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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Khan beats Lo Greco in 39 secondsKhan beats Lo Greco in 39 seconds Amir Khan's first bout in a British ring for five years saw him knock out Canada's Phil Lo Greco in a mere 39 seconds on Saturday.

    The 31-year-old British boxer had not fought anywhere for two years since being beaten by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016.

    The 2004 Olympic silver medallist wasted little time in sending Lo Greco tumbling with a quick one-two punch combination inside the opening 30 seconds.

    Khan then pinned Lo Greco to the ropes, before the super-welterweight contest ended moments after it had started.

    Victory left Khan on course for his long-awaited showdown with British rival Kell Brook, who was among those watching at ringside on Saturday.

    “I have been out the ring for two years but I was still in the gym working hard; I have never taken a day off. I wanted to prove a point coming back. I was trained to fight for 12 rounds, I had to make some changes and Phil lo Greco is a dangerous opponent,” Khan told BBC.

    “Enjoy my victory. Khan's back. I was a little nervous, but I am back with a big bang. I want to become a world champion this year or next year.”

    Khan, however, added: “I want to fight the best guys. If it means going up a division I will.”

    As for a bout with Brook, Khan, most famous recently for his 'jungle' appearance in the British television show 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here', said: “That fight is something I'm not rushing and not running away from. I will fight Kell Brook and beat Kell Brook. Kell Brook has been living off my name for a long time. I'm a stronger fighter, a better fighter. I'm not a fighter to run away.”

    But an unimpressed Brook said: “He doesn't want the fight, he just ran off. Amir, all the fans want the fight, I want the fight, he can go in the jungle and chase stars, but when he gets in there with me, I'll make him see stars.”

    -NAMPA/AFP

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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Welwitschias lose opener
  • Welwitschias lose openerWelwitschias lose openerUnimpressive display by home side The homes side put in an unimpressive performance against the Valke on Saturday, losing 39-7. LIMBA MUPETAMI



    The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias buckled under pressure and lost their opening match against the more organised Valke in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.

    The Hino Valke scored six tries on their way to a comprehensive 39-7 victory over the Welwitschias.

    The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Friedle Olivier ran through the home side's defence to score.

    Scrumhalf Andries du Plessis converted the try to give the Valke a 7-0 lead.

    However, Du Plessis later missed two conversions, which would have increased his team's margin of victory.

    The first half ended 27-0, which was a comfortable advantage for the visitors.

    In the second half the Welwitschias came out stronger and hungry to make an impact, with left wing Janry du Toit scoring for the home side and Eugene Jantjies converting the try, much to the excitement of the crowd.

    However, it was the Welwitschias first and last try of the day, as the Valke walked away with the win.

    Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president Corrie Mensah thanked the South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) for their generosity and support, and for allowing the Namibian team to participate in the prestigious competition. He also urged loyal supporters to turn up for all the remaining matches.

    The team will play the Blue Bulls in their next match in Pretoria on Saturday.



    Windhoek Draught Welwitschias scorers:

    Try - Janry du Toit

    Conversion - Eugene Jantjies.

    Hino Valke scorers:

    Tries - Friedle Olivier (2), Don Mlondobozi, Andre du Plessis, Nazeem Wood and Andries Schutte

    Conversions - Du Plessis (2) and Errol Jaggers

    Penalties - Du Plessis.

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    Omaruru Spar Cycle Race a successOmaruru Spar Cycle Race a successNext year to be even bigger and better Organisers of the 2018 Omaruru Spar Cycle Race have declared the event a success, saying next year it will be even bigger and better. The annual Omaruru Spar Cycle Race has surpassed the expectations of the organisers this year.

    Speaking to Nampa after the race, organiser Berthold Karumendu, who is the Erongo sports officer under the ministry of sport, said over 250 riders participated.

    “Some of our top riders are out of the country participating in various international competitions, so as the organisers we are happy with the number of participants here today. I'm very happy for a small town like Omaruru to witness this race,” he said.

    The race was won by Fanie Steenkamp and Michelle Doman in the elite men and women's sections, respectively.

    Karumendu said interest in cycling is continuously growing in Omaruru. They currently have between 22 and 45 children under the age of 15 who are learning how to cycle.

    They received 18 BMX bicycles from the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF), which helps with the training of the children.

    “We are hoping to have the under-13 and under-14 participants in the next event using these bikes from the NCF.

    This helps with the development of cycling as a sport, as these kids get to know the basics at an early age,” he explained.

    Karumendu called on members of local communities, especially those who are disadvantaged, to come forward as the training is free of charge.

    The NCF has established several centres under its 'Kids on Bikes' project at Omaruru, Gobabis, Omuthiya, Okahandja, Outapi and Rundu. This is a five-year project.

    -NAMPA

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    Debmarine quarterfinals to entice fansDebmarine quarterfinals to entice fans NFA



    Spectacular football action is set to take place this coming weekend when teams clash in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup.

    African Stars, Eleven Arrows, Unam, Black Africa, Golden Bees, Blue Waters, Tura Magic and Civics advanced to the quarterfinals during matches played on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek and in Walvis Bay.

    Eleven Arrows will face African Stars in the quarterfinals, while Unam tackles Blue Waters. Black Africa will then cross swords with Golden Arrows and Tura Magic entertains Civics. The exact dates, times and venues will be determined by the Debmarine Namibia Cup organising committee in due course.

    The winner will advance to the semi-finals to be contested on 12-13 May to decide the last two sides to meet in the final on 26 May.

    The overall winners will walk away with a cheque of N$500 000, while the losing finalist receives N$250 000 and each losing semi-finalist receives N$150 000. All individual awards will amount to a grand total of N$95 000.

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    DHPS, BAS offer basketball campDHPS, BAS offer basketball camp LIMBA MUPETAMI



    The Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) and the Basketball Artists School (BAS) Foundation will hold their second joint basketball camp from 28 until 30 April.

    It is open for girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 18 years from any school. Beginners and advanced players are welcome.

    The camp will take place in the new DHPS sports hall. Kristin Eichholz, principal of DHPS, is looking forward to the second camp, after the 2017 edition.

    “The basketball camp is a unique opportunity to interact with other young people and to work on your basketball skills.

    “It's a lot of fun, because you can work on your strengths and weaknesses without having to wait several days until the next practice. Last year the atmosphere was great and we had a lot of fun in the group. I already looking forward to it.

    “DHPS started last year to establish basketball as a main sport and the camp is a real milestone for us in order to perform well in the school league. Thus, we are happy and thankful for the collaboration with BAS,” Eichholz said.

    According to BAS director Ramah Mumba last-minute participants can still register at DHPS or BAS or via cellphone by calling 081 159 7270.

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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day MAD SKILLS: South Africa's Grace Legote competes in the clubs event of the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on the Gold Coast recently. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Channelling dissent
  • Channelling dissentChannelling dissent There is a simmering anger among ordinary Namibians, who continue to feel powerless and frustrated.

    Since independence, politicians who have been voted into power, after sweet-talking the electorate during the run-up to elections, have failed to keep their promises; or worse, they have used these positions of power to enrich themselves and their cabals.

    Politicians in the ruling party must think they have access to a jackpot machine that pays out endless riches once they have twisted the arm of those who vote in the country's elections.

    Given our dubious track record of holding those with their hands on the levers of power accountable, they believe they can siphon and steal, both directly or indirectly, and simply be voted in for a fresh round of plundering the next time the nation goes to the polls.

    Namibians are simply seen as voting cattle, who will faithfully support these politicians, no matter what.

    But at the rate we are going, there will soon be nothing left to steal.

    The misguided attitude of our leaders appears to be that they are entitled to reap and harvest, simply because of what happened in the past, and their role in the liberation struggle.

    It is always worthwhile remembering that the past is in the past, but the future is happening as we speak.

    Dwelling on events from the past will not gain you anything, but allowing so-called past glories and struggles to affect your future, can have a massive impact on the outcome of our shared destinies.

    Maybe we should start emulating our South Africa neighbours, where protests and civil disobedience have been the order of the day, but let us refrain from violence.

    Relative calm appears to have returned to the streets of Mahikeng in South Africa's Northwest Province at the weekend, after residents revolted against premier Supra Mahumapelo.

    Civil protests in Namibia are few and far in between and need to be used as a legitimate form of dissent against the powerful.

    It is an effective way to focus attention on the dark corners of Namibia, where leaders merrily continue to abuse our country's resources with impunity, to the detriment of those at the very bottom of the social hierarchy.

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    Fiery Stinger sedan headed for SA Fiery Stinger sedan headed for SA Fastest Kia yet Namibia may see one yet "From its birth as the GT concept, through the years of tuning and refining it on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, no detail was spared to create a true gran turismo." Gary Scott, CEO of KIA Motors South Africa Following growing public interest after its surprise appearance at the 2017 South African Motoring Experience at Kyalami, Kia SA has confirmed that its Stinger sedan is set to make its local debut later this year.

    A limited number of the "most powerful Kia" created yet will arrive locally in August 2018.

    The fastest Kia yet

    Kia South Africa will introduce the Stinger in GT trim, powered by the high-performance 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that develops 272kW at 6000 r/min and 510Nm of torque between 1300 and 4500 r/min.

    Full specification details and prices of the SA-bound KIA Stinger will be announced at the end of April 2018.

    'Everyday dream car'

    Gary Scott, CEO of KIA Motors South Africa, said: "Unlike any KIA that has come before it, the Stinger is the embodiment of an everyday dream car.

    "From its birth as the GT concept, through the years of tuning and refining it on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, no detail was spared to create a true gran turismo."

    Scott said: "It is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace. Instead, it’s a driver’s car equally suitable for spirited long-distance driving and everyday enjoyment."

    The Kia Stinger was designed in Europe by Peter Schreyer, KIA’s Chief Design Officer and President.

    Already an award winner

    The car’s chassis and drivetrain were honed at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and on some of the most dynamically challenging driving roads around the world.

    Since making its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show and going on sale in global markets late last year, Stinger has been honoured with a series of prestigious awards

    Most crucially, the Stinger was shortlisted for both the North American and European Car of the Year awards, as well as the 2018 World Car of the Year Awards.

    Its sleek gran turismo looks have resulted in a 2018 “iF design award”, one of the most prestigious pan-industrial design awards, as well as a “Best of the Best” award at the 2018 Red Dot Design Awards, while its 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine has been named on the Ward’s ’10 Best Engines’ list for 2018.

    Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives power to the rear wheels, Stinger is the most powerful and fastest-accelerating production KIA ever, with a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h. – Wheels24

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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Company news
  • Company newsCompany news SA’s Pick n Pay FY profit up

    South African retailer Pick n Pay Stores posted a 7.1% rise in full-year earnings on Thursday, as the grocer cut costs and increased productivity in store operations.

    Pick n Pay said headline earnings per share (EPS), the most widely used profit measure in South Africa that excludes some one-off items, rose to 276.98 cents in the year to the end of February, from 258.65 cents a year earlier.

    Nampa/Reuters

    Facebook says more South Africans affected by data leak

    Social media giant Facebook has upped the numbers of South African possibly affected by a data leak from 59 777 to 96 134.

    The new figure is included in a letter that Facebook wrote to SA's Information Regulator.

    This after the regulator asked it to provide information on how many South Africans may have had their data shared with controversial political data firm Cambridge Analytica.

    -Fin24

    ABSA distances itself from Steinhoff's accounting fiasco

    ABSA bank said on Thursday its role as Steinhoff’s JSE sponsor was strictly to ensure the retail group met the requirements of the JSE and had no role in scrutinising Steinhoff’s financial statements.

    The bank issued a statement on Thursday, following a report by the City Press that VEB (Dutch Investors Association) planned to target ABSA bank in its class action suit against Steinhoff.

    -Fin24

    Bullish Clicks to open 40 new stores

    Retail pharmacy group Clicks plans to open 40 new stores this year, ahead of its target of 25 to 30 stores.

    According the group’s interim financial results for the period ended February 2018, released on Thursday, Clicks grew its store footprint to 646 and opened 24 stores over the period. Clicks expanded its pharmacy network to 493 with the opening of 20 new pharmacies.

    “Clicks is anticipated to continue its growth momentum and will be opening 40 new stores this year, well ahead of the target of 25 to 30 stores,” the group said in a notice to shareholders.

    -Fin24

    Shareholder plans lawsuit against three banks over Steinhoff

    A Dutch shareholder group has given notice that it plans to file a class action lawsuit against Barclays Plc, Commerzbank AG and Absa Bank Ltd over their roles in a 2015 share sale by South African retailer Steinhoff International, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

    As required by Dutch law, shareholder group VEB gave the three banks two weeks’ notice of its plan to file the lawsuit and invited them to open talks on “an amicable settlement”, the report said.

    VEB maintained the banks are “liable for damages incurred by Steinhoff shareholders” because of their roles in the listing of Steinhoff on the Frankfurt and Johannesburg stock exchanges as part of its creation of a holding company in Amsterdam, the FT said.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    EU court adviser snubs Nestle KitKat trademark appeal

    A legal adviser to the European Union’s top court advised judges on Thursday to reject an appeal by Nestle in defense of its EU trademark for its KitKat chocolate wafer biscuit.

    In the latest twist of a decade-long legal battle between the Swiss food giant and its US rival Mondelez, Advocate General Melchior Wathelet advised the European Court of Justice to uphold a lower court ruling which found that public recognition across Europe of the shape of the four-fingered bar was not enough to merit the KitKat trademark granted in 2006.

    -Fin24

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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Steep increase in OVC grants
  • Steep increase in OVC grantsSteep increase in OVC grantsNearly 345 000 orphans, vulnerable children in Namibia President Hage Geingob believes the administration of targeted social grants continues to uplift livelihoods. Over the past two financial years the number of grants for orphans and vulnerable children rose by nearly 60 000 to a total of nearly 345 000.

    In his State of the Nation Address earlier this month President Hage Geingob noted that during the 2016/2017 financial year, 285 431 orphaned or vulnerable children received the monthly N$250 grant.

    In the 2017/2018 financial year that number grew by 58 624 to a total of 344 055.

    In September 2016, Namibian Sun was informed by the gender equality and child welfare ministry that the ministry had identified 125 000 vulnerable children in dire need, and as of the end of September 2016, 75 549 vulnerable children were to receive the child grant.

    Recipients of the N$250 disability grant increased from 35 217 to 39 245 between the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years, Geingob said in his speech.

    “The administration of targeted social grants continues to uplift livelihoods,” he said.

    Another social grant the president highlighted was the old-age pension.

    He noted that an additional 6 061 pensioners were now receiving the N$1 200 monthly benefit, up from 159 315 registered pensioners to 165 376 this year.

    This represents 99% coverage, the president emphasised.

    “This monthly grant towards our senior citizens is transformational because it raises household income and benefits more people beyond the direct beneficiary,” he said

    The school feeding programme, headed by the education ministry, was a key poverty eradication strategy, Geingob added.

    During 2017/18 the government was able to provide food for 365 854 learners at 1 456 schools.

    This signified an increase of 1 000 learners receiving one daily meal under the programme.

    Geingob further announced that the school feeding programme would be linked to smallholding farmers in order to diversify the food basket while stimulating local economies.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Over 2 000 labour inspections conductedOver 2 000 labour inspections conducted The labour ministry carried out a total of 2 132 inspections during the 2017/18 financial year.

    This included 1 116 occupational safety and health inspections, as well as 1 016 workplace labour inspections.

    Labour minister Erkki Nghimtina during his budget motivation in the National Assembly last week said compliance with and the enforcement of laws have both proven to be the biggest hindrance to full implementation.

    “Some workplaces were found in compliance, others moderately so, while the rest failed the inspection test,” said Nghimtina.

    He said this resulted in orders for them to comply within a prescribed time and the ministry conducted periodic follow-ups to ensure compliance.

    According to Nghimtina, to enforce the law and ensure compliance requires enormous human and financial resources, appropriate tools and equipment particularly to reach employers and employees in all corners of the country.

    “The ministry remains steadfast and focused to fulfil its mandate to promote compliance and to enforce the law, with whatever resources and tools at its disposal.”

    He said this will be done through proactive and reactive inspections and targeted investigations at workplaces.

    To carry out these activities, N$51.2 million is required.

    Nghimtina further said the labour relations in Namibia remains one of the most stable in SADC.

    He attributed this to the commitment of the ministry and its social partners to social dialogue, as well as the collective bargaining processes.

    According to him this is hinged on accessible, affordable, simple and a relatively speedy system of alternative dispute prevention and resolution.

    “This is done through labour inspections, conciliation and arbitration processes.”

    Furthermore Nghimtina said the alternative labour dispute resolution mechanism, introduced ten years ago, as an appropriate vehicle to resolve labour conflicts in the country, is functional and gaining recognition among users.

    “This is an alternative to the formal court system,” he said.

    The minister explained that ordinary employees as well as SMEs are able to access justice and a relatively fast finality to their workplace labour disputes without the assistance of a lawyer.

    In order to improve and maintain this system, N$23.2 million is required.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Peer review progress taking shapePeer review progress taking shape Just over a year after Namibia officially joined the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) dozens of civil society organisations and stakeholders met for two days in Windhoek last week to help navigate Namibia's role as a member of the APRM.

    The two day training workshop was facilitated and organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Deputy minister of international relations Christine

    //Hoebes described the ARPM as “one of the most important initiatives” for good governance in Africa, and noted that the APRM's “unique feature is that it was developed and is being implemented by Africans themselves”.

    She pointed out that Africa is the only continent that has voluntarily agreed to go into an extensive governance assessment of its states. The IPPR's Graham Hopwood explained that the workshop was aimed at training civil society representatives on the APRM and what it means for Namibia.

    “We plan to write a civil society report before the end of the year focusing on issues we think the APRM process here should address,” Hopwood said. He emphasised that the input of civil society to the APRM process is crucial and the workshop's goal was to inform civil society partners and allow them to be ready to give such input. Delegates at the workshop included civil society in addition to members of the APRM Secretariat, the Pan African Parliament and Zambian civil society. Heiner Naumann of the FES called on African states to monitor each other's progress towards good governance and give recommendations where necessary. Naumann further stated that the APRM process is designed to assist participating countries in order to develop and promote the adoption of laws, policies and practices that lead to political stability, healthy economic growth, sustainable development and continental economic integration.

    Thirty-six African states, including Namibia, have voluntarily joined the review mechanism to date. Half of these countries have already subjected themselves to the complicated procedure of letting the various pillars of government be reviewed by other member states.

    //Hoebes said the mutual review mechanism has progressed significantly since its inception in 2003 and has opened up space for policy debate, fostered a culture of national dialogue between citizens and their governments.



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Metal association inauguratedMetal association inauguratedGot government support A local association of metal fabrication, which was founded 7 months ago, has been inaugurated. The Namibian Association of Metal Fabrication (NAMF) which was founded last September has been officially inaugurated this week.

    It all started when 12 industry stakeholders from the metal fabrication industry came together to start NAMF.

    This initiative stems from the implementation of the Annual Operation Plan of 2017 derived from the metal fabrication growth strategy, developed under the auspices of the ministry of industrialization, trade and SME development in the context of its industrialisation policy and subsequent Growth@Home industrialization strategy. The Growth@Home strategy is Namibia's flagship programme to launch the industrialisation drive in line with the country's long-term vision, Vision 2030.

    The management committee under leadership of Brian Christian as the chairperson, installed at the founding of the association and supported by the ministry and the GIZ-BATS embarked upon a drive to consolidate the newly found association into a responsive platform and service vehicle representing the interest of its members in particular and the metal fabrication industry at large. Having made modest efforts as a new organisation, the management committee commenced a membership drive while at the same time exploring value-for-money services for its slowly growing membership.

    The association is now boasting with interim secretariat supported by industry growth facilitator, Sam Geiseb and is ready to pursue its vision of aims to be the preferred representative and advocate of interests, and driver of growth for the entire metal fabrication value-chain in Namibia” through gradually developing and delivering relevant and responsive membership services to the metal fabrication industry. The association is already championing key interventions in the areas of market access and promotion, alignment of services access and incentives to the needs of the industry, and quality standards for the metal fabrication industry in Namibia through its cascading of the 5-year growth strategy for metal fabrication.

    The inauguration is aimed at introducing the new and functional association formally to metal fabrication industry in Namibia in particular and the broader Namibia at large. Also, the association is introducing the first set of services aimed at marketing and promoting as well as establishing formal avenues for communicating and sharing information with the metal fabrication sector. In this regard we are introducing also an inaugural business directory, and interactive website scheduled to be live in the near future.

    The association welcomes on board new members who decided to be pioneers championing the specific needs of the metal fabrication industry through the association. The management committee herewith invites metal fabrication companies to take up membership of the association not only to strengthen its mandate but to also contribute constructively to its growth and development.

    The leadership of the association also expresses its appreciation towards the industrialisation ministry and GIZ-ProBATS who through its technical support made the associations establishment possible. Similarly, the founding members are also herewith thanked for sharing in the vision for establishing a sub-sector association, and for the efforts spared towards its realisation.

    For further information in this regard, do not hesitate to contact Brian Christian (management committee member) at 0812917214, or Sam Geiseb, the industry growth facilitator at 0813659122, or Sharon Zaaruka or Ndapandula Auala at 0813769665 and 0818153860 respectively. The association can also be reached through e-mail at info@namfnam.com.

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    DeBeers to clean up Sierra Leone diamond supply chainDeBeers to clean up Sierra Leone diamond supply chainRolls out app De Beers will now have small miners in Seira Leone certify that the gems they get from the soil are legal. “The app we developed to address some of the key challenges in logging and validating, to allow artisanal production to be traced from the mine site all the way through to export.” - Feriel Zerouki, DeBeers' vice-president for ethical initiatives Global diamond giant De Beers is rolling out an app to help small-scale, artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone certify that gems they pry from the soil are legal, the Anglo American unit said on Thursday.

    The initiative is the latest attempt by the industry to clean up its image and expunge the scourge of “blood diamonds” blamed for financing conflict, chaos and criminality in poor African countries, such as Sierra Leone and Liberia.

    More widely, small-scale mining is often tainted by alleged links to insurgents or child labour, casting a cloud over supply chains for commodities such as cobalt, which is produced mainly in the ­conflict-prone Democratic Republic of Congo, and gold.

    Called Gemfair, the De Beers' pilot app project is a partnership with Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an NGO, and will target several small-scale mine sites in Sierra Leone in a meeting of high technology and pre-industrial mining methods.

    Miners enrolled in the project must be licensed, adhere to certain environmental standards, work sites that are free of violence and meet other requirements.

    The app is on a tablet and has a software application that shows the GPS location where the diamonds have been extracted, allowing for a record of the production process. The software can work online or offline in remote areas.

    The miners are also provided with digital scales to weigh their diamonds and a tamper-proof bag where they can be deposited and then passed safely through the supply chain.

    “The app we developed to address some of the key challenges in logging and validating, to allow artisanal production to be traced from the mine site all the way through to export,” Feriel Zerouki, DeBeers' vice-president for ethical initiatives, told Reuters in an interview.

    According to DDI, up to 20% of global gem-quality diamond supplies are produced by artisanal miners, who typically wash gravel by hand in conditions that are often unhygienic and dangerous.

    Illicit diamonds were linked to funding civil wars and insurgencies in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Angola and the issue was popularised by the 2006 movie “Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

    The main initiative to keep such gems from reaching the market is a regulatory programme called the Kimberley Process but its focus is on conflict diamonds and does not directly address issues of poverty and exploitation.

    – Nampa/Reuters

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    Naris promises to fight for women footballersNaris promises to fight for women footballers LIMBA MUPETAMI



    Namibian football achieved a milestone recently when Stacey Naris was appointed as a board member of the African division of the International Federation of Professional Footballers (Fifpro).

    The recommendation to appoint her came from Stephane Burchkalter, the secretary-general of the Africa division, while the Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) also played an important role.

    The Brave Gladiators defender and employee of Nafpu, is the first woman to sit on the board of the Fifpro Africa Division.

    She said her job entails representing the interests and addressing the issues affecting football players in Africa and provide leadership as per the mandate and strategic objectives of Fifpro.

    “It just comes naturally for me to advocate and promote issues and rights of female players on the continent and the world.

    Changes that I would like to see are more African countries competing in the World Cup and that would also come with professional leagues and more playing time,” Naris said.

    She said further that in some African countries, women are kept off the field because of issues which can be addressed.

    “Some girls fail to compete because of lack of sanitary pads or sport bras.

    Some do not compete due to the unwillingness of certain parties to provide financial assistance.”

    She added that the Ugandan women's under-20 team never made it to the World Cup because their government pulled them out of the competition at the last minute, citing lack of funds.

    “Imagine the opportunities that could have come their way if they were given the chance to compete. There is an urgent need for funding and an increased need for licensed players. We also need to boost the number of female coaches.”

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    Conservancy governance needs urgent attentionConservancy governance needs urgent attention Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said governance in conservancies need urgent attention and that this will be addressed without delay.

    Speaking during his budget motivation in the National Assembly recently, Shifeta said conservancies in the communal areas have made important contributions to community livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and tourism development.

    However, more needs to be done. “We shall continue to develop conservancies as a sustainable conservation and tourism development programme from which our rural communities can derive equitable social and economic benefits,” he said. According to Shifeta, the ministry will also continue to develop conservancies as a sustainable conservation and tourism development programme from which rural communities can derive equitable social and economic benefits. Shifeta further elaborated on wildlife crime in Namibia and said the government has been hard at work with the support of law enforcement agencies to implement measures and tactics to fight poaching in Namibia. According to Shifeta, Namibia experienced high levels of elephant and rhino poaching in the past few years. “In response to this, in the current financial year, a National Strategy on Wildlife Protection and Law Enforcement was approved,” said Shifeta. He said this strategy provides for specific measures and approaches on how to deal with the issue of wildlife protection and law enforcement in the country and is being fully implemented. Legislation that deals with wildlife protection and law enforcement matters, the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1975 (Ordinance 4 of 1975), was also amended to increase fines and penalties for poaching of rhinos and elephants and other related offences. Similarly, the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act, 2008 (Act 8 of 2008) was amended to increase fines and penalties in possession of wildlife products, more particularly rhino horns and elephant tusks. Shifeta said the government will continue to fund efforts aimed to reduce poaching levels and protect the country's national heritage. A total of 14 rhinos have been poached in Namibia this year, making it almost one animal each week. Furthermore 23 elephants have been poached this year. Last year 35 rhinos and 23 elephants were killed by poachers. In 2016 a total of 61 rhino were poached while 95 rhino were poached in 2015 and 56 rhino in 2014. In 2016 a total of 101 elephants were poached, while 49 elephants were poached in 2015 and 78 elephants were poached in 2014. He further said human-wildlife conflict is an ongoing challenge. According to him, some local communities have lost their crops and livestock as a result of this conflict. Shifeta said the government continues to invest funds in the development and implementation of human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures aimed to curb the losses associated with this conflict.





    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Govt targets 10 million hectaresGovt targets 10 million hectaresOnly 11 farms acquired during 2017/18 The land reform ministry has set a target of acquiring 10 million hectares towards the resettlement programme by 2020. After spending N$112 million on 11 farms measuring 44 000 hectares during the 2017/18 financial year, the Ministry of Land Reform intends to acquire 10 million hectares over the next two years.

    Delivering his ministry's budget motivation statement in the National Assembly last week, land reform minister Utoni Nujoma said the ministry expects to buy five million hectares of commercial agricultural land and another five million hectares of communal land by 2020.

    The ministry resettled 28 farmers - 15 men and 13 women - under the resettlement programme during 2017/18.

    “It should be noted that these numbers fall short of the demand for land, which is still significantly high and keeps escalating,” Nujoma said.

    He stated that in the current financial year, the ministry expects to acquire about 11 farms.

    “I also want to inform this August House that the N$120 million budgeted for the land purchase sub-programme will more or less bring in the same results in the current financial year,” said Nujoma.

    Although under-funded, Nujoma said his ministry will require a minimum of N$476 186 000 to deliver its mandate for the 2018/19 financial year.

    The programmes include land reform; valuation, property taxation and estate management; security of tenure and support services.

    On the front of water infrastructure, the ministry developed 286 000 hectares of land with 857 kilometres of fencing; constructed 20 multi-purpose kraals; drilled 30 new boreholes and rehabilitated another 35.

    In addition to this, 98km of water pipelines were installed in the Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Omusati and Zambezi regions.

    The infrastructure is set to benefit 7 800 farming households, while more will be developed in Otjozondjupa and Omaheke in the current financial year.

    Nujoma further noted that the ministry was able to map and digitise 117 593 communal land rights out of a possible 196 000.

    “At least people have security of tenure and they can now approach any financial institution if they so wish,” he said.

    More so, 166 220 customary land rights have been registered and 101 432 certificates were issued in the process.

    In a bid to improve the ease of conducting business in Namibia, 21 894 deeds and 3 775 sectional titles were registered. The ministry pocketed N$2 532 182 in the process.

    Furthermore, the ministry collected N$20 828 627 from land tax.



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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Fuel storage ready by June
  • Fuel storage ready by JuneFuel storage ready by June As the Walvis Bay bulk fuel storage project nears completion, details still remain sketchy about who will manage the N$5.6 billion facility, as well as the role to be played by the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor).

    Deputy energy minister Kornelia Shilunga informed lawmakers during a budget motivation speech last week that the facility will be completed in June.

    “The construction of the national oil storage facility in Walvis Bay is nearing completion at an overall rate of 95%, with a projected total cost of N$5.6 billion. The project is funded through the National Energy Fund and is expected to be completed by June 2018,” Shilunga said.

    The ministry is still to announce a strategic partner that will operate the facility, despite an earlier comment by minister Tom Alweendo that Namcor had always been seen as the preferred operator for the facility. The Swiss company, Vitol, is alleged to have offered government US$1 per annum and an additional N$160 million to rent the storage facility for ten years. Vitol promised to supply 19 000 cubic metres of diesel and 12 700 cubic metres of unleaded petrol to Namibian fuel stations, a proposal described by a source as a move that could hand the Swiss company 45% of the Namibian fuel market.

    Vitol spokesperson Andrea Schlaepfer denied claims that their offer was “peanuts”.

    “Any proposal made by Vitol would be in line with current commercial arrangements. In case this is unclear, this means in line with what is currently charged for the same service by other storage companies,” she said.

    Schlaepfer said Vitol was committed to following due process, as directed by the relevant authorities, and had done so in this instance.

    “The process is completely open and other parties are able to put forward alternative proposals,” she said. Namcor said in previous reports that although no official confirmation had been given, it had been identified as the preferred operator of the facility.

    Consultations are also said to be continuing on who will fill the national oil storage facility.

    The facility will require 75 million litres of fuel to be filled to capacity, as part of the testing requirements agreed upon with the operator.

    It is unclear at this stage who will fill the facility between Namcor and government. Namcor had however in the past said that the bill to fill up the facility will most likely fall on government for the strategic stock and to Namcor for the commercial stock. In this regard, consultations between the two entities are ongoing.

    “We believe the strategic stock will be government's responsibility, while Namcor will be responsible for commercial stock. However, should government delegate the responsibility to acquire strategic stock to Namcor we will then have explore viable options,” Namcor spokesperson Utaara Hoveka was quoted as saying.

    The facility will be able to store 5 million litres of diesel 500 (old diesel); 40 million litres of diesel 50 (new diesel); 20 million litres of unleaded petrol; five million litres of heavy fuel oil and five million litres of aviation fuel.

    Once completed, it will increase Namibia's storage capacity to 30 days, up from the current 14 days, according to Namcor.

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  • 04/22/18--16:00: Road to gold glory
  • Road to gold gloryRoad to gold glory LIMBA MUPETAMI



    Commonwealth gold medallist Jonas Junias says he rarely watches boxing matches and also does not look up to any other boxer for inspiration.

    Namibia's most adored amateur boxing sensation won the country's first gold medal in the 64kg light welterweight category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Australian Gold Coast recently, where the country finished 19th overall on the medals table.

    He also won gold last year at the Africa Confederation Boxing Championships and silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Grinning from ear to ear, the 24-year-old boxer, who hails from Swakopmund, touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Wednesday and was welcomed by a large crowd who ululated loudly.

    However, the journey to hanging a Commonwealth Games gold medal around his neck was not an easy one.

    The young athlete ran into misfortune at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, when he was accused of sexually harassing a housemaid, which left him derailed from his task.

    He returned home without a medal.

    This time around he went to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games determined to prove a point. Jonas said he was robbed of an opportunity to scoop gold in 2016.

    “This time around I showed them. I have prepared for this ever since 2016. I did it this time. I want to cry when I reflect on what they did to me in Brazil and how they robbed me of an opportunity, but this time they couldn't stop me,” an emotional Jonas said.

    “I told my friends and family that I will return with the gold medal. I told everyone to just wait and see, as I try to redeem myself.”

    Jonas said he did not have a game plan for his first fight at the Commonwealth Games against a Bahamian boxer.

    “As I progressed I just used the boxers own fighting styles against them,” he said.

    Asked if he looks up to any boxers for inspiration, Jonas said “no”.

    “I have none and I also don't make it a habit to watch boxing or to watch my opponents fight. In boxing every fight is different,” Jonas emphasised.

    The boxer who runs a business apart from boxing also spoke about how he used his own money to prepare for the games.

    “It's not easy. I had to buy my own supplements. I think more investments should go to athletes. We need better training facilities and qualified coaches, because most of them don't give us attention.”

    He also stressed that many administrators of federations forget who they are representing.

    “These people take up positions through athletes, but once they take office they hardly fight for sponsorship for us to excel.”

    Jonas added that he needs sponsorship to prepare and grow in the sport that he loves. His boxing compatriot Harry Simon Junior congratulated the gold medallist.

    “Our country is truly blessed with talent and you are living proof. You had a lot of pressure on your shoulders and you yet again defied the odds, brother. The sky is the limit,” he said.

    One of his fans, Eid Oblessing Kamboweh, also congratulated the boxer on social media.

    “Well done Jonas. You made us proud. We will be expecting an Olympic medal next,” he said.

    Team Namibia also joined the bandwagon and posted a congratulatory message on their Facebook page.

    “This is not only for Namibia and the entire SADC region, but for the whole of Africa. What a wonderful achievement for a Namibian, home-grown boxer. Thank you for raising the Namibia flag high. Celebrate your success, keep shining and continue to inspire others with your great work,” the post said.

    Jonas is trained by 55-year-old coach Albertus Tsamaseb, who runs the Albertus Tsamaseb Boxing Academy. Tsamaseb has trained him since 2003, in his garage at his residence in Swakopmund.

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  • Johannes silences criticsJohannes silences criticsMakes history at Commonwealth Games Helalia Johannes has silenced her critics and overcame several obstacles, including her age, when she won the 2018 Commonwealth Games women marathon gold medal in Australia recently. LIMBA MUPETAMI



    At the age of 37, Helalia Johannes outclassed her opponents to win the women's Common Games marathon race in 2 hours 32 minutes and 40 seconds. In doing so, she become the first Namibian women athlete to win gold in a marathon race at such a prestigious event.

    Johannes took control of the race between the 35 and 40km mark and gradually increased her lead, eventually winning by a comfortable margin.

    Second and third place went to Australians Lisa Weightman and Jess Trengrove, respectively.

    Johannes, who was born in the village of Oshali in the Oshana Region made her international running debut at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where she finished 80th in the women's long race.

    On four occasions Johannes has won the half marathon section of the Two Oceans Marathon. She came fifth in the 2007 Summer Universiade half marathon and completed the same feat at the 2007 All-Africa Games. She also ran in the Dublin Marathon that year, coming in fourth place.

    After running in the Seoul International Marathon in March 2008, she qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the Olympic marathon race she placed 40th.

    She again represented her country on the global stage at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and finished 56th. She rebounded at the Dublin Marathon in the same year, finishing as the runner-up. The following year she had one of her best international performances, coming 16th at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

    She was the 2011 winner of the Dublin Marathon, recording a personal best and a Namibian national record run. That year again she won two bronze medals for Namibia, first in the marathon at the 2011 Military World Games and then in the half marathon at the 2011 All-Africa Games.

    At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Johannes knocked more than a minute off that personal best, finishing in 12th place.

    She entered the 2013 Tokyo Marathon and finished in less than two and a half hours, taking sixth place. She was chosen to represent Namibia in the marathon at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, but failed to finish. She has now qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

    The marathoner was previously a corporal officer in the defence force, but was promoted to the rank of warrant officer class two with immediate effect after her 2018 Commonwealth Games performance.

    She was promoted by defence minister Penda ya Ndakolo and Major-General Ben Kadhila, who is the chief of staff for joint operations, and who represented the chief of the defence force.

    “To win a gold medal at a games of this magnitude is a (source of) national pride and she has put Namibia on the world map again. Her history as an athlete is telling us that persistence pays off, as she has finally made it to the top of athletics,” Ya Ndakolo said to the media.

    “Congratulations warrant officer Johannes for this extraordinary achievement.”

    The minister also acknowledged other members of the defence force, urging them to emulate Johannes and continue to train hard.

    He also encouraged the fostering of sports within the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) so that it becomes a hobby.

    “I heard that some NDF athletes abandon sport because when commanders select members for promotion, athletes in most cases are not considered for promotion because sometimes they are away and busy with sports when… promotion is done. We need to change that practice and encourage our members to take part in sport at all levels,” said the minister.

    The soft-spoken Johannes said that people ridiculed her because of her age but she had prepared well and knew what she needed to do.

    “I thank everyone who has always supported me, as well as God, for the guidance, as well as my training partners,” she said.

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