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- 05/16/18--16:00: Namibians nominated for AUSC awards
- 05/16/18--16:00: Gambia ex-president accused of ordering 50 migrant deaths
- 05/16/18--16:00: 'New dawn for Malaysia'
- 05/16/18--16:00: Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: report
- 05/16/18--16:00: Uuklinika wa nuninwa owala etopolo lyooARV otawu tongola - Haufiku
- 05/16/18--16:00: RCC a kwatwako kAaChina-Smit
- 05/16/18--16:00: Unam a tumbaleke osesitela yomoKarasburg
- 05/16/18--16:00: RCC, Chinese deal stinks
- 05/16/18--16:00: Shot of the day
- 05/16/18--16:00: Company news
- 05/16/18--16:00: MPs want total gambling ban
- 05/16/18--16:00: Avid sentencing in June
- 05/16/18--16:00: Okongo to host Omaludi Festival
- 05/16/18--16:00: Northern Cape wins gold at tourism indaba
- 05/16/18--16:00: Suspended Rundu officials back at work
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Playing kit and tracksuits for the two clubs were handed over yesterday, as a prelude to one of them walking away with the grand prize of N$500 000.
Organising committee chairperson Roger Kambatuku said the sponsors have persevered with them and need to be applauded for their efforts.
“The Namibia Premier League was not active when the cup was launched. However, we tried by all means to make the competition spicy and have taken great football to the people.
“The final will also be exciting and we expect both clubs to help us in bringing in the crowd. They both have a large following, and we want to see a packed stadium in support of the clubs, as the sponsors are also looking at us to make that possible,” he said.
The two captains are facing a daunting task as they have to lead their sides to success.
African Stars captain Pat Nevin-Uanavi said he does not want to reveal their game plan, but said their first priority was not to concede any goals.
“Unam echoed that they wanted to play us in the final. Now we are here and I hope they are ready for us. We are going for the cup; we surely have experience, but of course one cannot rely on that only.”
Nevin-Uanavi further urged local football fans to fill the stadium to the rafters and watch them play great football.
Unam captain Heini Isaacks said football should be the winner in the end.
“We are going to play great football. I'm eager for Saturday,” he said.
Last year at Gobabis, Young Africans were crowned champions after extra time, besting Mighty Gunners 3-2.
Itamunua Keimuine of Tura Magic walked away with the top goal scorer award (N$20 000) thanks to his five goals in last year's tournament, while Young African's Himeezembi Hengombe was voted player of the tournament and also received N$20 000.
Young African coach Maleagi Ngarizemo won the coach of the tournament (N$15 000) and the club's goalkeeper Mata Mbemutjiua received the golden gloves award (N$15 000).
This was confirmed by the club's CEO Niklaas Kisilipile on Saturday following widespread social media reports, including that players had allegedly trashed the club's office after receiving their termination letters.
Reports said more than 20 players were released after a poor season in which the club employed three coaches and only avoided relegation during last two matches of the season.
“We decided as a club to release the players from their contracts for several reasons, one being the fact that we do not have any sponsor on board, hence we cannot pay them during the offseason,” Kisilipile said.
He added they also released the players because of poor performance during the season. Without providing names, Kisilipile said some players failed to pitch up during the season, but continued to receive salaries from the club, while others would turn up, only to underperform during matches.
“As you noticed during some games, we would play with two or three substitutes on the bench while we had over 20 players registered with the league, but come month-end, we would pay these players their full salaries,” he explained.
He added some players would fake injuries to avoid playing, but continued to be paid.
Kisilipile said the club's assets were not damaged, contrary to such rumours doing the rounds.
Some players confirmed they were issued with letters terminating their services last week.
“Some of us signed these letters while others refused to sign. We were paid all our monies during the season, but we thought our contracts were ending on the last day of June, before the registration for the new 2018/19 season,” said one player who requested anonymity.
The club from Khomasdal has been a sponsorship beneficiary of the bank for the past few years.
The sponsorship agreement will however expire at the end of the season.
The club has submitted a request to FNB to pen a new sponsorship agreement, after the current one comes to an end.
The club has been receiving annual sponsorship of nearly N$200 000 for the past three years.
“It is true that the sponsorship (deal) is coming to an end and we have handed in a request for a sponsorship renewal.
“We are confident and positive that things will work out well, because we are here to protect the interest of our sponsors.
“What we want to do is to improve the operations of this club and to make sure that we become the best club in the country,” Western Suburbs president Keith Allies said.
The club also received new kit after Castle Light, which is an AB InBev brand, sponsored playing gear last month.
A time period for the new partnership has not been announced, but it is predicted that the arrangement could be for over two years.
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The Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Regional Association of Sports Awards 2018 event is scheduled to take place on 26 May in Johannesburg, South Africa. The nominees were announced by the Namibia Sports Commission in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Kickboxer Delano Muller was nominated in the Junior Sportsman of the Year category and Charlize van Zyl, also a kickboxer, in the Junior Sportswoman of the Year category.
Boxer Julius Indongo was nominated as Sportsman of the Year, while marathon runner Helalia Johannes was nominated as Sportswoman of the Year.
Johannes Nambala was nominated as Sportsman of the Year with a Disability and fellow athlete Lahja Ishitile will compete in the Sportswomen of the Year with a Disability category.
Boxing mentor Nestor Tobias has been nominated as Coach of the Year, while and the national under-20 rugby team will do battle in the Sports Team of the Year category.
The AUSC Region Five is the sports arm of the African Union.
It aims to use sport to achieve peace, integration and unity in Africa, irrespective of colour, economic status, political affiliation, class or gender.
Due to the vastness of the continent and for financial prudence, the AUSC divided Africa into seven competition zones.
The members of Region Five are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said they interviewed 30 former Gambian officials, including 11 officers, and a survivor of the round-up as part of a joint investigation.
The migrants - 44 Ghanaians and several Nigerians, Senegalese, as well as a Togolese - were arrested on a beach in Gambia while trying to reach Europe, suspected of being mercenaries wanting to overthrow Jammeh. According to a joint statement by the NGOs, they were detained in the capital Banjul and handed over in groups to the “Junglers”, a notorious paramilitary unit, and executed.
“The West African migrants weren't murdered by rogue elements, but by a paramilitary death squad taking orders from President Jammeh,” said Reed Brody, a legal advisor at Human Rights Watch.
“Jammeh's subordinates then destroyed key evidence to prevent international investigators from learning the truth.”
A joint report by the Economic Community of West African States and the UN, which was not made public, concluded in 2009 that the killings and disappearances were carried out by rogue members within the Gambian security services, with no credible evidence to suggest they were acting on orders from superiors.
“The new evidence makes clear, however, that those responsible for the killings were the Junglers,” HRW and TRIAL said in their statement on Wednesday.
In the statement, Martin Kyere, the only known Ghanaian survivor, told how his group was tied up in the back of a pick-up truck.
“It was then that I thought, 'We're going to die,” he said.
But he managed to get free and escape into the forest, and later helped Ghanaian authorities identify many of the victims.
Jammeh, whose 22-year-rule was marked by numerous human rights violations, lost the presidential election in December 2016 to opposition leader Adama Barrow.
He fled the country the following month for Equatorial Guinea, where he finally conceded and handed over power.
In scenes that captivated Malaysians, the charismatic 70-year-old returned to the national spotlight after the country's king quashed a widely-criticised sodomy conviction that had put Anwar behind bars for three years.
To ecstatic cries of “Reformasi!” (Reform) - Anwar's rallying cry - he vowed to hundreds of journalists, supporters and admiring prison guards to support the new government's efforts to clean up the country.
Anwar said he had forgiven Mahathir, 92, who had him imprisoned two decades ago but has become his unlikely ally.
“Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia. I must thank the people of Malaysia,” said Anwar, flanked by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and other members of his political party.
“The entire spectrum of Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, have stood by the principles of democracy and freedom. They demand change.”
Anwar has cast a long shadow over Malaysian politics for decades.
He enjoyed a meteoric rise in the now-ousted Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition but suffered a spectacular falling out with his then-boss Mahathir in the late 1990s and was thrown in jail after being convicted of sodomy and abuse of power.
Upon his release the first time, he joined and revitalised the opposition coalition that finally ousted BN last week.
Anwar's release from his second jail term sets up a tantalising reunion with his nemesis-turned-ally Mahathir.
Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for one to two years but has signalled that the reins would be turned over to Anwar eventually.
Anwar said his history with Mahathir - who sacked Anwar and had him jailed in 1998 - was water under the bridge, as they shared the same goals of reforming the government and cleaning up a massive corruption scandal involving former prime minister Najib Razak.
“Bury the hatchet? It's been a long time already,” Anwar said when asked about Mahathir.
“I have forgiven him,” he added, saying he would work to support the smooth transition of power to the new government headed by Mahathir.
Anwar's release caps a remarkable reversal of fortune made possible by the BN's unexpected electoral drubbing a week ago.
The former autocrat Mahathir - who headed BN for 22 years until 2003 - came out of retirement to lead a disparate opposition first assembled by Anwar to a upset victory, fuelled by rising public anger at a massive government corruption scandal under Najib.
Many had expected BN to coast to victory given its tight hold over the media, government, police and electoral apparatus of the multicultural Muslim-majority nation.
But the result laid bare the depth of disgust with former leader Najib, who stands accused of presiding over the plundering of the state investment fund 1MDB which he established.
Mahathir has barred Najib from leaving the country pending investigations.
The BN had ruled since independence in 1957. Anwar's release adds to the dizzying sense of change sweeping the country and is likely to fuel public expectations for an entirely new national direction.
Xavier Jayakumar, a member of parliament with Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat, called it “a momentous day for all of Malaysia”.
“The joy is similar to when South Africans celebrated with jubilation after Nelson Mandela was freed.”
Talib Ibrahim, 60, a supporter waiting at the Kuala Lumpur hospital, said Anwar's release was “good for the country”.
“He did good (before) and can do good for the whole of Malaysia,” he said.
Anwar cannot directly join the government anytime soon.
He must first be elected to parliament, having been stripped of his seat in 2015 when his conviction on charges of sodomising a young male aide was upheld on appeal and he went to jail a second time.
That conviction is viewed by many as having been orchestrated by Najib's government to neutralise Anwar's rising political threat.
Previously, the charismatic Anwar headed various ministries under Mahathir's tutelage in the 1990s, earning praise as a reformer. He eventually became deputy prime minister and Mahathir's presumed successor.
But the two men fell out over a number of issues, resulting in the popular Anwar's imprisonment, which triggered unprecedented protests.
After six years in jail, Anwar used his star power to unite the previously hapless opposition before the latest sodomy charges cast him once again into the political wilderness.
The newspaper said Ecuador employed an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police at the embassy in London's luxury Knightsbridge area.
It estimated the budget spent on the operation, referred to initially as “Operation Guest” and later “Operation Hotel” at US$5.0 million (4.2 million euros).
The snooping was initially intended to protect Assange from the risk of being taken away by British police but later became a full-blown spying operation.
The operation had the support of then Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa, the paper reported, adding that it has since been wound down under the country's new leader Lenin Moreno who took power last year.
The security team recorded Assange's daily activities and his interactions with embassy staff and visitors, including fellow hackers, activists and lawyers.
They stayed in a rented flat near the embassy at a cost of £2,800 a month, the paper said.
The paper also cited documents showing that Assange hacked the communications system within the embassy and had his own satellite internet access.
“By penetrating the embassy's firewall, Assange was able to access and intercept the official and personal communications of staff,” the paper said.
WikiLeaks denied Assange had hacked the network.
Ecuador has moved to shut off internet access for Assange in recent months by installing a jammer to prevent him from accessing email and has restricted the number of visitors he can receive.
Assange took refuge in the diplomatic mission in 2012 after a British judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault there.
Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.
Sweden dropped its investigation last year, but British authorities say they still want to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions.
Ecuador in December made Assange an Ecuadoran citizen and unsuccessfully tried to register him as a diplomat with immunity as part of its efforts to have him leave the embassy without risk of being detained.
Mo 2016 epangelo lyaUS olya gandja omagano guuklinika wuli 14 kaakwashigwana wongushu yoomiliyona 5.2 mboka wa gandjwa nelalakano lyokulongithwa mepango lyombuto yoHIV oshowo oTB.
Ester Hasheela a za momukunda Oshifitu okwa popi kutya oya li ya nyanyukwa noonkondo sho Amerika a tokolo okufala omayakulo guundjolowele popepi noshigwwna, ihe olya haluka sho okaklinika hoka keli poppei nomukunda gwawo taka gandja owala omayakulo mokutopolwa omiti dhoHIV noTB.
“Otu li muushayi moka kamu na oondjila oombwaanawa nuuklinika. Otwa li twa nyanyukwa noonkondo omolwa omagano ngoka okuza kuAmerika ihe inashi kwatha sha.”
“Otatu tsikile nokuenda iinano iile opo tu ka konge omakwatho gopaunamiti molwaahoka okaklinika hoka otaka yakula owala mboka taya lumbu nombuto yoHIV nenge oTB, shoka oshi li mondjila ihe epangelo okwa pumbwa okulongitha omandiki ngoka ga e twa popepi noshigwana opo oshigwana shi mone omayakulo galwe gopaunamiti molwaashoka Okongo nenge Eenhana hoka hatu mono omayakulo oyi li kokule noonkondo.”
Pahapu dhaHasheela, Oshifitu oshowo omikunda dhimwe mOkongo ohaku yiwa owala niihauto mbyoka inene.
Okwa tsikile kutya aakwashigwana oyendji onkene taya tsikile nokumonena iihuna momagumbo omolwa ompumbwe yiiyenditho okuya kOkongo nenge Eenhana.
Omukwashigwana gumwe, Velishi Pinehas, gwomomukunda Oupili, okwa popi kutya omagano ngoka ga gandjwa kage shi sha molwaashoka ohaga longo owala lumwe momwedhi omanga aantu taya mono iihuna kehe esiku.
“Omuntu ita vulu okumona omayakulo okuza puuklinika mboka nonando ota ehama owala omutse, oomboka owala taya lumbu nombuto oyo taya yakulwa. Otwa pumbwa omayakulo gamwe ga gandjwe kuuklinika mboka, otashi kwatha shike tu na okaklinika moshigwana ihe natango katu na omayakulo gopaunamiti?” Pinehas a popi.
Sho a ningilwa omapulo, minista Bernhard Haufiku okwa wayimine oshigwana ta nyana omalongekidho ngoka ga ningwa miilonga yuuklinika mboka, ta popi kutya otawu patele aakwashigwana pondje, na otawu gandja owala uuwanawa kwaamboka taya lumbu nombuto yoHIV nenge oTB.
“Ito vulu okukala wu na okaklinika moshigwana hoka taka yambidhidha owala aantu mboka taya lumbu nombuto yoHIV. Shika otashi e ta woo onkalo moka kehe gumwe moshigwana taka mona kutya nguka ota lumbu nombuto nenge nuuvu woTB molwaashoka oyo haya kwathelwa mokaklinika.”
Minista okwa tsikile kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi ka thiminika mboka inaya hala uukwatya wawo wopaunamiti wu tseyike ya kale itaya talele po uuklinika.
Okwa tsikile kutya otaya tala komukalo ndhoka tadhi vulu okutulwa miilonga opo ya vule okwiindjipaleka egandjo lyomayakulo muupangelogona mboka.
“Otatu kongo iiyemo ngele okupitila mooshali opo tu tameke tatu gandja omayakulo guunamiti muuklinika mboka. Otwa hala aantu yomomikunda ndhoka ya kale taya mono omayakulo guunamiti okuza pomandiki ngoka.”
“Aatu ayehe momidhingoloko ndhoka oya pumbwa okukala taya mono uuwanawa okuza muupangelo mboka naakiintu mboka yeli momategelelo oya pumbwa okukala taya yakulwa mpoka. Otu na omandiki ga faathana mOkankolo oshowo moGobabis, moka twa tula miilonga omayakulo ngoka, na otaga longo nawa ngaashi sha kala sha tegelelwa.”
Uupangelo mboka owa gandja momikunda ngaashi Onamihonga, Oshalumbu, Onghalulu, Oupili, Oshitishiwa, Olukula, Oshifitu oshowo Omutwe-womunhu.
Ongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) okupitila momunapaliamende gwongundu ndjoka, Nico Smit oya popi kutya oku na einekelo kutya ngashiingeyi ehangano lyoRCC oshowo epangelo otaya ka thiminikwa okugandja ootendelea kehangano lyoJiangsu Nantong Sanjian (Pty) Ltd CC, onga omukalo gwokufutila po omukuli ngoka.
Ominista yEmona lyaNamibia, Calle Schlettwein okwa oshiwike sha piti okwa popi kutya omilandu dhiikwaveta inadhi landulwa pethimbo lyetsokumwe lyomukuli gwoomiliyona 570 pokati kehangano lyoRoad Construction Company (RCC) oshowo ehangano lyaChina lyoJiangsu Nantong Sanjian (Pty) Ltd.
Schlettwein okwa koleke kutya okondalaka ndjoka inayi ningwa pauyuuki molwaashoka okwa ndopiwa okulandulwa omilandu moState Finance Act oshowo moPublic Procurement Act, noPublic Private Partnership Act.
Minista okwa tsikile kutya oondjila dhimwe dha tumbulwa metsokumwe lyomukuli ngoka, inadhi ilongekidhilwa iiyemo.
“Otu na oshinakugwanithwa shokukatuka oonkatu na otwa ka konga ekwatho lyomayele kombelewa yahahende-ndjai. Otu na okuninga ngaaka, uuna omalelo gomahangano ga ningi omatokolo guuhasha,” Schlettwein a popi.
Okwa popi kutya okondalaka ndjoka oya shainwa nale, na otayi kiikalekelwa ngele okwa monika kutya inaku longithwa uuyuki pethimbo ya shainwa.
Smit okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kutya omukuli ngoka otagu ka futilwa po molupe lwootendela.
Pahapu dhe, Namibia okwa kutha omukuli kuChina okupitila moRCC, naashoka otashi ti kutya epangelo lyaChina oli na mo oshitopolwa mehangano ndyoka lya yama kepangelo.
Ompango yoState Finances Act otayi pula omahangano gepangelo ga pule tango epitikilo okuza kuuministeli wemona, ngele otaga kongo oshimaliwa.
Omunashipundi gwoRCC, Fritz Jacobs ina yamukula komapulo ngoka a ningilwa sha landula omapopyo gaSmit.
Jacobs okwa li a popi oshiwike sha piti kutya, etsokumwe lyomukuli ngoka, oli li ekandulepo lyomukundu gwopashimaliwa kehangano, na inali kwatelela keyambidhidho lyepangelo. Okwa popi kutya okondalaka ndjoka oya nuninwa okuhupitha ehangano ndyoka opo kali.
“Sho a ningi etokolo a ninge osesitela, okwa ulikwa nokuninga omukuluntuskola poskola yaPella moSouth Afrika uule woomvula ndatu netata. Mo 1960 okwa galukile koKarasburg na okwa pingenepo omuluntuskola moskola yomoKarasburg sigo omomvula yo 1975. Okupitila melongo, Sesitela Atiogbe okwa tameke ta ningi omalundululo moonkalamwenyo dhaantu,” oshipopiwa shapro-vice chancellor for research, innovation and development, moshiputudhilo shaUnam, Professor Kenneth Matengu, sha holola.
Aailongi nale oya ningi enyenyeto taya pula opo oshiputudhilo shoka shi tumbaleke Sesitela Atiogbe omolwa oshilonga sha simana shoka a longo melongo.
Matengu okwa popi kutya etokolo lya ningwa okutumbalela Sesitela Atiogbe olya ningwa sha landula omakonaakono ga ningilwa onkalamwenyo ye.
“Omakonaakono oga utha opo ndi landule ondjila ye okuza mondoolopa ye yaLindili sigo olweendo lwe lyotango okuza moNamibia okuya South Afrika, oshowo okuza moNamibia okuya miilongo yaEuropa. Omwa kwatela mo okukonaakono olweendo lwe luule womasiku gane meshinalyokolutenda okuya koSouth Afrika, mepupi lyoomvula omulongo nambali, okuya molweendo lwe lwoskola moshiputudhilo shopombanda, sho a longo onga omulongi, omukuluntuskola oshowo sesitela gwongeleka yaKatoolika, nokugandja eyambidhidho l;e moshikondo shelongo, kaathigona sigo osho e li ngashiingeyi moshipundi shevulululo,” Matengu a popi.
Sesitela Atiogbe, okwa tameke elongo lye lyopevi poskola yaRoman Catholic Primary school moLüderitz, na okwa mana eilongo lye lyondondo onti-10 poskola yaSt Joseph's Aliwal North moSouth Africa na okwa tameke omadheulo ge guulongiskola moSt Augustine College shaCape Town moka a manene eilongo lye lyodiploma mo 1947.
Okwa dheulilwa elongo moshilongwa shelaka lyOshiingilisa oshowo Oshimbulu na okwa piti niitsa yopombanda.
Okwa tamekela iilonga ye onga omulongiskola poKarasburg Roman Catholic Primary School mpoka a longa sigo omvula yo1951 na okwa tembukile kOmalinda hoka a longa uule womvula yimwe.
Matengu okwa gwedha po kutya, pethimbo ndyoka Sesitela
Atiogbe a kala mOmalinda okwa tokola okuninga etokolo enene lyonkalamwenyo ye, na okwa ningi sesitela.
Konima sho a ningi sesitela muukwambepo okwa ulikwa nokuninga omukuluntuskola poskola yaPella, moSuth Afrika, moka a longa uule woomvula ndatu netata na okwa galukile moKarasburg moka a pingenepo omukuluntuskola sigo omomvula yo1975.
Starbucks Corp is looking to more than triple its revenue and almost double its store count in China over the next five years, doubling down on the market as traffic growth comes under pressure in the United States.
The US coffee chain, which recently raised US$7.15 billion in a deal with Nestle SA , aims to have 6 000 stores in the country by the end of 2022, it said in a statement. It has around 3 300 stores in 141 cities in China currently.
Starbucks dominates China’s coffee scene, although it is seeing more competition from smaller rivals, similar to how it is coming under pressure from a “third wave” of boutique coffee sellers and cheaper rivals in the United States.
Novartis ditches lawyer
Novartis general counsel Felix Ehrat will leave the Swiss drugmaker over his role in a US$1.2 million contract it struck with the lawyer for US President Donald Trump, saying on Wednesday the pact was legal but an error.
The US$100 000-per-month contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants, the same firm used to pay porn star Stormy Daniels US$130 000 to hush up an alleged affair with Trump, has distracted Novartis’s efforts to improve its image after a series of bribery scandals.
Trump has denied the affair. Novartis ended the contract this year.
Sibanye-Stillwater to close output at Lonmin
Sibanye-Stillwater plans to shut loss-making production at Lonmin when it takes over the platinum miner, the chief financial officer of Sibanye’s US region said.
“We will not cross-subsidise loss-making production across the portfolio,” Justin Froneman said at the Bloomberg Intelligence Precious Metals Forum in London.
“If we’ve got ounces that aren’t covering their costs they will be taken out... we have to do that. We can’t let our shareholders absorb those kind of expenses.”
ICBC targets visitors to Kenya with new credit card
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has launched a credit card in partnership with Kenya’s Stanbic Bank to tap a growing pool of Chinese tourists visiting the East African nation.
Some 53 485 Chinese visitors came to Kenya last year and ICBC, which owns a stake in Stanbic Kenya’s parent, South Africa’s Standard Bank, expects the number to rise to 60 000 this year, doubling from 2015 levels.
Gang Sun, deputy chief executive of ICBC Africa, said users of the card will be able to pay for hotels and other services while visiting Kenya.
Vodacom cuts dividend payout
South African mobile phone operator Vodacom Group disappointed investors with lower than expected full-year earnings and a cut in its dividend payout on Monday.
The company, owned by Britain’s Vodafone, blamed a one-off hit from its purchase of a stake in Kenya’s Safaricom for the disappointing earnings, which missed analysts’ estimates and sent its shares down nearly 4% in Johannesburg.
Vodacom acquired a 35% stake in Safaricom last year as part of a move by its British parent to consolidate two of its African interests.
Their argument is premised on the fact that gambling perpetuates social ills and is “worse than drugs”.
Katutura Central constituency councillor Ambrosius Kandjii is completely against gambling and made this known when he contributed to the Gaming and Entertainment Control Bill in the National Council on Tuesday. “If I was in charge of this country, I would have said let's do away with gambling in Namibia. Gambling is the biggest disease; even higher than drugs,” said Kandjii.
He said those who own gambling facilities prey on the poor, and in some instances make up to 70% of their profits from it.
Joining the debate was another Swapo councillor, Fransina Ghauz, who described gambling as a risky action that leads to financial instability and poverty, and which is addictive. “School-going learners spend their pocket money given to them by parents on gambling. Parents who bet [gamble] always end up selling their valuable belongings just to settle their gambling bills,” she said, adding that gambling destroys younger generations.
Seemingly disagreeing with his colleagues, Opuwo Urban constituency councillor Weich Mupia branded the gaming control bill “a move in the right direction”.
However, Mupia was quick to note that the proposed bill had omitted other forms of gambling.
“You will find young people gambling with cards, dice and belts. One would like us to think outside the box and cover these things,” Mupia said.
He added in as much as licensed places are regulated and other forms of gambling are left out, then the problem remains.
In April, tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta tabled a draft bill which proposed measures on how to regulate the gambling industry.
If passed into law, the bill will transform the directorate of tourism and gaming into a fully-flagged parastatal to be called the gambling board, which will have eight board members and a CEO.
In addition, the new law will also create a central monitoring system to track electronic slot machines across the country.
In essence, it intends to protect gamblers and ensure that the government generates maximum proceeds from the now unregulated industry.
Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday postponed the matter for sentencing arguments to 11 and 12 June. Last Friday, the court ruled the late Avid kingpin Lazarus Kandara, who committed suicide in 2005, Namangol CEO Nico Josea and South African investment manager Alan Rosenberg were the masterminds behind the theft of N$30 million from the Social Security Commission.
Josea was found guilty of theft by conversion.
A whopping N$28.5 million of the investment was transferred to Namangol Investments, over which Josea exercised sole control.
Three other accused - Paulus Kapia, Inez /Gâses and Ralph Blaauw - were found guilty of fraud, while Sharon Lynette Blaauw and Josea were found guilty of reckless and fraudulent conduct of business in contravention of the Companies Act.
Lawyer Otniel Podewiltz and retired army brigadier Matias Shiweda were found not guilty.
“No reckless fraudulent conduct of business was found against Shiweda, while no fraudulent conduct was proven against Podewiltz,” Liebenberg said in his judgement.
He also found Kapia, /Gâses, Podewiltz, Ralph Blaauw and Shiweda were not guilty of contravening sections of the Companies Act.
The seven were on trial since 2014 following their arrest in 2008 for their involvement in the scandal.
Omaludi is the traditional way used by Aawambo to parade their cattle in front of judges, who assess them to determine the best farmers and livestock, depending on quality.
According to village council CEO Wodibo Haulofu, the festival will be an agricultural trade fair event that will also include a cattle competition.
On 28 April the village council hosted a gala dinner that raised N$370 000 for the event.
“Our main idea is to try and create an opportunity for communal farmers to gain access to the market to sell and showcase their produce. This will also be an opportunity for the roleplayers in the agriculture industry to come and exhibit and present their products to the end users,” Haulofu said.
He said the village council is just the facilitator, but the main players will be agricultural service providers, who will engage with their customers.
He said Agra, Meatco, the Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev), Agribank and the agriculture ministry are expected to participate at the Omaludi Festival.
“Apart from the cattle parade, farmers are expected to bring their agricultural produce from their fields. That is why we decided to host this event during this time, when farmers are harvesting their produce,” he said
Haulofu said the cattle competition will take place on 30 May.
Ten farmers have already registered to participate in the competition, but those who are interested are still welcome to come on board.
“This is a traditional event and there are people in communities with good experience. We will use these people as our judges. They will assess the quality of cattle to determine the winners. Judgments on cattle are ultimately based on which animal is worth the award,” he explained.
According to Haulofu, the event has support from Nikodemus Architectural Design, Agribank and the Mangetti Farmers Association. The patrons are deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and business moguls Leake Hangala and Sven Thieme.
“We are inviting the entire Namibia to come and witness the first-ever Omaludi Festival. We are also inviting investors to come and explore business opportunities in Okongo. If you are investing in Okongo, you are investing in the future,” he said.
Northern Cape Tourism won an Outdoor Stand Gold award at the Indaba. At the Indaba the province promoted the Northern Cape’s numerous tourism offerings from adventure-based experiences, authentic cultural attractions to the "gems" experiences.
“The Northern Cape Tourism proved once again that it can participate fully in the international arena. As is the case every year, our stands attracted more buyers this year. This is precisely because we improve on our products each year,” said Jack.
“We held a successful diamond draw competition which saw two people winning high quality diamonds mined in our Province. The Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA) also cemented our long-standing partnership with the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA).
The agreement will see the two provinces cross-selling the two regions as a Cape Experience and creating travel draw cards to both provinces.
Jack welcomed the renaming of Vanderkloof Dam after Nelson Mandela.
The 18 Northern Cape Gems also attracted the interest of buyers at the Hidden Gems Village and at the speed marketing sessions during Indaba with the line-up ranging from culture, heritage and history, to the township vibe, the wildlife and adventure.
The hidden gems included small business tour operators, accommodation, arts and crafts attractions, restaurant owners and adventure operators.
“Our SMMEs have been identified as productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development in the Northern Cape. They are considered an important contributor to the economy as drivers for job creating,” he said.
They are the council's strategic executive for corporate services and administration, Herman Haingura, divisional head of roads Leevi Kakukuru and divisional head of environmental health Sitembinkosi Moyo.
Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo said this week that the chairperson of the management committee, Annastacia Antonio, had worked closely with private investigator Linus Neumbo on the matter and Neumbo should be asked why there were allowed to resume their duties.
Neumbo explained that the three employees had been placed on “precautionary suspension” and not on “punitive suspension”.
“So, the purpose of the precautionary suspension is not to punish an employee, but to create a conducive environment to conduct unhindered investigations,” he said.
Investigations against the three were finalised and charges were formulated, he said.
Charges were also brought against CEO Romanus Haironga, who had been suspended and reinstated earlier.
“This means that they now have to plead. If they plead guilty then we do mitigations. In this case, all four pleaded not guilty,” Neumbo said.
Because they pleaded not guilty, in terms of regulations, the council is expected to constitute disciplinary hearings.
The three employees and the CEO were reinstated, pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearings, he said.
The town council was preparing for the hearings and the employees would be notified when and where they would take place, Neumbo said.
It is alleged that Kakukuru in July 2017 pretended to act as an agent of the town council's spokesperson, Benjamin Makayi, and entered into two bogus land sale agreements with a local businessman.
Moyo was arrested in early August for alleged contravention of immigration laws and is being investigated on infringements of the Local Authorities Act. She is now out on bail.
Haingura was arrested last year on two counts of corruption.
Haironga was suspended in July 2017 to allow unhindered investigations into his conduct.
Eenhana in Ohangwena Region has been making positive strides in terms of servicing residential plots for its residents.
On Monday, Eenhana mayor Amos Nangolo tabled the budget which is subjected to ministerial approval.
The budget is 6.4% lower than that of the previous year but Nangolo was confident that the council would be able to meet its objectives with the limited resources at its disposal.
“The council has prepared the 2018/19 budget under precarious conditions due to the fact that the Namibian economy is still under extreme pressure. This budget comes at a time after the Namibian economy had endured its most precarious phase. It is an economy at a turning point and this budget is a funding compact for growth, bringing about investments and promoting improved service delivery,” Nangolo said.
“It is a fiscal proposition to further consolidate non-core spending and align resources to core local priorities.”
Nangolo said although the council had made positive strides in servicing plots and constructing houses, the demand was still high and the council did not have the necessary funds to meet the demand.
“The importance of timely delivery of serviced land for both residential and businesses cannot be overemphasised. The demand for housing and business erven continues to outgrow the supply completely and the fact that the council does not have the necessary resources to tackle this challenge,” Nangolo said.
However, Nangolo said through public private partnerships (PPPs) they managed to address the high demand for serviced erven and construction of houses.
“I am proud to announce that the various PPP initiatives that the council has entered into with a couple of developers are bearing fruits,” Nangolo said.
This included the completion of 600 houses by Greywall Properties at Omhito Extensions 2 and 3, the development of Extension 3 by Formosa Island, the development of 180 plots through a Development Bank of Namibia and Eenhana town council joint venture.
Nangolo said the council's target to develop at least 6 500 plots by the year 2020 through PPPs was still possible.
The budget shows a surplus of N$280 000, which he said was the result of being prudent during the economic difficulties.
Llewellyn Bezuidenhout, who works as a senior accountant at the Public Service Medical Aid Scheme (PSEMAS), allegedly took a bribe from a business owner to speed up and prioritise the processing of medical claims.
Bezuidenhout was arrested last week Friday on a charge of corruptly and intentionally using his position in order to obtain a gratification for himself.
He appeared before the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday and was granted N$10 000 bail. His case was postponed to 29 June for further investigation.
According to the ACC the case involved medical aid claims to the value of N$1.35 million dating back to 2016.
The ACC says a complaint was made on 13 April by a service provider for various medical practitioners, indicating that claims submitted were not being processed.
Documentation for the claims in question was apparently lost and the service provider had to approach PSEMAS with a motivation and copies of the claims in order for them to re-consider, evaluate and then authorise Methealth Namibia to process and pay the claims.
These claims are normally referred to as “stale approvals”. The particular service provider allegedly had made efforts since November 2017 to get PSEMAS to consider these claims for the period October 2016 to February 2017.
According to the ACC, a whistleblower became suspicious because of the delay in the processing of the claims and during a meeting with Bezuidenhout recorded their conversation.
Bezuidenhout suggested that staff at Methealth, the administrators of PSEMAS, needed to be paid “incentives” in order to process the claims and to prioritise them.
The whistleblower approached the Anti-Corruption Commission and all further conversations between her and Bezuidenhout were recorded.
Bezuidenhout then allegedly suggested that an amount of N$50 000 should be paid to him in order to ensure that the claims would be processed as a priority.
During a sting operation Bezuidenhout was paid N$40 000, after which he started providing proof of processing of some of the claims a few days later and requested payment of the remaining N$10 000.
In addition, the ACC questioned an employee of Methealth Namibia about allegations that she had received N$1 000 from Bezuidenhout for urgently processing the claims. She was not detained, but is the subject of further investigation.
The ACC said it had the past received allegations that claims were being “slowed down” in order to create an environment where claimants would be tempted to pay bribes in order to get their claims processed.
That information was insufficient to initiate criminal cases, though.
The ACC requests anyone else who has been requested to pay bribes and eventually paid bribes to come forward and to disclose such information to the Commission.