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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 10/16/18--15:00: SPYL dismayed by SOE misery
  • SPYL dismayed by SOE miserySPYL dismayed by SOE miseryYouth wing wants industry protection The ruling party's youth wing has lashed out at state-owned enterprises' wasting of taxpayer dollars. The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) is dismayed by the squabbles and leadership battles haunting state-owned enterprises (SOEs), and has called on line ministers to take action against failing parastatals.

    “We do not accept the situation of taxpayers' money being wasted by people who are entrusted to protect it; those that are found to be wrong must be brought to book.

    “All heads of SOEs and their executives must sign performance agreements with the government, and if they fail to adhere to the agreed performance, action must be taken accordingly,” SPYL secretary Ephraim Nekongo said at a media briefing yesterday.

    He also urged the government to implement a minimum wage across all sectors in order to combat the exploitation of Namibian workers.

    The ruling party youth wing also wants the government to favour locals when it comes to entering the tourism sector.

    Nekongo called on private companies and government to support the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (Amta) by purchasing locally produced fruit and vegetables from its fresh-produce hubs.

    However, he added that Amta's management should ensure that local SMEs are given the opportunity to manage these hubs.

    “We have observed some foreign-owned companies importing goods that are available in Namibia.

    “We therefore resolved that the government should only open our borders to goods that are not available in the country.

    “We have further observed that the tourism sector deliberately excludes black Namibians from actively participating in the sector,” Nekongo said.

    He added that the government would soon start a tractor scheme for small-scale farmers.

    He urged the government to ensure that young people are the first to benefit from this scheme.

    “The ministry of agriculture, water and forestry needs to come up with a programme that supports farmers and horticultural producers, which includes drilling boreholes and purchasing irrigation equipment, so that it invests in people to produce food locally.”

    The SPYL also directed its wrath towards the misuse of government vehicles and called on the government to overhaul its garage operations.

    Nekongo said the government must engage local vocational training centres to maintain these vehicles.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Otjikoto remains a B2Gold heavyweightOtjikoto remains a B2Gold heavyweightProduction exceeds budget Otjikoto is projected to produce between 160 000 ounces and 170 000 ounces of gold this year. Jo-Maré Duddy – The Otjikoto gold mine, majority-owned by B2Gold Corp, was the third biggest contributor to the Vancouver-based miner’s total production for the first nine months of 2018.

    Production results released on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) yesterday, show Otjikoto’s year-to-date production of 122 580 ounces represented nearly 17% of B2Gold’s total production of 721 817 ounces for the period under review. The Fekola mine in Mali was the biggest producer with 333 788 ounces, followed by Masbate in the Philippines with 164 943 ounces.

    Otjikoto’s production for the year ended September was 4 027 ounces or 3% above budget. However, compared to the corresponding period in 2017 it dropped by 16 508 ounces or nearly 12%.

    B2Gold is aiming for a consolidated gold production of between 920 000 ounces and 960 000 ounces in 2018. Of this, Otjikoto is projected to produce between 160 000 ounces and 170 000 ounces, primarily from the Otjikoto Pit.

    Otjikoto’s cash operating costs are forecast at between US$480 and US$525 per ounce and its all-in sustaining costs (AISC) at between US$700 and US$750 per ounce.

    Third quarter

    B2Gold said Otjikoto delivered “another quarter of solid production” in the past quarter, producing 42 403 ounces of gold.

    Third quarter production exceeded budget by 4% (1 568 ounces), mainly due to higher than-expected mill throughput - 870 125 tonnes compared to budget of 831 781 tonnes and 873 516 tonnes in the third quarter of 2017. Mill recoveries also remained high and averaged 98.7%, exceeding both budget of 98.0% and 98.5% in the third quarter of 2017, the company said.

    Compared to the prior-year quarter, gold production was lower by 12 748 ounces or 23%, as planned, B2Gold said. The company said the lower production was due to a “negligible amount of Wolfshag ore being mined in 2018 while Phase 2 of the Wolfshag Pit is being developed”. Higher grade ore production is planned to resume from the Wolfshag Pit late in 2019.

    As a result, the average grade processed in the quarter was 1.54 g/t, compared to budget of 1.52 g/t and 1.99 g/t in the third quarter of 2017.

    B2Gold reported a record quarterly consolidated gold production of 242 040 ounces. This is 106 412 ounces or 78% higher than the corresponding period in 2018. Consolidated gold revenue amounted to US$324 million, a significant increase of 110% or US$170 million over the same period last year.

    B2Gold Corp owns 90% of the Otjikoto mine through its local subsidiary, B2Gold Namibia. Evi Gold, a local empowerment group, owns the rest.

    The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchane (TSX) and on the Overall Index of the NSX. It ended September at N$30.59 per share on the NSX, nearly 18% or N$6.70 a piece lower than the end of 2017.

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  • 10/16/18--15:00: Plundered into poverty
  • Plundered into povertyPlundered into poverty The country's raw materials continue to benefit foreign multinationals and a handful of locally connected tenderpreneurs.

    Despite the government's undertaking to promote 'Growth at Home' to propel its intended industrialisation of the economy, its development budget for 2018/19 reflects a continued promotion of the ongoing extraction of raw materials and marine resources.

    This, the latest Tender Bulletin (12-18 October 2018) says, is at the expense of a deepening of homegrown industrialisation and manufacturing, while agro-processing and tertiary manufacturing are being promoted among “largely unproductive” small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

    “In mining, official development policies create the space for the unabated exploitation of Namibia's raw materials by foreign multinationals - aided by homegrown compradors - without beneficiation and the rampant speculation with public mining concessions for the private enrichment of a handful of locally connected individuals,” the Tender Bulletin states.

    It says the fishing sector continues to be plagued by rent-seeking behaviour by locally well-connected individuals using black economic empowerment vehicles to speculate with government-allotted quotas, “fulfilling their role as compradors to foreign fishing multinationals from South Africa, Spain, Russia and China”. Moreover, in the quarrying and associated building materials sector, more potential remains untapped because the government pursues inputs from imported supplies for its own housing initiatives.

    Industrialisation opportunities in the energy sector are also said to be largely overlooked.

    The article states that trade continues to trump manufacturing and “turbo-charged SME tenderpreneurial promotion” erodes established local businesses through “mercantilist displacement” rather than diversifying the narrow manufacturing base.

    What the development budget reflects, it adds, is a consumerist and “politically docile” black middle class being “carefully nurtured”.

    It furthermore criticises the government's “ongoing allegiance” to value extraction by foreign interests at the expense of “inward” industrialisation, manufacturing and value-addition. The 'Growth at Home' strategy states that targeted support will be given to agro- and fishing processing at home, steel manufacturing, mineral beneficiation, building materials, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The government's N$7.8 billion development budget for 2018/19 is 24% higher than the previous year's revised N$6.2 billion. The N$278 million project funding for the extractive and industrial sectors is 25% below last year's revised N$351 million, and the overall development budget contracted from 5.6% to 3.6%.

    Project funding for industrialisation programmes has diminished by 34% and fisheries by 46%, while the budget for mining and energy has gone up by 55%. The Tender Bulletin reports a “mismatched economic performance”.

    In 2015 the mining and fishing industries accounted for 63% in export earnings, with mining contributing 50%. However, the contribution of the mining and fishing industries to the gross domestic product (GDP) is merely 15%. Mining generates about 25% of the state's revenue in its extractive form. Fishing taxes also yield an “insignificant contribution” to government revenue, again leaving untapped potential for onshore processing.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 10/16/18--15:00: Katrina targets sex pests
  • Katrina targets sex pestsKatrina targets sex pestsNew law compels minister to report schoolgirl impregnators to cops A draft education law also makes comprehensive sex education from grade 4 compulsory, while the minister “must take all reasonable measures” to sure that basic necessities are provided in all schools. A draft bill makes it compulsory for education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa to report those impregnating schoolgirls aged younger than 16 to the relevant authorities, while staff guilty of fathering these babies will in addition be charged in accordance with the Public Service Act.

    The Basic Education Bill, which has already provoked massive reaction in parliament, also says that schoolgirls should be allowed back at school once they have given birth.

    It also makes comprehensive sex education for grade 4 learners compulsory and aims ensure that children stay in school, at least until they have reached the end of the school year in which they turn 18.

    It stipulates that as part of the prevention and management of learner pregnancy, comprehensive sex education will be taught from grade 4 or “at an appropriate age”, while pregnant learners will also be referred to social workers.

    The bill also states that no child may be denied admission because they have no birth certificate.

    The minister is also obliged to ensure that basic necessities such as shelter, water, food, light, ventilation, sanitary facilities and access to emergency medical care are provided for in all schools.

    Anyone who discriminates against a learner on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, colour, sex, religion, creed and social and economic status will be fined up to a maximum of N$20 000 or two years in prison.

    The bill also makes it compulsory for any child with specialised educational needs who is older than three years to be in a special needs school if the permanent secretary decides this is in the best interest of the child.

    In cases where a child is older than six and has not been admitted to any school, he or she must be admitted to a grade appropriate with their ability and age.



    Harmful initiation practices

    Schools are also not allowed to endanger the mental or physical health of a learner or undermine their intrinsic worth by treating some inferior to others, when so-called initiations are carried out.

    The bill states that a conduct and discipline policy will be developed by the minister to safeguard learners against substance abuse, address absenteeism and ensure inclusive learning, among others.

    It also says a principal may suspend a learner for misconduct at any time, while parents are expected to be the primary motivators when it comes to their children's educational development.



    Search and seizure

    The bill also outlines minimum standards for schools and hostels, and prohibits certain items from being carried onto the school grounds.





    It also gives school staff the power to seize such items. These include explosive materials or devices, firearms, gas weapons or illegal drugs.

    The principal or their delegate may randomly search any learner or group of learners or their property, if fair and reasonable suspicion exists.



    Political activities

    No political activities will be allowed at schools and no campaign materials of any political party may be displayed, unless such material is related to the school curriculum.

    Permission will be granted by the regional director if he or she is satisfied that these political activities are in line with the Act and other relevant laws, and in the best interest of the learners.

    These activities should also not interfere with teaching or learning time or be considered propaganda for political or religious agendas, or have a commercial or self-interest profit objective and seek to exploit learners



    Fundraising

    The bill also obligates state school boards to establish a school development fund and administer it as prescribed.

    Such a fund may contain money raised by, or on the authority of the school board, and via voluntary contributions by any person.

    Such contributions can be raised through fundraising campaigns or official school-related activities approved by the principal and the school board.

    School development fund monies may not be paid into a trust or be used to establish a trust.



    Learners cannot solicit funds

    The PS may prescribe the manner and procedure for fundraising at state schools, but the bill prohibits the use of learners to solicit funds from the public.

    The bill further makes it a crime for a school board or any other person to collect any money or contributions from parents, in order to circumvent or manipulate the payment of a voluntary parental contribution.

    It says the school board may not pay or give a staff member any remuneration, financial benefit or benefit in-kind for services rendered to the school, without authorisation of the Public Service Commission.

    A school board may, however, pay travel and subsistence (S&T) allowances for official school activities, but such expenses must be equivalent to what would have been payable to a staff member in similar circumstances under the Public Service Act.



    Auditing of school financial records

    Furthermore, state school boards must keep records of their income, expenses and financial transactions, and as soon as practicable (within three calendar months after the end of each financial year), draw up annual financial statements, in accordance with the prescribed standards.

    The regional director will then be obliged to appoint an auditor to examine and report on the records and financial statements, but such an auditor must not have a financial interest in the affairs of the school.

    If the minister considers it necessary, he or she may request the auditor-general to undertake an audit of the records and financial statements.

    The school board must also submit to the regional director an audited copy of its annual financial statement within six calendar months after the end of the financial year.

    These financial statements will be made available to any interested person.



    Unnecessary litigation

    Former education minister Nahas Angula said it is clear the minister intends well, but she must be careful that the bill does not invite unnecessary litigation.

    He also argued that some of the provisions should rather be regulations, instead of law.

    “In the end there are four important issues when it comes to education. Will it provide equitable access to learning, especially in the rural and urban context? Will the bill enable schools to open their doors to every learner? Does it ensure the quality of education? Will it ensure all necessary resources will be put in place?” Angula said.

    He also emphasised that the Namibian constitution already makes education provision compulsory, but it still does not guarantee that children attend school.

    “It is a noble idea; who is going to make sure, in terms of implementation, that children with disabilities attend school? If I have a hard-of-hearing child, but the school in my village cannot take my child, then I can take the school to court,” said Angula.

    Last week, when the bill was tabled in parliament, Popular Democratic Movement MP Nico Smit said it seeks to fix what is not broken and attempts to usurp the role of parents in their children's education.

    He also accused government of failing to sustain free education, leaving parents and teachers to find ways and means to supplement the inadequate funding provided by government, in order to keep schools afloat.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Two-year-old kidnapped, rapedTwo-year-old kidnapped, raped A 20-year-old man is behind bars after he allegedly kidnapped and raped his two-year-old niece yesterday, who was discovered, following an extensive police manhunt, alive but seriously injured on the outskirts of Outjo this morning.
    The Namibian police launched a search party at midnight last night, after the family of the girl reported her missing.
    The police confirmed that the suspect initially kidnapped the girl as well as two boys aged two and four yesterday morning, but the two boys returned home later that day.
    After the search was launched at midnight, police traced the suspect who was “covered with blood on some parts of his body” and immediately taken in for questioning.
    The search continued, and at around 07:00 this morning, the girl was discovered in bushes near the outskirts of the town.
    She was seriously injured and taken to the Outjo hospital.
    A medical examination confirmed that she had been raped, the police confirmed.
    She remains in a stable condition, Chief-Inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi confirmed.
    The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, is set to make his first court appearance at the Outjo Magistrate's Court tomorrow.
    Shikwambi said the police also arrested two suspects yesterday afternoon in Khomasdal who were found in possession of two blocks of cannabis, ten cannabis parcels as well as loose cannabis valued at N$96 000.
    The duo are scheduled to appear in the Katutura Magistrate's Court tomorrow.
    The suspects are a 38-year-old Tanzanian male and a 24-year-old Namibian female.
    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Swapo flag controversy sours Warriors winSwapo flag controversy sours Warriors win The displaying of two Swapo flags at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday evening, where the Brave Warriors trumped Mozambique 1-0, has caused a stir on social media, with some claiming Fifa will not tolerate what had happened.

    When asked about Fifa's stance on political party flags being displayed during games, Namibia Football Federation (NFA) secretary-general Barry Rukoro cheekily wanted to know if 'Swapo' had been written on the flags. Article 10 of Fifa's guidelines for match officials says that commissioner, referee and referee assessor match reports should describe in an accurate and complete manner every relevant incident.

    This includes “political or racist banners, flags and other objects: the exact words/signs, etc. used on the banner; the time and duration during which the banners were shown; the place, size and visibility of the banners”.

    Fifa has in the past frowned upon the displaying of political flags other than its flag and those of the member countries playing.



    Warriors on a high

    The Brave Warriors scored in the second half of their intense 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group K qualifier, and in the process beat Mozambique twice within days, after humbling their opponents away this past Saturday.

    Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile struck in the 73 minute to send the home crowd into ecstasy and propel Namibia to second in the qualifying group with just two matches to play.

    The pass came from Willy Stephanus, who together with Riaan Hanamub showed individual brilliance on the night.

    Mozambique started the match on a high and dominated the first half as an uncomfortable and nervous Namibian side tried not to make mistakes and concede an early goal.

    The second half stalemate was eventually broken by Shalulile.

    The win moved Namibia to seven points, with Guinea-Bissau, who the Warriors play next, still topping the group on goal difference.

    Both Zambia, who the Brave Warriors face away in their last group match, and Mozambique, are on four points.

    An emotional Ricardo Mannetti, who stayed on his feet throughout the match, as he tried to calm his players, praised God for the win.

    “This was not luck. This is prayer. This is not only a team victory, but a victory for the whole nation. We have worked for almost three months with the players who are without league action.

    “We trained everyday and this is the reward. We have a team full of depth and character; those who were in isolation also returned,” the Warriors head coach said.

    He added Mozambique were not easy to overcome.

    The Brave Warriors host Guinea-Bissau on 16 November and will play Zambia in March next year.

    If Namibia qualifies for Afcon 2019, which will be hosted by Cameroon, it will be their third time at the finals. Guinea-Bissau are looking to compete for the second time at the African showpiece.

    Their appearance at the 2017 edition in Gabon was their first time Afcon appearance.

    The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July 2019.



    Lights out

    There was also further drama at the stadium on Tuesday night, when the lights failed, leading to a delay. This, however, did not spoil the mood of the fans, who together with President Hage Geingob lit up the stadium with their cellphones.



    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 10/17/18--15:00: Okahandja United cleans ...
  • Okahandja     United                  		        cleans   ...Okahandja United cleans ...16 players 'unfairly dismissed' Okahandja United FC have come under fire for the alleged unfair dismissal of 16 players who helped the team gain promotion to the NPL. Okahandja United players are fuming after they were allegedly fired from the club.

    Sources revealed the team fired at least 16 players after they demanded winning bonuses for helping the team gain promotion to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) this year, when the side was still known as Okahandja Military School.

    It is alleged that the players were promised winning bonuses for playing an integral part in the team being promoted from the first division.

    The players were, however, shown the door after asking about their winning bonuses.

    The team had about 26 players attached to it during their first division campaign, but only nine are allegedly still with the club.

    “Many things are happening here, because the new coach Woody Jacobs is coming with his own players.

    “The nine players that are still with the club even fear that they could face the axe at any time,” a source said.

    Jacobs has allegedly brought in a Ghanaian, a Zimbabwean and other players that have been released by their NPL clubs, in a bid to beef up his squad.

    The source further alleged that the club has refused to give the released stalwarts their player cards, so they can hunt for new clubs.

    The registration period for clubs in the premier league will close at the end of this month.

    “Most of these guys lost their jobs and sacrificed their time, just to help this team gain promotion.

    “All some want is their player cards, in order to look for other teams before the registration period closes.

    “These players have their families to feed and it is not fair that they have been dropped in such a manner,” the source added.

    He also claimed the Okahandja Military School management are still very much involved in decision-making at the club. The only reason why the club ultimately gained promotion was through a deal that saw former Brave Warriors and Okahandja mayor Johannes 'Congo' Hindjou taking over the side.

    This was because two Namibia Defence Force (NDF) clubs would not have been allowed to play in the NPL, with Mighty Gunners are already active in the league.

    “It will be very difficult to break the ties of the club with the NDF and I am sure that they will receive funding one way or another from the NDF,” the source said.

    Jacobs backed his decision to release some of the players, who he deemed unfit to represent the club at premier league level.

    He did not confirm that 16 players were released, but said 13 of the players who helped the team gain promotion are still on the club's books.

    Jacobs emphasised the importance of having a team capable of avoiding relegation.

    “We do not fire players my friend, because everyone had a fair chance in the friendlies we have played since I took over.

    “I gave the players who took the team to the premier league their chance during those friendlies and I chose those that I feel will be good for the team.

    “In football, as a coach, I have to go with what I feel is good enough.

    “I am sorry for those that felt they were fired, but I am just doing my job in order to have a strong team,” Jacobs added.

    Hindjou's cellphone remained unanswered yesterday.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Semenya challenges IAAF gender rulesSemenya challenges IAAF gender rules The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday announced it had delayed its implementation of testosterone suppression in female athletes from 1 November to March next year.

    This comes after the IAAF was challenged by Athletics SA (ASA) and South African 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya over the legality of the ruling.

    The IAAF classifies athletes like Semenya as “athletes with differences of sex development (DSD)”, and had intended to implement testosterone-lowering medication for such athletes from 1 November. “The IAAF remains very confident of the legal, scientific and ethical bases for the regulations, and therefore fully expects the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reject these challenges,” said the IAAF in a statement. “However, the IAAF also understands that all affected athletes need certainty on the point as soon as possible. “Therefore, in exchange for Ms Semenya and the ASA agreeing to an expedited timetable, the IAAF has agreed not to enforce the regulations against any athlete unless and until they are upheld in the CAS award, which is expected on or before 26 March 2019.

    “Prolonging the uncertainty for athletes looking to compete in these distances next year and beyond is unfair and so we have reached a compromise with the claimants.

    “We have agreed not to enforce the regulations against any athlete until the contested regulations are upheld. “In exchange, they have agreed not to prolong the process. All athletes need this situation resolved as soon as possible,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.

    IAAF health and science department director, Stephane Bermon, said: “We recognise that this five-month shift in the timetable from a November to a late March start date could result in affected athletes having to sit out the bulk of the outdoor season leading up to the IAAF World Championships, including international competitions such as the Diamond League, which begin in May 2019.

    “The original 1 November start date was designed specifically to avoid this. Because of this, although the regulations are formally stayed pending the outcome of the CAS proceeding, the IAAF health and science department stands ready to support athletes and receive biological results from individual athletes with DSDs wishing to start their six-month suppression period at any time from today.”

    NAMPA/ANA

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    Reddig makes history at Youth OlympicsReddig makes history at Youth Olympics Namibian archer Quinn Reddig made history on Sunday, when she won Namibia's first-ever Youth Olympics medal in Argentina.

    Reddig teamed up with US archer Trenton Cowles in the mixed team event at the games.

    After shooting their individual qualification rounds at 60m on 12 October, archers were paired together in mixed teams.

    Reddig worked her way up in the qualification round from the 28th to 18th on Friday and on Saturday the mixed teams shot eliminations.



    The Namibian and US pair shot against strong teams and ended up in the bronze medal match on Sunday evening against a pair from New Zealand and Chinese Taipei.

    The duo managed a 5-3 win, earning themselves a well-deserved bronze medals for their respective countries.

    Coach Frank Reddig said the pairing was great and that the archers trusted each other during the competition.

    SPORT REPORTER

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  • 10/17/18--15:00: Enduro enters final round
  • Enduro enters final roundEnduro enters final roundRiders geared up for Kupferberg action The Kupferberg event is set for an action-packed day, as some Enduro riders' eye ultimate success in the competition. The coming weekend will see the seventh and final round of Enduro Series taking place at Kupferberg.

    The landfill area is known for great technical riding and is expected to create an awesome culmination to the series.

    No racing has taken place at this venue for some time and the routes will test the riders, who are fighting it out for the last championship points.

    Henner Rusch has wrapped up the open class, with Gunther Gladis having secured second.

    Third place has not yet been secured and three riders have a chance of taking the last step onto the podium.

    The master bikes class has come down to the wire, with Martin Kruger and Werner Wiese tied on points, while Jorn Greiter is only two points adrift, and a win at Kupferberg could secure him the championship.

    The support bikes championship has been wrapped up by Oliver Rohrmuller, who has a 29-point lead.

    The gap between second and third is, however, only two points.

    Jurgen Gladis and Jaco Huselman will have a great battle to see who secures second at the end of Saturday's event.

    In class 10 (beginners), JL Opperman, the quad bike rider who has now moved to two wheels, needs to finish the race to secure the top spot, as a non-finish would see Andre Marais win their battle.

    Rhys Gragg is in pole position to secure third place on Saturday afternoon.

    The development class, where smaller bikes and younger riders start out, will see eight riders completing.

    The rules are such that a senior rider or parent can ride with the youngsters, and the shorter route helps the fuel-reach on the smaller bikes.

    This, however, does not impact on the enthusiasm of the little ones nor the skills some are displaying at such a young age.

    With this being the final Enduro event of the year, riders are likely to put it all on the line to secure wins in the various championships.

    SPORT REPORTER

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    Ontotawaveta ompe yelongo lyopetameko moNamibiaOntotawaveta ompe yelongo lyopetameko moNamibiaOntotwaveta oya pula woo ehulithepo lyokatongo mokati kaanaskola Ontotwaveta ompe ndjoka ya tulwa poshitaafula kominista yelongo lyopetameko moNamibia otayi pula opo ku lopotwe komalelo, ayehe mboka taya gandja omategelelo kaanona yaanaskola yoomvula dhi li kohi yo 16. Ontotwaveta ndjoa oya gandja woo oonkondo kuminista opo a lopote ayehe mboka taya gandja omategelelo kaanona mboka, naalongiskola mboka taya gandja woo omategelelo kaanaskola otaya ka pangulwa kwiikwatelwa kOmpango yAaniilonga yEpangelo.

    Ontotwaaveta ndjoka otayi utha opo elongo li na sha niikumungu ya guma omilalo li longwe mooskola okuza mondondo onti 4 naashoka osha nuninwa okuthiminika aanaskola ya kale mooskola sigo ya gwanitha oomvula 18. Elongo ndyoka natango olya nuninwa okuyanda aanona ya ninge omategelelelo omanga ye li mooskola okuza moondondo dhopevi, yo mboka taya ningi omategelelo otaya ka tumwa woo kaahungimwenyo opo ya ka mone omyambidhidho gehungomwenyo.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka otayi utha woo kutya ka pena okanona taka ka tindilwa elongo molwaashoka ka ke na onzapo yevalo.

    Minista okupitila montotwaveta ndjoka otaka kwashilipaleka woo kutya oompumbwe adhihe dhomooskola ngaashi omahala, omeya iikulya, omakwatho gopaunamiti oshowo oompumbwe dhilwe odha kandulwa po. Kehe ngoka taka tongola omunaskola iikwatelela komuhoko gwe, kolwaala, kuukashikekookantu, paitaalo lye oshowo pankalo yopaliko otaka pewa egeelo lyookufuta oshimaliwa sha thika po N$20 000 nenge a kale mondjeedhililo uule woomvula mbali.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka otayi pitika woo aanona mboka ya pumbwa elongo lyiikalekelwa omolwa onkalo yawo na oye na oomvula dha pitilia noomvula dhi li pundatu opo ya kale mooskola dhowina ndhoka dheya nuninwa, ngele amushanga guuministeli oku wete nokupitika kutya shoka otashi ka longa muuwanawa wokanona.

    Monkalo moka okanona ka pitilila noomvula hamano ihe inaka tambulwa moskola nena otaka pitikwa ka tambulilwe mondondo kehe moka ta vulu kwiikolelelwa woo koomvula dhako. Ooskola nadhi pitikwa okutula moshiponga uundjolowele nonkalo yaanona ngele okomalutu nenge opamadhilaadhilo, nenge okuya lwatela pevi nokwiihumbatela aanona sha yooloka ku yakwawo omolwa oonkalo dhawo. Ontotwaveta oya holola kutya taku ka totwa po woo omulandu ngoka tagu ka longithwa mokugamena aanona okuza kelongitho lyiikolitha ,iingangamithi, okuyanda efaulo kooskola oshowo omaupyakadhi galwe ngoka haga kala ga taalela aanaskola. Ontotwaveta ndjoka otayi gandja oonkondo kaakuluntuskola ya kuthe pakathimbo okanona moskola omolwa omaihumbato omawinayi itaga popilwa ihe aavali otaya tegelelwa ya kale aakomeho momalongo gaanona yawo.

    Ontotaveta ndjoka natango otayi indike iinima yontumba mbyoka inayi pitikila mooskola nenge momihandjo dhooskola, na otayi gandja oonkondo kaaniilonga mooskola nenge momihandjo ndhoka opo ya kwateko nokukutha ko iinima mbyoka inai pitikwa.

    Omukuluntuskola pamwe naaniilonga pamwe naye oya pitikwa okuningila aanona ehadho nokukwashilipalea kutya iinima mbyoka inayi pitikwa inayi ya mooskola nenge momihandjo. Inaku pitikwa iinyangadhalwa yoongundu dhoopolotika mooskola, nenge omahwahwameko goongundu dhopolotika.

    Otaku ka gandja epitiko komukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa ngele okuwete kutya oshinyangadhalwa shongundu ndjoka oshi li muuwanawa waanona na itashi pogola ompango nenge omilandu dhelongo.

    Iinyangadhawa mbyoka inayi pitikwa okuya moshipala oongundu nenge iilonga yooskola.

    Ontotwaveta otayi pitika wo omalelo gooskola ga totepo iiketha yeyambulepo lyooskola. Iiketha mbyoka otayi kala nokutulwa iimaliwa nenge iiyemo mbyoka ya gongelwa komalelo gooskola nenge okupitila momaiyambo goohandimwe. Iiyemo mbyoka otayi vulu woo okugongelwa okuza miinyangadhalwa yontumba mbyoka tayi vulu okuningwa pooskola.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka natango otayi indike elongitho lyaanaskola mokumonena ooskola iiyemo, okuza moshigwana. Ontotwaveta ndjoka oya yeleka kutya oshili oshimbuluma ngele oskola nenge elelo lyoskola otali longitha omukalo gwokukonga iimaliwa okuza kaavali pakuya pambambo omusindalandu ngoka tagu pitika aavali ya gandje omakwatho kooskola pakwiiyamba.

    Natango oveta ndjoka otayi popi kutya elelo lyoskola inali futa omuniilonga poskola iiyemo ya sha nenge uuwanawa wopashimaliwa omolwa eyakulo e li gandja omanga inaku pewa epitiko okuza koPublic Service Commission. Omalelo gooskola otaga vulu okufuta aaniilonga iimaliwa yomalweendo uuna taya yi momalweendo gopambelewa ihe iimaliwa mbyoka nayi kale yi thike pamwe nomwalu ngoka hagu futwa kohi yoPublic Service Act.

    Natango omalelo gooskola dhepangelo naga kale nomaumbangi oshowo omauyelele gelongitho lyiiyemo yooskola nokungongapo omayalulo gelongitho lyiiyemo yawo omvula kehe. Aakomeho yelongo otaya kapewa nduno oshinakugwanithwa shokuningila omakonakono omambo ngoka nomauyelele ngoka.

    Ngele minista okwa mono kutya osha pumbiwa nena otaka ka pula opo omuyalulimambo gwepangelo a ningile omakonaakono omambo giiyemo yoskola yontumba.

    Omalelo gooskola na ga gandje kehe moomwedhi hamano omambo gomiyalu dhopashimaliwa gooskola dhawo komukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa, aluhe konima yehulilo lyomumvo gwawo gwopashimaliwa.

    Omambo ngoka naga gandjwe ku kehe ngoka ta holola ohokwe mugo.

    Ominista yelongo nale, Nahas Angula okwa popi kutya osha yela kutya minista yelongo okwa hala shike na oshili muuwanawa ihe na kale a kotoka opo ontotwaveta ndjoka kayi hiye iipotha yomoompangu oyindjiiyindji.

    Okwa popi kutya yimwe oya li ya pumbwa okukala omilandu pehala lyompango.

    “Pehulilo ope na iikumungu ya simana yi li ine ngele tashi ya kelongo. Otali ka gandja tuu iikwathitholongo ya gandjwa unene miitopolwa yomuushayi? Ontotwaveta otayi ka pitika tuu ooskola dhi kale dha patulukila aanaskola ayehe? Otayi ka gandja tuu elongo lyongushu? Otayi ka kwashilipaleka tuu kutya iipumbiwa ayihe oya tulwa pomahala?” Angula a popi. Okwa popi kutya ekotampango lyaNamibia nalyo otali utha elongo kaanona ayehe ihe itali kwashilipaleke kutya aanona ayehe otaya hiti ooskola.

    “Ondunge ombwaanawa: olye taka kwashilipaleka etulo miilonga kutya aanona ayehe ye na omaulema ga yooloka oya hita ooskola? Ngele okanona kandje otaka lumbu nuulema wokuuva ko ihe oskola yomomukunda gwetu itayi ka tambula nena otandi vulu okufala oskola ndjoka kompangu.”

    Oshiwike sha piti sho ontotwaveta ndjoka ya tulwa poshitafua momutumba gwopaliamende, oshilyo shongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement, Nico Smit osha popi kutya ontotaveta ndjoka otayi kambadhala okupangela mpoka inapu teka.

    Okwa lundile epangelo kutya otali ndopa okukalekapo elongo lyoshali nopehala otali etha aavali oshowo aalongi ya konge omikalo dhokumonena ooskola iiyemo omolwa iiyemo inayi gwana mbyoka hayi pewa ooskola kepangelo.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Oshikonga shomahwahwameko gegameno lyomoondjila sha manithwaOshikonga shomahwahwameko gegameno lyomoondjila sha manithwa Omahwahwameko gegameno lyomoondjila ngoka ga ninga uule woomwedhi mbali moondjila dhaNamibia dhoka dha talika ko kutya odha nika oshiponga, oga etitha egandjo lyomageelo kaalongithi yoondjila gongushu yoomiliyon 4.5 omanga aantu yeli 219 ya tulwa miipandeko sho taya hingi ye li kohi yodhungo.

    Aahingi yiihauto ye li po 34 373 oya ningilwa omakonakono pethimbo lyoshikonga shoka. Aahingi ye li po 24 457 oya konaakonwa momwedhi Aguste omanga 9 916 ya konaakonwa momwedhi Sepetemba.

    Omahwahwameko ngoka ga tulwa miilonga omwedhi Aguste na oga hulu momwedhi Sepetemba oga li ga longitha oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 3.5 na oga kala aanambelewa ya gwedhwa po ye li 64 okuza kiiputudhilo ya yooloka mboka ya tulwa mondjila yo B1 pokati kaNoordoewer oshowo Oshikango oshowo B2 pokati kOkahandja nOmbaye.

    Omatulo miipandeko ge li po 259 oya ningwa pethimbo ndyoka moka aantu 248 ye li aalumentu omanga aakiintu ye li 9.

    Omupopiliko gwopolisi yaNamibia, Chief inspector Kauna Shikwambi okwa popi kutya nokukoleka kutya omageelo ge li 4 350 oga gandjwa pethimbo lyomahwahwameko ngoka, sho kwa gandjwa omageelo 3 112 muAguste omanga muSepetemba gwa gandjwa omageelo 1 238.

    Muule woomwedhi ndhoka, opolisi oya lopota iiponga yomoondjila yi li 940, omaso 2, omayehameko omanene ge li 85 oshowo omayehameko omashona ge li e 151.

    Ehangano lyoMotor Vehicle Accident (MVA) fund olya koleke oshiwike shika kutya okutameka omwedhi gotango nuumvo sigo omasiku 11 gomwedhi Kotomba, okwa lopotwa iipotha yili 2 871 moondjila dhaNamibia.

    Onga oshizemo shiiponga mbyoka, aantu 4 629 oya ehamekwa omanga kwa lopotwa omaso 411.

    MVA fund okwa koleke kutya ngaashi omimvo dha piti oyendji mboka ya hulithile miiponga mbyoka ya lopotwa aalumentu ya kalela po oopresenda 72 nenge ye li 295 pamiyalu omanga aakiintu 115 ya kalela po oopresenda 28 ya hulithile miiponga.

    Natango aanyasha okwa lopotwa oyo unene taya ningi iihakanwa yiiponga, sho kwa lopotwa kutya oyendji mboka ya hulithile miiponga aanyasha yoomvula dhi li po 16 no 35.

    Oshitopolwa shaKhomas osho sha lopotwa iiponga oyindji yi li 1 101, sha landulwa koshitopolwa shErongo shoka sha lopotwa iiponga 318 noshitopolwa shaShana osha lopotwa iiponga 289.

    Otjozondjupa omwa lopotwa iiponga 229, naantu 44 oya hulithila miiponga mbyoka. Aantu 42 oya hulithila mErongo omanga 40 ya hulithila moKhomas, Oshana oshowo Hardap.

    Iiponga tayi ningilwa aayendi yokolupadhi nayo otayi londo pombanda sho kwa lopotwa iiponga 841 oshowo omaso 117 nomayehameko 781.

    Iiponga yomaipumo mumwe oya lopotwa yi li po 784 moka aantu 87 ya hulithila omanga ye li 1 564 yeehamekwa. Iiponga yiihauto ya galangata oyi li po 754 nokweetitha omaso 148 oshowo omayehameko 1 598.

    Aantu o 10 oya hulithila miiponga tayi kwatakanithwa niinamwenyo, mbyoka kwa lopotwa iiponga 87 oshowo omayehameko 156.

    Omahwahwameko ngoka ga ningwa oga kwatelwa komeho kopolisi yaNamibia ano Nampol, melongelokumwe naanambelewa yoNRSC, MVA Fund, Roads Authority, Private Sector Road Safety Forum, oshowo iikondo yegameno lyomoondjila okuza mOvenduka, Ombaye, Swakopmund, Henties Bay, Keetmanshoop, Otjiwarongo, oshowo uuministeli wiilonga nomalweendo.

    Omahwahwameko ngoka oga ningi woo elongo lyegameno moondjila.

    Namibia okwa lopotwa shimwe shomiilongo yi na omaso taga etitha kiiponga yomoondjila geli pombanda noonkondo, sho konyala kehe omvula ha kanitha aantu ye li po 700 onga oshizemo shiiponga yomoondjila.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Namibians urged not to cut down treesNamibians urged not to cut down trees Namibians have been urged not to cut down trees to reduce deforestation and improve food security in the country.

    In an effort to reduce deforestation as a means to promote sustainable livelihoods of rural forest-dependent communities, Arbour Day was celebrated in Namibia on Friday.

    The day, celebrated under the theme 'Plant trees to mitigate climate change and improve food security' this year celebrated the jacket plum (Pappea capensisas) the Tree of the Year.

    The tree is widely used for its edible fruits which are used to make jellies, alcoholic beverages and vinegar.

    According to agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb the aim of the day is to sensitise all citizens about the importance of planting and conserving trees, promoting tree planting and nurturing planted tree seedlings for local, national, regional and global benefits.

    He said it is estimated that the earth's total forest area continued to decrease at about 13 million hectares per year. However, over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50%.

    “Globally, major challenges of deforestation are unsustainable agricultural practices, conversion of forests into commercial plantations, livestock ranching and crop fields as well as unsustainable logging, infrastructure expansion and urbanisation.”

    He said there are many inter-related links between forestry and food security which can be divided into three categories including; environmental, production, and socio-economic factors.

    Environmentally, the effects of trees are most easily seen at the farm level, where they can play an important role in improving the microclimate, reducing the damage caused by wind, protecting against soil erosion, and restoring soil productivity, and maintaining hydrological systems.

    !Naruseb said in terms of production, the most direct connection between forestry and food security is the food items produced by trees.

    He said for the poor, and also for women, these are often one of their only sources of cash income. Moreover, wood is an affordable major renewable energy source that provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric and wind power. It accounts for roughly 45% of current global renewable energy supply.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 10/17/18--15:00: New wildlife bill coming
  • New wildlife bill comingNew wildlife bill coming The environment ministry aims to enact the Wildlife and Protective Areas Management Bill by early next year.

    A final national consultative meeting on the bill was held yesterday during which the ministry announced it aims to table it in parliament next year.

    In its current state, the draft bill is 228 pages long. It will be the most important piece of legislation governing wildlife and protective areas as it repeals two acts that previously dealt with this.

    The bill will repeal Nature Conservation Ordinance Number 4 of 1975 and the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act Number 9 of 2008 that implemented the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, 1973.

    According to the deputy environment minister, Bernadette Jagger, the Nature Conservation Ordinance has been on the statute book for far too long and has been amended several times.

    “Though still operational and implementable, it is not readily available in the law books since there is no reprint of those books to make all the old laws readily available.”

    She said the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act needs to be repealed because it almost provides for the same matters as provided in the Nature Conservation Ordnance.

    “The bill is therefore necessary to bring wildlife and protected area management on par with new developments in wildlife and land management in order to contribute to sustainable development, poverty reduction and eradication.”

    The new bill has 12 sections of which the section dealing with wild animals and protection of species is the largest. This part contains 33 sections on wild animals and protection of species.

    The bill will also now deal with the profession of conservation hunting.

    It introduces a formalised and regulated conservation hunting profession and contains registration of the profession, training in conservation hunting as well as regulations to acts of misconduct.

    According to Jagger, Namibia is committed to wildlife protected area management and the sustainable use of wildlife resources and has made good progress in this regard.

    “But now is the opportunity and time to improve on our legislation to better manage our wildlife and protected areas to benefit our country,” Jagger said.

    “It has taken very long to draft this bill. We are now at the right stage that we have a document that we are comfortable with. The final product is one that responds to the conservation and protected area needs of Namibia,” said acting permanent secretary Teofilus Nghitila.

    According to him the drafting of the bill started at the same time as the Environmental Act which was passed in 2007.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 10/17/18--15:00: Bail ruling tomorrow
  • Bail ruling tomorrowBail ruling tomorrowTrafficking suspects to hear on Friday Two suspects, charged with the trafficking and rape of a 14-year-old Oshakati school girl, will hear whether they will get bail tomorrow. The Oshakati Magistrate's Court will deliver its judgment tomorrow on whether the two accused human trafficking and rape suspects will be granted bail.

    After two weeks of bail application proceedings, Chief Magistrate Mika Namweya on Tuesday, after the submissions from both the state and the defence counsels, informed the court that he will deliver his judgment tomorrow.

    The two suspects, Frederick Jacobus van Zyl (32) and Sylvia Bonifatius (20), are facing charges of human trafficking, two counts of rape, committing immoral practices, drugging a female for unlawful intercourse and stupefying a female for unlawful intercourse.

    The two are accused of kidnapping, drugging and raping a 14-year-old Oshakati schoolgirl.

    Both Van Zyl and Bonifatius have pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them.

    The state is opposing bail on five grounds, including because of the seriousness of the offences, the fear they may abscond, and further, that they may interfere with investigations.

    The State is also arguing it would not be in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice if they are granted bail, adding investigations are still in the early stages. The defence counsels did not bring forward any witnesses and solely relied on the testimonies of the two accused.

    The State put three witnesses on the stand, including human rights activist Phil Ya Nangoloh who testified that the two accused should not be granted bail.

    Making reference to international and local law, as well as the constitution, Ya Nangoloh said the court is prohibited from granting bail when suspects are charged with serious offences, including human trafficking.

    The State's second witness, Constable Abraham Eliaser, the investigating officer in the matter, testified that the two suspects were only arrested in September after the case was opened in July and he also narrated the nature of events.

    Concurring with the State's grounds of objections, Eliaser informed the court that he still needs to obtain statements from witnesses and that the accused persons will interfere with his investigations.

    Chrisna Masule is prosecuting while Bonifatius is represented by Simson Aingura, and Pieter Greyling appears for Van Zyl.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    MTC upgrades Gross Barmen networkMTC upgrades Gross Barmen networkTourism convenience MTC has taken its network upgrades to another level. The current upgrade of Gross Barmen to 3G is very welcome, as it will ensure that visitors remain connected throughout the resort- Mufaro Nesongano, corporate communications and online media manager, NWR The ongoing plans by the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), the premier telecommunications solutions provider MTC to expand network services in both rural areas and urban peripheries have seen the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) – Gross Barmen Resort site being the latest beneficiary of a long overdue upgrade from 2G to a commissioned with 3G enabled infrastructures.

    As part of its national network improvement infrastructure program christened 081Every1, MTC recently upgraded its network sites within the locality of Gross Barmen from 2G to 3G. Owing to the fast growing network traffic volume growth in many parts of the country and the spike in accessible of data driven or enabled devices, MTC as part of its core strategic endeavour aimed to enhance and provide high level of excellence and satisfactory telecommunications network coverage and internet speed to customers.

    Expressed Tim Ekandjo, chief human capital and corporate affairs at MTC said that statistics have indicated that sound network infrastructure contributes to the attraction of tourists to the country, “and we are particularly pleased with not just the Gross Barmen upgrade, but also with the rest of all our upgrades which are underway across the country as we speak 3G network upgrades in rural settings is preparation in advance paving way for the 4G network which is currently enjoyed in urban areas only”.

    “As NWR we value the role that MTC has played to ensure that telecommunication is facilitated smoothly throughout the country. The current upgrade of Gross Barmen to 3G is very welcome, as it will ensure that visitors remain connected throughout the resort. This is vital because they can share their experiences immediately thereby creating awareness of our hidden gems,” says Mufaro Nesongano, NWR corporate communications and online media manager.

    Gross Barmen Resort is located around 100 km from the capital city of Windhoek, nestled on the banks of a tributary of the Swakop River. Set between rows of palm trees, green lawns and many pleasant walks, the resort is ideal for all ages.

    As a haven for local and international tourist, Gross Barmen includes facilities for spa & wellness, fitness, recreation, and leisure. The main attraction of the resort is the health and hydro/ medical spa centre, featuring thermal springs and providing a full range of treatments, massages, and health activities for relaxation.

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    FNB Namibia supports the manufacturing association FNB Namibia supports the manufacturing association FNB Namibia’s business division has reiterated its support towards the Namibia Manufacturers Association (NMA) Manufacturer of the Year Awards ceremony, which will take place on 25 October 2018.

    Johan van der Westhuizen, the bank's executive officer: business announced the support of N$105 000 towards the event and the sector it represents.

    “Business plays an important role in stimulating the economy and creating jobs in our country. Today, more than ever before, businesses need a helping hand – whether it be financing, cash flow or just advice. FNB has a dedicated business team ready to help Namibians achieve their business dreams,” he said.

    Ronnie Varkevisser , the chief executive officer of the NMA said that the association believes that by honouring and recognising its members through this national annual event, it will inspire and motivate its members to increase the awareness of the high standard of manufacturing in Namibia.

    “The important role which the sector plays in wealth and job creation in our country and the rest of the SADC region cannot be understated. In today’s economic climate, which currently borders on a recession, it is even more important than ever to acknowledge those companies that put in extra effort to stimulate and push for growth in the manufacturing sector,” he said.\

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  • 10/17/18--15:00: Spa tourism booming
  • Spa tourism boomingSpa tourism boomingNamibia remains firm wellness destination Wellness tourism continues to perform very well in Namibia with the country ranking in the top ten sub-Saharan destinations. Namibia continues to rake in hundreds of millions from its burgeoning spa tourism, with revenue and employment that have almost doubled since 2015.

    Namibia is still ranked in the top ten in terms of spa tourism in sub-Saharan Africa, raking in N$512 million from the sector in 2017.

    According to the Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor, Namibia's number of spas increased to 88 in 2017, while employment in the sector grew to 1 247.

    In 2013 the number of spas in the country stood at 40 and in 2015 it increased to 57, while employment in the sector increased from 553 to 760 workers during the same period.

    In 2013 the local spa industry made N$182 million and this increased to N$285.4 million in 2015.

    In terms of the wellness property market, Namibia was ranked third in Sub-Sahara Africa and the market is worth N$21.4 million.

    Namibia was also ranked third in the region in terms of its revenue earned at its thermal/mineral springs. Namibia's three facilities earned N$84.4 million in revenue.

    This increased from the N$43.5 million generated in 2015 by two facilities. In Sub-Saharan Africa there are 50 thermal/ mineral spring establishments.

    A whopping 100 000 visitors came to Namibian wellness centres and they spent N$620 million, the latest figures of 2013 indicated. These figures are not indicated in the new report, though.

    According to the report several African countries are actively promoting wellness tourism, including Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, primarily focusing on spa offerings to diversify from the traditional safari or beach tourism for international visitors.

    It points out that while high-end safari lodges that offer spa services have been around for a while, many destinations have moved from a spa/pampering focus to holistic wellness, adding offerings such as “mindfulness safaris,” “yoga in the wilderness,” and “body treatments in the bush,” and incorporating local ingredients and treatments/therapies rooted in African traditions.

    “We have also seen tremendous growth in the number of wellness retreats and yoga retreats in Africa, combining wellness with complementary travel interests in the eco, adventure, spiritual, and cultural categories.

    “The natural beauty and wilderness across this vast continent create unique opportunities, such as stargazing in Namibia, meditation among wildlife in Zambia, and long, uninterrupted beach walks in Mozambique.”

    The report adds that wellness tourism has the potential to offer enormous economic, social, conservation, and branding benefits to the African continent.

    “Tourism has long been an ambassador industry for any country or region. With its focus on holistic health, healing, and authentic experiences, wellness tourism highlights and promotes a country's strengths that are rooted in nature, culture, heritage, and traditions.”

    According to the report many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are rich in thermal waters, but the thermal/mineral bathing sector remains primitive and underdeveloped across the region.

    It notes that Namibia recently made significant investments in modernising its two major hot-springs resorts (Gross Barmen in 2014 and Ai-Ais in 2017).

    It is estimated that the global wellness property sector was worth $134 billion in 2017, growing at 6.4% annually since 2015. For comparison, this is about 1.5% of the total annual global construction market.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Sanitation in rural areas still a challengeSanitation in rural areas still a challenge The urban and rural development minister, Peya Mushelenga, has raised concerns at the level of sanitation and hygiene in peri-urban and rural settings.

    Mushelenga said it was worrying to see people still struggling with ablution facilities, which often forces them to defecate in the open areas or make use of the unhygienic ‘bucket system’ for toilets.

    The minister made the remarks when he handed over 244 newly constructed ablution facilities at Omitara on Monday.

    Mushelenga said despite government’s efforts to advance rural communities, the provision of housing, especially to ultra-low income groups, remains a challenge.

    He added that the ministry however remains committed to bringing development to rural areas and informal settlements in urban areas, in its quest to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas.

    “The ministry has taken various steps to ensure that the poor are not left out of development and that rural areas are equally developed.

    “Part of this is to experiment with locally available, low-cost building materials for houses, such as clay bricks and other materials, in order to cover a larger number of citizens with the limited funds at our disposal,” he explained.

    The Omaheke governor, Festus Ueitele said the handing over of the ablution facilities coincides with the ‘Global Hand Washing Day’, and should therefore set the tone for the maintenance of proper hygiene.

    He noted that providing sanitation to communities in rural areas helps to restore the dignity of those living there.

    “The need for proper ablution facilities can never be underestimated as it forms the basis of a healthy environment,” he said.

    Omitara also saw the construction of a 500-metre access road linking the Otjivero Primary School and adjacent residential area to the main road.

    The total costs of all the projects including the ablution blocks and the road, which were also funded by the ministry through the regional council, amounts to N$8.9 million.

    NAMPA

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  • 10/17/18--15:00: Relief for Onjuva community
  • Relief for Onjuva communityRelief for Onjuva community The community of Onjuva in the Kunene Region again have access to potable water following the construction of a borehole, along with the installation of water purification and softening systems for the Onjuva clinic.

    The N$1.4 million (US$98 821) project was funded by the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and can also used by the community.

    Onjuva is located some 200 kilometre west of Opuwo in a very remote location, coupled with bad roads which makes it difficult for community members to access better services.

    The community borehole that also used to supply water to the clinic collapsed some years ago and following the inauguration of a new clinic for the community in June 2017, which was funded by both USAFRICOM and the health ministry, the health minister Bernard Haufiku made a request to the United States Embassy to assist in rehabilitating the borehole.

    On behalf of the community, the head nurse of the Onjuva clinic, Jeremia Freeman, welcomed the borehole and purifier saying it is a relief for the community.

    “Following the collapse of the community borehole, water had to be transported via a pick-up truck with water tanks from a nearby community campsite’s borehole at great expense,” Freeman said.

    We will ensure that we will continue to provide health services in a sanitary environment to the surrounding community. We also express our gratitude to the US government in answering the community’s call for help. Water from the new borehole is of a much higher quality than before due to the filtration and purifying system.”

    According to the Lieutenant-Colonel John Lacy, the senior defence official and defence attaché for the embassy, reaching Onjuva community was no easy feat, especially with the transportation of the necessary drilling equipment.

    “It is essentially a two-day drive from Windhoek. The site is very remote and can only be reached by roads that are, in some places, barely better than 4x4 trails,” Lacy said.

    Geo Pollution Technologies was contracted to perform the work.

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