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  • 06/05/18--16:00: NFA clings to Tjongarero
  • NFA clings to TjongareroNFA clings to TjongareroMbidi backs recalled technical director The country's top football body is fighting tooth and nail to keep its technical director, who was recalled by the sports ministry last month. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has vowed to keep technical director Timo Tjongarero, after the sports ministry recently recalled him with immediate effect.

    Tjongarero was instructed to take up his duties as sports officer in the ministry - a position he has been receiving a salary for during the past ten years, while also serving in several positions at the national football head office.

    It was reported there is no evidence showing the NFA technical director was seconded by government and that he should be receiving a double salary.

    NFA president Frans Mbidi has, however, assured Namibian Sun they will do what it takes to keep Tjongarero in his position.

    “We are renegotiating with the ministry in order to keep the NFA technical director in his position. As the NFA, we had a massive investment in him and that is why we feel that this investment will all be lost if we happen to lose Tjongarero.

    “Building football is not an overnight process and that is why we need people that know the structures to remain in such positions,” Mbidi said.

    The NFA president further emphasised the importance of having a stable technical director, saying it hugely benefits the development of the game.

    He also felt Tjongarero has been doing a great job in his position and it is therefore not necessary to get rid of him at this stage.

    Tjongarero was officially appointed as the association's technical director during 2016, replacing former incumbent Claus Starke.

    Tjongarero has often assisted with the coaching of youth national teams and also offered assistance to the senior national team during various tours.

    He is the former coach of Namibia Premier League (NPL) side Tura Magic.

    Ministry permanent secretary Emma Kantema-Gaomas could not be reached for comment.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/05/18--16:00: Shin demands improvement
  • Shin demands improvementShin demands improvement South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has trimmed his World Cup squad to 23 and is demanding improvement from the players he's taking to Russia.

    Shin cut Crystal Palace winger Lee Chung-yong, a veteran of the World Cups in 2010 and 2014, and Kwon Kyung-won of Tianjin Quanjian in China from the initial 28-man squad he announced last month.

    France-based midfield star Kwon Chang-hoon, striker Lee Keun-ho of Ulsan Horangi and Jeonbuk Motors defender Kim Jin-su picked up injuries and were also ruled out of the tournament.

    That leaves the attacking onus on the likes of Tottenham's Son Heung-min, Hellas Verona's Lee Seung-woo and Jeonbuk's Lee Jae-sung. Lee Jae-sung scored South Korea's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina at Jeonju on Friday, a farewell to fans on home soil. It was a worrying result ahead of a tough World Cup Group F games against Sweden, Mexico and defending champion Germany.

    “We didn't show everything in the friendly matches,” Shin said as the team prepared to leave for a training camp and more warm-up games in Europe. “After we go to Austria, we'll strengthen our teamwork and will play a better game.”

    “We will prepare thoroughly,” Shin said. “I hope our fans, whether watching our matches on TV or cheering on the streets, can give us great support.”

    Before appearing at a ninth successive World Cup, the 2002 semi-finalists will have warm-up games against Bolivia and Senegal. The South Koreans open their World Cup campaign against Sweden on June 18, followed by Mexico on June 23 and Germany on June 27.

    South Korea squad:

    Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)

    Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)

    Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United)

    Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)


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    Neymar Jr's qualifiers in full swingNeymar Jr's qualifiers in full swingCoast impresses with talent and flair The search has officially kicked off for that one exceptional five-a-side team that will represent Namibia at the Neymar Jr's Five world final in Brazil on Saturday, 21 July. The Neymar Jr's Five maiden qualifiers kicked off over the weekend in Swakopmund, where teams competed in round-robin matches.

    The second qualifiers are set to take place at the Oshakati Independence Stadium this coming Saturday.

    Five coastal teams made it through to the Namibian final, which will be held in Windhoek at the end of the month.

    In the end, SFC Welwitschias emerged victorious in the coastal qualifiers, after dominating the action.

    They were crowned as the top team from the coast. SFC Atlantic took the second spot, while SFC Namib placed third.

    Tika-Tika were placed fourth and NY Galaxy from Walvis Bay secured the last spot, as the fifth coastal team to qualify for the national final that will take place in Windhoek at UN Plaza on Saturday, 30 June.

    “The search for that one exceptional five-a-side team to represent Namibia at the world final on Saturday, 21 July in Brazil, has begun. The Oshakati qualifier will be as exciting as the one we witnessed in Swakopmund and we wish all the participants the best,” said Hayley Allen, Bank Windhoek head of corporate affairs.

    Northern registered teams are encouraged to turn up prepared this Saturday.

    “We are excited to have finally brought this international tournament to Namibia. This was an icebreaker and June is going to be an exciting month for everyone involved with this tournament,” said BKK Sports head Harald Fuelle.

    Namibia's most successful professional soccer player, Collin Benjamin from BKK Sports, who is part of the project committee, said he is impressed with the talent and flair witnessed at the coast.

    “The coastal teams have grasped this concept, which gives them a little bit of an advantage over the other teams. I am looking forward to one of the best tournaments ever staged in this country,” said Benjamin.

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

    Snickers, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Fresh FM are also sponsors of the event.

    The third and final qualifiers will take place on Saturday, 16 June at the Dawid Bezuidenhout sports fields in Windhoek.

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

    Sport Reporter

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  • 06/05/18--16:00: A dhipaga okanona ke
  • A dhipaga okanona keA dhipaga okanona ke Omukiintu omukwashigwana gwAngola, okwa holoka mompangulilo yaMangestrata mOutapi, mOmaandaha, ta tamanekelwa oshipotha shedhipago lyokanona ke komasiku 17 hoka ka adhika ka fumbikwa popepi negumbo lyawo moshitopolwa shaMusati.

    Palopota yopolisi, olutu lwohanana ndjoka olwa adhika lwa fumbikwa momukunda Omikwiyu kuyinakulu yomutamanekwa, Celina Tyimanha, ngoka a dhengele opolisi.

    Olopota yopolisi oya tsikile kutya yina yokanona hoka komasiku 17 okwa longitha oshinima kashi shiwike mokudhipaga ohanana ye ndjoka, na okwe yi fumbike miihwa yi li popepi negumbo lyawo.

    Yinakulu okwa dhidhilike oshinima tashi monika sha fa ombila na okwa dhengele opolisi yomOmahenene ndjoka ya yi yi ka kuthemo omudhimba ngoka. Pethimbo ndyoka, Tyimanha okwa adhika a yi ontuku momukuda Caleque meni lyaAngola.

    Nonando ongaaka, yinakulu okwa ningi ekwatathano nofamili yomoAngola, ndjoka ye mu thindikile moNamibia moka a tulilwa miipandeko.

    Twimanha ota taamanekelwa oshipotha dhedhipago oshowo okuya moshipala iilonga yuuyuki. Ina pewa omboloha noshipotha she osha undulilwa kEtine tali ya.


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    Omalanditho gonyama moshilongo taga etitha omukumoOmalanditho gonyama moshilongo taga etitha omukumo Eshuno pevi lyopaliko momalanditho gopauyuni otali hupitha nokweetitha omudhingoloko gwongeshefa gu li nawa moshikondo shelanditho lyonyama yaNamibia.

    Pauyelele mboka wa putithwa koMeat Board of Namibia, mongeshefa muuyuni omwa holoka elongo lyonyama yongombe oyindji naashoka osha etitha eshuno pevi melando lyonyama ndjoka. Shoka osha etitha omudhingoloko gwomangeshefo gu li nawa moNamibia.

    Natango okwa hololwa kutya ondando yiilongomwa hayi zi kiipa yiimuna moNamibia okwa tegelelwa yi ka londe pombanda omolwa ompumbwe yiilongomwa mbyoka moSouth Afrika.

    Nuumvo muJanuari na Februali, oshikondo osha mono omalanditho geli pombanda okuyeleka nomalanditho ngoka ga ningwa ethimbo lya faathana omvula ya piti.

    Okuyeleka nelanditho lyomvula ya piti, oshowo omvula ndjika, okwa dhidhilikwa e yo pombanda noopresenda 23.7 melongo lyiilongomwa yoongombe nomuyalu ogu li okuza poo51 655 okuya po63 918.

    Omuloka inagu gwana nawa ngoka gwa dhidhilikwa okuya pehulilo lyomvula yo 2017 netameko lyomvula yonuumvo, nago ogwa yambidhidha konkalo hoka, nolwaashoka aaniimuna oya kambadhala okukalekapo uunapelo wiimuna mbyoka yi li po.

    Meat Board oya popi kutya oopresenda 77 dhonyama ndjoka ya longwa pokati kaJanuari naFebruali nuumvo, odha tomwa momalanditho gopondje, omanga oopresenda 14 dha tomwa muutomeno mboka wa nuninwa okufala onyama pondje yoshilongo, noopresenda 9 dha tomwa muutomeno mboka wa nuninwa omalanditho gomoshilongo.

    Ondando yiilongomwa yiipa yiimuna onkene yi li pombanda momalandithilo gayehe okuyeleka nethimbo lya faathana omvula ya piti.

    Natango okwa lopotwa kutya onkalo yoshikukuta moshilongo oya thiminike aaniimuna ya tule momalanditho iimuna yawo naashoka osha etitha e yo pombanda lyomwaalu gwoonzi ngoka gwa tulwa omalanditho, oshowo ngoka tagu tulwa momalanditho uule woomwedhi twa taalela.

    Okuyeleka omvula ya piti nonuumvo, oonzi

    84 348 odha landithwa mo2017, okuyeleka noonzi 62 244 ndhoka dha landithwa mo 2018, naashoka osha kalela po eshuno pevi noopresenda 26.2.

    Pokati kaJanuari naFebruali nuumvo, oonzi 33 985 odha tulwa momalanditho gopondje yoshilongo. Oonzo dhoka dha dhipagwa muutomeno mboka wa nuninwa okutuma onyama momalanditho gopondje odhi li poopresenda 33 nomwaalu ogu li poonzi 20 323 omanga oonzi dha dhipagwa puutomeno wa nuninwa omalanditho gomoshilongo shi li poopresenda 13 dha kalela po oonzi 7 936 .

    Iifuta yi li pombanda hayi gandjwa kuutomeno waSouth Afrika, oshimwe shomwaambyoka tashi hwahwamekitha elanditho lyoonzi momalanditho gopondje yoshilongo. South Afrika okuli natango ponomola yotango miilonga mbyoka hayi tuminwa onyama yonzi oyindji okuza kuNamibia.

    Okwa hololwa natango kutya omwaka omunene gwoondando ngoka gu li pokati komalanditho gaNamibia oshowo ngoka gaNorthern Cape moSouth Afrika, ogwo unene tagu etitha aanafaalama ka ya gandje iimuna yawo muutomeno womoshilongo, nopehala otaya tumu iimuna yawo muutomeno wopondje yoshilongo onga omukalo gwokwiimonena iiyemo yi li pombanda.


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    Okuti kwaNamibia kuli moshipongaOkuti kwaNamibia kuli moshiponga Elelo lyopamuthiguulwakalo lyoMafwe melongelo kumwe nehangano lyaChina lyedhina African Safari Wood Lodge, otaya pangele okutetagulapo po omiti dhomingaalipi ndhoka tadhi adhika pehala lyuunene woohecta 12 000 moshitpolwa shaZambezi. Omudhingoloko ngoa tagu ka kuthwa omiti ndhoka, otagu adhika poKatima Farm Irrigation Scheme ehala lyuunene woohecta 2 000, oshowo ehala lyuunene woohecta 10 000 Zambezi Modern Agriculture Irrigation Scheme momudhingoloko gwaLiselo .

    Pa lopota ndjoka ya ningwa koNyepez Consultancy, ndjoka ya pewa oshinakugwanithwa shokuninga omakonaakono gopamuthigoloko kombinga yeteyo lyomiti ndhoka, ehangano lyaChina okwa lopotwa lya pewa omulilo omuzizi kelelo lyaMaafwe oshowo Oshikondo shOmakuti mUuministeli wUunampya, Omeya nOmakuti.

    Epitiko ndyoka lya gandjwa inali tothwa mo kutya omiti ngapi dhi na okukala dha tetwa po.

    Olopota ndjoka oya tsikile kutya ehangano ndyoka lya China melongelo kumwe nelelo lyaMafwe, otaya pangele okutetagula omiti nokudhi tula momakondeina opo dhi vule okufalwa koChina tadhi pitile mOmbaye.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya ehangano ndyoka lyoAfrican Safari Wood Lodge olya pewa epitiko lyokuteta omiti omishona, omiti dhopokati nomiti ndhoka ominene ookuza koshikondo shomakuti moshitopolwa shaZambezi.

    Inashi monika mo okuzilila kuuministeli wuunamapya ngele ehangano ndyoka olya pewa tuu omukanda ngoka, nelelo lyaMafwe ina li vula okumonika opo li gandje uuyelele.

    Nyepez Consultancy oya holola kutya oya ya moonkundathana naakuthimbinga, mboka omagwedhelepo gawo taya ka tulwa molopota yoEIA.

    Natango ehangano ndyoka olya ningi etseyitho moka lya tseyitha kutya otaku ka kala oonkundathana noshigwana kombinga yoshikumungu shoka momasiku 15 gaJune potundi onti- 09:00 moKamunu Social Hall moKatima Mulilo moka uuwananwa nuuwinayi wopoloyeka ndjoka tawu ka kundathanwa.

    Omagwedheleo otaga vulu okuningwa momasiku 22 Juni.


    Omidhingoloko ndhoka mbali gwaKatima Farm oshowo Zambezi Modern Agriculture Irrigation Scheme – otadhi adhika koongamba dhaZambia.

    Katima irrigation project oya tokolwa kelelo lyoshitopolwa shaZambezi oshowo elelo lyopamuthigululwakalo lyaMafwe pamwe nuuministeli wuunamapya, opo yi nenepekwe okuza puunene woohecta 300 okuya poohecta 2 000. Zambezi Modern Agriculture Irrigation Scheme, ehala lyokuti lyuunene woohecta 10 000 ndyoka lya li nale opoloyeka yomakaya ndjoka ya dhigwapo kehangano lyoChinese Ng Yung's Namibia Oriental Tobacco.

    Pauyelele wolopota ndjoka ya ningwa, ehangano lyoNamibia Oriental Tobacco olya li lya yamukula komanyenyeto ngoka ga ningwa koshigwana kombinga yoompangela dhopoloyeka yokuninga oshikunino shomakaya, nopehala oya lundulula oompangela dhawo okuza kopoloyeka yomakaya okuya kopoloyeka yokukuna epungu oshowo iihape.

    Gumwe gwomaagamenenipo yomakuti ngoka ina hala uukwatya we wu popiwe okwa popi kutya okuti kwaNamibia hoka, oko akuke kuli po ngashiingeyi, okuli moshiponga naashoka osha li sha hololwa nale komaiyuvo ga gandjwa koInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    Mo2005, IUCN okwa li nale a holola kutya okuti hoka okuli moshiponga shokutetagulwa po .

    Omugameni gwomakuti ngoka okwa popi kutya ngashiingeyi oopoloyeka ndhoka tadhi popiwa, odhi li tadhi gandja omulilo omuzizi nomaipopilo gokuyonagula po omakuti koshilongo.

    Natango oompangela dhelongitho nawa evi, ndhoka dha ningwa moshitopolwa shaZambezi kuuministeli womavi mo 2015, odha li nale dha holola kutya evi ndyoka kali shi ewananwa nokuninga iikunino. Uuministeli wuunamapya owa holola kutya otawu ka tala komapulo ngoka ga holoka po.


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    Meatco's money matters under spotlightMeatco's money matters under spotlight The weak financial position of Meatco and the impact it can have on the cattle industry was recently discussed during a meeting between agriculture minister, Alpheus !Naruseb, and the Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU).

    The president of the NAU, Ryno van der Merwe as well his top management at the union met with !Naruseb during which several critical issues impacting the commercial sector were discussed.

    According to the NAU the minister reacted positively to its request that the draft Meatco legislation should be shared and discussed with producers before it will be discussed in parliament.

    Furthermore, the negative impact of government's Value Addition Policy on the small stock industry was again addressed and the NAU's point of view remains that the Small Stock Marketing Scheme should urgently be abolished in order to prevent a total collapse of the industry.

    !Naruseb was requested to conclude the long-term drought strategy, and lastly he was requested to finalise the amended legislation which will ensure the future of the dairy industry.

    According to the NAU, !Naruseb confirmed that his objective is the same as the NAU's, namely that the agricultural sector must grow in future.

    Furthermore, the minister assured that he will not take any decisions without giving all roleplayers the opportunity to give their views.

    The Meat Board of Namibia also recently held a meeting with!Naruseb.

    According to the Meat Board, an important component of the interaction was introducing !Naruseb to the challenges facing the industry, such as improving animal health north of the veterinary cordon fence. Other challenges that were discussed were the operation of the two export abattoirs at Oshakati and Katima Mulilo, respectively, thus creating a market for producers north of the fence, financing of the export certification functions of the Directorate Veterinary Services, research to determine the competitiveness of the Namibian meat industry value chains and a prompt solution to cause growth in the sheep sector.


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    Shoopala appointed to Meat BoardShoopala appointed to Meat Board Dr John Shoopala was recently been appointed by agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb to the board of directors at the Meat Board of Namibia.

    Shoopala is a deputy chief veterinary officer within the Directorate Veterinary Services of the agriculture ministry. He possesses tertiary qualifications in the field of agriculture and veterinary medicine, namely, a postgraduate degree in veterinary medicine and surgery, as well as a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology. According to the Meat Board, Shoopala will bring a wealth of experience in the management of animal disease prevention, as well as surveillance for trans-boundary diseases including foot-and-mouth disease, veterinary public health and risk analyses for import control, to the board. As part of the management of the agriculture ministry his main key competency area is to do active animal disease surveillance, in order to detect diseases, execute disease investigations, vaccinate specific animals to prevent disease, control the movement of animals, enhance orderly marketing, manage and maintain quarantine facilities and maintain disease control fences to ensure that livestock owners obtain optimal financial benefits from their farming enterprises.


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: It's weaner time!
  • It's weaner time!It's weaner time!Agra Weaner Championship here Livestock producers can look forward to three months of Agra's seventh weaner competition, in a time when the market conditions are excellent. The seventh Agra Weaner Championship was recently launched at the Windhoek Showgrounds and is expected to fetch high prices, due to the favourable market conditions.

    This championship is hosted yearly from July to September and gives producers, who market their weaners through Agra, the opportunity to enter cattle in groups of 15 for the competition.

    Agra's general manager for auctions Titus Koen said currently the market situation seems favourable and for weaners, it is the best in years. “We trust that this trend will continue into the weaner auction season.”

    According to him, last year, after three consecutive years of drought, conditions were very favourable for the industry, resulting in a successful weaner season, with record numbers and record prices.

    Producers significantly benefitted from the high market prices in 2017 and a total of 15 940 cattle were sold, compared to 5 977 cattle sold in 2016.

    The average calf prices for 2016 was N$3 900 compared to 2017's N$6 800, which represents a growth of 74%. In 2015, a total number of 14 572 cattle were sold.

    For many years, Agra hosted the weaner competition to complement the weaner auction. However, this competition was only conducted on auction level.

    According to Koen the event could not be hosted in 2014 due the market-related situation that had a direct influence on the auctions countrywide.

    However, 2015 was the fourth most successful year in hosting the weaner championship and also the third year the heifer category was included in the competition.

    The 2016 weaner season will be remembered as one of the toughest to date, said Koen.

    “Farmers were in the middle of a crippling drought and at the beginning of July the export regulations to SA were made much stricter, making it nearly impossible to export livestock to SA, affecting the weaner auctions. The south was affected most by the export regulations - four auctions had to be cancelled.”

    Koen said for the championships of 2018, prizes to the value of more than N$400 000 will be awarded.

    The broader farming community from both the communal and commercial areas can participate in these auctions.


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: Artefacts return home
  • Artefacts return homeArtefacts return homeHeld in British archives for 120 years The relics and artefacts of an amalgamated group of Native Americans in Oregon are finally coming home after being held in storage for more than a century in Britain. Tribal artefacts that have been hidden away in the archives of the British Museum in London for nearly 120 years are being returned to a Native American tribe for an exhibit at its own museum - a facility the tribe expanded and upgraded in part to reclaim these pieces central to its complicated heritage.

    The 16 objects will went on display Tuesday on a small Oregon reservation after a decades-long campaign by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to bring them back from Europe.

    The intricate bowls, woven baskets and other pieces were collected by the Rev. Robert W. Summers, an Episcopal minister who bought them from destitute tribal members in the 1870s and sold them to a colleague. The colleague later gifted the objects to the British institution.

    The 'Rise of the Collectors' exhibit, on display at the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Centre in Grand Ronde, also includes basketry collected by Dr Andrew Kershaw, who worked on the reservation in the 1890s as a doctor and agent for the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Grand Ronde is about 110 km southwest of Portland.

    Together, the two collections are part of a larger plan by the Grand Ronde to reclaim and examine its history for future generations - a mission that echoes efforts by other tribes around the United States. Two years ago, a Parisian auction house withdrew a ceremonial shield from an auction after the Acoma Pueblo, a tribe in rural New Mexico, moved to halt its sale. And tribes from Alaska to Connecticut have used a US law passed in 1990 to reclaim Native American remains and sacred or funerary objects.

    The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde wanted the objects back permanently but worked out an initial yearlong loan because a full return of items from the British Museum requires parliamentary action, said David Harrelson, manager of the tribe's cultural resources department.

    The tribe never made a formal request to have the objects repatriated and instead chose to work with the European institution. The temporary exhibit is regarded as a first step to more collaboration between the Grand Ronde and the British Museum.

    “It's a real privilege to be a part of this, where this material heritage is coming back to this community,” said Amber Lincoln, curator of the Americas section of the British Museum. She and a colleague travelled to Oregon with the objects.

    “This is what we work for, to bring people together ... so that we all learn.”

    Mass relocations

    In Oregon, the US government in 1856 forced members of nearly 30 tribes and bands onto a new reservation to clear out land for white settlement. The mass relocation created a jumble of peoples who brought with them traditions and languages from what is now Northern California to southern Washington, 563-km span.

    The government terminated treaties with those tribes about a century later and restored them in 1983, marking an end to a turbulent period that remains a fresh wound for many here. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde now has 5 100 members.

    Around the same time, tribal members still in Oregon first learned of the Summers collection and mounted a campaign to repatriate the objects.

    The federal law passed to help tribes reclaim artefacts from American museums didn't apply to overseas institutions, so tribal representatives travelled to London, hosted British Museum officials in Oregon and pursued talks over a period of years. The museum was welcoming, but the tribe lacked a secure space to keep the objects.

    After the tribe opened a casino in 1995, it had the funds to build a tribal museum - a key requirement for hosting the objects that led to the loan agreement last year. A small museum opened on tribal land in 2014, and an expanded space with a special security vault for the artefacts was completed last month.

    “In my heart, I felt like, 'Those are ours, and we need repatriate - whatever means we can to have those returned here,'” said Cheryle Kennedy, chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. “It's really the spirit within our people that I felt crying out.”

    Summers was passionate about collecting tribal artefacts and focused on finding items made before contact with Europeans - which means many of the objects on display were created before the tribes were forced onto the reservation, said Travis Stewart, interpretive director for the exhibit and a tribal member who selected the items on loan from the British.

    That makes their temporary return even more symbolic, said Stewart, whose ancestors appear posing with basketry in a photograph in the exhibit.

    “There are spiritual teachings we lose, there are cultural teachings we lose,” he said. “The fabric, the materials that these things are made of are from those people's homes.”

    Summers was intent on preserving that heritage through his collecting, a topic he returns to repeatedly in detailed notes also featured in the exhibit.

    He made many trips to Grand Ronde while stationed at a church in the nearby town of McMinnville, but ultimately sold his collection to the Rev. Selwyn Charles Freer as Summers' health failed. Summers' wife, Lucia, created a hand-illustrated catalogue of the collection after her husband's 1898 death.

    Freer in 1900 gifted the hundreds of items, as well as Lucia Summers' illustrations, to the British Museum.

    Now, the 5 200-member tribe hopes the loan - as well as its newly expanded museum space - will give it the track record it needs to secure similar loans from other institutions.

    “I'm hopeful,” said Kennedy, the tribal chairwoman. “The healing of our people is happening.”


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: MPs should apply themselves
  • MPs should apply themselvesMPs should apply themselves Parliamentarians are, in the coming months, expected to debate the scourge of corruption, its impact on the Namibian economy as well as the effectiveness of current efforts to deal with it. Corruption remains enemy number one in Namibia and the biggest among all the challenges in our country. Over the last few years we have seen an increase in corruption cases, and while some of them have ended up in courts and the culprits prosecuted, perceptions about the big fish getting off scot-free continue to linger. Recent research carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) noted that there seems to be more talk than action on corruption and “when action is taken it can often be delayed or ineffective”. The latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks Namibia 53 out of 180 countries globally and fifth in Africa. The countries are ranked by their perceived levels of corruption as determined by expert assessments and opinions. It is, however, our sincere hope that the MPs will apply their minds when debating this crucial motion and come up with recommendations that may lead to among others a strong legislative framework for combating corruption. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which was established by an act of parliament, has long been criticised for having secured prosecutions in only a small fraction of the cases it has investigated over the years. There have been calls for it to be an autonomous body for it to effectively combat corruption. There are those that fear political interference is the order of the day in the ACC's work. This remains just an allegation at this stage. There is clearly a slack attitude coupled by lax prosecution of glaring instances of corruption. The lack of political commitment to tackle graft, especially in the public service, does also not appease the situation. As much as every Namibian has a role to play in the fight against corruption, those in power must lead by example by promoting a culture of moral and ethical behaviour. The effects of corruption are personal and they are devastating. Corruption is an enemy of the poor and we must ensure that our anti-corruption policies are strengthened in ensuring there is genuine progress in nipping it in the bud.

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  • 06/05/18--16:00: shot of the day
  • shot of the dayshot of the day COLOURFUL: People cover themselves with umbrellas as they take part in a peace march under the rain in Myitkyina, Kachin state, Myanmar on May 28, 2018. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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    Jailed ex-Rosh Pinah manager abandons appealJailed ex-Rosh Pinah manager abandons appeal Keetmanshoop resident Pieter Farmer, who is serving 35 years after being found guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend at the southern town in November 2005, has abandoned his appeal process for the conviction and punishment.

    Farmer, 41, abandoned the bid on Monday morning during a criminal appeal case of management review when a date for the hearing was being decided upon by his State-funded defence lawyer Trevor Brockerhoff and State Advocate Felistas Shikerete-Vendura.

    High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, thereafter, ordered the withdrawal of the appeal.

    Farmer, a former manager at the Rosh Pinah zinc mine, made the withdrawal after Brockerhoff went through the documents of the trial and concluded that there are little prospects of success with the appeal application.

    Farmer was requesting for the court to re-look into the totality of the evidence of the conviction and sentence as he felt there was some kind of misdirection by the judge during the trial and at the time of handing down the punishment.

    On 23 May 2013, Ndauendapo sentenced Farmer to an effective total of 35 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty on 10 April 2013 on three counts - murder with a direct intent to kill, possession of a firearm without a licence and illegal possession of ammunition.

    Farmer's convictions emanated from the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Dolleveria McKay, 18, in the early hours of 12 November 2005 in Keetmanshoop's Krönlein residential area. He shot the young woman, who is also the mother of his child, in the heart with a 7.65 mm pistol.

    On the first count of murder with a direct intent to kill, Farmer was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment.

    The last two counts of possession of a firearm without a licence and illegal possession of ammunition were taken together for the purpose of sentencing, and on these two counts, Farmer was sentenced to one-year imprisonment. These would run concurrently with the sentence for the primary charge.

    In a written explanation of his not-guilty plea, Farmer claimed that a shot went off accidentally and inexplicably when he handed the pistol to McKay for safekeeping.

    He further claimed that he did not know that the gun was loaded when he handed it to her.

    After a few more minutes of quarrelling between Farmer and his ex-girlfriend, a shot rang out and State witnesses saw McKay falling to the ground.

    The witnesses further testified that when they tried to approach McKay and Farmer, the convict told them in a threatening manner to stay away.

    Farmer is serving his prison term at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: Money woes halt schools
  • Money woes halt schoolsMoney woes halt schoolsTwo schools for the region are on hold Budget cuts have halted schools planned for the Khomas Region but, the governor has undertaken to start construction the moment funds become available. Plans to construct two new schools in the Khomas Region are on hold due to a lack of funding.

    Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said construction will commence as soon as funding becomes available.

    The planned schools are the Havana Secondary Project School in the Moses //Garoëb Constituency and the Mix Settlement Primary School in the Windhoek Rural Constituency.

    McLeod-Katjirua made these remarks during her State of the Region Address last week.

    She said in terms of 2017/18 financial year, the goal is to improve the region's national rankings in the grade 10 and 12 examinations by two places, and to improve infrastructure to match the ever-increasing number of new enrolments.

    “Despite the fact that the region has invested time, energy and other resources in schools and capacity-building for teachers, the results present a stark reality that more still needs to be done, if we are to improve our rankings nationally,” she said.

    She said the Khomas Region and school management will have to go back to the drawing board to critically analyse “these disappointing” results and identify the negative driving factors, while at the same time building and strengthening those positive aspects that have seen a number of schools improving their positions.

    McLeod-Katjirua said in terms of goals set for infrastructure development, great strides had been made, mainly due to help from developmental partners that came on board and donated classrooms.

    Despite the financial difficulties experienced in the region and the country at large, Khomas managed to construct a total of 40 classrooms at several schools.

    This included 24 classrooms and an ablution block constructed at Green Leaves Primary School in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency, funded by government.

    Government also funded a further two classrooms constructed at Elim Primary School in the Khomasdal Constituency. Four classrooms were constructed at Olof Palme Primary School in the Samora Machel Constituency and a further four classrooms at the Groot Aub Primary School in Windhoek Rural Constituency. These were funded by the Pupkewitz Foundation.

    Six classrooms were also constructed at Auas Primary School in the Katutura East Constituency. Two of the classrooms were funded by the German embassy, while the other four were financed through the Japanese Overseas Grant.

    In addition, two containerised classrooms were erected at Monte Christo Project Primary School in the Moses //Garoëb Constituency.

    McLeod-Katjirua added that at least 25 youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in the region received scholarships from the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) Scholarship Fund.

    The scholarships were awarded through the regional council to young people who could not afford to enrol at Namcol, but wanted to improve their grade 10 and 12 subject results.


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: We are broken - Geingos
  • We are broken - GeingosWe are broken - Geingos First Lady Monica Geingos says Namibia is made up of “socially broken” people, which in turn is hampering the country's economic growth.

    Geingos highlighted a lack of parental supervision, absent fathers, a dependency on alcohol and tribalism as the leading causes of issues in society.

    She made these remarks on Saturday during her keynote address at the Eenhana Trade and Business Expo fundraising gala dinner.

    She said a country cannot do well economically, if its society is broken socially.

    “Our children are broken, but we have broken adults as well. When you have broken children, you have a broken society,” Geingos said.

    “If the society is broken socially, you cannot strengthen the society economically.”

    Geingos said Namibians should be patriotic and help government solve some of these issues, which will ensure a better future for the next generations.

    She said one does not need to be a Swapo member to be a patriotic citizen.

    As long as you are a Namibian, you can be patriotic, as it is about your love for the country.

    “We need to see each other as Namibians.”

    Geingos called on fellow Namibians to focus on issues that will drive the economy.

    The fundraising event for the 12th edition of the expo saw companies and private individuals donate N$400 000.

    First National Bank emerged as the biggest sponsor, by presenting a cheque of N$75 000.

    The expo takes place from 30 July to 4 August.

    President Hage Geingob will officially open the event on 1 August.

    Eenhana mayor Amos Nangolo invited Namibians from across the country to visit the expo, promising it will be bigger and better than last year.


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: Company news
  • Company newsCompany news Nintendo investors seek answers after 'shocking' share drop

    Nintendo suffered its biggest two-day drop in 18 months, befuddling analysts and sending investors scrambling to explain the sell off.

    Shares tumbled 6.3% on Monday after losing 4% on Friday, the largest two-day decline since December 2016. The drop left the stock at its lowest level since September and at its biggest discount versus Wall Street targets in nearly a decade.


    Steinhoff International's credit insurers withdraw cover

    Credit insurers have decided to withdraw insurance cover for South African retailer Steinhoff International’s loans, Steinhoff’s Austrian subsidiary Kika/Leiner said on Monday.

    “The loss of the credit insurance is a result of the Steinhoff crisis,” Kika/Leiner said in a statement.

    Steinhoff, whose retail chains include Britain’s Poundland, Mattress Firm in the US and Conforama in France, has been fighting to recover from the fallout from accounting irregularities discovered in December.


    Spotify ends misconduct policy after music-industry revolt

    Spotify Technology rescinded a short-lived policy that penalised artists for misconduct, bowing to pressure from irate musicians and record labels.

    The owner of the world’s largest paid music streaming service will no longer police artist behavior, but it will still remove hate speech, according to a blog post Friday.

    Spotify enacted the guidelines last month, a move that included scrubbing R&B singer R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from its playlists.


    Novus CEO resigns

    Novus CEO Keith Vroon has resigned with effect from 15 June 2018, the printing and packaging company said on Monday.

    In a note to shareholders, Novus Holdings said that Vroon has however agreed to stay until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition.

    The company said Neil Birch, the current executive chairperson of the Board, will step in as CEO and chairperson with the current lead independent director, Jan Potgieter continuing in his role - "both competent and experienced individuals".


    Kenya Airways seeks to run main Nairobi airport to boost earnings

    Kenya Airways is close to winning approval to run the country’s main airport in Nairobi, looking to copy a model that has enabled rivals to overtake it, its chairman said on Monday.

    Michael Joseph said the loss-making airline had proposed forming a special purpose vehicle with state-run Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) allowing the airline to run Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a minimum of 30 years.


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    Governments urged to address airline blocked fundsGovernments urged to address airline blocked fundsAngola, Nigeria made progress The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to abide by international agreements and treaty obligations to enable airlines to repatriate revenues from ticket sales and other activities. I encourage the government of Angola to work with airlines to help to reduce this backlog further- Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA STAFF REPORTER

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to abide by international agreements and treaty obligations to enable airlines to repatriate revenues from ticket sales and other activities.

    According to IATA, the amount of airline funds blocked from repatriation totaled US$4.9 billion at the end of 2017, which was down 7% compared to year-end 2016. However, airline funds remain blocked in some 16 countries.

    "The connectivity provided by aviation is vital to economic growth and development. Aviation supports jobs and trade, and helps people to lead better lives. But airlines need to have confidence that they will be able to repatriate their revenues in order to bring these benefits to markets," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO said yesterday.

    "We have had some recent success. The US$600 million backlog in Nigeria has been cleared. And we have made US$120 million of progress from a peak of over US$500 million in Angola. I encourage the government of Angola to work with airlines to help to reduce this backlog further," said de Juniac.

    The top five markets with blocked funds are:

    -Venezuela, where airlines have been unable to repatriate US$3.78 billion

    -Angola, where approximately US$386 million remains blocked

    -Sudan where US$170 million is blocked

    -Bangladesh, where US$95 million is blocked

    -Zimbabwe, where US$76 million is blocked

    "Given the deepening economic crisis in Venezuela, a resolution appears to be unlikely in the short term. But we are encouraged by the recent developments in Nigeria and Angola, and hope other states will also move quickly to address blocked funds," de Juniac said.

    IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

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    SAA CEO takes R100 000 bet on national carrier's futureSAA CEO takes R100 000 bet on national carrier's future South African Airways CEO Vuyani Jarana on Monday announced he is taking up a R100 000 challenge proposed by the Free Market Foundation on his ability to make the state-owned airline profitable in three years’ time.

    Jarana has undertaken to pay the R100 000 from his own personal resources should he lose the “bet”.

    Leon Louw, executive director of the FMF, said in an earlier statement that he is willing to wager Jarana R100 000 that Jarana’s three year turnaround plan for SAA would not work, and that SAA would not be showing a profit by March 31 2021.

    The money will go to charity.

    Louw’s bet excludes any privatisation or business rescue proceedings for the airline.

    “Does he (Jarana) really believe that SAA will make a profit in 2021? Is he so confident that he will condone diverting nearly R22billion from other, far more essential causes of poverty, healthcare and education to fund subsidising the rich to fly?” the FMF said in the wager statement.

    “Yet again the SA taxpayer is being asked to fund SAA by another colossal R22billion. Can we or should we trust Jarana that this money will not be squandered as before?”

    According to the FMF, SAA has had about eight CEOs and about nine “turnaround plans”. The organisation says the total government support for the airline now totals R46billion and the last time it made a profit was in 2012.

    The FMF believes it is too late for turnaround plans, business rescue or privatisation at SAA. It feels the only realistic option would be just to “close” the airline down.

    A strategic asset

    “SAA is a strategic asset which must deliver on its mandate and bring dividends to its shareholders, South African taxpayers,” SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said in a statement announcing Jarana’s decision.

    “We are not oblivious to the seriousness of the situation and the new leadership (CEO and board) did not walk blindly into the situation when they accepted their responsibilities.”

    Tlali said that as a business SAA stands a good chance to "return to its former glory", and for the first time the airline has made “bold statements” based on careful assessment of the current state of the airline and what the recovery requirements entail.

    “These requirements include a response to the airline’s capital requirements of R21billion and the urgency with which SAA must act on matters internal that fall within its purview and control in terms of its strategy implementation plan,” continued Tlali.

    He agreed with Jarana’s earlier statement to Fin24 that SAA can get out of its loss-making cycle by 2021.


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    Plastic bags' days are numberedPlastic bags' days are numbered Regulations to reduce the use of plastic bags in Namibia will be finalised within this financial year.

    These measures may include the banning of plastic shopping bags or a tax on such bags.

    Proposed measures are being discussed and will be announced as soon as the consultations are done.

    This is according to environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, whose speech was read on his behalf at a World Environment Day event by environmental commissioner Teofilius Nghitila.

    World Environment Day is marked annually on 5 June. This year's theme was 'Beating Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse It, Refuse It'. Shifeta stressed that winning the war against plastic pollution must take centre stage when it comes to waste management.

    He said all types of litter harm the environment and the quality of human life, and also make a bad impression on visitors.

    “However, it is our view that plastic bags warrant particular attention and regulatory measures to curb their use.”

    This is mainly because of their prevalence, visibility, durability and the harmful effects they have on livestock, wildlife, humans, aquatic life and the broader environment, said Shifeta.

    According to him over 15 African countries have already introduced measures to either ban or tax the use of plastic carrier bags.

    “These measures have had varying levels of success,” he said.

    Shifeta said the ministry intended to learn from these countries' experiences and to introduce measures that would work in the Namibian context.

    According to him the ministry has held constructive consultations with representatives of the retail sector on the proposed measures.

    These proposals will be further discussed with other government ministries and interested stakeholders before regulations are introduced in line with the Environmental Investment Fund Act and the Environmental Management Act. “We are endeavouring to finalise this process within this financial year,” said Shifeta.

    “These measures will be an important first step in efforts to beat plastic pollution but we are aware there will still be much to do.”

    He said plastic has become a major feature of modern society since the 1960s because of its convenience and cost-effectiveness in transporting and storing goods. Globally it is estimated that five trillion plastic bags are used per year.

    This equates to 160 000 plastic bags per second, of which less than 1% is recycled. “This begs the question, where does all this plastic end up? This is particularly worrisome if we consider the threats that plastic poses to human and environmental health,” said Shifeta.

    He said plastic bags are lightweight and therefore can be carried far by the wind, even if they are disposed of at dumpsites.

    “The bags get caught up in trees, bushes and fences and often float in water bodies.”

    Research indicates that by 2050 the mass of plastic in the oceans will exceed the total mass of fish and that over 90% of the world's seabirds already have plastic in their stomachs, said Shifeta. He said this prevalence of plastic in the oceans creates concerns about the safety of eating fish, for example.

    “Fish is a food source we generally consider to be healthy and safe, but if it is contaminated with plastic it can cause all sorts of risks to humans from cancer to strokes, hormonal imbalances and heart attacks.”

    According to Shifeta the ingestion of plastic by livestock and wildlife results in similar risks for these animals and the humans that consume them. Shifeta added that there are many other types of plastic that need to be reduced, such as plastic bottles, excessive plastic packaging of products and drinking straws, to mention but a few.

    According to him 2018 has already been a momentous year in terms of transforming waste management and promoting civic pride and anti-littering among citizens.

    In February the National Solid Waste Management Strategy, which aims for Namibia to become the leading country in Africa in terms of standards of solid waste management by 2028, was launched.

    He said the implementation of this strategy was already in full swing.

    Shifeta added that Namibia also again demonstrated itself as a trendsetter in environmental protection with the first nationwide clean-up campaign that was held on 25 May.


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    Retrenched mineworkers on warpathRetrenched mineworkers on warpath Six-hundred of retrenched Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) employees are dissatisfied with their proposed retrenchment packages and are set to march today to the miner's Swakopmund head office to hand over a second petition airing their grievances.

    Former mine employee and chairman of the Swakopmund branch of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), Paulus Iipumbu, said the employees were dissatisfied and are going to hand over a fresh petition listing their demands.

    “There are 600 employees that are being retrenched. We are talking about 600 people. How many families are not going to suffer because of this? Government must say something about this, even if they tell us there is nothing they can do.”

    Langer Heinrich spokesperson Bernadette Bock had been quoted as saying that former employees would get two months' salary and one week of severance pay for services rendered.

    Iipumbu, however, said this proposal was not good enough.

    “We are not satisfied with the packages given by Langer Heinrich,” said Iipumbu.

    The workers had previously handed over a petition when news first broke that they would be retrenched. The second petition will also be handed over to Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua.

    Iipumbu said government was aware the mine would be closed and it did nothing to prevent the closure.

    “Government was informed and they never intervened. Government did also not contact us when they were told,” he said.

    According to him, government was also not walking the talk on job security.

    “Is this the way forward, if government talks about job security? They must tell us what their stand is,” said Iipumbu.

    Iipumbu has previously said they had suspicions the mine would go into care and maintenance. Such suspicions, he said, were always dismissed by the Langer Heinrich management.

    “We suspected something like this for some time, but were repeatedly told by management that it was not the case,” Iipumbu was quoted as saying. According to Iipumbu, he wrote to the company to ask about the possibility of such a development, so that a proper retrenchment agreement could be drafted early enough to benefit those affected.

    Langer Heinrich has since been placed on care and maintenance and only 20 people have been retained to work at the mine.

    MUN secretary Desley Somseb was positive the employees would soon have an audience with Mutjavikua.

    A memo to staff issued by managing director Michael Introna in May said Langer Heinrich Uranium was financially distressed and had decided to suspend production. The board of directors, Introna said, had discussed the financial position and the viable options and resolved they had no alternative but to suspend production, subject to appropriate consultations and consent.

    The memo said “a small multifunctional pool of approximately 20 people will remain to look after LHU's assets” during the care and maintenance period.

    Introna also said the decision was not taken lightly, but given the continued deterioration of macro factors, it was becoming less likely that the mine will be in a position to resume physical mining activities in 2019.


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