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- 03/14/18--15:00: Zimbabwe seeks its US$1bn for DRC war
- 03/14/18--15:00: 5 000 Ethiopians flee to Kenya
- 03/14/18--15:00: Hawking finds his event horizon
- 03/14/18--15:00: Oompangela dhokutunga omagumbo tadhi ndopa
- 03/14/18--15:00: Oshipotha shotango shomukithi gwolisteriosis sha lopotwa moNamibia
- 03/14/18--15:00: Nora Schimming-Chase a hulitha
- 03/14/18--15:00: Crisis of epic proportions
- 03/14/18--15:00: Shot of the day
- 03/14/18--15:00: Ministry reassures tourists
- 03/14/18--15:00: Okalongo development in spotlight
- 03/14/18--15:00: Angolan rains save Ruacana
- 03/14/18--15:00: Suspect appears for sick notes scam
- 03/14/18--15:00: Embattled Nelongo’s family torn apart
- 03/14/18--15:00: N$109m for 44 000 farmers
- 03/14/18--15:00: Poverty declines, inequality still high
- 03/14/18--15:00: Tax defaulters get lucky break
- 03/14/18--15:00: Fuel facility 'too complex' for Namcor
- 03/14/18--15:00: Listeriosis: Canned products safe
The athlete finished the 200m T11/12 in heat two in a time of 24:05.
Head coach Michael Hamukwaya said on his Facebook account that it was not the time they were looking for but at least they managed a silver medal for Namibia.
“Now looking forward to the 100 and 400m races during the course of the week and we hope to better the time in the next races.
“Once again the Namibia National Paralympic Committee would like to thank the Namibia National Olympic Committee for these athletes in achieving their dreams,” Hamukwaya said.
The competition started on Tuesday and will run until Friday.
Mnangagwa came into power in November following a military intervention that forced former president Robert Mugabe to step down.
He has pledged to hold free, fair and credible elections before the end of the year.
According to the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent, Mnangagwa who was in the capital Kinshasa last week discussed several issues with his counterpart Joseph Kabila, among them, “Zimbabwe's long-standing demand for US$1 billion compensation for participating in the DRC war”.
The report said that although diplomatic ties between the two countries remained cordial, “Harare and Kinshasa have a long-standing disagreement over compensating the Zimbabwean government for its active role in the 1990s war, dubbed 'Africa's first world war'”.
Zimbabwe and Angola suffered heavy casualties during the DRC war as they fought to save Kinshasa from a military takeover backed by rebels that were backed by neighbouring Rwanda and Burundi, said the report.
“Mnangagwa told his DRC counterpart that he needs money to run his election campaign.
He asked for Kabila's assistance in that regard… The leaders also discussed issues relating to the compensation of nearly US$1 billion for the equipment lost during the 1990s war,” a source was quoted as saying.
Reports indicated last week said that Mnangagwa visited the central African country to brief Kabila on the transition that led to the end of former president Robert Mugabe's rule last year.
Mnangagwa's visit to the DRC formed part of several visits that the Zimbabwean leader has undertaken across the southern African region since coming to power.
He has visited a few other countries that include Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.
Ethiopian state media said soldiers on Saturday shot nine civilians near the town after mistaking them for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) who were trying to sneak into the country.
“Approximately 5 000 refugees have arrived in Moyale, the majority being women and children,” a Red Cross statement said.
“These include pregnant and lactating mothers, chronically ill persons, those abled differently and the elderly.”
A Moyale resident said Ethiopian soldiers were trying to seek out Oromo activists. The border town is sliced in two with one side in Ethiopia and the other in Kenya.
“There is continued aggression and harassment which creates fear and forces people to flee,” the local resident told AFP.
Oromia was the epicentre of a protest movement against Ethiopia's one-party rule that started in late 2015 and spread to the neighbouring Amhara region, leaving hundreds dead and resulting in tens of thousands of arrests.
A ten-month state of emergency imposed in October 2016 quelled much of that violence, but the government remains unpopular among the Oromo, Ethiopia's largest ethnicity who inhabit Oromia.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
Born on January 8, 1942 - 300 years to the day after the death of the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei - he believed science was his destiny.
But fate also dealt Hawking a cruel hand.
Most of his life was spent in a wheelchair crippled by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease that attacks the nerves controlling voluntary movement.
Remarkably, Hawking defied predictions he would only live for a few years, overcoming its debilitating effects on his mobility and speech that left him paralysed and able to communicate only via a computer speech synthesiser.
“I am quite often asked: how do you feel about having ALS?” he once wrote. “The answer is, not a lot.
“I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many.”
Stephen William Hawking, though, was far from normal.
Inside the shell of his increasingly useless body was a razor-sharp mind, fascinated by the nature of the universe, how it was formed and how it might end.
“My goal is simple,” he once said. “It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
Much of that work centred on bringing together relativity - the nature of space and time - and quantum theory - how the smallest particles in the Universe behave - to explain the creation of the universe and how it is governed.
Life on Earth at risk
In 1974, he became one of the youngest fellows of Britain's most prestigious scientific body, the Royal Society, at the age of 32.
In 1979 he was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, where he had moved from Oxford University to study theoretical astronomy and cosmology.
A previous holder of the prestigious post was the 17th-century British scientist Isaac Newton.
Hawking eventually put Newton's gravitational theories to the test in 2007 when, aged 65, he went on a weightless flight in the United States as a prelude to a hoped-for sub-orbital spaceflight.
Characteristically, he did not see the trip as a mere birthday present.
Instead, he said he wanted to show that disability was no bar to achievement and to encourage interest in space, where he believed humankind's destiny lay.
“I think the human race has no future if it doesn't go into space,” he said. “I believe life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers.”
More recently he said artificial intelligence (AI) could contribute to the eradication of disease and poverty, while warning of its potential dangers.
“In short, success in creating AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation.
“Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many,” Hawking said in 2016, at the opening of a new AI research centre at Cambridge University.
Pop culture and politics
Hawking's genius brought him global fame and he became known as a witty communicator dedicated to bringing science to a wider audience.
His 1988 book A Brief History of Time sought to explain to non-scientists the fundamental theories of the universe and it became an international bestseller, bringing him global acclaim.
It was followed in 2001 by The Universe in a Nutshell.
In 2007, Hawking published a children's book, George's Secret Key to the Universe, with his daughter, Lucy, seeking to explain the workings of the solar system, asteroids, his pet subject of black holes and other celestial bodies.
Hawking also moved into popular culture, with cameos in Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Simpsons, while his voice appeared in Pink Floyd songs.
Beyond scientific debate Hawking also weighed into politics, describing Donald Trump as “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator” ahead of his election as US president.
Hawking also warned Britain ahead of the Brexit referendum in 2016 against leaving the European Union: “Gone are the days when we could stand on our own against the world.”
Namibia ota ndopa okugandja omalukalwa gopamuthika kaakwahsigwana ye, sho kwa hololwa kutya oopresenda 26 dhaakwashigwana ohaya zi moombashu.
Omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa koshi yoshipalanyolo tashi ithanwa 'Housing in Namibia: Rights, Challenges and Opportunities', oga ningwa kaapekaapeki yoshiputudhilo shoInstitute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), Pauline Ndhlovu oshowo Dietrich Remmert. Ompekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa oga mono kutya omwaalu gwaakwashigwana oyendji moshilongo itaya ka mona ompito yokumona omagumbo gopamuthika nenge okulanda omagumbo konando tayi vulika kaantu oyendji.
Olopota ndjoka oya holola kutya nonando epangelo otali tula miilonga iiyetwapo oyindji mbyoka ya nuninwa okukandulapo omukundu ngoka, iiyetwapo mbyoka otayi ndopa okukandulapo ompumbwe yomagumbo mokati koshigwana.
Olopota oya holola kutya omukundu ngoka ota gu tsikile nonando okwa ningwa oonkundathana naatungi .
Olopota oya tsikile kutya AaNamibia oyendji otaya vulu okumona evi okuyeleka nokumona omagumbo.
Olopota ndoka ndjoka oya popi kutya aatoti yoompango naakuthimbinga taya dhana onkandangala onshona okutala nkene oomalukalwa moondoolopa dhaNamibia geli. Nonando ope na omilandu omiwanawa ndhoka dha totwapo mokukondjitha ompumbwe ndjoka, olundji omilandu ndhoka ihadhi tulwa miilonga.
Olopota ndjoka oya gandja omayele kepangelo opo li gandje oshimaliwa shomwaalu omunene koshikondo shomagumbo, lyo tali hwahwameke nokukwatela komeho oopoloyeka ndhoka dha nuninwa okutungila aakwashigwana omagumbo, nokukwahilipaleka kutya odha longa tuu ngaashi dha nuninwa.
Olopota oya tsikile kutya omalelo goondoolopa naga homatekwe noonzo ndhoka tadhi vulu okuyambidhidha iilonga yawo.
Nonando oopoloyeka ngaashi ndjoka yoMass Housing Initiative (MHI) oshowo Namibia Housing Enterprise (NHE) odha li dha nuninwa okukaala ekandulepo lyomukundu monkalo ndjoka, aakwashigwana oyendji otaya popi kutya omagumbo ngoka ga tungwa koopoloyeka ndhoka oge na ondilo na itaga vulika kaantu ayehe.
Olopota oya popi kutya omwaalu gwompumbwe yomagumbo ogwa londo pombanda noonkondo nomagumbo ngoka ga tungwa kohi yoopoloyeka dha tumbulwa mwakwatelwa oHarambee Prosperity Plan, na itaga tothwa mo nuupu. Aantu oyendji oya holola omaipulo kelongitho lyiimaliwa yoshigwana moopoloyeka ndhoka. Okwa holola woo omaipulo kombinga yongushu yomagumbo ngoka, sho taku popiwa kutya ogendji oga tungwa niitungithi yombiliha noonkondo oshowo oompangela inadhi nongononwa nawa.
Okwa tothwamo iinima yontumba mbyoka tayi yi moshipala etungo lyomagumbo gopamuthika kondando tayi vulika koyendji ngaashi, kutya omaupyakadhi ogendji ngoka geli po metungo lyomagumbo ngoka, itaga kwatakanithwa nonkalo yopaliko ndjoka ya taalela oshilongo monena.
Omaupyakadhi galwe oga li ga tothwa mo molopota ndjoka ya pitithwa koIPPR mo 2011, ihe inaga talika natango ngaashi oompango oonkulu ndhoka dha pumbwa okutalululwa.
Ompumbwe yoonzo nontseyo poonkatu dhopamalelo goondoolopa oshowo elongitho nayi lyiimaliwa yoshigwana nompumbwe yekondololo lyelongitho lyiimaliwa, oyimwe yomomaupyakadhi ngoka ga taalela unene omalelo goondoolopa.
Olopota oya kuthileko embale, oondoolopa dhimwe po ngaashi Otjiwarongo, Gobabis oshowo Ombaye, ndhoka tadhi kondjo mokukandula po omukundu gwompumbwe yomagumbo.
Nonando hamilandu adhihe noompangela ndhoka tadhi tulwa miilonga koondoolopa ndhoka dha longo nawa, oondoolopa otadhi ulike eutulemo mekandulepo lyompumbwe yomagumbo gaakwashigwana.
Olopota oya nyana woo ompumbwe yoonkundathana ,okukundathana kombinga yoshikumungu shoka okuza kaakuthimbinga ayehe.
Ompumbwe yomauyelele nayo oya tothwa mo kutya oyimwe yomiinima tayi shunitha monima oompangela oombwaanawa ndhoka dha nuninwa egandjo lyomagumbo koshigwana, kondando tayi vulika kaantu ayehe.
Omukundu omunene ogwa holola molopota moka kutya ompumbwe yevi lyawapaleka moondoolopa, oshowo okwaahena owino yokulongitha omikalo dhilwe dhokutunga nenge elongitho lyiitungithi yilwe yopashinanenna, nokweeta po omikalo tadhi vulu okulongithwa mokukwashilipalekwa kutya okwa tungwa omagumbo goshigwana.
Shoka osha tseyithwa kuMinista Bernard Haufiku momutumba gwopaliamende yaandjetu. Ombakitelia ndjoka otayi taandele unene okuza moonyama dha kwewa na oya tukuka moSouth Afrika muJanuari, moka ya dhipaga aantu ye li 180. moAustralia ombakiteli ndjoka oya dhipaga aantu yane, nombakiteli ndjoka otaku popiwa kutya otayi kwatakanithwa nomakanuwa.
Haufiku okwa lombwele omutumba gwopashigwana kutya uuministeli owa pyakudhukwa okukondjitha etukuko lyombakiteli ndjoka, na okwa tulwa nale miilonga omilandu dhekandeko lyombakiteli ndjoka muJanuari.
Okwa kunkilile aantu yomoTsumeb moka tamu kadhimbulukilwa woo Esiku lyEmanguluko lyoshilongo nuumvo, kutya inaya lya oonyama ndhoka dha kwewa, oonyama dha talala ngaashi ooviennas noorussians.
“Aakonaakoni yetu otaya ka enda noostola adhihe nokukutha mo oonyama adhihe ndhoka taku fekelwa kutya odho tadhi taandelitha ombakitelia ndjoka, oshowo moondoolopa dhilwe moshilongo ashihe.” Minista a popi.
Minista okwa popi kutyaa nonando iilandithomwa yimwe mbyoka ya za moSouth Afrika otayi fekelelwa omukithi oya indikwa oku etwa moshilongo, omulandu gwa faathana itagu vulu okutulwa miilonga miilongomwa ya faathana. Oonyama dha pya nale ndhoka dha longwa kehangano lyoEnterprise Foods oshowo Rainbow Chicken moSouth Africa odho dha tothwa mo kutya otadhi taandelitha omukithi ngoka.
Omupeha omupopi megumbo lyopashigwana, Loide Kasingo okwa dhimbulukitha minista kutya aantu oyendji ohaya landa omihaka kaalandithi yomomapandaanda unene miitopolwa yomuushayi.
Omupopi megumbo lyopashigwana, okwa tseyithile minista opo a kwashilipaleke kutya aaniilonga ye oya thika nokiitopolwa yokuushayi.
“Noluhodhi olunene odha uvu onkundana yeso lyakuume kofamili na okuli omupiya gwoshigwana shaNamibia, Komrade Nora Schimming-Chase. Komrade Nora oshowo Komrade Libertine Amathila oya wayimine ekondjelomanguluko pondje yoshilongo onga aakondjelimanguluko aakiintu pamwe naKomrade Putuse Appolus moDar es Salaam moomvula dho1960. Otandi halele ofamili ye oonkondo,” Geingob a shanga etumwalaka ndyoka, kepandja lye lyoTwitter.
Omunadiplomata Tuliameni Kalomoh okwa popi kutya Schimming-Chase okuli omukondjelimanguluko ngoka a tula einekelo lye muNamibia.
Schimming-Chase okuli omukalelipo gwotango gwaNamibia koGermany.
Kalomoh okwa popi kutya pethimbo oshigwana shi li moluhodhi omolwa eso lye, osha pumbwa woo okutyapula shoka a pondola.
Okwa tsikile kutya nakusa okwa li kuume ke oshowo omugandjimayele kuye nokaanandiplomate yalwe.
Omonakadhona gwanakusa, Afra Schimming-Chase, ota dhimbuluka yina onga omukiintu ngoka a kondjele uuwanawa yaantu ayehe, nokukwashilipaleka kutya aantu otaye ke musila oshisho pomasiku ge gahugunina, sho a li ta ehama noonkondo.
Omunapolotika ngoka okwa tameke olweendo lwe lyopolotika, onga oshilyo shoSouth West Africa National Union (SWANU), gumwe gwomaatoti po yongundu yoCongress of Democrats mo 1999, na okuli omutoti po gwoshilimbo shongundu ndjoka 'A New Beginning'.
Gumwe gwomaatoti po naye ongundu yoCoD, Ben Ulenga okwa holola oluhodhi lwe omolwa ehulitho lyaSchimming-Chase, ta hokolola kutya okwa li ependefule mekondjelo lyuuthemba womuntu.
Uuministeli womakwatathano gopaigwana, owa gandja omahekeleko kofamili yanakusa. Amushanga Selma Ashipala-Musavyi okwa popi kutya nakusa okwa longo nuudhiginini miinakugwanithwa ye ayihe mbyoka a li iinekelelwa koshilongo na okwa li woo omugandjimayele omuwanawa kaaniilonga pamwe naye, unene mboka aashona.
Ekwatho ndyoka olya kwatela mo oshimaliwa shooN$1 000 kaailongi mboka yeli miiputudhilo yopombanda oshowo oshimaliwa shooN$500 kaailongi mboka yeli moondondo dhopombanda oshowo pevi mooskola moshilongo ashihe.
Omupeha omukomeho gwoshikondo shoka, Gerson Kamatuka okwa popi kutya epangelo olya tula miilonga ooprograma ndhoka dha nuninwa okuyambidhidha aakwashigwana mboka. Okwa popi kutya oshikondo shoka osha kala shiipyakidhila okutameka omwedhi Januari sigo oFebruali nokugandja omayambidhidho kaailongi mboka naanaskola, oshowo okutala komaindilo ngoka ya mono gomvula ndjika.
Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya omanga oshikondo shoka inashi totwa po mo 2015, aakwashigwana mboka oya kala taya hupu nuudhigu ngele tashi ya kokumona omakwatho opo ya vule okupula komeho nomailongo gawo.
Kamatuka okwa tsikile kutya monena oprograma ndjoka ohayi gandja omakwatho kaanaskola 37 moondondo dhopevvi, oshowo 246 moosekundoskola, naailongi ye li po 365 miiputudhilo yelongo lyopombanda. Okwa tsikile kutya oye li moonkundthana noNamibian Students Financial Assistant Fund (NSFAF) opo oshiketha shoka shi tameke okugandja omakwatho gokwiilonga gowina kaailongi mboka, nuuna oonkundathana dha pu nena aailongi mboka otaya ka lundululilwa kohi yoshiketha shoka.
Kamatuka okwa popi kutya nonando aayambidhidhwa mboka oya yi koshi yoshiketha sho NSFAF natango otashi kala oshinakugwanithwa shawo okukwashilipaleka kutya aanaskola naailongi mboka itaya dhigi po omailongo gawo omolwa ompumbwe yomahala gokuza, iifuta yooskola, oondya, omalweendo nomambo, oshowo iikwathitholongo yilwe. Kamatuka okwa tseyitha woo kutya Namcol okwa gandja omagano gongushu yoshimaliwa shooN$17 000 sha nuninwa aailongi, mboka ye li moshiputudhilo shoka.
In a media statement on Tuesday, the ministry's spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said the country remains safe for visitors, despite a recent event in which two tourists were shot at in the Bwabwata National Park.
The incident, which has raised a media storm depicting the area as unsafe for visitors, occurred after the tourists apparently failed to adhere to instructions of the anti-poaching unit operating in the park.
According to Muyunda, the tourists were stopped in a routine operation in the Buffalo Core Area on 28 February 2018.
“The two tourists were approached by members of the anti-poaching unit, who asked them to stop with the intention to search the vehicle as the tourists were on a road used exclusively for wildlife management purposes only, and not open for tourists and visitors to the park,” Muyunda explained.
The two officers were dressed in their official t-shirts and uniform trousers, the spokesperson said.
He said the tourists however failed to stop, as they presumed that the officers were persons that wanted to rob them.
“Since the vehicle did not stop, unfortunately, one shot was fired at the canopy of the vehicle, hitting the rear window of the canopy, causing damage to the window and a slight dent on the outer roof of the vehicle.
No person was injured in this shooting,” said Muyunda.
A meeting between the ministry and security forces within the Bwabwata National Park was already convened on 5 March to prevent similar incidences in the future. Follow up consultations between wildlife protection and law enforcement stakeholders will also be convened on Friday in the Bwabwata National Park, said Muyunda.
“Our national parks, and Bwabwata National Park in particular, remain very safe to visit and visitors and tourists should go there and enjoy seeing the high numbers of large mammals and bird species that are naturally rare,” he added.
Muyunda said wildlife crime in the country has reached new levels of violence. The frequency of incidents are enhanced and well organised gangs enter vulnerable areas, while crime syndicates organise the trafficking of horns and tusks through complex networks leading to foreign markets.
“In order to bring the current syndicate based wildlife crime under control and to stop poaching, Government through the MET has increased the presence of members of the anti-poaching unit in certain national parks and other conservation areas.
This was after an advert was placed in a daily newspaper with a due date of 9 March, indicating that Emirates Trading CC had contracted Health Earth Environmental Consultants to do the EIA, calling for the interested and affected parties to express their views regarding the establishment of an Engen service station on plot 800.
Emirates Trading, however, has started with the construction of the N$200 million project while is has no environmental clearance.
To further compound matters, the community has opposed the project since 2016.
According to Environmental Management Act 7 of 2007, all government institutions, companies, other organisations and individuals that are involved in planning or undertaking listed activities must apply the principles outlined.
One of these is the completion of an EIA.
The area in question was a floodplain which channelled rain water into the surrounding streams until 2015, when it was filled with sand and construction activities began to take place.
One of the concerned stakeholders is the Okalongo Based Development Community Body (OBDCB).
This group's committee questions why and how the Omusati Regional Council approved the sale of the floodplain.
“How does the Omusati Regional Council approve such a thing? It is floodplain that is why, for so many years nothing was constructed there. They must explain to the people why they sold the land,” the chairperson of the OBDCB, Vilho Nhoni, said.
He also questioned why the regional council has allowed the company to do an EIA after construction had already started.
“We are being taken for joke because how do you expect the community to express their views if construction has already started? We are not against development but it must not come at the expense of the community,” Nhoni said.
An agitated Joshua Haimbodi, the owner of Emirates Trading CC, confirmed the authenticity of the advert placed and added that “it is none of the media's business”.
He said that people who are complaining about the development are afraid of competition.
“There are offices for their complaints. We have the councillor's office, the settlement office and the regional council. Please don't try to tell me about the nonsense of that committee … are you drunk?” Haimbodi remarked.
He questioned which law stipulates that a person must obtain an EIA before construction can begin.
A letter dated 14 February 2016 by Nhoni to the chief regional officer of the regional council, Protasius Andowa, highlights a number of irregularities the community body claims are taking place in Okalongo and are overlooked by the settlement office, also touched on this issue and asked for intervention.
A few days later, copies of the letter were sent to the regional council chairperson Modestus Amutse as well as to several regional leaders including the governor of Omusati, Erginus Endjala.
“Some development activities which need environmental impact assessments (EIA) were deliberately overlooked at by the settlement office, for example, the filling of the water drainage pan at Okakango with sand. The negative impact of these practices has enormous consequences on the future development of the settlement,” the letter read.
Nhoni said they never got a response from the regional leadership.
However, according to Endjala, his office responded and conducted a site visit where they also observed the same concerns the committee had highlighted. He said it was referred to a technical team to look into.
“First and foremost, the issue was handled by the regional council.
When they raised the complaint, we went to the site and we observed what they are talking about. It was sent to a technical team,” Endjala said before referring further questions to both Andowa and Amutse.
When contacted for comment Amutse said he could not shed light on the matter as he had not visited Okalongo for some time.
“I have not been in Okalongo recently but I know that we are about to rezone the whole of Okalongo because there are many issues. Plots are not well zoned, others are overlapping into others and so on,” Amutse said.
Attempts to get comment from Andowa proved futile.
Ruacana, like many other parts of the north, has been experiencing low levels of rainfall that is not sufficient for power-generation.
NamPower managing director Simson Haulofu confirmed this to Namibian Sun, but quickly added that despite the drought in the area, Ruacana is currently generating - on average - 280MW continuously and is contributing approximately 45% of the country's energy demand.
This station was refurbished and the power-generation was increased effectively by 15MW, from 237 MW to 252MW, while improved turbine efficiency allows the station to generate more electricity during low flow seasons.
“The catchment area feeding the Kunene River includes and extends beyond the Lubango area in Angola and has received a good rainfall, which therefore boosted the operation of the Ruacana hydropower station with increased river flow in recent weeks, particularly during February,” Haulofu said.
He said the hydropower station is currently generating electricity continuously (day and night), with varied outputs, in line with the demand and river flow.
In recent years NamPower spent N$140 million on the refurbishment of power-generating units at Ruacana to increase output and supply in the country.
The three units were refurbished by Ruacana hydropower technicians.
The project started in 2014 as the first-ever refurbishment work for turbine units one, two and three, which started their operation in 1978 and were never serviced. They started with unit one in June 2014 and its operation was commissioned in December 2014, after five days of reliability testing.
In May 2015, they started with unit three whose operation was commissioned in September 2015.
The refurbishment of unit two started in November 2015 and its operation was commissioned on 24 July 2016 and while they were busy assembling it in April 2016 they experienced the first and only serious fault.
Haulofu said this was the biggest commissioning in the history of NamPower. He said after refurbishment, each unit increased power-generation by five megawatts (MW) and water discharge efficiency improved by 10%.
Other improvements include reduced cavitation, vortex flow and consequently vibration.
The accused, Erich Kanyetu, who allegedly stole official stamps from various doctors and used them to issue sick leave certificates, was represented by defense attorney Monty Karuaihe.
Karuaihe testified that Kanyetu is a good candidate for bail as he works for Rössing Uranium and looks after his family.
“This is not one of those cases where bail cannot be denied,” he said. The state, which was represented by Latoya Katjitundu, opposed bail, while stating there is a fear that the accused could interfere with ongoing investigations, which are still at an early stage. Magistrate Conchita Olivier ruled that the accused would have to launch a formal bail application, as the case is a serious one.
Erongo regional crime investigations coordinator, Erastus Iikuyu, said the accused had allegedly supplied the sick leave documents to a Swakopmund resident for a fee of N$300 each.
“He took prescription letterheads from three different private doctors' businesses in Swakopmund, without their consent and started booking off hotel and mining employees,” Iikuyu said.
Some of the unused prescription letterheads were found in the suspect's house in Mondesa. Iikuyu urged all employees who were issued these leave certificates to contact detective inspector Rosa Tjihavero at 081 413 7105 or detective sergeant Samuel Auchab at 081 276 6844. The case has been postponed to 11 April to allow for further police investigations. Kanyetu remains in custody at the Swakopmund police cells.
The ongoing stock-theft shenanigans unfolding around Swapo Oshana regional coordinator Samuel Nelongo, amid allegations that he is being targeted because he did not support President Hage Geingob and his slate ahead of last November’s ruling party congress, delivered a fresh twist this week.
Nameless keyboard warriors who had written several one-sided social media pieces under the banner of ‘Breaking News’ ahead of the congress re-emerged recently to claim that Nelongo’s cousin Gideon Abner was conspiring against him.
Abner has challenged the ‘Breaking News’ writers to produce evidence backing up their claims.
He also told Namibian Sun his family is now divided and everywhere he goes, people are labelling him a “traitor”. He also fears Nelongo may believe that he had “really set him up”.
‘Breaking News’ alleged that Abner was employed by Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa and regional council chairperson Gerson Hannu Kapenda, to make sure that Nelongo was arrested.
The social media article went viral on WhatsApp and Facebook following Nelongo’s second nabbing on 5 March for stock theft, after his initial arrest on similar charges last month.
‘Breaking News’ also explicitly linked Nelongo’s arrests to the “continuous reckoning madness” being meted out to those who supported candidates of pre-congress faction known as Team Swapo.
‘Breaking News’ said further that a police officer had phoned Nelongo’s sister to warn her that Kapenda and Kashuupulwa wanted him arrested.
“Sources further revealed how the whole ploy was played, as you will begin to see now. The two leaders, according to the sources, used one Gideon Abner who is a cousin to Mr Nelongo, and Sacky who is an Angolan employed by one farmer in Ondiamande to look after cattle. It is said that Hannu paid Sacky an amount of close to N$2 000 in order for him to join Gideon (sic).
“Sources at the cuca shops somewhere in their area informed this reporter that Sacky confirmed being paid for this. Surprisingly enough, Hannu also employed Gideon to spy on Nelongo in collaboration with Sacky, in order to ensure that Nelongo is arrested no matter what. The duo of Kashuupulwa and Hannu made sure that Sacky is properly prepared in order to execute his duties,” ‘Breaking News’ claimed.
Abner vehemently denied he had anything to do with Nelongo’s arrest and added he had never spied on his relative. He also denied ever meeting Kapenda or Kashuupulwa.
Abner said the untrue gossip has created divisions in his family and the community is now labelling him a traitor.
“I have not heard from Nelongo yet, but after I read all these things and hearing from the community, it’s purely that the public have a perception that I reported Nelongo. Even in my house people are talking that I have an issue with Nelongo.
“Those having information that I reported Nelongo must come out and prove it. I am ready to defend myself, even in court. Those behind ‘Breaking News’ must know what to say instead of fabricating stories,” Abner said.
Kapenda also refuted the claims, saying they are devoid of any truth.
“I am also investigating where such information came from. Some of the people mentioned, including Abner, I do not know them,” Kapenda said.
Nelongo's rearrest on 5 March followed a series of police investigations after he was first nabbed while transporting suspected stolen cattle with a party vehicle in the Oshikoto Region on 11 February.
Nelongo appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court before Magistrate Ilge Rheent on 13 February and was formally charged with stock theft. He was granted N$2 000 bail and the matter was postponed until 9 April.
The Oshana police have also reportedly been investigating Nelongo for stock theft. The alleged crimes were committed between 2016 and 2017.
The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved funding of N$109 million, which will be used to assist 44 000 smallholder farmers in the Kunene, in a bid to reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
The fund was set up by the 194 countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
An additional N$8.2 million (US$700 000) is being co-funded by the Namibian government for the project.
The five-year climate adaptation project, titled ‘Improving rangeland and ecosystem management practices of smallholder farmers under conditions of climate change in the Sesfontein, Fransfontein, and Warmquelle areas of Namibia’, will be administered by the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia, the accredited national entity to GCF, and it will be implemented by agriculture ministry.
The project is expected to start on 1 June and is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate change conditions by safeguarding natural capital that generates ecosystem services to sustain agricultural production systems.
This was announced at a joint media conference in Windhoek yesterday.
Agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb highlighted that Namibia remains one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change and is characterised by irregular rainfall and long periods of drought.
The minister said the funding for the EIF project, to be based in three areas of the Kunene region, is particularly welcome as the region has “particularly and consistently been hard hit by drought events over the past ten years”.
!Naruseb explained that the project will support the rehabilitation of two green scheme facilities at Sesfontein (11 hectares) and Warmquelle (seven hectares) and another at Fransfontein (40 hectares).
The facilities will further be used as learning centres for climate-smart production practices.
Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta explained that the grant financing project, approved by the GCF board on 1 March, “is a testimony to Namibia’s early inroads into the climate adaptation sphere”.
This is the third climate adaptation project the ministry has successfully submitted for funding.
The ministry is the nationally designated authority liaising with the GCF to ensure a country-driven approach, while accessing the fund’s resources.
Urgent adaptation needed
In a speech read on his behalf, finance minister Calle Schlettwein highlighted the urgency of tackling changes to climatic conditions in Namibia’s agriculture sector.
“The agriculture sector in Namibia remains central to the lives of the majority of the population. Directly or indirectly it supports over 70% of the country’s population.”
In the worst case scenario, it is estimated that Namibia could lose between 27 to 32% of maize, sorghum and millet production due to a rise in global temperatures.
Over the past five years, a steady decline in agricultural productivity in Namibia has been observed, primarily because of prolonged droughts.
The drought shocks led to government spending an average of N$700 million per year on drought relief, while diverting resources from other developmental priorities to cater for humanitarian needs.
It is estimated that the total investment needed by Namibia over the next 30 years to safeguard resources and maintain a sustainable growth trajectory is between N$380 and N$400 billion.
“It is clear therefore that public finance alone can come nowhere near meeting the total financing needs for the transition to be inclusive, low-emission and climate-resilient development,” Schlettwein said.
Shifeta noted that the EIF has mobilised close to N$1 billion over a period of two years for climate financing from multilateral agencies and development partners.
He added that Namibia stands to access close to N$3 billion in grants from the GCF annually, until 2022, for climate adaptation projects across all sectors.
He said these grants not only supplement state finances, but offer a solution “that may ease the burden on government’s planned social spending on the rural poor, vulnerable and marginalised”.
He praised the EIF’s work, under the leadership of Benedict Libanda, who despite a diminishing budget, has continued to successfully mobilise the type of financial resources for the country’s environmental sector.
Poverty and inequality remain pressing concerns in Namibia despite the latest figures showing a slight decline.
The Namibia Statistics Agency yesterday made public the outcome of its Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES) for 2015/16.
The survey shows that poverty levels in the country have dropped to 10.7% during 2015/16 from 15.4% in 2010.
The income inequality, however, remains high despite a slight decline from 58% in 2010 to 56% in 2016.
The Kunene, Omaheke, Zambezi and Kavango East regions recorded high poverty levels, compared to Khomas, Hardap, Oshana and //Karas.
The field work of the survey was conducted from April 2015 to March 2016.
Statistician-general Alex Shimuafeni said an estimated 544 655 private households were counted during the survey, with an estimated household population of 2 280 716.
The majority of the population (53.1%) live in rural areas, while 46.9% live in urban areas.
He said after data processing, 10 090 out of 10 368 sampled households were successfully interviewed, resulting in a 97.3% response rate, which exceeds the NSA acceptable standard for response rate for social statistics of 80%.
“The measurement of the severity of poverty gives a higher weight to the poorest of the poor. This measure can be particularly useful in tracking developments for the poorest over time and comparing severe deprivation across groups,” said Shimuafeni.
“About 10.7% of the population were severely poor or food poor as measured by the lower bound poverty line of N$389. On average, severely poor people were just 3.4% below the severe poverty line.
“This measurement of the depth of severe poverty says that an average of N$13.2 additional consumption expenditure per person would be needed to lift severely poor Namibians out of severe poverty (that is, 3.4% times N$389).”
The distribution of severely poor households across the country is highly concentrated in Kunene, Kavango East, Zambezi and Omaheke regions. These regions have severe poverty rates above the national average of 10.7%.
Lower levels of severely poor are found in the Khomas and Erongo regions. The report indicates that the poor are disproportionately located in rural areas. About 25.1% of rural households are poor, compared to 8.6% for urban households.
The incidence of severely poor households is also higher among rural households, where 15.9% of the households were found to be severely poor compared to 4.8% in urban areas. When compared to the 2009/2010 NHIES, the number of severely poor people in rural areas has increased from 13.56% to 15.9%.
Meanwhile, about 53.6% of households in Namibia reported salaries and wages as their main source of income, followed by pensions (pensions from employment and/or annuity fund and state old-age pension) with 11% and subsistence farming with 10.6%.
In urban areas, 72% of the households reported salaries and wages as their main source of income, followed by business income with 11.3%, compared to rural areas, where 31.8% of the households reported salaries and wages as their main source of income, followed by subsistence farming with 22.4%.
At the regional level, salaries and wages were the main sources of income in most regions, with the exception of Omusati and Ohangwena where large proportions of households reported subsistence farming as the main source of income, at 38.5% and 22.7%.
Tax defaulters got another lucky break when the ministry of finance announced yesterday that it would be extending the Tax Arrears Recovery Incentive Programme, which was due to lapse on 11 March 2018.
The extension covers income tax, value-added tax (VAT), import, employee’s tax stamp duty, non-resident shareholders’ tax and tax on royalties.
The ministry of finance announced that the arrears programme, meant to encourage defaulting taxpayers to settle outstanding taxes, was extended to 3 April 2018. This marks the third extension of the incentive programme.
“The ministry of finance will waive the penalties levied in tax payments and submission of tax returns and write off 70% of the interest balance on all tax accounts for tax payers who pay the capital tax amount in full and 30% of the interest balance,” the ministry of finance said in a statement.
Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry northern branch chairperson Tomas Indjii said a reduction in government spending made it hard for small and medium enterprises to honour their tax obligations because of a reduction in revenue experienced by these businesses.
“Small and medium enterprises were keen to honour outstanding tax obligations to government,” he said. A reduction in government spending over the last two years made it difficult for tax defaulters to pay back, Indjii said.
“This lack of business has resulted in small and medium enterprises being unable to make payments based on the payment arrangements agreed upon, also of note is the festive season which has just passed, where most business close,” he said.
Indjii said an extension would help defaulters pay their tax obligations to the ministry of finance.
“We are requesting the ministry to further extend the deadline for registration and payment by another three to six months if possible. This would enable taxpayers, especially the ones that had already registered and started making payments, to pay off their instalments,” he said.
Iindji thanked businesses who were paying their taxes and encouraged business people in the country to visit the ministry of finance see if they had any tax obligations and to make arrangements to pay outstanding tax obligations.
Northern business people have been reported to be among the majority of tax defaulters in the country, Confidente reported in 2017.
Finance minister Calle Schlettwein said in 2017 that the taxpayer population for the ministry’s Oshakati Inland Revenue Regional Office contrasted vastly with the amount of tax paid in the north.
According to tax administration information, the Oshakati regional office has the second highest tax register in the country, after Windhoek, but in terms of tax collection, the northern office is said to be in fifth place out of the eight tax regions, according to Confidente.
Commenting on the matter, Iindji said that the data regarding northern businesses would need to be verified accordingly as most of the big businesses’ taxes were handled at the Large Tax Pay office in Windhoek Ausspannplatz and cases involving the non-payment of tax would be more prevalent at the Windhoek office.
Schlettwein noted that during the 2015/16 financial year, only N$36.8 million was collected by the northern office, while the total taxpayer register stood at 81 114, which equated to N$450 being collected from each taxpayer.
Out of the total number of taxpayers for the whole tax region, only 22 taxpayers are huge payers.
During the introduction of the programme in December 2016, Schlettwein has previously said the amount the government was owed had ballooned to N$19 billion from N$4 billion because of interest and penalties over the past 20 years. This means that the government will have to write off about N$15 billion in penalties and interest once the amnesty is put in place.
Speaking on the matter this week, Alweendo said discussions surrounding the modalities for the partnership were still to be finalised.
He said Namcor would need the help of a strategic partner, owing to the complexity and magnitude of managing such a facility.
“It is not a simple facility… because of its complexity it was felt that Namcor would not have all the expertise [to manage the facility].
We have agreed that we will need expertise,” said Alweendo.
“Right now we are still in discussions to agree on the terms of reference. No company has been appointed and when we do [appoint], we will do it in a transparent manner.”
Alweendo also dismissed allegations that a company had already been chosen to manage the facility.
“There are all sorts of innuendos about who will manage the fuel storage facility. It was agreed that it will be a state facility… that is still the case and Namcor will be the public enterprise which will manage that facility on behalf of government,” said Alweendo.
With the project expected to be completed by June this year, Alweendo also expressed confidence that the facility would be operational by then and that a joint venture partner would be announced in due course.
“Right now we are still in discussions to agree on the terms of reference. No one has been appointed but when we do [appoint], we will do it in a transparent manner,” Alweendo said.
Shifting his attention to the cost escalation of the facility which skyrocketed from N$3.7 billion to N$5.6 billion, Alweendo said this was necessitated because of final project design change.
“It is talked about as if the original costs are based on the original design. The project has doubled in size and in scope. The point to be made is that the cost is not talking about the original project,” said Alweendo.
Finance ministry permanent secretary Ericah Shafudah was slapped with a final written warning for her failure to attend technical committee meetings held to discuss the modalities around the construction of the facility.
CRB, a joint venture between the China Harbour Construction Company, the Roads Contractor Company and local construction firm Babyface Civils, was awarded the tender to construct the fuel storage facility at Walvis Bay.
Since CRB's tender was quoted in US dollars instead of Namibian currency, the cost of the fuel storage rose from N$3.8 billion in 2014 to N$5.5 billion in 2016.
Shafudah was the chairperson of the then tender board, while then National Planning Commission PS Leevi Hungamo chaired the technical committee that chose CRB. Chief legal advisor in the attorney-general's office, Chris Nghaamwa, led the government negotiating team.
Commenting further on the rise in cost, Alweendo said the matter was under investigation.
“Government did institute an investigation. The process is still ongoing,” he said.
Dr Adrianatus Maseke, the chief veterinary officer in the agriculture ministry, yesterday said canned products were been implicated in the listeriosis outbreak.
“Canned products are satisfactory at this stage and they can only be contaminated during cross-infection. The South African authorities are now certifying canned products. There is therefore no cause for concern,” said Dr Maseke. Panic hit the country after health minister Bernard Haufiku announced that a Tsumeb man had been diagnosed with the disease after eating a vienna bought from a butchery in the town earlier this week.
The man was admitted to the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek and is recovering.
Haufiku yesterday said all products from the Rainbow Chicken and Enterprise Foods companies' factories must be avoided.
The ministry also directed the immediate removal of products from these two companies from local stores and urged regions with points of entry to strengthen surveillance.
In a statement issued by health permanent secretary Petronella Masabane, the ministry recommended that the selling of ready-to-eat meat by vendors should be prohibited.
“The ministry of agriculture, water and forestry, in collaboration with the health ministry, ordered a recall of ready-to-eat cold meats from all shops and banned the import of these products from Rainbow Chicken and Enterprise Foods in South Africa. The health ministry has also informed all its environmental health practitioners to inspect all retailers that are selling these products and ensure that they are removed from the shelves and destroyed under strict supervision,” she said.
She added that pregnant women, children, the elderly and those people with a compromised immune system are most at risk. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, confusion and convulsions.
When the minister announced the outbreak on Tuesday most Windhoek shopkeepers had already removed South African products from their shelves.
In the face of many fake reports a local Spar shop has put up a message on its cold meat fridges to inform clients that their shop is listeria free.
City of Windhoek spokesperson Scheifert Shigwedha confirmed that the City was working closely with the health ministry to contain the situation.
“We are already collaborating with the health ministry on the hepatitis E outbreak I am sure the same channels will be followed. But since this case is unfolding it is too early to comment but certainly the City Police will be on board to deal with the street vendors,” he said.