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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: Namibia dominates China
  • Namibia dominates ChinaNamibia dominates China Hiha Katjivena scored the only goal of the match, as Namibia's under-23 team beat their Chinese counterparts China at the Wanzhou Sports Stadium on Thursday.

    In a very dominant performance from the visitors, in which they restricted China to only three shots on target, the Tura Magic midfielder struck a powerful shot into the far corner from the right, beating Chinese goalkeeper Li Zheng.

    Katjivena had the game of his life, as he cracked another from 20 metres out on 59 minutes, only for Zheng to fist it over for a corner kick.

    The Namibian dominance continued in the second half, as Kennedy Eib again took a shot at goal from a free kick and Zheng failed to hold onto the ball. However, the Namibians were adjusted to be offside.

    With seven minutes left in the first half, Katjivena was sent through on goal via a magnificent pass from the mercurial Anthony Kham, but his decision-making let him down, when scoring was the only option. McCartney Naweseb also had a one-one situation with Zheng and his final touch let him down from eight metres.

    China's Italian coach Massimiliano Maddoloni later brought on Chen Binbin and on 88 minutes he faced Paulus Abel in the Namibian goal with a free kick, which the goalkeeper confidently collected.

    Romario Hawiseb, Giovanni Nauseb, Rivaldo Festus, Wisely Kauua, Brandon Neibeb and Hubert Mingeri all came on in the second half and so did Abel, who replaced Calvin Spiegel in goal.

    “The boys showed character to come back from a 4-2 defeat the other day. They did not drop their heads and we prepared well for this game, thanks to game footage that helped me and the technical team to work on specific areas that were contained today. We could have score more goals, but I can't ask for more now,” Namibian coach Timo Tjongarero said.

    He added the goal scoring issue can be solved.

    “If the boys can agree to stay in Windhoek and we can work every day on this issue, it can be solved. It has been a big problem for all our national teams and we need to seriously address it,” explained Tjongarero. In his assessment of the two games, Maddoloni said Namibia showed potential.

    “They only had a day to prepare and adjust to time changes for the first game and in the second half of that game you could see their potential and today they dominated very well.”

    NFA

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    Kurtz demands sanctioning feesKurtz demands sanctioning feesSimon vs Meroro promoters yet to cough up One of the fights being promoted without being sanctioned is the upcoming Harry Simon versus Vikapita Meroro bout, which is slated for 30 June, and may now be in jeopardy. Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) member Ronald Kurtz says they are being pushed by promoters to relax the rules ahead of boxing bonanzas.

    He confirmed this during a media conference held in the capital on Wednesday.

    Kurtz's comments come after a number of boxing stables in the country have failed to pay sanctioning and appearance fees to boxers during boxing bonanzas held over the past year.

    “Based on our rules as a board, promoters are supposed to pay their sanctioning fees 14 days before events, but this does not happen and in most cases. We receive some of the money only a day before or sometimes on fight night,” he said.

    He added promoters give the board no choice, but to cancel their events, as they promote their fights before even being sanctioned.

    “As a boxing board we only ask six 6% of the overall purse as our sanctioning fee, but most promoters fail to pay this amount. We cannot stop the fights, because the promoters have done all their promotions and boxing fans have already bought their tickets and are ready for the event.”

    Kurtz said going forward, the board will be strict and will not allow any event to be hosted if the sanctioning fees have not been paid.

    “It's really unprofessional to have events hosted and promoters not paying their athletes. Our sanctioning fees are not even that much, as we only ask 6%, which was reduced from the 10% that was asked before,” said Kurtz.

    He also said that one of the fights being promoted without being sanctioned is the upcoming Harry Simon versus Vikapita Meroro bout, which is slated for 30 June.

    “The nation is ready to see these two boxers in the ring but we have not yet sanctioned that fight. There are a lot of things we are looking at besides the money, when it comes to sanctioning that event.

    “If they fail to meet some of the requirements, that fight might not even take place,” Kurtz said, without elaborating.

    NAMPA

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: Field is level for Zim vote
  • Field is level for Zim voteField is level for Zim vote Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that the electoral “playing field is perfectly level”, following the uninterrupted demonstration by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance in Harare on Tuesday.

    According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said that opposition parties were now enjoying democracy and were supposed to be happy that they were able to express themselves freely.

    “They are enjoying democracy which exist in this country,” Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

    “I think they are so happy that there is an environment where they can express themselves right, left and centre. But of course in relation to the forthcoming harmonised elections, already less than two week ago, I signed into law the reforms relating to the electoral act, so the playing field is perfectly level.”

    Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets on Tuesday to call for electoral reforms to prevent fraud and voter intimidation ahead of presidential elections on July 30.

    Brandishing placards, singing and dancing, noisy activists defied the cold and marched with the main Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to the country's electoral commission in Harare, halting traffic and drawing onlookers.

    “We will not allow an election which is not free and fair,” MDC leader Nelson Chamisa told supporters after handing over a petition to the commission.

    “We are prepared to do anything necessary. We will keep pressuring them. We will do this every day until we get the reforms we want.”

    Zimbabwean police, previously known for suppressing such events under former president Robert Mugabe, kept watch on the demonstrators after banning the ruling Zanu-PF from holding a counter-march.

    The opposition's demands included an end to alleged military interference in the electoral commission.

    The commission has denied it, saying only 15% of its staff was made up of retired security agents.

    Other demands included an end to alleged state media bias, an audit of the voters' roll and transparency in the printing of ballots.

    Former ruling party members who were now part of another opposition party backed by Mugabe also addressed the crowd and pledged to support Chamisa's candidacy.

    NEWS24

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    Taiwan military drills pique China tensionsTaiwan military drills pique China tensions Taiwan simulated repelling an invading force yesterday and used civilian-operated drones for the first time as part of annual military drills on the self-ruled island, amid escalating tensions with China.

    The drills were presided over by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and watched by the visiting king of eSwatini, the African kingdom formerly known as Swaziland, at the centre of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Taiwan and China.

    China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its sacred territory, under its “one China” policy, and Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring what it sees as a wayward province under its control.

    China's air force has conducted a series of military manoeuvres near the island in recent months that Taipei has denounced as intimidation.

    “Our armed forces' combat effectiveness is the guarantee of our national security. It is the flourishing basis of society, and it is the back-up force for our values of democracy and freedom,” Tsai said at the Han Kuang drills in the central Taiwanese city of Taichung.

    “So long as our armed forces are around, Taiwan will surely be around,” she added.

    More than 4 000 personnel and over 1 500 pieces of equipment were deployed in the annual exercise, with drones flying overhead to provide battlefield surveillance and construction workers practising repairs to an airbase runway.

    King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch and Taiwan's only remaining African ally, was the first foreign leader to observe the Han Kuang drills since Tsai took office in 2016.

    China has called on eSwatini to sever relations with Taiwan before early September, when Beijing will host a summit of African leaders.

    Taiwan has accused China of using dollar diplomacy to lure away its allies, promising generous aid packages, charges Beijing has denied.

    “In the process of the drills taking place, our armed forces' displayed their fighting capacity and our ally nation was able to observe,” said Taiwan Defence Ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi.

    “This is one way we hope to deepen our dialogue on both sides,” he added.

    Taiwan has said it has received assurances from eSwatini that ties are secure.

    Taiwan has recently lost two diplomatic allies, the West African state of Burkina Faso and the Dominican Republic which established relations with Beijing. Taipei has official ties with just 18 countries worldwide.

    In a move certain to rile Beijing, Chen said Taiwan was eager to take part in a US-hosted naval drill. The Pentagon last month withdrew an invitation to China in response to what it sees as Beijing's militarisation of islands in the South China Sea.

    The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC, is billed as the world's largest international maritime exercise, held every two years in Hawaii in June and July.

    Tension between Taiwan and its big neighbour has increased in recent months, with China suspicious Tsai's administration wants to push for the island's formal independence.

    Tsai has said she wants to maintain the status quo, but will protect Taiwan's security and not be bullied by Beijing.

    Taiwan is equipped with mostly US-made weaponry and wants Washington to sell it more advanced equipment, including new fighter jets.

    Military experts say the balance of power between Taiwan and China has shifted in favour of China, which could probably overwhelm the island unless US forces came quickly to its aid.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: Horror as father shoots son
  • Horror as father shoots sonHorror as father shoots sonThought it was a hijacking A father from Ennerdale in South Africa shot his son, 16, as the boy returned from extra evening classes. “I shot the child by mistake, I thought I was being hijacked.” This is what a man told the stepmother of his son, Luyanda Themba Tshabalala, who was mistakenly shot on Tuesday night on his school ground, shortly after attending night classes in Ennerdale.

    The 50-year-old man accidentally shot his son, thinking he was being hijacked.

    Sibongile Tshabalala, 47, said she was getting ready for bed at around 21:00 when she got worried that her husband, who had gone to fetch Luyanda from night classes at Fred Norman Secondary School, had not returned home.

    “Earlier, he told his father that there were evening classes and asked him to please take him. So, as he always did, his dad took him to school and then came back home.”

    At around 20:00, because Luyanda had said they would be done by 20:00, his father returned to the school to fetch him.

    “When he got there, he parked inside the Fred Norman Secondary premises and waited. While he was wwaiting, he fell asleep.”

    Tshabalala said Luyanda had called his father, while he was asleep in the car.

    “My husband said he had found three missed calls from Luyanda. He did not hear the phone.”

    Luyanda recognised his father's vehicle and headed towards the vehicle.

    “When he got to the car, he tried to open the door, but his father had locked the car. He couldn't open the car, so then he began shaking it. When my husband woke up, he saw someone who looked like he was trying to hijack him, so he got a fright and reached for his gun.

    “He then fired a shot. During that time, the child was screaming, 'Dad, it is me Themba.' But by that time, he had already shot at him.”

    “The child then collapsed,” she said.

    Luyanda's father quickly picked his son up and put him in the back seat of the car and tried to drive to the nearest hospital, all while trying to call for an ambulance, but with no luck. After getting lost along the way, he eventually arrived at a healthcare facility and handed his son over.

    “He waited outside. They then told him that the boy had left us.”

    “When he got home he said, 'I shot the child by mistake, I thought I was being hijacked.' Because we live in an area where there are a lot of bad things that happen, we are always scared.

    “He said he just opened his eyes and the car was shaking… That is how the child was shot… by mistake.”

    Describing her husband's relationship with his son, she said: “They got along very well. He is a father who loves his four children very much.”

    Gauteng education department spokesperson Steve Mabona said they were shocked and saddened to hear about the incident.

    “We are not sure of what transpired, but the police would be in a position to share with us the details of what may have led to the incident and what happened.”

    Mabona said the department was supporting the schooling community, as well as the Luyanda's family.



    NEWS24

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    NEFF a hala evi ndyoka lya pewa Wu kelelo lyaShakatiNEFF a hala evi ndyoka lya pewa Wu kelelo lyaShakatiYa hala aniwa ooplota dhi li 1 000 Ongundu yopolotika yoNEFF oya nyana nomuthindo etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati opo ku gandjwe ooplota dhi li 200 kehangano lyaChina lyomatungo. Ongundu ndjoka oya popi kutya pehala oya pumbwa okupewa ooplota ndhoka, opo ye dhi tungwe.

    Metitatu omunambelewa gwongundu yoNamibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya itaya tambulako etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa opo ooplota ndhoka dhi pewe ehangano lya Stina Wu, lyoFirst Wall Properties.

    Momandaha gwoshiwike shika, oshifokundaneki shika osha pititha onkundana kombinga yetokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati, opo li gandje ooplota dhi li 200 kehangano lyaWu, ndhoka dha nuninwa okutunga omagumbo mEkuku oshowo Ehenye.

    NEFF okwa popi kutya ndyoka etukano enene kuyo oshowo koshigwana, sho elelo tali gandja ooplota adhihe ngaaka kehangano limwe.

    Oya popi kutya etokolo ndyoka olya ningwa nonando ongundu yawo oya li ya ningi omaindilo mo 2015 koondoolopa dhomoshilongo opo ya vule okupewa evi ihe inaya mona omayamukulo.

    NEFF okwa popi kutya ooplota odha pumbwa tango okukala hadhi pewa Aanamibia opo ya lande nokutunga omagumbo gawo.

    “Otwa uvithwa nayi noonkondo ketokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati, opo li gandje ooplota adhihe 200 kehangano lyaChina omanga pe na omahangano gAaNamibia ngoka taga vulu woo okutunga,” Abraham Ndumbu gwoNEFF a popi.

    Ndumbu okwa popi kutya momusholondondo gwoondolopa 11 moka ya ningi omaindilo oya yamukalwa ihe ondoolopa owala yaNdangwa ye ya pe ompito opo ya gandje oompangela dhawo, ndhoka natango inadhi talika.

    Sho ya pulwa ngele NEFF oku na tuu iimaliwa tayi vulu okutungitha omagumbo, Ndumbu okwa popi kutya oye na ompito yokumona oshimaliwa sha thika poobiliyona 3 okuza komugandji gwooshali, ngaashi ya li ya lopota mo 2014.

    Sho a pulwa kutya ngele elelo lyondoolopa yaShakati olya tokola okutalulula etokolo lyawo oya pumbwa mbela ooplota ngapi, Ndumbu okwa popi kutya oya pumbwa ooplota dhi li 1 000 ndhoka tadhi topolwa mooplota dhi li 20.

    Okwa popi kutya memanitho lyawo lyokutunga omagumbo geli 20 otaya pumbwa natango okupewa oshitopolwa shimwe, nongushu yomagumbo ngoka otayi ka kala pooN$100 000 okuya pombanda.

    Ndumbu okwa tsikile kutya epangelo itali kambadhala okukandula po ompumbwe yomagumbo gombiliha moshilongo, ta popi kutya aantu itaya vulu okulombwelwa kutya egumbo lyombiliha oondyoka lyondando ya tameka pooN$300 000.

    Okwa gwedhwa po kutya nena ngashi aalandithi yuupana naamboka haya longo pomahooli itaya ka mona ompito yokwiilandela omagumbo.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya ondando yomagumbo moshilongo oya londa noonkondo molwaashoka aantu oyendji taya kutha ombinga. “Oshimaliwa shooN$100 000, otashi vulu okutunga egumbo ewananwa li li pamuthika.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulaapuo Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwelelo lyaShakati, Werner Iita okwa popi kutya NEFF ina ninga eindilo lyevi mondoolopa yawo.

    Iita okwa tindi okutya sha ketokolo lyondoolopa yawo okugandja ooplota dhokutunga omagumbo dhi li 200 kuWu.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Kwa tegelelwa natango iizemo yomakonaakono gohepatitis E momusatiKwa tegelelwa natango iizemo yomakonaakono gohepatitis E momusati Etukuko lyomukithi gwohepatitis E moshitopolwa shaMusati onkene tali limbilike konima sho oohandimwe ye Ii 15 mboka kwa lopota ya ulike omadhidhiliko gomomukithi ngoka , natango ye li metonatelo lyuunamiti, niizemo yomakonaakono ngoka ya ningilwa inayi pitithwa natango.

    Oshitopolwa shoka osha lopotwa eso limwe oshowo iipotha 11 yoHepatitis E Virus (HEV) ya kolekwa mokati kiipotha 52.

    Uuyelele mboka owa gandjwa komunambelewa omukomeho guundjolowele moshitipolwa shaMusati, Alfons Amoomo ngoka a lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya iipotha mbyoka oya lopotwa momwedhi gwa piti, noshitopolwa shiipyakidhila noonkambadhala dha nuninwa e yo moshipala lye taandelo lyomukithi ngoka.

    Omukiintu e li metegelelo a za momukunda Okando moshikandjohogololo shaShikuku okwa hulithile oshipangelo shaShakati, momasiku 16 gaMei onga oshizemo shomukithi ngoka.

    Amoomo okwa popi kutya okwa konaakonwa iipotha 52 moka iipotha 11 ya kolekwa. Mokati kiipotha mbyoka ya kolekwa itano oya zilila moTsandi, iyali omOshikuku, shimwe omOutapi oshowo iipotha itatu mbyoka ya zilila mOkahao. Okwa popi kutya aantu 26 mboka ya ningilwa omakonaakono inaya monika monika omukithi omanga iizemo yaantu 15 inayi gandjwa natango.

    Omunambelelwa ngoka ota kumagidha aakwashigwana ya kale aluhe nokuyoga iikaha yawo nothewa konima yokulongitha okandjugo nenge omanga inaya tameka okulongekidha oondya nenge okulundulula ominambo dhuunona. Naku longithwe omeya ga yogoka okuza koopomba nenge ku fulukithwe omeya, yo iinima mbyoka hayi pungulwa omeya tayi kala aluhe ya sikilwa.

    Momalukanda gaali gomOvenduka, oHavana oshowo Goreangab, namo omwa li lwa lopota etukuko lyomukithi ngoka momasiku iku13 ga Kotomba omvula ya piti. Okuya muMaalitsa gwonuumvo, okwa lopota omaso omulongo , aalumentu yane oshowo aakiintu yeli momategelelo yeli yahamano.

    Uuministeli wuundjolowele owali wa tseyitha kutya etata lyaamboka ya kwatwa komukithi ngoka, aakwashigwana yoomvula dhi li pokati ko 20 no 39. MoHavana omwa lopotwa iipotha 524 omanga moGoreangab mwa lopotwa iipotha 242.

    Omadhidhiliko gomukithi ngoka, oshivu, ekanitho lyehalo lyokulya, onkungo omanga aantu yamwe haya kwatwa kuuwehame womatsakaneneno gomasipa, oshowo taya nyu koshipa.

    Mekandeko lyomukithi ngoka, ehangano lyuundjolowele mUuyuni otali pula egandjo lyomeya ga yogoka koshigwana, oshowo eyandjakaneko lyuundjugo.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    NamPower  a kutha ko  manga eyandjakaneko lyolusheno moKhomas NamPower a kutha ko manga eyandjakaneko lyolusheno moKhomas NamPower oshowo elelo lyoshitopola shaKhomas, oya ningi etsokumwe opo ehangano ndyoka li kutheko oshinakugwanithwa sheyandjakaneko lyolusheno oshowo iilonga yiikwamalusheno moshitopolwasha Khomas, sigo uuna ehangano lyoCentral Regional Electricity Distribution Company (Central RED) lya tameke iilonga.

    Pahapu dhangoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKhomas, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, oshitopolwa osha kala tashi nana nondatu mokulonga nokulakekapo iikwamalusheno yawo.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando elelo ndyoka olya kala li na ehalo enene nokwiitulamo mokuyandjakaneka olusheno miitopolwa yomuushayi moshitopolwa, kaye na iikwaniipangitho ya gwana okugwanitha po iilonga.

    Pethimbo lyoshikakomvula sha piti, elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka olya tula miilonga opoloyeka yongushu yoomiliyona dhontumba ndjoka ya nuninwa okugandja omeya ga yogoka oshowo omayakulo giiyekelwahi kaakwashigwana yomumudhingoloko gwaHavana, mboka opo yali ya pewa oomahala gawo gokukala kelelo lyoshilando. Opoloyeka ya faathana otayi landula momidhingiloko ngaashi Otjomuise, Katutura oshowo Havana.





    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya nonando ongaaka, shoka otashi vulu owala okuningwa ngele ope na iiyemo ya gwana.

    McLeod-Katjirua natango okwa popi kutya elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka, otali ningi omakonaakono opo li tale ngele ope na ompito yokugwedhela iikwaniipangitho yawo mbyoka ya nuninwa yokukutha omeya moonzo dhomeya gomevi moshilando. Shoka oshi li oshitopolwa shoompangela dhelelo lyoshilando okugandja omeya ga yogoka kaakalimo.



    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya konima sho kwa Ii kwa tseyithwa etukuko lyomukithi gwohepatitis E moshilando, okwa ningwa omalongekidho nokwiitulilwa oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 5 shoka sha nuninwa okuyambulap onkalo uuyogoki kaakwashigwana ngaashi uundjugo oshowo omeya ga yogoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oshilando osha longitha iimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 4.1 okutameka Januari gwonuumvo opo ku tungwe ominino dhomeya dhoshinano shookilometa 18 , ndhoka dha nuninwa okugandja omeya gokunwa ga yogoka miikandjohogololo ngaashi Moses //Garoëb oshowo Samora Machel.

    Onga oshitopolwa shoopoloyeka ndhoka dha nuninwa okukondjitha omukithi gwoHepatitis E oshowo Listeriosis oshilando otashi tungupo ominino dhomeya dhi li 370 oshowo okugandja uundjugo wu li 88 momalukanda.





    Kohi yoUnder its Strategic Funding for Financial Sustainability, elelo lyoshilando olya pondola okumona iiyemo ya thika poomiliyona 40 ya nuninwa oshiketha shawo sho Township Development Fund.

    Omolwa etukuko lyohepatitis E oshowo listeriosis iimaliwa mbyoka ya li ya nuninwa okuyambulapo omalukanda ngaashi Okahandja Park A, B, C, D oshowo Onyika, oya longithwa mo mekandeko nekondjitho lyomikithi ndhoka. Natango okwa totwa ompangela tadhi ithanwa Emergency Response Plan ndhoka dhi li metifa lyokutulwa miilonga, sha landula etukuko lyomikithi ndhoka.

    Momutumba gwelelo ngoka gwa ningwa momasiku 31 Januari 2018 okwa ziminwa oomiliyona 32 dhi longithwe mekondjitho lyohepatitis. Oomiliyona 17 odha longithwa momvula yo 2017 omanga 15 tadhi longithwa nuumvo.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Omundohotola gwomayego a pula Haufiku a ze miilongaOmundohotola gwomayego a pula Haufiku a ze miilongaA popi kutya Haufiku ita landula oompango Nonando okwa hololwa okuuva nayi kwe noshikondo shuundjolowele muule woomvula odhindji dha piti, omundohotola gwomayego nale omukuluntu okwa pula Ominista yUundjolowele, Omundohotola Bernhard Haufiku yi ze miilonga ngele ina hala okupewa omayele kuye. Dr Panduleni Itula, okwa shanga omukanda ngoka gwa nuninwa Haufiku na ogwa pewa woo omuprima minista gwoshilongo, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Ominista yUuyuki Sacky Shanghala oshowo omugandjimayele miikwaveta gwepangelo, Albert Kawana.

    Momukanda ngoka DR Itula okwa popi kutya omundohotola Haufiku otayi pondje ompango mokuulika iilyo yoHealth Professions Council.

    Itula okwa popi natango kutya oprograma yomadheulo gomiilonga tayi ithanwa dental internship programme itayi kwatha sha.

    Shoka osha landula etseyitho lya ningwa kuHaufiku omasiku ga piti kutya, uuministeli owa gongele pamwe oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 3.7 opo ku vule okugandjwa omadheulo gomiilonga kaaiilongi ye li 27 mboka ye li yiilongele uundohotola womayego. Haufiku okwa tseyitha kutya okwa ulika iilyo yopakathimbo yoHealth Professions Council of Namibia, sigo ontotwaveta yoHealth Professions Bill ya shainwa nokuningwa oveta.

    Pahapu dhomundohotola Itula, shoka kashi li paveta, na okwa kala aniwa nokunkunkilila uuministeli omanga Haufiku inaya mombelewa kutya ompango yoMedical and Dental Act yomo 2004 inayi pitika oshinima shoka shi ningwe.

    Omundohtola ngoka okwa tsikle kutya moshilongo kamu na oshiputudhilo shi na iikondo yi na sha nepango lyomayego opo shi vule okugandja omadheulo gomuule kaailongi mepango ndyoka, mboka inaya kutha nale omuntu omayego nenge yegathitike muule woomvula dhawo dhomailongo miiputudhilo yopondje.

    Okwa tsikile kutya aailongi mboka unene moUkraine inaya pitikwa okupanga aakwashigwana yaUkraine muule woomvula dhawo ntano dhomailongo. Oonzapo dhoka haya pewa natango inadhi pitikwa okupangitha miilongo mbyoka, ngaashi tashi popiwa koMedical and Dental Act of 2004.

    Itula natango okwa popi kutya omundohotola omukuluntu gwomayego muuministeli, Dr John Ruta ina pyokoka.

    Pahapu dhe, Ruta ina pyokoka meilongo nomiilonga ye nokukala nopoosa ndjoka moshilongo shaandjawo Tanzania, na ina dheula nonando omundohotola gumwe gwomayego monkalamwenyo ye.

    “Minista okwiikolelela momayele ngoka ta pewa komundohotola ngoka OmuTanzania ngoka e na owala uulongelwe wopetameko na ina pyokoka okukala omundohotola omukuluntu oshilongo shaandjawwo, omanga tu na AaNamibia mboka ya pyokoka.”

    Omundohotola Itula okwa popi kutya uuministeli natango otawu ndopa okuninga oompangela dhawo dhoonzo dhopauntu.

    “Aailongi ye li 30 okwa tegelelwa ya manitha omailongo gawo nuumvo, omanga ye li 55 taya manitha omailongo gawo momvula twa taalela, o 50 otaya zi koCuba muule woomvula ndatu nenge ne. Muule woomvula ne otatu kala naailongi mboka ya manitha omailongo gawo ye li 230 inamu kwatelwa mboka yiilongo mu Unam. Shoka itashi ulike kutya uuministeli tawu ningi oompangela dhoonzo dhawo dhopauntu.”

    Itula okwa popi kutya minista okwa pumbwa okupulakena komayele ngoka ta pewa nongele hasho otemu pula opo iikuthe mo miilonga omolwa uuwananawa woshigwana.

    Haufiku okwa tindi okutya sha komapopyo gaItula.

    Ruta ina hala okupopya sha koohapu dhoka dha ningwa kuItula, molwaashoka ombaapila ndjoka haye ya nuninwa.

    Okwa popi kutya naku ningilwe omapulaapulo kuuministeli mboka we mu kutu, opo wu vule okuyelitha euliko lye.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Nasty C is the king of the music jungleNasty C is the king of the music jungleLeader of the new cool releases two singles This winter, 'the coolest kid in Africa' is readying his highly anticipated second album, Strings and Bling. He breezed back onto the music scene with two new singles… King and Jungle. 'Ain't no rules in the jungle', Nasty C declares on the his album. Produced by American beat smith, Cody Rhones, Jungle is a trap-happy song. It is also a meditation on the 031's most wanted rapper's experience of the concrete jungle that is Johannesburg.

    “The jungle is ekasi where anything and everything happens,” said Nasty C. “It's where people live recklessly.

    There are no rules because you can do whatever you want. The jungle is also Jo'burg. A lot more stuff happens there than what happened when I used to be in Durban.

    Those two meanings are intertwined,” he said.

    While Jungle sees a more aggressive Nasty C re-enter the music rink, it's the fake-woke who are skating on thin ice on King.

    The song that is produced by South Africa's own Tweezy is a tongue-in-cheek look at misguided youth who refer to themselves as young kings. It features American rapper, A$AP Ferg, who recorded his verse during a visit to South Africa.

    “It's not like I'm calling myself king,” explained Nasty C.

    “It's about these kids who talk too much and I'm mocking the term king because of how those guys call each other that,” he said.

    On King, Nasty C flexes about visiting places like Kenya and Ghana and waxes lyrical about feeding women Jollof rice.

    Travelling has given the 21-year-old a wealth of experience to pour into his new music and he is thrilled to share it all on Strings and Bling.

    Nasty C has made an incredible album, full of fierce hip hop beats, guitar riffs and melodic chords. Strings and Bling will be his first release with Universal Music Group Africa.

    Nasty C has made a name for himself as the voice of his generation.

    Staff Reporter

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    Gospel heavyweights unite in songGospel heavyweights unite in song In what could be seen as a milestone in efforts to unite Namibian musicians, some of the country's most loved gospel stars recently united in song, in order to offer hope for a desperate Namibia.

    Performing under the name Nam Gospel United, the artists recently launched the music video for the hit song titled 'We Pray'. The gospel track, which transcends genres, includes effortless vocals as well as rap appearances, and will appeal to both young and old. Artists on the song includes award-winning gospel artist and pioneer of gospel music in Namibia D-Naff, as well as Lady Dyna and Alex Shiwayu. Music lovers who haven't heard of gospel rappers Franklin and Dee'A, as well as breakout star Effy, are in for the treat, as the duo offers some unique, raw and exciting lyrics.

    Lady Dyna with her unique raspy tone adds texture to a song that is dominated by big voices. Other stars include Bhuqaid, Justine Lomame, Levite and Tony the Poet. The song is however anchored by Maranatha and singer Pride. Maranatha's vocal abilities are on full display as she belts out big notes that are going to touch the hearts that aches for peace. Speaking after the launch, D-Naff said music as a universal language is about touching hearts, and as gospel artist, they wanted to come together to offer hope and inspiration to people.

    “All of us, as artist have an individual sound and individual fan bases, we wanted to unite all of that to show people despite our many differences, we are still united in the Lord's grace and in love, and that with more love, we can make the world a better place. We just need to choose love over hater, over anger and over bitterness,” D-Naff said.

    Always on the move, D-Naff Entertainment in collaboration with GLM Events is organising yet another exciting event. A Night of Worship with South African gospel sensation Shaun P will be held tomorrow at the Jesus Centre at Ombili, Okuryangava. D-Naff, Effy, Pride and Clive are also expected to perform at the event. Tickets cost N$100.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Igniting Africa's creative industriesIgniting Africa's creative industriesThree Namibian creative enthusiasts to be selected MultiChoice has announced a major pan-African initiative for the film and television industry. MultiChoice Africa, the continent's leading video entertainment services provider, recently announced a bold new pan-African social investment initiative - the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) - aimed at igniting and growing Africa's creative industries into vibrant, economic centres. For over two decades, MultiChoice has been committed to investing in the development of original African programming and showcasing this on the DStv and GOtv platforms across 49 sub-Saharan African countries. The launch of MTF forms part of the company's new strategy of furthering this investment through creating shared value by using its core business resources, people, skills and networks to affect a positive change in society that yields benefits for the business and society.

    The MTF initiative will deliver three touch points that launch throughout the year: the MTF Academies, master classes and the MTF Portal. The first to launch is the MTF Academy, a 12-month educational programme aimed at furnishing 60 deserving, young, talented people who want to work and innovate in film and television production.

    “The African development story has long been defined by investment in the vast mineral wealth on the continent, leaving our creative industries to fend for themselves on the fringes of economic development for far too long. As a result, the film and television industries have not developed at the same rate as other industries on the continent, and not for a lack of talent, passion or imagination,” says Roger Gertze, MultiChoice Namibia's general manager.

    The MTF Academy students will be provided with skill sets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through a comprehensive curriculum comprising theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling. The programme will take place at three regional MTF Academies based in Kenya for east Africa, Nigeria for west Africa and Zambia for southern African countries and will be overseen by acclaimed local film and TV industry experts, In southern Africa, Berry Lwando has been appointed as the academy director for the hub. During the course of the programme, MTF Academy students will produce television and film content that will be aired on local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platform including Africa Magic, Zambezi Magic, M-Net and SuperSport to reach African audiences. Upon graduation from the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy, the MTF student will leave the academy with the knowledge and skills to contribute professionally to the film and television industry.

    MultiChoice Namibia is calling all aspiring young film and TV creatives to apply for the MTF Academy, on www.multichoicetalentfactory.com. The call for entries will close on 5 July 2018.The 60 MTF students will begin on 1 October 2018.

    Staff Reporter

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    Hardap Resort… an unspoilt family destinationHardap Resort… an unspoilt family destination Are you a parent with young children looking for a comfortable and safe place for a quick getaway? Then, Hardap Resort is just the place for you.

    Situated about 260 km south of Windhoek, Hardap Resort encompasses Namibia's largest dam, Hardap, which is fed by the Fish River. The Hardap Resort is also a haven for black rhino, giraffe, oryx, springbok, kudu, Hartmann's mountain zebras and the black-backed jackal. The dam and surroundings accommodate one of Namibia's most strategic great-white-pelican breeding colonies.

    But most attractive for a family traveller is certainly the rock hyrax which can be spotted at any random place around the chalets, restaurant and on the walking trails.

    The rooms are crisply clean and service staff check in early morning to see if the guests are fine.

    The restaurant has an excellent view over the Hardap Dam and allows little children to safely gaze out through the window without being endangered.

    The VIP chalets are beautiful and the facilities are great.

    There are not a lot of activities to do but the beautiful landscape, dam and the star lit night sky made up for it.

    The clear cut paths and playground makes it a wonderful place for toddlers who can swing and slide for hours and run around while still having a sight of the dam. Indeed Hardap Resort is perfect for an overnight pit-stop or a weekend getaway.

    STAFF REPORTER

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: the 90's way
  • the 90's waythe 90's wayGweri Village wins best stall at Kasi Vibe The Kasi Vibe Festival paves the way for Namibian youth as it hosts another successful event. The aim of the Kasi Vibe Festival is to inspire, innovate and groom Namibian youth to becoming great entrepreneurs.

    Local artist Zulu is one of the few who can attest to the power of the festival in creating a platform for the youth to show off their talent. He was awarded the best stall at the recently ended festival. Zulu shares his experience with tjil.

    Tjil (T): What was the inspiration behind the Gweri Village?

    Zulu (Z): I got the concept from playing around with the name of the festival as I wanted to bring it to life. I wanted something authentic that represented us as Namibian people. The whole concept is driven by how most of our people live each day and I wanted to be a voice regarding that. One of the inspirations also came from a Namibian artist known as Ismael. He had an exhibition about a ghetto and I transformed his idea to make it a reality.

    T: How long did it take you to set up?

    Z: The setup was not difficult; it took us about three hours to complete everything. It was definitely a memorable moment and experience. We did the welding first and everything else fell into place after that.

    T: Where did you get your stock from?

    Z: Well I have suppliers around town and also several of the items, like the clothes, were imported. Some of the items were handcrafted goodies. My dream is to support fellow young artists that do not have these opportunities.

    T: What was the response you got from those who came to your stall?

    Z: It was overwhelming. Everyone that came had a connection to the shop; some felt like it was home and that was the whole idea. We did not sell alcohol but the people stayed and enjoyed themselves.

    T: What do the 90s mean to you; in terms of fashion inspiration and maintaining culture?

    Z: The 90s mean quality and the ability to be unique. That period of time had amazing things to wear. The games I had made people remember their childhood since now we have moved on with technology, we hardly get time to mingle like the olden days. The games showed how people can still connect without using technology.

    T: How important are initiatives like Kasi Vibe Festival to entrepreneurs like you?

    Z: Well, Kasi Vibe Festival has really shown that we as young entrepreneurs are capable of coming up with businesses and running them. The Kasi Vibe Festival committee did not limit any of the exhibitors and this gave us more room to bring out our creativity. This is indeed one of the best platforms. It is still growing and by the look of things it will definitely get bigger and better. It is unfortunate that most corporate companies did not sponsor the main event given that it is a youth initiative. Hopefully they will in the future.

    June Shimuoshili

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    How to make it in the modelling worldHow to make it in the modelling worldLack of gigs does not mean no work Model Leena Shipwata shows that there is light at the end the tunnel, by giving tips and tricks on how one can survive as a model in Namibia - with her upcoming workshop. Leena Shipwata, from her years of experience in the industry, can attest that one cannot solely be a model due to the slow growth rate of the industry.

    She says models who want to make it out of the country need to build their portfolios with the little opportunities that are offered here which include becoming product promotional girls. These gigs, according to her, help one gain confidence, network and sharpen skills including walking and speaking in public. By learning from neighbouring South Africa on how they run their industry, Shipwata says Namibia can be successful too. The secret, according to her, is to be proactive and find solutions instead of doing nothing.

    “For a country as small as ours, we aren't exactly noticed as much as we should be. We blame everything on the economy instead of looking for investors to play a role in helping to grow the sector. We need more risk-takers because isn't that what modelling and fashion is really known for?” she said.

    Shipwata says the success of the industry begins at home. The model says it's unfortunate that many great models are forced to take up their skills as hobbies because many communities believe it is a taboo to pursue a career in fashion and arts. Shipwata says should the relevant ministries look into the construction of schools for creatives with the help of the private sector, positive results will emerge. The model referenced the Windhoek Fashion Week as the only platform that pays well and one where models can showcase their skills and earn something. She says support from everyone is needed to help sustain such initiatives to build the industry.

    Her upcoming workshop 'Ins and outs to becoming a model' is about empowering young models. It is aimed at teaching etiquette and basic hygiene as a model. The workshop will include a photo shoot to help the models with camera and on-set comfortability.

    There will also be guest speakers from the model and fashion industry for inspirational purposes.

    “We have so many insecurities as models and women in general and our role will be to point these out and work on them I hope that I can encourage as many young girls as possible to follow their dreams and most importantly help and support each other grow as models,” she added.



    JUNE SHIMUOSHILI

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: Little things matter
  • Little things matterLittle things matter I had a very good interview this week which brought to the fore the many creative ways we can all help the entertainment industry to prosper. Many times when we see or hear of people who are in need of sponsorships, we tend to think it's strictly money they are looking for. But that's not quite it. There are a lot of ways one can sponsor without spending a single cent on the event or the person. Arts industries all over the world help contribute to the GDP of countries yet in Namibia we have this preconceived idea that it is a waste of time and no money can ever come out to sustain one's family and themselves. It truly begins with us and we have to show the elders that arts can be a career - just like nursing or teaching.

    The government, for one, is the best institution to help with this but they think people either only want money or the positions are filled by people who have no clue of what they are doing. Instead of shutting out the next artist who comes to you for help out because you don't have money, use the power of your office and its name. A simple press statement or internal invitation to the event to the staff can be considered as sponsorship. This is because you never know how many people from your office will attend the event and how many will like the show. The majority of the ministry social media platforms are sponsored and just by sharing the poster of the event on your timeline will help the event. These ministries, most especially the information and arts and culture ministries, have equipment that can be used to help film and document these productions. For the public sector, one can sponsor their offices, restaurants or cars to the creatives and allow them to use them. It's the little things that go a long way. For artists - start attending and promoting each other's work. You never know who of your fans will enjoy what. They say a candle does not lose its brightness by lighting another. Buy a ticket or two even if you won't attend.

    I believe if the industry comes to a standstill because the government and private sector are not investing while everyone can do a little, then we are missing something.



    June Shimuoshili



    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: Pageant comes clean
  • Pageant comes cleanPageant comes cleanMiss Namibia clears the air on queries raised on social media “There is no money generated through the Miss Namibia pageantry,” said Natasha Rabe. A commotion erupted on social media recently questioning the integrity of the Miss Namibia pageant. This occurred when a screenshot that stated that the semi-finalists must sell tickets to the upcoming Winter Ball in order to get into the top 12, began to circulate. The public responded in anger saying that it is the organisation that must sell the tickets and not the girls, and that such a 'deal' for a spot in the top 12 is unacceptable. Things escalated further when a poster requesting photographers to sponsor their services to the organisation saw the light, which the public felt is unjust.

    Speaking to tjil, Natasha Rabe, one of the organisers of the pageant, and the one who sent out the message, said the girls are not being forced to sell tickets and she further said the message only showed a portion of the text and not all of it. The pageant, together with the 30 semi-finalists will host the fundraising Winter Bash at the Windhoek Country Club Resort. The lady that raised the most funds for the production of the grand crowning event will receive the title of Miss Debutant and be an automatic finalist in the competition. During this event, the other top 11 finalists will be announced, who will be selected by a panel of judges that are usually from the sponsors.

    “When a finalist is titled Miss Namibia, they have to represent the country at international level at other events. We are simply asking the girls to go out and promote the event by selling the tickets and to also promote themselves. This gives one of them a chance of automatically getting into the top 12. My message may have come out strong but it was simply meant to serve as an encouragement,” said Rabe. The finalist who took the screenshot admitted to not having understood the reason finalists have to sell tickets and apologised.

    Rabe further explained that every Miss Namibia season, there is no money in the pageant and that everything used comes in form of a sponsorship. Miss Namibia, unlike many pageants that take place, does not ask for application fees which could help with the funding hence the reliance of help from stakeholders. According to Rabe, services from the MC, to the designers, photographers, venue, the prizes, the live broadcasting and the makeup artists are all sponsored. Priority is given to locals and should there not be any, they extend calls to South Africa for sponsorship.

    “We have to fight and convince these designers and photographers to sponsor their garments and it's very hard because it is their material and time put in and they don't get paid for it. All the South African gowns worn by Miss Namibia are sponsored. We do not pay anyone and we are very grateful for everyone who has ever come on board,” said Rabe.

    Rabe says the aim of Miss Namibia is to help and support each other and the winner should be able to go out and help the community. She concluded by saying that if people continue trying to fight it and to break it down damage will be done.

    “Four of the girls said they have lost sponsorship or are able to sell their tickets because of the posts circulating. Just through that, we have lost so much and we will continue loosing. It's frustrating because people don't know the work that goes into building the event. There are some girls who you can really see that they love taking part and those are the girls that make it all pleasurable,” said Rabe.

    Miss Namibia is currently looking for a chaperone that will stay with the girls at the Windhoek Country Club for a week leading up to the main event. Interested candidates must contact the director on her email at namibia@nawa.co.na.

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  • 06/07/18--16:00: Silly Wits growing strong
  • Silly Wits growing strongSilly Wits growing strongNamibian actors creating opportunities for themselves This week tjil chats to two artists who found a way to help maintain the acting scene with Silly Wits. There is no doubt that the Namibian creative industry is for the thick-skinned only.

    It is very hard to make it successfully if you are one who waits for opportunities to present themselves to you.

    The whimsical minds of Zindri Swartz and Lavinia Kapewasha are bringing you a laugh through fresh comedy and great acting. Since its inception early last year, Silly Wits has been making waves and creating a platform for local actors to showcase their talent.

    Silly Wits is a sketch improvisational comedy show with a Namibian heart, inspired by the British/American show Whose Line is it Anyway and Sonny With a Chance.

    The aim, according to founder Swartz, is to allow consistency for Namibian actors to perform and showcase their talent.

    Silly Wits is also a platform to let the public know that there is more to the arts industry than just theatre, film or music.





    “It is a melting pot for actors from various fraternities and background of studies and a place where actors come together and really polish their skills. This is because there is improvisation and this activity needs the actors to think on their feet and this allows for personal growth,” said Rodelio Bonito who is Silly Wits spokesperson.

    The founder says he wanted to create a platform where artists can be in the same space and let their skills take over and have a common goal which is growth for acting. He says Silly Wits is a home for all actors and does not discriminate where one is new in the industry or whether they have been in the game for long. Local celebrity and actor Ashwyn Mberi and creative Hildegard Titus have been part of the show and they both agreed that is it the right move for the industry.

    According to Swartz, the reality is that there are a vast number of talented actors in the country but due to limited gigs, many are forced to get day jobs and sometimes disregard their talents. Silly Wits will be having their ninth show and Swartz says they are going strong, however, there are issues that are limiting their success. Lack of funding remains the top challenge and due to this, the actors sometimes go unpaid or receive very little to take home with. The majority of the actors that show the most interest in the show are female and very little response from their male counterparts. This, he says does not show equal representation of gender and could cause a problem in the future.

    “We have a curator and players who are the actors. Our current actors include Jennifer, Whilzhan, Bonito and Janice who are great at their jobs and help make the show lively. We are open to giving everyone an opportunity to showcase their talent. Silly Wits is an interacting show and we also give our audience a chance to take part which is always fun,” said Swartz.

    The organisers have callouts to get the actors and sometimes they scout for them at theatre plays or through referrals. Another challenge is lack of support from the public and sponsorship from the private sector and government. Swartz recalls a show that only had ten people who attended but they had to give a staler performance. Other shows have sold out and they are considering getting a bigger venue to host their shows from. They look forward to getting their programme on television.

    “There are a lot of amazing arts projects that have been put on but they do not survive long enough to reach maturity because of funding. We have the FNCC who have sponsored us with the venue and we also have private donors who have come on board but we need more. We want the government to be more generous to the arts industry like the MICT can sponsor us with filming equipment in order for us to package our shows better. Its little things like that,” he said.

    The organisers say they have big plans for the show which include decentralising the event and taking it to regions which will give an opportunity to actors all over the country to take part. The next Silly Wits brings together elements of dance, song, jokes and eccentric energy for an impressive entertaining night. Don't miss a tantalising comedy extravaganza at the FNCC on 28 June.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Where are the position papers on land?Where are the position papers on land? The second national land conference looms large and is now just over four months away. The organisation of this crucial meeting, which was initially supposed to take place in 2016, is now in the hands of the Office of the Prime Minister, after the land reform ministry conducted a series of consultations countrywide last year. Government pushed the conference to 2018, after stakeholders such as the Namibia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (Nangof) claimed the land reform ministry was not ready to host a meeting of such a magnitude last year, saying there is too much at stake and the conference is being organised without the involvement of all the roleplayers. Most NGOs have now gone quiet, while government, through both the Office of the Prime Minister and land reform ministry, has failed to adopt a proactive stance in the build-up to the conference. A proper communication model, which would have ensured maximum effectiveness, has not been developed as yet. And as pointed out last year this time, there appears to be no urgency in dealing with the issue of land reform - judging from the conduct of the authorities. All the information related to this important event is seemingly kept under wraps, with no clear details of what is happening on the ground being shared with important stakeholders, including the media. It also goes without saying that most of the political parties represented in the National Assembly are yet to come up with position papers on the issue of land reform. Interestingly, the ruling party, which is supposed to lead debate on this topic, has become too comfortable, which is a far cry from its radical stance of yesteryear. Instead, the Landless People's Movement and the Affirmative Repositioning movement continue to make the right noises about land and have outshone mainstream political parties, who are failing to take the lead on this crucial discussion. It has taken us 27-odd years to take stock of what was discussed in 1991, when land reform was pushed forward with understandable intensity. However, this intensity is nowhere to be found this time around, even though we are dealing with a sensitive subject that has affected our heritage and human rights as a nation. What a shame!

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    I am an African, and proud of itI am an African, and proud of it Dear friends, there are only a few things in life a person can't fake, and your true identity tops such a list. When it comes to revealing who you really are, you may succeed in fooling some of the people all the time, or fooling all the people some of the time - but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.







    I, for one, could not have wished to be anything else than being an African. Oh, I love Africa and her people. You see, my friends, in Africa the price on the tag on a product is a mere indication of the range that you should be prepared to negotiate from, and you end up paying anything between N$100 and N$1 000 more or a thousand dollars less - depending on the strength of your negotiation skills.







    I am told Europeans would not really mind if you greet them or not before asking for directions. Aikona! Not in Africa. If you miss a greeting, you most certainly are going to camp in the jungle for the night!







    In Namibia for instance, you can lead a 20-minute conversation with a certain ethnic group starting with “Walelepo…!” and keep it going by replying “eeeeeehh…eeeeeh…eeeeeeh” in numerous different-toned levels for the next half an hour! Amazingly, the other person exactly understands what you are saying.







    I am told that such greeting is never complete without inquiring about the state of health of everyone and everything at home – including the livestock and garden implements. Anything short of that is half-cooked and would be ruled out as mere pretence.







    This, my dear friends, is the continent where every toothpaste is Colgate, every soap is Surf and every soft drink is Coca Cola or Fanta. You see, here we believe that choices, or rather the availability thereof, tends to corrupt - so, the less choices you have, the better for you, your family and the entire human race.







    You may laugh now, but it is true; that is why I never settle for the first item I see on the street market – I look around for an hour or so before returning to pay for it. Come to think of it, isn't it funny that I always come back for it anyway?







    Only in Africa would you pass by someone's house and you know what they will be having for dinner from the smell that emanates from their houses. You see, here you know well never to question what you're eating (even if it tastes like cooking oil), because sometimes you just don't want to know!







    Oh, I love Africa. Here, celebrities are not movie-makers or those who would set the lights of Hollywood alight, but soccer players. You see, everyone in Africa play soccer - from the tiniest infant to a bent-back oldie across the street.







    Did you ever have to sit-in on a conversation among five men or more, each one claiming to be the best analyst of the last match between Chelsea and Manchester United? Or listen to them predicting, with innate accuracy, the coming weekend's game between Liverpool and Manchester City?



    Our economists and mathematicians might not be winning international prizes, or be acclaimed for the one or other project, but we are naturals when it comes to counting. Oh yeah, we may use a different approach but we get there anyway. How on earth do you think the old shepherd from your village, who cannot count to save his life, tells when a goat is missing from the herd?







    In Africa, you arrive at work on time as usual and your boss - making her rounds, peeks in and remarks with surprise, “Oh, you're here!” If you come late the next day, you will be told “You are always late…”



    After a staff meeting, your boss would suggest, “You need to work at making others more comfortable with you...why don't you smile more often?” That will, of course, be followed by the conversation on how many facial muscles you use when smiling, as opposed to frowning







    Only in Africa where after returning from a trip, a white co-worker would run to you on Monday morning and extend their arms to touch yours and say, “Hey, I'm darker than you”.







    Until then…







    tjatindi@gmail.com

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