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  • 11/22/18--14:00: Teacher's body found
  • Teacher's body foundTeacher's body found The body of a 49-year-old teacher, who went missing on Sunday morning from Ongha in Ohangwena, was discovered yesterday in the Oshikoto Region.

    Peneyambeko Hangala-Ndeunyema was a life skills teacher at Mwadinomho Combined School.

    The Ohangwena police said her body was found along the Oshivelo-Tsintsabis gravel road.

    “With the details we obtained from our investigation, we informed the Oshikoto police to assist us to search in that area, and they recovered the body. We were only investigating a missing person's case and now Oshikoto is investigating the death and all the circumstances surrounding it,” Ohangwena police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Abner Kaume Itumba, said.

    He said earlier the police started investigating the matter although a missing person's case was not opened.

    “A handbag containing her documents was picked at Oshikango on Tuesday and it is not yet known how it got there or who dropped it. It is currently in the possession of the police,” Itumba said.





    He said according to the family, Hangala-Ndeunyema told people she was going to Omuthiya to attend to something, without indicating exactly what she was going to do.

    “She parked her car where she usually parks it, whenever she goes somewhere, but she did not leave the key where she usually leaves it. Therefore, nobody knew which direction she took or with whom or how,” he added.

    Mwadinomho Combined School principal Dominicus Elago said Hangala-Ndeunyema did not report for work on Monday.

    According to Elago, she has been a teacher at the school since 1997, and she has never been absent without leave.

    “On Monday we started getting worried when it was getting late, but Hangala-Ndeunyema did not show up at school or notify me of her late coming or any problem. I started enquiring from colleagues if there was anybody who heard from her, but none of the colleague had heard from her. I called her and her cellphone was off,” Elago said.

    “I therefore decided to contact the family and they told me that they have not seen her since Monday and they have notified the police. Later that day, police officers from the Ongha police station visited the school to conduct enquiries.”

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 11/22/18--14:00: Veterans to get 70% of farms
  • Veterans to get 70% of farmsVeterans to get 70% of farms Cabinet has approved a recommendation that 70% of all future resettlement farms be reserved for war veterans and their dependants, while the rest of the beneficiaries must be drawn from the national pool of applicants.

    A document containing recent cabinet decisions marked 'secret' was sent to media houses yesterday by the information ministry, including the new recommendation favouring war veterans.

    Secretary to cabinet George Simataa confirmed the contents of the document.

    The recommendation follows concerns raised by the Vaalgras Traditional Authority at the second national land conference, as well as suggestions made by the National Unity of Democratic Organisation (Nudo) in the National Assembly.

    “Cabinet approved that reference to war veterans of the liberation struggle and their dependents from the 70% share (ration) should be limited to veterans from the affected communities under the resettlement programme of land reform for the benefit of land dispossessed communities, while 30% is for the national pool, as per the resolution of the second national land conference (sic),” the cabinet resolution reads.

    It was revealed in April that government had set aside N$405 million for monthly grants that are paid to over 15 000 war veterans, and for other related obligations.

    War veterans are already well-positioned when it comes to fishing rights and other opportunities.

    About N$4.8 million will be spent during the current financial year on education and training grants for veterans and their dependants, who wish to further their education or upgrade their skills. Another N$2 million was set aside for veterans' funeral cover, while N$1 million goes to the Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association (NNLVA).

    The total budget of N$608 million for the veterans' affairs ministry, is way above the total allocation for some key ministries in the country such as labour and employment creation, youth and sport, as well as that of trade and SME development.





    The mandate of the veterans' ministry is to address the plight of the veterans by initiating, promoting and implementing projects and programmes, including keeping the history of the struggle alive.



    Those that pass the rigorous veterans screening process are placed on benefits that include a once-off gratuity lump sum payment of N$50 000 for individuals who joined the liberation struggle between 1959 and 1987, and a N$20 000 once-off payment for individuals who joined the struggle between 1988 and 1989. Veterans can also apply for N$200 000 for income-generating projects they want to initiate.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 11/22/18--14:00: Adapt or die
  • Adapt or dieAdapt or dieLiberation currency a spent force Former liberation movements are increasingly facing a backlash from citizens whose patience have run out, after decades of failed delivery, looting and kleptocracy. As the leadership of six former southern African liberation movements gathered in Windhoek this week to strengthen ties, analysts painted a bleak picture for their future survival, amid growing gerontocracy and so-called liberation capital being wasted.

    Ruling parties Swapo, South Africa's African National Congress (ANC), Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) of Tanzania, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and Frelimo of Mozambique met this week seemingly to bolster their waning fortunes.

    The average age of their party presidents is 66.

    In Namibia, Swapo, however, still commands huge support across the country and there is no glaring picture suggesting that its support is waning compared to its sister parties in the region.

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said gerontocracy - where an ageing leadership continues to cling to power - is holding back Africa, and it will serve Swapo well, if it rethinks this approach.

    “That is our problem. Let us be honest, the older we are getting the energy declines. You might have good ideas but the energy level might be an impediment, especially when it comes to running a country or being in a ministerial position. We have seen other countries like Botswana and Rwanda with youthful cabinets, bringing new ideas,” he said.

    Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi is 57 years old, while Rwanda president Paul Kagame is 61.









    Kamwanyah also believes that the poor performance of former liberation movements that are now in power, such as Swapo, can no longer be sugar-coated.

    These failures are so serious that even party loyalists can no longer be fooled, he added.

    “We are seeing that there is now a trend that even the liberation movements that are now parties are divided. In the ANC, we saw Julius Malema (then ANC Youth League leader) starting to question their leaders because they are not delivering.

    “In Namibia we saw Team Swapo and Team Harambee, but also the questioning by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement. All those are signs that liberation credentials are waning down and can no longer be relied. People are starting to assert themselves and say, 'hey this is not what we fought for'. They are being questioned,” he said.



    Liberation currency dwindles

    According to Professor Henning Melber the first struggle generation is approaching their biological expiry date, which was demonstrated when Emmerson Mnangagwa replaced Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwean head of state last year.

    “In Namibia, only a handful of the first generation, in particular Hage Geingob and Nangolo Mbumba, remain in charge. The stalwarts have increasingly been replaced by the second struggle generation - those who left (the country) since the mid-1970s.

    “They can hardly claim to have liberated Namibia, most of them were students at the time and not yet in the upper echelons of the Swapo hierarchy. The 'heroic narratives' sound less convincing when they are preached by the Sofia Shaningwas and Katrina Hanse-Himarwas, and others who made careers because of their mimicry,” Melber said.

    “Geingob already changed the narrative from 'Swapo is the family' to the 'Namibian house', which is a significant shift in the dominant (populist) mantra. This in itself suggests that the liberation currency is not any longer of the value it had been before.”

    At the same time the people's patience has run out with liberation movements, who have after decades failed to deliver on their promises, Melber said.

    He said lack of delivery in terms of socio-economic improvements for ordinary people and the repressive nature of governance in some countries, has caused a lot of frustration and dissatisfaction.

    “The organisations (former liberation movements) lost credibility and 'social capital' - trust they originally had because of the role they played in the struggle for self-determination. But the kind of self-determination is one where the leaders of these organisations determine the fate of the people, and the results have not been very convincing,” Melber said.

    According to him the rise of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe, which emerged in the late 1990s from the ranks of the trade unions, was the writing on the wall.

    “But in other countries such opposition has not been formed. In Angola the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) is regaining some influence, and in Mozambique, Renamo, is trying with some limited success to reinvent itself.

    “They have no regional strongholds with local loyalties. While South Africa has a long history of political competition, going back to the early days of the formation of organisations fighting apartheid minority rule, such traditions never existed in Namibia,” Melber said.

    He believes that the decision by the United Nations to recognise Swapo officially as “the sole and authentic representative of the Namibian people” was a most undemocratic move, which also infected the minds of the people.

    “If you were not Swapo, you were not Namibian, which had disastrous impacts on the undemocratic attitudes cultivated ever since then,” he said.



    Generational divide

    Melber pointed out that South African opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a symptom of a generational divide, which is emerging gradually in Namibia, but in contrast there has never been any meaningful opposition in Namibia.

    According to him the credo that 'Swapo is the people and the people is Swapo' still remains to some extent effective, in particular in the northern rural areas, although some, in the absence of meaningful alternatives, remain loyal, but grudgingly so.

    “But also this is seemingly changing in other regions of the country, which feel neglected and without any benefits from so-called liberation, in particular the Landless People's Movement (LPM) is significant evidence of this.”

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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     Govt clarifies veterans’ resettlement Govt clarifies veterans’ resettlement The Office of the Prime Minister has clarified a cabinet resolution, which purported to show that 70% of resettlement farms would in the future go to war veterans and their dependants. Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa said in fact 70% of the land share should benefit war veterans, their dependants and dispossessed communities, and that no land has been exclusively been reserved for war veterans. “In order to enhance the practicality and realisation of this resolution, cabinet during its meeting held 20 November 2018 further resolved that reference to war veterans of the liberation struggle and their dependants should be limited to veterans from the affected communities in respect to the 70:30 ratios under the resettlement programme for the benefit of land dispossessed communities,” the statement reads. “Subsequent to the above, it means beneficiary veterans of the liberation struggle and their dependants contemplated in this resolution should be veterans from the affected communities.”
    Staff reporter



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  • 11/25/18--14:00: Caf suspends Pavaza
  • Caf suspends PavazaCaf suspends PavazaOutspoken referee silenced Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza has been suspended by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) after breaking his silence on alleged corruption by two Ugandan football authorities in September. In a letter dated 16 November and addressed to the Namibian Football Association, Jackson Pavaza is charged with being in violation of Caf statutes, regulations and disciplinary code.

    “After having thoroughly checked the elements presented regarding the violation by Mr Jackson Pavaza of Caf regulations; by inter alia breaking the confidentiality of an incident whilst it was being investigated;

    “The disciplinary board decides that there is ground to hold a hearing regarding Mr Jackson Pavaza's behaviour;

    “Mr Jackson Pavaza is provisionally suspended from all football activities related to Caf pending a hearing before the Caf Disciplinary Board,” the letter reads.

    Pavaza was advised that the decision could be contested before the Caf Appeal Board in terms of article 68 of the Caf Disciplinary Code.

    Rukoro said the disciplinary committee can make decisions in someone's absence, but he could appeal.

    He further said that the whole structure was quite complex.

    “If he appeals then only can a hearing take place. I really choose not to get too involved as it is not directed at me,” said Rukoro.

    Pavaza, who was the 2017 Namibian referee of the year, reported a bribery incident to Caf, saying he was offered a “brown envelope” in Kigali, Rwanda, ahead of a match between the hosts and Ivory Coast.

    The clash was a Group H 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier and took place at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo.

    Pavaza was in charge, while three other Namibian officials, David Shaanika, Shoovaleka Nehemia and Matheus Kanyanga, were his assistants. The match ended 2-1 in favour of Ivory Coast.

    After he broke his silence, two officials from the Rwandese Association Football Federation (FERWAFA), general-secretary Regis Francois Uwayezu and commissioner of competitions Eric Ruhamiriza, were arrested for the bribery attempt.

    It is not clear for how long they stayed behind bars and what charges they faced after the incident, as attempts to reach Caf were unfruitful.

    “The money was in an envelope. I did not try to count it or see how much it I was. I just told them that I do not accept any gifts from anyone, as per Caf regulations. I rejected it and reported the matter to Caf,” Pavaza said.

    It was the third time he had been offered a bribe before a match, he said.

    In June, Pavaza spoke out about a bribe being offered before a Caf Confederations Cup match between Morocco's Raja Casablanca and Ghana's Aduana Stars that took place in May.

    He had previously also turned down an alleged bribe from Angolan outfit Kabuscorp de Palanca, before their crucial Caf Champions League match in 2015 against El Merreikh of Sudan.

    Pavaza said he rejected these bribe offers in order to protect his integrity and refereeing career.

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  • 11/25/18--14:00: Victorious end to rugby tour
  • Victorious end to rugby tourVictorious end to rugby tourPortugal defeated Namibia earned a much-needed victory away from home, boosting their world cup preparations. Jesse Jackson ­Kauraisa



    Namibia's senior national rugby team showed character as they defeated Portugal 29-23 in their last European tour match.

    Hungry for success, the national team had to perform well following two defeats against Russia and Spain.

    Thomasau Forbes and Obert Nortje performed well during the match as they both managed to score tries.

    Russia beat Namibia 47-20, while Spain humbled the visitors 34-13 in their previous encounters.

    Those losses gave Namibia much work to do on the training ground and they delivered.

    During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Namibia won many friends with their tenacious performance against the world champions, the All Blacks, losing 58-18 in the group stages.

    Their best performance in the competition came in a match against Georgia, where they narrowly lost 16-17. The team will now seek their first victory at the Rugby World Cup next year.

    Tries scored by: Thomasau Forbes, Obert Nortje, JC Greyling and Johann Tromp.

    Team: Casper Viviers, Obert Nortje, AJ de Klerk, Adriaan Ludick, Tjiuee Uanivi, Thomasau Forbes, Max Katjijeko, Rohan Kitshoff (vice-captain), Damian Stevens, Cliven Loubser, Johann Tromp, Darryl de la Harpe (captain), JC Greyling, Chad Plato and ­Chrysander Botha.

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    Voluntary colonialism anyone?Voluntary colonialism anyone?Africa should supply land to foreigners for migrants A controversial proposal by a German minister that foreign powers acquire land in Africa to curb migration has been rejected by the African Union. Vountary colonialism: That's the solution a German minister has offered to end migration from Africa to Europe. The proposal calls for foreign powers to acquire land in Africa.

    The European Union, or a body like the World Bank, should build and run cities in Africa in order to boost job creation and development on the continent, Germany's minister for Africa, Gunter Nooke, told the BBC in an interview in which he outlined his thinking on how to stem migration to Europe.

    This will mean African countries leasing their land to a foreign body to “allow free development for 50 years,” Mr Nooke said.

    But the AU says “it's a lazy answer to concerns about migration” and “implies that Africa needs to give up sovereignty”.

    The suggestion has also sparked a lot of criticism on social media.

    It is a controversial idea, rejected by critics as reeking of colonialism. But others - like Carol Musyoka, an academic at Strathmore Business School, one of Kenya's top universities - are open to the concept.

    In a BBC interview, Musyoka described the proposal as “fascinating”, and said she would support it if it was a genuine attempt to ensure that Africans - not foreign powers - benefited.

    American Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer developed the idea a decade ago.

    In 2009, he said developing countries should consider surrendering part of their territory to foreign states which would then build what he called “charter cities” from the ground up.

    The cities, he added, would operate under a set of laws separate from the host country.

    In 2008, Madagascar's then-president Marc Ravalomanana expressed interest in implementing the plan in the Indian Ocean island following a meeting with Romer.

    He said two such cities would be built where locals and migrants from neighbouring states could live.

    The opposition accused Ravalomanana of treason, and organised protests which killed the idea and helped trigger his downfall in 2009.

    Honduras' then-president Porfirio Lobo Sosa also expressed support for the idea, saying in 2011 that “charter cities” would improve the lives of Hondurans by offering competitive jobs, better health and education, and a “top class” legal and security system.

    The independent Honduran La Prensa newspaper said at the time that the plan would make the country “the Hong Kong of Central America”.

    Sosa failed to implement it, following a backlash from critics opposed to Honduras losing control over its territory.

    As in Europe, migration is a toxic political issue in the Americas and many Hondurans are part of the migration caravan moving towards the US border.

    The current Honduran government hopes that the creation of what it calls special economic zones (SEZs) will boost development.

    Although it has not fully outlined its plans, it has said that the SEZs would fall under foreign laws and foreign judges as this would make Honduras more attractive to Western investors.

    “We believe that when these special economic zones come to life and people see how successful they are in terms of generating employment, the politicians from all the states [in Honduras] will ask for it,” economics minister Arnaldo Castillo told the BBC.

    But resistance to the idea remains strong, with many poor Hondurans believing the SEZs will only benefit the rich, and will create extended gated communities which will living under rules separate from the rest of the country, Fajardo said.

    Thousands of Hondurans have been fleeing the country in search of a better life in the US

    Romer, in a 2011 TED Talk, argued that foreign-run cities could be a model of efficient governance and offer a good quality of life, stopping people from migrating for economic reasons. Some proponents of the idea see Hong Kong as a model. They argue that the Chinese territory owes its economic development to when it was under British control between 1841 and 1997.

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  • 11/25/18--14:00: Weather conundrum in Oz
  • Weather conundrum in OzWeather conundrum in Oz Dust storms, raging bushfires, gale-force winds, heat waves, thunder and snow, flash flooding and driving rain - Australia is enduring a bout of wild weather that's hit all parts of the vast continent last week.

    Varied weather is not uncommon during spring in the southern hemisphere nation as summer beckons. But rare and dramatic scenes of red dust storms shrouding towns and thundersnow - lightning strikes in thunderstorms that produce snow - in the alpine regions have left some scratching their heads. The culprit is a slow-moving low pressure system that is deeper and stronger than usual, Bureau of Meteorology expert Dean Narramore told AFP. “Ahead of the low, it's warm, it's hot, it's windy, and then behind the low, it's cold, it's wet, it's windy,” the meteorologist said. “And then the longer the air spends over the land, it dries out and goes back into the low - there's a lot happening.” The wild weather has seen flights delayed by strong winds in the country's busiest airport in Sydney on the southeastern coast, and a major storm leaving tens of thousands of homes in south Australia state without power. Meanwhile, in the northeast, Queenslanders are sweltering through a days-long heat wave, with the popular tourist town of Cairns set to reach temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius.

    In the high country of New South Wales and Victoria states, a cold snap is bringing freezing temperatures and snowfall just a week before the summer season officially starts in December.

    “It's a particularly strong system. We do get a couple of these a year, but normally in winter or early autumn. It's a little bit more unusual, but it does happen from time to time in Australia,” Narramore said. Narramore said he did not see long-term weather trends such as climate change behind the current phenomena.

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    Italy reeling after All Blacks bashingItaly reeling after All Blacks bashing World champs in devastating form Italy have never beaten New Zealand in 15 meetings, losing 68-10 in their last match in Rome in 2016. Conor O'Shea's Italy turn their focus to next year's Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup with morale at a low after another bruising defeat 66-3 at the hands of New Zealand.

    “We didn't do many good things but they were too angry and eager to redeem themselves after last week's defeat,” said O'Shea after the All Blacks avenged their loss to Ireland with a ten-try rampage in the Stadio Olimpico.

    But this time the Azzurri didn't even score a try, settling for Tommaso Allan's penalty kick in the first 15 minutes.

    “It's always pretty difficult after a game,” said O'Shea.

    “We're competitive people. We know we can beat the teams around us.

    “When you come up to this level you know what you have to do.

    “We gave them easy tries in the first half.

    “Their energy and mentality is different. Today they won everything, even though we had four opportunities 50 metres from their line.”

    Italy were also without injured skipper Sergio Parisse for their November Tests.

    The Stade Francais No. 8 missed the 26-7 defeat to Australia in Padua the previous weekend and Italy's 28-17 win over Georgia.

    “It was completely different to Australia where we created many opportunities,” continued O'Shea.

    The former Ireland international believes it could take years for his side to reach the level of teams like New Zealand

    “When I saw Ireland last week I saw 20 years of hard work. Of people who did the right things and made the right decisions.

    “They've done this all their lives in New Zealand.

    “They're better than us.

    “I'm unbelievably proud of these guys and the work we're doing.

    “We'll dust ourselves down and get ready for Scotland (Six Nations).”

    Dean Budd, one of two New Zealand-born players lining out for Italy, said that 12 months of hard work and preparation had come undone within minutes.

    “The ball was too fast and we couldn't keep up,” said the 32-year-old Treviso lock. “We couldn't slow it down at the breakdowns and you could see it through phases like that, they just need a one-man overlap and they've got the skills to finish things off.”



    NAMPA/AFP

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    Belgium hold off charging AussiesBelgium hold off charging Aussies Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry held off Mexico and a charging Australian team to win Belgium's first ever golf World Cup by three shots yesterday.

    The pair began the final day of foursomes action, where teammates take it in turns to play the same ball, with a five-stroke lead at Melbourne's Metropolitan Golf Club.

    But Australia's Mark Leishman and Cameron Smith narrowed the gap to two coming down the home straight with three birdies in a row, and Mexico's Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz were also closing in.

    It set up an exciting finale. The Belgians restored their three-stroke lead with a birdie on the 16th but a nervy bogey on the next meant they had to keep their focus on the final hole.

    A perfect approach shot eased the pressure and they holed out for a closing 68 and a famous 23-under-par win, with Australia and Mexico joint second.

    Danish defending champions Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen carded a 65 to tie for fourth alongside Canada's Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor (66), six behind Belgium.

    NAMPA /AFP

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  • 11/25/18--14:00: Bivol beats Pascal
  • Bivol beats PascalBivol beats Pascal Russian Dmitry Bivol retained his WBA light heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Canada's Jean Pascal at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old Bivol cruised to victory in the third defence of his title as he won almost every round against the heavy underdog Pascal. Two judges scored it 119-109 and the other had it 117-111 in favor of Bivol.

    Bivol landed a hard right hand in the fourth round to the side of Pascal's head which wobbled the challenger. Bivol kept up the attack throughout and landed a total of 217 punches to just 60 for Pascal. He had Pascal backpedalling through most of the fight and the only thing he didn't do was get the knockout.

    “Every time you shoot for the knockout but sometimes you can't. But I showed my boxing skills,” said Bivol who improved to 15-0 with 11 KOs.

    The 36-year-old Pascal has been in the ring with some of the best in his 13-year boxing career. But he looked rusty in his first serious fight since losing a decision to Canelo Alvarez in June 2017. In his most recent fight in July he knocked out a former minor league hockey player, Steve Bosse, in the eighth round of a novelty bout.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Ooskola dha kalela po oopresenda 23 moNamibia kadhi na uundjugoOoskola dha kalela po oopresenda 23 moNamibia kadhi na uundjugoUuthemba waanona wa patelwa pondje Namibia okwa tulwa momusholondondo gwiilongo yi li pevi noonkondo mokugandja onkalo yuuyogokoi kooskola, sho kwa hololwa kutya ooskola owala ooshona moshilongo dhoka dhi na uuyogoki wopetameko. ELLANIE SMIT

    Uuyelele mboka owa hololwa molopota ompe tayi ithanwa ‘The Crisis in the Classroom: The State of the World’s Toilets 2018’

    Olopota ndjoka oya ngongwa po kehangano lyoWaterAid.

    Olopota ndjoka oya holola iilongo mbyoka yi na aanona kaye na uundjugo pooskola oshowo komagumbo, oshowo iilongo mbyoka ya kondjo nokulonga nuudhiginini mokugandja omayakulo ngoka kaanaskola.

    Olopota ndjoka oya holola kutya ooskola dha kalela po oopresenda 31 moNamibia odhi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki yangambekwa omanga oopresenda 23 kadhi na sha.

    Okuyeleka niilongo yilwe iishiindalongo, Namibia oye owala oshilongo shoka shi na uuyelele kombinga yoopresenda dhooskola dhoka dhi na uuyogoki wopetameko.

    MoAngola, oopresenda 58 dhooskola odhi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki yangambekwa omanga ooskola dhi li poopresenda 42 kashi na sha.



    MoBotswana, ooskola dha kalela po oopresenda 100 odhi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki wopetameko.

    MoSouth Afrika, ooskola dhili poopresenda 83 odhi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki yangembekwa omanga ooskola dhili poopresenda 17 kadhi na sha.

    Zimbabwe, ooskola dhili poopresenda 96 odhi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki yangembekwa omanga ooskola dhili poopresenda 4 kadhi na sha.

    Palopota ndjoka ya pitithwa, oopresenda 34 dhooskola muuyuni kadhina uundjugo wa gwana, nokweetitha aanona ya kale taya longitha uundjugo wakulupa nenge taya longitha iihwa, nenge ya kale komagumbo.

    “Uundjugo owa pumbiwa noonkondo okukaleka aanona ye na uundjolowele oshowo oku ya kaleka kooskola. Ngele kape na uundjugo nena aanyasha otaya tindiwa uuthemba wawo wuuyogoki, uundjolowele oshowo elongo lyongushu.”

    Olopota oya pula omapangelo ga katuke oonkatu meendelelo nokukwashilipaleka kutya okwa gandja uundjugo wu li nawa, kashi shi owala kaanaskola ihe okaantu ayehe okuya momvula yo 2030.





    Mokati kiilongo 101 mbyoka yi na omauyelele nomiyalu kombinga yooskola ndhoka dhi na uundjugo, Niger oye e li pevi lyomusholondondo.

    Moshilongo shoka, ooskola dhili poopresenda 21 odhi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki yopetameko omanga ooskola dhili poopresenda 3 dhi na uuyogoki wa ngambekwa nooskola shi li poopresenda 76 kadhi na sha.

    Iilongo ngaashi Andorra, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, China, Cook Islands, Denmark, Dominic Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel oshowo Italy, ooskola adhihe oshi na iikwathitho yuuyogoki wopetameko.

    Iilongo yilwe ya gwedhwa momusholondondo ngoka ongaashi Kiribati, Latvia, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Niue, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Korea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland oshowo USA.

    Okupitila moUN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aaleli yuuyuni oya uvaneke opo ya gandje uuthemba wiihwapo kaantu ayehe okuya momvula yo 2030.

    Okuyeleka nduno nondjele yonkalo yomauvaneko ngoka, oku wetike kutya itaga ka gwanithwa po, sho konyala oskola yimwe yomooskola ndatu muuyuni kayi na uundjugo wokolela, omanga yimwe yomooskola dhopevi dhi li ntano kayi na uundjugo oshowo yimwe yomoosekundoskola hetatu.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya aanona yoskola ye li poomiliyona 620 konyala konyala omwaalu gwaakwashigwana yaUSA gwa mbalipalekwa kaye na uundjugo wokolela.

    “Kaanyasha mboka, oshi li mondjila okutondokela kegumbo pethimbo lyefudho nokwiikwathela, nenge ya longithe iihwa nenge ya faule kootundi molwaashoka otaya ehama nenge ye li komathimbo.”

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya kehe omvula oshimela oshowo omauvu gamwe gomepunda ohaga faalele oomwenyo dhaanona yoomvula dhokuya kooskola ye li po 140 000 omanga aanona ye li poo 289 000 haya hulitha kokunwa nokulongitha omeya inaga yogoka omanga inaya gwanitha naatango oomvula dhokuya kooskola.

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    Nored ta nyokoma omalelo giitopolwaNored ta nyokoma omalelo giitopolwa KENYA KAMBOWE

    Aanambelewa aakomeho yomalelo giitopolwa noondoolopa oya lundile ehangano ndyoka hali yandjakaneke olusheno monooli yoshilongo kutya otali ningi iimaliwa oyindji okuza kelanditho lyolusheno ihe ohali gandja uumaliwa uushona komalelo giitopolwa.

    Aanambelewa aakomeho mboka inaya hala uukwatya wawo wu hololwe oya gandja omayele opo andola iilonga yaNored yi konaakonwe molwaashoka ehangano ndyoka inali pititha oolopota dhiiyemo okuza momvula yo 2013/14, nonando olya kala nokuninga iigongi yokomvula.

    Oya popi kutya Nored ota mono iimaliwa oyindji okuza melanditho lyolusheno momahala ngoka ha longele nonando omalelo goondoolopa ogo haga wapaleke nokutula iikwaniipangitho pomahala ngoka.

    Oyuuvite kutya oopresenda 33 dhiiyemo mbyoka haya mono okuza kehangano ndyoka kayi shi sha.

    “Oolopota dhiiyemo yokomvula odha simana molwaashoka onga aakuthimbinga mehangano lyaNored otwa pumbwa okumona kutya iimaliwa yoshigwana ohayi longithwa ngiini,” omunambelewa gumwe ngoka e li omukuluntu gwelelo lyondoolopa lyontumba a popi.

    “Nored ota koko kehe omvula omanga omalelo goondoolopa to a dha ge na oongunga odhindjidhindji, na itaga vulu okufuta oongunga ndhoka. Omalelo giitopolwa ogendji otaga hiila oombelewa omanga pethimbo lya faathana Nored ta landa iihauto yondilo nokutunga omatungo gondilo. Epulo oondika kutya ohaya kutha iimaliwa peni.”

    Nored okwa totwa po momvula yo 2001 onga ehangao lyotango lyeyandjakaneko lyolusheno miitopolwa, ano regional electricity distributor (RED).

    Ohali gandja olusheno kaakwashigwana yomiitopolwa ngaashi Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Zambezi niitopolwa iyali yaKavango.

    Shoka osha landula sho okabinete momvula yo 2000 ka zimine opo ku totwe po omahangano gokuyandjakaneka olusheno miitopolwa.

    Elalakano lyomahangano ngoka okutula pamwe iiyemo noku yi longitha mokwaandjakaneka olusheno ko kuvule okugandjwa olusheno kondando yopevi kaakwashigwana.

    Namibia okwa topolwa miitopolwa itano mbyoka tayi pewa olusheno komahangano ngoka goREDs, ihe omahangano owala gatatu geli miilonga ga tumbulwa kutya oNored, Cenored oshowo Erongo RED.

    Namibian Sun oku na uuyelele wiinekelwa kutya pethimbo lyomitumba dhokomvula dhaNored, aakuthimbinga mehangano ndyoka, ohaya pewa owala omauyelele giilonga.

    Oonkambadhala okumona omauyelele goolopota dhiiyemo yehangano ndyoka okuza kepandja lyopaungomba lyehangano, odha ndopa, sho epandja ndyoka li na andola uuyelele mboka itali patuluka, na okuwetike kutya olya tulwa ko owala onga okuholola kutya ehangano olya pititha uuyelele mboka ihe hasho.



    Oolopota dhiiyemo shomahangano omakwawo Erongo RED oshowo Cenored, sigo odhomomvula yo 2017 otadhi adhika komapandja gopaungomba gomahangano ngoka.

    Okutameka Etine lyoshiwike sha piti, Namibian Sun okwa kala a tegelela okumona eyamukulo okuza komunambelewa omupopiliko gwehangano ndyoka Simon Lukas ihe omayamukulo ngoka inaga gandjwa sigo onkundana ndjika ya pitithwa.

    Namibian Sun okwa pula kutya omolwashike Nored ina holola polweela oolopota dhe dhiiyemo okuza momvula yo 2015, 2016 oshowo 2017 na omolwashike ina tseyitha iiyemo nenge ekanitho ndyoka aningi muule woomvula dhihe ndhoka.

    Nored okwa pulwa natango kutya monena okuna ookastoma ngapi, oshowo ngele oku na tuu owino kombinga yomaiyuvo gaakuthimbinga mehangano ndyoka.

    Pethimbo kwa li a ningwa naye oonkundanana kuyele moRundu, Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwehangano ndyoka, Fillemon Nakashole okwa li a popi kutya ehangano ndyoka kali lilepo okuninga iimaliwa ihe okugandja olusheno koshigwana.

    Nored okwa li a holola aningi iiyemo yoomiliyona 49 momvula yo 2013/14 kohi yelelo lyaGotlieb Amanyanga.

    Sho a pulwa kombinga yaakuthimbinga mboka kaya uvitile ombili Nored pamwe niilonga ye, na otaya pula yapewe iiyemo oyindji, Nakashole okwa popi kutya omalelo opo ga vule okuninga iiyemo yi li pombanda naga wapaleke omahala nokukwashilipaleka kutya omahala ngoka oge na aantu yo ya vule okumona iiyemo.

    Nakashole okwa longitha ompito nokupandula elelo lyoshitopolwa shaMusati, kutya niiyemo mbyoka elelo hali mono okuza kuNored elelo otali wapaleke omahala moshitopolwa nokwiimonena iiyemo oyindji.

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    Super Spurs end Sarri's unbeaten startSuper Spurs end Sarri's unbeaten startChelsea dominated Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham are capable of "big things" this season if they consistently reach the heights of a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley that barely reflected Spurs' dominance. NAMPA/AFP



    Maurizio Sarri's first competitive defeat as Chelsea in one of London’s most anticipated clashes.

    Tottenham couldn't have started a big week in better fashion with a do-or-die Champions League clash with Inter Milan and the North London derby against Arsenal to come.

    "We need to be humble and recognise playing like this we can do big things," said Pochettino.

    "Our challenge is to keep going and be consistent. That's our challenge for the rest of the season."

    Victory saw Spurs close back to within five points of leaders Manchester City and three points of second-placed Liverpool.

    A title challenge is likely to be beyond Pochettino's men given the relentless pace being set by City, but just qualifying for the Champions League for a fourth straight season would be seen as success given the upheaval as the club wait to move into their stadium and a host of injuries to players involved at the World Cup.

    Dele Alli is one of nine players in Pochettino's squad to have suffered a muscle injury after his exertions in Russia, but back fit and close to his best, the England international headed Spurs in front from Christian Eriksen's free-kick.

    "Chelsea are a top side and they have made some great signings but we are a top side ourselves," said Alli.

    "At 2-0 we could have sat back but we didn't. We created a lot of chances - maybe on another day if we had been more clinical we could have scored more."

    Chelsea 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could have done better as he got a hand to Alli's header and the world's most expensive goalkeeper was questioned again as he stood motionless and Harry Kane drilled home from long range to give Spurs a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes.

    The visitors felt aggrieved as they could have had a penalty seconds before Kane's goal when Juan Foyth appeared to trip Eden Hazard inside the area.

    However, they could have no complaints as an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions since the Community Shield in August was comprehensively ended.

    "I think we played very badly in all directions - physically, mentally, technically and tactically," said Sarri.

    "I knew we had some problems and with this performance today it was clear to everybody we have problems to solve.

    "I think in the last three or four matches we have started not really very well."

    Spurs' solitary second-half goal was delivered in style by Son as he accelerated past Jorginho and David Luiz before slotting his 50th goal for the club into the far corner.

    Kane then somehow fired over with the goal at his mercy and Alli also skewed a great chance off target as Sarri bellowed at his side to regain some composure.

    The Italian managed to make a difference with the introduction of Ross Barkley, Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud from the bench.

    And it was Giroud who grabbed Chelsea's consolation five minutes from time when he powered home Cesar Azpilicueta's cross at the back post.

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    Dirt oval track action at the coast Dirt oval track action at the coast LEANDREA LOUW

    The final leg of the dirt oval track race hosted by Desert Raceway Walvis Bay saw 30 drivers from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Henties Bay, Tsumeb and Otjiwarongo competing against each other.

    The drivers contested against each other in the quads, V8, eight-valve and hot-rods categories. The quads dominated this race, with over ten newcomers joining the oval track scene.

    Drivers were awarded first, second and third place, while they could also pocket driver of the day and badass of the day prizes.

    The driver of the day was awarded to the driver who performed the best in his category although he did not win, and the badass award is given to the driver who experienced the worst luck or whose car wouldn’t run during the race.

    The results were as follows:

    Quads:

    Dirk Kotze in first place, followed by Brendon Bothelho and Willie Ilse in third.

    Quad rider of the day was newbie Andrew Angula and the badass of the day was Hayden Julie.

    V8:

    Durand Oosthuizen clinched first place, followed by Roberto Schneider and Gert Breedt in third.

    Roberto Schneider also pocketed the driver of the day while Joggie Gouws was the badass of the day.

    Frank Borruso took first place, followed by Zachary Martin in second and Eugene Swart in third. Borruso was also crowned the driver of the day while Pieter Human was the badass of the day.

    Hotrods:

    Allan Martin pocketed first place, followed by Dyllan Roodt and Shaeen Emamdien in third. Driver of the day was Dyllan Roodt and Shaheen Emamdien was the badass of the day.

    The next major motorsport event is the Coastal Gymkhana and December Bash happening on 1 December at Desert Raceway. Here national and international spinners will challenge each other.

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  • 11/25/18--14:00: Drivers pay steep price
  • Drivers pay steep price Drivers pay steep price Thousands of traffic offences More than a third of traffic fines, now summonses, issued between January and October, are yet to be paid. Nearly 26 000 summonses valued at over N$31 million still need to be paid to traffic courts for traffic offences committed between January and October this year.

    Just over N$9.1 million was paid by 8 653 offenders in that period.

    These statistics include 1 544 fines for speeding, totalling nearly N$2.5 million, and 953 fines, amounting to over N$1.9 million, for using cellphones while driving.

    Nampol chief inspector Kauna Shikwambi told Namibian Sun that 6 889 arrest warrants were issued for offenders who failed to honour their summonses, either by not paying fines or by failing to appear in court.

    She added that 8 990 offenders were arrested after failing to appear in court.

    More than 1 416 fines related to unlicensed vehicles or expired vehicle licences were issued, totalling N$1.3 million.

    Fines related to expired or non-existent driver’s licences totalled 5 853, valued at N$5.8 million.

    More than 250 people were fined a total of N$504 000 for inconsiderate driving.

    Nearly 250 people were fined N$491 000 for driving unsafe vehicles.

    Close to 1 700 vehicle owners were issued suspension notices for driving unroadworthy cars and more than 2 100 people were warned to repair their vehicles in line with road-safety standards.

    Teamwork success

    In an effort to strengthen traffic law enforcement and decrease accidents, Nampol and other road-safety agencies launched a three-month intensive safety campaign at the beginning of August, which ended in October.

    Shikwambi said the campaign resulted in the payment of admissions of guilt amounting N$5.6 million.

    During the campaign, 84 members of a special law-enforcement and road-safety task force screened 46 117 drivers, of whom 39 153 were male and 6 964 female.

    A total of 262 arrests were made - 241 men and six women.

    Fifty-seven more arrests for other traffic offences were made.

    During the three-month campaign period, 1 424 accidents were recorded, 255 fewer than during the same period in 2017.

    Total fatalities for the three-month period were 48, 16 fewer than the previous year, and injuries dropped by 102 during the period, from 213 in 2017 to 111 in 2018.

    The N$3.5 million campaign targeted some of Namibia’s road accident hotspots. Checkpoints were set up between Noordoewer and Oshikango on the B1 road, and from Okahandja to Walvis Bay on the B2 road.

    The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund’s latest crash statistics show that between January and November this year, a total of 3 192 crashes took place, in which 5 120 people were injured and 471 killed.

    Compared to 2017’s year-to-date statistics, the country has seen a 10% decrease in crashes, an 18% decrease in injuries and a 29% decrease in fatalities this year.

    In 2017, between January and November, 3 531 crashes were reported, in which 6 263 people were injured and 666 died.

    Shikwambi said although road-safety awareness and law-enforcement campaigns are effective, more can still be done, with every Namibian playing a role in ensuring better road safety.

    “We must all avoid being reckless, driving unroadworthy vehicles, speeding and overtaking at blind spots hazardously, making U-turns indiscriminately, talking on the phone and texting while driving, not buckling up, drinking and driving.”

    Especially in view of the upcoming holiday season, Shikwambi urged motorists to be patient and cautious on the roads.

    During the last festive season, between November 2017 and January 2018, 409 crashes were recorded on Namibian roads, causing 752 injuries and 90 fatalities.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Benefits pending for informal sector Benefits pending for informal sector The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is expected to finalise the details to implement Namibia's new and ambitious 2018 - 2022 Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP).

    This was confirmed by labour minister Erkki Nghimtina, in parliament last week who added that the programme includes the development of a strategy to facilitate the transition from informality to formality.

    He added that the interventions will include the extension of coverage of labour administration and social protection systems to the informal economy, and conducting a national diagnostic on the informal economy which takes account of gender and building the capacity of constituents and stakeholders to effect the transition to formality.

    This will also create incentives for informal operators to formalise, for example tax incentives and integration of the informal economy into value chains.

    “All women and men who are able to work should have the opportunity to realise their potential to perform productive work under safe conditions and to earn and income that can support a decent standard of living for themselves and their families. This requires, among other things, that they are protected against the risk of loss of income throughout their working lives and upon retirement. It also requires that workers and their families are able to enjoy a decent standard living in with respect to their health, sanitation, access to proper nutrition, education, housing and access to electricity. All of these objectives can fit within the rubric of social protection,” said Nghimtina.

    He added that social assistance can also supplement wages and living standards of the working poor by providing the same or equivalent benefits to workers and their families in the form of grants or other benefits, such as maternity grants, child grants or basic income grants, or the provision of childcare or elder care.

    However he is concerned that the existing measures such as the Social Security Commission’s Maternity, Sickness and Death Benefit Fund and the Employees' Compensation Fund do not reach the majority of workers, particularly those in vulnerable and informal employment.

    “These protections and benefits are limited to workers in the formal sector. Therefore, the workers who arguably need the protection the most are not covered. This means that at present, the majority of eligible Namibian workers lack health and safety protection, medical coverage, maternity benefits, unemployment insurance and salary-related disability benefits. Moreover, a large number of workers and their families will not, under the present circumstances, enjoy decent housing, including sanitation and electricity, decent health care or adequate nutrition,” he said.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 11/25/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief BP to invest US$1bln in South Africa

    BP Southern Africa (BPSA) will invest US$1 billion in South Africa in the next five years with more than a quarter of that set aside to upgrade the SAPREF refinery to produce lower sulphur diesel, its chief executive said on Thursday.

    The 180,00 barrels per day SAPREF refinery, South Africa’s largest, is a 50:50 venture between Royal Dutch Shell and BPSA, a subsidiary of British oil major BP. The plant is located in the east coast city of Durban.

    BP would invest 3.5 billion-4 billion rand (US$252 million-US$288 million) in the refinery upgrade, Chief Executive Priscillah Mabelane told Reuters, adding that about 40% of the total US$1 billion investment would go on retail activities.

    She said the upgrade would make “sure the refinery can meet the new specifications in terms of low sulphur and Marpol regulations.”

    The plant would shut for maintenance from May to June 2019, she added.

    needed to produce cleaner fuel in South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    RioZim demands US$92 mln from Zimbabwe central bank

    Zimbabwean miner RioZim is demanding US$92 million from the central bank in a lawsuit brought to force the Reserve Bank to pay for more of its gold purchases from the company in US dollars, court documents showed.

    The Miners are struggling as Zimbabwe grapples with an acute shortage of dollars.

    Producers sell all their gold to the central bank’s subsidiary Fidelity Printers and Refiners, which then exports it. RioZim, however, says that since 2016 the central bank only paid for 15% of gold it purchased from the company in dollars, breaching its policy to pay for 30% in the US currency.

    The central bank has not commented on the lawsuit.

    RioZim first announced on Oct. 9 that it would take legal action against the central bank, signalling impatience by miners over the dollar shortages.

    In its summons filed with the High Court dated Nov. 14, RioZim says it failed to receive US$48 million due in payments from the central bank for its sales in dollars and suffered losses of US$44 million due to lost production.

    “The plaintiff suffered a direct loss of money and the devaluation of the purchasing power of its earnings ...,” RioZim said in the documents seen by Reuters on Thursday.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Airbnb faces Israeli class-action lawsuit

    Lawyers launched a class action lawsuit in Israel on Thursday against Airbnb, accusing the company of “outrageous discrimination” and demanding monetary damages after it withdrew listings of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    The San Francisco-based company said this week it was removing listings of around 200 homes in settlements after hearing criticism from people who “believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced”.

    Through her attorneys, Ma’anit Rabinovich from the West Bank settlement of Kida, who offers guest room rentals, said the move “represents especially grave, offensive and outrageous discrimination”.

    Rabinovich claimed 15 000 shekels (US$2 573) in personal damages. The class action lawsuit would seek an as yet unspecified sum on behalf of others in the same situation, according to court papers presented at Jerusalem District Court.

    “The company’s decision is in effect directed solely against Israeli citizens living in the settlements, the petitioner claims, and this is severe, especially outrageous discrimination,” Rabinovich’s lawyers said in a statement.

    “(It is) part of the long war being conducted by organisations (of which a clear majority are anti-Semitic) against the State of Israel in its entirety, and against Israelis living in settlements in particular.”

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Samsung vows to pay compensation for ill workers

    South Korea’s Samsung Electronics on Friday vowed to compensate by 2028 its local chip and display factory workers who have suffered from work-related illnesses.

    The move settles a year-long dispute between the world’s top memory chipmaker and an advocacy group representing sickened workers and their families after the 2007 death of a Samsung chip factory worker with leukemia sparked concerns over working conditions at the South Korean company.

    “Our effort was insufficient to better understand the pain affected workers and their families went through,” Samsung Electronics chief executive Kim Ki-nam said in a public apology during an event to sign the agreement.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Visa, Mastercard offer tourist card fee cut

    Visa and Mastercard have offered to trim the fees merchants pay on card payments by tourists in the European Union in an attempt to stave off possible fines after a long-running antitrust investigation, people familiar with the matter said.

    Even after the cut, the fees paid by merchants when they accept card payments, a lucrative source of revenue for banks, will still likely be higher than those for EU cards, they said.

    The European Commission has battled for more than a decade to reduce so-called interchange costs and encourage cross-border trade and online commerce. US regulators have also frowned on such practices.

    Retailers say interchange fees count as a hidden cost and the card companies have paid billions of dollars to settle class action lawsuits.

    Visa, the world’s largest payments network operator found itself in the Commission’s crosshairs in August 2017, charged with subjecting the cards of foreign tourists to excessive fees when they were used in the EU.

    The case originally concerned Visa Europe which was acquired by Visa Inc in June 2016. The EU said that fees charged to retailers when they accept Visa cards issued outside the EU could raise prices of goods and services for all consumers.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    NWR reflects on the past year NWR reflects on the past year Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) generated N$361 million in revenue for the 2017/18 financial year.

    Reflecting on some of the progress NWR has made, NWR said that the economic challenges that the country faces also played a role in how the company fared.

    According to NWR the revenue it generated was fuelled by the aggressive marketing drive that the company undertook in addition to the introduction of the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) tour package. This package alone attracted a lot of interest at ITB Berlin and the Africa Showcase: North America roadshow that NWR attended.

    The company also went on a cost-cutting drive that yielded very positive results.

    For instance, in 2013 the company’s cost of sales was standing at 72% and this was brought down to 43% this year with next year's target being 35% which is the industry standard.

    To reach these targets, NWR has been hard at work at finalising its Khorixas training institution.

    “The key focus of the institution will be equipping our staff members and other interested individuals on the best practices within the hospitality industry.

    “The lodging will still be open to the general public and will be catered to by the students. We anticipate opening it at the beginning of 2019 officially”, said NWR managing director Zelna Hengari.

    NWR also introduced its revised NamLeisure cards which for the first time started offering a 25% discount on meals and activities along with a student card.

    “Looking at the current interest on the cards, it is safe to say that they have tremendously assisted our domestic travellers to enjoy all that NWR has to offer at discounted rates. Over the past few months, we have seen a huge uptake from first-time buyers due to the additional discounts now on offer,” said NWR sales and reservations manager Anna Onen.

    According to NWR, for any company to grow, it requires partners to help it expand its share of the market.

    NWR said it is fortunate enough to have good working relations with its tour operators who supply the business with a great deal of its clientele. It was for this reason that it held a function specifically to reward its top performing tour operators.

    “This event was a testament to the value that we place on our partners in addition to our appreciation of them,” said NWR corporate communications and online media manager Mufaro Nesongano.

    In solidifying its ability to host big tour groups, NWR took over 50 bikers through the KAZA countries (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) in less than ten days.

    The tour aimed to showcase the most significant conservation area in the world as well as expose the bikers to the various communities within these areas.

    In giving back, NWR hosted some primary school learners from across the capital city at its Hardap resort under its Enviro-Kidz programme. The programme aims at educating learners on the importance of looking after their environment.

    “Due to the huge interest that we received, we will take in more learners and also include learners from around the country next year. We aim to afford them an equal opportunity to experience Namibia’s national parks and to learn about how important they are to us as a country,” said Nesongano.

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    Migrants face ‘exploitation, abuse’Migrants face ‘exploitation, abuse’ Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua says migrants in “irregular situations” remain particularly vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and abuse.

    They are also in danger of being exploited by crime organisations involved in human trafficking and migrant smuggling, the governor said in a speech read on his behalf at the inauguration of the national committee on migration management in Swakopmund this week.

    The inauguration took place as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) held a migration management workshop.

    Speaking on Mutjavikua’s behalf was his special advisor Adelheid Kandjala.

    “The available evidence suggests that the overall economic impact of migration is positive for both countries of origin and countries of destination.

    “Migration can play a critical role in economic growth and development, including by helping to fill labour market shortages and by providing jobs and sources of revenue for individual migrants and their families,” the governor said.

    “It is a known fact that in Namibia a large portion of migration involves that from rural to urban areas, with major implications in terms in terms of access to land, health and development challenges.”

    Mutjavikua said, therefore, the development of a migration policy for Namibia is necessitated to place the country in a position to effectively regulate migration flows and harness the positive effects that human mobility can have on the achievement of national development priorities.

    The national committee on migration management is made up of different stakeholders and organisations.

    Home affairs and immigration minister Frans Kapofi said this allows for the cross-fertilisation of ideas, thereby enriching an upcoming report that will be drafted.

    “It is my hope that once you have concluded your work, the document shall be ready to be submitted to cabinet and eventually become part of the white paper on migration for Namibia.

    “While the international community has long recognised the important relationship between international migration and development, the integration of migrants and migration into the Vision 2030 agenda for sustainable development represents an important step forward,” said Kapofi.

    Government has been hard at work to put together institutional frameworks to improve governance, and in the area of migration management, it has already started several initiatives.

    “Notably in 2015, the ministry of home affairs and immigration as well as other stakeholders worked on a migration profile for Namibia, which was launched in June 2016.

    “The profile made several recommendations and it is a good tool to support and enhance policy coherence, evidence-based policymaking and the mainstreaming of migration into developmental planning,” Kapofi said.

    Part F of the profile reviews migration governance, by looking at policy and institutional frameworks.

    “Key recommendation number 12 deals with the migration policy and institutional framework. It recommends that there is need for Namibia to develop policies to put into effect the migration profile. As a result, the labour migration policy was already produced.

    “However, that is only one area of migration and a need exists to come up with an overarching migration policy which will take into account the provisions of the labour migration policy. We are thus here to respond to that recommendation.

    “As a part of the joint initiative between the Namibian government and the IOM, migration activities have been ongoing. Our being here under the project, strengthening migration management in Namibia, funded by the IOM development fund, is not the beginning, but a continuation of a partnership,” Kapofi added.

    Adolf Kaure

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