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- 09/27/18--15:00: _It's The Dogg's life
- 09/27/18--15:00: _OYO addresses unans...
- 09/27/18--15:00: _Ees shines on X- Fa...
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- 09/27/18--15:00: _Saara Shivute appoi...
- 09/27/18--15:00: _Swapo is lying - WRP
- 09/27/18--15:00: _Land referendum cal...
- 09/27/18--15:00: _No topic taboo
- 09/27/18--15:00: _Damara ancestral land
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- 09/27/18--15:00: _Give back ancestral...
- 09/27/18--15:00: _Brisley Cloete appo...
- 09/27/18--15:00: Jazz fest looks promising
- 09/27/18--15:00: Birds of Prey coming together
- 09/27/18--15:00: It's The Dogg's life
- 09/27/18--15:00: OYO addresses unanswered issues though art
- 09/27/18--15:00: Ees shines on X- Factor Germany
- 09/27/18--15:00: Bank Windhoek finances 5, 78 MW Solar Plant
- 09/27/18--15:00: Honesty and hating, what is what?
- 09/27/18--15:00: Suzy Eises raises N$10k for charity
- 09/27/18--15:00: Boosting productivity at your workplace
- 09/27/18--15:00: First Drive: Audi's luxury Q3
- 09/27/18--15:00: Taking care of the future now
- 09/27/18--15:00: Improved license study guide
- 09/27/18--15:00: Saara Shivute appointed as head of specialist finance
- 09/27/18--15:00: Swapo is lying - WRP
- 09/27/18--15:00: Land referendum calls intensify
- 09/27/18--15:00: No topic taboo
- 09/27/18--15:00: Damara ancestral land
- 09/27/18--15:00: Constitution must be upheld - NAU
- 09/27/18--15:00: Give back ancestral land - Swanu
- 09/27/18--15:00: Brisley Cloete appointed as Oranjemund branch manager
The artist has so far performed at international festivals as far as Tanzania, South Africa and Germany. He has also been awarded the UK One World Music Awards as Best World/Global Fusion Album for 2017 for his album Beautiful World. Elemotho has also been recognised as the 2017 NAMAs Lifetime Achiever and his music has been featured in the Netflix series Frankie and Grace. In addition, he has earned himself a spot in becoming the musical ambassador for Save the Rhino Trust Namibia.
“People who go to the Warehouse or FNCC have seen me perform and they will probably ask themselves, what else can he do? This is a normal reaction and it’s expected from any artist. The truth is nobody wants to keep seeing the person you were five years ago,” said the globetrotting songwriter.
Elemotho says an artist must always up their game and he will be doing so at this year’s jazz festival by having some acoustics and featuring a band hailing from Swakopmund - African Vocals. The singer said this will make the show more festive as he has been seen on the stage alone before and especially on the jazz festival stage. He believes in supporting and helping upcoming talent to be seen and having them on his set will be an exciting experience for them.
“The idea is to do two or three songs together… people get to see something new, you know - people from out of town. I don’t think we should limit ourselves to entertainment from Windhoek only. I want people to look out for the group because they are very talented. I have more new stuff lined up but I don’t want to reveal more now, you must find out at the show,” he said.
Elemotho will be performing alongside Lize Ehlers, Suzy Eises, Percival Rinquest, Sigera Jazz Band, Sedney Haufiku and Damas Fusion as the local artists with Zonke, The Soil and Catarina Duarte as the international acts. The Windhoek Jazz Festival will take place at the Independence Stadium on 3 November. Tickets will sell for N$250 and their availability will soon be announced.
Sources tell Variety that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been tapped to join Robbie in the comic-book spinoff, with Winstead playing Huntress and Smollett-Bell portraying Black Canary.
Robbie is reprising her role as Quinn, which she first unveiled in 2016's Suicide Squad, and is also on board to produce with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless. There are several versions of Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli, throughout DC Comics.
The Birds of Prey iteration is a former mafia princess who was devastated at a young age when her family was killed in a mob hit, turning her into a vigilante and eventually leading her to join the Birds of Prey team. Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, is a good-natured and idealistic street fighter in the comics.
In the film, the team will fight a Gotham crime lord who has yet to be unveiled.
Cathy Yan is directing the flick, which is set to be released on 7 February 2020.
Winstead's star has been on the rise since her leading role in the Bad Robot movie 10 Cloverfield
She recently earned some of the best reviews of her career in the FX series Fargo.
Winstead just wrapped Gemini Man, opposite Will Smith, and also has The Parts You Lose.
Smollett-Bell is best known for her starring roles on major TV shows like True Blood and Underground.
She has landed the highly coveted role in J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele's upcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country. Smollett-Bell is represented by ICM Partners and Management 360.
The concert is anticipated to be one of the biggest events in the country and will see an audience of over 12 000 in attendance as unity is created among old and new artists in the country.
The concert will see local and international artist Diamond Platinumz hailing from Nigeria. tjil had a one-on-one interview with the multi-award winner on his sentiments about tomorrow's event.
tjil (T): We are nearing the final hours. What is going through your mind as the day gets closer?
The Dogg (TD): At this moment, I just can't wait for the public to experience what I have planned for them because this is a very special day to me.
T: How do you feel about the fact that this is literally the last show?
TD: It is really an amazing feeling, because this means more time for my family. But I'll for sure miss the whole stage action.
T: There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding the event. When you say final concert, what does that mean? Does this mean you really won't be doing music at all?
TD: Well, music has made me who I am today, and people know The Dogg because of music. No matter where I go music will always be a big part of me. My answer is 'not really' because I'll be involved in certain music-related projects. Besides, Mshasho is a record label meant to uplift young talent such as KP Illest and Young T, so there is no way I can escape music. Who knows, I might even become a mentor.
T: Planning an event of this magnitude is not easy, what are some memories you have since the first day of planning?
TD: When I first came up with the idea, only my team believed in me.
I had no sponsors, so I had to knock on people's doors looking for sponsorship, and believe it or not I got turned down many times. But with all this I kept going and praying because 29-09-18 is something very special to me, I never looked back.
Thanks to all the sponsors that came on board and all the companies that came on board… you made this a success.
T: What cool facts can you share with the fans on the concert?
TD: All I can tell you right now is that there will be a lot of surprises, so just come to the concert.
T: What would you like your fans to take away from on Saturday when they leave the stadium?
TD: Just to have fun and joy, after all we just came out of winter, so it's time to welcome summer in style. Let the music live on.
It questions issues around gender, discrimination and teenage pregnancy. It appeals to the heart, not the intellect, and encourages people to reflect on the situation presented and how it affects them.
“Trapped investigates feelings when one of the two partners in a relationship doesn't want to be in that relationship,” explains choreographer Philippe Talavera. “Many people question why gender-based violence is so prominent in Namibia. I think it is the wrong approach. The approach should be why are so many people unhappy in their relationships in Namibia? If you are happy with your life, if you love your partner, would you hurt her? No, but if you feel you are in a relationship because you have to, to conform to societal norms, and feel trapped, then, yes,” says Telavera.
Trapped will performed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on invitation by the Prince Claus Fund and Pantropical. The Prince Claus Fund supports, connects and celebrates artists and cultural practitioners where cultural expression is under pressure, and safeguards cultural heritage where it is under threat. Pantropical is a frenzied club series focusing on rough-edged tropical music, contemporary club music, outré rural folklore, global bass and more. Pantropical balances the new with the trailblazers of old, seeking out authenticity and new movements.
“It is a great honour for OYO and for the three dancers selected,” explains Talavera. “It is a very progressive venue, something we don't often see in Namibia. They will not only have a chance to perform their work but also see the work of others and connect with people around the world. This is extremely exciting,” he said.
The performance will be happening at the same time as the Windhoek International Dance Festival, spearheaded by the College of the Arts, where the rest of the OYO dance troupe will perform.
“Working on Trapped was exciting for me as it caters to a different audience and I could therefore push the dancers beyond their comfort zone. I hope we will be able to also present the piece in Namibia at some stage,” said Talavera.
“Yes-Ja! It's been a long journey. At first I thought it was a spam email but I realised it was real. They found my music online and liked what I did. I convinced my band to go to the first casting session in June, and then everything came, one thing after the other. We just moved from stage to stage, and now we are in the top three bands that made it to the live shows in October,” he told tjil.
Ees believes that the X-Factor is a great platform to put Namibian music out there, and that is one thing that excites him about moving to the next stage. The artist said that he has done a lot of things in his career and one thing he is certain of, is that he is killing his live performances.
“I have done a lot of things over the past few years that I am not scared for live shows as my band and I work very well together when we perform live. I want to give it 110%, which means the next three weeks will be a lot of hard work promoting, practising and preparing to try and make it to the final,” he
Ees says he is pro-Namibia and he makes sure he adds Namibian flavour to everything he does - from his performances to the Namibian branded attire for his band and himself. “I feel like it's my destiny to put Namibia on the world map, and show them what the 'Nam Flava' and our beautiful country is all about. That's also why I was so concerned that we keep our Namibia clean and helped initiate the clean-up campaign beginning of the year,” he said.
He urged people to work together to make Namibia the best possible country it can be. The 'Sundowner' singer says he will push to bring his best forward, together with his band.
“I would really appreciate if Namibia supports me by sharing the message and support via social media as this always gives me a lot of energy to push our culture internationally,” he said.
Built by Enertronica Group, a multinational industrial company specialising in renewable energy, the project incurred construction costs of N$137 million, excluding development costs.
The Trekkopje’s Solar Project construction was completed and operational in August 2018.
The site was chosen for its potential to supply power for industrial, farming and storage purposes without posing a threat to the environment and its community. The project has a life span of 25 years which is anticipated to be even longer after it is revamped.
Although the output from the plant is dedicated to feeding into the NamPower grid, Enertronica Group has committed to building three smaller solar technology facilities to serve schools of the surrounding communities. In terms of job creation, 30 community members were employed during construction. Once completed, an average of five people are permanently employed to ensure the proper maintenance of the plant.
“The project has a combined output of 5, 78 Megawatts. But we expect it to be a bit higher because of the high performance of the technology adopted for this specific plant. This is the first plant where Enertronica Group’s patented trackers are mounted on the structures which means that the modules will follow the sun during the day optimizing the already high irradiation,” said Dr Maurizio Decinti, lead consultant to the project.
“Getting to know Bank Windhoek during this process has been an exciting experience. Together we have laid the foundation for a long lasting relationship and hope to get more opportunities to implement similar transactions of this nature in the country,” said Decinti.
Decinti concluded that the future is in renewable energy. “This is even truer today when the cost of renewable is basically similar to the traditional energy, we have basically achieved the so called ‘Green Parity’,” he said.
“We recognise that optimising renewable energy opportunities is critical for the development of Namibia and as such, we fully embraced the opportunity to finance these projects. Together with partnerships such as this one, we can make an impact and prove that things can be done in cleaner and environmentally friendly ways,” said Lukas Nanyemba, Executive Officer for Corporate and Institutional Banking at Bank Windhoek.
Photo 1: Louisa Saal, Relationship Support Manager, Corporate and Institutional Banking at Bank Windhoek and Dr Maurizio Decinti, Enertronica’s lead consultant on the 5.78 MW Trekkopje Solar Plant.
This is a culture that is mostly practised in the entertainment industry. I swear if you suggest to an entertainer that they need more time because their work still needs to be polished to become perfect, it's like signing a death wish. Why is it hard for someone to understand that the lighting at their event wasn't bright enough and I couldn't take good pictures?
At the end of the day people need to understand that there is a lot that can be learned from mistakes. I just want people to understand that you can't be mad at a journalist for writing what happened at your event that you planned with so much time and effort. It is the only way to grow. If five people are telling you that something you are doing is wrong then you need to look at yourself. No more hating, let's be honest and let's be real.
“I believe I have a responsibility to serve the Lord's children. Wherever and whenever possible, I will continue to serve others as much as I can. I am happy and at peace when I can give to those in need. Because I have been given much, I too must give, “she said.
Eises' charity organisation which is Physically Active Youth (PAY) programme is a dynamic after-school centre in Katutura which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for Namibian children and youth coming from disadvantaged communities. The singer said she heard about the programme through a friend who works there and the story about PAY touched her. Eises says she loves children and that she is very passionate about learning about the development of children.
The Friday singer says her show was a success as the theatre was almost full. From the event, she is able to donate N$5 000 to the children at PAY and N$5 000 to the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation in South Africa.
“It makes me glad that people supported the initiative. Through generous sponsors such as The Knowledge Foundation, Mobipay, Bank Windhoek, Avani, Air Namibia and a few supporters of my music - we were able to have the audience members up dancing near the close of the show. I really appreciated the fact that people were happy, that's most important for me,” she said.
Asked if she will host another concert in the future, she said she would and that she would love to honour all musicians and human rights activists who played a special role in her life.
Eises is currently preparing to work on new music with international musicians in 2019 and will continue her studies in music early next year in Gabon.
“I will still be performing during my three-year degree. At the moment my focus is to become the best that I can be as a musician. Training is always important. I aspire to become one of the best African musicians and so I need to pay my dues and work hard to achieve my goal,” she concluded.
Some companies recently shifted its employees to a four-day workweek instead of five, finding that its team members became far less stressed while producing the same amount of work.
Unfortunately, this approach has not exactly caught on as a trend, which means that many employees have to take happiness, engagement and productivity into their own hands. Whether you want a promotion or you’re trying to prevent a layoff by making yourself more valuable, increasing productivity is the path to success. Looking to make yourself a noticeably more productive member of the team? Here are a few steps to help you get there:
1. Track your time
Unless you have a direct supervisor standing over your desk and watching your computer screen, there is likely little keeping you from sneaking peeks at your Facebook account or going down a rabbit hole of cute animal pictures. A crucial step toward increasing your productivity is finding a way to make yourself accountable for the time you spend.
Using a time tracker can help you see how much time you’re devoting to a single project, encouraging you to focus on completing each assignment in a timely manner. It’s harder to browse Instagram when you know the clock is ticking.
2. Say yes to ‘do not disturb’ mode
Nearly all smartphones have this feature, and while it’s designed for distraction-free sleep, it can also do wonders for your workday. Just turn on ‘do not disturb’ mode any time you need to focus, and you’ll significantly limit outside alerts pinging you out of your groove.
3. Give yourself a break
While you don’t want your time to drain away through repeated distractions, taking planned breaks from the grind will help keep you sharp. Try methods such as the Pomodoro Technique , which suggests breaking large tasks into shorter, more manageable chunks to build some scheduled relief into your day.
4. Say no to pointless meetings
According to Elon Musk, “excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time”. You may have only so much control over meetings if you aren’t in a management position, but do what you can to cut out any meetings that don’t have a defined agenda and desired outcome beforehand. You’ll be amazed how much time you gain as a result.
5. Let others help you
When you’re trying to be super productive, it can be tempting to bite off more than you can chew. But overachieving is a quick route to burnout. You’ll be more effective if you let your team function as it should, with every member participating.
“I’ve learned to trust my team members and their input instead of constantly spending my energy and attention on tiny details,” says Daniel Wesley, president of Quote.com. “It’s a huge time saver. Less distraction, more focus and more learning opportunities for the team all mean more success.”
6. Focus on the necessities
Sometimes, the tasks themselves can become the distraction. Make sure you’re focusing on the right to-dos by creating a daily list of the most essential tasks you need to complete. Once you’ve finished the most crucial assignments, then you can attend to the secondary work guilt-free.
7. Step away from your desk
The simple act of vacating your usual workspace can make a world of difference. Whether that means working remotely, which has been shown to increase productivity, or just standing up and going for a walk, getting away from your desk can put you in a better frame of mind when you’re feeling stuck.
8. Force optimism, so you don’t get overwhelmed
You’ve probably heard the saying ‘fake it till you make it’ and there may actually be some scientific truth to the cliché. Showing optimism about your task load - even if you aren’t actually feeling it - can increase your confidence level and make your assignments easier to complete.
9. Capitalise on your critical hours
Dr Dona Matthews, a developmental psychologist, said: “You are more productive when you spend your best hours on your most demanding tasks.” To knock out more work in the same amount of time, plan to do your toughest work during your most productive time of day.
Productivity is all about optimising every minute of your day to keep your mind sharp and your task list moving along smoothly. While your job may occasionally feel overwhelming, implementing even one or two of these tricks can have a massive impact on the quality and efficiency of your work. -entrepreneur.com
This region of Italy also has some stunning roads, most are in great condition and are more twisty than a contortionist on speed.
Those roads might be better suited for sportscars but such is the confidence of Audi that it used for the launch of the Q3.
Introduced to Southern Africa in 2012, the Q3 is a luxury compact crossover that in 2018 has more rivals than a premier league football team.
The second-generation has grown in every way and features the new octagon grille, the new ‘face’ of Audi Q cars. It looks like a mini Q8, Ingolstadt’s new flagship SUV due next year.
To make the car more practical, the rear bench seat can be moved by 150mm forward and backwards to create a bigger boot area. FYI, the standard boot size is 530 litres.
While the local engine line-up isn’t confirmed at the time of publishing it seems likely that we’ll receive the 2.0-litre turbocharged powered model, albeit in 132 kW form.
Claimed figures suggest 169 kW and 350 Nm, but it feels quicker. It’s a punchy powertrain that even revs quite high if driven in the car’s sportiest configuration. The gearbox is a 7-speed dual clutch which felt bulletproof.
Damn, SUVs drive well these days
The twisty asphalt was the perfect litmus test for the Q3 which felt composed, thanks to the sure-footedness of the all-wheel drive.
I was most impressed by the light, nimble steering feels and coupled to that with a low driving position the new Q3 has the hallmarks of feeling more hatchback than a crossover.
It has good straight-line acceleration and the optional paddle-shifts provide a driving experience more akin to GTI than a crossover.
During a second stint of driving it started raining and instead of coming down a few clicks, I pushed the front end more aggressively into the tight corners of the brilliant roads. The result? It felt composed with very little understeer.
The optional adaptive damping, which is most likely to also be offered on models sold in Southern Africa, did a good job of ironing out any bumps or ruts the surface threw at it.
Features such as progressive steering, adaptive damping, drive select, and hill descent control are optional.
Leaving the best for last
You’ll be hard pressed to find a better interior in any new car. The Q3 now features the automaker’s ‘virtual cockpit’ 31cm screen display which provides visuals of important information in different views including a full map when navigation is selected.
If you don’t have enough cash to splurge on the virtual cockpit, the standard 25 cm touchscreen located on the dashboard offers access to the infotainment settings. There’s inevitably an app for your phone that connects to the car that allows certain vehicle functions to be done from a distance.
Everything in the front end of the cabin is designed and tilted towards the driver. There has been special attention to things like the door handle and the opening mechanism. The use of materials is excellent, and you’ll find Audi has dipped into the more expensive parts basket for interior trim. A definite win for Q3 drivers.
S Line trimmed cars feature sports seats as standard and you can choose Alcantara surfaces on parts of the dash and seats. Feeling in the mood for a change of colour? Choose from a 30-colour light palette (standard on the design selection trim option).
When is it coming?
Audi South Africa says we’ll see the new model in the second quarter of 2019. And while the Q3 will clash heads with the BMW X2, Volvo’s XC40, Mercedes-Benz’s GLA, Jaguar’s E-Pace and Lexus’ UX, all those models will have to come with a free moon to match the Q3’s interior.
Oh, it helps that in 45 TSFI Quattro specification it offers a formidable package in the lux-crossover segment. It's a pity we'll only see it locally next year.
Audi SA said: Customers can expect the arrival of the new Q3 in quarter two next year (2019). The model line is still to be confirmed, but the German automaker is looking at introducing an entry model 1.4 TFSI 110kW engine with a possible 2.0TFSI 132kW and 2.0 TDI 110kW engine as well.
Pricing is not yet confirmed at this stage.-Wheels24
Children are the epitome of affection and the leaders of tomorrow. We should not, on top of this, forget that they are people before anything else and their lives need to be valued. “The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard,” once said the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
Today, children across Namibia will be celebrating their day under the theme 'No child shall be left behind for Namibia's development'. The Day of the Namibian Child gives us another chance to re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of children and protect and promote their rights to a wider audience.
The importance of this day is to communicate to children that they are valued, loved and most importantly, that they matter.
A local celebrity who has a soft spot for children, Luis Munana, created an animated series that encompasses all aspects of early childhood development - amongst others. His dream from the beginning was to create something magical that each Namibian child could enjoy despite their background. Munana said that he never thought Waka Waka Moo would get as far as it has. Waka in this context means 'go on' and if one was to translate its meaning; it means “go on or continue doing and chasing your dreams”.
“I was in grade 3 and we watched Lion King. It sticks with me because even today I still remember the emotions I went through and that was years ago. I then decided that I wanted to create something so powerful that a child can watch it and be able to say 'ten years ago I watched Waka Waka Moo on TV, their crew even came to my school and put on a puppet show for us'. That's what keeps me going,” he said.
The cartoon series is a campaign incorporating songs, dance, storytelling, history, science and preserving culture in Rukwangali, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Damara/Nama, Silozi, Tswana, Dutch and English. There are segments on the show that are only in cartoon form and then there are segments which involve child hosts interacting with real life hand puppets.
The aim, according to Munana is to preserve Namibian stories by making them relevant, fun and exciting. Munana has shot over 26 episodes thus far and he wants to ensure that every Namibian child sees one episode, at least.
“We are becoming too westernised and I believe that one needs to know where you come from. There are certain values, traditions and teachings that we need to carry to the next generations for them not to be lost. Once you lose things like language, your culture follows and you are likely to have an identity crisis. Waka Waka Moo tries to preserve some of the teachings through the stories told,” he said.
The model told tjil the reception to the series, which is a year and a month old, is overwhelming. There are countless occasions where he has been stopped in shopping malls by children and parents who bare the same sentiments of appreciation.
“They tell me not to stop and that's when I realised that what I am doing is actually important. It's like I have opened a Pandora's Box and I can't put things back in there,” he said.
Today, Waka Waka Moo crew travels countrywide to schools where they put on a puppet show for the children. Munana says his team receives requests on a daily basis from school teachers, both government and private schools, to have the crew perform at their schools.
Munana says not a lot is being done for Namibian children and efforts will be required from everyone to assure a safe future for them. He believes there is very little being done for children to explore their talents and creativity.
“Many government schools are removing artistic subjects due to cost cutting and that's not fair. Things like creative writing competitions and arts subjects are also important because there are career fields that require that knowledge,” he said.
Munana also spoke about the increase in child abuse. “Back then, the whole community was responsible for raising children. Today things have changed and each one is on their own. What happened to that neighbourly love? We need to educate the children not to speak to strangers, not go out at night. Giving credit where its due is how there is free education and that is effort put in by the government because now, every child can go to school,” he said.
Munana said he appreciates the support he has been getting both from the government and corporate world for his cartoon show. He says there would be no success story if many of them had not come on board. He plans on one day being able to create a Waka Waka Moo movie that will be consumed worldwide and not just in Namibia.
“My trips have been funded, I was given puppet material and my mascots from government entities and Sugar King has been very, very helpful,” he concluded.
WRP political secretary Hewat Beukes said this week the country's second land conference is a N$15 million spectacle for the Swapo-led government to sell itself and keep dispossessed communities landless, while maintaining a white economically-dominated society.
Beukes said the conference was aimed at publicly declaring and publicising Swapo policies and plans to develop legislation aimed at burying land demands by the dispossessed.
“The claim that the first land conference had unanimously decided to disregard dispossession on the grounds of clashing claims to ancestral land is devoid of any truth. Newspaper articles and documents from the first conference showed just the opposite.
“Reports showed that the majority of the conference demanded the restoration of land immediately to dispossessed communities.
“There was a slogan, 'No land, No justice'. It is not true that the people abandoned claims to their so-called ancestral land, and decided to concentrate on the provision of farms in commercial areas to individuals,” said Beukes. WRP's position is that in 1884, the German Reich in terms of international law, illegally colonised independent nations that already held their own demarcated land under their own laws. “It had nothing to do with ancestral land. It was their own property in law and natural reality. Nothing from 1884 to 1990 occurred in the colonisation of Namibia which legalised the expropriation of land of the occupied peoples. We say that legality must be restored, before there can be talk of the rule of law.”
This was one of the key issues to emerge in a leaked government position paper, which included comments from recent regional consultations, ahead of the country's second national land conference that takes place next week.
According to the document, there is scarcity of land, but the prevailing terms and conditions for government to acquire it makes such efforts unaffordable and unsustainable.
The position paper said that in the past, offers for it to purchase prime land were not forthcoming from the Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Kunene, Erongo and Hardap regions.
“However, three years ago the lands ministry was flooded with farm offers from these regions and it was not possible to purchase these prime properties, mainly due to the economic turbulence that followed and high prices per hectare.”
The document says it may also be necessary for the land reform ministry to advertise farms targeting formerly disadvantaged Namibians, in cases where the state is unable to purchases these land parcels.
“In order to solve this problem without a referendum on the constitution, which may generate other undesirable outcomes, it may be possible to amend article 100 of the constitution, which talks to sovereign ownership of natural resources, including land, to be vested in the state.”
The document highlights that past injustices are still prevailing today, as Namibia inherited a divided and skewed land distribution pattern, stemming from centuries of colonialisation and foreign occupation. It also warned that expropriation within the law “may be not be avoided unless foreigners who own 3% and formerly advantaged Namibians who own 62% of the land make concessions and avail land for acquisition and redistribution”.
“There is a notion in some quarters that land acquisition for distribution to the landless threatens both domestic and foreign investment without realising that inequality in land ownership constitutes a threat to peace and stability,” the document states.
“President Geingob said the land conference will happen in a transparent and inclusive manner, implying that there will not be any subject that is related to land that will be treated as taboo or off-limits,” Geingob's spokesperson Alfredo Hengari said following a Swapo central committee in August.
In an article titled 'No land in sight', published by political scientist Henning Melber in November 2017, he said Swapo declared the land question to be a priority at its 2012 policy conference.
“Since then, public discourse has been marked by mutual recriminations. The government accuses the commercial farmers of sabotage for refusing to sell their land at acceptable prices.
“In the meantime, the commercial farmers' association has published figures that show that the redistribution of land is very much on track to meet the government's targets,” Melber said.
“Tinkering with figures, however, is not a good way to deal with a deeply emotional issue that is linked to senses of identity as well as impotence. The government is not handling these links well. It is high time it took them into account.”
Swapo's first national policy conference in 2012, held while Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana was the party secretary-general, conducted an in-depth analysis and discussions on land acquisition and distribution.
Iivula-Ithana, who was earlier this year fired from Geingob's cabinet, said at the time that land scarcity in Namibia had reached alarming proportions and the party could no longer afford a postponement of a strategic intervention in this regard.
“Our people need access to land and nothing less. At the moment, the Swapo Party is mobilising all its intellectual resources towards a reasonable response to this call,” she said.
The paper compiled by Karl Mudani ||Aribeb says the Damara, along with the San, lived in most of present-day central Namibia, before the arrival of the Bantu, Nama and Europeans.
||Aribeb emphasised the paper is his own initiative, as an independent professional.
He claims the Damara now find themselves on the fringes of Namibia after being forced off their land in the Khomas Region by the Nama and Ovaherero. In fact, according to him, this is exactly where the marginalisation of the Damara began.
||Aribeb said because of their suppression by the Nama and Ovaherero, the Damara were unable to stake out, lay claim or defend any piece of the land as exclusively theirs. In the same vein, he pointed out that colonial land dispossession had two game-changing consequences, which firstly resulted in the loss of Damara, Nama and Ovaherero ancestral land. Secondly, the expropriation of all land by the German administration brought about the notion of private land ownership, which completely replaced the indigenous communal land use system.
“This effectively marked the demise of pre-colonial flexible resources-use systems characterised by seasonal movement and migrations. Lastly, the affected indigenous communities become de facto trespassers on their own land virtually overnight,” he said.
||Aribeb said despite the academic and scientific debates about the origin of the Damara, Namibia is the only home they have always known.
“It is a fact of Namibian history that the Damara lived through a period of extreme torture at the hands of the Nama and Ovaherero, virtually until the advent of the German colonial administration.
The German administration progressively put an effective end to intertribal wars and atrocities, done through peace treaties, protection treaties and harsh military action,” he said.
Union president Ryno van der Merwe will deliver a statement during the first day of the conference on Monday.
The union again reiterated that it fully supports the land reform process.
“We have trust in government that the constitution will be upheld while this process takes place,” Van der Merwe said.
He said the agricultural sector is in dire need of growth, and for this to be achieved, land productivity is critical.
He said the union developed a land ownership database of all title deeds in Namibia, and it continuously monitors the land reform process and changes in ownership.
The database currently shows that Namibia consists of 82.4 million hectares, of which 13.6 million hectares are in national parks and restricted areas.
Land utilised for agricultural purposes, private tourism, townlands and mines constitute about 68 million hectares, of which 56% (38 million hectares) is freehold title deed land and 44% communal land.
The NAU previously said all agricultural land in Namibia should be considered for statistical purposes.
The union said communal areas where agriculture takes place constitute approximately 30 million hectares, compared to the country's commercial agricultural land of approximately 38 million hectares.
“Carrying capacity on agricultural land plays an important role and must be taken into account.”
The union also said mining activities on agricultural land, as well as land on which state-owned enterprises reside, should be identified and not be considered part of agricultural land owned by “former beneficiaries”.
“Due to a peaceful land reform process implemented by government under the current and previous leadership, previously disadvantaged individuals as well as government currently own 9.5 million hectares of title deed areas in Namibia,” Van der Merwe said.
“The question of the return of the land that was expropriated and taken away by force from the impoverished natives of Namibia is a time bomb that must be defused soonest or else it is an invitation for anarchic situations,” he said.
Iijambo said Swapo is still protecting land wrongly owned by “the white minority”, and has allowed the “poor black majority” to suffer in poverty.
He said during a conference that paved the way for the formulation of the country's constitution, Swapo was in unison with the DTA, now renamed the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM).
“Hitherto, colonised Namibians did not have that much property for us to have succumbed to clauses of protection of private property.” Iijambo said as a result, the constitution does not entirely serve the interests of the impoverished masses and proletariat of the country.
“Swanu will, therefore, not buy into the mockery of this gross betrayal.”
Iijambo said recent calls by the Swapo Elders' Council not to implement ancestral land resolutions that may be taken at the county's second national land conference next week, is a clear indication of how the ignorance of the majority of Namibians is being exploited.
Iijambo said the only ones who can help the poor is themselves.
He said the poor constitute 90% of those voting for the ruling party.
“They must wake up, open their eyes and see what is going on, and cast their votes for the party which will cater for their wellbeing.”
Swanu believes the provision of fertile land to the poor majority will eliminate poverty and prevent the ill-fated influx of people into towns.
Iijambo said agricultural land is the livelihood of African natives.
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