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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 07/12/18--16:00: Staggering achievement
  • Staggering achievementStaggering achievementCroatia to play France in Fifa World Cup final Croatia, with a population of just over four million, will play France in the 2018 Russia World Cup final on Sunday. Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semifinal clash in Moscow, to beat England, courtesy of a Mario Mandzukic winner in the 109th minute, after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener.

    Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident fatigue will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra-time to beat England.

    Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.

    However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's final is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra-time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russia in the past two weeks.

    France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

    “This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. This shows character and is what makes me proud. Nobody gave up,” said Dalic, whose team have played the equivalent of one match more than the French.

    “We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it. Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France had an extra day to recover, but there will be no excuses,” he added.

    “We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament.”

    No team has ever made it to the World Cup final after going to extra-time in all three prior knockout rounds. England twice won in extra-time in 1990, before losing on penalties to West Germany in the semifinals.

    Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russia via a playoff win against Greece.

    He described France as a “top-drawer team with fantastic players”, but his own side have earned their place in the final; their victory over England coming after they earlier destroyed Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 3-0 win in the group stage.

    Luka Modric has been inspirational throughout their run, yet there were numerous outstanding performances at the Luzhniki Stadium, as Croatia recovered from a shaky opening 30 minutes.

    Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence.

    “We were the better team in all aspects of the game,” said Dalic.

    “We played better than we did against Argentina. I told the players before the game there was no pressure - we have reached the semifinals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did.”

    Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semifinals back in 1998. Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.

    With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement.

    “For Croatian football and Croatia as a country this is history being written,” said the 51-year-old Dalic.

    “We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game. But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us.”

    He will just be hoping that all of his players are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Amukwiyu ta lundililwa uufuthi wopoloyekaAmukwiyu ta lundililwa uufuthi wopoloyekaAmukwiyu iikanyuna omalundilo Omukwatakanithi gwoSwapo moshitopolwa shaShikoto okwa ekelehi omapopyo kutya okwa yaka po omadhilaadhilo gopoloyeka yomakaya yongushu yoobiliyona 14, okuza komunangeshefa gwomonooli pamwe nakuume ke. Omunangeshefa gwomonooli ngoka e li woo omupopiliko gwomukwaniilwa gwaNdonga, Naeman Amalwa, okwa popi kutya Armas Amukwiyu okwa yaka po omadhilaadhilo ge pamwe naakuume ke mongeshefa, gopoloyeka yomakaya.

    Amalwa okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya okwa uva nayi molwaashoka oya kala yiinekela Amukwiyu, na oye mu ningi oshitopolwa shopoloyeka yawo omolwa etseyiko lye nekwatathano lye lyopolotika. Okwa popi kutya konima Amukwiyu okwe ya kutha mo mopoloyeka ndjoka monena a ningi yemwene.

    Amukwiyu okwa yamukula kutya Amalwa namukwawo 'iiluli' mbyoka kayi shi nokuli Amukwiyu.

    “Kehe gumwe ota popi kutya Amukwiyu okwa kala uule woomwedhi hamano moChina, ta kongo aapunguli AaChina opo ya totepo opoloyeka yomakaya moshitopolwa shaZambezi. Shoka kashi shi oshili. Omimvo ntano dha piti omupunguli gumwe OmuChina okwa pula ndje pamwe nakuume kandje mongeshefa opo tu mu kwathele a mone e pitiko lyokukuna omakaya moNamibia. Molwaashoka katu ihole owala tseyene otwa tokola okumu tula mopoloyeka naye opo a vule okumona uuwanawa, ye a kwathele woo opoloyeka yi tambulweko papolotika molwaahsoka ye omunapolotika” Amalwa a popi.

    Amwalwa ngoka mwene gwoongeshefa dhoSalina Motor Spares, mOniipa, okwa popi kutya yatatu oyiimanga kumwe nomunangeshefa omuChina, opo ya totepo ehangano lyo Namibia Oriental Tobacco cc, ndyoka lya mono oshitopolwa shevi shuunene woohecta 10 000 moshitopolwa shaZambezi, opo li vule okukuna omakaya.

    “Okuza mpoka otwa mono oExport Processing Zone (EPZ) permit nomunangeshefa ngoka gwaChina okwa tameke okukala tetu pe iiyemo omanga twa tegelela iilonga yi tameke. Okuya pehulilo lyomvula yo 2015 iiyemo mbyoka twa Ii hatu pewa oya kalekwa naasho twa pula oye tu lombwele kutya inaya pumbwa ndje we ngame nakuume kandje. Okuza mpoka otwa kala tatu kambadhala okuninga ekwatathano naAmukwiyu ihe otetu idhimbike. Otwa uvu kutya okwa landitha opo iipambuluko yetu kAaChina kongushu yoomiliyona dhaUS ntano ihe ina topola natse iimaliwa mbyoka.”

    Okwa popi kutya oonkambadhala ndhoka ya ningi okumona Amukwiyu odha ndopa naashoka osho she ya thiminike ya tule uuyelele mboka moshifokundneki sho oshigwana shi tseye oshili.

    Momvula yo 2014, uuministeli womidhingoloko owa gandja uunzapo wepitiko lyopoloyeka ndjoka, konima yomakonaakono gopamudhingoloko ngoka ga ningwa.

    Omwedhi gwa piti, minista Utoni Nujoma okwa gandja momutumba gwopashigwana oshiyetwapo sha ningwa koNamibia Oriental Tobacco cc, sha ningwa kAaChina mboka yah ala okabinete ka zimine opoloyeka ndjoka.



    “Iifundja yowala”

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, Amukwiyu okwa popi kutya Amalwa ota popi iifundja na ke mu shi. Okwa tsikile kutya opoloyeka ndjoka oshiyetwapo she mwene.

    Okwa pula kutya omolwashike taya popi owala ngashiingeyi sho opoloyeka ndjoka ya tulwa miikundathanwa mokabinete, na oya li peni nale. Okwa tsikile kutya opoloyeka ndjoka oshiyetwapo shemwene shoka a ningi po omvula ntano dha piti, naa okwa kongo yemwene aapunguli AaChina.

    Minista Bernhard Haufiku okuli gumwe gwomwaamboka itaya popile opoloyeka ndjoka, na okwa pula oshigwana shi thika me pamwe nokutinda mekondjitho lyelongo lyomakaya, oshowo okukondjitha elongitho nayi lyomakaya niikolitha moshigwana.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Dukwe refugees in last-ditch court bidDukwe refugees in last-ditch court bidWatchdogs slam Botswana government The Dukwe refugees are trying to halt their repatriation to Namibia in spite of government's undertaking that they will not be prosecuted. Namibian refugees residing at the Dukwe camp have approached the Botswana High Court in a last-ditch attempt to stay in the neighbouring country.

    They have launched an urgent application to stop the Botswana government from forcefully repatriating them back to Namibia.

    This follows an announcement made this year by Botswana's defence minister Shaw Kgathi that the Dukwe refugees would have to leave the country by 11 July or risk being forcefully removed.

    The Dukwe refugees fled to Botswana after a failed attempt to secede the then Caprivi Region from Namibia in 1999. There are an estimated 900 refugees believed to be living in Dukwe.

    According to Kgathi, lawyers representing the refugees slapped his ministry with court papers, Gaborone-based radio station Yarona FM reported this week.

    Responding to the developments, human rights watchdog Amnesty International slammed the Botswana government for trying to forcefully remove the Dukwe refugees.

    “These men, women and children should not be forced to return home if their personal safety cannot be guaranteed,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International's deputy director for southern Africa.

    He said Botswana would be in breach of human rights laws, if it forcefully repatriated the refugees.

    “A lot is at stake here; if the government of Botswana forces people to return to Namibia where they may face human rights violations, it will be breaching its international and national obligations under law.

    “Botswana has an obligation protect and fulfil the human rights of every person who is in its territory. The government cannot ignore people who have nowhere to go to,” said Mwananyanda.

    According to the watchdog, refugees based at Dukwe have accused the Botswana government of abandoning them. One refugee who spoke to Amnesty International anonymously said: “The Botswana government is pushing us. We are in a situation where we don't know where to go.”

    Mwananyanda said Amnesty International was aware of another 16 former refugees, part of the initial group to flee the country, who have not received clearance from the Namibian government to return.

    “This means that if they go back to Namibia they will be 'illegal immigrants' and will be detained in the Francistown Centre for illegal immigrants, and their future becomes uncertain. Amnesty International is concerned that this may result in statelessness, as well as the separation of families,” Mwananyanda said.

    According to him, the Botswana authorities must ensure the dignity and safety of anyone who chooses to return to Namibia. He said the refugees should be given full information on their documentation.

    Namibia's high commissioner in Botswana, Mbapeua Muvanga, however, said his country has always stood ready to welcome the Dukwe residents back.

    “We have been saying that they are welcome to come back to Namibia. As far as Namibia is concerned, we are happy to welcome back,” Muvanga said.

    Meanwhile, over 20 Dukwe refugees returned to Namibia in June, according to the New Era newspaper.

    Namibia's commissioner for refugees, Likius Valombola, said in an interview that seven Namibian refugees registered for voluntary repatriation and were received on June 14.

    “They are now with their families, well-integrated into their communities in Zambezi Region. Like those who have voluntarily repatriated before, they are well-settled within their communities and no one was persecuted or questioned. The government of Namibia is resolute in ensuring that they return in a dignified manner and are integrated into their communities without fear of persecution,” Valombola said.

    According to the commissioner, there was no point in the refugees extending their stay in Botswana.

    “The government is ready to receive its citizens back home with open hands because there is no point for them to live in Botswana as refugees, as per the tripartite commission between the Namibia and Botswana governments and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on voluntary repatriation,” Valombola said.

    Meanwhile, Botswana's decision to ask the Dukwe refugees to return home stems from its position that it found Namibia to be politically stable.

    According to its minister for defence, following the cessation of their refugee status in December 2015 and a subsequent Botswana High Court case that interdicted their repatriation, they should go back to Namibia.

    The Botswana government, Kgathi said, considered Namibia to be stable, safe and secure, with well-functioning governing institutions that observe the rule of law.

    This view, Kgathi said, was also supported by the UNHCR, as evidenced by the decision to invoke the cessation of the refugee status granted to those at Dukwe.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Kombat farm school stands idleKombat farm school stands idle An abandoned, newly constructed school at the Neu Sommerau government resettlement farm near Kombat, has stirred up blame games between the lands ministry and the directorate of education for Otjozondjupa.

    The four classroom block, with two bedrooms that serve as teachers' quarters and ablution facilities, was constructed by the education ministry in the Otjozondjupa Region in 2015 at a cost over N$2 million.

    Since its completion in 2016, the school has not been operational.

    The Otjozondjupa regional education chief development planner, Veziruapi Tjombonde, told Nampa of her displeasure to see government's scarce resources being wasted in such a manner due to a lack of coordination between her office and that of the land reform ministry.

    Farm Neu Sommerau belongs to the land reform ministry, which carried out land surveying, mapping and the demarcation of farm units in 2013 for different purposes.

    She explained that the school will not open its doors until the connection of electricity, potable water and sewage networks are done.

    The land reform ministry, she said, has failed her office since it promised to channel services to the resettlement farm, where the directorate of education would then easily tap from and connect the school.

    “It was even them (land reform ministry) who showed us where to set up the school which is aimed at educating children on the farm from pre-primary to grade 3,” Tjombonde claimed.

    On his part, the deputy director in the lands ministry at Otjiwarongo, Gotlieb Elifas, explained that the new school building does not belong to his ministry, adding that the ministry which constructed the school should channel electricity, water and sewage pipelines to the school.

    He urged the education ministry to drill a borehole for water as an alternative measure.

    Upon enquiry the education permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp referred the matter back to Tjombonde, or the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, where all affairs of the directorate of education in the region are handled.

    The farm has over 2 000 residents and most of the children attend primary school at Kombat, which is situated approximately 10 kilometres away from the core activities of the farm.



    NAMPA

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    Are you the next Mr Gay Namibia?Are you the next Mr Gay Namibia?Application process concludes end of July The research for the next LGBTIQA+ activist is on as Mr Gay Namibia resumes. Mr Gay Namibia for the first time since 2012 will be taking place in the heart of Windhoek.

    The current title holder Wendelinus Hamutenya said the event is finally in swing after receiving interest from the public.

    “I had people ask about the event and I thought maybe this year will be different because there were no participants for the years the event was not hosted,” said Hamutenya.

    The event that will be taking place in August has thus far attracted more than ten participants to contest for the title. Hamutenya says Mr Gay is a title to be given to anyone who is willing to be a voice and activist for the LGBTIQA+ community in Namibia. Anyone from the age of 18 can be a participant regardless of their sexuality. “The only requirement we have is for one to wear pants on the stage regardless of what you identify as. Please parents, if your children have an interest in taking part do let them, this is a harmless event,” he said.

    The winner will walk away with a whopping N$20 000 and a cow. The winner will also represent Namibia at Mr Gay World 2019 to be held in China, with a sponsored flight ticket. Hamutenya urges more people and organisations to come on board as sponsors as the event is about unity. “We are not in breach of any Namibian laws. This is just like the Miss Namibia pageant and any other pageant. The aim is to do away with tribalism because there is a thing of Damara gay men not associating themselves with Ovaherero gay men or Oshiwambo gay men. This event will bring together all Namibian tribes. Do come out and support us,” said Hamutenya.

    The application process is extended to end of July. Those who want to take part in Mr Gay Namibia 2018 can call or send a text message to 081 580 0099 or send an email to ramnamibia@gmail.com for the application forms.

    June Shimuoshili

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    081Every1Fest sells 5 000 tickets in week one081Every1Fest sells 5 000 tickets in week one The much anticipated 081Every1Fest has sold over 5 000 tickets in just one week. MTC's Tim Ekandjo reported at the launch that only 15 000 tickets will be made available.

    With 5 000 tickets gone and about 2 500 that will be allocated to invited VIP guests, there are about 7 500 tickets and they are selling fast. The public is urged to secure their tickets in advance as no tickets will be sold at the gate.

    “We have worked on a comprehensive safety and security plan that will see more than four security companies deployed to ensure the safety and security of all fest-goers in addition to the Namibian police and other law enforcement agencies,” said Ekandjo.

    General tickets sell for only N$25. This is a charity show, and MTC encourages members of the public and organisations to buy donation tickets. Donation tickets can also be purchased at Webtickets and can cost anything between N$10 to N$10 000. Ekandjo explained that there is a difference between a donation ticket and the actual show ticket. The actual show ticket allows one access to the festival while a donation ticket is simply your personal donation to the charitable cause whether you are attending the festival or not.

    The 081Every1Fest will see musical heavyweights like Gazza, Sally, Busiswa, Heavy K, Jah Prayzah, Davido, Runtown, Kalux, PDK, Oteya, Adora, KP Illest, Afroberries and 4x4 Too Much Power perform at Namibia's biggest and most affordable musical fest to date.

    Staff Reporter

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    Is Miss Namibia all it can be?Is Miss Namibia all it can be?Going 38 years and still more to be done tjil talks to previous Miss Namibia title holders regarding the pageant which seems to find itself 'stuck'. Last weekend saw Selma Kamanya crowned as Miss Namibia 2018, amid some detractors taking to social media to lambaste the quality of the pageant, which has in the past produced the sole local Miss Universe winner Michelle McLean.

    Questions were raised on platforms like Facebook as the pageant unfolded last Saturday, about whether the right kind of winner is being chosen to represent Namibia on the world stage and whether the competition has become stale and uninspiring.

    tjil spoke to two former Miss Namibia title holders from different eras on the state of the event and here is what they had to say.



    Patricia Hoeksema: Miss Namibia 1995

    tjil (T): Do you believe the Miss Namibia beauty pageant is of the necessary quality and stature to ensure that the appropriate representative is crowned for international pageants?

    Patricia Hoeksema (PH): The stature and quality of the Miss Namibia pageant ensures that the Miss Namibia that is crowned is a worthy winner. However, whether the Miss Namibia beauty pageant or any other pageants in Namibia enjoy the same prestige and support as they do in many other countries is arguable. It is clear that for many of the countries participating in international pageants such as Miss Universe and Miss World, tremendous investments are made behind setting these ladies up for success. This ranges from mounds of expensive clothing, makeup and professional coaching, to plastic surgery in extreme cases. While I personally believe that such extreme measures are not justifiable, particularly for a small and developing country like Namibia where we certainly have more pressing priorities, this is the reality of what Miss Namibia will be competing against when she participates in these international competitions.



    T: Would you say the brand Miss Namibia has grown over the years?

    PH: The importance that the Miss Namibia brand plays in Namibian society has not necessarily grown, possibly attributable to Namibians' increased access to global celebrities in this time where social media has made the world one. However, the brand Miss Namibia has grown in terms of legacy, as the number of Miss Namibias making a contribution towards society in one way or another, have grown.



    T: Do you believe we can do better in terms of organising creativity around the pageant?

    PH: One should always strive to do better, but it is also important to live within your means, and therefore, based on the resources available for the Miss Namibia pageant, I have to trust that the organisers have delivered the best product within their means.



    Odile Gertze: Miss Namibia 2010

    T: In your view, what kind of contestant would do well on the global stage?

    OG: The type of contestant that would do well in any international pageant is one that is dedicated to see it through to the end. Sometimes in the pageant industry, it can get a little bit difficult and the pressure can mount to such an extent where you feel like you are about to crack. At the end of the day, you need to want to have this. On top of that you need consistency, you need to collaborate with industry experts and get the right mentorship. You need to know and love your country. Your first priority is to be an ambassador for Namibia and then a contestant.



    T: What is the role of a Miss Namibia in your words?

    OG: Miss Namibia is an ambassador to the country; she promotes Namibia within and outside our borders. She also spearheads important courses that need our attention. She works and uses this platform to raise awareness and funds to change mindsets in Namibia.

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  • 07/12/18--16:00: What's cooking in
  • What's cooking in What's cooking in A new joint in town with twists in the kitchen This week, tjil takes a journey to The Kitchen, along with Humble Palate. The Windhoek food scene has been hit with somewhat of a revival. With new restaurants opening up in various parts of town almost on a monthly basis, the options for palate pleasers are definitely increasing. At least these days, you won't finish Windhoek's entire restaurant scene in two weeks, but maybe, in two and a half. One of the most talked about openings is The Kitchen, located at the new Freedom Plaza, partly still under construction. The vibe at the restaurant is amazing, with free Wi-Fi for you to post, surf and be you, allowing you to thrive as much as you see fit. Proprietor Tshoopara Chops' establishment is in a prime location with a high-volume market coming from individuals working in neighbouring buildings.

    The food, which is the main point of this whole eating experience, still needs tweaking here and there. They do have amazing pizza, made with dough containing Namibian mahangu, giving it a distinct flavour and taste profile that truly screams Namibian. The Big Boy burger, the flagship hunger buster, was too undercooked in parts for my liking, but after a quick return to the kitchen was back and tasted like something I'd enjoy eating, if it was done properly the first time round. The salad was uneventful and nothing special really, with the majority of it constituting the bitter bottom end of the lettuce.

    The chips came to my table, salted for me, which meant I couldn't dictate how much iodine I was going to allow in my body with regards to this particular food. Resident chef Dawos, who is also with the Namibian Hospitality Association, expressed that, as much as he is training the restaurant chefs, they might need time to grow into budding food ambassadors within the country and city as well.

    Thanks to manager Chris, and in absentia Chops, for having us and opening up a new culinary experience and option to the local consumer who might be looking for something new and different to experience. Its teething issues will be settled the next time we pop in again. We still need to sample that other cake.

    *@1humblepalate is an Instagram blog that reviews, explores and showcases local cuisine, restaurants and chefs within Namibia and is run by food writer and enthusiast, Ashley Dube.



    Ashley Dube

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  • 07/12/18--16:00: Miss Namibia missed me, not
  • Miss Namibia missed me, notMiss Namibia missed me, not The much-anticipated 38th crowning of Miss Namibia concluded on a high note. Literally as Chops announced the queen's name everyone was up on their feet screaming for joy. I could almost hear those on social media platforms too. However, the event didn't quite start off on the note it ended on. It was very upsetting for me as the space provided for media was so small that I couldn't do my job at all on the red carpet. I eventually decided to maar go sit down but that didn't go as planned either.

    Finally the doors were opened just to find out that allocated seats to the media did not consider the fact that we came to work first and not to enjoy later. I ultimately made a plan to go and squat on the floor in front of the judges' table as the positioning for my pictures was only possible from there.

    The show went on and in between having people jump over my legs as they walked by and my butt being kicked (lol) by the judge I sat in front of - as they stretched their legs I assume - I would say the top 12 really put on a show. Big ups to the designers who came through with the garments. Hey, they did the things. I couldn't help but pick up on some of the comments from the social media streets though. Almost everyone shared the same sentiments about the pageant itself, the routine and its progress over the years. Some were really just questioning its authenticity because their ideal Miss Namibia didn't win. But, until when will we be okay with the little things that year after year are repeated? What can we do about it besides state our opinions on social media, it becomes topical for a few days and the same story happens next year again?

    Thankfully the good office of Miss Namibia issued an apology and assured that what transpired will not happen again. They went to the extent of nogals asking us for opinions to make the event better. What I took from this saga was that one will not always be right and that is okay. You must, however, be willing to know your mistakes and change for the better. When being corrected, it doesn't mean that people hate you or that they are looking for attention. They want you and or your product to be great!



    june@namibiansun.com

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    Saving the environment one laugh at a timeSaving the environment one laugh at a timeEnvirocomedy tour makes an impact on over 300 school kids Doing things differently seems to be this year's motto as local comedians become educators. Comedians, in partnership with Eduventure under the Namibian National Museum, have been saving the environment one comedy show at a time. Comedians Slick, Iileka, Courage the Comedian and Fernando Tafish have been touring Namibian towns for the past months, seeing over ten schools in Rundu and Oshakati. Speaking to tjil, Tafish says the aim is to create awareness for the public with the emphasis on school kids.

    “It's very funny because as an artist, I never really paid attention to environmental issues until now. I have sat with scientists who have explained to me the situation we are in, why we should care and how we can help prevent further harm. I didn't know important it was but now I know how that we have a lot of work to do and I also know why,” he said.

    The comedians have so far held shows for over 300 students and learners from the towns visited, excluding members of the public. The comedians were called on board to try a different approach to getting attention to the topic of discussion. Tafish said it has been busy as they were required to do a lot of research and perform to a panel of scientists who would okay the jokes depending on how factual they were.

    “It has been a learning experience for all of us. Everyone has a part to play on how to take care of our planet. This can be done by not accepting plastic bags in shopping malls and using paper bags instead. It also includes servicing our cars on time and keeping our homes clean,” he said.

    The grand finale will be held in Windhoek at the NTN on 20 July. Students with student cards get in for free, otherwise it is N$20 at the door. Tafish said the environmental journey does not end here as he will be going to Zambia for the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa annual conference in September to perform.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Empowering women one cake at a timeEmpowering women one cake at a timeThe untold story of Shiwa, the baker From mastering the art of baking and icing, Shiwa the baker is taking the sweet-toothed by storm. Shiwomeho Kalla, known as Shiwa the baker, is building her empire one cupcake at a time. The key ingredients for scrumptious baked goods are a healthy amount of sugar, a sprinkle of spice and all things delectably nice. Shiwa is a labour of love and her dream was birthed from her insatiable passion for baking. Trained by some of the best in the business in Namibia and South Africa, Shiwa balances the life of an academic, a young professional and a businesswoman. Today she shares her story about when the baking bug bit her… and her master classes.



    Who is Shiwa?

    Born and raised in Oranjemund, 28-year-old Shiwa is an office manager by day, a student by night and baker in the wee hours. Her entrepreneurial hunger came from her working for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and being a presenter on NBC. Shiwa recalls always being surrounded by businesswomen and -men from all walks of life and their fortitude inspired her.

    “Their stories, the drive and passion that they had was phenomenal. Two years later the entrepreneur in me rose and here we are. The journey has been wonderful,” she said.



    The beginning

    Shiwa got into the baking business in an unusual way. She recalls looking for a bakery to place an order for her friend's party and there was no one available to bake the cake. She says she had called bakers in the directory, those she was referred to and those off the internet too.

    “I eventually got someone but they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg. So I thought to myself that this is what I needed to venture into. I always had a passion for food and I guess that's another reason I got into this kind of business. It was never a thing of I used to bake as a child… I just happened,” Shiwa said.

    Growing up, Shiwa said she never had an idea of what she wanted to become but she knew she didn't want to be poor. She says her passion for food and the fear of being poor combined, birthed the baker in her. She officially started baking in 2016 and the business was a partnership. Shiwa the baker, like a phoenix, rose from the failed partnership to what it is today.

    “It started as a hobby and there is no way one can have a hectic schedule and still have the energy to bake until the morning hours. There is no way you will sweat and toil if there is no passion. Baking is something I like to do, on average I bake every day. I love being in my kitchen and that is where I find my peace,” she said.



    The master classes

    Shiwa says when she got the idea of turning her baking into a business, no one wanted to help her master the skills. According to her, people were always busy and some didn't to share their secret recipes and knowledge. She vowed to herself that when mastered the craft she will teach people how to bake. She eventually found someone who taught her how to decorate cakes and who led her to someone who baked and was willing to share their knowledge.

    “I am all about collective power. I am about uplifting people and I want to see everyone win, grow and thrive. That is what fuels my entrepreneurial spirit, my business strategy and that is why I do what I do.

    Shiwa says she teaches women in particular, so that they can empower themselves. According to her, baking is a science as there is more to just following recipes and putting something in the oven. The techniques used to bake are based on the science of understanding why one bakes at a certain temperature, why the pan is a certain design - just to mention a few.

    To date, Shiwa has held over four classes in different towns. She will be having her next one in Rundu tomorrow and hopes to have more across Namibia.

    “I am so grateful that Bokomo Namibia and Moir's South Africa support this initiative. By dedicating their resources, I am now fully able to accomplish my dream of empowering women across the country.”



    The future

    When asked if she would ever bake full-time, the enthusiast baker says she is willing to take it all the way, one step at a time. She says she does have a plan in place but the end goal is go full-time and opens up her own academy.

    “My short-term goal is to complete my master classes and in the long term, I want to grow a legacy brand, I eventually want to open a baking training academy and empower more people. One should never let fear deter them from their goals. Don't let it paralyse you,” she concluded.







    June Shimuoshili

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  • 07/12/18--16:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Rio Tinto operation in South Africa shut by protests

    A mineral sands operation on the South African coast run by Rio Tinto has been closed since Friday due to violent community protests which saw a security guard killed earlier this week, the company and a union said on Wednesday.

    Community unrest is a common feature of South Africa’s social landscape, which is marred by high jobless rates and glaring income disparities, underscoring the social risks for investors in the country’s mining sector.

    “Due to the escalation in activity around the blockades on the access roads, staff were sent home on Friday. Our highest priority is the safety of our people,” a Rio spokesman said. The operation, Richards Bay Minerals, is on South Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Barclays Africa returns to its South African roots

    Barclays Africa changed its name back to Absa on Wednesday, in a rebranding aimed at underlining its South African roots as Britain’s Barclays gradually retreats from the continent.

    The name change comes almost a year after Barclays sold most of its controlling stake in Absa, South Africa’s third-largest lender, ending more than a century of the British bank’s involvement in Africa to focus on its home market and the United States.

    Currently Absa is the brand name for the group’s retail banks in South Africa but in future all of the group’s operations across Africa will use that brand name.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Australia prepares to ban Huawei from 5G project

    Australia is preparing to ban Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for its planned 5G broadband network after its intelligence agencies raised concerns that Beijing could force the Chinese telco to hand over sensitive data, two sources said.

    Western intelligence agencies have for years raised concerns about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government and the possibility that its equipment could be used for espionage. But there has never been any public evidence to support those suspicions.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Departing Apple engineer stole autonomous car tech

    An ex-Apple engineer on Monday was charged with stealing secrets from a hush-hush self-driving car technology project days before he quit to go to a Chinese startup.

    Xiaolang Zhang was in custody for stealing trade secrets from the Apple project, according to a copy of the criminal complaint posted online.

    The charge is punishable by 10 years in prison and a US$250 000 fine.

    "Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously," the California-based internet titan said in response to an AFP query.

    "We're working with authorities on this matter and will do everything possible to make sure this individual and any other individuals involved are held accountable for their actions."

    -Nampa/AFP

    Chipmaker Broadcom inks US$19 billion deal

    Broadcom Inc announced a US$18.9 billion deal to buy US business software company CA Inc on Wednesday, venturing far beyond its realm of semiconductors and testing investors’ confidence in its Chief Executive Hock Tan’s dealmaking credentials.

    The CA deal, outlined in a joint statement from the companies, comes just four months after US President Donald Trump blocked Broadcom’s US$117 billion hostile bid for semiconductor peer Qualcomm Inc, arguing it posed a threat to US national security and gave an edge to Chinese companies looking to build next-generation wireless networks.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Shifeta clarifies trophy postsShifeta clarifies trophy postsExcludes bona fide advertisements The ban on trophy photos posted on social media stays in place and excludes formal advertising which, the minister says, is already regulated. Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta has clarified confusion in the tourism and hunting industry regarding the ban on posting trophy photos on social media, saying that the restriction does not include advertisements.

    According to Shifeta, the new permit condition that was recently added to prohibit hunters from distributing trophy photos on social media never included advertising as there is already a law that regulates this.

    Ads are regulated under regulation 106 of the Nature Conservation Ordinance of Namibia which deals with the advertising of hunting of game for trophies.

    According to the regulation, no person may advertise the hunting of game or wild animals for the purpose of trophies unless they are the owner or lessee of a hunting farm, or the owner or manager of a guest farm or safari undertaking.

    It also says that: “No advertisement, brochure or pamphlet in which or through which the hunting of game or wild animals for the purpose of trophies is advertised shall be printed or distributed before it has been approved in writing by the director.”

    Shifeta said the regulation has been in place for many years and he does not understand why there seems to be sudden confusion within the industry over this.

    According to him the new requirement is specifically for those people that are posting photos of dead animals on social media.

    On Monday, Shifeta met with the Namibian Professional Hunters Association (Napha) and other industry players who aired their concerns after the recent announcement that trophy photos will not be allowed on social media.

    Napha president Danene van der Westhuyzen said in a statement that the meeting was very constructive.

    According to her, a summary of all the concerns and questions raised by their members, as well as a proposal for a way forward, was presented to Shifeta.

    A draft pamphlet with guidelines for social media advertising and posts was also provided to Shifeta and it was suggested that this pamphlet be distributed at the airports, Air Namibia, Namibia Tourism Board, the environment ministry Napha offices, and that it also accompanies all hunting permits issued.

    Napha proposed that a clearly defined guideline structure for responsible social media marketing should be set up. This will ensure a risk-free freedom of advertising by hunting clients as well as hunting operators. It will also ensure that the ministry has clear rules and guidelines with which it will be able to prosecute and or penalise any Namibian outfitter for transgressions against these guidelines.

    Another suggestion was a generic well-worded, professional write-up that can serve as a response on any criticism on hunting on social media platforms to be used by any hunter, outfitter, the ministry or Napha. This will at the same time provide them all with an opportunity to enlighten critics on their role as conservationists through hunting, the benefits of hunting and the role the ministry plays.

    Van der Westhuyzen said because of the ever-changing and evolving portals through the internet, it is imperative that all professional hunters, master hunting guides and hunting guides stay up to date with these developments. “Through the ministry's proposed annual ethics course, a point system where certain credits are provided to individuals attending these courses should be implemented.”

    This point system could serve as a penalising system as well, where points could be deducted by the ministry by any transgressions of hunters.

    A meeting will be held at Heja Lodge on 27 July where anyone who wants to contribute constructive and pro-active input on the matter is welcome.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Cold storage boon for OshakatiCold storage boon for Oshakati The Oshakati Cold Storage is committed to assisting government to address the country's high unemployment rate and poverty levels, while contributing positively to the economy.

    This is according to cold storage chairman Robert Shiimoshili, who was speaking at the official inauguration of the facility at Oshakati on Wednesday. The event was attended by fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau. Shiimoshili said the cold stage, which is a co-owned by two fishing quota holders, Vernier Investments and Camoposatu Investments, is committed to contributing directly and indirectly towards Namibia's economic growth, while supporting SMEs.

    “The Oshakati Cold Storage is contributing its small part to the local economy and is indirectly supporting local employment creation and economic growth,” Shiimoshili said.

    “We are very committed to supporting Namibian SME suppliers and service providers throughout our operations.”

    Shiimoshili said the cold storage understands the role it has to play in the fishing sector, more particularly its responsibility towards the less fortunate members of society. “We fully understand the fact that as a player in the fishing industry we have a responsibility towards the less privileged members of our society. We are very committed to social responsibility and very conscious of the significant socio-economic challenges facing our country. Therefore, we have undertaken a number of social responsibility initiatives in the region,” Shiimoshili said.

    The cold storage facility at Oshakati's Oneshila settlement is mainly focused on repackaging consumer-ready products, and cold storage services.

    The facility also has two fish shops and 21 people have been employed thus far.

    The facility has a capacity of 150 tonnes and is currently distributing 200 tonnes of fish per month, mainly horse mackerel. It also deals with hake and by-catches such as snoek, dentex and jacopever. Esau applauded the owners for their efforts to take fish to the people. He also applauded the decision of facility to keep fish prices parallel to those of Walvis Bay, which he said is affordable. Esau said he was informed that on a daily basis the cold storage distributes 10 tonnes, which he said illustrates that Namibians are eager to consume local fish. “The daily distribution of about 10 tonnes in just one town by this establishment is a testimony that our people want to consume Namibian fish and are willing to pay for it at a competitive price, if it is availed to them. “I would like to thank Vernier and Camoposatu for ensuring that the prices of fish at this facility are kept at Walvis Bay levels, in order to ensure affordability by our people,” Esau added. He said the efforts of the cold storage are in line with his call that the fishing industry undertakes enterprise development and diversifies its investments to the regions, in order to ensure regional development.

    “The government wants to see that our fisheries' wealth is distributed to as many regions as possible, through sustainable developments that create jobs, such as this cold storage.”

    Esau also used the opportunity to inform the public on the issue of eligibility for fishing rights, saying that not all Namibians are able to get these rights, before adding all citizens of the country benefit from these rights, either directly or indirectly.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Aluta Xoagub-BackOffice AgentAluta Xoagub-BackOffice AgentMaking the most of each opportunity Aluta 'Henry' Xoagub is a back office agent at Telecom Namibia for over three years. He completed his matric at Martin Luther High School and started working straight after grade 12. Michelline

    Nawatises



    Xoagub was simply not comfortable with his parents assisting him and started working at Blake & Associates at the age of 17, as a debt collection agent. He worked at Blake for two years and later moved to Hi-Finance, the then administration division of HiFi Corporation. He then moved to the Trustco Insurance sales division for six months and later got a job at Revenue Solutions.

    Both Xoagub's parents are principals, at the Otjimbingwe and Arandis primary schools, respectively.

    He has four siblings, two brothers and two sisters as he is the second oldest.

    He is into sport, particularly football.

    Xoagub started working at Telecom on 14 August 2014 at the customer contact centre, on a contract, and was fully employed on 1 June 2016 and later moved to the commercial division.

    Xoagub works with the approvals of TN Mobile applications, as well as SIM card replacements, number portability and activations.

    His biggest challenge was adapting to his new work atmosphere. His accomplishments include reaching his targets and outperforming his expectations in a difficult environment, in the shortest possible time.

    His typical day is quite hectic, as he is an agent by day and a business management student by night. After he knocks off, he heads to class at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust).

    “I am patient and good with everyone… I like to get my work done on time, and I do not get angry, whenever I am under pressure,' Xoagub said.

    He is ambitious and is inspired by the desire to achieve greatness. He is determined to build a legacy.

    His advice to aspiring young people is not to be afraid of failure and to dream big - dreams that others think is impossible. “It is possible because we live in a country where entrepreneurial opportunities are everywhere.”

    Xoagub's future plan is to reach the highest level possible and to change lives.

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    South Africa's Reserve Bank to talk toughSouth Africa's Reserve Bank to talk toughTo hold steady, poll finds South Africa’s Reserve Bank will probably talk tough on taming rising consumer prices but choose to leave the repo rate unchanged next week to give the economy a chance to grow, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. All 25 economists surveyed in the past week said the Reserve Bank would keep rates unchanged at 6.50% on July 19. The bank last cut rates in March, by 25 basis points, when inflation was moderating.

    “The monetary policy rhetoric is likely to be quite hawkish at the upcoming committee meeting, but we don’t expect any interest rate hike yet,” said Elna Moolman, economist at Standard Bank in Johannesburg.

    Inflation quickened 0.7 percentage points to 4.5% in April due to a new value added tax and fuel cost hikes, but dipped to 4.4% the following month, and May could have marked the end of an easing cycle by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

    There is just 10% probability the central bank will change rates at this meeting, the poll showed, and only two economists surveyed expect any movement this year. Medians suggest no movement until 2020 at least.

    Markets cheered Cyril Ramaphosa’s new presidency at the turn of the year, sending the rand around 10% stronger, but the currency has lost all those gains in the past six months due to global trade worries and a poor local economic performance in the first quarter.

    However, a separate survey last week said the currency was likely to cruise through the next 12 months but the outcome of a trade war between the United States and China could blow it off course.

    On Friday, the United States and China exchanged the first salvos in what could become a protracted trade war, slapping tariffs on US$34 billion worth of each other’s’ goods and giving no sign of willingness to start talks aimed at reaching a truce.

    Inflation is expected to average 4.9% this year and 5.2% next.

    Moolman said the SARB would wait for more certainty about the trade war’s lasting impact on currency and growth, as well as general growth strength and inflation pass-through from higher oil prices and rand weakness, before it responds.

    “A still cool economy calls for cool heads on the committee, where we deem it unlikely at this juncture that rate hikes will be considered anytime soon,” said Jeffrey Schultz, economist at BNP Paribas in Johannesburg.

    Economists have steadily trimmed their 2018 growth forecasts from a median of 1.9% in April and this month predicted a 1.5% expansion, 0.2 percentage points lower than thought last month. It will accelerate to 2.0% next year.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    2.35 million urbanites by 20412.35 million urbanites by 2041Poverty, climate change drive migration Increased poverty and a lack of opportunities drives urban migration, along with climate change. The worsening impacts of climate change are contributing to an increase in internal migration from rural to urban areas in Namibia, with the urban population expected to reach a whopping 2.35 million by 2041.

    The key drivers of urbanisation are unemployment, rural poverty and loss of livelihood, which is attributed to natural hazards, among others.

    At an estimated annual growth rate of 1.9%, Namibia's population is growing rapidly and the population is projected to be 3.59 million by 2041.

    According to a report titled Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Namibia, the country is classified as one the nations in the world most vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards.

    The report says that by 2041, Namibia's rural population is projected to be about 1.25 million or 35%, which reflects a significant decrease from 57.2% in 2011. In contrast, the urban population is projected to be about 2.35 million or 65%, indicating a significant increase from 42.8% in 2011.

    The report says the country experiences significant agricultural production losses, while 70% of the population directly depend on food security for survival.

    “The effects of climate change and natural hazards pose serious threats to the livelihood of communities and socioeconomic development at large.”

    The report says due to increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, affected communities are forced to migrate from one area to another, mostly to escape drought-stricken or flooded areas or in search of water, grazing and arable land, in order to enhance their livelihood and survival.

    It notes that climate change has increased the occurrence of droughts and floods, which negatively impacts on agricultural productivity and the livelihood of communities

    According to the report Namibia's urban population increased from 42.8% in 2011 to 47.9% in 2016, while the rural population declined from 57.2% in 2011 to 52.1% in 2016, which reflects a high trend of rural to urban migration in the country.

    At regional level, the Khomas has the largest share of the total population with 17.9%, followed by Ohangwena with 11% and Omusati with 10.8%. Omaheke had the smallest total share of population at 3.2%

    “Across the world, urbanisation is taking place at an alarming rate and it is projected that by 2050, 66% of the world's population will be living in urban areas, and Namibia is no exception.”

    Since attaining independence in 1990, Namibia has experienced a wave of urbanisation. In 1991, the urban population of Namibia stood at 28%, which rapidly increased to 33% in 2001, 42% in 2011 and 47% in 2016.

    According to the report, urbanisation has resulted in the rapid expansion of informal settlements, causing a high demand for municipal services, such as water, sewerage and electricity, and increased poor housing conditions.

    Windhoek reported that from 2012 to 2016, the rate of urbanisation was estimated at 4%, which exerts pressure on the city to provide housing and municipal services.

    “However, due to the rate of influx, the city is unable to cope and the migrants are forced to settle in areas without municipal services, which further exposes them to harsh living conditions,” the report says.

    Apart from Windhoek, other urban areas like Walvis Bay are experiencing similar urbanisation trends.

    The report further adds that droughts have increased in the past ten years, a trend which meteorological reports attribute to shifts in the global circulation patterns and the El Niño effect.

    “There is evidence that Namibia's temperature has been rising at three times the global mean temperature increases reported for the 20th century.”

    Furthermore, it is predicted with a high degree of certainty that Namibia should expect an increase in temperatures of between 1°C and 3.5°C in summer and 1°C to 4°C in winter during the period 2046 to 2065.

    The temperature increase has implications on water resources, evaporation, evapo-transpiration and agricultural productivity, which will impact on the livelihoods of people.

    According to the report, when people normally do not have sufficient food and water (both for themselves and their livestock), they are forced to move in search of better livelihoods, which has an implication on internal migration.

    “Natural hazards and climate change affect a wide range of social and ecological systems that are vital for the communities' livelihoods, which has a major implication on food security and leads to forced migration.”

    It adds that with decreasing resilience and declining livelihoods, the affected communities are now forced to seek alternative homes, leading to increased internal migration, which fuels the rural-urban migration momentum.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Dilapidated Swapo office unsafeDilapidated Swapo office unsafe Swapo Oshana regional coordinator Samuel Nelongo says the party's regional office at Oshakati is in dire need of renovations, adding that more office space is also required, as the regional mobiliser is being forced to operate from the boardroom.

    Nelongo this week revealed there are safety concerns about the state of the building, which he and other Swapo members operate from, saying it's not conducive and they are in need of more offices and a library.

    Apart from the Oshana mobiliser operating from the boardroom, the coordinator for the Swapo Party School in Oshana is not accommodated at the premises, due to lack of office space.

    Huge cracks were observed in the boardroom during a visit by Namibian Sun, which extend to the exterior of the building.

    The paint is also peeling and the fence, which has been damaged for many years, has not been repaired to date.

    “This building is cracking massively and the boardroom is worse, as they are visible from the outside, which is not good. Party members and visitors like you gather in that boardroom for different events and it is not a good image for the party to have a cracked building,” Nelongo said.

    “We need this building to be at a good standard, because our safety is at risk here. We also need more offices and a library, because the administration has increased and the Swapo Party has introduced the party school, and we need to have a place where party members can acquire knowledge and do research.”

    Nelongo explained that the cracks in the wall are not recent, but have been there for a number of years, during the era of his predecessor Erastus Kapolo.

    They have just worsened, he said.

    Nelongo said the regional executive on several occasions attempted to have the building revamped, but their efforts were successful.

    Nelongo said before the building was renovated about six years ago, the party's Oshana regional executive had suggested and proposed that they need a library, but to no avail.

    Nelongo said he had written a letter to party secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa's office informing her of various matters, including the shortage of offices.

    Shaningwa did not confirm nor deny having received the letter, before responding with a series of questions.

    “What is your interest in Swapo Party offices? Were you sent by the coordinator to come and ask me those types of questions? Sort it out with the coordinator,” Shaningwa said.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 07/12/18--16:00: A first for Namibia
  • A first for NamibiaA first for NamibiaHatupopi shines at African Commission Petrus Hatupopi is the first Namibian to work at the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, an organ of the African Union based in Banjul, Gambia. Octavia Tsibes

    After matric Petrus Hatupopi studied law at the University of Namibia (Unam) where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, which is also known as an LLB. After obtaining his law degree, Hatupopi went to further his studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, where he obtained a masters’ degree in law (LLM).

    After completing his studies at UCT he started working as a prosecutor based at the Rundu Magistrate’s Court. As a prosecutor he represented the state in criminal proceedings and assisted the court in ascertaining the truth.

    “Rundu is a busy station, which also serves a big region. I had to travel sometimes to prosecute at periodical courts, such as Mukwe Ndiyona and Kahenge near Nkurenkuru. I also performed the duties of a maintenance officer, as defined in the Maintenance Act,” he says.

    He worked at Rundu until May 2018, when he moved to Banjul, Gambia to work for the African Union at the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, under the African Union Youth Division.

    He specialises in international law, with specific reference to the international protection of human rights, international criminal law and international law of the sea, as well as international environmental law and the law of international trade.

    The legal department of the secretariat is responsible for handling complaints of alleged human rights violations in various party states to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. His work is mainly conducting research on various legal issues, monitoring the human rights situation on the African continent and monitoring recent developments in international law, and drafting documents such as resolutions and recommendations on the complaints received.

    His daily workload is manageable, Hatupopi says.

    He has a to-do list and a diary, which helps him keep track of the tasks he has to complete before their respective deadlines.

    He also filters out tasks that have already been completed. “It helps to monitor progress and prevent work overload. My work requires me to manage multiple tasks at once. Some tasks, I deal with them as they come, to prevent the work pressure from mounting. I refrain from procrastinating and just do what needs to be done,” he says.

    Career highlight

    The highlight of Hatupopi’s career journey so far is getting an opportunity to become an international civil servant, while working with specialists in the area of international law, specifically the international protection of human rights. “I play a role in the promotion and protection of the human rights situation on the continent, by working towards ensuring the implementation of and compliance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights by party states, and I also get exposure to the work of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. I have produced research papers that the commissioners have considered in their decision-making processes and which they have relied upon for their promotional missions to party states. It is gratifying to see that you are positively impacting other people’s lives through your work,” he says.

    Hatupopi thinks mentorship is important in every industry. According to him, mentors are people who have walked exactly the same steps or similar ones that we want to take in our career journeys. He further says it is important to have such a person who can guide you, by providing you with the relevant information, knowledge and advice you may need to make informed decisions.

    “A mentor is a source of inspiration and everyone needs that on their career paths,” he says.

    He says there is so much that one can do with a law degree, and choosing a path can be a difficult decision.

    “If you find it difficult to make such a decision, a mentor can assist you to make up your mind and guide you on your career path and also call you to order if you are derailing or going astray, deliberately or unknowingly,” he says.

    He adds a mentor is the right person to give you the dos and the don’ts, as well as the pros and the cons of everything.

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    The female land access conundrumThe female land access conundrum Female access to land in the region has been put firmly under the microscope by a motion at a recent plenary session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum (PF), which took place in Luanda.

    The motion enjoined SADC parliaments to debate the gender dimension of land ownership and agricultural industrialisation in their respective countries.

    Additionally, the motion encouraged the SADC PF to engage the secretariat to determine progress towards advancing women’s access to land in the agricultural sector.

    While seconding the motion by veteran South African lawmaker Rosalia Morotua, Tanzanian MP Esther Masi highlighted that women in most SADC countries simply do not own land, yet they are the ones that produce food and feed their nations.

    Malawi MP Patricia Kainga said the SADC gender protocol barometer of 2017 attributes the poor access to land by women to stringent trade facilities that most women are unable to qualify for, and customary practices that prevent them from inheriting land.

    In the Namibian context, as the country’s second national land conference approaches in October, issues relating to female ownership of land needs to be aired and dealt with effectively.

    The lands ministry has already indicated that the conference will deliberate on what more can be done to fast-track the implementation of the 1991 land conference resolutions and other land-related issues that have emerged during the implementation of the country’s land programme.

    Critical to this is female ownership of land.

    In an effort to ensure inclusivity, government has established a high-level coordinating committee for the land conference. The committee, which was inaugurated on 29 May, is comprised of 32 members drawn from the government, farmers’ unions, trade unions and academics.

    Female voices and pressure groups should be part and parcel of this high-level committee, especially because statistics show that in 2016, Namibia had 589 787 households, of which 53.6% were headed by males and 46.4% by females.

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