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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ondjala tayi dhenge aantu niinamwenyo moKuneneOndjala tayi dhenge aantu niinamwenyo moKunene Aakalimo oyendji moshitopolwa shaKunene oya mbombolokele koombelewa dhelelo lyoshitopolwa shoka, taya kongo omakwatho goondya dhawo yene oshowo dhiinamwenyo yawo sho oshitopolwa shoka sha taalela ondjala onene.

    Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa Marius Sheya okwa gandja omayele kaanafaalama opo ya landithe po iimuna yawo yimwe yo ya vule okuhupa omolwa oshikukuta shoka tashi tsikile.

    Moonkundathana ndhoka a ningwa naye koshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun, Sheya okwa popi kutya omvula inayi loka moshitopolwa shoka, nonkalo ndjoka oya e ta omalimbililo mokati kaaniimuna naanamapya.

    Okwa popi kutya inaya adhika natango konkalo moka iimuna tayi si ihe sho aanafaalama ya nyenyeta oya yi moshigwana opo ya ka tale onkalo, ihe onkalo otayi ulike kutya oya nayipala noonkondo.

    Okwa gandja omayele kaanafaalama opo ya lundulule omikalo dhuunafaalama wawo okuza kuunafaalama wonale nokutala woo komikalo dhimwe dhanangashiingeyi dhuunafaalama, ngaashi okuya muunamapya nokuninga ikunino yo ya vule okwiimonena oondya. Okwa popi kutya momidhingoloko ngaashi Sesfontein oshowo Fransfontein oye na mo oondama dhomevi odhindji onkene otaya vulu okutameka iiikunino nokwiihupitha okuza koshikukuta.

    Okwa pula woo aanafaalama ya landithe po iimuna yawo yo ya vule okwiimonena iiyemo nokukala woo nomwaalu omushona gwiimuna.

    Okwa popi kutya elelo lyoshitopolwa otali pangele okuya moonkundathana nomuprima opo ya tale kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi yi wa ngiini moshipala.

    Sheya okwa tsikile kutya oprograma yombaanga yiikulya oya kala tayi sile oshisho aakwashigwana moondoolopa ngaashi Opuwo naKhorixas ihe pondje yoondoolopa ndhoka, oshigwana otashi si ondjala noonkondo nokumona iihuna.

    “Aakwashigwana otaya si ondjala noonkondo na oya pumbwa oondya meendelelo. Molwaashoka aantu yetu oya tala owala kuunafaalama wiimuna na ihaya longo oondya, egandjo lyoondya dhoshikukuta ku yo olyo owala ekandulepo lyomukundu.”

    Ngoloneya owa tsikile kutya aakwashigwana oyendji oya talele po oombelewa dhoshitopolwa taya kongo omakwatho goondya, ta gwedha po kutya oya pumbwa moshitopolwa shawo opoloyeka yokugongela omeya gomvula, molwaashoka ohaya mono omuloka omwaanawa ihe omeya ngoka ohaga kala po owala uule woomwedhi ooshona, nokonima oya taalela natango ompumbwe yomeya unene yiimuna yawo.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Epangelo olya pumbwa okuninga omalundulukoEpangelo olya pumbwa okuninga omalundulukoAakwanepangelo naya hulithe po oondjokonona dhiifundja Omuprofesa Joseph Diescho okwiinekela kutya Swapo okwa kanitha omalalakano ge na okwa kwatwako kaanapolotika aanangeshefa mboka taya longele owala okwiiyambapaleka pakulongitha uulingilingi. Pahapu dhaDiescho, omukalo ngoka otagu etitha aantu ya fundje kombinga yuuwatya wawo, nkene ye li komapepe gondjokonona yoshili.

    Amushanga gwoSwapo, Sophia Shaningwa okwa popi kutya: “Oshi li nawa, ngoka omaiyuvo ge.”

    Diescho okwa pula woo omupresidende Hage Geingob opo a tule miilonga omukalo gwokuningila omakonaakono oonkalamwenyo dhopaumwene dhaanashilonga yepangelo nomakonaakoo kombinga yuulongelwe waaniilonga yepangelo opo ku wapaleke oshikondo shaaniilonga yepangelo.

    “Aanapolotika mboka taya hepeke ondjokonona yoSwapo onga omukalo gwokwiiyambapaleka meendelelo oya pumbwa okutulwa moondjeedhililo opo ku gamenwe ondjokonona yekondjelomanguluko ndjoka lya faalela oomwenyo dhaakondjelimanguluko oyendji.

    Aantu mboka yuulikwa ya longele oshigwana oya pumbwa okukala yeli moshili ihe hamomahokololo giifundja. Otwa manguluka na katu na we iita.” “Oshi li ooshoka kutya kape na ongundu ndjoka ya sindana po ekondjelomanguluko. Otatu fundju uuna tatu popi kutya otwa sindi epangelo lyaatiligane. Inatu sinda omuntu. Osha li etsokumwe lyombili lyopauyuni, kape na omusindani nenge ngoka a sindika, ihe okatokolitho 435 oko ka longo.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya onkalo ypolotika moNamibia oya tameke okukanitha ondjila sho epangelo lya ningwa lyuukume nuukomrade, na itali longo we ngashi lya nuninwamuuwananwa waakwashigwana ihe otali longo muuwanawa woondikushi.

    “Ngele owa popi kutya ho nenge hokulu okwa li moLubango na okwa li takondjele emanguluko nena hoka okatekete kokulonga kutya nee oto vulu nenge ito vulu,” Diescho a popi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oongundu dhompilameno moshilongo odha pumbwa okukwathela AaNamibia opo yuuveko onkalo yelelo lyemanguluko moNamibia ihe hamangululo lyoshilongo. Okwa tsu omukumo aakwashigwana opo ya pule omupresidende a kwashilipaleke kutya aaniilonga oya gwanitha po iilonga yawo ngaashi ye yiinekelelwa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omuleli okwa pumbwa okutula miilonga aaniilonga taya yelekwa nomwaalu gwaakwashigwana moshilongo, unene ngele tashi ya kelelo lyoshilongo.

    “Oshigwana shoka shi na owala aakwashigwana ya thika poomiliyona 2.3 itashi vulu okukala nomupresidende, omupeha gwomupresidende, omuprima oshowo oominista adhihe naapeha yoominista. Ngashiingeyi okuna aagandjimayele oshowo oongoloneya yaali miitopolwa.”

    “Otu na ngoloneya nomugandjimayele- oongoloneya yaali ayehe yuulikwa komupresidende. Otatu vulu tuu okufuta aantu mboka?” Diescho a pula.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oshilongo inashi pumbwa oominista mbali dhelongo nenge oshikondo shuuthikepamwe, nenge egameno nuuhepelo omanga ku na nale oshikondo shiikwameni.

    “Ngele wa kutha po oompito ndhoka inadhi pumbiwa ngaashi tashi ningwa komupresidende gwaSouth Afrika, Cyril Ramaphosa oto hupitha iimaliwa oyindji yo yi vule okulongithwa kelongo, kuundjolowele oshowo eyambulepo lyoshilongo.”

    Okwa pula natango kutya omolwashike Geingob a ndopa okutula miilonga omaningo gomakonaaakono goonkalo dhopaumwene, konima sho a li a tseyitha omakonaakono ngoka.

    “Ngele omupresidende ita popile uulingilingi omolwashike kape na nando oshilyo shimwe shopaliamende sha tulwa mondholongo omolwa uulingilingi. Okutya Sam Nujoma okwa holola omakonaakono miilonga yuulingilingi ge li po 13 ihe kape na ngoka ga ningwa.”

    “Omakonaakono gomupresidende ngoka ga li ga tseyitha ongoka owala ga ningwa kohi yelelo lyaRichard Kamwi moshikondo shuundjolowele. Ngele aantu otaya futu iishoshela yepangelo na otaya futile omakonaakono ngoka taga ningwa omolwashike itaya lombwelwa oshizemo?”

    Diescho natango okwa pula Geingob a landule moompadhi dhomupresidende gwaTanzania John Magufuli ngoka a pula aaniilonga yepangelo ya holole oonzapo dhawo dhuulongele ndhoka ya popi kutya oye na.

    Pankundana yaBBC, Magufuli momvula yo 2017 okwa tidha miilonga konyala aaniilonga yepangelo lyeli po 10 000 mwa kwatelwa omutse ominene dhepangelo omolwa okukala noonzapo dhuulongelwe dhiikengelela.

    “Ngaaka ogwo omukalo gwokuyeleka epangelo. Shoka otashi tu kwatha mokukalekapo oshili moshigwana shaNamibia,” Diescho a popi.

    Okwa popi kutya Namibia okwa pumbwa elelo epe. Okwa tsikile kutya konyala oongundu dhopolotika moshilongo otadhi longo owala dheegamena kuukwamuhoko, na kape na omuleli gwopolotika ngoka ta vulu okuthikama e ta popi kombinga yokudhimbwa uukwamuhoko, kutya tse oshigwana shimwe.

    Omapulo ngoka guukithwa kombelewa yomupresidende inaga yamukulwa sigo osho onkundana ndjika ya nyanyangithwa.









    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Top court rejects Exxon in document dispute

    The US Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the attorney-general of Massachusetts to obtain records from Exxon Mobil Corporation to probe whether the oil company had for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change.

    The justices declined to hear Exxon's appeal of a ruling by the top court in Massachusetts holding that state attorney general Maura Healey, a Democrat, had jurisdiction to seek records to probe whether the company misled consumers and investors.

    The high court's action marked the latest setback for Exxon in its efforts to halt the Massachusetts investigation and a similar one by New York's attorney-general, who in October filed a lawsuit against the company.

    New York's lawsuit accused Exxon of engaging in a systematic scheme to deceive investors about the impact that future climate change regulations could have on its business. Exxon has called the claims "meritless".

    The Massachusetts and New York investigations were launched following 2015 news reports that Exxon's own scientists had determined that fossil fuel combustion must be reduced to mitigate the impact of climate change. – Nampa/Reuters

    Britain's SFO scales back Rolls-Royce investigation

    Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has dropped its investigation of some individuals associated with Rolls-Royce Holdings, it said on Monday, narrowing the number of suspects in a long-running bribery probe.

    Rolls-Royce signed a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the SFO in a 497 million pound (US$635 million) settlement almost two years ago, clearing the company but allowing for continued investigation and potential prosecution of individuals.

    "Some individuals were notified that they are no longer suspects in the Rolls-Royce investigation," the SFO said on Monday.

    The company has been investigated by British, US and Brazilian authorities into alleged criminal conduct spanning three decades, at least seven jurisdictions and three of the company's business sectors.

    Rolls-Royce said it notes the latest action taken by the SFO and that it continues to co-operate fully with authorities pursuing inquiries into individuals. – Nampa/Reuters



    Ford plans new wireless tech for cars starting 2022

    Ford Motor Company said on Monday it plans to roll out a wireless technology for its new vehicle models in the United States, starting 2022, that will allow direct communication between connected devices.

    The new technology called C-V2X, or cellular vehicle-to-everything, would augment sensors used in self-driving cars making the vehicle's view from radars and cameras more comprehensive.

    "C-V2X could complement these systems in ways similar to how our sense of hearing complements our vision," said Don Butler, executive director for Ford's connected vehicle platform.

    Ford said in November it expects to launch self-driving vehicles for sale by 2021, when a new vehicle architecture designed specifically for autonomous systems is expected to be ready. – Nampa/Reuters



    Aston Martin triggers contingency plans for no-deal Brexit

    British carmaker Aston Martin has triggered contingency plans to cope with a potentially disorderly Brexit, including hiring a new supply chain chief and preparing to fly in components as well as use ports other than Dover.

    Britain, the world's fifth largest economy, is due to leave the European Union in just over 80 days but a negotiated withdrawal agreement looks set to be voted down by UK lawmakers next week, making a "no-deal" exit - and disruption to trade - more likely.

    Britain's car industry, which employs over 850 000 people and is one of the country's rare manufacturing success stories, has warned that leaving the world's biggest trading bloc without a deal would add costs and could halt output due to snarl-ups.

    Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said the luxury carmaker, which outlined its contingency plans in October, had no choice but to authorise them at a board meeting in December.

    "I don't think we've been in a position in the last two years where we've been further apart from understanding where we're going to end up," Palmer told Reuters, declining to put a figure on the "accumulating" cost of the plans. – Nampa/Reuters



    Chanel flags growth in luxury watchmaking

    French fashion house Chanel said on Monday that it aimed to strengthen its position in luxury watchmaking with recent investments in timepiece parts makers including small Swiss firm Kenissi.

    Privately owned Chanel, known for its tweed suits and Chanel No.5 perfume, disclosed in its 2017 accounts last year a 20 million Swiss francs (US$20.4 million) investment in Kenissi from March 2018, for a 20% stake.

    It was the first time the fashion house has published earnings in its more than 100-year history.

    On Monday, Chanel also announced it had taken a stake in Kenissi but declined to comment on whether it was now lifting its holding further with an additional investment, or making last year's purchase public ahead of the Baselworld trade fair in March 2019.

    As well as selling high-end watches under its own brand - like a US$11 000 'Code Coco' model made with ceramic and diamonds - Chanel has a smattering of stakes in other watchmakers including French label Bell & Ross and Swiss peer Romain Gauthier. - Nampa/Reuters

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: Planting delayed
  • Planting delayedPlanting delayedConcern over rainfall, harvests With the first summer rains having been received late, crop planting has commenced, but only in a few areas. RONELLE RADEMEYER

    Farmers in the Maize Triangle of Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumeb have commenced planting after the area received copious rainfall of between 50 en 60 mm in the past ten days.

    Gernot Eggert, the chairperson of the Agronomic Producers’ Association, told Namibian Sun that December saw almost no planting because very little rain had fallen.

    “We have been saved by the wetter, cooler conditions during the first week of January. Ideally, one must wait until you have received 100 mm but most of these farmers have only received between 50 and 60 mm.”

    Namibian farmers have a little more leeway for later planting.

    In South Africa, farmers must plant by the end of December to avoid frost damage, as winter sets in.

    According to Eggert, December is ideal for planting in Namibia but farmers have until the end of January.

    “However, there are farmers who have to plant earlier because they do experience earlier frost.”

    Eggert added the week of 14 January will be the “swing factor” for dry-land maize producers.

    “Should we have received enough rain by then, the farmers will plant more fields.”

    Eggert has only planted a quarter of his fields and says when conditions improve, more fields will be planted.

    Of concern though, Eggert said, is that most farmers missed their mid-December planting period, and most will not plant all their fields this year.

    Elize van Niekerk, 2018’s Master Agronomist winner who farms near Summerdown, said she has only planted 30 hectares of her planned 80 hectares.

    “The rain has come late this year. I have received 58 mm thus far. I plan to plant 80 hectares this year, but if I have not received enough rain by 15 January, I will have to plant cowpeas.”

    Van Niekerk also has 30 hectares of maize under irrigation.

    Small-scale farmers in the two Kavango and Zambezi regions have also only recently started planting, according to Dr Fidelis Nyambe Mwazi, the CEO of the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB).

    Mwazi said rainfall also came late to these regions. In the central northern communal areas the situation is still quite bad and very few mahangu farmers have started planting.

    “The first rains were only received towards the end of December,” Mwazi said.

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    Foreign reserves dip slightlyForeign reserves dip slightly Namibia's stock of foreign currency reserves declined slightly as a result of increased foreign currency purchases made just before the start of the festive season last year November, the Bank of Namibia reported in a Money and Banking statistics report released recently.

    The level of international reserves decreased to N$29.5 billion at the end of November from N$31.1 billion recorded in the previous month.

    This translates into four months of import cover, still sufficient to maintain the one-to-one currency peg with the South African rand.

    “The decrease in the level of reserves is mainly due to “net capital outflows from the commercial banks as a result of increased foreign currency purchases coupled with net government payments and the exchange rate appreciation,” the central bank said.

    In its assessment, PSG Konsult said inflows and an increase in the level of foreign reserves were not expected for the rest of the calendar year.

    “Looking ahead, inflows from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) are expected to be weaker than in recent years due to the lacklustre performance of the South African economy, which shrinks the SACU revenue pool,” PSG Konsult said.

    Government had recently received a N$3-billion tranche from a N$10-billion loan taken up with the African Development Bank. This, PSG Konsult felt, would go some way in improving the country's foreign exchange reserves in the short to medium term, although it would not be enough to match the level of reserves witnessed during the country's boom years.

    “On the bright side, inflows from the African Development Bank loan agreement will continue to boost foreign reserves this year. In general, the growth in monetary aggregates is well below levels seen during the economic boom years of 2010 to 2015 and suggests that real gross domestic product growth remains sluggish,” PSG Konsult said.

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    Nissan's Ghosn claims innocenceNissan's Ghosn claims innocenceCourt case commences after arrest in November 2018 Car manufacturer's boss accused of hiding millions of US dollars of his income. By YURI KAGEYAMA

    Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn told a Tokyo court on Tuesday (8 January 2019) that he is innocent of any crimes, in his first public appearance since he was arrested on 19 November 2018 and charged with false financial reporting.

    "Your honour, I am innocent of the accusations against me," Ghosn told the judge, speaking firmly and calmly as he read from a statement. "I am wrongfully accused."

    Prosecutors have charged Ghosn, who led a dramatic turnaround at the Japanese automaker over the past two decades, with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income by about 5 billion yen (US$44 million) over five years through 2015.

    They also say he is suspected of having Nissan take on his investment losses from the financial crisis.

    Wearing a dark suit without a tie and plastic slippers, Ghosn rebutted the allegations point-by-point and said he had the option to leave Nissan but had decided to stay on.

    "A captain doesn't jump ship during a storm," he told the court in a strong voice.

    The veteran auto executive, a familiar face at the World Economic Forum and other elite gatherings, was handcuffed and led into the courtroom with a rope around his waist as the hearing began. Officers uncuffed him and seated him on a bench.

    Presiding judge Yuichi Tada then read out the charges and said Ghosn, a Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry, was considered a flight risk - he was arrested on his arrival in Tokyo by private jet - and might try to hide evidence.

    In Japan, suspects are routinely held without bail, often due to fears about evidence tampering.

    During Tuesday's hearing, Go Kondo, one of Ghosn's lawyers, argued he was not a flight risk. "He's widely known so it's difficult for him to escape. There is no risk that the suspect will destroy evidence," he said. Facing the courtroom, Ghosn spoke proudly of the automaker's - and his own - achievements, such as reviving iconic models like the GT-R and the Z, expanding operations in China, Russia, Brazil and India and pioneering electric cars and autonomous driving. "I have a genuine love and appreciation for Nissan," he said.

    Ghosn has been held in Spartan conditions at a Tokyo detention facility since he was taken into custody. In keeping with Japanese regulations, he has been allowed visits only from his lawyers and consular officials.

    Ghosn said he had "acted honourably, legally and with the knowledge and approval of the appropriate executives inside the company with the sole purpose of supporting and strengthening Nissan," according to a statement released to some media including The Associated Press before the hearing. "Contrary to the accusations made by the prosecutors, I never received any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed," his statement said.

    Ghosn also defended payments questioned by prosecutors and by Nissan that were made to Khaled Juffali, a Saudi businessman. He said the money was paid to Juffali for real work that he did to sort out problems with a local distributor.

    Before the hearing, the Khaled Juffali Company issued a statement saying the US$14.7 million in payments over four years from Nissan "were for legitimate business purposes in order to support and promote Nissan's business strategy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and included reimbursement for business expenses."

    Ghosn said his personal investment losses stemmed from being paid in Japanese yen and that he had only asked Nissan to temporarily provide collateral for foreign exchange contracts. The company suffered no losses, he said.

    Sent to Japan by Nissan's alliance partner Renault SA of France in 1999, Ghosn led a spectacular turnaround at the Yokohama-based automaker over two decades, during which he mostly served as chief executive.

    Renault owns 43% of Nissan, while Nissan owns 15% of Renault. The alliance, which in recent years has added smaller Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp., has risen to be one of the most successful in the industry, rivalling Volkswagen AG of Germany and Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. Ghosn remains the head of Renault and is still on Nissan's board of directors.

    Tokyo prosecutors have repeatedly extended Ghosn's detention by adding new allegations. The latest is suspicion of breach of trust stemming from the claim he had Nissan temporarily shoulder his personal investment losses. Formal charges on those allegations have not been filed. No trial dates have been set for Ghosn.

    Ghosn's detention now runs through Friday. - NAMPA / AP

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    Crime-fighter shoots down HornkranzCrime-fighter shoots down HornkranzSays it is a waste of money Self-styled Namibian marshall ranger Sean Naude has lashed out at the way in which Operation Hornkranz is being run by police and army top brass. Well-known Windhoek crime-fighter Sean Naude says that Operation Hornkranz is unnecessarily expensive and can be run more efficiently if the police and army stop driving around to look for crime.

    Naude was responding to revelations earlier this week by police chief, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, that the police operation was costly.

    “It does not make sense to have it on such a massive scale,” Naude said.

    “You can cut the number of people involved and stop driving around unnecessarily. Instead of driving around, they can have a well-manned response centre.”

    According to Naude, resources were not being managed well, leading to the spike in costs.

    “There's a domestic violence case or a theft of a cellphone and you send the whole army,” Naude said. “You don't need the army for a petty crime.”

    Using the fire brigade to illustrate his point, he said that fire trucks are parked at their respective dispatch centres and were only deployed when necessary.

    “They should stop driving around looking for trouble; they are busy driving around for nothing. You don't see the fire department driving around with their trucks, they stand parked at their dispatch centre,” he said. According to Naude, a central dispatch centre would make it easy for the police to respond to crime incidences quicker.

    Touching on other elements related to the operation, Naude blasted the actions of the security forces, after a video surfaced on social media in which an unidentified man slapped a member of the public in the presence of the army and police officers.

    “They must learn how to work with people, you do not abuse your authority. People must be dealt with accordingly and not be slapped around or told to do push-ups.”

    Naude likened the actions of the security forces to mob justice and said this was happening because soldiers were not ideally trained to deal with incidences of crime.

    “They can't just go around slapping people, we can't just beat them up,” he said.

    “People that are put out into the field must be taught people skills.”

    Operation Hornkranz was initiated by President Hage Geingob in December last year as a countrywide crime-fighting initiative ahead of the festive season.

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: Unwanted pets need homes
  • Unwanted pets need homesUnwanted pets need homes The festive season has seen in an increase in the number of animals surrendered to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Windhoek.

    The SPCA is thus urging members of the public to visit its kennels and consider adopting these animals.

    Animal surrenders occur when members of the public ask the SPCA to take in their pets because of cost burdens and other factors, including illness.

    “We have seen an increase in the number of surrenders. We have had about 50 surrenders up until now. Over the festive season, we often see an uptake in the number of surrenders to the SPCA,” SPCA Windhoek general manager Hanna Rhodin said. She urged members of the public to consider adopting pets instead of buying them, as this would assist the SPCA.

    “We want to see these animals rehomed. We are urging members of the public to adopt animals rather than buy new ones,” she said.

    According to Rhodin the SPCA Windhoek only collected one stray animal over the festive period. She also emphasised the City of Windhoek's strict stance against the use of fireworks at private dwellings, for which special permission must be sought.

    “We have not seen an increase in the number of strays over the New Year. The stray animal population of Windhoek is also a problem.”

    She called on residents to consider donating to the SPCA or volunteering their time to the organisation.

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    Crime spike in //Karas over ChristmasCrime spike in //Karas over Christmas There was an increase in crime during the festive season in

    //Karas last year compared to 2017, the Namibian police's regional commander, Commissioner Rudolf Isaak said.

    Isaak, who was speaking to the media in Keetmanshoop, said only one murder was recorded during the 2017 festive season, while three were recorded over the same period in 2018.

    Although he could not provide the statistics for all other crimes yet, he said the crime rate definitely increased last year.

    “It was definitely higher compared to 2017,” he said.

    In addition to the three murders, one case of attempted murder and four cases of rape were reported since November last year.

    “Four culpable homicides and motor vehicle accidents were recorded and five people lost their lives,” he stated.

    Isaak also mentioned the drowning of four girls in the Orange River near Aussenkehr, while two people committed suicide - one at Noordoewer and another at a farm near Tses.

    Sixteen people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and six were arrested for traffic-related offences.

    Isaak noted that the biggest contributing factor to the increase in crime is alcohol abuse.

    He appealed to lawmakers to consider shortening the operating hours for shebeens and other alcohol outlets as he is confident that this would lead to an improvement.

    “We tried our best to be visible through foot patrols and stop and search but still, crime increased. Reducing operating hours would help us,” Isaak said.

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    IT glitch leaves bank customers strandedIT glitch leaves bank customers stranded OGONE TLHAGE

    An IT glitch left hundreds of FNB Namibia customers at Oshikango stranded yesterday.

    The customers, who were queuing outside the bank from 08h30, thought that its closed doors meant that it had run out of money for transactions.

    But FNB Namibia spokesperson Elzita Beukes later explained that the bank’s systems were offline, forcing it to remain closed until the matter was resolved.

    “[The] Oshikango [branch] was offline this morning. As such, the rule is that the bank should not be opened until systems are restored. Customers were informed and assisted where online banking was possible. The bank is online now and all systems are restored,” Beukes said yesterday afternoon.

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: Man stabs brother to death
  • Man stabs brother to deathMan stabs brother to death OGONE TLHAGE

    A 20-year-old man from Aminuis in the Omaheke Region has allegedly stabbed his 24-year-old brother to death in a fight over a woman.

    According to the police the elder brother, identified as Johannes Gariseb, suffered five stab wounds to the chest. He was transferred to the Gobabis state hospital, where he died from his injuries.

    In another incident, a 63-year-old man identified as Jacob Riekert was found dead in his home at Bethanie. Neighbours had noticed a foul smell coming from Riekert’s home and called the police, who discovered his body.

    Villagers told the police that Riekert had been seen quarrelling with two men. A 31-year-old suspect has been arrested while a manhunt was launched for the other suspect.

    At Onanyanga village in the Omusati Region, a man was stabbed to death in a quarrel. The deceased has been identified as Shali Kondjeni.

    In a similar case at Ongwediva, the body of Hafunda Helasitus Hingashipola (29) was found in the veld at Omakango village. It is alleged that he had fought with two suspects on Friday night at the Push and Pull Bar at the village.

    Hingashipola allegedly followed the suspects to their house, where the fight continued. After the fight he left the house, walked a distance and collapsed. Two men, both aged 24, were arrested.

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    Project in limbo for 40 yearsProject in limbo for 40 yearsNo use for eucalyptus plantation A timber plantation established in the Oshikoto Region in 1976 has become a white elephant. ILENI NANDJATO



    Decades after a study was conducted by the colonial administration on the eucalyptus trees at Onankali, no commercial use has been found for the massive plantation.

    It was established in 1976 and was continued on a trial basis in 1982. After independence, the forestry ministry took over the plantation.

    The National Forestry Inventory (NFI) recorded in 2000 that the 156.6-hectare plantation had 20 913 trees.

    However, 19 years after the NFI research many trees have died, as the Namibian government could not find any useful purpose for them.

    The Onankali eucalyptus plantation is situated in the Oshikoto Region on both sides of the Tsumeb-Ondangwa road.

    The project grows mainly two eucalyptus species - camaldulensis and tereticornis.

    Camaldulensis is used for timber and transmission and construction poles, while tereticornis is used for fuel-wood, charcoal, fibre and beekeeping.

    The first survey on the trees was carried out in 1989, while the second was conducted in 2000.

    “Thinning should be done to enhance the proper growth of the trees into more useful timber. It is also needed to clear-fell at least 5% of the area and let trees grow from coppices. The income from these harvests should be used to improve the welfare of the plantation (sic),” the 2000 inventory report stated.

    This, however, did not happen, despite employees being paid to take care of the project.

    The forestry ministry did not divulge whether the project is commercially viable or what it intends using the trees for.

    Onankali resident Johaness Niilonga told Namibian Sun the trees are dying and community members have started cutting them down, so they can use the wood for their households.

    “The community has waited for a very long time to see what the outcome of this project will be, but nothing happened. This project has been here for as long as we can remember, but we have never seen any harvesting being done. The trees started dying and the community members saw an opportunity to harvest them,” Niilonga said.

    In other African countries such as Kenya, eucalyptus is the species of choice for many commercial farmers, because it has multiple purposes, and there is a fast-growing and ready market.

    It is used as firewood, for making charcoal and for building, as well as for fence posts, transmission poles, pulpwood, timber and plywood.

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: The winds of change
  • The winds of changeThe winds of change There seems to be a change in the air - at least politically - sparking the hope that 2019 will be the year that we finally move past liberation politics to a true deepening of democracy.

    During many times in 2018, this editorial spoke of a move to issue-based politics. With the campaigns set to begin in earnest ahead of this year’s general elections, one can only hope that the electorate will forge a new path in Namibia’s democratic history, where the past is no longer used to cajole.

    The battle of ideas should now take centre stage; it should no longer be enough to simply rattle off struggle credentials. The lack of political oxygen in this space should leave this dinosaur-type politics floundering. It should no longer be enough to simply box certain political entities as competent or not, on the basis of their proximity to the liberation struggle.

    How on earth do we expect to grapple with our manifold challenges, when we do not evaluate and interrogate policy and leadership capability, when it comes to choosing our candidates and parties of choice?

    What has become painfully obvious is that many parties in this country have become trapped in the struggle paradigm, while others are always on the defensive when it comes to their history.

    What Namibia needs is to move past history and embrace the reality that new and innovative solutions are needed. And if political parties still wish to play in the past, they should be held accountable for this.

    The youth have already shown the way, by challenging the status quo on many fronts. It is, after all, the young among us who will have to live with the decisions made by those who still want to live in past glories and trumpet past accomplishments.

    Let us unpack the issues that matter to this nation and make political decisions based on who has the know-how and impetus to take us forward.

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    Zim power utility faces theft and vandalism Zim power utility faces theft and vandalism NAMPA / ZIANA

    The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has bemoaned increasing cases of vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure, saying this has resulted in unplanned power outages.

    In a statement, ZETDC said vandalism and theft of infrastructure threatened power supplies.

    “The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to advise that power supply to its valued customers has been greatly compromised by increasing cases of theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure that have resulted in unplanned electricity outages.

    “Theft and vandalism of electrical infrastructure have resulted in increases faults leading to frequent and long power outages that some clients perceive to be load shedding,” it said.

    ZETDC said Zimbabwe currently had enough electricity.

    “Load-shedding was eradicated in December 205 and the country has enough electricity to efficiently service the nation,” said the power utility.

    ZETDC invited whistleblowers to volunteer information that may lead to the arrest of perpetrators of theft and vandalism.

    “While ZETDC is pursuing various strategies that include patrols, special operations in liaison with other security agents and awareness campaigns to contain the menace from further damaging and interfering with electricity networks, the power utility is appealing for community participation in the protection of electricity infrastructure in the interest of efficient service delivery.

    “ZETDC is inviting whistleblowers to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of perpetrators of theft and vandalism and a reward would be given in proven cases,” said the company.

    In 2016 alone, ZETDC lost US$500 000 due to vandalism of its property.

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    Foreign reserve drops indicate slow growthForeign reserve drops indicate slow growth PSG Namibia research analyst Shelly Arnold says real Gross Domestic Product growth remains sluggish.

    Looking at the stock of foreign reserves (forex) which declined on a monthly basis during November 2018, according to the Bank of Namibia’s latest Money and Banking Statistics report, Shelly warned of an expected drop in SACU income this year.

    The level of international reserves decreased to N$29.5 billion at the end of November from N$31.1 billion recorded in the previous month.

    The decrease in the level of reserves is mainly due to “net capital outflows from the commercial banks as a result of increased foreign currency purchases coupled with net government payments and the exchange rate appreciation,” the central bank said.

    Growth in private sector credit extension (PSCE) ticked higher in November. The PSCE growth rate was recorded at 7.3% y-o-y in November, slightly higher than October’s growth rate of 7.1% y-o-y.

    Growth in total credit extended to the corporate sector increased to 7.6% y-o-y in November, up somewhat from 7.1% y-o-y recorded in the previous month.

    The BoN attributes this growth to “the uptake of short-term credit facilities by businesses in the financial services and mining sectors during the period under review.”

    Meanwhile, growth in credit extended to households was stable at 7% y-o-y in November, an unchanged rate compared to October.

    Regarding money supply, broad money supply growth slowed to 7.5% y-o-y in November 2018 from 9,6% y-o-y in the previous month.

    According to the central bank, this decrease in growth was underpinned by “continued contraction in the growth of the net foreign assets of the depository corporations, coupled with a decline in domestic claims”.

    “Why do we care? Looking ahead, inflows from SACU are expected to be weaker than in recent years due to the lacklustre performance of the South African economy, which shrinks the SACU revenue pool.

    “On the bright side, inflows from the African Development Bank loan agreement will continue to boost foreign reserves this year. In general, the growth in monetary aggregates is well below levels seen during the economic boom years of 2010-15 and suggests that real GDP growth remains sluggish,” said Shelly.

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    SA union angry over Denel’s white bossSA union angry over Denel’s white bossLimusa says stick to employment equity recommendations Liberated Metalworkers union rejects appointment of Daniel du Toit. Siboniso MdletsheLimusa general secretary "One of the recommendations in the HEECA report which we fully support is that Denel must immediately stop the appointment and employment of white males in important positions." NAMPA/ANA

    The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) on Monday rejected the appointment of Daniel du Toit as the group chief executive of state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, saying that the minister of public enterprises must implement employment equity recommendations.

    The department of public enterprises last month announced Du Toit as the new group chief executive after the cabinet approved the appointment. He is expected to assume duty on 14 January.

    This comes after Zwelakhe Ntshepe resigned with immediate effect as Denel chief executive in May, after 20 years at the company and citing personal reasons. He was replaced with Michael Kgobe, the chief executive of subsidiary Denel Aeronautics, in an acting capacity.

    Siboniso Mdletshe, Limusa general secretary, said they found it \\"disgusting and very irresponsible\\" for a state-owned entity like Denel to ignore the findings of the Hoefyster Employment Equity Compliance Assessment (HEECA) report and to employ a white man as the group chief executive.

    Denel Land Systems' report on employment equity compliance status pointed out areas where the company needed to improve in relation to the appointment and promotion of black South Africans.

    \\"One of the recommendations in the HEECA report which we fully support is that Denel must immediately stop the appointment and employment of white males in important positions,\\" Mdletshe said.

    \\"That recommendation was based on the finding that Denel seem to be overlooking other races when it comes to employment in strategic positions and we as Limusa raised this complaint with Denel in 2017 as we saw black professionals in particular being overlooked in favour of white and Indian males.\\"

    Mdletshe said they have learnt that Black Management Forum was legally challenging Denel on the appointment of Du Toit. Black Management Forum was not immediately available for comment.

    \\"We have always been consistent in that we are against this unlawful behaviour of dividing workers racially by Denel and therefore, as Limusa, we are going to support any action that seeks to challenge the employment equity injustices that happens in Denel. We reject the appointment of Daniel du Toit as Denel Group CEO when there are many black professionals qualified for this position,\\" Mdletshe said.

    \\"We call on the minister in the Department of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordan, to provide necessary leadership in ensuring that the recommendations of the HEECA report are implemented as Denel promised four months back. We further call on the parliament to look at this matter closely and enforce Denel to comply with the Equity Act.\\"

    During the announcement, Denel board chairperson Monhla Hlahla said Du Toit brings with him a wealth of experience in the defence and manufacturing sectors and a solid career track record that will be of value to the Denel group.

    Hlahla said Du Toit would be able to build on the turnaround strategy for the troubled defence company and will be critical in strengthening the executive management capacity of the company.

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: LPM cries foul
  • LPM cries foulLPM cries foul The Landless People's Movement (LPM) claims it is under attack from Swapo and United Democratic Front (UDF), saying the two parties are intimidating LPM members to remove their names from a list of members submitted to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) for its registration as a political party.

    LPM leader Bernadus Swartbooi said yesterday their grassroots commanders have observed that LPM members are being harassed and threatened in the Kunene, Erongo, Khomas, //Karas and Otjozondjupa regions.

    Among the threats are that LPM members will lose their jobs or be prohibited from winning government tenders.

    “Random acts of intimidation are also being meted out against those on this list.

    In Khorixas in the Kunene Region, the UDF is employing the old tactic of misinformation, malicious lies and rumour-mongering to distort the image of the LPM.





    We are reliably informed that the regional governor's office, through a certain Mogale Karimbue, the personal assistant of the regional governor, is in cohorts with the UDF to issue threats of jobs (being lost) and harm coming to those on the list in Khorixas,” said Swartbooi.

    When contacted for comment Karimbue said he is not interested in discussions about the LPM.

    “Tell Swartbooi to go and wipe his mother's a**e off. I am not reporting to the media, and you also, don't call me again,” he said before hanging up.

    Swartbooi claimed to have recordings of Swapo regional leaders bribing LPM supporters to renounce their support of the organisation.

    He also referred to an alleged WhatsApp dirty tricks campaign in which LPM members are asked to denounce their membership, by saying that their signatures had been forged in the ECN application.

    LPM members have also allegedly been urged to say that they joined the organisation to obtain a resettlement farm, housing or employment, and that they are now giving Swapo permission to lodge objections to the ECN on their behalf.

    Swartbooi said the LPM is ready to answer to all the objections submitted to the ECN, but only if there were material, legal and fundamental issues.

    “Our issue is not to deny any public member or political party an opportunity to submit their objections to the ECN. The issue at stake here is the lies being peddled, intimidation, threats and aggression employed by those political party operatives mentioned. We reserve the right to counter those lies, and in the event of accusations of forgery by any of these individuals and political parties, to seek legal recourse to protect our name and image.

    “We have a reputation and name to protect. Any objections submitted via the UDF and Swapo on the basis of lies shall be challenged as such and if need be taken to the High Court,” he added.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Army takes over private shooting rangeArmy takes over private shooting range Members of a Rehoboth shooting club have turned to the High Court in an urgent attempt to obtain an interdict against an allegedly illegal military take-over of the club's private shooting range last month.

    An affidavit submitted to the Windhoek High Court on Monday by John Henry Eiman, the chairperson of the Rehoboth Shooters Club, asserts that members of the Namibian Defence Force abruptly and without warning took illegal possession of the shooting range, which the shooting club had operated on for the past 14 years, on 18 December, declaring it a military zone.

    Since then a sign erected by the defence force forbids any persons from entering the site, including members of the Rehoboth Shooters Club.





    A criminal case of unlawful trespassing and breaking and entering was also opened against the Namibian Defence Force in December.

    Eiman's affidavit claims when he was notified of the trespassing on 18 December, he and club vice-chairman Dawid George van Wyk rushed to the shooting range where they “found that the [club's] padlock on the gate was removed – in fact broken – and the gate was closed with a chain and a padlock. A signpost of the applicant (Rehoboth Shooters Club) was also removed.”

    In its place, a new sign had been erected, stating: “Warning!! You are entering a military zone. Taking photos, sketches, plans model or notes of military are or building is not allowed at all or is prohibited.”

    The affidavit states that the shooting club had operated “undisturbed” at the premises since 2004, after an application to operate the club was approved by the town council.

    The land, 5 hectares in size, was vacant when first occupied.

    The club members, at their personal cost, fenced the premises, erected a sign and installed a gate that was locked with a padlock.

    Ablution facilities and a water reservoir were installed.

    A shipping container was brought in to store movable assets such as furniture, gun rests and targets, and a roof was erected.

    Members of the club regularly use the shooting range to practice target shooting and competitive or recreational events are hosted.



    No help

    In his affidavit, Eiman states that after discovering the illegal occupation, they approached a lieutenant at the nearby military base to raise their concerns.



    They were advised to contact the minister of defence and provided with a number for a “General Kashopola, whose telephone number was unavailable after we tried several times to telephone it.”



    When they approached the town council, no help could be given, and their attempt to gain assistance from the police was equally unsuccessful.



    “The police did not want to assist us, and only recommended that we warn the members of the Namibian Defence Force.”



    Finally, they were advised by their legal practitioner, Norman Tjombe, to file a criminal complaint with the police.



    The club then laid charges of unlawful trespassing and breaking and entering the premises, but were later informed that the matter was not yet being investigated because the police officer charged to investigate was “on leave.”



    A letter was sent in early January to the permanent secretary of the defence ministry, placing on record that legal action would be taken unless the military vacated the premises by 4 January.



    To date, no response has been received.



    In their latest effort to be heard, an urgent application was filed at the Windhoek High Court on Monday, and unless opposed, is due to be heard on Monday.



    Eiman's affidavit urges the court to hear the matter on an urgent basis, noting that “the Namibian Defence Force has unlawfully deprived the Rehoboth Shooters Club of its lawful and undisturbed possession and occupation of the premises.”



    The club members hope the court will order that the premises be restored to the club.



    The club members are also asking that the costs of the application be paid by the defence force.



    The affidavit stresses that activities at the range are due to commence this month, with club members practising for upcoming competitions.



    “With the military now in occupation of the premises, the members will not be permitted to enter and be present on the premises.”



    The applicants are supported by lawyer Norman Tjombe, and the three respondents listed in the legal documents are the Minister of Defence, the Namibian Defence Force and the town council of Rehoboth.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 01/08/19--14:00: Manganese fears mount again
  • Manganese fears mount againManganese fears mount again Lüderitz port users ‘exposed’ Initial relief, following orders last week for an immediate halt to the transport and offloading of manganese ore at Lüderitz, has given way to a renewed burst of fear and outrage.

    This is after residents discovered that Namport had received the material and stored at least 240 tonnes in two vacant sheds at the port of Lüderitz on Sunday.

    Last week, the environment ministry confirmed that the manganese operation had not been given the green light, as no environmental clearance certificate had been issued.

    An investigation was launched and the police impounded eight trucks loaded with manganese ore, which had arrived from South Africa as part of an export deal to ship the product to China via the port of Lüderitz. The trucks were ordered to stop offloading the manganese ore at a site close to the town, amidst protests from local residents who said the hazardous material posed severe health and safety risks to the community, the environment and the town's business operations, as well as the marine ecosystem.

    Namport acting CEO Elias Mwenyo confirmed on Monday that the environment ministry had granted “temporary permission” for Namport to offload and store the manganese ore on Sunday, while the matter was being investigated and an application for environmental clearance certificate was being considered.

    “The ore was safely transferred to the warehouse facility at the port of Lüderitz following remedial measures and conditions set by the ministry of environment and tourism.”

    Mwenyo stressed that Namport conducted a “thorough risk assessment… prior to the arrival of the product on site”.





    “Health, safety and environmental issues were identified and mitigation measures were implemented to ensure the safe delivery and storage of the commodity in an enclosed environment.”





    Namport, Mwenyo said, adhered strictly to the “highest International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards (as an ISO certified institution) and condemned actions that would cause negative consequences for human or environmental sustainability”.

    He said the consignment remained impounded and under the supervision of the port authority, with regular inspections by law-enforcement agencies.

    Mwenyo added that the temporary arrangement was the most viable solution under the current circumstances, considering that the port offered the safest storage option.



    In the spotlight

    A resident who preferred to speak anonymously, but who is familiar with the port conditions and infrastructure, agreed that the port offered the best stop-gap solution to store the manganese in a contained space, but said that raised a host of new worries.

    He claimed that the two Rubb Halls selected to store the manganese were inadequately equipped to ensure that water used to keep the product moist would not pollute the ocean.

    He pointed out that the halls are not equipped with “a loop drainage system”, which is required to collect and filter the water of harmful contaminants.

    “Namport has exposed other port users. The port is only about 500 metres long and everything takes place there. Passengers board, supply boats use the port and wet fish is offloaded. The manganese has been placed slap-bang in the middle of the port.”

    His concerns mirrored those of other community members, who took to social media to share their outrage and worries about the potential health hazards posed by exposure to manganese ore.



    Safe and secure

    In a telephonic interview, Mwenyo said the handling of manganese ore was not new to Namport. He said the Lüderitz community could rest assured that Namport was well equipped to ensure the safe handling and storage of the product.



    He stressed that Namport subscribed to “strict international environmental standards, and is also certified, so there is no way that we would compromise on our safety, health, environmental or occupational health and safety standards”.



    In response to concerns about fishing operations at the port, he said Namport, along with the previous handling of manganese ore at the port of Walvis Bay, also frequently handled other high-risk products, including sulphur and lead concentrate.



    “Those are potentially hazardous commodities, yet these commodities co-exist with the fishing industry. I am proud to say so far we haven't experienced any dangerous incidents whatsoever that are detrimental to the fishing industry.”



    He repeated that strict international guidelines and measures were in place to prevent “exposure or health risks to our workers or to whoever is operating within the port facility”.



    “That is guaranteed. It is not our first time to be in contact with manganese ore.”



    Mwenyo confirmed that the manganese ore from 12 impounded trucks, totalling around 248 tonnes, had been offloaded into two empty Rubb Halls at the port.







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    Many Lüderitz residents say they are not opposed to development but it should not be at the cost of the town's people and environment.



    The ore was brought to Namibia by a South African company, registered as TradePort Namibia CC, one of two companies that have been negotiating with Namport for the handling of manganese exports to China.



    The second company negotiating with Namport is listed as Pektranam Logistics.



    Mwenyo refrained from commenting directly on TradePort Namibia's decision to begin offloading the manganese ore without an environmental clearance certificate or adequate safety measures in place.



    He said Namport supported “the business venture, but it must be in line with Namibian law”.



    “We cannot entertain a process that undermines the required procedures that need to be followed.”



    He said the status of the manganese already dumped next to the road outside the town remained unclear.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Citizens aim to tame Tigers
  • Citizens aim to tame TigersCitizens aim to tame Tigers Citizens FC will clash with Tigers tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    The two teams are eager to keep their momentum in topflight football. The match will kick off at 20:00.

    Tura Magic will battle relegation-threatened Okahandja United at 20:00.

    Also on Friday at the Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo, Life Fighters will confront highflying Mighty Gunners at 19:00.

    On Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Black Africa will face a stubborn Young Brazilian side at 15:00. This will be followed by a match between Orlando Pirates and Eleven Arrows at 17:00.

    On Monday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Unam FC and Civics will square off at 20:00, while Eleven Arrows will face neighbours Blue Waters at the Kuisebmond Stadium in a coastal derby on 16 January at 20:00. Black Africa sit atop the log with 16 points from seven matches, followed by Mighty Gunners in second, also on 16 points from seven matches, with Black Africa having conceded one goal less than the Gunners.

    Citizens are third, Young Brazilians fourth and Life Fighters fifth, are all on 11 points after seven matches, with the teams only separated by goal difference.

    Julinho Sporting occupy sixth spot with 10 points, having played only six matches, while Tura Magic sit in seventh position with nine points after seven matches.

    Young African are in eighth position with eight points, while Arrows, who have played six matches, sit in ninth position with seven points.

    Tigers have also played six matches and are in 10th place with seven points, followed by Blue Waters in 11th with the same points.

    Defending champions African Stars are in 12th position with six points after four matches, followed by Unam FC in 13th spot with six points.

    In 14th place are Okahandja United with four points, followed by Pirates in 15th spot also with four points, but having played only six matches.

    Civics prop up the basement with three points from six matches.

    NAMPA

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