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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: An unforgettable experience
  • An unforgettable experienceAn unforgettable experienceLions return from Brazil with heads held high The Lions team from Oshakati have returned after representing Namibia at Neymar Jr's Five world finals in Brazil and described the experience as “unforgettable”. Namibia's representatives at the Neymar Jr's Five tournament in Brazil, who travelled on a plane for the first time, left the country for the first time and stayed in a hotel for the first time, have returned with their heads held high.

    The Lions from Oshakati managed to win one match at the five-a-side global spectacle played in Brazilian soccer star Neymar's home country, which kicked off on 21 July.

    The tough group stages resulted in the Lions not making it through to the top 16.

    They lost against the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Mexico, but hammered Ireland 5-0. Mexico were eventually crowned the world champions in the men's draw after two days of back-to-back football.

    Brazil claimed the world champion tag in the women's championship. The Lions are more motivated than ever and are confident they will again represent Namibia at the 2019 edition of the Neymar Jr's Five tourney. “It was our first time on a plane, our first time in a hotel and our first time out of the country and it was an unforgettable experience. Next year, we will win (the national qualification competition) again and we will be back in Brazil,” team captain Pieter Hailombe said.

    Red Bull Namibia brand manager Nadja Geiger lauded their partners for making the event possible. “I would like to thank our partners Bank Windhoek, Snickers, Fresh FM and NBC for their support throughout this project.

    “It has been an absolute pleasure to have seen the Lions represent Namibia on the big stage,” Geiger said.

    She said projects of this nature open doors for Namibian youth and help put the country on the map. The organisers are looking forward to a bigger and better 2019 edition.

    Entries for the national qualifiers are expected to double next year.

    Sport Reporter

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    Oshana sha hala opo ku manithwe omatungo gooskolaOshana sha hala opo ku manithwe omatungo gooskola Elelo lyoshitopolwa shaShana otali nana nondatu opo li vule okumanitha omatungo gomagumbo gaalongiskola oshowo oopoloyeka dhoongulu dhoskola pooskola dha yooloka moshitopolwa, ndhoka dhili oshitopolwa shoTargeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg). Oopoloyeka dhoka odha kala dha thikama okutameka omvula yo 2014 naatungi yoopoloyeka ndhoka oya thigi po omahala giilonga.

    Omatungo gamwe oga yonagulwa na oga pumbwa okulongululwa ishewe.

    Tipeeg oshiyetwa po sha nuninwa okutota po oompito dhiilonga nokukondjitha oluhepo ihe okwa holoka omapopyo kutya aantu yamwe oohandimwe oya longitha oshiyetwa po shoka mokwiiyambapaleka nokulongitha pambambo omaliko gepangelo ngoka ga nuninwa okuyambidhidha aathigona.

    Iilyo yoNamibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) nayo oya popi kutya uukombunda owa dhana onkandangala onene megandjo lyootendela momatungo goopoloyeka ndhoka tadhi tungwa kohi yoshiyetwa po shoka.

    Ooskola ndhoka dha li tadhi gwedhelwa omatungo ongaashi Oshapwa Primary School, Ekwafo Secondary School, Ehenye Primary School, Eluwa Special School oshowo Olukolo Primary School, omanga omagumbo gaalongi geli omugoyi taga tungwa mOmapopo, Omulunga, Oshipumbu oshowo Oshekesheka ihe oga thigwa inaga pwa okutungwa.

    Tipeeg natango oya gandja eyambidhidho lyiiyemo ketungo lyoskola yOngwediva Junior Secondary School ndjoka natango inayi pya okutungwa konima sho aatungi ya futwa oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 38, omanga iilonga inayi wa.

    Aatungi mboka nayo oya thigi po ehala lyiilonga.

    Omukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa shaShana, Hileni Amukana okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun oshiwike shika kutya, monena omatungo owala pEhenye oshowo pEluwa ga manithwa omanga aatungi aape yiipyakidhila nemanitho lyetungo poskola yOngwediva Junior Secondary School.

    Otaku fekelwa kutya iilonga yetungo ndyoka otayi kala ya manithwa okuya petameko lyomvula twa taalela.

    Amukana okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa oshi na ompumbwe onene noopoloyeka dhoka odha pumbiwa dhi kale dha manithwa meendelelo, unene sho uuministeli wa tula miilonga omusindalongo omupe ngoka gwa kwatelamo ehulithe po lyomakonaakono gopopashigwana mondondo onti 10 okuya momvula twa taalela, naanaskola otaya kala taya shanga omakonaakono gawo gotango gopashigwana mondondo onti 9.

    Amukana okwa popi natango kutya kombinga yomagumbo gaalongiskola, okwa pulwa aatungi opo ya mane iilonga mbyoka mbala.

    “Kombinga yoongulu dhoskola omatungo owala lyopEluwa oshowo Ehenye ga pu noongulu ndhoka otadhi longithwa nale kaanaskola omanga oongulu pooskola ngaaashi Oshapwa Primary School, Ekwafo Secondary School oshowo Olukolo inadhi manithwa natango okutungwa,” Amukana a popi.

    Okwa popi kutya kashi li momake gawo, molwaashoka oopoloyeka ndhoka odhili momake goTipeeg.

    Momvula yo 2011 epangelo olya uvaneke okutota po oompito dhiilonga dhi li po 104 000 muule woomvula ndatu okupitila moprogramma yoTipeeg nelongitho lyoshimaliwa sha thika poobiliyona 14.5.

    Nonando ongaaka oobiliyona owala 11 dha longithwa muule woshikako shoka sha hulu momwedhi Maalitsa momvula yo 2014.

    Oprograma ndjoka oya nyanwa kutya oya totapo owala oompito dhiilonga dhopakathimbo odhindji, melongitho lyomwaalu omunene gwiimaliwa.

    Oprograma ndjoka oya tota po oompito dhiilonga dha thika po 83 000, moka mwa kwatelwa oompito dhiilonga tadhi kalelele dhi li 15 829, nomwalu ngoka ogu li pevi okuyeleka noompito dhi li po 104 000 ndhoka dha li dha tengenekwa nokutseyithwa momvula yo 2011.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Kwa ningwa omalunduluko momaindilo guumwene wokukwata oohiKwa ningwa omalunduluko momaindilo guumwene wokukwata oohi Sha landula omanyenyeto ngoka ga ningwa koshigwana kombinga yiipumbiwa yimwe po tayi pumbiwa kwaamboka yahala okuninga omaindilo guuthemba wuumwene wokukwata oohi, uuministeli woonzo dhomomeya owa tseyitha omalunduluko ngoka ga ningwa miipimbiwa mbyoka.

    Omalunduluko ngoka oge li oshizemo shoonkundathana ndhoka dha ningwa moshigwana,.

    Minista Bernhardt Esau okwa tseyitha kutya iipumbiwa kombinga yomahangano ga shangithwa otayi yulululwa ihe inayi kuthwa po lela.

    Okwa popi kutya oongeshefa adhihe dhoka hadhi ithanwa 'close corporations' oshowo oongeshefa dholudhi lulwe otadhi vulu okuninga omaindilo na kadhi shi owala we oongeshefa dhoka dha shangithwa onga 'ooPty'.

    Esau okwa koleke kutya esiku lya hugunina lyokuninga omaindilo olya undulikwa komasiku 31 gaAguste okuza pomasiku 31 gomwedhi Juli ngaashi sha li sha tseyithwa nale.

    Minista okwa popi kutya omalunduluko ngoka ogeli oshizemo shoonkundathana ndhoka dha ningwa noshigwana miitopolwa ayihe 14 moshilongo.

    Ongundu yoPopular Democratic Party (PDM) oya li ya nyana iipumbiwa ya tulwa po, shi na sha neningo lyomaindilo guuthemba wuumwene wokukwata oohi.

    Oshilyo shoPDM, Jennifer van der Heever okwali a popi kutya iipumbiwa mbyoka otayi tidhile kokule aathigona, mboka taya lumbu nomaulema oshowo mboka ya kala inaya talika nale monakuziwa nokugandja owala uuwanawa kaatotiveta oshowo mboka ya kala nale nokumona omauwanawa okupitila momaindilo ngoka.

    Oshilyo shoPDM Nico Smit naye okwa li a pula momutumba gwopashigwana opo ku talululwe yimwe po yomiipumbiwa mbyoka.

    Smit okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun oshiwike shika kutya omalunduluko ngoka ga ningwa ogamwe gomolandululuko ngoka a li a pula ga ningwe pethimbo a li a holola oshiyetwapo she shoka momutumba gwopashigwana, kakele koshipumbiwa shoka tashi pula aantu ya lundululile oongeshefa dhawo mooPty omanga inaya ninga omaindilo ngoka.

    Okwa gwedha po natango kutya eshangitho lyoludhi lwongeshefa ndjoka oli na ondilo noonkondo, sho tali pula omwaalu gwoshimaliwa shi li pokati kooN$20 000 no N$30 000, naashoka otashi kaleke kokule AaNamibia yamwe po, unene aakiintu, aanyasha, aantu mboka taya lumbu nomaulema, aakondjelimanguluko oshowo mboka ya kala inaya talika monakuziwa, pahapu dhaSmit.

    Smit okwa tsikile kutya nonando okwa nyanyukwa sho uuministeli wa ningi omalunduluko ngoka, okwa popi kutya oshi li oshikando oshitiyali aaniilonga yoshikondo shoka pamwe naminista taya ningi oshinima sha puka.

    Okwa popi iikolelela ketokolo lya li lya ningwa kuuministeli mboka opo wu ndjeke po oondando ihe owa li ya talulula oondando ndhoka sha landula omanyenyeto ga zilile meni lyoshilongo oshowo pondje yoshilongo.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Dukwe refugees to stay in BotswanaDukwe refugees to stay in Botswana A bid to forcefully repatriate the remaining Dukwe refugees currently exiled in Botswana suffered a setback when Lobatse High Court judge, Godfrey Nthomiwa, ordered they should not be deported back to Namibia.

    There are over 800 refugees currently living in Dukwe that have refused to sign for voluntary repatriation.

    “The respondents (the Botswana government) or anyone purporting to act on their behalf are hereby interdicted from deporting the applicants,” Nthomiwa said. Botswana's minister of defence, Shaw Kgathi, had previously announced the Dukwe refugees had to return to Namibia on 11 July or risk being classified as illegal immigrants. Nthomiwa also ordered that Botswana's immigration ministry release refugees that had earlier petitioned SADC.

    The refugees were detained at the Francistown centre for illegal immigrants. Nthomiwa ordered that the detained refugees be transported back to Dukwe. Zambezi regional governor Lawrence Sampofu announced recently that about 44 Namibian refugees from Dukwe had returned to Namibia. Commissioner for refugees, Likius Valombola, added that those that had returned were reunited with their families.

    “They are well reunited with their families and transported to their various villages. I wish to accentuate that all former Namibian refugees in Botswana are Namibian and they will be received with both hands in the spirit of safety and dignity and no persecution of any kind will be subjected on them,” he told a daily newspaper.

    The group fled to Botswana after a failed attempt to secede the then Caprivi Region from Namibia.

    The Botswana government initially planned to deport the remaining Namibians living at Dukwe by 31 December 2015.

    -Additional reporting by Mmegi

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Thousands more get food bank aidThousands more get food bank aid A total of 359 very poor households, consisting of 1 428 children, women and men in the Mariental urban constituency, will benefit from monthly food parcels handed out through the poverty eradication ministry's food bank programme.

    Today and tomorrow the rollout will continue to at least 218 households in Keetmanshoop and 140 in Lüderitz.

    Poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta said at the official launch of the Mariental food bank yesterday that studies in the Khomas Region, where the programme was rolled out in June 2016 in Windhoek, confirmed the food parcels have a significant impact on household food security.

    “The food bank scheme is effective in addressing hunger, especially to beneficiaries with no formal employment, given the current socio-economic situation in the country,” he said.

    Before the food bank was opened, 90% of the 15 519 households, or 67 987 people now benefiting, had been food insecure on a daily basis, the minister said.

    Kameeta also addressed ongoing criticism from some corners that have questioned the value and impact of the food programme.

    “There is no due consideration that the food bank initiative is a short-term intervention to address household security, more especially in urban set-ups, where the poor and vulnerable do not have access to land to produce their own food.”

    Kameeta added that anyone who goes to bed hungry or “when you drink dirty water from a well with livestock, when the nearby bushes are your ablution facilities, when you cannot clothe yourself and do not have a decent shelter to call home” is regarded as poor.

    He noted that fighting poverty is fundamentally about promoting human rights, human dignity and social justice, which includes making sure that everyone has access to food, along with water, shelter, clothing and other basic services.

    Kameeta noted President Hage Geingob's war against poverty does not “mean that we have to buy everyone luxury houses or cars, but to ensure that everyone has access to the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, clothing, clean drinking water and health services”.

    Education, Kameeta said, is “clearly the ultimate solution to poverty eradication”, but he pointed out that as long as there are no equal opportunities for all, education will not improve the situation of the poor.

    “In fact, there is a direct link between low educational performance and malnourished children.”

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Mutorwa appeals for calm
  • Mutorwa appeals for calmMutorwa appeals for calmAmid unfolding taxi fare hikes storm The transport minister has assured the public that no final decision has been made on whether to raise taxi fares. Transport minister John Mutorwa is appealing for calm amid the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union's (NTTU) insistence that it will increase taxi fares by 50% at the start of September with or without government approval.

    In a statement yesterday, Mutorwa assured the public that no final decision has been made on whether to raise taxi fares by the requested 50% or 20%, as applied for by the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) or the 10% applied for by Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association (NPPTA).

    He further directed all taxi operators and drivers to comply with the final decision by the road transportation board, which is still in the process of considering the applications for a fare increases.

    Mutorwa warned that failure to comply with the road transportation regulations and the final decision by the transportation board will result in the withdrawal or suspension of taxi licences.

    NTTU president Werner Januarie earlier this week threatened a countrywide strike by union members should any have their licenses revoked if they implement the 50% in September.

    Mutorwa yesterday said that once a decision is reached by the road transportation board on the taxi fare increases, the public will be informed as well as the taxi industry.

    “As far as this matter is concerned the process to determine any taxi fare increment, as per the requests, is currently in procession. Therefore, the taxi fares remain unchanged at this stage.”



    Daylight robbery

    Over the past week, the announcement by Januarie and the release of a pricelist led to widespread criticism.

    Many commuters and taxi drivers are, however, supporting him, noting that the last fare increases took place four years ago and that taxi drivers are facing increasing costs that have lowered their monthly income.

    In response to Januarie's comments, a taxi driver commented on Namibian Sun's social media pages this week that not even petrol prices have increased by 50%, adding he views the 50% hike as unfair and a form of “robbery” towards commuters.

    “Why not raise the price by N$1 or N$2? The 50% is too much. When a customer gets into your taxi, he or she will automatically pay for one litre. Step by step is the only way.”

    Another commuter warned that the poorest of the poor will be dealt the heaviest blow.

    “People are already suffering and all they think of is a 50% increment; meaning a cleaner, gardener not to mention our brothers and sisters that work in shops, will be working just to their transport fees. Do they forget that politicians don't take taxis?”

    Others called on the authorities to strengthen alternative public transport services, including buses and trains.

    Commentators also noted that the steep increase could deepen strife between various taxi factions, as well as between commuters and taxi operators.

    They further warned that should the increase not be approved by the transport board, tensions could rise between those implementing the higher rate, and those complying with the board's final decision.

    Others simply accused the NTTU of “daylight robbery and looting”.

    Januarie said this week that public transport service providers in other towns and locally have increased their fares, without the approval of the transport board and did not face a backlash.

    He added the union has on many occasions dismissed the Road Transportation Act of 1977 as an outdated and unconstitutional colonial relic, and that the NTTU does not have to comply with its regulations.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: A twist on contemporary love
  • A twist on contemporary loveA twist on contemporary loveBlurred Lines speaks to the hopeless romantic A collection of different scenes that illustrate the trials and triumphs of a love, Blurred Lines, was a production to that spoke to many. Directed by David Ndjavera and written by Othilia 'Tutu' Mungoba, Blurred Lines is an ensemble of conversations that questions a modern-day outlook to the interpretation of the self and understanding the deeper meaning of love.

    The play featured a number of short movie extracts, poetic interludes and a live performance by R&B musician Oompie.

    The cast showcased the talents of upcoming and established actors namely radio personality Denzel //Naobeb, Helouis Goraseb, Jacobs Shivute, Melissa Muller and Taylo Mannetti.

    Mungoba a creative director and television producer who has been in the industry since the age of 12 and has not written for stage in the past 16 years is back with a bang.

    “Writing for the mediums of radio to television had become the norm and a limited timeline to add in-depth and figurative meaning of storytelling.

    “Having my written work on stage reminded me of the essence of storytelling and taking one's audience on a journey that is intimate and present.

    “I just had to wait for the right timing and understanding of the message or emotions I wanted to evoke,” Mungoba said.

    Having three consecutive showings at the College of the Arts Theatre School, the event was well-attended.

    Morne Botha kicked off the show with a solo performance entitled 'The Final Curtain' and featured Sam that portrayed a life of 30 years of drug and alcohol abuse, reckless sexual relationships and depression. Attendees were treated with a short skit by veteran performer Norman Job who with ease and comfort illustrated in his commanding presence on stage. After the play, Ndjavera appealed to the audiences to continue supporting the industry and contribute to art - be it by attending similar productions or exhibitions, from performance to written works.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Show some love
  • Show some loveShow some love Namibian crowds are so choosey about who they support. They all have their favourite musicians, actors, painters, designers and poets. The thing that is not so nice is that once they support their favourite person, they do not support everyone else. What I have noticed is that they are very critical, judgmental and do not approve of other artists besides their favourite ones. Have you seen how many Namibian audiences have shamed and ridiculed their own Namibian creatives for foreign artists? We have so many brilliant entertainers and yet their events are empty. We have so many capable painters and yet their exhibitions are not attended. We have so many clever poets but they speak to walls and empty chairs. Where are the patriotic Namibians who should “Be Namibian and support Namibian”? Where are the audiences that flock to stadiums and festivals when foreign artists come to Namibia? Be a bit more patriotic towards your own artists. You have no right to complain about Namibian artists if you did not attend a local show, bought a local CD or supported your local artists in any manner. We have too many artists who've proven that they are worthy of praise and support. The same energy and excitement that people show at festivals should be the same given to entertainers and their events. You may not know it but your support goes a long way and it builds and grows our very young industry. I am not saying you should substitute your love for international creatives or African creatives for Namibian ones but it is possible. You can afford them the same kind of attention as you do to foreign artists. This only lets them work harder and this can only bring nothing but success towards our gifted individuals.

    Our entertainers can sing, dance and paint but all they need is our backing. So go out there and support Namibian artists, besides your favourites. Attend events, buy their products or materials and be there for them when it is really necessary.

    Lets all stand by our creative artists and show them we care for the work they put out there.



    june@namibiansun.com

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Countdown to #081EVERY1FEST
  • Countdown to #081EVERY1FESTCountdown to #081EVERY1FESTSecurity top priority for MTC concert It is almost all systems go for the biggest - and cheapest - mega concert the country has ever seen. The much-anticipated #081EVERY1FEST concert organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that all security measures are in place.

    MTC recently announced that a glittering line-up of local and international artists will perform at the charity concert slated for 11 August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    International artists include Nigerian super star Davido, Runtown, Jah Prayzah, Heavy K and Busiswa. The likes of Gazza, Kalux, Oteya, KP Illest, Sally Boss Madam, Adora, One Blood, PDK, Afroberries and 4x4 Too Much Power are the local artists expected to perform at the show.

    “We are dedicated to ensure an enjoyable event on the 11th of August 2018, hence our total commitment to ensuring that security is a top priority,” said MTC's spokesperson John Ekongo.

    MTC this week announced that it has held several meetings with law-enforcement agencies, including the City Police Traffic Control, City of Windhoek Disaster Recovery, private security companies and Nampol. A joint press briefing regarding the security measures is expected in the coming week.

    MTC executive Tim Ekandjo has also promised fireworks, saying that never before in the history of Namibia has there ever been such a powerful line-up of Africa's best artists on one stage. Tickets are available at Webtickets or at any Pick n Pay outlet and one person will be limited to ten tickets. No tickets will be sold at the concert venue.



    STAFF REPORTER

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Model turns photographer
  • Model turns photographerModel turns photographerWellem Kapenda introduces Pearl Avenue Model-turned-photographer Wellem Kapenda talks about the major moves he has been making. The dream of well-known model Wellem Kapenda started in 2012 when he was scouted by local model scout Kalistu Mukoroli.

    Seven years later he is on billboards, modelling on the 'it' runways and in fashion shows, not forgetting being nominated as the favourite male model of the year in the Simply You Magazine Awards. Hailing from Ongwediva and being raised in a

    modern household

    setting, Kapenda says modelling was an escape for him and making peace with himself.

    “I've had such a tragic childhood especially in junior high school with massive bullying, name-calling, peer pressure etc. The reason why I am so passionate about this is because I am telling my younger self that he is enough for him. Modelling is my escape and my first love,” he said.

    Having built his brand thus far, Kapenda says he slowly started eyeing the camera. Having gotten compliments for his pictures and it being a passion, he decided to take the challenge up and today, he is the sole owner of Pearl Avenue, a photography company. tjil had a one-on-one interview with the bubbly 23-year-old businessman.

    tjil (T): What do you think of the state of the Namibian modelling industry?

    Wellem Kapenda (WK): I think nothing about it actually. Everyone is busy with something, and that's a good thing. I would say where we are right now is okay, because if someone were to tell me that in 2017 Namibian models would be finally used to promote big local companies, I would laugh my head off. If someone were to tell me all the downloaded pictures from the net would be removed off our billboards and replaced with local models, I'd spill my cocktail. So I believe we are at an okay place. I don't really know what the government is doing for the modelling industry, so I don't really have words for that.

    T: As a model, what makes a good photographer?

    WK: Everyone with a camera is a good photographer. THE EYE, that's the golden medal.

    T: Can you please tell us what Pearl Avenue is and how it came about?

    WK: Pearl Avenue is my new studio that I've set up from home. I've always been passionate about photography, I just never thought of making it into a big deal.

    Ask almost every photographer I've worked with, I am a headache because I always have something to say about the shots taken. An opportunity presented itself and I went for it. I am a Gemini and my birth stone is a Pearl hence the name. The name Avenue was just catchy. I'll be doing all kinds of shoots, from studio to outdoor etc. The past days I've learned so much, about photography and with time I will be doing more than just shoots for Pearl Avenue.

    T: Has social media influenced your discussion in becoming a photographer?

    WK: LOL NO! Social media for me is just an advertising agency to be honest. We have so much control over it, especially when it comes to what we choose to do with it. But what I see from recent acts we are using it in the most wrong and inhuman way. It's not supposed to be like that. I always say what we portray on social media is not always gospel truth on who we are, unfortunately in the world we live in, companies look at these things when it comes to recruitment.

    T: There are so many photographers, what will distinguish you from the others?

    WK: Same thing that distinguishes me from the other models, me.

    T: Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

    WK: I am amused by how someone can turn such raw images into something out of this world. The way people smile because they cannot believe that IMG008 is them that is how I want to make people feel. The past weeks have been the most stressful because detail on pictures is everything and editing can be real tricky. I always thought that finalising images was the easy part, but the last few days of being mentored by Jonathan Paulus of Ino Photography opened up my eyes a bit more realised that this would be a real challenge. I am super grateful to him.

    T: What motivates you to take pictures?

    WK: I take pictures with an excited heart knowing that the person I am shooting feels the same way.

    T: What do you love about photography?

    WK: The beauty that can be made from just a little box with a lens.

    T: What projects do you have lined up for Pearl Avenue and who are you looking forward to working with?

    WK: I would like to work with everyone actually, mostly models who don't make the cut or are cast out from the spotlight. We all deserve a chance. I have so many completed projects I've been busy with the past month with completely new faces. It's just a matter of time before I put my work out there.

    T: With all of these things, where do you find yourself most often pulling the inspiration?

    WK: I find inspiration from everything. That's the beauty of it all.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Creating and managing an emergency fundCreating and managing an emergency fund Navigating the highs and lows of personal finance with resilience can be that much easier to manage when you have an emergency fund.

    Life can be unpredictable, so it is important that when the tide of financial insecurity hits, funds are set aside specifically for unforeseen events of a personal financial nature, such as the loss of a job, a debilitating illness or a major repair to your home.

    Another reason to have an emergency fund is to stop you from relying on credit to bail you out when things get tough. An emergency fund is an account that you should always have but never touch unless you absolutely have to.

    As a rule of thumb, and to be safe, you should try to have enough money in your emergency fund to cover all of your necessary expenses for a minimum of three to six months. These are things you honestly cannot live without like rent, utilities, food, transportation and any required debt payments. That amount will vary from person to person, but you should have enough saved up to cover your necessities in case of a financial catastrophe.

    Saving enough to cover at least three months’ expenses may seem unrealistic and unattainable, but with conscious effort and discipline, this financial goal is achievable.

    To get started, open a savings account solely for an emergency fund and earmark a set amount that goes into it from your salary every month and do not touch it. To help with the discipline of making the monthly contribution, set up an automatic recurring transfer from your current to your savings account. Bank Windhoek offers a wide variety of savings account options as well as short-term Money Market products that are ideally suited to building your emergency fund. You might even be able to ask your employer to split the monthly emergency fund contribution from your salary, and have them deposit it into the separate savings account automatically. Your savings account doesn't have to be a high interest account either. The point is to set it aside, not to invest it.

    Once your emergency fund starts to grow, it is important that you leave it alone. Resist the temptation to use it for anything you don't really need. Cut up the ATM card for that account if you have to. Think of it as someone else's money, if it helps. The day may come when you need those funds - really need them - so don't spend them now unless it's an emergency.

    So, what is an emergency? When a sudden expense pops up, it can feel like an emergency, but that might not be true. Here are three questions that help determine if you need to tap into your emergency savings:

    1. Is it unexpected?

    2. Is it necessary?

    3. Is it urgent?

    The more you answer yes, the more likely it is an emergency and the more it justifies using money from your emergency fund.

    Now that you have an understanding of the importance of an emergency fund, get into the habit of working with a budget, pay off your debt, and start saving. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your emergency funds pile up, when you are no longer paying off debt.

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Retailers set sights on Facebook, Google ad revenue

    People with hay fever hate dust. That was the premise of a marketing drive launched by British vacuum cleaner maker Dyson with US retailer Target Corp.

    Using data about its customers' shopping habits, Target homed in on shoppers who likely had allergies and showed them ads for Dyson's cordless V6 vacuum on social media and Target's website. The result: sales for the vacuums doubled among shoppers who regularly purchase anti-allergy treatments and products such as Claritin or humidifiers on Target.com and in stores.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Visa tops profit estimates

    Visa Inc, the world's largest payments network, topped analysts' estimates for third-quarter profit on Wednesday, as an expanding US economy encouraged more people to spend using their credit and debit cards.

    Total payments volume rose 11% to US$2.10 trillion, on a constant dollar basis, with the United States - its largest market - comprising about 44% of the total.

    -Nampa/Reuters





    PayPal quarterly profit beats estimates

    PayPal Holdings Inc on Wednesday reported a second-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates, but its forecast for third-quarter revenue came up short.

    Net income rose to US$526 million, or 44 cents per share, in the second quarter, from US$411 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to US$3.86 billion from US$3.13 billion.

    -Nampa/Reuters





    Ford cuts 2018 profit forecast

    Ford Motor Co on Wednesday lowered its full-year earnings forecast due to slumping sales and trade tariffs in China and its struggling business in Europe, and said ongoing plans to revamp its business could lead to pre-tax charges of up to US$11 billion over the next three to five years.

    Ford, the No. 2 US automaker, also postponed a meeting with investors that was scheduled for September. The company said it would be rescheduled when “more specifics can be shared on global redesign and restructuring.”

    -Nampa/Reuters





    Qualcomm's NXP offer deadline passes

    The deadline for Qualcomm Inc to buy NXP Semiconductors passed at midnight US eastern time without any word on Chinese regulatory approval, likely shutting the door on a deal embroiled in a bitter US-China spat.

    Qualcomm had said earlier in the day that it would drop its US$44 billion bid for NXP - the world's biggest semiconductor takeover - unless it received a last minute reprieve. If the deal is terminated, Qualcomm will pay a US$2 billion deal breakup fee to NXP no later than 09:00 ET on July 26.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: NWR dismisses allegations
  • NWR dismisses allegationsNWR dismisses allegationsSays leave payout above board Namibia Wildlife Resorts has hit back at reports that a payment made for leave to the MD did not follow due process. Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has dismissed allegations made in a weekly newspaper saying they are devoid of the truth.

    According to NWR's spokesperson Mufaro Nesongano, a recent article purported that NWR board chairman, Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu, was unaware of a proposal to pay out the leave days of NWR managing director Zelna Hengari.

    Nesongano said the facts are that Hengari worked at NWR for close to a decade as the company secretary. When she was appointed as managing director in 2014, she had to resign from her previous position as a company secretary and sign a new five-year performance-based contract with the board as managing director.

    This applies to all affected staff members whose contract of employment comes to an end.

    The board, therefore, and in accordance with legal advice received, paid her outstanding leave days which accrued and were due to her in terms of her old permanent employment contract as company secretary.

    “In any case, it would not have been sound corporate governance for the new board to appoint someone as a substantive managing director and then send her on extended leave as a result of days accrued in her previous role as company secretary.”

    Nesongano said the current NWR Board has provided decisive and professional leadership to NWR thus far.

    For instance, the board has, upon assumption of office appointed a substantive managing director with whom the board continues to have an excellent professional relationship, mutual trust and support. She, in turn, has strengthened her management team considerably.

    He added that it had brought the company in compliance concerning statutory requirements such as annual financial statements that at that stage, were in backlog.

    Furthermore it concluded long-delayed joint venture agreements to set the company on a path towards financial sustainability.

    He added that the suggestion that its partner, Sun Karros, is such because of political connections or purported links with the tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, is devoid of truth.

    Nesongano said NWR has many partners as shareholders that do not have any political connections. NWR only insists on BEE partnerships as a requirement because it has to, and complies with, the requirements of the Public Procurement Act, and not political affiliation.

    He said the partnership between Sun Karros and NWR precedes the tenure of Shifeta.

    “In fact it was during the tenure of previous tourism ministers and Dr Malan Lindeque as the permanent secretary and an NWR board member by virtue of his position when the NWR Turnaround Strategy was submitted to Cabinet for consideration and resulted in the Cabinet decision that affirmed NWR's need and right to partner with the private sector.”

    Nesongano said Sun Karros has been a trusted partner of NWR since 2006. Daan Viljoen and Windpomp 14 at Mile 14 stand as testimonies to their capacity to deliver time-tested services and products.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Mom admits to toddler's murderMom admits to toddler's murder The 33-year-old woman who allegedly killed her three-year-old daughter in Swakopmund and then tried to burn her vehicle with the body still inside, has informed the Windhoek High Court she intends to plead guilty.

    Zenobia Seas was earlier this year declared fit to stand trial by Windhoek-based psychiatrist Reinhardt Sieberhagen.

    The proceedings were on Wednesday postponed to 13 August for plea and trial.

    Seas is charged with murder, read together with provisions of the Combatting of Domestic Violence Act, as well as defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.

    She picked up her daughter Ava Antoinette Owoses from a day care facility in Mondesa in Swakopmund on 26 September 2016.

    She then drove with her to Blare in Henties Bay, where she allegedly killed the child by smothering or suffocating her.

    The toddler died at the scene due to asphyxia.

    It is alleged the accused then set her daughter's blanket and the vehicle alight with the deceased still inside.

    This, the state alleges, was an attempt to frustrate or interfere with police investigations, by concealing the death and to protect her from being prosecuted.

    Judge Christie Liebenberg is the presiding officer, while Advocate Antonia Verhoef is the prosecutor.

    Trevor Brockerhof stood in for Christopher Dube this week, who is appearing for the defence.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Etosha Fishing launches Efuta MaasbankerEtosha Fishing launches Efuta MaasbankerReflags the Iona Etosha Fishing previously canned their products under other international brands such as Lucky Star. We had to devise various plans and business strategies to ensure that our cannery remains operational, even if it meant we only operate at break-even level. – Pieter Greeff, MD: Etosha Fishing WALVIS BAY – Etosha Fishing launched its Efuta Maasbanker product range and reflagged the company’s refrigerated seawater trawling vessel, the Iona, in Walvis Bay on Wednesday.

    Speaking during the launch, Etosha Fishing managing director Pieter Greeff said the pressures and uncertainties in the fishing industry did not deter them from forging ahead with the new product.

    “We had to devise various plans and business strategies to ensure that our cannery remains operational, even if it meant we only operate at break-even level,” he said.

    The move, according to Greeff, is a direct response to the ministry of fisheries and marine resources’ call for employment creation and value addition at home.

    “The venture also allows for a more sustainable fisheries operation with secure, long term employment for more Namibians – a fact that has become apparent in recent years with the demise of our pelagic resources,” he said.

    While acknowledging the short-term success of Efuta Maasbanker, Greeff was quick to note that value addition itself was not enough to keep the company afloat.

    “Against the backdrop of the current situation in the pelagic fishing industry, Etosha Fishing has imported in excess of 50 000 metric tonnes of frozen pilchards for processing on local soil since 2010 in order to sustain operations.”

    Negotiations

    He added: “With this said, I am happy to report that we are in final negotiations to secure contracts to can pilchards for Lucky Star and Glenryck SA until the end of 2019. With this we will ensure that our doors remain open for business.”

    Etosha Fishing previously canned their products under other international brands such as Lucky Star and with the launch of Efuta Maasbanker, the company now has its own brand sold on both the local and international markets.

    The Iona was flagged with the Namibian national flag, making it 100% Namibian-owned.

    At the same occasion, the minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernhard Esau emphasised the importance of value addition in the fishing industry.

    “I will die for value addition. Value addition is the name of the game,” he saidr.

    He then thanked Etosha Fishing for heeding his call for value addition to horse mackerel.

    Esau said government has provided policy clarity in terms of value addition, job creation and economic inclusivity in the fishing sector.

    In terms of the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), government’s target for value addition for horse mackerel is 70%.

    “This value addition is not limited to canning and includes fillets and other fresh products, mince, dyed products and soups, amongst others,” he added. - Nampa

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    Illegal buildings endanger livesIllegal buildings endanger lives A 34-year-old man motorist is fighting for his life after his vehicle left the road and crashed into a building built illegally within the road reserve at Omaalala village along the Ondangwa-Ongwediva main road.

    The man is in critical condition in Ongwediva Medipark after he sustained serious head injuries.

    According to the Oshana police, the accident happened on Tuesday evening at around 21:30, when the Toyota Corolla in which he was travelling alone towards Ongwediva, left the road and overturned before hitting a wall.

    Structures erected within the road reserve are serious challenges in the north.

    The situation is out of control and has sparked tensions between the communal land board, traditional authorities, landowners and service providers such as the Roads Authority (RA), Telecom Namibia, NamWater, NamPower and Nored.

    The Roads Authority Act stipulates that no permanent or temporary structures are allowed within 100m of the main road and 30m from the gravel road.

    Several meetings held since 2016 have had no impact, as old buildings remain, while new illegal ones continue to be constructed.

    Authorities are accusing village headmen of illegal communal land sales and of allocating land without prior consultation with service providers.

    New buildings are still being constructed within the road reserve, despite a November 2016 agreement signed at a meeting near Ongwediva. It was agreed that no new structures would be allowed within the road reserve, over water mains and under overhead power lines.

    The meeting was attended by members of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority, the police, communal landowners and parastatal service providers.

    At the meeting, the senior headman for Onamutayi district, Amon Shipanga, said that communal landowners made it difficult for the traditional authority to control and maintain communal land. He said these landowners are selling land without prior consent and without consulting the authorities.

    He added they are selling it at high prices and the traditional authority is powerless to stop them.

    Most of the buildings in question are business structures and according to Oshana land board chairperson Reinhold Iita only they can approve business land allocations.

    Iita said they only approved one business between Oshakati and Ondangwa, on communal land.

    “Traditional authorities have the power to allocate land for houses only, while only the communal land board has the power to give land for businesses, and we have not done that in a very long time - especially between Ondangwa and Oshakati,” Iita said.

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    Abandoned Tipeeg projects haunt OshanaAbandoned Tipeeg projects haunt OshanaIdle since 2014 Half-finished classrooms and teachers' housing are being vandalised as the region struggles to complete the abandoned projects. The Oshana education directorate is battling to complete teacher housing and classroom projects at various schools that formed part of the N$14.4 billion Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg) initiative.

    The Oshana projects have been standing uncompleted since 2014, when contractors disappeared after abandoning the sites.

    Some of the properties have been vandalised or are falling apart and need to be properly renovated before completion.

    Tipeeg was created to reduce unemployment and fight poverty, but there were allegations that certain individuals used it selfishly to increase their wealth by misappropriating resources meant to benefit the poor and jobless.

    Members of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) had also alleged there was favouritism and nepotism in the awarding of tenders under Tipeeg.

    A total of 23 classrooms were in the process of being constructed at Oshapwa Primary School, Ekwafo Secondary School, Ehenye Primary School, Eluwa Special School and Olukolo Primary School, while nine teacher houses at Omapopo, Omulunga, Oshipumbu and Oshekesheka were also left incomplete when the contractors disappeared.

    Tipeeg also funded the construction of the Ongwediva Junior Secondary School that came to a standstill after N$38 million was paid to contractors before the work was completed and they then later disappeared.

    Oshana education director Hileni Amukana told Namibian Sun that so far Only Ehenye and Eluwa have been completed, while new contractors are also busy completing work at the Ongwediva Junior Secondary School.

    It is an anticipated the school will be ready for the beginning of the next academic year.

    Amukana said the region needs these projects completed as a matter of urgency.

    This is especially because the education ministry has introduced a revised education curriculum that includes the abolishment of external Grade 10 examinations by 2019 and Grade 9 learners writing their first semi-external examinations this year.

    “For the uncompleted teachers' houses, consultants and the contractors where requested to complete the outstanding work. The regional works' inspector and the constructors where on the site to find out what exactly has to be completed.

    “For the classrooms, only construction at Eluwa and Ehenye has been completed and the classes are already occupied by the learners, while classes at Oshapwa Primary School, Ekwafo Secondary School and Olukolo are still not completed,” Amukana said

    She said this is not in their mandate as a region, because these capital projects were spearheaded by the ministry and monitored from its head office.

    In 2011 government promised to create 104 000 jobs over three years with the Tipeeg budget provision of N$14.4 billion. However, only N$11 billion of Tipeeg funds were spent during the duration of the programme, which ended in March 2014.

    Tipeeg was also widely criticised for creating mainly short-term jobs, despite the huge budget. The programme created only 83 000 jobs, which included a meagre 15 829 permanent jobs, over the last three years. This is 20% below the target of 104 000 jobs initially announced in 2011.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Jail food 100% in order
  • Jail food 100% in orderJail food 100% in order Complaints laid at the Office of the Ombudsman of below standard and too few meals for trial-waiting prisoners were found to be untrue, according to an internal investigation ordered by the safety ministry this year.

    The investigation was launched following an April letter addressed to minister Charles Namoloh in which Ombudsman John Walters raised his concerns following multiple complaints to his office that food provided to trial-awaiting inmates were not in line with prescribed international standards, to which Namibia is a signatory.

    Walters said this week that by last Friday he had not yet received acknowledgement or a response from the ministry.

    In a response to Namibian Sun yesterday, safety permanent secretary Threphine Kamati said the ministry had directed regional police commanders to investigate the alleged shortages and quality of food in holding cells.

    Feedback from “all confirmed that trial-awaiting inmates are still being fed as prescribed”.

    “So far, no police holding cells are affected by the shortage of food,” Kamati said.

    She said trial-awaiting prisoners countrywide are being fed “with the quality and sufficient nutritional food, as per feeding requirements, which range from fruits, vegetables, dry rations, beef, chicken, pork and fish, just to mention a few”.

    Kamati said a shortage of trial-awaiting prisoner meals is “only experienced when there is a delay due to suppliers not responding to the bidding invitations and in such cases, emergency arrangements are usually being made to ensure that prisoners are fed accordingly”.

    She added the ministry is in the process of contracting companies for a period of two years to provide inmates with meals.



    Rights violation

    Walters' letter informed the ministry in April that his office has been “inundated with concerns about the quality and quantity of food provided to trial-awaiting inmates” and he felt compelled to bring it to the attention of the ministry, which handles the police budget.

    He told Namibian Sun recently he had received recent complaints on the issue and during a visit to a police cell this year the problem was confirmed by the officers on duty.

    He said instead of the prescribed menu, complainants described porridge of low quality along with “small pieces of fish” that don't adhere to the set standardised jail menus, which are compiled in line with the United Nations minimum standard rules for the treatment of prisoners.

    He told Namibian Sun that unless the issue is resolved, he would be failing in his duty if he did not take the next step, which includes legal action.

    He said neglecting to provide food according to prescribed standards is a human rights violation and a lack of budget is no excuse.

    Walters added that if budget constraints are the cause of the alleged problem, then fewer detainees should be kept in detention cells.

    “If you can't feed them, then why detain them?”

    Walters proposed two solutions to the problem.

    He said while “the budgets of our offices are stretched to the limit and we are expected to do more with little, I wish to suggest that the minister requests the Namibian police force, the ministry of justice and the office of the judiciary to make a concerted effort and to take all measures to reduce the number of trial-awaiting inmates at our facilities”.

    Walters said additional solution is to request additional funds from treasury, while “emphasising Namibian's obligations regarding treatment of inmates under international rights law”.

    On the issue of reducing trial-awaiting prisoners, Kamati said a criminal justice action reform task force that include the police, prosecution authority and judiciary, has been appointed and is “making good progress in taking all measures necessary to reduce the overcrowding”.









    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 07/26/18--16:00: Constantly curious
  • Constantly curiousConstantly curious Telecom Namibia’s Shipena dreams big Michelline Nawatises



    Albertine Shipena joined Telecom Namibia in June of 2013 as an engineer in training and now serves as a project engineer.

    Her day to day responsibilities include building, designing and maintaining Telecom Namibia's core network, peering with partners to bring content closer to customers faster and effectively, network re-engineering, designing technical solutions for customers, installation, configuration and the testing of complex routed LAN and WLAN networks.

    She graduated from Nust and is also registered with the Engineering Council of Namibia (ECN), where she also serves as a board member.

    “I happen to be very privileged to work alongside very intelligent, driven and hardworking colleagues. I have had the opportunity to learn from them; we work as a team”, she explains.

    Shipena further sees herself becoming a technical manager one day.

    She has always been an overachiever - adaptable, resilient, driven and consistent - and a goal-oriented person, while staying undefined and curious.

    “The world is changing rapidly that the only way to survive, thrive, inspire and adjust is to have a deep and constant level of curiosity. Change has become our only constant,” she says.

    Shipena was fortunate to be awarded government grants to cover her school and tertiary education fees, but this did not save her from going to bed with an empty stomach, or from not knowing where tomorrow's meal would come from.

    “I experienced a number of circumstances/setbacks in my life, but that was never going to define me or my future. My frame of mind was always focused on making an impact in society and contributing greatly to the country's economic dynamics,” she says.

    Shipena believes that it is our duty as people sharing this world to make our future better, because the future is not only ours.

    “Our grandchildren should be proud of us one day when they look back and find how hard we worked to make the world a better place.

    “Trusting God's timing is the best thing you can ever do for yourself. Not everyone is going to make it, just make sure you are not part of that statistic. People will try to discourage you and tell you who and what you can or cannot be, but I tell you now, the true measure of who you can be is within you; you are your own roadblock.

    “When you feel like giving up, that is when you should try harder. Nothing will be easy; don't expect things to be handed to you on a silver platter. The world is not fair and nobody owes you anything,” she says.

    Shipena is a middle child from a family of eight children. She is a strong advocate for sisterhood and lives to empower others, especially woman, to pursue greatness.

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    Corruption - A social disease (Part 142): What can Namibian leaders learn from emphatic and emotional intelligent leaders?Corruption - A social disease (Part 142): What can Namibian leaders learn from emphatic and emotional intelligent leaders? Johan Coetzee - Transformational leaders display empathy and emotional intelligence, which are critical elements to inspire people and prove hope.

    In dysfunctional societies such as Namibia people are overwhelmed with enormous complex challenges such as inequality (second highest Gini-coefficient in the world), unemployment of 37.3% and an average Transparency International corruption rating since 1998 of 4.8 out of 10. It is clear why people need inspiration.

    Leaders with empathy have the ability that people can relate to them, they can identify with them. If people can relate to leaders, leaders can inspire them. Leaders that act aloof and with status, find it very challenging to relate to people.

    Leaders need to learn the ability to put themselves in the shoes of the people they want to influence. If people perceive leaders as so important that they will not be able to understand their challenges, people tend not to approach such leaders to solve their problems.

    Emotional intelligent leaders can "read" people and their body language. Such leaders have exceptional listening skills, e.g. Abraham Lincoln.

    Such leaders do not only have the ability to relate to people, they serve people. Servant leadership is not common in Namibia. In the Land of the Brave, it seems that leaders deliberately want to be untouchable. Our Members of Parliament (MPs) are for example not overwhelmingly accessible to people, except prior to elections.

    EXAMPLES

    Some of the most influential empathic leaders are Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana in providing hope to vulnerable people in society.

    Diana has been extremely successful in changing people’s perceptions about people affected with HIV/AIDS. Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana are change agents in changing perceptions about religion, gender and culture.

    Oprah Winfrey pioneered empathy for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT). Winfrey made it acceptable for anybody – including leaders - to talk about their emotional challenges. She demonstrates that leaders can cry on television and can and should be emotional in order to relate to people. Showing emotion and being open about their weaknesses demonstrate leaders’ vulnerability in that they are the same as "normal" people.

    Such similarities between leaders and people provide hope to hopeless people without employment and without decent housing.

    As a spiritual leader, Oprah demonstrates that positive thinking and emotional intelligence are critical in "vibrating"(sending and attracting) positive energy to enable positive change. She demonstrates that adversity can be overcome, for example, she was sexually harassed and became pregnant at 14 years of age. Despite and/or partially as an indirect result of such enormous challenges, she excelled to become the most influential and benevolent women in the world.

    Princess Diana has been so popular that her influence became a threat to the conservative British elite and Crown. As the "Princess of the People" she challenged British traditions and changed the perceptions and hearts of people and the elite. She broke down barriers between the people and the Crown.

    Other great leaders with empathy include Mother Theresa and Florence Nightingale. They served people with passion, commitment and all their energy. They demonstrated that the greatest wealth is not material wealth, but the legacy of love you leave in the hearts and minds of people.

    Compared to Namibian leaders, especially the most important decision makers, it is not clear what legacy they want to leave, except material wealth and greed?

    Namibian leaders need to learn how to relate to people, to be emphatic and emotionally matured.

    References

    Coetzee, J.J. 2012. Systemic corruption and corrective change management strategies: A study of the co-producers of systemic corruption and its negative impact on socio-economic development. Unpublished PhD dissertation. Stellenbosch: University of Stellenbosch.

    King, M.E. 2006. The Corporate Citizen. Governance for all Entities. Johannesburg: Penguin Books.

    Republic of Namibia. 2004. The Companies Act, No 24 of 2004. Government Gazette, Windhoek.

    jcoetzee@nust.na

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