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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 06/19/18--16:00: Nam’s trade with SA ails
  • Nam’s trade with SA ailsNam’s trade with SA ailsTrade deficit deepens Namibia’s total exports and imports rose by about N$10 billion in the first quarter of 2018, but trade with South Africa, the country’s historically biggest trading partner, declined. “The European Union (EU) became the largest export destination for Namibian products after overtaking the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) which has maintained dominance over a long time.” NDAMA NAKASHOLE

    Trade statistics from the Namibia Statistics Agency yesterday show that Namibia’s overall trade stood at N$46 billion (N$18.8 billion exports; N$27.1 billion imports) in the first quarter of 2018, compared to N$36.1 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2017 and N$42.2 billion estimated in the last quarter of 2017.

    Namibia realised a trade deficit of N$8.3 billion in the first quarter of 2018, which is almost double the N$4.8 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2017. This is also higher than the N$5.5 billion observed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

    The persistent trade deficits recorded in the past 20 quarters were mostly driven by Namibia’s high demand for high-value manufactured commodities and machinery from the rest of the world, while it exports mainly primary commodities that are of low value, with the exception of diamonds.

    The country’s trade deficit for the first quarter of 2018 is higher than the average trade deficit over the past 20 quarters.


    South Africa lost the top spot as importer of Namibian goods to China in the first quarter of 2018. Among the largest export partners, the highest growth rates were recorded with China (779% annual growth), Belgium (188%), Italy (110%) and Botswana (20%).

    Exports to South Africa, which was Namibia’s largest export partner during the last quarter, grew by a mere 2%.

    China now tops the list as the largest export destination by value, followed by South Africa, Belgium, Botswana and Italy.

    Compared to the last quarter (fourth quarter of 2017), Namibian exports to South Africa dropped. Of all the top export destinations, only exports to South Africa and Botswana dropped quarter-to-quarter, with the biggest drop in value recorded in South African exports.

    Overall, exports to those top export destinations grew by 86%.

    Namibia’s top exports in terms of value in the first quarter of 2018 were copper cathodes, diamonds, jewellery and precious metals, fish, ores and concentrates, and zinc.


    While the overall imports increased by 3.2 billion (14%) in the first quarter of 2018, imports from South Africa weakened compared to both the first and last quarters of 2017.

    Imports from Botswana fell too (38.5%) but the other three top import destinations realised an annual increase. Imports from the Bahamas grew by 14 612%, from Zambia by 259%, and from China by 73%.

    Namibia’s top imports in terms of value in the first quarter of 2018 were vessels, mineral fuels and oils, boilers and vehicles.


    The European Union (EU) became the largest export destination for Namibian products after overtaking the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) which has maintained dominance over a long time. Exports revenue from the EU rose by 79% compared to first quarter of last year. When compared to the previous quarter, exports to the EU rose by 40%. Furthermore, the EU absorbed 35% of Namibia’s total exports, the largest share relative to other economic regions. SACU dropped one place down to occupy the second position as leading export market for Namibian goods. Although its share in Namibia’s total import requirements fell in the first quarter of 2018, SACU still maintained its long term dominance as largest market for imports for Namibia.

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  • 06/19/18--16:00: LHU and MUN reach agreement
  • LHU and MUN reach agreementLHU and MUN reach agreement ADOLF KAURE

    The Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) management and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) have reached an agreement on severance payments after the mine was put on care and maintenance due to low uranium prices.

    With the mediation of the Erongo regional governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua, LHU and MUN signed the agreement which provides for an improved retrenchment package.

    In terms of the agreement, laid-off workers will receive two months’ notice pay based on their total cost of employment. The notice pay excludes variable payments such as shift and overtime allowances.

    They will also receive severance pay equivalent to two weeks’ pay per year of service as stipulated in the Labour Act.

    The company will assist with applications for tax directives from the receiver of revenue where applicable.

    Furthermore, employees owing the company for relocation costs will not have to pay back the money.

    “At least we reached something that we agreed on. The Labour Act is just a start; it doesn’t stop you from valuing the people that have been working for you. I didn’t think that we could reach this agreement, but finally we did,” said the local branch chairman of MUN, Paulus Iipumbu.

    The LHU’s human resource manager, Johan Roux, thanked the governor for mediating, and MUN for reaching an agreement.

    “Retrenchments are something that is very difficult to handle. I am happy at this point to sign this agreement,” said Roux.

    Governor Mutjavikua said conflict in labour relations is normal, as long as it is managed properly.

    “Conflict in labour relations points out some issues that are normally not pointed out. It also removes certain issues like complacency. We bargained until we reached where we are now. Understanding of the issues is the cornerstone behind all agreements,” said Mutjavikua.

    The mothballing of the uranium mine started on 13 June and will continue until August. About 300 LHU employees lost their jobs and another 300 contract workers will also be retrenched.

    The mine has spoken to the Chamber of Mines of Namibia and the human resource departments of other mines about possibly employing some of its retrenched workers.

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  • 06/19/18--16:00: Consumer agony deepens
  • Consumer agony deepensConsumer agony deepensStaple food hikes signal bad news for poor With the fuel price on the rise, having already increased by 60 cents this month, consumers face even harder blows. Namibian consumers, especially the poor, should brace themselves for steep increases in the price of staple foods at the end of next month.

    Namib Mills has announced price increases for all its products - maize meal, Bakpro wheat flour, rice, pasta, yeast, instant maize porridge and mahangu – effective from 31 July.

    According to Namib Mills the wholesale price of maize meal will increase by 3.2%, while wheat flour will increase by 3.2%, Complete Mix by 3.2%, rice by 4.4% and pasta by 3.3%.

    The price of yeast will increase by 1%, instant porridge by 3% and mahangu by 2%.

    There will be no increase in the price of sugar.

    “Costs to our business have increased over the last 24 months with Namib Mills absorbing these by not implementing any inflationary price increases over this period, irrespective of the fact that inflation has increased by 10% over the last 24 months,” said the company's spokesperson, Ashante Mannetti.

    According to Mannetti the direct input cost, which comprises the bulk of the company's cost structure, has increased more than the inflation rate.

    Electricity costs have increased by 12% and 6% respectively over the last two financial years, with an expected further 8% increase this year, effectively totalling a 28% increase over the period.

    Electricity is expected to further increase in July after the Electricity Control Board (ECB) approved a 5% bulk tariff increase by NamPower.

    This increase means that the bulk power tariff will increase from N$1.61 per kilowatt-hour to N$1.69 per kilowatt-hour.

    Furthermore, fuel costs have increased by 13% over the last two years, affecting production and distribution costs.

    The prices of both petrol and diesel increased by 60 cents a litre at the beginning of this month. The new pump prices at Walvis Bay are N$12.30 per litre for petrol, N$12.63 per litre for diesel 500ppm and N$12.68 per litre for diesel 50ppm.

    “We therefore have no other option than to announce price increases on our product categories,” said Mannetti.

    The last price increase announced by Namib Mills was in 2016 when prices skyrocketed because of drought.

    Meanwhile, the Consumer Price Index for May indicates that inflation in the category Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages increased to 3.9% compared to 3.7% recorded in May 2017.

    This slight increase emanated from increases registered in the sub-components of bread and cereals from -3.7 to 2.3%; meat from 6.6 to 8.5%; fruit from 1.5 to 12.6%; oils and fats from 0.7 to 2.6% and vegetables, including potatoes and other tubers, from -4.0 to 5.8%.

    The monthly inflation rate for Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages was 0.5% compared to 0.3% registered in the previous month.

    The Economic Association of Namibia says the increase in food prices is bad news for the poor since they spend the largest share of their total consumption on these items.

    “We expect food prices to continue to increase. Futures prices at the South African Futures Exchange suggest price increases for white and yellow maize of some 7% by December 2018 and some 1% for wheat. Oil prices have also been on the increase, triggering fuel price increases that will have impacts on the transportation costs of goods and eventually on the production goods of businesses as well as the costs of consumer products,” it said.



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  • 06/19/18--16:00: Teachers want winter holiday
  • Teachers want winter holidayTeachers want winter holiday The Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) has rejected the adjustment of school times in winter, saying it is a recipe for disaster and must be nipped in the bud.

    In a statement issued yesterday, TUN secretary-general Mahongora Kavihuha said his office has been inundated with complaints by parents following the education ministry's directive that schools may not start earlier than 07:30 or later than 08:30 in winter.

    “By the logic of the minister it means that parents have to deliver their children at school a whole hour or more before 08:00, which means children will languish on the school premises in the cold inhospitable environment before they enter classrooms. You can imagine the mischief children that are totally unattended can get up to,” he said.

    The TUN instead suggested that the government revert to the four-term system that was in place before independence.

    “The four-term system had its problems but the winter time schooling with its darkness hazards and concomitant cold was averted by the fact that in June, which is the darkest and coldest month, it was school holidays.

    “The children could happily hibernate in the warmth of their homes and their parents were saved the agony of getting up early in the cold mornings,” Kavihuha said.

    The education ministry's directive followed numerous appeals to schools to adjust their hours following the abolition of the Time Act that made provision for a different time zone in winter.

    These appeals appear to have fallen on deaf ears, the ministry says.

    In a statement issued on Friday, the ministry's permanent secretary, Sanet Steenkamp, also pointed out that schools with 'platoon systems' – two school sessions per day - should finish teaching no later than 16:30.

    “While noting the directives, the ministry observed that some schools in the Khomas Region have not adjusted their times as directed due to circumstances that prevail at these schools. The ministry is equally aware of the fact that some schools in the country face several dynamics and that time changes may not be applied uniformly,” Steenkamp said.


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    Zim MP's money woes halt Caprivi appealZim MP's money woes halt Caprivi appeal Two Zimbabwean lawyers, Jonathan Samukange and Christopher Dube, employed by the directorate of legal aid, halted court proceedings when they did not appear for their clients, allegedly due to non-payment by the state.

    Interestingly, Samukange is also the Zanu-PF parliamentarian for Mudzi South in his home country.

    Dube and Samukange are allegedly paid monthly for their services, unlike other state-sponsored lawyers who are paid per court appearance.

    Their absence halted the State's application for leave to appeal the acquittals in the Caprivi treason trial.

    High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Monday postponed the matter to a date still to be determined. Deputy legal aid director Prince Daringo told Namibian Sun that he was not allowed to speak to the media.

    Forty-two of the acquitted treason accused will be back in court after the State applied for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

    State advocate Lourens Campher, in his written grounds of appeal, said the presiding judge, Elton Hoff, now acting judge of the Supreme Court, created at far-reaching precedent at the end of the treason trial.

    This was said to concern the future admittance of evidence, especially on constitutional issues, such as the right to legal aid before a confession is made.

    According to him the decision by the High Court to acquit the 42 men on charges of high treason, murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of arms and ammunition will especially bind the lower courts.

    Campher argued that this issue, with its far-reaching consequences, should be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

    Judge Christie Liebenberg was assigned to hear the application for leave to appeal after Hoff was appointed as a Supreme Court judge.

    The August 1999 attacks in Katima Mulilo, orchestrated by the Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA), rocked Namibia and resulted in a state of emergency being declared in the then Caprivi Region.

    The trial started in a specially constituted court at the Grootfontein prison with 122 accused in August 2004.

    They were charged with high treason, murder, sedition and many other offences, eventually facing over 270 counts of criminal conduct.

    Of the 122 men who went on trial before Judge Hoff at the end of October 2003, 44 were eventually discharged by the High Court after the prosecution closed its case, and during a Rule 174 ruling in February 2013, and a subsequent one in August 2012. Twenty-two accused have died since their arrest.

    Thereafter, 35 accused were found not guilty on the main charge of high treason and related counts, while only 30 accused were found guilty and subsequently sentenced.

    The same lawyers that represented the defendants in the main trial, instructed by the directorate of legal aid, will represent them during the appeal.

    The State wants to appeal the acquittal of Fred Ziezo, Richard Mungulike, Phelem Mboozi Mutuwangele and Gilbert Poshowe, who were defended by Christopher Dube.

    The prosecutor-general's office also wants the Supreme Court to set aside the discharge and acquittal of Calvin Malumo, Joseph Kamwi Kamwi, Herbert Mboozi Mutahane, John Tebiso Masake, Chist Sitale Mushe and Kisko Twazmango Sakusheka.

    The State will also appeal the acquittal of 36 others.


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  • 06/20/18--16:00: Dome Olympics dazzles
  • Dome Olympics dazzlesDome Olympics dazzles Coca-Cola Dome Olympics event organiser Dave Hammond says he is delighted with the way the multi-disciplined event turned out this year.

    Teams competed in an array of sporting fun, including inline and indoor hockey, indoor soccer, gymnastics, table tennis and basketball, among others.

    The annual competition took place at The Dome in Swakopmund over the weekend with 30 teams showcasing their skills.

    Hammond feels the competition has grown from strength to strength and was even better than the organisers expected.

    “This was the biggest Coca-Cola Dome Olympics to date and we are confident of growing it in the future.

    “We hope to make this the biggest event of its kind at the coast and urge all companies to sign up teams.

    “It is great for team building and has something to offer each and every individual. We would also like to thank Coca-Cola for their support,” Hammond said.

    Weimann's Carpentry, who has won every single edition of the Coca-Cola Dome Olympics thus far, proved to be in a league of their own once again, as the defending champions raced to yet another overall win in emphatic fashion.

    Second-placed Dome Dragons comprised of athletes from Namibia, Canada, New Zealand and Germany.

    They put up a great fight but ultimately failed to dethrone their foes. Third place went to the strong Super Heroes in Training team.

    Great athleticism was also witnessed in the social division, where the biggest number of teams entered.

    Although the rules were a bit more relaxed than for the pros, competition was fierce throughout the day.

    The Mugg and Bean Seniors got off to a good start and managed to keep the upper hand until the final whistle. Silver went to Swakop Tiles, while the Coastal Raiders came in third. Heated battles took place in the youth division as well. International Stars, Dome Junior Athletes and ISWB Lions made it clear from the word go that they would be in contention for the prestigious number one spot.

    Little separated the leading trio, but eventually, International Stars edged past the rest to claim gold.

    Dome Junior Athletes followed in a close second and the ISWB Lions came in third.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Black Mamba to strike at RussianBlack Mamba to strike at RussianShihepo upbeat about IBF title fight Local boxing trainer Nicky Shihepo is confident that Wilberforce 'Black Mamba' Shihepo will bring home the IBF International cruiserweight title. Former WBO Africa middleweight champion Wilberforce 'Black Mamba' Shihepo will be in action over the weekend against Alexei Papin in their much-anticipated IBF International cruiserweight title fight that will take place in Russia.

    Known as Black Mamba by his affectionate fans, the Namibia boxer will take on the heavy-hitting Papin on Saturday after a few months of inaction.

    “Shihepo is readier than ever before.

    I have personally never seen him in this space and shape. We will bring the title home to the Land of the brave,” his trainer Nicky Shihepo said.

    Shihepo last fought in April and beat Mussa Ajibu of Malawi on a third round technical knockout at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.

    The fight ended up in brawl, as the two fighters exchanged some heated words and exchanged blows, even after Shihepo had already won.

    Before that Shihepo fought against Anos Temfuma in 2017 and lost by unanimous decision.

    He then went on to lose against Callum Johnson in 2016, in their Commonwealth Games (Brit­ish Empire) light heavyweight title fight, via a knockout.

    However, Saturday's fight will be much tougher for the Namibian, as the Russian is not one to play around with.

    Papin is hungry to make a name for himself after moving away from kickboxing a few years ago.

    He demolished Ismayl Sillakh of Ukraine in one round in November last year.

    Papin began kickboxing when he was just seven years old and was very successful; he is a six-time WAKO amateur champion of Russia, three-time European champion and two-time World Cup winner, as well as a kickboxing world champion.

    This fight is a great distraction for the Namibian who late last year appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate's Court and is out on bail, following a road crash near Okahandja that resulted in the death of 54-year-old Likius Petrus and six-year-old Toivo Linda Teopoline Nhiguyoonda.

    The charges he faces include culpable homicide, failure to ascertain the nature and extent of injuries sustained by a person after an accident, failure to render assistance to injured person(s) after an accident, failure to ascertain the extent of damage after an accident and operating an unroadworthy vehicle.

    -Additional info by RINGTV


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    Senegal keeps African hopes aliveSenegal keeps African hopes aliveWorld Cup win over Poland celebrated across continent Senegal beat Poland on Tuesday night, giving African supporters hope at the Russia World Cup. Prolific Poland striker Robert Lewandowski's World Cup campaign opened in frustrating fashion on Tuesday, as Senegal starved him of possession and claimed a 2-1 win in Moscow.

    The 29-year-old arrived in Russia newly crowned as the Bundesliga's top scorer for the third time, and having netted a record 16 times for Poland in 10 World Cup qualifiers.

    The Bayern Munich forward also admitted he had a point to prove after a disappointing Euro 2016, when he scored only once during Poland's run to the quarterfinals.

    But Senegal ensured he saw little of the ball in their clash at Spartak Stadium, preventing him from having a shot on target until the 50-minute mark.

    “We knew exactly how this team was going to move and that Lewandowski was their main threat, and we implemented the right system to play them,” the West Africans' coach Aliou Cisse said.

    The match was billed as a shootout between strikers Lewandowski and Senegal's Sadio Mane but neither found the net.

    However, Mane helped set up Senegal's opening goal and combined well with Torino winger Mbaye Niang to pressure Poland's defence.

    The taller Lewandowski operated more as a traditional target man, trying to create options for Poland in the box when they were on attack.

    But he was left isolated up front for long periods and was swarmed by the well-drilled Senegal defence when he did gain possession.

    He was closely marked by Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly but created a chance in the 22nd minute, neatly controlling Jakub Blaszczykowski's pass only to shoot wide.

    Lewandowski showed a willingness to drop back to midfield and perform what he has referred to as “donkey work”, but clearly missed the quality balls provided by the likes of Arjen Robben at Bayern.

    He made a blistering run from midfield early in the second half and was almost through on goal before being brought down by Salif Sane, who earned himself a yellow card.

    Lewandowski curled the resulting free kick beautifully over the wall but Senegalese 'keeper Khadim Ndiaye dived to his left to push the ball away.

    The striker continued to toil, but his night was summed up in the 81st minute, when he controlled a pass in the box, only for three Senegal defenders to surround and dispossess him.

    Lewandowski has been speculatively linked with Real Madrid after his agent last month said he wanted “a new challenge”.

    He will hope for better returns when Poland play Colombia on Sunday.


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  • 06/20/18--16:00: More Gaza-Israel violence
  • More Gaza-Israel violenceMore Gaza-Israel violence Israeli fighter jets hit 25 targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, the army said.

    Around 45 rockets were fired overnight from Gaza towards Israel, the army said in a statement. Seven were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

    In retaliation, Israeli planes carried out three raids against military compounds belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas, it said.

    The fresh hostilities come with tensions high in Gaza after mass protests and clashes broke out along the border on 30 March. At least 132 Palestinians have been killed. There have been no Israeli fatalities.

    Palestinians are demanding the right to return to the homes their families fled or were expelled from during the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel.

    The Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, which Israel considers its bitter enemy.

    “The Hamas terror organisation targeted Israeli civilians throughout the night with a severe rocket attack and is dragging the Gaza Strip and its civilians down a deteriorating path,” the Israeli army said.

    Israel maintains the use of live ammunition is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other international stakeholders have warned that Gaza is close to the brink of war.

    Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008 and observe a tense ceasefire that is regularly shaken by hostile acts.


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    Prosecute immigrants, take their kids away - TrumpProsecute immigrants, take their kids away - Trump President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the 'zero tolerance' policy leading to thousands of migrant families being split on the US border as the only effective way to fight illegal immigration.

    “I don't want children taken away from parents,” he told a gathering of small business owners, before adding: “When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.”

    “We don't have to prosecute them, but then we are not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That's not good.”

    US officials say more than 2 300 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration announced its push to arrest and charge anyone illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, regardless of whether they were seeking asylum.

    Since children cannot be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.

    A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former US first ladies and some within the president's own Republican Party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations. But a defiant Trump has vowed America will not become a “migrant camp”.

    “We don't want people pouring into our country,” he told Tuesday's gathering. “We want ultimately a merit-based system where people come in based on merit.”

    Hammering home the need to combat smugglers who he said “game the system”, Trump accused the media of helping human traffickers.

    “Those who apply for asylum legally at ports of entry are not prosecuted. The fake news media back there doesn't talk about that,” he charged.

    “They are fake,” he said. “They are helping these smugglers and these traffickers like nobody would believe.” Trump was headed later on Tuesday to Congress to huddle with Republican lawmakers, many of whom are deeply uncomfortable with the separation policy.

    The president has accused Democrats of provoking the crisis by blocking legislation to combat illegal immigration.

    “We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families all together and bring them back to their country,” he said.

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to consider two immigration bills.

    One is a hardline measure favoured by conservatives, and the other a compromise bill - which the White House has signalled has Trump's support - that would end family separations, protect so-called Dreamer immigrants brought to the country as children, pay for boosted border security and curtail legal immigration.

    Tuesday's Republican huddle will be closely watched, in part to see whether any lawmakers directly confront the president.

    Several House Republicans face tough re-election fights in November, and some may worry that public outrage over the family separations could hurt their chances. Democrats say the crisis is of Trump's own making, and accuse him of using children as pawns.


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  • 06/20/18--16:00: South Sudan crippled
  • South Sudan crippledSouth Sudan crippledWorld's newest country still on its knees Political and leadership struggles, violence, infighting, civil war, oil reserves and a stagnant economy have kept South Sudan paralysed. South Sudan, the world's newest country, has been mired in a devastating civil war for more than four years, with tens of thousands of people killed, nearly four million displaced and its economy in ruins.

    War broke when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup just two years after the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

    With the two men having met yesterday in the latest international effort to stop the fighting, here is some background.

    World's youngest state

    Before independence, the south of Sudan was ravaged by two civil wars (1956-1972 and 1983-2005) that pitted mainly Christian and animist insurgents in the south against Khartoum's Arab-dominated government. Millions died in the conflicts.

    A peace accord signed in 2005 by the government and southern rebels exempted the south from Islamic Sharia law and granted it six years of self-rule ahead of a referendum on independence.

    The 2011 referendum went nearly 99% in favour of secession from the north and on 9 July that year, South Sudan proclaimed its independence. Kiir was sworn in as the country's first president with Machar as his deputy.

    The international community - led by the United States, China, Russia and the European Union, as well as Sudan - quickly recognised the new African state.

    Former allies turn enemies

    Kiir and Machar were on the same side in the push for independence from Khartoum, but were separated by ethnic and political rivalries.

    Tensions spiked when Machar - from the country's second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer - was fired as vicepresident in 2013.

    His sacking came after Kiir, from the majority Dinka people, accused him of a failed coup. Machar rejected the charge, in turn accusing the president of purging political rivals.

    Civil war erupts

    By December 2013 the new country had descended into civil war, including fighting within the national army, undermined by differences fuelled by the rivalry between Kiir and Machar.

    The conflict spread to several states and was characterised by ethnic massacres, attacks on civilians, widespread rape, the recruitment of child soldiers and other forms of brutality and human rights violations.

    A 2015 peace deal saw Machar reinstalled as vice-president and return to the capital, but fighting broke out in the capital Juba in July 2016, and Machar and his forces fled.

    In February 2018 the United Nations said there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 South Sudanese senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Economy ruined

    Following more than four years of civil war, the Juba government is broke and hyperinflation - which peaked at around 500% in 2016, decelerating to 155% in 2017 - has sent prices soaring. The South Sudanese pound has collapsed.

    Oil production - from which South Sudan gained 98% of its revenues on its independence - has plummeted to about 120 000 barrels a day from a peak of 350 000, according to the World Bank.

    Juba, which inherited three-quarters of the former Sudan's oil reserves during independence, depends on its northern neighbour's oil infrastructure - refineries and pipelines - for its exports.

    The conflict has also heavily disrupted agriculture, sparking a major food crisis. In 2017 South Sudan went through four months of famine, which affected around 100 000 people. Seven million South Sudanese, more than half of the population, will need food aid in 2018, according to the UN.


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    Elelo lyaShakati lya kanitha oshilyoElelo lyaShakati lya kanitha oshilyo Mayola gwondoolopa yaShakati, Angelus Iyambo, okwa hokolola kutya eso lyakansela Johannes Hapeni Shilongo, oli li ekanitho enene komalelo goondoolopa oshowo koshilongo ashihe.

    Shilongo okwa hulitha mOsoondaha moshipangelo shaShakati, konima yuuwehame wethimbo efupi. Okwa hulitha mepupi lyoomvula 48.

    Iyambo okwa popi kutya eso lyaShilongo oli li natango ekanitho enene kelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati, molwaashoka okwa longa oshindji mokuyambulapo ondoolopa ndjoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya Shilongo okwa li omulumentu omwiinekelwa ngoka aluhe ya kala yiinekelwa muye na okwa kala nokugwanitha po iilonga ye.

    Iyambo okwa indile AaNamibia ya kaleke ofamili yanakusa momagalikano gawo.

    “Natu kalekeni ofamili ndjoka momagalikano getu molwaashoka inatu kanitha owala omuleli, ihe ofamili oya kanitha woo omusilishisho gwawo na otwa pumbwa okuya galikaneneni. Omwenyo gwe nagu vululukwe nombili,” Iyambo a popi.

    Shilongo okwa longa onga kansela gwondoolopa yaShakati, okutameka omvula yo 2011.

    Pethimbo a hulitha okwa woo oshilyo shokomitiye yelelo lyondoolopa ya Shakati. Okwa longa woo onga omukwatakanitho gwongundu yoSwap moshikandjohogololo shaShakati yokUuzilo.

    Okwa thigako omukulukadhi gwe Veronika Nyanyukweni oshowo aanona ye yaheyali.

    Embo lyokushangela omahekeleko otali adhika poombelewa dhelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati.

    Oshituthidhimbuluko she otashi ningwa nena potundi onti 15:00 mendiki lyOshakati civic centre omanga oshikwawo tashi ningwa ngula okuzilila megumbo lye momukunda Onduulu Nomongwa.

    Shilongo ota fumbikwa mOlyomakaya momukunda gwawo.


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    Oondando dhiikulya tadhi gwedhelwaOondando dhiikulya tadhi gwedhelwaOmathimbo taga dhigupala Aalandi AaNamibia unene mboka taya lumbu moluhepo otaya kiimanga omapya omolwa oondando dhiikulya ndhoka kwa tegelelwa dhi londe pombanda okuya pehulilo lyomwedhi twa taalela. Shoka otashi landula sho ehangano lyoNamibia Mills lya tseyitha kutya otali ka gwedhela oondando dhalyo miikulya ngaashi omausila gepungu, omausila goomboloto, olwishi, omakoloni oshowo omausila gomahangu. Oondando ndhoka otadhi londo pombanda momasiku 31 gaJuli.

    Pauyelele mboka wa pitithwa kehangano lyoNamib Mills, oondando dhokulanda pahwata uusila wepungu otadhi londo noopresenda 3.2, uusila wiilya opresenda 3.2, olwishi opresenda 4.4 omakoloni 3.3 omanga omahangu oopresenda 2. Ondando yosuuka itayi londo pombanda.

    Ehangano ndyoka olya popi kutya omagwedhelo ngoka otaga etithwa kelondo pombanda lyoondando dhiinima mbyoka hayi longithwa mokunduluka nokweetapo omausila ngoka, muule woomwedhi 24 dha piti.

    Omupopiliko gwehangano ndyoka, Ashante Mannetti okwa popi kutya, shimwe natango shoka tashi etitha ngaaka ondando yolusheno ndjoka ya londa woo pombanda noonkondo muule woomvula mbali dha piti, sho ya londo pombanda noopresenda 12 oshowo noopresenda 6.

    Nonando ongaaka, ondando yolusheno natango okwa tegelela yi ka londe pombanda noopresenda 8 omvula ndjika ne yo pombanda ndyoka muule owala woomvula dhika otali kala poopresenda 28. Ondando yolusheno okwa tegelelwa yi ka londe pombanda momwedhi Juli nuumvo, sha landula shoElectricity Control Board (ECB) ya zimine egwedhelo lyondando yolusheno noopresenda 5, okuza kehangano lyaNamPower.

    Omagwedhelo ngoka otaga utha kutya olusheno otalu ka kala talu landwa kondando tayi londo okuza pooN$1.61 mo kilowatt-hour okuya pooN$1.69 per kilowatt-hour.

    Natango ondando yomahooli oya londa pombanda nopresenda 13 muule woomvula ndatu dha piti. Ondando yomahooli gopetrol oshowo odiesel oya londo pombanda noocenda 60 molita, petameko lyomwedhi nguka.

    Oondando ompe yomahooli mOmbaye, opetrol oyi li pooN$12.30 molita, omanga olita yimwe yomahooli goDiesel 500ppm yi na N$12.63 nomaholi goDiesel 50ppm taga landwa kooN$12.68 molita.

    Mannetti okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka yoondando tadhi yi pombanda oyo ya thiminike ya gwedhele oondando dhawo.

    Lwopokati mpoka, oConsumer Price Index yomomwedhi Mei oya holola kutya oondando dhiikulya oshowo iikunwa mboka kayi na iikolitha odha londo pombanda noopresenda 3.9 okuyeleka noopresenda 3.7 ndhoka dha lopotwa mo 2017.

    Ehangano lyoEconomic Association of Namibia olya popi kutya egwedhelo lyoondando dhiikulya oli li onkundana ombwiinayi kAanamibia unene mboka taya lumbu moluhepo molwaashoka ohaya longitha oshindji shomiiyemo yawo mokulanda iikulya.

    Oya popi kutya oondando dhiikulya okwa tegelelwa dhi tsikile nokulonda pombanda , sho oSouth African Futures Exchange ya popi kutya ondando yepungu otayi ka londa pombanda okuya poopresenda 7 momwedhi Desemba nuumvo.

    Ondando yomahooli nayo otayi ka thiminikwa okuya pombanda woo.


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    Aalongi ya hala efudho lyopokufuAalongi ya hala efudho lyopokufu Ehangano lyoTeachers Union of Namibia (TUN) olya tindi okuzimina etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kuuministeli welongo opo ku ningwe omalunduluko gootundi dhokuhita ooskola pethimbo lyokufu.

    Momukanda ngoka a pititha, amushanga gwo

    TUN, Mahongora Kavihuha okwa popi kutya ombelewa ye oyuudha omanyenyeto okuza kaavali, sha landula etseyitho ndyoka lya ningwa kuuministeli opo ooskola pethimbo lyokufu dhi kale tadhi tameke pokati kotundi onti 07:30 sigo otundi onti 08:30.

    “Shoka osha hala okutya aavali otaya kala nokufala aanona yawo koskola mbala naanona otaya ka kala taya si uutalala nokukala monkalo yaahe na aatonateli sigo ootundi dha tameke.”

    TUN okwa gandja omagwedhelepo opo uuministeli wu shune miilonga iikako ine mbyoka yali po nale omanga oshilongo inashi manguluka. Oya popi kutya ngele iikako mbyoka oya shuna miilonga, nena ethimbo lyokufu otali kala efudho lyoskola, naanona itaya ka kala muupyakadhi wokuya kooskola momautalala nomausiku, nokutula moshiponga oomwenyo dhawo.

    Omukanda ngoka gwa gandjwa mEtitano, Amushanga gwuuministeli mboka, Sanet Steenkamp, okwa holola woo kutya ooskola ndhoka dhi na ootundi lwaali nadhi kale dha mana ootundi dha hugunina potundi onti 16:30.

    Uuministeli owa holola kutya owa nongele omikundu dhimwe po ndhoka tadhi dhidhilikwa kooskola dhimwe po uuna dha lundulula omadhimbo gadho, ngaashi unene ooskola ndhoka hadhi kala nootundi lwaali mesiku.


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  • 06/20/18--16:00: Elyenge lyoluhepo itali hulu
  • Elyenge lyoluhepo itali huluElyenge lyoluhepo itali hulu Onkalo yoluhepo ndjoka ya dhidhilikwa moonkalamwenyo dhoyendji pethimbo taya koko otayi tsikile nokuya komeho momapupi taga landula.

    Onkalamwenyo otayi monika itayi shambula mokati kaanona mboka ya kokele moluhepo sho aasilishisho yawo ya nyengwa okuya gwanithilapo oompumbwe dhawo, nonkalo ndjoka otayi ya thiminike ya thigepo ooskola nokweetitha onkalo yelyenge lyoluhepo ndjoka itayi hulu.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha ningi omakonaakono moshikandjohogololo Okaku moshitopolwa shaShana momagumbo moka mu na aanona haya yi koskola na ohaya mono iiyemo okuza kepangelo kehe omwedhi yooN$250.00.

    Anna Sheya, 46, omukalimo gwoshikandjohgololo shoka okwa popi kutya onkalo yoluhepo italu hulu, okuyi wete mofamili ye.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa koko e li na yinakulu ngoka a hepa na okwa kala ita vulu okumu gwanithila po oompumbwe dhe, naashoka oshe mu thiminike opo a thige po oskola andola a ka konge iilonga nokukwathela ofamili ye.

    Nonando ongaka onkalo ndjoka oya gwedha ko owala kondjele yoluhepo mofamili ye.

    “Konima sho nda zi moskola onda kala handi yi koondoolopa ngaashi Ondangwa, Ongwediva nOshakati tandi kongo iilonga sigo omomvula yo 2012 sho kuku hulitha. Sho kuku a hulitha onda ulikwa mofamili yandje opo ndi sile oshisho egumbo. Onkalo oya nayipala molwaashoka itandi vulu we okukonga iilonga, na onda pumbwa okusila oshisho aanona mboka ye li megumbo. Onkalo yoluhepo moka nda kokele omo ndi wete tamu kokele aanona mboka ndi li nayo megumbo ngashiingeyi.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya epangelo ohali gandja kaanona yaali megumbo lyawo mboka haya yi koskola oshimaliwa shooN$250, na ohashi kwathele mokulanda iipumbiwa yimwe po megumbo ngaashi iikulya.

    “Ethimbo limwe uuna iimaliwa ya landa iipumbiwa yomegumbo, kape na we shoka tashi dhigalapo opo shi kandulepo oompumbwe dhaanona mboka.

    Kehe ethimbo otaye ya taye ku lombwele kombinga yoompumbwe dhawo dhoskola ihe kape na iimaliwa. Onkalo otayi uvitha nayi noonkondo.

    Kwaashoka nda dhidhilika kungame mwene onkalo ndjoka otayi ya sitha uunye, na otashi vulika yi ya thiminike ya thige po ooskola ngaashi oyendji ye shi ningi nale.

    Kehe ethimbo otandi galikana opo tu mone omusihenda ngoka ta vulu oku tu kwathela.”

    Sheya okwa popi kutya maandjawo ngashiingeyi omu na owala aantu yane, molwaashoka yamwe oya thiga po egumbo moonkambadhala dhoku ka konga uuhupilo na otaya ikwatha kuyoyene.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ohaya tumu owala iimaliwa kegumbo ethimbo limwe.

    Alina Efraim, 35, ogumwe gwomaanyasha mboka kaye na iilonga ta kwatele komeho egumbo ndyoka li na aanona haya yi koskola yeli yatatu, momukunda Ombugayashigunda moshikandjohogololo sha faathana.

    Efraim okwa popi kutya okwa tameke okukwatela komeho egumbo ndyoka momvula yo 2005 konima sho yina a hulitha. Ngaashi Sheya nayo oyiikolelela owala moshimaliwa shoka hashi pewa aanona mboka haya yi koskola, okuzakepangelo.

    “Monena iilonga mbyoka tandi vulu okumona okulonga owala momagumbo gopopepi nenge moondunda dhomanwino dhopopepi molwaashoka itandi vulu okuya kokule negumbo, molwaashoka onda pumbwa okusila oshisho aanona.

    Aluhe ohandi kala noshisho opo ndi kwashilipaeke kutya aanona oye na iikulya na oye na uumbaki wokuya koskola. Ohandi kambadhala woo okukandula po oompumbwe dhawo dhopaumwene, na kashi shi oshipu.”

    Elyenge lyoluhepo ohali tameke ngele okanona oka valwa mofamili ya hepa.

    Oofamili ndhoka aluhe odhi na engambeko mwaashoka tadhi pumbwa na kape na oonzo tadhi vulu okuetapo oompito dhokwiihupitha, nonkalo ndjoka otayi kala nokuya thiminikila moluhepo.

    Aanona oyo unene haya gumwa konkalo ndjoka, molwaashoka ohaya kala ya tala maasilishisho yawo onkene itaya vulu okwiikutha mo moluhepo, molwaashoka aashona na kaye na oonzo.

    Anna Ndahafa Shilongo omunambelewa gwopombanda gwiilonga melelo lyoshitopolwa shaShana moshikandjohogololo Okaku okwa popi kutya moshikandjo shawo omu na omagumbo ogendji ngoka ga shangithwa na otaga kwatelwa komeho kaanyasha mboka kaye na iilonga.

    Okwa tsilile kutya uuna pe na omakwatho taga zi kepangelo, nena aantu mboka oyo haya talika tango.

    “Aluhe ngele ope na omayambidhidho ngaashi iikulya nenge oompito dhiilonga ohatu tala tango komagumbo ngoka omolwa aanona mboka haya yi kooskola.

    Ohatu ya talelepo nokutala nkene taya hupu nokupulakena komaupyakadhi ngoka ya taalela.

    Oyendji otaya nyenyeta oluhepo nongele ope na ooprograma dhokukondjitha oluhepo oyo hatu tala tango,” Shilongo a popi.

    Okwa popi kutya omayambidhidho giiyemo ngoka haya pewa kepangelo oga kwatha oshindji nokukaleka woo aanona mooskola, molwaashoka ngele oya hulitha po okuya kooskola nena itaya mono we omakwatho ngoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya inaku lopotwa iipotha oyindji yelongitho pambambo lyiimaliwa mboka moshitopolwa shawo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ope na aaleli yoshigwana moshigwana mboka taya kondolola kutya iiyemo mbyoka hayi gwandjwa kepangelo ohayi longithwa tuu ngaashi ya nuninwa, na ohaya gandja olopota.


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  • 06/20/18--16:00: A victory to savour
  • A victory to savourA victory to savour Our courts run on the faith of all Namibians, as they are trusted to deliver efficient and effective justice. Hence, independent courts and judges should always remain faithful to the rule of law. High Court Judge Harald Geier's ruling on Monday, in which he rejected attempts by the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) to prevent The Patriot newspaper from publishing damning revelations of alleged dubious property deals by the spy agency, has rekindled our trust in the country's judiciary. In his ruling, Geier said although legislation may exist to protect national security interests, the law in general can't be used in instances where the media may potentially be uncovering illegal and corrupt activities. He consequently dismissed the application brought by the NCIS with costs. The NCIS had desperately tried to block an article from being published in the weekly newspaper. It relates to the acquisition of two farms in the Otjozondjupa Region as well as a house by the spy agency. The combined cost of the two farms, which were bought by government in 2015, was N$57 million, while N$8.2 million was spent on a house in 2016, The Patriot's editor Mathias Haufiku said in an affidavit. The NCIS claimed the publication of the article would contravene the 1982 Protection of Information Act and threaten or jeopardise national security. It further insisted that all information about the activities and assets of the NCIS must be kept secret. This assertion by the spy agency does certainly not hold water, as the judge insisted the NCIS cannot be a law unto itself and should be subject to judicial scrutiny, just like other institutions. This judgement will have far-reaching consequences for those who hide behind national security and secrecy to hide essential information from the media and members of the public and is certainly a victory for press freedom in our country. The media has an important role to play in society and that includes keeping the authorities and government on their toes, to ensure greater levels of accountability. As much as the court ruling is a triumph for the media, it should also be celebrated by ordinary Namibians, who have been told over the years that certain information is being hidden or withheld to protect 'national security'.

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  • 06/20/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day DREADED WALK: A young man walks back to his homestead in rural Namibia after fetching water from a village nearby. Men and women walk long distances to collect water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and other household needs, many spend hours every day traveling to water sources, waiting in line, and carrying heavy containers - often several times a day. PHOTO: LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 06/20/18--16:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Deloitte reviewing summons over Steinhoff audit

    The Deloitte branch in the Netherlands has received a writ of summons from Dutch investor group, the VEB, over its audit of Steinhoff, and is currently reviewing the document, according to Lwazi Bam, CEO of Deloitte Africa.

    Bam added in an emailed response that Deloitte Netherlands had indicated it would not provide any further comment.

    The VEB announced on its website on Tuesday that it had served Deloitte Netherlands with a summons to appear before the District Court of Rotterdam "for the damage suffered by the Steinhoff shareholders".


    Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up

    Shareholders in South Africa’s Murray & Roberts voted on Tuesday for the company to look into a potential tie up with construction rival Aveng, sending Aveng’s shares around 25 percent higher.

    The resolution got the backing of 52.06% of votes at the Murray & Roberts’ (M&R) annual shareholder meeting.

    M&R and Aveng announced the potential merger in May, saying it would create scale in M&R’s key markets such as Australasia and Africa, while shoring up liquidity in loss-making Aveng in the near term.


    Fox to craft script for M&A summer blockbuster

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s board is set to decide on Wednesday whether to entertain Comcast Corp’s US$65 billion cash bid for the New York-based media company or stick with its roughly US$52 billion all-stock offer from Walt Disney Co , people familiar with the matter said.

    Disney and Comcast are battling to win Fox’s movie and television studios at a time when legacy media and distribution companies are looking to expand to better compete with younger media firms like Netflix Inc that sell their content directly to viewers. Fox’s international assets such as Star India appeal to both Disney and Comcast, which want to expand their global presence.


    Vitol launches Viva Energy float

    Global energy trader Vitol kicked off the planned A$5 billion (US$3.7 billion) float of its Australian refinery and fuel supply network Viva Energy on Wednesday, in what would be the country’s biggest initial public offering in four years.

    The sale of the unit, which supplies about a quarter of Australia’s fuel, is Vitol’s second IPO this year after the London listing of an African fuel business and is expected to raise up to A$3 billion for the energy trader and its partners, who will retain a 40 to 50% stake.

    It comes amid a shake-up of Australia’s petrol retailing, with BP looking to take over top grocer Woolworths’ petrol stations and Caltex Australia ditching its franchise model to run its own operations.


    Starbucks closing cafes

    Starbucks Corp forecast on Tuesday slower sales growth than Wall Street expected this quarter and plans to close about 150 US cafes next fiscal year to boost performance, sending its shares down 2% after hours.

    The world’s largest coffee chain is facing competition both from upscale coffee houses and lower-priced fast-food chains like McDonald’s Corp and Dunkin’ Donuts .

    It has missed analysts’ estimates for same-store sales in the US-dominated Americas region in five of the last six quarters.

    The company anticipates lower net new store growth in the United States for fiscal 2019 and said it would address rapidly changing consumer preferences by introducing new cold drinks like a mango dragon fruit beverage and focusing on growing health and wellness trends.


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    De Beers shakes up the synthetic diamond marketDe Beers shakes up the synthetic diamond marketTo launch new brand Anglo American’s 85%-owned De Beers may have pulled off a strategic coup by unveiling plans to launch a new brand of synthetic diamonds. “By strengthening the appeal of natural stones to the consumer, while simultaneously flooding the synthetics market, De Beers will effectively address two of its most crucial strategic challenges with one stone,”- Bank These are the stones that are ‘grown’ in a laboratory and against which the diamond giant has long fought a marketing campaign.

    In fact, the group spent some US$140million in 2017 alone promoting naturally occurring diamonds, which it says truly represent the profound emotions that inspire wedding bands and other anniversary gifts.

    Now, however, De Beers has performed an about-turn by unveiling its Lightbox range of synthetics.

    What could it portend?

    According to analysts, this is not really the acknowledgement of diamond synthetics that it appears (although De Beers has a line of synthetic diamonds that is used primarily for industrial purposes).

    Instead, it’s a clever commercial ploy aimed at better controlling the proliferation of lab-grown diamonds by other producers.

    By establishing a much lower price point for synthetic diamonds – the Lightbox range will retail at between US$200 and US$800 apiece – the company is aiming to force down prices in the existing synthetic market and drive open an even greater discount to naturally occurring diamonds.

    “By strengthening the appeal of natural stones to the consumer, while simultaneously flooding the synthetics market, De Beers will effectively address two of its most crucial strategic challenges with one stone,” said a bank that is not permitted to speak to the media.

    This will be achieved by “creating and maintaining demand for its premium luxury products and reducing the single largest threat to its future profitability, the synthetic diamond market. We expect depressed prices will negatively affect the margins of competitive producers who will find it difficult to compete should they not be able to match De Beers’ scale,” it said.

    Said ABN AMRO, a Dutch bank that has an extensive affiliation with the diamond sector: “De Beers is known to be ahead of the game and brilliant in its marketing campaigns.

    This strategic move shows how serious the laboratory-grown diamonds threat is to the natural diamond industry.”

    So far, the response has been mixed. While some see it as De Beers finally tackling the threat posed by synthetic diamonds, others fear it will blur the lines between naturally occurring diamonds and fabricated pieces yet further.

    “By launching Lightbox, De Beers has blurred the idea of real diamonds,” said Ya’akov Almor, a diamond consultant, in an article published by The Business Times, a UK publication. “When a consumer walks up to a Lightbox salesman and asks whether the diamonds are ‘real’, what will the answer be?

    The salesman will honestly say they are real diamonds but they are manufactured in a factory. They are, however, exactly the same as the product from a mine.

    “If synthetics can take over the emotional significance messaging that the natural diamond industry has so painstakingly built up over decades, the bottom could well fall out of the market,” said Almor in the publication.

    ABN AMRO said that while it “isn’t in the De Beers boardroom”, it feels the ultimate beneficiaries of De Beers’ Lightbox range will be the consumer.

    “In the end, the consumer is the winner because there will be affordable laboratory-grown diamonds on the market that have the same beauty as a natural diamond. The main question is if a consumer will in the end go for the beautiful, affordable and the more sustainable option, or the beautiful, rare, less affordable option.

    “This will be a personal decision,” it concluded.


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    Trump's latest swipe at Canada? Smuggling US shoesTrump's latest swipe at Canada? Smuggling US shoes After citing national security reasons for slapping tariffs on Canadian metals, US President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on America's northern neighbor Monday, claiming its citizens were smuggling shoes across the border.

    Trump has angered Canada with his protectionist rhetoric, and wants to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in favor of a new bilateral trade deal.

    "The tariffs are so massive. The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that they have to smuggle them in," he said in a speech Monday.

    "They buy shoes, then they wear them. They scuff them up, they make them... look old," Trump continued.

    "Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer."

    Canadians returning to their country from abroad receive certain duty exemptions if they have been away for more than 24 hours.

    As part of NAFTA renegotiations, Washington wants Ottawa to expand these waivers to encourage Canadians to spend more in the US.

    Such a measure would negatively impact Canadian vendors.

    Nearly 4.9 million Canadians traveled temporarily to the United States between January and March 2018, according to Canadian figures.


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