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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 09/13/18--01:20: Inflation dips in August
  • Inflation dips in AugustInflation dips in August The overall inflation rate in Namibia last month was 4.4%, down from 4.5% in July.
    The last two months registered the highest overall rates so far this year.
    Data released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) this morning shows overall food inflation eased from 3.2% in July to 2.7% in August, the lowest since February this year.

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    Media stalwart Des Erasmus diesMedia stalwart Des Erasmus dies Des Erasmus, stalwart of Namibian media, died this morning at 11:11 in Swakopmund, where he lived and worked. He was 81. Erasmus was a well-known figure on the media landscape of the country, having joined the industry on 1 August 1959, starting as a cub reporter with the then SWABC.
    A few days before his 81st birthday on 30 August, Erasmus was diagnosed with cancer. This was when he retired.
    He will be remembered by countless colleagues who had the honour of working with him and learning from him.
    STAFF REPORTER

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    Daweb shines at Metropolitan Super CupDaweb shines at Metropolitan Super CupOshaaluwata are netball queens The 2018 Metropolitan Summer Football Cup ended with emphatic action over the weekend. ILENI NANDJATO

    The Daweb Junior Secondary School (JSS) from Maltahöhe in the Hardap Region was crowned the champion of the 2018 Metropolitan Summer Football Cup.

    Okalongo School from Omusati Region, Oshaaluwata Combined School (CS) won the netball category, which ended at Oshakati on Saturday.

    Daweb JSS defeated the Erongo-based Karibib JSS 3-2 on penalties after a one-all draw, while Oshaaluwata handled Kavango East’s Nyangana CS 19-16 at the Oshakati Independence Stadium.

    The Hardap Region’s sport officer, Hukununa Andreson, said this was the second time the school took part in this under-17 tournament after it reached the quarterfinals in 2015 and failed to qualify for the finals the past two years.

    Metropolitan has sponsored the Summer Cup for the past 14 years.

    The company’s communication and branding officer, Laurencia Prinzonsky, told Namibian Sun that the aim of the competition is to creating a platform for junior secondary and combined schools with only up to grade 10 to compete against each other in netball and soccer.

    This year Metropolitan sponsored the competition to the tune of N$450 000 and eight regions participated.

    “This is our unique way of giving back to the community what they have put into the company. When we started it was only the northern regions of Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto that used to participate.

    “Each year we try to increase the sponsorship money and add at least one region and today we are now talking about eight regions. Our aim is for all the 14 regions to be fully represented in this youth football development,” Prinzonsky said.

    Daweb JSS CS defeated Adam Steve CS from the //Karas Region 3-0 in the semi-final, while Karibib JSS handed Nyangana CS, also from the Kavango East Region, a 7-6 defeat on penalties to advance to the final. Nyangana CS then defeated Adam Steve 8-1 to scoop the third place.

    On the netball category, the Oshaaluwata defeated Oshana-based Oshekasheka CS 21-16, while Kavango East’s Ndiyona defeated //Karas’s Lordville 23-12 to reach to the final. Oshekasheka defeated Lordville to take the third place.

    As champions of the tournament’s football category, Daweb JSS scooped a cash prize of N$15 000, a floating trophy and gold medals, while the Karibib CS boys received N$9 000 and silver medals, Nyangana CS received N$6000 and bronze medals.

    The prizes in the netball competition were the same as in the football category.

    The sport officer for Omusati, Mathew Ndeshitila, told Namibian Sun that his region is taking sport development seriously.

    “For three consecutive years we were the Skorpion Zinc champions for the under-17 regional football team, we are the 2015 Newspaper Cup winners and today we are the 2018 Metropolitan Super Cup netball winner. The region is on fire and all the sport trainers are just on fire. Oshaaluwata was last year’s runner-up and but they manage to come back and become the winner. There is good cooperation between school coaches and the sport ministry,” Ndeshitila said.

    “I would like to applaud everyone involved in the sport development of the Omusati Region.”

    The Oshana youth officer, Toini Kasheeta, said they felt privileged to be the host region of the tournament every year. She said the competition keeps learners and trainers busy throughout the year to achieve the best results.

    “Before we get to the national finals, the competition starts at cluster level. Winners from the clusters compete at the circuit level, and the circuit winners compete to go to the national finals at the regional levels. At all these levels learners are being trained professional sport and only the deserving team will go to the finals,” Kasheeta said.

    She said the ministry of sport is responsible for transporting the learners to the tournament and they always get involved from the beginning.

    The eight regions that participated and their schools are: Oshikoto represented by Onyuulaye (football) and Ondjamba (netball); Ohangwena - Immanuel Uahengo (football) and Ehafo (netball); Oshana - Okau (football) and Oshekasheka (netball); Omusati - John Shekundja (football) and Oshaaluwata (netball); Kavango East - Nyangana (football) and Ndiyona (netball); Erongo - Karibib (football) and Atlantics (netball); Hardap - Daweb (football) and Danie Joubert (netball); //Karas - Adam Steve (football) and Lordville (netball).

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    Swapo has sustained white land dominanceSwapo has sustained white land dominance There is no doubt that the current government and all three its presidents have failed the Namibian people.

    How else could we explain the ownership of 70% of land being in the hands of white Namibian farmers, while the majority of black Namibians are huddled up in utter despair and poverty and forced into informal settlements or corridors between those self-same white commercial farms?

    At the close of last week, the Namibia Statistics Agency released a booklet on land ownership in anticipation of the second land conference scheduled for next month.

    Three percent of land is owned by foreigners.

    That is a sum total of 73% of commercial farmland not available to those who so desperately need a place to call home and eke out a living, or, as we have seen, produce adequately to feed the nation.

    It is time Swapo explains why it has failed on its mandate to deliver land to its electorate when its government reflects white dominance over land ownership.

    It is time it explains why the standard of living, education and social status of black Namibians is lagging behind, 28 years into our freedom.

    The highest number of livestock are found in densely populated communal areas compared to the oftentimes underutilised large tracts of commercial land owned by white people.

    Swapo must explain why the people that have endured untold suffering under white apartheid and colonial governments continue to be subjected to the same treatment under a black government they put into power.

    For almost three decades Swapo has fed the people with empty promises while the Swapo leadership has become the new land barons and the majority remain landless.

    Swapo’s deliberate failure to address land manifested itself when over 50 Swapo Members of Parliament shot down a proposed debate on land ownership, and the lack of it, in September last year.

    It is time we call a spade a spade and address the real issues facing our people.

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  • 09/16/18--15:00: Namcor will explain
  • Namcor will explain Namcor will explain Board could be liable for wasting N$1.2 million The mines and energy minister says the Namcor board of directors could be held liable for N$1.2 million paid out to employees that they had fired against legal advice. JEMIMA BEUKES



    The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) board chairperson, Patrick Kauta, says he will write to mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo and explain why his board decided to fire workers and pay them severance packages despite a legal opinion warning against this action.

    Alweendo last week demanded an explanation from the Namcor board no later than 12 September as to why they had ignored a legal opinion sought by the Namcor managing director.

    He also requested them to explain why they should not be held liable for the financial loss incurred by Namcor as a result of the severance payouts totalling N$1.2 million.

    “At our meeting of 11 September 2018 you confirmed that you were aware of the legal opinion obtained by the managing director in the light of the above. It is thus my position that the N$1.2 million awarded by Namcor constitutes wasteful expenditure that could have been avoided,” said Alweendo.

    Alweendo based his request on a report by The Namibian on 10 September which stated that Namcor had lost a labour dispute initiated by the dismissed employees and was ordered by the Labour Commissioner to pay them N$1.2 million.

    According to the newspaper report, prior to the labour case the board had been provided with a legal opinion which stated that the workers had been unfairly dismissed.

    However, the board chose to ignore this legal opinion and proceeded with the dismissal of the employees, the report said.

    Namcor board chairman Patrick Kauta said they had received the minister’s letter and would reply to it.

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    Swakopmund welcomes NASA 2018Swakopmund welcomes NASA 2018Erongo here we come This year’s Sports Awards will have 17 categories recognising and rewarding individual sportsmen and -women, national federations and umbrella bodies. JESSICA BOTES

    The 15th edition of the Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA), which is jointly organised by the Namibia Sports Commission and the sport ministry, will take place on 17 October at The Dome in Swakopmund.

    This is the first time that the awards ceremony will be hosted outside Windhoek.

    Sport minister Erastus Uutoni says this in line with the vision of bringing sport closer to all people in the spirit of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and other national development plans.

    The Namibia Annual Sports Awards is elevated to an elegant gala dinner evening dedicated to honour every moment of hard work of training, endurance, pain, failures and triumphs experienced by Namibian athletes on and off the field of play.

    The event recognises the seconds, minutes, hours and days of hard work and preparation to make it worthwhile for each athlete to be conferred with memorable recognition at this glittering event for sportsmen and women, including sport administrators who have all excelled during the past year.

    The Namibian Sports Commission embarked on the creation of the Namibian Sports Awards brand in a bid to reward Namibian sports stars for their efforts in keeping the passion of sport alive in the hearts of millions of Namibians through their efforts in local and international sports competitions in terms of Article 31 of the Namibia Sports Act.

    The Namibia Annual Sports Awards 2018 theme: ‘All Star Night, Driven by Passion to Win’, seeks to commemorate every moment of endurance, pain, failures and triumphs experienced by our athletes.

    Entries for the 2018 Namibia Annual Sports Awards have closed and the nominees will be announced soon.

    The 17 award categories are: the MTC sports star of the year, the MTC sportsman of the year, the MTC sportswoman of the year, the NamPower sportsman of the year with a disability, the NamPower sportswoman of the year with a disability, the MTC junior sportsman of the year, the MTC junior sportswoman of the year, the NamPower junior sportsman of the year with a disability, the NamPower junior sportswoman of the year with a disability, the Tafel Lager sports team of the year, the coach of the year, the umpire/referee of the year, the Namibian sports journalist of the year, the Standard Bank sports development programme of the year, the lifetime achievement award, the Namibia Sports Commission chairperson excellence award and the people’s choice sports star of the year award.

    Sport enthusiasts can purchase their tickets to the showpiece at any Pick n Pay store countrywide or online via www.webtickets.com.na. Corporate tickets are available for N$800 each while individual tickets will cost N$400 each.

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    Let’s avoid a football disaster  Let’s avoid a football disaster JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Nangof might withdraw from land talksNangof might withdraw from land talks JEMIMA BEUKES

    It is appears as if the civil society organisation representing landless Namibians, the Namibia Non-Governmental Organisation Forum (Nangof), may withdraw from the land conference if its concerns are not addressed.

    According to sources, the decision to withdraw has been endorsed by the Nama and Ovaherero chiefs and an eleventh-hour meeting has been called with President Hage Geingob to intervene.

    Uhuru Dempers of Nangof confirmed to Namibian Sun that they had raised concerns but said a decision to withdraw from the land conference was not on the cards.

    “We have concerns and we are continually discussing these concerns with the prime minister’s office. Some of the concerns are still not resolved but some have been,” he said.

    According to Dempers, the concerns have to do with the land conference’s official programme and the participant list.

    Nangof chairperson Sandie Tjaronda also said it would be suicidal for civil society to withdraw.

    “There are of course concerns such as the matter of inclusivity and the organisation of the land conference. We also have a concern with the lack of transparency and the fact that there is no communication from the minister to inform us where we stand,” Tjaronda told Namibian Sun yesterday.

    In 2017, Nangof petitioned the president’s office to intervene and postpone the land conference.

    Nangof claimed that the land reform ministry was not ready for a conference of such magnitude, adding that too much was at stake. It added that the conference was being organised without the involvement of all the stakeholders.

    The president heeded this call and postponed the land conference, which is now scheduled to take place next month, from 1 to 5 October.

    The civil society body has invested a great deal in the conference to ensure that the plight of landless Namibians is taken into consideration.

    Nangof hired social scientist Sima Luipert to consult with the landless in preparation for the second national land conference, and to conduct research for it. Exhaustive, countrywide meetings were held early this year.

    This work was stolen when thieves broke into Luipert’s car at the parliament garden while she was inside the National Assembly to listen to a debate where the Land Bill was withdrawn following criticism from political opposition.

    Luipert maintains this was an organised crime, as the robbers took only her files and notes of the land conference but left a laptop that was on the back seat.

    Commentators who preferred anonymity said it would be calamitous if Nangof were to withdraw from the land conference, as it is the only body at the meeting representing civil society.

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  • 09/16/18--15:00: LPM to sue for expropriation
  • LPM to sue for expropriationLPM to sue for expropriationAR warns white farmers to engage on land issue The Landless People’s Movement says it is preparing legal procedures for the expropriation of white-owned commercial farms at Dordabis and Omitara. JEMIMA BEUKES



    Local landless activist groups have accused the white farming community of being reluctant to engage but warned that “the time will come when black people will take their land”.

    The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and Affirmative Repositioning (AR) also believe recently published statistics that show 70% of commercial land is in white hands, justifies expropriation.

    On Thursday, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) revealed that white commercial farmers still own 70% of commercial farmland in Namibia, while black people own just 16% of the total 39 million hectares of the freehold agricultural land, and government just about 14%.

    The LPM’s Hennie Seibeb said they tried to reach out to the former boss of the Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU), Sakkie Coetzee, in 2017 but says they were “snubbed”.

    “He never came back and instead went and got assurance from Swapo that their [white] commercial farms will not be touched. So they effectively do not want to discuss anything. They are happy with the status quo,” he said.

    The LPM says that due to their refusal to engage, they are now preparing legal procedures and processes for the expropriation of commercial farms starting with land surrounding Dordabis and Omitara, and around Tsumkwe, if need be.

    According to him, LPM leader Bernadus Swartbooi is reaching out to local and international lawyers who are willing to assist on a pro-bono basis.

    “The first point of call for us are those farms at Dordabis and Omitara. You cannot have over 1 000 people squeezed into a small 82 hectares of land for 28 years. And they are just confined there as if they are slaves. It is wrong, so let us expropriate those farms and resettle those people,” he said.

    Seibeb said it is a shame for Swapo to return year after year to these communities and campaign, promising them better lives, yet for 28 years their lives have not improved.

    Meanwhile, Coetzee spoke to Namibian Sun and said he met with the LPM to discuss land but never promised them anything.

    According to him, the NAU came up with an internal land paper that will be presented at the land conference.

    “LPM asked for it but management said it is not for public consumption,” Coetzee told Namibian Sun.

    The current NAU executive manager Roelie Venter refused to comment.

    AR leader Job Amupanda meanwhile warned white commercial farmers saying they must start engaging with the future leaders of the country.

    “We are not under any illusion, we know the white man owns the land with the permission of the coward and black elite that cannot confront the white man. But these guys [the current leadership] are going to die very soon and we will get our land,” Amupanda told Namibian Sun.

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    Kondjashili and Haitope win Navachab 21kmKondjashili and Haitope win Navachab 21km JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Kefas Kondjashili won the senior men's category of the fifth edition of the annual 21km Navachab Half-marathon at Karibib yesterday.

    Experienced runner Lavinia Haitope took top honours in the senior women's category.

    “It was a very exciting race and we are proud that the event was a success.

    “The QPR Navachab half-marathon continues to grow and this is evident from the quality which was on display at the event. “For now, we will go back to the drawing board in order to plan for the sixth edition of the marathon.

    “I would like to thank all the sponsors that came on board to make this event a success,” Erongo Region sport officer Berthold Karumendu said in a telephonic interview.

    Kephas Kondjashili came first in a time of one hour, five minutes and four seconds (1:05:04), beating Matheus Kadhingula who came in second with a time of 1:05:05, while Shakiaxwe Jeremia was third in 1:06:01. The women's category saw Lavinia Haitope retaining the title she won last year with a time of 1:14:01. This year, she completed the race in 1:16:05.

    Another NamPol athlete, Beata Naighambo, came second in 1:17:04 and Leena Ekandjo, also from NamPol, came third in 1:17:06. Over 250 athletes participated in this year's event. The male athletes started the race like a house on fire, as more than eight athletes opened up a big gap just six kilometres into the race, but the three winning athletes extended the gap after 12km of running. With three kilometres to go the trio increased their pace even more, breaking away from the pack, leaving Paulus Iyambo behind who finished fourth in a time of 1:06.05.

    Speaking to Nampa after the race, Kondjashili said the route was easy and he was happy with the win.

    “The route was flat but it was a bit tough when we came back because I had a strong group of athletes that broke out and it was not easy keeping the lead on the two hills. But I am happy I to have won the title which I also won in 2016,” he said.

    Haitope, who won the women's race, said she did not have much of a challenge as she ran her own individual race. “I won this race last year and winning it this year was good motivation and preparation for the Sanlam marathon which I will compete in in South Africa next week, despite my time being slow today,” she said.



    - Additional reporting by Nampa

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    Brave Gladiators held by Uganda Brave Gladiators held by Uganda Swaziland next Namibia’s captain Emma Naris was named woman of the match for the second game in a row. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Namibia senior women’s national football team, the Brave Gladiators, and Uganda played to a goalless draw in the Cosafa Women Championship under way in South Africa.

    At the end of 90 minutes, the two opponents had to settle for a draw despite opportunities galore in both halves of the match.

    As the clock ticked, both teams failed to get that important goal that could secure them a vital three points.

    It was a match Namibia had to win given that they lost their opening match against Zimbabwe on Thursday.

    The result put Namibia’s hopes in the hands of Zimbabwe, whom they hope can beat Uganda.

    If Zimbabwe beat Uganda in the final group match, Namibia will have to trounce Swaziland today in order to stand a good chance at advancing to the next round.

    Zimbabwe’s emphatic form has resulted in them leading the group with six points, followed by Uganda with four points.

    Namibia are in third position with only one point while Swaziland are rooted at the bottom of the log without a single point.

    Swaziland so far appear to be the weakest link of the group in view of the fact that they are yet to register a point in the group. Their chances of qualifying to the next round are virtually zero.

    Uganda, on the other hand, just need a point to secure their spot in the next round.

    A draw for Uganda against Zimbabwe will put them on five points.

    This means that Namibia will only be able to reach four points if they happen to beat Swaziland at the Gelvandale Stadium at today 10:00.

    The Brave Gladiators will have to score more than three goals and hope that Uganda concede more than three goals in their final group match.

    Zimbabwe will battle it out against Uganda in their final match at the Wolfson Stadium at 10:00.

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    Regional sport tourney thrillsRegional sport tourney thrills JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    The ministry of urban and rural development received the most awards during the Regional Councils Annual Sports Tournament which ended at Gobabis over the weekend.

    The week-long tournament saw fourteen regional councils and ministry staff competing in soccer, netball, volleyball, tug of war and mini-athletics.

    The ministry received eight awards, most of which were for mini-athletics.

    The ministry beat the Omaheke regional council in the final football match yesterday. Both teams failed to score during regulation time and the ministry scored 5-3 in the penalty shootout.

    Khomas won third place in the soccer competition by beating Oshana.

    Monica Ipinge and Sara Nakanyala from the ministry headquarters won gold and silver medals for the women's 200m, with Mutero Runguro from Kavango East winning bronze.

    Gold for the women's relay race went to ministry, who beat Kavango East (silver) and Oshana (bronze).

    The ministry also won gold in the men's relay race, beating Oshana (silver) and Omusati (bronze).

    Kavango East won six awards, making it the most successful regional council team.

    Kavango East beat the ministry 3-2 in a drawn-out final volleyball match, while Ohangwena won third place by beating Oshana 2-0. Ludgela Nangura from Kavango East was the best netball goal shooter, scoring 74 goals during the tournament.

    Oshana won five awards. On the netball court, Oshana won the final match against neighbouring Ohangwena with a score of 14-10 yesterday. Kavango East won third place in netball against Hardap.

    Oshana was awarded the trophy for the most disciplined regional council for the third time since the inception of the tournament in 2016.

    The host, Omaheke regional council, along with Hardap and Omusati, each won three awards.

    Omaheke beat Otjozondjupa during the final tug-of-war match, while Zambezi won third place against Oshana. Dominikus Ganeb from Omaheke received the top goal scorer trophy for scoring nine goals during the tournament.

    Isak Pedul and Graham Diergaardt from Hardap won gold and bronze, respectively, in the men's 100m race, while Simion Kandjala from Omusati won silver.

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  • 09/17/18--03:11: Boom in exports to China
  • Boom in exports to ChinaBoom in exports to China Namibia exported goods, mainly copper cathodes, worth nearly N$3.05 billion to China in the second quarter of this year. This is nearly N$2.68 billion or 726% more than the same quarter in 2017.
    China contributed about 13.4% of Namibia total exports earnings of nearly N$22.8 billion in the past quarter. In the second quarter of 2017, China’s contribution was about 2.6%.
    About N$2.1 billion worth of copper cathodes were exported to China in the quarter under review.

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    Former magistrate flees ACC arrest warrantFormer magistrate flees ACC arrest warrant The Anti-Corruption Commission seeks the public's help in tracing Walter 'Rooies' Mostert, a Namibian citizen with identity number 60032000286, following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest earlier this morning. Mostert is wanted on charges of corruption, fraud, extortion, attempting to defeat the course of justice and offences under the Immigration Act. He was a former magistrate in Gobabis.
    It is alleged he had defrauded South African citizens by promising them Namibian papers after extorting vast sums of money from them.
    The ACC's chief investigator Justine Kanyangela can be called on 081 127 7486 or the head of investigations, Nelius Becker at 081 129 9215.
    It is believed Mostert is in South Africa in the Klerksdorp area and may be travelling with a Namibian or South African passport.
    All information will be handled confidentially.
    STAFF REPORTER

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    MultiChoice heading for stock exchangeMultiChoice heading for stock exchange Naspers intends to list its video entertainment business seperately on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and simultaneously to unbundle the shares in this business to its shareholders, the group announced in a statement today.
    The new company will be named MultiChoice Group and will include MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, Showmax Africa, and Irdeto.
    Commenting on the transaction, Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk said: “This marks a significant step for the Naspers Group as we continue our evolution into a global consumer internet company. Listing MultiChoice Group via an unbundling aims to unlock value for Naspers shareholders and at the same time create an empowered, top 40 JSE-listed African entertainment company.”
    Naspers’ video entertainment business is one of the fastest growing top pay-TV operators globally and its multi-platform business entertains 13.5 million households across Africa. In the last financial year, the business generated revenue of R47.1 billion and trading profit of R6.1 billion. It employs more than 9 000 people in Africa and indirectly creates economic prosperity for over 20 000 more who are employed by its various partners and suppliers across the continent.
    MultiChoice Group is expected to be unbundled with limited leverage, providing it with the necessary financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities in African video entertainment.
    Africa is one of the fastest-growing continents by both GDP and population, its middle-class is rapidly expanding and the penetration of video entertainment is still relatively low. The business is also positioning itself for the future by offering online streaming services, including Showmax and DStv Now.
    Naspers will retain its primary listing on the JSE. MultiChoice Group is anticipated to list on the JSE and simultaneously unbundle in the first half of 2019, subject to the approval of the requisite regulatory authorities.

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    Warriors training squad namedWarriors training squad named The Brave Warriors have named a 29-man training squad for their upcoming friendly clash against Botswana on 30 September in Gaborone.

    The side was invited to compete in a friendly that will form part of Botswana's independence celebrations.

    They will use the Botswana match as a springboard to give local players more game time.

    Head coach Ricardo Mannetti has roped in several players from the national under-23 side, but said they will only train with the team to get experience and exposure, and will not feature straightaway in the friendly match.

    “We have been bringing in players from the u-23 side since 2014/15, in order to expose them, for those who don't know.

    “They might come in off the bench if need be, but this match is for the seniors to get match fit,” Mannetti said.

    “The African Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifier match against Mozambique is the target, but of course… we will see if we can win the match.”

    The gaffer said the captain for the match is Ronald Ketjijere, while second in command is Petrus Shitembi. Only 20 players will travel to Botswana.

    Namibia sits third in Group K with one point, as they lost their opening match of the Afcon qualifiers 0-1 against Guinea Bissau and drew their second match 1-1 against Zambia at home. Guinea Bissau and Mozambique are currently level on four points each after two matches and Guinea Bissau tops the group. Zambia is bottom, but level on one point with Namibia.

    The Brave Warriors will play Mozambique on 10 and 13 October.

    Namibia will then face Guinea Bissau on 16 November and Zambia on 22 March 2019.

    The training squad is as follows:

    Ratanda Mbazuvara, Uzuva Tjimune, Abel Amenenge, Larry Horaeb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Donovan Kanjaa, Kenedy Eib, Charles Hambira, Lubeni Haukongo, Approcious Petrus, Baloyi Tsandib, Brandon Neibeb, Pandeni Kandjabanga, Benyamen Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Marcel Papama, Anthony Kham, Romeo Kasume, Hiha Katjivena, Petrus Shitembi, Absalom Iimbondi, Lucky Heita, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Jandja Maharero, Brendon Katoungono, Rivaldo Festus and Dynamo Fredericks.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 09/17/18--15:00: Gladiators bow out
  • Gladiators bow outGladiators bow outDespite gallant performance against Swaziland The Brave Gladiators are out of the 2018 Cosafa Women's Championship, despite beating Swaziland 4-1 in their third group clash at the Westbourne Oval Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Namibia's senior women's side have bowed out of the 2018 Cosafa Women's Championship in South Africa with their heads held high.

    The Brave Gladiators beat Swaziland 4-1 yesterday in their final group match, but failed to advance after registering a loss and a draw in their first two matches.

    Swaziland's Celiwe Nkambule opened the scoring, giving her team the lead in the fourth minute of the match.

    However, Namibia responded in the sixth minute through a goal by Kylie van Wyk, who levelled matters after the eSwatini defence failed to clear a ball.

    In the 33th minute, the Namibian side got their second thunderous goal through Ndapewa Katuta.

    In the 42nd minute, Gladiators scored their third goal through Lovisa Mulunga sending the match into halftime with a 3-1 scoreline.

    In the 90th minute of the second half, Katuta scored Namibia's fourth goal to wrap up proceedings.

    The four goals were, however, not enough for the Namibians, who delivered great performances throughout the tournament. In their first match they lost 1-0 to Zimbabwe, courtesy of some poor refereeing.

    They then played to a goalless draw against Uganda in their second match this past Saturday.

    In their first two encounters, Gladiators captain Emma Naris scooped the woman of the match awards, while Thomalina Adams scooped this accolade in their third encounter.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Demolisher set for Lagos fightDemolisher set for Lagos fightOpponent to be confirmed Lukas 'Demolisher' Ndafoluma has his sights set on demolishing any opponent that comes his way. World Boxing Federation (WBF) middleweight intercontinental champion Lukas 'Demolisher' Ndafoluma awaits a title fight against an opponent still to be confirmed in October.

    The Salute Academy boxer will be fighting in a card to be staged by Kalakoda Promotions in Lagos, Nigeria.

    Ndafoluma defended the WBF intercontinental title after he defeated Hussein Itaba of Zimbabwe on 31 August in Zimbabwe. “Yes, I will be fighting at the end of October in Lagos, Nigeria, but the opponent will be announced later.

    “I have been training well. I just came from a fight in Zimbabwe last month and I believe that I am in good shape,” Ndafoluma said.

    The boxer vowed to go to Lagos with the aim of destroying any opponent that comes his way. Ndafoluma made his professional debut in 2011 and went on to win 13 fights and lost only one in 14 career fights. He won his first professional title in 2017 after he defeated Brendon van Rooyen in the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) All-Africa middleweight title fight. It took him almost another year before he could fight for another title.

    On 3 August this year, Ndafoluma became the new World Boxing Federation (WBF) middleweight intercontinental champion at The Dome in Swakopmund.

    He won the title after defeating fellow Namibian Ebenestus Kaangundue.

    “I have waited so long to fight for back-to-back titles and now I know that my time to shine has come.

    “It is important that I win this fight in order to get closer to a world title fight.

    “At the moment, I am sharp and ready to make the most of any fight I go into.”

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    Fulltime contracts for women playersFulltime contracts for women players Rugby chiefs announced on Monday that England's women's 15-a-side players will be given fulltime contracts, saying the game was at a “tipping point” globally.

    There will be 28 fulltime deals available, which will come into effect on 1 January, along with seven elite player squad agreements.

    “This has long been our ambition and demonstrates the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) commitment to growing the women's game and the belief we have in the future of the sport,” said RFU's chief executive Steve Brown.

    All the contracted England players will be eligible to play for their clubs, before returning to the RFU for international duty.

    “We are at a tipping point for women's rugby globally and it is our ambition to be world number one and drive growth at every level,” added Brown.

    “As an organisation, from top to bottom, we are very much behind this and want to see the continued expansion and growth to realise the ambitious targets we have set ourselves.”

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