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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 07/03/18--16:00: Namib Mills in the dock
  • Namib Mills in the dockNamib Mills in the dockNaCC claims loan deals with 54 bakeries are 'anti-competitive' The proudly Namibian miller has hit back, saying the bakery loan agreements are competition-enhancing and pro-competitive, as they encourage and support new entrants into the bakery sector. The Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC), in the first case of its kind in the country, is taking on Namib Mills for concluding loan agreements with 54 bakeries, which the commission alleges is anti-competitive and unlawful.

    In accordance with clause 19 of the agreements the bakeries may only purchase wheat flour, pre-mixes and ready-mix products from Namib Mills.

    “If this is not the case, the creditor can ask for full settlement of the loan within seven days or the bakery equipment can be collected by the creditor (Namib Mills),” the NaCC said of Namib Mills' loan deals, which the commission claims is anti-competitive behaviour.

    In its heads of argument, in which it cites Bokomo as an interested party, the NaCC said Namib Mills' conduct contravenes provisions of the Competition Act, and hence it initiated proceedings against the company.

    “The commission submits that section 26 of the Competition Act strictly prohibits certain forms of conduct by dominant firms, as such entering into exclusive supply agreements to restrict market access,” the NaCC said in its heads of argument prepared by senior counsel from South Africa, Advocate Rafik Bhana.

    Namib Mills has a market share of 45% or more in in the production and sale of wheat flour.

    According to the NaCC, Namib Mills in contrast advocates for a rule of reason or effect-based approach in its interpretation of section 26 (1).

    It was explained in the heads of argument there are two approaches, a form-based or per se approach, which focuses on how a firm's conduct is categorised, and the effect-based approach, which focuses on the economic impact a firm's conduct has on consumers and competition.

    The per se rule emanates from the evaluation of anti-competitive business practices in United States anti-trust law, which puts a restraint on trade that is considered to be inherently anti-competitive.

    “It is a conduct - either an agreement or a practice by an undertaking - that is conclusively presumed to be anti-competitive and thus illegal, merely by its nature, that is, by virtue of its 'pernicious effect',” the NaCC argued.

    According to the commission, the per se rule therefore allows courts to rule that certain types of conduct have anti-competitive effects, without engaging in a detailed analysis to ascertain whether the conduct in fact has such an effect and should be prohibited.

    In contrast, the NaCC said, the rule of reason or effect-based approach involves a detailed and often complicated inquiry into competition flow harm by particular business practises and then balancing it against the pro-competition benefits that may result.





    The analysis first identities whether the agreement or conduct substantially prevents, restricts, lessens or reduces competition, usually by evaluating whether there is direct harm to consumer welfare or whether such harm could be caused indirectly by the substantial foreclosure of competition.

    The NaCC alleges that in Namibia the classification of the per se and rule of reason restraints are embodied in the Namibian Competition Act itself.

    “It is therefore to the proper interpretation of that statute that we must turn.”

    The NaCC argued that these provisions require a rule of reason analysis is a function of the wording of the provision, and by contrast, the words “anti-competitive effect”, simply do not appear in section 26 of the Namibian legislation.

    “Nor is there any wording which suggests that a dominant firm might raise an efficiency justification in defence of its conduct.”

    The NaCC accordingly submitted that the court should find in its favour in relation to the separated issues and declare that section 26 of the Act must be interpreted to apply to a “per se object” or “presumptive” basis, with the consequence that it is not required to allege and prove that clause 19.1 of the Namib Mills' loan agreements had an anti-competitive effect in order to be unlawful under section 26 (1) of the Act.

    In its reply, Namib Mills disagreed with the commission's approach and contends that the process of interpreting legislation is objective.

    It argued that interplay between sections 23 and 26 of the Competition Act is required in a way that yields results.

    “The loan agreements in issue in this case are 'vertical agreements' - concluded between a supplier and its customer, and not between competitors. Section 23 regulates both horizontal and vertical agreements,” Namib Mills argued.

    It consequently submitted that section 26 should not be interpreted in a vacuum and that it must be interpreted while taking the impact of section 23 into account.

    The miller said it is appropriate for the court to consider relevant foreign and international laws when interpreting and applying the Competition Act.

    “The dominance of a firm is not prohibited. They are entitled to conclude vertical agreements as any other firm in the market and would be subject to all the requirements of section 23, as any other firm. It may conclude a vertical agreement with exclusive provisions. Such an agreement could contravene section 23 if it lessens competition and conversely would not offend it if it does not lessen competition,” Namib Mills argued.

    It said further the true nature of the loan agreement must be interrogated and that these agreements are aimed at assisting downstream customers.

    “Properly construed, agreements of the type of bakery loan agreements are competition-enhancing and pro-competitive, as they encourage and support new entrants into the bakery sector and provide much-needed support to participants that may otherwise not be able to enter the market because of a lack of funding.”

    Namib Mills submitted the agreements have not had an anti-competitive effect, in the form of market foreclosure or harm to consumers.

    “Quite the opposite, the bakery loan agreements have benefitted bakery owners by allowing them to enter or expand in the downstream market while end-consumers benefit from access to increased suppliers.”

    According to Namib Mills, bakery customers switch between it and Bokomo, which indicates active rivalry between the two competing suppliers.

    It argued the application failed to demonstrate that Namib Mills is dominant in an appropriately defined market and if it succeeds, it will result in Bokomo benefitting, by shielding it from legitimate competition.

    It said the NaCC application should therefore be dismissed.

    Andrew Theunissen from Theunissen Louw and Partners is appearing for Namib Mills while Judge Boas Usiku presides.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    MTC to host an electrifying musical festival MTC to host an electrifying musical festival MTC to host an electrifying musical festival
    MTC will be hosting the 081Every1Fest, a one-of-a-kind musical festival in celebration of its billion dollar 100% population coverage project called 081Every1. The festival which will take place on 11 August at will see local acts will include Gazza, KP Illest, Sally, Oteya, Adora, and PDK, 4x4 Too Much Power and DJ sensations Afroberries. African artists Davido, Runtown, Heavy K, Busiswa and Jah Prayzah will be taking the stage to give and a memorable night. For more information grab yourself a copy of the Namibian Sun on Friday and read more about the event in tjil.

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  • 07/04/18--16:00: Pool league in full swing
  • Pool league in full swingPool league in full swing The Namibia Pool and Billiards Federation (NPBF) kicked off their league in the Khomas and Erongo regions last weekend.

    The league will stretch until September, with Khomas Tornados, Young Ones, Coastal Warriors, Swakopmund and Desert Inn Pool Club taking part.

    Once the league is done and dusted, a Champ of Champs tournament will be hosted in Walvis Bay, where the best teams will compete against one another.

    This tourney will be hosted towards the end of November. Another event planned is the Christmas Cup, which will be hosted in mid-December.

    “We expect that new teams will affiliate soon like in the past when we had Rehoboth, Rundu and Celtic Pool Club. The NPBF is also planning a workshop to bring the game closer to other regions and the date will still be communicated,” said Dianne Ludwig from the NPBF.

    “We would like to appeal to the general public and private sector to consider us financially when we knock on their doors. Also, interested clubs or players are welcome to contact me on 081 226 9911.”

    The purpose of the NPBF is to provide competitive, recreational and instructional pool and billiard programmes to all Namibians.

    The NPBF also strives to become the first pool and billiards federation to represent Namibia on a national and international level.

    Despite this the federation is not registered with the Namibian Sports Commission (NSC), after they were stripped of their membership when they stopped their activities in 2009.

    They now need to resubmit the requirement documents to be recognised.

    The federation is also without a sponsor since Black Label pulled the plug on them years ago.

    “The teams have their own sponsors and at the moment we only depend on registration (fees) clubs put forth, as well as the N$500 they put up before a match,” Ludwig added.

    In addition, the federation elected a new management team, which consists of Ralph Ludwig as president, vice-president Howard Brown, treasurer Reginald van Wyk, PRO Diane Ludwig and league administrator Marcelino Martins.

    The secretary post is vacant.

    IMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 07/04/18--16:00: Somaeb still clubless
  • Somaeb still clublessSomaeb still clublessPlayer hopes for greener pastures outside Namibia One of Namibia's most lethal strikers, Hendrick 'Ballack' Somaeb, is keen to be back in action, after spending some time on the sidelines. Namibia senior national team striker Hendrick Somaeb is still without a club, since he parted ways with South African first division side Jomo Cosmos last season.

    The player, however, says he would like to play outside the country next season.

    Somaeb also rebuffed social media reports linking him to the Tanzanian Premier League.

    “I am currently without a club at the moment and I am just contemplating on where to go next.

    “I would really like to play outside the country and I am available for any offers which come through.

    “It is also not true that I signed with a Tanzanian club, as suggested by a post in Facebook,” he said.

    Somaeb first came on the scene when he played for Blue Waters in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) during the 2011 season.

    The player's speed and ability to score goals saw him securing a deal with South African club Free State Stars.

    He played for the South African side from the 2014 to 2016 seasons, but netted less than five goals for the club.

    After his unsuccessful spell, the player joined Jomo Cosmos and scored eight goals in 11 appearances.

    At Cosmos, he faced injury problems, which led to him being underutilised.

    The player's contract was then terminated by the South African first division side.

    Somaeb also suffered complications with the South African authorities, after being banned from entering the country due to paperwork irregularities.

    “I can also confirm that my problem with the South African authorities has been sorted and I can roam around that country without any problem,” Somaeb said.

    He received his first national team call-up in 2012 and has 28 caps with eight goals to his name for the Brave Warriors.

    He has, however, faced being omitted from recent Brave Warriors encounters, because of not having a club.

    The player is hopeful that he will play a crucial role in the Brave Warriors' African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, provided that he gets a club and is fully fit to fire on all cylinders again.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    England advance to quarterfinalsEngland advance to quarterfinalsKane fans celebrate after penalty drama England have advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup after a penalty shootout victory over Colombia. Fans packed into sweaty pubs in the heart of Harry Kane territory in north London celebrated England's dramatic 4-3 win against Colombia on penalties after a rollercoaster night.

    As the British capital swelters in a heat wave, supporters swung from ecstasy to despair and back again, scarcely believing their side had overcome their debilitating spot-kick hoodoo.

    Kane set England on their way with a penalty in the 57th-minute in Moscow and it looked like that would be enough to book a quarterfinal match against Sweden.

    But Colombia's giant defender Yerry Mina scored with a last-gasp header to take the match into extra time.

    Neither side could break deadlock in the extra 30 minutes and the game went to penalties.

    Kane was successful again but England wobbled before Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier blasted home to spark scenes of delight in the Russian capital and in London.

    At the Bricklayers, a pub deep in Tottenham territory, where England captain Kane also plies his trade, the floor was slick with spilt beer after the final whistle as fans went crazy, with one removing his shirt to a chorus of 'Football's Coming Home'.

    “Being an England supporter, I was a bit nervous because we've never been any good at penalties,” pub worker Garry Brookes told AFP as he charged out into the beer garden during the post-match chaos.

    “But with Kane at the head of the side, he is the main man.”

    Around 100 supporters had crammed inside the dark bar - with windows covered by flags and scarves - on a humid evening.

    Earlier, at kickoff, there was an air of palpable tension in the pub, populated overwhelmingly by men, with just a solitary cheer from a drinker as the pre-game national anthem concluded.

    But as the match turned feisty, with eight yellow cards handed out - including six for the Colombians - the crowd came to life - jeering the South American side's antics but excusing England's misdemeanours.

    As tensions rose, an apparent headbutt by Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios on Jordan Henderson led to one call for him to “hang”.

    As England were forced into extra-time one workman, still wearing his hi-visibility jacket, said he was “heartbroken” at the prospect of losing.

    “I won't be back at work tomorrow”, he said. But after the match - and England's victory - fans could afford to be more philosophical about the play-acting of the Colombians.

    “As far as I know its part of football - that's how I see it,” said Munir Ibrham as he relaxed at the bar in the post-match haze.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Ajax live to fight another dayAjax live to fight another day Ajax Cape Town are in with a chance to maintain their status in the topflight of South African football.

    This after Judge Denise Fisher on Monday ruled in their favour and overrode advocate William Mokhari's earlier ruling that the Cape team should be demoted to the national first division.This after being docked seven points from the games in which Tendai Ndoro had played; the Zimbabwean's participation was called into question after it emerged he went against Fifa rules and played for three clubs in one season.

    According to Fisher, her reason for overruling Mokhari's decision was because only Fifa has the jurisdiction to rule on the matter.

    After the latest appeal from Ajax, which has come at the end of several months of court cases and hearings, the Urban Warriors will reclaim the seven points they were previously docked and as such are restored to 15th position on the league table.

    In addition, SuperSport United drop back out of the top eight (to be replaced by AmaZulu), after the points were deducted they had been awarded earlier when Ajax lost the initial case. Also losing points are Polokwane City and Platinum Stars, although in their cases it makes little difference.

    After Ajax's automatic relegation, Platinum Stars had taken their place in the promotion-relegation playoffs, but had lost out to Black Leopards, who are expecting to play in the topflight next season.

    The ball is now in the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) court as to whether they decide to appeal against the latest ruling.

    The other options for the PSL are to replay the playoffs - which will likely bring an appeal from Leopards or, in what may just be their best bet to end this ongoing nightmare which is tainting the league's image, they could allow for 17 or 18 teams in the league next season.

    In the interim, the Cape club have parted ways with Ndoro and also offloaded a handful of players; most of them loan signings.

    NAMPA/ANA

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    Injured Lemaitre out of Euro champsInjured Lemaitre out of Euro champs France's reigning Olympic 200m bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre has been ruled out of next month's European Athletics Championships with a hamstring injury.

    Lemaitre, a four-time European gold medallist, pulled up in the 100m of Saturday's Diamond League meet in Paris, clutching his leg and falling to the track.

    A scan revealed a torn muscle in his right hamstring, the French federation said, ruling him out of both the national championships and the August 7-12 Euros in Berlin.

    The news capped a bad day for France athletics after Yohann Diniz, three times the European 50km race walking champion, also withdrew from a trip to the German capital through injury.



    NAMPA/AFP

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    Newsroom shooter sent lettersNewsroom shooter sent lettersThree were delivered Jarrod Ramos, charged with killing five staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, sent three letters on the day of the shooting, warning of the coming event. A man charged with gunning down five people at a Maryland newspaper sent three letters on the day of the attack, police said, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette newsroom with the aim “of killing every person present”.

    Sergeant Jacklyn Davis, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County police, said the letters were received on Monday. They were mailed to an attorney for the Capital newspaper, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and a Baltimore judge.

    The letter Jarrod Ramos sent to the Annapolis newspaper's Baltimore-based lawyer was written to resemble a legal motion for reconsideration of his unsuccessful 2012 defamation lawsuit against the paper, a columnist and then-publisher Tom Marquardt.

    Marquardt shared a copy of the letter with The Associated Press.

    “If this is how the Maryland judiciary operates, the law now means nothing,” Ramos wrote. He quoted a description of the purpose of a defamation suit, saying it was intended for a defamed person to “resort to the courts for relief instead of wreaking his own vengeance”.

    “'That' is how your judiciary operates, you were too cowardly to confront those lies, and this is your receipt,” Ramos wrote.

    He signed it under the chilling statement: “I told you so.” Below that, he wrote that he was going to the newspaper's office “with the objective of killing every person present”.

    In a letter attached to what appeared to be the faux court filing, he also directly addressed retired special appeals court judge Charles Moylan, who ruled against Ramos in his defamation case. Ramos sued the paper after pleading guilty to harassing a high school classmate.

    “Welcome, Mr Moylan, to your unexpected legacy: YOU should have died,” he wrote. He signed it: “Friends forever, Jarrod W. Ramos.”

    Ramos also sent a document to Maryland's highest court, and it has been sealed at the request of prosecutors.

    Wes Adams, Anne Arundel County state's attorney, asked the Court of Appeals on Wednesday to seal the pleading that Ramos filed on the day of the shooting.

    In his motion to seal, Adams wrote: “The pleading creates direct evidence of petitioner's involvement” in the allegations currently under investigation.

    It was unclear whether the sealed document was the same as the one sent to Moylan.

    A spokesperson for Adams did not immediately return a query seeking comment about the sealed document. Moylan could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.



    'Very powerful' evidence

    Douglas Colbert, a University of Maryland law professor, described the letters as “very powerful” evidence of intent that the state will make full use of at trial. Colbert said as long as it's established in court that Ramos authored the letters, they will be used to show his “planning and deliberate actions” on the day of the attack.

    The apparent admissions by the defendant will weaken a defence lawyer's strategy of suggesting that he was “suffering from a mental disease or defect” that would impair his ability to understand the consequences of his actions, Colbert said.

    Ramos, 38, has a well-documented history of harassing the paper's journalists. The defamation suit was thrown out as groundless, and he often railed against current and former Capital staff in profanity-laced tweets. Police found him hiding under a desk after Thursday's attack and jailed him on five counts of first-degree murder.

    At a memorial service on Monday night for one of those killed, editor Rob Hiassen, Marquardt said he once slept with a baseball bat by his bed because he was so worried about Ramos. He also said that they “stepped up security” at the newspaper years ago, and posted Ramos' photo around the office.

    “But then he went dormant for about two years and we thought the problem has been solved. Apparently, it was just building up steam,” he said.

    The mourning in Annapolis continued on Tuesday, marked by a lowering of US flags to honour the victims. President Donald Trump ordered flags flown at half-staff on federal property through sunset.

    Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley said on Monday that he was told initially that his request to lower the flags had been denied. Trump has repeatedly called journalists the “enemy of the people”. According to Buckley, the White House said on Tuesday that Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the mayor's request.

    Hiaasen was remembered in stories, poems, prayers and songs at the “celebration of life” ceremony on Monday evening. He was fatally shot last week at the Capital Gazette along with colleagues Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

    NAMPA/AP

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    One death reported in latest Nicaraguan violenceOne death reported in latest Nicaraguan violence Truckloads of police and pro-government gunmen rolled into a town in northern Nicaragua Tuesday, clearing an opposition roadblock in clashes that left one person reported dead.

    The new violence came as investigators from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights began a probe into months of violence which has killed more than 200 people.

    A statement from the commission said it had a mandate of six months and has been tasked with “supporting the investigations of the violent acts that have taken place in the country since April 18, in the framework of the social protests”.

    The government incursion took place in La Trinidad, 125 km north of the capital Managua. State media said a riot police officer died. Several demonstrators were wounded, human rights activists said.

    Local people said police surrounded a church in which priests and parishioners were holed up, and were still there as of Tuesday night.

    Police and paramilitary forces also took up positions inside a cultural centre, La Trinidad's town hall and surrounded the town hospital, said Merling Solis, a delegate of the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights in the area.

    Solis told local channel 100% News that “armed groups are encircling the area so that the population has no way out.”

    The centre has reported at least 220 people dead in the unrest that broke out in April.

    Another rights group, the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights, on Tuesday put its latest toll in two-and-a-half-months of violence at 309, with more than 1 500 injured.

    The protests began as demonstrations against now-scrapped social security reforms, but a heavy-handed police reaction transformed them into demands for justice for those killed, and for the departure of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Polish Supreme Court's top judge to defy 'purge'Polish Supreme Court's top judge to defy 'purge' Poland's Supreme Court chief justice vowed to show up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as undermining judicial independence.

    The European Union on Monday launched legal action against Poland due to the reform, the latest salvo in a bitter battle over sweeping judicial changes introduced by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) government that critics have decried as unconstitutional.

    According to Amnesty International, judges in Poland are “experiencing political pressure” in connection with the PiS judicial reforms that critics insist pose a threat to the separation of powers.

    Chanting “We are with you!”, some 5 000 protesters rallied on Tuesday night outside the Supreme Court in central Warsaw in support of Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf and other judges affected by the contested retirement law.

    Gersdorf has branded the Supreme Court reform, which lowers the retirement age of its judges from 70 to 65, as a “purge”.

    “There will be a purge of the Supreme Court conducted under the guise of retirement reform,” Gersdorf said Tuesday.

    Protesters have vowed to assemble at the court when Gersdorf comes to work along with other judges on Wednesday morning. Poland's anti-communist icon Lech Walesa will join them, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

    Gersdorf has said she will defy the reforms that require her to step down immediately, cutting short her constitutionally guaranteed six-year term, due to end in 2020.

    “The constitution gives me a six-year term,” Gersdorf told lawmakers in parliament after meeting with President Andrzej Duda.

    Gersdorf, 65, has said she will go to work on Wednesday and that “later I am going to go on vacation”. She named a temporary replacement, Jozef Iwulski, to stand in for her during her absence, Supreme Court spokesman Justice Michal Laskowski said.

    But presidential aide Pawel Mucha told reporters that Gersdorf was “going into retirement in accordance with the law”, which took effect midnight Tuesday, and insisted the Supreme Court was now “headed by Judge Jozef Iwulski”, who was chosen by the president.

    The PiS government has refused to back down despite the EU legal action, insisting the reforms are needed to tackle corruption and overhaul a judicial system still haunted by the communist era.

    Twenty-seven of the top court's 73 judges are affected by the reform. Under the law, the judges can ask the president to prolong their terms, but he can accept or deny their requests without giving a reason.

    Sixteen judges have made requests, according to Polish media reports.

    The European Commission, the bloc's powerful executive arm, said Monday that the changes would undermine “the irremovability of judges” and judicial independence in Poland, breaching the country's obligations under EU law.

    Poland has a month to respond to the commission's formal announcement and the dispute could end up in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the bloc's top tribunal.

    Brussels in December triggered so-called Article Seven proceedings against Poland over “systemic threats” to the rule of law, which could eventually see Warsaw's EU voting rights suspended.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    A dhipaga aakwanezimo ye yatanoA dhipaga aakwanezimo ye yatanoOpolisi nayo otayi konaaakonwa ngele oya longa nuuhasha Omulumentu gwoomvula 20 ngoka a tulwa miipandeko moRundu omolwa oshipotha shedhipago lyaakwanezimo ye yeli yatano mOsoondaha, okwa holola mompangulilo mEtiyali. Jesaya Gabriel Chuhunda okwa holoka komeho yamangestrata Vivian Ndlovu.

    Omutamanekwa okwa lopotwa a dhipaga yinakulu, yina oshowo uumwayinagona utatu, sha ningilwa molukanda Ndama, moRundu.

    Oshipotha shoka osha undulilwa komasiku 20 gaAguste opo omutamanekwa a ninge eindilo lyomukalelipo gwopaveta, ye a ka ningilwe woo omakonaakono gopamadhilaadhilo.

    Chuhunda okwa tulwa miipandeko mOsoondaha konima sho a dhipaga yinakulu Ndongo Ntumba (77), yina Ndara Elizabeth Mpande (46), oshowo uumwayinagona Musenge Petrus Muruti (6), Hausiku Daniel Kapumburu (4) na Musenge Elias Tjingelesu (3).

    Palopota yopolisi, Chuhunda okwa longo oshikulumuna shoka oshinyanyaleki, sha landula sho omumwayinakadhona a tindi oku mu pa iimaliwa.

    “Otaku popiwa kutya oshimbuluma shoka osha hwahwamekwa sho omufekelwa a pula opo a pewe iimaliwa esiku ndyoka ihe ina pewa iimaliwa.

    Okwa tameke ta dhenge mumwayinakadhona, namumwayina okwa yi kopolisi opo a ka lopote omutamanekwa, ihe shoka osha geyitha omutamanekwa ngoka a ponokele ofamili ye nokuyi dhipaga noshiti,”olopota yopolisi ya holola.

    Otaku fekelwa woo kutya Chuhunda oha longitha iingangamithi na okwa fa e na uupyakadhi wopamadhilaadhilo.

    Opolisi natango oya popi kutya okwa holola omapopyo komakwatathanp gopainternet kutya omumwayina gomufekelwa okwa lopota kopolisi uupyakadhi mboka ikando ya thika pu iyali, ihe ina vula okukwathelwa molwaashoka aniwa opolisi oye mu lombwele kutya kayi na ohauto.

    “Omapopyo ngoka oga kuthwa ko noomuthindo nOmukomeho gwOpolisi okwa gandja elombwelo opo ku ningwe omakonaakono ngele opolisi yomoRundu oya longo nuuhasha moshiningwanima shoka,” omupopiliko gwopolisi a popi.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Minista eekelehi omapopyo getukuko lyekunku lyiikwamawawa moNamibiaMinista eekelehi omapopyo getukuko lyekunku lyiikwamawawa moNamibia Ominista yuundjolowele, Bernard Haufiku okwa tseyitha momutumba gwopashigwana kutya okwa lopotwa iipotha ine yoHepatitis molukanda DRC moSwakopo, omanga iipotha ya tegelela ekoleko okuza koolabora.

    Minista okwa ekelehi woo omapopyo gembandapalitho kutya okwa tukuka eshikisha lyiikwamawawa moNamibia, ta popi kutya shoka sha dhipaga omunamivo 45 moRehoboth, ombuto yo H1N1.

    Okwa pula oshigwana shi kale sha angala nokulopota uuvu kehe pendiki lyuundjolowele li li popepi.

    Oshiwike sha piti, ngoka ta longo pehala lyamushanga guuministeli, Petronella Masabane okwa popi momukanda ngoka a pititha kutya ombuto yo H1N1 oya kolekwa mokanona koomwedhi hamano momasiku 22 gaJuni moshipangelo shopaumwene moVenduka.

    Mboka ye li moshiponga shombuto ndjoka, aanona mboka ye li kohi yoomvula ntano, aakokele yoomvula dhi li pombanda 65, aakiintu yeli momategelelelo oshowo aantu mboka ye na aakwiita yolutu ya nkundipala, ngaashi mboka taya lumbu nombuto yo HIV, oTB, osuuka oshowo omaupyakadhi galwe gopaunamiti.

    Momukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa kuuministeli, ogwa holola kutya aantu yatano oya monika ombuto ndjoka.

    Omadhidhiliko gombuto ndjoka omukolo, uuwehame wopothingo, eshikisha, omeho omatiligane, olutu talu ehama, omuntu ta ehama omutse goshipwatagula, oshimela, onkungo neloloko.

    Masabane okwa pula oshigwana shi yande okukwatwa kombuto ndjoka, nokuya koontutila. Okwa nkukilile aantu yiikwate komakana nuutishu uuna taya teshima ihe inaya longitha oonyala dhawo.

    Aantu na ya nwe omeya ogendji, na ya iyoge koonyala nothewa, yo naya yande okwiikwata komeho, komayulu nokana molwaashoka osho hashi taandelitha ombuto unene.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Oshilando shaVenduka sha gwedhele iifuta yomayakuloOshilando shaVenduka sha gwedhele iifuta yomayakuloOtashi pula ondilo okukala moshilandopangelo Elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka olya tseyitha kutya otali gwedhele iifuta yomayakulo gamwe po okuza kelelo ndyoka, pethimbo ndyoka ya tseyitha natango kutya otaya kutha po omikuli dhoomiliyona 191, dhoka dhi niwe kaakalimo yomoshilando. Aavenduka, mwa kwatelwa aalandithi yiifo, aalandithi yomomapandanda oshowo aatonateli yiiyenditho naamboka haya longitha omayakulo gomambesa gamuni, otaya dhengwa pomutima koondando ndhoka dha tulwa pombanda kelelo lyoshilando shavendua.

    Iifuta mbyoka tayi gwedhelwa oya kwatela mo iifuta yomikanda pitiko, omeya nomayakulo gopaulumomhumbwe, omafumbiko oshowo omayakulo galwe.

    Ngaashi sha tulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo momasiku 15 gaJuni nuumvo, ekwatakanitho lyomeya gomomagumbo okwa tegelelwa li londe pombanda noopresenda 7 omanga omeya gomomagumbo okwa tegelelwa ga ka londe pombanda nondando yoopresenda 11.

    Omeya gaayehe otaga londo pombanda okuza pooN$24.39 komwedhi okuya kooN$27 komwedhi.

    Omalweendo goombesa dhaMuni pakulongitha uutekete oga londo pombanda okuza pooN$6 okuya pooN$6.50 kehe molweendo.

    Omalweendo gomambesa ngoka taku futwa iimaliwa, oga londo pombanda okuza pooN$7 okuya pooN$7.50 kehe molweendo.

    Etulo pombanda lyondando ndhoka olya tseyithwa pethimbo mpoka oshilando sha tseyitha kutya otashi kutha po oongunga dha thika poomiliyona 191, ndhoka dhi niwe kaayakulwa yoshilando.

    Oshilando natango osha tokola opo shi lundulule elongitho lyomeya okuza keyalulo lyoometa okuya kokulanda omeya omanga inaga longithwa, opo ku kwashilipaleke kutya aakolele naakwashigwana mbyoka taya hupu nuudhigu otaya vulu okufuta omeya gawo.

    Oshilando otashi pewa ombedhi kutya nonando osha li sha pata oongeshefa dhokuyoga iiyenditho ndhoka inadhi shangithwa onga omukalo gwokukwata nawa omeya, oongeshefa ndhoka dha shangithwa natango onkene tashi hepeke omeya molwashoka odha ndopa okutula miilonga nokulongitha omukalo omupe gwokulongitha omeya ngoka gwa tulwa miilonga.

    Gumwe gwomooyene yongeshefa yokuyoga iiyenditho okwa popi kutya ope na ompumbwe yokugwedhela ondando yomeya opo owala aantu taya tameke taya kwata nawa omeya.

    Aanangeshefa mboka haya landithile momatala gomoKatutura, Khomasdal, Menarovandu oshowo Wanaheda otaya ka mona omagwedhelo noopresenda 30, miifuta mbyoka haya futu komwedhi onga ohiila, omanga aanangeshefa yalwe mboka haya landithile pokati kondoolopa nenge momahala gamwe po muumbugantu woshilando, taya ka gwedhelwa noopresenda 25.

    Aalandithi yiikulya mbyoka ye na uutala wopakathimbo, otaya gwedhelwa noopresenda 32, okuza pooN$2 003 okuya pooN$2 645 komwedhi.

    Oombaapila dhomapitiko ndhoka hadhi pewa aalandithi yiifo oshowo aakeleli yiiyenditho, nadho odha londa pombanda noopresenda 80 na otaya ka kala taya futu oshimaliwa shooN$225momvula.

    Aalandithi yamwe mboka taya gwedhelwa noopresend dhi li pokati koo 22 no 40 ongaashi mboka haya landithile moPost Street Mall, moPionierspark, Soweto, Oshetu, momatala ga Okuryangava, Lyeeta, Nangheda Kaduuluma oshowo omahala gamwe mpoka hapu kala aalandithi.

    Ooyene yootaxi oya taalela omagwedhelo noopresenda 25 miifuta yokushangitha iiyenditho yawo mbyoka tayi pumbwa okushangithwa aluhe konima yoomwedhi hamano. Ondando ndjoka oya zi pooN$46 okuya pooN$58.

    Iifuta yomafumbiko nayo oya londa pombanda momayendo gaKatutura moka ngashiingeyi ombila tayi futwa ooN$1 554 mehuliloshiwike nenge mesiku lyefudho lyopashigwana omanga mo Old Location ooN$1 965.

    Elongitho lyokila yomidhimba olya londo noopresenda 10 okuza pooN$15 mesiku okuya N$16 mesiku.

    Ekuthe po lyiiyagaya olya londa pombanda noopresenda 15 momagumbo noongeshefa.

    Iifuta yohiila pomaupale ga yooloka oya londa noopresenda dhili pokati ko 10 no 66.

    Okapale komaudhano gokatanga kokoompadhi moKhomasdal otaka ka futilwa oshimaliwa shooN$723 mesiku okuza pooN$435.60, omanga okuhiila okapaleke momauliko goomusika taku futwa N$7 231 moshituthi kehe.

    Elongitho lyoUN Plaza, olya gwedhelwa noopresenda 10, omanga okapale kaSam Nujoma oondando dha gwedhelwa okuza pooN$3 630.01 okuya N$4 937 moshituthi.

    Oondama dhokuyoga nadho odha gwedhelwa, sho ndojka ya Olympia ya gwedhelwa okuza pooN$8 esiku okuya pooN$20.00, omanga aanona taya ka futa N$10 okuza pooN$5.

    KoWestern Suburbs oondando dha gwedhelwa okuza pooN$8 okuya pooN$10 momukuluntu omanga aanona okuza pooN$5 okuya pooN$7.

    Aakalimo yomoondoolopa ngaashi Helao Nafidi, Nkurenkuru, Ruacana, Oshikuku, oshowo Lüderitz nayo okwa tegelelwa yamone omagwedhelo gomayakulo gamuni okuza momwedhi nguka.

    JANA MARI-SMITH

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    Ta ya pula ya pewe ombili kopolisiTa ya pula ya pewe ombili kopolisi Aamwayinamati yaali yomOshakati otaya pula opo ya yelithilwe nokupewa ombili kopolisi, sha landula omapopyo kutya gumwe gwomuyo okwa dhipaga omukiintu nokuholeka omudhimba gwe megumbo lyawo mEvululuko.

    Mwene gwegumbo ndyoka, Nauyala Nehemia, 34, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya momasiku 25 Juni, omanga e li momukunda Onaanda moshitopolwa shaMusati, opolisi oye mu dhengele ongodhi opo a ye kegumbo lye meendelelo molwaashoka aniwa okwa dhipagwa omuntu na okwa holekwa megumbo lye.

    “Onda li nda haluka noonkondo na onda endelele ndi ye kOshakati. Sho nda thiki pegumbo onda a dha egumbo lya kundukidhwa kaanambelewa yopolisi na oya tameke taya pulandje opo ndi egulule egumbo. Onde ya lombwele kutya onda ninga omasiku komukunda na otandi ka tala mumwameme ngoka nda thigi megumbo na okwa li e li koskola kOngwediva ethimbo ndyoka. Yamwe ya yi nangame kOngwediva omanga yamwe ya kala pegumbo,” Nehemia a hokolola.

    Okwa popi kutya sho a zi komukunda aavali ye oya li ya haluka nokugeya konkundana ndjoka, naashiinda oye ya ninge oombangi nokutala nkene omudhimba ngoka tagu kuthwa mo maandjawo.

    Omumwayinamati gwaNehemia, Wilhelm Ileka, 29, okwa popi kutya sho opolisi ye ke mu tala koskola oya popi kutya oye a dhipaga omukiintu nokuholeka olutu lwe megumbo lwaandjawo.

    “Oya popi kutya ombindja yandje oyi na oombinzi na oya pula ndi yi kuthemo opo yi ka konaakonwe. Shoka osha ningwa miipathi ya yakwetu na osha halutha ndje nokusithandje ohoni,” Ileka a popi.

    Aamwayinathana mboka oya popi kutya oya li ya humbatwa mohauto yopolisi ya tonatelwa komwaalu omunene gwaanambelewa yopolisi, nokushi ninga ya fa oongangala oonene.

    Nehemia okwa popi kutya sho ye ya pegumbo okwa egulula omweelo nopolisi oya yi meni na oya tameke okuhadha egumbo.

    “Oondunda dhimwe po megumbo ohadhi hiilwa nooyene kaya li mo ihe opolisi oya teya po omiyelo nokuya meni lyoondunda. Inaya adha mo sha megumbo na oye tu lombwele opo tu ye kosasiyona yopolisi.”

    “Otwa yi kosasiyona yopolisi na otwa lombwelwa tu shune ko esiku tali landula. Esiku lya landula otwa lombwelwa kutya omuntu ngoka ta kongwa okwa adhika e na omwenyo,” Nehemia a tsikile.

    Okwa popi kutya opolisi inayi ya lombwela kutya oshike sha etitha ngaaka, nokunyateka omadhina gawo.

    Okwa popi kutya aashiinda naantu yalwe natango oya itaala kutya oya dhipaga omuntu.

    Nehemia ngashiingeyi ota pula eyelithilo oshowo ombili okuza kopolisi.

    Omunambelewa omukwatakanithi omukonaakoni gwiimbuluma moshitopolwa shaShana, Omupeha Komufala Hilja Haipumbu, oshowo Omunambelewa Omupopiliko gwOpolisi yaShana, Inspector Petrus Iimbili, oya lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya kaye na ontseyo yoshiningwanima shoka.

    Iimbili okwa pula opo aamwayinathana mboka ya tsakanene naHaipumbu.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    The case for vocational careersThe case for vocational careers Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have been urged to revive vocational training, amid reports that preference for white-collar jobs by many of the region's youth was denying it practical skills that can support integration through industrialisation. Dr Johansein Rutaihwa, a senior programme officer in the areas of industrialisation and competitiveness at the SADC Secretariat, said at a SADC Parliamentary Forum meeting last week in Luanda there is a disconnect between what the region's universities were churning out and what industries needed in term of human resources. He said there was a disturbing phenomenon within the SADC region which sees some member states appearing bent on outdoing each other in transforming their colleges and vocational training centres into degree-awarding universities. “We have turned all the colleges into universities. We no longer get technicians. Now everyone is a graduate and wants to sit in an office to make decisions. No one can (unscrew) a nut. No one can fix anything in the mill. We need to go back to where we have come from and promote our technical and vocational centres,” he said to applause. “We need to revamp the whole system and find out where we messed it up.”

    In the Namibian context, higher education and training deputy minister Becky Ndjoze-Ojo said recently the mindset of the community that a vocational and technical career is only a second option for academically weak pupils should change. She stressed the time has come for the negative perceptions around vocational education to change, in the wake of the high unemployment rates of university graduates in Namibia, as well as in neighbouring countries. It was revealed in January that the Namibia Training Authority had collected N$848 million from levies paid by employers since 2014. This was revealed in the NTA's annual report for the 2016/17 financial year, which stated that the money was collected from over 2 700 employers (levy payers) registered during that financial year. It is critical that a mindset change does come so that our youth, who suffer most under the yoke of unemployment, see vocational careers as a viable and effective way out of the poverty cycle.

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  • 07/04/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day CELEBRATE: Croatia's fans celebrate a goal as they watch the Group D football match between Iceland and Croatia in Zagreb's main square. Croatia made it through to the Russia 2018 World Cup quarterfinals will now play hosts Russia on Saturday. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 07/04/18--16:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Google delay on ads law creates mess

    Google’s delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members’ push to comply with a new European privacy law, six people involved in the program told Reuters, leaving some firms exposed to fines.

    Most at risk are unwitting owners of ad-funded websites and apps, which Google has said have the responsibility of getting consent to serve targeted ads to European consumers.

    The experience shows how Google policy decisions cascade through the US$200 billion global online advertising industry, which is dominated in most facets by the Alphabet Inc unit.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    US fund claims US$175 million from South Korea

    New York-based hedge fund Mason Capital Management has filed a legal claim seeking at least US$175 million from the South Korean government as compensation for damages it says it sustained from a 2015 merger of two Samsung Group affiliates.

    Mason Capital’s claim follows a similar action by US activist fund Elliott Management which in May sought US$670 million in compensation from South Korea over its role in the Samsung affiliates’ merger.

    An official at South Korea’s justice ministry said on Tuesday that Mason Capital filed a notice of intent seeking a resolution through the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Qatar to buy New York's Plaza Hotel

    The tiny but ultra-rich Gulf state of Qatar has agreed to buy one of New York’s most iconic buildings, the Plaza Hotel, for around US$600 million, adding a development that was once owned by US President Donald Trump to its luxury property portfolio.

    Qatar’s state-owned Katara Holding is buying full ownership of the hotel, including a 75% stake from Indian business group Sahara India Pariwar, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Glencore gets US subpoena on money-laundering laws

    US authorities have demanded the US arm of Glencore Plc hand over documents relating to its business in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela, sending shares in the parent company down more than 10%.

    The Swiss-based commodities trader and miner received a subpoena from the US Department of Justice requesting documents and records on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and US money-laundering statutes.

    Shares in Glencore, a major exporter of Nigerian and Venezuelan crude oil, dropped as much as 13%, their biggest one-day fall in more than two years. They recouped most of the loss to trade down 4% at 334.65 pence by 1354 GMT.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Ecobank plans dollar bond

    Ecobank has mandated international lenders to arrange investor meetings in Britain and the United States, after which it plans to issue a five-year dollar-denominated bond, the African bank said on Monday.

    Ecobank, which has operation in 36 African countries, has hired Deutsche Bank, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered to arrange meetings from June 18, it said.

    Proceeds from the offering will be used for debt refinancing among other things, Ecobank said.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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  • 07/04/18--16:00: Air Nam spreads it wings
  • Air Nam spreads it wingsAir Nam spreads it wingsNow eyes Nairobi route In a bid to turnaround its misfortunes, the national airline has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase its routes and join the Star Alliance. Air Namibia may start flying to Nairobi, Kenya next year if all the hurdles are overcome, acting managing director Mandi Samson confirmed at a stakeholder engagement held yesterday.

    Apart from Nairobi, the airline also raised the possibility of extending its route network to also include Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Brazzaville, Maputo in Mozambique and Libreville in Gabon.

    Air Namibia recently expanded its route network with the inclusion of flights to Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana, while legs to Gaborone, Botswana and Durban, South Africa were also introduced last year.

    This is all part of the airline's plan to grow its business and utilise two Airbus 330s more efficiently, Samson said at the engagement.

    She also said Air Namibia was looking at concluding code share agreements with a number of regional and international airlines that include South African Airways (SAA), United Airlines, Egypt Air and Lufthansa. This, she said, would open up the airline to becoming a member of the Star Alliance group.

    If Air Namibia's bid to conclude code share agreements and join the Star Alliance network succeeds, it would then become part of a grouping of 27 major airlines that actively cooperate. This would also open up Air Namibia to bigger marketing and branding, while facilitating inter-airline travel via the codeshare agreements.

    The airline is also poised to release its audited financial results for the period 1998 to 2015. Air Namibia was reabsorbed into government in 1998 and no audited financial results have ever been made public.

    This follows the first-ever annual general meeting held by the airline. The financial results will be tabled in the National Assembly by Air Namibia's line minister, John Mutorwa from the works and transport ministry, and made public at a date yet to be determined.

    One issue of concern for Samson, however, was that major airlines were flying into Hosea Kutako International Airport, including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airways and Eurowings, Lufthansa's subsidiary airline.

    The issue of concern is that these airlines were effectively taking away Windhoek-Frankfurt business from Air Namibia.

    Samson felt the issue of economic regulation had to be looked at.

    Defending her position, she asked: “Has excess capacity been brought [by these airlines]?”

    As a consequence of the four airlines now flying into Namibia, Air Namibia had seen a reduction in its market share on its Windhoek-Frankfurt route, with airline only carrying 221 409 passengers or a total of 59% of the entire market share on this route.

    On the local front, Samson mentioned that Air Namibia was now servicing its four Embraer 135 jets on its own - a first for the airline.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 07/04/18--16:00: Trophy photo ban questioned
  • Trophy photo ban questionedTrophy photo ban questioned Questions are being raised about the enforceability and extent of a just-issued ban by the Namibian environment ministry that prohibits hunters with valid permits to post or send photographs of a fresh kill on social media platforms.

    Minister Pohamba Shifeta told Namibian Sun this week that the prohibition is aimed at protecting Namibia's conservation linked hunting programme and that social media photos depicting hunters posing with dead animals are working in favour of anti-hunting groups worldwide.

    “We are arming the pressure groups with social media photos showing a hunter with a dead animal. They can say that people are not hunting for conservation, but for the thrill of it. Those images trigger emotions in people.”

    He said photos of trophy hunted animals are being used by pressure groups “as an excuse to call for a hunting ban. They are very critical and they say the hunters are not ethical.”

    He said photos taken for private use, and even on websites, are not an issue, but further discussions with the industry will provide more clarity going forward.

    He also noted that for now, the prohibition “is a matter of cooperation. We will first need further consultations, but for now there are no penalties, no criminal sanctions. Once we have established a law then we can issue penalties.”

    Earlier this week Pohamba said photos of hunters with just-killed wildlife misrepresents the trophy hunting industry in the country, and does more damage than good.

    “Hunting is permitted by the Namibian constitution. However, it is morally not correct to post such pictures,” he said.



    Feedback so far

    On social media, the ban has elicited mixed responses, with queries by professional hunters on both sides of the fence of the effectiveness and enforceability of the prohibition.

    Members of the industry have noted that the ban could be unconstitutional, and that instead a good practice guide on the type of photos that can be shared on social media and websites to advertise trophy hunting in Namibia should regulate the issue of photos.

    Namibia Professional Hunting Association CEO Tanja Dahl yesterday told Namibian Sun that the organisation has requested members to provide feedback and that a meeting with the ministry is being set up to get clarity and to hash out the finer points.

    She underlined however that Napha “in principle welcomes and supports” the gist of the memorandum.

    “We know a lot of people definitely publish pictures on social media that might be used incorrectly or wrongly.”

    Dahl said “we need a well-organised, transparent hunting industry, plus the ministry is under a lot of pressure to ensure that trophy hunting can continue, considering its significant contribution to the GDP.”

    Napha president Danene van der Westhuizen said she fully supports the ministry's statement “purely because some outfitters and some hunters have no regard or respect for animals.”

    She described the ban as a “sad irony” however, because “ultimately this is our business and we have to advertise. But people are misbehaving and not doing it the correct way. I back the ministry.”

    She also noted that there are questions around the enforceability and that stakeholder discussions are needed.

    Van der Westhuizen emphasised that instead of advertising the industry with “trophy hunted dead animals”, outfitters should focus on advertising the “experience that Namibia offers. We should advertise the whole experience, the connecting with nature, the sunsets, endemic animals and the wild open spaces.”



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Ten African nations face US$1 trillion infrastructure funding gapTen African nations face US$1 trillion infrastructure funding gapUN development goals requirement A group of 10 African nations, including some of the continent’s rising economic stars, will fall US$1 trillion short of the infrastructure financing required to meet UN development goals by 2040, a study released on Tuesday found. “There is a wall of money being held by the pension funds. They are looking more and more at emerging market infrastructure,”- Chris Heathcote, chief executive, Global Infrastructure Hub The report by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) of the G20 wealthy and developing nations exposes the challenges facing one of the world’s least developed regions. But it also highlights the opportunities for investors willing to take the plunge.

    “Africa is a fascinating continent for investors,” GIH chief executive Chris Heathcote told Reuters. “They’re not saying ‘Am I going to Africa?’. They’re saying ‘I am going to Africa. I want to go to Africa. Which country should I go to?’”

    The GIH report focuses on Morocco, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, Benin, Guinea and Rwanda - all participants in the G20’s ‘Compact with Africa’ initiative, which aims to channel investment to the continent.

    To keep pace with success stories such as Vietnam in terms of developing roads, railways, airports, sea ports, electricity, water and physical telecommunications infrastructure these nations will require investments of US$2 trillion through 2040.

    Meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which call for universal access to power and water by 2030, would require US$383 billion in additional investment, the study found, bringing the total to around US$2.4 trillion.

    If they maintain their current average investment level of 4.9% of gross domestic product, that would leave the 10 countries with a 42% funding gap to fill.

    African nations do not have the resources to ramp up infrastructure spending on their own, even with backing from aid agencies and multilateral donor institutions, Heathcote said, and so attracting private sector investment is essential.

    Major international conglomerates including Bouygues, Bollore, China Railway Construction Corp and General Electric are already active in African power, transportation and construction.

    A pool of potential infrastructure financing was now poised to enter Africa under the right conditions, Heathcote said.

    “There is a wall of money being held by the pension funds. They are looking more and more at emerging market infrastructure,” he said.

    Unleashing that money, however, will require clamping down on the corruption and inefficiencies that have long hindered large-scale investment in Africa.

    Heathcote points to Rwanda, where private investment represents two thirds of infrastructure spending, as an example of how it can be done right.

    “They worked out that if you run transparent processes, if you have clear regulation that allows you to understand what your outcomes are likely to be in the long-term in your contracts, then investors will look very seriously at you.”

    -Nampa/Reuters

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