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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Livestock movement banned in OmahekeLivestock movement banned in Omaheke The agriculture ministry has banned livestock movement in the Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontein and Epukiro areas of the Omahake Region after a buffalo sighting.

    The Directorate of Veterinary Services received a report that an African buffalo had been seen at Outje village in the Eiseb Block on Monday. African buffalos are not allowed outside national parks because of the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) spreading to livestock and therefore any buffalo that strays into farming areas is destroyed on sight.

    According to the chief veterinary officer in the ministry, Dr Milton Masheke, several precautionary measures have been taken.

    All farms in the Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontein and Epukiro have been declared as restricted areas. Therefore cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, cloven-hoofed game and their products may not be moved into and out of these areas, according to Masheke.

    All livestock auctions and transit of animal products in the restricted areas are also suspended until further notice.

    Masheke said veterinary and wildlife officials were deployed in the area to track down the buffalo and kill it.

    He said processed and ready-to-eat products such as sour milk, dry biltong, cheese, butter and yoghurt are allowed into and out of the restricted areas.

    All veterinary movement permits for animals originating from Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontein and Epukiro were cancelled.

    Intensified disease surveillance activities in susceptible livestock populations by veterinary officials have commenced in accordance with existing protocols.

    Roadblocks will be set up at strategic points to ensure compliance with the above measures.

    The entire commercial farming area in Namibia was proclaimed as a protected area in 2013 in order to prevent the introduction and spread of foot-and-mouth disease in the FMD-free zone of the country.

    The Waterberg Plateau Park is excluded from this proclamation and is home to a disease-free buffalo population.

    There are about 1 000 buffaloes in the park, whose carrying capacity is set at 400. For this reason, the environment ministry previously advertised buffaloes for sale to reduce grazing pressure and environmental degradation.

    Although local game ranches have shown interest in farming with buffalo, the agriculture ministry denied their request because it does not allow African buffalo outside proclaimed national parks, and therefore buffaloes can only be sold for export purposes.


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  • 05/08/18--16:00: Millions down the drain
  • Millions down the drainMillions down the drainStruggle kids sent home despite N$11m lifeline A plan executed by the government to divert Social Security Commission funds to train struggle kids has ended in starvation and virtually no training for 350 current recruits at Berg Aukas. A group of 350 young people, who were among the struggle kids that were thrown a N$11.3 million lifeline by President Hage Geingob when he approved the diverting of Social Security Commission (SSC) funds for their training, say they have been left starved and virtually untrained at Berg Aukas.

    The students say their skills training - which was supposed to prepare them for entry-level jobs at state-owned enterprises - has ground to a halt amid crippling financial difficulties.

    When Namibian Sun visited the training centre near Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region recently, the current intake of 350 struggle kids said the government had no money to train them and that they were starving, as the centre often had no food for them.

    The ministry has since confirmed that the trainees have been sent home, but denied that it was because they were starving.

    The trainees said they were only receiving civic training offered by members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), since there was no money to recruit other trainers.

    The NDF, like many government ministries, offices and agencies, has frozen all vacancies amid continued cutbacks in state spending.

    “We are suffering here; the government is struggling to feed us. There are so many days when there is nothing for us to eat. There is nothing much we are doing here apart from the civic training that we are receiving from the NDF members,” said a struggle kid that chose to remain anonymous.

    The food shortage was confirmed by the kitchen staff, who said the whole of last week the centre had no food to offer them.

    It is not known how the SSC money is being utilised, as the head of the training centre, Chris Kakuzike, refused to comment, saying the youth ministry could do so.

    Berg Aukas is said to be without instructors after the ministry failed to retain an agreement that saw volunteers from Nigeria equipping Namibians with various skills.

    It was reported that the centre stopped taking in trainees in 2015 to 2016, when Geingob approved the release of the SSC funds to train only the children of the liberation struggle.

    At the time the money from the SSC Development Fund was released to assist the struggle kids, there was public uproar.

    This was because these funds were for unemployed young people to advance themselves by training for specific jobs, as well as for grants, bursaries, loans and other financial aid for tertiary students.

    At the time, the government said the money would be used to send some of the struggle kids to train at Berg Aukas and Plessisplaas in Omaheke.

    They were expected to receive accommodation, food and a monthly allowance. Part of the funding was to have been used for training at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT).

    The trainees were also to receive N$375 per month as an allowance.

    At the time of the money transfer, Geingob shot down allegations that he had taken some of the money meant for the struggle kids to spend on himself during his stay in the United States, where he was on a nearly month-long trip to lobby for investment in the country.

    Geingob also attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    “I am not that cheap. I am not a commodity. I have never asked anybody for a cent,” he was quoted as saying.

    Namibian Sun was told during its visit to Berg Aukas that the training centre normally bought food from shops in Grootfontein, but these were cash transactions. Once the money was spent, there was nothing for the trainees to eat.

    Among the successes of the SSC fund transfer was the graduation of about 243 struggle kids who completed training at the Simon Mutumba training centre in Zambezi last year.

    The students had received seven months of civic and vocational training courses and were immediately provided with jobs at various government institutions.

    Nigerian volunteers

    Berg Aukas stopped taking in other young people in 2014 following the termination of the Nigerian volunteer programme, which started in 2009.

    Since then the youth ministry has been hiring local volunteers on five-month contracts to train struggle kids only.

    From 2009 Namibia, through the ministry of youth, had received about 30 Nigerian volunteer instructors on two-year contracts. The Nigerian government took full responsibility for these instructors, while the Namibian government only provided them with accommodation.

    The Namibian government terminated this agreement in 2014.

    A source told Namibian Sun that the contract was terminated by senior government officials who had criticised the ministry for doing nothing to train Namibian trainers to take over from the Nigerians.

    They alleged that the Nigerian volunteers only served their two years without training Namibians to take over.

    In 2015, former youth minister Jerry Ekandjo accompanied senior officials from his ministry to Nigeria to renew the contract, but the renewal was later blocked by the same government officials.

    Current youth minister Erastus Uutoni confirmed he was informed that the centre had sent home the struggle kids last week.

    He claimed it was for a break and not because they were starving.

    He could not provide answers to the other questions posed by Namibian Sun, saying the ministry's spokesperson, Aina Shikesho, would attend to them.


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  • 05/09/18--16:00: Buffalo in Omaheke shot
  • Buffalo in Omaheke shot Buffalo in Omaheke shot The buffalo that resulted in the closure of several farms in the Omaheke Region was shot last week.

    The deputy chief state veterinarian in the agriculture ministry, Dr John Shoopala, told Namibian Sun that the buffalo was shot on the same day that it was spotted.

    The Directorate of Veterinary Services received a report on the sighting of an African buffalo at Outje village in the Eiseb Block on 7 May.

    African buffalos are not allowed outside national parks because of the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) spreading to livestock and therefore any buffalo that strays into farming areas is destroyed on sight.

    The agriculture ministry immediately banned livestock movements livestock in the Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontein and Epukiro areas after the buffalo sighting and put several other measures in place.

    Shoopala said the buffalo tested negative for FMD, but the restrictions would remain in place.

    He said buffaloes usually travel in packs and teams are still on the lookout for other buffalos in the area. He said it had not been established yet whether the buffalo was from the Waterberg area or not.

    All areas, farms and neighbouring farming units in Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontien and Epukiro have been declared as restricted areas. All farms in the Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontein and Epukiro have been declared as restricted areas. Therefore cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, cloven-hoofed game and their products may not be moved into and out of these areas, according to Masheke.

    All livestock auctions and transit of animal products in the restricted areas are also suspended until further notice.

    Processed and ready-to-eat products such as sour milk, dry biltong, cheese, butter and yoghurt are allowed into and out of the restricted areas.

    All veterinary movement permits for animals originating from Eiseb, Otjinene, Rietfontein and Epukiro were cancelled.

    Intensified disease surveillance activities in susceptible livestock populations by veterinary officials have commenced in accordance with existing protocols.

    Roadblocks will be set up at strategic points to ensure compliance with the above measures.


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    Welwitschias desperate for a winWelwitschias desperate for a winPumas ready to pounce in SuperSport Rugby Challenge The SuperSport Rugby Challenge continues this weekend and the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, who face the Pumas tomorrow, are in desperate need of a victory. The Welwitschias will face Pumas tomorrow in what is expected to be yet another uphill battle for the Namibian side, who are yet to win a match in this year's SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

    Despite their gallant efforts and some scintillating tries, they have lost all their games so far.

    The competition, which features hard as nails South African sides, is being used by the Welwitschias to prepare for the African Cup and their bid to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

    Namibia has lost a host of veterans over the years, due to retirement, and is using inexperienced local players mixed with a few experienced guns, as a way of developing them for the future. Most of the local players do not play professional rugby, hence the concerns about their fitness levels.

    “After the match with Lions, the players are looking more and more like a rugby team. There is more organisation and effort from the players. They are moving in the right direction and getting stronger and fitter,” head coach Lyn Jones said.

    He said as the season is progressing, his team has performed better and better, with noticeable drops in the victory scoreline for the opposition.

    Jones expressed the hope that his players will continue working hard, in order to become more competitive.

    In the first match against the Valke the Welwitschias lost 39-7 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, when the two sides locked horns. The Welwitschias, though, contributed to their own downfall with too many basic errors, while they also failed to make use of their opportunities. In their second match they crossed paths with Vodacom Blue Bulls, with the result a 73-20 hammering in Pretoria.

    They put in a much better performance in their third match, by running the Xerox Golden Lions close in a match that ended 45-35 in the visiting team's favour last weekend.

    The visitors outscored their opponents by seven tries to five, with the home team recording a flawless effort off the kicking tee.

    Namibia also endured a tough ride during last year's edition, winning just one match from eight outings in total and are now hoping to at least improve on that dismal performance.

    Tomorrow's match will kick off at 16:00 at the Hage Geingob Stadium.


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    Mwiya preaches transformationMwiya preaches transformation Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya says young athletes should learn about sport codes other than ones they are used to because of segregation or the colour of their skin.

    In an interview with Nampa, Mwiya said athletes should willingly join sport codes of their choice, instead of being told to do so because of their colour.

    “I was recently in Australia for the Commonwealth Games, where I saw the Australian netball team with only white players, while Kenya only had black players. This made me realise that sometimes it's really difficult to find people of a certain colour playing a particular sport, because they are not used to or exposed to it,” Mwiya said.

    The deputy sports minister Agnes Tjongarero has in the past expressed her concern over the “lack of transformation” in teams that represent Namibia at international sporting events.

    According to Tjongarero, transformation in sport is a national priority, in order to promote social cohesion and nation building.

    Mwiya, who has answered the deputy minister's clarion call for transformation in sport since his appointment in April 2017, said awareness should be taught from childhood if change is to be effective.

    “It is an educational thing that we have to incorporate at school level, because you find certain regions that do not have certain sport codes, which makes it difficult for them to think of other sports, other than what they are used to.”

    Mwiya said with the current setup in the country, where people play sport based on segregation - on the basis of where they grew up or what school they attended - it will be difficult to transform at a fast pace.


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  • 05/10/18--16:00: Battle royal
  • Battle royalBattle royalEpic clashes expected in Debmarine Cup semis The Sam Nujoma Stadium is set to come alive this weekend, as the four remaining teams in the NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup battle it out for the two final berths. The weekend will see the four remaining clubs in the NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup battling it out for a place in the final and fans can expect mouth-watering end-to-end football.

    The competition started with over 30 teams, but now African Stars, Civics, Unam and Black Africa are the only ones left in the running, and they must all fancy their chances of making it to the final and taking home the N$500 000 grand prize.

    Black Africa will confront Unam FC in their semi-final, while the mighty Civilians face league champions African Stars at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    Black Africa and Unam will play at 16:00 on Saturday, followed by the African Stars and Civics game at 18:00.

    African Stars dramatically beat Eleven Arrows 5-4 on penalties to confirm their semi-final place. A penalty shootout win also booked Civilians place in the semi-finals, following a 1-1 draw against Tura Magic during normal time.

    Unam sealed their place in the semis after beating Blue Waters 2-0, while Black Africa beat Golden Bees 4-1 to secure their place.

    “Yes we want to be in the final at all costs and I am sure the boys are fired for this encounter. Our main aim is to win the tournament but it is not going to be easy because Civics also want to be in the final.

    “The team is ready and I am sure that the boys will give it their all in the semi-final,” African Stars coach Bobby Samaria said.

    The final of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup will also be played later this month.

    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 gets N$50 000. All individual awards will amount to a total of N$95 000.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 05/10/18--16:00: Iran-Israel tensions heat up
  • Iran-Israel tensions heat upIran-Israel tensions heat upBolstered by US diplomatic support Israel said 20 rockets were fired at it from Iranian sites in Syria and it was forced to retaliate. Israel's army said on Thursday it had hit dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria overnight, after rocket fire towards its forces which it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies.

    The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, a move Israel had long advocated.

    It was one of the largest Israeli military operations in recent years and its biggest such raid against Iranian targets, the military said.

    Israel carried out the raids after it said around 20 rockets were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight.

    It blamed the rocket fire on Iran's Al-Quds force, adding that Israel's anti-missile system intercepted four of the projectiles while the rest did not land in its territory.

    No Israelis were wounded.

    If confirmed, the incident would be the first such rocket fire by Iranian forces in Syria towards Israel.

    “We know that comes from the al-Quds force,” army spokesperson lieutenant-colonel Jonathan Conricus said, referring to the special forces unit affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

    “The Israeli army takes very seriously this Iranian attack against Israel.”

    In the early hours of the morning, explosions were heard in Damascus, while live images were broadcast on television showing projectiles above the Syrian capital and several missiles destroyed by Syrian anti-aircraft systems. Syrian state media reported that Israeli missile strikes hit military bases as well as an arms depot and a military radar installation, without specifying the location.

    'Not looking to escalate'

    The official SANA news agency added that “dozens of missiles were shot down by anti-aircraft systems in Syrian airspace”, saying a number of missiles had reached their targets.

    Israel's military later confirmed it had carried out the raids, saying dozens of Iranian military targets had been struck and all of its aircraft had returned safely.

    Conricus said intelligence, logistics, storage and vehicles as well as the origin of the rockets were targeted.

    Syrian air defences that fired dozens of times on Israeli forces were also targeted, he said.

    There had been no comment from Iranian officials.

    “We are not looking to escalate the situation,” Conricus said, but warned Israel would respond forcefully if attacked.

    An Israeli military statement said “this Iranian aggression is another proof of the intentions behind the establishment of the Iranian regime in Syria and the threat it poses to Israel and regional stability”.

    It added that it “will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria. The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory.”

    Israel has been warning for weeks that it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where Tehran is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the country's seven-year civil war.

    Israel has been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that have killed Iranians, though it did not acknowledge those raids.

    It does acknowledge carrying out dozens of raids in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Iran-backed Hezbollah, another key foe of Israel.

    'Large-scale' raids

    Israel had been preparing itself for weeks for possible Iranian retaliation.

    Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal has added to tensions and led to a new level of uncertainty over how Iran will respond.

    On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country has provided massive military and diplomatic backing to Assad's regime.

    Netanyahu and Putin have held a series of meetings and telephone conversations in recent months, particularly regarding Syria.

    The two countries have established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in the war-torn country.

    In February, Israel accused Iranian forces at the T-4 base in central Syria of sending a drone into Israeli territory.

    After targeting Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israel F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire in one of the conflict's most notable escalations.

    Israel then carried out what it called “large-scale” raids on Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets, which reportedly included T-4.

    Israel later said the drone had been armed.


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    Oshikondo shopaumwene nashi imange kumwe mokukondjitha uulingilingiOshikondo shopaumwene nashi imange kumwe mokukondjitha uulingilingi JANA-MARI SMITH

    Oshikondo shopaumwene shaNamibia sha hangana noshiitulamo otashi vulu okudhana onkandangala onene mokukondjitha iilonga yuulingilingi nuukombunda, nokweeta polweela elongo lyuulingilingi, okupitila poonkatu dhawo dhongeshefa niilonga.

    Molopota ompe yoInstitute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) omushangi Johan Coetzee, okwa popi kutya oshikondo shopaumwene otashi vulu okudhana onkandangala onene ngele oshiisimaneke nokutokola okutula pomahala omukalo gwokukondjitha uulingilingi miilyo yawo nokuninga omahwahwameko gekondjitho lyuulingilingi mokati kayo.

    Olopota ndjoka oya holola kutya moNamibia, uulingilingi otawu etithwa unene okuzilila koshikondo shopaumwene shoka tashi e ta po omwaka nompito opo ku longwe lyuulingilingi, sho iilyo yimwe po tayi longitha omukalo ngoka mokwiimonena omauwanawa.

    “Aanambelewa moombelewa dhepangelo otaya pewa oombumbo nomahangano taga futu oombumbo opo ga vule okuhupa paiyemo,” olopota ndjoka yaholola.

    Okugwedha komahwahwameko gozero-tolerance ngoka ga tulwa po kepangelo, omahangano gopaumwene oga pumbwa okutala unene komilandu dhiilonga nokuthiminika epangelo opo li yambulepo egandjo lyomayakulo dhingi moombelewa dhoshigwana.

    Olopota ndjoka oya tsikile kutya pakutala kondjele yonkalo yiipotha yuulingilingi muule womimvo dha piti, otashi ulike kutya uulingilingi otawu dhana onkandangala moNamibia, na owa ninga oshitopolwa shonkalo yesiku nomuthigululwakalo, apehe ngele omepangelo nenge omiikondo yopaumwene.

    Uulingilingi tawu dhana onkandangala unene moshikondo yopaumwene, oombumbo, omagano oshowo omikalo dhilwe tadhi longithwa.

    Nonando uulingilingi otawu holoka muuyuni awuhe, owa lunda noonkondo miilongo mbyoka opo tayi putuka molwaashoka otawu gumu unene aathigona, mboka inaya mona elongo oshowo iilema.

    Natango uulingilingi otawu yi moshipala egandjo lyomayakulo gepangelo, okuyonagula omidhingoloko oshowo okuya moshipala omayambukepo nomapungulo.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya uukayamukulwwa pangeshefa otawu dhana woo onkandangala onene mokuhwahwameka uulingilingi, nonkalo ndjoka kayi shi ombwaanawa okuyeleka nonkalo yeliko lyoshilongo ngaashi Namibia.

    Omathigathano gopangeshefa oga pumbiwa okuhwahwamekwa.

    Coetzee moshinyolwa she okwa tsikile kutya AaNamibia nayo otaya hwahwameke onkalo ndjoka tayi kondjithwa, mokutula pombanda noonkondo oondando shoka tashi etitha efutitho lyaalandi oondando dhili pombanda noonkondo.

    Olopota ndjoka oya tothamo omwaalu gwiiputudhilo yimwe po mbyoka ya tseyika kutya ngele tashi ya kuulingilingi oyo dhingi.

    Iiputudhilo mbyoka oya kwatelamo oombelewa dhiihohela, oombelewa dhomafutilo moshikondo shomatembu, oombelewa dhomayalulo gopashimaliwa, oombelewa dhootendela oshowo oombelewa dhooprograma dhokugandja uuwanawa koshigwana.

    Omusholondondo ngoka ogwa kwatela mo oombelelwa dhomayakulo nekondololo lyiikondo megandjo lyookota nenge oomikanda pitiko ngashi moshikondo shoohi, omalweendo, etumo lyiinima pondje neeto lyiinima moshilongo, oomina oshowo iikondo yilwe.

    Omushangi ngoka okwa tsikile kutya oshikondo shepangelo kashi na eyambidhidho ngele olyopapolotika okuza koshikondo shopaumwene mekondjitho lyuulingilingi, paku indika oohandimwe ya longithe uulinglingi okupitila momahangano gawo.

    Iitsa ya gandjwa mbyoka tayi vulu okulongithwa mekeelelo lyuulingilingi okuhulitha po egandjo lyomayambidhidho giiyemo nomagano okuza kiikondo yopaumwene okuya koongundu dhopolotika, okutotapo omahwahwameko gokukondjitha uulingilingi oshowo oongundu ndhoka dhi na omalalakano gokukondjitha uulingilingi.

    Natango oshikondo shopaumwen nashi yambidhidhe okomisi yokukondjitha uulingilingi ano oAnti-Corruption Commission mokuninga omahwahwameko gokuyanda nokuya moshipala uulingilingi.

    Coetzee okwa tsu omuthindo kutya oshikondo shopaumwene oshi na oonkondo dhokulundulula onkalo ngele tashi ya konkalo yokukondjitha uulingilingi, pakundungika iilyo yawo nkene ku na okwiihumbatwa mekondjitho ndyoka. Okwa pula opo oshikondo shoka shi gandje woo omayele nokulongela kumwe nepangelo meningo lyoompango nomisindalandu ndhoka tadhi pumbiwa mokulwitha uulingilingi.

    Oshikondo shopaumwene shahangana otashi vulu okuthiminika epangelo opo ku hulithepo iilonga yuukombunda nuulingilingi miikondo yepangelo.

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    Omukokele a dhipaga omutekulu omolwa ondjuhwaOmukokele a dhipaga omutekulu omolwa ondjuhwa KENYA KAMBOWE

    Ompangulilo yaShakati oshiwike shika oya mono ondjo omukokele gwoomvula 81 omulumentu, ngoka a dhipagaa okatekulu mo 2012. Omukokele ngoka okwa lopotwa atsu okatekulu nomukonda omolwa oontamanana kombinga yondjuhwa.

    Mangestrara Leopoldt Hangalo, ngoka a gandja etokolo moshipotha shoka mEtitatu, okwa popi kutya epangelo olya holola uumbangi kutya Lukas Adalbert okwa pumbwa okugeelwa omolwa edhipago lya Amutenya Mekondjo Julius (23).

    Egandjo lyegeelo moshipotha shokaa, otali ningwa nena.

    Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa momukunda Omagalanga momudhingoloko gwaShikuku momasiku 15 gaKotomba mo 2012, sho Adalbert yo nomutekulu ya tameke taya tamanana omolwa ondjuhwa ndjoka ya dhipagwa kuJulius. Oombangi mbali, omukulukadhi gwa Adalbert oshowo omonamati gumwe, oya gandja uumbangi kutya Adalbert okwa pula Julius kutya okwa dhipagela shike ondjuhwa.

    Adalbert tango okwa umbu Julius nongonyo ndjoka ya ponyo, na okwa tidha Julius, nasho e mu kwata okwe mu tsu nomukonda pomutima. Julius okwa falwa koshipangelo hoka a hulithile.

    Pethimbo ta pangulwa, Adalbert okwiipopile kutya okwa li tiigamene ihe nonando ongaaka Mangestrata Hangalo okwa pataneke eipipilo lyomutamanekwa , ta popi kutya oontamanana ndhoka inadhi ya sigo oponkatu yomuntu iipopile andola.

    Omufali gwiihokolola kompangu moshipotha shoka, Nelao Ya France okwa popi kutya epangelo olya hala nakumonika ondjo opo a pewe egeelo lyokukala mondholongo uule woomvula dha thika po 15.

    Adalbert okwa kalelwa po kuPetrine Hango gwoDr Weder, Kauta and Hoveka law firm.

    Hango okwa pula ompangu yi gandje egeelo komuyakulwa gwe, lyoomvula 12 mondholongo, moka oomvula 5 tadhi kuthwa ko.

    Hango okwa popi kutya

    Adalbert okwa ulike egwo pevi pethimbo lyepangulo lye, na okwa pula woo opo a dhiminwepo, sho a gandja ongombe kofalimi yaJulius ndjoka ya tindwa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya Adalbert okwa uvithwa nayi kedhipago lyondjuhwa, sho a kala ha hupu melanditho lyoondjuhwa na oye owala omusiloshisho gwofamili ye.

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    Oompangela dha nkundipala tadhi hepeke iimaliwa yoshigwanaOompangela dha nkundipala tadhi hepeke iimaliwa yoshigwana Ngooneya gwaShana okwa koleke kutya omapuko gopautekinika oga etitha opo ku tothwemo omahala ga puka mpoka pwa tungwa oombelewa mbali dhiikandjohogololo moshitopolwa shoka,oomvula omulongo dha piti. Ø Ombelewa ya tungwa kombanda yomeya


    Omapuko ngoka monena otaga hepitha iimaliwa yoshigwana omolwa oombelelwa dhoka mbali, yimwe ya tungilwa oshikandjohogololo shOshakati East omanga onkwawo ya tungilwa oshikandjohogololo shOshakati East.

    Etungo lyombelewa ompe yoshikandjohogololo shOshakati East, oli li pokumanithwa omanga elele lyoshitopolwa natango lyiiyakidhila noonkundathana opo ku tungwe ombelewa ompe yoshikandjohogololo shaShakati West.

    Pethimbo kwa tungwa ombelewa yoshikandjohoglolo shaShakati east mOmege mo 2008, elelo lyoshitopolwa olya ndopa okuninga omakonaakono gopautekinika, netungo ndyoka ngashiingeyi otali gu po.

    Elelo lyoshitopolwa natango olya ndopa okukonga omayele moshigwana kombinga yehala ewanawa ndyoka tali vulu okutungwa ombelewa yoshikandjo shaShakati West, sha etitha ombelewa ndjoka yi kale itayi longithwa koshigwana.

    Pethimbo lyoshipopiwa she shoState of the Region Address (SORA), Ngoloneya Clemens Kashuupulwa, okwa tseyitha kutya etungo lyombelelwa yoshikandjo shaShakati east oli li pokumanithwa.

    Kashuupulwa okwa popi kutya ombelewa yopOmege oya tungwa pehala pe na omeya gokohi yevi naashoka inashi dhidhilikwa pethimbo ombelewa ya tungwa. Okwa tsikile kutya konima sho ombelewa ya tungwa oya tameke tayi ningi omisa, tayi tameke okuningina mevi. Ngoloneya okwa tsikile kutya konima yomapekaapeko, okwa gandjwa omayele opo ombelewa ndjoka yi kuthwe po pehala mpoka molwaashoka oyi li oshiponga kaaniilonga mboka haya longelemo. Oomvula ndatu dha piti okwa gandja olopota koshikondo sheyambelepo lyoondoolopa niitopolwa, nuuministeli owa zimine oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 5.6 opo ku tungwe ombelewa ompe.

    Aakwashigwana oya nyana etembudho lyombelewa ndjoka ngashiingeyi tayi tungwa, taya ppi kutya oya tungwa moshikandjohogololo Ompundja.

    Kashuupulwa okwa yamuka kutya aantu kaye na ontseyo kutya ombelewa ndjoka oya tungwa poongamba dhoshitopolwa.

    Momasiku 12 gaAguste 2016, kansela gwoshikandjohogololo shaShakati West, Andreas Johannes okwa pula opo elelo lyoshitopolwa li tembuthe ombelewa ye okuza kUukwangula okuya kOniimwandi ta popi kutya ombelewa oya tungwa moshikandjo shakatana, na oyi li kokule naakwashigwana yomoshikandjohogoloo she.

    Uukwangula owu na oombelewa mbali dhiikandjohogololo, shaShakati West oshowo Okatana.

    Kashuupulwa okwa popi kutya oku na ontseyo kombinga yonkalo yombelewa yoShakati West, ihe otashi vulika eindilo ndyoka li kale inali ziminwa molwaashoka oshikandjohogololo oshi na nale ombelewa, netungululo lyombelewa ompe otali ka kala ehepeko lyiimaliwa yoshigwana.


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  • 05/10/18--16:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy Dear Auntie Nangy, I gave a friend of mine money a while ago which he promised to give back instantly but now, its five months later and he doesn't even talk to me anymore. I really don't know what to do with this person. Please help me.

    Yes, the issue of money is a very emotional one. What I learned the hard way is that one should never loan out books or money to friends. It has caused wars and broken friendships. Demand your money back or take something of theirs that is to the value of your money. And have a frank conversation with your friend and ask them to respect you by kindly returning your money back.

    Dirty situation

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I have a friend who is very dirty. He smells dirty, has bad breath; he wears his clothes over often and always looks like he didn't bath. He even shows up in yesterday's clothes. I am saying this because it reflects badly on me and he also makes me uncomfortable. The funny thing is he always talks about how other people are dirty while he too is dirty. How do I tell him without breaking up our friendship or insulting him?

    There is never a right way of breaking this kind of news to your friend. If you do not do something, he will never know that there is something wrong with him. I strongly believe that if you tell him he will appreciate you more because chances are, he is unaware of his problem. Sometimes these are medical problems. Bad breath can occasionally stem from small stones that form in the tonsils and are covered with bacteria that produce odour. You really need to be sensitive as to how you approach him. Do not do it in public or in a humiliating manner. If he can identify other people as dirty then he must know that he doesn't smell like roses.

    Small penis issues

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 28-year-old guy. I have everything a person would want like a job, own house and a car. The only thing is I have a small penis and because of this I have a problem with being in a relationship for more than two months. Please help me Auntie. It's not that bad but my parents are asking when I will bring a wife to them. My confidence and ego are starting to get damaged.

    Oh my son. It is unfortunate that we are born the way. You have what is known as a micro penis. There are many pills one can take or injections, but these are short-term solutions. The only way to help you is get it done surgically. It is expensive but if you are really miserable then you can Google it and see which surgeon is closest to you. Again, be watchful because there are many fake and unqualified doctors who are on the hunt for people like you to have as victims. Why don't you seek psychological help too? There are different types of women and there are those who don't mind about the size of a penis. If the ones who have come your way are unhappy it could be because they were not your Mrs Right. Be patient and hang on.

    Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 25-year-old lady and I live in Windhoek. When I arrived I joined a church which my family warned me to stay away from. I didn't listen because I really felt at home. Three years later I realised that the church is not right for me and I want to go back home but I don't know how to face my family and or if they will accept me. Please help me reach out and connect with my family.

    First of all thank God you realised that the church is not right as your family was warning you. We all make mistakes but the lesson comes from having learned from the mistakes. I am pretty sure your family will accept you. They might be upset but eventually they will put this behind them. Ask someone else that you trust to talk to them for you or for them to be a mediator when you break the news.

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    Take me to the Catholic ChurchTake me to the Catholic ChurchMet Gala 2018: let us give thanks for the best dress code of all time This year's theme of Catholicism in fashion was a challenge that required a leap of faith. But from Rihanna's pope to Lena Waithe's rainbow-flag cape, the opening night ball was a triumph. It took curator Andrew Bolton several years to convince the Vatican to give its blessing to Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the blockbuster show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York that explores divine inspiration in fashion.

    One imagines Rome's reluctance stemmed from concern that the exhibition – and particularly the opening night gala, which has become known for its outrageous outfits would trivialise religious imagery.

    It needn't have worried. Fashion takes clothes very, very seriously. In a world in which dressing up matters and sartorial symbolism carries a very real weight, the Met Gala is the most important night of the year.

    Even when it looks absurd to outsiders – remember the omelette dress of 2015? – the fashion seen on the Met Gala red carpet has been considered and planned with the solemnity of a papal conclave. In their Manhattan hotel rooms, celebrities dress for this event with a level of meticulous ceremony which would befit a Sunday at St Peters.

    This year's dress code was a challenge. To succeed on this red carpet required honouring the theme of Catholicism in fashion without being seen to make fun of it. What is special about the Met red carpet – by comparison, for instance, with Cannes – is that you can't win it just by looking good.

    A supermodel can wear a tight dress and high heels and sail through almost every other public occasion with flying colours, but that look is a fast track to being completely ignored at the Met. You have to dig deep for this night, because Met Gala triumph requires not just beauty but bravery and a leap of faith. The Vatican would surely approve.

    The transactional business of fashion is a multimillion-pound industry precisely because it taps into powerful emotions and desires. Fashion deliberately blurs the boundaries between things that you have the power to change and the things you don't. Religious imagery has long employed the same porous boundaries, conjuring the invisible into life.

    The word halo an accessory seen last night on Solange Knowles in Iris Van Herpen and Lily Collins in Givenchy, among others means glory.

    And the aesthetic of papal garments has roots in worldly power, as well as spiritual. When the Emperor Constantine moved his capital east to Constantinople and allowed the pontiffs to assume control the old capital, Rome, they incorporated some of the clothing and accessories worn by the Roman emperors who had ruled before them, the better to legitimise their power in the eyes of the people of Rome.

    Best red-carpet quote of the night, though, goes to the actor Lena Waithe, who wore a rainbow flag cape to spotlight the Catholic Church's complicated relationship with the LGBTQ community. “The theme to me is, like, being you,” she told the New York Times on the red carpet. “You were made in God's image, right?”

    The Guardian

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    I create my music from scratchI create my music from scratchThe importance of copyright Tate Buti shares insights on issues of ownership, including intellectual property and copyright. The CEO of Nascam John Max is urging local artists to know the difference between infringing upon the intellectual rights of other artists, whether local or international, when creating their music.

    This was sparked by complaints by the public about certain Namibian artists putting out work that sounds similar or pretty much the same as other artists' songs.

    Tate Buti told tjil that all his work is original except a few songs in which he used known beats because 'they belong to old songs'.

    A couple of songs on the artist's latest album Opena including 'In heaven there is no beer' contain the original songs beats and certain lyrics.

    The original version was released in 1956 by Ernst Neubach who passed away in 1968.

    According to copyright laws, any song can be remade provided the author has been dead for 50 years or more and there is no management body appointed for his work.

    “I didn't do anything wrong. The beats of songs I use are of old songs which have no owner. It's not stealing in this case,” said Tate Buti.

    Max says there is a difference between sampling of songs, an artist doing covers and someone who is stealing a song or beat and claiming it's theirs.

    He further says all this information is available at their offices but artists don't consult or don't understand - leading to them being on the wrong side of the law.

    Max says Nascam does not register songs that violate the rights of the original. He further says such songs may not make it into any awards show.

    “Sampling is taking a percentage of the song that is not yours and using it on your own.

    “If you want to make someone else's song into a remix of a house song for example; you will need their permission.

    “One will also need to make arrangements on the royalties brought in from the song with the original author.

    “Should he have passed on, the family makes decisions for him,” Max said.

    Tate Buti says a lot of music made today will sound similar to existing songs but this does not mean that artists are stealing.

    He says it is unfortunate as there are rarely new melodies being made and this blurs the lines.

    “Music is universal and because of this a new song will sound like something you have heard before. Everyone is doing it; from America to South Africa.

    “There is now a trend of local artists sounding like Nigerians because they are all adding 'o' to their words and using their melodies. We must be original and make our own,” he concluded.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 05/10/18--16:00: Erongo winners found
  • Erongo winners foundErongo winners found Kongoma Africa had their second countrywide auditions at the coast in Swakopmund which was won by dance group The Elements.

    The group of three talented dancers emerged as the winners from the total group of six from the Erongo Region, who battled it out for the top position.

    The competition continues to shine a light on dancers who are grossly overshadowed by artists, even though they are both expressional arts, and should be celebrated as such.

    “This platform was created to give an opportunity to dancers to showcase their skills and talent to the country. All future audition dates will be announced on Kongoma Africa's social media platforms that is why we encourage everyone to follow us on social media to be part of the movement,” said its founder Issy Nakamwe.

    The final showdown will take place in Windhoek and will see a bigger stage being shared by local and international guest dancers showcasing their talent. The winners will walk away with lots of prizes, which will be announced in due course. The final teams from last year battled it out for the grand prize of N$20 000.

    Nakamwe encourages everyone to support the Kongoma Africa movement because it targets the youth to better their talent and also to engage more youth to work as one. The next auditions will be announced in the coming week on social media.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Ugly spat over Chopsi's brawlUgly spat over Chopsi's brawlVictim launches petition An apparent homophobic attack has caused a Chopsi's patron to launch a boycott petition and lay criminal charges. A local DJ and owner of famous hangout spot Chopsi's has found himself in the eye of a storm after patrons of his establishment accused him of turning a blind eye to violence and sometimes, homophobic attacks.

    Quarrels and fights are a norm at many chilling spots, however, at the uptown bar Chopsi's, there seems to be an undertone where aggression appears to be exacerbated if one is a member of the LGBTIQA+ community.

    This came to light when journalist and creative artist Keith Vries became the latest victim of what he describes as “one of these” attacks. According to Vries, he was violently attacked inside the bar by a male after he stood up to him when he touched his friend.

    The fight continued outside in the courtyard but, Vries said, he was attacked again outside the bar's courtyard.

    “I told the owner that I had been attacked for the second time and he didn't do anything about it, and further, the bouncers looked on as if they were told not to do anything. I eventually got into a car and this guy's friends kept circling the car laughing,” he said. Vries has since opened a case of assault as he feels it was “partially a hate crime” because, as he explained to tjil, a group of LGBTIQA+ members including himself, had stood up to the owner regarding his homophobic statements about gay men using women's bathrooms at his establishment.

    Vries has since initiated a petition as well. The petition, 'Justice for Keith' states that spaces in Namibia allow men, especially those with money and who are heterosexual, to stay clear of accountability as their cheques are often more valuable than the dignity and integrity of women and the LGBTQI+ community. It further states that the owner of Chopsi's and the people that are meant to protect the community have not shown enough commitment to resolve the issue in any effective manner.

    The petition, according to the website Change.org, is a first step away from the 'bystander culture' and the first step towards becoming 'defenders against violence'.

    Chopsi's owner Chops Tshoopara insisted his bar is the one of the “safest places” in Windhoek. Tshoopara told tjil he had nothing to do with the fight and that it was a brawl between friends.

    He added that homophobia has become a 'go-to card' that people pull when they are involved in fights or arguments.

    “Chopsi's is one of the safest places in Windhoek for everyone. Regardless of what race or sexual orientation you are.

    “And that is why my security is tight for my clients' safety. Troublemakers, like people who come in with their own drinks, are the ones that start fights and when my bouncers intervene and stop it, it looks as if we are the bullies,” he said. Tshoopara also commented on social media saying, “I signed their petition to help their cause. Mxium (sic). The further they are the safer our bar is.” He also shared the petition on the Chopsi's Facebook page.

    The uproar on social media, however, is unrelenting as Chopsi's bar clients are threatening to boycott the establishment. Many have shared their negative experiences at Chopsi's. “People deserve to feel protected at that pub!!! Random niggas grope you! Then when you talk, you get hit!! And the bouncers are told not to deal with it!!! #NotSafeAtChopsis #ViolatedAtChopsis' one patron stated.

    Another update read, “But honestly speaking, Chopsi's needs to be closed down. I have seen so many people being beaten up by the bouncers of Chopsi's, I have seen so many ladies being harassed in that place and all the owner does is chase them out of the pub, that place must close down. #ViolatedAtChopsis.”


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    Hilifa 94 back on his feet and readyHilifa 94 back on his feet and ready Rapper Hilifa 94 shared his ordeal of the horrific accident that nearly took his life and how he plans on living it now, to the fullest.

    He recalls 25 March starting off as an ordinary day. Hilifa 94 and a friend were on their way to Windhoek where he was to take part in a hip-hop Cypher party. Upon arriving in Tsumeb, they missed a curve which caused the car to crash.

    “I saw it all happening. The car was spinning and all I could do was wait for it to be over. Thank God I was wearing my seat belt,” he says.

    The two friends were both rushed to the hospital in Tsumeb. Hilifa 94 sustained minor injuries - a dislocated arm and knee and he also took a hit to the head. The rapper was however unconscious for three days. His friend had a leg seriously damaged. He is now going through physiotherapy to help the leg become functional. The artist believes their lives were spared because they could have both died.

    “It took some time to register what happened when I became conscious because I had bumped my head. The accident has definitely changed my perspective on life. I pray more often now as well,” he said.

    The rapper says he is more appreciative of his life. With such a tragic accident, he believes his life was spared because there is a bigger plan. Hilifa 94 is now determined to life to the fullest and make more music for his fans. One of the songs on the album 'Elalakaneno' which when translated from Oshiwambo means 'purpose' was inspired by the accident.

    “What I learned from this is that your life can be taken away from you in an instant. I am more motivated to work hard because I have a lot to accomplish.

    I was planning on releasing my album titled Village Champion in April but I had to push the date ahead due to the accident. This also allowed me to add a few songs which were inspired by the accident,” he says.

    The artist who has been in the industry for four years now says his 18-track album will be filled with music that shows growth from his side as an artist.

    There are many genres on it which he raps on. He also features up-and-coming and established artists. One of the songs titled Mama will be released this Sunday as a single. The song is dedicated to all mothers and features soul artist Nashawn.

    “Village Champion will drop in June. All proceeds from my debut album will be donated to the Cancer Association of Namibia because I have always loved their efforts and what they do,” he said

    June Shimuoshili

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    Give the people what they wantGive the people what they wantBeing Bonang Season 2, back by popular demand Bonang is back, and back with a bang. The hit reality TV show, Being Bonang!, which chronicles the glamorous life of Africa's most sought-after entertainment personality and multi-award winning presenter and style icon, Bonang Matheba, returns to our screens on 1 Magic channel.

    “So much has happened since the first season of Being Bonang! I've entered my 30s, and not only have I moved and pushed my brand globally, but I have also changed and amended my personal perspectives on life. I'm super-excited to share these moments with my fans ”says Bonang, who recently returned from London where she was invited to celebrate the inspirational life of Madiba as the MC of the Global Gift Nelson Mandela Centenary dinner, one of London's most distinguished annual charity events.

    Season one enthralled fans with a slice Brand Bonang, seeing the queen share all, from intimate moments and personal struggles, to building an African empire. She shared highs and lows with front-row seats to what it really entailed to Being Bonang!. Not to mention learning the fascinating lingo of Benglish along the way.

    Back by popular demand, season two picks up where season one left off, this time stepping it up to new levels where we see Brand Bonang positioned globally, with a new crew, all the while living the high life with Moghel Pinky Girl and boo Sefiso.

    “We are excited to have Bonang return to our channel for a second season of the reality show, Being Bonang!, says Reneilwe Sema, director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “Season one of the show resonated with our viewers and we believe the new season will surpass that”.

    Diving right back into this gruelling work ethic in Being Bonang 2!, fans will not only experience Bonang's action-packed, globetrotting world, but will also be afforded a glimpse into her personal growth, emotions and private moments.

    Staff Reporter

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    Don't let social media fool youDon't let social media fool you I now strongly believe Celine Dion knew what she was talking about when she sang that song 'Think Twice'. It is so important to have information before opening your mouth to share your opinions. I am talking about this because social media is kind of taking away what was common sense back then, and now people can just speak their minds, anytime, anywhere. The usual excuse is because people are now 'woke' and they know their rights. In the end they look like fools.

    I am particularly speaking about the incident that took place at Chopsi's which caused a lot of commotion on social media platforms, especially Twitter. People immediately started commenting on the issue without having the right information, or all of the facts. Many of the people that were speaking quite loudly are now quiet.

    Please give us a signal mama, as to what to do with them because they thought they knew it all.

    We must learn to accept that when something is right, whether we like it or not, it just is right. I am not condoning violence nor am I in support of homophobic claims or homophobia. I am simply saying regardless of what issue is at hand, let us aim for the truth, always.

    It's not a secret that we use social media for different reasons… some want to gain fame whilst others like looking at people's pictures. Many simply want to reconnect with old friends and at the same time make new ones. This is where the trick comes in, because we are raised differently, and personalities are of course, not the same. Do not be influenced to suddenly want to do things differently because you see certain people doing it online. Don't lose yourself to social media. It's okay not to fit in. I have seen this leads to people doing nasty things to please a following or get attention.

    Stick to what you know. Remember that doing something the way certain people do it online doesn't make it right. Always think before you act.


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  • 05/10/18--16:00: Lessons from the dress
  • Lessons from the dressLessons from the dressA fruitful trip to save our rhinos Miss Namibia 2018 Suné unpacks her trip to America with tjil as she fills us in on how productive it was. On her trip in the USA, Miss Namibia Suné January was surrounded by people who like her have the interest of protecting animals, from birds to bears and rhinos. The beauty queen was invited to speak at Cornell University to discuss poaching issues in Namibia. January, who wore the rhino-inspired gown at the Miss Universe beauty pageant last year, said the trip was a memorable one.

    “They were all interested on wildlife in general and what we as a nation are doing to protect our animals. Some of them have never seen a rhino or elephant in their lives so it was a learning opportunity for all of us,” said January.

    January’s presentation at the university was on the black rhino and wildlife conservation in Namibia. She said she received overwhelming feedback from the attendees as many of them did not expect so much passion from a beauty queen title holder. Many of them told her that they would love to come to Namibia to be part of the volunteer programmes.

    “I showed them pictures of poached rhinos and elephants and asked for a moment of silence for each picture shown. They said they now realise the harsh reality of the world we live in. It was enjoyed overall and that was the aim,” she said.

    The trip meant a lot to January as she was harshly criticised for her costume by the public but she believes it had served more than its initial purpose which was to start a conversation and creating awareness. The Intelligence Support against Poaching (ISAP) Namibia has doors open for international volunteers and January was able to create draw many foreigners to use this opportunity.

    “I wanted to get attention while on the global stage at Miss Universe. I didn’t believe I could pull it off but I did it anyways. It shows that if you stick to what you believe you can make anything happen. It meant the world to me,” she said.

    The beauty queen whose reign is ending soon believes she has achieved her main goals as Miss Namibia which was to take the rhino project to a global platform.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 05/10/18--16:00: Neslow bares it all
  • Neslow bares it allNeslow bares it allFrom the hustles, to the haters, and finally making it It has been in him his whole life and he has the Midas touch. Many know him as Exit's shadow, the guy who makes any song a hit should he be featured on it. Neslow has been in the industry for ten years as a producer and singer. For the first time he speaks out on his journey and aspirations.

    The love for music

    Neslow recalls always wanting to be a musician since a tender age. With his father being Henry Kambode, one of the first Ndilimani Cultural Troupe members, it was more or less his fate. Like many mothers, Neslow's one wanted a future for her son that goes beyond the stage, microphone and fans.

    “I come from an unpleasant background as my parents never had anything. Music is in my blood I guess. I used to watch my father play in Kwanza-Sul. My mother says I used to sing since I was a toddler. Even my crying had a musical element to it,” he recalls.

    School didn't interest Neslow at all. According to him English was his favourite subject in which he got straight As, while he failed the rest with Us.

    A clear indication of his love for music during school was how he was the go-to guy for everything entertainment at school.

    Following his dreams

    After failing grade 10 in Grootfontein, Neslow knew that music was all he wanted to do and he decided to pack up and leave for Windhoek.

    “My mother wanted to send me to Namcol instead but I wanted music.

    “I believe music is the reason my parents are not together today. She knew that a career in music is not easy and she only wanted greatness for me.

    I told her regardless… I'm going to go with or without her blessings,” he says.

    By chance, he ended up being neighbours with artist Mushe's friend Names who had a studio in his house.

    Out of curiosity, one day he jumped the fence to find out what was happening.

    Neslow became friends with Names to the point where he would be left alone in the studio producing beats.

    “One day Mushe walked in to make his music. He didn't acknowledge me in the beginning but with time he acknowledged my talent and we made a song titled 'Selima',” he says.

    Back in Grootfontein, Neslow's mother had come to realisation that her son wanted to persue music and with a help of a friend, she managed to send him to Mpumalanga to study sound engineering. Upon returning from South Africa he came back to Windhoek where he produced beats. He met Exit through Mushe and started working with them too.

    Exit and Neslow

    Neslow struggled to place himself in the industry. In 2009 when Exit and Mushe had split up, he decided to stick with Exit. Exit launched the brand Rockaz and produced the album Am Rockaz where Neslow was featured on songs including 'Paparazzi' and 'Days Like These' to mention a few. The two friends, due to circumstances, ended up being distanced and stopped staying together in 2012.

    “I wouldn't blame Exit; it's the people who were around him. I understood his position because it was really tough out there and he couldn't just have me tagging everywhere. This also made me stronger and realise my strengths and being able to stand alone,” he said.

    The two remained friends and in 2014 Neslow started working on his album Omumati Woswagga. Things started to look up for him as he was getting sponsorship and eventually a manger.

    “I am grateful for all the people who were there from the beginning of my career as a solo artist. I was finally getting recognition as Neslow and not as someone else's shadow,” said Neslow.

    Getting it together

    Neslow had to leave Windhoek to clear his head and to start over as the city was becoming a handful for him. He recalls his life just being about booking hotel rooms for partying, drinking and smoking. He realised that kind of lifestyle is not what he wants to live and he relocated to Okahandja.

    “I want to settle down and have a family one day but who will want you if that's all you do? I guess I can say I grew up and I am on the right path now,” he said.

    Neslow says he has learned a lot from the industry and it is not easy. He says he is content with how far he has come. He says the lessons he learned from those who were supposed to be his right hand are those he will never forget. Asked if he was content with his life, the artist says he is living his best one yet.

    “I wish I had stayed enough to finish my degree in Mpumalanga. I'm not satisfied and I am only beginning. I don't want to be known as the chorus boy. I want to get the recognition I deserve for all I have done. I have my record label Kalawakotoka Productions and things are really looking up for me,” he concluded.

    Neslow's second album Graduation is currently on the market and is available at Antonio's Arts.

    June Shimuoshili

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