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- 09/10/18--15:00: _Overcharging rampant
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- 09/10/18--15:00: _Apology
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- 09/10/18--15:00: NAC nopolisi ya shaina etsokumwe
- 09/10/18--15:00: Cheryl a fumbikwa mOlyomakaya
- 09/10/18--15:00: PDM bleeds for jobless graduates
- 09/10/18--15:00: Chinese nationals convicted for bribery
- 09/10/18--15:00: Company news in brief
- 09/10/18--15:00: Get learning with Namtutors
- 09/10/18--15:00: Namibia under a dark cloud - Geingob
- 09/10/18--15:00: City warns of deadly illegal power
- 09/10/18--15:00: Hangana inaugurates abalone farm
- 09/10/18--15:00: NBL confident of higher profit
- 09/10/18--15:00: Angula, Nafwu embroiled in court battle
- 09/10/18--15:00: Overcharging rampant
- 09/10/18--15:00: 80% of Namibians without medical aid
- 09/10/18--15:00: An awkward person's guide to socialising with the confident
- 09/10/18--15:00: Apology
- 09/10/18--15:00: Windhoek Lager strengthens footprints in Germany
- 09/10/18--15:00: No bail for alleged cocaine importers
- 09/10/18--15:00: Alcohol: The great destroyer
- 09/10/18--15:00: Crafting her way into entrepreneurship
- 09/10/18--15:00: Girl dies in house fire
Shoka osha hala okutya kapwa li etsokumwe lyopamukanda, kombinga yegameno pokapale hoka ngaashi tashi uthwa komilandu dhuupale wopashigwana nenge moshilongo.
Uuyelele mboka owa holoka sho kwa tegelelwa ku ningwe omakonaakono gonkalo yekalepo lyuupale okutala ngele otawu gwanithwa po tuu omilandu , ngoka taga ningwa koInternational Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) pokapale kaHosea Kutako International Airport muNovemba gwomvula ndjika. Shoka otashi ulike kutya okapale hoka itaka gwanithwa po omilandu.
Opolisi oshowo NAC oya shaina etsokumwe mEtitano ndyoka tali utha egameno lyokapale puupale womoshilongo wu li uhetatu.
Etsokumwe ndyoka olyuule woomvula ntano na otali vulu okulelepekwa.
Etsokumwe ndyoka lyegameno olya kwatelamo ehadho puupale, omadheulo, egameno oshowo iikwaniipangitho yegameno puupale woodhila moshilongo.
Omukomeho gwopolisi yaNamibia, Sebastian Ndeitunga, okwa popi kutya etsokumwe ndyoka lyotango oli li oshipumbiwa sha tulwa po koICAO, opo opolisi yi kwashilipaleke egameno puupale woodhila moshilongo. Ndeitunga okwa popi kutya eshaino ndyoka oli li ondjokonona noshigwana nashi kale shi na ontseyo kutya egameno lyasho osho oshinima shotango puupale mboka.
“Otwa kala tatu longele kumwe patsokumwe lyopakana owala ihe ICAO okwa pumbwa okumona etsokumwe lyopamushangwa. Olyo lyotango lyoludhi ndoka.”
“Ngele owu shishi kutya oto ningilwa omakonaakono nena ope na omilandu ndhoka wu na okukala wa tula miilonga nowiiyutha kudho. Okwa li kwa ningwa omakonaakono gopetameko moka twa dhimbulukithwa opo tu tulepo etsokumwe lyopambaapila.”
Ngoka ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa omukuluntu gwNAC, Lot Haifidi, okwa holola kutya eshaino ndyoka oli li oshinima sha shewa ihe ina hala okuliithana kutya olyo lyotango pokati koombinga ndhoka mbali.
Haifidi okwa yelitha kutya opwa kala etsokumwe pokati koNAC nopolisi ihe kalya li lyopakana.
“Otwa pumbwa okwiipa uuyelele kombinga yetsokumwe ndyoka. Opolisi oyi na oshinakugwanithwa shopakotampango okugandja egameno na otwa pumbwa okugwanithwa ooveta, ngaashi twa pewa oshinakugwanithwa shoka.”
Sho iikundaneki ya kala nokupula Haifidi kombinga ngele etsokumwe ndyoka olyo lyotango li li pambaapila okwa popi kutya olyo lyotango, ihe itashi ti etsokumwe aluhe olya pumbwa okukala lya shangwa owala.
“Opwa kala etsokumwe pokati ketu, lyashangwa nenge inali shangwa osha faathana owala.”
“Ope na omakonaakono taga ningwa naashika oshi li oshitopolwa shomalongekidho. Etsokumwe olya kala po nale na otwa tokola owala okuulika koshigwana opo shi kale sha kwashilipelekwa kutya oshi li megameno.” Pahapu dhaHaifidi, etsokumwe ndyoka olya li lya falwa woo mombelelwa yahahende-ndjai gwepangelo omanga inaku ningwa oshituthi sheshaino.
Okwa tsikile kutya omakonaako ngoka otaga ningwa kuuyelele nuumbangi mboka wu li po onkene opwa pumbwa okukala omukanda, naashoka osho sha etitha oombinga ndhoka mbali dhi tule miilonga etsokumwe ndyoka pambaapila.
Omakonaakono gopetameko ngoka ga ningilwa okapale koHosea Kutako International Airport koAirports Council International, muMaalitsa oga holola kutya okapale hoka kake na egameno lya kwata miiti.
Natango petameko lyomvula ndjika, omatukodhila goKLM Royal Dutch Airlines oga li ga hala okuninga omalunduluko nokuhuliha po elongitho lyuupale moNamibia omolwa ompumbwe yegameno. Shoka osha thiminike woo ehangano ndyoka li kute miilonga ehangano lyopaumwene ndyoka tali ningile aafaalelwa yehangano ndyoka ehadho, omolwa uutile kutya ethano lyawo otali vulu okugwa pevi ngele opwa holoka sha oshiningwanima shi na sha negameno moodhila dhawo.
Oshifo kundaneki shoConfidente, osha li sha lopota muJanuari kutya ehangano ndyoka olya longitha iifuta ya gwedhwa po, opo li longithe ehangano lyopaumwene lyegameno onga omukalo gwokugamena ongeshefa yawo.
Omukomeho nomupeha presidende gwehangano ndyoka, Ronald Augustin, okwa li a shanga ombaapila yuuka kepangelo lyaNamibia momasiku 18 gaJanuari moka a nyenyeta kombinga yegameno lyongushu yopevi pokapale kaHosea Kutako, nokuholola kutya ehangano lyawo olya longitha iifuta ya gwedhwa po omolwa egameno lyawo ndyoka ya tulwa po muNovemba gwomvula yo 2017. Ehangano aniwa olya longitha oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 4.7.
Omukanda ngoka ogwali woo gwa tuminwa opolisi yaNamibia, ominista yiiputudhilo yepangelo, Leon Jooste, ominista yomalweendo nale Alpheus !Naruseb, oshowo Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), nehangano lyoNAC.
Omukanda ngoka ogwa tothamo ehadho lyongushu yopevi ndyoka hali ningwa kopolisi yaNamibia, naashoka otashi tula moshiponga egameno lyaafaalelwa oshowo ethano lyoomahangano goodhila unene gopashigwana ngoka haga longitha okapalek hoka.
Pauyelele mboka wa pitithwa koNAC, aafaalelwa ye poomiliyona 12.4 oya longitha okapale hoka omanga aafaalelwa yomalweendo gopauyuni ye li poomiliyona 4.2.
Omalweendo goodhila ge li po 54 027 odha dhidhilikwa woo okapele hoka omvula ya piti.
Omunyekadhi okwa li ta popi poshituthifumbiko shaCheryl shoka sha ningwa Olyomakaya moEl Shaddai Ministries moKatutura.
Geingos okwa indile ofamili yanakusa yi kale nokudhimbuluka aluhe uukwatya we pethimbo a li momwenyo ihe inaya kala nokudhilaadhila ethano moka ya adha olutu lwe pethimbo iitsuwa kaayendi yokolupadhi, omasiku gaali konima sho a lopotwa a kana.
“Alikana kaleni okudhimbuluka okanona keni muukwatya mboka ka kala. Inamu dhimbuluka omukalo ngoka a hulitha. Oshi li oshilongwa kune na oshi li woo oshilongwa kutse. Uuna mwa uvu edhina ndyoka dhilaadhileni okakadhona hoka kayi megulu nolutu aluhe lwiihwa po.”
Geingos natango okwa pula aalilisa kaya kale nokupopya omahokololo itaga kolekwa kombinga yomatompelo gedhipago lyaCheryl.
“Ope na omapopyo kutya edhipago lye oli na sha nomaupule, katu li po tu popye iinima katu na uushili muyo. Aadhipagi yaAvihe otaya ka mona epangulo kutya oya tulwa miipandeko nenge inaya tulwa miipandeko. Otatu ka mona edhiminepo ngele otweliilongele nenge inatu liilongela.”
Omunyekadhi okwa popi kutya edhipago lyokanona hoka otali ulike ethano lyoshigwana shaNamibia.
Hekulu yaCherly, Omusita Seth Kaimu, okwa popi kutya aluhe ota kala nokudhimbuluka okatekulu onga okanona okanambili, okanandjungu miilonga yako nokanona okawanawa.
Onkalo moka mwa adhika omudhimba gwokanona hoka oya etitha ehaluko noonkondo mokati koshigwana, shoka sha pula woo egalulo lyegeelo lyedhipago, ano ohake.
Aalilisa oyendji mwa katelwa omupresidende nale Hifikepunye Pohamba, oya kala pefumbiko lyokanona hoka.
Hekulu ngoka a ningi euvitho lyoshituthifumbiko, okwa endulula natango omapopyo ge kutya okwa pyakudhukwa okudhiminapo aadhipagi ye.
“Ngele omwa mono omuntu ngoka alikana e mu eteni kungame opo ndi tsakanene naye. Onda hala okumuulukila ohole yaKalunga. Yaholike natudhiminepo.”
Kaimu okwa dhimbuluka woo okatekulu onga okatili Kalunga. Pahapu dheCheryl okwa li a uhe ha kuutumba pokati ke nomukulukadhi gwe ngele a yi pamwe kongeleka.
Omuprima minista Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila okwa popi kutya eso lyaCheryl olya pumbwa okweeta eningo lyomatokolo.
Opolisi poya gandja oshimaliwa shooN$100 000 kwaangoka taka gandja uuyelele tawu vulu okutulitha miipandeko omudhipagi nenge aadhipagi yaCherly.
In a media statement this week, PDM youth leader Maximalliant Katjimune blamed the Namibian government's failure to implement innovative graduate-friendly policies and for failing to provide entrepreneurial education.
He also condemned employers' requirement of job experience for entry-level jobs, saying it shuts university graduates out of the job market.
“The government has indeed failed to put in place policies that correlate with our fast advancing 21st century economies. The job market has changed immensely since independence.
“Our job market is changing daily, and we have to equally respond to those changes by having proactive and graduate-friendly policies. It is totally unacceptable that companies always have experience criteria even for entry-level jobs such as clerks or receptionists.
“Furthermore, government and the private sector must make the environment friendlier for fresh graduates by prioritising them for vacancies, especially entry-level vacancies,” he said.
The youth league also urged the government to support black entrepreneurs to allow them to start their own companies instead of looking for jobs they cannot find.
“Most of our graduates are poor, black students who do not have any generational wealth or start-up capital like their white counterparts.
“It is therefore very imperative that the government levels the playing field by providing very low interest loans to our graduates, so that they venture into formal and informal sector businesses, which are imperative for any economy,” said Katjimune.
He also took a swipe at universities, saying they too have failed the Namibian youth by ignoring the statistics on unemployment and insisting to offer redundant courses.
“Universities have blatantly ignored statistics and continue to enrol students en masse. The fields of human resources, accounting, economics, management, law and some courses in the humanities like psychology are grossly redundant and overcrowded in the job market.
“PDMYL is of the opinion that universities should reconsider their enrolment rate in some of this courses, and be must be constantly be in consultation with relevant stakeholders in the job market to stay on the track on what the market demands.”
Siyong (Erick) Xu, 55, and Huaifen Yang, 54, were arrested on 5 September at the Old Power Station after they had paid a bribe to a detective inspector of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting of Financing of Terrorism Division of the Namibian Police.
They gave the officer N$4 000 to close an investigation in which Yang is implicated.
Both Chinese nationals are employed as managers at a local construction company.
According to the ACC the two men appeared in court on 7 September where they pleaded guilty and were consequently convicted of bribery.
The case was postponed to 12 September for sentencing. They were granted bail of N$30 000 each, pending their sentencing.
South Africa’s plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation could hit property prices and trigger a banking crisis, the chief executive of Nedbank told parliament on Friday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Aug. 1 that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) planned to change the constitution to allow land to be expropriated without compensation, as whites still own most of South Africa’s territory.
Speaking to the Constitutional Review Committee, which is investigating proposed changes to the constitution, Mike Brown said there was no need to alter the law because the existing legislation already allowed the state to expropriate property for land reform purposes.
Alibaba's Jack Ma to step down
Jack Ma, the charismatic co-founder of China’s largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, will step down as chairman in one year to concentrate on philanthropy and education, passing on the reins to trusted lieutenant Daniel Zhang.
Ma, who turned 54 on Monday, has long flagged plans to step back, insisting that Alibaba management should be relatively young and his retirement is not expected to affect the running of the company.
But it is still extremely rare for a founder of big and transformative tech firm, especially one with a cult-like status like Ma, to retire so early.
J&J to work with India on compensation
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said it would work with the Indian government to compensate patients who had suffered from hip implants that were recalled by the US healthcare firm eight years ago after data showed high failure rates.
This follows last week’s recommendation from a government panel that J&J pay at least 2 million rupees (US$27 812) to each patient for the faulty ASR hip implant. The federal government has asked states to help patients get relief soon.
About 93 000 people worldwide received ASR implants which were recalled in 2010. The Indian panel said in its report that about 4 700 of those people were in India.
Apple says China tariffs will boost prices
Apple, the world’s most valuable company, said proposed US tariffs on US$200 billion worth of products imported from China will raise prices for some of its popular consumer goods such as the Apple Watch and AirPods headphones.
The Mac mini desktop computer, Apple Pencil stylus accessory for iPads, various chargers and adapters and tooling equipment used to manufacturer and design some products in the US will also be affected, the Cupertino, California-based company told the Office of US Trade Representative in a letter dated September 5.
The US has imposed US$50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods with another US$200 billion in the final stages. The public had until Thursday to comment on the administration’s plan. US President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering another US$267 billion of tariffs on China, which analysts said will affect virtually every category of consumer goods, to retaliate against what he calls unfair trade practices.
Broadcom sees fourth-quarter boost
Broadcom Inc on Thursday forecast current-quarter revenue largely above estimates on higher demand for components that power data centers, while the launch of Apple Inc’s new iPhones is expected to bolster its wireless business.
Shares of Broadcom rose 4% to US$224.90 in extended trading after the chipmaker also reported third-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates.
Revenue from enterprise storage business jumped 70% in the reported quarter as the acquisition of Brocade helped drive sales gains at the unit.
Maureen Sibongile Mkhulisi is a 21-year-old fourth-year Unam accounting student who decided that enough was enough, after struggling in class without receiving sufficient assistance.
“After struggling to receive help and tutoring with management accounting, I thought to myself: how can I make it better for other students like me?”
Mkhulisi and Mberiuka Mauha have embarked on a journey together.
“I am the co-founder of Namtutors and also a Her Voice Fund ambassador for Namibia, which is global fund initiative targeting adolescent girls and young women community-based organisations,” Mauha said.
She recently completed a mentorship programme with girls in the Kavango Region.
Mauha is a 25-year-old who studied lifelong learning and community education.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in adult education from Unam.
According to Mkhulisi, she did not find any Namibian-based tutors that could be of assistance for her.
“Most of the tutoring websites which I found online were just based in South Africa and the United States, so I could not make use of their services and it was quite expensive as well. This was when the bug bit me and I decided to create my own website,” said Mkhulisi.
Mauha said another reason why they ventured into Namtutors was because of the failing rates of school learners.
“Through Namtutors, we wanted to create an opportunity where we address that. By connecting the learner to the tutor we are e able to help that student who is not able to cope and understand some of the subjects, so they are able to understand and pass their year.”
Namtutors is 100% Namibian-owned website that brings students and tutors together.
They have shortlisted a number of qualified young Namibians who can be of assistance to students. The website was launched last year and it is currently up-and-running.
“Before we shortlist the tutors, we do background checks to ensure they are qualified and are not scammers. We make sure we have access to their qualifications and academic records to eliminate the chances of unqualified tutors being shortlisted, who want to take advantage of students,” said Mkhulisi.
“The response from young people has been overwhelming. There are so many students who would like to share their knowledge as tutors, so I see the importance of this website. One of the benefits of this website is to allow students to also create an income for themselves, by offering their tutoring services.”
Just as with any start-up, they have struggled with finances, as starting a website costs anything from N$3 000 to N$5 000.
“It was a good challenge, however, as we learned how to be innovative and creative, without using a lot of money. Besides, we struggle a lot with accessing students. We also want to reach students who do not have access to advanced technology, as we want to assist everyone,” she added.
One of the highlights so far was being chosen to represent Namibia at the Impact Africa Summit in June, which brought together social entrepreneurs from all over the world, Mkhulisi said. “I was invited to represent Namtutors to pitch our idea and also gain more information and learn from other entrepreneurs.”
“We plan on providing emotional support to the students enormously online, to talk to them and encourage them. We want to find professionals that are qualified in that industry, such social workers,” Mahua added.
“Our nation is reeling… We are reeling from the shock and devastation caused by the gruesome murders and killings of our women and girls by the very men and boys who should be protecting them from harm,” Geingob said in his opening address yesterday at the 21st annual meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders.
He said ending gender-based violence and ensuring the security of women and children should become a national priority.
“Therefore, each and every leader in our society, including our traditional leaders, have a responsibility to ensure that cowards who harm and kill our mothers and daughters are brought to book.
“I am calling on all of us, including traditional leaders, to continue to act decisively to bring an end to these senseless killings,” Geingob said.
He also spoke out strongly against disputes and infighting within traditional authorities, saying they are a drain on government resources.
Geingob said the integrity of traditional authorities has come under threat due to infighting and leadership succession disputes that continue to prevail.
He said it is particularly disheartening when one looks at this in the context of the new narrative of nation building, which posits the importance of unity, holding hands and pulling together in the same direction, in the spirit of Harambee.
“In no way do these incidences of infighting contribute towards the promotion and preservation of unity and the interest of the community.”
Geingob said government resources should be allocated towards infrastructure development, education, health and uplifting the poor and needy.
He said some of these resources were now being used for the purposes of resolving these needless disputes.
“Every society has a set of values covering various aspects of human endeavour. Issues of chieftainship succession in Africa should focus on maintaining the values and traditions of society, in the interests of the wider community.”
He said foregoing the traditional formula and taking these disputes into the arena of modern-day courts, erodes the traditional values and norms of the society.
“I believe that these matters should be deliberated on at this conference to ensure that traditional authorities maintain their social stature. Let us not demean the stature of our chiefs, captains, hompas, gaobs, ombara and omukwaniilwas, by forcing them to become embroiled in farcical disputes concerning succession.
“Our traditional leaders are sources of valuable wisdom, and most notably, they play a crucial role in providing a sense of continuity and stability in an era of change.
“These are some of the principle reasons why government continues to value its relationship with traditional authorities,” the head of state told the gathering, which ends on Friday.
Geingob said traditional leaders have always been a valuable resource in Africa, who strengthen the community and polity within society.
He said the upcoming second land conference in October will discuss a number of important and difficult issues, such as ancestral, communal, urban and rural land, and settlement projects.
“It is my belief that the outcome of the conference will enable us, as a nation, to take concrete steps towards solving the land question. I call on our traditional authorities to join us in ensuring that deliberations will take place in a spirit of unity of purpose and (with) a common agenda.”
In the past six years, six people were killed by unsafe illegal connections, with most deaths recorded in informal settlements.
A statement issued by the City last week further noted that while municipal teams are tasked to locate and remove illegal connections, “communities immediately reinstate them within hours after removal”.
Further, community members are often very aggressive and hostile toward the City team, forcing the City Police to accompany them as protection from violent community members. “Despite witnessing the loss of innocent lives of relatives, neighbours and friends, the City had found that while most community members understand that connecting illegal electricity is dangerous, they continue to use it at the expense of innocent lives.”
The municipality stressed that unauthorised power connections are especially dangerous for children who are exposed to the unsafe wires whilst playing outdoors.
“Illegal connections equally draw too much electricity from the grid, causing prolonged power failures to paying customers not involved in this dangerous practice and resulting in damages to the city's electrical equipment,” it added.
The City further noted that providing illegal connections has become a profitable enterprise, where users are charged “exorbitant fees per each illegal cable regardless of electricity usage to those residing in un-electrified areas.”
Fines for those found to provide illegal connections include N$7 935 for a first offence, N$11 902.50 for the second offence and N$18 515 for a third offence.
But tracking down the sellers who provide expensive and illegal connections is proving tricky.
“Tracing these culprits proved ineffective for the City, as they conceal or immediately remove these connections poor to illegal cable removal inspections.”
The City is urging residents to assist by identifying these households.
In addition, the City stated that it “acknowledged the needs and plight of those customers without electricity connections.”
As part of the council's strategic transformation plan for 2017 to 2022, the provision of basic services has been elevated and to this end, the five-year electrification master plan has been approved.
The first electrification project started in May 2018 and will result in 1 000 households in Havana, Okahandja Park and Otjomuise being serviced.
Meanwhile, suspended City Police chief Abraham Kanime is scheduled to appear before a disciplinary hearing. Kanime was suspended with full pay after approval by the City Council in late March pending the finalisation of an investigation into alleged misconduct.
The investigation was concluded recently and a report by the auditing firm tasked to carry out the investigation recommended that “there are grounds to institute disciplinary action” against the chief.
City spokesperson Lydia Amutenya told Namibian Sun that the disciplinary hearings would begin as soon as all parties were available.
City Police Senior Superintendent Nathaniel Nendongo is currently acting in the capacity of chief of the City Police.
The abalone farm, which has been in existence for decades was busy drowning when Hangana Seafood stepped in to save it, in 2016. The future is brighter for this exclusive sub-sector in the local fishing industry, which has the potential to extensively drive the Namibian fishing sector to the next level, on the global front. According to Hangana Seafood managing director Herman Theron, the Hangana abalone farm will play a significant role in job creation for the town of Lüderitz, and the future of Namibia’s fishing industry. Hangana Seafood so far invested N$40 million in Hangana abalone, with a further N$20 million investment to be done over the next 12 to 16 months.
The farm has a current capacity of 35 metric tons, with a potential growth to 300 metric tons over the next 3 years, which will see the creation of 300 job opportunities. Theron remarked: “Namibia is rich in resources, with unlimited potential in the beautiful Atlantic ocean. And as a leader in the local fishing sector, Hangana Seafood is proud of this new development and venture we are about to embark on. Proud for many reasons of course, but more proud that this could be our opportunity, as a proudly Namibian entity, to up the nation’s game in fish produce on a local and global level. The Hangana abalone farm will mean an expansion of Namibia’s footprint on the global front in terms of fish supply, and it could set us apart as a leader, internationally, as abalone is a much loved delicacy, especially in fine-dining.”
In her welcoming address, the deputy mayor of Lüderitz Brigitte Fredericks expressed excitement at the opportunities this investment will bring to the town. She referred to Lüderitz as a town with significant contribution to the Namibian fishing sector, and look forward to the further growth and development, and the further investments Lüderitz will enjoy, due to the Hangana abalone farm.
Minister of fisheries and marine resources Bernard Esau who officiated the event, and delivered the keynote address, said this investment demonstrates that there are lucrative investment opportunities at the Namibian coast, other than just fishing rights and quotas. “To the O&L Group and Hangana Seafood, I wish to say that you are demonstrating, through concrete actions, that you are serious about creating jobs, investing in fisheries, and giving meaning to the government’s call to develop this country.” Esau further stressed on the potential abalone farming has in Namibia. He added: “Abalone farming is ecologically and economically viable in Namibia, and it is a lucrative product whose market demand far exceeds global supply. Abalone production here in Lüderitz, and indeed all along the coast of Namibia is sustainable as it only needs kelp, a type of seaweed, to feed it. I understand that abalone is to the sea what rhinos are to land. With prices exceeding N$500 per abalone, poaching of this marine species in the wild is a global problem that all governments are closely cooperating on. I once again congratulate O&L and Hangana Seafood for this serious initiative. I call upon other investors in Namibia and beyond to come and invest in our Mari culture subsector. Come and explore the great opportunities in growing your own fish and other marine species, because the market (global demand) for these products is ever increasing, it is far beyond global supply. Let us together join hands to develop our fisheries sector.”
TIME TO SHINE
O&L executive chairman Sven Thieme refers to this development as a result of breakthrough thinking – a concept relevant to the future of the Namibian economy. According to him, “the Hangana abalone farm was identified as a huge opportunity to invest in the Karas region by creating employment for the people and community, and in so doing uplifting the lives of our fellow Namibians, in particular the community of Lüderitz.” Thieme further stressed that Namibia is a country blessed with unique resources. From agriculture to mining, fishing and tourism. Thieme said: “We have these sectors and resources that we can use to our full advantage especially when it comes to attracting foreign investment. However, in achieving the ideals and objectives of Vision 2030, it is up to you and me, through our dedication and commitment to bring Vision 2030 to life. Therefore, let’s not only put our hopes on fishing, mining, tourism, but let’s create industries beyond such as aqua culture, medical centres, expertise centres, like Singapore and other places have done when they were not limited by what they have, but decided to create what they don’t have. The world has changed; foreign investors are no longer just companies from western countries. America, and Europe, are no longer off bounds for countries like China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, as well as South Africa, to invest in. Therefore, as an African country our time is now (more than ever before) to expand our horizons and capitalise on our rich heritage and resources.”
Those developments are a result of NBL’s investment in Heineken South Africa delivering an exceptional performance, with growth in volume and operating profit for the period ahead of the original business case.
NBL said during the previous comparative period, the results were affected by the increased share of losses in Heineken SA.
The group results are also expected to show a constant operating profit compared to the previous year.
The NBL management, while preparing financial statements for the group for period ended 30 June 2018, noticed that the treatment of losses in the associate in determining the headline earnings was not in line with Circular 02/2017 issued by South African Institute of Charted Accountants.
The headline earnings as previously stated were N$474.2 million and the headline earnings per share (HEPS) were 229.6 cents per share. The error had to be accounted for retrospectively.
Consequently, NBL has adjusted the comparative amounts presented in the current year's financial statements affected by the error.
A third statement of financial position as at the beginning of the preceding period has not been presented as the retrospective restatement did not have a material effect on the information in the statement of financial position at the beginning of the preceding period.
There are no other line items on the financial statements affected except the disclosure on the HEPS, it said.
The union, as well as Rocco Nguvauva and Asser Hendricks, who are cited as the second and third respondents, are being sued by Angula.
In his particulars of claim, Angula told the court he and Nafwu, represented by its interim president Asser Hendricks, concluded a settlement agreement in respect of the claims on 14 June 2015.
The agreement, featuring as an annexure to his documents, states a KIA vehicle with registration number N35459W, purchased on 1 July 2011, will be returned to Angula, along with N$20 000 for “any inconvenience caused as a result of the unjustified deprivation of his motor vehicle”.
The union also agreed to pay N$6 for every kilometre the vehicle has been driven, which works out to a whopping N$772 050.
It also agreed to pay him N$681 221.70, with interest, as an “exit package” and for outstanding salary payments.
Angula further claims 50% of the union's shares in Namic-Property, “as a settlement for the delictual damages suffered by him as a result of the union's defamatory publications”.
In a conditional counterclaim, filed during November 2017, the union told the court the KIA was theirs and that Angula had “unbeknownst to the union”, paid N$650 000 from its account via an electronic transfer into his own account.
However, this claim was replaced by a June 2018 one. In their second, amended counterclaim, the union is only demanding the return of the car and costs.
The matter is complex, to say the least. Angula contends the vehicle was purchased for him by the union and that he paid the deposit himself.
His vehicle allowance monies were then paid directly to the bank for the instalments. He has witnesses he will call to back up his version.
The union will also call its own witnesses.
To be determined at the trial is whether or not the settlement agreement was in fact concluded and whether Hendricks was an authorised representative of the union at the time it was signed. Furthermore, the ownership of the vehicle will be determined in terms of who paid what for the car.
The discussion of Angula's exit package at the union's general congress will also come under the spotlight, as well as whether the union had indeed paid Angula N$650 000 as far back as March 2013. These are the monies discussed in the first conditional counterclaim.
The matter will be heard by Judge Herman Oosthuizen, with Francois Bangamwabo appearing for Angula and Saima Nambinga representing both the union and Nguvauva.
Nabta acting president Jeffrey Platt last week released an urgent press statement alleging that suspended Nabta president Vespa Muunda “and other individuals” were charging illegal bus and taxi fares.
Muunda has been on suspension since late 2016 related to accusations of misconduct, Nabta has stated.
Nabta's Pendapala Nakathingo yesterday stressed that all bus and taxi drivers and owners should stick to the legally approved 20% price increase and refrain from charging consumers more than that. Nabta urged commuters to contact the association or the police if they are overcharged and to refuse to pay anything more than the approved price.
Nakathingo told Namibian Sun that he had received numerous complaints from across the country that some drivers were charging up to 30% to 50% more.
“It's a serious crisis. Some individuals are charging prices on their own. It's total chaos,” he said.
The deputy director of transport regulation, Damien Mabengano, yesterday confirmed that the ministry had been inundated with complaints about illegal prices being charged.
He said many commuters reported being charged 30% and up to 50% price increases instead of the approved 20%.
He said the ministry was trying to urgently address this issue, and was compiling a list of legal bus and taxi fares to be distributed countrywide.
He added that some drivers were charging less than the 20% increase, which was allowed.
Nakathingo said Nabta representatives had warned the public on radio and other platforms to beware being overcharged.
He warned taxi drivers to comply with the fares approved by Nabta and the transportation board.
He said the approved prices were there to guide the industry and protect commuters.
The transportation board's decision to approve the 20% increase was met with consternation by some in the industry, including the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), which had campaigned for a 50% increase.
That had led to several standoffs with the police, including a strike in April during which 40 taxis were impounded.
At the announcement of the fare increase last month, NTTU president Werner Januarie walked out in protest.
The NTTU is set to hold a press conference later today.
The 20% increase was the first since 2009.
With a population of about 2.5 million people, the latest statistics show that only 490 229 people in Namibia have medical aid coverage.
Of these, 196 276 are covered by private companies. The public service medical aid fund, PSEMAS, covers the healthcare bills of at least 293 953 people.
The rest of the population either have to pay cash for private healthcare or are dependent on government health facilities. In total, more than 2.2 million Namibians do not have any form of health insurance.
According to statistics provided by the Namibian Association of Medical Aid Funds (Namaf) in its annual report for 2017, it paid out claims totalling N$3.14 billion last year, of which the bulk was for hospital expenses. All private medical aid funds must be affiliated to Namaf.
The report says the number of people covered by private medical aid funds had been growing steadily since 2014, when they had 173 526 beneficiaries.
The number of female beneficiaries has been growing at a faster rate than the number of males.
In 2014 there were 84 815 female beneficiaries, increasing to 97 259 by last year, while for men the number increased from 88 710 to 99 016 during that period.
While the average age of beneficiaries has remained constant at 29 years over the past four years, it is worth noting that fewer than 4% are pensioners older than 65.
The report states that the total value of claims received had increased from N$2.69 billion in 2014 to N$3.64 billion last year, while the value of claims paid out had increased from N$2.33 billion in 2014 to N$3.14 billion in 2017.
Of the benefits paid in 2017, hospitals accounted for 34% of the claims, medicines for 17%, medical specialists for 12% and general practitioners for 10%.
The report says the value of claims received from hospitals and related facilities had increased from N$0.81 billion in 2014 to N$1.11 billion in 2017, while claims paid to hospitals increased from N$0.78 billion to N$1.08 billion over the same period.
“Just less than a third of beneficiaries who were hospitalised were hospitalised more than once in a given year,” it states.
The value of claims received from pharmacies increased from N$0.53 billion in 2014 to N$0.72 billion in 2017 and the claims paid to pharmacies increased from N$0.42 billion to N$0.54 billion over the same period.
The report warns that high annual increases in medical aid contributions could make healthcare unaffordable.
“The impact of the high annual increases in contributions, coupled with the high increases in out-of-pocket expenditure, will have a negative impact on the access to and the affordability of healthcare going forward,” it warns.
The fund's chairperson, Benny Amuenje, says the change of Namaf's reporting line from the health ministry to the finance ministry remains a challenge.
“This was problematic, since Namaf regulates the conduct of medical aid funds, which relates to health and not finance, and it created role confusion between Namfisa as registrar and financial regulator and Namaf as market conduct regulator.”
Since its inception in 1997, Namaf has been operating without a strategic plan. Although a strategic plan, intended for the period of 2012 to 2016, was developed in 2010/2011, it was never rolled out. Therefore, a major milestone during the reporting period was the development of the Namaf Strategic Plan 2018 to 2020.
Here’s the situation... Imagine you are just minding your own business, probably doing errands or attending school, when the air around you suddenly feels different.
Alarmed you look around while trying to stay covert, but also not wanting to be clearly unnerved. To your relief, you see it’s just another person that has entered your immediate vicinity. Silence ensues, and everything’s fine, but terror strikes when they begin to speak about who-knows-what.
“Who is this person?” your mind screams. Why are they treating me as a friend? How are they so calm? Are they even talking to me? Then you realise they have asked you a question, while you were busy trying to determine their underlying motives. You are now expected to respond, but all possibilities are hopeless. You could ask them to repeat themselves, but what if you actually can’t understand them when they do?
You could ignore them, but that would be a pretty rude call. You could follow your instincts when they say ‘run’, but that would make you look like a lunatic. What do you do now?
This is the struggle of the awkward person. They can enjoy life and all it holds, but when asked to socialise with strangers, their world comes crashing down. In a society where confidence is expected, they make a fool of themselves, leaving them to wonder how much every stranger they meet questions their sanity. Often they wish they could be more confident, but they don’t have fairy godparents that will make their every whim a reality. While social confidence is the desired option that can take a long time to acquire, if at all.
After all, if you succeed in convincing people that you are confident, you will get the same social results as you would if you actually were. This expedition is undoubtedly trivial, which is why I have provided the following tips. Read them, befriend them and invite them over for tea and scones, and they will aid you.
If you are like most awkward people, then you would much rather curl up in a corner and die than engage in a spontaneous conversation with strangers. Unfortunately, this preference is not healthy, so you need to get over it somehow. One way to do this is to get into the habit of thinking about these talkative little cinnamon buns rationally: If they’re striking up a conversation with you without even knowing you, do you really think they have underlying motives? Of course some people actually do, but they are not as common as you may think. In fact, most people that talk to strangers are just friendly. Keep this in mind and you may be able to ease up on your fears. You might even make a new friend.
Not knowing names
There may come a time when you meet someone new, and you realise halfway into a conversation that you don't know their name. You may be inclined to just hope you don't have to say it, but if this is a person you're planning to continue socialising with, you must endure the potential awkwardness of simply asking for their name. After all, you'll feel much worse if you have to use their name and don't know it. In the instance that you don't hear them properly, ask them to repeat their introduction, making sure to pay closer attention this time so you don't have to ask them again. If, however, they didn't introduce themselves at all, employ this tactic: Look them in the eyes and say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.” Unless the person is immensely insolent, they’ll probably smile and tell you their name
Being an awkward person in a confidence-driven world can be difficult. Whether they realise it or not, people naturally expect each other to be confident; so they are often taken by surprise when they meet an awkward person. Although is nothing compared to the agony of an awkward experiences, when you are thrust into social interactions. Some awkward people will undergo a metamorphosis into confident butterflies, but others will remain the insecure little caterpillars they are. If you are one of those eternal caterpillars, do not fret over your inability to find peace in social interactions. There is a surprisingly large amount of caterpillars like you, so chances are you’re not the only one in your vicinity who wants a bird to swoop down and eat you. At least you can try to find peace in that.
Premium beer brand, Windhoek Lager – a product of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – has since August 2018 expanded its footprint in Germany, with a re-introduction to the market through new distribution partners.
NBL manager: export markets, Antonio Simoes said that “even though in some isolated cases Windhoek Lager has already been available in the German market, the premium brand will from now on be imported directly from Windhoek to Germany with bottles labelled according to the German deposit system with a GPD's non-returnable notice. This re-introduction to the German market, together with a new pool of distribution partners, will also see for a wider spread of Windhoek Lager availability in Germany.”
Brewed strictly according to the German Purity Law of 1516 (The Reinheitsgebot), Windhoek Lager has annually been awarded Gold at the annual international Deutsche Landwirtschafts Gesellschaft (DLG) Quality Evaluation Awards ceremony since 2007.
For the re-introduction of Windhoek Lager to Germany, a special event was held in Frankfurt, attended by NBL’s master brewer Christian Müller, NBL’s global sales manager Anton Goosen, and NBL manager: export markets Antonio Simoes accompanied by representatives of the importer of Windhoek Lager to Germany, TBS Trading GmbH and of the regional cooperation partner, the 'Bierothek'. The manager of TBS Trading GmbH, who was at the event, Hans-Werner Timke explained that TBS supports the promotion of trading activities between Germany and Namibia and sees Windhoek Lager as an important anchor product of an extended portfolio of Namibian products for the German market. Müller said: “This simply serves as a further confirmation and fruition of our commitment to producing and delivering only the best Namibia can. As a brewer, I am delighted at this next stepping stone in taking quality Namibian beers to the rest of the world.”
Windhoek Lager is imported to Germany by TBS Trading GmbH and is offered for sale via regional cooperation partners in the various regions of Germany in specialised shops (craft-beer traders such as the 'Bierothek'), online and also the wholesalers to the catering trade. The firm 'Bierothek' with its offer all around the topic craft- and import beers (to date it has nine branches regularly holding beer-tasting sessions and drawing up beer packages for customers) also represents a unique and interesting channel of distribution for Windhoek Lager.
The two accused were visibly shocked by the ruling, which means that they will remain in custody for the duration of the trial. The case was postponed until 29 November for further investigation.
In her ruling, which lasted more than 30 minutes, Rheent concluded that the interest of justice would not be served by releasing the applicants on bail.
Prosecutor Salomon Kanyemba, assisted by Theresa Hafeni, had opposed bail on behalf of the State. Hafeni welcomed the ruling and said the investigation could now continue without interference and fear.
“The nation needs this. It was not easy. All hopes were placed on the shoulders of prosecutors in the town of Walvis Bay.”
Leon Louw, a member of the West Coast Ecumenical Movement, who had handed in a letter opposing bail for the accused, also welcomed the verdict.
Lawyers Sisa Namandje, Jan Wessels and Sacky Khadhila-Amoomo represented the accused in their bail application.
It also showed that in the 15 to 19 age group, 19% of women are drinkers, compared to 42% of women aged between 35 and 44, and 41.5% of women aged 60 to 64.
The bottom line is that alcohol is a menace to society and if we don’t address chronic use, it can easily destroy families and communities.
Seliima Piisha was born and raised in Windhoek and studied public relations at Unam.
She was incredibly shy as a child and used art, whether it was visual, acting, writing or singing, as a form of meditation, expression and for an escape from reality.
At an early age, her teachers always pointed out that she had a special talent for art.
In primary school, Seliima, who is now 28, drew a picture of her school in art class.
A teacher asked if she could buy it from her and Seliima thus sold her first artwork before she was even a teenager!
“I did arts for fun on and off for years, until recently when I realised I could take it more seriously,” she says.
The aim of Seliima Arts is to offer unique, personalised art that was crafted with love.
“I want to showcase something different that a buyer can keep for themselves forever or give as a gift for a loved one. The aim is also to encourage more Namibians to support and buy local products, thereby improving our economy.”
Seliima says we tend to spend so much more on foreign products and services.
“If we have local products and services that are also of great quality, we need to abandon the belief that foreign is always better.”
When asked what sparked the idea of making her own cards, Seliima mentioned her love for crafting cards.
“I have loved cards since as far as I can remember.”
She explains there is something special about gifting someone a small piece of art with a personalised message on it.
Since she was a child, friends have always told her how much they love her drawing, which motivated her to create gifts for special occasions.
Seliima felt a need to create cards that were different and more personalised.
When asked what is special about her cards, she says some of them have fabric as part of their design.
The other special thing is that she prints a different inspirational or motivational quote on each card!
“These inspirational quotes help me get through hard times or simply just put a smile on my face. So when you buy my cards you are not just getting a pretty piece of folded paper, you are taking home my drawing, a motivational message and piece of my heart and hard work,” she explains.
Her long-term goals are to have her cards and other upcoming merchandise on the shelves of bookshops across Namibia and around the world.
Seliima buys her materials from different shops in Namibia.
Since each card needs different materials, one card can take her anything from a few hours to a day to make.
She currently has a beautiful series of cards one can choose from.
Each card costs N$50. Once an order is placed the cards can be collected from her.
Seliima can be reached at Artseliima@gmail.com and on her Instagram page @seliima_arts, where updates and crafts are displayed.
“I trust that everyone can find a card that will suit them or the person they are gifting it to,” Piisha says.
Ndapandula Faith Souses died upon arrival at the hospital. She was rushed to Onandjokwe hospital together with her great-grandmother, Selma Alugodhi, 86, who was immediately transferred to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in critical condition. According to Alugodhi's grandson, France Naifo, the incident occurred around 08:30 a short while after the children left for school.
Naifo said he discovered smoke in the house while he was coming out from the shower.
“After I investigated where the smoke was coming from I established that it was from my grandmother's building. When I rushed there all the doors where closed. I went to the side of her bedroom and I smashed the window, but when I checked inside she was not there, and it was not where the fire was. The fire was in the living room but it was locked. My uncle came to assist me and we managed to get inside,” Naifo said.
“In the living room we found my grandmother with Ndapandula and they were badly burnt. They were rushed to the Onandjokwe hospital with serious injuries.”
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The building consists of five rooms, but only the living room has fire damage.
Naifo said that the building is Alugodhi and her grandchildren's compound. Apart from her grandmother and Ndapandula, three other people woke up from that home yesterday and went safely to school.
Inspector Ellen Nehale, spokesperson for the Oshikoto police, could not comment saying she had not received any further updated information.
The probe into the cause of the fire continues.