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- 06/25/18--16:00: _Cattle exports fuel...
- 06/25/18--16:00: _Fighting for what's...
- 06/25/18--16:00: _Private-school subs...
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- 06/26/18--16:00: _Namibia on a roll
- 06/26/18--16:00: _Simon, Meroro fight...
- 06/26/18--16:00: _Neymar's tears diss...
- 06/26/18--16:00: _NSC awards national...
- 06/25/18--16:00: Katiti a yamukula
- 06/25/18--16:00: Man nabbed over stolen food
- 06/25/18--16:00: Agri-business revolution in Omusati
- 06/25/18--16:00: Traffic court relocated
- 06/25/18--16:00: A solution to travelling
- 06/25/18--16:00: Lawyers withdraw from B1 City fraud trial
- 06/25/18--16:00: VC candidates argue their case
- 06/25/18--16:00: Blasts in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe condemned
- 06/25/18--16:00: City to rename several streets
- 06/25/18--16:00: Drugs, alcohol ensnare youth
- 06/25/18--16:00: Cattle exports fuel joblessness - !Naruseb
- 06/25/18--16:00: Fighting for what's right
- 06/25/18--16:00: Private-school subsidies cut by two-thirds
- 06/25/18--16:00: Mega land deal turns sour
- 06/26/18--01:51: Old Mutual Namibia celebrates listing on NSX
- 06/26/18--16:00: NSC fraud case awaits PG's decision
- 06/26/18--16:00: Namibia on a roll
- 06/26/18--16:00: Simon, Meroro fight off
- 06/26/18--16:00: Neymar's tears dissected
- 06/26/18--16:00: NSC awards national colours
Augustinus Katiti, okwa ekelehi omapopyo kutya okwa longitha pambambo ombelewa ye mokulonga uulingilingi ta hepeke iimaliwa yehangano, ta popi kutya ngoka omalundilo gowala ta ningilwa.
Omalundilo gamwe ngoka ta popi ongaashi kutya okwa longitha nayi iimaliwa yehangano, ta longitha woo oshimaliwa sha thika pomiliyona yimwe momalweendo ge konima sho a pewa nale omutengenekwathaneko gwe longitho lyiimaliwa gwa thika poomiliyona 2.5.
Katiti okwa hokololwa a longitha iimaliwa mbyoka okuya momalweendo kiilongo ngaashi US, Sweden, Austria oshowo South Africa.
Natango okwa li woo a yi molweendo koItaly pamwe naanambelewa yamwe, na oya longitha oshimaliwa shooN$400 000.
Mboka aniwa oyali ya yi koItaly opo ya kalande iipundi niitaafula yomombelewa yongushu yoomiliyona 11, pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kugumwe gwomaanambelewa yehangano ndyoka.
Katiti ngoka a pewa elombwelo opo ka popye niikundaneki, okwa popi okupitila muhahende gwe Richard Metcalfe, kutya elelo lyehangano ndyoka olya pititha uuyelele womeni waahena oshili opo li nyateke edhina lye.
Katiti natango okwa tindi okuzimina kutya iifuta yomalweendo ge oya pitilila noonkondo pomwaalu ngoka a li e na okulongitha, na okwa hololwa kutya okwa longitha oomiliyona dhi li po 3.5.
Katiti natango okwa tindi kutya okwa li a ka landa iipundi niitaafula yomomoombelewa molweendo lwe lyokuya koItaly.
Hahende gwe okwa popi kutya Katiti ina enda koItaly nkene a valelwe na inaya natango koAustria kutya opaumwene nenge shi na na niilonga.
Natango aniwa omalweendo ge agehe oga li haga ka ziminwa tango komunashipundi gwelelelo lyo NIP.
Okwa lopotwa kutya NIP okwa landa iipundi niitaafula yomombelewa koItaly, nelando ndyoka olya tengenekelwa pongushu yoomiliyona 11, kokomitiye yomakonaakono gopaiyemo mehangano ndyoka.
Katiti okwa popi kutya iipundi niitafula mbyoka oya landwa koSouth Afrika, kongushu yoomiliyona ntano, nongushu yawo ndjoka ya tulwa po kelelo lyoomiliyona 11 oyiifundja.
“NIP ina landa iipundi niitaafula koItaly. Iinima mbyoka oyongushu yoomiliyona 5 na oya landwa koR Navarra Shopfitters and Joiners, ehangano lyomoCape Town, sha South Afrika. Oomwaalu ngoka gwa longithwa okuland aiipundi mbyoka niitaafula kagu poomiliyona 11 ngaashi sha tumbulwa,” hahende Metcalfe a yamukula.
Nonando NIP aniwa okuna aanambeewa yomayambulepo gongeshefa, okwa ka konga omayakulo ngoka nokufuta oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 1.4 momadheulo.
Omapopyo gamwe po ngoka ga ningwa okombinga yomagwedhelo goondjambi, sho aniwa elelo lyehangano lya tokola nokuzimine opo aaniilonga ya gwedhelwe koondjambi dhawo noopresenda 8, ihe Katiti nayakwawo oya taaguluka etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa keleleo noku gwedhela oondjambi dhawo noopresenda 11.
Natango otaku popiwa aniwa ya longitha iimaliwa yehangano okulandela iihauto ehangano lyoST Freight Services CC , ihe shoka osha tindwa kuKatiti. Okwa popi kutya omayamukulo kombinga yehokololo ndyoka oga li nale ga pewa elelo lyehangano na okwa lopotwa oshinima shoka sha kundathanwa kelelo momitumba dha thika puntano okutameka omwedhi Maalitsa omvula yo 2017.
Okwa tsikile kutya oya li ya lopota omapopyo gelongitho pambambo iimaliwa yehangano komunahsipundi gwokomitoye yokuninga omakonaakono giimaliwa nokuyanda ekanitho mehangano ndyoka muJuli gwomvula ya piti, nongele nena omalundilo ngoka ta ningilwa oge na uushili, andola oga monika mo nale nokweetitha a kuthwe miilonga nale.
“Katiti ka li a tidhwa miilonga omvula ya piti. Andola okwa li a kutha ombinga miinima mbyoka tayi popiwa nenge a monika ondjo andola okwa kuthwa nale miilonga sha landula omakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa kokomitiye yokuninga omakonaakono gelongitho lyiiyemo mehangano,” Metcalfe a popi.
The 28-year-old cleaner and his 27-year-old accomplice were arrested after beef and game carcasses, as well as boxes of chicken, fish and cheese were recovered from his house by the police, who were accompanied by teachers from the school.
Police spokesperson in the region Maureen Mbeha said teachers and learners noticed that one of the kitchen windows at the Karundu Primary School hostel was broken.
They then called the police, who found that the food items were missing from the kitchen storerooms.
The police and teachers tracked the suspects' footprints to the house in the Ombili informal settlement.
It is suspected that the two men broke into the kitchen Saturday night.
“Carcasses were found at his house and some items were recovered from the houses of people they sold it to that same night,” said Mbeha.
The value of the stolen items is estimated at over N$10 000.
The two suspects are expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate's Court today.
Police investigations continue.
Omusati governor Erginus Endjala has urged the local business community to seize the opportunities that will be availed for them by government, in order to make the region productive.
Speaking during his State of the Region Address at Outapi (SORA) last week, Endjala said in their quest to turn the region into an agricultural and industrial hub, various manufacturing facilities will be established.
He said business opportunities will soon be available in meat processing and other value-addition in the agri-business sector.
“It is pleasing to inform you that there is a window of opportunity in industrial development.
This can be achieved through the establishment of industries and manufacturing businesses such as for the manufacturing of toilet paper, a mahangu processing plant, spaghetti, cereals and biscuits, a steel processing plant, the processing of gypsum for cement production, the manufacturing of quality slabs, stones or bricks, a waste recycling plant and logistics.
“It is evident there are abundant and untapped resources within our region.
However, the region is not in a position to tap and utilise such resources, due to a lack of resources, expertise and exposure.
Thus, it is high time for all of us to seriously engage one another through investment models such as public-private partnerships (PPPs), direct private investment, build-operate-transfer (BOT) models and other possible business ventures,” Endjala said.
He said the construction of projects such as an asparagus processing plant at Oshifo in Ruacana, a tomato processing plant at the Omahenene Business Park in Onesi and tomato production both at Etunda and along the Olushandja Dam, are underway
“As we speak, the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has already transferred N$32 million to our Namibia High Commission in India to procure the necessary machinery and technology for a tomato processing plant at the Omahenene border post.
The land earmarked for the construction of the asparagus processing plant has already been handed over to the company for the construction at Oshifo in Ruacana to start by the end of the month.”
Endjala said the idea is to inaugurate all the processing plants concurrently so that the region can make a meaningful impact to the agro-processing revolution.
He said the future of the region looks brighter anticipated, as far as the promotion of development is concerned.
Endjala added that another game-charger is the Outapi abattoir that opened its doors in Outapi earlier this month. He said currently this is the only operating abattoir in the entire Northern Communal Area (NCA).
According to 2010 census of the Meat Board of Namibia, the region has approximately 275 000 herds of cattle, 245 000 goats and 15 000 sheep, making animal husbandry one of the main agricultural activities in Omusati.
“Sadly, the majority of farmers do not perceive cattle farming as a business, but rather as a lifestyle, according to which their status and wealth are measured against the number of livestock families own. Therefore, business opportunities can be ventured into in meat processing, meat products and value-addition initiatives such as dairy products,” he said.
He said the abattoir will improve the living standards of residents, especially farmers, if they take full advantage of selling their animals while they are in a good condition.
“I therefore, want to encourage our farmers to make use of the opportunities.
We are aware that the current rain patterns are very much unpredictable and our pasture is saturated by the number of livestock in our communal areas.
We must again bear in mind that since the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease about five years back, we never had a proper market to destock our livestock, as per the census,” he said.
Therefore as of yesterday, the Windhoek Magistrate's Court situated at Lüderitz Street will no longer be dealing with any traffic fines, traffic offence cases and other enquiries dealing with any traffic-related matters.
According to the Office of the Judiciary, the traffic court was specifically created in an attempt to alleviate these types of cases at the Windhoek Magistrate's Court.
The traffic court is a direct result of the concerted efforts of the City of Windhoek, the justice and works ministries and the Office of Judiciary.
The premises houses two courtrooms, a cash hall and an enquiries desk as well as offices for the prosecutors and magistrates.
“This is a milestone collaboration in the joint pursuit of addressing the violation of traffic laws and the case backlog derived from it.
It will bring about a huge relief in respect of case load in the magisterial district of Windhoek and as such, is to be commended,” said Yvette Hüsselmann, spokesperson of the Office of the Judiciary.
An administrative team at the new premises is ready to assist with all enquiries as well as to receive payment for traffic fines. In addition, a competent court team is ready to hear all court cases emanating from traffic offences.
According to the brainchildren behind InterCity, the mobile travelling application, foreign innovations have not been aligned to the needs of Namibians.
Intercity is a locally designed carpooling mobile application that aims to provide a safe and secure platform to connect different drivers with users that need transportation or those that need their merchandise transported.
“The application also caters for public transporters and courier companies, as it brings clients and service providers together and allows seamless trading within transportation, logistics and courier services,” says Heita Herobiam, head of operations at InterCity.
The application was launched on 1 June and already boasts 500 downloads and counting. The application is currently only available on Google Play Store, but will be rolled out onto Apple and web platforms soon.
The group of three young men with backgrounds as diverse as engineering and IT got together and sought to assist with the issues of too many cars on the road, pollution, safety and convenience, when travelling on Namibian roads.
That is how InterCity was born.
“When the 21st century started demanding a fast-paced flexible way of life for the average middle-class citizen, our transport system could not support that,” Herobiam said.
He said their app optimises the full use of all vehicles on Namibian roads in real time and their “cutting edge technology revolutionises the face of logistics and transportation”.
“It makes it faster for the passenger or merchandise to reach their destination and it also reduces transportation costs, thus making the transportation industry safe and more reliable,” he said.
Herobiam also explained that commuters are often faced with high travel costs, due to the long distances between workplaces, homes or villages.
“We are also forced to wait for long hours in buses, while waiting for them to fill up, without any certainty of the departure time. As if that is not enough, we then have to endure long hours in uncomfortable seats.
“As a passenger, InterCity offers you endless travelling opportunities and flexible travel times across the whole country, while paying a fraction of the cost. As a driver, InterCity offers you companionship and reduced travelling costs,” Herobiam further explained.
“The application is available for anyone to use to travel anywhere around the country, at a fraction of the cost, through shared vehicle resources. It is easy to use and does not require a lot of data.”
Safety and security is at the top of the list for InterCity, with the operators maintaining a database of accurate user information. The team encourages their users to cross-check details with the driver before embarking on a journey.
Kelly Nghixulifwa, 58, and Hafeni Nghinamwaami, 50, were left without legal representation when their privately instructed defence lawyers, Greunen Kopplinger and Henry Shimutwikeni, withdrew from representing them on Monday.
However, Nghixulifwa told presiding High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg that he would retain Kopplinger's services after sorting out some differences between them during the course of the week.
Nghinamwaami said he would seek the services of another lawyer.
The two lawyers did not disclose the reasons for their withdrawal.
The case was postponed to 4 September 2018.
The judge warned the two accused that the trial would proceed as scheduled, with or without defence lawyers.
Nghixulifwa, the former chief executive officer of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), and Nghinamwaami are charged in the matter alongside Anna Ndoroma, who is represented by Ondangwa-based defence lawyer Silas Kishi-Shakumu.
State Advocate Esegiel Iipinge is prosecuting.
The three face eight main charges including corruption, fraud, theft and money-laundering.
These charges stem from the RCC's involvement in the B1 City property development project opposite the Katutura State Hospital during 2005 and 2006.
The RCC was in a joint venture with /Ae //Gams Engineering.
It is alleged that Nghixulifwa was a shareholder in /Ae //Gams Engineering and Cradle Investments but apparently concealed his stake in the two companies by having his shares held in Ndoroma's name.
While still CEO, Nghixulifwa allegedly claimed payment from the parastatal and another construction company for the role Cradle Investments supposedly played in the construction of the RCC head office.
The RCC board of directors was allegedly also kept in the dark about Nghixulifwa's involvement in the companies.
All three are free on N$60 000 bail each and their bail was extended until 4 September when the trial continues.
On Friday the four shortlisted candidates presented their vision for the institution during public presentations at the university.
“In academia this is not a new thing, but in Namibia we haven't seen this done in a public way. This is really good if we really want to see that the right people are appointed,” Kamwanyah said.
He said public scrutiny is a good way to secure transparency and instil public trust.
The shortlisted candidates are Unam associate professors Elizabeth Amukugo, Frednard Gideon and Kenneth Matengu, while Namibian-born Professor Lucius Botes, who works in South Africa, is the fourth hopeful.
During his presentation on Friday, Botes said he will not stand for favouritism and under his leadership the institution will have to “walk the talk”, when it comes to the values of good governance.
Gideon said the VC must be someone who can position the institution, locally, regionally and internationally.
“We must come to terms with an understanding of the present and plan for the future; basically we equip people with lifelong skills and knowledge that must promote the culture of learning amongst students and staff,” he said.
Amukugo advocated for integrity and accountability.
“Africa is calling upon us to take the issue of poverty seriously. The international community also believes in the role of higher education in social transformation,” she argued.
Matengu said he is very experienced in building partnerships and that many of the networks at Unam were built and negotiated by him.
“In terms of leadership I subscribe to the notion of servant leadership and transformation. I am not a boss, I am just one of you entrusted to carry out a responsibility,” he said.
Botes said he will look into mainstreaming some courses online to cut costs, as well as into reaching out to other local tertiary institutions for cooperation.
Unam spokesperson Simon Namesho confirmed the institution has now completed the final stages of its recruitment process and is expected to announce the outcome within the next two weeks.
The recruitment process had three stages, which included one-on-one interview sessions with the search committee, psychometric tests and the final stage during which each candidate presented their vision for the VC post.
An attempt was made to assassinate Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa at a stadium in Bulawayo; while another explosion disrupted a rally for Ethiopia's reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed, killing one person and injuring 132 others. Both explosions occurred on Saturday.
Abiy had just finished addressing tens of thousands of supporters at Meskel Square in the capital, Addis Ababa, when a grenade detonated, one rally organiser said.
In Bulawayo, Mnagagwa had left the podium when the bomb went off.
“The only legitimate path towards forming a government in the African Union is by winning peaceful, free and fair elections, and such a process should be respected in Zimbabwe where elections are due on 30 July this year,” Geingob said.
Commenting on the blast in Ethiopia, Geingob said: “The rule of law should prevail.”
On Sunday, Ethiopian police chief Zeinu Jemal told the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation: “The number of suspects in custody for involvement in the attack in Meskel Square has now reached 30.”
Nine officers, including the deputy head of the police commission in Addis Ababa, were arrested for security lapses, according to official sources, Deutsche Welle reported.
In Zimbabwe, Mnangagwa indirectly blamed disaffected elements within his ruling Zanu-PF party for an explosion at a weekend rally that injured dozens of supporters, including the country's vice-president, Constantino Chiwenga, Financial Times reported.
Mnangagwa told state media on Saturday that “people outside Bulawayo ... my normal enemies” were behind the blast. “It's not the first attempt on my life,” he said. “It exploded inches away from me but it is not my time.”
Zimbabwean officials have said that planned elections will go ahead despite the bomb blast.
This follows the approval of the names by the city councillors.
Ten existing streets will be renamed while two new streets will be named. Streets at Elisenheim will also get new names, a City notice said.
Babs Street in Klein Windhoek will be renamed to Pan Africanist Marcus Garvey Street.
Zenobia Street in Klein Windhoek will be renamed to honour Philip Shiimi, who was the CEO of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority.
Also up for change is Kenneth Kaunda Street in Freedom Square which will change to Priscilla Charlene Geingos Street. Geingos, or Aunty Patty as she was commonly known, was President Hage Geingob's first wife. Bach Street in Windhoek West will be renamed to honour the late leader of the National Unity Democratic Organisation, Kuaima Riruako, while Bismarck Street will become Simeon Lineekela Shixungileni Street. He was a combatant in the liberation struggle and took part in the battle at Ongulumbashe on 26 August 1966.
A former principal of Mandume Primary School, the late Juuso Katangolo, will also get a street renamed in his honour. Tuin Street in Katutura will be named after the late educator, who died last February.
A new street intersecting with Lazarett Street will be named after the late member of parliament Moses Katjiuongua.
Düsseldorf Street in Otjomuise will be renamed in honour of Theophilus Katjiuongua, Moses Katjiuongua's father.
Another new street that branches off from Lazarett Street will be named after John Muundjua. He is credited with mobilising residents of the Old Location to oppose a forced removal from there.
Klaagliedere and Kronike Streets in Katutura will be renamed in honour of the late bishop of the Unity Protestant Church, Asaria Kamburona.
Other streets to be renamed included Genesis Street in Katutura, which will be renamed to Patropas Tjitjo Street, and Delfos Street in Windhoek North which will be renamed after Filemon Nangolo.
The name of late ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela does not feature on the list. City spokesperson Scheifert Shigwedha said a formal request to have a street named after her had not been received.
Meanwhile, the Namibia Press Agency reports that the Outjo town council has renamed several streets.
They honour vice-president Nangolo Mbumba, the late Kunene governor Angelika Muharukua, first Kunene governor Ernst Fanuel Amporo, the late NBC staffer Salmon Salath
//Hoëseb, Outjo-born musician Sagarias Kalux, and NASA rocket scientist Japie van Zyl, who was born at Outjo.
Buitekant Street was named after Muharukua, while the nearly three-kilometre Lang Street was named after Mbumba and Hospital Street was renamed after Amporo. Zebra Street was renamed after Karunga, and Koedoe Street became Dr Japie van Zyl Street.
With studies indicating that nearly 60% of Namibian school learners use alcohol and that nearly 50% have dabbled in drugs before the age of 14, the health ministry is urging parents and the community to educate themselves on the issues.
The ministry is also urging parents, guardians and the community to forge closer bonds with their children, in an effort to keep or return them to the straight and narrow.
Deputy health minister Juliet Kavetuna, in anticipation of today's International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, said local statistics on substance abuse amongst the youth show the country is dealing with an “alarming” problem.
A 2013 study found that 58% of young respondents said they use alcohol, while a subsequent study in 2014 estimated that as many as 80% of 14 and 15-year-old school learners have used alcohol at high rates.
The deputy minister noted a 2015 study found that 40% of the young respondents claimed their parents' drug use caused them harm.
“It is essential that parents, teachers, communities and the youth themselves are educated about the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, so that they can identify the early onset and refer the affected person for help,” Kavetuna said.
She highlighted the devastating ripple impacts of abuse, including increased risk of injury, illness and death and risky sexual behaviour, which in turn “may lead to increased risk of suicidal thoughts, behaviour and psychosocial disorders.”
Drug abuse also impacts on school performance through declining grades, high absenteeism and school dropout rates, and may also fuel involvement in crime.
The large-scale impact of drug and alcohol abuse, not only amongst youth but also adults, was highlighted in a 2015 paper titled 'Drugs and Drug Control in Namibia'.
The paper's authors Lawrence Kazembe and Isak Neema, noted that Namibia “is one of the developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in the SADC region, faced with a growing problem of drug abuse and drug trafficking.”
The authors said the increasing issue of abuse and the trafficking of drugs “have very serious implications for the Namibian population because it significantly contributes to social problems such as crime, domestic violence, road accidents, family disintegration, unwanted teenage pregnancies, suicides and health problems such as the spread of HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases”.
They said further that violent crimes like rape, assault, robbery, murder and “passion killing are examples of crimes that have featured prominently in the Namibian media over the years, and the majority of them have been attributed to the abuse of alcohol and related drug use”.
The paper described Namibia as a “drug transit haven for drugs that are destined for other lucrative markets” in the SADC region, and in Africa in general.
Yesterday, Kavetuna took a strong stance on the issue of “mushrooming shebeens” in Namibia.
“I think as a society we need to wake up. The situation is getting very serious, and as a country we are busy dying out because the most productive citizens of this country are affected by alcohol.”
She took a hard stance against shebeens selling alcohol to minors, as well as parents sending their underage children to shebeens to procure alcohol for them, appealing to Namibians to report such incidents to the authorities so that criminal steps can be taken.
She said many adults spend money on alcohol instead of providing for their families, which impacts the safety and health of children.
“Let's stand up as a community and as a nation, and lets fight the abuse of alcohol in our community and look at ways in which we can stop easy access to alcohol among our young ones.”
In line with today's global event the ministry has issued 'Listen First' pamphlets, designed to educate and guide health workers, teachers, parents and prevention workers on creating trust and enabling children to reach out for help.
Rene Adams of the ministry's directorate of social welfare services yesterday added the first phase of a children's rehabilitation centre is completed, but will likely only start operations in two years.
Currently the country has one state-run rehabilitation centre outside Windhoek and another private centre.
The state and private sector has a number of ongoing out-patient and other programmes, including aftercare peer-based groups and social workers in all 14 regions, which can assist those in need with individual counselling, family therapy and case management.
Moreover, last year a number of doctors, psychologists and social workers were trained through the Universal Curriculum on Treatment Substance Abuse Disorders, an internationally recognised curriculum.
This is according to agriculture minister, Alpheus !Naruseb, who said a total of 164 220 cattle were exported in 2016, which increased to 315 198 animals last year.
In a speech read on his behalf by the ministry's deputy permanent secretary Esther Kaapanda at the Meatco annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday, !Naruseb said this situation was deepening the triple threats of unemployment, poverty and inequality.
“I am conscious that some farmers argue that they export weaners mainly due to the fact that they do not have sufficient grazing to grow weaners to slaughter-ready cattle. This challenge is not insurmountable. For instance, government, farmers and the private sector can work together towards the creation of fodder production schemes, feed processing plants and feedlots.”
!Naruseb said alternatively some are of the opinion that live exports of weaners happen because there is no local slaughter capacity for them.
“As such, it is important to incorporate in your strategy the diversification of slaughter lines at Meatco's abattoirs to include weaners.”
The local market for livestock continues to be viable, he added.
“It should therefore naturally follow that as patriotic producers of livestock, we should support the development of our local economy, by availing our livestock to the domestic value chains.”
!Naruseb said further the different geographical animal health zoning statuses in Namibia have resulted in a situation where livestock and its products from the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) experience restricted access to both domestic and international markets.
He said this limits the potential of socio-economic benefits to NCA farmers, their dependents and the national economy in general.
According to him government has taken the decision to work towards the extension of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free area to Namibia's borders with Angola.
This work is underway and is being implemented through various projects under the Directorate of Veterinary Services in the agriculture ministry.
!Naruseb also said the country's meat industry is under immense pressure and is facing serious challenges, which include the sustainability of the industry, its fragmentation, challenges to stakeholders and the declining number of slaughter cattle.
Other challenges include the animal health status in the NCAs, which is restricting market access for NCA livestock and products, the scarcity and high costs of water and energy and the competing need for arable land, in order to produce for food security versus producing fodder for livestock production.
According to him the overall challenge for Namibia's meat industry is to formulate strategies that will make it sustainable.
“If achieved, the meat industry will meaningfully contribute towards the government's Growth at Home strategy, increased value-addition and income-generation for the country, the building of the country's foreign exchange reserves and the creation of job opportunities and the development of skills for our people.”
He added although Meatco has achieved many positive milestones over the years, there remains much scope to achieve even more for the benefit of producers, employees and the national economy. This scope can only be optimally taken advantage of if Meatco continues to work in consultation with government and private stakeholders, to devise responsive operational strategies.
!Naruseb said the AGM must deliberate and give directives to the Meatco board and management to address NCA livestock marketing, the northern veterinary codon fence, the Growth at Home strategy and the meat industry's common vision.
Eusebio Omar van Reenen now has the opportunity to advocate for more than 8 000 students at the State University of New York (Suny) at Oswego in the United States as the first international president of its student association.
The association is a non-profit organisation that seeks to empower and represent the voices of the students at Suny.
“As president, I will be able to push for policies that uplift our campus community and push our students forward, and not one step back. I will be assuring our students that together we can, inclusive we can and onward we can,” the 21-year-old Namibian said.
Pursuing a dual degree in biochemistry and political science, Van Reenen has finished his sophomore (second) year and will be heading into his junior (third) year at college.
Van Reenen tells The Zone that growing up in Namibia has inspired him to always be determined to uplift his community and push his country forward.
“I came to the United States with the goal of gaining knowledge to help Namibia pioneer in HIV/Aids research and find a cure for the pandemic. About 9.3% of our adult population is infected with the virus. Hence, I wanted to alleviate the pandemic in our society and the world, and in turn make Namibia a leader in fighting it. However, I have always had a passion for advocacy and fighting for people's rights,” he explained.
This is what inspired Van Reenen to study for his dual degree.
“I decided to combine my two passions and pursue a career that will help push the people of Namibia forward. Whether it is in the lab, discovering medicinal breakthroughs or in the Namibian parliament, fighting for what's right and making sure no one who calls Namibia home gets left behind.
“I ran for president of the Rotary Interact Club of Walvis Bay in 2014, served as head boy of my high school in 2015 and got elected to represent the youth of Walvis Bay as junior mayor of the port city of Walvis Bay for the term 2014 to 2015,” Van Reenen said.
Born and raised in Walvis Bay, Van Reenen completed his secondary school education at Duneside High School and grew up in the community of Narraville.
Van Reenen started participating in science fairs from grade 4 and did this throughout high school. “This granted me opportunities to represent Namibia abroad at numerous international science fairs. In 2015, I was selected to represent Namibia at the Genius Olympiad International Environmental and Science Fair, which took place at my current university, Suny Oswego,” he said.
Van Reenen won a scholarship based on the research he did and he decided to take the opportunity to pursue his destiny in the United States in the largest public university system in the world.
“I ran for president to empower the students of Suny Oswego to continue to fight for what's right, because fighting for what's right is always worth it. As president, it is imperative to place service before self, and advocate for issues at the heart of our students,” he said.
Van Reenen fights for the rights and equal opportunities of all students, regardless of their race, gender, immigration status, religion and sexual orientation.
“I wanted to advocate for policies that promote diversity on our campus, urging the administration to install gender inclusive and gender neutral bathrooms for transgender students and allocate funding for free and equal access to menstrual products such as tampons and sanitary pads in all academic buildings for our female students.”
He also wants to ensure that women sport teams have equal opportunities to thrive on campus.
“These initiatives will serve as a platform, from championing environmental best practices to standing up for women's rights, LGBTQI+ rights, rights for students of colour and rights of students with disabilities.”
Van Reenen admits he has had his fair share of struggles living in a foreign country.
“Challenges range from academics ones in funding your studies and textbooks, to maintaining the drive to pursue your destiny and excel intellectually while being far from your family,” he said.
“But I believe the hardest challenge I faced was maintaining my identity as a 'coloured'. In the United States the origin of the word has deep racial scars to it. So it took a lot of explaining to my peers that I am proud of my ethnicity and culture.”
Van Reenen encourages young Namibians to believe in the beauty of their dreams and says they should always be armed with knowledge.
“I hope I have carried the Namibian flag high and promoted the inclusive values we share as an African nation; every day is a great day to be Namibian.”
Quick facts about Omar:
1. What is your favourite hangout spot in Namibia? The Walvis Bay lagoon at sunset.
2. How do you relax after a hard day of work at school or the office? After a long day of classes, my friends and I grab Starbucks and catch up on the day.
3. What books are you currently reading? 'What Happened' by Hillary Rodham Clinton and 'Dear Madam President' by Jennifer Palmieri.
4. What's the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it? CNN, as it's imperative to be an informed citizen and to accurately know the issues at the heart of the people you're fighting for.
5. What job would you be terrible at and why? It would definitely be an English teacher. I have always been mediocre at spelling.
6. What skills would you like to master? Diplomacy and advocacy.
7. Which Namibian has impressed you most with what they've accomplished and why? The first lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos. She is the epitome of an empowered woman. The issues she fights for resonates with me, from prison reform to income inequality. She not only empowers little girls in Namibia, but men like me too.
“Of the total number of schools previously subsidised, no schools have stopped receiving or declined further aid or subsidies. The status quo remains the same,” education permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp confirmed to Namibian Sun.
She said a total of 82%, or, 63 of the 77 schools, responded to the education ministry's call last year to motivate why they should continue to receiving subsides, and that none indicated they wanted to discontinue the aid.
Steenkamp said the ministry would make N$35 million available for payment of private-school subsidies, a third of the budgeted amount, this year.
For the financial year 2014/15, the ministry paid more than N$62 million in subsidies to private schools. The following financial year, N$81.7 million was paid, and N$79.7 million was paid during 2016/17.
Amidst financial turmoil that saw unprecedented budget cuts, the 2017/18 budget for subsidies was cut to N$29.5 million, according to responses received from the ministry by Namibian Sun in December 2017. At that time, one third of the 2017/18 budget had been paid between the period of April 2017 and October 2017.
Ministry spokesperson Absalom Absalom confirmed to Namibian Sun that all schools on the subsidy programme this year would receive “one third of what they initially received last year”.
He added that the ministry had not yet disbursed the funds.
As soon as the money is made available to the ministry the funds will be disbursed, he said.
In August last year, education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa asked schools to submit and motivate their reasons “why the aid that was granted to private schools cannot be reduced or terminated”.
Subsidies are calculated on a per capita basis, meaning that each school that is subsidised is required to enrol at least 10% learners from poor backgrounds.
The ministry's review was aimed at determining if there were schools that benefitted from the per capita funding to private schools while at the same time receiving aid that government aided private schools receive.
The ministry informed Namibian Sun that none of the schools benefitted from both schemes.
The study also investigated which funding formula, of which one was based on a 2008 calculation and another on 2012, was being used by the regions to allocate the funds.
Only the //Karas and Khomas regions were basing their subsidy allocations on the 2012 formula.
The study also undertook to determine if the private schools were adhering to the 10% requirement of the disadvantaged learners.
The ministry did not detail the outcome of this investigation, but noted that based on the results, actions to address discrepancies have been taken and the ministry “has requested one of our development partners to offer technical support and financial support to review the funding formulae. That is ongoing.”
Private school woes
The ministry confirmed that out of a 157 registered private schools in Namibia, 77 were part of the subsidy programme.
One of the letters sent to the ministry by a private school noted that the per capita grant received in 2016 covered about one third of the cost of non-fee-paying learners, and only 4% of the school's total expenses for the year.
The school underlined that effectively the ministry's total contribution was 3% of its total income, but was still a crucial contribution in several ways.
The school said many private schools continue to face financial pressure, and without government contributions, parents will have to pay higher school fees, which could result in the loss of students who would have to enter government schools that already face unprecedented challenges.
“Then that child will cost the government N$20 000 instead of the per-capita contribution of N$1 500 to N$2 500 (depending on the school's ratio of OVCs).”
Secondly, private schools could be forced to close down, resulting in their total learner numbers being dispersed to government schools.
Afrikuumba business developer Uazuva Kaumbi yesterday slammed the government after finance minister Calle Schlettwein had asked the industrialisation ministry to abandon the reported N$117 million property deal in Luanda with immediate effect.
The Namibian reported yesterday that the government wanted to buy a N$117 million property in Angola, reportedly owned by local businessman Titus Nakuumba.
The newspaper claimed that the property in question included a plot measuring 14 000 square metres and buildings on 20 000 square metres. According to the report, the government apparently wanted to build a business park with offices, workshops, housing units and warehouses.
Kaumbi said there was strong interest in the properties Afrikuumba held in Luanda. According to him both the ministries of industrialisation and works had shown interest in acquiring the properties.
“We need to know what the situation is. We have not received any reasons,” he said.
A delegation from the office of the attorney-general as well as the works and industrialisation ministries had travelled to Luanda according to Kaumbi.
“There was a delegation that went to Luanda. They looked at the property and recommended that the property be bought. We don't understand why no authorisation was given,” he said.
The properties in question, according to Kaumbi, had been offered to the government at a bargain price, with the authorities having the option to pay a deposit and the balance over a four-year period.
According to the report published by The Namibian, the copy of the Luanda land draft agreement of sale shows that the government would pay 10% of US$1 million within 14 days of the signing of the deal, with another US$1.5 million paid before transferring the property into its name.
A further US$7.5 million, the draft agreement of sale stated, was to be paid over four years with interest of 6% per year and at intervals convenient to the buyer.
“Everything is on the property and there was interest to buy the property so why can the ministry of finance not give exemption for the property,” Kaumbi said yesterday.
In a brief statement yesterday, Schlettwein said no treasury approval had been granted. He added that the procurement rules and regulations under the procurement board had not been followed.
Kaumbi was hopeful the ministry of industrialisation would revert back to them and explain why the deal had collapsed when all indications were that it was a go from government's side.
“I am hoping trade minister Tjekero Tweya will explain why no exemption was given,” he said.
Schlettwein was quoted as saying in The Namibian that the industrialisation ministry had not sought any clearance from the treasury and the Central Procurement Board.
Schlettwein also said the ministry should have sought approval from the attorney-general.
“Treasury has looked at it. We sent various queries to trade on their move, and we have not approved it. The Central Procurement Board has now also been approached to exempt it, and there is no exemption given to this effect,” Schlettwein said.
Industrialisation permanent secretary Gabriel Sinimbo would not comment and said that a statement would be issued by the line minister. “Let me say nothing about this at this point,” said Sinimbo.
The fraud case involving former Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) acting chief administrator Walter Haseb and development officer Yvonne Nande is awaiting a decision by the office of the prosecutor-general.
Prosecutor Marcus Angula told Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on Tuesday police investigations into the fraud case are now complete and asked that the matter be remanded until 27 September for the PG’s pronouncement on how to proceed.
The postponement was effected as per an agreement reached by Angula and the two accused's privately-instructed defence lawyers Kadhila Amoomo and Vetu Uanivi.
Magistrate Stanley postponed the case to September for the PG's decision.
Nande and Haseb are out on N$40 000 bail each, which was extended until their next court appearance.
The duo were arrested by officers attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 26 July 2017, on charges of corruptly using their offices or positions for personal gain or gratification.
They stand accused of misappropriating N$4.5 million in 2016.
Haseb resigned from the NSC on 28 December 2016, while Nande resigned at a later stage.
NSC chief administrator Freddy Mwiya said last year his office has been working with the ACC for some time, as it investigated financial irregularities at the commission.
The two accused were granted bail in July 2017, coupled with the condition that they report to the Okahandja police station every Friday between 08:00 and 17:00.
They are also not allowed to leave Namibia without the knowledge and consent of the investigators.
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Promoter Joseph 'Smokey' Hilongwa confirmed this to Namibian Sun yesterday, while saying a media conference will be held today.
“We will have a press conference.
Please attend and then hear why we postponed the fight from both parties,” Hilongwa said.
Meroro, according to sources, is struggling to shrug off extra weight, while Simon is underweight and needs to add a few kilos.
The two boxers have over the years called off scheduled fights at the last minute, after calling out each other and making verbal threats to inflict grievous bodily harm.
A source close to Meroro (33) claims that the 45-year-old Simon's camp is making up excuses yet again to weasel out of the fight.
“Rumours have been circulating that the fight will not take place because Meroro is overweight. The boxers are supposed to weigh 92kg. Just last week Meroro weighed 99kg, which gives him enough time to shed more weight and Simon's weight is 88kg, which was a bit less.
“All of this is not a problem because the fight's status was supposed to be determined on Friday at the official weigh-in. How Meroro sheds those kilos is not a concern for the other camp before the official weigh-in.
“These guys are just trying to get out of the fight after calling out Meroro. They probably thought he will not agree to fight,” the source said.
He said further Simon's camp is using Meroro's name to create hype and then want to pick another opponent for the 'Terminator'.
“This weight story is not relevant because Meroro has always been big. Everyone knows that. I do not understand how Simon's camp was not aware of this before they decided to call out the boxer.
“Also, if he is complaining that Meroro is overweight, then it should be an easy fight for him,” added the source.
He also claimed Meroro does not need to fight Simon. “Simon needs the fight the most. If he is a smart businessman, he will take the fight. There is no other fight left for him; if not, he will lose money.”
The source also added another few mouthfuls, saying that if Simon tries to back out he should then fight Willberforce 'Black Mamba' Shihepo, who is more or less in the same weight class as he is right now.
Meroro was handed N$10 000 by Weto Trading CC to prepare for the fight.
His last fight was in December 2017, when he lost to Maxim Vlasov of Russia while Simon last fought in 2016, when he defeated Japhet Kaseba of Tanzania at Helao Nafidi.
The fight was supposed to have been preceded by seven undercards, headlined by Harry Simon Junior.
Brazil's inability to keep their emotions in check contributed to their spectacular implosion at the 2014 World Cup, so the worry is that once again the pressure might prove too much for the Selecao in Russia.
The world's most expensive player is carrying the weight of the nation on his shoulders, and only recently returned from three months out after a foot operation.
However, seeing Neymar cry also brought back memories of Brazil's unravelling as hosts four years ago.
Then, Thiago Silva and Neymar were among the players who memorably broke down in tears at the end of their penalty shootout win over Chile.
At the time, some sections of the media labelled the team crybabies, and 1970 World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto accused them of not being mentally tough enough. Meanwhile, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari brought in a sports psychologist to help the squad deal with the pressure.
That campaign, of course, ended with their 7-1 capitulation against Germany in the semifinals, and in Russia it is vital current coach Tite keeps a lid on emotions as Brazil seek to atone for the disaster of 2014.
Their performance in qualifying ensured that they came to Russia among the favourites, but they have not yet completely convinced and are still not certain of reaching the knockout phase going into today’s game against Serbia.
"Everything we did in qualifying and in our friendlies created a lot of expectation. That weighed on us, and there was an obligation to win our opening game," admitted fullback Fagner.
But while the squad can be excused for feeling some pressure, not everyone back home has been sympathetic towards Neymar for his tears and his perceived play-acting in the Costa Rica game.
The Paris Saint-Germain player has been attacked on social media, leading his father to call for a truce. And Neymar even found himself on the end of criticism from Silva after swearing at him for giving the ball back to the opposition when the game was still goalless.
"He is my little brother, and I try to look after him, give him advice (but) I was very upset with him," Silva later said.
"When I gave the ball back, he swore at me. But I think I was right. My conscience is clear and I am very upset with the way he insulted me."
It all hints at an emotional fragility within Neymar that could be damaging to Brazil's chances. Against Costa Rica he picked up a late yellow card and another booking today would rule him out of the last 16, should they qualify.
Among those rounding on Neymar is Eric Cantona, with the former Manchester United and France forward pointedly posting a photograph of another great Brazilian, Socrates, alongside a message calling for "no more cheating" and "no more crocodile tears".
Nevertheless, perhaps it is unfair to single out Neymar for his tears when this World Cup has also seen Mexico's Javier Hernandez cry at the end of their win over Germany.
On Sunday, Panama captain Roman Torres was unable to contain his emotion during the national anthem before his team's game against England.
In any case, there is nothing unusual in seeing a Brazilian weep.
A teenage Pele cried tears of joy after the 1958 final win over Sweden, while Toninho Cerezo is said to have broken down in the dressing room after a mistake gifted Paolo Rossi a goal in Italy's unforgettable 3-2 win at the 1982 tournament.
But one thing that is clear is that finding a way of taking some of the pressure off Neymar can only be beneficial to Brazil's prospects in Russia.
The official handover of the national colours was conducted by the director of disability sports in the sports ministry, Jo-Anne Manuel, who called on all the athletes from the four sporting codes to represent the country well.
“On behalf of the Namibian government, we ask you to act and behave diligently as you are now representing Namibia. Go out there and enjoy yourself and bring us medals,” Manuel said.
She further thanked the sponsors, especially NamPower for coming to the rescue of Paralympic teams, saying their commitment to sports is unquestionable as they have displayed in the past by supporting other sport codes such as boxing.
Simataa Freddy Mwiya, the chief administrator of the NSC, paid tribute to the various sporting codes for continuing to develop athletes capable of competing on international stages, despite limited resources.
“As the NSC, we are happy to see that despite the limited resources, sport codes are able to send athletes out of the country. We would like to thank various sponsors who have made this possible, while at the same time we call upon other corporate companies to come on board,” he said.
Paralympian athletes will participate at the 2018 Berlin Grand Prix from 27 June to 1 July in Germany.
The bass and angling team is participating at the Region Five Bass Federation International tournament scheduled for 22 to 27 July in Lake Chicamba Real in Mozambique.
The Benchrest shooting team will take part in the Rimfire Championships from 23 to 28 July in Spain.
The golf team will take part in the 2018 Junior Open from 16 to 18 July in Scotland.