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  • 09/10/18--15:00: Ref offered Afcon bribe
  • Ref offered Afcon bribeRef offered Afcon bribeNamibian reports Rwandan officials to CAF for 'brown envelope' The local referee says he was offered a “brown envelope” ahead of his officiating of an Afcon qualifier in Rwanda on Sunday afternoon. Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza has reported a bribery incident to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), saying he was offered a “brown envelope” in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday, ahead of his officiating of a match between the hosts and Ivory Coast.

    The clash was a Group H 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier and took place at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo.

    Pavaza was in charge, while three other Namibian officials, David Shaanika, Shoovaleka Nehemia and Matheus Kanyanga, were his assistants.

    The match ended 2-1 in favour of Ivory Coast.

    Pavaza, who is last year's Namibian Referee of the Year, said before the match started, he was approached by two men who offered him a “brown envelope” in order to manipulate the outcome of the clash.

    African countries are fighting tooth and nail for a spot to compete at the Afcon tourney next year.

    A total of 51 teams, including Namibia, are battling it out for qualification, while hosts, Cameroon, qualified automatically.

    At the finals, 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four sides each.

    Pavaza said one of the men who offered him the brown envelope claimed to be the Rwanda Football Federation secretary-general, but initially said he does not know whether the person was indeed the incumbent, Francois Regis Uwayezu. However, after being sent a picture of Uwayezu by Namibian Sun, Pavaza confirmed it was indeed him

    The other man, Pavaza said, was Rwandan football official, Eric Ruhamiriza.

    “The money was in an envelope. I did not try to count it or see how much it I was. I just told them that I do not accept any gifts from anyone, as per CAF regulations. I rejected it and reported the matter to CAF,” Pavaza said.

    This is the third time he has been offered a bribe before a match.

    In June, Pavaza spoke out about a bribe being offered before a CAF Confederations Cup match between Morocco's Raja Casablanca and Ghana's Aduana Stars that took place in May.





    He had previously also turned down an alleged bribe from Angolan outfit Kabuscorp de Palanca, before their crucial CAF Champions League match in 2015 against El Merreikh of Sudan.

    Pavaza said he rejected these bribe offers in order to protect his integrity and refereeing career.

    Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi was surprised yesterday to hear the news that Pavaza had been offered another bribe, and said he will report the matter to the football body's secretariat.

    “Our officials are aware of the seriousness nature of bribery. Refereeing is a career for them and they should always have a high level of integrity and professionalism. Match manipulation will lead to a ban. So to avoid that we continuously educate them on the dangers,” Mbidi said.

    CAF has a zero-tolerance for bribery and earlier this year struck senior Kenyan referee, Aden Range Marwa, off the list of match officials for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, after he was caught on camera receiving a US$600 bribe, in order to influence the outcome of an international match.

    Marwa received a life ban from refereeing soon after, as CAF tries to crackdown on bribery, in order to keep the game as clean as possible

    Earlier this year, Togolese Yanissou Bebou and Gambian Jallow Ebrima were also banned for ten years each, while Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele, a regular on the African national and club fixtures circuit, received a six-year ban from all football related activities. In June, Fifa also removed the Saudi Arabian refereeing team from its list of World Cup officials after one of the officials, Fahad Al-Mirdasi, received a life ban for trying to fix a cup match in Saudi Arabia.

    It was also reported before the Russia World Cup, which ended in July, that Fifa's sponsorship revenue from the global showpiece was set to plummet amid bribery scandals involving football's governing body over the last three years.

    A report by Nielsen, a leading global information and measurement company, predicted that Fifa would see a US$179 million dip in sponsorship revenue at the Russia edition of the tournament, compared to the previous Brazil World Cup in 2014.

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    We must trust China - GeingobWe must trust China - Geingob President Hage Geingob has once again vehemently defended Namibia's dealings with China, saying the Asian giant must be trusted and should not be judged.

    Addressing journalists at State House yesterday, Geingob said China had also given a pledge that it would negotiate loans to Namibia on an equal footing.

    “It is for us to make sure that when they come here, they come on our terms. There are bad Chinese and there are good Chinese. Just like there are bad Namibians and good Namibians. Let us take our chances with them,” said Geingob.

    At the same State House briefing, finance minister Calle Schlettwein confirmed a N$10 billion Chinese loan facility for the next five years.

    “It is up to us to put our conditions upfront,” Schlettwein said regarding the Chinese loans, while adding that the technical details still needed to be sorted out. Schlettwein justified the Chinese loans.

    “We will budget for repayment in the expropriation bill,” said Schlettwein.

    Geingob added although the country has had problems, it has still managed to keep its debt levels below 43% of GDP, which was below the SADC average.

    “This 43% is not the worse, but it is still a debt.” China's president Xi Jinping recently put on the table a US$60 billion funding pledge to help the African continent with infrastructure development.

    The pledge was made during just-ended Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in Beijing, which was attended by 50 African leaders, including Geingob.

    Several local analysts have warned of a potential debt trap for Africa given that countries like Sri Lanka have defaulted and were forced to hand over critical infrastructure to the Chinese.

    The NBC, which had accompanied Geingob to China, reported last week that the Asian country had made a tempting offer to finance the upgrading of Hosea Kutako International Airport, which will cost N$5 billion and upwards.

    “If they are going to build an airport we must put our conditions on the table. Give us a chance so that you can one day say 'I told you so',” Geingob said yesterday.

    Commenting on Sri Lanka, where its government was forced into signing away a port on a 99-year lease to China after defaulting on loan payments, Geingob said Namibia had proven to be careful borrower and able payer and was respected as such globally.

    “Sri Lanka is one incident and we don't actually know what is happening there. We have proven to be careful with the loans and we are respected for this… I don't where you get the idea that we are crazy for loans.”





    OGONE TLHAGE

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     Top spy allegedly commits suicide Top spy allegedly commits suicide The Namibian police have confirmed the death of 56-year-old intelligence official Paulus Shilunga, who allegedly committed suicide outside Windhoek. Shilunga’s body was found this morning in his Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle in the vicinity of the Daan Viljoen roadblock. His body had a single bullet wound in the head. “A police officer who lives in the same area observed the abandoned vehicle and upon close inspection he found the body of Shilunga. He shot himself with his own licensed firearm,” she Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi.

    JEMIMA BEUKES




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  • 09/11/18--15:00: Heavy blow for Tisan team
  • Heavy blow for Tisan teamHeavy blow for Tisan teamFinances scuttle participation at world university netball champs Student sport has been dealt a huge blow, with the withdrawal of the Tisan netball team from the world university champs. The Tertiary Institutions Sport Association of Namibia (Tisan) netball team has been withdrawn from the upcoming 2018 FISU World University Netball Championship, due to financial constraints.

    The team was supposed to compete in Group B against defending champions South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in the third edition of the competition, which takes place from 17 to 21 September in Kampala, Uganda.

    However, Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya has informed Tisan they will no longer be able to send their team.

    “The government, through the ministry of sports, avails funds to support sports codes on an annual basis. These funds are entrusted to the NSC for allocation and subsequent disbursements to various sports codes.

    “Unfortunately the budget cut allocations for the 2018/19 financial year were cut drastically (by 60%).

    “For the financial year 2018/19, through the directorate of sports, the commission only received funds for the commission's payroll and umbrella bodies and is therefore unable to provide financial support to various sport codes,” Mwiya wrote to Tisan.

    “It is our wish that the shortfall due to budgetary cuts will soon be approved for the commission to eventually disburse funds to sport umbrella bodies, federations, unions and associations.”

    Tisan head coach Manuel Tjivera said the news is disappointing, as this was not good for student sport.

    “We really try our best as coaches and players, but (then) this happens. The players are really not taking the news well because their chance of being scouted is out of the window,” he said.

    Team manager Lydia Kauari was furious that her number was given to the media.

    She added she cannot comment on behalf of Tisan.

    In a letter seen by Namibian Sun, Tisan president Jeffery Werner said the matter is out of the executive's hands.

    Namibia was considered a formidable force in world netball in the 1990s, but has since fallen behind in the pecking order, slipping below countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland, who were once the whipping women of netball years ago.

    In the 2016 edition of the world university champs in the United States, Namibia lost to Australia in the semifinals by 61-44.

    They then went on to beat the US in a consolation game, before beating Trinidad and Tobago 52-38 in the fifth and sixth playoff match to finish fifth overall.

    The Tisan team will now miss a golden opportunity to better their world ranking.

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    All systems go for Navachab half marathonAll systems go for Navachab half marathon It is all systems go for the fifth edition of the Navachab Half Marathon Challenge Run, which takes place in Karibib on Saturday.

    The event will see around 500 athletes from across the country competing for medals and prizes.

    Navachab gold mine has committed N$45 000 towards the event, while the Karibib town council has pledged N$10 000.

    Other sponsorships include N$10 000 from the town's FNB branch and N$20 000 from South African company, Sasol.

    Namagra has also given N$5 000 towards the race, while Desert Lion Energy also committed N$5 000 and Okay Foods contributed another N$5 000.

    The sports ministry will offer free transport for all participants, while Coca-Cola remains the main drinks sponsor of the competition.

    Karibib council CEO Lesley Goraseb confirmed that all logistics at the town are in place.

    “We are happy and appreciate all the partners that have committed themselves towards this event.

    “The town is ready and we will even have a clean-up campaign on Friday before the event starts,” Goraseb said.

    The event will see nine different category races taking place.

    The main race of the day will be the senior men and women's category, which will be over 21km.

    The winners of the senior (men and women) 21km race will walk away with N$7 000 in prize money, while the junior (men and women between 16 and 19) race winners will get N$2 500.

    The veterans (40-49) will get N$2 000 and the masters (50+) will take home N$1 500 for coming first.

    Registration for the race starts on Friday and finishes on Saturday.

    This year, the fun race over 5km will also reward the senior winners with N$1 000 for the male and female winners.

    The junior winner will be compensated with N$300 for their efforts. The races starts at 07:30.

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    Magic appoints Ghanaian coachMagic appoints Ghanaian coach Tura Magic FC have appointed Ghanaian Mohammed Gargo as their senior men's head coach.

    The team announced yesterday that Gargo will replace James Britz for the upcoming 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) season.

    Gargo was introduced to the Tura Magic senior team players on Monday.

    The team also held its first training session under their new mentor, in preparation for the new season. Gargo is said to have ten years' experience coaching clubs in his native Ghana.

    The Ghanaian also played professional football for several clubs in Ghana and Europe.

    He also has 20 caps for the Ghana national team.

    Club chairperson, Peter Nakurua, congratulated Gargo on his appointment.

    “The club will make further announcements regarding new signings and departures as soon as the pre-season has been finalised and the coach has run his eyes over the players at his disposal,” Nakurua added.

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  • 09/11/18--15:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief MTN confident about Nigeria dispute

    South African telecoms firm MTN Group said on Monday it was confident a multibillion-dollar dispute with the Nigerian government would be resolved even as it applied for a court injunction to protect its Nigerian assets.

    Nigeria's central bank last month ordered MTN's Lagos-based unit to hand over US$8.1 billion that it said was illegally sent abroad, and the government this month handed MTN a US$2 billion tax bill.

    South Africa's Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele said that the government was ready to intervene to help MTN resolve the dispute with Nigeria.

    "If they need our assistance, then we will engage our counterpart in Nigeria, but at this stage they have not asked us intervene," Cwele told Reuters. "We will be waiting for their call."

    Nigeria's main allegation against MTN is that it used improperly issued certificates to convert shareholder loans in its Nigerian unit to preference shares in 2007. As a result, US$8.1 billion in dividends paid by MTN Nigeria to its parent between 2007 and 2015 should be returned, the central bank said. – Nampa/Reuters

    VW investors seek damages over dieselgate scandal

    Investors took Volkswagen to court on Monday to seek 9.2 billion euro (US$10.6 billion) in compensation for the hit to the carmaker's share price from its diesel emissions scandal, although the judge said some claims could be time-barred.

    Shareholders representing 1 670 claims are seeking damages over the scandal, which broke in September 2015 and has cost Volkswagen (VW) 27.4 billion euro in penalties and fines so far.

    It is likely that only some of the claims will be taken into account due to the statute of limitations, presiding judge Christian Jaede told the Braunschweig higher regional court as proceedings got under way, without giving a figure.

    The case is so complicated that the court does not want to pin itself down, with many legal questions to be clarified, Jaede added. The court has not yet set a detailed timetable for proceedings in a case that could well end up in a higher court.

    The plaintiffs say VW failed in its duty to inform investors about the financial impact of the scandal, which became public only after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a "notice of violation" on Sept. 18, 2015.

    Volvo Cars drops IPO

    Volvo Cars and its owner Geely said on Monday they had postponed plans to float shares in the Swedish carmaker indefinitely, blaming trade tensions and a downturn in automotive stocks.

    The postponement came as Britain's Aston Martin vowed to press ahead with its own flotation.

    Volvo and its Chinese parent had been discussing an initial public offering to value the carmaker at between US$16 billion and US$30 billion, sources have previously said. The company said on Monday a listing was still possible in the future.

    Washington's escalating trade spat with Beijing and tensions with Europe have rattled automotive investors, hitting share prices and adding volatility to market outlooks.

    Volvo is less exposed than its German premium rivals to US-China tariffs, however, and has said it will juggle production of its XC60 SUV to reduce their impact. – Nampa/Reuters

    Tesla shares bounce as Musk risk seen as overblown

    Tesla shares bounced Monday following an upbeat analyst note that suggested worries about chief executive Elon Musk and his various controversies were exaggerated.

    Alliance Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, Jr. said much of the pressure on Tesla shares over the last month has been due to the sense Musk is "running wild and can't be contained" following a patch of erratic behavior, including a podcast appearance Thursday night in which he smoked marijuana.

    "Musk is not your typical CEO," Sacconaghi wrote. "As long as he doesn't self-destruct, we think this is the reality (show) of being a Tesla investor."

    But, he said, "if Elon and the board wisely choose to add an executive/'adult in the room' and manage to restrict his twitter/public commentary, it would likely be viewed positively."

    The gains also came after Musk himself said in an email to employees late Friday that the company was on track for the "most amazing quarter in our history" and urged employees to ignore "fuss and noise" about the company in the media. – Nampa/AFP

    Snap chief strategy officer leaves

    Snap Inc, the parent of Snapchat messaging, said on Monday chief strategy officer Imran Khan will step down, the latest top-level exit amid pressure to stem a drop in users following a controversial redesign of the app.

    Khan, 41, whose last day has not been determined, was named to the role in 2015 and played a key part in taking Snap public in March of 2017.

    In August, Snap reported its first-ever drop in daily users, largely due to the redesign, but beat quarterly revenue estimates on a shift to primarily selling ads through self-service.

    "The company has struggled - commercially and in terms of users and usage - relative to earlier much more optimistic expectations that were widely held,"

    Khan's exit follows finance head Andrew Vollero and vice president of monetisation engineering Stuart Bowers in May. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Namibia's lawn bowlers dominateNamibia's lawn bowlers dominate Namibia's lawn bowlers excelled at the International Quadrangular Test Series held at the Eros and TransNamib bowling clubs in Windhoek this past Friday and Sunday.

    The Namibia Bowling Association (NBA) hosted four teams - the Namibia senior national team, Zimbabwe, Botswana and an NBA invitational team.

    This year's series was comprised of games in all four disciplines - singles, pairs, trips and fours.

    In the men's singles category, Namibia walked away with a gold medal while Zimbabwe won gold in the female event. In the pair's discipline, the NBA invitational team won the gold medal in the men's event, while Botswana took gold in the female category. The Namibian male and female teams won gold medals in the triples event, while in the fours the NBA invitational team won gold in the men's category and Namibia's female team walked away with the gold in their category.

    Both the Namibian national teams in the male and female categories were crowned the overall winners of the series and the team walked away with the trophy.

    In the veterans' test series between Namibia and Zimbabwe, the visiting team won the gold medal in the single men's category, while Namibia won the female competition.

    In the pair's category, Namibia walked away with the gold in both the male and female categories, while in the triples category, Zimbabwe won the gold medal in the women's classification, while Namibia won the men's classification.

    The Namibian women's team won the gold medal in the fours, while Zimbabwe took home the gold in the men's event. Namibia was once again the overall winners of the competition in the veterans' series and walked away with the trophy. NBA public relations officer, Jenny Gardiner, said the tournament was a success despite South Africa's failure to participate, adding they were able to replace them with Botswana. “Despite the bitterly cold weather this (past) weekend, the two guest countries thoroughly enjoyed themselves and complimented Namibia on its hospitality,” she said.

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    Development clinic ­underway at MarientalDevelopment clinic ­underway at Mariental The Namibia Football Association (NFA), in collaboration with the German Football Association (DFB) and GIZ, are hosting the Sports 4 Development (S4D) coaching clinic at Mariental this week, while Swakopmund will take centre stage next week.

    The course is specifically for coaches involved with under-17 regional teams, women's football, the Namibia Schools Sports Union (NSSU) and junior national teams.

    NFA technical director Timothy Tjongarero, alongside Caroline Kunschke and Johannes Schropfer, are the instructors.

    The course covers key concepts, such as sport for development, the difference between sport and S4D coaching and the roles and responsibilities of S4D coaches.

    “The Sport 4 Development coaching course will equip youth coaches on how to integrate healthy lifestyle choices and life skills into players through daily training sessions,” Tjongarero said.

    He said they aim to promote football as a tool to encourage positive lifestyle choices and add life skills values to players, while aiding in creating proud and well-behaved Namibians.

    “The project aims to promote, support and make sport accessible to all our youth. Through organised sport activities and outdoor pursuits, we will promote good qualities, healthy habits and discipline, formed through sport. We believe that through the education of children, families and the public on the importance of sport, regular training and good nutrition, we can motivate our youth to pursue and live healthy and happy lives,” Tjongarero added.

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    Gladiators face baptism of fireGladiators face baptism of fireZim first opponents at Cosafa champs The Brave Gladiators will kick off their 2018 Cosafa Women's Championship campaign tomorrow against Group C favourites, Zimbabwe. Namibia are braced to face Zimbabwe tomorrow in their first match at the Cosafa Women's Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

    Their other Group C opponents are Uganda and Swaziland.

    The competition runs from 12 to 22 September.

    Namibia finished at the bottom of their group in last year's tournament in Zimbabwe. They beat Botswana 4-0, but suffered defeats to South Africa (1-3) and Lesotho (1-2).

    South Africa won last year's edition and together with Zambia will use this year's tournament as a build-up towards the African Women's Championship that will be held in Ghana in November.

    The 12 teams at this year's Cosafa tourney are Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, Botswana, Uganda, South Africa, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Zambia, Lesotho and Mozambique.

    The top team in each group will advance to the semifinals, along with the best runner-up.

    Two stadiums will be used - the 10 000-seater Wolfson Stadium and the more intimate Gelvandale Stadium.

    The first Cosafa champs were held in Zimbabwe in 2002 and was won by South Africa, who beat their hosts 2-1 in the final.

    Four years later, the South Africans triumphed again at the finals in Zambia, when they beat Namibia 3-1 in the decider.

    South Africa then made it three in a row when they beat Zimbabwe in the final of the 2008 tournament in Malange, Angola. Zimbabwe then claimed the title in 2011, when they also acted as hosts, defeating South Africa 1-0 in the final.

    Banyana Banyana got their revenge in Bulawayo last year, when they claimed their fourth trophy in five editions. The Brave Gladiator's opening match against Zimbabwe tomorrow is at 10:00. They will play Uganda on Saturday and Swaziland on Monday at 13:00.



    The Namibian squad is as follows:

    Mellissa Matheus, Lydia Eixas, Anna Shaende, Ndapewa Katuta, Kamunikire Tjituka, Emma Naris (captain), Stacey Naris, Sharon Pieters, Lydiana Nanamus, Lovisa Mulunga, Twelikondjela Amukoto, Elmarie Fredericks, Millicent Hikuam, Beverly Uueziua, Memory Ngonda, Juliana Blou, Shanice Daries, Kylie van Wyk, Ivonne Kooper and Thomalina Adams. Anna Marie Shikusho, Fiola Vliete and Veronica van Wyk are on standby.

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    Aanangeshefa yaShikango taya mono iihunaAanangeshefa yaShikango taya mono iihunaAanangeshefa itaya vulu we nokufuta aaniilonga Aanangeshefa yoondoolopa yaShikango oya hala opo ku tulwe miilonga etsokumwe lyopaindi opo li pingenepo etsokumwe lyepingakanitho lyiimaliwa yaNamibia naAngola ndyoka lya ndopa oomvula dha piti. Etsokumwe yepingakanitho lyiimaliwa ndyoka lya li lya tulwa po momvula yo 2014 koBank of Namibia (BoN) oshowo Angolan central bank olya ndopa okunkondopeka onkalo yiipindi mondoolopa ndjoka yokoongamba.

    Aanangeshefa mondoolopa ndjoka ngashiingeyi otaya pula opo ku tulwe miilonga etsokumwe lyopaipindi. Oshikango osha li nale ondoolopa yiipyakidhila pangeshefa moka oomvula omulongo dha piti yali ya vulu okumona oshimaliwa sha thika petata lyoobiliyona muule womwedhi gumwe ihe moomvula dho 2010 oya shuna pevi. Shoka osho shali uupyakadhi kombaanga onene yaNamibia nokonima yomapekaapeko ngoka ya ningi oya mono kutya omalanditho pokati kiilongo mbika ogali haga ningwa miimaliwa yaUS nokonima sho kwa hulithwa po elongitho lyiimaliwa mbyoka osha e ta eshuno pevi miipindi. Shoka osha etitha ombaanga yaNamibia yi ye moonkundathana nombaanga yaAngola opo ya tulepo etsokumwe lyepingakanitho lyiimaliwa mondoolopa ndjoka.Etsokumwe ndyoka olya pitika aantu ya lande niimaliwa yaNamibia moAngola nenge niimaliwa yaAngola moNamibia. Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoInternational Commercial and Oshikango Bonded Warehouse, Ayman Hijazi, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya onkalo yopaliko mondoolopa moka inayi lunduluka konima nkene etsokumwe ndyoka lya ndopa oomvula ne dha piti. “Onkalo ndjoka inayi lunduluka na omolwa onkalo ndjoka yopaliko aantu aashona yowala taya landa,” Hijazi a popi.Okwa popi kutya omolwa onkalo ndjoka otaya mono iihuna na itaya vule we okufuta aaniilonga nenge iinakugwanithwa yilwe yongeshefa. Omunangeshefa ngoka okwa tsikile kutya ope na aakwashigwana yamwe ya aAngola mboka ha ya kala yahala okulanda iinima yawo ihe otaya ndopekwa komulandu gwombaanga yawo ndjoka itayi yi vulu okugandja iimaliwa yagwana. Oya gandja omagwedhelepo kombaanga yaNamibia opo yi tale ngele otaku vulu okutulwa miilonga omulandu gwomafutilo gwopamalungula pokati kiilongo mbika itali. Epingakanitho lyiimaliwa pokati kiilongo mbika olya shuna pevi noonkondo, shoooN$10 tadhi landa iimaliwa yaAngola yili pookwanza 185.99.“Ope na aalandi mboka ya hala okulanda na otaya ihe uuna ya yi koombaanga dhawo meni lyaAngola opo ya mone iimaliwa. Nena omukundu ogwa tameka. Omulandu gwawo gwoombaanga otagu ya shunitha pevi noonkondo nuukalata wawo woongunga owu na oondjindikila. Otatu kanitha oshindji noonkondo.”

    Omunashipundi gwoNamibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) monooli yoshilongo, Tomas Koneka Iindji, okwa popi kutya nonando AaNamibia oyendji ohaya yi kondoolopa hoka oko yaka lande iinima yawo, iinima oyindji oya nuninwa ongeshefa yopondje yoshilongo na ihayi landithwa menilyoshilongo. Iindji okwa popi kutya oongeshefa odhindji ndhoka tadhi longele mondoolopa ndjoka yi li kohi yelelo lyaHelao Nafidi, otadhi landitha owala iilandithomwa ya nuninwa omangeshefelo gopondje. Iindji okwa kumike aaanangeshefa mondoolopa ndjoka ya kale ye na omukumo omanga NCCI pamwe nelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, taya kambadhala okutala kutya oshike tashi vulu okuningwa opo ku yambulwepo onkalo yongeshefa mondoolopa ndjoka yokoongamba dhoshilongo.

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    Aahingi yootaxi ya pulwa yiiyuthe kompangoAahingi yootaxi ya pulwa yiiyuthe kompango Ehangano lyoNamibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) olya mono omanyenyeto kombinga yaahingi yootaxi yamwe po mboka taya futitha aafaalelwa ondando yili pombanda yomagwedhelo noopresenda 20 ngoka ga tulwa miilonga koRoad Transportation Board, omvula ya piti.

    Ngoka ta longo pehala lyOmupresidende gwoNabta, Jeffrey Platt oshiwike sha piti okwa pititha omukanda gwiikundaneki ta popi kutya omupresidende nale gwoNabta ngoka a kuthwa miilonga, Vespa Muunda pamwe naantu yalwe oyo taya futitha aantu oondando ndhoka kadhi li mondjila.

    Muunda okwa kuthwa miilonga pakathimbo okutameka momvula yo 2016 omolwa omaihumbato gonayi, pauyelele wa gandjwa kehangano lyoNabta.Pendapala Nakathingo gwehangano lyaNabta okwa pula ooyene yootaxi oshowo oombesa, opo ya kwashilipaleke kutya otaya longitha oondando dhomagwedhelepo goopresenda 20 dhoka dha tulwa miilonga, yo taya ikaleke kokule nokufutitha ookastoma oondando ndhoka inadhi pitikwa. Nabta okwa pula aafaalela ya ninge ekwatathano noNabta nenge opolisi ngele otaya thiminikwa ya fute oondando ndhoka, yo taya tindi woo okufuta oondando ndhoka. Nakathingo okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya okwa yakula omanyenyeto gaafaalelwa taya futithwa omagwedhelo goopresenda 30 oshowo 50 okuya pombanda. Okwa popi kutya aahingi yootaxi yamwe otaya futitha aafaalela oondando dhawo yene. Omunambelelwa omupeha omukomeho gwoompango dhomalweendo, Damien Mabengano, naye okwa koleke kutya uuministeli wawo owa mono omanyenyeto okuza kaakwashigwana mboka taya futithwa oondando dhi li pombanda noonkondo. Okwa popi kutya uuministeli otawu kambadhala okukandula po omukundu ngoka meendelelo nokundulukapo omusholondondo gwoondando.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya aahingi yamwe otaya futitha woo aafaalelwa ondando yi li pevi yondando yoopresenda 20 ndjoka ya tulwa po. Nakathingo okwa pula aahingi ya longithe oondando ndhoka dha tulwa po kuNabta oshowo elelo lyoshikondo shomalweendo. Etokolo opo ku gwedhelwe oondando dhomalweendo noopresenda 20 olya ningwa ihe inali tambulwako moshikondo kuyamwe mwakwatelwa ehangano lyoNamibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), ndyoka lya li tali ningi omahwahwaneko opo oondando dhi gwedhelwe noopresenda 50. Shoka osha e ta eningo lyomakanka niikolokosha pokati kiilyo yehangano ndyoka oshowo opolisi momwedhi Apilili nuumvo moka ootaxi dhi li po 40 dhali dha kwatwako kopolisi.

    NTTU okwa tegelelwa a kaninge omutumba gwiikundaneki oshiwike shika.

    Omagwedhelo goondando dhomalweendo ga hugunina goopresenda 20 oga li ga ningwa mo 2009.

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    Water bill drains youth projectWater bill drains youth projectRejuvenated gardening initiative faces massive challenges Youth involved in a gardening project would like assistance to set up an earthen dam, in order to harvest water. Uukwiyu-Uushona constituency youth involved in a gardening project are facing an uphill battle to sustain themselves, as a massive water bill gobbles up their profits.

    The project, initially abandoned two years ago, was revived by the Oshana regional council, after a youth ministry intervention.

    Five youth from Okatale village started the Twiihendeni Gardening Project in 2015, but later abandoned their endeavours, leaving behind a huge water bill.

    Since the rejuvenation of the project, this bill has climbed to N$4 000 and each time they sell their produce, they have to make a payment, leaving them with no profit.

    Project team leader, Thomas Eliaser, said due to unemployment and hardship, they organised themselves and established the gardening project, with assistance from the constituency office.

    He said they were assisted with fencing materials, shading, water connections and seeds, but had no gardening knowledge, which prevented them from making the initiative a success.

    “We grew a few trees and vegetables. We could not maintain the garden well because none of us had technical knowledge on how to do garden work. To irrigate our crops and trees, we used tap water and we were just misusing it. After failing, we abandoned the project, but the water bill was already high,” Eliaser said.

    “The ministry of youth at Oshakati decided to revive the project and they started assisting us and we have now grown different types of vegetables, which the ministry helps sell on our behalf. The project is currently going smoothly and the youth officials have taught us different skills that we are using today.”

    Eliaser said they would like assistance to set up an earthen dam to harvest water.

    Project member Martha Daniel said since they are situated in a semi-desert area, they are also faced with the challenge of rats and other pests destroying their crops.

    “Sometimes we can grow our crops, but the following day we will find them destroyed by the rats. We also grow sweet potatoes, which look colourful, but by the time we harvest there is nothing underground or they have been destroyed,” Daniel said.

    Selma Iingungula, David Teofilus and Elizabeth Alukolo are the other project members.

    Oshakati Youth Centre head, Albertina Shatona, said they discovered the abandoned project about two years ago and started assisting the youth to revive it through the constituency office.

    “We learned about an abandoned project that was already well-established and equipped. Through the constituency councillor, we connected with the project initiators who told us what happened. We discovered that the youth were only lacking the necessary support, motivation and technical knowledge,” Shatona said.

    “We started visiting their garden every Tuesday, to offer them technical support. At the beginning it was difficult because these youth had no understanding of gardening at all. We started being physically involved in the project and motivated them and that is when we stated seeing them getting serious.”

    Shatona said they have nothing else to offer the project, apart from seeds and support.

    She said the project is not being funded by the youth ministry.

    “The project does not need a lot of money, but we only need to teach these youth how to manage and maintain their garden on their own. This is the first project we are assisting in this way and once we succeed with it, we will turn to abandoned projects in other communities in the region,” Shatona said. She did not reveal how much money the project makes, but said each one of the youth are determined have individual plots plot within the garden, on which to grow their own produce and earn an income.

    She said they sell their produce within the Uukwiyu community or at Ondangwa.

    “A large portion of this money goes toward their water bill, which we found is very high.”

    Constituency councillor Andreas Amundjindi applauded the youth, saying they are committed but need assistance.

    “These are just youth who organised themselves to come up with a garden but they have not received any training. Our office assisted in setting up the garden and made sure they get water. After they started their project we noticed that they are committed, but they need help and that is why we decided to bring in officials from the youth ministry to help them,” Amundjindi said.

    “Since the involvement of the youth ministry officials, the project have been improving and the youth are getting motivated and they are also learning. We are now planning to demarcate the garden into different plots so that each of them will have his/her own plot to take care of and be able to benefit from it.”

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  • 09/11/18--15:00: 131 suicides in four months
  • 131 suicides in four months131 suicides in four months Negative life experiences, genetic make-up, mental and physical health, poor coping skills and a lack of resilience are some of the reasons being cited for 131 Namibians committing suicide between April and July this year.

    Namibia along with the rest of the world commemorated World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on Monday 10 September.

    According to deputy health minister, Juliet Kavetuna, Namibia's suicide rate is the fourth highest on the continent after Mozambique, Tanzania and Burundi, and 11th in the world.

    “In Namibia, as elsewhere in the world, self-directed violence is a serious social, economic and public health concern and a challenge. The 2015 suicide rate in Namibia was 22.1 per 100 000 of the population, compared with 11.4 suicides per 100 000 population worldwide,” said Kavetuna.

    She added the causes of suicide in the country appear to be complex - a combination of negative life experiences, genetic make-up, mental and physical health, poor coping skills and a lack of resilience.

    As a result, the ministry contracted a scientist from the National Suicide Research Foundation in Ireland to assist it and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan on suicidology for the country.

    According to Kavetuna, Erongo recorded 48 attempted suicides between January and April this year, followed by the Kavango Region with 38.

    She added Oshikoto recorded 25 attempted suicides and Ohangwena 23, while 19 people who attempted to kill themselves were treated at the Oshakati state hospital.

    The lowest number of attempted suicides were reported in Kunene, where only five people tried to kill themselves in the first quarter of the year, followed by Omaheke with seven and Hardap with nine cases.

    According to Kavetuna the ministry was prompted to conduct a national study on suicide prevalence and interventions in 2016.

    The report will be launched next month, and its findings will inform the development of the ministry's five-year national strategic plan on suicidology in Namibia.

    “The social wellbeing of all Namibians needs to prioritised. We need to take concerted actions towards the improvement of the living conditions of our people. As long as people are feeling helpless and hopeless, their psychosocial wellbeing will be compromised,” Kavetuna said.

    The ministry also intends to extend its awareness campaign to schools, churches and police roadblocks. It has also scheduled a breakfast meeting with King's Daughters, a welfare organisation that renders services to commercial sex workers.

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    Chinese companies flee overseas to avoid US tariffsChinese companies flee overseas to avoid US tariffs‘Reduce and evade’ Supply chains have already begun relocating out of China in recent years as its rising labour and environmental protection costs have made the country less attractive. China-US trade frictions are accelerating the trend of the global value chain changing shape. - Cui Fan, Research Director: China Society of WTO Studies Ryan McMorrow - A growing number of Chinese companies are adopting a crafty way to evade US President Donald Trump's tariffs: Remove the "Made in China" label by shifting production to countries such as Vietnam, Serbia and Mexico.

    The world's two largest economies have been locked in a months-long trade fight after Trump imposed 25% customs duties on US$50 billion worth of Chinese goods this summer, triggering a swift tit-for-tat response from Beijing.

    Chinese factories making everything from bikes to tyres, plastics and textiles are moving assembly lines abroad to skirt higher customs taxes on their exports to the United States and elsewhere, according to public filings.

    Hl Corp, a Shenzhen-listed bike parts maker, made clear to investors last month that tariffs were in mind when it decided to move production to Vietnam.

    The factory will "reduce and evade" the impact of tariffs, management wrote, noting Trump hit e-bikes in August, with new border taxes planned for bicycles and their parts.

    Trump warned last week those tariffs - targeting US$200 billion in Chinese imports - could come "very soon".

    "It's inevitable that the new duties will lead companies to review their supply chains globally - overnight they will become 25% less competitive than they were," said Christopher Rogers, a supply chain expert at trade data firm Panjiva.

    Supply chains

    Supply chains have already begun relocating out of China in recent years as its rising labour and environmental protection costs have made the country less attractive.

    Tariffs are adding fuel to the fire, experts and companies say.

    "China-US trade frictions are accelerating the trend of the global value chain changing shape," said Cui Fan, research director at the China Society of WTO Studies, a think tank affiliated with the commerce ministry.

    "The shifting abroad of labour-intensive assembly could bring unemployment problems and this needs to be closely watched," Cui said, adding the shift would not help the US's overall trade deficit.

    Growing list

    The growing list of foreign firms moving supply chains away from China - toy company Hasbro, camera maker Olympus, shoe brands Deckers and Steve Madden, among many others - already has Beijing worried.

    Less discussed are the Chinese factories doing the same.

    Zhejiang Hailide New Material ships much of its industrial yarns, tyre cord fabric, and printing materials from its plant in eastern Zhejiang province to the US and other countries.

    Trump's first wave of tariffs on US$50 billion in goods this summer hit some of its exports; the next round of US$200 billion looks like it will hit several more.

    "Currently all of our company's production is in China. To better evade the risks of anti-dumping cases and tariff hikes, our company has after lengthy investigation decided to set up a factory in Vietnam," executives told investors last month.

    "We hope to speed up its construction, and hope in the future it can handle production for the American market," a company vice president said of the US$155 million investment that will ramp up production by 50%.

    Other moves abroad spurred on by tariff risks include a garment maker going to Myanmar, a mattress company opening a plant in Thailand and an electronic motor producer acquiring a Mexico-based factory, according to public filings from the firms.

    Linglong Tyre is relying mostly on low cost credit to build a US$994 million plant in Serbia.

    The entire tyre industry faces a "grim trade friction situation", Linglong told investors last month, citing "one after another" anti-dumping cases against China.

    "Building a factory abroad allows 'indirect growth,' by evading international trade barriers."

    China's bike industry faces a similar pivotal moment. The centre of manufacturing will shift away from China in the future, bike part maker H1 Corp told investors when announcing its Vietnam factory.

    Some of Hl's customers started moving production - especially of e-bikes - to Vietnam, said Alex Lee, in charge of global sales at Hl Corp.

    "First of all there is no anti-dumping tax on Vietnam," Lee said, adding labour costs were lower there as well.

    China's growing e-bike industry faces duties not only from the US but also the European Union, which slapped provisional anti-dumping tariffs of 22 to 84% on Chinese-made e-bikes in July, alleging Chinese companies benefited from cut-rate aluminium and other state subsidies.

    State support

    The state support Chinese companies receive is key to the Trump administration's case in taxing Chinese goods, but Hl shows how companies may continue to benefit even after shifting some of their production overseas.

    Government subsidies, including millions of yuan to "enhance company competitiveness", eclipsed H1's profit during the first six months of the year, its filings show.

    Still the company went ahead and bought an operating factory in Vietnam.

    Lee noted they had transferred mass production of aluminium forks and steering parts to the new plant from their factory in Tianjin.

    He did not know if it would lead to job cuts in China. – Nampa/AFP

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  • 09/11/18--15:00: Growth remains a challenge
  • Growth remains a challengeGrowth remains a challengeAssurance on land and property rights needed Certain sectors, including sheep production which currently faces limitations, need new policies for growth. Policy surety in terms of land and property rights, as well local value addition in the agricultural sector and rural safety, are needed to ensure growth in Namibia's agricultural sector.

    This is according to the Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU) which has listed these as some of the core aspects which will lead to investments by producers.

    The NAU is currently meeting with the management of various agricultural partners to find out what is needed to give impetus to sector growth.

    According to the NAU, government has been successful during the past 20 years to realise the growth of net import industries such as vegetable production, poultry and grains.

    However it says the big challenge is to bring about growth in the export industries such as cattle, sheep, charcoal, Swakara, trophy hunting and grapes.

    This constitutes 77% of the total agricultural income.

    “Export industries will not grow if government institutes export restrictions as is currently the case in the small-stock industry,” says the union.

    The NAU says that the biggest growth opportunities which were identified in the agricultural sector are addressing bush encroachment which gives the opportunity to double beef production, investment in the expansion of irrigation from perennial rivers on the southern and northern borders, and the realising of further import substitution by net import industries. “In contrast, the challenges are on how the mind-set of land users, which limits growth, can be changed to bring about a drastic impact on bush thinning. Furthermore the current economic policy has a negative impact on producer confidence and does not promote investment into agriculture.”

    According to the union, its production cost index , which determines the price paid by producers for a basket of inputs used on the farm, indicates that the annual agri-inflation rate is currently 2.40% in the second quarter of 2018. The increase in agri-inflation was caused by a 20.01% year-on-year increase in fuel prices.

    The fuel price is expected to have a further impact on agri-inflation because of a 40 cent per litre increase in fuel introduced at the beginning of September.

    “The Namibian dollar has also weakened against the US dollar, which is anticipated to increase prices of imported products, and thus also influence agri-inflation,” says the NAU.

    According to the union the agricultural sector is constantly required to improve productivity through cost savings, improved fertility and rangeland management to maintain profit margins. During the past 13 years, cattle producers were required to improve efficiency with 4.71% per year to survive financially.







    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Climate change takes centre stage Climate change takes centre stage An unprecedented collaborative ministerial meeting will be hosted later this month in Windhoek by the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) and the agriculture ministry.

    The SASSCAL initiative is a partnership between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Germany, in response to the challenges of global climate change.

    The agriculture ministry is the national agency of SASSCAL in Namibia.

    The meeting is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and will take place on 21 September under the theme of 'Promoting Science for Sustainable Development'.

    The objectives of the meeting, which will be held for the first time since the signing of the joint declaration for the implementation of SASSCAL in 2012, are amongst others to report back on achievements for the past five years.

    It will also provide an opportunity for ministers and their delegations to network and reflect on climate challenges in the region and set in motion the agenda to transform SASSCAL into an international organisation.

    The transformation of SASSCAL into an international body, with an appropriate legal status, will increase its competitive advantage towards ensuring its long-term sustainability.

    Furthermore, it will go a long way in providing security for investments and assurance, for the realisation of the expectation to intervene in the livelihoods of communities impacted by climate change in the region.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Namibia to source funds from New Development BankNamibia to source funds from New Development BankInfrastructure to benefit Namibia needs to accelerate its infrastructure projects to ensure that the country realises its goal of becoming a logistics hub in the region. Time is limited and we might run the risk of losing to be the first logistics destination. – Stanley Simataa, Minister:ICT Namibia will explore the possibility of sourcing funds from the New Development Bank (NDB), formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank, to finance the establishment of large intra-regional infrastructure projects.

    This decision was approved by Cabinet last week, the minister of information and communication technology, Stanley Simataa, said Monday.

    Without mentioning the amount to be sourced, Simataa said the projects are the Grootfontein-Rundu-Katima Mulilo railway, the Baynes Hydropower facility, the Trans-Kalahari railway line development plan and and the Trans-Orange River highway and railway.

    These projects are promoted through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

    Simataa said Namibia is operating in a competitive space with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states in terms of establishing a logistics hub, therefore there is a need to fast-track the realisation of the projects.

    “Namibia should shorten the development periods in terms of planning and implementing and accelerate because time is limited and we might run the risk of losing to be the first logistics destination,” he said.

    Simataa said Namibia has done well in expanding the Walvis Bay Port, stating that the country will not be built on good intentions on paper only, therefore projects should become tangible.

    The projects are to foresee transport corridors across SADC member states to support the establishment of a regional customs union.

    The New Development Bank is a multilateral development bank established by the BRICS states - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and has its headquarters in Shanghai, China. - Nampa

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    Help for debt-ridden civil servantsHelp for debt-ridden civil servants Staff Reporter - NedLoans has introduced a product enhancement for government employees by increasing the maximum loan to N$200 000 per client, subject to affordability.

    The primary purpose of the product enhancement is to respond in a meaningful way to the national crisis of multiple indebtedness attributed to a lack of financial wellness skills," Nedbank Namibia’s head of NedLoans: Erastus Haihambo, said in a statement.

    According to the latest figures released by the Bank of Namibia (BoN), the total bank debt of consumers at the end of July was nearly N$55.1 billion – an increase of some N$3.47 billion or 6.7% compared to the same month in 2017.

    As a significant rise in the level of household debt coincides historically with many severe economic crises, Nedbank Namibia said in its statement. The bank aims to assist civil servants to better manage their debt through debt consolidation, it said.

    "Although a better deal is achieved when multiple debts are settled so that the client remains with one installment, it is equally important that we awaken people to the potential risks and consequences irresponsible borrowing may hold," said Haihambo.

    “This is exactly what we assist our clients with at NedLoans and why the enhancement to the current product was developed. When times are tough, clients start seeking out ‘easy’ loan options as they need immediate relief of credit card debt and other willful consumption.”

    Housing

    In addition, NedLoans decided to become actively involved in delivering a village home solution to government employees living in unproclaimed areas who currently are not benefitting from the government housing scheme.

    Consumer activist Rob Parker says this could be a good product for civil servants in far-flung rural areas as it is reaching out “to a segment of the populations who were previously without access to credit”.

    “These products could also help consumers build creditworthiness,” Praker said.

    He, however, urged clients to check the terms and conditions and make sure they understand it before signing the agreement.

    The publisher of Consumer News Namibia, Willem Gariseb, said Nedbank Namibia's offer is a step in the right direction.

    "It's about time the private sector showed some initiative. Decentralisation of vital services to the majority of Namibians can only be effective if the civil service can attract professionals to rural areas. This product could help those professionals to build proper houses in unproclaimed areas," said Gariseb.

    Haihambo said there are civil servants who could not qualify for urban housing schemes and who, upon retirement, will have no choice but to return to their respective communal areas. “This is yet another reason why financial planning is so important.”

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    US-China trade dispute hits copper pricesUS-China trade dispute hits copper prices Copper dipped for a second session yesterday as an intensifying trade war between Washington and Beijing raised concerns over demand for industrial metals in top consumer China. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.1% at US$5 906 a tonne, as of 0419 GMT. "The trade dispute is not going to disappear. The market still does not fully understand this and has not completely priced this in," said Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg, adding that he expects to see larger losses. "If a large proportion of Chinese exports to the US are subject to penalties, there will be a massive impact on trade flows and it will probably change companies' investment plans," he said. Copper cathodes were Namibia’s top export product in the first quarter of 2018 and earned nearly N$5.26 billion in foreign exchange. It represented nearly 28% of total exports. Photo Nampa/Reuters

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