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Hosted by Namibia's very own David Mbeha and Zambian actress Mwaka Mugala, the MTFA the official launch event was held recently.
No dull moment was in sight as those in attendance were entertained by various performers such as acrobats from Mozambique, fire-blowers from Zambia, a beat-boxer from Zimbabwe and Namibia's very own contemporary street dancer, Aishe Lenga.
The MTFA is MultiChoice Africa's new corporate social value (CSV) initiative aimed at developing emerging TV and film talent, while promoting an enabling environment for the growth of local content production.
The rollout will consist of three phases - a training academy, a talent portal as well as master classes.
A massive undertaking that includes partnerships with the University of Zambia and the higher education and ZAMCOM, will culminate in a 12-month apprenticeship and qualification in the creative industry.
The 20 students hail from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, who will produce television and film content to be aired across the M-Net channels.
MultiChoice's purpose is to use the power of entertainment to enrich the lives of its African viewers and the MTFA will be an instrument for local filmmakers to tell the stories that make us uniquely African.
Academy director, Berry Lwando, emphasised that the programme is not about delivering a certificate.
The MTFA will not only ensure a pool of experienced young creatives, but also improve the quality of local programming. By accepting the invitation to attend the groundbreaking milestone, information minister Stanley Simaata had the opportunity to be one of the first to view the academy and its facilities.
“The potential (local content) needs to be maximised because at the moment there is a high degree of foreign content, yet we can produce our own.
“Through this programme we will be able to produce and harness the required talent that will go and plough back into the industry,” Simaata said.
Namibian representatives Toivo Ashivudhi, Esther Beukes and Sally Jason have taken the challenge head-on, as classes and assignments have commenced.
The three have been actively involved and trained in aspects of media - Toivo in 3D animation, Sally in online and radio media and Ester in the performing arts.
“We are in a privileged space where we are part of a generation that has access to technology and expertise elements that form an important part of not only quality story-making but quality productions,” Sally said.
The three Namibians form part of a group of creative pioneers from diverse backgrounds, who will infiltrate the market and improve African storytelling.
The three are Telecom's chief financial officer, Robert Offner, manager for internal audit and risk, Ben van der Merwe, and manager for corporate governance, legal services and regulatory affairs, Jinah Buys.
Telecom had sought advice regarding the suspensions from law firm Tjombe Elago Incorporated.
Responding to Klein, lawyer Norman Tjombe wrote: “At the onset, we express our opinion that the purported agreement between Telecom and Canocopy appears to be suspect.”
According to Tjombe, it appeared as if Offner's signature had been faked, and the new Canocopy agreement had been entered into while the old contract was still valid and only due to expire on 31 October 2016.
“It also appeared following analysis that a Telecom board resolution, dated 9 March 2016, had authorised Offner to sign the agreement despite the fact that there was no such a meeting was held on that date,” he added.
“The resolution was signed by Mr Frans Ndoroma in his capacity as the MD of Telecom. It is public knowledge that Mr Ndoroma resigned as MD of Telecom in August 2014,” Tjombe said.
“The validity of the purported agreement is also suspect on the grounds that it was virtually impossible that Ndoroma could have signed the board resolution, in the capacity as MD of Telecom, when he was no longer in the employ of Telecom at that relevant time,” Tjombe said.
In the letter to Klein, Tjombe further advised that a handwriting analyst would have to be called in to examine the handwriting of Ndoroma and former Canocopy owner Mike Barnard so that a definitive finding could be made in that regard.
Barnard had previously claimed that his signature was faked. “I did not sign the agreement. I am an honest person. The court will decide who signed it,” he was quoted as saying.
Tjombe also said that it should be probed whether Offner had indeed been out of the country on the day that the contract was signed.
Telecom was also advised by the law firm to lodge a criminal case with the commercial branch of the Namibian police or the Anti-Corruption Commission.
“There is no doubt that, should the agreement be a forgery, that fraud and or corruption has been committed by persons associated with Canocopy and/or Canocopy itself against Telecom and possibly Standard Bank (who appeared to have provided financing to Canocopy as a result of the purported agreement),” Tjombe wrote.
When contacted for comment, Telecom MD Klein said no decision had been made as yet regarding the reinstatement of the three.
Telecom made 16 monthly payments towards a N$12 million contract that turned out to be fake. Canocopy, according to the agreement, would offer Telecom printing facilities for 36 months.
Papers filed in the High Court on 30 August show that Telecom paid Canocopy around N$4.8 million from March 2016 to June 2017.
Canocopy and Telecom are now suing each other for this contract.
The ministry convened a two-day meeting yesterday with the aim of establishing regional gender-based violence (GBV) and human rights clusters, and to consult on the national women's economic empowerment strategic framework, in the Omusati and Ohangwena regions.
“The overall objective is to establish regional GBV clusters to ensure effective and efficient implementation of gender-mainstreaming programmes, especially in the fight against GBV and the provision of human rights for women and girls and the economic empowerment of women,” the ministry announced.
The objectives of the conference include creating awareness of GBV in Namibia, and its causes.
Moreover, to identify positive cultural practices that could be used in fighting GBV and to share information on national policies and legal frameworks as related to GBV.
The event will also be used to share the national plan of action on GBV 2019 to 2023, and to review existing regional gender permanent taskforce plans while developing new plans aligned to the GBV plan of action.
The platforms will also be used to identify key challenges and opportunities for women's economic empowerment issues in the regions and to address how to better boost economic empowerment. In November last year, Namibian Sun reported on statistics which showed that one third of Namibian rape victims are younger than 18 while more than a third of women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced some form of violence in this country. The ministry of justice further confirmed that at the time, 70% of criminal cases registered at the High Court were related to gender-based violence (GBV).
Also, more than 3 200 domestic violence cases were registered with the Namibian police during the financial year 2015 to 2016. The 2013 Demographic and Health Survey found that 32% of all women aged 15-49 surveyed had experienced physical violence since age 15, and that 14% experienced physical violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.
The incidence of violence was highest in Kavango, Omaheke, //Karas and Kunene and lowest in Omusati.
Looking at sexual violence specifically, 7% of women age 15-49 had experienced sexual violence since age 15, and 4% had experienced such violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. Sexual violence was relatively high in //Karas, Otjozondjupa and Khomas, and lower than average in Oshana, Omusati and Ohangwena.
About 6% of the women surveyed reported experiencing physical violence during a pregnancy, and 15% of Namibian women who had experienced violence had never sought help or told anyone about the violence.
Nevertheless, results from the Afrobarometer survey specific to Namibia found that 84% of Namibians believe it is never justified for a man to beat his wife. Most Namibians also believe that the government is waging a robust and effective war against gender-based violence, according to the survey.
“Despite daily reports of gender-based violence in Namibia, 71% of Namibians believe that the government is handling the fight against gender-based violence well,” it was stated at the release of the report.
The executive director of NamRights, Phil Ya Nangoloh, says the organisation has reasonable cause to believe that there is evidence that citizens in general are no longer safe in police custody.
He says “very urgent and exceptional measures” must be instituted to protect the rights of citizens and urged NamPol chief, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga to institute a speedy, thorough and impartial investigation into the alleged incidents and to bring the accused to book.
NamRights is particularly concerned about four cases that took place over the last two weeks.
On or about 12 October, Zakonenua Ndiaombe died in a Tsumeb medical facility while in police custody.
Ndiaombe was arrested with three other suspects on suspicion of rhino poaching and/or illicit trafficking, several kilometres south of the Oshivelo veterinary checkpoint on or about 25 September.
NamRights alleges that the four were denied medical treatment despite severe injuries sustained during police interrogations.
Ndiaombe was taken to a medical facility on 12 October when NamRights intervened, but it was too late.
NamRights also alleges that a 15-year-old girl believed to the mentally challenged, who was kept at a so-called “victims' room” at the Oshikango police station, was raped by a police officer.
The girl was allegedly brought to the station after she was raped by an uncle.
The suspected police officer was arrested and charged, appeared in court and was denied bail. NamRights says he is being held either at the Oluno Correctional Facility or in police cells near the Etayi constituency office in the Omusati Region.
In another incident an unknown Angolan man was allegedly bludgeoned to death by a police officer who goes by the name of 'Shorty' or 'Shaanika'. The Angolan was allegedly illegally selling petrol on the Namibian side of the border between the two countries.
The police officer was arrested and charged with murder. He appeared in court and was denied bail. He is also alleged to be held in custody at the Oluno Correctional Facility or at the Etayi police cells.
Social media is abuzz with allegations of the alleged gang-rape of Ishmael Benyamen at the Windhoek police station. He had been arrested for obstruction of justice after resisting arrest for a traffic violation.
This incident allegedly happened on or around 28 September.
NamRights says the gang-rape was allegedly ordered by police officers from either the City Police or NamPol. This matter is being investigated.
Police acknowledge violations
The Namibian police have acknowledged these cases and stressed that those implicated in the crimes would be held accountable.
In the case of Ndiaombe, police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said a post-mortem was conducted on 19 October to determine his cause of death.
Shikwambi said the suspect in the rape of the mentally challenged girl – who she said is 17 years old, not 15 – was arrested and appeared in court at Ohangwena on 12 October. He was denied bail and is to reappear in court on 26 November.
The suspect in the killing of the Angolan man was also arrested and will also reappear before the Ohangwena magistrate's court on 26 November.
Shikwambi said the police were aware of the alleged gang-rape at the Windhoek police station and a criminal case was opened at the gender-based violence protection unit in Katutura.
She said criminal investigations were under way and an internal disciplinary investigation was at an advanced stage.
While acknowledging these incidents, Shikwambi said police officers are “human too” and therefore not immune to “human error”.
She added that police officers were committed to treating members of the public with courtesy while maintaining peace and order.
She said the chief of police would not hesitate to direct internal investigations when police officers conduct themselves in an “unbecoming manner”.
The Helmsman Group donated equipment to the Etunda Farm Primary School on 16 October at the Marigold Hotel in Windhoek.
Former president, Sam Nujoma, received the 200 chairs and 200 desks on behalf of the school. Etunda Farm Primary School is situated 30km south of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Speaking at the event, Valerie Aron said the reason why they opted to extend a helping hand to the Etunda school is because the founding father has done extraordinary things.
“Just imagine someone donating part of his farm and build a school and clinic for the community,” she said.
Stina Wu, the chairperson of the Helmsman Group, said every Namibian child should have an opportunity to be educated and become a powerful source of knowledge.
“As a group executive chairperson, I decided to increase our intensity of charitable giving and donations in education,” she said.
Wu added the donation is a first step towards intensifying the corporate social responsibility initiatives of their company.
“I must mention that we are planning to donate 500 to 800 sets of desks and chairs to Namibian schools every year,” she said.
Wu said education is the catalyst for nation-building and economic growth and called on the public to invest more into this critical sector.
“I believe together we can accord the Namibian child a better education and a brighter future,” she said.
Nujoma said the donation is the second one from the Helmsman Group.
The first donation was in form of corrugated iron sheets for the roofing of the classrooms and school hostels during construction phase, valued at N$120 000.
Nujoma added the Namibian government places great value on education, especially educating the marginalised and children of farm workers, with the aim of bringing them onto the same level with the rest of the country’s children.
“Namibia is striving towards inclusive education to accord all children the right to quality education, regardless of their circumstances,” he said.
Nujoma also said education is the key to knowledge and a productive life.
The majority of children of farm labourers do not attend school and thus are unable to realise their full potential, which results in these children ending up in a cycle of poverty and marginalisation.
“Your generous contribution will go a long way in shaping the lives of the learners who will attend the school, as well as strengthening the socio-economic fabric of our country,” he said.
Nujoma added he appreciates for the donation.
AIESEC Namibia hosted the second edition of the Youth Speak Forum from 17 to 18 October at the University of Namibia (Unam) engineering campus in Ongwediva under the theme ‘Youth for global goals’.
The forum was aimed at creating a platform for bringing together different perspectives on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to facilitate more in-depth discussions.
The topic and the theme of the event connected with the insights gathered from the recently concluded Youth Speak Survey.
The survey solicited 3 000 responses from Namibian youth, after six weeks of promotion, outreach and activations to get all the regions represented.
The survey sought to understand what the socio-economic issues are stop the youth from developing themselves.
Lysias Tangeni Haiduwa, who spoke at the forum on behalf of youth permanent secretary Emma Kantema-Goamas, said the country’s current financial crises can only be solved through close cross-border cooperation.
“In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda was adopted for sustainable development as the global platform for transformation to the future we want,” Haiduwa said.
He added the 2030 Agenda, with the 17 SDGs, is the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.
“That is why the 2030 Agenda includes a commitment to leave no one behind. That is why we need to work together to find solutions that are sustainable and durable, and that recognise our interdependence,” he said.
Haiduwa also applauded the youth for making the event possible and for ensuring that they have aligned local youth with the SDGs.
The Youth Speak Forum was supported by GIZ Namibia, the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, the Internet Society Namibia Chapter, the youth ministry, the National Youth Council a European Union delegation, among others.
The higher education ministry, in collaboration with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), the University of Namibia (Unam), the International University of Management (IUM) and the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), hosted the first annual National Student Research Symposium (NSRS) from 18 to 19 October under the theme ‘Nurturing potential, sharing knowledge’ at the Namibian Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam).
The seminar was open to students from all institutions of higher education in Namibia and was aimed at giving them an opportunity to share their research work with their peers. It also aimed to stimulate the national intellectual climate through discussions and collaborations within and across disciplines and institutions.
According to Lisho Mundia, director of research and innovation in the higher education ministry, the NSRS originated at Nust as the Student Research Symposium for. The NSRS boasts the first-ever national steering committee, which comprises of three members from the ministry and two each from Nust, Unam, IUM and the NCRST.
Mundia, who is the chairperson of the steering committee, said their aim is to groom students and prepare them for any international stage in the world.
Higher education minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, says the ministry’s mission is to develop a mechanism to nurture Namibia’s young scientists and researchers to conduct high quality research and have the ability to translate research outcomes into innovative products.
“The strengthening of research and innovation capacity is mainly through encouraging the free-flow of development knowledge. This could be achieved by the sharing of knowledge through publications, public presentations and academic discussions,” she said.
Kandjii-Murangi added that the basis for research during undergraduate and postgraduate studies is not only receiving a degree, but strengthening the research components of higher education institutions. Research capacity developments, as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, have multifaceted impacts and throughout the research process students learn critical and analytical thinking skills and how to work independently, she said.
“Research is critical to a country’s economic and social development and is a good foundation for good policy development. Therefore, academics should freely debate contemporary development issues, in order to guide and influence national policymaking.”
The seminar was sponsored by NamPower, Neo-Professional Development Institute, Nipam, Nust, Unam, the NCRST and the ministry.
Iindji believes that unless infant industries are protected against foreign competition, the economy will not grow and national development goals will be stalled. Iindji was responding to a question as to what the NCCI was doing to protect the business interests of local entrepreneurs who are competing with thousands of foreign-owned businesses, particularly Chinese shops. This enquiry followed observations that Chinese-owned shops, which initially sold simple products such as toys, are now selling hardware and building materials - a situation that has local businesspeople who sell similar products fuming.
Local business owners feel that the government, through organisations such as the competition commission, is not protecting their interests. They say unfair competition is pushing them out of business in a tough economic climate.
Iindji acknowledged that the situation is getting out of hand in the retail sector, saying that the NCCI regularly receives complaints about unfair competition from its members. “First and foremost, this is not new to us. The issue at hand is not that the Chinese are cheaper than the local guys but it is a situation of the Chinese businesses being run in an unfair manner whereby they are ripping the people off by selling substandard products,” Iindji said. “Our local businesspeople, especially our members, do things by the book and within the perimeters of the law, but it is not the same from the side of the Chinese, they are very unethical and we should not shy away from it.”
He said the NCCI had taken up the matter with the ministry of industrialisation, trade and SME development, the Namibian Competition Commission as well as the Namibia Trade Forum.
“We have engaged the necessary offices of authority to take up the matter and we are just waiting upon their action but we continue to monitor the situation and deal with it procedurally,” Iindji said.
In the beginning, Adam and Eve were the blissful prisoners of their own ignorance - lazy as butterflies, slumbering in warm cocoons. The absence of truth is the victory of peace, and all was eternally well in the Garden of Eden.
Our own Garden of Eden was our innocence, our belief in the possibilities of the future.
Our bliss lay in the simplicity of shelter from the demons of generations past. Our apple trees grew slowly from seeds rooted in calm, though the fruits they would bear were to blossom overnight. Every child is born beneath the same golden trees of Eden… but what is our apple?
What is today’s symbol of our epic fall from grace? What is today’s forbidden fruit? When do the golden leaves fall from our trees?
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll were the vices of choice for generations past, but I would like to believe our generation is capable of outdoing the best.
We have taken the forbidden fruit and pumped it up with growth hormones, we’ve intensified our sins, as the apples fall from electronically-charged trees blossoming in knowledge that travel at the speed of light.
The added element of our generation’s forbidden fruit is instant gratification. The ripe, sweet taste of fast-forward will make you a believer at first bite. Our generation does not believe in the pause button, we race through every seemingly superfluous scene until the credits start rolling. Centuries of others have been taught the beauty of patience; for thousands of years our religions have preached the delay of indulgence, but we are ripping out the tales of redemption from our Bibles and burning our bedtime storybooks.
We are the generation that will pay N$150 for a pair of jeans conveniently pre-destroyed for us. We thrive on this corruption. We give ourselves to the streets. We depend not upon morals or convictions, but upon the white cords that connect us to the wafer-thin devices blocking out everyone and everything around us.
We are constantly plugged into the consumerist mantra, addicted to the ability to drown out our thoughts with the desire for more.
In never being content, in always craving the bigger and the better, we are prepared to meet true deficiencies with diverted eyes. These vices are our battle gear. Even so, we lose the war. We are all-too aware of our premature corruption. The forbidden fruits fail to fill our empty stomachs.
God was betrayed. He expelled the two lovers from their garden and forbade them from ever returning. Eve and Adam were cold and lost and confused by the world around them. This was a world of anger and desire, a world which they knew nothing of, having been cradled at the breast of innocence for so long. But God’s decisions are final - for all time, mankind was to live and die in this savage jungle.
Who is to criticise our generation for falling prey to the same temptations that shifted mankind to the edge and brought us to the fall from grace? Are we to blame for our eager hunger? We are living in a new era of crisis, the battle between preparation for the future and living in the present.
Whereas Eve chose to give into the serpent, perhaps we have been bitten with the desire for knowledge, because we have had good and evil thrust upon us.
Our lives are merely side-effects of past generations’ revolutions. We are not fighting these wars, we are watching them - a television without a remote control, the one scene that we cannot fast-forward.
So we choose to be aware. We choose corruption over innocence; we choose throbbing heartbeats over deep slumber.
We have had the pacifiers ripped from our lips, can you blame us for screaming? Our generation has sat back and watched confused, as buildings have burned and oceans have raged. Blame it on the serpent, but this generation has bitten into the forbidden fruit willingly. We have seen both sides of blessing and have chosen the road of the demons. Innocence has never meant more than ignorance, and for once, a generation is handing itself over to temptation without a fight. These apple trees are dying, and so are we. Let us rip the forbidden fruits from fallen branches… let’s die wise.
David Bruni and Ian McLaren made this incredible assertion in court papers lodged with the High Court in Windhoek in the ongoing back and forth court challenges, most of which are being instituted by Kamushinda who is desperately trying to stop any further probing into the matter.
The liquidators submitted that N$79 million was transferred from the SME Bank to the South African entity Asset Movement and Financial Service (AMFS).
Of this amount, N$64 million was delivered by a certain George Markides in hard cash to a street address in Springs, a South African city in the proximity of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Bruni in his affidavit states that the “thieves” were so brazen that they had no hesitation to reference the hard cash – “so stolen and delivered” – back to the source where it was stolen from, the SME Bank.
Telephone records show Markides and Kamushinda were in telephonic contact no less than 70 times during the period the hard cash was delivered.
Two companies owned by Kamushinda, Crown Finance Corporation and Heritage Investments, both received direct electronic fund transfers from AMFS.
The liquidators claim some of the money transferred was “stolen” from the SME Bank. They said they are still investigating who exactly, and in what proportion, the N$64 million hard cash was divided by “recipients of the fraud, theft and money laundering”.
Kamushinda is one of two directors of Crown Finance and Heritage Investments, both companies registered in Namibia. The other director is a certain Nadiema Izolda Eberenz.
Both Crown Finance and Heritage Investments have entered into a service contract with AMFS since July 2016, according to which AMFS were to transport and/or transfer monies belonging to the companies to premises or into bank accounts on behalf of the companies.
This contract was signed by the former CEO of the SME Bank, Tawanda Mumvuma, on behalf of Crown Finance.
The liquidators maintain the service agreement is nothing more than a cover-up for money laundering and that Mumvuma had worked together with Kamushinda in this “fraudulent scheme”.
Crown Finance received direct payments through an FNB account in South Africa from AMFS when Benoni-based model Kalandra Viljoen was at the helm of AMFS.
The liquidators say at that time AMFS had received about N$500 million per month into its account. Viljoen had received on instructions of a certain 'Lisa', who apparently is in fact Markides's assistant, to transfer the money into the Crown Finance and Heritage accounts.
It is alleged that AMFS had electronically transferred N$2,3 million and N$1,8 million into the accounts of Crown Finance and Heritage Investments during 2015 and 2016 respectively in amounts ranging from N$40 000 to N$230 000 at a time, money the liquidators say was stolen from the SME Bank.
Kamushinda has instituted in a string of court challenges – in Namibia and South Africa – attempting to waylay the liquidators' attempts to find the missing SME Bank millions.
The liquidators' latest answering affidavits are in response to a renewed attempt by him to stop the commission of inquiry into the missing millions ordered by the High Court and an attempt to curtail the liquidators' mandate.
The Supreme Court is scheduled deliver its ruling today (23 Oct) on the appeal brought by the Metropolitan Bank and World Eagle Investment against the High Court's decision to place the SME Bank under final liquidation.
These companies are listed in schedule 1 of the Public Enterprises Governance Act of 2016, but they are not part of the hybrid governance model for Namibian public enterprises.
Star Protection Services, a security company, is a former Development Brigade Corporation (DBC) project which the veterans' affairs ministry took over.
The company was established in 1989 by the Swapo-owned Kalahari Holdings, in partnership with the government, in order to create jobs for war veterans who could not secure jobs in the police and defence forces.
The IPPR report states that the Ministry of Public Enterprises itself is inconsistent. The document introducing the hybrid governance model refers to 72 companies from Schedule 1, seemingly ignoring the new, expanded definition under the amended Act, but only lists 67.
Referring to Star Protection Services, Namibia Bricks Enterprises, August 26 Holdings Company and Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik, it states: “The first two have reportedly been sold off, while the latter are controlled by the military. The same 67 enterprises are featured on the website, which previously claimed 90 and 98 enterprises at different points in time.
“This is a problem because clarity around ownership is of utmost importance when it comes to public enterprises. Because public enterprises are ultimately owned by the citizens, and because they are often designed to provide important services to the public, they should operate under especially stringent rules of accountability – they should be more public than public companies.”
Public enterprises minister Leon Jooste could not clarify the ownership of these companies, but said the ministry was drafting a new bill that would gazette the current SOEs.
He told Namibian Sun that the Public Enterprises Governance Act was flawed in that it only allowed for entities to be added and not to be deleted. there is also no official list of public enterprises for the hybrid governance model.
“The new bill allows for an entirely new designation process and all these entities will then be gazetted accordingly after the process. For details on these entities I suggest you contact the line ministries,” Jooste said.
Star Protection Services offers property protection, armed guards, cash-in-transit protection and rapid armed response and VIP services.
According to its general manager, Veikko Peelenga, it employs 286 security guard across the country.
Peelenga refused to provide the company's last three annual reports, but said that following the dissolution of the DBC, Star Protection Services was placed under the jurisdiction of the veterans' affairs ministry.
“I can only assist you with operational issues, but other things that you want to find out you can contact the veterans' affairs permanent secretary,” said Peelenga.
The veterans' affairs ministry's spokesperson, Edson Haufiku, could not say much about the company ownership. He said he had to wait for the new permanent secretary, who was on a familiarisation visit to the regions, to respond to queries.
In 2015 the veterans' affairs ministry helped the security company to build a N$19.8 million head office at Ondangwa, which includes a conference hall and a cash-in-transit room.
The company also has branches at Grootfontein, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Gobabis, Walvis Bay, Keetmanshoop, Okahandja, Mariental, Otjiwarongo, Ondangwa and Oshakati.
In a letter dated Sunday, 21 October, urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga gave the green light for Kahimise's suspension and an investigation into the alleged transgressions.
A special council meeting convened yesterday confirmed the content of the minister's letter. Three councillors who had described the allegations against Kahimise as an unwarranted witch-hunt, walked out of the meeting in protest.
Mushelenga's approval of the suspension was made on four conditions: the investigation must be completed within three months and must be carried out by qualified and competent persons.
The minister further instructed that a replacement should be appointed during the period of Kahimise's suspension, and that this person should be selected from among the City's strategic executives.
City councillors Brunhilde Cornelius (RDP), Josef Kauandenge (Nudo) and Ignatius Semba (PDM) walked out in protest, saying they still believed that Kahimise had been made “a sacrificial lamb for other people's mistakes”.
A letter sent to the minister last week by members of the city council's management committee stated that an investigation should be launched into numerous allegations around Kahimise's study loan.
One of the allegations is that the CEO deceived the management committee chairperson and mayor Muesee Kazapua to approve his application without prior approval from the committee.
The letter also mentions allegations of a trip to Paris, for which Kahimise allegedly claimed subsistence and travel allowances without management committee approval.
Another allegation is that Kahimise misrepresented the actual expenses related to his studies.
The letter also claims that Kahimise tried to conceal his request from the management committee for six months.
The letter said this constituted a “serious transgression” due to the “serious financial difficulties” faced by the municipality.
The letter requested that the city council investigate the allegations of unapproved participation in the study-aid scheme, as well as unauthorised expenditure including tuition and application fees paid to the institution without management committee approval.
Last week Namibian Sun reported on an internal memorandum signed by management committee chairperson Matheus Amadhila, where he admitted that he had approved the loan without the input of the entire management committee.
Amadhila wrote that although he regretted approving the loan without the input of his management committee colleagues, his decision was motivated by the fact that Kahimise's management studies would benefit the City of Windhoek's operations.
“This study has strategic relevance to the authority and falls within the purpose and relevance of the challenges we face in terms of funding, as you may be aware,” he wrote.
Amadhila pleaded with the management committee to “condone this approval of the private study aid to the chief executive officer … for the reasons stated.”
After enduring many rejections, Fillemon Shikomba is currently working for the United Nations (UN) economic and social council at its New York headquarters.
The 26-year-old legal professional arrived in New York with only US$40 in his pocket, after his mother exhausted all her savings to pay for his flight ticket.
“My work involves researching pertinent topics and issues to provide timely information and analysis for non-violent activists, international development practitioners and government officials,” Shikomba said.
He also works with human rights and religious organisations to help them promote non-violent actions.
“Some of the cases I am currently working on are the Nicaragua conflict, the Israel and Palestine conflict and the Syrian refugees.”
He was raised by his mother in the north of Namibia.
Shikomba was born in Ethindi village in Onayena and grew up in Onakalunga in Omuthiya.
“I attended primary school at Lano Private School in Onayena and high school at Uukule Senior Secondary School in the Oshikoto Region.
“After high school I went to the University of Namibia (Unam) for a semester, after I enrolled for business administration. I studied business administration after I could not get into the law school because they had limited space,” he explained. Shikomba later quit his course after being presented with an opportunity to study in Russia.
“I dropped out of Unam, because I was not happy pursuing a course that I never liked.”
After graduating with a bachelor of laws from Tambov State University in Russia in 2017, Shikomba was selected for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and was placed at Howard University in Washington, DC where he attained a certificate in public relations.
“Through the fellowship, I got a scholarship to further my studies at Hofstra University in New York.
“In May 2018, I graduated with a masters’ degree in law, cum laude. I also hold a certificate in politics from Yale University, which I received in 2017.”
Shikomba says he owes his constant exposure to rejection.
“The pressure and the constant rejection is what challenged me to continue studying. I believe that sometimes rejection is a redirection.
“I have always been passionate about the law; there is so many laws for those who can afford it, and too little for those who cannot. It is my dream to change this problem one day.
“After completing my studies in Russia, I came back home and I tried my hand at every little thing.
“This was the point where life truly tested my patience. I applied for so many jobs and I have been rejected for every little one, even for teaching posts.
“I have encountered so much rejection and I was even told that a Russian education is useless and that I will not go anywhere with it. I have written to so many law firms, just for internships, but to no avail,” Shikomba said.
He said New York is a very challenging place.
“It is expensive, huge and different. “I was able to settle in with the help of amazing Namibians in New York, and when you finally settle in, that is when you truly see the beauty of New York.
“It is just like in the movies and it is such a diverse city and almost every part of the world is represented here.
“New York can easily distract you, because it has so much to offer - the bad, the good and the ugly.
“It is a city with everything. There is a popular saying: ‘If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere’.
“I have a very special place for Namibia in my heart, but also as I travel, I began to understand that sometimes in order to bring something home, you have go away from home.
“There are so many incredible people in our country that supported me during my studies here and I have to return and put their investment to work,” he says.
In the next five years, he plans to have acquired more in-depth knowledge of the UN and politics.
“Those new skills will help me serve Namibia and I also have plans to establish my own law practice in the country of my birth.”
Shikomba advises young people to always be patient and never give up.
“I have been through so much before ascending to my current position. I have been challenged to a point where I felt completely hopeless and useless, but all this was preparing me for where I am today.
“It is only through constant exposure to failure that we can truly be successful. Without the possibility of being a failure you will never be extraordinary,” he added.
This is this the view of Immanuel 'Imms' Moses from the African Connection (AC) Boxing and Fitness Academy, who said Simon has a wealth of knowledge to share with Namibian boxers.
“It is true that Simon fought in a different era than the current boxers, but I think there is something he can do to lift up the others. He was there before the current crop and nobody should really compare his success to the rest of the boxers, as everyone is fighting in a different era,” Moses said.
He said he has approached Simon about this, but the undefeated former world champion said boxers are not approaching him to try and learn from his experience.
From as early as 1994, when he turned professional, to 2002, Simon was one of the best junior middleweights in the world.
He had impressive skills and could knock out any opponent to end a fight early.
In 1998, Simon edged American Winky Wright in a controversial win, to claim the WBO light middleweight title.
He defended the title four times against British great Kevin Lueshing, as well as American pugilist Rodney Jones, Argentinean Enrique Areco and Wayne Alexander from the United Kingdom.
In 2001, Simon won the interim WBO middleweight crown when he defeated Frenchman Hacine Cherifi and then beat undefeated Swedish boxer Armand Krajnc in 2002.
In 2013, Simon won the vacant IBF International light heavyweight title against Serbian Geard Ajetovic and defended it against the same boxer in 2014.
As an amateur, Simon represented Namibia as a welterweight at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
He has a record of 30 fights, with 22 knockouts and zero losses.
There was just no stopping the hardworking 'Terminator', according to local promoter Smokey Hilongwa.
“Simon is one of those guys who was just very hardworking, which combined with his talent made him a success when he fought internationally,” Hilongwa said.
However, he also emphasised that one cannot compare the current crop of boxers to Simon, because everyone is in their own league, and each time a fight takes place, everyone fights different opponents.
“Every guy is different and has different skills. Simon fought his fights and has set his own record.”
Hilongwa further said there is nothing wrong with local boxers, who appear not to have the measure of international opponents, especially American boxers.
“It's just a matter of how you feel on the night. You can train the whole year for a fight, but if the other guy is better then you, you will lose.”
Hilongwa advised local boxers to continue grabbing opportunities to fight overseas.
Simon is set to return to the ring when HS Onkugo Boxing Promotions hosts a tournament on 24 November in the capital.
He is still active at the age of 41 and will step into the ring to face Tanzanian pugilist Kaminja Ramadhani Shabani in a catch-weight fight over eight rounds.
In terms of the deal, the South African club will have first choice when it comes to buying Young African players.
“I have the interest of football at heart. Our roadmap is clear and this is brand exposure for us - things which I learned during my football playing days in South Africa,” said Ngarizemo said.
“I have lost a lot of players to other big clubs, but I'm very happy with those who remain with the team. I wish those who left a great journey. It just shows that I'm producing quality players for other clubs and hopefully for the national team, the Brave Warriors.”
Ngarizemo said the deal will not mean that he won't sell his players to other clubs, but Maritzburg will have first option to buy.
“Also, assistant coaches will travel to South Africa to help prepare our players and return and give back to the club.”
Maritzburg is currently is 13th out of 16 clubs on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log with seven points.
Young African won the inaugural edition of the coveted Debmarine Namibia Cup last year and ended fifth on the Namibia Premier League (NPL) log last season.
Ngarizemo said they are hard at work preparing for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to kick off on 3 November.
Eight-weight world champion Pacquiao said he would close out his storied career by facing “top PBC fighters”, while announcing late on Monday the tie-up with influential Mayweather adviser Haymon's organisation.
“My team will work closely with Al Haymon for the remainder of my career to deliver the most anticipated fights with the top PBC fighters,” Pacquiao said in a statement.
“Those are the fights the fans want to see and the ones I want to have to close out my career.”
Pacquiao said last week that he was “90%” sure a bout with former four-division world champion Adrien Broner would happen in January, possibly in Las Vegas.
“Pacquiao's first defence of the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight world title will kick off the new partnership,” Haymon's PBC said in a statement without giving further details.
“The new alliance will have team Pacquiao and Haymon work together to navigate the remainder of his illustrious career.”
The deal could pave the way for a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch of the 2015 mega fight, which generated a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys earning US$600 million and ended with the American winning on points.
Unbeaten Mayweather, who hasn't fought since knocking out mixed martial artist Conor McGregor last year, said in September he would come out of retirement to face Pacquiao later this year.
The American, 41, has since hinted at taking a warm-up fight first, talking on social media of a “huge boxing event” in Tokyo.
He said last week he would be willing to accept a challenge to fight against McGregor's MMA conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The deal with Haymon represents a new chapter for the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who has been promoted for the majority of his 20-year professional career by Bob Arum's Top Rank organisation.
“I wish him the best of luck, a tremendous warrior, and whatever he's doing in the future, he deserves,” Arum said of Pacquiao on Fighthub TV in Las Vegas at the weekend.
Pacquiao pumped new life into his storied career in July when he delivered his first knockout in nine years against Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.
Ahead of the fight against big-punching Matthysse, Pacquiao said he considered himself the “underdog”, but he rolled back the years to register a 60th win and take the Argentine's WBA welterweight belt.
Unai Emery's side trailed to Hector Bellerin's first-half own goal at the Emirates Stadium.
But Ozil, captaining Arsenal on his return to the side after back spasms, produced a majestic display to lead the Gunners' impressive fightback.
Ozil, shrugging off his poor start to the season, equalised just before halftime and played a key role in Aubameyang's second-half double.
Gabon striker Aubameyang scored twice in quick succession after coming off the bench, ensuring Arsenal won 10 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since 2007.
They have scored 30 goals in that blistering streak and climbed to fourth place in the Premier League, just two points behind leaders Manchester City.
On the 69th birthday of Emery's predecessor Arsene Wenger, this was the kind of swashbuckling show that recalled Arsenal's glory days under the Frenchman.
Ozil summed up Arsenal mood, tweeting after the match: “I think we played some sexy football tonight, proud captain of this team.”
It was the perfect start to a hectic week that sees Arsenal travel to Portugal for a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, before returning to domestic action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“We are happy because we are progressing. We need to play with organisation, but also we are beginning to play with heart,” Emery said.
“Today the performance of the team, and also of Mesut, was very good.”
Emery has made a remarkable impact since replacing Wenger in the close-season.
The annual Oktoberfest will take place on 26 and 27 October at SKW in Windhoek. The traditional folk dances such as the Schuhplattler; performances by Die Broers; and our Namibian beers, arguably the best in the world, draw festivalgoers to the event.
Nedbank has teamed up with Pupkewitz BMW and will join the festivities this year with affordable vehicle financing options.
“In the current economic environment, it can be difficult to decide whether or not it is right time to buy a new vehicle. Nedbank has taken this opportunity to bring, the Oktoberfest Package for our clients at a great discounted rate and with comfortable repayment options,” says Amanda von Wielligh, Nedbank Namibia’s head of vehicle finance.
“We also provide expert assistance to clients in making their decisions every step of the way.”
The Nedbank Oktoberfest vehicle offer of a 30% balloon payment, prime less 1.25% interest, and delayed payment of 90 days, is available to customers interested in financing a new or demo BMW.
“This offer has an unbeatably attractive interest rate and a 90-day payment delay, meaning clients can enjoy the approaching holiday season before having to start paying for their vehicles,” Von Wielligh says.
As the offer is only available until the end of October, those interested are encouraged to visit their nearest Nedbank branch without delay. To apply, clients should take along their ID, valid driver’s licence, six months’ consecutive bank statements if not banking with Nedbank, their latest pay slip and marriage certificate, if married.
“What better way to ring in the summer than getting the vehicle you always dreamed about? There is never a better time to finance your vehicle than now,” says Von Wielligh.
A dedicated consultant, Vanessa Mendes, is available around the clock to answer questions about the Nedbank Oktoberfest vehicle offer and help customers’ dreams come true. She can be reached at 061 295 2149 or VanessaME@Nedbank.com.na.
Oktoberfest promises to be a great time and more information can be found at www.oktoberfestnamibia.com.
Festivalgoers are urged to identify a designated driver or call a friend who has not been drinking to ensure that our roads remain safe and no lives are lost.
Mombaapila ya shangwa momasiku 21 gaKotomba, ominista yeyambulepo lyiitopolwa noondoolopa moNamibia, Peya Mushelenga okwa gandja omulilo omuzizi kookansela yelelo lyoshilando opo ku kuthwe manga miilonga Kahimise, ye a vule okuningilwa omakonaakono.
Ookansela yatatu mboka itaya tsu kumwe nekutho miilonga lyaKahimise oyiiteka mo momutumba ngoka gwaningwa mOmaandaha.
Mushelenga okwa zimine ekutho miilonga lyaKahimise, kwiikwatelelwa komilandu kutya omakonaakono ngoka ta ningilwa naga manithwe muule woomwedhi ndatu na naga ningwe kaantu ya pyokoka na oye na ontseyo. Natango okwa pula ku ulikwe omupeha gwaKahimise, ngoka ta longo pehala lye uule wethimbo ndyoka.
Ookansela mboka yiiteka momutumba ngoka, Brunhilde Cornelius (RDP), Josef Kauandenge (Nudo) oshowo Ignatius Semba (PDM).
Omukanda ngoka gwa tuminwa minista oshiwike sha piti, kiilyo yelelo lyoshilando shoka ogwa holola kutya okwa pumbwa okuningilwa Kahimise omakonaakono shi na sha nomukuli gwokwiilonga ngoka a kutha.
Okwa hololwa kutya Kahimise okwa kengelela omunashipundi gwelelo oshowo mayola, Muesee Kazapua opo eindilo lye li ziminwe inali pewa ezimino okuza kokomitye yelelo lyoshilando.
Natango okwa popiwa olweendo okuya koParis ndyoka Kahimise moka a li a pula afutwe iimaliwa yi na sha nolweendo na inashi ziminwa kokomitye yelelo. Natango anuwa okwa gandjwa omwaalu kagu li mondjila gwiifuta yeilongo lye.
Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha mono omukanda gwomeni ngoka gwa shainwa komunashipundi gwelelo, Matheus Amadhila, moka a zimine kutya okwa zimine eindilo lyomukuli gwokwiilonga gwaKahimise ina pula epitiko okuza kelelo alihe.
Amadhila okwa shanga kutya nonando otiipe ombedhi mokuzimina eindilo ndyoka oye awike, etokolo lye olya hwahwamekwa kutya eilongo lyaKahimise otali ka gandja uuwanawa kiilonga yelelo lyoshilando.