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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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     Two killed in drunk driving incident Two killed in drunk driving incident A case of culpable homicide, drunken driving, as well as reckless and negligent driving, has been reported to the Walvis Bay police station after a 30-year-old man, who was under the influence of alcohol, caused two deaths when he ignored a red traffic light in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    According to the police’s crime investigation coordinator in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the incident occurred when a silver Isuzu double cab bakkie, carrying two occupants including the driver, was travelling along Nangolo Mbumba Street and the driver ignored the red traffic light, crashing into a white sedan taxi which had three occupants including the driver.

    Two passengers in the taxi died at the scene.

    The victims were identified as Francisco Fernandez Martinez Pacco (54) and Petronella Amanda Nyambe (39), while the taxi driver Daniel Julius (31) sustained minor injuries.

    “The driver of the Isuzu double cab bakkie was arrested and is admitted at the Walvis Bay State Hospital with minor injuries under police guard. His 31-year-old female passenger was only treated for shock,” said Iikuyu.

    The next of kin of the deceased were informed.

    The police investigation continues.


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  • 07/08/18--16:00: Reunited after 37 years
  • Reunited after 37 yearsReunited after 37 years'Kidnapped' woman finally meets her family Tears of joy flowed freely during the homecoming of Nitta Chinanga, who had disappeared for nearly 40 years. A 42-year-old woman, who was allegedly kidnapped by apartheid soldiers and introduced to a new family about 37 years ago, has been reunited with her biological family after they identified her by a scar on her face.

    Nitta Chinanga was raised by the Chinanga family in Oshiteyatemo village in Okalongo constituency in Omusati Region, but it turned out that her biological mother is still alive and last week they reunited after being separated since 1982.

    Niita spent 37 years without any external support.

    She said her foster family had informed her that her parents had died and there was no further trace of her relatives.

    Niita's story came to light after a guardian to some of her seven children went to the Okalongo constituency office seeking assistance in acquiring identity documents for them. The guardian was advised that she can only acquire national documents for the children if she can provide the mother's national identity documents.

    However, Niita does not have a Namibian identity and she uses a South African birth certificate, which was provided to her by the Chinanga family, despite never having been to the southern African country.

    According to investigations by various stakeholders - more especially by the Okalongo constituency councillor Laurentius Ipinge - she was reunited with her family on Thursday last week.

    Her mother recognised her immediately by the scar on her face.

    DNA testing is yet to be concluded, but there appears to be no doubt.

    Maria Nanghenda from Omindaba village in Outapi constituency said the mark on Niita's forehead was caused by her father with a machete while she was still a little girl.

    A church baptism card provided by Nanghenda indicates that she gave birth to a baby girl named Hilka Mutaleni on 10 October 1976.

    It is said that Niita was kidnapped in 1982 by South African soldiers at the age of five from her home village of Omindaba.

    It is alleged that Niita was captured when she and her brother were taking their family's livestock for grazing and her family had not seen her since.

    They mourned her since her disappearance, assuming she had died.

    Niita said that after she was kidnapped, she was taken to Rundu where she was raised by a lady identified as Teopolina Chinanga.

    “I was told that my mother was killed and that she took me in after that had happened. I was just eight or nine years old,” Niita said.

    In 1986, Chinanga took her to Oshiteyatemo village and placed her under the care of her mother, Alina Jacob. Niita said that in 1990, Chinanga and her husband moved to South Africa but she had passed by Oshiteyatemo village to apparently give her farewells.

    In 2010, Jacob died.

    Chinanga returned to bury her mother but returned to South Africa.

    Cold love

    Niita does not recognise her mother but told Namibian Sun she was happy to know that after 37 years that she indeed has a family and she can now acquire national documents for herself and for her children.

    “I am very happy to meet my family and now my children can get national documents,” she said.

    When approached for comment, a speechless Nanghenda said that she is happy to have reunited with her long lost daughter.

    Niita said she endured many challenges. Ipinge described Niita's life journey as long and bitter.

    “Niita went through a lot and she is still not free. She needs to be liberated. The reason why I took up this matter is because it is unfair for this woman, a fellow Namibian, to suffer without national documents and her children as well,” Ipinge said.

    Niita currently has seven children and is expecting.

    None of the children have national documents.

    Some of those that attended the meeting said that Niita deserves war veteran status as she went through a terrible life journey as a result of the apartheid regime.

    Meanwhile, Ipinge called on good Samaritans to assist Niita as she is unemployed and has to take care of her children.


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  • 07/08/18--16:00: Reward policy is a plus
  • Reward policy is a plusReward policy is a plus It is with great pleasure that I pen this column simply because of the fact that the government has agreed to increase the windfalls for athletes who win medals at international competitions.

    Well, it has been very long journey of consultations between the cabinet and the sport ministry.

    The long talks will however finally pay off and Namibian athletes will now have more reasons to perform better than ever before.

    I believe that the increment of the rewards for our athletes will surely improve the country's performance at global events.

    It is no secret that the country has been way below standard as far as performance at global events is concerned.

    It was announced that individual athletes who win gold medals in Olympic and Paralympic games will receive N$200 000.

    The silver medallists will receive N$150 000, while bronze medallists take home N$100 000.

    The coaches of these athletes in the two categories will get N$80 000 (gold), N$60 000 (silver) and N$40 000 (bronze).

    Team sports will also be awarded accordingly.

    Those that win gold medals will receive N$800 000, with the coaches receiving N$400 000.

    Silver medallists will receive N$500 000, while the coaches get N$200 000.

    Bronze medallists will get N$350 000, with the coaches getting N$100 000.

    For preparation, teams will get as much as N$120 000, while the coaches will receive N$24 000 a month.

    Individuals will get N$60 000 for preparation, with coaches getting N$12 000 a month.

    Namibia's reward policy has over the years been below par compared to neighbouring South Africa and other nations.

    It goes without saying that a country like South Africa has performed well on the global stage because there has always been something big awaiting the winning athletes.

    Namibian athletes have however been receiving the minimum as far as rewards are concerned.

    I would like to thank everyone who was part of the negotiations and who made the increment of the reward possible.

    It was a bold move by the government to approve the reward policy even during these difficult financial times the country has been facing.

    This is a plus for our sport given that the athletes will now be more than motivated to bring medals home.

    It is a step which could possibly guarantee us our first Olympic gold medal if the athletes show determination and character.

    The fact that the preparation fees will be increased definitely gives athletes the chance to have better preparations ahead of global events.

    In the past, athletes attributed their poor performances to the lack of proper preparation.

    I hope that this is now something of the past and they will be able to equip themselves better before going to international events.

    They will also not have anyone to blame for their failures, except for themselves if they fail to win any medals.

    I hope that our athletes will now finally be able to show the world what the Land of the Brave is made of.

    Our football has struggled to qualify for any major competitions for the past ten years and this has been very frustrating for many Namibians.

    Now that more is in it for them, they must shy away from all the excuses and do what is needed to be done in order to qualify for major events.

    The decision by the government will indeed change the lives of those that are willing to work harder.

    It is now up to the athletes and the coaches to make the most of the positive news and become stars of this beautiful country.


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    Uutoni welcomes sports reward policyUutoni welcomes sports reward policyBetter windfalls at last The National Sports Reward Policy has been approved by cabinet following marathon consultations. Sport minister Erastus Uutoni has welcomed the approval of the National Sports Reward Policy by cabinet.

    Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Uutoni said the approval is a step in the right direction as the country now has a guiding tool that will help Namibia to award people in a formalised manner.

    “We now need to commit ourselves as people by having proper systems in place which help to give us proper direction when it comes to rewarding our sporting heroes,” he said.

    The minister could not reveal when the policy will be implemented, saying a lot of issues still need to be sorted out.

    “Currently there is no money and this was not budgeted for. We need a plan to see how we can move forward. We will definitely budget for it in the next financial year,” he added.

    Uutoni said he hopes the policy will help encourage Namibian athletes to perform well and win medals with the knowledge that they will be rewarded.

    He also stated that they will consider educating Namibian athletes about the policy so as to clear any grey areas.

    Uutoni said he will also table the policy in parliament officially so as to inform the nation about the latest development.

    Freddy Mwiya, the chief administrator at the Namibia Sports Commission said he could not comment on the issue as he was not yet officially informed of the latest developments.

    The document which was drafted by the sport ministry and the Namibian Sports Commission, covers preparation by athletes, participation, and rewards for athletes who have won medals in local and international events.


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  • 07/08/18--16:00: Provide them with condoms
  • Provide them with condomsProvide them with condoms It appears as though prison or correctional authorities have their heads in the sand when it comes to the goings on in their facilities.

    The recent revelation by San inmates, held in Windhoek, that they often have to exchange sex for a bar of soap, once again brought to the fore the denial the authorities are in.

    Sodomy may be illegal but it is happening in prisons. Not just here but all over the world. And yes, there are gangs who do terrible things to other inmates, the least of which is rape and extortion.

    This is the nature of a prison and there is very little authorities can do about it for as long as they deny it is happening.

    That they will never stop it and that they will never change it, is a given. So the quicker they come to terms with it, the better.

    Prisoners need to be provided with condoms. Period. And the sooner this happens, the better.

    More effective management strategies can be deployed to ensure that each inmate has his supply of monthly toiletries and other requirements, as issued in correctional facilities in our country.

    Sooner, and most likely rather than later, inmates may complain and say the San are more privileged and are treated better than others because they receive donations.

    In environments like prisons, it is utterly essential that all inmates are treated equally at all times but it appears with the current structures, some prisoners suffer more than others.

    We need to get to the point where we acknowledge that prison sex is happening. We need to ensure that each prisoner has access to life-saving condoms and toiletries which, in the least, provide some form of dignity.

    Prisons are not a cul de sac and most inmates are released at some point or another. How damaged do we want these people to be when they are expected to reintegrate into society?

    Dignity is the least we can give them.

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    J&P rises from humble beginningsJ&P rises from humble beginningsGroup branches out into tourism The owner of the John and Penny (J&P) Group has explained how determination finally paid off with the business he and his wife started from humble beginnings. The John and Penny (J&P) Group has announced that it is closing two of its major business operations worth about N$80 million, for it to focus on leisure and property development and management.

    This was announced by the group's executive chairman John Akapandi Endjala on Saturday at the official opening of the Endjala Lodge and Traditional House at Okapya on the outskirts of Ondangwa. He said the group has grown exponentially and has become “difficult to handle”. Established in 1995 by Endjala and his wife Penny, also the group's managing director, the J&P Group grew into a formidable business, venturing into food production, catering, infrastructure, and its leisure division.

    According to Endjala, the group is giving up its food production operations under the brand, Top Foods. The company has factories and butcheries in Ondangwa and Windhoek. The catering services division, which manages the restaurant at the Namibian Institute of Public Administration (NIPAM) in Windhoek as well as the sport facilities for Namdeb at Oranjemund, will also close.

    “We are reducing our business operations and we are closing two of our main branches, worth close to N$80 million,” said Endjala.

    “We would like to focus on leisure and property development and management. We are currently negotiating with interested investors to take over these businesses to avoid job losses. The group will also soon appoint a board of directors.” He added the growth of their group has seen them employ around 800 people. “We started with a small bottle store in Katutura and today we are all over the country. I have been running the business operations, while my wife focuses on finances. We never had board members and our bedroom has been our boardroom. We are cutting out other operations,” he said. The Top Foods division of the group is one of the largest divisions and employs hundreds at its meat factories and butcheries in Ondangwa and Windhoek. It produces a variety of products including russians, viennas, biltong and various polonies, sold to both wholesale and retail clients. The J&P Group's leisure division operates two lodges - the Ekamuti Town Lodge in Ondangwa and Toko Lodge at Kamanjab.

    The group has now opened two other establishments, Shikamasha Lodge near Etosha National Park and the Endjala Traditional Village, to strengthen their operations. He added that the property development and management will be operating under Shitaka Energy and Communications, and Uncle J Properties.

    “Under Shitaka Energy and Communications we will be installing network towers, while under Uncle J we will be developing land for housing in municipal areas,” he said. Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, who inaugurated the two establishments, said what the J&P Group is doing is a clear testimony that the tourism sector has the potential to transform the lives of the people, particularly those in rural areas. He said it is also a positive demonstration of how individual citizens can meet government halfway in addressing socio-economic challenges facing the people.

    “Local people must be given an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge to visitors. This type of initiative will complement existing tourism products to fully render the Namibian experience to welcome tourists,” Shifeta said.


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    Foreign nurses threatened - HaufikuForeign nurses threatened - Haufiku Health minister Bernhard Haufiku has cautioned Namibians to stop making the lives of foreign nurses unbearable.

    According to him, some foreign nurses have reported receiving threats from members of the public, as well as health ministry staff. Haufiku said the ministry will not give into the demands and threats of Namibians who are calling for the employment contracts of foreign nurses to be terminated, so local nursing graduates can be employed. “We are handling the situation in a way not to create animosity and not to trigger any court cases. Those who are making themselves guilty of threatening nurses will face the consequences, such as disciplinary action,” Haufiku said. He added if they were to release foreign nurses then foreign doctors would also have to go, which will have an impact on the country's hospitals.

    Health permanent secretary Petronella Masabane said it is not clear whether the foreign nurses had received death threats. “The nurses reported that in some instances it was not limited to verbal threats but even body language. I was informed that in some cases the nurses also feel the environment in which they are working is not so conducive because of the attitude and remarks made by some Namibian nationals,” she said, while condemning the threats. Masabane said this must stop and that Namibians should not make foreign professionals uncomfortable, who are assisting the country. The threats follow local graduate nurses continuing to roam the streets, with government saying there is no money to employ them at state facilities.

    Recently a group of disgruntled local graduate nurses met with Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani.

    The leader of the group, Junias Shilunga, said if government does not address the issue they will take unspecified action.

    The more than 300 unemployed local nursing graduates have given the foreign nurses until 30 July to resign, to pave the way for Namibians to be employed by government through the health ministry.


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    King turns to courts to oust rivalsKing turns to courts to oust rivals Ondonga King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas has turned to the courts in a bid to wrestle control of the traditional authority from a dismissed grouping who continue to manage the affairs of the tribal community, including administering the traditional court and collecting levies.

    The Ondonga Traditional Authority reportedly finds itself in a perilous financial status amid reports of missing money and the community's refusal to pay their dues to the new leadership, which is not formally recognised by central government.

    Instead the community prefers to pay levies to the dismissed councillors led by Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, who despite rumblings from within the royal family, is still gazetted as the heir apparent to the Ondonga throne. Nangolo and the dismissed councillors are currently operating from an office at Oniipa and reportedly enjoy the support of the justice ministry, while the old office, which is run by an interim leadership, continues to operate from Oluno with the king's blessings. A senior traditional councillor Naeman Amalwa, who is acting on behalf of Elifas, has now lodged a formal application in the High Court, requesting the court to order the dismissed councillors from performing any duties within the Ondonga jurisdiction.

    In an affidavit filed on 22 May, Amalwa argued Nangolo and the six dismissed leaders continue to defy and undermine the powers and authority of the Ondonga king.

    Elifas got rid of some of his long-serving top aides like Peter Kauluma and former OTA spokesperson Joseph Asino after a fallout over the royal succession issue.

    Senior headman John Walenga and former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya were also expelled from the traditional authority.

    The other dismissed councillors are Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili. The dismissed leaders are still gazetted and recognised by the authorities.

    Meanwhile, Amalwa now claims he has been appointed as the king's deputy. “I confirm that, I have been authorised by the first applicant (the king) to speak on his behalf and every averment that I make in this affidavit that relates to him is in fact his averment and must be taken and construed as such. In accordance with the powers vested in the king under the Act and the Ondonga Customary Law, he appointed me on the 27 April 2017 to be his assistant,” Amalwa said.

    “This is the position that was previously held by first respondent (Nangolo), until his appointment was revoked. When the king appointed me as aforesaid, he notified the entire Ondonga royal family, the deputy chairpersons of the eight traditional authorities in the northern part of Namibia and the entire officers of the central government of the Republic of Namibia.”

    According to Amalwa, traditional households residing within the Ondonga jurisdiction are obliged to pay levies to the traditional authority. He said these levies are collected by employees of the traditional authority. The purpose of the levies, Amalwa said, includes maintaining the day-to-day operations of the traditional authority such as paying for salaries, allowances for senior and ordinary councillors.

    “The applicable levy is N$20 per household which is paid to OTA and other than OTA members or their duly authorised delegate, no other member of the community is authorised or allowed to demand or solicit and or receive traditional levy or tax from the members of the community. I point out that these seven respondents unlawfully and without OTA authority instructed members of the community to pay traditional levies at their illegal office at Oniipa. They have no legal authority to order members of the community to pay traditional levy to their illegal office,” Amalwa claimed.

    “On behalf of the king I am therefore seeking for an order interdicting and restraining these respondents or any one of them from purporting to and or exercising any traditional authority jurisdiction and or customary law jurisdiction over the members or any member of the Ondonga Traditional Community in contravention of the Traditional Authority Act, Act No.25 of 2000 as amended.”

    Amalwa also wants the court to grant an order directing urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga to de-gazette the dismissed councillors as leaders of the traditional authority.


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  • 07/08/18--16:00: Thousands of lives at risk
  • Thousands of lives at riskThousands of lives at riskPoor hygiene fuels hepatitis Inadequate sanitation facilities continue to fuel the spread of hepatitis E in Windhoek's informal settlements, which has already led to 17 deaths. A site visit to the Samora Machel constituency where some of Namibia's poorest residents have been affected by the hepatitis E outbreak, showed that although several kilometres of water pipes have been laid and new water points installed, thousands of people continue to face a high risk of infection as they are forced to defecate in the open due to a lack of public toilets.

    David Kamati, a branch coordinator of the Peter Nanyemba informal settlement, who oversees around 3 000 residents, said while authorities should be applauded for efforts to install more water points, a complete lack of toilets in the area is hampering efforts to halt the outbreak.

    “We suffer here. There are more water points, but the big problem is we need toilets. This disease is here because we don't have toilets,” said Kamati. He said residents are forced to either defecate in the open, mostly in riverbeds, or use plastic bags when it is too cold or dark to go outside.

    The plastic bags are then discarded in riverbeds, where children often play. The outbreak has been confined to informal settlements in Windhoek, and the Omusati and Erongo regions, where tens of thousands of Namibians live without basic services creating an ideal breeding ground for the virus.

    Recent surveys estimate that there are now about 140 000 urban shacks in Namibia and 12 000 new shacks are erected every year at a higher rate than the installation of services.

    In 2011 it was estimated that more than 57 000 households had no access to formal toilets in Namibia.

    Last week health minister Bernhard Haufiku said although the lack sanitation infrastructure has fuelled the outbreak, ongoing vandalism and theft of newly implemented water taps and toilets is a major challenge that hinders effective containment.

    All hands on deck

    The site visit on Friday was spearheaded by US ambassador Lisa Johnson who wanted to “see first-hand what the challenges faced by the residents are and how the response is working”.

    She said although new cases in several areas of Windhoek are recorded every week “that is not unexpected, because it does take months to get a hepatitis E outbreak under control”.

    Johnson was joined by local and international health experts from the health ministry and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to City of Windhoek technicians, local constituency and regional councillors and Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua.

    The US embassy has assisted health authorities to address the outbreak, which started in December 2017, and has led to 17 deaths, 1 867 cumulative cases and 147 lab confirmed cases to date.

    Johnson said the visit highlighted the continuing challenges faced by “thousands of people who do not have access to a public toilets” and other services.

    She also praised efforts by the national response teams, including the installation of extra communal water taps, and weekly water tests to ensure safe drinking water.

    She further emphasised the crucial need for continued education and awareness programmes.

    Apart from basic sanitation education, health officials warn residents to ensure that water is collected in sanitised containers and not kept for more than a few days, which increases risk of contamination.

    Johnson said US authorities through the CDC have assisted Namibian health officials to build capacity and to ensure that they are the “front-line detectors and responders”.

    The CDC has to date brought on board several experts to assist with the response, including a water, sanitation and health (WASH) expert who provided technical assistance in proper water treatment and testing and to provide recommendations.

    Field epidemiologists travelled to the country to train Namibian health officials to detect outbreaks like hepatitis E, and to boost education and awareness campaigns.

    She added that US officials are currently in talks with Namibian health authorities to link them to a specialised CDC team that can travel to the country to provide further technical assistance on response efforts.

    She praised the work of local community leaders and said “I know you are doing everything you can for your people here.”

    A tough life

    Johannes Frederick, the chairperson of the CDC for the Samora Machel constituency highlighted the many challenges in combatting the outbreak in informal settlements, and said the community leaders are doing their best to educate and create awareness on minimising risks to exposure.

    Nevertheless, he said life in informal settlements is tough, and people are continually at risk of becoming infected because of the lack of toilets and water points.

    “Our people's health is at risk here, and they are affected by the virus as they live close to it. They might go to hospital, but then they come back to these areas, so it is difficult to keep them healthy.”

    He noted that the outbreak has spotlighted the larger issues affecting the poorest of the poor, who not only struggle without access to toilets and water, but services in general.

    “There are no bus stops, no taxi ranks, no clinics, and no police stations. Everything is far from us,” he said.


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  • 07/08/18--16:00: United beat Unam
  • United beat UnamUnited beat Unam United Rugby Club beat University of Namibia (Unam) in a tightly contested rugby match played on Friday evening at the Unam Stadium in the capital.

    Both teams missed penalties in the first three minutes of the game before Nandivatu Karuuombe scored the first try for United in the fourth minute which captain Winmar Rust converted.

    United scored their second try five minutes later through Darryl Vries and Rust converted.

    In the 18th, it was Unam's turn to register their first points of the match when captain Bradley Klazen dotted over the white line. Helarius Kisting converted but their hopes of a quick comeback were quickly banished as Riaan van Zyl added a try for United.

    Rust made no mistake to put his side further ahead on points.

    Jeandre Cloete forced his way over the United line but Kisting missed, leaving his side trailing by 19 to 21 points at halftime.

    United came back even stronger in the second half as Karuuombe combined with Henry Kandjou to score a beautiful try – Rust missed the conversion.

    They then scored two more penalties after putting a lot of pressure on the Unam team which was clearly losing their discipline.

    With the match seemingly running away from them, Unam made three quick substitutions and one of them, Lorenzo Louis immediately scored and converted the try for his team to register their first points of the second half.

    Camlo Martin added another try immediately which was not converted by Louis, to close the gap to 31-32 points with less than ten minutes remaining.

    Sensing danger, United added two more penalties and a drop goal from Chris Swanepoel before Unam scored a try through Silvano Beukes which was not converted, to leave the final score at 36-41 in favour of the Olympia-based team.

    Meanwhile, Wanderers beat Rehoboth 69-0 after leading 27-0 at halftime the same day and the results saw both United and Wanderers securing their semi-final playoff spots.

    Unam top the log on 52 points, Wanderers (41) are second, United (40) third and Western Suburbs fourth on 39 points.


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    Hotto completes Wits move - sourceHotto completes Wits move - sourcePlayer pens deal Speculation is rife that the Namibian winger Deon Hotto is now officially a Bidvest Wits player. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Namibian winger and former Bloemfontein Celtic player Deon Hotto has completed his move to South African Premier Soccer League Club Bidvest Wits.

    Hotto is said to have signed a three-year deal with the club and will now be playing for the South African side.

    It is believed that the club will unveil the player and confirm his signing this week.

    “I believe that Hotto and Wits have come to an agreement and the player has signed a deal with the club.

    “I also heard that they will unveil him this week because all agreements have been completed,” the source said.

    The ever-dangerous attacking player last month announced that he will not be joining Free State Stars at any time soon even if the South African club had ambitions of recruiting him.

    Hotto, who can operate at left-back and in an advanced role, played all of Celtic's league matches last season, scoring once against his former club Golden Arrows in January.

    The Swakopmund-born player made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Telkom Knockout finalists in 2017/18. The speculation by sources that the player has finally signed for the club confirms Kickoff's reports last week which suggested that Hotto was on the verge of signing for the South African club.

    “Only thing left is to put pen to paper otherwise it's a done deal,” said the informant.

    “Free State Stars also wanted him but he opted for a move to Gauteng,” Kickoff reported last week.

    Hotto first went to South Africa when he joined Golden Arrows from Namibia Premier League's African Stars before signing for Bloemfontein Celtic.

    The player and Bidvest Wits could not be reached for comment to confirm the signing.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Kauanivi, Nambabi win Victory RaceKauanivi, Nambabi win Victory RaceSecond leg concludes in great fashion Local marathoners Mynhardt Kauanivi and Sophia Nambabi are the overall winners of the second leg of the Old Mutual Victory Race Series held at Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region on Saturday. Mynhardt Kauanivi and Sophia Nambabi have won the 21km men's and women's categories, respectively, during the second leg of the Old Mutual Victory Race Series.

    Kauanivi won in a time of 01:09:16, while Nambabi completed the distance in 01:25:30.

    Mateus Kadhingula took second spot in the men's race, while Kornelius Nghilyeendele came third. In the female race, Ester Haitope took second spot and Anna Amukoto came third.

    The first leg was held on 30 June in Swakopmund. The third leg will take place in Oshakati on 28 July and the series ends in Windhoek on 14 August.

    Old Mutual communications practitioner Sheku Nepembe said the company has invested heavily in sports development in Namibia through various sponsorships.

    “An annual budget of N1.1 million went into the Victory Race Series. This is just amongst other investments, such as the Far North Championships, a soccer and netball tournament held in Oshakati.

    “Our sponsorships are aimed at creating a platform for athletes to showcase their talents and to encourage the youth to live a healthy lifestyle through sport participation,” Nepembe added.

    The overall winners of the 21km Victory Races will take home N$15 000, while the second-placed athlete will walk away with N$10 000 and the third place finisher will receive N$5 000.

    The winner will also receive an all expenses paid for trip to the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town next year.

    The best junior athlete between the age of 15 and 19 years will win a N$12 000 bursary, with N$6 000 being injected into education and N$6 000 into sports.

    On Saturday, the Keetmanshoop Disability Centre won a laptop, as they had the most disabled participants in the race.


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    Blue Boys, Brazilians deadlockedBlue Boys, Brazilians deadlocked The promotional playoff match between Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) inland and coastal stream winners, PC Blue Boys and Young Brazilians, played in Swakopmund on Saturday, ended in a 2-2 draw.

    The Namibian Premier League (NPL) promotion match played at the Mondesa Stadium saw the coastal side PC Blue Boys throw away a 2-0 lead, allowing the Karasburg-based team to snatch a draw at the death in the first leg match.

    Blue Boys scored their goals in the first half through Martin Mupetami and Shemuvala Gabriel to hold a 2-0 lead at halftime.

    Young Brazilians came back in the second half and scored their first goal through Revered Matroos in the 80th minute, before Blue Boys scored an own goal nine minutes later.

    The two teams will meet in the second leg this coming weekend in Karasburg to decide the team that will play in the NPL next season.

    PC Blue Boys coach Christy ||Guruseb said they could have ended the game with a huge score, had his charges made use of the countless goal-scoring chances they had.

    “Our biggest problem is to convert the chances we create into goals. We had like nine one-on-ones with the Young Brazilians goalkeeper, but luck was just not on our side,” ||Guruseb said, adding this is something they will have to work on.

    Young Brazilians coach Tolla Julius said they allowed Blue Boys too much space and played to their opponent's tune in the first half.

    “We allowed them to play their game and that forced us into dancing to their tune. In the second half we played our pressing game and sustained the pressure until the last minutes and got our two goals,” Julius said.

    “We are at home and as usual our twelfth men, the supporters, will be attending in big numbers to spur us on.

    It will be a historical day to win the match at our home ground for a berth in the NPL next season,” he added.

    SSFD vice-chairperson Murs Markus said the away goals scored by Young Brazilians will not count as the playoffs are played in a mini-league format, with the team collecting the most points advancing to the NPL.


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  • 07/09/18--16:00: Die skoonheid van ballet
  • Die skoonheid van ballet Die skoonheid van ballet Monique Morkel

    Ek het in 2010 by die Kollege van die Kunste (Cota) in die hoofstad met ballet begin. Ek dans nou al agt jaar.

    Ballet moenie gesien word as ’n dans wat net vir vroue is nie.

    Van die bekendste balletdansers, soos Mikhail Baryshnikov en Paul Taylor, was mans wat keer op keer fenomenale vertonings aan gehore gelewer het, wat verbaas was om hul krag, uithouvermoë en talent te ervaar.

    Ballet behels nie net 'n dansstyl en om op jou tone te beweeg nie. Vir my is dit veel meer as dit. My onderwyser is Zaandré du Toit.

    Sy is die beste balletonderwyser wat ek al gehad het – ek kon nie vir beter gevra het nie. Sy het my alles geleer wat ek vandag kan doen en daarvoor sal ek haar ewig dankbaar wees.

    Ek dans om myself uit te druk. Dié tipe dans is baie delikaat en sag. As jy dans, moet jy op die maat van die musiek jou liggaam se ritme voel en hoe dit beweeg.

    Die beste deel van ballet is dat jy die karakters wat jy speel, iewers binne jouself moet vind, wat baie opwindend is. Ek is mal oor ballet en is gelukkig dat ek dit gekies het. Vir my is dit baie meer as 'n stokperdjie.

    Ballet leer jou om te fokus. Al die pirouettes gebeur nie net vanself reg nie. Dansers moet "spot" om te kan draai. Dit is ’n tegniek wat help keer dat ons duiselig raak wanneer ons in die rondte tol.

    Ballet leer jou om verskillende goed gelyktydig te doen: Jou voete sal een ding doen, terwyl jou arms iets anders doen. Dit is soortgelyk daaraan om jou kop te tik en terselfdertyd jou maag te vryf. En dit moet moeiteloos en grasieus lyk.

    Ballet gee jou die geleentheid om tyd met mense uit allerhande soorte mense deur te bring.

    In my tyd as ballerina het ek al professors, TV-vervaardigers en balletlegendes ontmoet.

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  • 07/09/18--16:00: Feast of rugby
  • Feast of rugbyFeast of rugbyWorld university sevens come to Swakop The championship will attract close to 200 players, who will take part in an African-hosted edition for the first time. The 8th edition of the International University Sports Federation (Fisu) World University Rugby Sevens Championship will be hosted in Swakopmund from 12 to 14 July.

    The games are hosted by the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan) on behalf of Fisu.

    The Fisu is an association that develops and promotes sport at all tertiary institutions in Namibia, focusing on creating opportunities for all students to acquire the necessary sporting skills to compete at all levels.

    The championship will attract close to 200 players, who will take part in the tournament that is being hosted in Africa for the first time.

    Twelve teams have indicated they will be participating in the tournament on the men's side.

    Hosts Namibia, South Africa, China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, France, Botswana, Uganda and Zambia have all confirmed their participation. On the women's side, Australia, India, France, Brazil, Belgium and South Africa are set to compete.

    Namibia will not have a female team in the competition, as the organisers have struggled to put a side together because of a lack of female rugby players in the country.

    This is even after a request was made to allow the host to use the national team for the tournament.

    This will be the first World Universities Rugby Sevens Championship to be hosted after rugby sevens was added to the Olympics.

    The last games were held in Swansea, Wales in 2016, when Namibia beat Italy in the plate final to finish in fifth position.

    The first edition was held in the Chinese capital of Beijing in 2004.

    The organising committee has secured a partnership with Air Namibia, following months of discussions and planning.

    This collaboration will provide exciting and affordable rates for European and African student participants and fans alike.

    Tickets for the event costs N$60 for adults and N$20 for children and are available at Computicket, Checkers and Shoprite.

    The squad Namibia list is as follows:

    Nikin John Cloete, Donovan Kandjii, Carnlo Martin, Lloyd Jacobs, Chessborough Guiliano Lawrence, Alli Mogamit, Shareave Titus, Reinold Benade, Milaan van Wyk and Silvano Beukes.


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    Ambunda to fight in SingaporeAmbunda to fight in Singapore Former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) world champion Paulus Ambunda will fight Muhamad Ridhwan in Singapore for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world super bantamweight title on 29 September.

    Ambunda, who is now being trained by Immanuel Moses from African Connection Boxing and Fitness Gymnasium, is also a former IBO world super bantamweight title holder.

    Moses confirmed on Sunday that the fight against the Singaporean will take place overseas, adding that more details will be made available to the media during the week.

    Ambunda last fought in December 2017, when he beat Nasibu Ramadhan of Tanzania to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) international silver super bantamweight title.

    Ambunda has won 26 of his 28 fights and has lost two, to Tomoki Kameda in Cebu City in the Philippines in 2013 and to Moises Flores of Mexico in Windhoek in 2016.

    Ridhwan has won all 11 fights of his professional career.


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  • 07/09/18--16:00: Hambira signs for Baroka FC
  • Hambira signs for Baroka FCHambira signs for Baroka FC Tura Magic captain and Brave Warriors central defender, Charles 'Chalo' Hambira, has signed for South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Baroka.

    The 28-year-old inked a two-year deal on Friday.

    Hambira, who has been with Tura Magic for the past four seasons, said it was a dream come true for him, as he has been waiting for a professional contract all his life.

    “I'm very happy that I have finally got a professional contract. I will work hard to prove my worth in the team,” the defender said.

    He added he will be leaving for South Africa today, where he hopes his work permit will be sorted out, so he can start training with his new teammates.

    Meanwhile, Tura Magic chairperson Peter Nakurua declined to comment, saying he is not aware of any deal and referred all questions to fellow club board member, Jacks Amaning.

    Amaning said he was not aware the player has signed with any club outside the country, as he had travelled out of town over the weekend.

    “Chalo called me on Friday requesting for a meeting, but I did not meet him as I was travelling. I will get to the office and find out more information before making any comment,” he said.

    Amaning added that as a club they will wait for Baroka to approach them and they will not stand in the way of any player who wishes to further his career outside Namibia.

    Hambira will become the third Namibian player to play for 'Bagaga', as Baroka is famously known as by their fans, after recent Kaizer Chiefs FC signee, Virgil Vries, plied his trade there during the 2017/18 PSL season. Fellow Namibian, Ananias Gebhardt, also signed for the club last month.


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    Oomboma ndatu dha adhika moRuacanaOomboma ndatu dha adhika moRuacana Oomboma ndatu dhomevi odha adhika kohi yoongodhi dholusheno dhoNamPower popepi noRuacana, na odha hanagulwa po kopolisi.

    Ehangano lyomatungo lyomoTsumeb olya li tali longo oongodhi ndhoka, mpoka pwa adhika oomboma ndhoka.

    Omunambelewa omupopiliko gwopolisi yaMusati Lineekela Shikongo, ina vula okukoleka ngele oomboma ndhoka odhi li dha tegwa pethimbo lyuukoloni ihe okwa koleke kutya odha South Afrika.

    Okwa tsikile kutya odha tegwa dha nuninwa aayendi yokolupadhi. Shikongo okwa popi kutya aakalimo yomoshitopolwa shoka shoka, unene koongamba naya kale ya kotoka molwashoka hoka oko kwa li haku kala omalugodhi ogendji pethimbo lyiita.

    Okwa pula aakwashigwana ya lopotele opolisi ngele oyiitsu miinima tayi limbilike, teya kunkilile woo ya yande oku yi guma .

    Shikongo okwa tsikile kutya opolisi oyeshi pondola okutegulula oomboma ndhoka, inaku ningwa eyonagulo lyasha.

    Ehangano ndyoka lyomatungo lyiitsu moomboma ndhoka olya tindi okutya sha, na olya ukitha omapulo agehe kehangano lyaNamPower.

    Okwa lopotwa kutya omatanga gaakwiita yaSouth Afrika ogali ga li tege oomboma poopaala dholusheno pokati kaRuacana naWerda pethimbo lyuukoloni.

    Aniwa oya tege woo oomboma popepi nosasiyona yoonkondo dholusheno, onga omukalo gwokuyanda eyonagulo lyosasiyona ndjoka.

    Namibia okuli gumwe gwomaashayini yetsokumwe lyopauyuni ndyoka li li ompinge niitopitha yomevi.

    Kwiikwatelelwa kolopota ndjoka ya gandjwa koshilongo mo 2009, omahwahwameko niikonga yewapaleko lyoshilongo okuza kiitopitha mbyoka, oga manithwa momvula yo 2001.

    Nonando ongaaka, iitopitha yimwe oyiitsuwa konima yomahwahameko ngoka, na oya tegululwa.

    MgM, ehangano lyaGermany lyoPeople against Landmines' olya wapaleke oshitopolwa shoongodhi dholusheno moRuacana momvula yo 1999.

    Ehangano ndyoka olya longo woo nomoAngola naMozambique.


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    A hanganithwa nofamili ye konima yomvula 37A hanganithwa nofamili ye konima yomvula 37A kala metonatelo lyaayeni uule woomvula 37 Omukiintu gwoomvula 42 ngoka a li a kwatwa po ombambyona kaakwiita yepangelo lyuukoloni nokupewa ofamili ompe, okwa hanganithwe nofamili ye konima yoomvula 37. Niita Chinanga, okwa tekulwa kofamili yaChinanga momukunda Oshiteyatemo moshikandjohogololo Okalongo moshitopolwa shaMusati, ihe osha holoka polweela kutya yina oku li natango momwenyo na oya hangana konima nkene ya topokele momvula yo 1982.

    Niita okwa kala uule woomvula 37 ke na eyambidhidho nekwatathano nofamili ye, konima sho mboka ye mu tekula ye mu lombwele kutya aavali ye oya hula ko.

    Ehokololo lyaNiita olye ya polweela konima sho gumwe gwomaatekuli yaanona ye yamwepo yomaanona ye yaheyali a yi kombelewa yoshikandjo shaKalongo opo e ya kongele uumutse woshilongo.

    Omutekuli ngoka okwa li a lombwelwa kutya uunona mboka otawu vulu owala okupewa omikanda dhuukwashigwana ngele okwa gandja okamutse koshilongo ka yina yuunona.

    Niita ke na okamutse koshilongo ihe oha longitha onzapo yevalo yaSouth Afrika, ndjoka a li pewa kofamili yaChinanga, nonando nkene a valelwe a ye moSouth Afrika.

    Sha landula omakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa kaakuthimbinga oyendji moshikumungu shoka, unene kansela gwoshikandjohogololo Okalongo, Laurentius Ipinge – Niita okwa hanganithwa nofamili ye mEtine lyoshiwike ha piti.

    Yina okwe mu dhimbulula koshiyadhi shoka e na moshipala she.

    Omakonaakono goDNA opo taga ningwa.

    Maria Nanghenda gwomomukunda Omindaba moshikandjo sha Outapi, okwa popi kutya oshiyadhi shoka shi li mombamba yoshipala shaNiipa okwe shi ningwa kuhe ngoka a li e mu dhenge omanga okakadhona okashona. Okakalata kongeleka hoka ka hololwa kuNanghenda okwa ulike kutya okwa pulumutha okanona kokakadhona kedhina Hilka Mutaleni momasiku 10 gaKotomba momvula yo 1976.

    Okwa tsikile kutya Niita okwa kwatwa po ombambyona kaakwiita yaSouth Afrika momvula yo 1982 okuza momukunda Omindaba omanga owala e na oomvula ntano.

    Niita okwa kwatwa po pethimbo ye nomumwayinamai ya li taya litha, nofamili ye inayi mu mona we okuza esiku ndyoka.

    Niita okwa hokolola kutya konima sho a kwatwa po okwa falwa koRundu hoka a kala ta tekulwa komukiintu gwedhina Teopolina Chinanga.

    “Onda lombwelwa kutya meme okwa dhipagwa na okwa kutha ndje po konima yaashoka.

    Onda li owala ndi na omimvo hetatu nenge omugoyi lwaampoka,” Niita a hokolola.

    Momvula yo 1986, Chinanga okwe mu fala momukunda Oshiteyatemo nokuutula metonatelo lya yina Alina Jacob. Niita okwa popi kutya momvula yo 1990, Chinanga pamwe nomusamane gwe oya yi koSouth Afrika, na oya piti mOshiteyatemo opo ye mu lakeke. Momvula yo 2010, Jacob okwa hulitha.

    Chinanga okwa li e ya moshilongo okufumbika yina, ihe okwa shuna koSouth Afrika.

    Niita ita dhimbulula yina, ihe okwa popi kutya okwa nyanyukwa okutseya kutya konima yoomvula 37 oku na ofamili na ota ka mona uuthemba woshilongo.

    “Onda nyanyukwa okumona ofamili yandje, naanona yandje ngashiingeyi otaya vulu okumona uuthemba woshilongo.”

    Nanghenda naye okwa holola kutya okwa nyanyukwa noonkondo oku hangana nomona ngoka a kana oomvula odhindji dha piti.

    Ipinge okwa hokolola kutya ondjokonona yaNiita odhigu, na okwa piti moshindji monkalamwenyo.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa tokola okuungaunga noshikumungu shoka, molwaashoka kashi li pauyuuki omukiintu ngoka a kale ta mono iihuna ke na uuthemba woshilongo opamwe noyana. Niita monena okuna aanona ye li ya heyali na okuli metegelelo. Kape na kamwe komuunona we ke na uuthemba woshilongo.

    Yamwe po mboka ya kala pomutumba ngoka oya popi kutya Niita okwa pumbwa okupewa uukwatya waakondjelimanguluko molwaashoka okwa mono iihuna monkalamwenyo ye onga oshizemo shuukoloni.

    Ipinge okwa pula aasihenda ya gandje ompito yiilonga kuNiita, opo a vule okusila oshisho aanona ye.


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    Shifeta a pula aaleli yoongeleka yuuvithe evaangeli lyoshiliShifeta a pula aaleli yoongeleka yuuvithe evaangeli lyoshili Ominista yOmomidhingoloko nOmatalelepo Pohamba Shifeta okwa pula aakomeho yoongeleka moNamibia opo ya kale taya uvitha evaangeli lyoshili, nokutameka okulombwela aalanduli yawo oshili.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya AaNamibia oyendji oya ninga aananyalo omolwa oongeleka ndhoka tadhi ya lombwele opo kaya ninge sha nokutegelela Kalunga e ya ongele iinyengandunge moonkalamwenyo dhawo.

    “Oongeleka dhimwe otadhi lombwele aantu opo kaya longe yo taya tegelele ya longelwe iinyengandunge kuKalunga. Shoka kashi shi oshili, na otandi indile aaleliy oongeleka ya tameke okuuvitha oshili.

    Aantu oya pumbwa okulonga nuudhiginini molwaashoka kape na omana goshali taga vulu okugwa kegulu.”

    Shifeta okwa popi ngaaka omanga a popitha aakwashigwana momukunda Okapya, popepi nOndangwa omanga a patulula pambelewa oEndjala Traditional House lyehangano lyoJohn and Penny (J&P) Group.

    Shifeta okwa pula aakwashigwana ya longe nuudhiginini momapya gawo,nokukwashlipaleka kutya oya longa oondya dha gwana oofamili dhawo.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu oya pumbwa okulonga konyala oopresenda 30 dhoondya ndhoka haya li.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu ngashiingeyi otaya tembukile komalukanda nokukala moombashu yo taya pula epangelo li ya pe iikulya yoshikukuta.

    Okwa popi kutya aantu mboka naya shune komagumbo opo ya ka longe omapya gawo.

    Okwa kunkilile wo aaleli yopamuthigululwakalo opo ya tonatele omidhingoloko dhawo okuza kemino lyomavi.

    Minista okwa popi kutya ka ye li ompinge nemino lyevi ihe oya hala owala okukwatelamo evi noonzo dhi dhi vule okugandja uuwanawa kaantu ayehe nokomapupi tage ya.

    Molyomakaya minista okwa popitha natango aakali poshituthi shetumo shoEvangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia's (ELCIN) shoka sha ningilwa mongeleka mEngela, na okwa pula oongeleka dhi tameke okudhana onkandangala megamenenepo lyomidhingoloko.


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