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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Exciting times for SSE
  • Exciting times for SSEExciting times for SSENew name, new premises, new grades The Swakopmund School of Excellence will soon see a host of changes. Leandrea Louw

    The Swakopmund School of Excellence (SSE) will soon boast with a brand new name, school premises and two additional grades. As from 2019, the school will be renamed to Riverside Private School, since their new premises is located in Riverside Avenue in Swakopmund.

    The school will be moving into the Pro-Ed Academy building next year.

    Pro-Ed Academy will also be moving to new premises in Ocean View. The Swakopmund School of Excellence currently accommodates 140 learners from grades 1 to 7.

    As of next year, grade 0 and grade 8 will also be added.

    According to Lynne Lindsay-Payne, the current primary school principal, the school first opened its doors in 2012, with only 15 grade 1 learners.

    “Founder of Learning Rights Kiddies Centre (LRKC), Hilda Meyer, established the Swakopmund School of Excellence. Parents of LRKC asked Meyer to start a school, since many of them didn't have many options where to take their children next. That's where the idea of SSE started.”

    Currently, the school has two grade 1, 2 and 3 classes, and one class each for grades 4 to 7.

    The SSE makes use of the Namibian school syllabus.

    Ernst Olivier, former principal of Namib High School and former Swakopmund circuit education inspector, was appointed as the principal of the newly established secondary school. He'll also be teaching grade 8 Afrikaans.

    “Although I retired, I love teaching. I know and understand the importance of education,” he said.

    He further explained the grade 8s will have nine subjects, of which seven is compulsory.

    “Learners will have the option to choose from entrepreneurship, accounting, and hospitality and computer practice.

    “With Riverside Private, we would like to give something different to the community, including excellent academic standards, small classes and individual attention and support to each learner.

    “We have 11 qualified, experienced and passionate teachers, who will go the extra mile for all our learners.

    “With excellent leadership, excellent planning and moving together with the latest developments in education, we are excited for the journey that lies ahead.

    “We are extremely excited about the new name, new premises and the various new changes and are prepared for the challenges as well.

    “We have an active and supportive school board under the leadership of Riaan de Witt, which makes this an excellent recipe for success,” Olivier said.

    The SSE will be hosting a fun day on 27 October at the Vineta sport grounds, from 09:00 to 13:00.

    “The fun day will serve as a fundraiser for the school. We would like to invite the public to join in on the fun and ask us any questions they might have about the school and the exciting changes that lie ahead,” said Lindsay-Payne.

    “The Swakopmund School of Excellence is dedicated to providing students with a stimulating atmosphere of learning and a solid foundation of skills, attitudes and knowledge that will enable them to become competent, confident and productive citizens.

    “We will endeavor to provide ­students with opportunities to develop physically, emotionally and socially and to offer a vibrant and ­enjoyable education that will equip them to face all lifelong challenges,” added Olivier.

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    Glamour Boys live to see another dayGlamour Boys live to see another day The glamour outfit of South Africa depended on their goal keeper Virgil Vries to take them through to the next level.

    Kaizer Chiefs booked their place in the last eight of the Telkom Knockout after beating Black Leopards 4-2 on penalties at the FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

    A total of 120 minutes produced a goal for either side, before a penalty shootout sent Amakhosi into the next round.

    The visitors showed no signs of intimidation in the first period with surprise inclusion Virgil Vries, one of seven changes in the starting line up, in the Chiefs goals doing most of the work.

    It was proving to be an attacking affair with Hendrick Ekstein and Williard Katsande going closest for Chiefs, before Mwape Musonda rattled the crossbar at the opposite end of the pitch. In the 34th minute, Phathushedzo Nange stunned the home support as he sent Lidoda Duvha ahead.

    The goal sparked an immediate response, but Bernard Parker failed to find the net with King Ndlovu stranded as Leopards snuck into the break a goal to the good.

    In the second half, Chiefs pressed forward in relentless pursuit of the equaliser. It finally came in the 63rd minute as Parker dropped deep and played a superb long ball in behind the Leopards defence, which saw Ekstein show all of his skill to drop the ball at his feet and slide the ball past Ndlovu to level matters.

    Both sides had their chances to win the match outright, but neither showed any killer instinct in the final third.

    The lack of urgency sent the match into extra-time but again that proved goalless with Katsande denied a spectacular winner by the crossbar.

    Instead, it was penalties that were required to decide who would advance in the cup competition. Vries stood up tall and saved two spot kicks, before Ryan Moon calmly slotted the winner to end a nervy finish for the Glamour Boys.


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    All Blacks look to whitewash wounded Wallabies in JapanAll Blacks look to whitewash wounded Wallabies in Japan New Zealand will be aiming to inflict a Bledisloe Cup whitewash on struggling Australia, and lay down a marker for next year's World Cup, when the fierce trans-Tasman rivals face off in Japan at the weekend.

    Hooker Codie Taylor warned Monday that the world champion All Blacks had their sights set on completing a series sweep after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with victories in Sydney and Auckland.

    New Zealand slipped up last year after beating the Wallabies in the first two Bledisloe Tests. "Our challenge is to win all three," Taylor told reporters before Saturday's clash in Yokohama.

    The front-row forward cautioned against underestimating Australia, who lost six of eight games this season before an astonishing 45-34 comeback win over Argentina in Salta this month eased the pressure on coach Michael Cheika.

    "It's the Wallabies, they may have lost some games in the Rugby Championship but when they play us they back themselves to beat us."

    New Zealand will be chasing a World Cup hat-trick in 2019. "We're aware of the fact that the World Cup is in Japan next year," Taylor said.

    "It's a great chance to experience the culture and having the Test in a different country adds a little element of excitement."

    New Zealand face the 2019 World Cup hosts Japan in Tokyo on 3 November before flying to Europe to complete their five-match tour against England, Ireland and Italy.

    "You feel like a king when you walk around," said Taylor, describing the All Blacks fever triggered by their arrival in Japan.

    "The food is amazing - hopefully we don't blow out in the next week or two.

    "But since last night the boys have switched into normal test mode to face an Aussie team that will be up for the challenge," Taylor added. "I'm just looking forward to getting stuck into them again."

    One man who will relish the battle with the All Blacks is Sekope Kepu, who is set to play his 100th game for the Wallabies - the first Australian prop to reach the milestone.

    "I'm hanging in there," he said after training. "I'm really humbled to still be around. You only have to look at the centurions who've played for the Wallabies - legends of the game," added Kepu.

    "But I'm trying not to think about it too much - it's another chance to represent Australia and you never know when it's your last."

    Japanese rugby fans swoon at New Zealand's fearsome "haka", but Sam Whitelock put a spiritual spin on its significance to the All Blacks when asked by local journalists.

    "I'm just a skinny white boy so I'm normally hiding down the back," smiled the towering lock.

    "The cool thing about the haka is the tradition that's gone with it. The All Blacks performed it for over a hundred years. People think we do it for intimidation - but for us it's to connect with ourselves, our team mates and the people that have gone before."


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    Kenyan Cherono shatters Amsterdam Marathon recordKenyan Cherono shatters Amsterdam Marathon recordUnstoppable marathoner adds another title Marathoner Lawrence Cherono set a course record in Amsterdam on Sunday. Kenya's Lawrence Cherono shattered the course record at the Amsterdam Marathon, clocking 2:04:06 at the 43rd edition of this IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

    Running in nearly ideal conditions - 12 degrees at the start, with cloudy skies and very light winds - Cherono clipped more than a minute from the 2:05:09 course record and lifetime best he set last year.

    The 30-year-old Kenyan also broke the Netherlands' all-comers record of 2:04:27 set by Duncan Kibet in Rotterdam in 2009.

    A lead group of 14, including Cherono and Kenenisa Bekele, sped through the opening five kilometres in 14:33 and 29:08 through ten, in range similar to the 14:29 and 29:01 splits that propelled Eliud Kipchoge to his world record run in Berlin last month.

    The leaders reached 15 kilometres in 44:03 and and 20 in 59:00, well inside the 59:52 course record pace that guided Cherono last year.

    When the half was reached in 1:02:11, 11 men still remained in contention: Cherono, Bekele, Ethiopians Mule Wasihun, Solomon Deksisa, Tadu Abate, and Yenew Alamirew, Kenyans Gideon Kipketer, Laban Korir, Hillary Kipsambu and Jonathan Korir, and Kaan Ozbilen of Turkey. But after 25 kilometres (1:13:48) the lead group slowly began to unravel.

    The last remaining pacesetter, Edwin Kiptoo, completed his chores just before the 30 kilometre-mark, with Bekele, Ozbilen and Alamirew falling back soon thereafter. At 33 kilometres Jonathan Korir and Kipketer were next to drop, eventually leaving just Cherono, Wasihun and Deksisa to duke it out for the win.

    As they reached the Vondelpark, Deksisa dropped off the pace. Cherono switched gears near the city's Film museum before pulling away for the decisive victory.

    "I am happy with my race," said Cherono, whose performance equalled the fourth fastest run of 2018. "Today it was mainly the weather that was very good: little wind and an ideal temperature. That made it possible to run harder this year. My goal was to run 2:04 and that worked."

    Wasihun and Deksisa were next, clocking 2:04:37 and 2:04:40 respectively, also under the previous course record. There was good depth behind them.

    Kipketer was fourth in 2:06:15, Ozbilen fifth in 2:06:24 and Laban Korir sixth in 2:06:33. Abate (2:06:47) and Jonathan Korir (2:06:51) also broke 2:07. Bekele, meanwhile, didn't finish, dropping out near his hotel at about 40 kilometres from where he chose to walk back to his room.

    The women's race was also close until the waning stages with Ethiopian Tadelech Bekele successfully defending her title in 2:23:14 ahead of compatriots Shasho Insermu (2:23:28) and Azmera Gebru (2:23:31).

    Desi Jisa was fourth in 2:23:39 with Linet Masai, a former world 10,000m champion, fifth in 2:23:46, a notable debut for the 28-year-old Kenyan. Another high profile debutante, Meseret Defar, was seventh clocking 2:27:25.

    "We started quite fast, but in the end it became a very exciting race, during which I fought back to the leader and overtook Insermu," said the 27-year-old Bekele, who clocked her 2:21:40 personal best in London earlier this year. "I kept my own pace and kept trust that I could win."

    The Dutch titles went to Michel Butter and Miranda Boonstra, who clocked 2:17:18 and 2:42:07, respectively.


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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Namspire Krieket
  • Namspire KrieketNamspire KrieketSt George's het die NAMSPIRE Mini krieket fees 2018 gewen. St Paul's is gekies as die All Star-span van die Mini krieket fees as gevolg van hul positiewe spangees wat hulle vertoon het. Michelline Nawatises

    Namspire het op 20 Oktober 'n tweede krieketfees by St Pauls-kollege aangebied.

    NAMSPIRE SPORTS bied geleenthede vir jong kinders om blootstelling te kry deur sport toere, sportgeleenthede en sportklinieke. Jongmense in Namibië benodig dikwels sleutelvaardighede om te slaag: openhartigheid, kritiese denke, dissipline, kalmte, die strewe om te kompeteer en spanwerk, om 'n paar te noem. Hierdie vaardighede kan aangeleer en gekoester word deur spansport en reis.

    NAMSPIRE SPORTS kombineer twee elemente om die jong kinders geleenthede te bied om blootstelling te kry en op 'n holistiese en prettige manier te laat groei.

    Die krieket stigter en afrigter, Dickson Vambe sê "Ons is passievol oor krieket en wil graag sien dat inklusiewe sportontwikkeling op 'n jong ouderdom in Namibië begin.

    Ongelukkig word nie baie gedoen vir die jong en passievolle kinders in sport ten opsigte van ligas, kompetisies en wedstryde nie, wat almal die kinders hoe om in 'n span te werk, plus 'n oorvloed van lewens- en sosiale vaardighede.

    “Dit is waar kinders uitdaag en leer, en daarom het hulle verlede jaar die NAMSPIRE SPORTS MINI Krieketfees begin en dit was 'n groot sukses met al die kinders,” het hy gesê.

    Elke jaar stuur al die krieketspelende skole regoor Namibië spanne na hierdie prettige gebeurtenis wat die jonger kinders in krieket uitdaag, hulle waardevolle lewenslesse onderrig en die belangrikste is dat hulle pret het terwyl hulle leer.

    Die borge is:

    ATI Holidays, Big Sky Lodges, Kerry McNamara Architects, Gocheganas Resort and Spa, Francois Bou, Sauls & Jacobs Law, Hartlief en Deloitte.

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    US weer onder wêreld se top universiteite op Times Higher Education-ranglys US weer onder wêreld se top universiteite op Times Higher Education-ranglys Die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) het sy posisie onder die wêreld se voorste universiteite verstewig – soos blyk uit die jongste Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. In die 2019-weergawe, wat pas vrygestel is, word die US in kategorie 301-350 geplaas. Dit is ? beduidende verbetering op verlede jaar toe die instelling in kategorie 351-400 ingedeel is. Altesaam 1258 instellings wêreldwyd verskyn op die 2019-ranglys. Die Times Higher Education World University Rankings bied die volledige lys van die wêreld se beste universiteite wat volgens onderrig, navorsing, aanhalings (“citations”), internasionale uitkyk en bedryfsinkomste geëvalueer is.

    In reaksie op die US se jongste prestasie, het prof Hester Klopper, Viserektor van Strategie en Internasionalisering, gesê: “Die Universiteit Stellenbosch is ingenome met sy nuwe posisie op hierdie leidinggewende en gesaghebbende globale ranglys. Hierdie tipe erkenning verleen ook verdere stukrag aan die verwesenliking van ons nuwe visie en strategiese raamwerk in terme waarvan ons Afrika se voorste navorsingsintensiewe universiteit wil word, wat wêreldwye aansien geniet as ? plek van uitnemendheid, innovasie en waar kennis tot diens van die samelewing bevorder word.”

    Sy het bygevoeg dat ondanks die voorbehoude rakende en tekortkominge van ranglyste, help hulle om studente en akademici van regoor die wêreld na die US te lok en om effektiewe samewerking met ander universiteite, instellings en organisasies te bewerkstellig.

    “Ons handhaaf ? genuanseerde benadering tot universiteitsranglyste in die algemeen ? gegewe die huidige realiteite van die instelling, ons land en ons vasteland, sowel as die metodologie van die verskillende ranglyste waaroor daar goed-gedokumenteerde meningsverskille is.

    “Nietemin is die US se goeie prestasie op die Wêrelduniversiteite-ranglys ? sterk aanduiding dat die Universiteit inderdaad internasionaal erken word. Dit plaas die US onder die top 20% universiteite wat deel vorm van die 2019 Times Higher Education Wêrelduniversiteite-ranglys, en onder die top 1% van alle universiteite wêreldwyd,” voeg sy by.

    Volgens syfers van Suid-Afrika se Departement van Hoër Onderwys en Opleiding het die US die afgelope agt jaar die hoogste navorsingsuitset per voltydse akademiese personeellid van alle universiteite in die land gehandhaaf.

    In 2017 was daar meer as 3 500 internasionale studente uit meer as 100 verskillende nasionaliteite aan die US en het die instelling ook bande meer as 246 bilaterale vennootinstellings in 57 lande op ses kontinente gehad.

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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Die strewe na sukses
  • Die strewe na suksesDie strewe na suksesRose kleuterskool, wat in Okuryangava geleë is, bestaan ??al drie jaar. Johanna Kasera het haar opleiding by die Amos Meerkat-projek in Julie 2014 voltooi, en in Desember 2015 het sy Rose kleuterskool gestig. Michelline Nawatises

    Kasera sê sy is dankbaar vir die geleentheid om die Amos Meerkat-projek te kon bywoon, omdat dit haar in staat gestel het om die kinders van die gemeenskap te help.

    Sy het van die Amos-projek gehoor by die kleuterskool waar sy vantevore gewerk het, het sy gesê.

    "Ek is vir 'n jaar lank by die Wisdom Preprimêre Skool opgelei en het besluit om my eie preprimêre skool oop te maak," sê sy.

    Daaglikse aktiwiteite wat die kleuterskool, sluit in:

    • Liedjies sing

    • ’n Bybelsessie

    • Teken en lees

    Kasera is die enigste onderwyser wat oor 43 kinders in een klas toesig hou en gee klas ook.

    Die ouer kinders (23) is van 5-6 jaar en is deel van die Amos Meerkat sillabus.

    Kasera sê om dinge by die skooltjie glad te laat verloop, berei sy lesse voor ná die kinders reeds huis toe is. Sy sê die skooltjie is na haar eersgeborene vernoem.

    "Ek is dankbaar dat Amos my van die leermateriaal voorsien, maar ek ondervind probleme omdat sommige ouers nie betyds betaal nie. Ek wil graag die geriewe verbeter sodat die kinders in 'n beter omgewing kan speel en leer.

    “Ek probeer my bes om vir my lieflike studente voorsiening te maak," het sy gesê.

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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Maritime trade and Africa
  • Maritime trade and Africa Maritime trade and Africa Shipping, ports and hinterland access need a boost Demographic growth and regional integration can nurture Africa’s maritime trade. Geneva, Switzerland - The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its review of global maritime transport for 2017 early in October 2018.

    In regards to maritime trade and Africa, UNCTAD’s review found that Africa relies heavily on ships and ports to service its intercontinental trade.

    While it accounts for approximately 2.7% of global trade by value, the continent contributes higher shares to global seaborne trade – 7% and 5% of maritime exports and imports by volume, respectively.


    ?Africa’s minimal integration in world trade is reflected in its maritime sector, says the UN body for trade promotion. According to UNCTAD this is an enormous opportunity for the world’s second-most populous continent.

    While one-third of African countries are landlocked, maritime transport remains the main gateway to the global marketplace. Of total maritime trade in Africa 40% of goods exported by sea in 2017 comprised of crude oil, while over two-thirds of imports were accounted for by dry cargoes such as dry bulks and containerized goods, and close to 20% of imports were made up of petroleum products and gas.

    The European Union remains Africa’s major trading partner although its share of trade has declined from about half in 1995 to one-third in 2017. In recent years, the share of trade with the United States of America has fallen while trade with China has increased. This is opening new opportunities for the continent both as a consumer market as well as a potential manufacturing region, as shown by growing textile and garment manufacturing activity in Ethiopia, for example.

    Africa’s ports account for 4% of global containerized trade volume, much of which comprises imports of manufactured goods. Africa’s shipping and ports do not always match global trends and standards. Apart from four container terminals in Morocco, Egypt and South Africa, no other African port was featured in the 2016 list of Top 100 global container ports.


    By diversifying economies and enabling greater integration into regional and global value chains, Africa can improve its containerized trade and port traffic volumes. For this to happen, however, trade policy and regional integration initiatives such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will not be enough, says UNCTAD.

    Africa’s container ports and hinterland transport networks need to support these efforts by upgrading infrastructure and services, and improving performance, to match international standards. This entails, among other things, enhancing productivity levels: On average, crane productivity is around 20 moves per crane per hour in West Africa, 25 to 30 in South Africa, and 35 to 40 in Asia.

    Shipping connectivity, which significantly influences transport cost levels, is below the global average in Africa. African countries shipping connectivity is strongly influenced by their geography. The best-connected countries are those at the continent’s corners, where international shipping routes connect to hub ports, notably in Morocco, Egypt and South Africa. They are followed by sub-regional load centres, notably Djibouti, Togo and Mauritius.

    Combinations of public and private investments, port reforms, and improved transit to connect to neighbouring landlocked countries have helped these countries to become leaders in African container shipping connectivity, according to UNCTAD.

    Africa has for many years sought to increase its participation in the supply of shipping services. This has yet to be achieved as the continent’s ownership of the world fleet is limited, with no African country among the Top 35 ship-owning nations in 2017. This is also evident when considering nationally flagged fleets. Only Liberia makes the list of top flag States, ranking third globally after Panama and Marshall Islands regarding nationally flagged tonnage.


    Several factors on the upside suggest that Africa is a dormant giant, including robust economic growth, a demographic dividend, resources, growing investment and financing commitments relating to transport infrastructure, including by China.

    UNCTAD supports Africa in these endeavours with several flagship programmes. These include port management, trade facilitation and sustainable freight transport technical assistance programmes, as well as close collaboration with the African Union towards achieving the African Free Trade Area. UNCTAD also actively supports customs reforms in most African countries.

    National, regional and international players need to prepare African ports to accommodate larger vessels through dredging for depth, and ensuring adequate cargo handling equipment is in place. Access to the hinterland and landlocked countries must improve through multimodal transport transport-corridor approaches, and building inland transport infrastructure.

    Relevant technologies and digital solutions must be used to facilitate transport and trade, cut inefficiencies, improve processes and enhance transparency, while promoting security and resilience of transport systems. Harmonizing transport regulation, including road and rail transport, encourages greater participation in maritime business, UNCTAD says. - UNCTAD

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    NCCI a pula epangelo li katukile AaChina oonkatuNCCI a pula epangelo li katukile AaChina oonkatu Omunashipundi gwoNamibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) moshitayi shomonooli, Tomas Iindji okwa popi kutya epangelo olya pumbwa okukatuka oonkatu dhomeendelelo omolwa aazaizai unene aakwashigwana yaChina mboka taya ningi oongeshefa dhaaheli pampango moshilongo.

    Iindji okwa popi kutya ngele oongeshefa dhopetameko itadhi gamenwa okuza kaazaizai mboka, nena eliko lyoshilongo kali na esiku li koke, nompangela dhoshilongo kadhi na esiku dhi kaadhe omalalakano.

    Iindji okwa popi ngaaka, sha landula omapulo ngoka a ningilwa koshifokundnaeki shoNamibian Sun, kutya ehangano lyaanangeshefa ota li ningi po shike mokugamena oongeshefa dhomoshilongo ndhoka dhi li methigathano enene noostola dhAaChina.

    Omapulo ngoka oge ya po, sho ngashiingeyi oostola dhAaChina ndhoka dha kala nokulanditha iinima ngaashi uudhanitho waanona ngashiingeyi tadhi landitha iinima yilwe ngaashi iiwapeki yomomagumbo, niilongithomwa yomomagumbo mbyoka tayi landitha kaanangeshefa yomoshilongo.

    Aanangeshefa oye wete kutya epangelo, pamwe nomahangano gaanangeshefa ngaashi NCCI oshowo okomisi tayi ithanwa competition commission, itaya gamene aanangeshefa mboka, na oya hala okuya tidha mo mongeshefa nokupata omiyelo dhoongeshefa dhawo, pethimbo mpoka oshilongo sha taalela onkalo yeliko ya nkundipala.

    Iindji okwa popi kutya ondando hayo uupyakadhi sho aanangeshefa mboka ohaya landitha iinima yawo kondando yi li pevi, ihe oye wete kutya ihaya gwanitha po omilandu dhoshilongo ngaashi aanangeshefa yomoshilongo haya ningi. Okwa popi kutya oya lopota onkalo ndjoka kuuministeli wiipindi nomayambulepo gaanangeshefa mboka yopetameko, Namibian Competition Commission oshowo oNamibia trade forum.


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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Utoni a tululula omahewa ge
  • Utoni a tululula omahewa geUtoni a tululula omahewa geEvi ndyoka lya pewa ehangano lyokuteleka Ominista yOmavi oya ndopa okugandja omatompelo kombinga yetokolo ndyoka ya ningwa, kwaamboka inaye shi pondola okumona ompito yokutulululwa poshitopolwa shevi shuunene woohecta 5 000 tashi adhika pondje yondoolopa yaKahandja. Ombudsman John Walters okwa popi kutya otashi ulike kutya uuministeli womavi nomatulululo owa ndopa okutseyithila oonakuninga eindilo mboka inaya pitamo moshihogololitho kutya omolwa shike uuminiteli wa tokola okugandja ofaalama yoFarm Felseneck No.26 oshowo Okanatjikuma No.26 kehangano lyedhina Passions Culinary and Hospitality Institute CC.

    Walters okwa mono omanyenyeto okuza kaaningi yomaindilo mboka inaya za mo moshihogololitho, pethimbo a li ningi oonkundathana dhopashitopolwa kombinga yoprograma yepangelo yomatulululo, konima owala yethimbo efupi omanga inaku ningwa Omutumba gwEvi Omutiyali mOshilongo.

    Okwa popi kutya Minista Utoni Nujoma pampango okuuthwa a gandje omatompelo ketokolo lye kwaayehe mboka ya li ya ningi omaindilo ihe inaya za mo.

    “Aantu olundji kaye shi uuthemba wawo. Oveta otayi utha minista opo a shangele oonakukutha ombinga momaindio ayehe mboka inaya za mo nokuya tseyithila kombinga yetokolo lye ndoka a ningi.”

    Sophia Basson, omukalimo gwomoKahandja, mwene gwehangano Sobas Investments CC ogumwe gwomwaamboka ya gandja omanyenyeto gawo kombudsman, oshowo kuNujoma.

    Farm Felseneck oya li ya tseyithwa momvula yo 2013 kutya otayi tulwa momusholondondo gwoofaalama dhoka tadhi tulululwa aantu ihe oya li ya kuthwa mo momusholondondo inaku gandjwa omatompelo.

    Sho ya tseyithwa ishewe momvula yo 2016, Basson ngoka e na ontseyo yopombanda moshikondo shomatalelepo nomayakulo gaayenda okwa ningi eindilo ihe ina mona eyamukulo, na okwa nyenyeta kuNujoma, Ngoloneya gwaTjozondjupa, Otto Iipinge oshowo Omupresidede Hage Geingob ta popi kutya ina mona eyamukulo okuza kombelewa yomatulululo gevi yopashitopolwa shaTjozondupa.

    Ina mona eyamukulo okuza kuGeingob na okwa popi kutya egandjo lyofaalama ndjoka inali ningwa pauyuuki.

    Ehangano lyokuteleka lya pewa ofaalama

    Oofaalama ndhoka dhuunene woohecta 4829.24 otadhi adhika oshinano shookilometa 45 pondje yondoolopa yaKahandja na odhi li popepi nofaalama yopaumwene yErindi private game reserve.

    Oofaalama ndhoka odha gandjwa kehangano lyedhina Passions Culinary and Hospitality Institute CC.

    Ooyene yehangano ndyoka lyoPassions Culinary oyo Valerie Aron e na mo uumwene woopresenda 30, Jona Levi (30%), Niklaas Steenkamp (20%) oshowo Veripurua Katjatenja (20%).

    Aron oku li mayola nale gwondoolopa yaKahandja ngoka kwa hololwa kutya okuume kominista yomavi.

    Levi oku li omuteleki a tseyika nawa koyendji ngoka kwa hololwa a kala nokumona ootendela dhokuteleka odhindji okuza kepangelo na okwa kala woo ta longele mokefe yiikulya yoPaliamende uule woomvula dha thika puntano.

    Steenkamp okuli omupeha mayola nale gwondoolopa yaKahandja, ngoka a longa pethimbo lyelelo lyaAron.

    Uuyelele wehangano ndyoka mboka tawu adhika kehangano lyoBusiness and Intellectual Property Authority (Bipa) owa holola kutya Levi oye mwene gwehangano ndyoka nomuniipambuluko moPassions Culinary.

    Ofaalama ya pewa aakengeli

    Shoka osha etitha ehwahwameko lyoLandless People's Movement (LPM) li popye kutya ehangano ndyoka olya longitha okugandja po ofaalama kaakengeli, mboka taya ipe owala omavi guunafaalama.

    Aron, okwa popi kutya uumwene wehangano ndyoka owa lundulukwa ta popi kutya ngashiingeyi ehangano ndyoka oli na ooyene ye li yane.

    Levi okwa koleke omapopyo gaArona, ta popi kutya okwa tokola okuninga omalunduliko nokugwedha mo aaniipambuluko yamwe mehangano, opo a vule okutalwa ngele ta ningi eindilo lyomatulululo, konima sho a kala nokuninga omaindilo okuza momvula yo 2011.

    Nonando ongaaka omalunduluko ngoka taya popi itaga holoka mondjokonona yuuyelele wehangano ndyoka, koBipa company.

    “Otashi ende ngiini ehangano lyokuteleka li mone ofaalama? Ehangano lyokuteleka otali ka longitha shike oshitopolwa shoka ashihe shevi?” Oshilyo shimwe shehwahwameko lyoLPM sha pula.

    Aron okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo olya pewa ofaalama konima sho lya ningi eindilo, na okwa ekelehi omapopyo kutya oya pewa ofaalama ndjoka molwaashoka oku li ehewa lyaNujoma.


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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Namibia okwa taalela ondjala
  • Namibia okwa taalela ondjalaNamibia okwa taalela ondjala Namibia oku na omukundu omunene gwondjala, olopota yopauyuni kombinga yiilongo mbyoka yi na ondjala ya holola.

    Olopota tayi ithanwa 2018 Global Hunger Index, oya tula Namibia ponomola onti 80 mokati kiilongo 119.

    Olopota ndjoka oya ngongwapo koWelthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, oya holola kutya Namibia oku li momusholondondo gwiilongo 45 mbyoka ya taalela omukundu gwondjala omunene sho a pewa iitsa 24.3.

    Nonando ongaaka, Namibia okwa li e shi pondola okuhwepopaleka iitsa ye, sho momvula yo 2010, a li e li piitsa 30.9. Onkalo yaNamibia oyi li pombanda yiilongo yilwe ngaashi Iraq ngoka e na iitsa 22.1 oshowo Iran ngoka e na iitsa 7.3.

    Olopota ndjoka tayi ningwa uule woomvula 13 ngashiingeyi ohayi ngongo po omusholondondo gwiilongo mbyoka ya taalela ondjala yiikwatelela kiinima ngaashi, omanyutu, omaso mokati kaanona, aanona ye na iiviha yi li pevi oshowo onkalo yekoko lyaanona ya nkundipala.

    Palopota ndjoka onkalo yomanyutu moNamibia oyi li poopresenda 25.4 na oya shuna pevi okuza poopresend 37.4 mpoka ya li momvua yo 2010.

    Onkalo yaanona ye na iiviha iishona yoomvula dhi li kohi yoomvula ntano, oyi li poopresenda 7.1 na oya londo pombanda okuza poopresenda 6.7 mpoka ya li momvula yo 2010.

    Onkalo yaanona itaya koko nawa mboka ye li kohi yoomvula ntano, oya thikama pooresenda 23.1 na oya li poopresenda 26.1 momvula yo 2010.

    Ondjele yaanona taya hulitha mboka ye li kohi yoomvula ntano okwa lopotwa ya thikama poopresenda 4.5 , na oya li poopresenda 5.6 momvula yo 2010.

    Pandjele yopaitopolwa South Asia oku na iitsa 30.5 omanga Africa mUumbuganu waSahara e na iitsa 29.4.

    Iitsa mbyoka ota yi ulike onkalo yanayipala noonkondo okuyeleka niilongo yomuninginino nuumbugantu –uninginino wa Asia, uuninginino nonooli yaAfrika, Latin America, Caribbean, oshowo uuninginino waEuropa.

    Namibia okwa tegelelwa a ka dhimbuluke Esiku lyOondya mUuyuni momasiku 30 gaKotomba nuumvo.

    Pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kuuministeli wuunamapya, esiku ndyoka otali ka dhimbulukiwa melongelokumwe nehangano lyoFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), meyambidhidho lyoUnited Nations oshowo oshikondo shopaumweme moNamibia.

    Esiku ndyoka otali ka dhimbulukilwa momukunda,

    Bunya moshikandjohogololo Kapako mOshitopolwa shaKavango West Region. Edhimbuluko otali ningwa kohi yoshipalanyolo “Our actions are our future: a Zero Hunger world by 2030 is possible”.

    Omutumba gwoSADC committee of Ministers of Agriculture and Food Security ngoka gwa ningilwa moEzulwini, Eswatini, muMei gwomvula ya piti, ogwa utha eyandjakaneko lyedhimbuluko lyesiku ndyoka miilongo mbyoka ya kala nuunashipundi woSADC, na Namibia okwa zimine ketokolo ndyoka.

    Okwa hiwa oominista dhaSouth Afrika ngoka a li nale omunashipundi, Tanzania ngoka ta ka ninga omunashipundi oshowo aakalelipo yoSADC Secretariat, osheendo shoEuropean Union (EU) kuBotswana; oshowo aakalelipo yiilongo ya yooloka moNamibia.

    Pethimbo lyedhimbuluko ndyoka, iiputudhilo yepangelo lyaNamibia oshowo omahangano gopaumwene otaga ka ulike iilongomwa yago oshowo omayakulo gawo.


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    Korrektiewe dienste skenk sanitêre doekies Korrektiewe dienste skenk sanitêre doekies Die besoek het saamgeval met korrektiewe dienste se derde, jaarlikse Vrouedagvieringe. Die ministerie van veiligheid en sekuriteit se kantoor vir korrektiewe diens het op 12 Oktober die Hoërskool Hage Geingob besoek en drie bokse sanitêre doekies geskenk. Michelline Nawatises

    Volgens kommandant Sheena Nghilundilua word die dag nie net herdenk deur vroue te vier nie, maar ook deur 'n welwillendheidsaktiwiteit.

    "Vanweë ander amptelike verpligtinge het ons vanjaar besluit om Vrouedag in Oktober pleks van Maart te vier," het sy gesê.

    Die tema van die dag was Gracefully Broke, wat beteken dat vroue baie uitdagings ervaar, maar dit steeds met genade oorkom.

    Die dag was daarop gemik om vroue en meisies “se stemme te hoor” en hulle teen diskriminasie te beskerm, asook te help om volle, gelyke deelname aan globale ontwikkeling te verkry.

    Volgens Nghilundilua verdien elke meisie om skool te gaan, en moet biologiese en finansiële omstandighede nie hul reg op onderwys belemmer nie.

    "Ons skenking is met die verstandhouding dat dit meisies sal help om trots op hulself as vroue te wees. Ook sodat meisies nie skaam, ongemaklik of bevrees sal wees om hul daaglikse take, waaronder skool te gaan, uit te voer nie. Hulle moet die die selfvertroue hê in die wete dat hulle vreeslose en wonderlik wesens is."

    Miryam Haipinge, 'n graad 11-leerder, het die instansie bedank. "Wat hulle gedoen het, was baie goed omdat ons nie ? stabiele finansiële agtergrond het nie en nie alle meisies die doekies kan bekostig nie. Ons waardeer die gebaar baie. Baie meisies gebruik toiletpapier as doekies en nou sal dit nie meer nodig wees nie.”

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    Hollard skenk  N$ 450 000 aan Amos MeerkatHollard skenk N$ 450 000 aan Amos MeerkatHollard het ’n tjek ten bedrae van N$ 450 000 by Sam Kauapirura, Hollard se kommunikasie- en transformasiehoof, ontvang. Johan Deysel en Judie Wiese, vrywilligers van Amos Meerkat projek wat die geleentheid gee om ’n kleuterskool op sy plaas te begin, sodat elke voorskoolse kind op elke plaas in Namibië die kans sal hê om sy/haar Verlosser te leer ken deur middel van Christus-gesentreerde onderwys en om skoolgereed te... Michelline Nawatises

    Die Amos Meerkat-leerplan fokus op kinders wat nie toegang tot preprimêre staatskole het nie.

    Hollard Versekeringsmaatskappy se vennootskap met die Amos-Meerkat projek is een manier om kwesbare mense in die land te ontwikkel en op te hef.

    Hollard het die afgelope paar jaar met die regering saamgewerk en 'n bedrag van meer as N$ 1,2 miljoen geskenk aan Amos Meerkat, met 'n borgskap van N$450 000 vir die Amos-projek.

    Kauapirura het gesê Amos Meerkat werp goeie vrugte af en bewys dat 'n projek soos dié 'n verskil kan maak.

    "Ons streef daarna om groot dinge te laat gebeur," het hy gesê.

    Johan Deysel, 'n vrywilliger van die Amos Meerkat-projek, het sy dank teenoor die maatskappy uitgespreek vir hul groot borgskap aan die Amos Meerkat-leerplan.

    "Die borgskap het daartoe bygedra dat groot dinge jaarliks in die lewens van 4 000 voorskoolse kinders kan gebeur," het hy gesê.

    Hierdie borgskap toon Hollard se verbintenis om 'n verskil in die landbou- en landelike gemeenskappe van Namibië te maak.

    "Ons glo Hollard sal die vrugte van hul bydrae in die jare wat kom, afwerp. Soos ons by Amos sê: Goeie fondamente vir goeie vrugte. Betyds, hoë standaard, geen vermorsing en met vreugde " het Deysel gesê.

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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Dausab spared 26 years
  • Dausab spared 26 yearsDausab spared 26 years The High Court on Friday reduced the sentence of a truck driver who is serving a custodial term of 63 years in connection with the 2009 killing of a mother and her daughter in the Ovitoto communal area.

    On 3 April, 2017, Julius 'Namab' Dausab, 50, was sentenced to a total of 63 years for killing his girlfriend, Paulina Kenamuni, 28, and her mother, Elfrieda Kenamuni, 44, by shooting them with a hunting rifle at the Okandjira post near Okahandja on 3 June 2009.

    Dausab's long prison sentence was reduced to 37 years in a judgment handed down by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka, following a successful appeal against the sentence.

    Siboleka reduced Dausab's long prison term because the court was in agreement with the appellant's arguments that the sentence was too heavy compared to other sentences imposed in similar criminal cases.

    Furthermore, the judge came to the conclusion that the initial term did not afford Dausab a chance to reform and to become a productive member of the society upon the completion of serving the punishment.

    Meanwhile, Dausab's other application to be allowed leave to appeal against his convictions in respect of the two charges of murder was dismissed by the court.

    As a result, Dausab, through his State-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji, said he will petition the Supreme Court in the next few weeks in order to be allowed leave to appeal against the conviction.

    On the first count of murder with intent to kill in respect of the death of his late girlfriend, Dausab was sentenced to 38 years. He also received a 25 year custodial term on the second count of murder in respect of the death of his girlfriend's mother.

    On the last two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, Dausab was sentenced to two years on each count, a sentence that was expected to run concurrently with the sentence for the first murder conviction.

    Dausab was also declared unfit to possess a firearm for a period of two years from the date of the finalisation of serving his sentence.

    He is a first-time offender.

    State Advocate Eric Moyo represented the prosecution on Friday.


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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Hunger levels crippling
  • Hunger levels cripplingHunger levels cripplingReports shows seriousness of Namibia's hunger problem Namibia has high levels of hunger than countries like Iraq. Namibia has a serious hunger problem, a global report tracking the state of hunger worldwide has found.

    In the 2018 Global Hunger Index, Namibia ranks 80th out of 119 countries.

    The report, prepared by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, says Namibia is among the 45 countries that have “serious levels of hunger”.

    With a score of 24.3, Namibia suffers from a level of hunger that is serious, according to the report.

    But Namibia has managed to improve its score since 2010, when it stood at 30.9, also falling in the serious category.

    Namibia's score is higher than countries such as Iraq and Iran, which have scores of 22.1 and 7.3 respectively.

    The index, now in its 13th year, ranks countries based on four key indicators, namely undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting.

    According to the report the proportion of undernourished people in Namibia stands at 25.4%. This has decreased from 37.4% since 2010.

    The prevalence of wasting in children under the age of five years has slightly increased, from 6.7% in 2010 to 7.1% in 2018.

    The prevalence of stunting in children under five years has also decreased, from 26.1% in 2010 to 23.1% this year.

    The under-five mortality rate has decreased from 5.6% in 2010 to 4.5% in 2018.

    At the regional level, the 2018 GHI scores for South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, at 30.5 and 29.4 respectively, are dramatically higher than those of other regions of the world.

    These scores, indicating serious levels of hunger, stand in stark contrast to those of East and Southeast Asia, the Near East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, which range from 7.3 to 13.2 and indicate low or moderate hunger levels.

    Zero is the best score and a reading above 100 is the worst. The latter signifies that a country's undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality levels are at the highest level.

    Namibia will observe World Food Day on 30 October.

    According to the agriculture ministry it will observe the day in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and with support from the broader United Nations family and the private sector in Namibia.

    The day will be celebrated at Bunya village in the Kapako Constituency in the Kavango West Region. The event will be held under the theme 'Our Actions Are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World By 2030 Is Possible'.

    The SADC committee of ministers of agriculture and food security decided in May 2017 that the regional World Food Day commemoration will be hosted by the country designated as chair of SADC. As the current chair of SADC, Namibia agreed to host it this year.

    Ministers from South Africa, Tanzania, the SADC Secretariat and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Botswana, as well as high commissioners and ambassadors to Namibia, have been invited to take part in the event.

    At the event, government ministries and agencies, as well as private companies, will showcase their products and services in the agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food and water sectors.


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  • 10/22/18--15:00: A switched-on youth
  • A switched-on youth A switched-on youth Young digital generation can contribute to development Youth were exposed to the latest ICT trends and were given an opportunity to present their latest innovations and inventions. Justicia Shipena

    The information ministry, under the theme ‘Digital transformation for an ICT smart Namibia’ hosted the fifth National ICT Summit from 15 to 17 October at the Safari Court Hotel.

    The summit was aimed at creating platforms for the ICT industry to discuss trends and challenges globally and in the country.

    ICT industry players use the platform to showcase their solutions and services.

    It also exposed the youth to the latest ICT trends and afforded them the opportunity to present their latest innovations and inventions.

    Speaking at the summit on behalf of deputy information minister Engelbrecht Nawatiseb, Steve Bezuidenhout said the world is looking for youth to be employed and developed in ICT.

    “What better time than now during the economic downturn to present this innovation to the youth,” he said.

    Bezuidenhout said the robust industry will transform society and economies.

    Speaking to The Zone, Remember Silas, an Onawa Secondary School learner who did a presentation on payroll ITC innovation, said it was a great experience.

    “We, the youth, are rising to the challenge by pioneering the use of ICT which is a major growth industry amongst the youth and nation at large,” she said.

    She said the challenge is to inspire her peers to use ICT to change their world in a positive way.

    She added that youth can help recognise and encourage the accelerated use of ICT in development strategies and frameworks for the future.

    A learner from Hage Geingob High School in Windhoek said access to technology and associated electronic content has significantly changed the lives of many young Namibians.

    ICT, such as computers, however, remains a challenge for youth in disadvantaged areas. The challenge is bringing together all the relevant stakeholders, as well as the public and private sectors, to encourage youth to work together to provide an environment that fosters the development of young people and enables them to realise their potential in the information society.

    ICT transcends borders, enabling the communication between young people from every corner of the country.

    The summit showcased different ICT exhibitors and their products and services and also included panel discussions on various topics.

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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Namport: Full steam ahead
  • Namport: Full steam aheadNamport: Full steam aheadTechnology for better logistics The Walvis Bay Port is preparing to handle increased volumes of cars and containers. Bisey /Uirab Namport CEO“Automisation will significantly improve Namibia’s global competitiveness and port efficiency ratings.” Augetto Graig - The port of Walvis Bay is leading the way to achieve Namibia’s ambition of becoming a transport and logistics hub for Southern Africa.

    While the country slugs through the quagmire of government’s austerity measures, global commodity price slumps and economic slow-down, Namport has steamed ahead achieving significant milestones.

    Combined volumes of cargo landed at both Walvis Bay and Lüderitz have increased from 2,7 million tons to 3,4 million tons between 2009 and March of 2017, peaking between 2014 and 2015 at 3,7 millon tons. Cargo shipped through the ports weighed 1,4 million tons in 2009 and 1,5 million tons in 2015 but peaked in 2011 at 1,7 million tons.

    Cargo trans-shipped dropped from little more than 1 million tons in 2009 to 573 000 tons in 2016 after reaching 1,5 million tons in 2010. Total cargo handled was 5,5 million tons in 2016/2017, according to port records.

    Much of that cargo comes in containers which are easily loaded onto trucks or train carriages for further distribution. In the 2015/2017 reporting period 205 991 cargo containers were handled at the two ports, less than the 256 319 dealt with in 2009 and less than the peak in 2010 when 337 134 went through the pair of ports.


    Both Walvis Bay and Lüderitz ports are running smoothly, but it is at Walvis Bay that this state owned enterprise shows what a parastatal can do, and what efficiency and effectiveness in this sphere can mean to a country’s development. Walvis Bay is the point of destination for freight coming to Southern Africa from all over the world, and for many of the region’s exports to the global market.

    The Walvis Bay port is committed to increasing its capacity and eagerly awaits completion of a new container handling facility which will provide space for up to 750 000 containers per year. According to Namport corporate communication manager Taná Pesat, the Container Terminal will be complete by mid-2019 as the facility reached the 85% completion mark in January 2018. Namport executive for Ports Authority, Mr Elzevir Gelderbloem, is the project manager of the new Container Terminal. “We do not except container volumes to jump overnight when we commission the new container terminal. This will be a gradual ramp up process over a number of years. As volumes grow, so will the requirement for new jobs,” he said. Anticipating increased imports and exports of motorcars and commercial vehicles, Namport has identified land to store up to 3 500 units. Namport CEO Bisey /Uirab expects more foreign vessels to visit Walvis Bay in the future, necessitating expansion.


    The arrival of the Grand Orion roll-on/roll-off vessel in May 2018 brought 418 motor vehicles through the port at once. The giant vessel can carry 59 217 gross tons and brought 228 sedan and 4x4 bakkies with 173 trucks of which only 8 were destined for the local market. Of the automobiles 89 were destined for Zambia, 57 for Zimbabwe, 16 for Botswana, 42 for Malawi and six for the Congo.

    Between 2 000 and 2 250 vessels visit Walvis Bay annually.

    The need to increase capacity and improve efficiency through infrastructure development resulted in the erection of four new Ship to Shore (STS) cranes. At a combined cost of N$440 million the cranes each stand 80 meters tall.

    Walvis Bay also sports the Syncrolift as part of the vessel repair facility, which can lift up to 2 000 ton vessels. The three Panamax floating docks at the harbour can lift a total of 29 500 metric tons combined.


    Fuel imports to the country come through Walvis Bay while fish products, copper, lead, marble and granite are among the exports. Salt is the largest volume export, with one consignment in January 2018 measuring 50 000 tons.

    Another significant export was lithium concentrate exported to China, before international lithium prices fell too low to sustain continued production. Nevertheless demand is expected to increase fourfold by 2025 and price recovery is awaited eagerly.

    Significant imports through Walvis Bay this year include 40 000 cement clinkers for Cheetah Cement delivered in February by the MV Magnum Power, entailing 20 days of offloading onto trucks for delivery at the new cement plant outside Otjiwarongo.

    Equipment and machinery for the new Peugeot automotive assembly plant being built in Walvis Bay arrived at the port in June and have been taken to the Nara Investment Park which will house the plant.

    Two transformers worth N$40 million and weighing 142 ton each came from India and have been transported to Nampower’s Ruacana hydroelectric power-station.

    In June 3 336 tons of construction equipment and supplies came through Walvis Bay from China, for construction of the Kafulafuta water treatment plant in Ndola, Zambia. The dry port facility created by the memorandum of understanding signed with Zambia in 2007 was instrumental to that consignment, and similar facilities for other countries are being investigated.


    Walvis also sees special cargo assignments like the 205 live animals sent on the El Nino to die Democratic Republic of the Congo in May. The wildlife including Nyala, Eland, Impala, Hartebeest, Oryx and Waterbuck were caught in Namibia while the Blesbuck in the consignment came from South Africa.

    Such achievements are a source of pride of the CEO who launched the Walvis port’s “My Port, My Pride” campaign in March this year. He is also very excited about the port authority being chosen to roll out and operationalize the electronic national single window project, which dovetails with its own port automation programme.

    Namport has established a subsidiary company, Namibia e-Trade Services, to manage and operate the single window, with a view to entering into a strategic alliance with a technical partner who will bring to the table experience and expertise in such an operation, he says.

    /Uirab told port users at the annual dinner in September that both automation and the single window are gaining momentum, and catapulting Namport into being a major digital workplace. “This automation of manual trade processes will reduce the time it takes to clear goods which will have a positive impact on costs and time in the supply chain. So it is a real game changer for trade and economic prosperity and will, and is receiving priority attention from Namport. We are certain that it will significantly improve Namibia’s global competitiveness and port efficiency ratings as well as contribute to the success of the Namibia Logistics Hub,” he said.

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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Mothers march against GBV
  • Mothers march against GBVMothers march against GBV The Mothers' Union of the Anglican Church Diocese of Namibia held a peaceful march in Outapi in the Omusati Region this past Friday to call for an end to gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrated against women, men and children.

    Hundreds of women from various Anglican churches took part in the march to protest against the merciless killings and GBV cases that have become a trend in the country.

    The group marched from the St Barnabas Anglican Church to the governor's office, where they handed over a petition addressed to the gender equality ministry.

    In the petition they said they are willing to work with government to fight social evils in society.

    Union secretary Vistorina Nakuatumba, who read the petition on behalf of the group, said both government and churches have a role to play in addressing the social issues faced by society.

    “We would like to submit our cry to the honourable minister of gender equality that we condemn violence against women and children, violence against men, violence against orphans and violence against vulnerable children. We are against illegal abortions and baby dumping, which must be stopped with immediate effect,” the petition said.

    The union said it has resolved to break the silence around all forms of abuse.

    “We will ensure that those who are abused may be able to seek help and refuge in their time of need.

    “We will ensure that our homes, our parishes and our communities are regarded as safe places, where our parents, partners and sisters live in peace and harmony,” the petition said further, which was received by Outapi regional councillor Fillemon Shikwambi.


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  • 10/22/18--15:00: Bail verdict delayed
  • Bail verdict delayedBail verdict delayedRape, trafficking suspects to wait The bail application in the matter of the rape and trafficking of a 14-year-old school girl has been postponed to the end of the month. Two suspects accused of kidnapping, drugging and raping a 14-year-old Oshakati schoolgirl will have to wait until 31 October to hear whether they will be granted bail by the Oshakati Magistrate's Court.

    Frederick Jacobus van Zyl (32) and Sylvia Bonifatius (20) were informed by Chief Magistrate Mika Namweya this past Friday that he had been unable to finalise his bail verdict.

    He said because of the number of witnesses, finalising his judgment had proved difficult and he was unable to keep his Friday deadline.

    Namweya said he is about 90% complete with his ruling, but because he will not be available this week, he was forced to postpone the matter until 31 October.

    Van Zyl and Bonifatius are facing charges of human trafficking, two counts of rape, as well as charges of committing immoral practices, drugging a female for unlawful intercourse and stupefying a female for unlawful intercourse.

    They have indicated they will plead not guilty to all the charges.

    The State is opposing bail because of the seriousness of the offences, the fear that they may abscond and that they may interfere with investigations.

    It is further arguing it would not be in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice, if the two suspects are granted bail, adding investigations are still in their infancy.

    The defence relied solely on the testimony of the two suspects.

    The three State witnesses included human rights activist Phil ya Nangoloh, who testified that the two suspects should not be granted bail.

    Making reference to international and local laws, 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, who is the investigating officer in the matter, testified that the two suspects were only arrested in September, after the case was opened in July.

    Eliaser informed the court he still needs to obtain witnesses statements and that he believes the suspects will interfere with his investigations.

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


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    Water rationing slows Okakarara developmentWater rationing slows Okakarara development The water rationing arrangement between the Okakarara town council and NamWater is affecting development, the town council's CEO, Erhnst Katjiku has said.

    For the past two months, residents have been receiving water twice a day only - from 05:00 to 07:00 and 17:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and on weekends, from 08:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 19:00.

    The agreement was reached to allow the town council to pay off the more than N$3.5 million it owes NamWater and to curb further increases.

    Katjiku said it is a sad situation, because most potential investors say the water rationing is holding them back from investing in the town.

    “It's a serious problem,” he said. He added that his office is looking for solutions like rehabilitating the seven boreholes of the town council which supply about 30% of the town's water. NamWater supplies the rest as per the local authority regulations. Katjiku urged residents to do their part and pay off their debt so that the council can also clear its debt with NamWater.

    “The problem is with us. Even if we demonstrate, the next day the problem will still be there, so every one of us should do his or her part,” he said.

    The town council plans to meet with urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga this week Friday to discuss the problem and see how the ministry can assist.

    Okakarara constituency councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu said an urgent solution is needed. He said there are investors who want to start constructing a N$100-million hospitality training centre at the town in January 2019, but they are concerned about the water rationing. “These investors do not want to associate themselves with the situation at our town, so a quicker solution is needed,” Kandorozu said.

    Residents have also complained about how it has affected hygiene, especially with toilets going unflushed at their homes and in schools.

    “The rationed water is not supposed to be used for flushing toilets. For now we are running to the bush when nature calls, which is not good,” said Hileni Tomas.

    Monika Aktofel, a tourism and hospitality trainee at the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, said the cleanliness of their kitchen and the general hygiene of trainees at the centre have been compromised since the system was introduced.

    Some residents called on government to assist the town council in paying off its debt.

    Okakarara has a population of over 7 000 people.


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