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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Telling the story through artsTelling the story through arts This week tjil chats to Isabel Katjavivi who takes a trip down memory lane with her new exhibition.

    A history that is not fully understood or told or memorialised is a history that lingers in the present. The reign of terror that was the 1904 -1908 genocide in Namibia lingers in this way in the psyche of the nation. For a century the genocide was denied, and to this day there are some who still believe it never occurred. They have not come to terms with the atrocities that took place across Namibia. Artist Isabel Katjavivi is one who strongly believes in unearthing this history to bring the truth to light and to heal the wounds of the past. According to Katjavivi it is impossible to build a future without making what was wrong in the past, right. This will also enssure that the knowledge of the past is made available to successive generations.

    The exhibition They Tried to Bury Us is a continuation of her previous work titled The Past Is Not Buried, which dealt with the unresolved past of the Herero and Nama genocide. The exhibition is a floor installation made of sand, stones and grass collected from within and around Otjinene. The heads displayed in the sand are made of unfired clay to symbolize the fragility of life.

    “It is a scene of remembrance of those who died. We need to stop treading on the past in our present. The installation invites the audience to walk the thin line between the past and the present,” she says.

    Katjavivi has been in the art scene for a while now. She is the overall first prize winner of the 2017 Bank Windhoek Triennial Competition and third the Prize winner in New Media category at the 2014 Bank Windhoek Triennial Competition. She is currently studying towards a Masters' degree in Visual Arts (Unam) with a thesis focusing on the memorialisation of the Namibian genocide. Katjavivi has participated in nine exhibitions and three workshops. Her work is found in the collection of Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, The Luciano Benetton Collection as well as that of the National Art Gallery of Namibia Permanent Collection. The exhibition will be on view until 8 September in the NAGN's upper gallery.

    “My father's great-aunt Maria, who raised him, and the grandmothers of my uncles who raised them lived through the 1904-08 genocide. The stories of their experiences have been passed down to me and my generation by our elders. The genocide is thus still in living memory, as well as in our genetic memory. This is not an easy topic to work on, and many people shy away from it. But it is in our past and in our present, and it has to be given a face,” she concluded.

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Remembering Jomolizo
  • Remembering JomolizoRemembering Jomolizo This week tjil talked to Antonio, the late Jomolizo's manager about how his death affected him and the plans he has for the late Jomolizo's music.

    My first encounter with him was two years ago when he released 'Kaandjetu'. I last spoke to him on Monday and on Tuesday I got the news that he was no more. It's so sad,” said a heartbroken Antonio who couldn't hide his emotions.

    He described him as the easiest artist he has ever worked with out of the 25 he has signed since he started working in the industry. Jomolizo was full of life, he loved everyone and he was a delight to be around, Antonio says. The news that Jomolizo was no more came as a shock to him as it was unexpected.

    “The last call on Monday was about me ordering five T-shirts for him. I mean if he was sick or old; I would expect it. This was out of the blue… It only really hit me that he was gone when I went to the burial,” said Antonio.

    Antonio says the management contract he has with the late singer will end in six months' time. The two were planning on renewing it but Antonio has spoken to his mother who wants him to continue managing and maintaining Jomolizo's legacy.

    “I got his number from Shitana, we spoke and we signed contracts. Six months later we released his album 'Epata lange'. I was warned by many people not to sign him because he was 'difficult to work with' but he didn't give me any problems. I would like to think that it's because we had a very honest and transparent relationship,” he recalled.

    The manager's priorities are to make sure that Jomolizo's music lives on even though he is not around. He says he wants to ensure that his unfinished work goes out and that his fans still hear him. Antonio says that a lot of artists around the world are only appreciated when they pass away but their managers still find ways to maintain their legacy which is something rarely practiced in Namibia.

    “It not about money it's about music. The mother is next of kin so we will renew the contract and I will continue managing his work. I do have a plan and the first is to get the album on which he featured Shitana out and take it from there. We found a lot of music on his computer that is enough to release an album so we will work with that. I will need support from everyone to do this,” he concluded.

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Nama on my stoep
  • Nama on my stoepNama on my stoep Namibian comedians seem to be doing the most these days with almost all of them having a gig every other day. One who is preparing for his show in a couple of weeks is Big Mitch and this week he talks to tjil about what his fans can expect.

    Having been busy with touring on corporate gigs around the country, Big Mitch says the growth within the comedy sector is visible and is he moving in the right direction. He says the fact that Free Your Mind is no longer the only platform with companies pitching in, will get the talent out to the public. The comedian says comedy is not yet a culture in Namibia compared to South Africa where comedians do gigs full-time, but we are heading there.

    “Comedians in South Africa don't have to work in Shoprite during the day and do comedy after hours like us here. We still have our day jobs and only after work do we have time for comedy but so far we are doing great you know,” he said.

    One of the benefits of corporate gigs says Mitch is allowing them to get recognition enough to enter international award competitions such as the Savanna Comics Choice Awards and the local Simply You Lifestyle Awards. The comedians are also networking outside the borders to the extent of being able to host comedians from around Africa to the Free Your Mind shows. Mitch says new talent is needed to grow the sector into an industry.

    “Free Your Mind is planning on going into the regions to get talents to audition and those who make it will have the chance to perform on our stage. This is really to groom new talent and we are excited to see what awaits us,” he said.

    Having done his Mitch Nation tour in 12 regions last year, Mitch says his fans can expect much laughter at the 'Nama on my stoep' show slated for 6 September at the Warehouse Theatre. The show will include current affairs and also touch on tribal issues such as the difference between Namas and Damaras.

    “It's going to tell a Namibian story from a Nama's perspective and why we should appreciate culture. Touchy topics like GBV and how we can combat it as a nation are also brought up. A lot of people think comedy is just about cracking jokes but we also educate while at it,” he concluded.

    Tickets are N$100 in advance and N$150 at the door available at PayToday kiosks nationwide.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Adora back with a hit
  • Adora back with a hitAdora back with a hitNew single out now Having been away for a good two years, singer Adora makes a great comeback with 'Akutiike Kwi'. Being an artist isn't easy. There is a lot of hard work that goes into delivering hit after hit, and year after year too. Occasionally, they need a minute or two just to channel their creativeness… a recharge period if you will.

    Without doubt, this can leave fans disappointed, but these breathers are wholly worth the wait, especially when they come back with a hit!

    One of the few who have succeeded in this is the songstress and performer Adora Kisting. Admired for her Afro pop, Damara Punch as well as Afro house; Kisting made a comeback recently with her song 'Akutiike Kwi'. Having no new material since 2016 with her debut album 'As I Am'; the singer is still celebrating the success the album brought.

    The last time tjil spoke to her, Kisting was in the middle of touring which she says went exceptionally well and allowed her to connect more with her fans.

    She says trying to keep the momentum without releasing new material has been somewhat a challenge and a learning curve.

    According to her, more love came pouring in when she was nominated and won the Most Disciplined Artist of the Year at the NAMAs 2017.

    “Sometimes you have to readjust to make sure you fit in with the mainstream which I really enjoyed. I appreciate things that allow me to move out of my comfort zone. I also realised that the audience really pays attention to everything I do. They pick up the tiniest things and I like that because I too pay attention to details,” she said.

    Speaking on many challenges within the industry, including entertainers not being able to swallow the criticism pill, Kisting begs to differ and instead said she appreciates it. According to her, both negative and positive criticism only makes her a better artist and has taught her to be optimistic.

    She takes the negative critics lightly because she is in no competition with any other artist and that; she says this is the beauty of one being in their own lane.

    “This means I should get worried only I don't move up my own ladder and not the industry as a whole,” Kisting said.

    The artist, who is glad to be back on the scene, says her latest single was inspired by her friends and this is a way of connecting with her Oshiwambo fans.

    The song 'Akutiike Kwi', which when loosely translated means something is going somewhere, is definitely a certified summer hit.

    The song also has educational aspects as it is meant to unite and condemn tribalism. The music video was released a week ago on YouTube and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

    “Two years is a long time and I'm just glad it's finally out. We tried a new element which is to give each song on the album its fair chance to live, we shoot videos here and there and that's what I have been doing in for the past two years. It doesn't mean one must release an album every year and this worked in my favour because the fans got to appreciate each song,” she said.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Emcees with sauce
  • Emcees with sauceEmcees with sauceOn hosting one of the biggest festivals NSK and Che speak on hosting one of the most successful festivals in Namibia yet. Emceeing a gig for 13 hours straight is not an easy job for anyone. However, Che Ulenga and NSK did just that this weekend at the 081Every1Fest. tjil spoke to the two masterminds on how they prepared, did the job and got some tips and tricks for emceeing festivals.

    A good emcee can make an outstanding event more entertaining. For Che, who treats each gig differently as no two jobs are ever alike, envisioning the show and the audience helps her host successfully. NSK on the other hand prepares to host for shows by doing research because as an emcee, understanding what the client wants to achieve matters the most.

    “It was no different for the 081Every1Fest. There's no voodoo routine, lol. With research, everything falls into place,” he said.

    Another crucial aspect of emceeing is being able to capture the audience and one way to succeed in this for Che is voice amplification. She says this is to capture the new audience who are yet to experience her job. NSK who refers to music as his wingman to start an event with a bang and says the first impression is important. He says it is contagious and it rubs off on the audience to keep them going too.

    Emceeing an event is exciting and one can easily derail and get off schedule. Both emcees agreed that ensuring that everyone is sticking to the set time is part of the success of the event and must be adhered to.

    “Keeping to time is imperative not only because Namibia has time regulations and laws and venues are booked until certain times, but also everyone who is involved in making the event successful is there booked for a certain number of hours. At the end of the day, it's really about respecting everyone's time,” said Che.

    Overall the two had fun which was visible from their engagement with the audience by cracking jokes and having dance-offs now and then. NSK especially loved the energy from the audience and that each one of them came with the right mindset, which was to have a good time.

    “As a result, the energy of the people gave every entertainer on the night the drive to leave it all on the stage or in the crowd...#FindDavidosShoes,” he joked.

    In conclusion, both Che and NSK agreed that an emcee should never go blindly into an event to avoid blunders like mispronunciations. To anyone aspiring to be an emcee; be ready and remember someone spent their hard-earned money to be at that event.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Own your brand
  • Own your brandOwn your brand What are you willing to do for your brand? As a creative; what does your brand mean for you? There are so many people in this space that don’t seem to know what they are doing, or the responsibilities they have as role models because yeah, people are watching you and sometimes, they do things because you are doing them. The other day I encountered an entertainer who was so drunk they couldn’t see straight. This was in a public space and eventually because he was getting rowdy; people started moving away from him and only his so-called friends remained who kept on encouraging him to do silly things. This picture was an eyesore for me and the fact that he kept on repeating who he was and trying to draw attention to himself in that state was saddening.

    I’m not saying creatives can’t go out once in a while or ‘get excited’ as Gazza recently explained as the reason for his misbehaviour on stage. I think, the moment you realise that you are suddenly overwhelmed by happiness; take a few minutes to yourself and either walk away or sit down and regain your control. I’m saying because now I can never look at that entertainer the same way again and it is all because of something avoidable.

    This is how you grow your brand, gain respect and be able to demand certain things - not only because you are a great entertainer but also because you have a good reputation, you always show up and you deliver greatness!

    Once you have all of that in the bag, you have the right to ask whoever if they know who you are when they want to disrespect you and walk away, with your head held high so your crown doesn’t fall.

    June Shimuoshili


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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Jazz festival talent search
  • Jazz festival talent searchJazz festival talent searchWhere are the jazz artists at? The 2018 Windhoek Jazz Festival urges local jazz artists to apply to be part of the line-up. A call for local artists to take part in this year's Windhoek Jazz Festival that will take place on 3 November has been made. The annual Windhoek Jazz Festival is one of the most anticipated events on the Namibian social calendar. As a brand, it continues to grow and catch the attention of musicians and audiences across the country and internationally. The Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua has said that the importance of music in our daily life cannot be over-emphasised as it is a way of expressing our feelings and emotions and this is one of the reasons the city hosts the event.

    The City is known to celebrate its musical tradition with a fusion of all things jazzy - from jazz, Afro jazz and contemporary jazz. The organisers have made a call for local artists to apply to be part of the line-up. Speaking to tjil, Lydia Amutenya said the selection process includes ensuring that the received applications match the criteria, starting with the genre.

    “It is a jazz festival and we would like to meet the expectations of our fans with every edition. We know the jazz genre is very limited in its nature, but our artists over the years have proven their capabilities and delivered. It is not an easy task because in most cases you have to select the best from the best,” she said.

    According to Amutenya, the line-up usually consists of eight local acts with six being established and two upcoming. She further said that the jazz genre is very limited all over the world and Namibia is no exception. With this observation, Amutenya urged more artists to pursue the genre as there is a market for it.

    “From the City's side, we have created a platform for our artists to showcase their talent. Since 2012, when we started hosting the festival, we have received overwhelming support from the fans. The turnout has always been commendable over the years and we believe that the jazz genre has a special meaning to most people, and the festival continues to grow from strength to strength,” she said.

    Local artist Big Ben who has graced the festival's stage says it is a big boost for cultural tourism efforts of both the City and the tourism ministry which is why it is important.

    “I have observed the big number of tourists who travel from other African countries to attend the festival and continue on to see other places in Namibia. This I why the festival is a significant event,” he said.

    The due date to submit their application forms is 31 August and forms are available on www.windhoekjazzfestival.com.na .

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    Toyotas face gruelling test in AfricaToyotas face gruelling test in AfricaFifth leg of Five Continents Drive Project In late August, Toyota will kick off the fifth leg of its Five Continents Drive Project in Africa. STAFF REPORTER

    Following Australia in 2014, the Americas in 2015 and 2016, and Europe in 2017, this year Toyota will head to Africa.

    In addition, members from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Hino Motors and Toyota Auto Body Company will also join the project.

    Built by experience

    By experiencing the diverse cultures, climates, and harsh conditions in which vehicles are used, the project seeks to enable participants to better understand customer needs, and to consider what sort of cars will be most suited to the Africa of tomorrow.

    The Five Continents Drive is being carried out under the umbrella of Toyota Gazoo Racing. Toyota employees from Japan and local affiliates (in this instance, Toyota South Africa staff members) drive the roads used daily by customers, with the aim of making “ever-better cars”.

    The project sees the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a milestone, and will endeavour to continue its activities until this major event takes place.

    For the purpose of the Five Continents Drive Project, North America and Latin America are categorised as one continent (“the Americas”).

    Who knows, we might just see the Five Continents Drive convoy driving through Namibia in coming weeks.

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    Green light for electric World Rallycross series Green light for electric World Rallycross series The world’s wildest race discipline gets amped-up FIA - "We will continue to work closely with the car manufacturers in the run-up to the 30 July deadline for their commitment to the electric Championship." Wheels24

    The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile’s (FIA) World Motor Sport Council has approved plans for the FIA World Rallycross Championship to be an electric series from 2020.

    The FIA and a number of carmakers have collaborated on this project for past eighteen months.

    "We will continue to work closely with the car manufacturers in the run-up to the 30 July deadline for their commitment to the electric Championship," the FIA said.

    The FIA has appointed single suppliers for two key common parts of the Championship car; ORECA has been appointed as the single supplier for the chassis and Williams Advanced Engineering has been appointed as the single supplier for the battery.

    Paul Bellamy, IMG’s senior vice-president for motorsports, said: "We are pleased about the single supplier appointments as the success and track record of each company speaks for itself."

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Oh, what a night!
  • Oh, what a night!Oh, what a night!Locals and internationals put on stellar performances MTC did it for the Shack Dwellers Federation and united Namibia with entertainment. A new record was set and an old myth was busted in what may be described as a first-of-its-kind in the Namibian music industry - the MTC 081Every1Fest - which surpassed all expectations by recording an overwhelming attendance of music lovers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    With an incredible and electrifying performances by a powerful line-up of both local and continental acts, the crowd was kept on their feet, dancing throughout; and with the strong presence of tight security at the venue, the festival busted the security myth surrounding the stadium.

    A total of 19 541 tickets were sold at the event which indicates its success. The core essence of the 081Every1Fest concert was charity aimed towards the alleviation, and lessening the burden, of homelessness in Namibia, with proceeds from the concert meant for the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia through the Buy-a-Brick Initiative of Standard Bank. Enthused Tim Ekandjo, the festival director, said it was a resounding success, with thousands from around the country getting a taste of local and international performances on the day.

    “Nothing gave us greater joy than seeing the Sam Nujoma Stadium filled to the brim with mostly young Namibians – who through the expressive form of art, came to support a cause which is worthy, noble and empowering to the less fortunate,” he said. Ekandjo also complimented the Namibian police and all security officers for a commendable job to control and maintain safety at the stadium.

    The bloopers

    We all get excited and become ‘not quite ourselves’, at times. When this happens, regardless of who you are; you say things that are not a delight. A victim of this at the 081every1Fest was local artist Gazza who took the microphone and said he wished he was Muslim and wanted to marry all his female fans. The tasteless joke was not received well which resulted in Gazza issuing an apology. The artist said he takes pride in being a musician and a role model. “I was greatly overwhelmed by the love and support shown by Namibians thus the comment came in the midst of that excitement to joke with my female fans. This should not serve as an excuse. I should in fact have known better and considering this, I would like to reiterate that I am sincerely sorry,” read his statement.

    The headliner

    His performance was spontaneous, improvisational and wild. It is very clear as to why he's so high up. Nigerian award-winning Davido took to the stage as the last performer and did justice to the set. The artist had the crowd singing along to his hit songs including Dodo, FIA, Fall and his latest, Assurance. Davido, in between the performance took the microphone and told the crowd that he was glad to be back in Namibia as it is his second home. “There were rumours that Davido will not come to Namibia but here I am. This is my second home, I had to come. Let’s have fun,” he said. There were a couple of times where the artist almost stopped the show as the police tried to control the crowd, telling the officers, “I am not here to perform for security, leave my fans alone”. The show concluded as Davido who was clearly excited attempted crowd surf and ended up losing his shoes in the midst of it all. Namibia surely loves you, do come back.

    Local is lekker

    Local artists who took the stage were Sally Boss Madam, KP Illest, Afroberries, Kalux, PDK, One Blood Adora and Taylor Jaye and they performed their hearts out. The Afroberries said being part of the event was humbling and an honour given that such gigs are rare. One of the DJs said they loved the experience because it was for a good cause it and everyone felt included. “Maggz and I were first on the line-up and we were kind of scared we will be performing for a handful of people but we got there around 11:00 and people were already queuing to go inside the stadium which was amazing,” said DJ Alba. Another artist KP Illest said festivals like the 081every1Festival are important especially when they are brought close to the masses as it gives everyone a chance to attend and also see artists they wouldn’t normally see.

    “It’s important because it also bridges the mental gap. It was such a great experience for my brand, knowing that my music has reached a certain amount of people,” he said.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Standard Bank H1 profit up

    South African lender Standard Bank's first-half profit rose by 5%, helped by a strong showing from its businesses outside its home market, the bank said yesterday.

    Headline EPS, the main profit measure in South Africa that strips out one-off items, came in at 794 cents in the six months ended June, compared with 756 cents a year earlier.

    Non-interest revenue, or income from transaction fees, rose 8% to R22 billion while net interest income, a measure of lending profitability, edged up 1.3% to R29.1 billion.

    South African banks have struggled to grow lending at a faster rate in their home market as a stagnant economy, job losses, and high personal debt levels hit investment and spending.

    But Standard Bank has fared relatively better thanks to its extensive operations elsewhere on the continent, where a rebound in commodity prices have spurred transaction volumes and lifted demand for loans. – Nampa/Reuters

    Exxaro profit boosted by coal performance

    South Africa's Exxaro Resources Ltd said yesterday half-year profit rose 8%, boosted by a strong performance in its core coal business.

    Diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing and discontinued operations rose to 953 cents per share for the six-month period ended June 30 2018, from 882 cents in the same period last year.

    Exxaro said net operating profit at its coal segment rose 12% to R3.387 billion, which boosted group net operating profit to R3.1 billion, a gain of 7% compared to the previous period.

    The firm said it expects the outlook for its coal business to remain stable for the second half of the year on the back of strong international coal prices and favourable trading conditions in its domestic market.

    Exxaro issued an interim dividend of 530 cents per share compared with 300 cents per share during the previous period. – Nampa/Reuters

    Minister blames Gold Fields bosses for mine woes

    Gold Fields' plan to cut jobs at its struggling South African mine fails to address "poor management", mining minister Gwede Mantashe said yesterday, piling pressure on chief executive Nick Holland.

    Gold Fields, which is due to report half-year results later, said this week it would cut 1 100 permanent jobs at its South Deep mine, sending its shares plummeting.

    "Gold Fields is sitting on the second biggest gold deposits in a mine in the world," Mantashe, told Reuters. "Going for job cuts is the easy way out. The real problem is poor management."

    In response Gold Fields said yesterday it would make further comments on the restructuring plan during its interim results presentation.

    Holland said on Wednesday the job cuts were a "last-gasp measure". – Nampa/Reuters

    Uganda wants MTN to list

    Uganda has asked the local unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group to list some of its shares on the local stock exchange as a condition for renewing its operating licence.

    Godfrey Mutabazi, head of telecoms sector regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said Ugandans should be able to own a stake in the firm which has operated in the country for 20 years.

    When asked specifically whether a local listing was being stated as a condition for renewing MTN's licence, he said "that's right."

    "They have not shown any resentment to that proposal at all," Mutabazi added.

    A listing of MTN's shares would be a major boost to the local bourse which is still relatively small, with 16 firms. The bourse had not attracted an IPO for years until this month when a local drugs maker listed. – Nampa/Reuters

    Naspers tumbles most in a decade

    Naspers, Africa’s largest company by value, plunged the most in almost 10 years in Johannesburg trading on Wednesday after Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings posted earnings that missed analyst estimates.

    Naspers, which owns a 31% stake in Tencent, slumped as much as 10%, the most intraday since October 2008. Tencent surprised investors with its first profit drop in at least a decade as a Chinese regulatory freeze on game approvals hurt its ability to make money off marquee titles.

    Net income fell 2% to 17.9bn yuan (US$2.6 billion) in the three months ended June, the Shenzhen-based company said. That is well short of the 19.3 billion-yuan average of analysts’ estimates.

    After soaring into the ranks of the world’s biggest companies, Tencent has lost more than US$150 billion of market value as the company was unable to monetise new games.

    Revenue rose 30% to 73.7 billion yuan, but that again fell short of analysts’ estimates for 77.7 billion yuan.

    The stock has slid more than 17% this year, while New York-listed rival Alibaba Group Holding remained mostly unchanged. – Fin24

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    Transnet CEO and ­officials face suspensionTransnet CEO and ­officials face suspension JOHANNESBURG - The chief executive of South Africa's Transnet and two other senior officials have been told they will be suspended, the chairman of the state-owned logistics utility said on Wednesday, without giving a reason for the possible suspensions.

    Popo Molefe told talk radio station 702 that Transnet's board had served CEO Siyabonga Gama, chief procurement officer Thamsanqa Jiyane and supply chain manager Lindiwe Mdletshe with notices of intention to suspend.

    “The notice of suspension articulates a number of reasons but ... I do not think it would be proper for us to ventilate those reasons so early before the actual ­disciplinary hearing starts, because we have given them opportunity to give us cause as to why we should not proceed [with suspension],” he said.

    The state firm, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in South Africa, is among utilities alleged to have granted contracts illegally.

    It is investigating allegations of corruption in the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives worth around R54 billion.

    Citing leaked documents and emails, amaBhungane, a group of non-profit investigative journalists, reported last year that the Gupta family and associates influenced the awarding of the locomotive contract in return for R5.3 billion in kickbacks.

    The Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to clean up governance at companies such as Transnet in an effort to kick-start economic growth and woo foreign investment, which slumped during his predecessor Jacob Zuma's nine years in power.

    – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: 'We're treated like animals'
  • 'We're treated like animals''We're treated like animals'Namvet gives opposition parties ultimatum Former soldiers say they will withhold their votes if parties do not play along. Two of the nine opposition parties in parliament – the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and the All People's Party (APP) – have received a petition from the Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) in which they are requested to support the former soldiers' request for recognition from the Namibian government.

    Otherwise, the former soldiers warned, they and their family members would turn their backs on opposition parties at the polling stations next year.

    “Opposition parties have allowed us to be humiliated, discriminated against and to live in economic apartheid imposed by the ruling Swapo Party. Therefore, we are demanding from opposition political parties to advocate for these changes before 1 December. Failure to do so will mean that we will disassociate from them and we will withdraw our support from them,” the Namvet petition reads.

    Namvet's initial plan was to march from the Red Flag Commando Hall in Katutura to the National Assembly, but the ex-soldiers instead walked on Wednesday to Wernhil Park in central Windhoek where they handed over the petition to the two political parties.

    Namvet reiterated that the Veterans' Act only benefits former PLAN fighters while leaving out former SWATF and Koevoet members, most of whom had been conscripted to fight in the pre-independence war.

    The Namvet soldiers say their exclusion is deliberate and disregards constitutional provisions that prohibit discriminatory laws. They emphasise that the laws of the country should apply to everyone.

    They say they were deliberately not integrated into the Namibia Defence Force (NDF), which consists primarily of former PLAN members.

    “The integration of ex-PLAN and ex-SWATF/Koevoet could have played an important role in promoting future stability in the country,” the petition states. The Namvet petition again proposes the enactment of a Military Veterans' Act that should cater for all war veterans and compensate former SWATF and Koevoet soldiers and their families for the losses and humiliation they suffered. Namvet says such legislation should also make provision for counselling for veterans and help to reintegrate them into society.

    The former soldiers further ask for adequate health and psychiatric care, as well as home-based care for those who were wounded in the war.

    Marius Goraseb, receiving the Namvet petition on behalf of the APP, said the party had in the past expressed support for the recognition of former SWATF and Koevoet members, and the issue was contained in its 2014 election manifesto.

    “It is unfair that these former soldiers are being sidelined from the mainstream economy of the country. Founding President Sam Nujoma professed national reconciliation in 1990. In a modern-day Namibia we cannot live in a society when people are branded for what they have done in the past,” Goraseb said.

    PDM's secretary-general, Manuel Ngaringombe, said his party was busy with a number of other national matters but would discuss Namvet's demands.

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    Sisulu bemoans trade bottlenecksSisulu bemoans trade bottlenecks Bottlenecks, as well as inadequate infrastructure and customs procedures, are among the issues that SADC will have to tackle as a matter of urgency, in order to synchronise trade in the region.

    This is according to South African foreign affairs minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the outgoing chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers. Sisulu handed over the chairpersonship to Namibia's international relations Namibia Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah this week. These hindrances, Sisulu said, is the main cause of the poor movement of goods and the slow delivery of services in the region.

    According to her, transport costs and transit delays in southern Africa are reported to be particularly higher than in most other regions, and have a potential to reverse regional industrial development gains.

    “Without resource mobilisation, which provides options for funding our programmes and agenda, we cannot achieve envisioned objectives, as outlined in our approved strategic blueprints.

    “Regional integration is not an option, and as such, we must strive to establish sustainable funding mechanisms for the implementation of SADC programmes and projects,” she said. Sisulu also urged policymakers to increase intra-trade within the region, with a focus on value addition.

    “It is now time that we diversify our economies, increase participation of member states in regional value chains and promote value addition. We must collectively work towards accelerating economic integration processes that will promote specialisation and the development of regional value chains.”

    According to 2016 trade statistics released by SADC, imports from the rest of the world to the region stood at US$114 billion, while it imports stood at US$123 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of US$9 billion.

    Imports between SADC member states stood at US$33 billion, while exports amongst member states stood at US$37 billion.


    SADC director for infrastructure, Mapolao Rosemary Mokoena, told journalists on Sunday the goal is to lift the regional growth rate in real GDP terms from 4% annually to a minimum of 7% a year. SADC also aims to double the share of manufacturing value added (MVA) to 30% of GDP by 2030 and to 40% by 2050, including the share of industry-related services. Other targets include building market share in the global economy for the export of intermediate products to East Asian levels of around 60%, as well as increase the share of industrial employment to 40% of total jobs by 2030.

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    Corruption - A social disease (Part 143): What Namibian political leaders can learn from servant leadershipCorruption - A social disease (Part 143): What Namibian political leaders can learn from servant leadership Johan Coetzee - “Today, leadership behaviour has a greater impact than it did in the years past. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, one person’s actions can affect millions – even billions – of lives” (Blanchard).

    As the impact of leaders increases and society becomes increasingly regulated worldwide by governments, the need for servant leadership is increasing to protect individuals from abuse by governments.

    Leadership is in essence "who you are". Who you are becomes clear in what you do and how you do it.

    The concept "servant leadership" was coined by Greenleaf in a 1970 essay titled "The Servant as Leader" (Kent). The desire to serve comes first, “it is about identifying and meeting the needs of colleagues, customers, and communities”. Servant leadership emerged as a modern concept over four decades (Morgan).

    Blanchard said that when people are well served by their leaders, “they in turn serve their customers well”. He indicated that a well-served customer is a customer that returns for another round of quality service. Servant leadership is good for customers and business and creates profit.

    Servant leadership is not about reducing responsibility, it is also not about abdicating or reducing power – “they just recognize that it passes through them, not from them” (Blanchard). To be a leader, “it is absolutely essential to listen to people and understand their needs” (Morgan).


    Abraham Lincoln was an exceptional leader in terms of listening skills. He would listen with his full attention to the views of his cabinet members before he would respond. The ability to “listen intently and observe closely”, and to get to know the “worldview of each one of their employees” are mentioned by Economy.

    Servant leaders relate to people and people can identify with them.

    Servant leaders act as selfless mentors (Economy). Such leaders focus on helping their employees to learn critical skills that can improve their performance and improve them as people in and outside the work situation. For example, if an employee treated a customer badly, instead of focusing on penalising such employee, the servant leader will explain to the employee the impact of his or her behaviour on the customer, potential customers and business. The leader will do his utmost to make the employee understand that his behaviour is not aligned with the values and standards of the institution. The leader will try his best to ensure that the employee understands and gains insight in his or her behaviour. The employee feels compelled to comply because it is in his or her own interest.


    Servant leaders “push for high standards of performance, service quality, and alignment of values” (Economy). They hold themselves and other accountable for their performance. This type of accountability focuses on mentoring instead of instructions. It is a rewarding type of leadership that improves the lives of employees and leaders’ own lives. Servant leaders believe that “people can accomplish much when inspired by a purpose” bigger than themselves, and “every person has value and deserves civility, trust and respect” (Economy).

    Kent said, based on the views of a number of scholars, elements that are most unique to servant leadership include: Morality, meaning personal values and integrity and understanding values and standards. To form long term relationships with employees and develop them to reaching their fullest potential. The betterment of stakeholders, e.g. employees, customers and society as a whole.

    It is clear why a leader that serves the people reduces corruption.


    As part of the Afrobarometer Survey of 2017, Shejavali indicated that five percent of people contact their MP when they have a problem, six percent contact their National Council Member and 16 percent contact their political party official. In contrast, 38 percent and 32 percent respectively contact their religious and traditional leader.

    In the Land of the Brave, it seems that political leaders are not serving the people. If such leaders served the community, substantially more people would have consulted elected leaders and political party officials.

    Servant leaders put such an emphasis on serving, that their own interests come second. Political leaders in Namibia do not comply with the characteristics of servant leadership. If Namibian leaders serve the people, corruption will reduce automatically.


    Blanchard, K. 2018. The rise of the servant leader.y.

    Economy, P. 2015. 7 Secrets of "Servant Leadership" That will lead you to success. The leadership guy.

    Kent, M.M. 2018. Definition of servant leadership.

    Morgan, J. 2016. What does leadership look like in the future of work?

    Shejavali, N. 2018. Afrobarometer Survey 2017. Though a leader in gender representation, Namibia still has work to ensure full equality.


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    Meet Engen Namibia’s new MDMeet Engen Namibia’s new MDLi brings 20 years of experience Engen, Namibia’s leading marketer of liquid fuels and lubricants, has announced the appointment of Christian Li as its new managing director in Namibia. Elizabeth JosephLi holds a Bachelor of Engineering honours degree in production technology and mechanical engineering and an MBA.

    He started working in the petroleum industry at Total in Mauritius as a consumer sales manager, before moving to Chevron. Amongst various roles at Chevron, he was a district manager in Mauritius and the MD in the Republic of Congo.

    In 2011, Li served as the marketing manager on the island nation.

    He was later appointed key account manager: commercial and then as commercial business development manager in Cape Town, but focused on Engen’s business outside South Africa.

    General manager of Engen’s International business division, Drikus Kotze, is in no doubt that the company’s Namibian business will benefit from Li’s leadership qualities and considerable experience, as well as his relentless energy and positive outlook.

    With over 20 years’ experience, spanning the retail and lubricants side of the downstream oil business, as well as the commercial side, inclusive of special products, marine and aviation, Li has been charged with the challenging task of maintaining Engen’s market position in Namibia and leading the company’s next phase of growth.

    “I look forward to strengthening Engen’s value proposition and relationships with customers and partners, in order to consolidate our leadership position in Namibia.

    “We plan to ensure that we not only have the best retail footprint in Namibia but also the best in class in terms of fuels, convenience offerings, innovations, business solutions and services,” Li said.

    He takes the helm at an exciting time in the development of the Namibian market.

    “I like diversity and respect individuality, which has allowed me to learn a lot as well as to mentor many people. I am also results-oriented and always believe that all problems have at least one solution.”

    Li says his immediate plans are to drive the team spirit and dynamism amongst staff and to build a customer-facing culture, emphasising safety, reliability and operational excellence.

    “We also built a bulk fuel facility in the west, in Swakopmund, which services key industries in the area. The facility includes a storage capacity for lubricants and a pipeline to nearby mining activities as, well as loading facilities,” Li said.

    He is passionate about travelling and is a self-confessed foodie.

    Li is a people’s person with a positive attitude and boundless passion.

    “Plans afoot are engagement of our dealer network and further development of the Namibian convenience market. In a heavily price-regulated market, the company will also continue engaging actively with government on margin-affecting issues,” Kotze added.

    Engen has distributed fuels and lubricants in Namibia for over 100 years. Currently the company operates 58 service stations in the country, of which 31 have Quickshops.

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    Education belongs to all - NujomaEducation belongs to all - NujomaBreaking the cycle of neocolonialism Namcor has dug deeper into its pockets to further sponsor the Etunda Primary School and clinic with N$80 000. Elizabeth ­Joseph

    Founding President Sam Nujoma has called on all children to be educated, including the children of farmworkers, as he urged the country to bring an end to the cycle of neo­colonialism.

    Namcor recently do­nated N$80 000 to the Etun­da Primary School and clinic. The cheque was handed over to Nujoma, who started the school and clinic initiative.

    It was started to make sure that the children of farmworkers near Otavi would have an equal opportunity to go to school and receive quality education.

    Namcor managing director Immanuel Mulunga officiated at the handover of the donation.

    “We value the project and the labour that our founding father is doing, therefore it gives me great pleasure to make another donation in order to complete the project,” Mulunga said.

    In total, the ­petroleum giant has donated N$250 000 towards the project to date.

    The clinic has been completed and the school is well on its way. The foundation of the kitchen, which the Etunda Primary school will be using, has been laid.

    Nujoma wishes to have the school up-and-running by the beginning of 2019. He wants the children's education to start as soon as possible.

    “The children of the farm labourers will grow up without education and will end up becoming farmworkers as well, and the cycle will continue. We have to change that,” Nujoma said.

    The company hopes to continue this partnership and make sure that more children get the education they deserve, in order to be citizens who grow up and contribute to the economy of our nation.

    It is extremely important to give every single Namibian child equal opportunities, regardless of their race or status. This project is doing just that.

    We look forward to seeing the success of the Etunda Primary School and clinic.

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    Lands ministry drags feet on master listLands ministry drags feet on master list While Ombudsman John Walters is still waiting for the master list of resettlement farm beneficiaries - requested more than two months ago - he says the full list will likely not be made public unless it is relevant to the investigation at hand.

    “I don't think there is a need for public consumption, it's just for the investigation. My final report will be made public after I have submitted it to the ministry of land reform. But the entire list will not be made public,” Walters says.

    He says the master list is a fundamental tool in his office's probe into numerous claims of unfair or questionable farm allocations connected to the land reform and resettlement programme.

    “I would not just ask for the sake of asking. I need it because allegations have been made. I have to verify those. I have to go back and see what processes took place for someone to obtain a farm.”

    The goal of his investigation is to make comprehensive and meaningful recommendations on how to resolve the challenges faced by the land resettlement programme, which he can only do if the master list is made available.

    “I have to understand what went wrong here. That is the simple reason why I want the list.”

    Walters says he had begun working on the report and would need the list at the latest by the end of August.

    No reason to delay

    The ombudsman's investigation was launched earlier this year after it emerged that a 2 376-hectare resettlement farm in the Omaheke Region had been awarded in March to Vicky Erenstein Ya Toivo, the widow of the late Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo.

    Walters says the latest feedback from the land reform ministry is that it has obtained a legal opinion from the attorney-general on the matter and now needs to consult internally.

    The attorney-general, Albert Kawana, informed Namibian Sun that he could not divulge the details of his recommendations to the ministry because of client confidentiality.

    Walters says he is a patient man.

    “I will give them time to consider all the options. It would be unreasonable of me not to give them the time they require to discuss the matter.”

    But he adds that his request cannot be denied on any grounds and that taking the legal route is unnecessary.

    “There shouldn't be a need to go to court. I am entitled to that information, because I am busy with an investigation. That list is part of the investigation.”

    Further, the information is already public information and not protected by law as confidential or secret, Walters says. Legal practitioner Willem Odendaal of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) agrees that the process of allocating resettlement land is supposed to be transparent.

    “The public has a right to know to whom the government allocates land, whether it is done in terms of government's own policies,” Odendaal says.

    Praise and concern

    Frederico Links, chairperson of the ACTION coalition in Namibia, says the delay in providing the list is worrying.

    “On the one hand, this administration is preaching how it is trying to make public service delivery and decision-making more transparent and accountable. On the other hand, its actions say something else completely. And I think many and increasing numbers of Namibians have started noticing that the walk and the talk are not in step.”

    Links adds that information such as the resettlement beneficiary master list is a crucial component for a successful land conference and should be provided well ahead of the event.

    “We cannot have meaningful discussions if most of the stakeholders are at an informational disadvantage. And this issue has already damaged perceptions of the government's intentions with the land conference. Clouds of distrust have already gathered around the upcoming land conference, and that you have to lay squarely at the government's feet.”

    Walters, on the other hand, says although the government can be criticised for how long it has taken to address the “burning issue” of land reform, he commends its willingness to put it on the table now.

    He says the land conference allows everyone to state their views and make recommendations.

    “They did not just shove the issue under the carpet and let it stay there. The only criticism I have is that it took a little too long to address the issue,” the ombudsman says.

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  • 08/16/18--16:00: All eyes on Geingob
  • All eyes on GeingobAll eyes on GeingobLand, Zimbabwe expected to be addressed President Hage Geingob is taking over as SADC chair from his South ­African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa today. All eyes are on President Hage Geingob today as he takes over the SADC chairmanship from South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, with the region expecting him to set the tone in his opening address in terms of its aspirations and challenges.

    Among the issues Geingob is expected to address as incoming chair at the 38th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government at the Safari Court Hotel are food security, the HIV/Aids pandemic and political stability in the region. There is also an expectation that Ramaphosa will talk about land in his outgoing address as SADC chair today, given the land expropriation without compensation debate raging in South Africa. Namibia is also confronted with burning questions around skewed land ownership and is hosting a much-anticipated land conference in October. Local political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah believes it would be political suicide for both leaders if they failed to touch on land during their speeches. “I could see that our President Hage Geingob's key focus will probably be that we should do it (land redistribution) in a more responsible manner; in a way that it will not create chaos. I could also see him urging those that have land to meet government halfway to make sure it addresses the issue, otherwise it will get out of hand,” he said. However, Charles Mubita, a former SADC spokesperson, does not see why land must feature if it is an issue only affecting Namibia and South Africa. “It will not be appropriate to discuss land at the SADC summit because it is currently only an issue facing the South African and Namibian nations. SADC is a regional body and is not concerned with bilateral, but rather multilateral issues, such as regional integration,” Mubita argued. He said land reform could only be addressed by a regional body such as SADC after Namibia's second national land conference.

    “The land issue has not even been spoken about on a national platform. It is not yet before parliament and is to be addressed at the upcoming land conference,” he said.

    Other issues commentators expect the two leaders to address include political stability in the region, including the current political stalemate in Zimbabwe. Late last month, Zimbabwe held its first democratic elections following the ousting of long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe in November last year. Although the election was hailed the most peaceful and transparent election since the dawn of the Mugabe era in 1980, its outcome is now in the hands of that country's constitutional court after opposition leader Nelson Chamisa called for the nullification of the results. Geingob, as incoming SADC chair, is therefore expected to address the issue in a bold and transparent manner, Kamwanyah believes.

    According to Kamwanyah this is the perfect opportunity for Ramaphosa to brief Geingob on what has been done behind closed doors and what needs to be done to help Zimbabwe move forward in a more peaceful way.

    “It will be a mistake for the incoming and outgoing chairs not to address the issues or at least talk about how it is necessary that peace is maintained in Zimbabwe. “They should also talk about how the Zimbabwe government should not squash opposition and arrest and torture people like what we saw happen to those who protested during the elections.”

    Mubita added that the SADC Parliamentary Forum needs to be addressed, especially the intention to turn it into a regional parliament, as well as issues of continental integration arising from tripartite discussions.

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    Haukambe’s resilience an Afrox assetHaukambe’s resilience an Afrox asset Vau Haukambe is a senior sales representative in retail and for agents at Afrox Namibia. Michelline Nawatises

    He is responsible for managing central and northern towns.

    He joined Afrox in 2013 as an account controller and moved to sales in 2017.

    His role includes new market development, market penetration, improving service delivery, design and implementation of account plans, managing assets on customer sites and making sure safety objectives are met.

    He also monitors debt levels, reviews pricing and actively contributes to the country’s safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) programme.

    He previously worked at Trustco Group Holdings as a senior financial assistant, where he started off as an insurance sales broker in his early years.

    He completed his schooling at Okahandja Senior Secondary School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Nust.

    His biggest challenges are gas resellers who do not comply with safety standards and unregulated gas pricing strategies in Namibia.

    A typical day in office includes making sure he is in early.

    He starts off the day with a cup of tea and proceeds with his planning by looking at what feedback he needs to give to his customers.

    He also attends to sales calls, quotations, appointments, customer visits and strategic planning.

    He says he is strong and resilient - like a buffalo.

    “I am always someone who takes whatever opportunity is presented to me. I am a go-getter and I am always willing to learn. Every day is a learning day for me.”

    When asked what inspires him, Haukambe said he loves travelling, seeing different places, as well as experiencing different food, people and challenges.

    ‘’I love creating my own fun wherever I find myself. I love running every morning. I love horseracing, as I have been a rider since I was a child.”

    He advises young people to always have determination and courage in whatever they do.

    “Have a pure, positive soul; do something productive and believe in yourself. Things do not come easy in life, you have to work hard.”

    Haukambe is planning to do his honours in business administration at Unisa in the near future and also wants to be involved in sport youth development programmes on a part-time basis.

    In his spare time he plays football and also represented Namibia at the Tertiary Institutes Sport Association of Namibia (Tisan) tertiary games.

    He has also played for Unam, Ramblers and Spoilers FC.

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