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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Angola bets on largest-ever offshore oil investmentAngola bets on largest-ever offshore oil investmentUS$ billion pumped in Angola hopes the project will mark a return to viability for the industry that has dictated the country's fortunes for the past decade. There is a positive dynamic with the heightened petrol price and the desire of the Angolan government to back the industry, which is welcome. - Patrick Pouyanne, Chief Executive: Total Philippe Alfroy - A column of flame emanates from the bow of the boat, illuminating the jet-black ocean for miles around.

    For three months now the Kaombo Norte has been anchored off the northern coast of Angola and has recently begun to pump up crude oil secreted in the depths below.

    The arrival of the platform ship, which belongs to French oil giant Total, has been a timely lifeline for the Angolan government.

    Angola was badly hit by the oil-price plunge in 2014. But Sub-Saharan Africa's second-largest oil producer is hoping the project will mark a return to viability for the industry that has dictated Angola's fortunes for the past decade.

    The Kaombo Norte platform is an impressive feat when seen from the helicopter that shuttles the army of engineers and experts to and from the project.

    Big figures

    More than 300 metres long, the floating production storage vessel is a converted tanker refitted with a maze of pipes and crude processing tanks.

    Two million barrels can be stored onboard and a tanker calls roughly once a week to collect the precious cargo before delivering it around the world.

    Nearby sits a tower marking the top of the 2 000-metre pipe that draws the crude deposits below into the heart of the ship.

    "It's fixed to the bottom and is positioned on a very particular bearing that allows the ship to move 360 degrees depending on the wind and the current," said Total's project manager Cyril de Coatpont.

    "It's watchmaking on an industrial scale - and one of the technical achievements of this project."

    A 300 kilometre-long network of pipes, a world record, was built below the water's surface to link together the six oil reservoirs.

    It spreads out over 800 square kilometres - the same surface area as Paris.

    Kaombo Norte will be joined in mid-2019 by its sister ship, Kaombo Sul.

    Together they will pump 230 000 barrels a day – 15% of Angola's current production level from estimated reserves of 660 million barrels.


    The cost of the project, Angola's largest ever investment in offshore, is US$16 billion.

    For Total, the largest foreign oil company active in Angola where it is responsible for 40% of output with 600 000 barrels a day, this is the price of maintaining production levels.

    "There is a positive dynamic with the heightened petrol price and the desire of the Angolan government to back the industry, which is welcome," Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne told journalists.

    The arrival of the Total investment has proved timely for Angolan President Joao Lourenco.

    Since succeeding former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos a year ago he has promised an "economic miracle" to revive Angola's fortunes.

    In the early 2000s Angola enjoyed double-digit growth underpinned by its oil industry.

    But in 2014 a global slump in the price of black gold, which accounts for 90% of Angola's exports and 70% of government revenues, plunged the country into deep recession and weighed down the local currency.

    The crisis showed policymakers they could not count on oil and would have to diversify the economy.

    "Production fell considerably in recent years as our zones have reached their peak output levels," said the head of Angola's state oil company Sonangol, Carlos Saturnino. "To stop the rot, we had to find new reserves and then exploit them."

    Luring players

    The government adopted a raft of measures to encourage the global oil majors to resume exploration activities which had largely been frozen since 2014.

    Angola's golden age of oil may be over but the government is committed to its goal of maintaining production at 1.5 million barrels a day.

    "We are ready to invite bids for new production blocks next year," said oil minister Diamantino Azevedo.

    Total is contributing to the government's drive to revive the sector having announced three new projects.

    The recent rebound in oil prices has revived exploration activity across the continent, though analysts remain wary of the value of such projects.

    Last month oil prices reached their highest point in four years but have since softened slightly.

    "Converting volume into value is undoubtedly Sub-Saharan Africa's Achilles heel," said Adam Pollard, a researcher at the Wood Mackenzie consultancy.

    The challenge poses problems for the industry as well as oil-producing nations.

    The Kaombo Norte, located 250 kilometres northwest of the capital Luanda, has begun to draw the precious reserves of block 32 - an achievement 20 years in the making.

    Despite the engineering breakthrough represented by the project, Angola's oil bonanza will continue to wind down, say experts.

    "Rising crude oil prices are good for Angola," said Carlos Rosado de Carvalho, head of Angolan economic magazine Expansao.

    "But it is estimated that 60 to 70% of revenues are already earmarked for debt repayment, and its effects will be limited."– Nampa/AFP

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    Etosha to get N$53.7m faceliftEtosha to get N$53.7m facelift The previously loss-making Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), which recorded a N$14.6 million profit last year, has unveiled a plan to renovate its dilapidated facilities in Etosha National Park.

    This is the first time that NWR has made a profit.

    Serious problems at some NWR resorts, especially in Etosha, were highlighted in a report compiled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

    Among other issues raised by the committee was the incomplete Etosha boundary fence, for which more than N$1.8 billion is needed.

    The committee visited the Etosha National Park and the Khorixas Rest Camp from 27 May to 1 June this year to inspect the park fence and to assess the utilisation of project funds at NWR establishments.

    Appearing before the committee yesterday, NWR's managing director Zelna Hengari announced that it had budgeted N$53.7 million for renovations in the 2019 financial year.

    Committee chairperson Sofia Swartz said they were shocked by the deterioration of facilities in Etosha.

    The committee's report said the electricity distribution board at the Okaukuejo Camp was too small and needed upgrading to accommodate higher voltage. In the event of power failures the generator does not automatically switch on.

    Another problem at Okaukuejo is that leaky underground water pipes must be replaced. Fire-fighting equipment has been out of order for two years and there is not enough staff housing, which means that staff are living in guest rooms.

    Some staff houses are too old and overcrowded. The committee said it visited a three-bedroom house called 'Big Brother', which accommodated up to 12 people at the time.

    The swimming pool at Okaukuejo has been out of order since February this year, while the sewerage system is too small and cannot accommodate additional toilet facilities if the campsite is to be extended.

    According to Hengari N$2.5 million is budgeted for renovating 50 staff houses, N$475 000 for the sewage system and N$750 000 for a larger conferencing facility.

    At Namutoni, the committee found that the Fort needs urgent refurbishment and more rooms are needed in order to increase revenue. It also said that staff accommodation should be moved, as it is too close to the tourist accommodation.

    “Although the infrastructure was revamped in 2007 the underground pipes and fittings were never refurbished and are subjected to frequent bursts and leakages and therefore need to be replaced,” the report states. There is also a need to upgrade bush toilets and picnic sites, while the standby power generator and distribution board need to be overhauled.

    There is also no water connection to the camp and water has to be fetched daily. Although a borehole has been drilled in the vicinity, the water is too salty to drink. Another problem is that the wooden deck at the camp is old and there is fear of injury.

    Hengari said N$20 million is budgeted for upgrading the Fort and other ageing infrastructure at Namutoni in the 2019 financial year. Staff accommodation will be upgraded in the long term plan, while a renewable-energy solution will be sought to solve the problem with the generator.

    Since the establishment of the Onkoshi Camp in 2008 it has not been connected to the national power grid. A generator is rented at a cost of N$55 000 per month, on top of a weekly diesel bill of N$10 000.

    The generator does not supply enough electricity and tourists are unable to use electric kettles in their rooms. Hengari said N$400 000 was budgeted for fixing the wooden deck at Onkoshi and N$250 000 to renovate the thatched roofs.

    At the Dolomite Camp, problems include a parking area that is too far from the reception and accommodation facilities. The walking deck needs renovation and the septic tanks are built underneath the rooms, which makes repairs difficult.

    Hengari said N$1.5 million was earmarked for all canvas and thatch replacements at Dolomite. A further N$348 000 was approved for replacing the decking. The parking area and septic tanks are part of the long-term plan.

    Regarding the Khorixas Rest Camp, Hengari said that had been converted into a training school that would open next year. The lodge will still be open to the public and will be catered to by students.

    Hengari said in 2013 when she took over as MD the company made a loss of more than N$36.9 million. Last year it declared a profit of more than N$14.6 million.

    According to her the NWR made more than N$400 million in revenue last year, up from N$250 million in 2013. She said revenue in Etosha has been growing. Since 2005 revenue at Okaukuejo has increased from nearly N$28 000 to about N$93 000 last year.

    Swartz said the report will be tabled and debated in parliament, along with the committee's recommendations.


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  • 11/13/18--14:00: Unam staff back at work
  • Unam staff back at workUnam staff back at work University of Namibia (Unam) employees returned to work yesterday after an agreement was reached between management and the trade unions representing striking workers.

    According to the agreement a one-off cash payment equivalent to 5% of seven months' basic salary will be paid to all staff within the bargaining unit on 14 December.

    Workers agreed to waive a salary increase for the 2018 financial year, according to a joint statement issued by Unam, the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu).

    It was agreed, however, that they would receive a 6% salary increase payable to all staff members in the bargaining unit, effective from 1 January next year.

    The parties further agreed that the no-work, no-pay rule will be applied to the strike, with deductions to be calculated at the basic salary rate, and effected from December.

    Furthermore, 50% of the strike days will be commuted to leave days, and in respect of the remaining strike days of 11 or more, money will be deducted in five equal monthly instalments.

    For those employees who were on strike less than 11 days, money will be deducted in three equal monthly instalments.

    The Unam strike lasted two weeks. Employees embarked on the nationwide action on 29 October, while demanding a 6% salary increase.


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  • 11/13/18--14:00: Don't divide us - Shaningwa
  • Don't divide us - ShaningwaDon't divide us - ShaningwaRuling party to hold extraordinary congress The Swapo SG has called on members to end divisive behaviour, as the party gears up for next year's general elections. Swapo will hold an extraordinary congress from 30 November to 1 December at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek, as a continuation of the sixth ordinary congress held in November last year.

    Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa made the announcement yesterday, saying the extraordinary congress was necessitated because a number of issues had not been concluded during the bruising elective congress last year, due to time constraints.

    Shaningwa emphasised that unity must prevail, following last year's divisive sixth ordinary congress in which two factions - Team Swapo and Team Harambee - caused serious rifts among the leadership contenders and their followers.

    “We have just come from the sixth ordinary congress where some comrades have lost peace and harmony,” she said, adding it is important for all members of the party to support all elected leaders.

    “We must embrace one another for the sake of the party. If we do not do it, we make it possible for comrades to go far from the party,” Shaningwa said.

    She said unity in the party is important as it moves towards the 2019 general elections.

    “Swapo should keep on ruling. It is not yet time to be taken out of power. We can only do that when united. We must do away with teams,” she said.

    Issues to be discussed at the extraordinary congress include the third amendment of the Swapo constitution and the adoption of a report and resolutions of the previous congress.

    The first amendment to the Swapo constitution was done in December 1991, while the second took place in August 1996.

    Shaningwa said the agenda of the extraordinary congress has not yet been finalised, and is being continuously reviewed and interrogated to ensure the party fulfils its mandate to the electorate.

    “The mandate to govern, entrusted to the Swapo Party, is a noble responsibility that has no limits in measurements,” Shaningwa said.

    She said it is intended to equip the party to tackle the challenges of poverty, ignorance and social and economic upheaval that are bedevilling the nation.

    Delegates who attended the sixth congress will remain the same for the extraordinary gathering, and Shaningwa said no replacements will be allowed.

    The party's central committee has established preparatory committees consisting of its leadership and others co-opted.

    President Hage Geingob will chair the overarching national preparatory committee.

    Shaningwa did not say whether issues of succession will be dealt with at the extraordinary congress, saying it would depend if this was an issue linked to amending the party's constitution.

    Echoing the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that Swapo parliamentarians critical of government policies will be dealt with, Shaningwa said the party has a right to recall persons who “misbehave”.

    She did, however, say that veteran leader Nahas Angula, who has written a number of critical opinion pieces, has the right to express his views, but said those who have issues with the way things are being done should perhaps rather address their concerns in the appropriate structures, such as the central committee or politburo.


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    Bank Windhoek rewards top coastal estate agentsBank Windhoek rewards top coastal estate agentsProperty industry commitment Bank Windhoek annually awards estate agents from the coastal region. We will continue to nurture our customer relationships- Chris Matthee, Executive Officer of Retail Banking Service, Bank Windhoek J&B Estates was awarded as the top estate agency for the coastal region at the recently concluded Bank Windhoek Coastal Estate Agents Awards ceremony hosted in Walvis Bay.

    Ramos Realtors Namibia and Susan Curtis Estates respectively walked away with the second and third spots in Top Estate Agency category.

    In the commercial category, the top prize went to Hettie Beukes of Susan Curtis Estates while Ilene Olivier of Daphne Swanepoel Properties received the second prize. Joey Gerber of Ramos Realtors Namibia, took up the third spot.

    Saloom Hasanein of Golden Palace Property Centre was the Top Achiever in the Residential category followed by Harrold Page of HomePage and Morne Human of J&B Estates who won the second and third prizes.

    The annual Bank Windhoek Coastal Estate Agents Awards aims to give credit to the coastal estate agents and agencies that supported the Bank during the 2017/2018 financial year. Its main purpose is to reward the property industry for its commitment, loyalty and support to Bank Windhoek and its customers.

    Bank Windhoek’s executive officer of retail banking service, Chris Matthee, said: “Bank Windhoek prides itself in offering customer centric financial solutions, that enables Namibians to realise their dreams of owing assets that can enhance their quality of life. This goal can be achieved when Bank Windhoek and Estate Agents continue to work together as reliable business partners.”

    After congratulating the winners, Matthee added that Bank Windhoek does not only look at maximising profits, but as a responsible corporate citizen, the bank also noticed pressure in its personal and commercial markets and has worked closely with its customers, credit department and respective branches to mitigate the negative impact of a sluggish economy.

    “We will continue to nurture our customer relationships and assist them to weather the current economic climate and when circumstances change, Bank Windhoek will be here to enable the ownership of homes across a broader spectrum than is currently evident,” said Matthee.


    Below is a complete list of winners:

    Achiever of the Year - Top Estate Agency:

    Gold: J&B Estates

    Silver: Ramos Realtors Namibia

    Bronze: Susan Curtis Estates

    Achiever of the Year - Commercial:

    Gold: Hettie Beukes of Susan Curtis Estates

    Silver: Ilene Olivier of Daphne Swanepoel Properties

    Bronze: Joey Gerber of Ramos Realtors Namibia

    Achiever of the Year – Residential:

    Gold: Saloom Hasanein of Golden Palace Property Centre

    Silver: Harrold Page of HomePage

    Bronze: Morne Human of J & B Estates

    Awards of Excellence:

    Max Schwieger of Nel’s Estates

    Ilene Olivier of Daphne Swanepoel Properties

    Carin Tee of Du Preez Properties

    Tracey Mays of Mays Properties

    Leroy Kruger of Kruger Real Estate

    Daphne Swanepoel of Daphne Swanepoel Properties

    Werdi Engelbrecht of My Home Properties CC

    Uschi Greef of Uschi and Daine Properties CC

    Charmaine Smit of Live It Properties

    Claudia Lofty-Eaton of Ramos Realtors Namibia

    Dassie Jansen van Vuuren of Ramos Realtors Namibia

    Carin McLoud of Seeff Properties

    Robert Wilson of Seeff Properties

    Charleen Esterhuizen of Seeff Properties

    Lorin Burger of Susan Curtis Estates

    Ruth Grebien of Grobbies Estates

    Claudia Walker of Luna Properties

    Helvi Mupupa of Tuka Properties

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  • 11/13/18--14:00: What a mess!
  • What a mess!What a mess! The poor handling of the mass housing project by central government has seemingly come back to haunt us again.

    Since the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) was stripped off its mass housing mandate and replaced by the line ministry, government has been flip-flopping on this issue, with no clear status reports being made available for scrutiny.

    It is saddening that 34 houses that were severely damaged by a rainstorm at Rundu in December 2017 are still unrepaired to this day.

    More worryingly, the custodians of this project, officials in the ministry of urban and rural development, have elected to pass the buck, without saying who should be held responsible for this mess.

    Instead of focusing on delivering houses to the needy, government allowed the project to be politicised by personal agendas, and this explains why the ministry is failing to execute this mandate.

    Government is there to initiative policy and it is important that they leave the job of administering to focused bureaucrats, who have the expertise.

    No wonder government is struggling to sell some of the social and credit-linked houses built under the programme.

    How do we get out of this self-imposed mess?

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    CEO testifies against KatrinaCEO testifies against KatrinaPolitical interference in housing was 'unusual' Mariental council CEO Paul Nghiwilepo yesterday took the stand to testify in former Hardap governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa's corruption trial. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa's lawyer, Sisa Namandje, yesterday accused the State of withholding a statement made by a key witness in the former Hardap governor's corruption trial.

    Namandje said he had access to only one statement by Mariental municipality CEO Paul Nghiwilepo while the CEO had submitted five statements to the Anti-Corruption Commission. Nghiwilepo yesterday took the stand to testify against his business partner and friend, whom he accused of interfering in the shortlisting of beneficiaries for social housing at Mariental.

    He also disputed Hanse-Himarwa's version that the two candidates she had suggested were disabled.

    The charge against Hanse-Himarwa, who is now the minister of basic education, dates back to her term as Hardap regional governor.

    It is alleged by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that she corruptly placed her relatives on a list of beneficiaries of the mass housing scheme at Mariental in 2014, replacing the original beneficiaries. Hanse-Himarwa denied the allegation and said in a statement that she was confident of clearing her name in court.

    Nghiwilepo testified that, during a meeting held a day before the handover of the houses, Hanse-Himarwa stated that she wanted to make changes to the beneficiary list.

    “She wanted Piet Fransman and Regina Kuhlman to be removed from the list. She put forward the names that she wanted to replace them with. They were Justine Josephine Gowases and Christiana Lorraine Hanse,” Nghiwilepo said.

    He added that the meeting finally decided that Kuhlman and Fransman would be removed from the list and considered for the next batch of houses.

    “The governor was adamant to have the names replaced,” he said, adding that “politicians are not involved in the selection of beneficiaries, it was unusual.”

    Another thing that struck him as strange was the fact that “the honourable governor wanted to know about everybody on the list.”

    He added that Hanse-Himarwa had emphasised during the meeting that she wanted people from Mariental to benefit from the housing project. Nghiwilepo told the court that he and Gabriel Marin Castro, who was an adviser on housing to the then minister of regional and local government and housing, had a meeting with Fransman and Kuhlman to explain that they had been removed from the list.

    “Castro suggested we have a meeting with Kuhlman and Fransman. Rehoboth East councillor Edward Wambo was part of the meeting to explain to them what was happening… that the list was changed and that unfortunately they were no longer beneficiaries. Castro told them it was because of their political affiliation,” said Nghiwilepo.


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    N$1.8 billion needed for Etosha fenceN$1.8 billion needed for Etosha fence A game-proof Etosha boundary fence will cost about N$1.8 billion to complete.

    This is according to a report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources, which undertook a fact-finding mission to Etosha from 27 May to 1 June.

    Namibian Wildlife Resorts (NWR) yesterday appeared before the committee, where problems caused by the incomplete and damaged fence were among the issues discussed.

    According to the committee's report, N$176 million has been budgeted for the completion of the fence since the 2012/13 financial year. With a mere N$12 million budgeted in 2017/18, the committee pointed out that the budget allocations were inadequate.

    The report said northern communities were moving closer to Etosha, which was worrying because of the condition of the fence.

    The committee said this may result in increased human-wildlife conflict, poaching, trespassing, wildlife escaping from the park and further fence damage.

    It was also noted that communities living close to the park do not take care of their livestock, which results in them entering the park.

    The report said although 118km of the fence had been upgraded, sections had to be redone due to lack of maintenance.

    According to the report there is a lack of funds and manpower to maintain the fence, with about 30 staff members responsible for maintaining the 842km fence.

    Another area of concern is the lack of a dedicated fence maintenance team in the park.

    According to the committee the environment ministry had assessed the fence and identified four sections that must be completed.

    Section A (200km) will cost an estimated N$519 million; Section B (190km) N$480 million, Section C (192km) N$510 million and Section D (130km) will cost N$344 million. In total it is estimated that more than N$1.8 billion is needed to complete the fence.

    The managing director of NWR, Zelna Hengari, said it is not the company's responsibility to maintain the fence. The environment and tourism ministry is responsible for maintaining public toilets, fences and the roads in national parks.

    Given the government's financial position, NWR has taken over the responsibility of maintaining the public toilets, she said.

    “Before independence there was an electric fence and now we see the neglect of the fence. The wire was always maintained. We will demand from the ministry to put up an electric fence.

    “It does not matter how they get the funds. They are the ones that are responsible for the fence and must see that people's lives are not put in danger,” a committee member said.


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  • 11/13/18--14:00: Kahimise docket grows
  • Kahimise docket growsKahimise docket growsCity lobs more allegations against suspended CEO Besides a publicised controversial study loan, the City has levelled further allegations against its suspended chief administrator. In addition to allegations of misconduct related to a study loan, a volley of other claims of irregularity were thrown at suspended City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise by the City of Windhoek's management committee (MC) during closed-door meetings in October.

    According to special council meeting minutes from 17 and 22 October, these claims include alleged non-procedural appointments at the municipality, the alleged quashing of a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that led to the suspension of City Police chief Abraham Kanime, questions around a salary increase and the irregular use of municipal property, funds and overtime claims, among other allegations.

    Kahimise was suspended for a second time in November for “acts of serious misconduct and contravening the City's industrial relations policy and conditions of service”.

    The suspended CEO argued in recent court documents that, aside from the vague allegations, he was never provided with a detailed list of accusations to afford him the chance to defend himself.

    But minutes from the special council meetings in October show that a 2 October MC meeting listed numerous allegations against the CEO, which apart from those related to the study aid, include “many complaints and allegations of transgressions against the CEO from employees”, which were made “on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution”.

    Copies of the minutes form part of papers filed at the High Court last week by Kahimise's lawyers, in an attempt to have his suspension overturned.

    Alleged concerns

    The minutes show that the 2 October meeting to “iron out a few things/issues” related to the allegations against Kahimise, recommended that his study aid be retroactively denied, as it was obtained non-procedurally.

    This despite the fact that Kahimise's study aid was approved in February by MC chairperson Matheus Amadhila, the human resources department and City mayor Muesee Kazapua.

    Nevertheless, the MC on 2 October recommended to council to reject the loan based on a number of allegations, including that Kahimise obtained the loan by deceiving the mayor and MC chairperson, concealed the loan issue for six months, and that his participation in the study aid scheme “constitutes serious transgressions of unauthorised expenditure of public funds”.

    The minutes also show that the MC had recommended that council, alongside the allegations pertaining to the study aid, investigate “alleged non-procedural appointments and filling of some positions”.

    Another recommendation was to submit a report on “restructuring, appointments and transfers of personnel” to check “whether or not this was carried out in compliance with the organisational policies, and point out whether or not this exercise was carried out in a manner that advantaged some personnel while disadvantaging others”.

    Further, that an investigation be launched into the procurement of a vehicle “for the 24-hour use of the CEO, when he already has a car allowance without council approval”.

    The MC further said complaints included the CEO's alleged refusal to share an audit conducted by PwC on the allegations Kanime, which led to his suspension.

    The MC also recommended that allegations “of fraud or attempted fraud” with regard to VAT payable on the sale of three erven be investigated and why no action was taken against the suspects by the CEO.

    Moreover, the MC requested an overview of how much was spent on legal fees to defend City legal adviser Benedictus Ngairorue, who is facing corruption charges.

    Kahimise's founding affidavit submitted to court last week highlighted that he has been repaying his study loan since April this year, and that the MC had “ignored” Amadhila's internal memorandum admitting he approved the loan.

    Last week, deputy mayor Teckla Uwanga informed the public that Kahimise was suspended so that an “unhindered investigation into allegations constituting gross breach of corporate governance” levelled against him can be undertaken.

    The three-month unpaid suspension, however, should not be seen as a “sanction or penalty for any offence”, she said.

    Meanwhile, Ludwig Narib, the strategic executive of infrastructure, water and technical services was appointed as acting CEO.

    Patrick Kauta, Kahimise's lawyer, yesterday confirmed that the urgent application will be heard on 20 November by the Windhoek High Court.


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  • 11/14/18--14:00: It's Mbidi's fault - Rukoro
  • It's Mbidi's fault - RukoroIt's Mbidi's fault - RukoroUnder-23s withdrawn from Afcon qualification campaign Fifa has withdrawn its funding for Namibia's under-23 team to take part in their Afcon qualification campaign. Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary-general Barry Rukoro claims the football body's dismissed president Frans Mbidi is the cause of the national under-23 team's being withdrawn from their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification campaign.

    The u-23s, who spent close to a month in training, were withdrawn from tomorrow's clash against Angola due to the unavailability of funds.

    Rukoro claimed Mbidi has been misleading Fifa and that the global football body is making decisions based on lies.

    He further claimed that Mbidi has a done nothing for the association and is also not aware of the trials and tribulations of national teams.

    “He has not made a single contribution and is not aware of what is happening at the NFA. All he has done is block funds from Fifa,” Rukoro fumed.

    With regard to the u-23s Rukoro said: “We simply do not have funds to take the team to Angola and it is a very sad situation, as you could see the boys were looking forward to this campaign, but now it's all over for them.

    “The money we have now has to be used for the Brave Warriors for this weekend's game against Guinea-Bissau, and so the junior teams are feeling the pinch.”

    Rukoro added the untenable situation at the NFA, which led to the dismissal of Mbidi recently by the executive, will also force the NFA to withdraw the Young Warriors from the upcoming Cosafa u-20 championships in Kitwe, Zambia in December.

    “It is serious reputational damage for the association as we are known to be ever-present at almost all youth competitions and now this is happening, and we have no choice but to pull the plug. We will still assess the situation with regard to the under-20s,” he added.

    Those in the know said Rukoro is mandated to co-sign with Mbidi when requesting Fifa funds, and since the global body took the decision not to recognise the SG, they decided not to release any funds for the country's u-23 footballers.

    The last-minute withdrawal of the squad might also attract a fine from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which fined Gambia after they withdrew from the competition last month. Gambia was fined US$2 500, about N$35 200.

    Angola now advance to the second round to face South Africa.

    The tournament will take place in Egypt, between 8 and 22 November 2019, and will see the top three teams qualifying automatically for the 2020 Olympic Games.

    The fourth-place finisher will playoff against a team from the Asian Football Confederation.

    More woes

    It has come to light in a letter circulating on social media that the NFA owes Blue Berry Travel a large sum of money.

    “I hereby commit that the NFA will pay an amount of one million Namibian dollars of the said amount not later than 30 November 2018 and the outstanding (balance) in instalments, as per invoices,” Rukoro said in a letter dated 9 November.


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    I don't negotiate via newspapers - LukasI don't negotiate via newspapers - Lukas Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas says he does not negotiate fights via newspapers and therefore advised Jeremiah 'Low-key' Nakathila to follow the right procedures.

    This is after Nakathila, who is the WBO Africa super featherweight champion, called out Lukas by challenging him to a fight.

    “He is probably looking for publicity, but I will not entertain that because I do not negotiate fights through newspapers.

    “We told him that there are procedures to follow and he must honour that. I have a manager and a promoter and he also has a manager and a promoter, and that is why I am unable to say much,” Lukas said.

    When asked if there is any chance he could face Nakathila, Lukas cryptically responded: “It does not pay the bills.”

    Lukas parted ways with his former promoter Nestor Tobias to sign a deal with Al Siesta Boxing Promotions, managed by promoter and matchmaker Al Siesta.

    He has been described as one of Africa's best featherweight boxers, after defending his WBO Africa featherweight title more than thrice.

    Lukas currently has a record of 21 wins after 21 fights, with 14 knockouts.

    Nakathila has a professional record of 17 fights, 16 wins and one loss. He won 12 of his bouts via knockout.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Volkswagen launches 1.0 TSI CaddyVolkswagen launches 1.0 TSI CaddySecond best-selling model in commercial range The Caddy Trendline incorporates a host of additional features and wider range of standard and optional equipment. The 1.0 TSI Trendline Caddy offers exceptional value for our potential customers. - Mark Handley, Sales and Marketing Head: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has introduced a 1.0 TSI model derivative of the hugely popular Caddy in South Africa.

    The second best-selling model in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range, the Caddy combines space efficiency with sleek Volkswagen design and affordable running costs. Currently in its fourth generation, the Caddy has become the preferred choice for private buyers and fleet operators since introduction in South Africa in 2015.

    The 1.0 TSI Trendline joins the Caddy range which consists of the 2.0 TDI Trendline, the seven-seater Caddy Maxi and Caddy Alltrack models.

    Commenting on the reason behind introducing the petrol model, Mark Handley, head of sales and marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: ‘‘At R306 300, the 1.0 TSI Trendline Caddy offers exceptional value for our potential customers. Our aim is to increase the market share and positioning of the Caddy Trendline range.”


    The Caddy Trendline incorporates a host of additional features and wider range of standard and optional equipment.

    This new Caddy Trendline adds standard features such as 'Composition Media' radio with touchscreen, 16-inch ‘Bendigo’ alloy wheels, heated rear window, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, climatic air conditioning system, electric windows, leather steering wheel, height adjustable front seats, multi-function display, roof rails in black, under-seat storage, front fog lights with static cornering light and daytime running lights.

    The Trendline can be customised with optional features such as Park Distance Control (front and rear) with rear view camera (not available with rear wing doors), cruise control, dark-coloured tail lights, removable towbar, Bi-xenon headlamps with separate LED daytime running lights and blacked-out tail lights including Light & Sight Package, multi-function leather steering wheel and rear wing doors.

    The new Caddy 1.0 TSI Trendline has a power output of 75kW paired with a five-speed manual gear box. It uses 5.6l of fuel per 100km. This three-cylinder normally aspirated engine delivers its maximum torque of 175 Nm from 1 500 rpm up to 3 500 rpm. - MotorPress

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    Inamu tu topola - Shaningwa Inamu tu topola - Shaningwa Shaningwa a hala uukumwe Amushanga gwongundu yoSwapo okwa pula iilyo yongundu yi hulithepo omaihumbato gutondwe netopoko mongundu, pethimbo ndyoka ongundu ya taalela omahogololo gopashigwana momvula twa taalela. CATHERINE SASMAN

    Ongundu yoSwapo otayi ka ninga omutumba gwokongressa pokati komasiku 30 gaNovemba sigo esiku lyotango yaDecemba moRamatex mOvenduka, onga etsikilo lyomutumba gomahogololo omutihamano gwongundu ngoka gwa ningwa muNovemba gwomvula ya piti.

    Amushanga gwongundu Sophia Shaningwa okwa ningi etseyitho ndyoka mEtiyali na okwa popi kutya eningo lyomutumba ngoka olya simana noonkondo molwaashoka ope na iinima yilwe mongundu inayi manitha pethimbo lyokongresa ndjoka ya li ya ningwa omolwa omaupyakadhi gontumba niinima mbyoka oya pumbwa okumanithwa ngashiingeyi.

    Shaningwa okwa tsu omudhindo kutya uukumwe nawu kalekwe po osha landula omutumba gwokongresa ngoka gwa ningwa omvula ya piti, moka ongundu ya li ya topoka moongundu mbali oTeam Swapo oshowo Team Harambee.

    “Otwa manitha owala okongresa yetu ontihamano moka ookomrade yamwe ya kanitha ombili nenyanyu,” Shaningwa a popi.

    Amushanga okwa popi kutya osha simana noonkondo opo iilyo yongundu yi yambidhidhe aaleli mboka ya hogololwa.

    Shaningwa okwa popi kutya uukumwe owa simana noonkondo mongundu unene pethimbo ndyoka kwa tegelelwa omahogololo gaayehe momvula yo 2019.

    Iikumungu yimwe mboka tayi ka kundathanwa pethimbo lyokongresa ndjoka omwa kwatelwa omalunduluko omatitatu ngoka taga ningwa mekotampango lyongundu, oshowo olopota nuutokolitho okuza mookongresa ndhoka dha ningwa nale.

    Omalundululo gotango mekotampango lyoSwapo oga li ga ningwa muDesemba gwomvula yo1991 omanga omatiyali ga ningwa mo 1996.

    Shaningwa okwa popi kutya iikundathanwa ayihe mokongresa ndjoka inayi manithwa natango na otayi talululwa kehe ethimbo opo ku kwashilipalekwe kutya ongundu oya a dha omalalakano nomauvaneko gawo ngoka ya ningile aahogololi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ongundu oya pumbwa okuhomatekwa opo yi vule okukondjitha oluhepo, nomaupyakadhi ogendji ngoka ga taalela oshilongo mwakwatelwa uupyakadhi wopaliko.

    Shaningwa okwa popi kutya aakuthimbinga mboka ya kutha ombinga momutumba gwokongresa ngoka gwa ningwa omvula ya piti, oyo natango taya ka kutha ombinga na kape na omalunduluko gasha taga kaningwa.

    Omupresidende Hage Geingob oye ta ka ninga omunashipundi gwonational preparatory committee.

    Sho a popile oohapu ndhoka dha li dha popiwa kOmuprima Sara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila kutya iilyo yoSwapo momutumba goPaliamende mbyoka yi na oshinakugwanithwa shokutula miilonga omilandu dha simana otayi ka ungaungiwa nayo ngele itayi gwanithwa po iilonga, Shaningwa okwa popi kutya Swapo oku na oonkondo dhokukutha miilonga iilyo yawo mbyoka itayi uhumbata nawa.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa popi kutya omuleli nale Nahas Angula, ngoka omathimbo ga piti a shanga omaiyuvo ge kombinga yepangelo, oku na uuthemba okuholola omaiyuvo ge, ta gwedhwa po kutya mboka ye na uupyakadhi nomukalo moka iinima tayi ningwa naya holole omaiyuvo gawo kokomitiye yelelo nenge kopolitburo.

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    Ondhalate yEtosha ya pumbwa okulongwa kobiliyona 1.8Ondhalate yEtosha ya pumbwa okulongwa kobiliyona 1.8 ELLANIE SMIT

    Olopota ya gandjwa koParliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources, ndjoka ya ningile omakonaakono oshikunino shiinamwenyo shEtosha pokati komasiku 27 gaMei sigo lyotango lyaJuni, oya holola kutya ondhalate yoshikunino shoka oya pumbwa pumbwa okulongwa komwaalu gwoshimaliwa shoobiliyona 1.8.

    Namibian Wildlife Resorts (NWR) oya ningi omutumba nokomitiye ndjoka mEtyali, momutumba moka omwa kundathanwa omaupyakadhi taga etithwa kondhalate ndjoka inayi manithwa okulongwa nenge ya yonagulwa.

    Kwiikwatelewa kolopota yokomitiye ndjoka, oomiliyona 176 odhiikalekelwa okuza omvula yo 2012/13 opo ku vule okumanithwa odhalate ndjoka.

    Olopota natango oya tsikile kutya aakwashigwana monooli yoshilongo otaya ende yuuka kEtosha, nonkalo ndjoka otayi etitha omalimbililo molwaashoka shoka otashi vulu okweeta iikolokosha pokati kaantu niiyamakuti.

    Oya lopota natango kutya aakwashigwana mboka ye li popepi nEtosha ihaya sile oshipwiyu iimuna yawo naashoka otashi etitha woo uupyakadhi.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya nonando oshinano shookilometa 118 shondhalate ndjoka osha longwa, iitopolwa yimwe oya longululwa omolwa ompumbwe yesiloshisho lyodhalate ndjoka.

    Ompumbwe yiimaliwa naaniilonga natango oya dhidhililwa, sho kwa pumbiwa aaniilonga ya thika po 30 opo ya vule okukala taya sile oshisho odhalate ndjoka yuule woshinano shookilometa 842.

    Okomitye ndjoka natango oya holola kutya okwa ningwa omakonaakono kuuministeli, na odha dhidhilike iitopolwa yimwe po mbyoka ya pumbwa okulongwa meendelelo.

    Iitopolwa mbyoka oyi li ine na oya hololwa kutya oshitopolwa shoA shuule wookilometa 200, tashi pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 519, oshitopolwa B shuule wookilometa 190 tashi pula oshimaliwa shomiliyona 480, oshitopolwa sha C shuule wookilometa 192 tashi pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 510 oshowo oshitopolwa sha D shuule wookilometa 130 tashi pula oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 344, kumwe iilonga mbyoka otayi ka pula oobiliyona 1.8.

    Omukomeho gwehangano lyoNWR, Zelna Hengari, okwa popi kutya kashi shi oshinakugwanithwa shehangano lyawo opo li longe odhalate ndjoka, ihe oshi li oshinakugwanithwa shUuministeli wOmatalelepo nOmidhingoloko.

    Okwa popi kutya uuministeli owu na oshinakugwanithwa shokukalekapo uundjugo woshigwana, oodhalate oshowo oondjila miikunino yiiyamakuti moshilongo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ehangano lyawo olya kutha ko oshinakugwanithwa shokusila oshisho uundjugo, lya tala konkalo yompumbwe yoshimaliwa ndjoka ya taalela epangelo.

    “Omanga oshilongo inashi manguluka, okwa li ku na odhalate yolusheno. Odhalate ndjoka oya li hayi silwa oshisho ethimbo kehe. Otayu pula uuministeli wu tuleko odhalate yolusheno. Kashi na kutya otaya mono iimaliwa mbyoka ngiini, ihe oyo ye na oshinakugwanithwa shokutula ko odhalate ndjoka nokukwashilipaleka kutya oomwenyo dhaakwashigwana inadhi tulwa moshiponga.”

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  • 11/14/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief MTN to offer mobile banking in Nigeria

    MTN Group will apply for a mobile banking licence in Nigeria and plans to launch the service there next year, its CEO said on Tuesday, further embedding the South African telecoms company in its biggest but increasingly problematic market.

    Nigeria announced last month that it would allow telecom companies to provide banking services, aiming to give millions of Nigerians without bank accounts access to so-called mobile money services, a policy that has been very successful in Kenya.

    MTN runs Nigeria's biggest mobile phone network serving 56 million people, but it is also involved in a dispute with the authorities after the central bank said it illegally transferred US$8.1 billion overseas.

    Separately, it has been slapped with a US$2 billion Nigerian tax bill and whether those issues could influence how quickly MTN secures a licence remains to be seen.

    “We will be applying for a payment service banking licence in Nigeria in the next month or so, and if all goes according to plan, we will also be launching Mobile Money in Nigeria probably around Q2 of 2019,” Rob Shuter told a telecoms conference in Cape Town.



    German officials sound China alarm, Huawei exclusion

    Senior German officials are planning a last-ditch drive to convince the government to consider excluding Chinese firms such as Huawei from building the country's 5G infrastructure amid concerns this could compromise national security.

    The behind-the-scenes push in Berlin, which comes after decisions by Australia and the United States to ban Chinese suppliers from 5G, has emerged at a late stage, with Germany expected to start its 5G auctions in early 2019.

    Because of this momentum, officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said it was unclear whether the initiative would succeed.

    But the push highlights the extent of the concern in some Berlin ministries about a Chinese role in building Germany's next generation mobile network, despite the lack of a vigorous public debate here about the security dimensions of 5G.

    “There is serious concern. If it were up to me we would do what the Australians are doing,” one senior German official involved in the internal 5G debate in Berlin told Reuters.



    Nike hires former Coca-Cola executive as president

    Nike Inc on Tuesday named former Coca-Cola Co executive Craig Williams as president of its sports shoes unit Jordan Brand.

    Williams, who will take charge on Jan. 14, most recently headed the world's biggest beverage maker's partnership with fast-food chain McDonald's.

    He will replace Larry Miller who will become the chairman of the newly created Jordan Brand advisory board, Nike said.

    Jordan Brand is a premium brand of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the legacy of former basketball player Michael Jordan.


    Dell taps banks to raise more cash

    Dell Technologies Inc is working with investment banks to add more cash to a US$21.7 billion offer to buy back a “tracking stock” tied to its software company VMware Inc as it nears a deal with investors, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

    The move comes after several investors in the tracking stock, including billionaire Carl Icahn, said they would not accept Dell's first offer, arguing it transfers too much value to Dell's owners, founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake.

    The acquisition of the publicly traded tracking stock would result in Dell becoming a publicly listed company without an initial public offering (IPO). Dell needs a majority of the holders of the tracking stock to approve the deal. A vote on the tracking stock offer has been scheduled for Dec. 11.



    Credit Suisse investigated by Geneva prosecutors

    Geneva prosecutors said on Tuesday they are looking at whether Credit Suisse exercised adequate oversight of money deposited in its accounts that belonged to Turkish investors who suffered losses.

    Two independent asset managers who used Credit Suisse accounts to deposit money from wealthy Turkish clients are suspected of covering up losses linked to the Turkish lira's collapse in 2013.

    Prosecutors recently began investigating whether Credit Suisse should have done more to halt transactions that led to losses, the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported.

    Geneva prosecutors confirmed they had expanded an existing criminal investigation to include four people employed by Credit Suisse SA at the time.

    “They have been heard as defendants of complicity in fraud and money laundering, with this part of the procedure still in progress,” the prosecutors said in a statement.



    Snap reveals US subpoenas on IPO disclosures

    The US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed Snap Inc for information about its March 2017 initial public offering, the social media app maker told Reuters on Tuesday.

    Snap said in a statement it has responded to the government subpoenas and other requests for information.

    The previously unreported federal inquiries follow an ongoing shareholder lawsuit in which investors allege that Snap misled the public about how competition from Facebook Inc's Instagram service had affected the company's growth.

    Snap said it believes that the federal regulators “are investigating issues related to the previously disclosed allegations asserted in the class action about our IPO disclosures.”

    “While we do not have complete visibility into these investigations, our understanding is that the DOJ is likely focused on IPO disclosures relating to competition from Instagram,” the company said.

    Snap's Snapchat messaging app has posted disappointing user growth since the company's US$3.4 billion IPO, and despite above-expectations sales growth and narrowing losses, its shares have tumbled. They closed at US$6.71 on Tuesday, down from their initial offering price of US$17.


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    Bank Windhoek to host discussion on smart farming practicesBank Windhoek to host discussion on smart farming practicesRelevant sector Bank Windhoek is set to host a topical discussion on smart farming on 22 November 2018. Our aim is to assist our communities and add value to their livelihoods- Jacquiline Pack, Executive Officer for Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Bank Windhoek Agriculture is one of the most important contributing sectors to the Namibian economy and continues to be a source of income for the majority of the population. It is also a passion and a way of life in Namibia and its impact is felt on a bigger scale.

    “As a responsible corporate citizen and following the success of the cryptocurrency event held earlier this year, we believe that it is our duty to deliver more such events because it drives progress in the communities in which we operate. Our aim is to assist our communities and add value to their livelihoods, where they can enrich their knowledge on various relevant topics,” said Jacquiline Pack, executive officer for marketing and corporate communication services at Bank Windhoek.

    Dr Willem Hoffmann, a lecturer in farm management at the University of Stellenbosch and international speaker on the topic of the design and improvement of farming systems, will host the discussion under the theme: “Smart farming: Principles for uncertain times”.

    Hoffmann is the co-author of numerous publications, such as ‘Towards system-specific framework for the sustainability evaluation of low-input ruminant meat production systems in developing countries’ and Facilitating small grain production system innovation in the Western Cape, South Africa’, to name a few.

    Considering the impact of climate change and bush encroachment on agriculture, Hoffman will focus on the causes of uncertainty in farming. He will discuss challenges Namibian farmers face, strategies to adapt to challenges in a practical way and how to manage farming businesses to be more profitable. In addition, Hoffmann will talk about adapting and embracing new technology to improve profitability, and how banks can assist farmers in achieving their goals.

    After Hoffmann’s talk, he will be joined by a local panel of experts to discuss local solutions for local challenges.

    Hoffmann grew up on a farm in the Kalahari and worked as an extension officer for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and agricultural economist before obtaining his PhD in Agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch. He specialises in the field of farm management, financial management and planning of farm businesses. Hoffman has a keen interest in the design and improvement of farming systems and the incorporation of expert knowledge into systems analysis.

    The event is scheduled for 17:30 on Thursday, 22 November and is open to the public, but registration is essential. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Bank Windhoek website at www.bankwindhoek.com.na.

    For further information contact Bronwyn Moody: moodyb@bankwindhoek.com.na or 061 299 1263.

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  • 11/14/18--14:00: Cops hunt newborn dumper
  • Cops hunt newborn dumperCops hunt newborn dumper The police are appealing for help to trace a mother who abandoned her newborn baby in Swakopmund.

    According to Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Gurirab, the baby was discovered by a taxi driver on Tuesday morning.

    “At about 06:45 at house number

    3587 in Tulinawa location in Swakopmund a newborn baby girl was discovered by a taxi driver who came to the house to pick up a child for school. “The taxi driver narrated that he saw a baby wrapped in a blanket lying next the dustbin in the house's yard. The baby was alive and is in stable condition.

    “The baby is admitted at the Swakopmund state hospital for observation. A criminal case has been opened and is under investigation by the gender-based violence protection subdivision of the Erongo Region,” Gurirab said.

    He asked anyone who can help the police to trace the mother to contact Detective Sergeant Kalipi at 081 619 6503 or Detective Chief Inspector Gurirab at 081 233 3745.

    Sean Naude of Namibian Marshall Rangers also appealed for assistance in the matter.

    “People are saying let's leave her alone but instead of her leaving her baby, she could just have said she is not able to take care of the baby and help could have been offered.

    “If there is anyone who has information or knows anyone who was highly pregnant in the area, please call us on 081 201 0821,” Naude added.

    Adolf Kaure

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  • 11/14/18--14:00: Swakop aquifer to be probed
  • Swakop aquifer to be probedSwakop aquifer to be probedConcern over abstraction by plot owners An investigation into the aquifer of the Swakop River will be conducted to determine the impact of abstraction. A hydrological investigation of the alluvial aquifer in the Swakop River between the Von Bach and Swakoppoort dams will be conducted to confirm the availability of groundwater and understand the potential impact of increased abstraction.

    The investigation will be conducted by Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev, through a strategic partnership with SLR Environmental Consulting Namibia.

    The agriculture ministry last week signed a memorandum of understanding with AB InBev Namibia for the investigation to commence.

    The partnership provides an opportunity to understand the aquifer and its potential for future use.

    According to agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika, the agreement aims at developing and strengthening cooperation and collaboration between the state and the water users of the basin, through the investigation.

    “Overall, the investigation will provide an opportunity to explore a source that could potentially contribute immensely to securing water to meet the growing demand of the central area of Namibia and aid in the protection of this vulnerable resource,” he said.

    According to Misika the investigation has two main objectives.

    The first is to assess and quantify the groundwater potential of the alluvial aquifer and the subsequent utilisation of the resources as a supplementary source of water during drought periods for the central area.

    Secondly, the investigation will develop appropriate strategies to prevent the contamination of the alluvial aquifer from potential pollution sources.

    According to Misika, the investigation will contribute to an improved understanding of the aquifer. It will also provide an opportunity to advance the concepts of integrated water resource management in the upper Swakop basin.

    Based on the agreement, AB InBev will be the funding partner while the ministry will be the custodian of the resources.

    The deal has the following benefits: The assessment and quantification of potential resources, the development of a groundwater quality map with potential pollution sources, and overall contribution to enhance the knowledge of existing aquifers with the implication as contingent supply in times of need.

    In addition, skills transfer to benefit identified ministry staff and the development of a numerical model that may prove useful for the control of groundwater utilisation, including abstraction by Osona plot farmers utilising the Swakop River alluvial aquifer are also benefits.

    The hydrological investigation is in line with AB InBev's 2025 sustainability goals, which are designed to positively impact communities around the world and deliver measurable results in areas of smart agriculture, circular packaging, climate action and water stewardship.


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  • 11/14/18--14:00: Sand mining workshop today
  • Sand mining workshop todaySand mining workshop today The environment ministry will host a consultative workshop at Ongwediva today to discuss uncoordinated sand mining activities taking place in northern Namibia.

    A media statement issued by the ministry's chief PRO Romeo Muyunda said sand mining has become a serious concern for the ministry.

    “As Namibia seeks to achieve its development goals especially in the infrastructure development sector, building sand and gravel for roads have become valuable and essential resources in the construction industry and are extracted on a daily basis to meet the demand of the sector in an uncoordinated manner,” the statement said.

    It said to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development, all projects deemed to have adverse impacts on the environment require an environmental impact assessment as per the Environment Management Act before it can be undertaken. The legal requirement however seems not to be understood by some communities and the ministry continues to be inundated with complaints of illegal sand mining operations, especially from community members in rural areas.

    “These activities are destructive to the environment and dangerous to human beings, livestock and wildlife when the pits are left unrehabilitated,” the statement said.

    The workshop, which is open to the public, is aimed at educating people and seeking amicable solutions on sand mining activities and will discuss the interests, roles, needs and values of all parties involved in allocating land for sand mining.

    Environment m Pohamba Shifeta will officiate at the workshop.


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  • 11/14/18--14:00: Rundu water woes continue
  • Rundu water woes continueRundu water woes continue Despite a government/NamWater deal to supply uninterrupted water to about 90 000 residents at Rundu for the next three months, some areas are still experiencing problems.

    Several residents expressed their concern to Namibian Sun regarding water taps either operating at a low pressure or without water for several hours a day.

    Rundu's water problems made headlines recently after the town could not pay its NamWater arrears.

    The town was without water four days, forcing a stampede to the Okavango River, where residents obtained water.

    The Rundu town council owes NamWater about N$60 million

    However, about two weeks ago government intervened and N$2 million was paid to NamWater by the urban and rural development ministry.

    Apart from the bailout, it was also agreed that NamWater would supply water to Rundu for over three months, without the council paying. The agreement also entailed that council would be expected to ring-fence its water bill to ensure that the monies paid are strictly used to pay NamWater, and not for operational costs, as was the case before.

    It is therefore puzzling that some residents are complaining about water trickling from taps or that the supply is not forthcoming for hours a day.

    A Millennium Park resident, who opted to speak on condition of anonymity, expressed her disappointment, saying the water situation has not changed much.

    “We have water early in the mornings but in the afternoon around 12:00 and 13:00 and late at night there is no water. This cannot be the case because we don't receive warnings that water might not be running during some periods of the day,” she said.

    Another resident told Namibian Sun he expected the situation to be better for the next three months.

    “We are back to the days when you approach a tap hoping that water is going to run. I just hope that NamWater and the Rundu town council look into the matter and rectify it,” he said.

    Town council acting CEO Sikongo Haihambo said the water should be running all day long, without any interruptions.

    “In as far as we are concerned all areas should have water 24/7. We paid NamWater,” Haihambo said.

    “What we know is that we paid NamWater and we have been put on the post-paid (system). All areas are expected to get water, but if there is low pressure; maybe it can be looked at and established what exactly the problem is, and see if we can address it on our side or on the side of NamWater. I think it requires a bit of monitoring.”


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