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- 06/03/18--16:00: _MTC moots sports fund
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Shot of the day
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Justice must be swift
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Southgate protects ...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Lerena retains titl...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Company news in brief
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Keeping language alive
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- 06/03/18--16:00: _Uganda to compete i...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Expo attracts thous...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Can I pay less tax?
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Mining and metallur...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Namibia crash out o...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _'Invaders' demand l...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Teacher arrested fo...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Farm prices too hig...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Works deputy minist...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Sankwasa inaugurate...
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Icy grip to continue
- 06/03/18--16:00: _Support your contin...
- 06/03/18--16:00: MTC moots sports fund
- 06/03/18--16:00: Shot of the day
- 06/03/18--16:00: Justice must be swift
- 06/03/18--16:00: Southgate protects troubled Sterling
- 06/03/18--16:00: Lerena retains title in Azerbaijan
- 06/03/18--16:00: Company news in brief
- 06/03/18--16:00: Keeping language alive
- 06/03/18--16:00: World Cup fever kicks in
- 06/03/18--16:00: Uganda to compete in Debmarine Namibia Pent Series
- 06/03/18--16:00: Expo attracts thousands
- 06/03/18--16:00: Can I pay less tax?
- 06/03/18--16:00: Mining and metallurgical training centre will benefit many
- 06/03/18--16:00: Namibia crash out of Cosafa Cup
- 06/03/18--16:00: 'Invaders' demand land, new cattle
- 06/03/18--16:00: Teacher arrested for dagga dealing
- 06/03/18--16:00: Farm prices too high - McLeod-Katjirua
- 06/03/18--16:00: Works deputy minister bemoans road construction costs
- 06/03/18--16:00: Sankwasa inaugurates Epato-Onaushe road
- 06/03/18--16:00: Icy grip to continue
- 06/03/18--16:00: Support your continent!
Speaking during the MTC/NPL awards ceremony that took place in Windhoek on Friday, Ekongo said sport needs corporate support to flourish.
“Sports development remains the critical foundation for progress, from grassroots level up to elite and high-performance sports. No country can expect to achieve and sustain success at elite level without a strong financial support base,” he said.
He added a tax mechanism could be explored by government to require corporate entities to dig deeper into their pockets.
“Whilst appreciating government's efforts to address sports issues and the constant shortage of funding for our sporting codes, I implore our fellow corporates (to contribute). Government should walk hand in hand with the private sector in addressing the issues of development across all sporting codes in Namibia,” Ekongo said.
He said MTC has spent nearly N$120 million on football over the last 15 years.
“When we reflect on our sports strategies we increasingly focus on levels of participation in sport and recreation, as well as achieving success at international level. However, international success comes at a price and we are duty-bound to pay this price.”
Ekongo said meaningful investments are required early on, in order to enhance the effective administration of sport.
Magistrate Antonious Shapumba ruled last Thursday that Valombola be released, while adding there is no evidence to sway the court to believe he is a violent person or that he is danger to public safety. This has been described as laughable.
According to the magistrate the accused denied being the aggressor during the incident in which 27-year-old Helao Ndjaba - a former Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) national executive committee member - was shot twice in the head in in Katutura on 19 May.
The 53-year-old home affairs official was re-arrested in Opuwo on 23 May, after he was suspiciously released on a warning a few hours after the shooting, allegedly without appearing before a magistrate.
Shapumba said further in his ruling that the Ndjaba family had objected to bail and maintained the victim was a young entrepreneur, who owned a printing business and was the only breadwinner for his siblings.
However, the magistrate said the court also considers the criminal history of the accused, while also finding it was unlikely that Valombola would abscond, interfere with the police investigation or with state witnesses, as well as endanger the safety of others.
In the aftermath of the bail ruling, citizens from all walks of life have vented their frustration, with some even saying there is “s**thole justice” in Namibia.
While this kind of reaction may be valid, considering the initial release of Valombola under alleged mysterious circumstances, we must be careful not to attack the justice system in a way that undermines our democracy. Of course our hearts go out to the Ndjaba family and we will be watching the unfolding court case with hawk eyes.
It is now up to the state to bring this matter to a head as soon as possible, by completing investigations and ensuring that justice is swiftly served.
We cannot tolerate another trial that drags on for years and years, while a family cries out for justice!
The social contract between citizenry and the state dictates that closure must come as a matter of urgency, in this and many other matters.
England manager Gareth Southgate has justified his decision to protect troubled England star Raheem Sterling, despite his booking for diving against Nigeria.
Southgate kept faith with Sterling after a troubled week for the Manchester City winger, and he responded with a mixed performance in Saturday's 2-1 win in the World Cup warm-up at Wembley.
Sterling had been forced to apologise to his England teammates after turning up to their training camp a day late following a flight mix-up on his way back from a holiday.
Adding to Sterling's woes, the 23-year-old endured criticism for unveiling a new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his calf that he said was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead when the City star was a child.
Southgate had considered dropping Sterling for the Nigeria clash, but after what the England manager perceived as unfair criticism of the tattoo, he decided it was right to stand by his man.
Sterling partially repaid Southgate's faith with a lively first-half display, which included setting up Harry Kane for England's second goal.
But that was overshadowed when he was booked for an embarrassing dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty.
Southgate said he hadn't clear seen the incident so he didn't want to publicly reprimand Sterling.
"I've not had a chance to see that back again; it looked a very tight call from where I was sitting. He was travelling at such speed," he said.
Asked whether he was relieved to see Sterling give a committed performance following his difficult week, Southgate said: "It wasn't about getting a response, I knew with the form he was in, he would play well.
"I had a decision about whether to play him when he turned up late, but once he started coming under fire from all directions it wasn't a difficult decision.
"The most important job for me is to protect the players. The lateness was 10 days ago, how long do you go on with something?
"The situation was one we didn't want to happen and one we don't want to see again.
"But I think that was the best way to deal with it. You have to balance the message to the group."
A contrite Sterling insisted he had no complaints about Southgate's handling of the incidents.
"He is honest. I completely understand where he's coming from. I have to go out there and show him what I'm capable of," Sterling said.
"People will see stuff in the wrong way. It's a distraction you don't need, but it's one of those I've learned to deal with now."
England have only one more friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday before they jet off to Russia and Southgate hinted the team that started so well against Nigeria - with Kane's goal proceeded by a Gary Cahill header - could be the one that opens the World Cup.
Southgate's men face Tunisia in their first group match on June 18.
"We were pretty clear for a fair while, but there is real competition for places in certain areas of the pitch. Everyone has to maintain their level," he said.
"My experience of these tournaments is these things will evolve as the matches’ progress.
"It won't necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won't be far away."
Southgate was especially encouraged by the solid showings from Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Sterling.
"We were really good with the ball. Dele and Jesse made some fantastic runs. That was as good a half as we have had," Southgate said.
"Second half, it took us seven or eight minutes to come to terms with their change of formation.
"It was a really good test for us. It could have gone against us, but we got our composure back.
"We have to learn from it, because in a tournament that spell could be enough to put you out."
South Africa's Kevin 'Two Guns' Lerena retained his IBO cruiserweight title with a unanimous points win over Germany-based Ukrainian Roman Golovashchenko at the Sarhadci Olympic Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday evening.
The neutral judges scored the fight 115-112 (twice) and 116-112.
Lerena suffered a cut below his left eye in the second round, but smart work by his corner allowed to carry on without obvious problems.
He dropped Golovashchenko in a later round in the only knockdown in the bout. After three somewhat subdued opening rounds, the southpaw, Lerena, came into his own from the fourth round and from that point onwards he imposed himself on the 12-rounder.
It was Lerena's second defence of the title he won in September 2017, when he claimed a split points decision against Congo's Youri Kalenga at Emperors Palace.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc President David Solomon said on Thursday that second-quarter market activity had decreased from the first quarter, when heightened volatility helped Wall Street banks record huge profits.
Activity across investment banking is robust, Solomon said at a Bernstein conference in New York, adding that the investment banking backlog was close to an all-time high.
IPO activity, particularly in the United States and China's tech sector, was starting to pick up, Solomon said. Investment banks make big bucks on underwriting initial public offerings and providing financial counsel.
Solomon also emphasised on growth in its consumer banking business, and said the bank was building a digital finance platform to meet consumer demand and connect customers to other parts of its businesses. However, he added that Goldman did not have to be one of the "big leading consumer banks". – Nampa/Reuters
SA’s Metair bids for Slovenian car battery maker
Metair has offered to buy Slovenian car battery maker Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB) in a US$350 million deal that would expand the South African auto parts maker's energy storage business.
The deal, announced on Friday, it would be the latest deal by the Johannesburg-based company aimed at positioning itself as sizeable global player in the energy industry as more and more customers across the world take up battery-electric vehicles.
Buying TAB would hand it a company with factories in Slovenia and Macedonia, along with a distribution network throughout Europe, with an annual battery output of 15 million units and industrial cell manufacturing of 2 million units.
Shares in Metair rose 2.6% to R20.54, valuing it at roughly R4 billion. – Nampa/Reuters
Greenpeace activists gatecrash oil major Total's AGM
Greenpeace activists disrupted Total's annual shareholders meeting in Paris on Friday in protest against the French oil major's quest to drill in the ecologically sensitive Amazon basin and French Guyana.
Total wants to explore Brazil's Foz do Amazonas basin, which geologists estimate could contain up to 14 billion barrels of oil, or more than the entire proven reserves in the Gulf of Mexico.
Brazil's environmental agency rejected the company's bid for an environmental license for the fourth time on Tuesday, requesting more information.
A Greenpeace expedition in April documented coral in the area where Total plans to drill, after an earlier discovery of a massive coral reef nearby.
Greenpeace also opposes Total's investment in offshore oil production blocks in French Guyana, which will boost its presence in the potentially lucrative Guyana basin.
Deutsche Bank says financial strength ‘beyond doubt’
Deutsche Bank's chief executive sought to reassure staff on Friday that the lender was financially sound, after a ratings downgrade and a share price slide in the wake of a report saying the US regulator viewed the lender as "troubled" last year.
The report in Thursday's Wall Street Journal was followed on Friday by a Standard & Poor's downgrade of Deutsche's credit rating to BBB+ from A-. The ratings agency questioned whether the CEO could deliver a strategy to return the bank to profit.
S&P questioned Sewing's ability to deliver on a plan to scale back Deutsche's global investment bank and refocus on Europe and its home market to chart a return to profitability after three years of losses.
Credit ratings are critical for any company but especially crucial for a bank such as Deutsche, whose perceived health is important in winning business. Deutsche is a big issuer of debt securities whose cost is highly reliant on credit ratings.
The report sent Deutsche's shares down by 7% on Thursday to their lowest-ever closing level. – Nampa/Reuters
Airbus ‘not paralysed’ by wait for new CEO
Airbus is not hampered by uncertainty over who will lead the company in the future, its planemaking boss Guillaume Faury told a German newspaper after the European aerospace company said it would nominate a new CEO at the end of the year.
"Airbus is not paralysed," Die Welt quoted Faury as saying in an interview published on Friday. He said he himself was "available to the group", without elaborating.
Faury, the former head of the group's helicopter unit, who took over leadership of the civil planemaking business three months ago, is seen as the main internal candidate to succeed Tom Enders when he leaves next year.
Faury also said Airbus was in talks with its suppliers to manage an increase in the A320 production rate to 70 a month early in the next decade, compared with around 55 now.
He said the group did not plan to add further assembly plants to achieve production increases. It currently has plants in Hamburg, Toulouse, Tianjin in China and Mobile, Alabama in the United States. – Nampa/Reuters
Speaking at the Nama Cultural Festival held in Keetmanshoop recently, Andy Chebanne, a professor in languages and linguistics in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Botswana, argued illiteracy is caused by state policies and that principals and teachers should appreciate languages.
Chebanne advised the gathering, which included Nama from Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, that when you start teaching and learning a language, start with small things. For instance, with the names of the calendar months and days practiced in your indigenous tongue. This makes learners value their language and the values and spirituality of their people.
“That is how you make a language literate,” he emphasised.
He said people should know that before modern spirituality, their forefathers also had values and morality.
“We have to be careful of some of the little things we are taking for granted in the language learning process,” Chebanne admonished.
Touching on the common ancestry of Khoen and Nama, he said the Nama language developed as a distinct language from the Khoen.
He explained that Nama, Hai//om and Damara each speak their brogue or accent, but that it all derived from the Khoekhoe.
Dickson Kasote, an information and communication expert in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) office in Windhoek, described culture as the way of life.
He said cultural diversity is made visible not only through the various ways in which the cultural heritage of humanity is expressed and the improved transmission of cultural expression, but also through various modes of artistic creation, production, dissemination, distribution and employment.
“Cultural diversity is one the roots of development, not only in terms of economic growth, but also as a means to achieve satisfactory intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual existence,” he said.
He explained diversity often refers to co-existence with those who differ in behaviour, traditions and customs - in short a diversity of culture.
Kaseto said a Unesco general conference adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001, which elevates cultural diversity to the rank of common heritage of humanity ,and that another domain which is of strategic importance is linguistic diversity and multilingualism.
“Cultural diversity can be protected and promoted, only if human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as freedom to express, information and communication are guaranteed,” Kaseto argued.
He warned that no one may invoke the provisions of the Unesco Convention in order to infringe upon the human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Unesco Declaration of Human Rights.
“The protection and promotion of cultural expressions pre-supposes the recognition of equal dignity of and respect for all cultures, including the culture of persons belonging to minority and indigenous peoples,” Kaseto emphasised.
Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the Nama Cultural Festival exceeded expectations and that it was phenomenal and historical.
“It had direct involvement of citizens. Young volunteers without involvement of the government found it fit to come together and created a platform where different Nama groups came together and discovered and found purpose for their existence,” she said.
She added that without unity there is no way peace and development and that integration is a pre-requisite for peace and development.
“Continue to work and encourage each other to strengthen the Nama culture,” she said, while calling on all Nama to stand together and rediscover themselves as valuable citizens of Namibia.
Denver Plaatjies, representing indigenous groups in South Africa during the discussions on land and language lost, maintained that in his country the education system has been set up to fail.
“The only people who will push for our language is us. As Nama in South Africa we support you. You need to set the language free so, we can breathe,” Plaatjies said.
He added the Nama in South Africa want to get a sense of the history of the language.
According to him spoken indigenous languages are either dead or dying and there is not a single university in his country that researches lost languages.
“When a community losses a language they do not only lose the words, they have lost their values. It is sad that people do not research lost languages. Ancestral voices lives within languages,” he said.
Secondary school Nama language teacher Zach Dirkse emphasised that Namibians should push for the rebirth of the language in South Africa and for South Africans to provide the resources.
Dirkse further explained the evolution of Namagowab and said around 300 AD, the Nama, who lived much further to the north from the other Nama Khoekhoe tribes, also developed their own language from the original Khoekhoe.
According to historical records available, Khoekhoegowab and Namagowab became distinctively separate languages.
For example, when a Dutch explorer met the ?Aonin Nama at the !Khuiseb Delta, the Nama Khoe, whom he brought along from the Cape Peninsula to translate, could not communicate fluently with the ?Aonin. Dirkse said Captain Amraal Lambert of the Kai/khauan Nama near Gobabis never learned to speak Namagowab.
Sandra Beukes, African National Congress (ANC) member of the Northern Cape parliament, who is also the former mayor of Pella in the province, highlighted Nama resistance to German colonialism.
She said expressed pride about the fact that the Nama had two legendary kapteins, Hendrik Witbooi and Simon Kooper.
Beukes said when she visited Cuba, she saw that every child knows about the former president, Fidel Castro, but today in Pella none of the children know about Witbooi or Kooper.
“We must create a cultural route between Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. We must network and we must have resources. We must be workers able to bring about change,” Beukes added.
This 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off on 14 June, when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
The champions will be crowned in the same arena on 14 July.
The tournament is without question the biggest and most prestigious sporting event on the planet.
Namibian Sun took to the streets to find out which country Namibians support and what their predictions, in terms of which countries will contest the final match.
Gabriel Gabes Erastus
I'm supporting Belgium. The team is very strong, from the goalkeeper to the forwards, and they are packed with good players upfront. I predict that they will play Spain in the final.
I support France. They have brilliant players. They will face Germany in the final.
I support Germany. They are the cup holders. Looking at their qualification campaign, it offered the perfect opportunity to begin mixing youth with experience, and they impressed. Their remarkable squad depth has been supplemented by an injection of fresh legs.
They play as a team and they know exactly what it takes to win the tournament.
I will go for France. They have all it takes and they have world-class players, from defence to midfielders and vastly experienced attackers. So for me the will take the trophy home.
I support Germany. Reason being, Germany always goes to the final. They produce the best talent always. They will face Italy in the final.
Belgium, because they have a very strong and young squad and most of my best players are there. They will face Germany.
France. They have experience and they will play Germany in the final.
I support Portugal, because they have a formidable young squad and they have the presence of the ever-hungry-for-success figurehead Cristiano Ronaldo makes it even more feasible. They will play against Argentina in the final.
I'm behind Germany. Germany is more likely to be the winner, because they are disciplined defensively and they will face Brazil in the final.
I support the Belgium team. They have quality players and they have the right mentality to compete and win the tournament. They will face Italy or Argentina in the final.
Uncle Valentino Vice
Definitely it's Argentina for me. The best footballer (Lionel Messi) of my generation is bowing out. I would love to send him off with the world cup trophy. It will officially certify his name as the greatest footballer of all time. No second guessing about this one.
Simson Tuhafeni Paulus
It's Germany for me. I love the country and the style of football they play. They have a team with a lot of experienced players and I have been supporting them since my childhood. I think they will face Spain or Argentina in the final.
I support Brazil. They are very strong. They are likely to play Spain in the final.
Anguku Martin-Junior Iileka
I'm supporting France. They are the only team with pure young and entertaining talent. I see them going far, if not taking the cup to Paris.
Simeon Collin Shiimi
I'm supporting Argentina. They will definitely make it to the final against Brazil and Argentina will win with two goals by the magician, Lionel Messi.
Word Cup champions over the years:
2014: Germany, 2010: Spain, 2006: Italy, 2002: Brazil, 1998: France, 1994: Brazil, 1990: Germany, 1986: Argentina, 1982: Italy, 1978: Argentina, 1974: Germany, 1970: Brazil, 1966: England, 1962: Brazil, 1958: Brazil, 1954: Germany, 1950: Uruguay, 1938: Italy and 1930: Uruguay.
Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay
Iran, Morocco, Portugal and Spain
Australia, Denmark, France and Peru
Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria
Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland
Germany, South Korea, Mexico and Sweden
Belgium, England, Panama and Tunisia
Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal
The five-day championship will be held at the Israel Patrick Iyambo Police College in Olympia, Windhoek.
The competition will be held from 9 to 13 June, with five countries - hosts Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Uganda - battling it out for ranking points.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, NN secretary-general Imelda Neronga said Uganda will this year replace Swaziland, who will not be at the competition due to financial constraints.
“After Swaziland told us that they won't be making for this year's tournament, we approached Uganda who confirmed their availability to compete at this competition,” she said.
She added that Uganda's participation will be good for all the other countries that are ranked lower than them.
“Last year, when we played Uganda at the African championships in their country, the team did well, but we lost. As you know, we only travelled with nine players, but this time around the team has prepared well and are looking forward to giving it our best when they face Uganda,” said Neronga.
She added that playing against an opponent that is ranked higher than them will give them a better chance of picking up more ranking points.
Namibia aims to use the tournament to improve its position in Africa, as well as on the world stage. They are currently ranked 36th in the world.
Uganda will be the only country at the competition ranked in the top 10, as they are currently ranked seventh. Zambia is ranked 16th, Zimbabwe 15th and Botswana 21st.
The tournament is sanctioned by the International Netball Federation and will count as a ranking event for participating countries.
Thousands of people again flocked to the event, which is viewed not only as one of the most important on the Windhoek social calendar, but also is a superb showcase for the tourism sector and the best place to sample new wines and great food.
A total of 18 887 visitors attended this year's event, compared to the previous year's attendance figure of 20 999. In 2016, a total of 21 000 people attended.
This year's numbers show that 16 845 adults attended the expo, while 990 children and 1 052 pensioners also made the trip to the showgrounds.
“Given the economic climate, Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) is extremely happy with the amount of visitors attending the expo. Our aim is to be at 20 000 per year, so as to ensure an enjoyable experience,” expo organisers, Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), said.
This year's expo took place under the theme 'Conservation - Small things matter' and is annually organised by NMH, with the main sponsors being First National Bank (FNB) Namibia and Old Mutual.
This year the expo celebrated its 20th anniversary and was described as a huge success.
It was officially opened on Wednesday by tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, who again stressed the importance of the platform for players in the industry to promote and market their products and services to key stakeholders, including the general public.
Exhibitors came from near and far and included tourism-related establishments such as travel agencies, airlines, lodges, hotels, direct suppliers to the hospitality industry, and representatives of food and beverage companies.
The expo also featured cooking demonstrations, art and craft exhibitions, food, beer and wine tasting and a host of other fun activities to attract travel enthusiasts and the general public.
Other highlights included the annual motorshow, bridal competition and the announcement of the Namibia Small Town of the Year and Responsible Tourism Awards winners.
Since its inception in 1998, the expo has grown and has earned a reputation for offering the only centralised marketing platform for Namibia's tourism industry, in particular the travel and hospitality sector.
Of course in doing so taxpayers have a right to hold the government accountable on how this money is spent in improving the facilities of the country and making Namibia the jewel of Africa. As the late Mr Harold Pupkewitz said, you should be grateful when you are able to pay tax, it means that your business is making profits and the economy is favourable.
Whilst there is some ways to reduce your taxable income, it should always be kept in mind that Namibia has tax anti-avoidance legislation.
Tax avoidance generally occurs when the taxpayer has arranged its tax affairs in a legal manner which has the result that income is reduced or that there is no income on which tax is payable. Tax evasion, on the other hand, refers to when the taxpayer illegally and deliberately frees itself from paying taxes, for example, omitting income from the annual income tax return. This arrangement is normally accompanied by fraud, dishonesty, deceit and misrepresentation.
It is important to note that the Namibian Income Tax Act does not distinguish between tax evasion and avoidance.
Transactions, schemes or operations entered into for the purpose of avoiding or postponing liability, or for reducing the amounts of taxes on income is regulated by Section 95 of the Income Tax Act.
Please note that the purpose of tax evasion extends further than just income tax. Section 95(1) (c) reads “…any tax, duty or levy (whether imposed by this Act or any previous income tax law or any other law administered by the Minister)…”. Therefore, structuring a transaction solely in a manner to avoid paying transfer duty, may also be captured the Section 95 provisions, provided that all other requirements under the section are met.
Changes made in a company’s shareholding specifically to utilise that company’s tax losses is also specifically regulated by Section 95(2) of the Income Tax Act.
For example, acquiring an entity solely to utilise its tax losses can be captured by this provision.
If all the requirements of Section 95 are simultaneously present, the Commissioner has the power to determine the taxpayer’s tax liability as if the transaction, scheme, operation, etc. did not take place.
The ultimate onus is on the taxpayer to prove that the operation, scheme, transaction etc. was not ultimately entered into to avoid, postpone or reduce the liability for the payment of tax.
Taxpayers are, however, allowed to arrange their tax affairs in a bona fide legal manner which reduces their tax liability as there is no obligation for a taxpayer to pay more tax than is legally required under the Income Tax Act.
Therefore, always keep in mind that whenever you are doing a transaction that feels abnormal (i.e. not usually done in a commercial sense) and your sole or main intention is to reduce/avoid your tax liability, that this may put you at risk.
* Johan Nel is a partner: corporate tax service at PwC Namibia. This series on tax is published in Market Watch bi-monthly on a Monday.
This was said by the Chamber of Mines of Namibia’s first vice president, Hilifa Mbako, during a stakeholder conference on the establishment of the centre in Windhoek last week.
The University of Namibia (UNAM) last year announced that it plans to establish the centre at Arandis, where the town authority has availed 8 000 hectares of land worth more than N$4 million.
Mbako agreed with the idea as he said the local mining industry needs a highly skilled labour force.
“Compared to other sectors in Namibia, mining contributes the most to the gross domestic product and has spent close to N$12 billion on local suppliers of goods and services,” he said.
The deputy minister of mines and energy, Kornelia Shilunga, thanked UNAM for conducting a study on local knowledge and skills gaps, which she said will in the long run enable Namibia to fully exploit its mineral wealth for the benefit of its people.
“UNAM acknowledges that Namibians need to have world class production skills that would drive economic development through utilisation of the country’s mineral resource wealth. The establishment of the Centre for Mining and Metallurgical Research and Training in the Erongo Region is the way forward,” Shilunga said.
The two-day meeting started Thursday and was amongst others attended by representatives of Debmarine Namibia and Swakop Uranium.
Discussions also focused on links in the mineral value chain and required research and training that the centre can undertake to address mining sector challenges in Namibia and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and the significance of skilled human capital, research capacity and infrastructure for environmental monitoring in mining operations. - Nampa
Namibia crashed out of the 2018 Cosafa Cup in the quarterfinals, losing by 4-3 to Zambia in a penalty shootout, following a goalless draw in regulation time on Saturday.
The match, which was played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa saw the Zambians seem hungrier and more determined to win the game, as they dominated play.
John Ching'andu of Zambia missed a clear chance at goal in the 13th minute of the first half, after shooting wide.
In the 22th minute, right-back Vitapi Ngaruka missed the target with a powerful shot that narrowly went over the bar, after being set up by Deon Hotto.
Namibian goalkeeper Max Mbaeva then saved a tame shot from Lazarous Kambole. In the 35th minute, Dynamo Fredericks shot over the bar, after being set up by Panduleni Nekundi, much to the disappointment of everyone on the bench.
Namibia then received a free-kick, which Riaan Hanamub hit powerfully, but missed, bringing the halftime whistle.
The second half saw Zambia continue their dominance over Namibia, as they continued to shoot from range and Mbaeva made several brilliant saves to keep his team in contention.
In the 72th minute, Hanamub delivered a great pass in the box, which Itamunua Keimuine failed to connect with. The match ended scoreless and penalties ensued.
Namibia missed their first penalty, when captain Ronald Ketjijere kicked the ball into the Zambian goalkeeper's hands.
Second up, Hanamub send a powerful kick crashing into the crossbar. Emilio Martin, Keimuine, and Denzil Haoseb converted their penalties, but it was too late to make a difference.
Zambia scored through Collins Sikombe, Jackson Chirwa, goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata and Clatous Nsabata. Kambole crashed his spot kick into the post.
Zambia went through to the semi-finals, leaving the Namibians to contest for the plate final, which they lost last year to South Africa.
Man of the match was Zambian player Calvin Mubanga.
He said his goal is to take the trophy to Zambia.
“We did not want to play in the plate final,” he said.
Zambia will play either Madagascar or hosts Bafana Bafana on Wednesday.
Two of the farmers – Tjizera Kavenzenji and a certain N. Ngombe – were also ordered to stop unlawful grazing of their cattle in these areas and to desist from granting permission to any other person to occupy Nyae Nyae.
Moreover, the Namibian police were ordered to expedite and finalise a police investigation into criminal charges laid under the Forestry Act and the Communal Land Reform Act, while the Directorate of Forestry was directed to take all necessary steps to confiscate all remaining stray animals.
The court order was made on 28 May after a protracted battle by the Ju/'Hoansi traditional authority and its chief Tsamkxao ‡Oma to have the Gam farmers removed from Nyae Nyae.
In his founding affidavit ‡Oma said the Gam farmers let their cattle graze anywhere they like, whether it is in sensitive zoned areas, eco-tourism areas or hunting and crop-farming areas. He said they have no regard for the interests of the local community.
Gam farmers make demands
The seven respondents – Kavezenji, Ngombe, Tjitindi Vazapo, Kaapuhu Majuva, Kauheva Vetiaje, Murambi Ndjandereeko and Mutiro Dikuwa - are now pleading for “settlement – not resettlement”.
They are part of the Ovaherero families who were repatriated from Botswana where their ancestors had fled to during the German-Herero war from 1904 to 1908 and were relocated in Gam in 1996.
“We are not people from Botswana; we are Namibians who have returned home. Now we have nowhere to go,” Vazapo said on behalf of the group during a recent visit to Windhoek.
They say they did not invade the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, but merely returned home to where some of their ancestors were buried, claiming that the area was a battleground during the German-Herero war.
The farmers say they also want a chance to restock their herds after many of their cattle were confiscated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
They were paid N$3 262 per head when the cattle were confiscated. However, they say this is a far cry from the “sentimental value” they attach to these animals.
“These cattle have names; they come with a story of their own. That value is not reflected in the market price we were paid out at the time,” Vazapo said.
In April this year they had to stave off an effort by the authorities to confiscate about 60 of the remaining 120 cattle they say are left in the Nyae Nyae area.
The farmers say they want the government to recognise them as Namibians, complaining that they have been ignored, were never fully integrated and their children have no legal rights in Namibia.
They further demand war veteran status and a piece of land on which to settle. They say a committee established by President Hage Geingob recently to look into their plight has yet to arrange any meeting with them.
The 40-year-old woman and her 54-year-old male accomplice were arrested at their home in the Orwetoveni residential area during a police operation last Thursday.
Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, said on Saturday that 520 parcels of cannabis were found hidden in an outside toilet at the house.
“The cannabis, with an estimated street value of over N$18 000, was seized,” said Mbeha.
Both suspects were charged with dealing in, and/or possession of cannabis.
They are expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate's Court today.
Police investigations continue.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death at a bar in Mariental on Saturday.
Deputy Chief Inspector Simon Muhinda, from the Hardap crime investigations unit, said the deceased has been identified as Fillipus Sheuyange.
He said a fight broke out in front of the bar and two men were stabbed.
“Sheuyange died on the scene and 33-year-old Joseph Lazarus is in a stable condition in the hospital,” Muhinda said.
It is not known who stabbed them.
Sheuyange's next of kin has been informed and police investigations continue.
Muhinda further reported that a case of negligent, reckless and drunken driving was reported to the Aranos police station, after a vehicle overturned at 23:00 on Friday in the New Extension residential area.
“The suspect drove a white Volkswagen Polo with a Rehoboth registration and his alcohol level was in excess of 0.67 percent. He lost control of the vehicle and hit an electric pole, causing the vehicle to overturn and land on its roof,” he said. The driver of the vehicle, who only has a learner's licence, was arrested.
In Walvis Bay a case of culpable homicide has been opened.
“At about 20:20 on Friday, a 19-year-old man came out of African Moto bar close to Kabeljou Street and tried to cross the road. “While on the road he was bumped by an oncoming silver Toyota Corolla. He fell in the road and a Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which was travelling in the opposite direction drove over him and pulled him for a short distance,” said Erongo police crime coordinator Erastus Iikuyu.
The man was declared dead on the spot and the drivers of both vehicles were found at the scene. No arrests were made. The next of kin have been informed. The body was taken to the police mortuary and investigations continue.
Also in Erongo, three vehicles were involved in a crash on the B2 between Usakos and Arandis.
“About 1km before Usakos a bus unexpectedly stopped at the side of the road and the driver of a pick-up tried to avoid hitting it from behind and eventually collided head-on with an oncoming white Nissan sedan, driven by a 31-year-old man, who was with one male passenger aged 45. Both were injured in the collision,” said Iikuyu.
He added that a third vehicle, a black Toyota Wish seven-seater, driven by a 32-year-old man, then hit the Nissan sedan from behind. Both the driver and passenger of the Toyota Wish were also injured.
All the injured were taken to the Usakos hospital for medical treatment.
–Additional reporting by own reporter
Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said during her State of the Region Address (SORA) last week the council is unable to pay the prices for farms in the region, and is therefore unable to acquire sufficient agricultural land to meet the high demand.
“Apart from the willing buyer, willing seller principle, government might need to explore other avenues provided for in the law,” McLeod-Katjirua said.
She said during the period April 2017 to March 2018, a total of 17 farms were advertised and processed by the Khomas regional council's division of lands, under the national resettlement programme, with a total of 31 farming units.
McLeod-Katjirua further said that illegal squatting on state and private land as, well as land grabbing remains a serious concern. “People in this region are seriously warned to desist from and avoid by all means grabbing state, municipal or any other private land.”
She said Khomas is still haunted by the issue of land disputes and land grabbing remains a serious concern in the region.
McLeod-Katjirua said plans to construct toilets in several parts of the region were interrupted due to land issues.
Speaking about sanitation, she said contractors are busy with the construction of toilets in Windhoek Rural constituency, as part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
To date, council has successfully constructed 105 toilets at the Audabib, Kanubeb, Noasport and Dordabis localities.
According to McLeod-Katjirua, contractors are appointed for Farm Versailles and Stink Water to construct a total of 72 toilets in the two localities.
She said the Khomas council had planned to construct 223 such toilets. However, this could not happen due to continuous land issues, and in the end, they could only start construction during the 2018/19 financial year and had to reduce the number from 223 to 185 toilets.
“As it happens elsewhere in this region, the land issue still haunts us as. In some instances we had to pull offsite, due to land disputes.”
According to McLeod-Katjirua, at Khanubeb they could not finish constructing 38 toilets, due to the same problem, and had to relocate to other sites.
However, the first 27 units are planned to be handed over at Aubabib. The total budget for the programme was N$2.3 million, of which N$1.4 million has been spent.
He believes time has come where Namibians must interrogate the current sky-rocketing costs of the road construction works.
“Some eight to 10 years ago, road construction to bitumen standard cost around N$3 to 4 million per kilometre (km) and gravel road construction ranged between N$1 to 2 million per km, but today we stand at around N$20 to 30 million per km,” Sankwasa stated.
He added that in certain instances the costs are being estimated at over N$40 million per km, which, according to him, is not sustainable to a country with a vast geographic distances like Namibia.
Sankwasa demanded to know how many roads shall be constructed in the country if such a trend continues, and the costs of road and building construction works in other SADC countries and beyond.
He wants Namibians to exercise patriotism and to ensure that resources availed to the ministry of works and transport by both the government and other sources are used efficiently for effective service delivery and to avoid unnecessary wastage.
Sankwasa at the same time encouraged contractors to construct quality roads and other construction work which are completed within the specified budgets and set time periods.
“I am and will remain a big advocate for ensuring that we get value for money on our construction projects,” said Sankwasa.
The construction of the 36.6km Epato-Otamanzi-Onaushe DR 3681 spanned a period of over 24 months at a cost of N$63.9 million and it was co-financed by the government and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) of Germany.
Sankwasa said the completion of the gravel road is cause for celebration as it provides easy access to transportation and will contribute to development in the region.
The road was constructed over 24 months at a cost of N$63.9 million, with the cost co-financed by the government and German government-owned Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW).
“The new road will now provide much-needed access for and to our people in the settlements of Epato, Otamanzi and Onaushe,” Sankwasa said, adding that people living along the road will no longer have to navigate narrow, self-made track roads and cross dangerous water-filled swamps.
The deputy minister said the 36.6 kilometre Epato-Otamanzi-Onaushe district road was constructed with labour-based methods.
“The use of labour-based construction methods was preferred as it leaves substantial revenue within the community and contribute towards alleviating the problem of unemployment in the community,” he said.
Sankwasa further said agriculture, which is the main economic activity in the area, will benefit from increased trade and access to external markets, thus promoting the development of alternative economic activities and improved livelihoods. Also speaking at the inauguration was Omusati governor Erginus Endjala, who bemoaned the fact that the contractor left borrow pits unlevelled in the area.
Endjala said the contract agreement requires the levelling of borrow pits from where sand for construction was extracted, upon completion of a project.
A total of 1 567 local people were employed during the construction of the road and a total of N$6.1 million was spent on their salaries.
Chief forecaster at the Namibia Meteorological Service Odillo Kgobetsi told Namibian Sun the cold fronts passing over Cape Town will prevail, leading to cold and rainy weather over the Western and Northern Cape, which in turn will result in cold conditions over the southern regions of Namibia.
In Aus, lower minimum temperatures are set to continue, with Karasburg and Noordoewer expected to feel the same icy plunge in the morning hours.
Karasburg and Noordoewer will also be in an icy grip.
Keetmanshoop, Maltahöhe and Mariental residents can also expect minimum temperatures of six degrees Celsius.
Walvis Bay, Aranos and Aroab can expect a minimum temperature of seven degrees Celsius.
Oranjemund, Rehoboth, Swakopmund and Windhoek are also expected to experience icy conditions.
Weak pressure gradients are expected over the Namibian coastal regions, where cloudy and foggy weather will prevail.
A few clouds will prevail over the northern regions.
The latest dam bulletin issued by NamWater shows that Swakoppoort Dam is currently at 38.2% capacity, compared to 50.9% last year at the same time.
NamWater noted that water transfers from Swakoppoort to Von Bach Dam continue to take place, after they commenced on 5 March.
Von Bach Dam is currently at 54.9% capacity, compared to 63.1% this time last year.
The Omatako Dam, from which water has been transferred to Von Bach Dam since February, is currently at 5.5% capacity, compared to 43.7% capacity last year.
Overall, the three central dams are at a current capacity of 34.1%, compared to a total capacity at the same time last year of 52.6%.
In the south, the Hardap Dam is currently at 45.7% capacity, compared to last season at the same time, when capacity was at 67%.
The City of Windhoek reported last week that no final water supply programme for the period 2018 and 2019 can be communicated at this time, as this will only be finalised at an upcoming central area water supply forum workshop planned for the middle of this month.
“The current proposal is to manage the groundwater sources to fill in for the shortfall that is anticipated due to the limited surface water available in the three-dam system. Thus the current 5% water savings will have to remain in place, not to overexploit the groundwater resources,” the municipality said.
World Cup fever has started to build and fans have bought T-shirts to show off their undying love for their favourite teams.
Bars will come alive with colourful flags of various countries and so will some offices, as supporters gear up to watch the action which starts on 12 June in Russia.
Namibia still has a very long way to go, before we ever set eyes on World Cup glory, but that does not mean we shouldn't support those countries who will contest for the ultimate prize in world sport.
I for one am supporting Germany. They are a disciplined side; they attack as a unit and defend as one, as well. They hardly make errors, because they do not hold onto the ball for too long.
However, being an African also propels me to support anything African. I know that no African soccer team has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals. In the 2018 tournament, five strong continental teams could change that. But it's not going to be an easy feat.
There are dangers to navigate first. There are football powerhouses ready to snatch up the cup at any cost.
But we have capable African teams.
Look at Ghana for instance. They almost made it in 2010 in South Africa. The West African country was close to fulfilling the dream of Africans to finally advance to World Cup semi-finals, but it did not happen.
Two other African teams reached quarter-finals: Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002. Both lost during extra time.
Now hopes are high that Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Senegal will do us proud in 2018 World Cup.
The Super Eagles will participate in the World Cup for the sixth time, having only missed out on one tournament since 1994.
But due to poor performances in recent years, Nigeria never impresses. Something always goes wrong. A player like Simmy Nwankwo might change the fortunes of Nigeria at this year's tournament.
Egypt on the other hand is the most successful national team on the African continent, having won the Africa Cup of Nations multiple times. It's the third time that the North African country will participate at the World Cup, with their last appearance having taken place in 1990.
The Pharaohs beat Uganda, Ghana and the Republic of Congo to qualify for Russia. They only scored eight goals in six games. Their star is Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool FC. If he manages to score a couple of goals, the Pharaohs might make it to the second round for the first time ever.
However, football is a team sport, so his teammates need to join the party if they intend to make an impression.
Tunisia has not yet been able to survive the group stage, in spite of participating in five World Cups. The Carthage Eagles qualified without losing a single game. Defeating Belgium, England and Panama will be more difficult.
The Tunisians have recruited most of their players from the national league, contrary to other African teams.
Senegal ranks 23 on the FIFA world rankings, making it the highest ranked of all the African teams. They have Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, and Kalidou Koulibaly, which should make them highly watchable.
So having seen all of the above, pick a side, but make sure it's an African side. -Additional info www.dw.com