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- 05/16/18--16:00: “Business as usual at Etosha Fishing
- 05/16/18--16:00: 'Harambee Boys' hit back
- 05/16/18--16:00: Katima protest group at loggerheads with council
- 05/16/18--16:00: Dukwe refugees given 11 July ultimatum
- 05/16/18--16:00: Africa briefs
- 05/16/18--16:00: Murder accused cop denied bail
- 05/16/18--16:00: Works denies selling govt flats
- 05/16/18--16:00: Totem
- 05/16/18--16:00: 'Whites only' agent fined, assistant fired
- 05/16/18--16:00: Commercial slaughtering plummets by 45%
- 05/16/18--16:00: Illegal sand mining divides Uukwambi
- 05/17/18--16:00: Thrills and spills
- 05/17/18--16:00: CUCSA trials call-up
- 05/17/18--16:00: Kavango East urged to get serious about sport
- 05/17/18--16:00: Hamas official says 50 members killed this week
- 05/17/18--16:00: Burundi holds referendum
- 05/17/18--16:00: Senegal student's death sparks fresh university clashes
- 05/17/18--16:00: Uudhano womashina itawu popilwa
- 05/17/18--16:00: Okongo tayi ka ninga oshituthi shOmaludi
“Our cannery has been fully operational since January and we anticipate continuing normal operations for the remainder of the year. I am also confident that we will be operational until the end of 2019,” Etosha Fishing managing director Pieter Greeff says. He gives the assurance that all seasonal workers will be employed by the company for the same period as in the past when locally caught pilchards were processed at its land-based factory.
This assurance comes as the first bulk shipment of 3 300 metric tonnes of frozen pilchard was offloaded at the Port of Walvis Bay for processing at Etosha Fishing’s world class cannery last week.
In recent weeks the company also concluded and signed this year’s wage agreement with the Namibia Seamen and Allied Workers Union (NASAWU) for all its seasonal land-based employees.
“We had to devise various plans and business strategies to ensure that our cannery remains operational, even if it means we only operate at a break-even level. If we had to close down our cannery as a result of the moratorium on pilchard catches, it would spell the end of Namibia’s pilchard industry. Restarting the factory would be too costly,” Greeff explains. He adds that the company fully supports the moratorium which will hopefully allow the country’s pilchard resource time to recover.
With Namibia’s pilchard resource under pressure for the past decade now, the company has imported in excess of 50 000 metric tons of frozen pilchards for processing on local soil since 2010, which has been sustaining local jobs and continues to serve as a significant boost for the local economy of Walvis Bay. In recent years the company also made substantial investments in thawing equipment in order to process the imported frozen pilchards more efficiently.
Etosha Fishing has been canning pilchards for the revered Lucky Star brand since 1999 and last year secured a contract to can pilchards for the Glenryck brand.
In terms of local product innovation, the company broke ground in 2013 with the introduction of Namibia’s first canned horse mackerel product range called Efuta Maasbanker. It was the first locally canned product to receive the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) Standard Mark of Conformity product endorsement. The range of products, which includes horse mackerel in tomato sauce, chilli sauce and brine, is Halaal certified and is a proudly Namibian product displaying the Team Namibia logo. It was successfully introduced to the Namibian retail market in 2014 and showed tremendous uptake, with sales increasing from an initial 80 000 trays (960 000 cans) sold in the first year to an estimated 400 000 trays (4.8 million cans) sold annually at present.
Etosha Fishing continues to invest heavily in product innovation with the launch of an Efuta Maasbanker curry flavour imminent and product testing of a minced horse mackerel product also currently under way.
Furthermore, Etosha Fishing utilised its own refrigerated seawater trawling vessel for the landing of wet horse mackerel for land-based processing in line with the company’s horse mackerel quota.
Planning is under way to build an on-shore facility to freeze horse mackerel not suitable for canning.
“Despite the current pressures of a dwindling pelagic resource, Etosha Fishing is determined to remain steadfast in our commitment to sustainable resource management, job creation and industry development,” says Greeff. He notes that the company will also continue to import frozen pilchard in order to remain afloat and will continue to develop and diversify its horse mackerel products.
He denied this, saying they are using a “talk less and work more” approach and were not, in the words of their detractors, the “Harambee Boys”.
However, in the same breath he threatened to suspend and expel all SPYL members who insult the current government and party leadership.
Nekongo made these remarks in Oshakati on Tuesday during a regional visit to Oshana, where he said insulting and discrediting party and government leaders on social media is not ethical and should be condemned.
He seemingly made this in direct reference to the former crop of SPYL leaders that included Elijah Ngurare, Job Amupanda and many others, who have been at the forefront of a sustained campaign against President Hage Geingob and his administration since the outcome of the 2012 Swapo elective congress.
With Amupanda as its spokesperson and Ngurare as its secretary, SPYL became known as fearless attack dogs, when it came to issues involving the youth, but were also painted as anti-Geingob and factionalist.
Nekongo said the current SPYL leadership focuses less on entertaining their critics, whom he said occasionally attack them on different platforms, especially social media, by calling them the 'Harambee Boys'.
He said although they can respond negatively, they instead focus on working hard on issues like nation-building, without necessarily seeking fame.
“People are saying we are quiet because we are not insulting the president. We are doing our work but we are not putting it out there. If people are out there expecting us to insult our leaders, we won't do that. That is not leadership,” Nekongo said.
He said there are those that are trying by all means to destabilise the current government under Geingob's leadership.
He attributed the recent attacks on Geingob's administration to the outcome of the 2017 Swapo elective congress.
Last November's congress saw Geingob's 'Team Harambee' winning a landslide victory over another faction calling itself 'Team Swapo', which was largely led by, among others, Jerry Ekandjo, Nahas Angula, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Armas Amukwiyu.
Nekongo said the people who are trying to destabilise the government are the ones who were not happy with the congress outcome, where Geingob was overwhelmingly elected as Swapo president.
Nekongo said the factionalism within Swapo had also played out over the weekend at Founding President Sam Nujoma's 89th birthday celebration, which was held at Etunda village in the Omusati Region.
“This congress hangover must come to an end. This thing of Team Harambee and Team Swapo is a serious problem. I was really not impressed with the founding president's birthday celebrations, where Sam Nujoma was talking about unity in his speech but people there were doing otherwise,” Nekongo said.
He also lashed out at social media politics, which he described as a waste of time, saying issues within Swapo or government will not be solved by insulting of leaders on Facebook.
“In the Swapo Party we have structures to deal with issues and not Facebook.
We must take an engaging approach, where we consult our leaders. Some of these wars people are fighting are not theirs.
We were not in exile and we don't know what who did to each other. We the youth must focus on unity and making Namibia great,” Nekongo said.
He said at the SPYL congress, which also took place last year, there was resolution on a code of conduct that will be used to discipline members.
Nekongo said drastic measures such as suspension and expulsion will be taken against offenders, especially those insulting the country's leaders.
He also used the opportunity to engage party members on issues that affect the economy and encouraged youth to venture into business and agriculture.
The issue of the lack of SPYL leadership at Uuvudhiya constituency was also discussed and Nekongo said plans are in place to address the situation amicably.
Sampofu called the meeting a day after a mass protest took place at the town in response to multiple allegations of maladministration and corruption against members of the town council and CEO Raphael Liswaniso.
Siseho Kamwi, a spokesperson for the group that marshalled residents to stage a second protest within a month, told Namibian Sun that the walkout took place after their request to the governor to exclude all members of the town council, including the CEO, was ignored.
“Before the meeting we told the governor our democratic rights should not be violated. We didn't want the town councillors or the CEO to be part of the meeting. Then he ignored our request.”
Kamwi said their demand was based on the town council's previous actions and defiance of an alleged order that water meter installations, a key rally point for Monday's protest, be stopped until further consultations.
“They undermined that resolution taken on 8 May that all installations of water meters should be stopped until the problems are resolved,” he explained.
“That is why we left the meeting on Tuesday,” he added.
Monday's petition included a demand that all water meters that had been installed should be removed, and residents should be refunded the more than N$3 000 they claim to have paid for the installation.
Governor Sampofu yesterday told Namibian Sun that the meeting was called to address the issues listed by the protestors in the petition handed over to the authorities on Monday.
He said in addition to inviting the members of the town council, and members of the protest committee, he also invited suburb committees, who remained for the duration of the meeting.
Sampofu said he did not know why the organising committee left the meeting and had not received feedback from them.
In response to accusations contained in the petition that the town council has been “captured” by a local Chinese company, ABC Investments cc, which has been awarded at least 13 tenders since 2014, an investigation will be launched and feedback provided to the community in due course, it was revealed during the meeting, according to Sampofu.
He said Liswaniso also informed those present that the tenders listed in the petition had been awarded before he was appointed as CEO.
Sampofu said the community would be informed how the tenders were advertised and awarded and “why it was given to one Chinese company”.
Sampofu told Namibian Sun that the suburb committees were reminded that although meetings had been arranged to consult residents on the topic of water meters, very few residents attended.
“There were very, very few people who came to those meetings. People were not attending,” he said.
During the discussion on Tuesday, the governor said more community meetings would be held next week to address the grievances listed in the petition.
Monday's petition included a number of demands, including an urgent plea for urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga to visit the town in person to review the grievances.
The protesters further demanded that all Swapo councillors be recalled by the party's secretary-general, based on accusations that included illegal house demolitions, ignoring public procurement regulations and not working in the interest of the residents.
They further demanded that Liswaniso be forced to resign immediately, as he was allegedly incapable of carrying out his mandate.
They accused Liswaniso of refusing to “consult, communicate and coordinate with the residents.”
Other demands included that the advisory board of the Katima Mulilo town council should be dissolved immediately.
Namibians residing in the Dukwe refugee camp in Botswana have been given until 11 July to leave the country.
The announcement was made by Botswana’s defence minister Shaw Kgathi recently when he addressed a crowd at Dukwe.
According to him, following the cessation of their refugee status in December 2015 and a subsequent Botswana High Court case that interdicted their repatriation, they should go back to Namibia.
The Botswana government, Kgathi said, considered Namibia to be stable, safe and secure, with well-functioning governing institutions that observe the rule of law.
This view, he said, was also supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as evidenced by the decision to invoke the cessation of the refugee status granted to those at Dukwe.
Namibia’s home affairs minister Frans Kapofi said recently plans were in full swing for the repatriation of the refugees.
According to him, the Namibian government is working closely with the UNHCR and the Botswana government to guarantee the safe return of the group.
“Government is committed to the principle of voluntary repatriation as a durable solution; hence we are working together with the government of Botswana and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to ensure their return, in a dignified manner,” Kapofi said.
Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi had warned during a recent state visit to Namibia the refugees would be regarded as illegal immigrants, should they fail to return home.
He confirmed they no longer enjoyed refugee status and Botswana.
“There are laws that govern what you do and how you conduct the business of illegal immigrants and that will follow.
“If there are Batswana who are in Namibia as illegal immigrants, I am sure the laws of Namibia will also result in them being assisted to go home.
“So we await the outcome of possible engagement, but we want to make this clear,” Masisi was quoted as saying.
The group fled to Botswana after a failed attempt to secede the then Caprivi Region from Namibia in the late 1990s.
The Botswana government initially planned to deport the remaining Namibians living at Dukwe by 31 December 2015.
However, in January 2016 the Botswana High Court halted the planned deportation of the remaining 880 refugees.
According to Namibia’s ministry of home affairs, there are a reported 906 refugees currently resident in Dukwe. -Additional reporting by the Botswana Press Agency
South Africa’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% of the labour force in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the last quarter of 2017, the statistics office said on Tuesday.
In its quarterly labour force survey which polls households, Statistics South Africa said there were 6 million people without jobs in the three months to the end of March, compared with 5.9 million people in the final three months of last year.
Nigeria gives more oil purchase deals to local firms
State oil firm NNPC has awarded 50 companies with contracts to buy Nigerian crude and more than half of them are local firms, foreign and Nigerian trading sources said.
Of the total, 32 were local companies, doubling the number of awards to Nigerian firms compared to 2017.
NNPC also awarded contracts to supply crude to 12 governments, although it was not clear how many of the deals would be handled by the companies already on the list of awards.
South Africa aims to finalise mining charter in June
South Africa aims to finalise a third version of a hotly contested mining charter in June, mines minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday, later than the government had predicted last month.
The government and miners have been locked in difficult negotiations over the charter, which lays out requirements for black ownership levels and other targets, after the industry opposed revisions proposed by Mantashe’s predecessor.
Nigerian annual inflation falls to more than two year low in April
Annual inflation in Nigeria stood at 12.48% in April, its lowest level in more than two years and its 15th straight monthly drop, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
It fell from 13.34% in March. A separate food price index showed inflation at 14.80% in April, compared with 16.08% in March.
Food inflation has been in double figures for nearly three years, but has slowed for the past six months.
Nigeria sign US$6b rail project agreement with Chinese firm
Nigeria on Tuesday signed an agreement of US$6.68 billion with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for a major segment of rail line linking the economic capital Lagos with Kano, northern Nigeria's commercial hub.
"The signing of the Ibadan-Kaduna segment contract agreement today (Tuesday) concludes all outstanding segments of the Lagos-Kano rail line," said a statement by Nigeria's transport ministry.
CCECC confirmed to Xinhua the signing of the agreement Tuesday.
This was his second bail application, after he was initially refused bail by the Gobabis district court.
Judge Johanna Salionga emphasised that Awaseb's deteriorating health did not address the issue of public interest or the interests of the administration of justice.
“The cited new grounds of the bail application has not changed the position that it is not in the public interest to release the applicant on bail,” Salionga said.
“The stopping of (his) salary and (his) inability to pay creditors are ordinary consequences of detention and do not warrant the granting of bail.”
Awaseb's new bail application facts were that the investigation against him was now complete and that the holding police cells at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where he is kept, are not properly ventilated. As a result he is developing breathing problems.
He said he is also facing the inability to maintain himself and honour his creditors, and that he has a fixed address.
The accused is scheduled to appear for plea and trial on July 2018 in the Windhoek High Court.
He is facing multiple charges of murder and attempted murder, read in conjunction with the Combatting of Domestic Violence Act, with alternative charges of the negligent discharge or handling of a firearm and the unlawful possession of a weapon and ammunition.
It is alleged that Awaseb shot dead 18-year-old Odilo Rathebe Motonane on 22 March 2016.
Awaseb allegedly shot the diseased after he found him with his former girlfriend, Mildred Haoses.
The suspect is also accused of attempted murder in that he shot and wounded Haoses. He also attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself, but survived.
He is also facing a charge of malicious damage to property in that he during the period 18 to 22 March 2018 intentionally damaged a home theatre system that was lawfully in Haoses' possession. The accused threw it on the ground with the intent to injure the complainant inside her property, it is alleged.
Miese Tjituri appears for the defence, while Cliff Litubezi is the prosecutor.
An SMS that appeared in the media earlier this month alleged that the ministry was selling all flats under its management to private companies.
Not so, said the ministry, adding that it was merely soliciting proposals from “experienced and professional companies” dealing with property management to conduct an assessment of the government flats and to develop an integrated framework or guidelines on how these flats across the country should be outsourced, maintained and managed.
It expects such companies to assess the current status of these flats and develop an accurate housing database, develop guidelines and recommendations on how outsourcing of the flats can be done, and to propose public-private-partnership arrangements for the maintenance of the flats, as well as developing tender specifications for the outsourcing of these flats.
A cabinet decision to have the rental of these flats outsourced was already taken in 2010, but has seemingly not been implemented yet.
Many of these flats and other government housing, occupied by government employees and family members, have fallen into disrepair with maintenance and cleaning services seemingly not being done.
The ministry, in a press statement issued yesterday, acknowledged that its tenants “are not contributing” towards the actual operational and maintenance costs and only pay a minimal percentage of their gross monthly salaries for rent.
Those living in one-bedroom or bachelor's flats pay a measly 4% of their gross monthly salary for rent. For a two- to three-bedroom flat, tenants only pay 6% of their salaries and for four-bedroom or larger flats or houses they pay only 8%.
Despite this, the ministry said many of its tenants either do not pay the applicable percentage rent or do not pay rent at all. There are also many who are illegally squatting in these government buildings and many “legal” tenants sub-let rooms or entire apartments to third parties or conduct commercial businesses or other illegal activities from these government properties.
The ministry also acknowledged being in arrears with its payment of municipal services to the Windhoek municipality and other local authorities.
The ministry said where government flats or developments are equipped with water and/or electricity meters, the tenants pay the actual costs of consumption.
Most of the government complexes, however, are only equipped with one bulk meter, and the works ministry foots the bill for the water and electricity consumption and also pays the rates and taxes, as well as all other related costs such as for refuse removal.
“We had to devise various plans and business strategies to ensure that our cannery remains operational, even if it means we only operate at a break-even level.”- Pieter Greeff, MD, Etosha Fishing
Is the amount budgeted for the development of communal areas during the three year MTEF period.
Priority budget for lower courts
Of the N$100.1 million development budget allocation for the ministry of justice’s 13 projects in 2018/2019, about 42% goes to the upgrading and construction of lower courts project.
The Namibia Estate Agent Board (NEAB) has fined estate agent Holle Van Breda N$1 000 each for two contraventions of its code of conduct, after the posting a property advert which stipulated that only “Caucasians” or whites should apply.
The advert has sparked outrage across the country.
According to NEAB manager Festus Unengu, Van Breda will have to pay N$2 000 following Tuesday’s hearing, while her employer Sky Real Estate will be fined separately.
NEAB has also appealed to the prosecutor-general and ombudsman’s offices to look into Van Breda’s alleged violation of provisions of the Racial Discrimination Prohibition Act.
According to Unengu, who has a legal background, Van Breda has violated sections 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 16 of the Act.
However, he emphasised that in as much as the board condemns the estate agent and her agency, it does not have locus standi and cannot take the matter to court on behalf potential clients.
“The NEAB can only sanction estate agents in terms of our legislation and our regulations; we cannot go beyond that. Who can go beyond that is the prosecutor-general and the ombudsman,” he said
Unengu added he will implement a “sledge hammer and nut approach”, in order to make sure acts like these are never repeated.
Meanwhile, Ombudsman Advocate John Walters said he will look into NEAB’s appeal once he receives it.
He said the biggest challenge in Namibia is that people want instant justice and the current legal framework does not provide sufficient protection of a person’s rights to equality and dignity, as well as equal access to Namibian courts.
According to Walters the only solution will be an equality court and a court environment that creates space for perpetrator and victim to tell their stories, so that systemic inequality, racism, hate speech and racial discrimination, which seems to have survived apartheid, can be eradicated.
“Even if I take up the matter it will be an exercise in futility; the Racial Prohibition Act is so watered down that there is very little one can do. I can only summon the person and ask them why they did what they did and ask them to apologise,” said Walters.
He added the huge backlog of criminal cases on the lower courts’ roll and the unending postponement of cases, often resulting in long delays, discourages victims of racism and racial discrimination from seeking justice in our courts.
Meanwhile, Sky Estate Agency issued a statement in which it apologised for the advertisement and announced it has dismissed Van Breda’s personal assistant.
“We as Sky Estates does not condone racism, we are at service to the whole nation, irrespective of nationality or colour. On behalf of Sky Estates and Holle van Breda we would like to sincerely apologise if we have offended anyone and there is no place in our beautiful Namibia for such a comment.”
Van Breda told Namibian Sun they want to put this incident behind them and move on.
“We have already put out a lot of declarations in the public and now through the media, as we were instructed by the NEAB,” said Van Breda.
She added that PA was subjected to a disciplinary hearing before his dismissal.
Elaborating on the challenges the company is facing, Meatco's executive for stakeholder relations and corporate affairs, Vehaka Tjimune, said in a presentation that the number of commercially farmed cattle slaughtered by Meatco has been slowly declining.
A decline of nearly 45.5% in the number of cattle from commercial farms slaughtered at Meatco has been recorded since 2016. The number of cattle slaughtered south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence declined by more than 10% during the same period.
“The gap has been increasing steadily. Pasture-raised cattle only comprise 43.7% of the total throughput at Meatco,” said Tjimune.
Meatco plans to increase throughput at abattoirs and feedlots are planned for the south, Kavango, Omusati and Oshana regions.
Tjimune was speaking during a familiarisation visit by agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb to Meatco.
He said another challenge for Meatco was a lack of working capital caused by serious cash-flow constraints.
The underutilisation of existing slaughter capacity, weaner exports, a lack of markets for meat from the Northern Communal Areas, and regulatory issues are also challenge, Tjimune mentioned.
!Naruseb told the Meatco board and its management team that they should start with a clean slate and not dwell on past mistakes.
He said they were there to work on advancing the company in order to serve the nation better.
Former agriculture minister John Mutorwa did not always see eye to eye with the Meatco board and management, resulting in a lot of controversy over the years.
!Naruseb said he was familiarising himself with all state-owned enterprises falling under the agriculture ministry.
“I am primarily here today to learn what you are doing, how you are doing it and to see where we can draw some synergies between my responsibilities as minister and Meatco,” he said.
Tjimune said the company's annual revenue amounted to N$1.4 billion. Based on audited figures of January this year, the company made a loss of N$42.9 million.
The company generated N$795 million in foreign sales in comparison to N$1.2 billion the previous year.
In terms of value, the international market accounted for 56% of Meatco's revenue, while more than 40,3% of the production volume was sold locally in Namibia.
In addition, 53.12% of all beef revenue was returned to producers in the form of the producer price.
Meatco had a market share of approximately 17% of the Namibian cattle market, said Tjimune.
He said the company's slaughter capacity consists of 250 cattle a day at its Windhoek abattoir, while the mobile slaughter unit can slaughter 25 cattle per day. The Okahandja abattoir has been turned into a cold-storage unit.
Figures from 2016/17 indicated that Meatco expected to slaughter just over 95 400 cattle during the reporting period, but ultimately slaughtered only 91 558.
The production capacity of the Meatco tannery is 980 hides per day while there are 14 500 cattle standing at its feedlots.
Tjimune said the mobile slaughtering unit in the northern communal areas has a lot of benefits. Because it brings an abattoir to the farmers, it puts less stress on the animals and also uses local labour.
Other benefits include lower production costs and improved food hygiene and safety standards.
“It operates within the areas which have been closed off due to FMD and access better quality cattle currently not slaughtered through the formal market,” said Tjimune.
The unit can also be used in areas south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence and for game.
The traditional authority yesterday furiously responded to a Namibian Sun exposé about the illegal activities that have reportedly continued unabated, while the government has been accused of ignoring the environmental destruction.
Uukwambi chief Herman Ndilimani Iipumbu denied allegations made by the Iiheke ya Nakele committee, which had demanded transparency, including where the sand miners had received the authorisation from to conduct their activities.
The traditional authority yesterday said it used the proceeds from sand mining to buy coffins. The committee had alleged at a meeting held at Ekamba on 5 May that sand was being mined without the community's consent and that the proceeds were not benefiting locals.
However, the traditional authority claimed yesterday that negotiations around sand mining had taken place 40 years ago and there was no need to hold fresh talks on the matter.
“The so-called committee of Iiheke ya Nakele should cease to conduct illegal meetings aimed at insulting and tarnishing the good image of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority and its leaders,” the statement reads.
“That burrow pit came into existence in the year 1978, the community concerned was duly consulted through community meetings with the late Fillemon Amwaani and Johannes Nelumbu who were the headman of Ekamba and Onenongo villages respectively during that time, therefore the claims of non-consultation hold no water.”
This argument clearly contradicts the Environmental Management Act of 2007, which states that all government institutions, companies, other organisations and individuals that are involved in the planning or undertaking of listed activities, including sand mining, must apply the principles outlined in the Act.
This means that anyone who wants to mine sand must be in possession of an environmental clearance certificate, which is issued after an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been completed successfully.
For an EIA to be successful the majority of the affected community must not object to the proposal or the environmental commissioner will not issue a clearance certificate.
Meanwhile, the traditional authority also contradicted itself when pressed about the funds collected from sand mining. At first, Iipumbu claimed they do not sell the sand, but later acknowledged that companies were being charged N$100 per load.
However, some sources claimed companies pay as little as N$300 per load to local traditional authorities and sell it for as much as N$1 500 or more to developers and contractors in urban areas.
The traditional authority also refused to entertain questions when asked whether the size of the truck was used to determine the cost.
The traditional authority claimed that it had used the sand mining proceeds between 2011 and 2016 to purchase 16 coffins.
Some of the local farmers have complained of losing livestock in the massive pits left behind by sand miners. This reporter came across a dead goat in one of the pits at Ekamba.
Iipumbu maintained that the pits were not dangerous and attributed livestock deaths several years ago to the seasonal efundja flood.
He also said the traditional authority had rehabilitated some of the pits by refilling them.
“I can take you to some areas where there were burrow pits and we have filled them up and is that not protecting the environment?” Iipumbu questioned.
It will be tears from one team and joy for the other, with both sides ready to fire on all cylinders.
The match will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 16:00.
Last year's final between Young African and Mighty Gunners was unforgettable, as both clubs laid it on thick in a thrilling final that produced five goals.
Young African ended as the winning side, with a narrow 3-2 victory.
Although it is unusual for a final to produce so many goals, fans hope that the game between African Stars and Unam will be just as electrifying as last year's final.
“I have seen many competitions before and I must say that the Debmarine Cup has often produced some of the greatest moments in local football history.
“I am looking forward to watching this final, even if my team Orlando Pirates are not in the final,” said old-timer Mike Jacobs.
Unam FC will go into the final without a cup win, ever since the prestigious knockout competition was played as the NFA Cup 28 years ago. African Stars will however be bursting with confidence, given that they have won the competition four times.
Stars last won the tournament in 2014. The club, based in the heart of Katutura, are eager to surpass fellow cup kings Chief Santos, who have also won the tournament on four occasions.
For Stars, winning the competition will also mean that they will go two trophies ahead local rivals Black Africa, Orlando Pirates and Tigers, who have all won the tournament three times.
It is however not going to be a walk in the park for the Reds, given the stealth that Unam have displayed throughout the competition.
The university side has proven to be a bogey team to bigger clubs, after eliminating Black Africa in their semi-final clash via a 5-3 penalty shootout victory.
Unam showed a never-say-die attitude, after they came from behind to force extra time and then penalties.
They will want to register their name in the history books of the competition for the first time.
On the other hand, African Stars have had to dig deep in their last two encounters, in order to secure a spot in the final of the competition.
Ronald Ketjijere's last minute goal in extra time in the semis was enough to break Civics hearts and book their place against Unam in the final.
It was evident that the league champions were suffering from a bit of fatigue, after working hard in order to win the premier league this season.
It is therefore not a done deal that Stars will win the double, especially if the university boys put in a brave performance tomorrow.
Stars will be backed by the head-to-head stats, which show that they have beaten Unam 1-0 and 3-2 this season.
“Our team is ready and I call upon all the fans to come to the stadium to support the boys.
“We respect Unam for the effort they have put in to get to the final, but we want to win the double this season and that is very important for us,” African Stars skipper Pat-Navin Uanivi said.
Unam captain Heini Isaacks said his team will be ready to make history on Saturday.
“We know that African Stars are a strong team and are prepared to win the double.
“We are however going to play good football in order to stop them from winning the double.
“Our aim is to play well and to ensure that football is the winner on the day,” Isaacks said.
Playing kit and tracksuits for the two clubs were handed over on Thursday, as a prelude to one of them walking away with the grand prize of N$500 000.
The previous winners of the cup competition are as follows:
Black Africa (1990), Chief Santos (1991), Liverpool (1992), Black Africa (1993), Blue Waters (1994), Tigers (1995) Tigers (1996), 1997 (not contested), Chief Santos (1998), Chief Santos (1999), Chief Santos (2000), 2001 (not contested), Orlando Pirates (2002), FC Civics (2003), Black Africa (2004), Ramblers (2005), Orlando Pirates (2006), African Stars (2007), FC Civics (2008), Orlando Pirates (2009), African Stars (2010), Eleven Arrows (2011), 2012 (not contested), African Stars (2013), African Stars (2014) Tigers (2015), 2016 (not contested) and Young African (2017).
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The preliminary squad will go through trials to prepare for the upcoming CUCSA Games slated for Botswana between 18 and 29 June.
Botswana was supposed to host the games in 2020, but Angola's withdrawal has meant an early involvement for the country.
Tisan head coach Willem Kapukare confirmed the list of footballers and said all the players are students at various tertiary institutions.
Kapukare further said players are eligible to play in the games a year after graduating, as per rules.
The team will be trimmed to 20 before the team travels.
The games will be played in different facilities in Botswana, among them Lekidi Centre, the national stadium, Botho University and the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN).
Ten countries, namely hosts Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia will compete in different sporting codes such as football, volleyball, softball, badminton, rugby sevens and netball.
However, it was a revealed by a source that the Tisan team might not send any other sports codes to CUCSA due to financial constraints, hence the reason why the names of athletes for other sports codes has not been availed yet.
CUCSA has paved way to professionalism for athletes like Benson Shilongo (Namibia) and Willem Mwedihanga, who play football internationally.
Players called up for trials are as follows:
Vipua Tjimune (African Stars FC), Mekapurua Jaepa (Life Fighters FC), Tobias Uushona (Civics FC), Pat-Neville Uanivi (African Stars FC), Pandeni Kandjabanga, (Unam FC), Gabriel Kapopo (Unam FC), Edwin Kamaundju (Citizen FC), Robinson Iyambo (Civics), Jonathan Mberijandja (Rundu Chiefs), Himeezembi Hengombe (Young African), Romeo Kasume, Tura Magic, Joseph Kuugongelwa (Civics), Festus Festus (Young African), Manfred Kazondume (Tura Magic), Heinrich Isaacks (Unam), Manchester Macgyver, (Unam), Ndjiraere Maharerero (Life Fighters), Ronaldo Tjikurunda (Life Fighters), Muna Katupose , Tara Katupose (Unam) Bony Paulinho, (Unam), Tjiposa Njengomovandu (Unam), Natangwe Shivute (Unam), Panduleni Nekundi, (African Stars) and Tuahefeni Leonard (Tigers).
The players are requested to attend training, starting on Monday at the Unam main campus field B.
-Additional reporting by www.afrobasket.com
The tournament was initiated by the office of Kavango governor Samuel Mbambo and involves teams from all six constituencies.
The second edition of the Werengendje Cup is slated for August this year.
Haingura said in order for the region to prepare for competitions such as the national Youth Games that ended recently in Windhoek, the leadership of the region, from the regional to the town councils, should become more serious about sport.
Haingura explained that 'Werengendje' has become the region's motto and has thus also been adopted by the youth in Kavango East as their motto.
The word means termite and is also used for an agriculture programme aimed at making Kavango East inhabitants self-sufficient.
“I'm asking our leadership structures, including the Rundu town council, to help the youth in achieving their goals,” Haingura said.
He added once the leadership becomes serious about sport, it will help the youth become fit to compete against other regions at sporting competitions, which would in turn help Kavango East reach its objective of becoming a competitive force during national events.
The chairperson suggested leaders and the business community to collaborate and help out, by sponsoring events or donating sport equipment, because some of the young athletes cannot afford sporting gear.
“We are asking the business community to come on board,” Haingura said. He further explained the format of the Werengendje Cup will change this year, as besides football and netball, participants will also compete in sports codes such as athletics and boxing.
The tournament will be used by regional sport organisers to select teams that will represent Kavango East during national events.
The remarks made on Wednesday were seized upon by Israel in an attempt to fend off harsh global criticism over the deaths and prove they were orchestrated and led by the Islamist movement Hamas. Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday when tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers approached the fence and sought to break through. For more than six weeks, marchers have been demanding the right to return to their homes seized by Israel in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of the Jewish state. Two more Palestinians were killed on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700 000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the war.
The bloodshed continued to draw world attention as violence abated late Wednesday, on the eve of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Sporadic cross-border fire was a reminder of the situation's unresolved volatility, however. Pope Francis said he was “very worried” by escalating violence in the Middle East, with Arab foreign ministers set to hold an “extraordinary” meeting Thursday to discuss the situation. And Hamas strongman Yahya Sinwar warned the movement could return to armed resistance. Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the international “silence” over the Gaza killings.
“If the silence on Israel's tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails,” he said. Since border protests and clashes began on March 30, 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire across the Gaza Strip. One Israeli soldier has been reported wounded in that time. Monday's protests coincided with the transfer of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which has deeply angered the Palestinians who see the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state. Hamas said it supported the mass mobilisation of protesters, insisting however it was a peaceful civilian initiative. The Israeli army accuses Hamas of using the cover of the demonstrations to approach and damage the border fence, including laying explosive devices and attacking soldiers, and insists its actions are necessary to defend the border and prevent mass infiltrations. There have been numerous calls for an independent investigation into the deaths, with Britain, Germany and Switzerland among those supporting such action. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also called for an independent probe Wednesday, saying “it is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza”. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt was in communication with both sides “so that this bloodshed would stop”. A senior member of Hamas said most of the Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during border protests and clashes this week were members of the Islamist group. “Fifty of the martyrs were Hamas and 12 from the people. How can Hamas reap the fruits if it pays such an expensive price?” said Salah Bardawil.
He did not give further details about whether they were members of the group's armed or political wing, or what they were doing at the time they were killed.
The referendum comes as Burundi remains mired in a deep political crisis - triggered by Nkurunziza's run for a controversial third term in 2015 - that has killed 1 200 and forced 400 000 from their homes.
Hundreds of people lined up to vote early on Thursday for the vote in which they are merely asked to decide yes or no in the “constitutional referendum of May 2018”, with no question posed on the ballot.
“Long lines have been seen at the opening of polling stations in Bujumbura. Burundian citizens were impatient to go and vote,” presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe wrote on Twitter.
An AFP photographer also reported long lines at polling stations in northern Burundi.
“I came at dawn because I was impatient to vote 'yes' to consolidate the independence and sovereignty of our country,” said a farmer, who gave his name only as Miburo, in the town of Ngozi.
The changes will be adopted if more than 50% of cast ballots are in favour. But with opponents cowed, beaten, killed or living in exile, there seems little doubt the amendments will pass, enabling the 54-year-old Nkurunziza - in power since 2005 - to remain in charge for another 16 years.
The campaign period, like the preceding three years of unrest, has been marked by intimidation and abuse, say human rights groups. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said there had been “a campaign of terror to force Burundians to vote yes”.
“The process ... has been marked by warnings, threats, intimidation and repression,” said FIDH's Tcherina Jerolon.
Witnesses told AFP that in some parts of the capital and countryside, members of the feared youth militia Imbonerakure - accused by rights groups of atrocities during the political crisis - were going door to door ordering people to polling stations to vote.
Some 4.8 million people, or a little under half the population, have signed up to vote, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
A presidential decree ruled earlier this month that anyone advising voters to boycott the vote risks up to three years in jail.
For many critics, the referendum is yet another blow to hopes of lasting peace in the fledgling democracy, which experienced decades of conflict marked by violence between majority Hutu and the minority Tutsi which had long held power.
Decades of sporadic violence exploded in 1993 after the assassination of the country's first Hutu president Melchior Ndadaye, marking the start of a civil war that would last until 2006 and leave more than 300 000 dead.
A peace deal, signed in the Tanzanian city of Arusha in 2000, paved the way to ending the fighting and included a provision that no leader could serve more than two five-year terms. Nkurunziza's third term circumvented that clause and the proposed constitutional amendments will abolish it, increasing terms to seven years and allowing Nkurunziza to stand again in 2020.
Other reforms weaken constitutional constraints over the feared national intelligence agency and allow the revision of ethnic quotas seen as crucial to peace after the war.
The new constitution also gets rid of one of two vice-presidents and shifts powers from the government to the president.
“The Arusha Accord is not only about ethnic quotas, but also measures that ensured the respect of political minorities, the sharing of power but also limiting the power of the majority,” said Thierry Vircoulon, a researcher with the French Institute of International Relations.
“But we know that since 2015 there is no longer security or democracy left in Burundi. That is why the Arusha Accord is already dead, the referendum just officialises its demise,” he said.
Second-year student Mohamed Fallou Sene, 25, was killed after police were called in to quell a protest at Gaston Berger University in the northern city of Saint-Louis on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Ibrahima Ndoye said Wednesday that an autopsy had found Sene “died from a gunshot wound”.
The prosecutor did not specify who fired the shot, but told a press conference that his investigation would wrap up no later than the end of the week.
The death sparked further protests on Wednesday near the University Cheikh Anta Diop in the capital Dakar, with students throwing stones at the police, who responded with tear gas, according to AFP journalists.
Tear gas was also deployed at demonstrations in the southern city of Ziguinchor, a police source told AFP. Several public buildings in the city were ransacked, local press reported.
There were also protests at universities in the cities of Bambey and Thies, and a main higher education union began a strike in solidarity with the students.
At Gaston Berger University, students lead a procession along the area where Sene was killed and observed a moment of prayer.
The initial protest had been over “a grants problem”, interior minister Ali Ngouye Ndiaye said on Tuesday.
Having not received their payments, students insisted on eating at the university restaurants without paying, which prompted the university's authorities to appeal to the police, he added.
President Senegal Macky Sall professed his “deep sadness” over the death on Twitter Tuesday.
“I offer my condolences to the family of the deceased UGB student Mohamed Fallou Sene,” he said. “I have instructed the government to shed light and find those responsible.”
Student demonstrations are common in Senegal but rarely result in death.
Kansela gwoshikandjohogololo shaKatutura Central, Ambrosius Kandjii okwa holola kutya oku li ompinge nuudhano womashina, pethimbo a gandja omaiyuvo ge pethimbo lyompata dhoGaming and Entertainment Control Bill momutumba gwegumbo lyopashigwana mEtiyali.
“Andola onda li ongame tandi lele oshilongo shika, ngeno otandi hulitha po edhano lyomashina moNamibia molwaashoka uudhano mboka owuli omukithi omunene, gu vule niingangamithi,” Kandji a popi.
Okwa popi kutya mboka ye na omashina ngoka otaya tula moshiponga aathigona na ohaya mono iiyemo yoopresenda 70 okuza muudhano mboka.
Fransina Ghauz, naye okwa wayimine oompata ndhoka ta popi kutya uudhano mboka ohawu piki aantu na otawu tula moshiponga shompubwe yiiyemo nokuhwahwameka oluhepo.
“Aanona taya yi kooskola ohaya longithapo iimaliwa yawo mbyoka taya pewa kaavali mokudhana omashina. Aavali ohaya dhana omashina okweetitha ya landithepo iinima yawo yongundu opo ya vule okutsikila okudhana omashina.”
Nonando ongaaka, Kansela gwOpuwo Urban constituency, Weich Mupia ina tsa kumwe naatotimpango mboka, ta popi kutya ompango ndjoka tayi tulwa miilonga oyili ondjila ombwaanawa.
MuApilili gwonuumvo, Ominista yOmidhingoloko, Pohamba Shifeta okwa tula poshitaafula ontotwaveta, ndjoka tayi ka kondolola uudhano womashina ngoka moshilongo.
Ngele oya ningwa ompango, nena oshikondo shaatalelipo otashi ka tula miilonga oshiputudhilo tashi ithanwa gambling board, shoka tashi ka kala niilyo yelelo ihetatu oshowo omunambelewa omukuluntu.
Ompango ompe otayi ka tula woo miilonga omulandu tagu ithanwa
‘central monitoring system’ ngoka tagu ka tothwamo omashina agehe moshilongo onga omukalo gwokugamena aadhani yomashina, nokukwashilipaleka kutya epangeo olya mona iishoshela okuza mongeshefa yomashina ngoka.
Omaludi ethigathano lyopamuthigululwakalo ndyoka hali longithwa kAawambo mokutumbaleka iimuna yawo nokutala mbyoka ya lya nawa, kwiikwatelelwa kongushu yiimuna.
Pahapu dhomunambelewa omukuluntu gwomukunda ngoka, Wodibo Haulofu, okwa popi kutya oshituthi shoka otashi ka kala sha fa omauliko giipundi, na otaku ka kala woo ethigathano lyiimuna dhingi.
Momasiku 28 gaApilili, elelo lyomukunda ngoka olya ningi uulalelo wowina mboka wwe shi pondola okugongela oshimaliwa shooN$370 000.
“Enenedhilaadhilo lyetu oku kambadhala okutota poompito yaanafaalama opo ya vule okuya mongeshefa nokuulika iimuna yawo niilikolomwa yawo yilwe. Ndjika otayi ka kala woo ompito ombwaanawa opo aaadhaninkandangala moshikondo shuunamapya ya ulike iipindi yawo kaalongithi yiilandithomwa yawo.”
Okwa popi kutya elelo lyomukunda ngoka olyo otali ka kala omupokati momauliko ngoka ihe aadhaninkandangala otaya ka kala aagandji yomayakulo muunamapya, na otaya ka pewa ompito opo ya ye moonkundathana naayakulwa yawo.
Okwa popi kutya omahangano ngaashi Agra, Meatco, Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev), Agribank oshowo uuministeli wuunamapya okwa tegelelwa ya kakuthe ombinga momauliko ngoka.
“Kakele kokuulika iimuna yawo, aanafaalama okwa tegelelwa wo ya etelele iilongomwa yawo yomomapya, naashoka osho sha etitha opo tu ninge omauliko ngoka pethimbo ndika, sho aanafaalama opo taya teya iikunwa yawo.”
Haulofu owa popi kutya ethigathano lyiimuna otali ka kala ko momasiku 30 gaMei.
Aanafaalama ya thika pomulongo oyiishangitha nale oo ya ka kuthe ombinga methigathano lyomauliko ngoka ihe naamboka ye na ohokwe natango oya tegelelwa opo yiishangithe.
Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya: “Shoka oshituthi shopamuthigululwakalo na ope na aantu mboka ye na ontseyo ombwaanawa na otatu ka longitha aantu mboka onga aatokoli methigano ndyok. Otaya ka konaakono onkalo nongushu yiimuna mboka nokutokola kutya olye aasidani kwiikwatelelwa kongushu yiimuna yawo.”
Omauliko ngoka oga pewa eyambidhidho kuNikodemus Architectural Design, Agribank oshowo Mangetti Farmers Association. Oopatrona yomauliko ngoka, omupeha prima Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah oshowo aanangeshefa Leake Hangala naSven Thieme.
“Otatu hiya Aanamibia ayene okuza koombinga noombinga opo ye ye ya kale oombangi moshituthi shika shOmaludi shotangotango mondjokonona yetu. Otatu hiya woo aapunguli opo ya thike mOkongo nokuya ya tale oompito dhomapungulo ndhoka tadhi adhika mOkongo, ngeleowa pungula mOkongo oyo pungula monakuyiwa,” Haulofu a popi.
Kauluma ngoka e li omonakadhona gwOmukwaniilwa gwaNdonga, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, okwa li a landa ofaalama yedhina Farm Lahnstein yonomola 193 na okwa tembukile mofaalama ye ndjoka omvula ya piti.
Okwa popi kutya nonando ongaaka ofaalama ndjoka onene noonkondo kuye pamwe noyana yaali mboka haya kala koCanada.
“Inandi hala okukala ongame awike mofaalama onda hala okugandja po oshitopolwa shimwe, kaantu yomoHardap,” Kauluma a popi.
Elelakano lye okugandja oshitopolwa shoka miitopolwa iishona mbyoka tayi vulu okulongithwa muunafaalama uushona naamboka wopokati.
Okwa hala oshitopolwa shoka shi topolwe muungundu 44 naashoka otashi ka gandja uuwanawa kaantu ya thika po 2000.
“Inandi hala okulandithapo oshitopolwa shoka nenge ndi shi hiilithe. Onda hala okushigandja po kaantu mboka ye li mompumbwe. Osha li omagano kungame okuza kuKalunga onkene onda hala okutopola omagano gandje ngoka,” Kauluma a popi momasiku 14 gaMei.
Okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa shoka ote ke shi gandja komuntu kehe pwaahena ondjolola yuukwamuhoko. Okwa tsikile kutya otaka tala unene kaantu ya za moshitopolwa shaHardap mboka ye li mompumbwe molwaashoka kape na ngoka te ya sile oshisho. Okwa popi kutya oshihwepo aantu mboka ya ninge oshikunino shawo nokukala taya longo oondya dhawo yeye.
“Ookansela moshitopolwa shaHardap oye na oompito odhindji ihe itaya tala koompumbwe dhoshigwana. Ookansela yamwe oye na ooplota dhi li 10 no 15, oofalama nomagumbo. Omolwashike itaya gandja po iinima yimwe kaathigona? Kape na kansela ngoka ta tala koshigwana. Otaya iyambapaleke owala. Aantu moshitopolwa shaHardap kaye na iilonga, yo itaya tulululwa. Kamu na omayambidhidho gaanangeshefa aashona naamboka yopokati nenge oopoloyeka dheyambulepo lyaakiintu naanyasha. Ookansela otaya gandja owala omauwanawa goopoloyeka ndhoka kookume kawo noofamili dhawo. Omolwashike aantu mboka itaya tulululwa opo ya vule okuhuma komeho?”
Okwa popi kutya okwa kala ta dhilaadhila uule wethimbo ele, na okwa tsuwa omukumo ketokolo lyomukokoli presidende sho a gandja koshigwana oskola oshowo okaklinika mofaalama ye.
Okwa hiya mboka ye na ohokwe moshitopolwa shevi shoka, opo yiishangithwe momatungo gonomola 062 mepandanda lyo Bahnhof Street moRehoboth nenge ya ninge ekwatathano naye koonomola dhongodhi 081 467 6195 nenge 081 473 1569.
“Kehe gumwe ota vulu okwiishangitha ihe nakale omukalimo gwomoshitopolwa shaHardap. Mboka taya ishangitha naya kale ye na iimuna ihe inandi hala owala okugandja po oshitopolwa shoka shevi shi longithwe muulithilo onda hala aantu ya ninge iikunino yawo nokulonga oondya dhawo.”
Okwa tsu omuthindo kutya itaka pitika oondingosho tadhi tulwa moshitopolwa shoka, na okwa pula yakwawo mboka ya mono iitopolwa yomavi iinene ya landule moompadhi dhe nokugandja koshigwana unene kwaamboka ye li mompumbwe yomavi.
“Inamu kala mwiihole owala. Gandjeni iitopolwa yomavi koshigwana shokomongula shaNamibia,” Kauluma a popi.