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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Disabled left behind
  • Disabled left behindDisabled left behindBarriers and obstacles addressed A high-level workshop which ends today, had probed the difficulties of living with a disability in Namibia. With up to 15% of Namibians living with disabilities, many of them struggle to find jobs, get a quality education, access public health services and fully integrate into society.

    A three-day workshop attended by more than 100 representatives of the government, the United Nations, civil society, academia and organisations of persons with disabilities was held in Windhoek this week to address the multiple barriers and obstacles affecting the lives of people with disabilities.

    “People with disabilities continue to be deprived the right to a quality education, including to technical and vocational education and training, because of lack of assistive technology and disability-friendly teaching and learning approaches,” a press statement issued by the organisers of the workshop read.

    Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba, who was represented by Agnes Tjongarero of the youth ministry, stated at the workshop's opening that “persons with disabilities deserve the same chance to make the most of their lives and to make their voices heard as everyone else in our country”.

    He said the workshop was a welcome opportunity for the government and its partners to remove the barriers to health, education, economic development and social interaction in the lives of persons with disabilities and to ensure that platforms are put in place to integrate them fully into society.

    The statement said although Namibia has demonstrated some best practices in terms of policy and other efforts to improve the lives of persons with disability, gaps remain.

    According to the 2016 demographic survey, more than 108 000 Namibians, or 5% of the population, have disabilities.

    Based on estimates by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank, the actual number may be as high as 15% though.

    It is estimated that 66% of the disabled population live in remote rural areas, where it is harder to access public services.

    Although significant progress has been made in Namibia to ensure that young children attend early childhood development (ECD) programmes, it is reported that, according to 2011 statistics, around 87% of children with disabilities under the age of four have never attended ECD programmes

    Of the total of 132 544 children who receive social grants, 5 545 are children with disabilities below the age of 18 years.

    Compared to the national unemployment rate of 28%, the joblessness rate for adults with disabilities is, at 39%, a major concern.

    The organisers of the workshop noted that over 48 000 people were inactive in the labour force as a result of disability, totalling roughly 9% of the total inactive population.

    “These gaps reflect the level of discrimination, which stems from multiple sources, including ignorance, prejudice and cultural norms, which in turn lead to stigma and entrenched social exclusion,” the statement read.

    Another major obstacle for persons with disabilities to participate actively and freely in society is a lack of access to information and communication, as well as a lack of training for teachers and other service providers.

    UN resident coordinator Rachel Odede said the changing global development landscape offers a significant opportunity for mainstreaming disability and propelling the progressive removal of barriers and obstacles faced by persons with disability.

    She emphasised the importance of the active involvement of persons with disabilities in order to “create a truly inclusive society that leaves no person behind … and this starts with ensuring that social, cultural and economic barriers are removed.”

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: E-commerce vital for tourism
  • E-commerce vital for tourismE-commerce vital for tourismTransaction security is key A Johannesburg-based Visa representative who spoke at the Namibia Tourism Expo this week said tourism establishments will lose out if they don’t embrace online payments. “You can make sure that your customers, before they come here, can securely access your service and they can make payments through e-commerce.” - Lenny Kunga, Visa senior director: merchant sales and solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa NDAMA NAKASHOLE

    Lenny Kunga, Visa’s senior director: merchant sales and solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa, says providing a platform for electronic payments is crucial for the local tourism sector.

    Speaking at a tourism networking conference held in Windhoek this week, Kunga said airlines and hotels are the biggest users of e-commerce.

    “As we go down to lodges, that is another area, but I think there is still a lot of opportunity, because when I look at Namibia, in terms of e-commerce, airlines and hotels are the biggest ones,” he said.

    People also want to pay online for car hire and visa applications, he said.

    Convenience

    “When a tourism establishment wants to be paid, it wants to be paid in the best way possible, and the payer also wants to pay in the best way possible, and this where Visa and FNB come on board to support the industry.

    “So the world we are living in now is quite digital. E-commerce is big in terms of payments globally, whether it is the tourism sector or any other sector. It makes using cards online simple,” he said.

    He gave the example of someone on another continent who wants to visit Namibia.

    “So I decided to go there but to me as the visitor, I want convenience. That’s what people want these days. They want convenience. I want to do everything from the comfort of my home.

    “People now avoid crowds. I don’t want to stand in a queue if I can buy a dress online. Let me pay online. That’s the convenience that people want these days,” he said.

    He said after surfing the internet to compare and choose accommodation establishments, visitors expect to book and pay online too.

    If tourism establishments do not simplify this process of comparison, decision, booking and paying on the same platform, they will lose customers to others that do.

    This is where the global payments technology company Visa, and the banks that it works with, come in, he said.

    “We have afforded this platform to the Namibian tourism sector where now you can ... access e-commerce. You can make sure that your customers, before they come here, can securely access your service and they can make payments through e-commerce.”

    Concerns

    According to him, many people are still nervous about paying online, and in many Sub-Saharan African countries cash is still king.

    In South Africa, for example, cash is used for 60% of total transactions and the other 40% are card transactions done face to face.

    “One of the biggest barriers why people fear transactions online is fear of fraud. Or perceptions that ... I may not receive the goods that I am paying for,” he said.

    He said Visa provides that secure network, working with banks such as FNB to ensure that transactions are secure.

    Transaction security is key, he said.

    “Through FNB and Visa, you are guaranteed that this transaction will be as good as transactions face to face with somebody.”

    Fruit

    Globally, e-commerce is growing, he said. Even though domestic transactions in South Africa are 60% cash, for people visiting from abroad more than 80% is e-commerce.

    The forecast is that by the end of 2018, the value of global e-commerce will be US$500 billion.

    Kunga said Namibia is benefiting from this development. Until about three years ago, when the country didn’t have a bank offering e-commerce, less foreign exchange was coming into Namibia, according to him.

    “Those transactions were being captured by acquirers that were either in Germany, and what it means to you as an industry is that you are losing that forex. You want to make sure you capture that here,” he said.

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Taxi union vows legal action
  • Taxi union vows legal actionTaxi union vows legal action Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) boss Werner Januarie says his threat to take legal action against the works and transport ministry will become reality soon.

    Yesterday, Januarie told Namibian Sun that a meeting hosted by works and transport minister John Mutorwa on Monday to discuss issues plaguing the public transport sector, while welcomed by the NTTU, did not meet the union's demands or expectations.

    “One could say the meeting went well, but we didn't get what we demanded,” he said.

    Januarie said given the unsatisfactory outcome, the union would make an announcement on 17 June regarding its plan to take the government to court.

    He said the NTTU did not want to say anything about it at Monday's meeting. “The atmosphere did not allow us … we did not want to spoil the good mood.”

    Monday's meeting was “filled with a lot of excuses of why they could not do anything now. We are not interested in their excuses,” Januarie added.

    In contrast, Pendapala Nakathingo of the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta), who also attended Monday's meeting, said he was pleased with the outcome.

    “The minister listened attentively and asked for accountability for all parties involved, not only on a ministerial level, but also at board and association levels.”

    He further noted that the meeting enabled the industry players to “identify the loopholes and challenges that have led to the situation that we are in today,” which he described as a positive step in the right direction.

    Nakathingo said Nabta agreed that current regulations must be brought in line with the needs of the industry, which “is in total chaos from top to bottom”.

    He said cooperation and teamwork by everyone involved were needed to resolve the “crisis in the industry” and Monday's meeting could give new impetus to this process.

    He warned that implementing solutions would take time, considering that the ministry and others had to work according to the laws, policies and procedures that guide processes.



    Open discussion

    Nakathingo said the minister instructed relevant parties to draw up a comprehensive report on solutions to the problems discussed on Monday, which should then be submitted to the cabinet.

    “The minister took the matter very seriously. I was there myself. He was transparent and honest,” he said.

    Namibian Sun's sister publication Republikein reported that Mutorwa took to task the transport sector players and demanded they pull up their socks.

    Mutorwa said the ministry's role was not to resolve disputes between transport associations, although it could offer advice and proposals on how best to address challenges.

    He further called on all role-players to stand together to resolve the issues at hand.

    In response to Januarie's vow to take legal action, Nakathingo told Namibian Sun that the threat was made in his individual capacity. “It is a personal claim. I could call it irrelevant.”

    Monday's meeting was scheduled by the ministry in response to a request by the NTTU for a consultative meeting following a taxi strike last month.

    The NTTU has long demanded the repeal of the Road Transport Act of 1977, which it describes as “unlawful and unconstitutional” because it does not offer protection to employees in the public transport sector.

    Further, NTTU members have protested against high traffic fines, describing them too as “unconstitutional”.

    Yesterday Januarie claimed that while the ministry and other stakeholders agreed on the need for law reform to better regulate the industry, the pace of progress was too slow.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Oshikoto rapes soar by 500%
  • Oshikoto rapes soar by 500%Oshikoto rapes soar by 500%Domestic violence up 879% A total of 94 rapes and 211 cases of gender violence were reported in the Oshikoto Region during the 2017/18 financial year. Domestic violence and rapes reported to the police in the Oshikoto Region have skyrocketed by a massive 879% and 500% respectively.

    This was confirmed by regional governor Henock Kankoshi during his State of the Region Address (SORA) in Omuthiya.

    According to Kankoshi 94 incidents of rape were recorded during 2017/18, which is a 522% increase compared to the 18 cases reported the previous year.

    Kankoshi reiterated his comments made during last year's SORA, when he said women are increasingly being raped when they return home after late night drinking at cuca shops.

    “Rapes are committed late at night, as women are leaving cuca shops on their way home, and they fall prey to suspects who are out at night on the lookout for vulnerable victims who are under the influence of alcohol and can hardly defend themselves,” Kankoshi said.

    He added that some of the rapes are perpetrated by guardians who leave their children in the care of male domestic workers or cattle herders, while they are at cuca shops.

    Apart from the tremendous increase in rape cases reported, cases of gender-based violence (GBV) have also increased exponentially.

    Kankoshi described this as very serious and alarming.

    He said 211 GBV cases were reported to the Oshikoto police during the year under review, which is 879% more than the 24 cases reported the previous year.

    “Domestic violence is at an alarming rate in the region,” Kankoshi said.

    He also revealed the number of murder cases in the region increased from 10 to 28, while stock theft cases increased from 36 to 154.

    Kankoshi said awareness campaigns are ongoing to address the crime situation in the region.

    “Awareness campaigns are ongoing in the region to educate about prevention measures. School children are also targeted (and told) about the dangers of alcohol abuse, peer pressure, crime in general, and criminal activities such as indulging in gangs. Children are also educated on issues such as teenage pregnancy and how to avoid being alone in danger zones,” the governor added.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    State attorneys delay Land TribunalState attorneys delay Land Tribunal The Land Tribunal has reluctantly postponed until 9 August a case in which a woman is fighting the state after being booted off as co-lessee of a resettlement farm granted to her and her former husband while they were married in community of property, because state attorneys was unprepared.

    However, Land Tribunal chairperson Elize Angula stressed the postponement was granted on condition the state lawyers cover the “wasted” legal costs of Mara Uazenga.

    Uazenga, represented by Reya Karuaihe, is appealing the decision of the lands ministry to terminate her right as co-lessee of Farming Unit A in the Omaheke Region.

    State attorney Immanuel Dausab said he was only instructed on Tuesday and had very little time to prepare.

    He therefore asked for a condonation for late filing and non-compliance with the stipulated time period. In her condonation founding affidavit, government attorney Janseline Gawises stated they were under the impression the lands ministry would attend and handle the tribunal hearing yesterday.

    However, to their surprise they received a letter on 17 May from the attorney-general's office informing them the hearing was set for yesterday.

    Gawises added they had a meeting on Tuesday at 10:00 with the lands ministry to determine what has been done so far and whether they had to attend to the hearing.

    It was at this meeting they were instructed to attend the tribunal.

    The affidavit also indicates that Gawises and her team were instructed on 25 August 2014 to evict Uazenga from the resettlement farm, but were informed on 4 September 2014 to put this on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.

    “On 30 March 2015 we wrote to the client (ministry) to advise us on the outcome of the appeal and if were still required to attend to the eviction.

    It is against this background that we were under the impression that the client would attend to the appeal hearing and not our office,” Gawises said. She also indicated they are certain of success, because the farm was allocated to Mara's husband Zebalt Uazenga and because of non-joinder his wife is not entitled to the land after their divorce.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: Huawei’s P20 snapsation
  • Huawei’s P20 snapsation Huawei’s P20 snapsation 3GMobile brings top camera phone to Namibia Smartphone game changer banks on artificial intelligence and pretty pictures. Ian “Liyang” Li, MD, Huawei: “As AI is seen on more devices, it challenges and drives the mobile industry - from AI apps to software to the ecosystem.” Augetto Graig - Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro cell phones were introduced to the Namibian market at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort on Tuesday.

    Angelo Prokas, country manager for 3GMobile, welcomed Ian “Liyang” Li, managing director of Huawei for Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, Madagascar, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, as well as Brett Levy of Blue Label Telecoms, which bought 3GMobile in December last year for N$1,9 billion.

    Also present were Ilan Zwarenstein, 3GMobile’s chief executive officer, and Vinesh Eranah, who heads retail and training for Huawei devices.

    Eranah told the audience more about the new phone, which he described as a huge leap in innovation - which explains why it’s called the P20 even though the previous version was the P10.

    “Enjoy your memories,” he said, emphasising the incredible picture taking abilities of this smart device.

    Three built-in cameras on the P20 Pro are manipulated with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI), powered by the Kirin 970 chipset. Everything from identifying the subject of the picture to improving composition, for instance by resizing group pictures, is done automatically. The camera technology imbedded was developed in conjunction with German partner company Leica and, according to Eranah, introduces a whole new level of photography.

    Other innovations include hand-held night mode, 4K video recording with Dolby cinematic experience sound, predictive focus and super-charge technology so efficient “I can plug my phone into your phone and give you battery life”, Eranah said.

    The P20 can charge up to 60% in half an hour and fully in an hour, he said. The phones also feature dual SIM slots, each enabled to 4,5 G, and four antennas for better reception.

    Fingerprint and facial recognition synchronise with the adaptive AI to work in tandem with owner preferences, including the ability to name the phone and call it if misplaced.

    According to Huawei’s Liyang, artificial intelligence will be a critical factor shaping smartphone competition for the next five to 10 years.

    “As AI is seen on more devices, it challenges and drives the mobile industry, from AI apps to software to the ecosystem. Pictures are more beautiful than ever, translation is more accurate, and voice assistants are more convenient,” he said.

    Liyang says the impact of artificial intelligence will go even further to transform human-device interaction.

    “More importantly, it explores the user’s preference, or may even alter the mobile industry’s business models.”

    In recent years Huawei has been gaining global market share in the smartphone market, as well as recognition and status among consumers. In 2016 Huawei controlled 9,5% of the global market share, which increased to 10,4% last year, Liyang said.

    “Both the shipment and gross revenue show significant growth. Last month, in South Africa, our market share in terms of value has reached 20% growth, which is a new record for us and shows a much higher acceptance of our high-end product in the South African market,” he said.

    Levy echoed Liyang’s appreciation for the brand’s penetration. “Huawei has moved the market in the last couple of years,” he said.

    Together with his brother Mark Levy, Brett has built an empire earning N$13,5 billion in revenue for the year ended November 2017, which includes 45% of Cell C.

    He said Huawei is no longer a number two brand, but now is a number one brand which has made its name “because of the quality of what you develop and what you deliver”, Brett said.

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: RTA winners announced
  • RTA winners announcedRTA winners announcedTourism Expo starts on high note Ultimate Safaris and Gondwana Namib Desert Lodge walked away with the top honours in this year's Responsible Tourism Awards. The winners of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards (RTA) were announced at the Namibia Tourism Expo yesterday.

    In the category for accommodation establishments, Gondwana Namib Desert Lodge was the winner while the runners-up were Wilderness Safaris Damaraland Camp and Grootberg Lodge.

    Gondwana Namib Desert Lodge is perfectly placed at the foot of ancient fossilised sand dunes of the Namib Desert, within the 12 500-hectare Gondwana Namib Park. The lodge is located 60km north of the entrance to Sossusvlei and is a major attraction in the area. Guests can view game such as gemsbok, springbok, giraffe, steenbok, ostrich and wildebeest, and the beautiful Namib landscape. Other activities include walking trails and dune drives and excursions to Sossusvlei.

    In the category for tour operators the winner was Ultimate Safaris while the runners-up were Wild Dog Safaris and Abenteuer Afrika Safari.

    Ultimate Safaris provides guests visiting Namibia with the ultimate safari experience. Ultimate Safaris has from the outset been synonymous with pioneering safaris in Namibia. Driven by an explorer-type enthusiasm and determination to provide a great service, they started by operating relatively lightweight mobile camps in impossibly remote corners of the country. The company has committed itself to helping preserve some of these wild places.

    The RTA awards initiated by Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) aim to acknowledge and reward tourism operators and accommodation establishments that embrace ecotourism and invest in the communities where they operate.

    The awards are linked to the Namibia Tourism Expo, an annual event which brings together tourism operators from Namibia and neighbouring countries to network and market their products and services.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Tourism should invest more in social responsibilityTourism should invest more in social responsibility Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta yesterday urged businesses in the sector to invest more when it comes to social responsibility.

    Speaking at the official opening of the Namibia Tourism Expo that is hosted annually by Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), Shifeta said although he appreciated the good business performance in the tourism sector, he would like to see more investment in social responsibility projects.

    Shifeta said the ministry was inundated with complaints from some communities who felt unfairly treated by tour and lodge operators, especially those operating in communal conservancies.

    He called upon all the businesses in the tourism sector to do more to support those who have helped the growth of such businesses.





    “We have a responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and contribute to the common good of our nation.”

    Shifeta further said the issues facing the sector were numerous and could not be addressed by one ministry or sector alone.

    According to him the government has been re-thinking its approach towards tourism over the last five years to identify the challenges, barriers and other issues facing the tourism sector.

    “Knowing the realities facing the sector caused the need to understand and explore why these challenges are presenting and then to look at the necessary process that are needed to address these challenges.”

    Shifeta said the Expo served as a platform for players in the tourism industry to market their products and services to everyone involved in the industry and to the public.

    Since its inception in 1998, the Expo has consistently grown and has earned a superb reputation for offering the only centralised marketing platform for Namibia's tourism and hospitality industry.

    “This year's Expo is putting emphasis on conservation and it is worth noting that our story of conservation is a global success story that today echoes across the continents and is seen as an example of how, by commitment, dedication and community empowerment, a nation and its biodiversity base can be transformed, leading to the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told,” said Shifeta.

    The theme of this year's event is 'Conservation - Small Things Matter'.

    For Namibia, wildlife, people, landscapes and cultures matter, whether small or big, said Shifeta.

    According to him the core principle for Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Namibia is that people conserve for their own benefit and not for that of others.

    Shifeta said by changing the laws, we gave user rights of wildlife to rural communities through conservancies.

    “This led to an explosion of conservation like never seen before in the country. The reality of this move was that Namibia took conservation to a grand scale. A scale at which communities and wildlife benefited meaningfully through conservation driven by the incentive of the sharing of the benefits arising out of this conservation of wildlife.”

    He added, though, that population growth had led to increasing conflict with wildlife.

    “Both [animals and people] need functional ecosystems and space. This led to competition for the same diminishing natural resource and ecosystem services resulting in human-wildlife conflict.”

    Shifeta said it was important to understand that an increase in wildlife numbers came at a cost to the rural communities in and around conservancies.

    If this cost became too high and they did not enjoy more benefits from wildlife, the communities would lose the incentive to conserve, he warned.

    “Where does this all fit within the tourism sector? Tourism today is recognised as the most competitive industry globally and has demonstrated its ability to contribute to the higher development goals of governments through its multiplier effect.”

    Shifeta said this became evident in Namibia in recent times. He pointed out that tourism was the only sector that grew in a time of economic turmoil, while other sectors contracted.

    Despite this reality, tourism was underappreciated as an economic driver in Namibia and this was reflected in its budget allocation and the barriers that the sector was facing.

    According to him Namibia this year truly saw that tourism was an engine for economic growth. “It has been placed at the centre stage on the road towards true economic independence through job creation, empowerment and poverty alleviation.”

    The latest edition of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) indicates that the sector's direct contribution to the GDP is N$5.2 billion while the indirect contribution is N$15.1 billion. Moreover, the sector created 44 700 direct jobs and 100 720 indirect jobs.

    Shifeta congratulated NMH on annually hosting a successful tourism expo and for implementing initiatives such as the Town of the Year Award and the Responsible Tourism Awards.

    The main sponsors of this year's Expo are Old Mutual and First National Bank (FNB).

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 05/30/18--16:00: 60 000 register for jobs
  • 60 000 register for jobs60 000 register for jobsInternational report captures Namibia’s jobseeker desperation A report compiled by International Labour Organisation experts says Namibia's relatively strong growth until 2015 was not sufficient to overcome poverty, inequality and reduce unemployment. Nearly 60 000 desperate jobseekers were registered on the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) jobs portal by February last year, while in 2016 alone, 15 023 jobseekers registered and only 1 371 were placed.

    These statistics, which capture the desperation for employment in Namibia, have emerged in a report compiled for the labour ministry by International Labour Organisation (ILO) experts.

    This followed an assessment of the Public Employment Service (PES) of Namibia in January and February 2017, which examined the provision of employment services in the country by analysing the institutional, policy and legal frameworks.

    Namibia instituted reforms through the enactment of the Employment Services Act in 2011, which established the Employment Services Board and Bureau.

    The bureau makes it compulsory for all companies to register all vacancies and new positions, including temporary jobs. Companies must also inform the bureau of any advertisements for new jobs they are placing in the media.

    The Assessment of Public Employment Service and Active Labour Market Policies in Namibia report highlights that the relatively strong economic growth until 2015 in Namibia was not sufficient to overcome poverty, inequality and reduce unemployment.

    It says Namibia is faced with high levels of unemployment, especially among the youth (43.4%).

    It also said there is a mismatch between the skills provided by education and training and the skills demand by firms, especially creating vacancies.





    Using the national poverty line of N$377.96 per month, Namibian poor made up 28.7% in 2009/10, following a 9% fall from 37.7% in 2003/4, the report says.

    However, based on international poverty lines, 19.7% of the population was living on less than USS$1.90 a day in 2015, compared to 21% in 2010.

    In 2015, 42.9% were living below the US$3.10 per day poverty line, compared to 45.1% in 2010.

    When an employer reports a vacancy to the employment bureau, the information is immediately made available to the NIEIS, which in turn informs registered jobseekers throughout the country.

    The NIEIS already had 60 000 jobseekers on registered on its portal by January/February last year, the report says. Specifically, a total of 15 023 jobseekers were registered in 2016, of which a total of 1 371 were placed over the same period.

    “Despite this the Public Employment Service in Namibia is faced with serious capacity restrictions that prevent it from meeting its potential contribution in improving the functioning of the labour market,” the report says.

    It points out that the capacity of the employment bureau is weak with only 29 employment officers across the country, that corresponds to a ratio of approximately 90 000 people per office. This is in contrast to the equivalent ratios of 3 000 people or less per employment officers in many developed countries.

    With an estimated frontline staff of 24 employment officers, each officer is associated with over 14 000 unemployed people or 2 800 jobseekers, according to the report.

    Moreover the 18 regional offices in Namibia cater for urban and semi-urban areas only, leaving out the more than 50% of the population living in rural areas.

    “Measures therefore need to be put in place to reach out to people in all geographical areas, without expanding the offices to an excessive extent,” the report says.

    It also pointed out that the professional capacity of employment bureau staff needs to be strengthened, as there is no systematic training plan in place.

    The last training that was offered locally, in collaboration with the ILO, was over a decade ago and no refresher courses have since been provided.

    “Professionalisation of the employment service staff is therefore lacking and contributes to high staff turnover.”

    According to the report, the infrastructure of the Public Employment Service is also poor and does not present a good image to clients, particularly highly-skilled jobseekers, young people and employers.

    It further noted that services to employers are weak, revolving around matching jobseekers to notified vacancies.

    The report also highlighted a skills mismatch.

    This is related in part to the extent to which labour market information systems can inform the choices and training provided in the country and secondly how individuals are deciding on their career and the education and training areas they can pursue.

    Several recommendations were made in the report to ensure a more efficient matching of the available vacancies and jobseekers, thereby increasing productivity, job creation and the promotion of self-employment.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Aupindi judgment put on ice, againAupindi judgment put on ice, again The trial of former Namibia Wildlife Reports (NWR) managing director Tobie Aupindi and Antonio di Savino, which has already stretched over more than five years, has again been postponed - this time to 24 October.

    This was after Magistrate Helvi Shilemba failed to turn up at court yesterday. No reasons for her absence were provided.

    The last testimony and closing arguments in the trial were heard late last year, after the Supreme Court dismissed an attempt by Aupindi and Di Savino to force the magistrate off the case.

    In January this year they were scheduled to hear their verdict in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court, but Shilemba was not available, and the delivery of her judgement was postponed to 22 February.

    Aupindi and Di Savino allegedly lied to an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigator in March and April 2010 by telling him that Aupindi himself had paid N$50 000 for the installation of a swimming pool at his house in Windhoek in 2006, while they knew that Di Savino had actually paid.

    It is alleged that at the time the pool was installed, Di Savino was doing business with NWR, where Aupindi was still in charge.

    The two accused suffered a heavy blow in February 2012 when the court dismissed their application for discharge.

    “After carefully going through the evidence presented by both defence lawyers, Richard Metcalfe and Louis Du Pisani, and the prosecution team led by public prosecutor Arrie Husselmann, I came to the conclusion that the two accused persons have a case to answer before court,” said Magistrate Shilemba at the time.

    The proceedings of the trial were remanded on 19 March 2012 until September 14, as Di Savino had to accompany his elderly mother to Italy, as she could not travel alone due to her age.

    This was after an agreement reached by Metcalfe, Du Pisani and public prosecutor Erick Naikaku.

    Despite the pending charges, Aupindi has been rising through the ranks of the Swapo Party and was elected as a member of the Swapo central committee at the ruling party congress in November last year.

    He was also later elected as a member of the party's politburo.

    Aupindi and Di Savino went on trial before Shilemba in February 2012.

    The trial was halted for more than four years after Metcalfe and Du Pisani, representing Aupindi and Di Savino respectively, asked Magistrate Shilemba in February 2013 to recuse herself from the matter, based on claims there was a likelihood she was biased.

    Both accused deny guilt on a main charge of corruptly providing false information to an authorised officer of the ACC, and an alternative charge of attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.

    The accused in October 2013 applied to the High Court to have the magistrate recused.

    Not only did they want the removal of the magistrate from their case, they also applied for discharge, because there were “serious irregularities and illegalities” in the “investigation and prosecution process”.

    This, they alleged, had tainted the “trial process in the magistrate's court and was exacerbated by the conduct of the presiding magistrate”.

    In July 2015 they were informed by Magistrate Jarmaine Muchali that their trial will resume on January 20 the next year. The reason for postponement was the pending ruling in the recusal application.

    The High Court dismissed their application in February 2016

    Aupindi then persisted with an appeal to the Supreme Court in July 2017. His appeal was dismissed, with acting judge of appeal Theo Frank remarking in the judgement there was no proper evidence before the court to show any grave injustice or failure of justice was likely to occur if the trial proceeded before Magistrate Shilemba.

    On 14 January this year the judgment in the trial was due to be delivered, but this did not materialise.

    On 22 February 2018 the matter was again postponed in chambers on grounds that a defence lawyer had travelled overseas, resulting in the matter being pushed to March.

    The case, which was on the 6 March court roll for judgment, had to be postponed as the presiding magistrate was unavailable.

    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Welwitschias host high-flying BullsWelwitschias host high-flying BullsHome side eye second SuperSport Challenge win The Welwitschias will face the high-flying Blue Bulls tomorrow, as they look to build on their first win last weekend in this year's SuperSport Rugby Challenge. LIMBA MUPETAMI





    The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will play the Blue Bulls tomorrow at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

    The Welwitschias will face a side that sits in a comfortable second position on the log with 16 points.

    The home team defeated Hino Valke 34-24 in South Africa last weekend, recording their first win in the challenge.

    Given that it was achieved away from the comfortable confines of the Hage Geingob Stadium, as well their home supporters in Windhoek, the Welwitschias victory was a huge achievement for the team, hasn’t won for many moons.

    Coach Lyn Jones attributed the win to hard work and learning.

    “There are no shortcuts. Players are not always taught how to learn or how to train. That has been the toughest area to overcome. But one away win doesn’t mean we have arrived; it just shows that we are on the right route to compete consistently.”

    Jones further said that winning gives pleasure and the players really enjoyed the few hours after the match. “It must be 28 to 30 years since we won an away match. But it’s back to work for the Bulls. This competition is a big part of the process to win our first match at a Rugby World Cup,” he said.

    Jones said the team’s focus has been to grow, understand the game better and to condition, as they prepare for the World Cup qualifiers in August.

    “Our goal IS to stick to our plan and not get ahead of ourselves. People involved in rugby in Namibia base their opinions on their emotions, not facts. I can’t control how people make their decisions. But I can control players’ expectations. If we can finish against these A-standard teams by conceding less than 60 points, it’s a step in the right direction,” Jones added.

    The Pumas lead the log in the north group, in which the Welwitschias are competing, with 24 points. The Blue Bulls are second on 16 points, followed by the Xerox Golden Lions with 12 points, the Valke with seven points and the Welwitschias on six points. -Additional info SuperSport

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  • 05/31/18--16:00: Crunch time for Warriors
  • Crunch time for WarriorsCrunch time for WarriorsTeam confident ahead of Cosafa quarterfinal clash The Cosafa Cup champions of 2015 will begin their hunt for a second title tomorrow against Zambia. The Brave Warriors predict a huge and tough encounter when they play Zambia in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Cosafa Cup tomorrow at 15:00 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa.

    The squad includes seasoned Cosafa Cup campaigners, with some of the class of 2015 still in the mix.

    However, Zambia is taking no prisoners and have decided to select their strongest squad for the tie. The Namibians will rely on their 2015 hero Deon Hotto, who had an impressive season at Bloemfontein Celtic.

    “We both preparing for our meeting in September in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers and this match on Saturday will be huge. I knew Zambia will bring a strong team and our technical team have done their homework.

    “We just need to execute our plan to perfection on match day,” Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere said.

    The Zambians are expected to play on the wings, in order to stretch their opponents.

    It was this system they used when the two teams met at the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) earlier this year.

    Namibia won the Cosafa Cup in 2015, before claiming the plate competition on home soil the following year. They again made the plate decider in 2017, but this time lost to hosts South Africa.

    The following players travelled to Polokwane today from Pretoria, where they have been based since Saturday: Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Maximillian Mbaeva (Golden Arrows), Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers), Vitapi Ngaruka (Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard (Lusaka Dynamos), Donovan Kanjaa (Young African), Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), Charles Hambira (Tura Magic), Emilio Martin and Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Gustav Isaak and Absalom Iimbondi (Tigers), Ikuaterua Hoveka (Young African), Marcel Papama (Unam), Willem Pinehas (Eleven Arrows), Deon Hotto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Panduleni Nekundi (African Stars) and Itamunua Keimuine (Tura Magic).

    The Zambia squad is as follows: Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Shemmy Mayembe and Bournwell Silengo (Zesco United), Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Martin Sikaonga (Nakambala Leopards), Benson Sakala, Larry Bwalya and Kelvin Kampamba (Power Dynamos), Clatous Chama and Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), John Ching'andu (Zesco United), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Lazarous Kambole (Zesco United) and Emmanuel Chabula (Kitwe United) and Ronald Kampamba (Nkana).

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    PUBS FC desperate for league gloryPUBS FC desperate for league glory Kunene second division football league outfit PUBS Football Club (FC) have outlined their plan to challenge for the league title.

    The team's coach, Arnold Seun !Gaoseb said they are not taking anything for granted against any team and are poised to fight until the end.

    “Since the start of the league, I have witnessed that all the teams [are] playing their best games when facing us. We have therefore decided that with each game that comes, we will aim to win at all cost,” !Gaoseb said.

    He said they have a good mixture of youth and experience and the players are adapting to the methods he is trying to implement.

    “The team is well-balanced and we are working on our own playing style that players are taking to like a duck to water. We need to be counted among the best in the league and thus need to win the title for our loyal fans,” !Gaoseb said.

    PUBS are in sixth spot on the log standings, six points behind log leaders Outjo Football Academy, who they will face in round eight of the league at 15:00 on Saturday in Outjo, before battling Green Dangers in round nine at 10:00 on Sunday in Kamanjab.

    The other weekend fixtures are as follows:

    Saturday (round eight)

    Kunene Namibian Police (Nampol) FC vs Sixty Eleven (14:00 Opuwo)

    Green Dangers vs Bethlehem Boys (12:00 Kamanjab)

    Revengers vs Black Africa Warriors (14:00 Kamanjab)

    Robber Chanties vs Young Eagles (13:00 Khorixas)

    Gariseb Orlando Pirates vs Etosha United (15:00 Khorixas)

    Outjo Football Academy vs PUBS (15:00 Outjo)



    Sunday (round nine)

    Kunene Nampol vs Black Africa Warriors (11:00 Opuwo)

    Green Dangers vs PUBS (10:00 Kamanjab)

    Revengers vs Sixty Eleven (12:00 Kamanjab)

    Gariseb Orlando Pirates vs Young Eagles (10:00 Khorixas)

    Robber Chanties vs Etosha United (12:00 Khorixas)

    Outjo Football Academy vs Bethlehem Boys (15:00 Outjo)

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    20 kidnapped in eastern DR Congo20 kidnapped in eastern DR Congo Around 20 civilians have been kidnapped since the weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a stronghold of multiple armed groups, officials said Wednesday.

    The kidnappings are understood to have begun last Friday, some 75 kilometres north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

    “They have been taken between last weekend and today in different locations,” said Jason Ntawiha, an official in the town of Rutshuru.

    “The kidnappers are demanding ransoms to free their hostages. Families have begun to organise themselves.

    “We are putting strategies in place to prevent these criminals from doing their dirty work.”

    A local civil society group has called for a peaceful march on Thursday to protest against the kidnappings.

    Armed groups, which claim to defend Congolese communities, are fighting for control of territorial and natural resources in North Kivu, which has seen a string of deadly clashes in recent months.

    Eastern DRC has been wracked by violence since the mid-1990s.

    The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia - created by Muslim radicals to oppose the rule of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - is one of a number of armed groups fighting over the region's rich mineral resources.



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  • 05/31/18--16:00: Cuban leader defends Maduro
  • Cuban leader defends MaduroCuban leader defends Maduro'Solidarity' visit to Venezuela Diaz-Canel flew to Caracas for his first foreign trip as head of state, a show of solidarity for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, whose controversial re-election this month has drawn condemnation in the West. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rallied to the defence of embattled ally Nicolas Maduro on his first foreign visit Wednesday, calling on Latin American nations to support his Venezuelan counterpart's cause.

    The Cuban, who succeeded Raul Castro on April 19, was received with open arms by Maduro's government - Cuba's closest political and economic ally - on his arrival at Caracas' Maiquetia airport.

    “Very happy to be in Venezuela; and long live the Bolivarian revolution, and also, long live President Maduro,” Diaz-Canel said.

    After being honoured at the presidential palace by Maduro, Diaz-Canel stressed: “No matter how big the troubles and challenges may be, you can rely on Cuba - today and always. The support is unconditional.”

    Diaz-Canel said the main reason for his visit to Venezuela was to show solidarity with Maduro after his May 20 reelection was widely dismissed as a sham by the US, EU and 13 other Latin American states.

    He described the elections, boycotted by the main opposition, as an “overwhelming success.” “Maybe that sound rising up from the majority so bothered the United States and the right that they are not capable of recognizing legitimacy,” he said. The Cuban leader's visit coincided with Canada's announcement of further sanctions against Maduro associates, including his wife Cilia Flores, for holding “illegitimate and anti-democratic” elections.

    Canada rejected the result as “fraudulent,” and along with its G7 partners has called on Maduro to schedule another vote, release all political prisoners and restore the authority of the country's National Assembly. Beaten candidate Henri Falcon has called for fresh elections and filed an appeal with the country's highest court Wednesday to have the result annulled.

    Speaking to the Constituent Assembly - set up by Maduro last year to usurp the opposition-dominated body - Diaz-Canel said the main purpose of international sanctions was to obliterate Maduro's re-election victory.

    And he called on “the people of the Americas” to show solidarity as Venezuela resists a “political, diplomatic, economic and financial war” waged by what he called US “imperialism.”

    Venezuela under Maduro had fallen victim to “the imperialist actions of submission, harassment, isolation and blockades,” Diaz-Canel told the Assembly to loud cheers.

    The 58-year-old Diaz-Canel, who before his address laid a floral wreath at the grave of independence leader Simon Bolivar at Caracas' National Pantheon, called on Venezuela to “repudiate with firmness” Washington's attempts to return to “the period of interventionism.”

    The United States has maintained an economic embargo on the Communist-run island since the early 1960s. Venezuela once exported as much as 100 000 barrels of oil a day to Cuba in exchange for Cuban medical staff, coaches, social organizers and military advisers.

    But analysts say the amount has decreased considerably under the strain of Venezuela's crippling economic crisis.

    “It would seem that supporting Venezuela is not fashionable. But we will not be deterred, we are defending a people's sovereign choice,” Diaz-Canel said.

    Some analysts pointed out, however, that Cuba's new leader has little choice but to support Maduro given his country's dependence on cheap Venezuelan oil imports.



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    Ya hala ombelewa yawo yi ze ko kOshanaYa hala ombelewa yawo yi ze ko kOshana Oshikondo shelongo moshitopolwa shaShikoto onkene tashi longele mombelewa dhawo ndhoka tadhi adhika mondoolopa yaNdangwa moshitopolwa shaShana, naashoka okwa hololwa kutya otashi pula ondilo nokutula moshiponga oomwenyo dhaanambelewa mboka olundji taya idhenge iinano iile okuya koombelewa ndhoka.

    Shoka oshimwe shomomaupyakadhi ga tothwamo kungoloneya gwaShikoto, Henok Kankoshi oshiwike shika, pethimbo a gandja oshipopiwa she shopashitopolwa tashi ithanwa State of the Region Address (SORA).

    Okwa pula opo oombelewa ndhoka dhi tulwe mOmuthiya, molwaashoka ondoolopa ndjoka otayi adhika pokati koshitopolwa shaShikoto.

    Kankoshi okwa popi kutya shoka otashi ka hupitha aanambelelwa yelongo opo kaya ende iinano yookilometa omathele, ngele ombelewa odha tulwa mOmuthiya.

    Monena aanambeelwa taya zi komakule ngaashi mOshomeya ohaya ende oshinano shookilometa dha thika po 500, opo ya ka kale miigongi mbyoka tayi ningilwa poombelewa.

    Okwa popi kutya ngele oombelewa odha tulwa mOmuthiya nena oshinano otashi vulu okushinithwa pevi nookilometa dha thika po220.

    Kakele kiinano iile, aanambelewa mboka otaya tula moshiponga oomwenyo dhawo omolwa iiponga yinyanyalitha unene mbyoka tayi ningilwa moondjila dhaNamibia, oshowo epangelo ndyoka tali longitha iimaliwa oyindji mokufuta aanambelewa mboka iifuta yomalweendo.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo kombinga yomapopyo gangoloneya, omukomeho gwelongo mOshikoto, Lameck Kafidi okwa ti onkalo ndjoka oya nika oshiponga oye ya dhigupalela ihe nonando ongaaka kaye na shoka taya vulu okuninga omolwa etetulo lyelongitho lyiimaliwa, ndyoka lya etitha ekaleko lyetungo lyoombelewa ndhoka.

    Okwa popile omapopyo gangoloneya kutya aanambelewa yelongo naye a kwatelwa mo otaya tula moshiponga oomwenyo dhaawo omolwa oondjila oonde ndhoka haya ende kehe ethimbo.

    Okwa popi kutya omolwa ompango yoprocurement act ndjoka ya tulwa miilonga, onkalo ndjoka oya dhigupala molwaashoka ompango ndjoka otayi pula opo omukomeho gwelongo a shaine omaindilo kehe gepititho lyiimaliwa opo kulandwe iinima.

    Kafidi okwa popi kutya kakele kiinano iile natango otaku longitha iimaliwa oyindji mbyoka tayi futwa aanambelewa mboka taya yi momalweendo, unene okuya koombelewa mOndangwa.

    “Ipula andola ngele onda ithana aakuluntu yooskola ye li 200 koshigongi, mbela epangelo otali futu oshimaliwa sha thika peni. Iimaliwa oyindji noonkondo,” Kafidi a popi.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Omauliko gaatalelelipo ga patululwa pambelewaOmauliko gaatalelelipo ga patululwa pambelewaOmauliko ngoka ga koko konima sho ga ningwa lwotango mo1998 Ominista yoshikondo shaatalelipo, Pohamba Shifeta oya pula opo aanangeshefa moshikondo ya pungule unene momayambidhidho gaakwashigwana. Shifeta okwa popi ngaaka, pethimbo kwa patululwa pambelelwa omauliko goNamibia Tourism Expo ngoka haga ningwa kehe omvula nokulongekidhwa koNamibia Media Holdings (NMH).

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya nonando okwa pandula noonkondo iilonga tayi longwa kaanangeshefa moshikondo shoka, natango okwa hala okumona omapungulilo ogendji taga ningwa moopoloyeka ndhoka tadhi gandja omauwanawa kaakwashigwana.



    Shifeta okwa popi kutya uuministeli we otawu yakula omanyenyeto okuza kaakwashigwa yamwe po mboka ye wete itaya ihumbatelwa nawa kaakwateli komeho yomalweendo gaatalelipo unene momahala gaakwashigwana ngoka ga gamenwa.

    Okwa pula aanangeshefa moshikondo shaatalelipo ya yambidhidhe nokukwathela mboka ya kwathele meyambukepo lyoongeshefa ndhoka.



    Minisita okwa tsikile kutya omaupyakadhi ngoka ga taalela oshikondo shoka ogendji noonkondo na itaga vulu okukandulwapo kuuministeli owo awuke.

    Pahapu dhe epangelo olya kala nokudhilaadhiila muule woomvula ntano dha piti, nkene ku na okukandulwapo omikundu nomaupyakadhi ngoka ga taalela oshikondo shoka.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya omauliko ngoka otaga gandja ompito ombwaanawa kaadhani yoshikondo shoka opo ya tseyithe nokungeshefa iilandithomwa yawo kaantu mboka taya kutha ombinga moshikondo shaatalelelipo oshowo koshigwana wo.

    Konima nkene ga ningwa lwotango momvula yo1998, omauliko ngoka oga koko nokunana aakuthimbinga oyendji.

    Nuumvo omauliko ngoka oga nuninwa ekwatonanwa nendalapatelo lyuushitwenomahala ngoka ga gamenwa, na otaga ningwa kohi yoontentekelihapu ‘Conservation - Small Things Matter’.

    KuNamibia, iiyamakuti, aantu, oonzo dhopaushitwe nomidhigululwakalo oya simana noonkondo ngele oshinene nenge oshishona, pahapu dhaminista Shifeta.



    Okwa popi kutya elalakano enene lyoCommunity Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) moNamibia okukwashilipaleka kutya aantu oya kwata nawa oonzo dhopaushitwe opo ya vule okumona omauwanawa yoyene.

    Okwa popi kutya Namibia okwa dhana onkandangala onene mekwashilipaleko kutya aakwashigwana oya mona omauwanawa okuza muushitwe nonando ngashiingey onkalo yiikolokosha pokati kaantu niiyamakuti otayi londo pombanda.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu oshowo iiyamakuti ayehe oya pumbwa uushitwe opo oya vule okuhupa, naashoka otashi etitha ethigathano pokati kaantu niinamwenyo mboka, shoka tashi hwahwameke iikolokosha pokati kawo woo.

    Minista okwa tsikile kutya nuumvo, Namibia okwa mono shili iizemo iiwanawa yopaliko okuzilila moshikondo she shaatalellipo.

    Olopota ompe yoTourism Satellite Account (TSA) oya holola kutya oshikondo shoka osha yambidhidha eliko lyoshilongo noshimaliwa sha thika poobiliyona 5.2 noshikondo osha toto po oompito dhiilonga tadhi kalele dhi po 44 700 omanga dhopakathimbo dhi lipo 100 720.

    Shifeta okwa pandula NMH sho ha ningi nokukwatele komeho omauliko ngoka kehe omvula nokutula miilonga oopoloyeka dhilwe dha nuninwa natango okuyambulapo omatalelepo ngaashi edhigathano ndyoka tali ithanwa ‘Town of the Year Award’ oshowo egandjo lyomapapa lyoResponsible Tourism Awards.

    Aayambidhidhi aanene yomauliko ngaka nuumvo ehangano lyo Old Mutual oshowo ombaanga yotango yopashigwaa yoFirst National Bank (FNB).

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    Oshipotha shaAupindi sha undulilwa natango komehoOshipotha shaAupindi sha undulilwa natango komehoMangestrata a ndopa okuholoka mompangu Oshipotha shomukomeho nale gwoNamibia Wildlife Reports (NWR), Tobie Aupindi oshowo ngoka ta tamanekwa pamwe naye Antonio di Savino, shoka sha kala mompangulilo uule woomvula dhi vulithe puntano monena, osha undulilwa ishewe komasiku 24 gaKotomba nuumvo. Shoka osha ningwa sho omupanguli moshipotha shoka Helvi Shilemba a ndopa okuthika mompangulilo mEtitatu na inaku gandjwa omatompelo kutya omolwashike a faula kompangulilo.

    Oompata negandjo lyomaumbangi ga hugunina moshipotha shoka odha pulakenwa nale mompangulilo omvula ya piti, sha landula sho ompangu yopombanda yoSupreme Court ya ekelehi oonkambadhala dha ningwa kuAupindi naDi Savino opo ya kondjithe ekuthomo moshipotha shawo mangestrata.

    muJanurati nuumvo oya li ye na okupewa etokolo moshipotha shawo, ihe Shilemba kali po noshipotha osha undulilwa komasiku 22 gaFebruali.

    Aupindi naDi Savino okwa lopotwa ya fundju aniwa omukonaakoni gwokakomisi koAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) muMaalitsa oshowo muApilili gwo2010 kutya Aupindi okwa futu yemwene oshimaliwa shooN$50 000 melongo lyondama lyokuyogela megumbo lye mOvenduka mo 2006, omanga iilonga mbyoka ya futwa kuDi Savino.

    Otaku popiwa kutya pethimbo kwa ningwa ngaaka, Di Savino okwa li e li metsokumwe lyiilonga noNWR moka Aupindi a li omukomeho.

    Mboka oya ndopa muFebruali gwo 2012 opo oshipotha shawo shi kuthwemo mompangu konima sho ya ningi eindilo.

    Pethimbo ndyoka, Shilemba okwa li a popi kutya, okupitila momaumbangi ngoka ga gandjwa kaakalelipo yopaveta yaatamanekwa Richard Metcalfe naLouis Du Pisani, oshowo ongundu yaafali yiihokolola mompangu ndjoka ya kwatelwa komeho kuArrie Husselmann, okwa ningi etokolo kutya mboka oye na oshipotha na ya pumbwa okuyamukula omapulo.

    Oshipotha shoka osha li shuundulilwa komeho komasiku 19 Malitsa 2012 oshowo kuSepetemba momasiku 14 September 14, molwaashoka Di Savino okwa li e na okufala yina gomukokele koItaly ngoka ita vulu okuya molweendo oye awike omolwa uukokele.

    Shoka osha landula etsokumwe lya ningwa pokati kaMetcalfe, Du Pisani oshowo omufali gwiihokolola mompangu gwepangelo, Erick Naikaku.

    Nonando oku na oshipotha shoka, Aupindi okwa kala nokulonda oshilondelo shoompito dha yooloka mongundu yoSwapo, na okwa li a hogololwa onga oshilyo shoSwapo central committee pethimbo lyomutumba gwomahogololo ngoka gwa ningwa kongundu ndjoka muNovemba gwomvula ya piti.



    Aupindi naDi Savino oya yi mohofa komeho yomupanguli Shilemba muFebruali gwo 2012.

    Oshipotha shoka osha kala manga sha thikama uule woomvula dha thika pune, sho Metcalfe naDu Pisani, mboka taya kalelepo aatamanekwa ya pula opo Mangetrata Shilemba a kuthwe mo moshipotha shoka muFebruali gwo 2013, molwaashoka aniwa okwa gama ombinga.

    Aatamanekwa ayehe oya tindi kutya oye na ondjo miipotha yuulingilingi mbyoka taya tamanekelwa.

    MuJuli gwo2015 oya Ii ya tseyithilwa kuMangetrata Jarmaine Muchali kutya oshipotha shawo otashi tameke momvula tayi landula momasiku 20 gaJanuari, netompelo lyeundulilo komeho lyoshipotha shoka, etokolo ndyoka inali ningwa natango meindilo ndyoka ya ningi.

    Ompangu yombanda oya tindi eindilo lyawo muFebruali gwo 2016.

    Aupindi natango okwa tokola okuninga eindilo ndyoka mompangulilo yopombandeelela muJuli gwo 2017, nomupeha omupanguli mompangulilondjoka, Theo Frank okwa tindi eindilo ndyoka.

    Momasiku 14 gaJanuari etokolo moshipotha shoka olya li li na okuningwa ihe inashi ningwa we.

    Momasiku 22 gaFebruali nuumvo natango oshipotha osha undulilwa komeho, molwaashoka omukalelipo gumwe gwopaveta okwa li molweendo pondje yoshilongo noshipotha osha undililwa kuMaalitsa, ihe mu6 gaMaalitsa moka sha undulilwa mangestrata omukwateli komeho gwoshipotha shoka ka li po.

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    Ehangano lyootaxi tali katuka oonkatu dhopavetaEhangano lyootaxi tali katuka oonkatu dhopaveta Omukomeho gwehangano lyo Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), Werner Januarie okwa popi kutya oohapu dhe kutya otaka katukila oonkatu dhopaveta uuministeli wiilonga nomalweendo otadhi ka kala dhoshili mbala.

    Metitatu, Januarie okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya omutumba ngoka ya ningi nominista yiilonga nomalweendo, John Mutorwa ngoka gwa nuninwa okutala komikundu dhoka dha taalela oshikondo shawo shiilonga oshowo omanyenyeto gawo, inadhi e ta iizemo iiwanawa ngashi ya li ya tegelela.

    Okwa popi kutya omutumba ogwa ningwa nawa ihe inagu a dha omalalakano gawo ngoka ya li yahala.





    Januarie okwa tsikile kutya omolwa omayakukulo ngoka inaya mona, otaya ka ninga etseyitho momasiku 17 gaJuni kombinga yoompangela dhawo okufala epangelo kompangu.

    Okwa popi kutya shoka inayi shi tseyitha momutumba ngoka ya ningi mOmaandaha.

    Okwa tsikile kutya momutumba ngoka oya kala nokupewa omaipopilo kutya omolwashike shoka taya pula itashi vulu okuningwa.

    Nonando ongaaka, Pendapala Nakathingo gwoNamibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta), ngoka naye a li a kala momutumba ngoka okwa popi kutya okwa nyanyukwa noshizemo shomutumba.

    Okwa popi kutya minista okwa pulakene nawa komaindilo gawo, na okwa pula ekuthombinga lyaakuthimbinga ayehe moshikondo.

    Nakathingo okwa popi kutya Nabta otatsu kumwe nomilandu ndhoka dhi li miilonga, okwa pumbwa elongelukumwe okuza koombinga adhihe moonakukutha ombinga oshikondo shoka, opo ku kandulwepo omikundu adhihe ndhoka dha taalela oshikondo shoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya etulo miilonga lyomilandu omipe otali kutha ethimbo, kwiikokelelwa natango kutya uuministeli oshowo aakuthimbinga yalwe oye na okutula miilonga omilandu kwiikwatelelwa kooveta dhoshilongo.



    Oonkundathana dha patuluka

    Nakathingo okwa popi kutya minista okwa pula opo aakuthimbinga ayehe ya ngongepo olopota yekandulepo lyomikundu komaupyakadhi ngoka ga tothwamo momutumba ngoka gwa ningwa mOmaandaha, nolopota ndjoka otayi pumbwa okugandjwa kokabinete koshilongo.

    Oshifokundaneki shoRepublikein, shoka shi li omumwayina gwoNamibian Sun, osha lopota kutya Mutorwa okwa popi kutya okwa hala aadhaninkandangala moshikondo shomalweendo ya kutheko oongaku dhawo.



    Mutorwa okwa popi kutya oshinakugwanithwa shuuministeli kashi shi okukandulapo omaupyakadhi nomananathano ngoka geli pokati koongongahangano dhokukalelapo aahingi yoombesa nootaxi , nonando otaya vulu okugandja omagwedhelepo nkene omikundu ndhoka tadhi vulu okukandulwapo.

    Okwa pula aakuthimbinga ya longele kumwe mekandulepo lyomaupyakadhi ngoka ga taalela oshikondo.

    Kombinga yoonkatu dhopaveta ndhoka tadhi popiwa kuJanuarie, Nakathingo okwa poi kutya omatilitho ngoka otaga ningwa paumwene.

    Omutumba ngoka gwa ningwa mOmaandaha, oguli eyamukulo lya ningwa kuuministeli womalweendo niilonga, sha landula eindilo lya ningwa koNTTU opo ya ningwe omutumba nuuministeli konima yekanka lyaahingi yootaxi mOvenduka, ndyoka lya ningwa omwedhi gwa piti.



    NTTU okwa pula etalululo lyOmpango yOmalwendo gomoondjila yomo 1977, ndjoka taya popi kutya kayi li paveta, na itayi gamene aaniilonga moshikondo shomalweendo.

    Natango mboka otaya nyenyeta iifuta yuutekete mboka hawu pewa aantu mboka taya pogola oompango dhomoondjila, na otaya popi kutya iifuta mbyoka kali li pakotampango lyoshilongo.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    One night of theatre and poetryOne night of theatre and poetry College of the Arts (COTA) Theatre School and Township Productions have started a collaborative and experimental initiative called the Collaborative Theatre Project (CTP).

    As part of the monthly theatre performances, the CTP will present a one-man play and a poetry production at the COTA Theatre School from 6 to 8 of June.

    The Hi, I am Joe act is about how rehabilitation centres for alcoholics give support to their clients but never prepare the families to deal with the broader problem.

    At times alcoholics do not understand their impact on the immediate family. The play explores the experience of a family member in such a situation. The play is written and directed by Keamogetsi Joseph Molapong and features Denzel “NSK” Naobeb.

    This will be the first production for 2018 which will be followed by regular productions at the same venue.

    To date, the CTP successfully produced and staged five theatre productions at the COTA Theatre School.

    The CTP aims to stage 12 theatre performances during June 2018 and May 2019. Another project to run during the same period is a poetry production called Under Construction.

    It features three poets - Cecilia Oletu, Snowflake and Rebel Rouser Bubblehead who will each present three of their works, with Molapong directing these pieces into a 30-minute poetry production. These projects attempt to create a platform for artists and creators of theatre to create and stage productions through their own efforts and desires.

    The project also aims to collaborate with partners who are in a position to provide technical and tactical advice and support to further enhance the broader vision of the CTP. For many years performing arts, and theatre in particular, have been facilitated on the premise of the availability of funds.

    This has led to dependency on funds for a creative process to take place and this has resulted in the eventual dormancy of theatre activities.

    CTP is therefore aiming to challenge the current status quo and reverse the dependency syndrome of funds before creativity.

    The events will take place from 6 to 8 June at the COTA Theatre School in Robert Mugabe Avenue from 19:00. Entrance fee is N$80.

    Staff Reporter

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