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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ompumbwe yiilonga mokati kaanyasha otayi limbilikeOmpumbwe yiilonga mokati kaanyasha otayi limbilike Iiputudhilo yopombanda youniversiti moNamibia otayi kambadhala okulongekidha aailongi yawo mokumona oompito dhiilonga ihe oya kunkilile kutya omalongo gopombanda inaga kala owala onga oompito dhokwiimonena iilonga ihe okukwashilipaleka woo kutya oshilongo oshi na aantu yandungikwa.

    Sho a yamukula omapulo nokuyelitha kombinga yondjele yi li pombanda yokwaahena iilonga mokati kaailongi AaNamibia mboka ya manitha omailongo gawo miiputudhilo yopombanda, omunambelewa omupopiliko gwoUniversity of Namibia (Unam), Johannes Haufiku okwa yelitha kutya elalakano lyiiputudhilo okugandja uunongo wopombanda neuveko enene moshilongwa shontumba shoka tashi ilongelwa komwiilongi, naashoka otashi ka vula okukwathela oshigwana uuna omuntu ngoka a manitha eilongo lye.

    Oshinakugwanithwa shongeshefa okukwashilipaleka kutya oshilongo osha mona iiyemo okuza kuunongo mboka wa monika kaailongi mooskola.

    Okwa tothamo iikondo yomailongo ya yooloka ngaashi sociology, engineering, arts, medicine, law oshowo iikondo yilwe nokuyelika kutya oshikondo kehe oshiikalekelwa na oshi na shoka tashi gandja moshigwana.

    Oshiputudhilo shoNamibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) osha zimine kutya okumona uulongelwe oshi na ongushu oyindji kayi shi owala ndjoka yokumona ompito yiilonga.

    Nust vice-chancellor gwoshiputudhilo shoka Tjama Tjivikua okwa popi kutya okumona uulongelwe otashi yambulapo oshigwana kehe na kashi shi owala moshikondo shuuindjinia ihe omiikondo kehe.

    Tjivikua okwa tende kohi kutya nonando onkalo yokwaahena iilonga yi li pombanda mokati kaailongi miiputudhilo mbyoka ya manitha omailongo gawo otayi limbililike nokweetitha omaipulo kombinga yongushu yoonzapo dhuulongelwe elongo lyopombanda itaali vulu okufekelwa.

    “Uuyuni otawu humu komeho monkalo yedhigathano na opo omuntu a hume komeho okwa pumbwa okukala a longwa. Monakuziwa ontseyo oyo owala yali tayi vulu okumonitha omuntu iilonga ihe onkalo ndjoka oya lunduluka ngaashiingeyi.”

    Okwa tsu omuthindo kutya oouniveristi odho adhike itadhivulu okweetitha po oompito dhiilonga, ta popi kutya omolwa onkalo ndjoka muuyuni aanyasha otaya iyadha taya hwahwamekwa konkalo yokwaahena iilonga nokuninga iinima mbyoka itayi wapala, onga oonkambadhala dhokwiimonena sha ihe aakuthimbinga ayehe oya pumbwa okulongela kumwe opo ku kandulwe po uupyakadhi mboka wa taalela aanyasha.

    Okwa popi kutya olugodhi lwokukandula po okwaahena iilonga italu vulu okusindanwa kombinga yimwe owala.

    Tjivikua okwa popi kutya mboka ya manitha omailongo gawo naya konkole piiyelo kehe taya kongo iilonga ihe naya konge woo omikalo dhilwe opo ya vule okwiilongela yoyeye.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omahangano naga kale ga patulukila okugandja oompito dhomadheulo miilonga kaailongi, nepangelo nali gandje oonzo dha gwana kiiputudhilo yopombanda, yo tayi kwashilipaleke kutya omailongo ngoka taya gandja ogongushu.

    Haufiku okwa popi kutya omahangano nago naga dhane onkandangala mokugandja oompito dhomadheulo giilonga kaailongi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omukalo omuwanawa moka aailongi taya vulu okukutwa miilonga, ongele taya longitha ethimbo lyawo ndoka kaye na shoka taya ningi mokukonga iilonga yopakathimbo nokulonga shoka ye hole.

    Okwa popi kutya omauyelele otaga holola kutya aailongi yamwe otaya longo miikondo hayo yiilongele nenge ye na ohokwe mu yo ihe omolwa owala oompito dhiilonga ndhoka dha pumba.

    Okwa popi kutya poompito dhilwe aavali, ookume noshigwana ohashi undulile aailongi mokwiilongela iinima mbyoka kaye na ohokwe muyo, ta popi kutya oshiputudhilo shawo otashi kambadhala okuya moshipala onkalo ndjoka sho shi na omulandu gwomahungomwenyo kaailongi yomvula yotango, nokuya pa ompito ya lunduulle omailongo gawo petameko lyomvula.

    Tjivikua okwa popi kutya omakonaakono gaailongi mboka ya manitha omailongo gawo noshiputudhilo shawo, oga holola kutya oopresenda 87 dhaailongi mboka ya manitha omailongo gawo pokati komvula yo 2012 no 2013 oye na iilonga. Omakonaaakono ngoka oga ningwa pokati komwedhi Kotomba mo 2016 nomwedhi Maalitsa mo 2017.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Namibia ta nduluka ngashiingeyi iihautoNamibia ta nduluka ngashiingeyi iihautoEpungulo ndyoka otali nkondopeke eliko lyoshilongo Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa patulula pambelewa ongalashe yokulonga iihauto yaFrance yehangano lyoPSA nokuningila omalolelo oshihauto shotango shoPeugeot 5008 shoka sha longelwa tango mongalashe ndjoka. Omupresidende okwa popi kutya shoka oshi li epondolo unene moshikondo shomapungulo moshilongo.

    “Ohauto yandje yotango ndjoka nda landa moZambia sho oshilongo sha manguluka, oya li oPeugeot ya kulupa,” Geingob a poi.

    Monena oomodela ndatu dhiihauto mbyoka yoSUV otadhi longwa mOmbaye niitungithi yiihauto mbyoka ohayi kuthwa pondje yoshilongo.

    Iihauto mbyoka tayi longwa mongalashe ndjoka oya kwatela mo oomodela dhoPeugeot ngaashi - 3008 oshowo 5008, Opel Grandland, Emre Karaer, omupeha presidende gwoPeugeot mosub-Saharan Africa a popi.

    “Otwa nyanyukwa noonkondo kookume yetu miilonga ngaashi Namibia Development Corporation, sho opoloyeka ndjika ya ningi yoshili.

    Pahapu dhaKaraer, iihauto yi li 15 monena oya longwa nale mongalashe ndjoka oomodela ndatu dha yooloka. Okwa hololwa kutya ondjodhi yawo okulonga iihauto yi li po 5 000 okuya momvula yo 2020.

    Ehangano lyoPSA group olya hala okukala tali landitha iihauto mUumbugantu waAfrika mbyoka ya longwa mOmbaye.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya iihauto mbyoka taya longo ohayi ningilwa omakonaakono nootutsa dha kwata miiti opo ku kashilipalekwe egameno lya kwata miiti nongushu yopamuthika gwopombanda. PSA group ehangano lyokulonga iihauto lyaFrance na olimwe lyomomahangano ga tulwa ponomola yotango muuyuni ngele tashi ya kokulonga iiyenditho.

    Shoka otashi tsu kumwe noohapu shaKaraer sho a popi kutya omumvo gwoshimaliwa gwa piti oya nduluka iihauto yi li pomiliyona 2.2 nokumona iiyemo yooeuros oobiliyona 38.6.

    Ongalashe ndjoka yokunduluka iiyenditho mOmbaye oya tota po oompito dhiilonga dha thika po 50, nomwaalu ngoka otagu etitha oonkondo, pahapu dhomukaelipo gwaFrance moNamibia, Claire Bodonyi.

    Okwa popi kutya oya tokola okuhogolola Namibia omolwa uukume wongushu, nongalashe ndjoka oya kalelapo epungulo lyoomiliyona 190.

    Omupresidende Geingob kwa pandula woo ominista yemona, Calle Schlettwein, omolwa omalongekidho ngoka a ningi opo opoloyeka yepungulo ndyoka yi tulwe miilonga.

    Okwa popi kutya oku na einekelo kutya okunana omapungulo moshikondo shokulonga iihauto oshimwe shomapungulo gongushu ngoka taga yambulapo eliko lyoshilongo.

    Geingob okwa popi kutya ondjila yokutsitha ondjodhi yopoloyeka ndjoka oyali yuudha omaupyakadhi ogendji na kasha li oshilonga oshipu, na okwa nyanyukwa sho ondjodhi ndjoka ya ningi yoshili, na otashi ulike epondolo lyaNamibia, sho iilonga oyindji nayo yali yi na ondjodhi yokukala nongalashe ndjoka.







    ERWIN LEUSCHNER

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    Let your dreams take you to BerlinLet your dreams take you to Berlin Filmmakers and industry facilitators are urged to apply to take part in the Berlinale.

    Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry.

    This year, the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) is seeking to sponsor industry facilitators and filmmakers who want to attend the event with two flight tickets, visa fees, couriering of promotional material and booth space. This was announced by the chairperson of the commission Joel Haikali at an industry mixer held last week. The commission believes that it is necessary for Namibia to be represented at the festival as it is an ideal market in terms of securing project investments, skills exchange and major skills development opportunities.

    “This particular festival is also a great platform for facilitators to attract productions to the country and the NFC itself. We therefore see it immensely beneficial to filmmakers and facilitators, provided they optimally maximise on this opportunity. This is why such an opportunity must be accorded to the right individuals,” he said. The Berlinale is an initiative of the European Film Market (EFM) in cooperation with the World Cinema Fund which promotes films from sub-Saharan Africa with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

    Interested candidates must submit a motivational letter stating why they deserve the sponsorship and how they plan on maximising the opportunity. The candidates should have a project in pre- or post-production mode and the project information together with a marketing strategy for Berlinale should be submitted before 31 December. Candidates are required to prove that they will be able to sustain themselves in Germany in terms of accommodation and meals.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Mafikizolo to engage Namibian artistsMafikizolo to engage Namibian artistsCelebrating 21 years in the industry Great things are in store for local artists in 2019... with South African stars Mafikizolo. Twenty-one years later and nine albums down the line, the South African Afro-pop group is one which is still able to get both young and old people on their feet. The duo, in an interview with tjil, said their musical journey started in a garage and today their music is listened to and celebrated across Africa and the rest of the world.

    Having done hit-making collaborations all over Africa, Mafikizolo confirmed that in 2019 they will penetrate the Namibian music industry for another smash song, or more.

    “In the year 2019 and this is a promise, we are coming to Namibia for a collaboration or maybe two,” said both group members.

    Currently signed with Universal Music South Africa, the Ndihamba Nawe singers described 2018 as an awesome year as their brand has grown stronger.

    “It's not easy to make it to 21 years in the industry and the whole journey has been exciting. We are hoping for 21 more years to go,” they said.

    The artists were the highlight of the night at the recent DStv MultiChoice Viewers' Choice Awards event held in Sandton. 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 with contemporary hits, proving that they are still very much Mzansi's most adored music group across generations.

    “The awards show is exciting because it is celebrating the industry and the ability to be in one room with all these talents is amazing. The awards mean a lot to the fans and to the personalities too,” the group added.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Namibian film students doing fineNamibian film students doing fine The three local MultiChoice Talent Factory representatives Ester Beukes, Toivo Ashivudhi and Sally Jason are performing exceptionally well.

    It is only three months into the 12-month programme and MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) academy director Berry Lwando has nothing but praise for the local representatives. Speaking to tjil at the recent DStv Viewers' Choice Awards, Lwando says the Namibian students are a delight to work with. He described each of the students' characters with enthusiasm.

    “Sally is a leader, a person who wants to go places. She has great ideas; we even implemented one of them. I learn something from her each day,” he said as he described the 26-year-old radio presenter.

    The director depicted 24-year-old Ester as the kind of person who likes everything she is involved with to be organised and in order. He further said she is a determined individual who likes to be on top of her game. Lwando spoke about the only male student Toivo who was specially selected for the programme as someone who is determined and humble.

    “Toivo was selected because he is so talented but he didn't have time to put his skills into practise in Namibia. We are seeing so much from him but we hope to see more. He specialises in music genre production style,” he said.

    Upon their return to Namibia, the students will be expected to apply what they learned in their industries. Lwando further said that the students are being trained in such a way that they will not look at the absence of equipment or financial support but will be able to use what they have.

    “They will be fully groomed professionals who will not take no for an answer, who will be able to look at an absence of something as an opportunity and they will propel the Namibian industry to the next level,” he said.

    The training programme is rolled out in partnership with stakeholders across the continent and provides the creative industries with a platform to learn and develop their talent, and engage and connect with each other through their shared passions. According to Lwando, the 20 candidates will be provided with skillsets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through their 12-month training.

    “The MultiChoice Talent Factory is committed to empowering young filmmakers and enriching the video broadcasting industry, and the academy is our key to doing this and addressing the numerous gaps across the region. “We believe that given an opportunity, an empowered new generation of filmmakers and TV professionals will rise to take their place at the forefront of local creative industries, producing the very best of local African content for our customers,” Lwando added.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: Cobus Möller
  • Cobus Möller Cobus Möller Miss Namibia is a literal, walking and talking Namibian diamond A trip down memory lane with Miss Namibia's national costumes. The reigning Miss Namibia Selma Kamanya is currently in Thailand for the 66th Miss Universe pageant. As part of tradition, Miss Namibia had to reveal her national costume and like the previous years, the public had its opinions. According to pageant director Connie Maritz, Kamanya's costume is inspired by diamonds, Namibia's crown jewel to be specific because, well, they are a girl's best friend.

    The reigning queen will be wearing a bodysuit which is bedazzled with faux diamonds holding an intricately worked wing representing one extremely large diamond which will sparkle continually on stage. Kamanya also has a diamond headdress to complete the look. The many facets on the costume are made to mirror that of a true diamond. “This awe-inspiring national costume worn by Miss Namibia represents the essence of Namibia, a country renowned worldwide for its magnificent diamonds. It embodies the proud spirit of this country and her beautiful Namibian people. It is a true reflection of the magnificent and diverse Namibian landscape where the oldest desert in the world meets the Atlantic Ocean,” said Maritz.

    Kamanya's dress is designed by Cobus Möller who has designed the national costume for Miss Namibia dating back as far as 2012. He is notoriously well-known for designing costumes that have gained much attention. Whereas various members of the public have ridiculed his designs for being audacious, there are those who have adored them. Möller's works include the rhino-inspired dress from last year, worn by Suné January as well as Tsakana Nkandih's feather dress.

    Some members of the public took to social media to air their opinions. Some of them believe that the diamond garment is likely to have Miss Namibia stand a chance to win. Others felt that the dress lacks inspiration and went as far as asking if the organisation has a lifetime contract with the designer as they regard his work as tacky.

    Questions, including why the Miss Namibia national costumes are designed by Möller, were sent to the director and they went unanswered by the time of going to print.

    JUNE SHIMUOSHILI

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy I am a grown man

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    I am a 17-year-old, I’m on school break and my mother is a little paranoid with me leaving the house. I want to get a holiday job but she won’t let me leave the house without her freaking out about safety. Please tell me how I can get a job; she doesn’t even support me during the holiday that is why I need it.

    That’s too sad. You have to understand where your mother is coming from. We live in a very dangerous world. In fact, the moment you leave your front door anything can happen to you. There is so much crime especially around this time of the year. Your mother doesn’t mean to hurt you, she’s just protecting you. I suggest you talk to someone she trusts to cut you some slack. Make them understand why you want to go out and perhaps you can come to a compromise.

    Left out in the cold

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    I stay with my cousin in Walvis Bay and lately she’s having too many male friends over. Sometimes she chases me out of the room and I have to wait for them to leave the bedroom before I’m allowed back in the house. My cousin provides for me financially and she threatened to send me back to my mother’s house in the north if I complain. I hate staying outside. Please tell me what I should do.

    Aww I’m so sorry baby. It sucks when you feel like you are in a bubble and no one understands you or you can’t speak out. I wish I could give you a hug right now. I think the best thing to do is to consider your options really hard and come up with a solution. I wouldn’t exactly say tattle your cousin to your mother, tell her in such a way that she can perhaps speak to your cousin to make her change. Not only is it cold outside, it is also very unsafe. You have to take action now before something happens.

    I want to be a mother

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    A couple of years ago I went to a completely different town to give birth because I was embarrassed and worried that my social status will be harmed by me being a mother. I am so grown and I want to be able to embrace my child as my own and love her. How do I tell my friends she’s mine and I had her when I disappeared four years ago?

    Hey baby mama. The fact that you are considering taking back your child means that you have matured and you are ready for the journey that was meant for you. Raising a child is not a walk in the park and one needs maximum support from family and friends. If you feel your friends will not respect or understand what your situation perhaps they are not really your friends. Motherhood is something beautiful that everyone should experience and I don’t think it is fair that your friends take that away from you. Bring your child to where you stay and if your friends don’t accept her then it’s time to move on.

    I want it big

    Hi Auntie Nangy

    My partner has a very small penis and it bothers me greatly. He is the breadwinner and I feel like I’m sacrificing my happiness because he takes care of me financially. What should I do please? I miss enjoying sex.

    Oh my dear! I would not want to be you right now. A woman has as much as the man needs. Sexual pleasure is very important and you should be able to get that in your relationship or else you will start to wander into your neighbours’ houses. Look, I say honesty is the best policy and you have to communicate with your partner. Maybe he doesn’t even know that you don’t enjoy sex. Of course he cannot change the size of his penis but there’s modifications and medication that work like magic. Let him know and maybe seek therapy at the same time. I don’t know what your situation is but I don’t think you can rely on him for all your financial needs. You need to get that fixed. Lastly, I wish you strength sister. You will need it.

    Who is your daddy?

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    I had slept with two guys and I’m now expecting. I don’t know whose child it is and I know my boyfriend will leave me if I tell him this. Please help me make the right decision.

    Wow. You children amaze me. This is a very sticky situation but I don’t know why you found yourself sleeping around when you actually have a partner. You have to open up to both of them. You have to let them know and because you do grown-up things, you should be ready for the grown-up consequences. Perhaps when the child is born you can get a paternity test to find out who the father is.

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in  briefCompany news in brief Eskom wants state to take on billions of its debt

    South Africa's struggling state-run power firm Eskom wants the government to take on R100 billion of its debt to shore up its balance sheet, Eskom Chairman Jabu Mabuza told the Business Day newspaper.

    Cash-strapped Eskom, which supplies more than 90% of South Africa's electricity, is struggling to emerge from a financial crisis and has implemented power cuts over the past week because of coal shortages and poor plant performance.

    Eskom executives are meeting investors on a roadshow to London and the United States this week. A financial market source in London told Reuters that Mabuza had spoken to investors on the roadshow about the idea of shifting R100 billion of Eskom's debt onto the government's balance sheet.

    However, South Africa's finance ministry, which is at pains to trim the country's large budget deficit, said on Wednesday that it had not yet received the debt proposal.

    "The government's policy stance on the funding of state-owned companies remains that such funding must be done in a deficit neutral manner," treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said. – Nampa/Reuters

    Huawei CFO arrested in Canada

    Canada has arrested Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's global chief financial officer in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the United States, Canada's department of justice said on Wednesday.

    The arrest is related to violations of US sanctions, a person familiar with the matter said. Reuters was unable to determine the precise nature of the violations.

    Sources told Reuters in April that US authorities have been probing Huawei, one of the world's largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of US export and sanctions laws.

    Meng Wanzhou, who is one of the vice chairs on the company's board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on Dec. 1 and a court hearing has been set for today, a Canadian justice department spokesman said.

    Huawei confirmed the arrest in a statement and said that it has been provided little information of the charges, adding that it was "not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng". – Nampa/Reuters

    Clues in Marriott hack implicate China

    Hackers behind a massive breach at hotel group Marriott International Inc left clues suggesting they were working for a Chinese government intelligence gathering operation, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    Marriott said last week that a hack that began four years ago had exposed the records of up to 500 million customers in its Starwood hotels reservation system.

    Private investigators looking into the breach have found hacking tools, techniques and procedures previously used in attacks attributed to Chinese hackers, said three sources who were not authorised to discuss the company's private probe into the attack.

    That suggests that Chinese hackers may have been behind a campaign designed to collect information for use in Beijing's espionage efforts and not for financial gain, two of the sources said.

    While China has emerged as the lead suspect in the case, the sources cautioned it was possible somebody else was behind the hack because other parties had access to the same hacking tools, some of which have previously been posted online. – Nampa/Reuters

    Bloomberg could sell company

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg said he was likely to sell his financial data and news company Bloomberg LP if he runs for president, Business Insider reported, citing an interview he gave to a local radio station.

    Bloomberg said he would either sell the company, or put it in a blind trust, but that at his age, 76, it makes more sense to sell it, according to the report.

    "I think at my age, if selling it is possible, I would do that," Bloomberg reportedly said in the interview with Radio Iowa.

    Bloomberg LP declined to comment.

    Petrobras unveils plan to boost asset sales

    Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA plans to raise some US$26.9 billion via asset sales and partnerships by 2023 while boosting investments on the front edge of an anticipated production boom in Brazil.

    Petrobras intends to make US$84.1 billion in investments from 2019 to 2023, above the US$74.5 billion forecast in its 2018 to 2022 plan, it said in a five-year investment programme unveiled on Wednesday morning.

    The firm also moderately cut its oil production forecast, but still forecast production to increase by 10% next year, and then 5% every year through 2023.

    Petrobras is trying to stay the course on efforts to reduce one of the heftiest debt loads among oil companies worldwide - US$88 billion in gross debt - through divestments and an investment focus on Brazil's coveted offshore pre-salt area.

    In a call with investors, Petrobras CFO Rafael Grisolia said the company expects to attract partners for its refineries in the short term. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Bank Windhoek swamps the coast with festivitiesBank Windhoek swamps the coast with festivities Bank Windhoek is proud to host the annual Summer Festival this holiday season for visitors to the coast.

    The Bank Windhoek Summer Festival is set to take place from today until 22 December 2018. As sponsor, Bank Windhoek has lined up entertainment and activities for every holidaymaker who plans on celebrating the festive season at the coast.

    The 2018 Bank Windhoek Swakopmunder Musikwoche, which will start today and end on 15 December, will be the curtain-raiser for the Bank Windhoek Summer Festival. The annual music event will be hosted under the patronage of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church's Swakopmund community.

    Music professionals from both national and international institutions have been invited to instruct and assist young and old Namibian musicians. The event lasts a total of ten days and includes a series of concerts offered to the public.

    Concerts tickets can be obtained at Namib High School between 09:00 and 12:00 on a daily basis for the duration of the event.

    Below are the scheduled concerts dates:

    7 and 8 December - Registration and the official opening.

    9 December at 10:00 - Musical accompaniment of church service by lecturers at the Lutheran Church, 9 Otavi Street, Swakopmund.

    11 December at 19:00 - Lecturer Concert at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula, Namib High School.

    12 December at 16:00 – Open Air Brass Concert at the Swakopmund Amphitheatre.

    13 December at 18:30 - Youth and Ensemble Concert at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula, Namib High School.

    14 December at 19:00 - Final Concert at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula, Namib High School.

    15 December at 19:00 - Final Concert at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula, Namib High School.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: Sharing is caring
  • Sharing is caringSharing is caringLocal DJ on mentoring project in Zambia From hosting her own master classes in Namibia to taking her knowledge to the rest of Africa, she is on a roll. One of Namibia's pioneer female DJs has been selected by the British Council to be a mentor facilitator DJ in an initiative that is meant to empower females in the African DJ industry. The Afroberries founder, DJ Alba, whose area of expertise lies in dance music has been passing on her knowledge to eight aspiring DJs in her master classes. Her topics included branding, marketing, safety for female DJs and how to bury stereotypes.

    “People believe that all female DJs are tomboys, they should have crazy hair. I mean not everyone is like that… each has their personality but we have the love for music and the art of DJ'ing in common. Someone came to me once and said 'you look so decent, you don't look like a DJ' and I was like, but how do DJs look though? So there is definitely this connotation attached to DJs in general,” she said.

    Alba had a humble start in the music industry as a DJ, not knowing much about the industry or what it required her to do. It all started when she got her first laptop and she 'stole' DJ software from a friend's computer, because she didn't want to answer questions about what she was doing with DJ software on her computer as a female.

    After playing around on her laptop for months, Alba then went on to do live mixes with one of her friends who was working at Unam Radio at the time. She entered that space as a co-host of the evening show that her friend was hosting every Saturday.

    The project is in partnership with Modzi Arts, a non-profit organisation that focuses on promoting the arts.

    Alba is currently the only Namibian and the aim of the project is for the attendees to maintain and utilise all the connections they have made thus far.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Jason to represent Namibia at Mr World 2019Jason to represent Namibia at Mr World 2019 The Namibian representative at the 10th Mr World says he can't wait to show the rest of the world how culturally diverse his country is.

    The Mr World competition is a biannual male pageant sponsored by the Miss World Organisation. The organisation stated that they are expecting more than 100 countries to battle over the title and Namibia is one of them. Jason Kungunwa, said he joined the competition because of the charity activities he will be involved in. Due to the lack of male national competitions in Namibia, Kungunwa entered the competition with his Mr Unam and Mr Photogenic 2014 title.

    “It is unfortunate that we have to enter international competitions without a national title. Mr World is a phenomenal platform to inspire others and have an opportunity to engage people from all walks of life. I am honoured to have the opportunity to engage with people from all walks of life through the pageant,” he said.

    Growing up in the Ohangwena Region, Kungunwa said he never thought he would make it this far. According to him, Mr World is a man who exemplifies grace, intelligence and humility, and is an overall strong figure who is never afraid to chase a dream and go after a goal. These are qualities he believes he has and is currently working on.

    “The good thing about these pageants is that they seek to reinforce the traditional values of looking out for your neighbour and for those in need. The title of Mr World would not only be a dream come true, but it would be the beginning of a job that requires a love for what truly matters. It's a job I'm ready for,” he said.

    The entrants compete in various activities including water skiing, mountain biking, and marathon running. The current Mr World is Rohit Khandelwal of India who was crowned on 19 July 2016 in Southport. Mr World will take place on 27 January 2019 in Manila, Philippines. The contestants will arrive in Manila on 11 January and will spend nearly three weeks in the beautiful archipelago of islands, hosted by the Resorts World group.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: labels
  • labelslabelsLGBTQIA+ community hosts second Pride Parade Mama Africa preaches to LGBTIQA+ members to seek help and on the sensitisation of health workers. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTIQA+) community last Saturday held its second annual Pride Parade to create awareness, bring visibility to the movement and celebrate diversity.

    The march which took place here under the theme 'Love has no labels' also coincided with World Aids Day which is commemorated on 1 December annually.

    The parade was followed by various activities to observe World Aids Day, including HIV testing and education on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as nicotine addiction amongst the community. PrEP, taken by individuals at substantial risk of contracting HIV which causes Aids, is part of a prevention combination package that includes the use of male and female condoms, lubricants and anti-retroviral therapy for HIV-positive partners, among others.

    Spokesperson for the Rights Not Rescue Trust Nikodemus Aoxamub, also known as Mama Africa, in an interview with Nampa shortly after the march said healthcare workers are not sensitised.

    One of the issues the community is struggling with is safe access to healthcare, as LGBTQIA+ people are often discriminated against and stigmatised by religious healthcare workers, he said.

    “When we come for particular healthcare services, healthcare workers will tell you that you cannot dress like a woman - you must dress like a man,” Aoxamub said.

    When transgender sex workers in particular, such as Mama Africa, reveal to healthcare workers that they are sexually involved with men, they are further stigmatised and advised against it.

    Another concern of the LGBTQIA+ community is the issue of substance abuse.

    Aoxamub said many people are afraid of coming out because they may be shunned by their families, friends and other social structures, which often results in their excessive use of recreational substances (drugs and alcohol) as a means to deal with their trauma.

    “Most of the people who have come out (as LGBTQIA+) abuse substances such as alcohol, drugs and so forth. We also want our people that are going through that pain to be professionally helped through therapy or a social worker so they can be reintegrated into society,” said Mama Africa.

    NAMPA

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    Trying new things, the 2019 mottoTrying new things, the 2019 motto A new year is dawning upon us and we will soon be reading about New Year's resolutions and things that will be left behind in 2018. Regardless of what is being left or what is being picked up, I would like to see different things trending next year.

    Things like risks in relationships, business ventures or sporting activities should definitely trend.

    Have you ever tried stepping out of your comfort zone and it sort of freaked out the people that are around you just a little bit?

    Let's go for that kind of spirit in the new year.

    Trying new things has never been easy. But how then will we learn our limits? Here is the thing, you have to let go, step out and try new things. You will be shocked at how you have been holding back your potential for so long and your confidence levels. Trying new things also teaches you how to appreciate yourself.

    The thing about trying new things is that they also help you break out of your ordinary lifestyle. You need to come to a space of peace with making mistakes and for sure, learning from them too.

    What I'm trying to say is we all have to be stop being comfortable.

    This is because only two things can happen, you make it or you fail. When you fail you learn and so next time you try again, you have the skills to help you make it.

    Eventually, you will stop doubting yourself and even the people around you will have no choice but to accept you.

    Why? Because you are happy with that new you and finally your resolutions can all be ticked off for the first time!

    Let's also take the culture of helping each other over to the new year.

    I swear it has been proven that sharing or helping someone will not make you less successful.



    june@namibiansun.com

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    Delay in NAMAs call for entries stirs panicDelay in NAMAs call for entries stirs panicNormally the call for entries takes place before 10 November each year. NAMAs organisers have confirmed they are sorting out administrative glitches that have led to a delay in the call for entries. Speaking to tjil, MTC's John Ekongo also confirmed that the telecoms giant would be continuing its relationship with the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) for the next three years, which will extend the number of years they have been involved with the project to 11.

    “We are well aware that the call for entries process should have started already but wish to assure the public that we are busy sorting out internal administrative issues and this project will continue despite these delays,” Ekongo said.

    The call for entries usually takes place within the first week of November. The NAMAs had 970 artists entered for a shot last year but only 150 were nominated. The awards show also had changes, such as removing the Friday evening awards and only hosting one main award event on the Saturday. This resulted in 11 categories being cut from the usual 35, leaving only 24 categories. The delay caused speculation of the awards not happening anymore which made some music enthusiasts worried.

    Local producer and music distributor Djokic Dragan better known as Antonio said the state of the industry is currently bad and without the awards show, it will be worse.

    “We have the NAMAs now and we are a step behind. Without the NAMAs we will be two giant steps behind. When it comes to making music, the awards are also a priority,” he said.

    The current reigning Male Artist of the Year, Kalux, said the NAMAs have been life-changing for him and other artists, but that an industry without them could help push boundaries for local musicians.

    “I have always wanted a car and the NAMAs made that possible for me.

    “The NAMAs changed my career in so many ways and I applaud them for that. An industry without the NAMAs will be difficult for us, however, it will also give us the courage to work harder and get recognition from other awards the borders,” he said.

    Ekongo concluded by saying that MTC remains very excited about the project that it has transformed into a global brand. More information regarding the NAMAs will be communicated in due course.

    June Shimuoshili

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    World's biggest oil traders paid bribes in Brazil scandalWorld's biggest oil traders paid bribes in Brazil scandal‘Tip of iceberg’ The latest Car Wash chapter could undermine Petrobras' deals and ability to embark on privatisation plans that far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's economic team wants to carry out. Evidence shows that there was a scheme in which the companies investigated paid bribes to Petrobras employees to obtain ... more advantageous prices and sign contracts more frequently. - Prosecutors Pedro Fonseca and Marcelo Rochabrun - Leading global oil traders Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore paid more than $30 million in bribes to employees at state-owned Brazilian company Petrobras in a scheme that may still be going on, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

    Top executives of the international companies had "total and unequivocal" knowledge of the graft involving Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras, investigators said at a news conference. The bribes took place between 2011 and 2014, investigators said.

    The details being made public were just the "tip of the iceberg" investigators said, and the latest revelations were the strongest international links yet announced to the sweeping "Car Wash" probe centred on political corruption at Petrobras.

    Petrobras employees offered the trading companies lower prices for oil and its derivatives as well as storage tanks in more than 160 separate operations then shared in the savings, authorities said.

    Those involved, emails obtained by Brazil's federal police showed, would use nicknames such as Tiger, Flipper or Mr M and discuss below-market prices for oil or tanks, while invoicing their companies at the market rate. The differences could range from 10 US cents to a US dollar per barrel and the term of art for the bribes was "delta".

    Prosecutors also obtained spreadsheets mentioning oil trades involving Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura that they said represent the bribes paid.

    "Evidence shows that there was a scheme in which the companies investigated paid bribes to Petrobras employees to obtain ... more advantageous prices and sign contracts more frequently," prosecutors said in a statement.

    The bribes moved through bank accounts in the United States, Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay, among others, raising questions of whether those countries would open investigations.

    Brazilian police alerted Interpol, seeking the arrest of a Petrobras employee in Houston, whom the company said it has now fired. The employee, Rodrigo Garcia Berkowitz, worked as an oil trader, and prosecutors say he used the nickname Batman.

    ‘Victim of corruption’

    Petrobras said it was cooperating with authorities and viewed itself as a victim of corruption.

    "We are the most interested party in seeing all the facts come to light," the company said in a statement. "We will continue adopting all necessary measures to obtain a proper reparation for damages caused [to Petrobras]."

    Spokesmen for Glencore and Trafigura declined to comment. A Vitol spokesman said the firm "has a zero tolerance policy in respect of bribery and corruption and will always cooperate fully with the relevant authorities in any jurisdiction in which it operates".

    More than 130 businessmen and politicians have been convicted in the case in Brazil, including former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence.

    Strengthen credibility

    The latest developments hit just as Petrobras was hoping to turn the page on corruption. In September, Petrobras settled corruption charges for US$850 million with Brazilian and US authorities.

    Separately on Wednesday it launched a new business plan saying its goal is to "strengthen the credibility, pride and reputation of Petrobras".

    The latest Car Wash chapter could undermine Petrobras' deals and ability to embark on privatisation plans that far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's economic team wants to carry out.

    Petrobras said a month ago it is selling its 50% stake in a Nigerian oil and gas exploration venture to a consortium led by Vitol for US$1.53 billion as the state-controlled oil company reduces debt.

    The deal has not yet closed and it was unclear how Wednesday's action may affect it.

    Trafigura

    It was not the first time prosecutors have zeroed in on Trafigura, a commodities trader based in Geneva.

    In March, a former Trafigura executive, Mariano Marcondes Ferraz, was found guilty of bribing a Petrobras executive on behalf of his own company, Decal do Brasil. He was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail.

    Ferraz was also involved in the scheme unveiled on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

    Swiss prosecutors also have an open investigation, announced one month after Ferraz's arrest in Brazil in 2016. The Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland began a criminal probe into an employee of Trafigura as part of a wider investigation into suspected corruption at Petrobras. It did not identify the employee. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: Click, flash, magic
  • Click, flash, magicClick, flash, magicFrom capturing memories on stills to setting them in motion Blxckfyre speaks to tjil about how best to capture the most conceptual and meaningful work on camera and on video with the little you have. Blxckfyre is Zambian-born photographer and filmmaker. He has been shooting for five years.

    His love for film and filmmaking inspired him to pick up a camera and photography grew on him in the process. Blxckfyre's portfolio spans from portrait photography to magazine covers and has recently expanded to shooting television shows. The photographer's best works include his shots of the Late Theo-Ben Gurirab. Blxckfyre's latest project is being the director of a new talk show called Lifestyle which will air early next year.

    “Being trusted with such a massive responsibility for someone so young is a massive honour indeed and I am very excited to work with this team to create an awesome show,” he said.

    Here are his tricks on how to level up your game.

    tjil (t): How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to doing it part-time?

    Blxckfyre (B): It's really just about putting yourself and your work out there. I just started out by creating what I loved and it turned out that other people seemed to like what I created.

    t: From your point of view, what makes a good picture?

    B: A good picture to me is one that screams creativity and actual creative input.





    Anyone today can take a picture but what makes it great is the creativity of the photographer. That's what makes the difference between average and great. You could have all the best equipment but if you can't conceptualise, undertake and execute a creative project then at best your work stays mediocre.

    T: What do you do to always keep up with the times since the photography techniques and equipment constantly change?

    B: One unfortunate setback in this is the high costs of equipment and as such it isn't easy to constantly stay up to date with the latest cameras, lenses and what have you. However, one major thing you learn once you get started is working with what you have. The equipment does half the job. I take a very experimental approach with my work in the sense that I'm always looking to experiment with different styles. I don't want to grow complacent in what I'm doing so I read photography blogs, watch a filmmaking channel on YouTube, try shooting with different camera settings than I'm comfortable with.

    T: What is the difference between a professional photographer and any other hobby photographer?

    B: I think the key difference between is the work ethic. I don't want to say it's the actual work per se, as I've seen hobbyists that take better pictures than the professionals. What separates a professional from a hobbyist should be their approach to the work. As a professional you're going to have to put in a little more elbow grease in order to deliver for clients.



    T: Who do you consider an idol?

    B: I have a couple of photographers that inspire and motivate me and they are Cedric Nzaka and Martin Amushendje. As far as idolising, very often I find myself asking what Tuva Wolf can't do really because her work is amazing.

    T: What, in your opinion, is most important to consider while shooting pictures?

    B: I think you need to explore your own creativity. Don't be told how you should create, don't get caught up with following the rules. There's a thousand ways to skin a cat the way I see it. Break the rules! Shoot something out of your comfort zone. Be unique and shoot raw.

    T: How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film, chip or paper in just the way you want?

    B: Experimentation! Most times I have a mental image of how I want particular photos or films to turn out. It's really just a matter of trying out the different creative techniques I've picked up that best tell that story. It also helps to have an enthusiastic and patient subject.

    T: What do you think of the state of the photography industry?

    B: I think it is crazily talented! This year I've been exposed to a number of talented photographers and it seems to me more just keep coming up. The industry here keeps growing and improving and as such I'd really like to see more collaboration among artists both locally and on an international level.

    T: What will next year be like for local photographers in terms of gigs, exposure and the kind of pictures that people will be taking?

    B: I think next year will be interesting. Definitely going to be more competitive locally I feel and that's a good thing. We'll see a shift in the quality of the work dropping. I also think that possible international collaboration will happen with other photographers in others countries as the attention on Namibia is becoming evident.

    June Shimuoshili

    PHOTOS: Blxckfyre

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    Celebrating 65 years of colourCelebrating 65 years of colour NEO Paints recently turned 65 years old and the celebrations were as colourful as the company has been all these years. Elizabeth Joseph

    Employing almost a 100 Namibians across the country, NEO Paints has built their name through delivering quality customer service, as well as quality products. Their vision is to add value for their customers by providing innovative solutions through locally produced quality products, supported by a team driven by excellence.

    Their mission is to create value for Namibian stakeholders through the local manufacturing of the country’s number one paint brand. NEO Paints strives to be and become a company that is chosen by families as their number one provider for paint.

    The company stands on four pillars of values, which are integrity, sustainability, continuous improvement and innovation. These are the key fundamentals that have played a part in the success of NEO Paints.

    NEO Paints’ head office and factory is situated at 12 Bell Street in Windhoek’s Southern Industrial Area (since 1953 when they opened their doors for the first time, they still reside on the same stretch of land). They also have a regional office in Walvis.

    NEO Paints can proudly say after 65 years that Neo Paints manufactures paint for Namibians, by Namibians and is 100% owned by Namibians.

    Getting the word out

    On a more permanent basis, the company makes use of social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and their website, which will soon have a brand-new face. During promotional campaigns, the company makes use of newspaper placements, radio advertising and a variety glossy magazines as well.

    Products

    What sets NEO Paints apart from their competitors is that they have been locally manufacturing all their quality paints/products at their local factory for 65 years. All their products are tested and developed to endure the harsh climate conditions in Namibia and therefore, has the extended lifetime period and quality that satisfy Namibian people’s needs and wants. Today every major hardware retailer in Namibia distributes Neo Paints’ products, ensuring our products are available in every town in Namibia.

    They feel strongly about nurturing human and natural resources in our region. This is why the company employs only Namibian citizens and why they have developed the unique ‘Buy Namibian’ mark to go on all their products; so that you know when you buy NEO Paints you are contributing directly to the wellbeing of the Namibian people and the country’s economy.

    “NEO Paints is celebrating 65 years of locally manufacturing quality paints for Namibians. We decided to make Namibia a part of our glorious milestone by giving back to Namibian citizens that supported/supports our local brand, and of course, give a huge thank you too them, as they are the reason we have grown and still exist today,” said Neo Paints Marketing Officer, Carly de Jager.

    65 years ….. They must be doing something right!

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    Safe driving this holiday will save lives Safe driving this holiday will save lives Accidents cost the country an estimated N$1.3 billion per annum while hundred loose their lives. “Currently all road users, motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, share the same space and this have an impact on the increased risk of road users. Road design and environment especially road surfaces, curbs, crests and sharp curves also contribute to a reduction in visibility.” Surihe Goamas-Guchu Chief Corporate Affairs: MVA Fund Jana-Mari Smith - With most holidays in Namibia marred by devastating road accidents authorities urge holiday makers to take extra care and be vigilant while driving and to be aware of the impact of crashes not only on individuals and families but the country as a whole.

    The toll of the sky high number of deaths and injuries caused by road accidents costs Namibia an estimated N$1.3 billion per annum in addition to the devastation to families and individuals.

    Although Namibia has seen a notable reduction in accidents (10%), injuries (18%) and fatalities (29%) this past year, based on January to 11 November statistics released by the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund recently, experts say about 96% of all crashes in Namibia are preventable.

    Compared to 2017, in which a total of 3 531 crashes took place between January and 11 November, to date 3 192 accidents were recorded, in which 5 120 injuries and 471 fatalities took place.

    Over the same period last year, 666 persons died and 6 263 persons were injured.

    Authorities estimated that 50% of all deaths in Namibia are innocent bystanders, including passengers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.

    Take extra care

    Surihe Gaomas-Guchu of the MVA Fund cited a study which has shown that “human error accounts for 93% of crashes, either as a driver, passenger or pedestrian.”

    Another two primary factors that lead to accidents are quality and design of roads and vehicle fitness.

    She added that the design of roads can significantly help reduce the risk of crashes and severity of injuries during a crash.

    “Currently all road users, motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, share the same space and this have an impact on the increased risk of road users. Road design and environment especially road surfaces, curbs, crests and sharp curves also contribute to a reduction in visibility.”

    Horst Heimstadt of the Private Road Safety Forum adds that deaths and injuries deprive Namibia of valuable active economic contributors, with mostly people of employment age dying or sustaining injuries in crashes.

    Statistics collated by the MVA Fund as from 01 January until 28 October 2018 revealed that 2 891 males were injured in 3 042 crashes, while 317 died in those crashes.

    Comparably, women sustained 1 648 injuries and 122 fatalities during the same period.

    Heimstadt said although only supported by very limited research, the behaviour of motorists could also reflect broader social issues.

    While not quantified by studies, he says “the number of suicides, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, violence and gender-based violence all indicate that we are a socially unwell nation. Limited research shows that this can be directly linked to poverty, poor education and a sense of fear, which creates a sense of hopelessness.”

    Conversely, a study published by the World Bank earlier this year on the high toll of traffic accidents on a country’s overall development and well-being, warned that crashes are not only a transport challenge, but a “development challenge with a strong impact on health, wellbeing and economic growth”.

    The authors stressed that traffic injury prevention should be regarded as a key pillar of the health agenda in any country, equal to efforts to reduce communicable diseases, maternal deaths, and nutritional diseases, and non-communicable diseases.

    The authors state that the comparably little attention paid to the impact of road accidents and the benefits linked to reducing road injuries “are yet to be realised,” in many countries.

    KASSIE

    SAFETY TIPS

    Driver behaviour that sharply increases the risk of accidents includes speeding, distractive driving such as using mobile phones, inattentiveness and non-adherence to general road rules.

    To ensure arriving safely at a destination this holiday season and generally over the year, Gaomas-Guchu advises motorists to always wear a seat-belt “even if you are going to the shop or back.”

    Research has shown that injuries can be reduced by 40% to 60% if a person wears a seatbelt when involved in a crash.

    She stresses that motorists should always stick to road rules, including speed limits as this can also save lives and prevent injuries when involved in a crash.

    As the holiday season sets in, she warns drivers that even small amounts of alcohol in the bloodstream can affect driving abilities.

    Moreover, she says tiredness has the same impact alcohol has on driving ability, so being well rested before starting a journey is crucial.

    Furthermore all drivers should consider not only their own safety but that of others they share the roads with, so good driving etiquette can save the lives of not only the driver but other motorists.

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    Universities shape a nation, not just jobs Universities shape a nation, not just jobs Namibian universities are pulling out all the stops to ensure graduates are job ready, but caution that tertiary studies should be viewed not only as preparing students for the world of work but ensuring the nation is educated.

    “Profiting from knowledge is not a cornerstone of academia,” University of Namibia (Unam) spokesperson Johannes Haufiku explained when answering questions related to the high rate of unemployed graduates in Namibia.

    Speaking on behalf of Unam, Haufiku said the goal of universities has traditionally been “focused on qualifications that create an individual with a deep understanding of that subject, so as to make a meaningful contribution to that subject and, in turn, society”.

    He said it is the role of business to ensure that a country profits from the knowledge acquired by individuals in schools.

    “They are the ones who need educated people to help them with new knowledge and thus new business.”

    Pointing to the various fields of study offered including sociology, engineering, arts, medicine, law and many others, Haufiku explained that each field is unique and has something essential to offer the individual and society.

    “How individuals or businesses profit from such knowledge has not been a goal of universities. Pursuing a degree for the sole purpose of finding a job is in fact a narrow view of the aims of higher education. Such a principle implies that we should education solely based on demand. This demand can change at any time, due to volatile economic forces. Then it is too late to grow other areas of knowledge.”

    The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) agreed that a degree’s value lies beyond just obtaining a job.

    “Obtaining a degree goes beyond increasing your earning potential. For any nation to thrive, an educated workforce, not only in specialised fields such as engineering, but in all fields, is of the essence. Education goes beyond understanding what is written in textbooks, it stimulates one’s thought process in daily life experiences,” Nust vice-chancellor Tjama Tjivikua told Namibian Sun.

    Tjivikua underlined that while the issue of the rising number of unemployed graduates has led to some questioning the value of degrees, tertiary education should not be estimated.

    “The world is becoming highly competitive, and to get ahead one needs to be qualified. In the past, experience only may have been sufficient to gain employment, but this has changed drastically.”

    He stressed that universities alone cannot improve job availability and tackle the potential unrest simmering beneath the surface.

    “As seen around the world, a frustrated nation, especially the youth, can end up turning to unconventional attempts to resolve problems. To avoid such situations, all stakeholders need to continuously work together to improve the status quo, whilst at the same time engaging the affected youth.”

    He said the “unemployment battle cannot be won single-handedly”, and all hands are needed.

    Tjivikua underlined that “graduates must knock on doors to get jobs, but at the same time seek innovative ways to become entrepreneurs. Companies must be open to offering on-the-job training opportunities and provide meaningful mentorship and sponsorships to graduates. He said government must avail sufficient resources for universities to thrive, and in turn, universities must ensure that the programmes they offer are in line with industry needs.

    Do your part

    Haufiku pointed out that employers look for many attributes in an employee, in addition to skills and knowledge.

    He said the best way forward for students to be more employable is to ensure they make use of their free time to work on a part-time basis in the area of their choice or practice activities in line with their passions.

    He also emphasised that anecdotal evidence suggests that some students end up working in fields they did not study in, due to a lack of job opportunities, but also because of mislaid and unrealised personal interests.

    He said often parents, peers or societal expectations push freshmen into a study direction that does not really allow them to explore their personal passions.

    Unam has addressed this by providing appropriate counselling to first-year students, and by allowing them to change courses at the beginning of the year, if they wish.

    Tjivikua said a Nust graduate survey of students who completed their studies in 2012 and 2013 revealed that 87% of graduates at the time of the survey, between October 2016 and March 2017, were employed.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 12/06/18--14:00: Rent control causes jitters
  • Rent control causes   jittersRent control causes jittersProperty expertise required There are fears that rent control – or price control – may create slums and discourage investment in property development. Property experts say the resuscitation of the Rents Ordinance of 1977 with the establishment of five rent-control boards is a poorly considered political decision that could tumble the property market and cause adverse ripples throughout the economy.

    The establishment of the boards has prompted mixed reactions. On the one hand it is considered a politically driven move to mollify the youth vote for next year's national election.

    Elsewhere it is considered a necessary and welcome move to tame runaway rental fees.

    The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development announced in November the establishment of rent-control boards in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati and Rundu.

    This came after sustained campaigning for the reintroduction of rent-control boards by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, which culminated in a court challenge and an out-of-court settlement.

    The result was the setting up of the boards, consisting of a magistrate as chairperson, representatives of the five local authorities, the National Youth Council, the Shack Dwellers Association and Namibia Housing Action Group, and the AR movement.

    However, many property experts feel that insufficient consideration was given to the manner in which these boards will be reintroduced and that not enough consultation was done.

    Background

    Rent control has its origins in the aftermath of the First World War when European cities and towns were flattened by incessant bombardment. This critical short supply left millions homeless and at the mercy of landlords who charged exorbitant rent and rented the same rooms to multiple tenants.

    It is in the context of demand far exceeding supply that rent control kicked in elsewhere too.

    Critics, however, argue that rent control does not necessarily mean that governments - by enforcing price control and forbidding rent increases – protect tenants from extortion and exploitation. The trend globally is a sharp turn away from rent control, which many consider as unhealthy and unhelpful price controls imposed by governments.

    “People did not really use rent control, which on its own is a very dangerous system,” comments André Swanepoel, a director at the law firm Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka who specialises in commercial and property transactions.

    Swanepoel, who coincidentally entered the property market in 1977 when the Rents Ordinance came into force, recalls that for residential property the ordinance was only enforced for a few years.

    “The problem with rent control is that it causes slums. This is proven globally,” Swanepoel said.

    What happens in such a situation is that entire neighbourhoods become rundown because landlords struggle to pay their mortgages with the lower rental income and consequently stop maintaining their buildings.

    The landlord often becomes a slumlord - someone who owns only rundown property in slums where rents are the lowest and where payment is erratic and unreliable. The second effect of rent control, Swanepoel says, is that there is little incentive for property developers or investors to build or buy new homes, since they can no longer rely on healthy returns.

    Swanepoel acknowledges there are positive aspects to rent control, the main one being preventing exploitation of the lowest income groups.

    In Namibia, the 1977 Rents Ordinance fell into disuse, particularly for the residential property market, when rent-control boards became defunct and this was never challenged.



    Reactions

    The manager of the Namibian Estate Agents' Board (NEAB), Festus Unengu, thinks rent control is a good idea because consumers need protection.

    Although it is not the board's mandate, the NEAB, in the absence of anything else, has over the years been inundated with complaints from tenants over high rent charged across the country.

    “It is good to see there are now boards legally mandated to deal with these issues,” Unengu says.

    But he is quick to point out an obvious conundrum, which is that in a free-market economy a government-enforced rent ceiling would infringe on property ownership rights.

    “Ownership is the most real right. No one, not even a court of law, can dictate how much I should ask for my property. That is why the rental market is the way it is,” Unengu says.



    Self-regulation

    Schantal Teichmann, manager at Just Property Namibia, thinks rent control is superfluous because the rental market regulates itself. Teichmann acknowledges that rent reached untenably high levels a few years ago, but says it has dropped considerably in the last three years.

    Over the last year or so the rent on expensive units has dropped by N$1 500 to N$2 000 per month; for smaller units it has dropped by about N$1 000 per month.

    “I think the introduction of rent-control boards is too late. They should have done it when rents were excessive. The market has in the meantime started to regulate itself,” Teichmann says.

    But, because property prices are excessively high, especially in Windhoek and the coastal towns, mortgage repayments are high too and consequently renting remains beyond the reach of many, particularly young people.

    Teichmann says despite the drop in rent young people often live with their parents or share apartments to save on rent.



    From rent control to slumlords

    Swanepoel says the property market is skewed because the government has “dismally failed” to deliver on its social responsibility of providing sufficient affordable housing.

    The government's mass housing scheme, which was supposed to provide low-cost housing, turned into an “uncontrolled farcical game for tenderpreneurs who scrambled for contracts but failed to deliver, ” he says.

    That also resulted in the prices of mass housing units rising beyond the reach of low-income earners.

    Mass housing prices, which were expected to range between N$250 000 and N$300 000 per unit, have escalated to between N$600 000 and N$800 000. Another factor contributing to the skyrocketing property prices is the failure of local authorities to deliver enough serviced plots. On top of that, they started selling land on auction to the highest bidders.

    Prices increased even further when preference was given to previously disadvantaged developers at auctions, who eventually sold the land to bigger players, Swanepoel says. The general consensus is that property experts should be consulted if rent-control boards are to make any meaningful contribution to Namibia's housing crisis.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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