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  • 10/18/18--15:00: Party on with Red Bull
  • Party on with Red BullParty on with Red Bull Another fantastic Red Bull event is on its way… African Beats will be on at the Windhoek show grounds' entertainment area next week Saturday from 15:00.

    According to Red Bull, we celebrated Heroes' Day on 26 August, and now, they want to celebrate the heroes of African music. Together with Red Bull Music, this can be achieved.

    The headline artists include:

    @ginajeanz

    She was the first Namibian DJ to grace the stage at the famous @rockingthedaisies in South Africa in 2017. Her futuristic approach to her music is putting her on the radar in South African music circles. Gina has graced the Red Bull Music stage before sharing it with 340million, Skepta, Shekinah and Langa Mavuso, name but a few. Her forward thinking sound, with a blend of synths, bass and vocal chops sets the tone for a one-of-a-kind set at African Beats.

    @shekhinahd

    Her pop/RnB sound has been making waves all over South Africa, and the proof is in the pudding and Shekhinah bagged three SAMAs including Best Album, Best Newcomer and Female Artist of the Year. Shekhinah is a true testament to the future of African music. From her feature with industry heavyweight Black Coffee on his single 'Your Eyes', to her diamond certified single 'Suited', Shekhinah is paving the way for the next generation of female stars!

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    Underground trap from MarientalUnderground trap from MarientalLive techno mastering instrumentals One Namibian is passionate about rythym and beats and is punching his way into the mainstream. All kings arise from underground it seems and when it has a Namibian flavour, then it is lekker because… local is lekker! Awaiting to take flight, the new generation of hip-hop known as trap, has made its way to Nambian producers.

    Local trap producer known to many as Chris, real name Euvanus Hanse, was born in Mariental south of Windhoek.

    “I grew up with both my parents and all my siblings so I count myself lucky. However, I didn't have the privilege to really get into and develop this things I had passion for as a young man due to circumstances, but, I already knew where my heart was and yes, my heart was in the art of music,” said Hanse.

    He started writing and rapping lyrics in 2008 at the age of ten and he progressed to making beats in 2012. Hanse has been mastering music ever since.

    “I want to unite all artists, both established and upcoming, to inspire and motivate our youth to develop themselves towards a brighter future in the music industry,” said Hanse.

    As far as collaborations go, the trap artist worked with Mesa Haraseb, known as M. O. C. Lincol, who is his cousin and has been his motivation since day one. Hanse says the music is based on Link Vision Entertainment, a movement which makes music that inspires, motivates and guides the youth to unite and fight against negativity and stand together for a positive and bright future.

    Hanse has not officially released any of his music. It is not available yet due to various delays but, it is in the process and soon, the public will have to access his music. He will drop the release date on social media.

    “We host shows and we do recordings and we're also looking forward to tours as well. All of that however, can only be achieved with financial stability, so we're still looking for potential investors that can help Link Vision Entertainment achieve that dream”, said Hanse.

    “First of all I would like to thank God Almighty for blessing me with this opportunity. I want to thank my mother and father, my siblings and everyone that believed or didn't believe in me... I thank y'all for all the energy I received because it made me who I am today,” said Hanse

    The gift of music is something that takes control of the mind body and soul and is one of the elements of communication in a deeper dimension. My heart beats to the freedom of your soul.

    COBIE BOK

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    The Stylish New XUV500 muscles upThe Stylish New XUV500 muscles upMore features, more options and more comfort The 2018 Stylish New XUV500 stands out from its predecessors, thanks to completely redesigned front and rear styling. The Stylish New XUV500 flagship represents the best of Mahindra’s SUV expertise. - Rajesh Gupta, CEO: Mahindra SA The Stylish New Mahindra XUV500 has landed in South Africa, with a fresh new design and a host of new comfort features.

    Mahindra has also added two new models that are sure to prove popular. The XUV500 W6 Automatic offers a lower entry point for buyers in search of an automatic SUV, while the new XUV500 W10 range-topper offers a new level of luxury and specifications.

    “The Stylish New XUV500 flagship represents the best of Mahindra’s SUV expertise. It is both capable and comfortable, feature rich and affordable and is styled to attract attention. The new model, with its completely redesigned front and rear styling, and additional features are sure to attract the attention of existing owners and SUV enthusiasts alike,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

    First launched in South Africa in 2012, the XUV500 quickly gained popularity among SUV buyers for its combination of style, creature comforts, three-row seating space and an affordable price. It grew further in popularity when Mahindra introduced additional features and upgrades in 2015.

    Striking new design

    The 2018 Stylish New XUV500 stands out from its predecessors, thanks to completely redesigned front and rear styling.

    Viewed from the front, the Stylish New XUV500 features a brand-new grille, which reinterprets the marque’s well-known 7-slot design with sharp-cut chrome highlights and a larger chrome surround.

    The chrome grille surrounds morph into new light-strip daytime running lights at the top of the redesigned headlamps, before flowing vertically down to new fog lamps. The fog lamps, in turn, form part of a redesigned lower bumper, which has been squared off around a lower air intake and now has a silver lower bash plate.

    The visual updates continue along the side of the XUV500, where Mahindra’s designers have added additional chrome detailing at the lower edges of the doors and redesigned the D-pillar applique.

    The most dramatic part of Mahindra’s redesign of the Stylish New XUV500 is visible at the rear, where a new tailgate, new combination taillights and a larger roof-mounted rear spoiler present a completely new visual signature.

    The new angular taillights are split horizontally into two units on each side and replace the previous vertical units. The new lights allowed designers to reimage the rear tail gate, which now features a wider and more prominent number plate enclosure with chrome detailing and integrated reverse camera (on certain models) and new rear reflectors, which follow the diagonal lines created by the taillights.

    Completing the dramatic new rear design, is a new rear bumper with blacked-out bottom scuff section and dual tail pipes.

    “We are very happy with the major redesign of the Stylish New XUV500. It creates a brand-new visual signature for our flagship model, without losing any of the XUV character that our customers have come to love,” says Gupta. “We are also proud to say that the interior keeps the promise made by the exterior with a major increase in specifications and comfort features.”

    Feature rich interiors

    The Stylish New XUV500 is equipped with an infotainment system, with air conditioning controls or a full climate control system, depending on the model grade. On W8 and W10 variants, this infotainment system also includes a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation system with voice prompts as standard.

    The infotainment system is connected to a powerful new audio system from the specialists Arkamys. The system also offers USB connectivity, with picture and video viewing functionality on the W8 and W10 variants, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity and an iPod and AUX connection.

    Mahindra’s designers further added new chrome detailing, which includes illuminated chrome scuff plates, vertical chrome inserts on the centre console and detailing on the air vents and steering wheel. Also new is the sunroof and a push-button Start/Stop system in the Automatic W10 variants.

    Like before, the Stylish New XUV500 has one of the longest standard-feature lists in its segment. All variants offer electric windows and side mirrors, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with electric power assistance, remote boot lid opening, follow-me-home and lead-me-to-vehicle headlamp functionality and foldable second and third row seats.

    The W6, W8 and W10 models have alloy wheels, cruise control with a multi-functional steering wheel, a conversation mirror (deleted on the W10 with sunroof), reach adjustment to the steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights, puddle lamps and fully automatic temperature control (FATC). In addition, the W6-grade features premium cloth upholstery. The W6 variant is now available with automatic transmission. The W8 and W10 models are also equipped with a 7” full colour infotainment system with voice commands.

    The top-spec W10 adds the electrically adjustable driver’s seat, while the W8 and W10 has mobile charging points in the front two rows and reading lamps for all three rows of seats, ice-blue lounge lighting, Tyre-tronics tyre pressure and temperature sensors on all tyres, foldable side mirrors and a reverse camera with dynamic assist.

    Superior Performance

    The 2018 upgrade on the Stylish New XUV500 is more than just skin deep. Mahindra engineers have refined its reliable and highly popular mHawk 2.2 turbodiesel engine with its fifth-generation turbocharger. The mHawk-engine delivers 103 kW and 330 Nm of torque.

    In addition, Mahindra has revised the suspension – which it designed in partnership with Lotus – to offer greater comfort and improved handling. The suspension upgrade and additional noise damping on the 2018 model has led to a dramatic drop in the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) inside the cabin.

    Uncompromised safety

    All versions of the new XUV500 feature two airbags, while the W8 and W10 offers seat and curtain airbags for a total of six airbags. All models also have ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution on all four disc brakes, additional side-impact beams and crumple zones for crash protection.

    On the W6 models and above, Mahindra has also added Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control and electronic stability programme (ESP) with rollover mitigation.

    More features, more value

    “The Stylish New XUV500 has always been known as one of the best value-for-money premium SUVs in the South African market. We believe the new design, additional specifications and more refinement will further enhance the XUV500’s value offering,” says Gupta.

    Mahindra will introduce the Stylish New XUV500 with a full five-year / 150 000 km standard warranty and five-year / 100 000 km service plan. All XUV500 owners will also receive Roadside Assistance for the full five years of the vehicle’s warranty and service plan. - Quickpic

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: The Rhythm's journey
  • The Rhythm's journeyThe Rhythm's journeyDo it for the right reasons DJs rock more than just your world, they also rock their own. The Rhythm is a well-rounded act that will take you from hip-hop to house and all the way back. They have established themselves as major players on the Namibian DJ circuit and intend to maintain it.

    Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Those are the words that best describe this duo.

    Dj Sandile and Dj Kido are two young upcoming DJs who are based in Windhoek and live by the quote of Napolean Hill: “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle”

    Before the Rhythm was founded both DJs were doing their own thing as DJ Sandile explained. He was DJ'ng at a bar in Eveline Street while DJ Kido was at a bar in the vicinity of Golgota. They later, in the year 2014, crossed paths at the well-known Monaco VIP Lounge and came to agreement to form the Rhythm. Since 2014, the Rhythm has been a duo working together to achieve the same goals.

    Both DJs have different music genres which they focus on… DJ Sandile is more focused on hip-hop, dancehall, RnB and raggeaton while DJ Kido likes Afro-house; deep tech, blues and electro dance music.

    When asked by tjil where they see the Rhythm in the near future Dj Sandile said, “We do not want to set the bar too high but rather grow every day and see ourselves more successful and established in what we are doing as the aim… and not just for fame.”

    The Rhythm is of the view that the following will make any artist successful: hard working and confident, patient and working well under pressure, passionate about music, and being humble dreamers.

    The Rhythm wholeheartedly believes that there is nothing in this world that should stop you from achieving your dreams.

    Tours and Appearances:

    2016 - Cassper Nyovest Fill Up Kuisebmund, DJ Maphorisa Revamped Party, Black Motion Ballantine Namibia

    2017 - DJ Sox Unlimited Experience Namibia, Chris Taylor Colour Run Namibia, Professor (South Africa), KFC DJ's Bob, Destruction Boys Album Launch and Prince Kaybee Bush Party

    2018 - Ultimate Durban Experience (Durban July) and NV Funk King of the Drums

    The obstacles the Rhythm is currently tackling includes hosting events without sponsors. “This is to challenge ourselves as it is known that it is difficult to host events without sponsors,” DJ Sandile added.

    When asked what it is about being a DJ compared to producing your own music they said that being a DJ goes with art of mixing as you can get creative around the craft. The duo are currently working on their own production and it will be released early 2019.

    “It is difficult to single out our achievements thus far as all of the events we have been part of were a wonderful experience, however one event I can recall is when we attended the colour run which was last year along with DJ Chris Taylor, one of the best DJs from South Africa.”

    The Rhythm has merchandise as well which was not the initial plan however when they tried out a few Rhythm printed t-shirts the demand spread like wildfire and later they were forced to print more shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and now currently vests and caps as well.

    Michelline Nawatises

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Old Mutual to sell Nedbank shares

    South Africa’s Old Mutual Ltd said on Wednesday it would sell around 5.5 million shares in Nedbank Group Ltd to select institutional investors, following the spin-off of the unit.

    Old Mutual, which holds a majority stake in Nedbank, has been dismantling its conglomerate structure, created after a series of acquisitions, since it moved its headquarters and primary listing to London in 1999.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Mediclinic flags drop in H1 core profit

    Mediclinic on Wednesday flagged an 8% drop in core profit for the first six months of the year, sending its shares tumbling 19%.

    The private hospital group, which is listed in London and Johannesburg, blamed weaker-than-expected growth in admissions in Switzerland and a slow second quarter in Southern Africa.

    Group adjusted core profit, or EBITDA, would fall to 214 million pounds (US$282 million) versus 232 million pounds in the same period a year ago.

    Mediclinic said it has faced stricter regulations in recent years in Switzerland that have hobbled growth. The firm did not specify the changes introduced under the new regulations.

    In May, the company took a US$863 million writedown on its Swiss business, which plunged the company into an annual loss of 288 million pounds.

    The firm’s chief executive, Ronnie van der Merwe, said the regulatory changes in Switzerland had a greater than expected impact on hospital admissions, while in Southern Africa, there were fewer pneumonia and bronchitis cases during the winter.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as Facebook chairman

    Four major US public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc on Wednesday proposed removing chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman following several high-profile scandals and said they hoped to gain backing from larger asset managers.

    State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. They oversee money including pension funds and joined activist and original filer Trillium Asset Management.

    A similar shareholder proposal seeking an independent chair was defeated in 2017 at Facebook, where Zuckerberg’s majority control makes outsider resolutions effectively symbolic.

    Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner said that the latest proposal was still worth filing as a way of drawing attention to Facebook’s problems and how to solve them.

    “This will allow us to force a conversation at the annual meeting, and from now until then in the court of public opinion,” Magaziner said in a telephone interview.

    A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    MTN getting closer to settlement with Nigeria

    Nigeria’s central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of US$8.1 billion, Nigeria’s information minister said on Wednesday.

    The central bank says MTN transferred US$8.1 billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of foreign-exchange regulations. Nigeria, which accounts for a third of the South African company’s annual core profit, is MTN’s biggest market.

    “I am sure there will be a settlement and I believe they are getting closer to resolving it,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed told Reuters during a visit to London.

    “They are ‘businessmen’ and they are going to resolve it... it is in the interest of all the parties that this matter will be resolved,” he said, declining to give any further details.

    MTN’s shares have lost a fifth of their value since the Nigerian central bank ordered the firm and the four banks involved - Standard Chartered PLC, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC Citibank and Diamond Bank PLC - to bring back the funds on Aug. 29. Governor Godwin Emefiele said earlier this month that the central bank may reduce the amount.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Steinhoff says investors to suspend legal battle as firm recovers

    Steinhoff said on Wednesday investors who are suing the crisis-hit firm had agreed to suspend litigation until next year, allowing the retailer time to focus on its recovery.

    The lawsuit brought in the Netherlands was aimed at compensating investors for the more than 14 billion euros (US$16 billion) wiped off Steinhoff’s market value since the retailer uncovered accounting irregularities last year.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Licence to gin @ The Gin RoomLicence to gin @ The Gin Room Life is all about choices. For instance, this coming Saturday you could choose to stay home and watch one of your favourite 007 films or you could choose to become James Bond himself, or one of his glamour girls!

    Where? At The Gin Room. If you have not yet heard of The Gin Room, this is where you can enjoy the widest range of gin & tonics in Namibia in a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful decor. The Gin Room is an alternate universe where you can experience the essence of life (this is how some people referred to gin in the early days).

    Dress to kill and stand a chance to win fantastic prizes when you spin the roulette wheel in true 007 fashion. It is going to be a night to remember.

    Join them on Saturday, 20 October from 18:00, as the Gin Room and McKanes mixers bring you 007 Bond-style martinis with Desolate Gins. Get your licence to gin now. Tickets are limited so make sure you buy yours at Events Today for N$150, which includes a perfectly crafted cocktail.

    Desolate is proudly Namibian. The Copper & Coal Distillery is based in Walvis Bay and they have three gins with unique Namibian botanicals of which one is oak-rested. The distiller is Andries van Schalkwyk, the 007 of Namibian gin.

    Visit their Instagram and Facebook page for upcoming events. Join the fun at The Gin Room, situated in Hosea Kutako Avenue near the Riverport apartments.

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: Labels, the choice is yours
  • Labels, the choice is yoursLabels, the choice is yours I've come across different types of artists; those that are prosperous and those who are only just making it by the grace of the Almighty. There is also a trend that is noticeable - which is artists starting their own record labels. Many feel that being under someone else doesn't always work out so they create their own alternatives. Artists have said that record companies only focus on some artists and forget the rest. Now my question is: Should artists be signed to record labels or should they rather not and simply strive for themselves?

    There are two kinds of record labels… independent and major. Major record labels like Sony. Being signed means a lot of money coming your way. You are guaranteed gigs due to the connections these labels have and media exposure too. The not-so-smart part about record labels is that they literally have control over the artist and his work and that is what many unfortunately fail to see. These companies will invest in an artist and the artist becomes a sensation, but, these artists usually end up upset and make a fuss when there is a contract, mind you, and want to leave the label. The other thing is that artists also fail to see that many of them only have their voice and the rest is invested and resourced by the record labels. Artists have the creative freedom and can forget about contracts or not being able to own your own music. You decide when to release, what to release and how much you will earn at the end. There many artists that have successfully launched their own record labels which proves it is possible.

    In the end, it all depends on the pace you want to arrive at at your destination and how good you want to look and for how long you want to maintain the momentum. Namibian established labels have left many artists unhappy. Those that have left their labels are working twice as hard.



    june@namibiansun.com

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    Bedroom producers need some slackBedroom producers need some slackAnywhere can become a studio Greatness is greatness, regardless of where you are and this is what producer Zack's lessons are for today. According to a blog website, the term bedroom producer, or for that matter garage, living room and backyard producer (if you've got some extension cables and a fondness for the outdoors) basically refers to anyone who produces music in the comfort of their own home, as opposed to a recording studio. Producing in a recording studio is referred to as out-of-the-box - primarily using actual instruments and microphones in an acoustically treated studio.

    Local bedroom producer Zack says every music maker has their own way of making music and quality should be the only thing that matters and not the location of the studio. He also said that people should not be comparing producers because each one has their own unique style of working.

    “It's hard work that makes quality work, whether you are in the hood or in town. As long as you deliver,” he said.

    Zack's services are affordable for all clients from different walks of life and he says just because something is cheap it doesn't necessarily mean it's not of quality.

    “I make sure my standard is at the level of international producers. I don't limit myself to the Namibian borders. That's how I check if my work is of quality,” he said.

    The producer, who started his journey in 2011, said he only started taking it seriously last year. He began watching YouTube videos to master his talent and focused on sound engineering. He says the belief that nothing good comes out of the hood must stop, as it kills the dreams of people who are capable.

    “Not everything made in the hood is trash. There are many uptown producers whose work is not that great and you will also find them here in the hood. There are people who don't take criticism well and sometimes they just need more training, so let's not label,” he said.

    The producer looks forward to beat auctions and festivals where bedroom producers get to show off their skills in the future.

    This, he believes, will be a platform for the upcoming talents to learn from those that know and for the good producers to get exposure and market themselves.

    “We had one by Willy G and it was great, but this time let's just have it for the bedroom producers, so we can show them how talented we are. Our dreams are bigger than our four bedroom walls,” he said.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Further US rate hikes 'most likely' neededFurther US rate hikes 'most likely' neededIncrease expected in December Some Fed members warned that instability in emerging economies - many of which are heavily indebted and vulnerable when US rates rise - could "spread more broadly through the global economy and financial markets". Washington - US central bankers see no reason to pause their current course of gradual interest rate hikes amid the American economy's brisk expansion, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday.

    Further rate hikes "would most likely be consistent" with the current period of firming inflation and historically low unemployment, according to minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting three weeks ago.

    But some Fed members warned that instability in emerging economies - many of which are heavily indebted and vulnerable when US rates rise - could "spread more broadly through the global economy and financial markets".

    The Federal Reserve's steady increases in benchmark lending rates have infuriated President Donald Trump, who recently called the bank's policymakers "crazy,""loco" and his "biggest threat".

    Still, the minutes released Wednesday showed that, for the moment at least, American policymakers were largely in agreement about the near future - despite the increasing heat from the president, who fears higher rates could derail his economic agenda.

    Time frame

    The central bank expects to raise its key lending rate again in December - its ninth increase since 2015 - and three more times next year.

    This would move US interest rates slightly above what policymakers say is "neutral" - that is, neither slowing nor speeding the economy - but some participants said the Fed may need to go even further than that.

    "A few participants expected that policy would need to become modestly restrictive for a time," according to the minutes.

    Others said that, to avoid creating asset bubbles or having inflation run above the Fed's two-percent target for too long, the central bank would have to raise rates "above their assessments of its longer-run level".

    Still, a "couple" of participants said they would oppose this unless clear danger signs - an overheating economy and mounting inflation - were to arise.

    Clouds

    Meanwhile, the Fed took notice of clouds forming on the horizon.

    Markets fear currency crises in Turkey and Argentina and other emerging market economies could spread beyond their borders - something that could be sparked as investors pull out to take advantage of higher rates in the United States.

    Furthermore, "some" at the meeting said that risks grew as the US economy increasingly outpaces its rivals' more sluggish growth "because of the potential for further strengthening of the dollar".

    Stronger US currency makes American exports more costly to foreign buyers, possibly weighing on growth, and makes many debt payments more costly for foreign borrowers.

    Some investors say that, after years of easy money, pockets of risk have built up throughout the global economy as borrowing costs begin to increase - raising the chances that a bubble could burst or banks could see significant defaults on debt. – Nampa/AFP

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: Fame, drugs and hallelujah
  • Fame, drugs and hallelujahFame, drugs and hallelujahFrom high to low, to high again After hitting rock bottom, Namibia's queen of Afro-fusion Patricia Ochurus is on a comeback trail and is using her music to spread God's word. Patricia Ochurus, who has shared the stage with music legends and veteran musicians such as late Jackson Kaujeua, Axali Doeseb, Vusi Mahlasela, Willie Mbuende and Cameroonian Manu Dibango, sat down with tjil to talk about her struggle with alcohol, drugs and life.

    “I thought I was enjoying life, but life got the best of me. It started out as a moderate glass of wine and before long I realised that I was going a route that I didn't want to go,” she says.

    Her children and the reminder of God's grace brought her back from a very dark place, she whispered.

    “I am lucky to have survived and I realised so many other people are swallowed by life and cannot return and make right what was broken. I played with my life, I was not serious.”

    And so she vanished into obscurity… not to hide from the eyes of the world, but to rediscover herself.

    “My children were growing up and I wanted to make sure I portray an example of a strong and responsible woman. And the way of God was that way for me,” she said.

    In her heyday, Ochurus made her mark with an unparalleled talent to entertain a crowd drawn to her like moths to a light.

    She had the rare talent to keep her crowd enchanted even if they did not understand a single word of the song she sang.

    Fans appreciated the fact that she didn't need a stage to perform and could deliver a riveting performance on the side of the road, in the backyard… all she needed was her voice.

    Her stage presence was phenomenal and she was a larger-than-life musician which makes it difficult for fans to accept her as a gospel artist now. And because of this, not knowing how her fans would receive her return as a gospel artist… delayed her homecoming.

    “I remember one of the newspapers said in their gossip section that 'Patricia goes hallelujah'. So I thought of what the people would say, but at the end of the day, music is music and it is my responsibility to use my talent to educate, especially about the risks of being an artist,” she said.

    “I have hit rock bottom, how can I come back as an ambiguous artist? I must tell the world what saved me, what healed me and what keeps me going. And it is God. What is wrong with gospel? Bob Marley also sang gospel.”

    Ochurus who was inspired by the Gladys Knight also known as the 'Empress of Soul' says music in Namibia is watered down.

    “I come from an age where we made the songs our own. Nowadays there is too much lip syncing. It is not real. Artists must understand music is not pompous. I see so much competition today and it should not be like that,” she said.





    “It is so sad and so painful. If you have money, but you cannot sing or entertain and still, you are pushed and you dominate the industry. You even find songs with only one sentence and you ask yourself what the message is?” she asked.

    She emphasised that she is not competing with anyone and is an artist in her own right.

    “I want to make a difference with gospel in Namibia and I want to make this message clear. I have and will never compete with another musician. Each and every single one is unique with their talent.

    Asked how she is using that talent to change the music scene in Namibia Ochurus says she is reaching out to schools.

    “Schools have become so rigid. I am working with some schools to start choirs and dance groups. When I was at school I always started dance groups at every school I attended and eventually introduced the concept of a band to these schools,” she said.

    In her process of healing Ochurus also reaches out to the elderly and shares with them the good message.

    Currently she is working on an album which has 12 tracks.

    She is also working on a single and plans to release this early next year.

    “I want to change people's lives with my music. And people will feel it when they listen to it. I am not a big saviour or anything like that but I want to sing about God and I know what he has done in my life. You will sense the difference in my music but music is still music,” she said.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Weather forecasters optimisticWeather forecasters optimistic Namibia's rain prospects for next week have been described as excellent.

    Forecasters agree that it is expected most of the country can expect rains next week, with heavy clouds starting to spread over the interior on Sunday.

    Mike Berridge, a South African weather watcher, says two opposing weather systems will come into play next week.

    The first is a powerful high-pressure anticyclone that will be present east of the sub-continent.

    “Due to its strong anti-clockwise wind circulation, there will be a low- and mid-level inflow of very humid air into Namibia from the north-, carried by a strong north wind,” Berridge explains.

    The second system is a forecast low-pressure trough in the upper atmosphere that will cause high-altitude cyclonic winds with a clockwise wind, which strongly supports updrafts of air from the surface.

    “There is also good out-draft at the top towards the east,” Berridge says.

    The combined systems favour heavy cloud formation, and is expected to lead to large patches of scattered rain and thunderstorms occurring at various times over Namibia by the end of Wednesday.

    “The ... rain should start in the northeast late on Sunday, probably in the evening,” he says.

    Namibia Meteorological Services forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi told Namibian Sun yesterday that hot to very hot conditions are expected in the Namibian interior until the weekend, followed by “moist and unstable weather” setting in over the weekend from the northern regions.

    This weather is expected to spread of the central and eastern regions, with rain expected from Sunday. Thunderstorms are also expected to occur on Monday and Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, water levels in the three central dams supplying Windhoek and surrounding towns with water continue to fall.

    The combined capacity of the Swakoppoort, Von Bach and Omatako dams currently stands at 26.1%, compared to 41.8% last season.

    The Swakoppoort Dam is at 29.1% of its capacity, compared to 45.4% last year. The Von Bach Dam is at 46.1%, compared to 69.1% last year. The Omatako Dam is empty.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Namibia ranks poorly for competitivenessNamibia ranks poorly for competitiveness Namibia's high murder rate, quality of land administration and airport connectivity have all contributed to the country's poor ranking in terms of competitiveness.

    Namibia has been ranked 100th out of 140 countries by the World Economic Forum's latest Global Competiveness Report.

    It dropped one place from last year's ranking.

    With a score of 52.7 out of 100 on the index, it showed a slight improvement of 0.3 compared to 2017.

    While Namibia ranked ninth most competitive in Africa, it was ranked the sixth most competitive economy in sub-Saharan Africa, with Mauritius (49th in the world), South Africa (67th), Seychelles (74th), Botswana (90th) and Kenya (93rd) all outranking above it.

    The report pointed out that except for Seychelles, which moved up 10 places compared to 2017, other sub-Saharan African countries ranked higher than Namibia lost ground in terms of competitiveness, with South Africa and Botswana both dropping down five places.

    There were no results for Mauritius and Kenya in 2017.

    The new index measured 140 economies against 98 indicators, organised into 12 'pillars' or drivers of productivity, to determine how close their economies were to an ideal state or 'frontier' of competitiveness.

    Namibia's best sub-rankings were under the labour market pillar (39th place), the financial system (47th) and institutions (51st), while the country obtained its worst ranking for health (117th), ICT adoption (105th) and skills (100th).

    One of the indicators that Namibia scored worst in was for its homicide rate, for which it was ranked 128th globally.

    The country's air connectivity was ranked 119th and administration of land 110th.

    According to the report, 17 of the 34 sub-Saharan African economies studied are among the bottom 20 globally, and the region's median is a low of 45.2, less than halfway to the competitiveness frontier.

    The US topped the rankings, being 'closest to the competitiveness frontier', with Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan completing the top five.

    On the other end of the scale, Haiti, Yemen and Chad were found to be the least competitive economies.

    Competitiveness is not only associated with higher incomes, but also better socioeconomic outcomes, including life satisfaction.

    The US scored 85.6 out of 100 to top the index, coming in the top three in seven of the 12 pillars. Its entrepreneurial culture saw it score highly in the business dynamism pillar. It also scored highly for its labour market and financial system.

    The top 11 countries all scored above 80 points for competitiveness. Second-placed Singapore (83.5) is defined by its high score for openness and leads the way for infrastructure, with a near-perfect score of 95.7 for its world-beating transport system.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    640 health workers still jobless640 health workers still jobless640 health workers still jobless The health ministry says it is doing all it can to ensure local health workers get jobs. The health ministry is negotiating with its development partners to assist with the employment of 640 trained community health workers.

    This was confirmed by health minister Bernard Haufiku, who called for patience from the jobless workers.

    While inaugurating 10 community-based antiretroviral treatment (ART) clinics at Onakamwandi in Oshana on Wednesday, Haufiku said the community health workers are very important.

    He said government was committed enough to train them, so they could educate communities about health-related issues and give community members the necessary medication.

    Haufiku said the ministry has already employed 1 600 community health workers on a fulltime basis countrywide and was in the process of securing work for the 640 workers who were currently jobless.

    These community or village nurses counsel patients on medication use, provide parenthood preparation training for pregnant women, attend to senior citizens and children and perform first aid.

    “Unfortunately, after training these 640 community health workers we were hit by budgetary constraints. These people are not employed up to know. We know them and we have not forgotten about them,” Haufiku said.

    “We are now in the process of negotiating with our development partners to see if we can employ these community workers. We are begging for their patience for now.”

    The ministry started training the 640 community health workers in the Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango East, Kavango West, //Karas, Omaheke, Oshana and Otjozondjupa regions in September 2016. They completed their training in July last year, but are yet to be deployed.

    After graduating last year, the 640 health workers were equipped with first aid kits and were promised they would be placed as soon as possible.

    “They are our first line of defence in our health service. They are the most important people to fight health concerns, because they are from the communities and in the communities, explaining and telling every person how to live a healthy lifestyle.

    “They also identify those who are sick and make sure they go to health facilities,” Haufiku said.

    Last month Namibian Sun reported that Ohangwena governor Usko Nghaamwa was happy that the ministry had deployed 187 community health workers in villages across the region, while 95 are still unemployed.

    He also announced the region will place these jobless workers.

    In 2016, Okatjali constituency councillor Joseph Mupetami praised the ministry for the initiative.

    Mupetami told Namibian Sun at the time that every village in the four northern regions has an assigned community health worker, who provides house-to-house basic healthcare and reports the health status of villagers to the nearest clinic.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: Shall we talk?
  • Shall we talk?Shall we talk?Exploring the varied fields of psychology There are several fields of psychological expertise and in celebration of World Mental Health Day, we explore them all. Namibia and the rest of the world celebrates the World Mental Health Day on the 10 October every year. The focus of October 2018 is on young people and mental health in a changing world. As the professional association for psychologists and psychological counsellors, the Psychological Association of Namibia asserts that the dignity of consumers of psychological services can be enhanced by sharing with them information that enables them to make wise and informed decisions about their mental health.

    The word ‘psychologist’ often evokes many kinds of images in the minds of the public. Most of these images are reflective of a stereotypical view of the discipline of psychology. These images are betrayed by the kind of questions that are often posed upon learning that one is a psychologist - ‘So you can read my mind? Can you hypnotise me?, Do you have a black couch in your office?’. Part of this confusion can be ascribed to the fact that psychology as an applied discipline covers a very broad spectrum of content areas.

    The use of the moniker ‘psychologist’ and the practice of the profession of psychology are both protected by law. This means that practising the profession of psychology within Namibia without being registered by the relevant councils is illegal, and so is the use of the title psychologist without the necessary qualifications and credentials.

    The title ‘psychologist’ is conferred by statute upon meeting a set of specific criteria. This is done to guarantee to the consumers of psychological services that those who offer or sell such services to the public do possess a minimal standard of expertise and training. In Namibia the mere possession of a degree in psychology does not qualify a person to be called a psychologist. Registration as a psychologist involves a number of steps. One has to have a minimum of a Master’s degree, followed by completion of internship and then registration with the Social Work and Psychology Councils of Namibia. Such registration is maintained by way of payment of annual subscription fees and acquisition of the prescribed annual Continuous Education Units (CEUs).

    The discipline of psychology has a twin focus – research (concerned with advancing knowledge on the thinking and behaviour of human beings) and practice (concerned with the application of psychological knowledge to solve real-life problems). In the professional world, this practice translates to the observation, description, evaluation, interpretation or modification of human behaviour via the application of psychological principles, methods or procedures to achieve specific goals such as prevention or elimination of maladaptive or undesired behaviour and of the enhancement of interpersonal relationships, work and life adjustment, personal effectiveness, and mental health.

    The specialty areas of psychology reflect differential emphasis on the various elements of human life. Neuropsychology concentrates more on the biological aspects of behaviour, Clinical Psychology on mental health, Educational Psychology on education, learning and development, Industrial Psychology concentrates on the application of psychology to the world of work, while Forensic Psychology focusses on the application of psychological principles to law.

    The Social Work and Psychology Council of Namibia registers two categories of psychologists - Educational Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists plus Psychological Counsellors. The specific acts and actions that psychologists and psychological counsellors can engage in pursuant to the practice of their profession is prescribed in the scope of practice. This is because all psychologists are legally and ethically bound to practice within the bounds of their professional training and competence. In other words, the scope of practice exists to discourage professionals from the temptation of dabbling in activities that they have not been specifically or adequately trained in.

    Because of the elitist history of psychology, the public is often not well informed about the type of the services that different categories of psychologists offer. This article provides an elaboration of the core functions of Educational Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Industrial Psychologists and Psychological Counsellors as way of assisting members of the public to make wise and informed decision when they seek the services of psychologists.

    Educational Psychologists

    Educational Psychology is that specialty of psychology that is concerned with learning and development and is usually practiced at three levels – at the level of the individual child, at the level of the school and at the level of authority. For brevity, the role of Educational Psychologists can be reflected in core functions, namely:

    Consultation

    In this role the Educational Psychologist facilitates the process of discussion and generation of strategies to solve identified educational issues. At individual child level, consultation might involve the Educational Psychologist meeting with a child and his/her family to discuss and jointly formulate a plan to improve the child’s school performance. At the school level, the Educational Psychologist can collaborate with a class teacher to find more effective ways of achieving set educational goals. At an authority level, the Educational Psychologist’s role may involve contributing to strategic planning and policy formulation.

    Assessment

    In the assessment role the Educational Psychologist might gather information from a number of sources using a variety of methods for the purpose of clarifying a particular educational issue. This can be achieved through the administration of psychological or psychometric measures such as intelligence or school readiness tests. Commonly, assessment procedures lead to diagnosis of disorders that impact on the ability to learn such as dyslexia and writing disorders.

    Intervention

    This involves the development and implementation of interventions designed to overcome the identified learning challenge. For instance, a child whose school performance is less than satisfactory might engage with an Educational Psychologist over a number of meetings for remediation of the problem.

    Training

    In this role the Educational Psychologist is involved with the training of various stakeholders such as teachers, parents, caregivers, and learners in education related issues like bullying, anger management and interpersonal relationships.

    Research

    In the research role the Educational Psychologist conducts research with the view to continuously sharpen their craft and overcome various barriers to learning. This role is pronounced in institutions of higher learning.

    Educational Psychologists adopt a continuing and comprehensive approach to their work. Thus they do not restrict themselves to working with children or to matters of learning only. They also engage with caregivers, conduct play therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. Further, Educational Psychologists are obliged to refer to appropriate service providers when they come across conditions that fall outside their scope of practice. For example, when they come across a client with severe mental conditions they are obliged to refer to a Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist.

    Clinical Psychologist

    In Namibia, psychologists with background training in Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology are both registered in the category Clinical Psychologist. This reflects the eroding of differences in the manner that psychologists are trained and prepared for the counselling and the clinical role experienced in the past several years. It is however noteworthy to share with the readers the historical differences between Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology.

    Clinical derives from the Greek word ‘kline’ meaning bed. So in the original literal sense, Clinical Psychology is that branch of psychology that is concerned with the treatment of bed-ridden patients. This emphasises that the focus of Clinical Psychology is the treatment of persons with more serious mental health disorders. That said, it should be recognised that in the broader contemporary sense, the proviso that patients of Clinical Psychologists have to be ‘bed-ridden’ has largely fallen away. To illustrate, a patient suffering from a social phobia may not necessarily be bed-ridden but is obviously a legitimate patient for a Clinical Psychologist.

    Counselling, on the other hand, derives from the Latin word ‘consulere’ meaning advising. It originates less from the clinic but from the social settings where one person assists the other to manage less severe life challenges, adjustment and development problems with the aim of optimising psychological wellbeing. So historically Counselling Psychologists have been understood to be predominantly seized with ‘normal’ problems of life rather than serious mental health problems.

    Specific role of Clinical Psychologists

    Clinical psychology is broadly practiced in Namibia to include the provision of continuing and comprehensive treatment for both less and more severe cases of psychopathology. It utilises knowledge and skill from diverse disciplines within and outside of psychology and is often at three levels - individual client (patient), institution (usually a hospital), and authority. The following are the core functions of a Clinical Psychologist:

    Consultation

    In the consultation role the Clinical Psychologist, engages all those who are involved or affected to work through the issues in a solution-focused, collaborative, problem-solving approach with the aim of attaining positive change. For example, in a hospital setting the psychologist may collaborate with nurses and doctors to better manage the patient’s noncompliance with medication.

    Assessment and diagnosis

    This role involves the systematic gathering of information on the cognitive, personality, emotional and neuropsychological functioning of clients. In addition to interviews, collateral history and observation, Clinical Psychologists also administer and interpret formal psychometric measures such as personality, intelligence, neuropsychological and aptitude tests.

    Intervention

    In this role Clinical Psychologists apply various psychotherapeutic techniques to the broad psychopathological, psychological and psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, personality, eating and adjustment disorders.

    Training

    At institutional level, Clinical Psychologists may be involved in the training of other members of the multi-disciplinary team. They may also train and supervise psychological counsellors and intern psychologists.

    Research

    Research is the lifeblood of any profession. Through continuous research efforts more efficacious, effective, cost effective interventions are discovered.

    Industrial Psychologists

    Industrial Psychology is the blend of psychology and business concerned with the application of the knowledge and skills of psychology to business issues such as recruitment and selection of staff, training, organisational development, performance management and work/life balance. It is referred to by different names in different parts of the world. It is referred to as Occupational Psychology, Industrial-Occupational Psychology and Work and Organisational Psychology in the UK, USA and many European countries, respectively.

    The core functions of the role of Industrial Psychologists are:

    Selection and placement

    The main goal here is to match jobs to the skills and interests of the person.

    Training and development

    This involves the identification of skills deficits and design of interventions needed to improve the performance of various cadres in the organisation.

    Performance appraisal

    This is the process of measuring the performance of staff against specific standards.

    Organisational development

    This role flows from the realisation that, like human beings, organisations have a life cycle and they need to be restructured, retooled and reconfigured to remain on par with changing times and challenges.

    Work/life balance

    In this role, the theory and practice of psychology is deployed in search of the optimal balance between the demands of work and life. It is recognised that employees with balanced lifestyles tend to be more productive and effective both at work and at home.

    Ergonomics

    This involves the collaboration of Industrial Psychologists with other professionals to adapt tasks, work stations, tools and machinery to make them more compatible with human skills. This has found widespread application in the field of computing and office work where keyboards, mice, monitors and other devices as well as desks and chairs are re-designed and re-organised to make them more user-friendly.

    Industrial Psychologists are going to be required to register with Health Professions Council of Namibia according to the new Health Professions Bill. They are also able to join the Psychology Association of Namibia for purposes of sharing best practices and experiences with the wider community of psychologists.

    Psychological Counsellors

    In Namibia for some to earn the title of Psychological Counsellor, they must possess a relevant Bachelor’s degree in psychology and complete a number of hours of internship as specified by the Social Work and Psychology Council of Namibia.

    Although a Psychological Counsellor has to have earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, they do not yet have the right to use the title ‘psychologist. Due to the fact that they have not yet received specialised further training, the law prescribes fairly stringent conditions for their practice. The law specifies explicitly what Psychological Counsellors can do independently and what they can do only under the supervision of a registered psychologist.

    There are three broad categories of activities that Psychological Counsellors are authorised to undertake independently. First, administering and interpretation of psychological, psychometric and assessment measures in relation to school readiness, the aptitude, attitude and interest of the client. Second, counselling of an individual or individuals in respect of careers, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (Aids), community mental health, school and employment readiness, adjustment, career development and studies as well as sport including counselling of individual athletes or teams. Third, to report on the testing, testing and assessment in respect of the above activities that they are authorised to undertake.

    There are certain activities that Psychological Counsellors may only undertake when assisting a Clinical or Educational Psychologist. These include making assessments or diagnoses of the mental state of person(s), administering and interpretation of advanced psychometric measure like personality and intelligence tests, conducting of therapeutic procedures in the treatment of various psychological ailments or difficulties, carrying out evaluation for forensic purposes and administering research procedures involving the mental status of a person or a group of persons.

    Because the role of the Psychological Counsellor is that of ‘assisting’, it is enjoined to ensure competent and ethical practice in accordance with the relevant statutes. For this reason professional reports prepared by a Psychological Counsellor in the ‘assisting’ must be co-signed by both the Psychological Counsellor and the registered psychologist.

    In rounding off this article, we wish to point out that the offering of counselling services, therapy or psychotherapy is not the exclusive preserve of psychologists only. A number of other professionals can legitimately offer such services in the context of their work. For example, trained pastors can offer pastoral counselling, psychiatrists are authorised by their licence to practice medicine to offer psychotherapy, the nursing licence authorises psychiatric nurses to offer therapy and social workers are also allowed to offer counselling and therapeutic services to clients. Finally, you will recall that earlier in this article it was stated that the roots of counselling are in social settings; therefore a lot of unregulated counselling activities take place in our communities. This falls under the rubric of lay counselling.

    Compiled by the Psychological Association of Namibia (PAN). Please contact pr@psychologynamibia.org or find them at www.psychologynamibia.org

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: NBL concludes wage agreement
  • NBL concludes wage agreementNBL concludes wage agreement Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - successfully concluded its wage negotiations with the Shop Steward Committee members for the next two years.

    The two-year substantive agreement which affects 417 employees in the bargaining unit (grades 1 – 5) is effective 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020, and includes a 7.5% wage increment (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019), and a 7% increase for period 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020. The agreement also includes a housing allowance of N$ 1 202 per month, and an incentive bonus for the duration of the agreement – based on company performance. Affected employees are also guaranteed a 13th cheque equal to one month’s pensionable salary for the duration of the agreement. The full time shop steward at NBL will also receive an allowance of N$ 1 200 per month, as well as cell phone allowance of N$ 250 per month.

    NBL manager: human capital Timothy Izaks stressed on the amicable negotiation process with the Shop Steward Committee members and what a huge difference such a positive and understanding relationship between the two parties make.

    Izaks said: “Although we had a very lengthy and tough negotiation process both parties were focused on improving the living standards of the employees, while maintaining the sustainability of the company. Our people remain our greatest asset as they keep our business going despite the harsh economic times. We understand that they too need to take care of themselves and their families while the cost of living in the country is on the rise. It is important for us to make sure that we add to their standard of living and live up to our purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’.”

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    FirstRand Foundation supports mentorship and business skills training FirstRand Foundation supports mentorship and business skills training Cash donation The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust handed over an amount of N$ 606 000 towards SME’s Compete for mentorship, business growth support and business skills training. A vibrant and thriving SME sector is important as it makes our economy more resilient to shocks -Alexzander Shikemeni, New Business Development Manager, FNB Business Division FNB Business division’s new business development manager Alexzander Shikemeni on behalf of the foundation emphasised that SMEs in Namibia form the backbone of the economy, employ quite a number of the workforce and contribute significantly to the country’s GDP.

    He added: “A vibrant and thriving SME sector is important as it makes our economy more resilient to shocks and provides a variety of meaningful jobs for Namibians.”

    Claudine Mouton of SMEs Compete expressed her gratitude towards FNB and the FirstRand Namibia Foundation for their ongoing support over the past 13 years. “The contribution from the FirstRand Foundation now covers about 20% of our annual cost to run our operations and related programmes. Because of this contribution SMEs Compete has been able to keep our doors open and provide much needed service to Namibian entrepreneurs.”

    One of the entrepreneurs present at the handover, Erastus Amenya, of Ondje Trading Enterprises cc said: "I only had an idea with no business plan and experience. I am very thankful for the business training support that I received from SMEs Compete, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation. My business is growing every day from strength to strength."

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: 'Arrogant' Utoni under fire
  • 'Arrogant' Utoni under fire'Arrogant' Utoni under fire Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma has been described as crude, dismissive and arrogant when it comes to dealing with the media.

    These were the sentiments of journalists and commentators yesterday about their interactions with the minister, who steadfastly refuses to entertain media enquiries about his critical ministry.

    Nujoma has been even more crude, inaccessible and irritable since his interview with a South African broadcaster in June.

    During the interview, broadcast as part of eNCA's series 'The Land Question', Nujoma asked how a poor person would run an expensive farm if granted one, and said the government ideally wanted to resettle people who could contribute to the economy.

    He also made some startling remarks, including that compromises had to be made with the West and the South African apartheid regime to negotiate Namibia's independence, as Swapo guerrilla fighters were tired of staying in the bush.

    Nujoma has since insisted eNCA deliberately quoted him out of context in order to tarnish his image.

    Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN) acting secretary-general Ronelle Rademeyer said yesterday that Nujoma demonstrated a wall of inaccessibility, which journalists very often faced when asking government officials for comment.

    She said the media were always intent on giving the government right of reply.

    “We want to adhere to the code of ethics and conduct for journalists and give our government the right to reply in matters of grave concern for the nation.

    “We are, however, very often rudely brushed off when we call officials or our written enquiries simply remain unanswered,” she said.

    Information minister Stanley Simaata exclaimed, “Yoh, yoh, yoh, why are you soliciting a comment from me?” when asked about the lands minister's attitude towards the media.

    He said he was not privy to Nujoma's alleged rudeness and unwillingness to engage the media.

    Simaata also wanted to know if an assessment had been done or whether it was “deception that is being advanced”.

    “But from our perspective as government, we stand by what has been articulated from the head of state to ourselves, as the people responsible for advancing government information, to say all public officials including ourselves as ministers should and must avail themselves to engage with the media or members of the public.

    “We have an obligation to provide whatever information is requested or required,” he said.

    'Unmannered'

    One local journalist said Nujoma had blocked his cellphone number, while another said she tried her best to avoid him.

    “He is off-putting, unmannered, abrupt and unwilling to engage. I get the impression that he does not believe he is accountable to the Namibian public, but only to himself and his father, Sam Nujoma,” the reporter said.

    On World Press Freedom Day last year President Hage Geingob said as long as he was given the mandate to lead this country, freedom of the press was guaranteed.

    However, Nujoma's attitude tells a different story.

    Retired Namibian Sun reporter Fred Goeieman labelled Nujoma as rude. “Whenever I tried to talk to him he would simply say, 'I am not going to talk to you' and that was that,” said Goeieman.

    A female journalist who worked for The Namibian also remembers Nujoma as rude and unwilling to engage with the media.

    She said when she reached out to him during breaks at parliament, he would tell the orderlies to tell her that he was busy or had a headache.

    “There was a time when he called me from his car when he was driving to Omaruru and he told me 'do not masturbate on my name'. Imagine that is what the Son of the Nation is saying,” she said.

    Nujoma was, however, quite a gentleman and forthcoming to veteran Republikein journalist Estelle du Bruyn.

    “He actually liked me and spoke Afrikaans when we talked. I had an interview with his grandmother once. So we had a very good relationship,” she said.

    Nujoma's phone went unanswered once again yesterday.

    Namibia Non-Governmental Organisation Forum (Nangof) Trust chairperson Sandie Tjaronda said political leaders must understand they are accountable to the people and not to themselves, adding that the powers granted to ministers must be curtailed.

    “We have not had much contact, I must say, and that is because there is no platform that has been created from his side to actually interact with us.

    “He (Nujoma), I think, is one of the very secretive ministers that we have; I do not know what is happening in his ministry.

    “The law sometimes gives so much power to a minister and they think they are the last people who will make decision that could cost people their livelihoods.

    “So the minister can actually do whatever he wants and abuse that power,” Tjaronda said.

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    Airport downgrade a major threatAirport downgrade a major threatMassive job losses feared Not only the tourism sector, but the entire Namibian economy is at risk if the country's international airport loses its international status after a security audit next month. Analysts believe that if Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is downgraded by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), it would lead to massive job losses, particularly in the tourism sector.

    The other concern is that this could affect Namibia's competiveness as it moves to position itself as a logistics hub for southern Africa.

    ICAO is to perform a safety and security audit of the airport in November. To prepare for the audit, the treasury recently released N$95 million to make eleventh-hour improvements at the airport.

    Giving his take on developments, economist Klaus Schade says the tourism sector would be hard hit if Hosea Kutako loses its international airport status.

    “The tourism sector is a labour-intensive sector that creates employment opportunities, often in very remote areas with no other opportunity to earn cash income,” he says.

    A potential downgrading of HKIA would not only affect the hospitality sector, but all the other economic sectors that offer goods and services to tourists or to the tourism industry.

    ICAO downgraded HKIA in 2014, forcing Air Namibia to land its Airbus 330 used on the Windhoek – Frankfurt route in Gaborone, Botswana.

    Major airlines such as Qatar, KLM and Ethiopian Airlines have since started landing at the airport.

    The potential downgrading would make these airlines reconsider using HKIA, Schade warns.

    “While Air Namibia could make alternative arrangements and fly passengers to Gaborone where they are picked up by smaller planes, the other airlines will most likely stop flying to Windhoek until the airport is upgraded again.

    “This is not only an immense loss of reputation, but an economic loss the tourism industry and wider economy will face during a time the economy is already under substantial pressure.”

    Aviation expert Linden Birns, the MD of Plane Talking, says a downgrading of the airport would have far-reaching consequences for the economy.

    “Given its vital and strategic function, any downgrade that curtails Hosea Kutako International Airport's operations would be detrimental to Namibia's entire economy,” Birns said. In the fourth National Development Plan, Namibia set out the ambitious goal of becoming a logistics hub for southern Africa.

    The potential downgrading of the airport would curtail such plans, Birns points out.

    “For the country to remain competitive and grow its increasingly diverse economy, passengers, as well as high-value imports and exports, must be able to move safely, securely and efficiently through this main international gateway,” he says.

    Air Namibia has not expressed any worry though. When contacted for comment, the airline said it was positive that the situation would be managed responsibly and that it would have been informed in the event of a downgrading.

    “We have no official notice on the possible downgrading of our airport. If that was the case we would have been one of the first to be informed, given that we are the major player in flights at HKIA.

    “We are positive that HKIA will pass the security audit as there are positive interventions to this end,” Air Namibia spokesperson Paul Nakawa says.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Improving sustainability through changeImproving sustainability through change Shelley Mulenamaswe was recently appointed as the organisational development practitioner focusing on change management at Namport. Justicia Shipena

    Her key role is to help Namport deliver sustainable performance improvement by utilising people. Futher focusing on how change can influence, which includes changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures.

    Mulenamaswe’s primary role is to create and implement change management plans that minimize employee resistance and maximize employee engagement.

    “I work to drive faster adoption, greater ultimate utilization and higher proficiency on the changes impacting employees in the organization,” she said.

    Mulenamaswe worked at Nedbank as an organizational effectiveness consultant before joining Namport.

    She graduated from Polytechnic of Namibia, currently known as the University of Science and Technology (NUST), with a degree in human resources management and currently completely her honours degree in the same field at NUST.

    She also holds a certificate in banking, obtained through the University of South Africa (UNISA), and other development initiatives including, succession management, facilitating, industrial relations programme: Namibian Labour Law.

    Mulenamaswe said one of the best highlight throughout her career, was in response to a significant increase in the gap between employees and manager relationships

    “There was a need to develop a tool to empower the general employees.” she said.

    “I was required to design and implement an offering that will address this specific gap. I consulted with different stakeholders including both employees and managers before designing “Talent Conversations”. The conversations were attended by a great number of employees and the feedback I received was great.” she said.

    She further told Careers that life’s challenges are inevitable.

    “We are all faced with different challenges daily, how we respond to the, is what matters. Your attitude towards the challenge is a key part of finding a solution. It is through challenges that greatness is invoked and inspires people to think like winners. Great leaders begin to lead and set forth towards victory.”

    Mulenamaswe believes if she keeps her faith and her trust in God, alongside the right attitude and being grateful, the challenges she faces on a daily basis will be turned into great opportunities.

    Her plans for Namport include setting ambitious goals for her to strive towards. She also plans to set up a plan that can support the goals. Thus continually striving to reach higher each time.

    “With that consistency I believe I should be able to make a positive impact on Namport and grow significantly in my professional and personally ventures,” she concludes.

    Besides working in the office, Mulenamaswe makes use of her free time to volunteer, as she believes in the importance of giving back to the community and thus helping others. Her interest in cooking has also increased since moving to the Coast, and Mulenamaswe also cooked when she has time to spare.

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  • 10/18/18--15:00: A vivacious young woman
  • A vivacious young womanA vivacious young woman From a young age, Zonia Singandu decided to hitch her wagon to a star and make a success of her life. Born and raised in a small village called Kayira-yira, situated eight kilometres west of Rundu, Zonia worked very hard throughout her school years and moved to Windhoek thereafter in pursuit of her tertiary education.

    Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration obtained from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), her graduation ceremony was an emotional yet extremely proud moment for her mother.

    Zonia’s disciplined approach to her academics and orientation to serve others, are values her parents lovingly instilled in her upbringing from a tender age.

    “My mom was always concerned about how we welcomed and treated visitors; growing up, she coached us on the importance of respecting and honouring others.

    “Little did I know that this was to be the foundation for my belief in ‘servant leadership’ - a way of life I unknowingly followed and subscribed to,” she shares.

    She is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree, specialising in economics.

    Zonia is hell-bent on succeeding in her career.

    She recalls starting out in property administration in the public sector, where valuable learning experiences would later prepare her for a promising career at Nedbank in 2014 as a home loans officer.

    In 2016, Zonia was promoted to home loans administrator, largely due to her resolve to succeed and work hard. Known among her colleagues to be, “an amazing lady” and “a superstar”, as well as “someone who always goes the extra mile”, “a valuable asset” and a “diamond” she is certainly revered by her peers and management.

    Zonia’s colleagues are her number one clients.

    “I work at the back office and my unyielding support is needed for my colleagues to deliver the end result at the front office.”

    She believes it is important to maintain an atmosphere of courtesy, mutual respect and geniality.

    “I try to create and contribute to an environment that is conducive for people to work in. It is really hard to be productive when you resent the place you work for or the people you work with; that is why I always take time to appreciate what others bring to the table and establish cordial working relationships,” she adds.

    Zonia credits her personal success to her conviction about customer service.

    She takes the time to get to know her co-workers, to listen and communicate, while being friendly and grateful.

    She accepts constructive criticism with grace, while working hard, being disciplined and having a God-fearing attitude.

    It may sound cliché, but satisfied clients, are key drivers for her personal success. She is self-motivated, both in and out of her work setting.

    “When I set out to do something, whether it is an assigned task or a personal endeavour, I always give it my all,” she says.

    Zonia’s most gratifying career moments occur every day, when her efforts result in clients obtaining a house they can make a home.

    ”I’m very privileged; our end result touches so many people’s lives, it’s a blessing when first-time home buyers acquire a property.”

    To relax, Zonia enjoys a good novel, dabbles in the kitchen behind the stove and enjoys watching soccer.

    She enjoys debating about contemporary issues related to economics and politics, and boasts a very special talent - the ability to sing with her mouth closed.

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