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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 11/28/18--14:00: Action needed!
  • Action needed!Action needed! President Hage Geingob has rightfully described the ongoing conditions in the country's informal settlements as a humanitarian crisis.

    The head of state said this on Monday evening when MTC and Huawei announced a N$10 million donation to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia, which will be used to build 250 low-cost houses.

    Geingob said government cannot give up until every Namibian has a home in which they can feel safe.

    “With so many challenges and dangers confronting shack dwellers, life is difficult and undignified. Shack fires, unstable family lives and a lack of electricity are just some of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

    “These are Namibians with real problems and who lack the basic necessities. These are our brothers and sisters. We cannot stand by idly while they suffer,” Geingob said, before adding that “we can no longer be part of a society which turns a blind eye to the agony of others”.

    “If we witness social injustice and choose to do nothing about it, we are part of the problem and not the solution,” he continued. The prioritisation of the restoration of the dignity of the poor must be the main priority of our young nation, so the president's words are welcome. Let swift action now follow. The impatience, frustration anger is growing by the minute, and may soon spill over to consume us all.

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  • 11/28/18--14:00: Tree harvesters up in arms
  • Tree harvesters up in armsTree harvesters up in arms Kavango East farmers, who have been affected by a recent directive halting all logging with immediate effect, have hit back by asking whether the government prefers that the trees be destroyed by veld fires instead.

    The group of farmers, who met with Kavango East governor Samuel Mbambo on Tuesday, said the forestry and environment ministries did not consult with those affected by their “irrational decision”.

    “There is only one reason why such an irrational decision was taken and that is the people on the ground were not consulted. If they could have consulted us, they would have understood our situation. We are being victimised,” the disgruntled farmers said.

    They said the eastern regions are affected by veld fires that destroy thousands of trees every year, adding that this was no different from them cutting down the trees, with the only difference being that they earn an income from logging.

    “Every year we experience wildfires and trees burn down. The question is whether it is okay for trees to burn down or for us to cut them down legally with our logging permits and earn an income?” one farmer said.

    Environment ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said no activity listed in the Environmental Management Act would be allowed without an environmental clearance certificate (ECC).

    “The ministry of environment and tourism is calling upon all organs of the state, including ministries, offices, agencies and traditional authorities that have authorised or permitted any listed activity, which may not be undertaken without an environmental clearance, to withdraw such authorisation or permit with immediate effect,” the ministry statement said.

    The affected farmers feel this is “pure victimisation”.

    They argue that the logging permits issued by the forestry directorate were legally obtained and they should, therefore, be allowed to continue.

    “If the environment ministry thinks that the forestry ministry did not do its job by first seeking for an environmental certificate before it gave us the logging permits, then it is not our fault. You cannot change the rules of the game during the game,” the farmers said.

    They also argued that the environment ministry had no basis for its claims that nature was being destroyed, as no report was brought forward for scrutiny. They alleged the ministry was making decisions based on social media posts, which are “baseless”.

    Mbambo told the media that the move by the two ministries did not sit well with the affected farmers.

    He said that was a sign that consultations are important, especially when it comes to making decisions that affects people's livelihoods.

    The governor explained that there are financial, social, political and legal implications, adding that the farmers have invested heavily in their logging operations and therefore the issue should be urgently rectified.

    The farmers are said to be drafting a letter that will be sent to the relevant ministries.

    Last week Namibian Sun lifted the veil on how Chinese companies are benefiting massively from Namibian timber. Namibians have complained that there is no real beneficiation taking place, since the Chinese want the timber in raw form, thus undermining local manufacturing.

    According to forestry officials, the farmer and logger decide on the price at which the tree is to be sold. Typically the price ranges between N$300 and N$450, depending on the distance the tree is found from a tar road. Sources claim that the trees are then sold at Walvis Bay to a Chinese buyer, who pays around N$12 000 per cubic metre for the timber.

    This means that the local farmer gets between N$180 000 to N$270 000 for selling 600 trees. The Chinese 'investor' gets more than N$3 million for the trees.


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  • 11/28/18--14:00: Sex for jobs
  • Sex for jobsSex for jobsUN is experiencing same challenges as AU The UN special adviser on Africa says the outcome of an AU investigation should serve as a wake-up call for many organisations, both continentally and globally. Former African Union (AU) commissioner Bience Gawanas says the unfolding sex-for-jobs scandal at the continental body should serve as a wake-up call to many other organisations.

    Gawanas, who is the current United Nations (UN) special adviser on Africa, also revealed that the UN is facing similar challenges.

    She was reacting to recent bombshell revelations that an AU high-level committee investigation had confirmed the prevalence of sexual harassment perpetuated by supervisors, who demand sex from short-term contract staff, as well as interns and youth volunteers, in exchange for permanent jobs.

    The investigation found that the situation has been exaggerated by the absence of a sexual harassment policy.

    This was confirmed in a statement tweeted by AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat this past weekend.

    Gawanas said this week that the AU was one of the first international organisations that agreed to gender parity. She added when she served as an AU commissioner, they adopted a gender policy.

    She added that the outcome of the investigation should serve as a wake-up call for many organisations, both continentally and globally.

    “I think we might take a lot of things for granted. One hopes that apart from the fact that we have got a disciplinary code that we would definitely look at issues of sexual harassment. As we know it is always a very difficult issue for any organisation to be faced with,” Gawanas said.

    She said the AU was not the only organisation facing such challenges.

    “At the UN we are also undergoing similar challenges, but at least with the current secretary-general, who has been very clear about gender parity and also about sexual harassment, they have started a whole campaign now at the UN on sexual harassment.”

    International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the AU sexual harassment investigation was part of a reform process.

    “That investigation was done so that we can find out what are the gaps in the AU. Sexual harassment was found as a gap and is something that cannot be accepted at any time,” she said.

    According to the AU statement, it appointed a committee on 24 May to fully investigate all alleged institutional malpractices, following allegations of the harassment of women made in an anonymous letter.

    The statement said from the evidence presented to the committee, both male and female superiors were reportedly harassing and bullying their subordinates.

    “Given the above findings and serious allegations, the commission resolves to reinforce its zero-tolerance policy with the establishment of a comprehensive sexual harassment policy that protects the victims and takes the strongest punitive measures against any perpetrator,” the statement said.

    It also said that short-term staff, youth volunteers and interns are the most vulnerable to this form of harassment.

    “It would appear that the vulnerability of this category of staff is exploited on account of their insecurity of tenure. Senior departmental staff, who position themselves as 'gatekeepers' and 'kingmakers' and are well positioned to make believable promises to young women that they will be offered contracts, are the identified perpetuators of this vice.

    “Interviewees claim that these cases are not reported as this would be counterproductive to the victim, because there is no sexual harassment policy in the commission, and therefore no dedicated, effective redress and protection mechanism available to victims or whistleblowers. According to interviewees, the young women are exploited for sex in exchange for jobs,” the statement said.

    Other major findings by the committee included malpractices in human resources, harassment, bullying and intimidation, governance challenges, gender discrimination, fraud and corruption and impunity.

    On corrupt and fraudulent practices, the statement pointed out that allegations included alleged cases of nepotism and conflicts of interest, the preferential selection of a service provider, payment for services not rendered and collusion to overcharge for goods and services.

    The statement also mentions allegations of abuse of authority, administrative unresponsiveness and partiality, deficiencies in working methods, unhealthy working relationships in some AU organs and representational offices, and cases of impunity.

    Following the investigation, the committee recommended that a human resource policy be developed by the commission with time-bound implementation, and that the AU organisational structure be reviewed.

    It also recommended the provision of guarantees to short-term contract holders to avoid abuse. Steps should be taken to fill positions provided for in the budget, and short-term contracts should be limited to what is necessary; keeping in mind the need to ensure the effective functioning and delivery of the commission's mandate.

    The committee also recommend that gender, skills and lifestyle audits be carried out.

    The statement pointed out that Mahamat intends to take steps, including the appointment of an internal committee, to look into all the recommendations pertaining to the 44 cases considered by the committee.

    He also intends to take immediate action on urgent issues, such as acting appointments and other relevant policy issues within the mandate of the commission, and implement the recommendations pertaining to structural arrangements and new policies.


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    Young African eye Julinho scalpYoung African eye Julinho scalpGobabis outfit want to close gap on log leaders A draw will not be an option for both teams, when Young African clash with Julinho Sporting FC tonight. LIMBA MUPETAMI

    Gobabis outfit Young African plans on hammering Julinho Sporting FC when the two meet tonight at Legare Stadium in the 2018/19 Namibian Premier League (NPL).

    Young African head coach Maleagi 'Mali' Ngarizemo said a win is a must for his club, after drawing three matches so far this season.

    “A draw is no longer an option. We have to win tonight in order to close the gap between the top teams so far.

    “We are happy with the players’ progress so far and hopefully winning will put us in contention for the title,” he said.

    Young African drew 1-1 with Citizens in their opening match, they played to a 0-0 draw with Life fighters in their second clash and drew 1-1 with Eleven Arrows in their third match.

    Julinho, led by Nelso Luis, lost their opening match against Black Africa and managed to win their second encounter 3-2 against Civics.

    Luis is adamant they will walk away with points when they clash with Young African.

    “The fans should expect great football. If we want to be in the top eight, we have to pick up points in our matches,” he said.

    Both teams are on three points each, with Julinho sitting in the ninth spot, followed by Young African in 10th position.

    African finished fifth on the log last season, whereas Julinho is making a comeback to NPL this season, after gaining promotion when they defeated fellow north-east outfit Ntunguru Football Club in a two-leg promotional playoff in August.

    Mighty Gunners are currently leading the log with nine points, followed by Black Africa with six points, Eleven Arrows with five and Blue Waters and Life Fighters on four points each.

    The match will kick off at 20:00.

    Other fixtures for the weekend are as follows:


    Blue Waters vs Tigers (Swakopmund’s Vineta Stadium at 16:00)

    Life Fighters vs Young Brazilians (Otjiwarongo’s Mokati Stadium at15:00)

    Mighty Gunners vs Orlando Pirates (Otjiwarongo’s Mokati Stadium at 17:00)

    Unam vs Eleven Arrows (Sam Nujoma Stadium at 16:00)

    Civics vs Black Africa (Sam Nujoma Stadium at 18:00)


    African Stars vs Okahandja United (Sam Nujoma Stadium at 17:00)

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    Stars won't settle for a drawStars won't settle for a drawCrunch tie in CAF Champions League African Stars are aiming to fly the country's flag high next week, when the clash with a Comoros side in the second leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary. African Stars plan on beating Comoros side Volcan Club de Moroni in the second leg of their Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League preliminary round tie on 5 December.

    African Stars head coach Robert Nauseb said they have learned enough from their first encounter with the Comoros side and will now do everything in their power to win the match at home.

    African Stars, the 2017/18 Namibia Premier League (NPL) and Debmarine Namibia Cup winners, drew 0-0 against Volcan Club de Moroni on Tuesday in Comoros.

    Nauseb said they had a very tough game, as the conditions did not allow them to play the way they wanted.

    “I'm happy to say that we managed to create early scoring chances which Obrie Omseb missed, but that was a good learning curve for all of us on the day, but we will have to improve come next week,” he said.

    Nauseb added his team found it hard to adjust to the rainy conditions during training. However, when the game started it was completely sunny, which was a change the team was not accustomed to.

    “The boys fought well to keep the score at 0-0. In the second half, we created three more chances, which Omseb and Edwin Korokuve failed to once again capitalise on,” said Nauseb.

    The coach said he now knows what to expect from the Comoros club.

    “Our game plan is to now attack them when they are here, as our stadium is bigger than their stadium in Comoros and the altitude will be against them. “One more advantage that we have is that our pitch allows the ball to bounce higher, compared to their pitch that holds the ball when it bounces. We will now use our advantage of speed on their slow players,” said Nauseb, adding they want to score an early goal next week. The winner between the two sides will either take on South Africa's Orlando Pirates or Seychelles' club Light Stars in the first round with matches scheduled for 14 to 23 December. The winner of this clash will then join other 14 sides, plus the defending champions, in the group stages of the 2018/19 Total CAF Champions League season.

    This tournament is contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations.

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    Heavyweight thriller live on SuperSportHeavyweight thriller live on SuperSport Many of the world's best boxers reside in the lower weight divisions, but there's something extra-special when the big men limber up - in this case Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who will fight in Los Angeles this weekend.

    Anyone who weighs over 100kg can do lasting damage with a single punch, although this is especially true of Wilder, who is statistically the most powerful puncher in heavyweight boxing history.

    With 39 knockouts in 40 fights, the American knows how to short-circuit his opponents.

    He may be crude and unorthodox, but he has a savage instinct for hitting hard and will have every ambition of separating Fury from his senses.

    Fury, in turn, is all legs and arms, a human threshing machine who is both big and seriously difficult to land against. With the longest jab in the business, he can frustrate opponents and mess with their defence.

    The build-up has been typically loud and brash, which is to be expected from a pair of fighters who have never tasted defeat in a professional ring.

    “It's important to establish dominance,” said Wilder. “I say I'm the best, the 'baddest man on the planet'. When it comes to Tyson Fury, I'm all about devastating knockouts, it's what I do.”

    Fury, no shrinking violet, hit back: “I'm no challenger for no man. I'm the linear heavyweight champion of the world, the best of the best.”

    Wilder probably doesn't have the skillset to outbox Fury, but his power makes him dangerous for every second of every round, the WBC champion is shortest in price to win the fight during rounds 5-8.

    Fury will likely aim to dominate over 12 rounds, but the Wilder equaliser might see him pulling out big shots of his own down the stretch.

    Whatever happens, it's not likely to be unexciting. The televised undercard, which starts at 04:00 (CAT) includes several top fighters: Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) vs Jason Welborn (24-6, 7 KOs), a IBF/WBA super-welterweight bout involving Luis Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) and Travis Kauffman (32-2, 23 KOs) and Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KOs) vs Joe Hanks (23-2, 15 KOs).

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    Inaya nyanyukilwa etokolo lyuuministeli womidhingolokoInaya nyanyukilwa etokolo lyuuministeli womidhingolokoYa hala etokolo ndyoka li talululwe Oongundu yaanafalama mboka ya li ya pewa omikanda dhokuteya omiti oya popi kutya omikanda dhoka ya pewa kuuministeli womakuti oye dhi pewa pauyuuki onkene oya pumbwa okupitikwa opo ya tsikile nongeshefa yawo ndjoka. KENYA KAMBOWE

    Ongundu yaanafaalama moshitopolwa shaKavango mboka ya gumwa kelombwelo lya gandjwa omasiku ngaka kutya itaku pitikwa we manga eteyo lyomiti oya yamukula kutya epangelo olya hala omiti ndhoka dhi hanagulwepo komililo dhomapeya pehala lyokugandja ompito kaanafaalama mboka yiimonene iiyemo okuza meteyo lyomiti ndhoka.

    Ongundu ndjoka oya tsakanene nangoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKavango East, Samuel Mbambo mEtiyali na oya popi kutya uuministeli womakuti inawu ya moonkundthana nawo sho kwa ningwa etokolo ndyoka aanafaalama ye wete kutya kali li mondjila.

    Oya popi kutya iitopolwa mboka otayi gumwa noonkondo komililo dhomapeya ndhoka hadhi hanagula po omiti ndhoka kehe omvula na kape na eyooloko nokuteya po omiti ndhoka sho eyooloko ndyoka li li po okutya owala mboka otaya ya monene iiyemo okuza metetepo lyomiti ndhoka.

    Omunambelewa omupopiliko guuministeli womidhingoloko, Romeo Muyunda okwa popi kutya kape na iinyangadhalwa yi li kohi yOmpango yEkwatonawa lyOmidhingoloko tayi ka ningwa pwaahena uunzapo woenvironmental clearance certificate (ECC).

    “Uuministeli wOmidhingoloko nOmatalelepo otawu pula oombinga adhihe mwa katelwa epangelo, iikondo ya yooloka, oombelewa nomalelo gopamuthigululwakalo ngoka ga gandja nenge haga gandja omikanda dha nuninwa epitiko lyiinyangadhalwa yoludhi ndoka opo ya hulithepo egandjo lyomikanda ndhoka meendelelo nokukutha oonkondo omikanda ndhoka dha gandjwa dhaahena oenvironmental clearance,” omukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa kuuministeli gwa holola.

    Nonando ongaaka, aanafaalama mboka ya gumwa kelombwelo ndyoka oye wete kutya otaya ningilwa okatongo.

    Mboka oya nyenyeta kutya ngele oya pewa omikanda ndhoka pwaahena uunzapo mboka tawu popiwa nena shoka kashi shi epuko lyawo, na oye wete kutya uuministeli otawu ningi omatokolo pwaahena omakonaakono gomondjila nuumbangi nopehala otaya ningi owala omatokolo yiikolelela kiinyolwa yokomapandja gomakwatathano gopamalungula.

    Mbambo okwa lombwele iikundnaeki kutya aanafaalama mboka kaya uvitile ombili etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa.

    Okwa popi kutya otashi ulike kutya oonkundathana oshinima sha simana noonkondo uuna tashi ya komatokolo ga guma oshigwana.

    Ngoloneya okwa tsikile kutya aanafaalama mboka oya pungula oshindji meteyo lyomiti ndhoka onkene omukundu ngoka gu li po ogwa pumbwa okukandulwa po meendelelo.

    Aanafaalama mboka otaya pangele woo okushanga omukanda ngoka tagu ukithwa komalelo gomondjila.

    Oshiwike sha piti, oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha holola polweela nkene omahangano gAaChina taga iyambapaleke okuza melanditho lyomiti omanga kombinga yaNamibia ke na unene shoka ta mono okuza melanditho ndyoka.

    Pauyelele wa gandjwa komunambelewa gumwe gwomakuti, ooyene yoofaalama moka hamu tewa omiti ohaya kongo aalandi, mboka taya ka teya po omiti ndhoka hadhi landithwa kondando ya tameka pooN$300 okuya pombanda sigo opoN$450 shiikolela kutya omuti ngoka ogwa adhika oshinano oshile ngiini okuza kondjila yoteya.

    Omiti ndhoka ohadhi falwa nduno kOmbaye hoka hadhi landithwa po komulandi omuChina ngoka ha futu oshimaliwa shooN$12 000 mocubic metre kehe.

    Shoka osha hala okutya aanafaalama ohaya mono oshimaliwa shi li pokati koN$180 000 okuya poN$270 000 ngele ya landitha omiti dha thika po600 omanga omupunguli ngoka gwaChina ha mono iimaliwa yivulithe poomiliyona 3 momiti ndhoka.

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  • 11/29/18--14:00: Ina mu ikuthila omavi
  • Ina mu ikuthila omaviIna mu ikuthila omavi ILENI NANDJATO

    Elelo lyondoolopa yaNdangwa olya kunkilile aakalimo opo ya ethe po omukalo gwokwiikuthila evi nopehala naya landule omilandu dhomondjila okukonga omahala gomavi.

    Omunambelewa omupopiliko gwondoolopa ndjoka, Petrina Shitalangaho okwa popi kutya omwaalu guli pombanda gwomatungo gatungwa paahena epitiko otagu adhika mondoolopa ndjoka, na otaga tungwa kehe esiku.

    Shitalangaho okwa popi kutya aakalimo otaya vulu okumona ooplota uuna taya ningi omaindilo okuza kelelo lyondoolopa nenge okupitila momahangano ngaashi Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN).

    “Eikuthilo lyevi kali shi unene omukundu omunene kutse ihe otwa dhidhilike omatungo ngoka ga tungwa kehe esiku pwaahena epitiko okuza kutse, otatu kunkilile oshigwana shi hulithe po omukalo gwokwiikuthila evi nokutunga omatungo gawo,” Shitalangaho popi.

    Okwa popi kutya otaya ka kwashilipaleka kutya aakalimo ayehe oyiiyutha komilandu dhelelo lyondoolopa, nomatungo ngoka ga tungwa pwaahena omapitiko otaga ka hanagulwapo.

    Shitalangaho okwa popi kutya elelo aluhe ohali gandja omalombwelo uuna lya mono etungo lya tungwa pwaahena epitiko okuza kuyo. Omalombwelo ngoka ohaga gandjwa opo aakwashigwana kaya hepithe oonzo dhawo niimaliwa mokutunga omatungo ngoka molwaashoka otaga hanagulwa po.

    Okwa popi kutya yamwe ohaya uvuko omalombwelo ngoka ihe yamwe ohaya idhimbike omalombwelo, nokupula komeho nomatungo gawo, na okwa indile aakwashigwana aluhe ya longele kumwe nokusimaneka oompango dhondoolopa.

    Ehangano lyoSDFN oli na iilyo ya thika po 2 479 mOndangwa na olya tunga omagumbo ga thika 128.

    Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa ngoka ta thigi po oshinakugwanithwa shoka, okwa indile omalelo goondoolopa ga yambidhidhe SDFN nokugandja evi kehangano ndyoka opo woo ku vule okuyandwa eikuthilo lyevi.

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    Information beats poverty - JaggerInformation beats poverty - Jagger Deputy environment minister Bernadette Jagger says Namibians are living in poverty because they do not have access to information that can empower them.

    Speaking at Library Information Sharing Day this week, Jagger challenged Namibians to research opportunities through reading, while adding this will surely help beat poverty.

    “I believe there are many opportunities with the potential to transform our lives, but they pass us by, just because we are too lazy to do research.”

    She explained that access to information is a basic human right in international law.

    According to Jagger Namibia is a signatory to the SADC Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport, which was ratified by parliament in 2002. Member states were called on to promote the use of information and communication technologies to achieve access to information.

    “Therefore, our failure to deliver access to information is a serious violation of this crucial human right.”

    Jagger commended the education ministry for the time and resources invested in ensuring that Namibia's library system is functional.

    She said special libraries, particularly ministerial libraries or resource centres, are also integrated into the system. At present the education ministry provides librarians to 14 libraries in different ministries.

    She encouraged staff to make use of the libraries, and by doing so, discover opportunities for research writing.

    Jagger said information is an essential resource for economic development and no modern economy or society can function without reliable information.

    According to her libraries are significant information outlets, which should be accessible to all Namibians.

    “If indeed we are serious about providing information for developmental or transformational purposes, we need to equip our libraries and resource centres.

    “Currently, I feel Namibian libraries are not adequately equipped to provide information that supports developmental needs, both for our country and for individuals. I would like to, therefore, hear a lot of voices in support of libraries from my fellow decision-makers. If we have to transform our societies, it has to start with transforming libraries,” Jagger said.

    She said there is also a need to conduct market research to identify information gaps and the needs of people, so government can align its services accordingly.

    “In this information age, special librarians are essential as they provide the information edge for a knowledge-based organisation, by responding with a sense of urgency to the critical information needs of their parent organisation. In order to fulfil this key role, special librarians require two main types of competencies: Professional and personal.”

    Jagger said professional competencies relate to the special librarian's knowledge in the areas of information resources, information access, technology, management and research, and their ability to use these areas of knowledge as a basis for providing library and information services.

    On the other hand, personal competencies represent a set of skills, attitudes and values that enable librarians to work efficiently.


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  • 11/29/18--14:00: Ray of hope for San
  • Ray of hope for SanRay of hope for SanSamaritans come forward The Omundaungilo San community is no longer forgotten as assistance comes in following Namibian Sun's reports on their dire situation. The Omundaungilo San community woke up in newly built structures and on comfortable mattresses this morning. They will also be receiving access to drinking water soon.

    This follows Namibian Sun's exposé 21 months ago, and a recent follow-up, highlighting the plight of the community that has been living in deplorable conditions for years.

    Government contractors raced to Omundaungilo last month to construct corrugated iron structures to replace the makeshift tents in which the San community had lived.

    Also, after reading about the inhumane conditions in which the community lived, a Windhoek-based company - RisCura Consulting Namibia Pty (Ltd) - donated over N$23 000 which was used to purchase 60 mattresses and blankets to complement government's efforts.

    During the handover of the new structures and mattresses this week, deputy minister of marginalised communities in the Office of the Vice-President, Royal Johan Kxao /Ui/o/oo, said the assistance was part of efforts to end the historical injustices suffered by indigenous communities. The Office of the Vice-President gave N$800 000 to build the new structures.

    Besides erecting 25 new structures, government will also provide the community with drinking water.

    “I would like to humbly thank the Omundaungilo community for being patient with our office, I know we took so long to come to you. Today we have these 25 brand new houses that are standing here and I hope you will find them useful. Let us take a good care of them and share with each other as you have been doing it,” /Ui/o/oo said.

    “Our office has also looked for sponsorship from various companies and RisCura Consulting Namibia Pty (Ltd) responded positively and gave us a donation of

    N$23 340 to buy mattresses for the community. Our office decided to divide the money that was budgeted for a housing project at Omundaungilo, to also purchase 50 blankets for the community, so we give two blankets per household also today.”

    /Ui/o/oo assured RisCura that their efforts are not in vain, as his office will ensure that the mattresses are used for the purpose for which they were sponsored. /Ui/o/oo said it is not easy for government to remedy historical injustices.

    He said it is equally important to ensure that the San community's human rights are protected through the appropriate application of both domestic and international laws.

    He added that Namibia has made great strides towards the elimination of racial discrimination against marginalised/indigenous communities, through the provision of essential services such as livelihood support projects, educational support and their resettlement, among others.

    “We are here to learn from each other and share ideas for the common good of our marginalised communities. The headman of this area has laid the foundation for us, and as such, on behalf of the government which I am representing here today.

    “I would like to wholeheartedly thank the community that has been working together with our staff members to build these houses and for what they have done for our San community, and I guarantee you that it will be recorded accordingly down our memory lane, in as far as the development of our communities is concerned,” /Ui/o/oo added.


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    Bail application by key American murder suspect removed from rollBail application by key American murder suspect removed from roll The bail application by American national Marcus Kevin Tomas who is facing a charge of murder in connection with the killing of Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair in 2011, was on removed from the High Court roll yesterday.

    The hearing of the bail application was scheduled to kick off before Acting High Court Judge Ileni Velikoshi on Thursday morning, but was struck off the court roll because his newly privately-instructed defence lawyer, Trevor Brockerhoff was unable to obtain an evidence statement from one of his client's witnesses who was reportedly out of Windhoek.

    Brockerhoff said he will have to consult with Tomas on whether to place back the bail application before court or not.

    Meanwhile, the deputy prosecutor-general, Antonia Verhoef, was opposing the granting of bail on grounds that the American is a flight risk and can easily flee from Namibia to his native country or other countries once released on bail in efforts to evade prosecution, owing to the seriousness and complexity of the charges he is facing.

    The 29-year-old Tomas is charged in the matter alongside countryman Kevan Townsend, 28. Townsend is not part of this bail application. In the matter, the two accused each face charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, unlawful importation of a firearm into Namibia, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice. Tomas and Townsend are the only names mentioned by the Namibian police so far in connection with the investigation into the murder.

    According to the police, Heckmair was found dead behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser pick-up in a cul-de-sac in the Klein Windhoek residential area on 7 January 2011. Investigations launched by the police led them to Townsend and Tomas, and they were arrested on 13 January 2011.

    The duo made their first court appearance on 14 January 2011. The police's crime investigations coordinator for the Khomas Region, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa said at the time the police had been unable to locate the murder weapon or the mobile phone and wallet containing at least N$1 000 that were missing from Heckmair's car. Townsend told the police that he is a resident of New York, while Tomas said he lives in Los Angeles. The two Americans are held at the Windhoek Correctional Services facility, with no option to post bail.


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  • 11/29/18--14:00: Fill-up's tomorrow
  • Fill-up's tomorrowFill-up's tomorrow It's only one sleep until Cassper Nyovest's massive show at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and malume is selling tickets faster than soup on a cold day.

    Cassper announced his intention to fill up the massive venue after his show at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg late last year. The rapper has spent much of 2018 getting his plan in order and marketing the concert.

    As fans eagerly countdown to the highly-anticipated event Cass has been updating his fans on the progress he is making to fill the venue to capacity.

    According to Cass, 50% of golden circle tickets sold out last Thursday but the figure jumped by a further 30% and TshisaLIVE understands that the area is now over 80% sold out. It is expected to sell out by today.

    The rapper also claimed that the upper tier, upper stands and disabled seating areas had also sold out.

    A quick scan on Computicket showed that tickets for these areas were not available, with requests being directed to middle tier, lower tier, general access standing and golden circle tickets.

    Computicket claims that the total number of tickets sold for the event was not available to the public but at the discretion of the organisers.

    Cassper's manager Lerato 'TLee' Moiloa told TshisaLIVE that his team was not able to provide the latest figures on sales but encouraged fans to watch social media for more announcements. On 2 November, Mr Fill Up himself, Cassper Nyovest, was in Durban and spoke about his upcoming concert taking place at the iconic Moses Mabhida on 1 December. During that week, Nyovest, real name Refiloe Maele Phoolo, had visited local radio stations to talk more about #FillUpMosesMabhida.

    During an interview with East Coast Drive's Bongani and Mags, Nyovest revealed that those attending the show can expect a number of Durban-based artists and friends of his like Babes Wodumo to join him on stage.

    Apart from marketing his concert, Nyovest also opened up about his feelings about the death of South African artist, HHP.

    Nyovest shared that HHP was more than just a friend to him.

    “He was more of a big brother. I go through so many emotions through the day, I am still numb. It still feels like a dream because it was so sudden. I have so many questions. You know, I sit in bed thinking maybe if I had called him that day things would be different. Man, I miss HHP,” the multi-award winning artist said.


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    Slammer finally has one under his beltSlammer finally has one under his beltAlbum released this week Slammer went one better than just releasing an album, he released an autobiography as well. Local rapper Slammer (Jeffrey Haoseb), on Tuesday released his debut album, including an autobiography. The event was held at Tornado located in Wernhil Park, Windhoek.

    This made Slammer the first Namibian artist to release an autobiography. He feels that it is very important for any artist to have an autobiography. "I have only seen international artists doing this, and when the sponsor of this project (Kiano Investments CC), suggested it, I was all game," the artist said.

    Jacob Amagulu the owner of Kiano Investments CC, and former local Kwaito artist said he decided to do this because according to him it is very important for fans to know more their favourite artists. "Most fans don’t even know much about the artists whose music they like. They don’t even know where the singer was born and attended schools at. They don’t know this, because they have never been told about the artist," Amagulu said.

    The Hip hop is my girlfriend hit maker said now that the autobiography is out he would like to have it played on television because it will empower the youth. He also would like to feature it on blogs.

    The album entitled When I make it, has 20-tracks and was produced by Glo. The album features local artists such as Sunny Boy, Dice, 3DB, Paul Da Prince, Mr Diamonds, Glo, KaniBal, MZ and Salvador.

    Slammer explained the title of the album: "I have been working very hard on the album. I am how determined that I will make it. The album contains good quality songs."

    The former Academia Secondary School learner said he has worked on the album for over three years. The rapper said that the songs on his album differ a lot from his old music. "I would rate this album as international standard. My old music is good, but this album would be a classic because every record on this album is a vibe – it’s perfection," he said.

    The artist who is inspired by local artists such as Mr Makoya and Gazza said being an artist has given him the platform to serve as a voice for the nation and according to him, having such a big responsibility has helped him to become a better person today.

    Slammer is also known as the 187 rapper. He got the name from the 187 gang that he was in when he was younger. “We were a group of young men. All of the other members already passed on. I am the only one who’s still alive. I decided to keep the name,” the artist explains.

    Slammer is known by his singles such as Hip Hop Is My Girlfriend, Dance 4 Me featuring Baby-G, Fresh from the hood and I Like.

    The artist said two years from now, he plans to start working on another album, but for now he is busy taking his music further on international platforms, across Africa.


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    Glitz, glamour and   acceptance speechesGlitz, glamour and acceptance speechesDStv rewards and celebrates entertainers Mzansi honoured African excellence at the second annual DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards. The air was absolutely popping with energy and enthusiasm at the Sandton International Convention Centre last week Saturday, where the second annual DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards (DMVCAs) took place. There were dramatic gowns, dapper suits, edgy hairstyles and a lot of lights, cameras and action as the Mzansi celebrities came out to slay and play.

    From the elegant black carpet walked by the crème-de-a-crème of Mzansi's sport and entertainment, to the electrifying performances on an immaculate stage, the DMVCAs were nothing short of the South African entertainment industry show-off.

    Hosted by the ever-magnificent self-proclaimed queen Bonang Matheba in one glorious gown after another, she introduced a litany of stars to present the 13 awards to a packed live audience and countless home viewers. Matheba held down the two-hour show with finesse and unsurprisingly blew up social media with her jaw-dropping outfit changes that included sparkling gowns, figure-hugging dresses and a very Beyoncé-esque royal headpiece. Without making it completely awkward, Matheba had to run to the stage to accept her award during a wardrobe change where she thanked the B-Force who voted for her and supported her, always.

    Mzansi saluted the best of local sport and entertainment with a production to rival the best in the world. The black lacquered stage was the focus as numerous dance styles were performed to music by the likes of Kwesta, Sjava, Bucie, Sun-El Musician, Mlindo The Vocalist, Sho Madjozi, Dumi Mkokstad, Ntokozo Mbambo and Khaya Mthethwa, among many others.

    However, the night's best performance easily went to the 30-year music legend, Rebecca Malope, who had the house on its feet during a high-octane performance of a hits combination that turned the awards celebration into a spiritual revival. The gospel queen, sis Reebs, who has over 31 albums to date, was presented with the prestigious 1Life Legend Award by another music icon, Lindelani Mkhize. In an emotional acceptance speech, she gave glory to God, thanked her family and fans, and paid tribute to those who came before her as well as her peers. In her speech, she pleaded with music lovers to be lenient with entertainers as they too are human.

    “So many entertainers across the world are dying famous and poor. We as artists comfort a lot of people in our country and all over the world, but who comforts us in times of need and despair. We are human too, you know, and the only thing we need is someone to hear us,” she said.

    Another highlight of the night was from the Mafikizolo duo. The Happiness singers indeed put their best foot forward with vocalist Nhlanhla Nciza seemingly performing magic with her blink-of-an-eye quick costume changes, including a fetching silver space princess outfit with hair to match. The duo performed some throwback classics and mixed them up contemporary hits, proving that they were still very much Mzansi's adored music group across generations.

    Like last year, the night was not only reserved for the famous. The 1Life Life Changer Award, which is awarded to someone making a difference in their community, went to mechanic Moss Lehlokoa, who teaches youth in Diepsloot panel beating. He, along with his nominator, walked off with R50 000 each. A lucky voter also won a spanking new Kia Rio TEC Automatic.

    The Queen actress, Thembsie Matu, took the biggest award of the night, DStv Ultimate Favourite Viewers' Choice, presented by last year's recipient Thembisa Mdoda and MultiChoice CEO for general entertainment, Yolisa Phahle. As the mouthy housekeeper Patronella, Matu keeps thumbs busy on Twitter with her funny shenanigans. It's no wonder that she was also voted favourite actress. An overwhelmed Matu thanked fans who voted and those who wanted but couldn't, endearing herself even more to Mzansi.

    DJ Maphorisa featuring Moonchild and Zulu Mkhathini closed off the show on a high with their chart-topper, iWalk Ye Phara. Their performance was made even more special as social media event promoter Dimpie Dimpopo joined them on stage, bringing to life what his fans love about his videos.

    And the winners are:

    Favourite Song of the Year - Prince Kaybee and LaSoulmates ft Zanda Zakuza and TNS – Club Controller

    Favourite TV Presenter - Pearl Modiadie

    1Life Life Changer - Moss Lehlokoa

    Favourite Comedian - Skhumba

    Favourite Personality of the Year - Bonang Matheba

    Favourite Rising Star - Distruction Boyz

    Favourite Radio Personality - Ntate Thuso Motaung

    Favourite Actor - Warren Masemola

    Favourite Actress - Thembsie Matu

    Favourite Music Artist or Group - Khuzani

    Favourite DJ - Black Coffee

    Favourite Sports Personality - Caster Semenya

    Ultimate Viewers' Choice - Thembsie Matu

    1Life Legend Award - Rebecca Malope

    June Shimuoshili

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    Internet sensation and hype man Dimpie DimpopoInternet sensation and hype man Dimpie DimpopoThe president of moods to grace Namibia on 8 December Comedian Dimpie Dimpopo talks to tjil about his rise to fame and an upcoming gig in Namibia, again. There is no way for you to have missed the South African comedian on any social media platform at all. Dimpie Dimpopo told tjil at the recently ended DStv Mzansi Viewer's Choice Awards that he has always been entertainer and it was perfect timing that made his work get recognition.

    “I have been doing this thing of making people laugh since my school years. It's just that it popped out now and it spread too, thanks to the internet. I believe that everyone has their time in life and I guess this is my time to shine,” he said.

    Dimpie Dimpopo, whose real name is Nadeem Poen, is known for being witty whilst seated in a car dancing to great music… or… hyping up an event or someone with his famous 'ladies and gentlemen, kings and queens, come on nana, oh Nkosi yami, maak vol wat leeg wat vol is and you don't want to miss this one', taglines. The 21-year-old said his journey started when he did a video in a car and people loved it. Since then he has not looked back. The comedian says he loves making people laugh at things they can relate to and this is all just by him being himself. “It's so exciting to know that my work has crossed borders. I have performed in Namibia before, I have been to Swakopmund and Keetmanshoop and it was beautiful. I performed alongside Adora and Namibians are just lovely. Language is never a barrier, many don't understand when I speak Setswana but that's what makes it special. I also speak Afrikaans,” he said. Dimpie Dimpopo said his Namibian fans need to stay tuned to his social media platforms as he will soon make his announcement for 8 December. The entertainer, who is also a brand ambassador for John Craig South Africa, hopes to venture into other regions for ambassadorial jobs and to keep entertaining people overall.

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    The Tswazis are 'Critical But Stable'The Tswazis are 'Critical But Stable' The Tswazis are launching their long-awaited fourth album titled 'Critical But Stable' today in Keetmanshoop.

    The duo, comprised of Raxa and Eldazz, have taken the Namibian music industry by storm. Their new album boasts a wealth of lyrical skills spread over a wide variety of music styles and genres.

    Ever since their entrance into the Namibian music industry in 2011, Tswazis have worked their way up to become the most favoured duo in Namibia. They have captured the hearts of Namibians with their lyrically powerful and catchy songs and vibrant stage performances which they showcase during each performance.

    When asked why they chose the name for their album they said that they have been through a lot during the past three years, the whole inspiration behind the album is everything they went through, the ups and downs, the sad and happy times.

    “We fall and we rise but we are still there no matter how hard and difficult things get,” said Raxa

    The album has 16 tracks with a mixture of all genres. “The Tswazis do not have a specific genre,” said Raxa jokingly. The album is aimed to be a fun and entertaining album with a key message in every song.

    “It's a festive album. The Tswazis are all about good vibes, getting people on the dance floor and happy but yet, there is always a powerful message behind every song that people can relate to,” said Eldazz.

    The Tswazis added that they collaborated on a few songs with Artist of the Year Kalux, Dice, Tate Buti, Mojo and Samatha. They have also released their single 'Skitti' which will be on the album, and the song has taken the country by storm and is enjoyed by most.

    The album will be officially released today and will be available at all local music retailer shops and fans can buy themselves an album from the stars directly as they will be hitting the road for a roadshow during December.


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    Great news for local filmmakersGreat news for local filmmakersNamibians urged to submit their concepts Zambezi Magic is searching for new film concepts across the southern region and Namibia is no exception. M-Net recently announced that Zambezi Magic is looking for five new film concepts that depict the authentic African experience and reflect the shades of the southern region. Filmmakers from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana are encouraged to submit their proposals on M-Net's submissions portal before 31 December. Filmmakers and producers can access the Zambezi Magic submissions portal via submissions.mnetcorporate.co.za/.

    Speaking at the MultiChoice Southern Africa Media Showcase 2018, Timothy Okwaro, the channel director, also presented the content line-up for Zambezi Magic in 2019. Exciting new shows in store for DStv viewers in 2019 will include Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe, Date My Family Zambia and Date my Family Botswana. Okwaro said they will soon come and scout for more talent and productions in Namibia as of next year.

    “Before we commit to anything we need to see what skillset is there and how we can work on it. Once we identify it we can then work on shows like Date My Family Namibia or Our Perfect Wedding Namibia. In the meantime, the productions that will come out of Namibia need to be suitable as that is how we identify producers who we can then train to produce our productions,” he said.

    Zambezi Magic is a DStv channel customised for southern African viewers outside of South Africa. Okwaro reflected on the journey of the hyper-local channel that offers a mix of locally produced content for markets in southern Africa.

    “Since the birth of the channel in 2015, Zambezi Magic has grown exponentially by working with local producers to share southern Africa's stories. In 2016, we commissioned five local shows, and to date we have commissioned over 17 shows. Our channel offering composes 85% southern African content and has grown from strength to strength as we continue to deliver on the content that our viewers love”, he stated.

    Zambezi Magic has grown from strength to strength in its content by offering family entertainment that showcases the best in local movies, music, soaps, sitcoms, lifestyle shows and documentaries. During this period, the channel featured a wide array of content across the region including the drama-filled The Third Will Namibian series, which has made Zambezi Magic its home for the third consecutive year. The channel also featured the local historical documentary, Man of the Hour, which looks at the life of President Hage Geingob.

    MultiChoice Africa is the biggest investor in local content on the continent, and has played a significant role in bringing the TV production industry to life across Africa. Through their channels, MultiChoice has made extensive investments in the development of original African programming showcasing the best African content across the continent. Their investment in stories and programmes has reinvigorated film and television industries across the continent, resulting in a proliferation of exceptional original local productions and the discovery of talent both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

    According to Lizette Foot, the corporate affairs manager of MultiChoice southern region, local content investment depends on the size of the market and their ability to fund such initiatives.

    The following factors are important considerations in the process: The demand for the content, whether the broadcast will attract viewership across the region, the capacity to broadcast, the cost of acquiring the content and whether the broadcast will be commercially viable and attract advertisers.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Coastal Fiesta to kick-start the festive seasonCoastal Fiesta to kick-start the festive season The first-ever Coastal Fiesta is set to take place, tomorrow, 1 December at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay.

    Four local entrepreneurs, Josephine Neyoha, Carlos Gurirab, Raymond Stefanus and Gideon Tshomokuti saw the need to provide an exhibition, network and entertainment platform by welcoming corporates, small and medium enterprises, and local entrepreneurs in and around Walvis Bay.

    According to one of the organisers, Gideon Tshomokuti, the fiesta is not just a market day, but a celebration. “It's a festival aimed at welcoming the festive season, to unwind, relax and enjoy a fun-filled family friendly community day at the beach. The Coastal Fiesta is for the people by the people.”

    More than 50 stalls will be set up which include, corporate, local SMEs as well as food and beverage stalls.

    “As the sun sets, Coastal Fiesta in partnership with Lothar's Steakhouse Walvis Bay offers a leisure lounge tent with live DJs on deck to keep the spirits up.”

    DJs on deck include DJ Robe, DJ Waxa, DJ Rodney, DJ Linx, DJ Colly, DJ Bensi, DJ Rico, DJ Homie and DJ Spuzza. A local group of hip-hop artists called Zutie Gang will also be performing as well as local Afro pop sensation Top Cherie. The Super Jaivas will also light up the stage with their dance moves.

    One lucky partygoer can win a regional return flight ticket complements of Air Namibia.

    “All you have to do is take a picture of your Coastal Fiesta ticket or a picture at the event tomorrow, tag Coastal Fiesta and Air Namibia on any social media platform and stand a chance to win.

    Telecom will also provide free wifi throughout the fiesta.”

    “Special thanks goes to our sponsors who are Air Namibia, Aphrike, Trans Africa Commercial Investment, FNB, MMC Graphics, Distell Namibia, Guans Packaging, Coca-Cola, Lothars Steakhouse, Minaqua Prepared Water and JJD Holdings.”

    Tickets are available at Computicket for N$30, and N$40 at the gate.

    Leandrea Louw

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  • 11/29/18--14:00: Make the smart cut
  • Make the smart cutMake the smart cutThe Dogg on circumcision, HIV and living well Circumcision can reduce your chances of contracting HIV by 60%... Namibia's strongest ambassador for the drive, The Dogg, sits down with tjil. Since we commemorate World Aids Day on 1 December, tjil caught up with Smart Cut ambassador The Dogg to touch on the issue of circumcision and how it plays a role in curbing the spread of HIV/Aids.

    tjil (t): Why did you choose to be part of the Smart Cut campaign?

    The Dogg (D): It is a life-changing campaign and I need fans to buy my music and clothing. The other reason I chose to be part of this campaign is because both my parents died when I was young from HIV/Aids, thus being part of it, enabled me to educate people on the issue of HIV/Aids.

    t: Where do you see the campaign in the next two to five years?

    D: The campaign does not stop; it will be going on forever as long as the issues of HIV/Aids are there. It is not a promotion and it is an ongoing thing that affects a lot of people in a community. In the next years I would like to see a lot of males being circumcised, lets circumcise the whole male nation and hopefully, create an HIV-free generation.

    t: What accomplishments have you achieved this year and what challenges did you face with the campaign?

    D: There weren't really a lot of challenges and I think a lot of people already know what the Smart Cut campaign is all about. I did not experience people going on social media and going against the campaign. The success is that hospitals were full to capacity where guys went for the smart cut and I am just hoping that they keep going. As long as you are sexually active it is vital you go for it as we don't know what might happen during sexual activities, for example, the condom could burst. So this is just another strategy to fight HIV/Aids.

    t: What is the relationship between the 'Smart Cut' and your music? How are you bringing that message through your music?

    D: I already had a song realised regarding HIV/Aids about three/four years ago. I believe people like listening to songs of entertainment and songs about HIV/Aids are not really listened to. They like listen to something that is fun and HIV/Aids is not fun, it is a serious issue, so for somebody just to go do a song on it, I don't think they will really pay attention to it. Only with my influence, I can help those that don't believe that HIV/Aids is real and me talking to them, can change their behaviour towards the issue.

    t: What are the benefits of male circumcision and in terms of hygiene what are the benefits or some of the things that could be done?

    D: If you are circumcised the chances of you being infected with HIV/Aids is reduced by 60% and the chances of penile cancer is reduced, and chances of contracting STDs are also decreased. For hygiene purposes it is to just be clean as the foreskin can be very dirty. Cutting the foreskin off makes you cleaner and you wash easily and faster. For the ladies if your man is circumcised the chances of you getting STDs, STIs and cervical cancer are very low.

    T: At what age is it suitable undergo circumcision?

    D: The campaign that I am busy is from ten and upwards, even if you are 100 years old. But for those people that want to do it for their kids at an early stage they can always visit the private or public hospitals with the VMC logo which is free, or you could also go to any doctor of your choice to do that for you.

    T: Tell us about the process and how long it takes to heal?

    D: It took me six weeks to heal. The process starts from going to the clinic and they would ask you private questions that you need to answer in order for them to help you better. I don't really want to say everything as I think people should go there themselves. After circumcision you don't need to play around with your penis or have sex during the healing process.

    T: What advice would you give to boys and men out there about male circumcision to protect themselves from the risk of getting infected with HIV/Aids?

    D: I will advise everyone out there, men and women, to spread the message because it is not only beneficial to the guys but to the ladies as well. The government is doing everything it can and the ministry of health will not encourage you to do something if it is bad for you. There were people out there that spread stuff like your penis getting smaller after the process but it does not change, it is only the foreskin that is removed which is very thin. So let us go out there and get the smart cut.

    T: Why the name 'Smart Cut' for the campaign?

    D: I did not come up with this name and Smart Cut was initiated of the ministry of health. I just came on board to promote it and spread the message more to the youth.

    T: What are the plans for the campaign?

    D: The plans for the campaign is go to places that we have never visited, so far I have only been to four regions. I am hoping next to spread out to other regions in the country; I also plan to visit more schools and communities. I would love be out there the whole year speaking to the youth and older generation.

    T: What are some of the struggles you think men or boys living with HIV/Aids face?

    D: They suffer from acceptance as they refuse to accept it in order to get the necessary help and it is not only men but women as well. Without acceptance some of them tend to not take their medication regularly. I would urge them to accept the outcome and take their medication to live a normal life.

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    Namibia's roads are risky for travellersNamibia's roads are risky for travellers Namibia is as safe as China when it comes to security, according to a new interactive map showing risk levels around the world, but road safety in the country poses a high risk to travellers.

    The 2019 Travel Risk Map was prepared by the global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks.

    It shows the latest medical, road-safety and security risk ratings of destinations worldwide.

    It shows the danger level in each country based on the current threat posed to travellers through political violence such as terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war.

    It also measures social unrest including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence and violent and petty crime.

    Further factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country's susceptibility to natural disasters were also taken into consideration.

    The map lists five categories of risk: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme.

    The map indicates that Namibia has a low security risk, while the medical risk in the country is rated as medium. However, Namibia's road safety is rated as a high risk for travellers.

    Apart from Namibia, the UK, Iran, Georgia, the USA, Canada Azerbaijan, Armenia and Uzbekistan also fall in the low category when it comes to the security risk.

    These are countries where there is still a low rate of violent crime and they also have efficient transport and emergency services.

    India and major parts of Russia and Brazil fall into the medium category and in these countries political unrest and violent protests are higher. Also their security and emergency services and infrastructure may vary from place to place.

    The security risk for travellers in Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia is described as “average”.

    Countries such as Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, on the other hand, are described as “dangerous”.

    “Extreme risk” countries are almost exclusively in Africa and the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Somalia.

    The highest level of political violence and social unrest, including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence, occurs in this category. Also, government and transport services are barely functional.

    Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland are among the countries where the security risk is “insignificant”. These countries have effective emergency and transport services too.

    In the category of health, the countries with the highest risk of contracting disease include South Sudan, Niger, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.

    Iraq was also labelled a high-risk country in the health category, along with Lebanon, Venezuela and North Korea.

    In contrast, most European states, as well as Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Japan, have a low risk of disease.

    Looking at road safety, the majority of countries in Africa pose a very high risk to travellers. Outside Africa the riskiest roads are in Brazil, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakhstan.

    Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria all ranked high in each of the three categories, meaning they are the most dangerous.

    At the opposite end of the scale, Norway, Finland and Iceland are all deemed to have a low risk of medical problems, security and road accidents, meaning they are the safest.

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