have done is not worth N$16 million,” Haufiku said.
The health minister said the ministry of works was monitoring the project and he did not understand how the contractor could get paid before doing the work.
Mukulu's version differs from the minister's, though.
“There was no advance payment on this project and therefore the contractor did not run away with any government funds. The contractor also forfeited the performance guarantee provided to government on the project as part of the contract agreement and conditions of employment,” Mukulu said.
It was reported that in 2012 the works ministry cancelled the contract of Messrs Property Decorative Developer, but no new contractor was appointed.
Efforts to obtain comment from the contractor failed, as nobody could be reached at the contact details given on official documents.
The incomplete project is taking its toll on hospital staff and patients alike.
The renovations included the hospital's outpatient department, pharmacy, radiography department, dental clinic, laboratory, eye clinic and communicable disease control (CDC) department.
Patients needing X-rays are referred to the Indira Gandhi Clinic about 13 kilometres from Okahao, while for other services patients are referred to Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, which is 75 kilometres away.
Judge Maphios Cheda made the ruling in favour of Stantoll Properties, which had lodged an urgent court application to interdict Lukas Johannes from occupying a section of Erf 6315.
Stantoll Properties claimed it had bought the land, which measures two hectares, from the Ongwediva town council for about N$1.4 million in 2010.
Johannes, however, maintained they were not fairly compensated for the land. The family is demanding N$3.7 million instead of the N$10 000 offer they received from the council for the land.
The businessman wants to extend his shopping mall on the land.
Zaaruka claimed he had signed pre-contracts with various international companies to lease phase two of Oshana Mall by August this year.
Attorney Wilmarie Horn, who represented Stantoll Properties, argued that the company would suffer huge financial losses which could lead to bankruptcy.
Horn also argued that if the companies that are expected to move into the new shopping complex by August took action against Stantoll Properties, it would leave her client with no other option but to sue the town council.
Marcia Amupolo, who represented Johannes, argued that Stantoll Properties did not have legal rights over the land in question because there was an unresolved dispute between her client and the Ongwediva town council.
The two legal teams were asked to consult and come up with a date within the next two weeks for the case to be heard.
The ANC intends to re-table a Parliamentary motion to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank by doing away with its private shareholders.
On Tuesday, just hours before it was set to be heard, the ANC withdrew its initial motion to debate the nationalisation of the bank. It said it needed more time consult on the matter within its structures and with key stakeholders.
In a media statement issued after the motion was withdrawn, the ANC affirmed its "intent to re-table the motion which will be fully aligned with the outcomes of its 54th National Conference on the Reserve Bank". It did not say when the new motion would be tabled.
The party said the motion would affirm the bank's independence, while also noting the "historical anomaly of the bank having private shareholders", and advocating for full state ownership of the SARB.
The Reserve Bank raised concerns that changing its ownership structure could heighten financial and economic risks for South Africa, especially at a time when political tensions were running high. - Fin24
Ghana GDP growth seen at 8.3%
Ghana’s economy is expected to grow 8.3% in 2018, higher than the 6.8% estimated in the government’s budget, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Tuesday.
The major commodities exporter is in its final year of a US$918 million International Monetary Fund aid programme designed to lift growth and reduce public debt and inflation.
Akufo-Addo, who assumed office in January last year, vowed to continue to manage the economy in a disciplined and sound framework aimed at making Ghana less dependent on aid.
The West African country is on target to narrow fiscal deficit to 4.5% of GDP this year compared to 5.9% previously, he said. - Nampa/Reuters
Nuclear still part of SA energy mix
Nuclear power will still remain part of South Africa’s energy mix, Parliament has heard.
At a briefing by the Independent Power Producers (IPP) Office to the portfolio committee on energy on Tuesday, director general of the energy department, Thabane Zulu, said that it should not come as a surprise that nuclear energy is part of SA's new Integrated Resources Plan, or IRP.
Zulu said that the courts last year raised issues with the implementation of SA's nuclear programme, not its viability within the country's energy mix.
The department is currently working on a “roadmap” for nuclear power in SA, he said. This would take into account legal processes and issues raised during last year's court cases. – Fin24
‘S.Sudan oil money corruptly funds civil war’
South Sudan’s state-owned oil company has been “captured by predatory elites” and is being used to fund the country’s civil war, including a government-aligned militia accused of human rights abuses, according reports by two investigative organisations.
Millions of US dollars in oil revenue are being funneled from Nile Petroleum into the nation’s national security service, footing the bill for the war, now in its fifth year, says Global Witness, in a report released Tuesday.
More than US$80 million was paid to South Sudanese politicians, military officials, government agencies, and companies owned by politicians and members of their families, according to The Sentry, an investigative group co-founded by George Clooney. The oil company made security-related payments from March 2014 until June 2015, according to The Sentry, which obtained a log of payments kept by the ministry of petroleum and mining. - Nampa/AP
Kenya bans meat imports from SA
Kenya's health ministry on Tuesday banned import and sale of ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa after a listeriosis outbreak was linked to factories in the country.
Kepha Ombacho, director of public health, announced the ban on Tuesday, following similar bans imposed by other African nations such as Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Ombacho also directed all retail outlets in the country to remove such products from their shelves.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the outbreak in South Africa was the largest ever recorded globally, after some 900 cases since January 2017. – Nampa/Xinhua
The school was founded by Congolese pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela, who was convicted of fraud and contravening the Immigration Act last year.
Multiple charges of human trafficking, rape and assault by threat remain pending against him in the Ondangwa and Windhoek lower courts.
A teacher at the school, Nghiimodino Toivo (29), appeared before the Ohangwena Magistrate's Court on 2 March, where he was charged with immoral practices against minors.
He was denied bail as police investigations continue.
The Ohangwena police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Abner Kaume Itumba, said Toivo was arrested on 1 March.
“Toivo was arrested after the parents of ten boys who are learners at the Mennonite Brethren Community School at Omafo laid charges against him.
The acts were committed between 2016 and 2018 at the school's hostel.
Police investigations continue and he remains in custody,” Itumba said.
The official opposition party, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), has written to the Ohangwena director of education, Isack Hamatwi, requesting the immediate closure of the school.
The PDM regional coordinator for Ohangwena, Hidipo Hamata, said the Mennonite Brethren School was dangerous to the community and the party wanted it shut down.
At the beginning of last year Namibian Sun reported that about 200 learners had left the Mennonite Brethren Community School following Moussongela's arrest on charges of human trafficking, rape and assault.
This school is subsidised by the ministry of education and last year the ministry approved the school's registration as a Junior Secondary Certificate examination centre.
The acting regional education director, Hiuzon Shingenge, said the directorate was investigating the situation at the school.
The school's acting principal, Ngoie-A-Ngoie, could not be reached for comment.
In August last year the Eenhana Magistrate's Court sentenced Moussongela to nine years' imprisonment on three charges of fraud.
Magistrate Helvi Shilemba further imposed a fine of N$16 000, or five years' imprisonment, on four other counts of employing foreigners without work permits.
Moussongela was also convicted on four charges of contravening the Immigration Act.
He had falsified the documents of children born outside Namibia, whom he claimed to be his own, to conceal their true citizenship.
These children later obtained Namibian documents after Moussongela misrepresented the late Teresia Tangi Iyambo as the mother of the children.
At the time of his arrest in the north, he was out on bail after a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court where was accused of having trafficked five of his own children to England.
“We must therefore ruthlessly implement the zero tolerance stance against corruption at all levels as demanded by His Excellency President Geingob.”
Tabling the 2018/2019 national budget in the National Assembly yesterday, Schlettwein announced that N$61 million had been allocated to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Public frustration has reached boiling point over the ACC's failure to act on high-profile corruption scandals that have rocked the government and state-owned enterprises over the years.
“Corruption has been shown the world over to be prevalent, whether in the developed or developing world, it is there,” Schlettwein said.
“Namibia has been rated for a number of years by several reputable rating agents and all of them rate Namibia favourably as a country with strong institutions and relatively low levels of corruption.
“We are consistently in the top five least corrupt countries on the African continent.”
The finance minister said despite several achievements, the country falls short of being free of corruption.
“On face value the cost of corruption is immense. For instance, the customs case in court produced figures, where through suspected collusion between clearing agents, importers and customs officials the state is allegedly defrauded of N$3.1 billion.
“Large infrastructure projects such as the Hosea Kutako International Airport project, which was stopped because the cost escalated to more than double for no good reason. “Tenderpreneuring and accompanying overpricing are possible only when private operators connive with officials and put own gain above common good.”
The N$3 billion fraud case involves a number of Chinese businesspeople in Namibia, including prominent businessman Jack Huang. The only Namibian implicated so far is coastal businessman Julius Laurentius.
Schlettwein again expressed disappointment at Namibia's classification as a tax haven by the European Union.
The EU recently published a list of tax havens which included Bermuda, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius and Namibia.
An Oxfam paper released in 2015 defines tax havens as mediums through which corporations can cheat countries out of tax income.
Schlettwein strongly objected to such labelling. “We do not subscribe to the subjective classification of Namibia as a tax haven because we are not. We are now engaging the EU authorities and we trust that Namibia will be delisted,” he said.
Schlettwein yesterday argued that the country was in fact wary of the pervasive pricing, illicit financial flows and misinvoicing prevalent on the African continent.
Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who chairs the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) High Level Panel (HLP) on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, has consistently voiced concern over the disturbing phenomenon, which has seen the continent losing approximately US$50 billion (about N$ 593 billion). “As a resource-based economy and a transparent sovereign, Namibia stands to benefit from international tax cooperation and exchange of information for tax purposes,” said Schlettwein.
Schlettwein, who was speaking yesterday in the National Assembly, said the Namibian economy was at a turning point, while raising much-needed optimism by saying that the 2018/19 budget was “a funding compact for growth, bringing about jobs, less inequality, less poverty and improved service delivery”.
Schlettwein admitted that Namibia's public wage bill, which constitutes 50% of expenditure, was one of the highest in the world.
He said effective measures should be instituted to reduce the bill from 16% of GDP to 12% over the next five years, through a combination of national attrition, lower-than-consumer price index wage adjustments and a vacancy replacement rule.
He laid before the nation a three-pronged set of fiscal policy actions, which includes tax policy changes which are expected to generate an extra N$500 million in government revenue annually.
Among these reforms is that taxpayers in the lower bracket will now pay 17% income tax, while new tax rates of 39% and 40% will be introduced for individuals earning over N$1.5 million and N$2.5 million.
“This proposal seeks to relieve the low-income earners and reinforce the progressivity of the tax system,” Schlettwein said.
Also introduced is a 10% dividend tax for dividends paid to residents and the abolishing of the current practice of a conduit (flow through) principle in the taxation of trusts to harmonise their taxation, in line with regional economies.
Subject to the income derived from commercial activities by charitable, religious, educational and other types of institutions under Section 16 of the Income Tax Act, such institutions will now be required to register as taxpayers and file annual income tax returns.
S&Ts slashed by 63.3%
The finance minister also announced that a total of N$972.02 million was collected from the recovery of outstanding tax through the tax arrears recovery incentive programme initiated last year.
Schlettwein said the government had managed to reduce its spending on subsistence and travel (S&T) allowances by 62.3% over the past three years.
This has resulted in government only allocating N$221.8 million in this year's budget for S&T, compared to the N$634.3 million allocation in the 2015/16 financial year.
Shockingly, the defence ministry has received an extra 4.9% more than last year and now boasts a N$6 billion allocation.
Basic and higher education will, as usual, receive the bulk of government money and have been allocated N$13.5 billion and N$3.2 billion respectively.
Of the N$3.2 billion, government has allocated N$960 million to the University of Namibia, N$600 million to the Namibia University of Science and Technology, while N$1.45 billion has been earmarked for the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund.
The public safety sector – which includes safety and security, defence, home affairs and the judiciary – gets the second largest share of the budget allocations. An amount of N$12.7 billion has been allocated and a whopping N$38.7 billion over the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF).
Health receives N$6.5 billion and the poverty ministry N$3.4 billion.
Schlettwein, in describing the precarious position the country has been in, said the government had to make deep, but necessary budget cuts to ensure fiscal sustainability and protect macroeconomic stability. “The economy has now rebounded to positive growth territory, with a potential boost on jobs and incomes, after a mild contraction in 2017. We have realigned the macroeconomic framework and stabilised public finances.
“Domestic revenue has shown resilience, amidst subdued economic activity.
With the exception of uranium, commodity prices are rising, rekindling new opportunities for mining activity. Key macroeconomic fundamentals have strengthened, fast closing the current account and trade deficits and a strong international reserves position.
“And the global economy has regained unprecedented momentum since the 2007 financial crisis, offering favourable tailwinds for export-oriented open economies such as Namibia,” the finance minister said.
N$7.3bn loans for industrialisation
In the hope of boosting industrialisation and job creation, Schlettwein increased the revised development budget of N$5.6 billion in 2017/18 to N$7.3 billion this year and N$8.2 billion by 2020/21. “As a share of total non-interest expenditure, the development budget increases from 10.2 percent in FY2017/18 to 12.5 percent in FY2018/19 and reaches 13.7 percent by FY2020/21.” He said the amount of the capital expenditure is greatly enhanced by the off-budget project financing, comprising of:
African Development Bank (AfDB) project financing loan, amounting to N$4 billion over the next two years to fund agricultural mechanisation, road and rail infrastructure and the schools renovation programme, the Economic Governance and Competitiveness Support Programme;
Industrial and logistics hub infrastructure growth stimulus amounting to N$10 to N$15 billion over the next five years to be funded through bilateral concessional loan arrangements;
Water infrastructure development amounting to about N$590 million, to be funded by KfW;
Further capital injections for infrastructure development through specific public enterprises and public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements; and
Road infrastructure maintenance and rehabilitation amounting to about N$13 billion over the next five years, to be funded through the Road Fund Administration (RFA), and project financing in the power and water sectors by NamPower and NamWater, as well as PPP investments in public infrastructure.
Expenditure, deficit and debt
Schlettwein said the revised expenditure of N$66.5 billion for the 2017/18 financial year comprised of a 3.5% one-off increase in original budgeted expenditure to correct for spending arrears from the previous year.
This was a 6.9% increase from N$62.2 billion actual spending during FY2016/17.
By the end of February 2018, the preliminary expenditure outturn was recorded at N$58.2 billion, reflecting an execution rate of 87.4%. Non-interest operational expenditure outturn is estimated at 87.7% (N$48.6 billion), while the development budget expenditure outturn is approximately 64.1% (N$4.04 billion) over the same calendar. “The low spending rate for the development budget is of particular concern, with opportunity cost of foregone benefit to the economy. Measures to address the structural and administrative constraints for effective implementation of development projects are critical for the FY2018/19 budget and over the MTEF. “Based on the patterns of revenue and expenditure outturn, the budget deficit for FY2017/18 is estimated at 5.4 percent, in line with the mid-year review.
“The total debt stock for FY2017/18 is estimated at N$74.5 billion, equivalent to 43.3% of GDP, relative to the national threshold of 35%, and an increase from 42.6% in FY2016/17. Debt servicing costs stood at 8.8% of revenue, compared to 8.6% in FY2016/17, compared to the threshold of 10% of revenue. Contingent liabilities as a percent of GDP stood at 7.5%, seen against the target of 10 percent,” Schlettwein said, as he dealt with the nitty-gritty of the country's precarious debt situation.
Fiscal consolidation continues
Schlettwein said the initial successes of the government's fiscal consolidation policy should not, in entirety, give way to requests for new additional spending in non-core areas, which could only heighten expenditure levels. “The sharp fiscal consolidation resulted in the unintended consequences of reduced economic activity. Financial indiscipline displayed by wanton over-commitment of the (previous) budget undermined the fiscal consolidation effort and reinforced accumulation of spending arrears which placed a heavy burden on the balance sheets of service providers.
“The FY2017/18 Appropriation Amendment Act provided for adequate resources, which catered for the full extent of spending arrears without compromising the implementation of the budget. “The resultant negative impact on growth and high short-term additional expenditure increases due to the incidence of accumulated spending arrears slowed the pace of fiscal consolidation and attracted the credit rating downgrades.
“The government medium-term policy measures are firstly aimed at addressing the needs of the economy and the delivery of essential public services while, at the same time, addressing the concerns and risks cited by credit rating agencies, and we should continually take stock of the risks and deploy forward looking risk management strategies,” Schlettwein added.
OGONE TLHAGE & ASHLEY SMITH
The opposition has blasted the N$5.9 billion budget allocation to the defence ministry for the 2018/19 financial year, which is the third highest out of all ministries.
Opposition MPs also said the national budget, presented by finance minister Calle Schlettwein yesterday, had failed to address the country’s immediate needs.
Singling out the spending on defence, they were largely in agreement that it was too high and unnecessary.
United People’s Movement (UPM) national chairman Jan Van Wyk said that given the country’s pressing housing needs, it would have been better to allocate more towards the ministry of urban and rural development, which received a paltry N$2.2 billion in comparison.
“There are questions to be raised on defence spending, while the ministry of urban and rural development is not getting the money. I would expect that more should be spent there, given the housing shortfall,” said Van Wyk.
He described the astronomical defence allocation as disappointing and said the money would be better used if it was geared towards the housing shortfall.
“We need to get money to the local authorities so that they can avail land affordably,” Van Wyk said.
United Democratic Front (UDF) president Dudu Murorwa, like Van Wyk, felt that the defence ministry had received an unnecessarily big allocation. He was of the opinion that the money would be well-spent if allocated for agriculture.
“We do not have a critical defence situation, we can relax a bit. The minister of finance could have given more to farmers to help with the drought situation,” Murorwa said when questioned.
FNB economist Namene Kalili welcomed government’s fiscal consolidation stance and said it was a step in the right direction.
“We are moving to slow in the right direction. Fiscal consolidation is reducing your deficit so that it is smaller than GDP growth; we are not quite there yet. We are still seeing the debt stock picking up… heading towards 46% and we had set a target of 35%.,” said Kalili.
PSG Konsult analyst Eloise Du Plessis welcomed the increase in allocations to the development budget.
“The 30% increase in the development budget is welcomed and this has been achieved mostly through off-budget finance from the African Development Bank, KfW and public private partnerships (PPPs), with specific funding for specific projects. I think this is positive,” said Du Plessis.
Local sports experts and commentators have raised concern and disappointment over the budget allocated to the sports ministry, which is N$97 million less than the previous year.
Finance minister Calle Schlettwein announced on Wednesday in the National Assembly that the ministry would only have N$288 million to spend during the 2018/19 financial year, compared to the N$385 million it received in the previous year.
A further slap in the face is the fact that the sports ministry’s 2017/18 allocation was N$106 million less than its the 2016/17 budget, which means that government has slashed the ministry’s budget by nearly N$200 million over two years.
Of the total 2019/19 sport budget, the sporting promotion and support division will receive N$44 million, youth training development and employment N$153 million and administration N$88 million. The office of the minister will have to function with N$2.6 million.
The national budget, according to Schlettwein, is funding compact for growth, bringing about jobs, less inequality, less poverty and improved service delivery.
He also described it as a fiscal proposition to further consolidate non-core spending and align resources to core national priorities, while offering policy consistency with its pro-growth, pro-poor policy stance of long duration.
However, according to sporting enthusiasts and experts the budget cuts takes away opportunities from those who need it the most, in order to compete locally and internationally, while also disrupting development in terms of infrastructure development.
Paralympic coach Michael Hamukwaya said the budget cuts will have a negative effect on everyone.
He said for the past two years they have been suffering a lot because of receiving peanuts from the government.
“We receive money which we have to divide amongst three federations: the Para-athletic team, Deaf Sports and Special Olympics.
“At the end of the day we are left with nothing to carry out our activities. Most of our athletes compete internationally and when that time comes there are no funds to help them. Most of the funds go to able-bodied athletes and this is not fair,” he said.
Hamukwaya narrated how para-athletes travelled to the world championships last year, but had to first run around for funds.
“At the end of the day, the athletes returned with medals and then the praises started to come in.”
He said the little money they receive cannot provide resources for all the athletes or pay the people who help them get ready for competitions.
“This really demoralises everyone and at the end of the day we cannot travel to regions to scout for new talent and thus end up with the same athletes every year.”
Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya said it’s very difficult to function without sufficient funds.
“It’s very difficult, but it’s not something new. We have become used to it. At the moment infrastructure and grassroots development is more important and should rather be earmarked to receive attention.
He further advised the sporting fraternity to work hard towards securing investors rather than relying on government.
On Wednesday Mwiya launched the first-ever Namibia National Youth Games which will take place in Windhoek in May and said he aggressively seeking funds from investors for the project to materialise.
Sports commentator Isack Hamata said the sport budget cut was to be expected considering what the country is going through economically at the moment.
“We have been forewarned that funds will be redirected to priority areas. However, it is still worrying that sport is not considered as a priority.
“Also, the situation becomes more pressing if you consider the fact that the private sector is keeping a very safe distance from sports sponsorship.
“That leaves the sports sector with no option but to start looking at other funding models, including pushing for a sports lottery and maybe seeking to benefit from the country's natural resources,” the vocal commentator said.
Hamata added the money allocated is not solely for sports but also for youth and national service and that in itself reduces the portion for sports.
Speaking at the first ever NSC Recognition Ceremony last year in August, director of disability sports, Jo-Anne Manuel called on government and stakeholders to professionalise sport in Namibia to fight social ills.
“Sport contributes a lot to national development; it can unite a country and bring down the rate of unemployment, hence the need to develop the sport codes.”
Manuel also noted that the majority of unemployed are youth; the largest portion of the population.
“All we are saying is give us money and let us develop the sport codes. If we invest in the youth through sports, we will definitely bring down the rate of unemployment.”
The Namibian Sun sports desk emailed sport minister Erastus Uutoni to find out how the budget cut will affect the distribution of funds to various sports entities and what the impact will be on proposed infrastructure development and the upliftment of athletes in the country. He however did not respond at the time of going to print.
Indongo and Prograis will headline the Showtime televised card at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Prograis was initially supposed to face Victor Postol but he suffered a hand injury, allowing the Namibian to step in.
According to ringside24, Lou DiBella who promotes Prograis and signed Indongo in early January, the Namibian boxer was preparing for a comeback and the opportunity knocked at the right time.
“Regis wanted the kind of opponent who would help him make a statement. He has that in Postol and now he has it with Indongo. It's one former world champion stepping in for another one.
“Postol and Indongo both have strong résumés with their only losses coming to Terence 'Bud' Crawford. So things have worked out as well as they could,” DiBella said.
Indongo with 22 fights, one loss and 11 knockouts is a 2008 Olympian and former unified 140-pound world titleholder who recently turned 35 years of age.
He lost his belts by third-round knockout to Crawford in their undisputed title world championship fight on 19 August 2017.
Prograis, a 29-year-old southpaw, is undefeated with 20 fights and 17 knockouts. His most notable win was in June last year when he knocked out then-undefeated Joel Diaz Jr in the second round with his southpaw left hand.
He will prove to be a very dangerous and difficult opponent for Indongo who has had it tough after beating Russian boxer Eduard Troyanovsky, Scotland's Ricky Burns and then losing his all the belts to Crawford who has now vacated his titles and moved up to the welterweight division, leaving the titles for picking by any boxer who has the drive to succeed.
The fight will be broadcast on NBC.
Black Africa sits second on the log with 40 points while Pirates is in 11th place with 24 points.
Tickets cost N$30 and gates open at 18:00. The match kicks off at 20:00.
Other weekend fixtures:
Chief Santos vs African Stars: 15:00 at Oscar Norich Stadium
Young Chiefs vs Civics: 15:00 at Oshakati Stadium
Young African vs Life Fighters: 15:00 at Legare Stadium
Rundu Chiefs vs Tura Magic: 15:00 at Rundu Sport Stadium
Mighty Gunners vs Tigers: 15:00 at Mokati Stadium
Unam vs Blue Waters: 14:00 at Unam Sport Stadium
Citizens vs Eleven Arrows: 17:00 at Sam Nujoma Stadium
Young Chiefs vs African Stars: 15:00 at Oshakati Stadium
Chief Santos vs Civics: 15:00 Oscar at Norich Stadium
Young African vs Orlando Pirates: 15:00 at Legare Stadium
Unam vs Eleven Arrows: 15:00 at Unam Sport Stadium
Rundu Chiefs vs Tigers: 15:00 at Rundu Sport Stadium
Mighty Gunners vs Tura Magic: 15:00 at Mokati Stadium
Citizens vs Blue Waters: 15:00 at Sam Nujoma Stadium
Black Africa vs Life Fighters: 17:00 at Sam Nujoma
Namibia Rugby Limited (NRL) confirmed yesterday that Jones will resume his duties as Welwitschias coach from 1 April.
According to Namibia Rugby Limited CEO, Mervin Green, following a thorough review of the 2017 season, the company board confirmed the appointment of Jones and his assistant coaches Roger Thompson and JP Nel.
“The Welwitschias is the feeder system to the national team and therefore their on-field performances has a direct impact on our international participation,” said Green. According to new NRL board chairman Bradley Basson they are looking for consistency and given the number of near misses in 2017 they did well in the Currie Cup. “We had a poor start in the opening matches but the team improved steadily, taking into account the new talent from the under-20 ranks that were exposed to a higher level of competition,” said Basson.
He said further they have to improve their game all the time, as they have to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup through the Africa Gold Cup, and as such, continuity plays a crucial role moving forward.
According to Jones, the standard of rugby outside of Namibia is incredibly strong and growing at a rapid pace, which needed to be matched, to avoid falling behind.
“Last season players began to understand the importance of getting fit to play rugby, rather than playing rugby to get fit. They also learnt how to train professionally, to be teammates, how the elite game is played and the taking responsibility for their actions. “I look forward to working alongside some special people again this season, in what can only be described as the most important next six months, with the 2019 RWC qualifying matches to be won,” Jones added.
In an interview with News24, Derek Matyszak, who is a political and security consultant, said that the newly formed political outfit was just a project by former president Robert Mugabe's allies, and it was highly unlikely that it would pose any serious threat to Mnangagwa's government.
A former army brigadier, Ambrose Mutinhiri, who quit Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party to protest the removal of former leader Robert Mugabe, was last week reported to be the leader of the new political party. State media said that Mutinhiri, a veteran of the 1970s war against the white minority, had Mugabe's backing. Mutinhiri's resigned from parliament recently, citing the military intervention that pressured 94-year-old Mugabe into stepping down in November as his reason for cutting ties with the ruling Zanu-PF party.
But according to Matyszak, although the party boasted having Mugabe's support, it was “wishful thinking” to believe that it had the “gravitas to challenge the ruling Zanu-PF party”. Matyszak said that the NPF was a “project aimed at taking over and continuing with Mugabe's legacy”.
“They seem to be alarmed by Mnangagwa's rule... It remains unclear how Mugabe is going to play a role in this new party... I don't see them mounting any significant challenge against the ruling party,” said Matyszak. Mugabe recently criticised president Mnangagwa and demanded an apology over his ousting. During a private party at his Harare mansion to celebrate his 94th birthday, the nonagenarian said Mnangagwa and his allies should apologise for last year's military operation that ousted him from power – and he doesn't think Zanu-PF will win this year's polls. But Matyszak said that it was “hypocritical” of Mugabe to demand an apology from his successor. “It's hypocritical for him to demand an apology from the president after he oversaw the most brutal regime under the Zanu-PF banner for years.
I don't think it is right for him to complain about the trampling of democracy and constitution after the atrocities carried out by his regime particularly in 2008,” said Matyszak.
She believes the investigation is likely to be lengthy. Rudd added that authorities now know more about the substance affecting Skripal and his daughter. Police were expected to make a statement by the end of this week. Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped on a shopping centre bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday. UK counterterrorism police are currently trying to establish what harmed the pair, who remain in a critical but stable condition. “We do know more about the substance and the police will be making a further statement this afternoon in order to share some of that. We must let the police carry on their work,” Rudd told the BBC.
When asked whether the Russian state was involved in Skripal's illness, Rudd said: “I'm not going to comment … about that, because I do believe the police need to get on with their investigation.” She would not be drawn on whether or not Skripal is a British citizen. “This is likely to be a lengthy investigation. We need to make sure we respond to evidence, not rumour,” she added. Rudd's comments came after she chaired an emergency meeting of the government's crisis team, COBRA. Senior ministers and officials received a briefing from counterterrorism police, who took on the investigation yesterday amid “unusual” circumstances. The counterterrorism unit was brought in yesterday afternoon to deal with the investigation, although police have stressed the situation is not currently being treated as an act of terrorism. The substance that Skripal and his daughter were exposed to has still not been identified.
Although Number 10 has so far avoided commenting on the ongoing investigation, Prime Minister Theresa May was expected to make a statement to the House of Commons.
The British mainstream media has been quick to point the finger at the Russian government, despite a lack of any official information or evidence.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov described Skripal's situation as “tragic,” but said the Russian government could not comment because it does not have any information. He reacted to the Western media's linking of Russia to the deed, however, saying: “It didn't take them long.”
Skripal worked as a double agent for the UK intelligence agency MI6 and was jailed in Russia in 2006 for spying for Britain, having passed on the names of undercover Russian intelligence agents. He was part of a “spy swap” in which Russia released four spies in exchange for 10 Russian agents.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people in the besieged rebel enclave were left struggling to breathe after air strikes and barrel bombs hit the towns of Saqba and Hammuriyeh.
Doctors at one medical facility in Eastern Ghouta said they treated at least 29 patients with signs of exposure to chlorine, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).
SAMS is a medical charity that supports hospitals in Eastern Ghouta and other rebel-controlled zones in Syria.
It did not report any deaths but said it was likely that more victims were being treated at other clinics.
“Due to chlorine attack in #EastGhouta, patients are struggling w/symptoms such as severe dyspnoea, sweating, congestion of mucus membranes, severe runny nose, wheezing & conjunctival erythema,” SAMS wrote on social media late Wednesday.
“The emotional trauma from these attacks cannot be measured.”
Dyspnoea is shortness of breath. Conjunctival erythema is redness of the eye caused by dilation of the blood vessels.
Eastern Ghouta is facing a blistering offensive by Russian-backed government forces and allied militiamen, who are seeking to clear out rebels from the capital's outskirts. Regime forces have been repeatedly accused of using chlorine on Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, which both the government and its ally Russia have staunchly denied.
United Nations investigators say government forces used chlorine as a weapon at least three times between 2014 and 2015, as well as sarin gas in 2016.
The latest assault on Eastern Ghouta began with an intense bombing campaign on 18 February, followed by a ground offensive.
Government forces have since captured more than half of the rebel-held parts of the area and killed more than 890 civilians, according to the Britain-based Observatory.
The toll includes at least 87 people killed on Wednesday.
Air strikes continued to hit the remaining rebel-controlled parts of Ghouta on Thursday.
Pethimbo a tulwa miipandeko moMeersig mondoolopa yaMbaye, Phillemon Eino Natangwe (60) okwa tulilwa mo oshipotha shokukwata nuuhasha ondjembo ye, oshowo oshipotha shokukutha mo ondjembo omanga a longitha iikolitha, nokukutha mo natango ondjembo mehala lyaayehe.
Okwa taalela iipotha yemonito lyiihuna oshinamwenyo, sho a yi pondje ontopolwa ontiyali yompango yiinamwenyo ontiheyali yomo 1962.
Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa mepandanda lyaConcord moMeersig, extension two.
Namibian Sun okwa tseyithilwa kutya okwa li kwa ningwa nale omanyenyeto gemonitho lyiihuna yoombwa megumbo moka, nomanyenyeto ngoka taga ningilwa mwene gwegumbo.
Oshiningwanima shomEtiyali osha hwahwamekwa koontamana ndhoka dha holoka pokati kaNatangwe nomukulukadhi gwe, sha etitha a yahe ombwa. Natangwe okwa mangululwa konima sho a pewa omboloha. Opolisi oya kutha ko ondjembo ye yombistoli yo 9mm, ndjoka a longitha mokuyaha ombwa. Otaku hokololwa kutya pethimbo opolisi ya thiki pegumbo lye, omukulukadhi gwaNatangwe, aanona oshowo oombwa ndhoka h hupu oya li ya yi ontuku nehauto.
Sha landula oshiningwanima shoka, oombwa adhihe megumbo ndyoka odha tulwa metotaatelo lyoSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Aanambelewa yehangano ndyoka oya popi kutya oombwa dhomegumbo ndyoka otadhi ulike kutya ihadhi silwa oshisho.
Okwa hololwa kutya Natangwe okwiipopile kaanambelewa yoSPCA kutya ombwa ndjoka oya li ye mu hololele ondjahi. Olopota oya tsikile kutya konima sho Natangwe a mangululwa mondholongo okwa yi kombelewa yoSPCA opo a ka pewe oombwa dhe. Nonando ongaaka SPCA oku na oshinakugwanithwa shopaveta okutula iinamwenyo mbyoka megameno sigo ompangu ya manitha oshipotha shomutamanekwa.
Oya tindi eindilo lye opo a pewe oombwa dhe. Sho eindilo lye lya tindwa, okwa lopotwa a ningile omatilitho aanambelewa ta popi kutya otaka galuka mbala.
Oshipotha shoka oshuundulilwa komasiku 12 gaApilili opo ku vule okuningwa omakonaakono ga gwedhwa po.
Etsokumwe ndyoka olya dhika momasiku gahamano gaMaalitsa, sho Festus Shaduva a gandja ombili omolwa enyateko lyedhina nuuntu kuYa Nangoloh.
Shaduva otaku popiwa a li a shanga iinyolwa ya yooloka oshowo omatumwalaka goongodhi ta popi kutya kutya Ya Nangoloh oku na ondjo muulingilingi, uulunga, oshowo iipotha yokuya momilalo mepingakanitho lyomauwanawa.
Ya Nangoloh ota futithwa Shaduva pamwe naaniilonga nale David Jeremia, Johanna Elago, Denys Nandjigwa, Festus Nuunyango, oshowo Tangeni Nuukuawo. Okwa li ta futitha woo oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun pamwe nomudhindi gwoshifo shoka pethimbo ndyoka, Toivo Ndjebela, omolwa enyanyangitho lyonkundana ndjoka.
Namibian Sun muFebruali gwo 2013, okwa shanga onkundana kombinga yaaniilonga nale yehangano ndyoka, mboka taya kambadhala okukutha Ya Nangoloh oshinakugwanithwa nga omukomeho gwehangano ndyoka, taya popi kutya inaya futwa oondjambi dhawo okutameka mo 2006, molwaashoka Ya Nangoloh okwa longitha po paumwene iimaliwa mbyoka ya pewa ehangano onga ooshali.
Natango momasiku 27 gomwedhi ngoka okwa pitithwa oshinyolwa moka aaniilonga nale yehangano ndyoka taya iyithana Namrights Revolutionary Committee, ya pula elelo lyehangano opo li ninge omitumba dhowina ku vule okukundathanwa elongitho lyoonkondo dhombelewa pambambo, oonkambadhala dhokulanditha po oombelewa dhehangano miitopolwa oshowo iimaliwa mbyoka ya li ya pewa omunapolotika nale gwoDTA, Phillemon Moongo.
Ya Nangoloh okwa ekelehi omalundilo ngoka.
Mulyotango lyaMaalitsa 2013 , okwa lopotwa kutya Nuukuawo okwiikutha miilonga omanga inaku ningwa omutumba ngoka gwa li tagu kakundathana omalundilo ngoka taga ningilwa Ya nangoloh.
Ya Nangoloh okwa li a popi kutya iinyolwa mbyoka ya pitithwa moNamibian Sun oya nuninwa okuhanagulapo Namrights, nokunyateka edhina lye.
Okwa popi kutya onga oshizemo ehangano olya kanitha aagandji yooshali, ta popi kutya konima owala yomasiku goshinyolwa shoka, ombelelwa yomukalelipo gwaGermany oya kalele egandjo lyomagano kehangano ndyoka lyoshimaliwa shooN$800 000 iimaliwa mbyoka oya li ya nuninwa oopoloyeka dhelongo.
Hahende Isle Achenbach ota kalele po Ya Nangoloh omanga aaniilonga nale mboka taya kalelwa po kuNorman Tjombe.
Omusita ngoka ota pangulilwa woo iipotha yeyako lyaantu, ekwatonkonga oshowo eponokelo kolutu neningo lyomatilitho.
Omulongiskola poskola ndjoka, Nghiimodino Toivo (29), okwa holoka mompangulilo yamangestrata gwaHangwena momasiku gaali gaMaalitsa, ta pangulilwa iipotha yomiyonena dhopaihulo ndhoka a ningile aanona mboka, na okwa tindilwa omboloha. Omakonaaakono gopolisi otaga tsikile.
Omupopiliko gwopolisi yaHangwena, Warrant Officer Abner Kaume Itumba, okwa popi kutya Toivo okwa tulwa miipandeko mesiku lyotango lyaMaalitsa.
“Toivo okwa tuwa miipandeko konima sho aavali yaanona omulongo ya tulamo iipotha omolwa omiyonena ndhoka dha ningilwa aanona mboka momuhadjo gwoskola ndjoka. Omiyonena odha longwa pokati ko 2016 no 2018. Omakonaakono gopolisi moshipotha shoka otaga tsikile.”
Ongundu yompilameno yopambelewa moshilongo yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM), oya shangele ombaapila omukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa shaHangwena, tayi pula opo oskola ndjoka yi patwe. Omukwatakanithi gwongundu moshitopolwa shoka,
Hidipo Hamata, okwa popi kutya oskola yaMennonite Brethren oyi Ii ya nika oshiponga moshigwana onkene otashi kala nawa ngele tayi patwa.
Petameko lyomvula ya piti, oshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun osha pititha onkundana kutya oskola ndjoka oya kanitha aanaskola ya thika po 200 konima nkene Moussongela a tulwa miipandeko.
Oskola ndjoka ohayi mono eyambidhidho okuza kuuministeli welongo, nomvula ya piti, oskola oya shangithwa opo yi vule okukala endiki lyekonaakono lyondondo onti 10.
Ngoka ta longo pehala lyomukomeho gwelongo moHangwena, Hiuzon Shingenge, okwa popi kutya oshikondo shelongo otashi konaakona oskola ndjoka. Ngoka ta longo pehala lyomukuluntuskola, Ngoie-A-Ngoie, ina vula okumonika.
MuAguste gwomvula ya piti, ompangulilo yamangestrata mEenhana oya gandja egeelo kuMoussongela, opo a kale mondholongo oomvula 9 omolwa iipotha itatu yekengelelo.
Mangestrata Helvi Shilemba okwa gandja woo natango egeelo lyokufuta oshimaliwa N$16 000, nenge oomvula ntano mondholongp omolwa iipotha yokukuta miilonga aazaizai yaahena uuthemba wokukala moshilongo.
Moussongela okwa monika woo ondjo miipotha yetaaguluko lyompango yomatembu, sho a ningi omikanda dhiikengelela dhuunona wa valelwa pondje yoshilongo, mboka a popi kutya uunona we, na okwa holeke uunzapo wuukwashigwana waanona mboka.
Pethimbo a tulwa miiandeko monooli, okwa li pondje yondholongo sho a pewa omboloha mompangulilo yamangetrata gwaVenduka, omolwa oshipotha sheyako lyaanona ye yatano,mboka a yakele koEngland.
Oshikondo shoka osha pewa oshimaliwa shoobiliyona 5.9, na oshili ponomola ontitatu momusholondondo gwiikondo mbyoka ya mono oshimaliwa oshindji.
Iilyo mbyoka oya popi kutya omutengenekwathaneko ogwa ndopa okutala koonkalo ndhoka dha pumbwa ekwatho pehala lyokugandja iimaliwa mbyoka koshikondo shegameno, omanga kashi li mompumbwe onene.
Omunashipundi gwoUPM, Jan Van Wyk okwa popi kutya onkalo yokwaahena omagumbo moshilongo oyali yi na okukala ya talika, onkene okwa li kwa pumbwa okugandjwa oshimaliwa shomwaalu omunene kuuminsiteli weyambulepo lyiitopolwa noondoolopa.
Omupresidende gwoUDF Dudu Murorwa, naye okwa popile oohapu dhaVan Wyk, ta holola kutya oshikondo shoka osha pewa oshimaliwa oshindji noonkondo na kashi li mondjila. Omunongononi gwopaliko gwombaanga yoFNB, Namene Kalili okwa taambako omutengenekwa ngoka sho kwa longitha omukalo gwokushunitha pevi elongitho lyiiyemo noongunga. Okwa popi kutya omukalo ngoka ogu li ondjila ombwaanawa ya taalelwa koshilongo noshilongo oshi li moonkatu oombwanawa nonando inaku adhika natango elalakano ewanawa lyokutula miilonga omulandu ngoka.
Omunambelewa gwoPSG Konsult , Eloise Du Plessis naye okwa taambako omutengenekwa ngoka, ta popiile woo egwedhelo lyomwaalu gwiimaliwa komutengenekwa ngoka.
I have a problem; I am a 29-year-old woman and dating an amazing man. Back in university during those wild days, I had slept with two of his friends, and he is aware of it. I am no angel. We both partied in the same circles and only started dating when we were both 27 and much more mature. My problem is, his friends and family always insult him with my past, and his sister goes as far as calling me a bad names. I am hopeless Auntie?
Oh child, if Auntie were going to regret every time she dipped it low, there will be no time to live and be happy. Your past is your past, it influenced who you are, but it does not completely define you. Who you are now, is who you are. It will be ideal to get along with your boyfriend’s family, but the absence of that should not leave you hopeless. Speak to your boyfriend, tell him that it hurts. You don’t have to go to his family gatherings; he can still have a relationship with his family and with you. You are dating him, not his family, okay? Now, dust yourself off, and be happy. Also don’t beat yourself up about your hoe days. Auntie often reminisces on those good old glorious days, shuuuu how Auntie misses them sometimes.
No one wants me
I have problem with my life. I’m 34 years old, I don’t drink smoke or use drugs. I’m a smart man, I do every buy myself and I am good in bed too. I am failing to understand why no woman wants to be with me. What must I do, I don’t think I deserve to be lonely.
Woman like a confident man, not a self-absorbed man and judging by your description of yourself, “good in bed and smart”, oh dear, Auntie is already side-eyeing you. So let’s start here: Put in the work, ask yourself whether you are approachable, do some soul-searching to see whether you are confident or arrogant, because there’s a difference. Then, ask yourself what your type is. What Auntie knows for sure is that everyone is attractive; some just learned to hide that, or cover that up with often unattractive tendencies.
Letting everyone down
I have insecurity issues that I believe could be the reason I don’t feel like I have done much in my life. I am a graduate with a job that is comfortable but I feel like I could be much better. How do I shake this feeling? My parents are proud of me, and so is my family, I however feel like I am letting them down. Please help me?
Auntie knows what you’re going through; there is so much pressure on young people to achieve certain things at a certain age. When Auntie was 25 she bumped into a former classmate of hers who had a car, a master’s degree and a fiancé, and Auntie at none of that, heck, Auntie was still popping bottles. Auntie felt mighty useless, but you know what Auntie has since learned? It is that your race is your race. If comfortable is not enough for you, change that, do something more daring and challenging. Take that leap of faith. Auntie has learned that when we live to seek the validation of others, that’s when we stop dreaming and when we finally die. You don’t belong where you are not happy.
Must I pick my mother?
I am a final-year student but I feel like the course I studied is not my calling. I told my mother about it and she’s not happy because she sacrificed a lot to get me in Unam. I want to drop out and right now and start with my choice course. Should I please my mother over myself?
Oh dear, this one is tricky. You need to live for yourself, but Auntie understands where you’re coming from, you have come too far to give up now. Most parents don’t have the luxury to repeat sacrifices. Ask yourself whether you have the financial means to start from scratch? Won’t it be better to finish this course since you are final-year, and then study something else? You’ve spent three years studying something that is not your calling, one more year won’t heard. Also ask yourself whether when you got that call about your calling, that it was the right call? What if you have a new calling next year? Or the year after? Get your act together and finish this course, you can always get back to your calling later.