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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 10/29/18--15:00: Kangala’s life lessons
  • Kangala’s life lessonsKangala’s life lessonsA guide to self-leadership, personal growth and young adulthood While other youth are caught up in their social lives, Maria Kangala has written her first book. “In the next three years, I see myself helping people do meaningful things with their lives and having fun while doing it.” Maria Kangala Michelline Nawatises

    Maria Kangala has written a book that aims to serve as a guide to self-leadership, personal growth and young adulthood.

    “In the next three years, I see myself helping people do meaningful things with their lives and having fun while doing it,” Kangala said.

    “Start writing and trust your creativity.”

    Maria (22) grew up with her extended family at Ondobe in the Ohangwena Region.

    She attended Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School and graduated from the University of Namibia (Unam) with a degree in science earlier this year.

    Kangala launched her first book on 13 October.

    What led her to write her book is her love for reading, which evoked an interest in writing.

    “I feel like my life experiences and the kind of books I read influenced me to write this book,” Kangala explained.

    The book, title ‘Learning the hard way’, is about her life lessons and contains simple stories about the events that have occurred in her life and what she learnt after reflecting on them.

    When asked by The Zone what challenges she has encountered and how she dealt with them, Kangala mentioned losing her father to alcoholism and having to deal with the shame and stigma that came with it, was one of her major challenges.

    “I dealt with it by accepting it as a part of me; I learnt some meaningful lessons from it and grew as an individual,” she said.

    The accomplishment that has given her the most satisfaction thus far, is when she ran for the Unam Student Representative Council (SRC) and won.

    Kangala said she had self-esteem issues and that she is proud of how courageous she was to take part in the SRC election, despite her fears.

    The authors that inspired her include Izabella Little-Gates and Petrina Hamutenya.

    “I always loved writing, but I still think people become great with time and practice,” she says.

    When asked what the least favourite part of the writing process was, she said. “I loved every single part of it, because even the most challenging parts were bringing me closer to my dream.”

    She also mentioned the financial constraints she faced when writing, as there was a lack of consistency from the other parties involved.

    The book is available for N$150 at Antonio’s Arts, situated in Town Square in them Windhoek CBD.

    Those outside Windhoek can call 081 758 7223 to place their orders.

    Facts about Kangala:

    She loves travelling. She tries to learn something from everyone she meets. She loves nature and is “mindful”. She is obsessed with simplicity. She is a nerd and an honest person.

    Below are some tips on how write a book from scratch:

    1. Establish your writing space.

    2. Assemble your writing tools.

    3. Break the project into small pieces.

    4. Settle on your BIG idea.

    5. Construct your outline.

    6. Set a firm writing schedule.

    7. Establish a sacred deadline.

    8. Embrace procrastination.

    9. Eliminate distractions.

    10. Conduct your research.

    11. Start calling yourself a writer.

    12. Think ‘reader first’.

    13. Find your writing voice.

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  • 10/29/18--15:00: Kahimise stays home
  • Kahimise stays homeKahimise stays home City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise declined to report back for duty on Friday following his last-minute reinstatement and lifting of an alleged unlawful suspension on Thursday last week.

    Lawyer Patrick Kauta informed the municipality on Friday that his client would not “report for duty today” until a number of items are provided.

    Kauta had previously demanded that his client be provided with minutes from several meetings where discussions around Kahimise's alleged illegal study loan and his proposed suspension were discussed.

    In Friday's letter, Kauta demanded that his client be provided with the minutes from the 22, 24 and 25 October council meetings, in addition to the minutes of management committee meeting's which took place on 24 and 25 October, in order for the lawyers to determine the way forward for their client.

    Kauta further challenged deputy mayor Teckla Uwanga, the main addressee of the letter, to clarify on what grounds the suspension had been lifted.

    “What, in law, empowers you to withdraw the suspension of our client on 25 October 2018 at 15:26 when the Council meeting authorising this withdrawal took place only thereafter,” Kauta wrote, referring to the monthly council meeting that took place on Thursday evening, where the withdrawal was officially approved.

    Moreover Kauta said the letter reinstating Kahimise did not clarify on whose behalf it was written, by the “management committee or council”.

    Uwanga, to whom the letter was addressed, declined to comment.

    Kahimise also declined to comment, referring Namibian Sun to his lawyers and efforts to obtain official comment elsewhere at the municipality failed, with many insiders complaining that they are kept just as much in the dark as the public.





    City councillor Josef Kauandenge (Nudo) yesterday said the continued debacle and the lack of official commentary from the City of Windhoek were concerning.

    “The fact is that the municipality is a public institution that must strive to provide adequate information to the public. However, in this instance they are failing to fulfil that mandate. It is uncalled for that the media have to [rely on] gossip and sources to get factual information.”

    Kauandenge further noted the City was facing a crisis because of the lack of leadership.

    “Since last week there is no substantive CEO and neither an acting CEO, for that matter. No one is in control of the City administratively as we speak, which is recipe for disaster indeed,” he said.

    Namibian Sun was also unable to confirm numerous claims that although Kahimise's suspension was lifted, efforts were under way to restart proceedings to have him suspended.

    In line with this, unconfirmed reports indicated that an emergency management committee meeting had been called yesterday.

    Last week, Kahimise, through his lawyers, accused members of the council and management committee of deliberately misleading urban and rural minister Peya Mushelenga, who had provided written support for Kahimise's suspension.

    The legal team behind Kahimise argued that Mushelenga's decision to approve the suspension, based on a letter he had received from the management committee, was “irrational, unreasonable and unlawful”, and was the result of being deceived in the letter, allegedly penned by the deputy mayor.

    “You deliberately misled the minister in your letter of 18 October 2018, in order to obtain approval… when you informed the minister that the management committee recommended suspension to the council, when you knew this was factually incorrect.”

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 10/29/18--15:00: Egos destroy football
  • Egos destroy footballEgos destroy footballSports ministry, NSC question Mbidi's firing Commentators and government have bemoaned the infighting rocking local football, which has been thrown further into turmoil following a decision by the NFA executive to fire president Frans Mbidi. Insiders claim Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary-general Barry Rukoro last week achieved his ultimate wish - the firing of the association's president Frans Mbidi for the alleged mismanagement of funds.

    This follows tit-for-tat battles between the two top dogs of Namibian football, caused by personal egos, among other disagreements.

    It was also resolved that the NFA would make its final decision on Rukoro's future at its congress, initially slated for December, but which will now take place in January next year.

    'Vague'

    However, deputy sports minister Agnes Tjongarero questioned Mbidi's dismissal, saying the reasons were just too “vague” for her liking.

    “It is very difficult to comment or for the ministry to pronounce its position on this because everything at the moment is just unclear.

    “One would, however, wonder why the NFA had to dismiss the president just a month before the congress, where his term was coming to an end.

    “The other thing one can question is whether the NFA gave the president time to respond to the accusations or they just decided to fire him?

    “It is also strange that you would fire someone that was elected into the position via email,” Tjongarero said. Prominent football commentator Isack Hamata has called for an overhaul of the entire NFA.

    He slammed the NFA executive committee for taking sides and being reluctant when it comes to solving the battle between Mbidi and Rukoro.

    “Namibian soccer is unfortunately in a state of chaos, and you, the NFA executive committee, by your silence, are directly responsible for the state that our soccer is in.

    “To state that soccer is on autopilot is an understatement. Soccer is the latest comedy show that people are entertaining themselves with on a daily basis.

    “The president and secretary-general of the NFA are engaged in an open war, which further undermines the brand of football.

    “It is hurting those of us who look at football as a means to an end for our young people,” Hamata said.





    'Intellectual levels' questioned

    Hamata questioned the intellectual levels of the NFA executive members, whom he deemed helpless.

    “Confidential information is being used to wage this ugly war. Have you wondered how your stakeholders are looking at you from a distance?

    “Have you ever wondered what they might be thinking of you and how they are afraid to even send you an email, which they know will be out in the open for all to see? Have you considered how your silence is pushing our football deeper into a quagmire?”



    Backstabbing

    Former Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairman Johnny Doeseb emphasised that backstabbing that has crippled the game.

    He felt that many of these squabbles come because people are trying to enrich themselves, and are not in the interest of football.

    “When I was part of football administration, I learned a good lesson that those that you trust the most are those that will stab you in the back.

    “The problem is that people are in there for personal gain and football has to suffer.

    “I do not understand why people allow themselves to be part of a history, which has tarnished the game,” Doeseb said.

    He hopes solutions can be found to fix Namibian football, in order to restore the lost pride of the beautiful game in the country.

    Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya said they are seeking solutions to bring an end to this gory squabble.

    He acknowledged it is a situation that needs to be handled with urgency.

    “Yes, we do acknowledge that it is a delicate matter and we have therefore requested them to see the minutes of their final meeting to see what had transpired.

    “As a commission we are willing to advise the leadership on the way forward, but only after we study the minutes of the last meeting properly.

    “We are also studying the statutes and laws because we do believe that things are really not well at the association,” Mwiya said.

    He noted that the commission will pronounce its stance on the problem during the course of the week.



    Chaos erupts

    The current chaos started in 2016 when Mbidi suspended Rukoro for alleged insubordination.

    Rukoro, who has been in his post for over decade, has survived the chop on several occasions and was reinstated, given his strong influence over the NFA executive committee.

    Mbidi on the other hand wanted to make his presence felt and fix things he believed were not being done correctly at the association, when he became president in 2014.

    Many people, including Mbidi, feel that Rukoro has overstayed his welcome and that he should make space for someone else.

    Rukoro, who knew he has a stronghold over the NFA executive, vowed to take Mbidi out before he relinquishes his position.

    The SG felt that Mbidi wanted to breach the NFA constitution by standing for another term.

    Rukoro further accused Mbidi of tarnishing his name and the name of the NFA in front of Fifa, Cosafa and CAF officials.

    This year, attempts to oust Mbidi began after he attempted to remove Rukoro once again.

    In February, Mbidi announced that the football association would not renew Rukoro's contract.

    Mbidi cited article 38 (d) (3) of the NFA constitution, which reads: “Only the president may propose the appointment or dismissal of the secretary-general.”

    This resulted in the majority of the NFA executive committee challenging Mbidi's decision.

    The executive disputed his move by citing article (35) (i) of the NFA constitution, which says that “the executive committee shall appoint or dismiss the secretary-general”.

    In April, the NFA emergency committee, consisting of the first and second vice-presidents, resolved to keep Rukoro in office despite his term having expired.

    The SG had argued that leaving the NFA in the hands of Mbidi will not be in the best interests of local football.



    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    ACC is 'confused' - Hanse-HimarwaACC is 'confused' - Hanse-Himarwa The Windhoek High Court has heard how former Hardap governor and current basic education minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, intervened at the eleventh hour to ensure that two initial beneficiaries of a Mariental mass housing project were replaced.

    Hanse-Himarwa pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in terms of the Anti-Corruption Act yesterday. Hanse-Himarwa's plea explanation also claimed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) docket is “full of confusing allegations”.

    “There seems to have been a desperate attempt to charge me at all costs when there is no evidence whatsoever.”

    It is alleged that during her tenure as regional governor she corruptly used her office or position to obtain gratification for herself or another person.

    It is alleged she allocated two houses to her relatives, at the expense of two other initial beneficiaries in 2014.

    The first witness called to the stand yesterday was urban and rural development permanent secretary Nghidinua Daniel.

    The mass housing development, initiated by former president Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2013, resorts under Daniel's ministry.

    The project, which faltered before being rejuvenated, aims to see

    185 000 houses built by 2030 across the country.

    Daniel put it on record that the mass housing beneficiaries were chosen based on a “first come, first served” basis, to ensure fairness and transparency to those who has applied first for the provision of housing in the different regions.





    According to him, a team was dispatched to Mariental, whose mandate was to verify the beneficiary list query and to According to him, a team was dispatched to Mariental, whose mandate was to verify the beneficiary list query and to arrange the logistics for the official handing over ceremony in 2014.

    “They went there to establish if there was a list and to verify the list of beneficiaries. Their focus was largely on the municipality (town council), which keeps the list. The point of reference was the municipality, because people apply through the municipality. The people who applied first must ordinarily be put on the list first,” he said.

    Daniel added that Hanse-Himarwa, who was Hardap governor at the time, said she was unhappy with the list and felt that as the political head of the region, the expectation was that she should have been involved in the process.

    A meeting was then called, which was held in Hanse-Himarwa's office, hours before the official handover ceremony took place.

    “The accused expressed herself about being sidelined in the implementation of the mass housing project and made reference to the link between these types of products and the eradication of shacks.

    “She said she was aware of people that were in dire need of houses and was not happy with the way the list that was presented to my team,” Daniel said.

    He said the former governor had also indicated she was at the coalface of social issues and that she wanted two beneficiaries on the list replaced with two names.

    This was communicated to him by Merrow Thaddius, who headed the ministerial team to Mariental.

    Hanse-Himarwa said in her plea explanation that one of the new beneficiaries, Christiana Lorraine Hanse, is married to her brother, David Josef Hansen. Hanse-Himarwa, nevertheless denied that she used her office corruptly for her gratification.

    “I did not insert anybody on the concerned list or give a directive to have somebody's name removed.”

    According to Daniel, Hanse-Himarwa had also indicated that the new beneficiaries were disabled and desperately in need of homes.

    Hanse-Himarwa claimed in her plea explanation that State witnesses Paulus Nghiwilepo (Mariental CEO) and Lydia Ganeb were “under constant pressure from agents of the ACC to make statements that incriminate me”.

    She said at the time of the mass housing project nearing completion in 2014, she had been informed that in terms of law, she, as governor, would play a ceremonial role and nothing further - a function which was later carried out by the urban and rural development ministry.

    “My office… was inundated at the relevant time with complaints from members of the public of the community to the effect that it appears officials of the Mariental town council, without the involvement of the council, as required, were not acting fairly and equitably in allocating houses to the beneficiaries, who may be receiving the housing during or about December 2014.”

    The second State witness in the matter called yesterday was ministry accountant Cassius Ndisiro, who told the court the team received the Mariental municipality waiting list from Nghiwilepo, from which they had used to compile the final list of 19 beneficiaries for the social houses, which they then handed to Nghiwilepo.

    “The CEO told us that two of the names were removed and replaced by the honourable governor. He only told us that the names that were removed were Piet Fransman, who was number five on the list, and Regina Kuhlman, who was on number 16. They were replaced with Christiana Hanse and Justina Gowases,” he said.

    This had happened prior to Hanse-Himarwa's meeting with Daniel.

    According to Ndisiro, they called in the beneficiaries to brief them and inform them what their erf numbers were and made them sign their contracts.

    “The CEO then told us to call in Piet Fransman and nullify his contract and inform him that he will be part of the next group,” he said.

    The official handover took place on 17 December 2014.

    Sisa Namandje is representing Hanse-Himarwa, while the state is represented by Salomon Kanyemba and Constance Moyo.

    The matter continues before Judge Christie Liebenberg.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 10/30/18--00:31: Child rape suspect nabbed
  • Child rape suspect nabbed Child rape suspect nabbed The 20-year-old man who allegedly cut an eight-year-old girl’s genitals with a knife and raped her was arrested in the early hours of this morning.
    According to police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, information was provided to the police that Gervin Gowanab was hiding in a shack in the Havana location.
    Gowanab was arrested between midnight and 01:00.
    Shikwambi said Gowanab has three other pending rape cases and was out on bail. He is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.
    The police also applauded the public for their collaboration, which led to the suspect’s arrest.
    The “heinous crime” occurred on Friday at about 16:00 at Farm Satan Locht in the Khomas Region.
    It is alleged that the girl and another child were left in Gowanab’s care.
    However, Gowanab threatened to harm the children and the other child ran away.
    Gowanab allegedly got hold of a knife and tried to rape the girl, but penetration could not take place. He then allegedly cut her genitals and raped her.
    According to the police, Gowanab fled into the mountains and a search pursued, but at that time it yielded no results. The girl was admitted to the Windhoek Central Hospital and her condition is critical.
    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 10/30/18--02:34: Husab Mine worker killed
  • Husab Mine worker killedHusab Mine worker killed Swakop Uranium today confirmed the death of one of its haul truck operators at Husab Mine after the heavy vehicle that he was driving crashed into the mining highwall. The driver was identified as Manfred Gaoseb. “The company’s emergency procedures were immediately activated by informing the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Namibian police. Our industrial safety and occupational health personnel proceeded to the scene to assist the Namibian Police to carry out the rescue work,” the company said in a statement. “Formal investigations will be conducted by MME and the Namibian police and Swakop Uranium will provide full support. The directors of the company and all employees expressed our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mr Gaoseb.”

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Nauseb's expertise vital - KozonguiziNauseb's expertise vital - Kozonguizi African Stars team manager Lesley Kozonguizi says the club is happy with the approach new coach Robert Nauseb has taken during the pre-season.

    The former Kaizer Chiefs player replaced Bobby Samaria as the new African Stars head coach after the end of the 2017/18 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) season.

    “We are impressed by the level of commitment and the new style of training the former professional player has brought in.

    “The management of African Stars is so far pleased, because we believe that we have a coach that can help us defend our title.

    “Make no mistake, Bobby was indeed a very good coach and that is why we won the league.

    “However, when having someone new, things can be different in a positive way,” Kozonguizi said.

    The club has added five new players they are expected to unveil later this week.

    “We reinforced in vital positions, just to balance the team going into the new season.

    “The coach did not also want to bring in many players because we want everyone who is part of the squad to get a chance,” Kozonguizi said.

    African Stars also parted ways with their long-serving captain Pat-Navin Uanivi, who decided to seek greener pastures.

    Stars won the NPL title last season, after accumulating 64 points and winning 19 matches.

    The club drew on seven occasions, while losing only four out of their 30 matches.

    The champions scored 40 goals and conceded 14, with star striker Panduleni Nekundi netting 15 goals.

    Stars arch-rivals Black Africa failed to pip the champions to the post last season and finished on 55 points.

    The Mighty Gunners came third with 54 points, delivering their best performance ever in the premier league.

    Unam FC also had a good campaign, taking fourth spot with 48 points.

    African Stars begin their title defence against Life Fighters at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday.

    “The match was slated for Otjiwarongo but both clubs agreed to play in Windhoek, where they believe they can attract more supporters,” Kozonguizi added.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Capricorn-groep borg wetenskapuitstalling in KhomasstreekCapricorn-groep borg wetenskapuitstalling in KhomasstreekDie tema vir vanjaar was “Wetenskap vir volhoubare ontwikkeling." Leerlinge van verskeie skole het bymekaargekom om projekte waaraan hulle gewerk het, uit te stal. Michelline Nawatises

    Meer as 250 leerlinge vanoor die Khomasstreek het hul projekte van 22 tot 24 Oktober in die Windhoek Gymnasium privaat skool se saal uitgestal.

    Die projekte weerspieël deelnemers se skeppende, ondersoekende gedagtes.

    Hul hipoteses en bevindings is entoesiasties met beoordelaars gedeel.

    Vanjaar het die Capricorn-groep die wetenskapbeurs in samewerking met Curro se Windhoek Gymnasium moontlik gemaak. Sowat 236 projekte op die gebiede van wetenskap, wiskunde en tegnologie, van beide staat- en private hoër- en laerskole, is onder die tema “Wetenskap vir volhoubare ontwikkeling” uitgestal.

    Die Capricorn-groep het die geleentheid met N$60 000 gefinansier en Windhoek Gymnasium het hul geriewe, soos die skoolsaal, gratis vir die uitstalling beskikbaar gestel.

    Elke projek het die kritiese denke en wetenskaplike bekwaamheid van elke deelnemer ten toon gestel.

    Die kompetisie was inderdaad straf en het bewys jong Namibiërs dra gretig by tot volhoubare ontwikkeling in die land.

    Na afloop van die uitstalling is pryse aan deelnemers uitgedeel.

    Coenie Coetzee van Windhoek Gymnasium het die trofee vir die beste laerskoolprojek verower.

    Berhane Wheeler van Amazing Kids Private School & Academy het die trofee vir die beste hoërskoolprojek ontvang.

    Windhoek Gymnasium het die trofeë vir die beste algehele laer- en hoërskoolprojekte verower. Kategoriewenners vir beide laer-en hoërskole is aangekondig en het sertifikate ontvang.

    "Ons samelewing maak elke dag op wetenskap staat, en wetenskapbeurse is 'n goeie manier om leerlinge aan te spoor om te leer hoe die wêreld om hulle werk en om hulle bloot te stel aan wêreldwye idees en maniere van dink en probleemoplossing," het Marlize Horn van die Capricorn-groep gesê.

    Aangesien dit positiewe veranderinge behels en geleenthede vir alle belanghebbendes skep, bly die groep toegewy daaraan om jong, innoverende denke te ondersteun en gevolglik ook die ministerie van onderwys, kuns en kultuur in sy strewe om toekomstige wetenskapleiers te ontwikkel en kundigheid in die land uit te brei.

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    Ompangu ya yi moshipala eganithilo miilonga lyelelo epe lyaNdongaOmpangu ya yi moshipala eganithilo miilonga lyelelo epe lyaNdonga Aaleli yahamano mboka ya kuthwa miilonga mElelo lyaNdonga omvula ya piti, mEtitano oye shi pondola okumona epopilo lyompangu opo ka ku tsikilwe nokuganithilwa miilonga elelo epe ndyoka lye ya pingenepo.

    Mboka oya li ye na okutulwa miilonga pokati kOlyomakaya ga piti sigo esiku lyotango lyaDecemba.

    Ookansela mboka ya tidhwa miilonga komukwaniilwa gwaNdonga, otaya longekidha okukonga natango ekwatho lyompangu, konima shoNaeman Kambala, gumwe gwomaaleli mboka taye ya pingenepo a ningi oshiithanene shopamuthigululwakalo mOnyuulaye moshitopolwa shaShikoto mOlyomakaya.

    Oya popi kutya oshiithanene shoka osha ningwa nokuya pondje elombwelo lyompangu ndyoka lya gandjwa, itali popile eganithilo miilonga lyaaleli mboka. Oya popi kutya otaya ka pula omukalelipo gwo gwopaveta opo a pule ompangu yidhope megongalo ndyoka lya ningwa.

    Oshiwike sha piti, elelo lyopamuthigululwakalo ndyoka li li kohi yomukwaniilwa, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, olya tseyitha kutya otali ka ganithila miilonga ookansela ye li yatano aape, pokati komasiku ga 3 gaNovemba sigo 1 lyaDesemba.

    Mboka oya li taya pingene po Vilho Kamanya (Amuteya), John Walenga (Ondangwa), Peter Kauluma (Ongula yaNetanga), Joseph Asino (Oniiwe), Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili, mboka ya tidhwa miilonga omvula ya piti.

    Otaya pataneke mompangu etidho lyawo miilonga, naashoka osho sha etitha opo ya pule ompangu yi ye moshipala eganithilo miilonga lyaamboka taye ya pingenepo.

    Omukwaniilwa okwa holola kutya okwa hala okutula miilonga Kambala (Amuteya), Paavo Amwele (Ondangwa B), Erastus Mvula (Ondangwa A), Nepando Amupanda (Ongula yaNetanga) oshowo Reinhold Nepolo (Oniiwe).

    Omupanguli mOmpangu yoPombanda yaShakati, Tommasi mEtitano okwa gandja elombwelo tali kaleke etulo miilonga lyookansela mboka, omanga oshipotha shoka shi li mompangu inashi manithwa.

    Tommasi okwa pula woo aaleli mboka ya li taya tulwa miilonga oshowo omukwaniilwa ya fute iifuta yopaveta, omolwa eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa. Aaleli mboka oya kalelwa po kuSaima Nambinga gwoAngulaCo. Incorporate, omanga aaleli mboka ya li taya ganithilwa miilonga pamwe nOmukwaniilwa Elifas ya kalelwa po kuJohn Kandara gwoShikongo Law Chambers.

    Kambala, ngoka a li e na okuganithilwa miilonga mOlyomakaya okwa shangele omukanda AngulaCo. Incorporated okupitila muKandara, ta popi kutya otaka ninga oshituthi shegongalo lyopamwe shopamuthigululwakalo moka tamu ka kala ookume, ofamili oshowo aayenda ya hiwa, naakwashigwana yomomudhingoloko gwa Onyuulaye, moka mwa li mu na okuningilwa eganithilo lye miilonga.

    AngulaCo. meyamukulo lyawo oya popi kutya eganithilo miilonga lyelenga oli li oshituthi shopamuthigululwakalo onkene oye wete kutya Kambala okwa yi pondje elombwelo lyompangu, sho a tsikile nokupula komeho noshituthi shoka a ningi, nonando okwe shi lukulula kutya egongalo lyopamwe lyopamuthigululwakalo.

    Oya popi woo kutya Kambala ke na uuthemba noonkondo dhokuninga oshituthi shoka moshikandjo kashi shi she, omanga ina pewa ezimino okuza kelelo lyoshikandjo shoka.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Geingob okwa pula uukumwe moSwapoGeingob okwa pula uukumwe moSwapoA pula ku taambiweko iizemo yomahogololo gokongresa yomvula ya piti Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa popi kutya natango mongundu yawo omu na uutondwe netopokauko, lya zilile pethimbo lyomahwahwameko ga ningwa omolwa okongresa ndjoka ya ningwa kongundu yoSwapo omvula ya piti. Sho a popi pethimbo a patululwa omutumba gwelelo lyoSwapo ano oSwapo Central Committee (CC) mEtitatno lya piti, Geingob okwa popi kutya okuuva natango kutya oongundu otadhi tsikile mongundu ndjoka tayi pangele na okwa pula opo dhi hulithwepo, ta popi kutya omahwahwameko oga pumbiwa ihe uuna iizemo ya piti, nena oga pumbwa okuhulithwa po.

    Okwa pula mboka ya li taye mu konjitha pethimbo lyomahogololo mokongresa ndjoka opo ya taambeko iizemo.

    “Omahogololo ngoka oga manithwa na otwa pumbwa okutaambako iizemo nongele hasho nena natu ye ni koompangu. Omahogololo oga pwa ngashiingeyi otwa taalela omahogololo gopashigwana.”

    Amushanga gwongundu yoSwapo, Sophia Shaningwa okwa pula uukumwe mokati kongundu, ta popi kutya oongundu dhompilameno otadhi kongo omikalo dhokulwitha ongundu pethimbo lyomahogololo nAakwaSwapo oya pumbwa okukala onga ongundu yimwe.

    Geingob okwa nyana woo ongundu yoAffirmative Repositioning oshowo Landless People's Movement, dhoka dhiiteka okukutha ombinga momutumba gwevi gwopashigwana omutiyali ngoka gwa ningwa, ta popi kutya omutumba ngoka ogwa ningwa ngaashi gwa longekidhwa, na inagu patela aantu pondje ngaashi sha li sha tegelelwa kuyamwe.

    Okwa tsikile kutya aaleli nale, Hifikepunye Pohamba oshowo Sam Nujoma nonando omagwedhelepo gawo gamwe inaga taambulwa ko momutumba oya tsikile nokukutha ombinga momutumba ngoka.

    Omuprima minista nale Nahas Angula okwa popi kutya ke na ontseyo yuungundu mboka tawu popiwa wu li mongundu yoSwapo.

    Angula ngoka e li gumwe gwomwaamboka yali taya kondjitha Geingob momahogololo okwa popi kutya Geingob oku na uuthemba okupopya omaiyuvo ge nokugiitaala, ta popi kutya ye kali mo momutumba na ke shi kutya okwa hala okutya ngiini.

    Helmut Angula, ngoka naye a li a kutha ombinga pompito yuupeha presidende, na okwa li yiimanga kumwe kongundu yoTeam Swapo, hoka woo kwa li Nahas okwa popi kutya ye ita kutha ombinga na iha kutha we ombinga miinima mbyoka, a popi omutumba gwelelo. Ongundu yaGeingob oya li tayi ithanwa Team Harambee.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Aahingi ya loloka oondjila dhanayipala moRunduAahingi ya loloka oondjila dhanayipala moRundu Aaniihauto mondoolopa yaRundu oya popi oya uvithwa nayi kelelo lyondoolopa yaRundu sho tali ndopa okulonga oondjila ndhoka dhi li monkalo ombwiinayi mondoolopa ndjoka, taya popi kutya omalambo ngoka otaga yonagula iihauto yawo, na oya pula opo omalambo ngoka ga longwe meendelelo.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha yi moonkundathana naahingi yamwe po mondoolopa mboka ya holola omanyenyeto gawo omolwa onkalo yoondjila mondoolopa ndjoka.

    Omutoolinkundana nguka naye okwa mono onkalo moka mu na oondjila dhoka, sho dhi na omalambo ogendji na otayi dhiminike aahingi yamwe ya kankame mokati kondjila nenge ya ye mooha dhondjila omolwa omalambo ngoka.

    Gumwe gwomaahingi okwa popi kutya omatayiyela gawo otaga kulupa omolwa oondjla ndhoka, nolundji ohayayi koongalashe opo yaka tale ngele iinima yiihauto yawo inayi gwa ko pethimbo taya longitha ondjila ndjoka.

    Gumwe okwa popi kutya sho omuloka guli pokutameka onkalo ndjoka otayi ka nayipala noonkondo, ta popi kutya elelo lyondoolopa kali na ko nasha.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, ngoka ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa ndjoka, Sikongo Haihambo okwa yelitha kutya kashi shi kutya elelo lyondoolopa inali hala okulonga oopate dhoka, ihe uupyakadhi owuli mpaka kutya kape na iiyemo, niiyemo mbyoka haya mono oya ngambekwa.

    Haihambo okwa popi kutya elelo lyaRundu ohali mono oomiliyona dhi li pu 7 lwaampoka komwedhi na ohaya longitha oomiliyona 4 mokufuta omeya gawo omanga oomiliyona 3 hashi longithwa mokufuta oondjambi oshowo oompumbwe dhilwe.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando oya taalela ompumbwe yoshimaliwa, elelo otali ka kambadhala opo li longe oondjila ndhoka, nokuninga kehe shoka taya vulu okuninga taya longitha iiyemo mbyoka ye napo.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 11/05/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Apple loses US$1 trillion status

    Shares in Apple Inc fell 6% on Friday, cutting its market value back to less than US$1 trillion after it forecast softer-than-expected sales for the holiday quarter and fuelled nerves over iPhone sales by saying it would no longer release the figures.

    The dip in Apple's shares to US$208.50 knocked around US$67 billion off its value, and put Amazon and Microsoft Corp back in the mix in the race among the United States' big tech players to be the world's most valuable company.

    The Cupertino, California-based company blamed weakness in emerging markets and foreign exchange costs for a disappointing forecast for sales in the run-up to Christmas that are crucial to results for consumer electronics producers.

    Most analysts were still upbeat on fourth-quarter results, and there was no obvious fallout for rest of the FAANG group of major US tech stocks. Shares in Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc and Google-owner Alphabet Inc all rose on a generally buoyant Wall Street.

    Eight brokerages cut their price targets for Apple, but only one - Bank of America Merrill Lynch - cut its rating on the stock, to neutral from buy.

    – Nampa/Reuters



    Global banks HSBC, UBS close Nigeria offices

    HSBC and UBS have closed their offices in Nigeria, the country's central bank said in a report on Friday, as it revealed foreign investment had fallen sharply from a year ago.

    The bank said foreign direct investment in Nigeria fell to 379.84 billion naira (US$1.2 billion) in the first half of the year from 532.63 billion naira (US$1.7 billion) a year earlier.

    It did not give reasons for the bank closures.

    HSBC was not available to comment and UBS declined to comment.

    The central bank said the outlook for the Nigerian economy in the second half was “optimistic” given higher oil prices and production, but rising foreign debt and uncertainty surrounding the 2019 presidential election was a drawback.

    Investor confidence in the West African country has been shaken since the central bank in August ordered MTN to bring back US$8.1 billion to the country, part of profits which the South African telecoms firm sent abroad.

    An HSBC research note dated 18 July said a second Buhari term “raises the risk of limited economic progress and further fiscal deterioration, prolonging the stagnation of his first term, particularly if there is no move towards completing reform of the exchange rate system or fiscal adjustments that diversify government revenues away from oil.”

    The central bank also said three lenders failed to meet its minimum liquidity ratio of 30% without naming them.

    It added that non-performing loans (NPLs) have dropped to 12.4% as at June 2018 from 15% a year ago, still a long way above its 5 percent threshold.

    – Nampa/Reuters



    Broadcom makes US$1 billion patent claim against VW

    US semiconductor supplier Broadcom has made a patent claim for more than US$1 billion against Volkswagen and is threatening to seek a judicial ban on the production of several car models, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Friday.

    A Volkswagen spokesman on Friday told Reuters that a legal action had been filed by Broadcom against the German carmaker over a patent issue, without confirming the size of the claim.

    “Volkswagen has examined the claim and taken necessary action to protect its legal interests,” the spokesman added.

    Spiegel magazine, which first reported the conflict on Friday, said it concerned the use of 18 patents on Broadcom semiconductors which Volkswagen uses for navigation and the entertainment system in some of its cars.

    Broadcom earlier this year began legal action in the United States against Japan's Toyota and Panasonic, among other firms, for alleged patent infringement.

    – Nampa/Reuters



    Alibaba cuts sales forecast

    China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd lowered its full-year sales forecast on Friday due to concerns about the economic impact of a US-China trade spat, which the company expects will dent revenue ahead of its top sale season.

    Asia's most valuable public company said it will cut its full-year revenue forecast to between 375 billion and 383 billion yuan (US$54.4 bln-US$55.6 bln), a 4-6% drop, while sales growth in its core commerce business for the September quarter slowed to its lowest rate since 2016.

    In a call with analysts on Friday, executives said big ticket purchases could be affected by economic uncertainty and that they will delay efforts to make more money on some aspects of its marketplaces in an effort to retain businesses on its platform.

    “In light of current fluid macro-economic conditions, we have recently decided not to monetise, in the near term, incremental inventory generated from growing users and engagement on our China retail marketplaces,” said Alibaba in a statement.

    – Nampa/Reuters



    Safaricom first-half revenue jumps

    Kenya's Safaricom Plc posted a rise of 7.7% in first-half service revenue, driven by growth in its mobile financial services and data, the telecom firm said on Friday.

    The company, part-owned by South Africa's Vodacom and Britain's Vodafone, said its earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) in the first half, ended September, jumped 18.7%, resulting in a 22% increase in its earnings per share.

    – Nmapa/Reuters

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    Recognising social issues in societyRecognising social issues in societyEvery issue has a solution Immanuel Shididi High School, in association with Samuel Shimuningeni, held an awareness event to address pressing social issues that have been identified at the school on 31 October. Samuel Shimuningeni is an intern social worker from the ­University of Namibia (Unam) and he is currently doing his in­ternship placement at the Gender-Based Violence Protection Unit (GBVPU).

    Under the theme, 'It is not okay: Stand up and Stand tall', the event was aimed at persuading the learners to not view current social issues such as teenage pregnancies, substance abuse and domestic/gender-based violence as being normal.

    Public speakers attended the event to talk to learners about social issues that have come to be socially acceptable even though they are poisoning the minds of the younger generation. The lecture included topics such as early sexual engagement, low self-esteem, drug abuse and the in­appropriate use of social media, including and cyberbullying.

    Shimuningeni explained that he chose to collaborate with Immanuel Shididi High School as it was referred to him by one of his fellow senior social workers at the GBVPU who said the school is known for having a number of social issues.

    “I then came to the life skills teachers and we looked at what the pressing social issues are that the school is facing,” he said.

    Shimuningeni added it is a challenge for the youth to interpret information in the right way because in the formal education system, children are taught in a method where the teacher provides all the information.

    “I thought of why we don't make the information more attractive, putting it into dance and drama. That way the information is entertaining and educational at the same time,” he said.

    Shimuningeni urged the life skills teachers to make lessons more practical for various topics to be expressed such as art, field trips or to have a guest come to the school.

    Shimuningeni added that he believes in depicting the consequences of something and most people don't understand that events that happened back in their childhood can shape the way they are.

    “If the long-term consequences of things like gender-based violence can be shown on the abuser, victims and children living in that household, people can understand the effects,” he said.

    Shimuningeni also urged the private and public sectors to stand together to advocate for the strengthening of laws against domestic violence and gender-based violence.

    Speaking to The Zone, Cordoba Doëses, a learner at the school, said it is a great project and she would encourage her peers to never hide their feelings as there are people out there who are willing to listen and help.

    “It is not okay to put on a mask and come to school thinking everything is fine but behind you there is a shadow following you with all those scars,” she said.

    Alvaro Suze, also a learner at the school, said it was great giving out a message to their peers. He is excited to have life skills lessons that involve practical work rather than writing notes.

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  • 11/05/18--14:00: 'Toor' met wetenskap
  • 'Toor' met wetenskap'Toor' met wetenskap Angelina Norval

    Namibiërs is onlangs deur ’n wetenskap-professor na ’n wonderwêreld weggevoer.

    Dr. Richard-Emmanuel Eastes, 'n Switserse professor in chemie, het ses Suider-Afrikaanse stede met sy wetenskapvertoning Effervescience besoek.

    Op Saterdag 3 November het hy Namibiërs se oë by die Franko-Namibiese Kultuursentrum in Windhoek met sy eksperimente laat rek.

    Van die begin van die vertoning af was dit duidelik toorkuns en wetenskap is sinonieme.

    Eastes het die gehoor met verskeie eksperimente vermaak, wat wissel van hoe om ’n lampie uit 'n gepekelde agurkie te maak, hoe om ’n gekookte eier in ’n bottel te kry sonder om daaraan te raak, en selfs hoe om die kleur van vlamme te verander.

    Toeskouers het die geleentheid gekry om vrae uit ’n lys op ’n videoprojektor te kies, wat Eastes entoesiasties beantwoord het.

    Toe hy voorheen ’n chemikus was, het hy eksperimente namens mense gedoen.

    Later het hy besef hy het vrae beantwoord en ontdekkings gemaak wat dié mense nie eens gevra het nie. Hierná het hy mense aangemoedig om meer wetenskaplike vrae te stel.

    "Ek het dit in Wes-Afrika gedoen. Aanvanklik het ek nie van videoprojektortegnologie gebruik gemaak nie," het Eastes gesê.

    "Ek is nie so oud nie, maar hierdie soort ding het destyds nie bestaan ??nie, so ek het die gehoor se vrae uitgedruk. Daar was tussen 100 en 200 vrae. Maar dit was té veel. Ek die vrae geleidelik verminder en toe het dit hierdie vertoning geword."

    Wanneer jy Eastes se vertoning kyk, kan jy sien hy het werklik ’n passie vir sy werk en geniet interaksie met die gehoor. Hy maak graag grappies en is als behalwe vervelig.

    Dié professor hou jou op die punt van jou stoel en omskep wetenskap in iets wat selfs Harry Potter jaloers sal maak.

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    Two jobless graduates join forcesTwo jobless graduates join forcesYoung and innovative minds collaborate Two Namibians decided unemployment was not going to get the better of them, so cousins Linda Penexupifo Ndakolo and John Laudika Lifoshiwana, both in their mid-20s, ventured into the business of manufacturing a dishwashing liquid called Kitchen Captain. Tunohole Mungoba

    Sitting at home and being idle was not an option for Linda Ndakolo and John Lifoshiwana. Both in their mid-20s, Ndakolo and Lifoshiwana became another statistic to the many unemployed graduates in Namibia. The two grew up in the same household and after they were both unable to secure employment, the two decided to unite and create Kitchen Captain, a dishwashing liquid.

    After completing her studies in banking, finance and credit with the Namibian Institute of Bankers (IOB), Ndakolo struggled to find employment. “I believed that with insight into the banking world, the mastery of finance and the thorough understanding of credit and risk management, my skills would be marketable. Regrettably, after a long struggle, it was apparent that there were no jobs for graduates,” Linda, who was born and bred in Onamafipa village in the Omusati Region, said.

    “With unemployment at my doorstep, I saw it necessary to create something for myself and my fellow unemployed graduates. With some research I saw that the most cost effective way to do this was to make dishwashing liquid and other detergents,” she added.

    Lifoshiwana unfortunately also shared the same struggles. “I am an aeronautical engineering graduate, specialising in plane and helicopter design, construction and manufacturing,” he said.

    He grew up in Oikokola village in the Omusati Region and after completing his secondary school education at Ruacana High School, he moved to Windhoek to further his studies at the University of Namibia (Unam) for Physics and Computer Science in 2010, but later ended up changing courses and dropping out of Unam.

    “I couldn’t see a future with the course I was doing at the time so I decided to look for other opportunities. A friend of mine told me about the ministry of education offering scholarships for students who wanted to pursue their studies abroad,” he recalls. After applying for the scholarships in early 2011, he received a call end of September to study aeronautical engineering in Russia. “After conducting research, I found it interested and I opted for that,” said Lifoshiwana.

    After returning from his studies, six months of being unemployed caught up with him and together with Ndakolo, Kitchen Captain was born. “Our product is good and I believe it will not only be the captain of other products, but also the captain of the entire kitchen. All you need is a drop,” said Ndakolo.

    Ndakolo tells The Zone she has always had a flair for business. “As young as grade 8 learner, with the support of my aunt, Kaino Neliwa and while other kids were running around and playing, I was busy selling sweets and ice. I also had a flair for fashion and by the time I started at IOB, I was doing volunteer work at a tailor that specialised in fashion at the Katutura Incubation Centre, now known as Bokamoso Entrepreneurial Centre,” she says.

    On the other hand, Lifoshiwana used to help out at his father’s supermarket. “I did not quite understand entrepreneurship back then, but now I understand it. I did not want to be left out so I had to teach myself to be an entrepreneur,” he explained.

    The two also had a courtesy call with Founding Father Sam Nujoma and received messages of encouragement. “Our meeting with Sam Nujoma was our attempt at showcasing our product. He was very excited about our product being produced locally instead of being imported,” said Ndakolo. “He endorsed the product and encourages more young people to become producers and not just consumers, to be employers and not just employees. It was a huge morale booster and encouraged us in the face of all problems that we had, to soldier on as one day hard work will bring victory.”

    “Our dreams and hopes for our brand is that it becomes a major supplier of cleaning equipment and other detergents to schools, hospitals, government offices, restaurant, supermarkets and the public at large,” they both concluded.

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    Motorists fed up with Rundu's streetsMotorists fed up with Rundu's streets Motorists are frustrated with the Rundu town council's failure to maintain the town's streets, saying that potholes cause a lot of damage to their cars.

    At the weekend Namibian Sun spoke to some Rundu residents who complained about the state of the town's streets.

    Large potholes force drivers to either stop in the middle of the street to use the opposite lane to proceed, or swerve onto the road shoulder.

    “We are tired of driving into these potholes. Our tyres are wearing out and I often have to go to the garage to check that no screws or other parts of my vehicle had fallen off because of the bad roads. It is not that the town council is unaware of it; they also drive on these roads,” one motorist said on condition of anonymity.

    “They know about these issues, they just don't care.”

    Another motorist with the rainy season fast approaching the situation will get worse if not addressed urgently.

    “It's already started raining and the roads are not yet fixed. Once we receive heavy rains a lot of motorists will feel the pinch. It is not as if there is a road for council officials and another for the residents. They too are affected and I don't understand why they are not acting,” the source said.

    When contacted for comment, Rundu's acting CEO, Sikongo Haihambo, denied that the council was unwilling to fix the roads and said the situation was caused by financial constraints.

    Haihambo said the council's monthly revenue was about N$7 million, of which N$4 million is used to pay the NamWater bill and the remainder is used to pay salaries and other expenses.

    “We have revenue of N$7 to N$8 million per month and N$4 million goes to water and N$3 million goes to payroll. What are you left with? Nothing. With that nothing we still have to do refuse removal and maintain the road reserves,” Haihambo said.

    Despite the limited funds, Haihambo said the council would consider all possible ways of addressing the issue of bad roads and other challenges that face the town.

    “We are going to do whatever is possible within our limited means to patch up the potholes, whether it's going to be on a temporary basis or permanent basis,” Haihambo said.

    He further said if the council's monthly revenue could go up to N$12 million it would make a big difference, but it would mean that other revenue streams must be improved.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Bloody weekend for coastal roadsBloody weekend for coastal roads A 25-year-old man died in a vehicle accident just outside Walvis Bay on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab, the deceased and four other passengers were travelling from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay via the MR44 road behind Dune 7.

    “The driver lost control and overturned the vehicle and died instantly. The four passengers were slightly injured. The next of kin of the deceased have not yet been informed of his death,” Gurirab said.

    In another incident, during the early hours of Sunday morning, a Nissan hatchback crashed into a BMW at the intersection of Rikumbi Kandanga and 6th streets in Walvis Bay. Both drivers sustained serious injuries, but are in a stable condition at a local hospital. A case of driving without a driver's licence has been opened against the 22-year-old driver of the Nissan hatchback, who had allegedly his mother's car without her permission.

    Another crash was reported in Fairways, also in Walvis Bay, during the early hours of Sunday, when a bakkie crashed into a wall. No serious injuries were reported.

    LEANDREA LOUW

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  • 11/05/18--14:00: Corruption a 'cancer'
  • Corruption a 'cancer'Corruption a 'cancer' Swapo vice-president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has launched a scathing attack on corruption in the ruling party, saying there is no place for it within Swapo's ranks.

    Speaking at the official opening of a workshop to enlighten party members about Swapo and Swapo Party Women's Council (SPWC) statutes and policies in Swakopmund on Saturday, she was adamant the Swapo constitution does not allow corruption.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah labelled corruption as a cancer and said once it takes root it becomes difficult to cure.

    “Those involved with committing acts of corruption do not have the interest of the people at heart and are against development.

    “The Swapo election manifesto is transformed into government policies.

    “When we are going for elections we should remember that office-bearers actually have contracts with the Namibian nation.

    “We also need to ask ourselves why we joined Swapo. Did we do so for self-interest or for what purpose?” said Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the country's deputy prime minister and minister of international relations.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah also hailed the workshop as very beneficial and explained it serves the purpose of empowering participants with much-needed skills. It also enables office-bearers to execute their duties to the best of their abilities, in line with Swapo party statutes.

    “We approved our five-year plan at our first central committee meeting and identified capacity building as an essential component. It is actually very sad when we do not implement good decisions.

    “The country is striving to become a knowledge-based society and knowledge has no borders. We must start somewhere and knowing the workings of our party is the basis which enables you to open up your mind.

    “It is essential to obtain knowledge and broaden our skills, in order to contribute to the national agenda. This workshop serves that purpose,” she said. Nandi-Ndaitwah further emphasised that Swapo is growing and said it is important for young members to receive the right introduction.

    “The Swapo Party School and these workshops complement each other and should be taken seriously. I value these types of engagements. The youth want recognition and answers. They demand to be answered and when we are not able to provide answers to them, we turn them away.”

    Nandi-Ndaitwah also encouraged SPWC members to organise discussions within different structures of the party and to interact with one another.

    SPWC Erongo regional coordinator Theresia Garises concurred with Ipinge and said women are already organising for the national elections in 2019.

    “The region is at peace and there is no infighting. We are united and will stand together and rally behind female candidates, with a focus on advancing the 50/50 policy principle.”

    Kanana Hishoono, a member of the Swapo Central Committee, Iipinge and deputy secretary-general Marco Hausiku facilitated the sessions that focused on various aspects during the two-day event, which was attended by 35 delegates from various regions.



    OTIS FINCK

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  • 11/05/18--14:00: Calls for legal horn trade
  • Calls for legal horn tradeCalls for legal horn tradeWill end rhino slaughter The Namibia Chamber of Environment has made a call for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. Calls to legalise rhino horn trade in Namibia are growing louder in an effort to save the species from annihilation, particularly after China partly lifted its already weakly implemented 25-year ban on the use of rhino horn and tiger bones in traditional medicines.

    In a letter to members and affiliates last week, Namibia Chamber of Environment (NCE) CEO Chris Brown warned that the demand for animal products such as rhino horn, ivory, pangolin scales, tiger and lion bones will continue to grow, despite zero scientific evidence of their medical benefit.

    “We can grow the supply. And we can do it in a way that protects and conserves our rhinos while harnessing the economic opportunities and realising a suite of other conservation and socio-economic benefits,” he wrote.

    Brown said it's time for Namibia “to take some bold steps regarding rhino management for the purpose of long-term rhino conservation.”

    He said the NCE believes that Namibia should engage in the international trade in rhino horn ideally with the approval of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or alternatively, if blocked, despite CITES.



    Windfall for all

    Brown argued that legalising the trade, with strict monitoring and transparency mechanisms in place, would not only significantly reduce the incentive to poach – as the risk-to-reward ratio would be heavily skewed towards high risk and low reward, and the markets would simultaneously be well supplied with legal horn - but could “contribute close to N$2 billion per year to the Namibian economy and this would grow as rhino populations expanded.”

    Furthermore, tax revenue to the state would be significant and a legal trade in rhino horn could enable land reform, create jobs, address rural poverty, help the country adapt to and mitigate climate change and mitigate many other challenges, Brown stated.

    “In short, there is no other natural renewable resource that comes close to the value of rhino horn that would prosper in the semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions of Namibia and Africa.”

    This follows mere weeks after environment minister Pohamba Shifeta again urged the international community to review the blanket ban on the trade of wildlife products, including rhino horns and ivory, in order to better curb the poaching epidemic threatening the survival of high-value species.

    Shifeta told delegates at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London in mid-October that he believes “banning any trade in products will not necessarily achieve the outcome of stopping the demand and illegal trade. This has not been successful with alcohol, drugs and indeed, rhino horn, pangolin scales and ivory.”

    Brown further noted that in order to ensure transparent monitoring and auditing of the rhino horn trade, a national dehorning of all rhinos would need to take place in national parks and on communal and freehold land on a two to three year cycle.

    “Each removed horn, as well as all stock-piled horns, would be micro-chipped, a DNA sample taken and a passport issued.”

    Brown said as part of the legalised trade, the NCE proposes that horns should be “strategically released for sale to pre-approved buyers under a de Beers type marketing system.”

    The passport issued to the horn will accompany it at all times and a small royalty would be taken on each sale to cover the cost of dehorning, DNA analysis, storage, management and sales.

    “The bulk of the horn value would revert to the owner or custodian of the rhinos from whence the horn came, such as the national parks, communal conservancies, private owners and the environment ministry.”

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    South African private-sector activity shrinks at fastest rate in 4 yearsSouth African private-sector activity shrinks at fastest rate in 4 years South African private sector activity shrank at the fastest rate in over four years in October as sharp declines in output, new orders and export demand saw firms cut back purchasing amid a recession, a survey showed on Monday.

    The Standard Bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), compiled by IHS Markit, fell to 46.9 in October from 48.0 in September, its lowest reading since July 2014, with the survey data showing businesses were hit by weak demand across the sector.

    Participants in the survey cited the economic downturn as a key factor, while new export orders were impacted by the volatile currency. Firms also raised prices at the fastest rate in over two years, the survey found.

    Africa’s most industrialised economy fell into recession in the second quarter, while the weak outlook for the rest of 2018 was underlined by a bleak midterm budget and a warning last week by S&P Global Ratings about worsening fiscal conditions.

    The PMI recorded its fourth consecutive month below the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction.

    IHS Markit’s economist David Owen said the steep reduction in purchasing activity raised the risk of a contraction in gross domestic product in the second half of 2018. He said the slight increase in confidence was negligible compared with previous years.

    President Cyril Ramaphosa’s turnaround plan to reprioritise 50 billion rand in expenditure to high impact projects and lure US$100 billion in foreign investment has so far received mixed reactions from investors, and is yet to make a solid impact on consumer and business confidence.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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