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  • 07/21/18--04:54: Head-on crash kills 3
  • Head-on crash kills 3Head-on crash kills 3 Three were killed instantly and 11 injured just befoe 21:00 last night near Kalkrand on the B1. The police say a Toyota Quantum pulling a trailer collided head-on with an Audi. One passenger in the Toyota died instantly and the driver (52) and passenger (36) of the Audi also died at the scene. The families of those who died have not yet formally identified the bodies. Police investigation is underway.

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    Namibia to kick off World Cup qualifiersNamibia to kick off World Cup qualifiers The Netball World Cup qualifiers dates are out, with Namibia facing Uganda on 14 August in Zambia in their first match.

    Namibia will then play their second game of the qualifiers against Kenya on 15 August before challenging Zimbabwe on 16 August. The team will be pitted against Malawi on 17 August and will close off their qualification campaign against Zambia on 18 August. All the matches will be played in Lusaka, Zambia. England as the hosts of the World Cup have already qualified, with Malawi (ranked sixth in the world), Australia (1st), New Zealand (3rd), Jamaica (4th), and South Africa (5th) also already in tournament, slated for Liverpool next year. Namibia will have to ensure they win all their matches to stand a chance of competing at the netball global showpiece.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Robber Chanties thrashed by Etosha UnitedRobber Chanties thrashed by Etosha United Round 20 of the Kunene second division produced 24 goals in the four matches played on Sunday, with Etosha United thrashing Robber Chanties 10-0 in Ombika.

    The men in yellow and blue took the lead as early as the sixth minute via the boot of George Gaeseb, with Josef Kandi adding another in the 15th minute for a 2-0 lead.

    Etosha United upped the pressure and scored their third goal in the 35th minute through Dussy Haneb, to go into halftime with an unassailable 3-0 lead.

    The men from Ombika opened the floodgates in the second half with Kandi making it 4-0 three minutes after the restart.

    Gaeseb then scored his brace and fifth of the match for his team in the 55th minute.

    Haneb made it 6-0 in the 68th minute with his second of the match, before Tjaupehi Uemupingena added the seventh goal in the 80th minute.

    Kanambunga Rikamburayi made it 8-0 in the 84th minute, before Gaeseb scored his hat-trick to make it 9-0 in the 87th minute.

    The last nail in the coffin was hit by Uemupingena in the 90th minute to give them a 10-0 victory.

    Speaking to Nampa after the match on Sunday, Etosha United coach Willie Mpasi said the game was entertaining and the big margin was needed to add to their goal tally, as the race for the second spot is heating up.

    “We analysed Robber Chanties' game against our 'noisy' neighbours, Youngsters, from Okaukuejo on Saturday and saw that Robber Chanties cannot cope with pacey players. We decided that if Eagles can score six goals against them, why not do better,” he said.

    Mpasi said they will now chase down Eagles for the second spot and will prepare hard for the remaining two matches.

    In other round 20 matches played on Sunday, Black Africa Warriors held Kunene Nampol Football Club to a 1-1 draw at Outjo's Etoshapoort Stadium, while at the same venue, newly crowned league champions Outjo Football Academy defeated Bethlehem Boys 4-1.

    Young Eagles beat Gariseb Orlando Pirates 5-2 at Okaukuejo.


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  • 07/23/18--16:00: Frustrated Ozil quits
  • Frustrated Ozil quitsFrustrated Ozil quitsResignation sparks racism storm The disillusioned German player's resignation from the national team has sparked a racism storm. Mesut Ozil's decision to quit playing for Germany unleashed a racism storm in Berlin on Monday, but earned the applause of Ankara with a Turkish minister hailing “a goal against the virus of fascism”.

    The Arsenal midfielder posted a stinging four-page statement taking aim at German Football Association (DFB) bosses, sponsors and the media.

    Ozil, a key member of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, blamed the DFB management, in particular its president Reinhard Grindel, for failing to side with him against his critics. “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote.

    The 29-year-old said he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just before the World Cup finals.

    “I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish,” said Ozil, who has been repeatedly singled out for criticism after Germany's woeful performances at the World Cup saw them crash out after the group stage.

    Ozil's explosive statement, in three separate postings on Twitter and Instagram, was hailed by the Turkish government of Erdogan, who has championed a campaign against what Ankara sees as growing Islamophobia in Europe.

    “I congratulate Mesut Ozil who by leaving the national team has scored the most beautiful goal against the virus of fascism,” justice minister Abdulhamit Gul wrote on Twitter.

    But it was met with a mix of dismay and outrage in Germany.

    German justice minister Katarina Barley wrote on Twitter that it was an “alarm sign if a great German footballer like Mesut Ozil no longer feels wanted in his country or represented by the DFB”.

    Cem Ozdemir of the Greens party also voiced dismay that “young German-Turks now get the impression that they have no place in the German national team”.

    At the same time, Ozdemir, who himself has Turkish roots, voiced disappointment that Ozil “did not live up to his function of setting examples” by failing to distance himself from Erdogan.

    “Posing with the sole ruler, Erdogan, is disrespectful to those who are being persecuted in Turkey or put arbitrarily in prison,” he said.

    Germany's country's best-selling newspaper Bild led the charge of criticism against Ozil, calling his statement a “whiny resignation” and slamming him for heaping “criticism on everyone but himself”.

    Bild, which has for weeks has been calling for Ozil to be dropped from the starting team , also hit back against the midfielder's claims that his Turkish origin and Erdogan's photo with him have been used by some media to pander to the far-right.

    “Ozil's world view here is dangerously close to Erdogan and his despots,” charged the tabloid-style daily.

    The photo, which was published on the presidential website and the Twitter feed of the ruling party, came just before the 24 June polls Erdogan won to claim sweeping new powers.

    Ozil said that despite the timing of the picture “it wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country”. Born and raised in Gelsenkirchen, Ozil, who has scored 23 goals and made 40 assists in 92 appearances for Germany, is third-generation German-Turk and counts among more than three million people of Turkish origin in Germany. In his statement, Ozil underlined how he felt “hurt” by his school, which he said did not want him to appear at an event, because of the raging criticism against him over the Erdogan affair. The DFB has so far stayed mum, and in a first reaction from his former teammates, defender Jerome Boateng wrote on Twitter only using the Turkish word for brother: “It was a pleasure, Abi.”

    Former DFB chief Theo Zwanziger warned the debacle was a “serious blow to the integration efforts in our country that goes beyond football”.

    For Tagesspiegel, the entire affair was a “watershed for sports, politics and society”. While the newspaper noted that Ozil's thinking that a photograph could be non-political was “naive”, it said that the debacle had far-reaching consequences.

    “Ultimately, Ozil did not fall because of Grindel but because of a heated, populist mood in Germany,” it said.

    “The danger exists because many who also have family roots in other countries or culture, can understand Ozil's mood. And this needs to be countered quickly and decisively.

    “Because more is at stake than just the future of the German national football team.”

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    Oonkundathana dhevi tadhi tsikile moshilongoOonkundathana dhevi tadhi tsikile moshilongo Oonkundathana kombinga yoshikumungu shevi moshilongo ndhoka dha ningwa moshitopolwa shaKhomas, nadho odha holola kutya ekutheko lyevi pwaahena iifuta osho owala tashi vulu okulonga nokukandulapo ompumbwe yevi mokati koshigwana.

    Ekuthoko lyevi pwaahena iifuta nokushunitha evi ndyoka kooyene, omaiyuvo ga ningwa kaakalimo yomoshitopolwa shaKhomas mboka ya kala nokukutha ombinga momutumba ngoka gwa ningilwa mOvenduka oshiwike sha piti.

    Omutumba guule womasiku gaali ngoka gwa hulu mEtitano lya piti, oguli oshitopolwa shoonkundathana dhopashigwana ndhoka tadhi ningwa, omolwa omutumba gwevi omutiyali gwopashigwana ngoka tagu ningwa moshilongo nuumvo momwedhi Kotomba.

    Oyendji yomaakalimo mboka ya kutha ombinga momutumba ngoka gwa ningilwa moshinyanga shiigongi shaKovambo Nujoma Hall poombelewa dhelelo lyoshitopolwa, oya popile ekutho ko lyevi pwaahena iifuta yasha, lyo evi ndyoka li shunwe momake gooyene. Omaiyuvo ngoka oga popiwa woo kukansela gwoshikandjohogololo shaKatutura central, Ambrosius Kandjii, ngoka a popi kutya ota popi pehala lyoshigwana she.

    “Ngoka ogo omaiyuvo ge li moshigwana. Kage shi omaiyuvo gaKandjii.

    Aantu oya hala evi li kuthwe ko pwaahena iifuta.”

    “Otwa pumbwa okutala komutumba gwomvula yo 1991 nokukonaakona kutya oshike twa ningi sha puka naashoka twa ningi shi li mondjila sho oshilongo twa tegelela shi ninge omutumba gwevi omutiyali,” ndyoka eyamukulo lya ningwa kuNgoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKhomas, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, sho a pulwa kombinga yongushu yomitumba ndhoka.

    Mayola gwaVenduka, Muesee Kazapua, ngoka naye a kala momutumba ngoka okwa popile omaiyuvo gaKandjii.

    “Tse onga oKhomas otatu yi komutumba ngoka tatu popi kutya evi nali kuthweko pwaahena iifuta,” Kazapua a popi,omanga omutumba ngoka inagu ya pokafudho.


    Omutumba ngoka ogwa popi woo kombinga yaakondjelimanguluko oshowo ehwahwameko lyoAffirmative Repositioning (AR, ndyoka lya popi kutya aakondjelimanguluko inaya ihumbatelwa momukalo gwashewa.

    AR okwa popi kutya okwa simaneka oshilonga oshinene shoka aakondjelimanguluko ya longo mokumangulula oshilongo, ihe shoka inashi kala okatekete ko ku ya tula komeho yaaNamibia ayehe mokwiimonena uuwanawa.

    Dimbulukeni Nauyoma gwoAR okwa popi kutya aakondjelimanguluko inaya shewa.

    Okwa popi kutya ka pwali etsokumwe kutya ngele aantu ya galukile moshilongo nena otaya ka kala nokumona omauwanawa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya shoka otashi e ta moshigwana omudhigululwakalo gwa nika oshiponga kutya kehe shimwe nashi pewe owala aakondjelimanguluko.

    Nauyoma okwa holola woo omaiyuvo ge kutya otashi etitha ohenda sho oohapu kombinga yomutumba gwevi ngoka gwa tegelelwa guningwe moshilongo muKotomba itamu kundathwa aanyasha ngele tashi ya ombinga yuumwene wevi. Ta yambidhidha omapopyo gaNauyoma, Job Amupanda okwa popi kutya ha oonakukondjela emanguluko ayehe ya pumbwa okutulwa mongundu yaamboka taya pumbwa omayambidhidho moshilongo.

    “Otwa hala okutya omukokoli presidende Sam Nujoma ota pumbwa omayambidhidho?

    Otwa hala okutya aakondjelimaguluko ngaashi Dr Kawana naye okwa pumbwa omayambidhhdo, ondi na uupyakadhi naashoka,” Amupanda a popi, iikwatelela kefatululo lyaakondjelimanguluko mepangelo lyaNamibia.

    Sho a popi pehala lyaakondjelimanguluko, Alex 'Poison' Kamwi gwoNamibia National Veterans Association okwa nyana omaiyuvo ngoka.

    “Otamu popi kombinga yaakondjelimanguluko nokutokola kombinga yetu omanga katu po mpaka.

    Olye e mu lombwele mu tokoloekombinga yetu? Inamu tu pa nokuli uuyelele kombinga yaashoka tamu popi pehala lyetu.”

    Kamwi a popi iikwatelela kombinga yiipumbiwa yaamboka taya vulu okutalika mooprograma dhepangelo dhomatulululo.

    “One oolye opo mu popye pehala lyetu?” Kamwi a pula.

    Oonkundathana dholudhi ndoka otadhi ningwa moshilongo ashihe.


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    Etukuko lyomukithi gwekondo nelaka mo2015 olya li oshikengelelaEtukuko lyomukithi gwekondo nelaka mo2015 olya li oshikengelelaUuministeli wUunamapya wa pulwa wu gandje omayamukulo Aanafaalama yomonooli yoshilongo oya holola omaiyuvo gawo kutya etukuko lyomukithi gwekondo nelaka ndyoka lya lopotwa moshilongo moshitopolwa shonooli momvula yo 2015, olya li oshikengelela shopapolotika sha ningwa opo ehangano lyUundjolowele wIimuna mUuyuni kali gandje uunzapo kutya onooli oya yela okuza komukithi ngoka. Okwa lopotwa kutya oshitopolwa shonooli osha ninga oomvula 40 inamu lopotwa omukithi gwekondo nelaka, nehangano lyoWorld Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) olyali li na okugandja uunzapo mboka momvula ndjoka, opo andola ku vule woo okukuthwa po omisinda omutiligane moshilongo, ihe etukuko lyomukithi ngoka olya yi moshipala onkatu ndjoka.

    Onyati yimwe ndjoka ya monika moshigunda mOkongo momasiku 12 gaMei omvula ndjoka, oya etitha oshitopolwa shi shunwe koomvula 40 dha piti, molwaashoka etukuko ndyoka olya li lya tseyithwa pambelewa kUuministeli wUunamapya.

    Etukuko ndyoka olya pula epangelo oomiliyona odhindji. Omupresidende gwoNamibia National Farmers' Union (NNFU) Jason Emvula okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya oya ninga omakonaakono kutya onyati ndjoka oya zilila peni na okwa gwedhwapo kutya ya zilila owala moAngola.

    “Otwa ningi omakonaakono nomeni lyaAngoka, ihe kape ngoka a mono onyati ndjoka momudhingoloko gwawo. Itashi vulika onyati owala yimwe yi pite momikunda ndhoka etayi kala inayi monika, ihe oye ya owala yi monike moNamibia,” Emvula a popi.

    Okwa popi kutya Uuministeli wUunamapya nawu tseyithile oshigwana kutya onyati ndjoka oya zilila peni.

    Omunambelewa omukomeho gwomauyelele moOIE, Dr Catherine Bertrand-Ferrandis okwa koleke koNamibian Sun kutya oyali ye Ii mondjila yokugandja uunzapo kutya onooli yaNamibia oya yela okuza komukithi gwekondo nelaka. Ehangano ndyoka olyopauyuni lya nuninwa okuhwahwamekwa egameno lyiinamwenyo okuza komikithi oshowo ekondololo okuza komukithi dhiimuna na olina iilyo ya thika pe181 mwakwatelwa Namibia.

    Bertrand-Ferrandis okwa popi kutya etukuko lyomukithi ngoka ndyoka lya tseyithwa momvula yo 2015 otali kashunitha monima nokweenditha kashona oprograma ndjoka ya li ya nuninwa okugandja uunzapo mboka.

    Omusinda omutiligane moNamibia ogwa li gwa tulwa miilonga momvula yo 1896 ,sha landula etukuko lyoRinderpest na okwa tungwa oosasiyona dhopolisi dha nuninwa ekondololo lyiimuna pokati konooli nuumbugantu.

    Uuministeli wUunamapya inawu popya sha pethimbo onkundana ndjika ya nyanyangithwa ihe omundohotola gumwe gwiimuna moshilongo okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya, omusinda omutiligane otagu longithwa onga oongamba dha nuninwa okukeelala iimuna yomonooli yoshilongo kaye ye mumwe niimuna yomuumbugantu woshilongo

    Omundohotola ngoka okwa popi kutya omusindalandu gwo OIE inagu holola kutya oongamba ndhoka nadhi kale dhili ngiini ihe ogwa holola owala kutya iilyo yongongahangano ndjoka nayi kwashilipaleke kutya iimuna inayi kala mumwe pokati kiitopolwa mbyoka ya dhidhilikwa omukithi naambyoka inayi dhidhilikwa omukithi. Okwa tsikile kutya oongamba ndhoka otadhi vulu okukala odhalate, etale lyontumba, ondundu nenge omusinda omutiligane ngaashi moNamibia.

    Betrand-Ferrandis okwa popi kutya natango ope na ompito ombwaanawa opo onooli yaNamibia yi pewe uunzapo wokuholola kutya oshitopolwa shoka osha yela okuza komukithi gwekondo nelaka, molwaashoka okwa gwanithwa po iipumbiwa ayihe mbyoka ya nuninwa okukondolola nokukandeka omukithi ngoka.


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    Learners mingle at the 7th Katutura Career FairLearners mingle at the 7th Katutura Career Fair With the purpose to provide career guidance to young people, the 7th Katutura Career Fair took place on 20 July at the Habitat Research and Development Centre. The Zone attended the event to capture the moments as the learners received career guidance. PHOTOS JUSTICIA SHIPENA PHOTOS JUSTICIA SHIPENA

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  • 07/23/18--16:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Shareholders approve Steinhoff Africa Retail name change

    Shareholders of South Africa’s Steinhoff Africa Retail (STAR) have approved changing the company’s name to Pepkor Holdings in a move to further distance the company from its crisis-hit parent, Steinhoff International.

    Parts of STAR’s business were formally called Pepkor.

    The resolution to change the company’s name received 99.9% of votes from the shareholders present, STAR said in a statement on Friday.

    Steinhoff International has been fighting for survival after revealing accounting irregularities which sent its shares tumbling and sparked panic about the credibility of STAR’s own accounts.


    Airbus CEO says eyes merger

    The chief executive of Airbus said he was open to a merger of his firm’s jet fighter business with that of BAE Systems the Sunday Times reported. Tom Enders was quoted as saying it was time to “seriously look at consolidating and coalescing efforts eventually to one” and that “there’s just no room for three different programs, not even for two”.


    Sasol flags up to 11% drop in earnings

    South African Petrochemicals group Sasol expects full-year profit to drop as much as 11% on the back of employee share-based payment expenses and other one-off items, the firm said on Friday.

    Sasol said core headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended June 30, 2018 are expected to decrease by 46 cents to 4.30 rand (US$0.3190) from 38.47 rand in the same period the previous year.


    Ferrari picks Louis Camilleri as CEO, Elkann as chairman

    Luxury sports carmaker Ferrari said on Saturday it had appointed board member Louis Camilleri as its new chief executive, replacing Sergio Marchionne who is seriously ill.

    In an emergency meeting called after Marchionne’s health worsened, the Ferrari board also named John Elkann as chairman and gave Camilleri powers to oversee the company’s operations.

    Marchionne was both CEO and chairman of Ferrari. He has also been replaced as Fiat Chrysler CEO.


    Amazon, Toyota, Alcoa and others working to counter Trump's tariff plans

    Big companies in the United States from Amazon.com Inc to Toyota Motor Corp and Alcoa Corp are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration’s trade policies and to head off new tariffs.

    Companies are attempting to avoid any confrontation with US President Donald Trump but want to exert as much influence as they can to dissuade him from tearing up trade agreements or introducing tariffs on a wide swath of imports.


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    Kleine Kuppe drug stash seizedKleine Kuppe drug stash seizedSuspects allegedly fought back, aimed guns at cops A wide variety of drugs was seized in Windhoek's plush Kleine Kuppe suburb with four arrested and behind bars. A woman with German citizenship, Namibian man and two South African males made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday following a heated drug raid on Friday at Kleine Kuppe, in which police discovered a wide range of illegal narcotics, legal drugs and a firearm.

    According to the charges laid against the four suspects, including assault of a police officer and pointing of a firearm, the suspects resisted arrest but were overcome by police officers on the scene.

    They remain behind bars after bail was denied and the case has been postponed to 7 September for further investigations.

    The suspects include German expatriate Verena Salzmann and Buruxa Butkus, both of whom appeared on credit card scam charges in Swakopmund's magistrate court five years ago.

    The other two suspects arrested on Friday during the drug bust are Lee Douglas Jenkins and Wesley Welgemoed.

    In addition to skunk, MDMA, LSD, ecstasy, magic mushrooms, cocaine, cat, schedule five medication and steroids, the drug law-enforcement officers seized needles, a firearm, ammunition and a cellphone.

    Police chief inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi explained the drugs are still being evaluated and counted and the total value of the haul could increase.

    The suspects were charged with dealing, possession and transportation of drugs, assault of a police officer, pointing of a firearm, an attempt to escape from lawful custody, in addition to charges in terms of the Medicines and Pharmacy Act and under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

    In another successful police operation conducted on Saturday by the Khomas protected resources division in Okahandja, two Namibian males aged 29 and 24 were arrested after they were found in possession of one live pangolin and two pangolin skins valued at a total of N$150 000.

    The operation took place at the Engen Service Station in Okahandja.

    A Chinese national (47) is behind bars after he was arrested at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday in possession of more than N$2 891 million (US$215 900) in cash, in addition to various other denominations, including rand and Namibian dollars, estimated at over N$100 000.

    The suspect was on his way to China and failed to declare the money at the airport, as required by law.

    He was expected to make his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday. The money has been confiscated and was taken in for safekeeping.

    Police investigations continue.

    Police are also investigating an armed robbery in which four suspects wielding a knife, machete and pistol broke into an Academia residence on Friday night and stole items valued at N$60 000, in addition to a Toyota Hilux double cab bakkie.

    The vehicle was found abandoned at the Havana informal settlement's dumping site the next day, without its battery.

    In addition to the vehicle, the armed robbers fled with five cellphones, two televisions, decoders, two laptops, and a sound system. They also stole food from the freezer and dry food items.

    The investigation continues and so far no arrests or recovery of the stolen items have been made.

    Police are also investigating an attempted armed robbery which took place on Sunday at around 01:10 at a residence in Auasblick, in Sean MacBride Street.

    According to the police crime report, four suspects wearing balaclavas and armed with at least two pistols entered the residence by cutting the electric fence.

    Seven occupants were in the house at the time, and two of them spotted the intruders and alerted the others.

    When confronted, the suspects retreated but one of them fired a shot. Nothing was taken from the house.


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    Dump willing buyer, willing sellerDump willing buyer, willing seller The All People's Party (APP) in the Kavango East Region has called on government to do away with the willing buyer, willing seller policy at the upcoming second national land conference to be held in October.

    The party's Kavango East regional coordinator, Marcelius Haivera, made the call at the region's consultative meeting in preparation for the second national land conference held in Rundu at the close of last week.

    In his submission on behalf of the party, Haivera said the Swapo Party's willing buyer, willing seller policy has firmly proven over the past 28 years to be an absolute failure and led to inflated farm prices by owners and estate agents.

    He said the policy exploited the coffers of the State and Agribank through its affirmative loans and other portfolios, adding that it only benefits commercial banks, previous farm owners and agents.

    “We in the APP in Kavango East and West condemn it and call for it to be dumped at the upcoming second land conference as an emergency measure to speed up land reform in our country,” said Haivera.

    He added that nationally, APP supports ancestral land rights to also be addressed at the land summit and proposed that a land claims and restitution commission be established to attend to and verify claims with the view of compensating affected families whose land was forcefully taken by colonial governments.

    Haivera also stressed that traditional leaders should be respected as they are the custodians of the land and should thus be given a voice.

    In addition, he also urged traditional leaders to refrain from selling land off to foreign nationals, noting that the land should always be held in sacred trust, because it is common heritage for all people and future generations to come.

    Haivera concluded by saying that land, including all its natural resources, should be harnessed in order to sustain the livelihoods of its people at all times.


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  • 07/23/18--16:00: Brics bank to boost SA loans
  • Brics bank to boost SA loansBrics bank to boost SA loansBy as much as R8bn The New Development Bank (NDB) plans to lend as much as R8 billion (US$600 million) more in South Africa this year in an effort to level the playing field among its five member states. Our aim is to be equitable among our five members- KV Kamath, NDB President The lender, backed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, started operations in 2015 to support infrastructure projects and sustainable development initiatives in emerging economies. Leaders of the informal Brics club of nations will be gathering in Johannesburg next week for its 10th summit.

    "Our aim is to be equitable among our five members,” NDB President KV Kamath said in an interview. “If you look at the US$4 billion we will be doing this year, we should be lending around US$800 million" in each nation, he said. "I hope this year, we will hit that number."

    The NDB in May announced a US$200 million loan to Transnet, the state-owned ports and freight operator, to rehabilitate container terminals in Durban on the country’s east coast.

    It will ramp up efforts to grow sustainable infrastructure in the continent’s most industrialized economy with two further loans, Kamath said. One of these will go to a bank, which will then in turn lend these funds for use in renewable energy developments, he said, declining to name the institution. The second will be made available to critical infrastructure, Kamath said in the interview on Wednesday, without giving more details.

    Currency risk

    Separately, the NDB on Thursday activated a US$180 million loan to Eskom that had been dormant since 2016 and which will be used to build transmission lines and a substation for the Soweto area to integrate renewable-energy projects from independent power producers, Anil Sooklal, South Africa’s Brics ambassador, told reporters in Johannesburg.

    The Shanghai-based bank will also begin raising money and lending in South African rand to help insulate its clients from currency risk, Kamath said. It already does this in China.

    "It took us a little time to understand how to go about getting projects in South Africa, but I think we are slowly going up that learning curve," he said. The lender last year opened the African Regional Centre to assist in identifying projects in the country it can support.

    The ascent of Cyril Ramaphosa to the South African presidency in February, which was followed by sweeping changes to the management at some state-owned enterprises, has improved confidence, Kamath said.


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    China rallies Brics to fight against protectionism China rallies Brics to fight against protectionism China has rallied the support of the biggest developing economies to push back against protectionism as US President Donald Trump threatens to impose tariffs on almost all Chinese imports.

    China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa have agreed to “fight against trade protectionism together" after a meeting during the Group of 20 summit of finance ministers and central bankers in Buenos Aires, the Chinese finance ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

    The Brics should ”firmly support economic globalisation and multilateralism and unequivocally oppose unilateralism and protectionism in any form,’’ as the global economy faces increasing uncertainties and instability, finance minister Liu Kun told the meeting of the Brics nations.

    Liu also urged his counterparts to push for advanced nations to adopt “responsible” economic policies, and “closely” monitor the pressure on capital flows in emerging markets brought forward by policy changes in developed nations, according to the statement.

    The comments came after Trump said he’s “ready to go” with US$500 billion in tariffs on imports from China and accused the Asian nation and the European Union of weakening their currencies to obtain trade benefits. Trade tension is among the rising risks for the global economy, which is already becoming less synchronised, according to a draft of the G-20 statement.

    At the meeting, Liu also pledged China’s support to improve infrastructures in the Brics and other developing nations. The officials also discussed issues including emergency reserves for the members and illegal capital flows, ahead of a Brics summit in Johannesburg this week.


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  • 07/23/18--16:00: Education collaboration
  • Education collaborationEducation collaborationFinland teachers share expertise at Martti Ahtisaari Primary School Martti Ahtisaari Primary School in Katutura has initiated a three-year teacher exchange programme with sister schools in Finland. Tunohole Mungoba

    Nina Neuman and Pirjo Seppälä are teachers from Finland, Helsinki, who have been more than willing to assist and learn from the teachers at Martti Ahtisaari Primary School, as part of a seven-week exchange programme.

    “The two schools where Pirjo and I teach are situated 30km west of Helsinki in a small town called Kirkkonummi and we have about 30 000 inhabitants,” said Neuman.

    The two teachers are both qualified in special education and they cater for children with special needs, such as those with learning and behavioural difficulties.

    The relationship between the two schools was formed through Rotary International Club and 19 other international clubs that are also part of the project.

    “The programme was formed to make sure that learning and sharing information takes place,” said Seppälä.

    Neuman said the experiences they had in Namibia so far have been rewarding and they have learned a lot.

    “Some of the things, when it comes to teaching, we do quite similarly, but there are also differences such as the teacher-learner ratio. In Finland, we have about 25 learners' maximum in a class, with the addition of an assistant teacher. Here in Namibia, a single teacher can teach about 40 to 45 learners.”

    According to Neuman, the similarity they have noticed are the learners themselves. “Children will always be children, no matter where they are from. They will always be friendly, active and willing to learn and they are interested in a lot of things.”

    Seppälä said the Finnish education ministry is working on implementing outside learning as part of their curriculum. ”We want to make learning an enjoyable experience for children. We are trying to move away from traditional classroom teaching and make it available during breaks outside the classrooms. Next year, from grade 1 to 4, we aim to make it compulsory to have outside teaching at least once a week. We will also have dedicated and designated outside teachers.”

    The two Finnish teachers plan to take back the songs they learnt from Namibian children back to their home country.

    “Namibian children are very open-minded. They are just open to learn more and they are so friendly,” said Seppälä.

    A learning curve for all

    Voza Mouton, junior primary department head at Martti Ahtisaari, tells The Zone the exchange teachers were made available to assist the learners. “We were very pleased to host them, as there can never be too much help. They assist other teachers with marking, discipline and finding out new ways how we can improve the Namibian education system, as Finland has one of the best rankings when it comes to education,” she said.

    “Our teachers were very excited to welcome them. We had a reading workshop a few weeks ago and there we were exchanging some new ideas and tips.

    “Having them here is like a refresher. It served as a reminder to make sure we have our fundamentals implemented once again. Our teachers have been long in the profession, so they tend to forget the basics, so having the Finnish teachers here serves as a reminder.”

    According to Mouton, Namibian teachers experience challenges such as the mixing of slow and able learners.

    “In the past, we used to have dedicated special classes. Now all the learners are mixed together and this affects the teaching process, because the teachers are forced to wait until the slower learners have fully grasped the content of the schoolwork.”

    Mouton said they plan to send their teachers to Finland next year.

    “We are sister schools with their school in Finland and we want to promote our partnership. The relationship that we have with them can only benefit from their involvement. We need to improve on our education strategies and getting help from abroad can only benefit the Namibian child.”

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    Namibia 5th largest charcoal producerNamibia 5th largest charcoal producer Namibia's charcoal exports to the UK have grown steadily with 15 000 tonnes exported in 2017, up from 10 000 in the previous year.

    A new analysis by The Forest Trust (TFT) found that the UK's biggest source of African charcoal is Namibia. The Charcoal Bag Analyses report aims to reveal the content of charcoal bags and measure the level of transparency of brands selling their products on the European market.

    The report, however, pointed out that the charcoal industry in Namibia faces a number of challenges, which include encroachment onto environmentally important land.

    “Namibia uses local invasive species to make charcoal. This production can be linked with several issues such as smoke emissions as handmade and low-efficiency kilns are used releasing pyrolysis gases into the atmosphere.” Other challenges highlighted are low yields, the harvesting of protected species, poor living conditions, and access to poor drinking water, child labour, migrant complexities and inadequate protective equipment for workers. “However, good initiatives and training have been implemented to improve social and environmental practices, through partly adapted Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards.” According to the report, which analysed charcoal from 18 outlets, including supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres, the UK imported 87 000 tonnes of charcoal to meet the demand of its domestic market, because of the relatively small domestic production.

    It says that South Africa is both a charcoal producing and importing country, and its imports are mainly from Namibia. “It was therefore difficult to determine how much charcoal coming from South Africa is really produced locally, and how much comes from Namibia.” Furthermore, it was noted in the report that 81% of the charcoal in the UK was FSC certified, while only 50% declared the country of origin, most of them being from Namibia. The Namibian charcoal industry has in the past been ridiculed for its lack of regulations and poor working conditions. However, improvements have been made with the establishment of the Charcoal Association of Namibia. The association was formed to formalise and strengthen the charcoal industry, by supporting the needs of its roleplayers. The Namibian charcoal industry last year recorded more growth, earning N$184.8 million, up from N$168 million in 2016, making Namibia the fifth-largest exporter of charcoal in the world. The sector employs between 5 000 and 6 000 workers, and experts forecast a four-fold growth that could lead to the creation of between 15 000 and 20 000 jobs within the next few years. There are about 240 active producers, 6 000 people are employed both directly and indirectly. The annual production is about 85 000 to 100 000 tonnes, of which 99% is for barbeque.


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  • 07/23/18--16:00: BoN fights illicit outflows
  • BoN fights illicit outflowsBoN fights illicit outflowsBanks required to report all 'risky' transactions The central bank says banking institutions are expected to have strong controls and policies in place to safeguard them from illicit capital outflows, fraud and theft. The recently concluded fraud case, in which N$30 million from the Social Security Commission (SSC) was initially transferred to the Avid Investment Corporation and then to Namangol Investments, before vast sums disappeared, has shone the light on huge money transfers in Namibia.

    The Bank of Namibia said this week that since 2012 banks are required by the Financial Intelligence Act to monitor all transactions as per risks applicable and report all suspicious transactions to the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

    The Avid scandal happened in 2005.

    In 2015, with the release of the Panama Papers, it was revealed that a total of 24 Namibians had invested a total of N$44 million in offshore accounts, thereby avoiding paying tax on this monies for the period 1978 to 2004.

    According to the international report, the highest amount of money associated with a client connected to Namibia was US$1.7 million, with amounts held in the accounts ranging from US$150 000 to US$750 000. This information emerged from banking files obtained from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

    Against this backdrop, Namibian Sun asked the BoN whether a system was being utilised to trace potential illicit financial flows, either inside the country or beyond Namibia's borders.

    Namibian Sun also wanted to know whether any procedures were being followed to track the movement of large one-time cash transactions between banking institutions.

    The BoN said it cannot monitor each and every transaction that is being conducted at commercial banking institutions. The central bank, however, said its duty was to ensure that commercial banking institutions' infrastructure was of a sound nature.

    Namibian Sun recently chatted to its spokesperson, Kazembire Zemburuka to get an idea into how transactions were being evaluated.

    As far as the commercial banks under the BoN's supervisory mandate are concerned, the central bank does not monitor each and every transaction happening at banking institutions, he said.

    According to Zemburuka, the central bank will often evaluate a banking institution's infrastructure to see is there are any weaknesses.

    “The Bank of Namibia, through its micro-prudential regulatory function, would evaluate any weaknesses, breaches in internal controls and risks associated with the business of the banking institutions and would raise the matter with the board of a banking institution and require remedial action by the institution,” Zemburuka said.

    “Banks are also required by the Financial Intelligence Act to monitor all transactions as per risks applicable and report all suspicious transactions to the Financial Intelligence Centre,” he added.

    According to him, commercial banking institutions have to adhere to a set of rules, which were being implemented by the central bank.

    All transactional requirements to which banks must adhere are set as per the applicable laws, which mandate certain requirements transactions should comply with.

    “Compliance with these laws are administered by the Bank of Namibia and the Financial Intelligence Centre,” Zemburuka said.

    “Additionally, the transactions undertaken by banking institutions are also governed by way of internal policies and procedures of such banking institutions in execution of their obligations ascribe to by the said laws,” Zemburuka said.

    In turn, the enforcement of governance principles is supposed to be upheld by the board and senior management of such banking institutions, as they are expected to have strong controls and policies in place to safeguard institutions from illicit capital outflows, fraud and theft, to mention a few.


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  • 07/23/18--16:00: Boat to boost Hardap Resort
  • Boat to boost Hardap ResortBoat to boost Hardap Resort Namibia Wildlife Resorts last week launched its new floating boat at Hardap Resort, which will increase activities offered to guests.

    The resort now not only boasts the floating boat, but also a speed boat, which can be used for several water activities on the Hardap Dam.

    The vessel, inaugurated by the governor of the Hardap Region Esme Isaack holds many possibilities for new activities at the resort including boat rides on the dam, functions on the boat and even weddings. During a boat ride guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery, see some wildlife in the area and visit one of the islands while enjoying some food and drinks.

    Resort manager Sammy Nelenge told Namibian Sun that they also want to look into the possibility of offering a package for honeymoon couples. This will include a boat ride and then dropping the couple on an island on the dam where luxury tents and a braai could be set up for the night.

    However, this must still be investigated as they do not want to disturb wildlife on the island or in the area. Meanwhile, Isaack said the region is called the Hardap Region reflecting the natural beauty and identity of the Hardap Dam, which is a lucrative tourism attraction for Namibia.

    She said besides agricultural activities, tourism is one of the main activities in the region and therefore the launching of the boat will add even more value to the Hardap Dam.

    “I am applauding NWR for valuing our tourists and local visitors by improving on their service delivery.”

    According to her Hardap is the smallest game park in Namibia with a size of 25 000 hectares but is rich in wildlife.

    “We must be proud of our dam which to date is the largest in our country covering 2 500 hectares when at full capacity.”

    The idea of constructing the dam started in 1908 with planning that took 11 years from 1949 to 1960.

    Isaack said three years later, in 1963, the Hardap Dam was officially inaugurated.

    According to her Hardap offers various water activities that attracts participants from across the globe and is boosting the country's economy.

    It is also home to different endangered species with five different fish species, making it a well-known spot for anglers and angling competitions regularly take place there.

    Isaack called on locals and especially the youth to make use of the recreational opportunity offered by the new vessel.

    “We must take charge of whatever development is coming and treasure it for the future.”


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    #Festival to host community games#Festival to host community games Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) will host the second edition of the community games from 13 to 15 September.

    This forms part of the #Festival, which will include a career exhibition, coaching clinics and of course the community games.

    The community or sports games are based on the principle of communities or schools competing against each other over a weekend in which sport brings communities closer.

    The sports codes are as follows: Super Sevens Rugby, Fast 5 Netball, Quick 5 Soccer, High-5 Hockey, cheerleader dance-offs and fastest 60m grass dash,

    Nine community teams will be invited to participate at the games, comprising of five community teams from Windhoek and four from the rest of the country.

    The idea is for two/six schools in a community to come together and form a franchise team, which participates under the franchise and the community in the franchise works together and bonds.

    Children participating must be under-17 or younger. This will also contribute towards the development of sport in general. Each community franchise team will have a managing or organising school and two to five participating schools.

    In total there will be 38 learners from each franchise. There can be one coach involved with each sport code. So in total there are 44 members for each franchise, plus one manager. In total over 500 learners will be involved.

    The franchises are as follows: Ernst Venzke is the patron and the ­Windhoek Saints is the name of the franchise, which includes St Georges as the managing school, as well as Windhoek High School, St Paul's College and Centaurus Secondary School.

    Christiana Angermund is the patron of the Pioneer Warriors, which is the name of the franchise. Windhoek Technical School is the managing school, which features Academia Secondary School, Concordia High School, Hage Geingob Secondary School and Augustineum.

    For exhibitor booking applications and terms and conditions for participation or any additional information that you may have, please don't hesitate to contact Michelle le Roux or Natalie van Wyk, the event organisers, at events@nmh.com.na or call +264 61 297 2104.

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    Thomas' lawyer withdraws againThomas' lawyer withdraws again A lawyer representing one of the two Americans accused of murdering Cattle Baron heir Andre Heckmair in 2011, has withdrawn from the case, citing conflict of interest.

    Kadhila Amoomo told the court yesterday he is representing Ashley Hendricks, one of the state witnesses in the trial of his now former client Marcus Thomas, who is in the dock for Heckmair's murder along with Kevin Donnell Townsend.

    Amoomo said he is representing Hendricks in another case before the Katutura Magistrate's Court.

    “For ethical reasons I cannot under such circumstances act in the trial, otherwise it will be a conflict of interest,” Amoomo said. Judge Christie Liebenberg postponed the matter until today to allow the directorate of legal aid to appoint another lawyer for Thomas. Last year both accused petitioned the Supreme Court to have Liebenberg recused from the case because of alleged bias. The petition was lodged after Liebenberg dismissed the application in the High Court to recuse himself. The accused have now managed to stall his trial for about six years. Thomas and Townsend are on trial for allegedly killing Heckmair on 7 January 2011 in Gusinde Street in Windhoek.

    They are further accused of robbery with aggravating circumstances, three counts of contravening the Ammunitions Act and one count of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice. Amoomo had previously argued the recusal matter be heard in the Supreme Court to ensure the finality of the issue. He had wanted the trial to start afresh if the recusal application was successful.

    He was of the opinion the psychiatrists' reports, which found Thomas fit to stand trial, did not mention the accused had indeed carried out the murder, whereas Judge Liebenberg allegedly already concluded he was indeed the killer.

    “We submit that another court will come to a different conclusion because there is a reasonable prospect of success on appeal. We maintain that the ruling of the honourable court creates a reasonable apprehension of bias to a reasonable and informed accused person,” Amoomo had argued at the time.

    The state, led by deputy prosecutor-general Antonia Verhoef, argued the basis of the recusal application was not reasonable.

    “There is no evidence that led to a conclusion that Thomas had committed the acts imposed in the indictment,” she maintained.


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    Cop denies killing learner in love triangleCop denies killing learner in love triangle A senior police officer accused of shooting dead a learner and wounding a woman at Gobabis two years ago, on Monday denied committing the offence.

    The 49-year-old detective inspector, Lazarus Oscar Awaseb, denied committing the offence when he entered not guilty pleas to the charges of murder, attempted murder, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence, malicious damage to property and theft, at the start of his trial.

    Awaseb, through his State-funded defence lawyer Mese Tjituri, did not disclose anything in respect of the not guilty pleas, challenging the prosecution to prove every allegation contained in the charge sheet.

    His trial started before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku at the newly-refurbished court building located at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.

    On 16 May 2018, Awaseb suffered a heavy blow when High Court Judge Johanna Salionga refused to release him on bail on the grounds that the police inspector faces multiple and serious charges. The judge said releasing him would not be in the public interest or the administration of justice at this stage.

    Other reasons for the refusal of bail were that he was a senior officer in NamPol and once granted bail, he could interfere with the prosecution's case by directly or indirectly influencing State witnesses.

    Awaseb's defence of the deterioration of his health when he developed asthma due to incarceration cannot be an excuse for the granting of bail, because the prison authorities can move him to a well-ventilated holding cell upon request, Salionga said at the time.

    Awaseb was the head of NamPol's criminal investigations unit at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region at the time of the shooting incident that claimed the life of the learner.

    He is accused of shooting and wounding his girlfriend, Mildred Haoses, 22, and killing 18-year-old Odilo Rathebe Motonane on 22 March 2016.

    The romantic relationship between Awaseb and Haoses started in 2015 and at that stage, Haoses was apparently already involved in a relationship with Motonane.

    It is further alleged that she ended her relationship with Awaseb in March 2016 and that the senior police officer was not happy about it.

    He showed up at her shack in the early morning hours of 22 March 2016 and reportedly found her in bed with the teenager.

    Awaseb allegedly first shot Motonane dead and then shot Haoses three times in the hip and thigh before she managed to flee from the shack.

    The accused then allegedly shot and wounded himself in the shoulder. State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi is defending the prosecution.

    The trial continues today.


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  • 07/23/18--16:00: 50% taxi fare hike 'illegal'
  • 50% taxi fare hike 'illegal'50% taxi fare hike 'illegal'Drivers could have their permits revoked A rival taxi association has warned that NTTU's actions are provoking disorder and lawlessness in the sector, by ignoring existing regulations and not following the correct procedures. Members of the Namibia Taxi and Transport Union (NTTU), who plan to impose their union's 50% taxi fare increase announced for September, could have their driver's permits revoked, transport officials have warned.

    Despite taxi users and economists expressing concern that the 50% fare hike is uneconomical and no official authorisation for the increase has been given, the NTTU is set to announce the hike at a press conference today.

    In a media invitation issued over the weekend, the union said the 50% price hike “will be effective 1 September 2018” and challenged works and transport minister John Mutorwa to “take legal action if the minister feels the NTTU is contravening the law by increasing the fare with 50% instead of 10%.”

    The NTTU further said it welcomed the transportation board and “all public transport associations” to legally challenge the 50% increase if they are not happy with it.

    The NTTU's mandate to order and enact an increase has been described as illegal by the ministry and the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta).

    Januarie yesterday shot back, saying the union has the “mandate to increase” taxi fares, because according to him the union “represents drivers in the industry”.

    He said further the NTTU does not “have a recognition agreement with anybody who states that we cannot ask for that increment”.

    He added the increases in taxi fares in Rundu, implemented last year, and the increase of Windhoek small bus fares, without “any approval or consent from the ministry” did not result in any permits being revoked or any other backlash.

    Januarie also said the taxi union does not recognise the current Transportation Act, which defines taxi fare increase procedures.

    “So why should we obey a law that we say is unconstitutional?”


    Damien Mabengano, the deputy director responsible for transportation regulations within the ministry, explained that applications for taxi fare increase can only be approved and endorsed by the transportation board, if the increase is more than 10%.

    The NTTU's unilateral decision to increase taxi fares by 50%, without a green light from the transportation board is “illegal if not approved by the board”.

    “They don't have the mandate to increase the fares,” he said.

    He warned that NTTU members who decide to hike their rates come September, without prior transportation board approval, “are not complying to permit conditions and the board might or may withdraw their permits”.

    He said the board has received the application for a 50% increase from the NTTU, in addition to a request for a 20% increase by Nabta, although Nabta yesterday said they are still consulting on the issue.

    All increase applications received by the board are first assessed to investigate the “economic effect of the requested increase”, Mabengano said.

    “You can't just jump up and say today we increase the fare.”

    At issue is the affordability for commuters, and the trick is to balance the needs of the taxi operators, including owners and drivers, and the users of taxis, to ensure the fare hike is favourable to “to all parties”, he added.

    He warned that an increase has ripple effects on the cost of living for the poorest of the poor, including students and families who rely heavily on taxis for transport to get to their jobs or obtain an education.

    Sowing chaos

    Nabta secretary-general Pendapala Nakathingo said the NTTU, under the leadership of Januarie, is deliberately “sowing total chaos” in the transport sector through their unapproved increase.

    He warned that Januarie's actions are provoking disorder and lawlessness in the sector by ignoring existing regulations and not following the correct procedures.

    He said the NTTU is setting a dangerous and unsustainable precedent, which could lead to other unions following suit and simply implementing much higher fare increases.

    “Where will this end?”

    Nakathingo said Nabta has to date not agreed on a fare increase proposal to put forward to the transportation board, adding a consultative conference was planned for this week, but was postponed due to the NTTU's announcement.

    Nabta has previously supported a call for a 20% increase.

    Januarie said he would address the concerns of affordability by commuters at today's press conference.


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