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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    De Beers invests in laboratory diamondsDe Beers invests in laboratory diamonds Staff Reporter - De Beers Group, who owns half of Namdeb Holdings, yesterday announced the launch of a new company called Lightbox Jewelry that will begin marketing a new brand of laboratory-grown diamond jewelry under the Lightbox name in September, offering consumers high-quality, fashion jewelry designs at lower prices than existing lab-grown diamond offerings.

    Lightbox lab-grown diamonds will retail from US$200 for a quarter-carat stone to US$800 for a one-carat stone. The line will bring something new and innovative to the jewelry sector, featuring pink, blue and white lab-grown diamonds in a selection of accessibly-priced earring and necklace designs.

    “Lightbox will transform the lab-grown diamond sector by offering consumers a lab-grown product they have told us they want but aren’t getting: affordable fashion jewelry that may not be forever, but is perfect for right now,” said Bruce Cleaver, the CEO of De Beers.

    “Our extensive research tells us this is how consumers regard lab-grown diamonds – as a fun, pretty product that shouldn’t cost that much – so we see an opportunity here that’s been missed by lab-grown diamond producers. Lab-grown diamonds are a product of technology, and as we’ve seen with synthetic sapphires, rubies and emeralds, as the technology advances, products become more affordable.

    “After decades of R&D investment, we’re able to offer consumers a better price today. While it will be a small business compared with our core diamond business, we think the Lightbox brand will resonate with consumers and provide a new, complementary commercial opportunity for De Beers Group,” Cleaver said.

    Lightbox

    “Lightbox Jewelry offers consumers something new: sparkle and colors, at a very accessible price. In addition to a deep understanding of what consumers want, Lightbox brings innovation and a commitment to transparency to the lab-grown diamond sector,” added Steve Coe, general manager of Lightbox Jewelry. “We’ve learned from our research that there is a lot of confusion about lab-grown diamonds – what they are, how they differ from diamonds, and how they are valued. Lightbox will be clear with consumers about what lab-grown diamonds are and will offer straightforward pricing that is consistent with the true cost of production.

    “We will introduce more designs and colors as the range evolves, and the technological efficiency of our proprietary production process means we will always offer Lightbox at accessible prices,” Coe said.

    A subsidiary of De Beers Group, Lightbox will be the only jewelry brand to source lab-grown diamonds from De Beers Group’s Element Six business, a world leader in lab-grown diamond technology for more than 50 years. Any Lightbox lab-grown diamonds of 0.2 carats or above will carry a permanent Lightbox logo inside the stone. Invisible to the naked eye but easily identified under magnification, the logo will clearly identify the stone as lab-grown and also serve as a mark of quality and assurance that it was produced by Element Six.

    To support Lightbox, De Beers Group is investing a total of US$94 million over four years in a new Element Six production facility near Portland, Oregon, adding to Element Six’s existing UK-based facilities. Once fully operational, the plant will be capable of producing upwards of 500 000 rough carats of lab-grown diamonds a year.

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    Nafpu pledges N$10 000 for players' choiceNafpu pledges N$10 000 for players' choice Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) has pledged N$10 000 to the player who wins the players' player of the season award at the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) Awards.

    The awards will be held at the Safari Hotel tomorrow.

    “The Namibia Football Players Union is hereby happy to announce that we will reward the players' player of the season at the NPL Sports Awards 2018 with a monetary price of N$10 000.

    “This will be a top up to the already standing N$20 000 the player will receive from the league's main sponsors,” the union said in a statement.

    African Stars and league top goal scorer Panduleni Nekundi will be competing for the award against Unam's Marcel Papama and Black Africa's Dynamo Fredericks.

    The three players are also in the running for the player of the season award.

    The players' player of the season nominees were nominated by the captains of the 16 NPL clubs.

    Another category which will be hotly contested is the coach of the season award.

    This category will see league winning African Stars coach Bobby Samaria challenge top four finishers Marley Ngarizemo (Young African) and Gerhardt Hengari (Mighty Gunners).

    The coaches were nominated based on them setting the foundation for their respective teams.

    The coaches were nominated by their coaching foes in the premier league. The prize money for the coach of the season award is N$20 000.

    Jackson Pavaza, Willem Haitembu and Nehemia Shooveleka were nominated for the referee of the season award.

    The three referees were nominated by the country's refereeing body and not by the players or the NPL. This award comes with a cash prize of N$10 000.

    The top goal scorer of the season award is going to Nekundi, who bagged 15 goals during the 2017/18 season.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Citi Dash to glory
  • Citi Dash to gloryCiti Dash to gloryRunners set to win big at Nedbank event Nedbank City Dash organisers have invited interested runners to make use of the opportunity to win big. The biggest sporting event on the calendar, the 2018 Nedbank Citi Dash, is set to place on 23 June in the heart of Windhoek and will consist 5km and 10km running events, with the longer race open to athletes who can complete 10km in less than 50 minutes.

    The event not only aims to showcase running talent, but the date has been set purposely to coincide with the Olympic Day, which is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries worldwide.

    In addition, it will also serve to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games with the mission of promoting fitness, wellbeing, culture and education, reinforced with the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

    Speaking at the launch on Tuesday, Nedbank's Elaine Schlechter invited all Namibians to take part in the much-anticipated race.

    “I challenge corporates to enter teams, schools to enter and individuals to take up the fun challenge and join us on this exciting run in our beautiful CBD.

    “For our serious runners, the 10km Citi Dash will be a real treat. With a cut-off time of less than 50 minutes, this category is specifically designed to showcase Namibia's running talent,” said Schlechter.

    The City of Windhoek has also committed its full support to this event, with approval of Mayor Muesee Kazapua.

    The mayor will avail essential services to the event, including the City Police, traffic and fire departments and the parks and recreation office's services.

    Categories are elite male and female with N$15 000 prize money each, under-18 male and female with N$10 000 prize money each and the visually impaired and disabled/wheelchair categories with N$7 500 prize money each.

    Ten N$1 000 spot prizes are also up for grabs in the Fun Run event.

    The competition is designed to showcase Namibia's running talent and the route will take athletes up and down Independence Avenue, starting at Nedbank Namibia's office at Ausspanplatz, down to the Simon De Witt Bridge and returning to Nedbank, before taking a detour to Snyman Circle, where the race will end.

    Entries are open and tickets are available from Events Today, PayToday app, all Airtime City vending machines, Eye Store in Maerua Mall and Cycletec.

    SPORTS REPORTER

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    150 teams for Neymar Jr's Five150 teams for Neymar Jr's FiveFive-a-side tourney brings football to the masses Registration for the Neymar Jr's Five soccer tournament closes today and interested teams are urged to enter. The last activation for the Neymar Jr's Five soccer tournament took place over the weekend at the University of Namibia (Unam) Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva.

    Over 150 teams are expected to compete in Oshakati, Swakopmund and Windhoek.

    The Neymar Jr's Five, is Brazilian soccer star Neymar's signature five-a-side soccer contest and is a Red Bull initiative co-sponsored by Bank Windhoek.

    At the activation, Unam students registered their teams and participated in various soccer activities, such as kicking a ball through half-circle hoops.

    “We would like to warn other teams that we are ready to represent the north, come the qualifiers,” said Volkano's captain, Mateus Iindombo.

    The northern qualifiers are slated to take place on Saturday, 9 June at the Independence Stadium in Oshakati.

    “We are excited by the great interest the tournament has garnered and look forward to the first qualifiers, which will set the tone for the rest of the matches this weekend in Swakopmund,” said André le Roux, manager for public relations at Bank Windhoek.

    Meanwhile, soccer fanatics between the ages of 16 to 25, regardless of gender, are encouraged to enter and make their way to the Tamariskia Sports Fields on Saturday. This is for the first tournament qualifiers and will see coastal teams battle it out for a spot in the national final, which will take place on Saturday, 30 June at the UN Plaza in Windhoek.

    The Windhoek qualifiers will take place on Saturday, 16 June at the Dawid Bezuidenhout Sports Fields.

    Only one Namibian team is eligible to win the main prize: an all-expenses paid trip to the world final in Brazil and the potential to play against Neymar Jr's team.

    Participating teams can look forward to life-changing experiences. Once crowned the national champion, the winning team is rewarded with an opportunity to represent Namibia at the world finals on Saturday, 21 July at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil. Snickers, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Fresh FM are also sponsors of the event.

    For more information on registering your team, log on to www.neymarjrsfive.com and kick-start your soccer journey filled with adventure. Registration closes today.

    SPORTS REPORTER

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    Tau is PSL footballer of the seasonTau is PSL footballer of the season The phenomenal play of Sundown's player Percy Tau has been rewarded, as he won the 2017/18 PSL Footballer of the Season award in a ceremony held in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

    The Footballer of the Season is voted for exclusively by the 16 premier division coaches. Tau also took the 2017/18 Premiership Player's Player of the Season as voted by his peers (but not his teammates). Mamelodi Sundowns mentor, Pitso Mosimane was awarded the Premiership Coach of the Season award. Siphesihle Ndlovu, the Maritzburg United youngster who was also nominated together with Tau for Footballer of the Season and Player's player of the Season, took home the Premiership Young Player of the Season and Premiership Midfielder of the Season awards. The Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season, as voted by members of the public only, went to Lamontville Golden Arrows, Siphelele Magubane. SuperSport United and Bafana Bafana keeper, Ronwen Williams took the MTN8 Last Man Standing Prize for his performances during the MTN8 competition that was won by his club, SuperSport United. Egyptian former Bidvest Wits striker Amr Gamal returned to South Africa to attend the awards and took the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament. Lebogang Maboe took both Nedbank Cup Most Improved Player of the Tournament and Player of the Tournament.



    The award winners were as follows:

    Footballer of the Season - Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns). Premiership Player's Player of the Season - Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns).

    Premiership Coach of the Season - Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns).

    Premiership Young Player of the Season - Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg United).

    Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season - Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs).

    Premiership Defender of the Season - Siyanda Xulu (Maritzburg United).

    Premiership Midfielder of the Season - Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg United).

    Premiership Goal of the Season - Siphelele Magubane (L. Golden Arrows).

    MTN8 Last Man Standing - Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United).

    Telkom Knockout player of the tournament - Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits).

    Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament - Lebogang Maboe (Maritzburg United).

    Most Promising Player - Lebogang Maboe (Maritzburg United).

    MultiChoice Diski Challenge Precious Find - Siboniso Conco (Golden Arrows).

    MultiChoice Diski Shield Precious Find - Itumeleng Shopane (Kaizer Chiefs).

    NAMPA/ANA

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    Sports field maintenance workshop underwaySports field maintenance workshop underway The Namibia Football Association (NFA), the Ohangwena regional education directorate, FIFA and GIZ's sports for development in Africa regional project is offering maintenance and repair training workshop at Eenhana for the rehabilitation of grassroots sports grounds.

    The training started on Tuesday and ends tomorrow, with the aim of equipping schools with necessary skills to maintain recently rehabilitated and newly constructed sports grounds. Two representatives per school were invited to ensure that the know-how reaches all the participating schools. FIFA consultant on pitches Ian McClements and GIZ project engineer Melany Neff are leading the workshop.

    The ministry of education, together with the ministry of sport, has taken on the task to improve the quality of school and community sport and physical education.

    In cooperation with NFA, the German Football Association (DFB), FIFA and German Development Cooperation, School Sport project in the region was initiated, in order to provide sport infrastructure and support the promotion of reproductive health and education through sport. Ohangwena is not only one of the regions with the highest population of pupils in Namibia, but also has the highest number of teenage pregnancies, and is thus the need to involve teenagers in sport.

    Sport fields were constructed at 15 cluster schools and one vocational training centre in the region and one school in Windhoek, with a total of 45 sport fields for netball, volleyball, basketball and football. More than 85 000 children and youth have access to these newly built or renovated sport fields and get the chance to participate in quality 'sport for development' training sessions.

    Building sport fields means tackling the lack of school sports infrastructure and providing opportunities for meaningful learning. Moreover, teachers received advanced training in the 'sport for development' approach and provide voluntary afternoon sports programmes.

    This enables schools to provide extracurricular teaching on issues such as reproductive health and gender equity in a manner that is both engaging and age-specific.

    NFA

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Giant leap for Saudi women
  • Giant leap for Saudi womenGiant leap for Saudi womenSaudi Arabia outlaws sexual harassment Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is taking steps towards the liberation of women in his country. Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment, state media said Wednesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving.

    The kingdom's Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, passed a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a maximum penalty of 300 000 riyals (US$80 000).

    The law has been approved by the cabinet, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

    It is “a very important addition to the history of regulations in the kingdom”, Shura Council member Latifa al-Shaalan was quoted as saying in an information ministry statement.

    “It fills a large legislative vacuum, and it is a deterrent,” she added.

    The new law appears to be in preparation for the historic lifting of the kingdom's driving ban on women on June 24.

    The move is part of a highly publicised liberalisation drive launched by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has also ended a decades-long ban on cinemas, allowed mixed-gender concerts and clipped the powers of the long-feared religious police.

    But the social reforms appear overshadowed by the recent arrests of at least 11 activists, mostly identified by rights groups as veteran women campaigners for the right to drive and to end the conservative country's male guardianship system.

    Without naming those detained, authorities have accused them of “suspicious contact with foreign parties”, providing financial support to “enemies” and attempting to undermine the kingdom's “security and stability”.

    Reports in state-backed media branded some of the detainees traitors and “agents of embassies”.

    At least four detained activists were released last week, campaigners including Amnesty International said, but the fate of the others remains unclear.

    “Given the significant loosening of certain restrictions on women's activities in Saudi Arabia... it is perplexing why both women and men engaged in campaigning for such positive developments are now being targeted by the authorities,” the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday.

    “If, as it appears, their detention is related solely to their work as human rights defenders and activists on women's issues, they should be released immediately.”

    Aside from the driving activists, authorities last week also arrested Mohammed al-Bajadi, co-founder of the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), one of the few independent human rights groups in Saudi Arabia, campaigners said.

    Human Rights Watch on Wednesday reported the arrest of a second rights activist, but added that he was subsequently released.

    “The Saudi government seems so consumed with silencing dissent that even activists who have gone quiet for fear of retribution are being targeted again,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW.

    Saudi officials have so far not responded to requests for comment on the crackdown.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Student who received R14m NSFAS payout in error appears in courtStudent who received R14m NSFAS payout in error appears in court Sibongile Mani, the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student who accidentally received more than R14m from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and went on a spending spree in 2017, appeared in the East London Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning.

    Hawks spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni confirmed that Mani, 28, was arrested on Tuesday by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Eastern Cape Hawks, after it requested that she hand herself over.

    She has been charged with theft.

    Mani accidentally received the NSFAS payment of R14.1 million and went on a three-month spending spree.

    “She allegedly spent just over R810 000 of this amount on personal items over a period of three months before the anomaly was detected by the scheme,” Feni said.

    News24 last year detailed how Mani, who studied accountancy at WSU, spent the money hosting parties for her friends, buying Peruvian wigs, designer clothes, handbags and expensive smartphones.

    During this time, her grandmother who raised her continued living in poverty.

    She was the branch secretary of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania at East London's Potsdam campus, when her life transformed overnight, from that of an ordinary student to a socialite.

    Mani was released on a warning and was expected back in court on 2 July.

    In September last year, News24 reported that Walter Sisulu University, NSFAS and cash service IntelliMali told MPs on the portfolio committee of higher education that no error had been made on their side.

    IntelliMali CEO Michael Ansell told MPs their systems showed that the right transaction of R1 400 was made to Mani on the date in question, and there was no “oversight, error or negligence” on their part.

    NEWS24

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    N. Korean delegation off to the StatesN. Korean delegation off to the States A top North Korean official headed to New York yesterday for talks aimed at salvaging a summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on the future of Kim's nuclear programme, in the North's highest-level mission to the United States in 18 years.

    Associated Press reporters saw Kim Yong Chol at Beijing's airport just after noon. South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited diplomatic sources as saying that Kim was on an Air China flight to New York that departed later Wednesday afternoon.

    Yonhap said Kim, who had arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, was traveling with five other North Korean officials.

    Kim, one of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted aides, is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the ruling party's central committee.

    North Korea's mission to the United Nations in New York is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States. That suggests Kim might have chosen to first go to New York because it would make it easier for him to communicate with officials in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. North Korea and the United States are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty

    Trump confirmed Tuesday that Kim was to hold talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. But it wasn't immediately known what else he would do in the United States. South Korean media speculated that he was carrying a personal letter from Kim Jong Un and may push to travel to Washington to meet with Trump.

    Pompeo has travelled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a “shared understanding” between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks. South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang after Kim Yong Chol's US trip.

    Trump and Kim Jong Un were set to hold their summit June 12 in Singapore, but Trump announced last week that he was pulling out of the meeting. Since then, he has suggested the summit could be back on, and Kim Yong Chol's trip to the US seems to imply that preparations for a meeting could be in the final stages.

    Kim Yong Chol's trip comes amid two sets of other pre-summit talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

    A team of US officials led by former US nuclear negotiator Sung Kim began talks with North Korean officials at the Korean border village of Panmunjom on Sunday to set the agenda for the summit.

    A North Korean delegation led by another of Kim Jong Un's trusted aides, Kim Chang Son, flew to Singapore on Monday night for talks with US officials to discuss logistical issues for the summit. Details of those talks hadn't emerged yet.

    North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following a torrid run in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim Jong Un is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the international legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide. But there are lingering doubts on whether Kim will every fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

    While there have been a few instances in which countries were persuaded to abandon their nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief and compensation, none of the cases are directly applicable to North Korea, which has advanced its nukes further and with greater zeal than any of the others. The North's arsenal now includes purported thermonuclear warheads and developmental long-range missiles potentially capable of reaching mainland U.S. cities.

    But South Korea, which has lobbied hard for the talks between Trump and Kim, has insisted that Kim can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way if offered credible security and economic guarantees. China, North Korea's longtime ally and chief trading partner, has sought to position itself as a key intermediary in talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Beijing backs the North's proposal for a phased and synchronised denuclearisation process, while the United States insists on a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later.

    Russia said Wednesday that its foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, will travel to North Korea for talks on Thursday.

    NAMPA/AP

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    Iimbuluma ya londo       pombanda mOshikotoIimbuluma ya londo pombanda mOshikotoTaku ningwa omahwahwameko gokukondjitha iimbuluma Oshitopolwa sha Shikoto osha holola omiyalu dhiimbuluma tadhi halutha noonkondo sho iimbuluma yomomagumbo nomakwatonkonga kwa lopotwa ya londo pombanda noopresenda 879 oshowo 500. Uuyelele mboka owa hololwa mEtiyali kungoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShikoto,Henok Kankoshi pethimbo a ningi oshipopiwa she shopashitopolwa shoState of the Region Address (SORA) mOmuthiya.

    Pahapu dhaKankoshi, iipotha yomakwatonkonga yili 94 oya lopotwa naashoka oshi li e yo pombanda noopresnda 522, okuyeleka niipotha 18 mbyoka ya lopotwa momumvo gwa piti.

    Kankoshi natango okweendulula omapopyo ge ngoka a ningi omvula ya piti kutya, oonakuninga iihakanwa yomiyonena ndhoka unene aakiintu mboka taya adhika momalweendo gawo okushuna komagumbo omausiku okuza koondingosho.

    “Omakwatonkonga otaga ningwa uusiku shoo aakiintu taya thigi po oondingosho taya yi komagumbo. Otaya gwile moshiponga shoombudhi ndhoka tadhi kongo aakiintu mboka yeli kohi yodhungo opo ye ya longele omiyonena molwaashoka itaya vulu okwiigamena.”

    Kankoshi okwa tsikile kutya omakwatonkonga gamwe otaga ningwa sho aasilishisho yaanona taya dhigi aanona metonatelo lyaaniilonga yomomagumbo aalumentu nenge aalithi yiimuna omanga yo yeli koondingosho.

    Kakele ke yo pombanda lyiipotha yomakwatonkonga, ngoloneya okwa popi kutya iipotha yomiyonena dhomomagumbo ano yoGender Based Violence (GBV) oya londa pombanda noonkondo, nonkalo ndjoka otayi limbilike.

    Ngoloneya okwa tseyitha kutya iipotha yi li 211 oya lopotelwa opolisi yaShikoto naashoka otashi ulike e yo pombanda noopresenda 879 okuyeleka niipotha 24 mboka ya lopotwa omvula ya piti.

    Okwa holola woo omwaalu gwiipotha yomadhipago ngoka gwa londo pokuza piipotha 10 okuya piipotha 28 oshowo iipotha yuulunga wiimuna mbyoka ya londo okuza po 36 okuya 154.

    Nonando ongaaaka Kankoshi okwa popi kutya oya ningi omahwahwameko gopashigwana moshitopolwa shawo opo ya kondjithe onkalo yiimbuluma.

    “Otaku ningwa omahwahwameko moshitopolwa opo tu ndungike aakwashigwana .

    Aanona mboka haya yi ooskola oya ninga iihakanwa yiikolitha oshowo iimbuluma mwakwatelwa omategelelo.

    Otaya ndungikwa woo opo ya yande okukala yiikalela momahala ngoka ga nika oshiponga.”

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    ShOmondonga itashi hulu nuumvoShOmondonga itashi hulu nuumvo Aakwashigwana yomOndonga oya adhika po ishewe komananathano omape melelo lyoshilongo shoka, sho ookansela ya 8 ya tokola okukala ompinge nelelo lyoshilongo shoka nokuyambidhidha ookansela mboka ya tidhwa miilonga komukwaniilwa muJuli gwomumvo gwayi.

    Elelo ndyoka oli na ookansela 21 mboka ye li papangelo na oya shangithwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo, mwakwatelwa omalenga omanene 11 oshowo iilyo yelelo 10 ihe pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kuamushanga gwelelo ndyoka, Nepando Amupanda, elelo ngashiingeyi oli na oli na owala ookansela 6 mboka ya shangithwa papangelo konima sho ookansela ya 8 ya tokola okuthiga po iilonga yelelo ndyoka meyambidhidho nuukumwe wa yakwawo mboka ya tidhwa miilonga kOmukwaniilwa Elifas Kauluma.

    “Konima sho omukwaniilwa a kutha miilonga ookansela yaheyali, elelo olya thigala nookansela 14 mboka ya shangithwa papangelo. Yahetatu yomookanslea 14 oya tokola okuthigapo iilonga onga okuulika uukwawo wanankali nayakwawo mboka ya tidhwa miilonga. Inaya tulilamo omukwaniilwa oshipotha , ihe oya thigi po owala iilonga,” Amupanda ta popi.

    Okwa popi kutya ina uvitha nayi kwaamboka ya thigi po iilonga molwaashoka ye ota tonatele owala ombelelwa yelelo ngaashi oshinakugwanithwa e shi pewa komukwaniilwa.

    “Tse mpaka otwa kalela po omukwaniilwa ngoka e tu ulike. Natango katwa li tatu longele kumwe naantu mboka, atuhe tse aape mombelewa ndjika. Katu shi okangundu ihe olutu olunene ndoka lwa taambiwako komukwaniilwa.”

    Omalenga ngoka ga taambiwako kepangelo melelo lyaNdonga, ongaashi Wibard Lindker gUukwanambwa, Josef Akawa gwOmulondo, Josef Asino gwOniiwe, Naemani Amalwa gwOniimwandi, Anneli Sakaria Mbumba oshowo Kamati Mushaandja gwEpale, Secilia Namene gwOshuushe, John Walenga gwOndangwa, Johannes Shondili Amutenya gwOnalusheshete, Kamanya gwoAmuteya oshowo Peter Kauluma gwongula yaNetanga.

    Iilyo yelelo ongaashi Fillemon Nambili gwUukwanambwa, Kodhi Amoomo gwOmulondo, Kleopas Iindongo gwOniiwe, Jeremia Nashandi gwOniimwandi, Tonata Ngulu gwEpale, Neema Iindongo gwOshuushe, Tomas Nakanyala gwOndangwa, Kashona Malulu gwOnalusheshete, Esra Naikaku gwAmuteya oshowo Petrina Armas gwOngula yaNetanga.

    Omvula ya piti, omukwaniilwa Elifas okwa tidhwa omunashipundi gwelelo Peter Kauluma oshowo amushanga Asino, Walenga, Kamanya, Malulu, Ngulu naNambili.

    Okwa ulike mboka ya pingenepo oonakutidhwa, omunangeshefa Erastus Mvula oshowo Paavo Amweele ya pingenepo Walenga onga elenga enene lyoshikandjo shaNdangwa, omanga Rainhold Nepolo pingenepo Asino moshiadjo Oniiwe.

    Naeman Kambala okwa pingenepo Kamanya moshikandjo shAmuteya omanga Amupanda pingenepo , Peter Kauluma mOngula yaNetanga. Oonakuulikwa mboka inaya tulwa natango pamushangwa gwopapangelo na inaya tameka iilonga yawo pambelewa.

    Pahapu dhaAmupanda, mboka ya thigala miilonga oAmalwa, Amutenya, Akawa, Namene, Iindongo oshowo Kodhi.

    Oonakutidhwa okwa hololwa taya yambidhidha Shuumbwa Nangolo ngoka uulikwa komukwaniilwa momvula yo 2012 onga omulanduli gwe.

    Oshiwike sha piti, Ominista yUuyuki, Sacky Shanghala oya kaleke manga iilonga yOndonga Traditional Authority Community Court (OTACC) na otaku ningilwa omakonaakono iilonga yompangulilo ndjoka.

    Okwa gandja woo elombwelo kuAmupanda opo a pitike ookansela mboka ya tidhwa miilonga ya vule okuya momatungo gompangulilo. Ookansela mboka monena otaya longele mOnethindi onga aapanguli naakonaakoni yiihokolola yaakwashigwana.

    Shoka osha ningwa, sha landula sho omutumba ngoka gwa li gwa pumbwa okuningwa kuShanghala noongundu mbali dhelelo lyoshilongo shoka, gwa kaliwa owala kongundu yimwe, sho ongundu ndjoka tayi kwatelwa komeho kuAmupanda ya li ya tseyithilwa kutya omutumba ngoka otagu ningwa ongulohi yEtine.

    Omutumba ogwa ningwa ongula.

    Okwa lopotwa kutya nonando ongaaka Shanghala okwa ningi omutumba ngoka potundi onti-10 yongula.

    Konima yomutumba okwa yi koombelewa dhelelo lyoshilongo shaNdonga, hoka a tsakanene naAmupanda.

    Konima yomutumba ngoka, esiku olyo tuu ndyoka, Shanghala okwa shanga ombaapila ta popi kutya okwa kutha oonkondo iilonga yompangululo yaakwashigwana mOndonga, nuuministeli otawu ningi omakonaakono.

    Shanghala okwa tsikile kutya omolwa omananathano pokati kaaleli melelo ndyoka, oshigwana ngashiingeyi osha ngwangwana nokweetitha Ompangulilo yaMangestrata gwaNdangwa yi kale yi a iilonga oyindji omolwa iipotha mbyoka yali tayi vulu okupulakwenwa moOTACC.

    Shanghala okwa tsikile kutya ngele elelo lyoshilongo shoka kali na we ehalo lyokukala nompangulilo yopamuthigululwakalo nena okwa pyakudhukwa okuninga etseyitho nokushitula momushangwa gwopapangelo.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Honda’s new CRF450L a complete packageHonda’s new CRF450L a complete packageUnmistakably a race-bred Using the CRF450R moto-crosser as a base, Honda’s new road-legal dual-purpose motorcycle has a tough, lightweight chassis built to find all the available grip, powered by an engine that delivers strong, usable power right from the bottom. The CRF450L is about having maximum fun out on the dirt. - M. Uchiyama, Large Project Leader: 19YM CRF450L. A true dual-purpose motorcycle should be many things; off-road it needs to be light weight, with quality suspension and handling ability that keeps life easy as the going gets harder. Its engine has to make good power and torque from the bottom up – the sort that is supremely usable, allowing the rider to find all the rear wheel grip possible, whatever the terrain.

    All the attributes that make it great fun off-road also enable it to be really useful around town; narrow and nimble, a dual-purpose machine slips through gaps, soaks up the hits from rough roads and stays well ahead of traffic thanks to smart, low-gear acceleration. It also needs to be turn-key reliable, with sensible intervals between major service work.

    Competition machines can make a solid base for dual-purpose adaptation. But there is much to consider. Race-level performance brings with it an intensive maintenance schedule, which is simply too much for many ‘hobby’ trail riders, who just want to push a button and go – and keep on going, Furthermore, a barely-disguised race bike can mean crucial road-going elements - lights, indicators, ignition switch - are not as user-friendly and durable as they should be.

    Honda understands this, and with a desire to produce a dual-purpose bike that draws strongly on the fundamental performance of a race machine, yet with much more ‘normal’ service intervals and high-quality road ancillaries, has taken its CRF450R moto-crosser as the base to start from, and created the new CRF450L.

    It is unmistakably a race-bred CRF – and looks it – but with the additions and modifications needed to make it both road legal and supremely useable in a trail environment. As such, the CRF450L is a complete package, as happy roosting trails as it is linking them up on-road. And with Honda engineering and build quality at its core, is sure to do so for years to come.

    “The CRF450L is about having maximum fun out on the dirt. It looks like a CRF450R because, really, it is – just a trail-friendly, road-legal version. That’s what the ‘L’ stands for – ‘legal’. It’s been engineered to deliver excellent handling feel, with linear engine torque that helps the rider make the most of the available grip in all conditions. And, it contains its HRC-derived CRF technology within a real-world service schedule,”says M. Uchiyama, Large Project Leader (LPL) 19YM CRF450L.

    Model overview

    The journey from full race to road legal trail was a detailed one for the CRF450L.

    Road legality required the engine to gain EURO4 compliance, while from a longevity and usability viewpoint, the power output and character, needed careful attention.

    It’s still a CRF450R; just one that’s quieter, both mechanically from the chassis and engine, as well as its new exhaust. Both fuelling and ignition maps are now managed by 02 lambda sensor; compression ratio has been lowered and crank mass increased for improved drivability. The gearbox is a 6-speed – for longer legs on the road – and a cush drive has been added to the 18-inch rear wheel.

    The plastics are lifted directly from the CRF450R and all lighting is LED, with the front headlight in particular throwing out a penetrating beam. Increased volume for the titanium fuel tank adds range and all the items that make the CRF450L ready to purchase as a licensed, road going machine – such as speedometer and horn – are present as standard.

    Key features

    While the chassis was more straightforward to convert from its CRF450R moto-crosser specification to a dual-purpose performance level, the 449cc engine needed more consideration from Honda’s engineers. Requirements were several: the need for it to pass EURO4 emissions and noise regulations, and to be usable for a wide variety of riders in many differing situations both on and off-road.

    While the fundamental architecture of the four-valve Unicam powerplant remains the same, many details have been changed to support the broader role: the crank’s mass has been increased, resulting in 13% more inertia which, for a trail rider, equals improved torque feel and response; valve timing has been revised to give the broader, smoother spread of power and torque; the gearbox is now 6-speed, rather than 5 for longer range use on tarmac; left and right engine covers wear outer covers to reduce noise;

    Elsewhere, the ACG has been uprated, to provide the required electrical power for the LED lights and to maintain battery charge during lower-speed running. The battery itself is a high-volume unit.

    Bore and stroke are unchanged from the CRF450R, at 96mm x 62.1mm, but the piston uses 3 rings instead of 2 for greater durability. Compression ratio is 12.0:1 (compared 13.5:1). The redesigned airbox feeds the PGM-FI, managed by a lambda sensor in the large-volume single exhaust (which replaces the ‘stubby’ dual-pipe design of the CRF450R). An Air Injection (AI) system and catalyser clean up the spent gases.

    The four-valve Unicam cylinder head features a finger rocker arm on the inlet valves; valve lift is 7.7mm with 6.7mm exhaust valve lift. Inlet valve diameter is 38mm. The valve springs are oval in cross section and valve angle is 9° intake/10.5° exhaust.

    The clutch spins 7 friction discs with a 2mm clutch plate efficiently dissipating heat; the springs generate a good, consistent connection. The front sprocket is a 13T, the rear 51T.

    Peak power is 18.4kW, with peak torque of 32Nm. Important from the hobby trail-rider’s perspective is the engine’s reliability and gap between service intervals. And this is where the CRF450L’s build quality and design really stands out; it will go 32 000km between major strip downs, with an air filter oil and oil filter change every 1000km. - QuickPic

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    Isuzu launches exclusive X-Rider Black editionIsuzu launches exclusive X-Rider Black editionAggressive, distinctive look The X-Rider has been exceptionally well received by South African customers, initially introduced in 2016. The success of the X-Rider proves that there is strong demand for a tough and reliable bakkie that also looks great and offers an extensive range of added-value content. - Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services: Isuzu Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) is adding a further dash of exclusivity and appeal to its bakkie range with the introduction of the X-Rider Black – a limited edition all-black model available as part of its popular Double Cab line-up.

    “The X-Rider has been a fantastic addition to the existing Isuzu line-up in South Africa, creating a niche of its own with its distinctive styling elements and upmarket features that set it apart from the rest of the range,” says Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services.

    The X-Rider has been exceptionally well received by South African customers, initially introduced in 2016 as a 700-unit limited edition, however demand for the X-Rider led to it being added as a permanent fixture of the Isuzu bakkie range early last year.

    “The success of the X-Rider proves that there is strong demand for a tough and reliable bakkie that also looks great and offers an extensive range of added-value content,” Rimmer adds. “With the limited-edition X-Rider Black, we’re ramping up this exclusivity a notch to offer Isuzu bakkie buyers something even more special in the bakkie segment.”

    Eye-catching

    As suggested by its name, this limited-edition version of the X-Rider is painted exclusively in the Black Meet Kettle body colour, which gives this special model an aggressive and distinctive appearance in conjunction with the extensive list of unique features incorporated in the standard X-Rider package.

    This includes the bold black front bumper guard, projector headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, as well as front fog lamps. Eye-catching 18-inch alloy wheels with red Isuzu badges further enhance the dynamic stance of this model, complemented by blacked-out B-pillars, black side steps and a black sports bar in the load bay featuring the X-Rider logo, which is also applied to the front doors and rear tailgate. A tonneau is also provided – naturally finished in the dark hue too.

    The bakkies’s cabin is imbued with X-Rider flair, encompassing black leather seats picked out with red bolster stitching and the “X-Rider” logo embroidered on the headrest. Red stitching is also used for the leather-trimmed steering wheel emboldened with the red Isuzu badge, and on the gear lever boot. Piano black trim on the vents, radio and front console give the cabin a modern and sophisticated touch, with the same treatment used on the door trim inserts that incorporate a red “X” in keeping with the theme.

    The Isuzu bakkie range comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km/12 months. Extended cover can be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans. - QuickPic

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: No red herrings please!
  • No red herrings please!No red herrings please! A call this week for Namibians, especially disadvantaged women, youth, the disabled, liberation war veterans and the poor, to apply for fishing rights, is expected to evoke much excitement and scrambling to get ducks in a row.

    And why wouldn't it? The country is in the throes of an economic crunch that has seen thousands of retrenchments across sectors, while government spending cuts has the construction industry in a death choke.

    It is especially during a time like this that desperate Namibians look wide-eyed at the 96 new fishing rights in nine fisheries sectors.

    The new rights are for hake, horse mackerel, monkfish, red crab, rock lobster, line fish, large pelagic species, mullet, and Cape fur seals. The deadline for applications is 31 July.

    But as hungry eyes study the Government Gazette containing the call to apply, many will pause at the section which stipulates that applicants must have a shareholding privately held company - a (Pty) Ltd.

    It says further that Section 21 companies or natural persons may be incorporated as shareholders in the (Pty) Ltd companies.

    All shareholders must be issued with share certificates and there must be a shareholders' agreement accompanying applications.

    Fisheries minister Bernhard Esau said this was aimed at addressing the scenario where vulnerable communities and individuals were used by some Section 21 companies, close corporations (CCs) or trusts, as fronts for favourable consideration of applications.

    This admittedly is true, as these communities are often excluded from dividend sharing, after rights are allocated.

    However, this is as much an indictment on the ministry as it is on unscrupulous individuals who window dress to get tenders. Why was the dividing of dividends and other key aspects not addressed by the ministry in the past?

    As for the Pty (Ltd) stipulation, this should have been announced along with a trade ministry task team to assist vulnerable individuals and communities through the registration process, as these processes can be cumbersome and daunting.

    But in the end, after the inevitable jumping through hoops, it is up to Esau and his officials to ensure that those he mentioned loftily as potential beneficiaries indeed get their slice of the pie.

    There should be no red herrings and no room to argue that the pie is already cut, wrapped and distributed for eating.

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day THE FAITHFUL: A Catholic faithful prays at the grave of blessed Salvadorean Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980) after Pope Francis announced his canonization, in San Salvador on 19 May 2018. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated by a right-wing death squad as he said mass, and Pope Paul VI will be made saints in October, Pope Francis announced recently. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Company news
  • Company newsCompany news MTN's Ghana unit to raise nearly US$750 million in IPO

    The Ghana business of telecoms operator MTN is seeking to raise 3.47 billion cedis (US$743 million) in a 35% initial public offering (IPO) to be launched on Tuesday, transaction sources said.

    MTN will sell about 4.63 billion shares of its Ghana unit in what is expected to be the West African country’s largest IPO at 0.75 cedis per share, the sources said.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Kenyan regulator could force Safaricom to share agents' network

    Kenya’s largest telecoms operator Safaricom could be forced to offer rivals access to its transmission sites and its vast network of mobile money outlets if a draft regulatory report on boosting competition in the sector is implemented.

    The recommendations are contained in a draft report that the regulator, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), is finalising, an official from the regulator told Reuters on Monday, declining to say when it would be published.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Steinhoff Africa Retail interim profit lifts 12%

    Steinhoff Africa Retail (STAR) said on Tuesday half-year profits were up 12% supported by strong growth in its Ackermans brand and the turnaround of the retail JD Group, but it was slowing its expansion in Africa.

    Headline earnings per share, the main profit measure used in South Africa that strips out once-off items, for the six months ended 31 March 2018 rose to 52.6 cents per share compared with 46.9 cents in the comparable year ago period.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    LG baits SA with 'good value' G7 ThinQ

    LG has launched its new G7 ThinQ in SA in a bid to give its mobile business a boost.

    The brand, which registered an operating loss of US$126.8million in mobile in the first quarter of 2018, will be pushing sales of the G7 ThinQ in the near future.

    "In the coming months, we will be executing special hero promotions with the networks. This will ensure customers easily understand the product features and where to get the device," Deon Prinsloo, general manager of mobile, LG South Africa, told Fin24.

    -Fin24

    Kenya Air CEO open to SAA pact

    Kenya Airways could cosy up to rival South African Airways (SAA) as the embattled companies seek to narrow the gap with Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise.

    The Nairobi-based airline views a closer relationship with SAA, the No. 2, as a possibility amid turnaround efforts at the unprofitable operators, chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz said in an interview.

    Mikosz said he has spoken with Peter Davies, the restructuring expert recruited by the South African carrier last year, to see "what we can do together."

    -Fin24

    Nestle to cut 500 jobs in Switzerland

    Nestle plans to eliminate up to 500 information technology jobs at its Swiss home base as its shifts work to an existing tech hub in Spain and other locations, the food and beverage giant said on Tuesday.

    None of the group’s Swiss production sites will be affected by the plan, which is being presented to staff for consultation, it said in a statement.

    Its Nespresso coffee business also plans to establish operational centers in Spain and Portugal to benefit from existing Nestle e-commerce and supply chain hubs, and intends to create a center for boutique operations in Italy too.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Poverty, joblessness reign in Kavango EastPoverty, joblessness reign in Kavango East The poverty and unemployment rates in Kavango East are alarming, the region's governor, Samuel Mbambo said.

    According to the Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey of 2015/16 report, the poverty rate for Kavango East stands at 42.9%, unemployment at 39.6% and youth unemployment at 37.3%.

    Delivering his third State of the Region Address on Tuesday, Mbambo said this is alarming given that there are regional resource endowments and opportunities for employment creation through public-private partnerships.

    In order to address unemployment and reduce poverty in the region, the governor said government has funded several programmes worth about N$1.5 million under the Kavango Regional Council.

    Under the micro-finance scheme, 31 income-generating projects received assistance, while 32 projects were funded through the regional council's employment scheme.

    Under 'One Region, One Initiative', an intervention by regional councils to transform local environments to make them more attractive to local residents, tourists and investors, 11 projects were funded.

    There were also 199 cash/food for work projects and 29 farmers were supported through the 'Support Resources for Poor Rural Farmers' programme while 39 beneficiaries were supported by the regional special action plan.

    All these interventions were geared toward addressing unemployment and reducing poverty in the region.

    Mbambo further said approximately 273 households benefited from skills development, product marketing, equipment and start-up capital.

    He also spoke about 'Operation Werengendje', which is aimed at assisting and inspiring residents of the region to grow their own food to ensure self-sufficiency and food security.

    As part of the operation, 1 750 hectares of land were ploughed and 338 tonnes of millet and maize harvested. A total of 610 farmers benefited from Operation Werengendje.

    “Several planned activities were carried out and they have yielded results,” Mbambo said.

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: N$136m owed to Okahandja
  • N$136m owed to OkahandjaN$136m owed to Okahandja Otjozondjupa governor Otto Ipinge on Tuesday expressed dismay over the millions of dollars owed in rates and taxes to all five local authority councils in his region by both residents and government agencies.

    Ipinge did so while delivering his third State of the Region Address at Otjiwarongo.

    He said more than N$373 million is owed to the councils of Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Okakarara and Grootfontein in rates and taxes, and other services, already rendered to the residents and government ministries.

    Ipinge said Grootfontein is owed more than N$90 million; Okakarara close to N$24 million; the Otavi town council, more than N$28 million; Otjiwarongo, N$47 million and the Okahandja, taking the cake at more than N$136 million.

    “The local authority councils should do something, initiate and speed up the processes of recovering these funds, so that the money can be used to develop these towns,” he said.

    The governor also called upon residents, business communities and ministries to pay off their municipal debts, “so that the funds can be used to bring most-needed services to other people”.

    Constituency councillor for Omatako, Israel Hukura, said he was shocked by the “sky-high municipality bills in arrears, yet the same municipalities continue to cry loud of not having funds to channel services to the informal settlements”.

    The constituency councillor for Tsumkwe, Francina Hishekwa-Ghauz also expressed shock over the debts, urging those with these outstanding bills to settle them before end of this year, so that land servicing and provision of services to the informal settlements can happen.

    Mayors of the five affected local authorities were also present at Ipinge's address.

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    Fishing quotas for elite, says PDMFishing quotas for elite, says PDMWants more transparent allocation The party says the industry should benefit all Namibians and be cleared of corruption and self-enrichment. The national chairperson of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Jennifer van den Heever, said despite the country's vast natural riches that fishing quotas, among others, only benefit the rich, politically well-connected and public officials.

    “[The] public does not get a sniff at the marine resources of the country. The PDM sincerely hopes that members of the public benefit from the allocations this time around,” Van den Heever said.

    Fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau, on Tuesday called for applications for 96 new fishing rights in nine fisheries and have encouraged Namibians, particularly previously disadvantaged groups, to apply.

    Van den Heever says the application criteria as set out in the government notice released on 24 May are “very exclusive” and hardly consider the poor, disabled and currently disadvantaged.

    According to the government notice only companies registered as proprietary limited entities are eligible to apply.

    Van den Heever says this plays into the hands of the so-called elite “fishmonger lawmakers” with big companies in good standing and in partnership with foreigners with enough and good equipment for fishing.

    Moreover, she says Esau fails to mention how small and medium enterprises can get their foot in the door, adding that the demise of the SME Bank is thanks to the same “fishmonger lawmakers”.

    “The fishing quotas have mainly been dominated by the same businesses since their first issuance in 1992. As these businesses mostly operate for more than 15 years the fishing rights and benefits only benefit certain members of society,” Van den Heever laments, and says her party wants to know why fishing rights are allocated over such a protracted period to the same crowd.

    The PDM says the duration of the fishing rights should be shortened so that other people can also have a fair shot at sharing in the country's natural resources.

    It says businesses that have had fishing rights for 20 years should not be considered for new rights.

    Esau this week announced that old rights holders are eligible to reapply for fishing rights to protect jobs and investments.

    PDM welcomes the fact that the fisheries ministry will publish all applications and successful bidders on the internet, but calls for a different approach in the selection of beneficiaries.

    It says the allocations should be conducted in an open and inclusive manner and involves different stakeholders instead of only certain public officials in the fisheries ministry.

    “We also hope the minister sticks to his word about ensuring that every company performs adequately and is evaluated on its performance to decide the continuation or termination of their fishing rights,” Van den Heever said.

    The PDM says the fishing industry should benefit all Namibians and be cleaned of corruption and self-enrichment.

    Catherine Sasman

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    Teen gang rape suspects releasedTeen gang rape suspects released The four teenage boys arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman in Rehoboth on Saturday were released to the care of their guardians without appearing in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court.

    Upon enquiry on Tuesday, Simon Muhinda, the deputy chief inspector of the Hardap Crime Investigations Unit confirmed that the teenagers were released on Monday, adding that investigations will start afresh in the matter as the victim could only identify one suspect out of the alleged five.

    The victim alleges that five suspects gang-raped her in Rehoboth's Block E residential area while threatening her with a screwdriver.

    However, only four suspects between the ages of 16 and 18 were arrested in connection to the alleged rape incident

    “After the case was opened, the victim in her initial statement said the suspects were five, but could only mention two names as she did not know the names of the others. The investigating officer then went [to] arrest the two suspects and when interrogated, they said they were not five, but four,” Muhinda said.

    Muhinda further said during the identification parade, the victim could only point out one suspect and after consultations with the public prosecutor, it was decided that the suspects be released to the care of their guardians as they are juveniles.

    “The victim was also intoxicated at the time of the incident and her version of the incident keeps changing and the investigating officer will restart and re-interview her,” he remarked.

    The suspects are expected to appear in court on 9 June and investigations in the matter continue.

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