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- 08/12/18--16:00: Nujoma enters Ondonga fray
- 08/12/18--16:00: Inside the dungeons
- 08/12/18--16:00: Uushona eats humble pie
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- 08/13/18--03:51: More Namibians have access to financial products
- 08/13/18--06:21: Seas pleads guilty to murder
- 08/13/18--08:07: Angolan murder suspect appears
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- 08/13/18--16:00: 13 killed on roads
Over the years I have watched how Athletics Namibia (AN) sends athletes to championships without any medal success.
I have seen how the sports ministry in 2013 sent a group of athletes to train and study in Jamaica, with the aim of winning big at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The result was a huge flop.
The Vision 2016 athletics programme failed because of many reasons.
These days' athletes start excelling at the age of 16 or younger. Perhaps the focus should be on grooming young stars before they pick up bad habits in the form of wrong techniques and so forth. These are my thoughts.
It's been a tough road. We have learned from those mistakes and should be willing to get back to winning ways, even if it might seem like a sensitive issue.
We cannot continue turning a blind eye to the fact that our athletes need help - help in terms of resources in order to train, as well as nutritionists and qualified and dedicated coaches. Grooming the best athletes is surely a process, but if we want to be counted among the best, we need to do better.
I think collaborations with the best athletes and sporting nations in the world will take us far. Okay yes, we tried Jamaica and that did not yield any results.
But let's think Kenya, which has some of the best runners at the moment. They have been the most consistent African country in the history of world championships.
Their coaches may not be the most scientific in their training, but the Kenyans have a high work rate. They are also self-motivated. That's what we need for our athletes, not just the able-bodied ones, but also for our para-athletes.
Kenya has a lack facilities, but its athletes continue to thrive.
This is happening through personal sacrifice, self-drive and self-belief. Can we not collaborate with them, so that their work ethic rubs off on our athletes?
Kenya is one of the most respected nations in the world of track and field and I'm sure it won't mind giving us a few pointers on what could work for us.
Kenyans are also dominating men's javelin and the 400m hurdles, which they were not good at in the past. I applaud the way these crop of athletes are not ashamed to represent themselves and their country. Can we as Namibians not emulate this?
Let's work with Kenya in order to reach new heights. Let's have a programme with real structure. Let's give training to local coaches or get them help from competent ones.
Let's have a sound competition calendar that is well-planned in advance and which allows athletes to have training camps where the best athletes attend, in order to see what it takes to become a champion. Let's advance the cause of our athletes, by catching them young and nurturing them onto the global stage.
Let's work smart and learn from the rest, so that we again see the Namibian flag hoisted during medal ceremonies around the world.
Young Brazilians, who recently won the 2018 Southern Stream First Division to gain promotion to the NPL, play all their home games on a gravel pitch in the southern town of Karasburg.
Team manager Kullus Simboya said they are aware that topflight matches are played on grass or artificial turf, but it would be costly for them to play all their games away from home.
“We had a team from the Namibia Football Association (NFA) inspect our field and we are still waiting for their report regarding its fitness to host premier league matches,” she said.
Simboya added that as a newly promoted team, they do not have enough funds to play all their games away from home.
“People in our town are excited to see our team play premier league games at home. If we are told our field is not fit to host premier league matches that will mean we have to travel to Keetmanshoop or another town, where there is artificial turf or grass fields and that will really be costly for us; plus we will not play in front of our supporters.”
Tim Isaacs, a member of the NPL sub-committee on safety and technical affairs, said they sent officials to Karasburg to inspect the field, but the final outcome of their inspection will be delivered when the NPL board of governors sits to decide on the matter before the start of the league.
Simboya said they are reinforcing their squad with more players ahead of the start of the new NPL season.
“Our goal is to stay in the premier league, so we are signing new players who have experience of playing in the NPL, as we don't want to be relegated in our maiden season.”
The pain and suffering that accidents have caused over the years is almost indescribable, and yet somehow this has not hit home for those who continue to take chances on our roads.
A fortnight ago, a bakkie, driving in the direction of Usakos, was forced to veer onto the gravel on the side of the road after the driver mistimed an overtaking manoeuvre in which he wanted to pass about four or five trucks.
This is the tip of ten iceberg, as reckless and irresponsible driving remains the order of the day in Namibia.
Fast cars and SUVs have been turned into killing machines, as owners overestimate their acceleration powers and end up slamming into oncoming traffic.
Today we grieve with the family that has lost eight members in an accident on the B1 between Otjiwarongo and Otavi on Friday.
At the same time we wish the South African couple well who suffered serious injuries.
This accident was one of many over the weekend, which also included a police bus crash in which two officers were killed instantly on the way to Omaruru. Another police officer reportedly also perished later from his injuries.
We have no words to assuage the pain that is being deeply felt by their loves ones and by those who still bear the emotional and very real physical scars of the crashes that have claimed lives over the years. Our appeal is that as the year wears on, the nation's drivers should become more and more aware of what responsibility lies on their shoulders, when transporting precious human cargo. Our country, in all its beauty and splendour, has become a death trap for coffins on wheels, where reckless and unbecoming driving has become the order of the day.
This accident was one of many over the weekend in which people lost their lives on Namibian roads.
The accident occurred shortly before 15:00 on Friday just outside Otjiwarongo, when a sedan and a bakkie collided.
The family members, who were travelling in the sedan, were coming from a funeral of a relative in Outjo.
The sedan was travelling from the direction of Otjiwarongo, while the bakkie was driving from Otavi.
According to Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, the bodies of five adults and three minors were all burnt beyond recognition after both vehicles had burst into flames.
The deceased reportedly included the parents, a sister and her husband, as well as the three daughters of the woman who was buried recently.
Mbeha, however, could not confirm this.
She told Namibian Sun the ages of the deceased could not be confirmed as yet and they could not distinguish between the male and female corpses at the scene.
The eight bodies were transported to Windhoek for forensic examination.
“We are calling on the public and relatives to come and assist with identification,” said Mbeha.
She said the South African couple who was travelling in the bakkie survived the accident with serious injuries. The 63-year-old man was transported to Windhoek for further medical attention, while his 62-year-old wife was admitted to a private hospital in Otjiwarongo.
Meanwhile, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund on Friday expressed their condolences to the bereaved families and friends of the eight people who lost their lives. The fund urged all drivers to travel safely.
In another accident over the weekend, two police officers were killed instantly an accident when a police bus overturned on the way to Omaruru. Another police officer also reportedly perished later from his injuries.
Police spokesperson chief inspector Kauna Shikwambi was unable to provide any further details, saying they would be provided in today's crime report.
First Lady Monica Geingos said it is easier to make money, than to keep it.
So for one to be able to keep money, they have to understand the rules of money.
Speaking at official book launch of “Successful Entrepreneurship” by Twapewa Kadhikwa and the unveiling of Olafika SME Development and Mentorship programme on Thursday, Geingos also empahsised on the dangers of making quick money in the disguise of real entrepreneurship.
“When you make quick money, you don’t understand the rules to keep it,” she said.
Geingos, a successful entrepreneur herself, said that whether a person stole diamonds, they sold drugs or rhino horns, or they got the money through corrupt activities, the fact that it is “quick money”, brings a lot of risks of losing it and have nothing.
“I never want to make quick money, she said, adding that when she makes her money, she wants to make it in such a way that nobody can take it away from her in a month.
Geingos added that money earned undeservingly also brings unhappiness to the person’s life.
“Anything not honest brings you bad luck,” he said, adding that a journey like that of Kadhikwa is an important one.
“Whatever you have, you must be able to justify it,” Geingos added.
According to the First Lady, if one can go to her bank statement now from 2007 and ask her for documentation of every cent that went in there, she will have documents for it.
“I do it because I know how life is. I know how things and people change. And I know that one day when there are questions, I will be able to answer,” she said.
Money and friends
Geingos added that when one has money especially the entrepreneurs, they still remain human beings who have relatives and friends and family. At times, those people will come and ask for money from them. She urged that when one gives out money, they do so in a responsible way that teaches the person seeking for money, the rules of money.
“Sometimes the other friend will say, ‘its’ my birthday please my dear I need N$100’,” she said adding that when she became First Lady, the N$1000 became N$ 10 000.
In managing friends and family, Geingos said she asks for documentation.
“Where is your payslip, who else do you owe, you should pay back with interest,” she said.
“People around you also need to understand the value of money. N$3000 in 2015 is not N$3000 in 2018.” she said.
She also said that people need to understand that the world owes them nothing.
“That rich uncle of yours owes you nothing,” she said.
She also said that when one loses money, they lose something invaluable which is confidence.
She urged people such as if one gets an inheritance to scrutinise their business plan to avoid the risk of losing money. She said in some cases, getting inheritance does not equal to someone being ready for business.
She however urged entrepreneurs who fail at it to never give up when they fall.
“I am more likely to fund somebody who has failed and is trying again,” she said.
During the same event, Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) announced an investment of N$ 700 000 towards the Olafika SME Development Mentorship Programme
“The Olafika SME Development Mentorship Programme is a promising program that seeks to take Namibia entrepreneurs from across Namibia’s 14 regions on a journey from rough to the polished gems we believe they can be,” the company said on Thursday.
As a Namibian company with a global reach, NDTC said that being a responsible corporate citizen is an important part of their ethos.
“SME development is clearly a national development priority area, and it is for this reason that NDTC has partnered with Olafika,” the company’s chief executive Shihaleni Ndjaba said.
The programme will benefit over 70 SMEs throughout all 14 regions of Namibia.
“I believe this intervention will not only sharpen the entrepreneurs who will go through the programme, but in turn it is my hope that this will offset increase job creation in the SME sector as well, “The time is now (Olafika) for building a diamond generation,” said Ndjaba.
Nujoma visited Elifas at his Onamungudo residence on Friday morning, where the two held private talks. Nujoma's visit comes just a day after Oshakati High Court judge Maphios Cheda granted an order compelling Elifas to give oral testimony in the matter in which a group of councillors are challenging their dismissal.
On Thursday Cheda ordered that the legal teams set a date within 14 days on which the king will be required to testify. In July last year, King Elifas dismissed the traditional councillors and the fallout is still continuing.
They are former traditional authority chairperson Peter Kauluma, former secretary Joseph Asino, senior headman for the Ondangwa district John Walenga, former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili.
A furious Nujoma had apparently also contacted the dismissed councillors to express his disappointment. Nujoma reportedly condemned the court action by the councillors, saying it is a taboo in local culture to challenge kings.
Ondonga king spokesperson Naeman Amalwa confirmed Nujoma's visit on Friday, saying the founding president went to show solidarity with Elifas over the legal challenge.
“King Kauluma (Elifas) is chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia and he does not deserve the treatment he is being given by the dismissed councillors and people that he has trusted and uplifted in the past. No law can prescribe to the king who to appoint or to dismiss,” said Amalwa.
Nujoma's personal aide, John Nauta, also confirmed that he was at the Ondonga palace for a routine visit “as a usual practice whenever he is in the area”.
“It is true he went to visit the Ondonga king and this is not news, but his traditional way of doing things. This is his usual practice; whenever he is in a traditional area he will visit the traditional leader of that area,” Nauta said. Nujoma was accompanied by, among others, Swapo Oshikoto coordinator Armas Amukwiyu.
Oniipa mayor Mannetjies Kambonde confirmed to Namibian Sun that Nujoma had called him using Amukwiyu's cellphone, with an order to withdraw his support for the dismissed Ondonga councillors.
“The founding president called me through Amukwiyu's cellphone ordering me to withdraw my support for the dismissed leaders,” Kambonde said. Amukwiyu, who earlier on told Namibian Sun that he will not support the decision to drag the king to court, confirmed he accompanied Nujoma to Onamungudo.
He, however, declined to comment on the visit, while he could also not confirm or deny that his cellphone was used to call certain individuals backing the dismissed councillors. Speaking on behalf of the dismissed leaders, former Oshikoto governor and senior councillor for Amuteya district, Vilho Kamanya, said they were not bothered by Nujoma's visit to the king, because it was a routine practice.
Kamanya said they were appointed at Onamungudo and that is where they ought to have been dismissed.
“If the visit was meant for us, then Nujoma knows us and who we are. Some of us have worked with him in the past before we became traditional leaders and when we were traditional leaders,” said Kamanya.
“Traditional councillors are appointed by the king and he is the one who fires them. All this has to take place at the palace and it is done procedurally. Since our dismissal, nobody heard anything from the king himself and it is our desire to hear from him in court.”
The succession war within the Ondonga kingdom has reached unprecedented levels over the months and has included name-calling and personal attacks.
The fired councillors are backing Fillemon Shuumbwa as the successor to Elifas, but their move has been strongly opposed by the royal family, led by the king's wife, Sesilia Elifas.
The rival faction supporting Shuumbwa has accused the king's wife of making decisions on behalf of the ailing monarch.
She has also been accused of sowing division in the kingdom.
With these words by one of the men intent on dragging him to the Lubango dungeons for allegedly spying for the apartheid regime, Oiva Angula's worse nightmare became a reality. Now decades later, Angula has penned a tell-all exposé on life as a Swapo captive in the infamous dungeons where the ruling party turned on its own and unleashed untold suffering. Angula describes how he was stripped and whipped night and day, while hopes of him and other prisoners ever returning to Namibia faded. Certain Swapo members reportedly used the dungeons in the Angolan town to either eliminate or terrorise suspected dissidents. Angula's book, 'Swapo Captive… A comrade's experience of betrayal and torture', also relates how forced confessions were obtained through prolonged nights of torture. It also reveals how the Swapo captives had hoped that a visit in 1986 by the then commander-in-chief of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, would bring relief. “When Nujoma finally arrived in the company of Hawala (Salomon) and senior security officers, the whole atmosphere was tense. We were lined up some 100 metres from the three pits. Inmates from nearby pits also joined us. Nujoma appeared before us, beefy in a brownish camouflage uniform, frowning and uneasy, though making no effort to conceal his self-importance,” Angula wrote. However, they were left stunned when Nujoma chastised them for being “reactionaries” and said they would be paraded at Freedom Square once Namibia was free. “I instantly realised that Nujoma had deserted us. He had failed us, he was the betrayer, not me…Those detainees who thought that Nujoma had no idea of the terror campaign driven by Swapo's security chief Salomon 'Jesus' Hawala, were disillusioned.” At the weekend, Nujoma's senior aide John Nauta said allegations around the Lubango dungeons were not new. He also said the founding president had not read the book and he doubts whether he would be interested in reading it. He also emphasised that it would be a “waste of time” to send questions to Nujoma because he doubts whether he would respond. Efforts to obtain comment from former defence chief Hawala proved futile.
The book also recounts how Angula joined the liberation struggle with high hopes and that his time in exile had included a stint as a journalist for PLAN's mouthpiece, The Combatant. Angula had left for exile shortly after the assassination of Ovaherero paramount chief Clemens Kapuuo on 27 March 1978.
He described a rude awakening in 1980 when current Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu, one of the camp's security officers, in the presence of a gang of Swapo security agents, all pointing their AK-47s at them, took him and five others on a so-called mission. “The agents led us to an area dotted with underground pits, known as omalambo. All six of us were lowered into a pit by means of a wooden stick, which was then taken away. The pit was 5m deep and 5m by 6m across, its mouth covered with wooden logs and sand. A small opening above was then closed with a heavy metal shutter, reinforced with stones. It was very dark. We had no blankets, but it was stiflingly warm inside the pit. All of us kept silent. I felt a distressing sensation that we were being buried alive.” They were freed on 26 August 1980 and served in Swapo administration duties including being a deputy officer on night duty at the defence headquarters (DHQ). However, his freedom ended four years later. He wrote that at around 10:00 on 22 October 1984, six heavily armed men burst into his office at PLAN's defence headquarters where he was adding the finishing touches to an edition of The Combatant. “You are now deep in the elephant's asshole,” Angula recounted the lanky commander, brandishing an AK-47 as saying to him. The commander produced an arrest warrant signed by then commander Hawala. “My mind raced desperately over what could be wrong. I took a swift journey into my past. I remembered only good work I had done for the Swapo cause. Even in exile, I have done my past conscientiously and in an exacting way, always to the best of my abilities. All these were spoiled by the coldness of my arrest. Despite my repeated questions, they refused to say why I was wanted.” Thereafter he was taken to the screening base, the major coordinating centre for Swapo security services, where life and death decisions were made. In the evening he was taken to an underground room when met Zacharia Ndjafa Nakashole, a senior security officer.
“The party decided to arrest you because you are a spy, a traitor to your own people,” a senior security officer Angula Kauaya told him when he asked why he was there. “Kauaya then revealed that the purpose of my interrogation was not to find out whether or not I was a spy, but to extract information on all my 'enemy activities since joining PLAN. I was already pronounced guilty, violating both my individual rights as a suspect and the standards of due process. The two were the investigator, sheriff, judge, executioner and gravedigger rolled into one…For thirty minutes they pushed me, pummelled me, ripped at my clothes; hit me with sticks and rifle butts. My body flopped like a rag doll.” Angula also shares how his friends, former classmates from Martin Luther High School were brutally beaten by security agents in front of him and forced to confess to conspiring with the enemy.
Others ate rats
The meals were awful, the book tells, under-or-overcooked rice or porridge, and in times of short supply there was little to eat besides a handful of bug-infested maize meal. “I remember one summer morning when the toilet pit was filled with rainwater almost to the brim. When we were called to relieve ourselves and empty our chambers tins, we found a stray dog, nearly drowned. The dog was fished out, killed and barbecued for the day's meal. Some of us ate ape and dog meat, others ate rats,” Angula related of his four and half years in the dungeons. “We were all full of lice. We spent countless hours picking them off one another, which made us look like starved monkeys grooming one another.” Attempts to reach Sampofu at the weekend were unsuccessful as his cellphone remained unreachable.
Local boxer Bethuel 'Tyson' Uushona lost his non-title fight against Rico Mueller of Germany over the weekend.
Uushona lost via anonymous points' decision according to those close to the camp. There was not much information available from the Salute Boxing Academy camp following the fight.
The Namibian, who was stripped off his World Boxing Federation (WBF) world title after failing to defend it within the scheduled time, said before the fight that he was rejuvenated and ready to pounce again.
Kenya ran in eleven tries to crush Tunisia 67-0 this past Saturday in their penultimate game of the Africa Gold Cup, which also doubles as the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament.
This set up winner-takes-all showdown against Namibia this coming weekend.
Debutant Willy Ambaka made the perfect transition from sevens to the traditional form of the game, when he put Kenya ahead with the first try after only four minutes of play against Tunisia.
The winger picked up a loose ball in the middle of the Tunisian defence to open the scoring for the Simbas, who are set play Namibia in the tournament decider this coming Saturday.
Kenyan coach Ian Snook said he plans to make a few changes to the team for the final match.
“The result against Tunisia was good. But we need a lot of things to be fixed before we play Namibia. Tactically there will be changes to the team,” said Snook.
After a scrappy opening 20 minutes, punctuated by handling errors and poor passes, Kenya outclassed an injury-weakened Tunisian side, taking part in the tournament for the first time.
Tries from skipper Davis Chenge, Andrew Chogo, Jacob Ojee, Elkean Musonye and Darwin Mukidza and five conversions from the golden boot of Mukidza combined to give the home side a commanding 40-0 halftime lead.
Martin Owila scored the seventh try straight from the kickoff to stretch the Kenyan lead, before the home side were reduced to 14 men after Hillary Mwanjilwa was yellow-carded.
Tunisia also had two players sent to the sin bin and could not resist the Kenyan pressure.
Owila, who earned the man of the match accolade for his performance, as well as Peter Kaaria, Mohammed Omolo and Ambaka added tries to complete the rout.
Kenya picked up the maximum five points to stay second in the African qualifying group on 17 points, three behind Namibia. The winner gains an automatic place in the Japan World Cup next year, while the second-placed team plays a Repechage tournament with Canada, Germany and Hong Kong in Marseille between November 11 and 23,
Namibia is favoured to win the match against Kenya, as they have not lost a game so far in the Africa Gold Cup. They top the log, followed by Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Morocco.
Rugby supporter David van Wyk said the match will be exciting to watch, as it gives the Namibian team a chance to represent the country at the World Cup for the sixth straight tournament
He, however, urged the players to be wary of Kenya and to defend and attack as one.
Van Wyk also encouraged local supporters to fill up the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.
In the other match over the past weekend in Kampala, strong finishes in each half earned Uganda a 47-29 victory over Morocco. This ensured the hosts of top-tier African rugby status next season.
-Additional info by NAMPA/AFP
The survey, which was conducted between October and November 2017, looked at the country’s levels of financial inclusion - access to financial products, both formal and informal usage.
The survey found that 78% of Namibian adults are financially included, whereas majority of those are formally included, or served by commercial banks.) The proportion of the financially included adults is an increase from 69% reported in 2011 and 49% reported in 2007.
Judge Christie Liebenberg of the High Court in Windhoek accepted her plea.
Submissions for sentencing are set to start this afternoon.
The accused, Hipangelwa Hafeni appeared before Magistrate Otto Muyeghu for the murder of Monica Tuluudeni Ndatilaowala from Oshomukwiyu village in the Ondjiva area of Angola, who died on Friday at around 22:30.
Hafeni is from Evanda village in the Xangongo area of Angola and has two pending assault cases from different victims at the Onandjaba police station
Magistrate Muyeghu remanded the matter to 15 October for further police investigations and for the accused to apply for legal aid and formally request for bail.
The accused remains in custody.
State prosecutor Martha Hasheela yesterday opposed bail on the grounds that the accused may abscond as he is an Angolan national, the seriousness of the case and that it is not in public interest for him to be granted bail.
“It is alleged that the suspect and the victim were in romantic relationship. Information received is that the suspect stabbed the victim several times in the chest, stomach, on both arms, on her breasts and in the neck with Okapi knife.”
The police arrested Hafeni on Saturday at Olupandu village in the Okalongo constituency.
The police have not yet established the motive for the killing.
The murder weapon has been recovered.
Standard Bank Namibia made good on the promise they made two years ago to build a two-bedroom house worth N$500 000 in a joint effort with the National Housing Enterprise.
The athlete, who used to live in a shack in Goreangab in Windhoek, expressed his happiness and said he was moving into the new house in Greenwell Matongo with the help of friends and family.
“I waited for a long time but I'm very happy.”
“I started my journey in 1997 and now it has finally paid off with the house I got through my hard work,” Shikongo said.
Shikongo dominated international headlines at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he scooped a gold medal in the men's 200m T11 race and two bronze medals in the 100m T11 race and 400m T11.
The athlete has also won several medals in international competitions recently.
But there has been an emergence of new blood in the Namibian boxing fraternity tipped as future world champions.
It has been evident in the past five years that the time for several boxers to continue claiming world title glory is fading away.
Harry Simon is one of the few remaining boxers who turned professional before the new millennium.
Simon did enjoy a fair share of fame after winning world titles and successfully defending them.
The 'Terminator' has had an astounding record of 30 wins of which 22 came by knockouts in his 24-year boxing career.
The 45-year-old is still arguably the best boxer to have ever graced the boxing ring in the country.
Many people believe that the time has come for Simon to pass on his skills and retire from a career he enjoyed and dominated for over 20 years.
In recent years, Simon returned to the ring after a long absence, but the viper speed he once had has diminished.
The other boxers that are probably also facing an exit from the sport include Paulus Ambunda (38), Paulus Moses (40), Julius Indongo (35), Wilberforce Shihepo (35), Tyson Uushona (36) and Vikapita Meroro (36).
These boxers have reigned in Africa in the past 10 years, winning several African titles.
Ambunda, Indongo, Uushona and Moses have won world titles at professional levels for their country.
Recent times for the boxing greats have however not been so great given that they have lost several important fights to young and upcoming boxers around the world.
With most of them above the age of 35, many Namibian boxing followers felt that it is not long before they officially decide to call it quits.
“Some of these boxers could have fought till in their late 40s, but they are not able to because of the way they live their social lives.
“Boxing demands continuous training and living a healthy life without consuming large amounts of alcohol,” a source that chose to remain anonymous emphasised.
There has however been a glimpse of potential successors to these boxing legends.
Namibia has been singing the praises to one of its rising stars, Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila.
The 27-year-old is the current WBO Africa super featherweight title holder and has been winning many of his bouts in style.
Nakathila made his professional debut in 2013 and has gone on to win 16 fights and lost only once in his professional career.
“He is a very talented boy who can go places if he is determined to do so.
“I like the commitment and hard work he puts on into the ring,” pomoter and trainer Nestor Tobias said.
In his early 30s, Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas is probably one of Namibia's greatest emerging talents.
Lukas has already arrived even if he is yet to step into the ring for a world title fight.
He possesses a devastating jab which has often been feared by many boxers across the world.
Lukas has been described as one of Africa's best featherweight boxers after defending his WBO Africa featherweight title more than three times.
The Namibian currently has a record of 21 wins in 21 fights, with 14 knockouts. Walter Koutondokwa has struggled to secure a world title fight because many people fear him.
The middleweight boxer has a frightening record of 16 knockouts in 17 fights he has fought so far.
He is currently Namibia's most dangerous and feared boxer who possesses an iron fist.
Mike Shonena (30) has 12 wins from 12 fights and is a joy to watch.
He is yet to turn professional, but Commonwealth gold medallist Jonas Juniors has a great future ahead of him.
“Yes, is true that several boxers are ageing now, but we do not have to worry about that because we still have many talented boxers on the rise.
“The Salute Boxing Academy has several future world champions we are grooming,” Salute Academy's Joseph Hilongwa said.
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The youth tournament attracts close to 56 schools with close to 1 550 players eager to learn and display skills in the under-19, -15 and --14 leagues respectively.
Cornell Mostert, the under-14 junior rugby coach of Dr Lemmer High School in Rehoboth said Namibia has a lot of talent but schools in Windhoek do better because they have access to better facilities and parents invest a lot more in order to see the players develop into great sportsmen.
“The players in smaller towns need more investment in order for them to improve on strength. The better players make use of gyms and private coaches and you can see a difference in the way they play. There are also schools in various regions where there is no rugby taking place, if the Namibian Rugby Union can access those areas, more boys and girls can be exposed to the game.”
Another coach from Windhoek Gymnasium Private School's under-19 team, Jaco Engels, said the league is giving the players much-needed exposure as the games are being streamed live, encouraging the boys to step up and continue to play in bigger challenges.
Engels's team will play in the final this weekend and he said he is immensely happy with their achievements.
“We will face Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool. We embrace the under-dog tag. All I want is the players to remain disciplined as the team which plays well under pressure always wins the game.
He encouraged players from other schools to just remain focused and play to their best. “A field is just that, and as long as there is a rugby ball anybody can play. Embrace the opportunities and you might impress someone who can push you to bigger heights.”
Nomatumbulo ngoka ga ningwa kugumwe gwomaalumentu mboka ye mu nanene melambo moLubango omolwa aniwa okundaaadhela omutondi, ndyoka olya li etameko lyonkalo tayi halutha moka mwiiyadha Oiva Angula. Konima yoomvula odhindji dha piti ngashiingeyi, Angula okwa gandja ehokololo nokweeta polweela ondjokonona yonkalo onga okwatwa yaSwapo mondjeedhililo yomalambo moka ongundu tayi pangele ya kala nokulonga iilonga yanyata.
Angula okwa hokolola nkene a kala nokudhengagulwa uusiku nomutenya, omanga einekelo lye pamwe nookwatwa ookwawo lyokugalukila koNamibia lya kana po.
Iilyo yimwe po yoSwapo, oya longitha ondjeedhililo ndjoka yomalambo onga ehala lyokweedhilila nenge okuhulitha po oonkalamwenyo dhaamboka taya feekelelwa uundaadhi.
Membo lyaAngula tali ithanwa: 'Swapo Captive… A comrade's experience of betrayal and torture', okwa hokolola woo nkene ya kuthwa omahokololo koonkondo okupitila memonitho lyiihuna.
Embo natango olya holola nkene ookwatwa ndhoka dha kala neinekelo lyemangululo sha landula sho komanda goPeople's Liberation Army of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, a talelepo ehala ndyoka momvula yo 1986.
“Sho Nujoma a thiki mehala moka pamwe naHawala (Salomon) oshowo aanambelewa aakuluntu yalwe yegameno onkalo oya lunduluka. Otwa ningi omukweyo oshinano shoometa 100 okuza pomalambo ngoka ga tatu. Ookwatwa okuza pomalambo gopopepi nandho odhetu wayimine. Nujoma okwa ye komeho getu a zala omuzalo guukwiita a fa a mbandapala ihe okwa kambadhala okwaaholeka esimano lye,” Angula a shanga.
Nonando ongaaka oya haluthwa shoNujoma a popi kutya yo aakengeleli na otaya kuulikwa pokapale kemanguluko uuna Namibia lyamanguluka.
“Onda dhidhilike kutya Nujoma okwe tu ekelehi. Okwe tu ndopeke, okwe tu kengelela, hangame…Ookwantwa ndhoka dha li tadhi dhilaadhila kutya Nujoma ke na ontseyo kombinga yomahwahwameko gomiyonena ngoka taga ningwa komukomeho gwegameno moSwapo pethimbo ndyoka, Salomon 'Jesus' Hawala, na oya li ya haluka.”
Omugandjimayele gwaNuujoma, John Nauta okwa popi kutya omalundilo ngoka kage shi gotango. Okwa popi kutya omukokoli presidende ina lesha embo ndyoka, na ke wete ta kala nohokwe yokulesha embo ndyoka.
Okwa popi kutya otashi ka kala ehepeko lyethimbo okutumina Nujoma omapulo molwaashoka ke wete tega ya yamukula. Oonkambadhala okuya mekwatathano nachief Hawala, odha hulile muunyengwi.
Embo ndyoka olya hokolola nkene Angula a wayimine ekondjelomanguluko neinekelo enene oshowo kutya ethimbo lye mekondjelomanguluko ota kala omutoolinkundana gwoPLAN.
Angula okwa wayimine ekondjelomanguluko pondje yoshilongo, konima owala yedhipago lyOmukwaniilwa gwAaherero, Clemens Kapuuo momasiku 27 gaMaalitsa mo 1978.
Okwa hokolola nkene momvula yo 1980, sho gumwe gwomaakeleli yokamba ndjoka, ngashiingeyi ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaZambezi, Lawrence Sampofu, oshowo aakeleli yookamba ndhoka ye ya ulika oondjembo dhoAK-47s nokuya pamwe nayo yatano molweendo.
“Aakeleli mboka oye tu fala mehala li na omalambo. Atuhe ya hamano otwa tulwa melambo niiti mbyoka ya kuthwa ko lwanima. Elambo ndyoka olyuule woometa 5, na oya siikila nomweelo gwoshitenda ngoka gwa kwatelwa po woo nomamanya, na omwa luudha noonkondo. Melambo moka omwa li woo mwa pupyala na atuhe otwa mwena. Onda kala tandi ipula kutya otwa fumbikwa nomwenyo.”
Oya mangululwa aniwa momasiku 26 gaAgutse mo 1980 na okwa longo iilonga yaSwapo, ngaashi omupeha omunambelewa kolufo lyokulonga uusiku poombelelwa oonene dho(DHQ).
Nonando ongaaka emanguluko lye olya hulu konima yoomvula ne. Okwa shanga kutya lwopoundi onti 10:00 momasiku 22 gaKotomba mo 1984, aalumentu yahamano ya homata oya ponokele ombelelewa ye poombonge oonene dhoPLAN moka a li ta manitha oshinyolwa she shoThe Combatant.
Okwa popi kutya komanda gumwe e muulika ondjembo okwe mu pe omukanda ngoka tagu pitika etulo lye miipandeko, gwa shainwa kukomanda Hawala.
“Onda dhilaadhila mbala kutya oshike mbela sha puka, onda dhilaadhla iilonga iiwanawa mbyoka nda longela Swapo ihe ayihe mbyoka oya piyaganekwa ketulo miipandeko lyandje. Nonando onda pulaapula omapulo oya tindi okupandje omayamukulo kutya omolwashike tandi tulilwa miipandeko.”
Okwa falwa aniwa kokamba yomapulaapulo hoka ohaku ningilwa omatokolo gomwenyo nenge geso. Kongulohi okwa falwa kondunda yi li mevi hoka a tsakanene nomunambelewa omukuluntu gwegameno, Zacharia Ndjafa Nakashole.
“Ongundu oya tokola okukutula miipandeko molwaashoka ngoye ondaadhi, na oto kengelele aantu yoye mwene,” omunambelewa omukuluntu gwegameno Angula Kauaya e mu lombwele.
“Kauaya okwa holola kutya elalakano lyeningilo lyandje omapulaapulo kashi shi okumona ngele ngame ondaadhi nenge ahowe ihe okugandja aniwa uuyelele kombinga yiilonga yandje yomutondi konima nkene nda wayimine oPLAN.
Onda monika nale ondjo na onda yonenwa uuthemba wandje onga omufekelwa. Uule woominute o 30 oya tuula iikutu yandje nokudhengandje niiti .”
Angula natango okwa popi nkene ookume ke aanaskola pamwe naye moskola Martin Luther High School ya dhengwa komeho ge molwaashoka aniwa otaya longele kumwe nomutondi.
Iikulya oya li iiwinayi, iithima nenge olwishi inayi telekwa nawa nenge ya telekwa unene nomathimbo gamwe iikulya oya kala inayi ganwa, kakele koshithima sha telekwa nuusila wepungu wa tukwa komapuka, pahokololo ndyoka lya shangwa membo moka.
Okwa popi kutya ota dhimbuluka ongula yesiku limwe sho omalambo guundjugo gali guudha omeya gomvula. Sho ya ithawa ya ye kokandjugo oya adha ko ombwa konyala ya si omeya. Ombwa ndjoka oya dhipagwa na oya telekwa po.
Okwa popi kutya oya lya onyama yombwa omanga yamwe ya li onyama yoondjima noombuku.
Angula okwa popi kutya uule woomvula ne netata ndhoka a kala mondjeedhilolo moka oya li ye na oona naya kala nokwiitona oona dhoka uule woowili odhindji kehe esiku.
Oonkambadhala okuninga ekwatathano naSampofu odha ndopa sho ongodhi ye kaya li mombepo mehuliloshiwike.
Metitano Opolisi yaShana oya longitha iikundaneki ya yooloka mokukonga Selma Haufiku gwomOhangwena, ngoka a pulumutha okanona kokamati mEtitatu lya piti, na okwe ka dhigi moshipangelo konima sho a lalekwa mewalanda e ti 14 moshipangelo mEtine. Haufiku okwa pakele iinima ye na okwa dhimipo uuyelele we pekalata lyokanona omanga ina thiga po oshipangelo.
Nonando ongaaka, pahapu dhOmunambelewa Omupopiliko gwopolisi yaShana, Inspector Petrus Iimbili, yina yokanona okwa galukile koshipangelo mEtitano, e li pamwe nomukwanezimo gwe nomugandji gwe gwiilonga, sho ha longo megumbo momukunda Iiviyongo moshitopolwa shaHangwena.
Haufiku okwa lombwele opolisi oshowo aahungimwenyo kutya okwa ningi ngaaka molwaashoka he yokanona ina hala okuyambidhidha okanona.
Iimbili okwa popi kutya Haufiku okwa shuna kegumbo nokanona ke.
Kaaye na ontseyo iiputudhilo natango onkene tayi fala omidhimba koTsumeb omanga omayakulo ngoka ngashiingeyi taga gandjwa mOmuthiya.
Okwa lopotwa kutya omidhimba ndhoka ohadhi ka kala manga omasiku moTsumeb omanga inadhi falwa nawa mOmuthiya.
Shoka oshe ya polweela sha landula sho ofamili yanakusa Rebbeka Shitumbapo, 41, ngoka a hulitha momasiku 31 gaJuli omanga ta pulumutha okanona pokapangelogona kaKankolo ya lopota onkalo ndjoka koshifokundaeki shoNamibian Sun. Uule wiiwike iyali ofamili inayi vula okufumbika Shitumbapo molwaashoka opolisi oya ndopa okuningila omuthimba omakonaakono pethimbo.
Sho a popi pehala lyofamili, Medusalem Shilongo okwa popi kutya shoShitumbapo a hulitha mEtiyali lyomasiku 31 gaJuli, ofamili oya tengeneke kutya otayi mu fumbike Olyomakaya taga landula.
“Pandondo yofamili, otwa tameke tatu ningi omalongekidho opo tu fumbike mOlyomakaya nofamili oga gongala okuya kefumbiko.
Ethimbo alihe ndyoka opolisi oya kala tayi tu lombwele kutya omudhimba ogwa tumwa koTsumeb opo gu ka ningilwe omakonaakono opo tu ninge onzapo yeso tse tu fumbike. Sigo omEtitano omakonaakono ngoka inaga ningwa,” Shilongo a popi.
“Otwa tulamo omafudho opo tu ye kefumbiko naantu yamwe oya shuna kaayena onzapo yeso ngaashi tayi pumbiwa uuna omuntu to tulamo efudho kiilonga. Otaya ka lombwela aagandji yawo yiilonga shike. Ethimbo ele noonkondo naamboka haya fumbikwa kepangelo oosa ihandi kala ethimbo ngaaka.” Yina yanakusa, Kanghameni Sakaria okwa popi kutya okuuvite nayi, molwaashoka otashi mu kutha ethimbo okufumbika omona, na ine shi pandula.
Komanda gwopolisi mOshikoto, Armas Shivute okwa koleke koNamibian Sun kutya oshitopolwa osha taalela omukundu gwaantu haya tumu omidhimba koTsumeb opo dhi ka konaakonwe omanga omakonaakono ngoka taga ningilwa ngashiingeyi mOmuthiya.
“Dhimbuluka kutya otwa tembudhile oombelewa dhetu mOmuthiya moka tatu longele ngashiingeyi uule owala woomwedhi mbali. Ondi wete kutya aantu oya ngwangwana na otaya ka konga omakwatho koTsumeb omanga omakwatho ngoka taga ningilwa mOmuthiya. Otandi ka ninga ekwatathano naakuthimbinga ayehe nokuya tseyithila kutya omakwatho ngoka itaga gandjwa we koTsumeb.”
“Otandi gandja ombili kofamili ndjoka, na otaya vulu okudhengelandje ongodhi kuuyelele owundji.”
Osha lopotwa kutya omidhimba ndhoka dha li dha tuminwa koTsumeb, odha e twa mOmuthiya mEtitano na odha konaakonwa mEtitano.
Shitumbapo okwa fumbikwa momukunda Eenyika popepi nEenhana mOlyomakaya.
“Omolwa onkalo ndjoka twa kala tatu ya thiminike mEtitano oye tu dhengele ongodhi omutenya kutya oya mana otatu vulu tu ka ninge onzapo yeso. Otwa mana iinima ayihe na otwa fumbike mOlyomakaya.
Andola ngele otwa li twa mwena andola oya kutha owala ethimbo lyawo,” Shilongo a popi.
On 8 August 2018, representatives of Land Rover Owners Namibia (LRON), Gundula Perry and JC Kruger, together with Francois van Schalkwyk and Allen Straus of the Lewis Store Group, met with headmaster Paul du Plessis of Dagbreek School, a school which caters for intellectually challenged learners from all backgrounds.
Land Rover Owners Namibia (LRON) has been involved with Dagbreek School for the past two years as a social responsibility initiative. This year, the LRON members donated approximately N$30 000 towards the planned Dagbreek Feeding Programme.
With these collected funds, the school had requested kitchen appliances and equipment in order to start providing meals for the children. The Lewis Store Group offered LRON a generous discount for the purchased appliances.
This consisted of a large chest freezer, a four-plate hob, an eye-level oven, an extractor fan and a large electric urn. LRON’s assistance for the school was further supported by the Lewis Store Group’s donation of another large chest freezer and fridge, a large microwave oven and eight kettles.
With a further purchase of a bain-marie, LRON could equip the Dagbreek school kitchen with most of the appliances required for the feeding programme.
Dagbreek School is anticipating that once the feeding programme is up and running smoothly, the kitchen will also be used for hospitality training, adding to the vast variety of training programmes the school has implemented in order to equip the learners for adulthood and possible job opportunities.
According to the police, three of their officers were killed in an accident on Saturday while travelling towards Omaruru.
The accident occurred at about 19:00 when a police Toyota Quantum with 12 occupants, including the 38-year-old driver, was travelling on the road from Kalkfeld to Omaruru.
Apparently the left rear tyre burst which caused the driver to lose control over the vehicle and it overturned.
Two passengers died at the scene while another passenger died at the Omaruru State Hospital.
Other passengers, including the driver, sustained serious to slight injuries and were taken to Omaruru State Hospital and Katutura State Hospital, respectively. The deceased were identified as the 40-year-old Sergeant Paulina Nakale Haufiku, the 34-year-old Sergeant Haididila Paulus Likuwa and the 42-year-old Sergeant Allan Hoebeb.
In another accident on Saturday a one-year-old baby girl died.
It is alleged that the 27-year-old driver of a Toyota Corolla with four adults and two babies were on their way from Windhoek to Gobabis when the front left tyre burst causing the driver to lose control of the car and it overturned.
The one-year-old Ester Angula died at the scene while all other occupants sustained injuries and were treated at Gobabis State Hospital.
In a separate accident on Friday on the C14 gravel road about 85 km towards Walvis Bay from Windhoek, a driver lost control of his car and one passenger died in the accident.
According to the police the 25-year-old driver of a Nissan station wagon carrying four occupants including the driver was travelling from Windhoek towards Walvis Bay. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. The 38-year-old Jeremia Hoeb died instantly and three other occupants sustained serious injuries and were taken to the hospital in Walvis Bay.
As was earlier reported, a family of eight who were returning from a funeral in Outjo this weekend all perished in a horrible crash on the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.
The accident occurred shortly before 15:00 on Friday just outside of Otjiwarongo after a collision involving a sedan and a bakkie.
The family, who were travelling in the sedan were coming from a funeral of a family member in Outjo.
The sedan was coming from the direction of Otjiwarongo, while the bakkie was driving from Otavi. The vehicles caught fire and four adults and four children burnt beyond recognition.