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  • 11/15/18--14:00: Goldwagen coming in 2019
  • Goldwagen coming in 2019Goldwagen coming in 2019Pupkewitz Motors to introduce affordable, quality parts Pupkewitz Motors will create optimum exposure for the Goldwagen franchise, which is set to extend its footprint to Namibia in February 2019. Established in 1992, Worldwide Automotive Group (WAG) has grown into a premier supplier of vehicle parts, boasting more than 92 Goldwagen outlets across southern Africa and in several other countries.

    WAG deals in an extensive range of automotive parts that are distributed via its Goldwagen outlets. Initially they distributed Volkswagen and Audi parts only, but an opportunity quickly presented itself to rapidly broaden their value proposition to include Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mini, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Opel and various other suitable vehicle brands.

    Goldwagen is an affordable alternative for good quality mechanical and panel parts, and retails to mechanical workshops, wholesale outlets, do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts, retailers, body repair shops and directly to the public. Goldwagen’s attributes include delivering exceptional service, fast turnaround times and quality products.

    Ekkerd van Wyk, managing director of Pupkewitz Motors, said with enthusiasm they intend to create optimum exposure for the Goldwagen franchise, which will extend its footprint to Namibia.

    He said Pupkewitz has always been striving towards participating in the aftermarket part sales industry in Namibia, due to the high demand, and with Goldwagen being one of the best-rated franchises on the African continent, it was the ideal place to start.

    He said the Pupkewitz Group management will support all Goldwagen’s operations in Namibia and decision-making will rely on local expertise for accuracy and timeliness, in order to meet customer demands.

    Pupkewitz Goldwagen will supply excellent quality affordable parts to an array of vehicles brands, along with an affordable service package for vehicles that are no longer on a service plan. Hence, it will support all vehicle owners with more affordable parts and contribute to job creation, which are at the core of this investment decision.

    Pupkewitz Goldwagen will create a comprehensive footprint in the motor industry in Namibia, supported by customer satisfaction and the service excellence legacy that the Pupkewitz Group embodies.

    The main priority behind this acquisition is contributing to the affordability of quality automotive parts for Namibians.

    With this new acquisition also comes new career opportunities for vehicle enthusiasts to explore. This is a great opportunity and an open invitation to join one of the leading automotive groups and develop your career conjointly with the Goldwagen footprint in Namibia.

    “We are very excited to announce that Pupkewitz Motors will be opening the first-of-its-kind Goldwagen branch in Windhoek Namibia in February 2019. With this new venture Pupkewitz Motors continues to contribute positively… by creating new job opportunities for Namibians. As recently achieved by the Pupkewitz Group of companies, this is a golden opportunity to join the best company to work for 2018/19 at Pupkewitz Goldwagen,” Van Wyk added.

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  • 11/15/18--14:00: Beating the odds
  • Beating the oddsBeating the odds Octavia Tsibes



    Despite being born into an underprivileged family Mike Tanaka, the owner of Tura Alarm-Tech Namibia cc, has made it against all odds.

    He said the highest and most acknowledged profession in his whole family while growing was that of his uncle, who was the village mechanic and owned an old Vauxhull sedan.

    “Career guidance and inspirational ideas were things we ever dreamed of. It happened that in the early stages of my primary school, I started developing a great interest in electrical and electronic systems that in some instances could challenge me, like repairing broken wireless radios,” Tanaka said.

    He then developed the desire to be an engineer while growing up.

    He remembers calling himself a freight engineer. Tanaka said ultimately the dream of becoming an engineer was crushed after he received his grade grade 10 results.

    “I failed mathematics and English and that disqualified me from obtaining a bursary to further my studies in grade 12,” he says.

    He moved to an urban area where his father advised him to look for work as a land technician (commonly known as a garden boy), but he showed no interest in that.

    “I compiled all my certificates and submitted them all in an effort to try my luck. To my surprise, I was confirmed to start my studies towards my degree in digital communication technology,” he said.

    Tanaka graduated and is currently undertaking his laws in information technology and telecommunications masters’ degree studies.

    He is currently running an SME that specialises in ‘security electronics’, including the installation of alarm systems, electric fences, CCTV surveillance systems, gate motor installations, intercoms and access control systems, among others, under the name Tura Alarm-Tech Namibia cc.

    He says using Tura in the name was to prove those naysayers wrong, who think that nothing great can come out of Katutura.

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  • 11/15/18--14:00: Go Brave Warriors!
  • Go Brave Warriors!Go Brave Warriors! Weekend editorials are normally reserved for hard-hitting issues of the day, including governance failings, discourses surrounding socio-economic problems and jumping on the bandwagon in terms current affairs debates. However, today we are going to show off our patriotism by joining thousands of fellow Namibians in drumming up support for the Brave Warriors ahead of their crunch 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea-Bissau at the Sam Nujoma stadium tomorrow. A win for the Warriors will put us on ten points and on top of Group K with one match to spare. Namibia can actually seal qualification for Cameroon, provided they avenge last year’s 1-0 defeat to Guinea-Bissau and hope that the match between group rivals Zambia and Mozambique ends at least in a draw in Maputo. Ricardo Mannetti’s charges have really shown us they are capable of achieving glory against all odds, given the many problems bedevilling local football. The Brave Warriors now have to restore lost pride and qualify for Afcon 2019 by beating Guinea-Bissau, who are certainly no pushovers. The Warriors must focus fully and concentrate on finishing off the job against the visitors. Good luck gents!

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  • 11/15/18--14:00: Keeping the pace
  • Keeping the paceKeeping the paceCreativity ‘just intelligence having fun’ Marchand Ebersohn lives by Albert Einstein’s credo that “creativity is intelligence having fun”. Pull Quote: “I became a sponge, working my fingers to the bone to get the experience, moving from one agency to the next and learning from the best,”- Marchand Ebersohn, creative director at Weathermen & Co. Elizabeth Joseph







    Weathermen & Co always finds new ways to stay relevant in the industry, by welcoming new faces to their company.

    Marchand Ebersohn, the creative director at Weathermen & Co, is the new not so new kid on the block. Ebersohn grew up on farm in the Free State between Sasolburg and Parys in South Africa. He was homeschooled for a few years which created unforgettable childhood memories.

    “I had a love for art and music since a young age and took art very seriously, which opened the doors for me at AAA School of Advertising in Johannesburg,” he says.

    He says ever since he pursued a career in advertising, the hours have always been long and strenuous, but nevertheless very fruitful.

    “The AAA School of Advertising laid the foundation for ­­­working hard and it allowed me to learn endurance and to trust myself. I interned at advertising agencies during the holidays to get ahead of the rest of the class. This eventually got me a foot in the door to enter the world of advertising.

    “I was blessed to win a couple of awards during my time at AAA and that’s when my career took off. I became a sponge, working my fingers to the bone to get the experience, moving from one agency to the next and learning from the best,” Ebersohn said.

    Learning every day

    Ebersohn said there is no easy way to explain a typical day at the office and he would have to write a book to help us fully understand.

    “Every day is a learning experience in the office and this makes every day different than the last.

    “To put it in simpler terms: we solve problems. No day is typical in our industry. Not one day is the same. Whatever you expected is more a philosophy and a dream. Sometimes a dream comes true, sometimes it’s a nightmare… but that’s why I love it,” he said.

    Trials and triumphs

    One of that challenges that served as a stone in the path of his career was moving from an ‘above-the-line’ to a digital agency.

    “The biggest challenge in my career was to move from above-the-line to a digital agency. It was quite humbling, yet refreshing to be the dumbest person in the room.”

    Above-the-line (ATL) advertising is traditional media as we know it, including print, television and radio advertising.

    Digital advertising includes everything that lives on our screens.

    Ebersohn said he and his colleagues function as a team.

    His greatest triumph is still brewing at his new home, Weathermen & Co.

    Ebersohn loves cats of all kinds, shapes and sizes, and says he finds inspiration in everything.

    “From the paint texture on my bedroom rooftop when I open my eyes, to the mesmerising global digital world.”

    Growth

    In the next few years, Ebersohn wants to build the best creative agency on the African continent and solve problems from a consumer perspective, as well as for their clients. “In essence, to create work that solves problems, turning this screwed-up world into a better place,” he says.

    He further looks forward seeing the agency grow and become an internationally recognised brand.

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  • 11/15/18--14:00: Harambee headache
  • Harambee headacheHarambee headacheGeingob faction, Team Swapo still suffer post-congress disunity hangover Just shy of a year after the bruising 2017 Swapo elective congress, commentators disagree on who is to blame for the continued disunity among Team Harambee and Team Swapo members. JEMIMA BEUKES



    With the ruling party facing the possibility of going into the 2019 general elections deeply divided, Swapo president Hage Geingob and secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa have made calls recently for unity, seemingly fearing a polls backlash in the coming year. However, 2017 Swapo elective congress presidential candidate Nahas Angula has laid the blame for disunity at Geingob’s feet.

    “In my view if you are the head of the family you have the responsibility to put the family together,” Angula said yesterday. “The president is the head of the party. It is his responsibility to put the party together. Nobody else would do that for him, the secretary-general is just an administrator, she can appeal, she can shout, nothing will happen.”

    His comments follow those of Geingob recently and Shaningwa this week that the Team Swapo and Team Harambee factions around which last year’s congress battle coalesced, are still alive in the party, posing a significant risk as the 2019 general elections approach.

    Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Ephraim Nekongo also conceded that divisions within Swapo were continuing unabated. “We need to unite and face the opposition. We cannot afford to have our members joining other parties because of this division. There is need for serious interventions if people refuse to unite,” said Nekongo. Local commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah concurred with Angula, saying the new party leadership should be blamed for the status quo.

    “A good leadership would have put a lot of effort and tried to destroy that division and those teams within the party, but we see now that they are in a panic mode. Elections are around the corner and the party is still so divided.

    “That is why you have seen the president and even the SG talking about unity now. That [shows] that they haven’t done anything to bring the party together,” he said.

    According to Kamwanyah, party members are not impressed that the resolutions of the 2017 congress “are just on paper”. “So my guess is that they were carried away by the result and maybe diverted by other issues and not be able to go back and look at the resolutions. And it puts the party in trouble in terms of preparing for the national elections.”

    The party this week announced that it will hold an extraordinary congress from 30 November to 1 December in Windhoek to adopt the 2017 congress resolutions. The contentious electoral college that will elect the candidates for the National Assembly seats next year, will likely also form part of the debate at the extraordinary congress.

    ‘Not an indictment’

    University of Namibia (Unam) political science professor Lesley Blaauw, however, does not agree that the current divisions are an indictment on the leadership of the party, but rather a manifestation of democracy. He is convinced, though, that the party is haunted by the ‘follow the leader’ mantra.

    “Expressing different views should be allowed. Remember, historically the ruling party like most liberation parties have a very top-down approach towards leadership, so the hierarchy and the fact that we have these contestations speak to the fact that some of the remnants of that has not been overcome yet,” he said.

    “I think there is a need for openness and to allow people to express their views openly in order to lessen the tension between members. Contestation of ideas is fundamental to democratic debate and allowing these views to flourish would prevent and circumscribe efforts of backbiting.” Kamwanyah is also convinced that the ruling party will be affected by the divisions haunting it and the failure of its leadership to forge unity.

    ‘Failing opposition’

    South African political analyst Nixon Kariithi is of the view that opposition parties in both Namibia and South Africa lack the ability to ‘swing-out’ and create opportunities from challenges ruling parties are faced with. “The only way one can really tell that the opposition has made a difference is at the polls. But if it these issues they raise don’t hurt the voter then it will not affect the way voters vote,” he said. “As the voter is hurt by unemployment, poverty and other socio-economic challenges, then we will see change. And it depends whether the opposition can convince these people directly hurt by unemployment and other challenges to go to the polls. And will they be able to remind these voters all the time of this, even when they are voting?” Kariithi said.

    Blaauw added the biggest drawback for opposition parties is their desire to gain power and not necessarily to change the status quo. “We must remember that the opposition parties are not necessarily the best examples of unity and single-mindedness of purpose. Whatever the ruling party does and whether it has infighting, I do not think the opposition parties have been able to take advantage of the disunity. And what we have seen over the years, even if you have that during election time, people normally support the ruling party the most,” he added.

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    ‘Unlawful, illegal and invalid’‘Unlawful, illegal and invalid’ FESTUS NAKATANA

    Following ten months of continued petitioning, disgruntled Swapo members have now approached the High Court to seek to have last year’s elective congress declared unconstitutional, unlawful or invalid.

    The group also want the results of the top four and central committee elections set aside.

    The court battle comes nearly a year after an unprecedented bruising campaign and congress, which saw President Hage Geingob and his slate under the Team Harambee banner contesting against a faction, which called itself Team Swapo.

    Geingob and his slate were unanimously elected for the top four positions, scoring landslide victories.

    Team Harambee followers also dominated the central committee election and subsequent election of the Politburo after the congress.

    Geingob won the presidency ahead of former youth minister Jerry Ekandjo and former prime minister Nahas Angula, while former home affairs minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana lost out on the party vice-presidency to deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

    Shaningwa was elected SG ahead of the youthful Oshikoto Swapo regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu, while party veteran Marco Hausiku was voted deputy secretary-general.

    Hausiku contested against former health deputy minister Petrina Haingura and businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun.

    However, according to court papers, the congress and CC elections were allegedly fundamentally flawed and unlawful.

    “Fundamentally, the composition of the congress was unlawful and in breach of the constitution. Accordingly, the election that took place at the congress was materially in breach of rule 72 of the election rules, which states that one of the cardinal principles of the first respondent (Swapo) is to ensure free and fair elections at all its structures,” the applicants claimed.

    These claims are made by Swapo members Mirjam Shituula and Selma Megameno Namboga.

    The two are also acting on behalf of Nambata Angula, who is an executive member of the party’s Windhoek East district, and suspended Kalkrand village council CEO Seth Boois, who are not named as applicants on the court documents.

    The two respondents are Swapo Party and Shaningwa.

    The four had earlier in the year petitioned Shaningwa by demanding an independent audit into the outcome of the party’s sixth elective congress held last November.

    Shaningwa had responded that the central committee would consider the petition.

    However, the group argued that it is in fact the composition of the current central committee that was being disputed and therefore it cannot decide on the matter.

    It suggested that the central committee elected in 2012 deal with the issue. There were also subsequent letter which failed to resolve the issue, leading to the urgent court application following Shaningwa’s announcement this week of the dates of the extraordinary congress, which will take place from 30 November to 1 December.

    In their founding affidavit, the group claimed material irregularities were unearthed during the 2017 congress, which included at least eight regional governors unlawfully participating, as well as four SPYL delegates being allowed to stand for the central committee when they were no longer eligible to bemembers of the youth wing as they were over 35, while governors are ex officio members of the regional executive committees.

    The four included justice minister Sacky Shanghala, deputy minister of trade Lucia Ipumbu, National Youth Council executive chairman Mandela Kapere and youth leader Paula Kooper.

    The group also claimed in court papers that over 50 constituency councillors from 13 regions but Otjozondjupa allegedly attended and participated in the congress. The group claim these councillors were ex officio members of the district executive committees and should not have participated in the congress. It is further alleged that Swapo wings such as the Swapo Party Elders Council, the National Union of Namibian Workers, Swapo Party Women Council and the SPYL unlawfully delegated representatives from regional conferences to take part in the congress.

    In their affidavit, the applicants claim several irregularities were also unearthed during regional conferences before the congress, resulting in the replacement of some delegates by handpicked ones. They particularly highlighted the participation of Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo in the congress who was “impermissibly delegated by the Rundu Rural District when, in fact she belongs to the Rundu Urban District”.

    Sinimbo was subsequently elected to the central committee. At least 11 current central committee members were not eligible for election at the congress, the applicants further alleged.

    “In summary, the composition of the congress can fairly be said to be the bedrock of Namibia’s existence and functioning as a democracy. Accordingly, if it is composed unlawfully, as I respectfully contend the congress was, then the harm to the country, its democratic institutions and all its people is pervasive and lasting. This harm is moreover persistent and ongoing. There is an inherent urgency that harm of this nature be rectified by this court.”

    Swapo’s lawyers have five days to indicate whether they will oppose the application. If no notice of intent to oppose is given, the urgent application will be heard on 27 November.

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    Namibia face Canada conundrumNamibia face Canada conundrum With Canada on the verge of qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Namibia's senior national side have now shifted their attention to potentially meeting the North American's at next year's tourney.

    Canada moved a step closer to qualification over the weekend, with a 29-10 win over Germany at the Repechage qualification tourney.

    Canada, ranked 21st in the world, can secure their place at the 2019 global showpiece with a win or draw against Hong Kong in the Repechage final on 23 November. Namibia qualified for the tournament after beating Kenya 53-28 in August in the Africa Gold Cup final. Namibia will play in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the Repechage winner.

    The Namibian team have played in every Rugby World Cup since 1999, but are yet to win a game at the tournament. They have lost all their 19 matches so far. Namibia was hoping for a Kenyan win at the Repechage tournament, as they have bested them time and time again over the years.

    All attention and focus has, however, now shifted to the Hong Kong versus Canada clash this Saturday.

    Hong Kong need a bonus-point win over Canada, while also denying their opponents a bonus point, in order to move into first place.

    Canada will not be an easy opponent, should they grab the last spot on offer in Pool B. The Canadians trounced Namibia 72-11 at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Home Solutions for the landless Home Solutions for the landless It is not an uncommon problem in Namibia: you are farming on land that you do not own and need accommodation on site. Why would you invest in something you can’t take with you? The simple answer is that you don’t.

    Stefan Tietz of Grootfontein is one such farmer who has found a smart housing solution that he can take with him no matter where he goes.

    There are many reasons why the container-home trend has swept the globe, but for Namibian farmers like Tietz, it’s more than a convenient and eco-conscious option; it’s an incredibly versatile, cost-effective and almost immediate solution that’s surprisingly mobile.

    Cowboy’s Trading & Rental Solutions’ innovative off-grid container-home conversions, manufactured from shipping containers no longer in use, are fast becoming known across the nation as one of the most effective turnkey solutions for anything from cow sheds and emergency shelters to fully functional and rather stylish accommodation.

    One of the most attractive attributes of Cowboy’s container homes is the simplicity of it all. No building plans, site inspections, or foundations are required. Container homes are also perfect for remote locations, and can be ready within relatively short turnaround times.

    In Tietz’s case, his basic need for accommodation was not only complicated by the uncertainty of his land leasing agreement, but also by challenges like a lack of electricity.

    “A modular container conversion very quickly proves itself as the ultimate solution for an entire range of challenging situations,’ says Ulla Gossow-Büttner of Cowboy’s Trading & Rental Solutions.

    The Cowboy’s team came up with a 650-square-metre design that includes a 44-square-metre living area and even a veranda. The team also designed a 370-square-metre workshop with three general-purpose containers for secure storage.

    When Tietz’s stylishly furnished and fully decorated container home was delivered to him, it was set up within three days, complete with a solar system to power his new dishwasher, microwave, and a much-needed air-conditioner. The team had thought of everything; they even organised his TV licence for him.

    As a client of Cowboy’s Trading & Rental Solutions, Tietz was very impressed with the container.

    “I am so happy with my luxurious home,” he says. “I never thought that you could live in such comfort in a shipping container. I have everything I need, it’s cool and secure and so practical.”

    “It is incredible how quickly this was erected. The Cowboy’s team was so well prepared and organised, and they left no trace behind but this amazing home. And I can move it anytime I want. This really is the best concept,” Tietz says.

    And while Tietz’s family had their doubts at first, they too found themselves astonished by the container-home concept in action.

    Not only can it be relocated with ease, it can also be added to just as easily. At any time, Tietz could add more storage to his workshop, add more bedrooms to his home, even create a double storey if he wanted to.

    It’s no surprise that the demand for container modifications is rapidly increasing in Namibia, especially with Cowboy’s at the manufacturing helm. The team’s attention to detail, their high standards of quality, and the way they go out of their way to get things done – and get them done right – are already legendary.

    Gossow-Büttner agrees that the container-home trend is here to stay. Not only because Namibia presents so many unique challenges such as remote locations and a lack of basic services, but also because of the versatility, durability, and availability of the shipping containers themselves.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Amos Meerket children given a treat Amos Meerket children given a treat Christmas in November Business Connexion (BCX) Namibia partnered with Omeya to give children of Amos Meerket a memorable experience. Elizabeth Joseph

    This past Friday, some learners who are a part of the Amos Meerkat project, went on a train ride to the Omeya golf course and residential oasis for a day of learning and fun.

    More than 150 learners from four schools, including Rose Pre-Primary School in Okuryangava, went on the train trip. When asked why they chose the particular schools, the main coordinator of the event, Lorraine Brink from Business Connexion (BCX) Namibia, said they are passionate about giving back and wanted to encapsulate the heart of Christmas with the trip.

    “The Omeya Private School gave us their school grounds to be able to host this event. We are very thankful to them,” Brink said.

    The day started off at the TransNamib train station in Windhoek, where the learners lined up and waited for the signal from their respective teachers, so they could board the train.

    Excitement was definitely an understatement, as the children chanted and sang Christmas carols.

    It was a struggle for the teachers to contain the children and prevent them from leaning too far out of the train windows.

    They had their own Santa Claus, and although most of the children were frightened by him, they soon warmed up after he handed out plenty of presents.

    “Most of the children who were present had never experienced this before and it was a great pleasure for me to see their smiles and to have been a part of such an event,” Brink added.

    Some of the main sponsors included BCX Namibia, Metro Cash & Carry, Omeya and Namibia Media Holdings (NMH).

    All-in-all, the day was a great success and the children were very tired after all the playing and treasure hunts.

    It was definitely a day the children will never forget.

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    'Super Dan' continues to falter'Super Dan' continues to falter Lin Dan is regarded as the best badminton player of all-time but his brilliance has faded markedly and Chinese fans and media are readying his career obituary.

    Widely known as 'Super Dan' during his heyday, the 35-year-old Chinese last week suffered his ninth first-round defeat in 19 tournaments this year, underlining his steep decline.

    The former world number one, who has won every major prize in badminton - some of them multiple times - appears determined to go for a third Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.

    But badminton's answer to Roger Federer will be nearly 37 by then, and unlike the Swiss tennis great all the signs are there that he is already well past his prime.

    Time waits for no sportsman, even one of the best ever produced by China.

    Lin is currently ranked 13th, below compatriots Shi Yuqi and Chen Long, and each country can send a maximum of two men's singles players to the Olympics.

    “It all depends, because there are very many strong players in China,” Lin said of his chances of making it a grand career finale in Tokyo.

    “They're very strong, so I have to be on top of them,” Lin, a fiery and controversial character through the years, said following his latest opening-round loss to world champion Kento Momota at the Hong Kong Open last week.

    Lin's long list of achievements include five world titles between 2006 and 2013, back-to-back Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012 and six All-England crowns.

    In 2011, he became the first player to complete the 'Super Grand Slam' of badminton's nine major titles.

    Lin's victories are often accompanied by exuberant celebrations when he rips off his shirt and gives a military salute to the crowd.

    But he has won just one tournament this year - the New Zealand Open in May.

    Some Chinese media have taken to calling him 'First-Round Lin' because of his habit of falling at the first hurdle.

    He was bestowed the same unflattering label at the start of his career, before he fulfilled his potential.

    “With his growing years and decline in status, 'Super Dan' has shown obvious signs of fatigue,” Chinese outlet The Paper said following his loss to Momota, the 24-year-old Japanese who represents the new guard at the top of men's badminton.

    Lin is caught in a “vicious circle” of first-round defeats, which led to his ranking tumbling, in turn giving him harder draws in tournaments, the Shanghai-based website said.

    A Tencent Sports article said that Lin was in the midst of “a brutal winter”.

    “He used to be a legendary character admired by thousands of people on the world badminton stage.

    “And now in such a state... time is ruthless,” the article added, praising nevertheless his enduring “tenacity” and sportsmanship.

    Lin will, however, need “a magic bullet” to reach the Tokyo Games, it warned.

    With his tattoos and rebellious streak, and a rap sheet that includes once hitting a coach, Lin is something of an unusual character in Chinese sports.

    For years he was hugely popular, combining good looks with brilliant shot-making and athleticism.

    But some in China have never forgiven him after he had an affair while his wife, Xie Xingfang, herself a former badminton world champion, was heavily pregnant in 2016.



    NAMPA/AFP

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    Underdogs unleash fighting spiritUnderdogs unleash fighting spiritAfrican Stars, Civics lose to less-fancied clubs It appears the so-called NPL big guns will not have it all their own way this season. African Stars lost 1-0 to Eleven Arrows at the Kuisebmond Stadium, while Civics fell 3-2 to Julinho Sporting, as the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) 2018/19 season entered its second round of matches on Sunday.

    Stars were beaten twice last year by the same team, on their way to winning the championship.

    At Windhoek's Sam Nujoma Stadium, Salazar Ngunzu put Civics in the lead before Ntjamba Haindaka levelled from the penalty spot just before halftime.

    The penalty came a minute after Civics were denied a goal due to an offside ruling, following a short corner-kick. The halftime score was 1-1.

    Julinho took the lead in the second half when Markie Muwana beat Welcome Nail with a beautiful bicycle kick.

    The Civilians refused to give up and a throw-in from Harold Kanderera resulted in four Civics players playing beautiful one touch football, before Deon Kibit slammed the home the equaliser with less than 15 minutes of the game remaining.

    With Civics pushing for a winner, they were caught on the counter by Julinho, when Patrick Matengu laid the ball up for substitute Veiko Sindimbe, who had the easy task of tapping it into the empty net to give his side a 3-2 victory.

    In other weekend matches, Mighty Gunners continued their top form by beating league debutants Young Brazilians 4-2.

    The Gunners are now top of the log with six points, having won both their matches so far this season.

    Young African played to a second successive draw after being held at home by Life Fighters 1-1.

    It was Fighters' first point of the season.

    Okahandja United lost to Black Africa by a solitary goal, while Tura Magic held Blue Waters 0-0 at the coast.

    Orlando Pirates and Tigers drew 1-1 at the SKW stadium in the capital, with Unam and Citizens completing the day's programme with a 2-2 draw.

    In total, 19 goals were scored during the second round of matches.

    NAMPA

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  • 11/19/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Rio Tinto, Nespresso join forces

    Nespresso, part of food giant Nestle, aims to use sustainable aluminum in all of its coffee capsules by 2020 under a deal with mining major Rio Tinto announced on Monday.

    Both companies have faced criticism for adding to pressure on the planet, with campaigners saying Nespresso coffee machines are wasteful and many of the used capsules end up in landfill.

    Under the deal, Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto will supply aluminum produced with renewable power and respect for biodiversity to Nespresso, the world leader in the coffee pod market.

    The companies are seeking to position themselves as sustainable to boost their investor and customer appeal, and Nespresso has committed to 100% sustainable aluminum for its capsules by 2020, Rio Tinto said in a statement released on Monday Australia time.

    Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said last month that miners needed new partnerships as the sector competes for talent and seeks to improve its image.

    Its aluminum assets use hydropower - for economic as well as environmental reasons - and in April the miner became the world's first producer of aluminum to be certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).

    -Nampa/Reuters


    BlackBerry to buy cybersecurity firm

    BlackBerry Ltd raised its bets on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity on Friday with the US$1.4 billion purchase of California-based machine-learning specialists Cylance.

    The Canadian technology company, which dominated the smartphone market a decade ago, has shifted to selling software to manage mobile devices, as well as emerging areas like autonomous cars.

    Privately owned Cylance uses machine learning to preempt security breaches before they occur. Its applications seek to block malware or infiltration attempts rather than react after a breach.

    Cylance, which has over 3 500 active enterprise customers, had been considering filing for a stock market floatation, according to a report in Business Insider.

    “Cylance's leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in a statement.

    The California-based company's chief executive Stuart McClure, in turn, said it would be able to leverage Blackberry's strength in mobile communications and security to adapt its AI technology.

    Besides the US$1.4 billion that BlackBerry will pay, the deal also includes the assumption of Cylance's unvested employee incentives, BlackBerry said.

    -Nampa/Reuters


    Failed verdict in J&J South Carolina talc trial

    A second South Carolina jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict in the retrial of a case by a woman whose family said her long-term use of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder led to her death from asbestos-related cancer.

    The case of Bertila Boyd-Bostic, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2017 at the age of 30, is the latest in a series of trials in the United States that centre around allegations that the company's talc-based powder contains cancer-causing asbestos.

    In May, a deadlocked jury at the Darlington County Court of Common Pleas in Charleston failed to reach a verdict in the first trial.

    J&J, which denies the allegations, to date has lost two trials and won three in the litigation over whether Johnson's Baby Powder causes mesothelioma, a tissue cancer closely linked to asbestos exposure. Jury trials in another four mesothelioma cases have resulted in mistrials because jurors could not agree on a verdict or because the plaintiff died.

    J&J, faced with some 11 700 US talc lawsuits, in a statement on Thursday said it believed the mistrials, as well as the verdicts clearing it of liability reflected the “diligent review” by juries in the cases.

    -Nampa/Reuters


    Sibanye faces strike threat

    Sibanye Gold faces the prospect of a strike after trade union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union demanded a better wage offer for its members.

    “AMCU has decided to go on strike,” the union said on its unverified Twitter feed. Sibanye will be given 48 hours to come back with a better offer, it said.

    AMCU received permission to strike at Sibanye in September after talks deadlocked. On November 14, the gold mining company signed three-year wage agreements with a trio of other South African unions, ending months of negotiations that started in July.

    It raised the basic wage for most categories of surface and underground employees by R700 rand a month in each of the first two years and by R825 rand in the third, while the housing allowance and medical benefits were also increased.

    Sibanye shares have slumped 39% this year, compared with a 14% decline on the FTSE/JSE Africa Gold Mining Index.

    -Fin24


    Pioneer Foods profit rises

    South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group posted a 27% jump in full-year profit boosted by higher volumes and growth in revenue.

    The food and beverage company, which uses maize in many of its food products, said the milling and baking segments of Essential Foods business were under pressure in the second half of the year due to increased competition, consumer down-trading and increased cost pressure due to a weakening currency.

    “Pioneer Foods delivered positive volume and revenue growth at supportive price points whilst maintaining cost discipline and efficiency gains to improve margin and earnings delivery over the weak corresponding period,” Pioneer said in a statement.

    The food producer said it expects muted consumption growth in the short to medium future on the back of inflationary pressure, driven by continuing rand weakness and higher international oil prices.

    Diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended Sept. 30 rose to 525.7 cents from 414.6 cents a year earlier, when the firm was hit by high maize prices following a severe drought, it said.

    HEPS is the main profit measure used in South Africa which strips out certain one-off items.

    Revenue for the period increased by 3% to 20.2 billion rand (US$1.44 billion).

    - Nampa/Reuters

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    Ondoolopa yaRundu oya nyata noonkondoOndoolopa yaRundu oya nyata noonkondo KENYA KAMBOWE

    Ongundu yoKavango East Regional Youth Forum oya popi kutya onyata mondoolopa yaRundu oya etitha eshuno pevi lyaatalelipo mondoolopa ndjoka, na oya pula opo ku ningwe omalunduluko.

    Kape na ngoka ta tindi mwa kwatelwa elelo lyondoolopa ndyoka, kutya ondoolopa oya nyata noonkondo molwaashoka ehala kehe lyaana sha olya ninga etoto lyoku ekelahi iiyagaya.

    Kakele konyata ndjoka, natango elelo lyondoolopa otali ndopa okukutha po iiyagaya pomahala goongeshefa oshowo pomagumbo nonando aakwashigwana ohaya futu omayakulo ngoka kehe omwedhi.

    Oshifokundanaeki shoNamibian Sun osha nongele woo nkene aanona yoomvula okutameka pumbali haya kala taya dhana moonyata ndhoka, pethimbo mpoka epangelo tali ningi omahwahwameko ga nuninwa okukondjitha omikithi ngaashi Hepatitis.

    Nonando omahangano gamwe mondoolopa ndjoka oga kambadhala okuwapeka ondoolopa, inashi kwatha sha molwaashoka uuna pehala pwa wapalekwa ohashi kutha owala esiku nenge omasiku gaali, lyo olya tulwa nale iiyagaya.



    Kuyele nuumvo, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa tula miilonga omahwahwameko gokuwalakeka oshilongo, ihe ondoolopa yaRundu inayi gumwa komahwahwameko ngoka molwaashoka otayi nyata esiku nesiku.



    Mehuliloshike ndika lyapiti, oKavango East Regional Youth Forum oya wapaleke ondoolopa ndjoka konima sho ya dhidhilike kutya itashi kwatha sha ngele oya kala ya tegelela aakuthimbinga melelo lyondoolopa yeshi ninge.

    Sho a ningwa naye oonkundathana koshifokundnaeki shoNamibian Sun omunashipundi gwoKavango East Regional Youth Forum, Anselm Marungu oshinima tashi etitha ohenda ngele gumwe ota tindi kutya ondoolopa ndjoka inayi nyata.

    Marungu okwa popi kutya sho omwaalu gwaakwashigwana mondoolopa ndjoka tagu londo pombanda, onyata ndjoka nayo okwa tegelelwa yi ye pombanda onkene okwa pumbwa okuningwa sha meendelelo.

    Okwa popi kutya ondoolopa yaRundu oyi na aakwashigwana ya thika po 90 000 nomwaalu ngoka onkene tagu londo pombanda omathimbo nomathimbo. Omayakulo ge na sha nekuthepo lyiiyekelwahi mondoolopa ndjoka kage na ongushu yasha onkene ngele itaku ningwa sha meendelelo onkalo ndjoka otayi ka nayipala nayi noonkondo.

    Marungu okwa tsikile kutya onkalo yuupyakadhi wopaliko ndjoka ya dhidhilikwa omolwa ondoolopa ndjoka ya nyata oya pumbwa okukandulwa po meendelelo. Okwa popi kutya omwaalu gwaatalelipo mondoolopa ogwa shuna evi naashoka otashi etithwa konyata yondoolopa ndjoka. Ondoolopa yaRundu ndjoka yi li oshilandopangelo shoshitopolwa shaKavango East oya kala ehala hali nana aatalelipo, molwaashoka oyi li popepi nomulonga, ngoka gwa kala hagu nana aayenda, ihe Marungu okwa popi kutya shoka kashi po we.



    “Shoka oshi li omukundu omunene kaapunguli yetu mboka ngashiingeyi ya gumwa konkalo ndjoka yopaliko. Ope na eshuno pevi momwaalu gwaatalelipo mondoolopa omolwa onkalo ndjoka.”

    Sho oyendji taya tala owala kombinga ombwiinayi yonkalo yiiyagaya mondoolopa ndjoka, Marungu okwa popi kutya ndjoka onkalo woo yokutotapo oompito dhiilonga, ngele aantu oya longitha ompito yokulongulula iiyagaya.

    Oshiwike sha piti, ngoka ta longo pehala lyOmunambelewa omukuluntu mondoolopa ndjoka, Sikongo Haihambo okwa li a popi kutya ondoolopa oya taalela uupyakadhi wopashimaliwa, sho iiyemo yawo oyindji ya thika poomiliyona 60 tayi longithwa mokufuta omukuli ngoka ye na koNamWater.

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    Kameeta a popile ombaanga yiikulyaKameeta a popile ombaanga yiikulyaOmbaanga yiikulya otayi kwathele aakwanaluhepo Ominista yoshikondo shOkushunitha pevi Oluhepo, Zephania Kameeta okwa nyana mboka itaya popile oshiyetwapo shombaanga yoondya moshilongo, ta popi kutya naamboka haya mono oondjambi dhili nawa otaya nyengwa okugwanitha po oombumbwe dhawo adhihe. KENYA KAMBOWE

    Kameeta okwa popi ngaaka oshiwike shapiti, pethimbo kwa tulwa miilonga pambelewa oshiyetwapo shombaanga yiikulya moRundu, moshitopolwa shakavango East.

    Minista okwa popi kutya aantu mboka haya mono oondjambi dhi li nawa nayo otaya nyengwa, onkene aantu naya itule nduno moompadhi dhaamboka ihaya mono iiyemo yasha molwaashoka kaye na iilonga.

    Kameeta okwa popi kutya oondya dha kukutikwa ndhoka hadhi pewa aakwashigwana mboka haya pewa omakwatho koshiyetwa po shoka, ohadhi kala po owala uule wiiwike iyali, naashoka inashi gwana ihe shoka sha simana ooshoka kutya oshi vule owala, na otashi e ta omalunduluko moonkalamwenyo dhaakwashigwana mboka.

    “Ombaanga yiikulya inayi gwanitha po oompumbwe adhihe dhoondya, ohayi gandja owala iikulya tayi gwana iiwike iyali momwedhi, shoka sha simana ooshoka owala kutya otayi kwathele kwaamboka kaye na sha.”



    Minista okwa popi kutya sho Omupresidende Hage Geingob a popi kombinga yiita yokukondjitha oluhepo okwa hala okutya omukwashigwana kehe na vule okumona omayakulo gopetameko guuthemba womuntu ihe itashi ti kutya aantu ya kale taya lumbu muukengeli, ngaashi pamwe okulandela aakwashigwana oohauto dhondilo nenge omagumbo gondilo, ihe naya vule okukala ye na iikulya, omalukalwa, iizalomwa, omeya ga yela gokunwa showo omayakulo guundjolowele.

    Kameeta okwa tsikile kutya ombaanga yiikulya oyi li oprograma yepangelo ya nuninwa okusila oshisho aakwashigwana, ta gwedha po kutya oprograma ngaashi yelongo lyoshali, oondya dhoshikukuta, oprograma yokugandja iikulya kaanaskola oyimwe yomooprograma dholudhi lwoprograma ndjoka.

    Kombinga yaamboka taya pula ngele oshi li tuu mondjila okukaleka miilonga oprograma ndjoka, sho oshilongo shi li sha taaalela onkalo yanayipala yiiyemo, minista okwa popi kutya oprograna ndjoka oya longekidhilwa nale iiyemo yawo uule woomvula ndatu dhili komeho.



    Ombaanga yiikulya otayi kondopeke

    Aakalimo yeli po 949 yaza moRundu oshowo momalukanda gopopepi oya shangithwa noprograma ndjoka, naakwashigwana ye li po 811 oya ziminwa na oya mono oondya dhawo mOlyomakaya.

    Nonando ongaaka, Kameeta okwa longitha woo ompito ndjoka okutsa omukumo oonakumona eyambidhidho ndyoka opo kaya kale owala yiikolelela meyambidhidho ndyoka, ihe yiinyangele woo.

    “Otatu mu pe iikulya nena opo mu vule okumona oonkondo dhokulonga ne esiku limwe mu vule okupatulula ostola nokukala mwa nkondopekwa. Aantu naya vule okupopya kutya mwene gwostola ndjoka okwa li gumwe gwomwaamboka yali haya mono oondya okuza koprograma yombaanga yiikulya ihe ngashiingeyi okwiithikamena.”

    Kameeta okwa popi kutya sha landula omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa moshitopolwa shaKhomas, oga holola kutya oopresenda 90 dhoonakumona omakwatho ngoka goondya, kaya li ye na oondya omanga inaku tulwa miilonga oprograma ndjoka ihe sha landula sho oprograma ndjoka ya tulwa miilonga, oopresenda 62 dhaakwashigwana mboka ngaashiingeyi oye na iikulya.



    Okwa gwedha po kutya uuministeli owu li moonkundathana naakuthimbinga ayehe moprograma ndjoka opo ku kwashilipalekwe kutya mboka taya mono ondya okuza kombaanga ndoka, oomboka owala ya taalela ondjala onene.

    Kameeta okwa popi kutya omashangulilo gaakwashigwana mboka taya ka mona oondya okuza mombaanga ndjoka, oga manitha nale moshitopolwa shaKhomas.

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  • 11/19/18--14:00: Khairabeb quits Swapo
  • Khairabeb quits SwapoKhairabeb quits Swapo The former Otjiwarongo treasurer of the Swapo Party Elders Council, Benjamin Khairabeb, who has been on suspension since March 2015, has quit the ruling party.

    Khairabeb was charged with serious misconduct after he allegedly held unauthorised meetings and attempted to persuade party members to consider him for the position of councillor on the Otjiwarongo town council during the November 2014 regional and local authority elections.

    He objected to the accusations levelled against him, claiming that there were party members at Otjiwarongo with agendas against him.

    He told Nampa yesterday that he handed over his resignation letter to the party's head office in Otjiwarongo last week Thursday.

    In the letter, Khairabeb stated that he resigned because his suspension has been dragging on for a long time without a disciplinary hearing or any other action. He also claimed to have been treated unfairly.

    “I am left with no option but to resign,” he said.

    Khairabeb said he wants to take a break from politics and concentrate on his personal life.

    Swapo's co-ordinator for Otjozondjupa, Susan Hikopua on Monday said she heard about his resignation at the regional office last week, but has not received the letter yet.

    She added that as soon as she is back in office on Wednesday, she will organise a meeting with Khairabeb to discuss his resignation.

    Khairabeb joined Swapo in 1978.

    NAMPA

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  • 11/19/18--14:00: Filth overwhelms Rundu
  • Filth overwhelms RunduFilth overwhelms RunduTourists, investors stay away Lack of waste management and littering is causing Rundu economic harm. The Kavango East Regional Youth Forum says Rundu's filthiness has led to a decline in tourists, while calling for serious intervention.

    No one, including the Rundu town council, will dispute the fact that the town is indeed filthy, as every open space has been turned into a dumping site.

    Apart from the hundreds of heaps of filth around the town, the council is also failing miserably to collect waste from business premises as well as private houses, despite monthly waste removal payments.

    Namibian Sun has also observed how children as young as two are playing in filth at the town, at a time when government is running campaigns to fight the spread of diseases such as hepatitis, which stem from filthy environments.

    The situation at Rundu has led to various organisations attempting to clean up the town, but to no avail.

    Earlier this year, President Hage Geingob launched a national clean-up campaign. However, Rundu was not positively affected, and the town is getting dirtier by the day.

    At the weekend, the Kavango East Regional Youth Forum embarked on a clean-up campaign in Rundu, after they realised it was hopeless to wait for other stakeholders to intervene.

    Youth forum chairperson Anselm Marungu said it is an undeniable fact that Rundu is very filthy.

    Marungu said with the rapid growth of the town's population, the piles of filth will continue to grow and urgent intervention is needed.

    “Rundu is home to 90 000 people and it is an undeniable fact that our home is very dirty. The demand for waste collection services at our town has reached urgent levels and will continue to escalate if no crucial and radical intervention is provided. The demand will continue to be driven by population growth, privatisation and business creation,” Marungu said.

    He explained the accumulation of refuse creates a fertile breeding ground for rodents and flies that are disease vectors, while the filth also affects the aesthetics of the environment. Marungu said the economic problems that come with a dirty town should be addressed, while making reference to the decline in the number of tourists visiting Rundu. The town, which is the capital of the Kavango East Region, was known to attract tourists because of its close proximity to the Okavango River, which tourists enjoy, especially at sunset.

    Marungu said this is no longer the case.

    “This is a big threat to our investors and will ultimately affect our local economy. There is a decline in the number of tourists who are visiting Rundu because of its condition,” he said.

    Marungu said that while many only see the negative side of the filth currently bedevilling in Rundu, people should also look at the positive side, such as employment opportunities that can derived if recycling companies establish themselves within the riverside town.

    “While this rubbish is a health hazard, we want to make use of it to create employment for the youth. We are calling on investors that have the capacity to venture into a waste recycling businesses to partner with us and create employment for our people,” Marungu said.

    Acting Rundu CEO Sikongo Haihambo told Namibian Sun recently that the financial position of the council is not good, as much of its income is spent on paying off its N$60 million NamWater debt.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Elso Holdings drives the economy with local manufactureElso Holdings drives the economy with local manufacture How do you improve quality of life? Elso Holdings Namibia does this by providing effective and affordable cleaning products that create a better life for all.

    A ‘Proudly Namibian’ business, Elso has been manufacturing cleaning products and equipment in Namibia since 1956, with a strong “tough on stains and gentle on you and your pocket” positioning that the company has built on for well over 60 years.

    Elso’s manufacturing sites in Windhoek and Swakopmund manufacture and distribute products that provide effective and affordable cleaning solutions for domestic and industrial use, while its sales branches throughout Namibia employ around 140 people.

    Elso Holdings is fully integrated from a production, logistics, sales and merchandising perspective and while operating, manufacturing and selling in Namibia for decades, more recently the organisation has implemented new growth initiatives and is investing in an overall partnering approach with customers.

    Their operation is a perfect example that local manufacturing has an enormous positive impact from a socio-economic standpoint, whether through offering direct and indirect local employment opportunities, buying raw materials and packaging locally, or keeping the value chain as Namibian as possible.

    Elso also strives to employ Namibians and to teach them the necessary skills to be able to contribute to the development of the nation through economic activities.

    These steps are essential for any local economy to prosper and grow. Elso prides itself in being a major contributor towards this.

    The company is also one of the oldest, environmentally conscious cleaning companies and commands a leading market share in Namibia today. With over 700 products in its range, Elso is synonymous with cleaning.

    While continually innovating and expanding its range of products and services, combined with a strong investment partner like EOS Capital, Elso continues to bring locally manufactured affordable products to the Namibian people; every household knows and probably uses the brand.

    Driving the Namibian company through manufacturing activities in Namibia – using the nation’s resources and people and selling to Namibian consumers – continues to drive the Namibian economy. It is the basis of how manufacturing can impact and help expand the Namibian economy and the main ingredient to the Proudly Namibian manufacturer Elso.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Civil society critical - KatjaviviCivil society critical - KatjaviviPublic participation deters violence as political expression The National Assembly speaker says effective public participation deters citizens from resorting to violence as a means of political expression. Namibia continues to seek policy and legislation to strengthen the work of civil society, while creating concise pathways for it to engage with parliament.

    This is according to National Assembly speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi, who was speaking at an 'Action for becoming a credible civil society organisation (CSO) in Namibian communities' project media conference last week.

    The event took place at the Okahandja Samaritan Network (OSN) on Friday.

    Katjavivi further stressed that public participation in decision-making processes is a great opportunity for citizens and will deter them from resorting to violence as a means of political expression.

    The media conference provided CSO stakeholders with an update on the project's activities and successful implementation during 2018.

    European Union (EU) ambassador to Namibia, Jana Hybášková said through the project, the EU aims to enhance the credibility of CSOs and therefore contribute to a stronger democracy in Namibia.

    The objective of the project is to make a positive contribution to accountable, transparent and participatory democracy in Namibia.

    “Action for becoming a credible CSO in Namibian communities, supported by the EU and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), is a milestone project in strengthening the work of parliament and of civil society in Namibia,” said Katjavivi.

    According to him, the National Assembly and the entire parliament attaches great importance to the role of civil society in Namibia, amongst other key stakeholders, for the enhancement of democracy and good governance.

    He said credible and professional CSOs are important in upping the level of transparency and accountability in the country.

    Katjavivi said the CSO project has played a fundamental role in not only in streamlining the civil society landscape, but also in capacitating organisations.

    According to him, parliament is key to promoting democracy and good governance.

    “Parliament can ensure that government remains accountable to the people by maintaining regular contact with the citizens in its actions and decisions.”

    Katjavivi said there are two critical aspects to ensure the success of this endeavour.

    Firstly, there is a need to integrate parliament's public participation function within its overall mechanism, structures and operations.

    Secondly, appropriate resources and capacity need to be provided to both individual parliamentarians and parliamentary committees for implementation.

    He said for parliament to promote democracy and good governance, it should be easily accessible to the public.

    In this respect, parliament should continue to adopt laws, policies and mechanisms towards improving citizen participation in economic, social and political decision-making processes that affect their lives.

    “Only knowledgeable and informed citizens can actively participate in their national and local government affairs and hold them accountable for the resources they receive and the services they provide. Therefore, we should continue to build an effective parliamentary consultation with the public.”

    The CSO project is jointly funded by the EU and KAS with €749 281 (about N$13 million). It is implemented in five regions, namely Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Omaheke and Hardap.

    The project directly benefits ten CSOs per region. CSOs involved in the project are active in the fields of culture and heritage, gender activism, as well as health, people living with disabilities, farming, substance abuse rehabilitation and vocational training.

    This year the project successfully implemented training modules in the fields of organisational, operational, financial and administrative skills, the enhancement of constituent engagement, public participation and lobbying.

    Two repeat trainings were successfully conducted during October for those CSOs that missed the initial training, while training in public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be conducted shortly.

    While cooperation and networking between CSOs and regional authorities has been fostered, this relationship needs to be further enhanced. Significant knowledge transfer also took place and CSOs gained skills in lobbying for funds, report writing, project management, leadership and stakeholder relationship management. CSOs received mentoring and support at their regional offices and have since developed their strategic plans, been registered and have also beefed up their founding documents. During the past 12 months, the number of funding proposals submitted by CSOs to KAS and other potential donors have increased.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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     Manufacturing holds the key Manufacturing holds the key The manufacturing sector has the potential to create thousands of jobs. The manufacturing sector remains one of the key engines of economic growth, especially at this point in time when the local economy is battling to get out of recession. The Namibian government has prioritised manufacturing in terms of its industrialisation policy, including the realisation of Vision 2030. This national vision, which was adopted in 2004 and launched by Founding President Sam Nujoma, aims to transform the country by 2030, through building an economy that provides equal opportunities for all. Obviously, government has an important role to play in the economic activities of any nation, and it is essential that the welfare of citizens is not compromised by poor prioritisation and allocation of resources. Despite positioning herself to be one of the biggest recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the coming years, Namibia still faces major challenges and we are nowhere near where we want to be, especially considering the abundant natural resources in our country and continent at large. A Namibian Sun report recently castigated the authorities for not exploiting value-addition, given the exponential increase in the demand for raw materials globally. Our ‘Growth at Home’ strategy greatly emphasises the need to add value to our raw materials, securing market access at home and abroad, as well as the improvement of investment climate conditions. However, government’s “ongoing allegiance” to value extraction by foreign interests, at the expense of “inward” industrialisation, manufacturing and value-addition, does not augur well for our economy and our vision for 2030, which is barely 12 years away. The government’s N$7.8 billion development budget for 2018/19 is 24% higher than the previous year’s revised N$6.2 billion. The N$278 million in project funding for the extractive and industrial sectors is 25% below last year’s revised N$351 million figure, and the overall development budget contracted from 5.6% to 3.6%. Project funding for industrialisation programmes has diminished by 34% and fisheries by 46%, while the budget for mining and energy has gone up by 55%. It is thus critical that Namibia adopts new ways of investing in manufacturing and other critical industries, in order to stimulate growth and create much-needed jobs. Our massive reliance on imports is unsustainable.

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    Plastic Packaging focuses on recyclingPlastic Packaging focuses on recycling Plastic Packaging is one of Namibia’s foremost manufacturing companies, producing carrier bags and a range of packaging products used in the fisheries and agricultural sectors.

    “We have heeded the call by the government to increase Namibia’s manufacturing base,” says its managing director, Jaco Venter.

    According to him, Plastic Packaging is focused on sustainable employment. “We currently employ 500 individuals across all our subsidiary businesses,” says Venter.

    “We ensure that our products can be recovered easily from the environment. We ensure that our products are reusable; we ensure that our products can be recycled once they have been used and, ultimately, that our products can be recovered and used as an input in the manufacture of other plastic products such as our Star refuse bags, which are a Namibian product,” he says.

    “This is to ensure that our products have a full life cycle; a shopping bag recycled today can be turned into a refuse bag in future.”

    Plastic Packaging has subsidiaries which include Namibia Polymer Recyclers, which recycles selected plastic waste to use in the production of Star refuse bags.

    Another subsidiary is Namibia Plastic Converters, which manufactures PVC and polyethylene pipes for the agricultural sector and cable ducting for electrical applications.

    Plastic Packaging has set up a factory in Lubango, Angola, and distribution centres in Upington and Kimberley in South Africa.

    “Plastic Packaging is also very supportive of clean-up campaigns and assists if called upon. The company assisted with 26 clean-up campaigns in 2017 alone.

    “Plastic Packaging contributed N$500 000 towards the national clean-up campaign that was initiated by President Hage Geingob,” says Venter.

    Plastic Packaging is a proud member of Team Namibia, the Namibia Manufacturers’ Association and the Recycle Namibia Forum.

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