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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: WINDHOEK AFFIES GAAN GOUD
  • WINDHOEK AFFIES GAAN GOUDWINDHOEK AFFIES GAAN GOUD Elizmi Fourie

    En soos winter stadig maar seker tot ‘n einde kom, so moes die sportseisoen ook afsluit.

    Hierdie jaar se sport het beslis mense in verwondering en verstomming gelaat, maar die grootste oorwinnig en sekerlik een van die mees geskiedkundiges was dié van Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool se eerste rugbyspan wat nie net weer deurgedring het na die Super Liga finale nie, maar sommer die beker ook huis toe geneem het.

    Hierdie span het beslis baie hard gewerk vir hierdie titel en verdien dit eenhonderd present. Hulle het die finale ingegaan met verskeie beserings, maar die manne het beslis nie dat dit hul keer nie.

    Spelers soos RP Theron (18), Herman Steyn (18) en selfs die kaptein van die span, Danie van der Merwe (18) het deur die loop van die seisoen beserings opgedoen, maar het ongelooflike deursettingsvermoë tentoongestel met hierdie merkwaardige wen.

    Die span as geheel het hulle harte uitgespeel. Dit was ‘n naelskraapwen, en die skare was letterlik op die rand van hulle stoele.

    Hou in gedagte dat daar immers net een wenspan kan wees, en dit daarom ook altyd ongelukkigheid saambring. Vir hierdie span is dit ‘n absolute groot prestasie. Kom ons vier dit saam en gun dit volhartig vir hulle. Daar het voorwaar liters trane van blydskap gevloei en hierdie gevoel gaan Affies beslis nie sommer vining verlaat nie.

    Mnr. Johan Zaayman, afrigter van Windhoek Affies se Eerstes, sê die volgende: “Ek is baie trots op my seuns oor hulle dissipline en oor hoe hulle die wedstryd gespeel het. Die seuns het nooit opgehou speel nie en baie karakter gewys. Baie trots op 2018 se Superliga Kampioene”. Mnr Johan speel ’n groot rol in hierdie seuns se oorwinning en het regtig die seuns gedra deur hulle finale wedstryd.

    Die gees by hierdie jaar se liga was ongelooflik van beide skole se kant af. Dit was ‘n riem onder die hart om te sien hoe die skole se kinders hulle maters op die veld dra met ondersteuning van die pawiljoene af. Dit was beslis ‘n fantastiese ervaring vir die matrieks om hulle laaste skolewedstryd so te kon afsluit.

    Op die ou einde gaan dit oor die span en almal op die pawiljoen kon die hegte band tussen al die spelers sien.

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: [Pers]pektief
  • [Pers]pektief[Pers]pektief Jy kan baie van ‘n persoon leer deur net te weet vir watter rugbyspan hulle skree. Esmarie Boshoff

    Byvoorbeeld, as jy ‘n Bul is, het jy heel waarskynlik lank terug jou televisie na SuperSport verander, maar darem kan ons almal nog op skolesport staatmaak om vir groot vermaak te sorg.

    Hierdie jaar se Super Liga rugbyspanne het elkeen beslis hul harte uit gespeel, met selfs ‘n paar onverwagte kompeteerders, maar die manne het definitief ook met almal se emosies gespeel met elke snik van asem en traan wat gepik is na die eindelike finaal.

    Ongelukkig is die sportmangees en die goeie vaardighede wat ten toon gestel is, nie die enigste herinnering wat ons almal daarvan wegvat nie, maar ook die heen en weer gooi van woorde en beskuldigings. Dit laat mens wonder wat die eintlike wedstryd nou was en ongelukkig is die enigste perspektief wat die algemene kyker kry, dié van die pers.

    Na aanleiding van ‘n onlangse voorbladartikel, Hare waai by skolerugby, is daar baie verwarring oor wat die eintlike waarheid van hierdie hoofwedstryd is, selfs vir ons wat daar was, en is daar dus ook baie toeskouers wat kwaad en teleurgesteld is oor die keuse van hierdie artikel as voorbladnuus, veral omdat dit wegvat van die eintlike rede hoekom beide ouers en ondersteuners langs mekaar op die pawiljoene hul onderskeie spanne toejuig.

    Het ons almal dan harsingskudding opgedoen? Wanneer twee belangrike en gesogte volwassenes vir die Namibiese jeug nou onder dieselfde kam geskeer word as twee popsterre se nuttelose rusie, wil ons vra of die pers genoeg inligting versamel het om hierdie mense, en daarby gesproke hulle skole, onder die mikroskoop te plaas.

    Dit is goed en wel dat daar geskryf word hulle “aanvaar almal was baie emosioneel,” maar dis so goed ‘n tienermeisie sê vir haar vriendin aan die einde van slegte raad: “Maar ek weet nie, dis in jou hande.”

    Die publiek het te min inligting van die pers ontvang, maar tog is almal vinnig om hul opinies te lug. Tydens onlangse studies is daar bevind dat 62% van alle Amerikaners nie meer hul pers vertrou nie [Robb; 2018] en ons wil beslis nie hê dat die Namibiese pers ook só ‘n duikslag in geloofwaardigheid moet ervaar nie, dit komende van ‘n 18-jarige meisie.

    Dit is belangrik vir die publiek om hierdie tipe van stories te hoor, sodat niemand in die donker gelaat word nie, maar met ‘n bietjie meer tyd en inligting, sou die publiek nie steeds so verward wees nie. “Rugby is nie ‘n sport nie, dis ‘n leefstyl,” het my broer in matriek een keer aan my vertel, en dalk is dit in elk geval tyd om te onthou dat dit gaan oor die liefde van die sport en ons kinders en dat dit nie nog ‘n episode van Keeping up with the Kardashians is nie.

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    Verander die wêreld - ontgin jou talente!Verander die wêreld - ontgin jou talente! Jonette de Koning

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    Almal probeer deesdae om die wêreld te verander.

    Dis waarom organisasies soos Green Peace orals soos paddastoele opduik. Partykeer kan keuses ook ‘n positiewe impak op die omgewing om jou hê, veral as elkeen sou besluit om die wêreld ‘n beter plek te maak deur hulle verskillende talente suksesvol uit te leef in plaas daarvan om heeltyd te probeer om presies soos mekaar te wees.

    Maar wat presies is talente? Van kleins af word daar al vir ons vertel dat elkeen met ‘n talent gebore word.

    Volgens definisie kan die woord talent verduidelik word as ‘’’n natuurlike vaardigheid’’. Dis egter juis hierdie begrip wat soveel verwarring oor talente veroorsaak.

    Dikwels kyk mense net vas in die feit dat dit veronderstel is om “natuurlik’’ te gebeur. Die groot meerderheid van mense glo dat wanneer jy ‘n talent ontvang het jy onmiddellik sonder enige oefening of ervaring sal uitblink in hierdie spesifieke talent. Wanneer hulle dan misluk in iets waarvan hulle hou of waarvoor hulle ‘n natuurlike aanleg het, glo hulle dat hulle geen talente besit nie.

    Gelukkig is dit nie hoe talente werk nie. ‘n Talent is nie net ‘n gawe nie, maar ook ‘n vaardigheid. Almal weet vaardighede moet ontwikkel word deur ervaring, kennis en baie oefening. Dis ongelukkig waar almal die fout maak; hulle dink talent het geen oefening nodig nie. Hierdie wanindruk lei tot baie mense wat nie hulle talente na die beste van hul vermoë ontwikkel en benut nie.

    ‘n Persoon het byvoorbeeld die talent ontvang om klavier te speel. Die individu sal miskien vinniger en makliker leer speel en ‘n aanvoeling hê vir die regte note, maar sonder enige oefening en afrigting sal hy/sy nie ver kom nie omdat daar slegs staatgemaak is op die ‘’natuurlike aanleg’’ en nie die ontwikkeling daarvan nie.

    ‘n Talent kan dus gesien word as iets wat jy van nature makliker regkry as andere, maar wat geïdentifiseer moet word en daarna ontwikkel word.

    Een van die mees algemene vrae is “hoe weet ek watter talent ek ontvang het?’’ Die eerste stap om jou talent suksesvol uit te leef is die identifisering van jou talent. Dit gaan nie gebeur as jy heeldag in jou huis sit en niks doen nie.

    Om waarlik al jou talente te kan ontdek, het jy blootstelling nodig aan verskillende gebiede. Dit beteken dat jy soveel nuwe goed as moontlik moet probeer. Hoe meer nuwe goed jy probeer, hoe gouer sal jy meer interessante dinge ontdek waarin jy presteer en waarvan jy hou.

    ‘n Digter, sanger of atleet sou nooit weet hulle het ‘n talent in dig, sing of hardloop as hulle nie besluit het dis iets nuuts wat hulle wil probeer of blootgestel daaraan was deur hul ouers vanaf ‘n vroeë ouderdom nie. Daarom is dit baie belangrik dat ouers hulle kinders aan soveel as moontlike verskillende aktiwiteite blootstel, want of ons nou daarvan hou of nie, ons ouers speel ‘n reuse rol in die ontdekking en ontwikkeling van ons talente.

    Dikwels sien ons andere se talente makliker raak as ons eie. Dis waar vriende handig te pas kan kom. Soms sal jou vriende vir jou sê hulle dink jy het ‘n natuurlike aanleg vir iets. In plaas daarvan om dit net as ‘n kompliment af te maak, luister na hulle en ontwikkel jouself in daardie gebied. Dit kan moontlik ‘n talent wees wat jy nooit self sou raaksien of ontwikkel sonder die hulp van ander nie.

    Na die identifisering van ‘n talent moet ontwikkeling plaasvind. Hierdie is ‘n gebied wat meeste van ons sleg afskeep. In ons besige lewens deesdae as jy nie so gelukkig is om jou talent as ‘n werk te kan doen nie, begrawe ons ons talente omdat ons nie tyd daarvoor het nie of net te lui is om aan nog iets te werk.

    As jy een van daardie persone is wat jou talent onder ‘n maatemmer versteek of afskeep, is dit nou die tyd om weer jou talent te ontwikkel en ten volle uit te leef.

    Soos wat elke mens verskil, verskil elkeen se gawes ook. Dink jouself in watse wonderlike, produktiewe en kreatiewe plek hierdie wêreld sou wees as elke persoon sy talente ontgin en gebruik het om ‘n verskil te maak in plaas daarvan om dit te versteek.

    “Follow your dreams and use your natural-born skills to make a better world for tomorrow.” - Paul Watson

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    Uutile woshikukuta oshinene muSADCUutile woshikukuta oshinene muSADCAantu oomiliyona taya ka taalela ondjala Ope na ompito onene, tayi yelekwa noopresenda dha thika po 70, opo enenevi lyaSADC, moka Namibia a kwatelwa li dhengwe koshikukuta hashi ithanwa El Niño. Oshikukuta shoka otashi tengenekwa shi ka holoke pokati komwedhi Decemba oshowo Februali gwomvula twa taalela. Ndyoka olyo ethimbbo moka iilongo oyindji yomUumbugantu waAfrika tayi ka mona omuloka omunene na otagu keendeela woo mumwe nethimbo lyokulonga omapya.

    Moshitopolwa shaSADC, El Niño oku na ondjokonona hayi kwatakanithwa nomuloka gu li pokati miitopolwa yopokati nuumbugantu unene moomvula moka mwadhidhilikwa oshikukuta shoka.

    Momvula yo 2015/2016 El Niño, okwa etitha ondjala onene ndjoka kwa lopotwa ya dhenge oshilongo lyotango muule woomvula 35, nokutha aakwashigwana ya thiga poomiliyona 14.1 ya pumbwa omakwatho goondya gomeendelelo.

    Namibia naye ina hupako konkalo ndjoka, sho a dhengwa koshikukuta shoka kwa lopotwa kutya osha li shimwe oshinene mondjokonona yoshilongo, nomuleli gwoshilongo okwa li a tseyitha kutya oshi li onkalo yopaulumomhumbwe.

    Aantu omayovi oya mono iihuna kondjala omanga oondama dhomeya moshilongo dha pu omeya na okwa tulwa miilonga omilandu dha nuninwa okukwata nawa omeya. Aanafaalama oya mono iihuna omolwa onkalo yuulithilo ndjoka ya nayipala.

    Olopota ompe yoSouthern Africa Food and Nutrition Security oya popi kutya nuumvo, El Niño otashi vulika a ka eteelele omikundu odhindji.

    Palopota ndjoka, miilongo yaSADC omwaalu gwaantu ngoka tagu ka taalela oshikukuta nokukala mompumbwe yiikulya okwa tegelelewa gu ka londe pombanda noopresenda 14, okuza paantu oomiliyona 26.9 momvula yo 2017/18 okuya paantu oomiliyona 30.7 momvula 2018/19.

    Palopota ndjoka, Namibia naye oku li moshiponga sho ina mona lela omuloka gwa gwana, okuyeleka niilongo yimwe yaSADC, unene miitopolwa yomuuninginini oshowo mUumbugantu.

    Nonando ongaaka omwaalu gwaantu ngoka taya ka pumbwa iikulya ogwa shuna pevi noopresenda 68 okuya paantu 257 383 sho momvula yo2017 omwaalu ngoka gwa li gwa thikama paantu 800 000.

    Osha hololwa kutya oopresenda 24.6 dhaakwashigwana yaNamibia miitopolwa yomuushayi, oye li mompumbwe yiikulya onshona omanga oopresenda 10.5 ya taalela ompumbwe onene. Moondoolopa, oopresenda 12.6 oye na iikulya omanga oopresenda 6.3 ya taalela ompumbwe, konyala oopresenda 3 odhaanona mboka yeli kohi yoomvula ntano.

    Olopota ndjoka oya tsikile kutya onkalo ndjoka okwa tegelelwa yi ka londe pombanda noonkondo noopresenda tadhi yelekwa no 70 naantu ya thika poomiliyona 9.6 moBotswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia oshowo Zimbabwe otaya ka taalela ondjala.

    Olopota yoSADC Region Food and Nutrition Security Strategy 2015 to 2025 oya dhenge omuthindo kutya onkalo ndjoka itayi vulu lela okutengenekwa.

    Olopota oya popi kutya aantu yeli pokati ko200 000 oshowo 800 000 oya taalela oshiponga shompumbwe yoondya.

    Omolwa omuloka omushona ngoka gwa dhidhilikwa, elongo lyoondya olya yi pevi , sho a longwa owala ootona dha thika po 135 770 momvula yo 2017/18.

    Sho taku tengenekwa oshikukuta sho, El Nino oshikako shomuloka shonuumvo otashi vulika shi ka kateke eteyo lyomapya.

    Onga oshizemo sheteyo ndyoka, ondando yepungu moshilongo ngaashi Namibia otayi ka kala inayi lunduluka, na itayi ka kala we ngaashi shito sho hayi gu pevi pethimbo lyeteyo.

    Onkalo ya nkundipala yomulonga oya dhidhilikwa moNamibia, muuzilo waSouth Africa, muumbugantu-nuuzilo waBotswana, oshowo uumbugantu nuuzilo wAngola.

    Iilongo mbyoka okwa lopotwa woo kutya otayi ka taalela uulithilo wa nkundipala oshowo ompumbwe yomeya moshikako shika sho 2018/19.

    Monena oondama dhaNamibia odhi li poopresenda 39.4 okuyeleka noopresenda 53.4 omvula ya piti. Oshilando shaVenduka, natango onkene shi na miilonga omilandu ndhoka dha nuninwa okukwata nawa omeya nokulongitha nawa omeya.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Othithiya tayi ka gandja omeya kondoolopa yEenhanaOthithiya tayi ka gandja omeya kondoolopa yEenhana Omolwa ompumbwe yomeya ndjoka tayi londo pombanda, oomboola ndatu ndhoka dha mboolwa mOhangwena II aquifer otadhi ka gandja omeya kondoolopa yEenhana.

    Ekutho lyomeya mOhangwena II aquifer otali ka ninga ondjodhi tayi tsu shoNamWater ta pangele okutunga osasiyona yokuwapaleka omeya ngoka mondoolopa yEenhana moshitopolwa shaHangwena, opo ku vule okuyambulwapo ongushu yomeya ngoka taga longithwa okuza moonzo ndhoka.

    Ehala ndyoka okwa tegelelwa li manithwe muMay gwomvula twa taalela na otali ka tungwa nekwatho lyoshimaiwa tashi zi kuGermany okupitila moFederal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (BGR). BGR otaka gandja oshimaliwa shooeuros 350 000 mopoloyeka ndjoka. Peshaino lyetsokumwe ndyoka lyehala tali ithanwa lyEenhana de-fluoridation treatment plant, omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoNamWater, Dr Vaino Shivute okwa yelitha kutya Ohangwena II aquifer oyi li onzo onene yomeya poongamba dhaNamibia nAngola. “Ohadhi mono omeya okuza muumbugantu wa Angola nonando omeya gawo ogendji oga kalamo uule woomvula dha thika po 10 000.” Pahapu dhaShivute, ondoolopa yEenhana oyi li kombanda yoothithiya ndhoka. Okwa lopotwa momvula yo 2007 kutya egandjo lyomeya okuya kEenhana okupitila mondjila Oshakati-Omakango-Omafo otayi shuna pevi omolwa ompumbwe yomeya yi li pombanda. Shivute okwa popi kutya omiyalu otadhi ulike kutya ondoolopa ndjoka otayi koko meendelelo. Okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa shaHangwena oshi na omwaalu gwaakwashigwana gwa thika po240 000 nokushi ninga shimwe shomiitopolwa yi na omwaalu omunene gwaakwashigwana sha landula oshitopolwa shaKhomas. Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya oomboola ndatu odha mboolwa mothiithiya ndjoka na odha manithwa muMei gwo 2017 nomeya goocubic meta o 40 ohaga zi momboola kehe mowili. Okwa tsikile kutya nonando ongaaka, omeya ngoka taga zi mothiithiya ndjoka oge na oshimongwa noonkondo oshowo ofluoride na itaga vulu okunuwa kaantu nokiinamwenyo. Okwa popi kutya omilandu dhetsokumwe pokati kaNamibia naGermany ndyoka lya tulwa miilonga muApilili gwo1991, odho dha longithwa mokugandja ekwatho lyoshimaliwa kopoloyeka ndjoka taya tungu. Martin Quinger, omukalelipo gwoBGR moNamibia, okwa popi kutya oya hala okuyambulapo ongushu yomeya ngoka, opo ga vule okukala taga nuwa kaantu niinamwenyo.

    Quinger okwa yelitha kutya oshi shiwike kutya kombinga yaNamibia, othiithiya ndjoka oya pungula omeya goocubic dhi li poobiliyona 20.

    Nonando ongaaka othiithiya ndjoka otayi topolwa kuNamibia nAngola, nokombinga onkwawo inakuza uuyelele naashoka otashi ka monika owala ngele Namibia a tameke okulongitha omeya ngoka. Omupeha amushanga gwoshikondo shuunamapya, Abraham Nehemia okwa popi kutya Namibia oku na elago sho e na oonzo dhomeya ngaashi othiithiya. Nehemia okwa popi kutya othiithiya ndjoka nayi ninge ombaanga yomeya moNamibia, ihe monena itayi ka longithwa owala okugandja omeya koshitopolwa shaHangwena.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Novartis to streamline production

    Switzerland’s Novartis plans to streamline its worldwide production to increase its operating profit margin despite falling prices for its drugs in the United States, its chairman was reported as saying.

    Proceeds from the sale of drugs in its key US market declined between 1 and 2% last year, Joerg Reinhardt told Swiss weekly NZZ am Sonntag. This was due to discounts pharmaceutical companies have to grant large buyers to sell their drugs in the Unites States, he said in an interview that will be published on Sunday.

    Drugmakers can still charge slightly higher or stable prices in Europe, according to Reinhardt.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Senate cancels postal service hearing

    A Senate hearing about reforming the US Postal Service that could have scrutinized what Amazon.com Inc and others pay for package delivery has been delayed, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, moving back President Donald Trump’s effort to hike the world’s largest online retailer’s rates.

    Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon on Twitter for treating the Postal Service as its “delivery boy” by paying less than it should for deliveries and contributing to the service’s US$65 billion loss since the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, without presenting evidence.

    The president ordered a task force in April to study the Postal Service, an independent establishment of the executive branch of the US government, looking at its financial health and what it charges customers such as Amazon for package deliveries, in a report due Aug. 10.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Starbucks gets new NZ partner

    Starbucks Corp will have a new partner in New Zealand after the license holder said it will not renew its two-decade-old deal in a region where an entrenched coffee culture has made it difficult for the world’s largest coffee chain to thrive.

    Fast-food group Restaurant Brands New Zealand Ltd said in Monday it would let its license deal expire in October, though Starbucks would keep its doors open and frappuccinos flowing under a new licensee, Tahua Capital, which had acquired the license for a price of up to NZ$4.4 million (US$2.9 million).

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Petrobras to meet with presidential candidates' aide

    Executives from Petróleo Brasileiro Sa will meet with economic aides to presidential candidates this month to discuss their agenda for the state-controlled oil company, newspaper Estado de S.Paulo said on Sunday.

    Executives Nelson Silva, Rafael Grisolia and Eberaldo de Almeida Neto will schedule meetings this month to showcase the firm’s debt-cutting and divestment efforts, the report said, without specifying how it obtained the information.

    -Nmapa/Reuters

    Sky to invest in Israeli VC fund

    Pay-TV group Sky plans to step up investments in tech start-ups in Europe and the Middle East by opening a new office in Germany and investing US$4 million in an Israeli venture capital fund.

    Europe’s biggest pay-TV group has built one of the most technically-advanced platforms in Europe, helped in part by investments and partnerships it has made with more than 20 companies in the United States, Britain and France.

    One of its early investments was in Roku, a provider of devices that connect televisions to streaming services which listed last year.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: An inspirational journey
  • An inspirational journeyAn inspirational journeyLeather firm grows alongside Shilongo kids When Sackeus and Selma fell in love, while working as domestic workers, it was truly a match made in business heaven. After humble beginnings in the 1980s, Shilongo Leather Works has grown into a reputable family business that manufactures and sells leather products, and employs 53 workers.

    The company scooped two best exhibit awards at the just-ended Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) - in the 'best manufacturing' and 'made in Namibia' categories.

    Sakeus Shilongo and his wife Selma are the company directors for manufacturing and operations and finance and marketing, respectively. They established the business in 1986 and have seen it grow alongside their children.

    Selma shared their inspirational journey, which started in a Windhoek home, where they met for the first time while working as domestic workers.

    “When I first met Sakeus, he used to work as a casual domestic worker and he was just brought into the house where I was working as a domestic worker as well. That time he was already making leather belts and wallets, while doing casual domestic work.

    “He used to sell his products on the streets of Windhoek once a month. He was good at making products of a good quality and designing, but he did not know how to sell or market his products,” Selma said.

    “Apart from doing domestic work, I also used to be a speculator for kitchen and other household products for various entities. I used to be the best seller, and after I started getting involved with Sakeus, I started helping him with selling his products.”

    Selma said after they got married, she joined her husband's business.

    In the beginning it was not easy for her, because she had to take control of the financial side of the business, and was under pressure from her husband's family and friends.

    Both, however, decided to drop domestic work and get into the business fulltime.

    “It was not an easy decision to leave our work where we used to earn a monthly income, just to go into a business that was still struggling.

    “While I was working for the white family they taught me how to manage finances and save for the future. It helped me to manage our business finances, but there were people who used to think I was too protective over Sakeus and his money.

    “For the sake of our business and livelihood, I had to stand on my own feet and protect our business income,” she said.

    After initially selling their products on the streets, the Windhoek Craft Centre was established, following independence, and they started selling from there.

    The government also sent Sakeus to Kenya to receive training in leather product manufacturing.

    Today, Shilongo Leather Works produces a variety of products, including shoes and bags.

    “The business has grown and today we have four stores - (one each) at Ongwediva, Okahandja and two stores in Windhoek. We have also established a relationship with six retailers, who sell our products, even outside the country,” Selma said.

    “It all started from scratch. We did not receive any financial assistance from any institution or government. We used to save our money with several financial institutions, making long-term and short-term saving plans that have been saving us. We are so thankful to our government that assisted in marketing our products at various business events and it helped get us customers from abroad.”

    Selma said trade fairs have also helped their business to grow.

    She said they participate in almost every trade show in the country, and in 2011 and 2012 they participated in two trade fair events in Zambia, which also assisted with marketing their products outside the country. She says every time they exhibit, their annual income increases.



    Family business

    Selma said as their children grew, so did their business.

    She said the business used to support their children when they were in school, but now that they are grown, they are supporting the business to grow to greater heights.

    Four of their six children are part of the company's management.

    Thomas, who is an engineer by profession, is the company's general manager. He assisted by his siblings, Naftali, who is the factory manager, Jonas, who is the warehouse manager, and Fiina, who is the business administrator.

    “It was not easy to get these children into the business. At first they used to misuse the business resources and they also used to be bossy to the employees. As the business director, I used to discipline them and make sure I treat them as employees and not as my children. Those that are not cooperating, I fire them and only keep those who are helping the business grow. Today those in the business are committed and can do the work, even without us,” Selma added.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Strategic plan for Zambezi RiverStrategic plan for Zambezi River The process of developing a strategic plan for the Zambezi River is expected to be completed by the beginning of next year and will outline projects aiming at eradicating poverty in the Zambezi River Basin and in southern Africa.

    The Zambezi River Basin is home to more than 40 million people and this is projected to grow to 51 million by 2025.

    “With an increasing population, the need for strategic planning has never been greater,” said the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (Zamcom).

    Zamcom is a major river basin organisation in Africa. It was established in 2014 as an intergovernmental organisation that brings together eight riparian states - Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    According to Zamcom, the basin-wide strategic plan will provide a framework that will facilitate investment. This will address the many development challenges of the riparian states and unlock the enormous development potential of the basin.

    It said that the Zambezi Basin states have a development agenda which they hope to achieve through the sustainable use of available water resources in a cooperative manner.

    “One way of achieving this development agenda is the implementation of projects that are sustainable, well planned and with shared benefits at both national and basin levels.”

    Some of the foreseen benefits of cooperation in basin-wide planning, in the context of the Zambezi River Basin, include improved energy security, improved food security, increased regional economic benefits, joint investment planning, jointly addressing external threats, increased employment opportunities and enhanced health environment, leading to improved provision of goods and services.

    According to Zamcom, to achieve the foreseen benefits of cooperation, the countries took note of some strategic directions that require immediate attention. These were based on findings during the situation analysis stage of the development of the strategic plan and include infrastructure deficit.

    “There is a need to invest in sound, sustainable, resilient infrastructure to underpin equitable economic growth.”

    It was also noted that a move towards greater collaboration and cooperation through Zamcom was imperative if the development aspirations of the riparian countries of the Zambezi River basin were to be realised.

    Furthermore a movement towards greater cooperation and coordination through Zamcom and other regional and continent wide mechanisms is desired.

    “The institutional capacity of the Zamcom secretariat and related institutions is growing but still requires substantial growth. The continuing emergence of a river basin organisation which is fit-for-purpose and actively promoting, facilitating, coordinating sound management and development on the Zambezi watercourse cannot be overstated,” said Zamcom.

    To date two of the three phases of the development of the strategic plan has been completed. These include the Inception Report and the Situation Analysis that forms part of the first phase. Under the second phase the Basin Development and Infrastructure Inventory and Basin Development Scenarios have been completed.

    Still to be completed under phase three are the Basin Investment Scenarios, Draft Strategic Plan, the Final Strategic Plan and the On-line Monitoring and Implementation Tool.

    The third phase is expected to be completed by the end of this year and may be presented to the Council of Ministers for adoption at the February 2019 meeting.

    “Some of the work carried out so far has revealed that the situation on the ground in the Zambezi River Basin has not improved much.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    China's Xi says no strings attached to funds for AfricaChina's Xi says no strings attached to funds for AfricaFor infrastructure Chinese funds are not for “vanity projects” in Africa. China does not interfere in Africa’s internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa- Xi Jinping, President, China Instead, the funds are to build infrastructure that can remove development bottlenecks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, telling Chinese firms they also had to respect local people and the environment.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the High-level Dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders and Business and Industry

    Xi said at a business forum before the start of a triennial China Africa summit their friendship was time-honoured and that China’s investment in Africa came with no political strings attached.

    “China does not interfere in Africa’s internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa. What we value is the sharing of development experience and the support we can offer to Africa’s national rejuvenation and prosperity,” Xi said.

    “China’s cooperation with Africa is clearly targeted at the major bottlenecks to development. Resources for our cooperation are not to be spent on any vanity projects but in places where they count the most,” he said.

    China has denied engaging in “debt trap” diplomacy but Xi is likely to use the gathering of African leaders to offer a new round of financing, following a pledge of $60 billion at the previous summit in South Africa three years ago.

    Chinese officials have vowed to be more cautious to ensure projects are sustainable. China defends continued lending to Africa on the grounds that the continent still needs debt-funded infrastructure development.

    Beijing has also fended off criticism it is only interested in resource extraction to feed its own booming economy, that the projects it funds have poor environmental safeguards, and that too many of the workers for them are flown in from China rather than using African labour.

    Xi told business leaders Chinese firms in Africa had to be aware of their social responsibilities and make sure their investments served the community and improved their wellbeing.

    “I hope that our entrepreneurs will act to fulfil social responsibilities and respect local culture and tradition,” he said.

    “I also hope you will do more in staff training and bettering lives for the local people and will put more emphasis on the environment and resources,” Xi said.

    ‘AFRICA KNOWS BEST’

    Chinese officials say this year’s summit will strengthen Africa’s role in Xi’s Belt and Road initiative to link China by sea and land with Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa through an infrastructure network modelled on the old Silk Road.

    Xi said the plan, for which Beijing has pledged US$126 billion, would help provide more resources and facilities for Africa and would expand shared markets.

    China loaned around US$125 billion to the continent from 2000 to 2016, data from the China-Africa Research Initiative at Washington’s Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies shows.

    State media has accused the West of sour grapes over China’s prominent role in Africa and has angrily rejected claims of forcing African countries into a debt trap.

    “In terms of cooperation with China, African countries know best,” widely read tabloid the Global Times wrote in an editorial on Monday.

    “Western media deliberately portray Africans in misery for collaborating with China and they appear to have discovered big news by finding occasional complaints in the African media about Sino-Africa cooperation,” it said.

    Every African country is represented at the business forum apart from eSwatini, self-ruled Taiwan’s last African ally that has so far rejected China’s overtures to ditch Taipei and recognise Beijing.

    African presidents in attendance include South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Zambia’s Edgar Lungu and Gabon’s Ali Bongo.

    There are some controversial guests. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power for nearly 30 years, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes over killings and persecution in Sudan’s Darfur province between 2003 and 2008.

    Xi told him on Sunday that “foreign forces” should not interfere in Sudan’s internal affairs, China’s Foreign Ministry said.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Nambala sworn in as IUM chancellorNambala sworn in as IUM chancellor Bishop Shekutaamba Vänö-Väinö Nambala has been sworn in as the Justicia Shipena



    Delivering his welcoming remarks at the inauguration ceremony last week, IUM acting vice-chancellor, Kingo Mchombu, said they are proud to have Nambala as their new chancellor.

    “We are aware that our new chancellor is a person with an exemplary track record, which is reflected by his sterling contribution to the country before and after independence,” he said.

    Kingo said further that such experience will come in handy while leading the university to new heights, as it seeks to fulfill its mandate to shape young student minds, as well as consolidate its position as a vibrant university in the disciplines they offer.

    “We are therefore involved in bringing to reality, expanding and upgrading our founder's vision, which is the mandate of teaching, conducting research for new knowledge production; as well as foster and nurture the generation of new ideas, which adds value to our society's struggle to confront the various challenges faced.”

    Bishop Episcopus Emeritus Kleopas Dumeni, said he was honored be IUM's second chancellor from 29 March 2009.

    “Looking back, it truly has been a great privilege to have served this dynamic university. I leave, therefore, with my heart filled with thanks and gratitude,” he said.

    Dumeni said they have come far, while overcoming numerous obstacles. The university has witnessed and recorded a great number of success stories and has evolved into the dynamic university it is, he said.

    “The achievements of IUM during my journey are far too many to outline, but to sum it up, let me say: What an extraordinary journey, what a life story to tell, what a blessing.”

    University founder and chair of its governing council, Dr David Namwandi, said IUM has managed to earn the enviable position of being one of the top 50 universities in Africa, according to uniRank (2017 and 2018).

    Namwandi said IUM was able to increase its student population from 2 000 to almost 10 000 students, as well as its staff from 25 to 400.

    Nambala said he feels challenged to carry on with the same vigor displayed by his two predecessors.

    He said IUM's objective was not to compete with other institutions of higher learning, but to “in a complementary manner”, offer the best it can “for the sake of education and humanity”.

    Nambala called on all people who love education, inside and outside of the boundaries of Namibia, to support the university with whatever resources are needed, in order to make IUM's academic dream a lasting reality.

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    Young businessman brings west and east a little closerYoung businessman brings west and east a little closerPuts money back into business John Weber treats every job like it’s his first. Don’t spend your money on things that do not increase value- John Weber, Businessman STAFF REPORTER

    The Walvis Bay native spent two years in the United Kingdom on a working holiday. He started out cleaning construction sites but always knew he would come back. On his return, he held several jobs. When Weber walked away from his last position, he knew it was time to start his own business.

    “I was 24 years old and I only had N$6 000 in my pocket,” he said. For a while, Weber would buy fish and sell it in Kuisebmund in his hometown. “I told myself I would look for my own clients and not hustle clients off of my previous employer but a previous client called me out of the blue and told me that he wasn’t entirely satisfied and wanted me to handle his business from then on,” he said.

    West to East Coast Investments was born. It was 2011.

    “For about a year I didn’t have an office, I would arrange to meet clients at shopping centres and I would tell them my offices were being renovated. We now have 11 full-time employees and some of our clients are some of the biggest importers from Zambia and Zimbabwe. We also have our own fleet of trucks and transport mostly steel, salt and paper to South Africa.

    The company also does, among others, customs clearing and forwarding, transport to any Southern African destination as well as fish distribution to any country bordering Namibia.

    And that’s how his company’s name came about.

    “I looked at the map of Africa. We are on the west coast and we mainly move cargo to the east, it tells our clients exactly what we do. But it’s not all been plain sailing.

    “We have many challenges. I see new agents enter the sector almost every day. There are a lot of fly-by-night operators in this sector and excessive bureaucracy gets in the way. “Government’s financial difficulties have definitely affected us, said Weber. Some businesses, including ours, have not been able to receive VAT refunds from as far back as July 2017. For small businesses cash is king. You need this money to run your business.”

    FOCUSED

    However, Weber says he always looks at the positive side. “I treat this as savings. You know you’ll get it but I feel sorry for some of the smaller operators,” he said.

    “Even though there are many new agents and many big companies competing with us, I have no fear. I have managed to build strong relationships. You need to have clients’ trust and must remind them that they are in good hands. I have not lost a big client. I treat every job like it’s the first job, I put pride in it. All clients need attention. Just because they have been with you forever, doesn’t mean they’ll always be with you. The better you know your client the better you can cater to them.”

    The longtime Nedbank Namibia client said he likes the fact that Nedbank services are fast and efficient “. I have a very good banker who always does that little bit extra for us. We are always guided in the right way. As a small business, you need that. And that’s why I have never left. I have never had another account with another bank and I have never taken a loan from another bank.

    SME DEVELOPMENT

    Nelson Simasiku, Nedbank Namibia’s head of SME Business advised that your choice of bank, plays a key role. Your bank should not only be seen as an avenue to borrow capital but a valuable partner who will help you plan for the future, assuring your customers of the credibility and stability of the undertaking. This is achieved through various value-added services within Nedbank, such as: practical mentorship, small business seminars, short-term insurance and financial planning.

    Simasiku continued that Nedbank understands the importance of digitalisation and embracing it remains imperative for the growth of any business or sector. “We’ve made good progress as we tap into new mobile and other technologies. One such example is our strategic relationship with PayToday – a smart, safe and social Namibian payment App that makes paying a business, or a friend, as easy as sending a mobile text message. It also allows you to buy airtime, pay for fuel, make donation, event tickets and even pay for accommodation as more business, utilities and other services are added regularly.” These partnerships provide SME’s with more access to financial services, he concluded.

    Weber said other young people who want to start businesses should open their minds and not get stuck in their ways. “Always put money back in your business. Don’t spend your money on things that do not increase value. And remember, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can do anything,” said Weber.

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    Hosea Kutako gets 3-month lifelineHosea Kutako gets 3-month lifeline The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has received a three-month extension, in which it should make necessary renovations at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) to prevent it from being downgraded.

    The airport's licence was due to expire on 31 August. NAC spokesperson Dan Kamati confirmed that the airport would not be downgraded effective 1 September.

    Previous NAC board chairperson Rodgers Kauta had warned that a failure to renovate the airport would lead to the withdrawal of Dutch airline KLM as well as reputational damage.

    He added that other airlines such as Qatar and Eurowings could potentially withdraw, while airlines such as Emirates and Lufthansa that have agreements in place to fly to Namibia would reconsider, The Namibian reported earlier this year.

    Hosea Kutako was downgraded by ICAO in 2014 after an inspection found that there were safety concerns, forcing Air Namibia's Frankfurt flights to divert to Gaborone, Botswana.

    The World Bank had previously suggested that a turnkey approach be adopted to address the shortcomings at the airport, while finance minister Calle Schlettwein was asked to allocate N$145 million for the upgrade.

    The upgrade would entail expanding the airport building, which includes the arrivals hall, expanding the luggage-claiming area, increasing the number of immigration counters, adding a luggage conveyor system and expanding the departures hall.

    Other necessary improvements include the expansion of the check-in counter area of the terminal building, and increasing the security screening area.

    Schlettwein, whose ministry must release funding for the upgrading of the airport, did not respond to a request for comment.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: Two-year-old girl raped
  • Two-year-old girl rapedTwo-year-old girl raped Police at Oranjemund have opened a case of child neglect against the 23-year-old mother of a nine-month-old baby.

    The //Karas crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo, told Nampa that the mother locked up the child alone in a room and went out on Saturday around 12:30.

    “The police were alerted to a baby crying inside a house by neighbours and went to attend to it. They forcibly opened the door and found the baby alone,” Mubebo said.

    He said after an unsuccessful search for hours for the mother, the child was taken to the Rosh Pinah State Clinic for safety, as the private hospital in Oranjemund could not assist.

    “The suspect was found later and arrested and is set to appear in court on a charge of child neglect,” said Mubebo.

    At Aussenkehr in the //Karas Region the police are searching for a man who allegedly raped a two-year-old girl on Friday.

    The incident happened around 21:00 in the Block 5 residential area.

    “It is alleged that the girl was left playing with a three-year-old girl in front of their house before the incident happened,” Mubebo said. Investigations continue.

    Another case of rape of a minor was opened at Rehoboth on Friday, where a 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather.

    The 31-year-old man was arrested. The police say the incident took place late on Friday night in Block E. It is alleged that the girl was left alone with her stepfather.

    At Aroab, a 27-year-old woman on Saturday opened a rape case against a 30-year-old man.

    Is alleged that the suspect and the victim were drinking together the previous night and when the victim got drunk and fell asleep, the suspect had sexual intercourse with her around 06:00 that morning.

    The suspect was arrested and police investigations continue.

    The police at Karibib are investigating the death of Josefine Beukes (47) who died in a shack fire on Sunday. It is suspected that a burning candle was the cause of the fire.

    At Grootfontein, a member of the Namibian Defence Force was arrested on Sunday morning in possession of cocaine and Mandrax tablets valued at over N$15 000.

    The 39-year-old soldier, a captain, works for the 21 Motorised Infantry Brigade in Windhoek, but was arrested in the Luiperdsheuwel residential area of Grootfontein.

    The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, said the soldier was found with 64 pieces of cocaine and 45 Mandrax tablets.

    “We are still trying to establish the exact origin of these drugs,” Mbeha said.



    Deadly stabbings

    Four men were stabbed to death over the weekend, while another sustained serious injuries.

    The first was a 34-year-old man who died in Rehoboth on Saturday after being stabbed in the neck. Hardap's crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Eric Clay, said the incident occurred at about 09:50 in Block E. The deceased has been identified as Paul Afrikaner.

    “It is alleged that the suspect stabbed Afrikaner in the left side of his neck with an Okapi knife after he was apparently insulted,” Clay said. A 25-year-old man has been arrested.

    At Grünau, an 18-year-old man died instantly after he was stabbed in the abdomen on Friday. Mubebo said the deceased was identified as Amir Apriels.

    “It is alleged that the suspect stabbed Apriels with a knife and he died on the spot. The suspect also stabbed a 32-year-old man in the right side of the neck. The man was transported to the Karasburg State Hospital for treatment, but is in a stable condition now,” Mubebo said. He said the incident occurred at about 02:30 and it is alleged that an argument erupted between the three men over cigarettes.

    The suspect was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder.

    At Rundu, a 30-year-old man was fatally stabbed at a local take-away on Friday – apparently over a packet of cigarettes.

    The acting crime investigations coordinator in the Kavango East Region, Deputy Chief Inspector Ewald Kavara, said the incident happened at a gambling house at around 11:00.

    It is alleged that the deceased grabbed a pack of cigarettes from the suspect and ran away, but the owner of the cigarettes caught up with him while he was getting into a taxi. Kavara said when the suspect opened the door of the vehicle, the deceased pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the arm. The suspect overpowered him, taking the knife from him and stabbing him in the neck.

    The deceased was rushed to the Rundu State Hospital, where he succumbed to his stab wounds upon arrival.

    A case of murder was registered and the suspect was arrested.

    Another case of murder was opened after Epson Eiseb (17) was stabbed in the neck during an argument in Hakahana over the weekend. The suspect is still at large.

    A case of attempted murder is being investigated at Ongwediva after a 28-year-old man was stabbed three times at a cuca shop on Friday night. The suspect is still at large.

    NAMPA

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    IBB's airport contract still under scrutinyIBB's airport contract still under scrutinyN$156m tender yet to be finalised in the High Court A court case in which the Namibia Airports Company is seeking to overturn a contract awarded by its previous board will go ahead next week. Egyptian-owned IBB Military Equipment and Accessory Supplies has failed in its bid to stop the Namibia Airports Company's court application to nullify an agreement on the upgrading of the Eros and Hosea Kutako airport terminal buildings.

    The NAC had approached the High Court to declare that there is no binding and enforceable agreement between itself and IBB Military for the exorbitant upgrades.

    It asked the court to set aside the purported exemption decision which landed IBB Military the N$156 million tender, and also asked for an order to set aside the purported award letter.

    IBB Military countered by saying that the NAC's court application was premised on wrongdoing and unlawful actions of the NAC itself.

    IBB Military said with its own wrongdoing as a basis for its relief, the NAC launched a review application in which it sought to set aside its own decisions.

    It also said the NAC had not filed its answering affidavit as had been stipulated by a court order on 1 December 2017.

    The High Court on Friday ruled that NAC's non-compliance with the court order of 1 December 2017 was condoned. The case was postponed until 13 September.



    Background

    The previous board of the NAC, under the chairpersonship of Ndeuhala Katonyala-Lewis, exempted IBB Military from the parastatal's tender procedures and awarded it the tender for the upgrades.

    These upgrades included the design, supply and installation of check-in counters (at a cost of €2.8 million), seats (€432 015), trolleys (€323 350), CCTV cameras (€340 000), communication systems (€2.3 million), conveyor belts for all counters (€1.4 million), safety equipment and architectural design (€490 000), and cost of supervision of foreign and local labour (€1.2 million).

    The new board, under the chairpersonship of Rogers Kauta, countered this lucrative tender award, arguing that the exemption decision could only have been made in terms of the NAC's prescribed tender procedure and on recommendation of its tender and technical committee.

    The new board maintained that there was no justification for such an exemption, saying the decision should be set aside.

    It said no facts were placed before the previous board to make the purported exemption decision and that the previous board did not apply its mind when the tender award was made.

    Alternatively, it was argued that the purported exemption decision did not award the upgrade tender to IBB Military, but merely permitted the NAC to treat it as the preferred bidder, whereafter the NAC should have followed the applicable tender procedures.

    Former NAC CEO Tamer El-Kallawi in June 2016 wrote a letter to IBB in which he said IBB Military had been appointed for the job, but the new NAC board countered that there was no enforceable agreement in place.

    The new NAC board said a draft agreement drawn up by IBB Military did not stipulate the scope of services and patently left open a number of material provisions that still had to be agreed upon while simply pricing the job at over

    €9 million.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: Sisterhood in 2018
  • Sisterhood in 2018Sisterhood in 2018 Some females honestly don’t know the true meaning of sisterhood in Namibia.

    When you say “We are females, he will never get between us,” how often do you take it to heart and actually stand by that phenomenon and mean it?

    I know when I say it, I mean it in every context. Of course sometimes there are a few slip ups like when you just think “I will spend my forever with this other person and this girl is just sour”, we have all been there.

    When you feel some type of way because another female warns you against a certain guy based on history with him or even just because she sees he is an obvious douche bag, shake that off.

    We have to really start growing up and realising “Is Windhoek Hieso.” This is where we have to seek the spirit of discernment from God to know who those sneaky girls are that will warn you against someone and play it all “ Sis, that guy is trash,” just so she can snatch him from you when ‘she’ feels you’re done.

    Some people have honestly had me ‘shook’ to the core. There was an instance where this person, a female, pretended to be so ‘anti-my guy’ while we were going through a breakup because I “deserved better” and he “doesn’t have the capacity to love anyone because he can’t even love himself” all that good tea.

    A month or so later after we shared some intimate and intense feelings and being each other’s shoulder to cry on because this same guy took both of us for a ride, this promoter of Sisters before Misters, started dating this guy.

    I was not shocked. I was more so disappointed because I actually trusted this person and felt a bond after she helped me realise a lot of dirt around this guy. That is what I get for taking his ex under my wings, because there’s still a lot life has to teach her…I thought.

    Believe me when I say I hold no animosity and the situation was rather diminutive, but I was hurt because the principal had been broken.

    I am a firm believer in keeping your word and once you go back on it, it will be ten times as hard for the person you played to gain that same trust in you and in the sisters in general. If you could go back on your word over something as petty as my ex then I have no empathy for you.

    Please heed my words. I am not writing this to bash anyone, but rather to encourage a spirit of protection for your sister’s heart. If you say something, try to stand by it or just don’t say it at all.

    Long story short, now I am being threatened by some of her acquaintances because I am ‘harassing’ her. Sis, where? How?

    If you call, looking out for someone’s future, convincing her of her worth and standing up to her when she was treated like trash, harassment, then I want someone to harass me every day.

    Let us unite against the petty and the fake and strive to uplift each other. Even if it’s your boyfriend’s ex, if she is trying to support and advise you, take it for what it is. I dream of a day when we will be fully bound by the principal and not just by the fact that we all have the same body parts.

    I am healing. I am learning and somewhere in this messed up generation there are still some people who share my sentiments. I am writing this for you! Same Whatsapp group chomie.

    Be good to yourself and others.

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    Bank Windhoek recognises Northern estate agentsBank Windhoek recognises Northern estate agentsAwards ceremony in Oshakati Top estate agents in the North were awarded by Namibia’s only local bank, recently. Let us stay positive and face challenges with an open mind as there is still a demand for houses -Job Mouton, branch manager for property finance, Bank Windhoek Nicodemus Estate Agencies was awarded the Top Estate Agent for the North at the Bank Windhoek Northern Estate Agents Awards in Oshakati on 28 August 2018.

    FE Real Estates and Makalani took the second and third spot.

    The Annual Bank Windhoek Estate Agent Awards aim to give recognition to residential and commercial estate agents, agencies and developers for their commitment, loyalty and support to Bank Windhoek and its clients.

    Addressing the estate agents at a dinner event, Job Mouton, branch manager for property finance said: “Let us stay positive and face challenges with an open mind as there is still a demand for houses, there is still land available and we notice the efforts from our Government to improve on the current economic status in our country. In this context, Bank Windhoek affirms our commitment to being a partner in developing our country and an important enabler in securing home ownership for her people. We need to work together and feel proud of what we can do for our fellow citizens.”

    Other agents who qualified for the merit awards for business submitted above N$ 2 million were:

    Ester Nghidinwa from Northern Real Estate

    Roswitha Haingura from Haingura Real Estate

    Ndina Shikongo from Ndina Real Estate

    Kaino Shakumu from Ediva Real Estate

    Eveline Paulus from Eveline Properties

    Mirjam Nuule from Esteem Sales and Leading Property

    Agents who submitted business loans submitted above N$ 4 million:

    Amalia Schmidt from Makalani Real Estate

    Helena Amunyela from FE Real Estate

    For loan business submitted in excess of N$ 15 million

    Menethe Nikodemus from Nicodemus Real Estate

    3rd place with a Bronze Award:

    Makalani Real Estate represented by Amalia Schmidt

    2nd place with a Silver Award:

    FE Real Estate represented by Helena Amunyela

    And the winner with a Gold Award is:

    Nicodemus Real Estate represented by Menethe Nikodemus

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    Rand starts week on back footRand starts week on back foot The rand is starting the week on the back foot against the dollar, as emerging market currencies again gear up for economic news out of Turkey, while on the local front markets await the release of GDP data on Tuesday.

    The local currency was changing hands at R14.75/US$ at 08:47 on Monday, down 0.5% on the day. It opened at R14.67 to the greenback.

    "We look to another eventful week ahead for emerging markets, with Turkey likely to set the tone," said Bianca Botes of Peregrine Treasury Solutions in a morning note. "[Monday] sees the release of Turkish inflation data while markets are also anticipating the unveiling of the new Argentinian fiscal plan."

    "At home, we are bracing ourselves for local manufacturing PMI and vehicle sales data later [Monday] and GDP data due for release on Tuesday."

    South Africans will learn whether the country has entered a technical recession on Tuesday morning, when Stats SA releases real gross domestic product data for the second quarter of the year. GDP contracted by 2.2% in the first quarter.

    Botes said the expected trading range Monday would be between R14.68 and R14.90 to the greenback.

    According to NKC African Economics, concerns over the impact of the US-Canada trade spat around renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, has also put the rand on the back foot.

    The US, meanwhile, will be celebrating Labor Day on Monday.

    -Fin24

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: 'Govt should not import art'
  • 'Govt should not import art''Govt should not import art'Miss Namibia stands up for local artists Miss Namibia 2018, Selma Kamanya, has launched a foundation that will focus on youth economic empowerment and women's education. Miss Namibia 2018, 21-year-old Selma Kamanya, has urged the government to use local instead of imported artworks in all state-owned offices.

    “These artists are looking for opportunities and exposure for their art. Why are our music shops not featuring our own local artists?

    “I will thus advocate that all state-owned buildings and facilities use Namibian decorative art and that all tenders and decorative services should be local-based,” Kamanya said during the launch of her InnoNation Foundation this past Friday, which will focus on youth economic empowerment and women's education.

    “Namibia should adopt a Namibian-centred and Namibian-serving attitude towards its creative industries.”

    The launch took place at Bennies Entertainment Park & Lodge in Ongwediva and a whopping N$221 000 was raised for the foundation from various stakeholders.

    Miss Namibia patron Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, health minister Bernhard Haufiku, various businesspeople and members of the public were in attendance.

    Kamanya, who is an economics student at Nust, is of the view that art has been neglected, especially in schools.

    She said children who have talent have been denied sufficient opportunities to further develop their skills.

    “One of the ways that I plan to assist the youth to empower themselves is through art, in both education and in the economy. Art is one of the subjects, I believe, that has been relatively neglected in our current education system,” Kamanya said.

    “Children who are creative don't have sufficient opportunities to harness and develop their creative ideas.”

    Kamanya said that by supporting art in schools and in the economy, youth will be empowered to support themselves.

    Kamanya said women play a vital role in the society and therefore she would like to see more women getting involved in shaping the economic and civil realities of African society.

    “Women are the ones who are more in touch with the grassroots aspects of our economic and civil realities. It is these women that, I believe, have the potential to shape the next century, the African century,” Kamanya said.

    Well-known motivational speaker, Sam Shivute, who was the keynote speaker, talked about the role parents' play in the upbringing their children, as well as the need for one to have a strong sense of self-confidence.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 09/03/18--15:00: Golden handshakes at SOEs
  • Golden handshakes at SOEsGolden handshakes at SOEs The Companies Act widely emphasises the need for accountability and responsibility on the part of board members or directors in both the private and public sectors. Although board members serving at state-owned enterprises should be given the necessary leeway and independence to oversee the management of these entities, there is equally a huge expectation on directors to serve the interest of not only the shareholder they represent, but also the public. For far too long Namibian SOEs have fallen prey to the disturbing culture of dishing out generous golden handshakes - in most cases to undeserving recipients. Chief executives unashamedly ask for a payout, despite running some of these lossmaking parastatals to the ground, whenever they are pushed out of their positions. It is also not surprising to see contractual provisions dealing with a payout in the case of an irreconcilable breakdown of the relationship between a chief executive and the board. We have no problem with institutions paying out justifiable payments, such as outstanding leave, and to a point, legal costs. It, however, becomes unfair for taxpayers to fund huge, unnecessary and avoidable payments, whenever a standoff arises in the top echelons of SOEs. The recent sacking of Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) CEO, Augustinus Katiti, has exposed the sheer lack of corporate governance on the part of those who made provision for a possible handshake in his employment contract. Katiti has not been sacked without reason and at the time of his firing he was facing serious charges, including alleged corruption and many others. It goes without saying that the board, which initially agreed to this huge payout, did not act in the best interest of the company, as expected under corporate governance law. The ministry dealing with public enterprises must put down its foot and curb this fruitless and wasteful expenditure, which has been allowed to continue unabated. We should stop rewarding failure. It is not in the best interest of taxpayers.

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    Namandje rubbishes cocaine search warrantNamandje rubbishes cocaine search warrant Defence lawyer Sisa Namandje has questioned the validity of a search warrant used during a 412kg cocaine bust at the port of Walvis Bay in June.

    He argued in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court yesterday, where suspects Grant Noble (36) and Dinath Azhar (62) are fighting for bail that the search warrant was issued after 12:00, when the seal of the container had already been broken and the suspicious powder already discovered.

    “No search warrant existed when the container was opened. The search was conducted without a search warrant and the one that was subsequently issued is irrevocably bad.” He argued anything discovered in such a search should thus be disregarded.

    “The perquisites of search warrants should be valued. The State has dirty hands and the Namibian police actually committed fraud to obtain the search warrant. If the person who issued the warrant was called to testify he/she would most probably end up in jail.”

    Magistrate Ilge Rheent will rule on Friday whether Noble and Azhar will be granted bail.

    Prosecutor Salomon Kanyemba, as well as defence lawyers Namandje, Jan H. Wessels and Sacky Khadhila-Amoomo, concluded their arguments yesterday.

    Wessels previously informed the court Noble could afford N$50 000 bail and was prepared to adhere to strict bail.





    Azhar said he could raise between N$30 000 and N$50 000.

    Wessels argued that 50% of murder accused in the country are out on bail.

    “We cannot deny that the charges against our clients are serious. The granting of bail, however, depends on the strength of the State's case and in this instance the state does not even have a prima facie case.

    “There is no evidence. My client was not present when the container was loaded in Brazil and it cannot be entertained that he wanted to be in control of it,” Wessels said.

    Namandje emphasised the State did not have a strong case for opposing bail and had not submitted evidence that the accused would abscond should they be granted bail.

    “We cannot keep people in custody as punishment, only for them to be acquitted in two years' time. This is not in the interest of the public, of which the accused are members,” Namandje argued.

    “Everybody assumed there was a case. The evidence brought by the investigator was disastrous and scandalous. The State should lead sufficient evidence and fundamentally failed to begin to produce such.”

    He further dismissed the National Forensic Science Institute (NFSI) of Namibia lab report submitted by the State as a worthless piece of paper.

    “Only 2kg of an estimated 214kg was tested. The report also does not provide the percentage of the so-called prohibited substance that was discovered in the container.”

    Kanyemba said the State was opposing bail due to the seriousness and strength of its case, the risk of the offenders absconding and public interest.

    The State also fears the accused will interfere with the incomplete investigations and witnesses, and that there was a strong possibility they could commit similar offenses if granted bail.

    “It is farfetched for the defence to expect of the State to prove its case during a bail hearing. We are not here to determine the guilt of the accused. The accused consented to the container being search and this was done in their presence.”

    Kanyemba pointed out that customs and excise officials have the power to inspect goods without a search warrant.

    “The suggestions by my learned colleagues that this is not the case do not hold water. The involved police officers went an extra mile to obtain a search warrant. The accused went and collected the cargo. The second accused deliberately opted to be a silent partner, in order to hide and circumvent the consequences of being caught.”

    Kanyemba said further the doctor who conducted the laboratory tests would testify in court when the time was right and could be cross-examined.

    “The NSFI report, however, confirms that the contents of all the boxes are actually cocaine. This evidence will be presented during trial.”

    He emphasised the prosecutor-general has the power to bring charges and was well aware of what needed to be done.

    “The State is not required to prove its case above reasonable doubt at this stage. We could add more charges related to racketeering and money laundering, as well as change the charges as the investigation progresses. The fact is that the accused imported cocaine.

    “The 400 boxes imported from Brazil are the same that arrived in Namibia. The evidence we will present will point to the two accused persons.

    “There is no way out for the accused and the State is confident they will be found guilty in due course,” Kanyemba said, adding it was also clear that an international syndicate was at work.

    “There are more people than the two accused involved. Four men attempted to bribe custom officials and the fact that they had papers from Family Fresh in their possession links the accused to these persons. They are also hell-bent on frustrating the investigation.”

    OTIS FINCK

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