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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 01/24/19--14:00: They are joking - Ngarizemo
  • They are joking - NgarizemoThey are joking - NgarizemoVows to challenge Young African's relegation The Young African boss says he is consulting his lawyers, after his team was unceremoniously booted out of the NPL yesterday. Young African head coach and chairman Maleagi 'Mali' Ngarizemo says people are “joking and doing stupid things” and that his lawyers will intervene after it was announced yesterday that his team was relegated from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

    “The people are joking and doing stupid things. I'm busy with my lawyers and we will write a letter to the NPL. They are not even giving me a chance to appeal,” Ngarizemo said. He was presented yesterday with a letter by the NPL disciplinary committee with clear statements that his club will be stripped of all their points and will no longer form part of the 2018/19 NPL season. This after they were found guilty of fraud and contravening NPL rules by fielding an ineligible player during the 2017/18 season.

    On top of being kicked out of the top-flight, the club was also fined a total of N$50 000 for two offences - N$25 000 each - with payment to be made on or before the end of May 2019.

    “Count 1: Fraud: In that on or about the 21 April 2017 and during the 2017/18 MTC premiership season and at Windhoek, Young African unlawfully and intentionally made a misrepresentation to the NPL and/or alternatively to the Namibia Football Association and/or alternatively to other members of the NPL, by registering a player with false identification details,” the letter reads.

    It goes on to say that Young African contravened rule 52.4 of the NPL football manual on rules and regulations.

    “In that on or during the 2017/18 MTC premiership season and at various football venues (Young) African did unlawfully and intentionally violate rule 52.4 of the NPL football manual on rules and regulations for corrupt, dishonest or unlawful practice in connection with matches played under the auspices of the league, or in connection with the affairs of the league, in that African FC utilised the services of a player who was not eligible to play.”

    The letter also states the NPL had a hearing for the club and that they admitted guilt to both counts.

    The club will forfeit all points accumulated in the matches the ineligible player played in. These points will be awarded to their opponents.

    A source close to NPL said it's very sad that this has happened to the club, but the right processes had taken place.

    “They were already told last year that this might happen, and it did, and so they were presented with the letter on black and white. They have a chance to appeal but as it stands they are relegated.”

    Young African were occupying the 10th spot on the NPL log with eight points, and were scheduled to play Unam tomorrow afternoon.

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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Demolisher ready to rumble
  • Demolisher ready to rumbleDemolisher ready to rumble LIMBA MUPETAMI

    Middleweight boxer Lukas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma is scheduled to exchange leather with Rams Ilunga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a non-title fight in Cape Town, South Africa tonight.

    The boxer from the Salute Boxing Academy will compete in an eight-round bout against the DRC hard-hitter, who is expected to give the Namibian some stiff competition.

    Salute Boxing Academy spokesperson PJ Amunyela confirmed he fight and said it means a lot to the boxer.

    “A win will improve Ndafoluma world ranking. Demolisher is one of the best middleweight boxers Namibia currently has,” Amunyela said.

    Ndafoluma said he is “feeling very great”.

    “The weigh-in went well and I’m ready, he said, speaking from South Africa.

    His opponent has four fights under his belt, with two wins and two losses, whereas Ndafoluma has 15 fights to his name, with 14 wins (five knockouts) and one loss.

    Ndafoluma and his trainer Tobias Nashilongo are expected back in the country on Saturday.

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    Rehoboth appoints Philander as head coachRehoboth appoints Philander as head coach Rehoboth Rugby Club has appointed former Namibian international player David 'Poeding' Philander as head coach, effective from 15 January.

    Philander has been busy getting the players fit and ready since last week in preparation for the annual Rehoboth Rugby Club tournament in March this year, the club said in a statement.

    After being hampered by a niggling knee injury, Philander decided to retire and plough back his experience as a player into the community and improve his coaching skills.

    “We believe that Philander will lure the supporters back to the stadium with attractive rugby and improve the team's play on field,” the statement said.

    It also explained that the annual tournament had been shifted from the Easter weekend to 23 March to attract more teams.

    Established on 10 March 1952, Rehoboth Rugby Club has teams participating in the premier and reserve leagues, as well as a first division league. Most of the players are from Rehoboth and some are from Windhoek.

    The club finished sixth with 20 points in last season's rugby premier league competition.


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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Back to the Roots
  • Back to the RootsBack to the RootsSunshine academy presents 'Back to the Roots' boxing bonanza A feast of fighting action is on the cards for 3 March in Katutura. Namibia's leading boxing promoter Nestor Tobias from the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy will kick off the year with a bang by presenting a world-class boxing event called 'Back to the Roots' on 3 March.

    The boxing bonanza will be headlined by Charles Shinima and Mendu Kaangundue who will compete for the junior middleweight national title at A Shipena High School in Katutura.

    Tobias said the theme of the event is very special to them as it speaks to Namibia's rich history.

    “It will be the very first official event in the heart of Katutura and we are therefore going right back to our roots by staging this event.”

    Shinima who holds a record of seven fights with no losses, will challenge the experienced Kaangundue who has fought nine fights, with six wins and three losses.

    “The main bout will be supported by a youthful undercard, with the likes of Harry Simon Junior as the main supporting bout and other talented prospects,” Tobias said.

    In the lightweight division (four-round swinger) bout, Sakaria Sheehama will face Paulus Amavila. In the bantamweight (four rounds) Andreas Mwenyo will cross swords with Titus Thomas.

    The super bantamweight (four rounds), will see Philip Shaanika clash with Samuel Kambuta, who will be making his professional debut.

    The super bantamweight fight over four rounds will be between Sam Mathews and Elifas Kambunga.

    Mathias 'The Beast' Haita and Theofelus Nashilongo will meet in a super bantamweight clash, also over four rounds.

    The junior middleweight (four rounds) will see Ndangi Shapwa competing against an opponent who is still to be announced.

    Gabriel Ndjamba has a date with Salatiel Moses in the bantamweight division over four rounds.

    In the super bantamweight division Filipus Nghiitumbwa will face an opponent that will still be announced.

    Other fights will see Usko Rehabeam and Gerson Veta competing for top honours in the lightweight division. The junior welterweight will see Simon Jr exchanging blows with Dominikus Weyulu.

    General tickets cost N$50 and VIP tickets N$200.


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    Itaya popile omashina gokuhogolola goEVMsItaya popile omashina gokuhogolola goEVMsECN a kunkililwa a kwashilipaleke uudemokoli moshilongo Oongundu dhimwe dhopolotika moshilongo itadhi popile elongitho lyomashina gokuhogolola gopashinanena ngoka haga ithanwa Electronic voting machines, taya popi kutya kape na uuyuki melongitho lyomashina ngoka konima nkene ga tulilwe miilonga. Oongundu odha popi kutya inadhi inekela omashina ngoka molwaashoka otaga vulu okulongithwa okukengelela iizemo yomahogololo, taya popi kutya oya hala omahogololo ga shunwe komukalo gwonale gwoombaapila ngele oVoter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) itayi vulu okugwedhwa po uuna taku longithwa omashina ngoka.

    Omupresidende gwoRepublican Party, Henk Mudge okwa popi kutya oVVPAT itayi ti sha.

    “Otwa hala omahogololo geli pauyuuki ihe omashina ngoka goEVM oge li eshongo enene kuuyuuki womahogololo. Kandi wete omatompelo kutya omolwashike itaku galululwa ehogololo taku longithwa oombaapila ngaashi nale.” Okwa tindi omapopyo gokomisi yoElectoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) kutya elongitho lyomashina ngoka otali endelelitha eningo lyomahogololo.

    “Otaga kutha uule woshiwike okukwashilipaleka iizemo yoEVM ngaashi owala hashi kutha oombaapila,” Mudge a popi.

    Mudge okwa popi kutya ongundu yawo oya ninga oonkundathana noongundu ookwawo na otaya pangele okugandja omaiyuvo gawo kokomisi yomahogololo kombinga yomashina ngoka gokuhogolola.

    Ongundu yoWorkers Revolutionary (WRP) okupitila muamushanga gwongundu ndjoka, Hewat Beukes nayo oya gandja omaiyuvo gawo kutya ope na ompito onene yokukengelela omahogololo palongitho lyomashina ngoka.

    Oya popi woo kelongitho lyaapangeli yaIndia yomashina ngoka pethimbo lyomahogololo taya popi kutya omashina ngoka otaga nyengana okupangela kaapangeli AaNamibia, onkene onkalo ndjoka otayi gandja nale ethano kutya omashina ngoka otaga vulu okulongithwa mokukengela iizemo yomahogololo, onkene oye wete kutya okwa pumbwa okutulwa miilonga nokushunwa kelongitho lyokuhogolola noombaapila ngaashi nale.

    Amushanga gwoAll People's Party (APP) Vincent Kanyetu, okwa popi kutya ongundu yawo itayi pula komeho nelongitho lyomashina ngoka ihe oya hala ku galulwe elongitho lyoombaapila.

    Dr Charles Mubita okwa popi kutya omashina ngoka itaga vulu okwiinekelwa, na ope na omatompelo kutya omolwashike iilongo oyindji muuyuni ya kaleke elongitho lyomashina ngoka ngaashi Germany oshowo India.

    Mubita okwa tsu omukumo kutya okwa pumbwa okuninga oonkundathana kaakuthimbinga ayehe momahogololo opo ku kongwe omukalo omupe gumwe ngoka tagu vulu okulongithwa.

    “ECN okwa pumbwa okukoneka kutya uudemokoli oshinima shi na ondilo noonkoondo. Emanguluko lyoshilongo shika olye ya po okuputila mombinzi ya tika onkene otu na okukwashilipaleka ekalekepo lyuudemokoli moshilongo shetu oshowo egameno lyuudemokoli wetu,” Mubita a popi.

    Fredericko Links okwa popi kutya osha simana opo ECN a kuthepo omalimbililo ngoka taga etithwa kelongitho lyomashina ngoka gokuhogolola.

    Aanapolotika yoongundu dhompilameno oya popi kutya esindano lyaSwapo momahogololo ga piti, olya etithwa kuulingilingi wa longwa palongitho lyomashina ngoka. Ongundu yoSwapo oya mono iipundi 77 momutumba gwopaliamende omanga oongundu dhompilameno dha mono owala omawi 19.

    Ongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) oyi na iipundi itano, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) itatu omanga ongundu yoAll People's Party (APP) yi na iipundi iyali.

    United Democratic Front (UDF), National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) oshowo ongundu yoWRP ayehe oyi na iipundi iyali.

    Swanu (South West Africa National Union), Republican Party oshowo United People's Movement ayehe oye na oshipundi shimwe.

    Omunambelewa Omukuluntu gwOmahogololo moElectoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Theo Mujoro, okwa popi kutya okomisi yawo oyi li yiitaala kutya omashina ngoka goEVM oga longele Namibia nawa pethimbo lyomahogololo nokweendelelitha omahogololo nonando okwa kala taku pulwa elongitho lyoVVPAT.

    Okwa popi kutya okugwedha ko ishewe oVVPAT otashi ka pula oshilongo oomiliyona dhi li po 160.


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    Omuprima minista a limbililwa konkalo yompumbwe yomihandjoOmuprima minista a limbililwa konkalo yompumbwe yomihandjo Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila okwa tumu omupeha minista gwelongo Anna Nghipondoka, opo a ye nooskola moshilongo ashihe a tale nkene onkalo yili mooskola sha landula elundululo lyomusindalongo gwondondo onti 10.

    Ooskola otadhi popi kutya aanaskola yondondo onti 10 oyo ye na okutalwa tango ngele tagu gandjwa omihandjo mooskola unene dhepangelo, onkene omalelo gooskola otaga kunkililwa opo gaye pondje omilandu dhelongo nokukwashilipaleka kutya aanona oya tulwa mumwe moondunda dhokulala opo ku vule okutaambelwa momihandjo omwaalu omunene gwaanaskola.

    Shoka osha hololwa kuNghipondoka sho a talelepo oskola yedhina Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Senior Secondary School mOndangwa.

    Etalelepo lyaNghipondoka olya tameke konima owala yomasiku omashona sho oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun sha lopota kutya aavali yamwe otaya lundile oskola yAndimba Toivo ya Toivo Senior Secondary School mOndangwa kutya otayi tindile aanona yondondo onti 12 momihandjo, nokugandja oompito dhomihandjo kaanaskola yondondo onti 10 oshowo 11.

    Nonando ongaaka omupeha minista okwa popi kutya okwa nyanyukwa noonkondo mokumona kutya oskola ndjoka oya longa oshilonga oshiwanawa sho ya kwashilipaleke kutya konyala aanona ayehe mondondo onti 10 oya mona omihandjo.

    Omukuluntuskola poskola ndjoka, Walde Shapaka okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya omanga omulandu ngoka inagu tulwa miilonga, oskola ndjoka oya li owala hayi kala naanaskola ya thika po 60 mondondo onti 10 ihe konima sho kwa tulwa miilonga omulandu ngoka omwaalu ngoka ogwa londo pombanda sigo opaanaskola 215.

    Okwa popi kutya oskola oyi na aanaskola ya thika pe 1 000 ihe omihandjo dhawo otadhi pumbwa owala okukala naantu ya thika po 650.

    Mokati kaanaskola 215, 158 oye li momuhandjo omanga ondondo onti 11 yi na aanaskoka 262 moka ye li 170 ye li momuhandjo. Mondondo onti 12 mu na aanaskola 371, no 210 oye li momuhandjo.

    Nghipondoka okwa popi kutya elalakano lye lyokutalela po oskola ndjoka okutala kutya otaya humu ngiini komeho nomusindalongo ngoka omupe gwondondo onti 10, unene kaanaskola mboka haya zi pondje naamboka haya zi momihandjo.

    Okwa holola kutya onkalo yaanona taya hiila yoomvula 16 no 17 kayi shi onkalo ombwaanawa, na oyi li omaipulo omanene ku yo molwaashoka aanona mboka aashona.

    Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oyi li omukundu omunene kuyo oshowo komuprima gwoshilongo Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

    Nghipondoka okwa popi kutya okwa kala ta talele po ooskola moshilongo ashihe opo a tale kutya onkalo tayi ende ngiini, unene okutala konkalo yomahala gokuza aanaskola.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando oye na oomvula ooshona aanona oyendji ngashiingeyi otaya hiila nale yo yamwe ohaya zi pamwe momahala omashona momalukanda ihe omolwa onkalo yompumbwe yomahala momihandjo dhooskola.

    “Aanona 57 yondondo onti 10 kaye li momuhandjo naanona mboka otaya vulu okuninga iihakanwa yomiyonena ngaashi omakwatonkonga. Esiku limwe mombashu kokanona koomvula 16 oshi li sha nika oshiponga noonkondo na inatu hala iinima yoludhi ndoka yi holoke,” Nghipondoka a popi.

    Sho omupeha minista sho a talelepo oskola yaAndimba okwa pula natango moondunda dhokulala mu gwedhwe oombete opo aanaskola oyendji ya vule okumona omahala gokuza nonando moondunda moka omuudha nale.

    Nonando oskola oyi na oombete itadhi longithwa, oya popi kutya kaye na omatalashe, naNghipondoka okwa pula aavali ya gandje ekwatho lyomatalashe koskola.


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    Namibians will retaliate - ShifetaNamibians will retaliate - ShifetaMinister defends trophy hunting while in US The environment ministry has faced heavy criticism from some anti-trophy hunting groups that have described the hunting of wildlife as barbaric. Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta says Namibian communities will retaliate against wildlife if trophy hunting is not allowed in conservancies.

    Shifeta was speaking recently at the Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo in Texas.

    “We allow these communities to hunt in their conservancies, in that way we are supporting these communities not only to benefit, but also to conserve these animals, because without this support communities will retaliate against wild animals because they destroy their crops and attack their livestock.”

    The ministry has faced heavy criticism from some anti-trophy hunting groups that have described the hunting of wildlife as barbaric.

    They further claim that trophy hunting does not hold any benefit for the country.

    Shifeta rejected these claims, saying trophy hunting in Namibia is effectively controlled and done with the application of science, and within the principle of sustainability.

    The Dallas Safari Club has also expressed interest in supporting Namibia's anti-poaching activities and wildlife conservation.

    Namibian hunting safari companies have been participating in the Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo in collaboration with the ministry and the Namibia Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA) for many years.

    About 30 Namibian hunting safari companies participated at this year's expo.

    An agreement was signed between the ministry and the Dallas Safari Club in 2016, which provides for support towards Namibia's conservation programme, and according to Shifeta fruitful discussions were held on implementing the agreement that will result in funding for Namibia.

    “We feel that this agreement bears fruits; so far we have many outfitters and safari companies that come to showcase their products here and apart from that we also have an understanding of supporting conservation and anti-poaching activities in Namibia. It is one of the important events in our calendar that we attend,” Shifeta said.

    The Namibian hunting season starts on 1 February and ends on 30 November, and according to Shifeta many professional hunters have already booked their hunting sessions, which will pour more revenue into the Game Product Trust Fund (GPTF) to support Namibia's conservation programme.

    Shifeta also congratulated Danene van der Westhuyzen, the president of NAPHA, for having been appointed to serve on the Dallas Safari Club Conservation Advisory Board.

    The board will provide recommendations and advice on regional and global research, programme development, and advocacy for domestic and international conservation issues.

    This will support the hunting club's mission of conserving wildlife and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide.


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    Expect more promises in 2019 - KamwanyahExpect more promises in 2019 - Kamwanyah With Namibia set to hold general elections this year, some local political analysts have aired their views on the year ahead, saying they again expect politicians to make promises to buy the electorate's votes.

    Among other things, the experts unpacked how political parties delivered in juxtaposition to the promises they made during their election manifestos four years ago.

    In an interview, political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said President Hage Geingob had already set the tone when he branded 2019 'The Year of Accountability'.

    It is therefore a year in which the government, Geingob and other political formations should go back to the electorate with tangible results of their work done over the last four years and why they should be entrusted with the nation's votes, he said. In his eyes, 2019 will be an interesting year, particularly for the ruling Swapo Party.

    “For the first time in the party's history, Swapo goes divided into an election year. When RDP and CoD defected from Swapo, it remained united, but now Team Swapo and Team Harambee are very much alive within the party. It will be very interesting how the president can deal with this,” Kamwanyah stated briefly. As for the opposition, Kamwanyah said the party to look out for that could make a dent in the might of Swapo is the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM).

    “We have to watch out for PDM. With the rebranding, they have detached themselves for their colonial past. Venaani has also done well. He has been on the ground. I am not saying they are going to win,” he said. The Landless People's Movement (LPM) is another surprise package, he said. Nampa also spoke to political scholar Uazuva Kaumbi, who had similar sentiments to Kamwanyah's. Kaumbi expects more promises from politicians, followed by little or no results.

    He said the government, under Geingob's watch, had little to show for the work done in the last four years, as evidenced by the struggling economy.

    However, he maintained that there would not be any major surprises at the polls.

    Kaumbi does not believe that the purported division within Swapo will play a huge role in how Namibians will vote in November, considering the party's history.

    “Those divisions have always been there.

    The biggest one that we thought would rip Swapo apart was just before the formation of the RDP, with someone like Hidipo Hamutenya leaving the party…it all came and went and did very little damage to Swapo,” Kaumbi opined. Going into an election year, Kaumbi is of the view that opposition parties “look very disorganised”.

    Namibia is set to hold presidential and National Assembly Elections in November this year.


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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Surviving R. Kelly on DStv
  • Surviving R. Kelly on DStvSurviving R. Kelly on DStvCatch up and be part of the worldwide conversation Crime and Investigation debuts the controversial R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein scandals that have everyone talking. Crime and Investigation, channel 170, debuts two explosive shows this February - the six-part series Surviving R. Kelly, and the crime documentary chronicling the saga of Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in The Harvey Weinstein Scandal.

    Surviving R. Kelly premieres with a double-bill on 6 February at 20:00 and at 20:50. It delves into one of the biggest scandals in music to date - with women emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories of abuse at the hands of musician R. Kelly.

    The show has already aired in the US this January and has met with reaction from international stars like Lady Gaga, who apologised for once collaborating with the singer in 2013, to South Africa's Pearl Thusi and Jimmy Nevis calling out for a boycott on him and for his music not to be downloaded or streamed live.

    Celebrated as one of the greatest RnB singers of all time, the 52-year-old's career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumours of abuse, predatory behaviour, and paedophilia. In 2002 he was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography but was acquitted on all charges in 2008.

    For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly's inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse.

    With over 50 interviews, including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly's controversial past is revealed beginning in 1970 through present day.

    The premiere episode in the six-part series explores R. Kelly's rise to fame and power as an RnB icon where he formed relationships with younger singers and dancers including marriage to his then 15-year-old protégé Aliyah. Single episodes air weekly on Wednesdays at 20:00 culminating in the final episode titled Black Girls Matter on March 6, which sees figures from women's groups come forward to take aim against the sexually brazen superstar. Will R. Kelly now wish he could turn back the hands of time?

    The Harvey Weinstein Scandal premieres on 13 February at 20:50 and examines the rise and fall of Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein and other men in power.

    This documentary explores milestones from Weinstein's life, career, relationships and rise to mega stardom. It reveals the creation and many successes of Miramax and The Weinstein Company.

    The documentary takes a deep look inside Hollywood and the abuse by powerful men in the industry and includes exclusive interviews with people who knew Weinstein, women who have come face to face with him, and exclusive re-enactment scenes.

    Weinstein is to stand trial in New York this May on five charges including rape.

    He is alleged to have sexually assaulted over 70 women dating back decades. He has denied all these accusations citing that any sexual encounters were consensual.

    Staff Reporter

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    Gweri Socks starts 2019 on the right footGweri Socks starts 2019 on the right foot Artist and entrepreneur Zulu of Gweri Socks has encouraged the youth to be go-getters.

    The Gweri Socks collection continues to make positive changes in society, including fostering the spirit of collaborations between industries.

    Having made over 1 000 pairs of socks, Zulu said the aim of Gweri Socks is to create jobs within the creative industry and so far they are on the right track.

    As part of their endeavours to create jobs and encouraging collaborations, Zulu and his team launched a project where they called for members of the public to come up with designs that can be used on socks and other upcoming projects. So far they have received more than 20 applications and the designs are authentic and Namibian.

    “This is a way of giving back to the community and also encouraging locals to inspire each other and tell our stories,” he said.

    Zulu said they are looking at widening their market and will launch a tie, handkerchief and household printed materials that are all Namibian inspired. He believes at the moment there are a few brands that particularly represent Namibian fashion, hence his desire for Gweri Vintage to soar.

    The singer established his Gweri Vintage Collection four years ago, but things picked up pace last year with his clothing and socks gaining more traction in the market. Zulu also said he will soon open up a shop to sell all his products.

    He said he will be taking part in the upcoming Kasi Vibe Festival on 1 to 3 March where his brand grew from. In conclusion, Zulu advises the youth to go out and create jobs for themselves when doors shut in their faces.

    “Yes there is a lack of jobs all of over but you can create them yourselves. There are always opportunities out there, you just need to find them. It was a struggle for us at the beginning, but we found a way,” he said.

    “I delegate and this is simply because I have a vision for Gweri Vintage and everything made needs to look a certain way.”

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Gone too soon
  • Gone too soonGone too soonArtists describe Oliver Mtukudzi as an icon and legend Local artists have paid tribute to fallen African music icon Oliver Mtukudzi. Tributes are pouring in for Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi, an Afro-jazz star who won a following across Africa and beyond, after he died on Wednesday aged 66.

    Namibia is no exception. The self-taught guitarist passed away at a hospital in Harare, succumbing to diabetes complications. A legend in the vibrant cross-genre of Afro-jazz, Mtukudzi released 66 albums in a career that spanned 45 years.

    Erna Chimu

    It's indeed sad news regarding his passing. For me personally, he was and will remain my all-time favourite. He was a legendary musician, just the best, and the pride of Zimbabwe and Africa. His music made me feel and understand the universal language of music. It spoke to the soul. He has opened and paved way for African music to be heard, understood and loved all over the world. May he rest in peace. We will remain forever grateful for the music he gave us.


    Tuku, thanks for the years, the husky melancholic voice, unique guitar picking style and the evocative dance moves. Last year, Zambia's jazz artist James Sakala called Elemotho after Tuku told him (James) that he should listen to Namibia's Elemotho and possibly do something together. It's a big loss indeed.

    Lize Ehlers

    I am shocked. I just immediately think 'Todii, what shall we do', when I think of Oliver. My heart is broken and this is so sad. We have lost a legend and it's crazy that he and Hugh passed away on the same date. Again, Todii, what shall we do?


    It's just sad losing a legend, mentor and a father. Losing such a music icon is very difficult to digest and the fact that he passed away on the same day as Hugh Masekela just gets one thinking about life. I have personally worked with Tuku and I also worked with his late son Sam. It's really saddening and no words can express how I feel right now.


    At the launch of my album Misunderstood I was trying to praise and appreciate him. This is something that a lot of people only do when the person is gone. We should learn to buy flowers for people to smell them and not put them on their graves.


    He is one of the fathers of African music and it's a massive loss to Africa at large. We love them because our parents introduced us to them and it's really sad.

    All the icons are leaving. His voice and music captured us all and made me believe that there is a future in music.


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    Changing Namibian reading cultureChanging Namibian reading culture Local blogger Sarah Goroh, also known as Charizma Inspirations online, has expanded her horizons and branched out to writing an inspirational quotes book.

    The bookworm, who released her book last year November, says she has always been fond of writing and quite often finds it hard to stop.

    The book, '31 Days of Inspired Living' deals with topics that relate to everyday life. According to the author, it is relevant to people from various walks of life and is a must-have.

    “This book takes the reader on a journey to change their way of thinking and to transform their life within a month.

    I decided to publish the book because a lot of people reached out to have access to my quotes because they speak to everyone, especially on perception. Once you can change your perception you can change your life, and this is really engaging,” she said.

    Goroh said Namibia does not have a reading culture compared to other countries and this is a sad state of affairs, adding she would like to see a change in the coming generations.

    “If you want to hide something from a young person just put it in a book.

    “I'm saying this from the people I've met.”

    I too never had the desire to read, but readathons and spelling bee competitions encourage them,” said Goroh.

    Goroh has compiled the quotes into an 88-page book that also includes pages for one to make notes. It includes topics such as breaking from fear and setting one's own pace, just to mention a few. The book is currently available at Revive Us book store at Maerua Mall and on order.

    Goroh plans to host a 31-day journey scheduled to take place in March that will capture non-readers as well.

    “A lot of people struggle with reading because they are not used to it.

    I decided to have a month where I will be vlogging contents of the book and also allowing the readers to do the same to help them understand the book better. More details will follow soon but this is something really special and it will have an impact on people's lives,” she added.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Mind of a Dancer with Hillary ShiimiMind of a Dancer with Hillary Shiimi As one of Namibia's most accomplished choreographers, Hillary Shiimi has been a genre bender, forging a new path between pop culture and the classical structures of dance. Having been under the wings of Stanley Mareka since 2011, the dancer has decided to go solo. She talks to tjil.

    Tjil (j): Why did you decide to move?

    Hillary Shiimi (HS): Well, I cannot find the most effective way to do it other than just getting up and doing it. Being in the Equipped Dance and Entertainment Academy for a successive eight years gave me most of my dance experience and I will always acknowledge that. This decision, however, is not the end of my dance career but actually a whole new beginning of failing, falling and getting up to sweat, and so much more. One of the biggest misconceptions about freelancing is that you sit at home and work when the reality is you have to fight for it.

    t: What kind of brand are you building for yourself?

    SH: Mind of a Dancer. This is a brand that needs to speak for itself. A brand that motivates upcoming dancers to evolve more into the corporate industry by engaging on social media platforms and getting in touch with new opportunities.

    t: What is the next stepping stone for the Mind of a Dancer?

    HS: This year marks ten years in the dance and entertainment industry and I plan on hosting a dance showcase in the months to come. I am still a full-time dancer and plan on shooting dance videos and documentaries for other dancers, creating a platform for them to showcase their talent. Namibian artists are so talented and one should always be eager to put a piece of your work on art out there by choreographing music videos and with backup dancing. Many have developed a storytelling style of performance on stage which brings so much professionalism, especially during album launches or big events. Dance fitness has always been a big interest in my dancing career and I am excited to start with it next month.

    Join Hillary for her February dance fitness classes at the Katutura Community Art Centre for N$250. For more information call 081 368 9505 or reach her on her social media platforms.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Tackling poaching through artTackling poaching through artBaxu and the Giants rolls into production The year 2019 is the year of accountability and entertainers are taking a stand. Baxu and the Giants, a film on how rhino poaching triggers social change in a village in Damaraland, will start its production in February. The story's authors, Girley Jazama and Florian Schott, chose to tell the story from the inside out through the eyes of an innocent but toughened-by-life eight-year-old girl who is deeply rooted in nature and her own heritage.

    The film, which is being produced by Andrew Botelle, is aimed at sensitising teenagers to the issue of poaching in Namibia. Through this storytelling device, which spans the time between the age of hunters and gatherers to the present day, the film aims to reach an audience worldwide and for audiences to understand some of the underlying social issues in rural Namibia that can lead to poaching.

    Schott, who worked on the award-winning and film Katutura, said Baxu (short for !Khubaxu, which means 'I come from the soil' in Damara) and the Giants is one of his most personal films he's worked on to date and he looks forward watching it roll out.

    “It is the first time that I am trying to not only subtly highlight a social issue but make it the centre of the film.

    I felt that the cause of poaching in rural Namibia is still under-represented so I pitched them the idea of creating an emotional story of a family, with a young girl that is deeply rooted in nature and heritage at its centre.

    It has been a beautiful journey as very quickly we both fell in love with Baxu and the way that she sees the world and tells her story to the audience,” said Schott.

    Schott, who directed Katutura five years ago, added that there is a lack of local films targeted for kids and teenagers and that Baxu and the Giants is made to fill that gap. He also said although the film is exciting there were certain challenges he encountered but it was all a learning experience.

    “It is a simple, but beautiful and heart-breaking story and I put a lot of my own experiences in having a Damara family in the script. It is set in rural Namibia, the protagonist is an eight-year-old girl and part of the film is in a language that I don't speak - but I'm super excited to make this film a reality,” he concluded.

    Filming will begin in February 2019 and the film is expected to have its world premiere in Namibia in August 2019.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Shell and Total join Engen
  • Shell and Total join EngenShell and Total join EngenService stations rally behind local music sales Thanks to these service stations, one can now purchase local music literally everywhere in Namibia. Shell and Total service stations have joined the 57 Engen service stations across the country that are currently selling local music. The deal was sealed by businessman and music enthusiast of Antonio's art, Dragan Djokic, who said that it is aimed at making local music available in all corners of the country to benefit fans and artists.

    Djokic, who sealed the Engen deal early last year, says this will help to combat music's industrial issues such as piracy.

    To make this possible, he drove 20 000 kilometres but adds it's all worth it if it benefits the industry in the end.

    “Regularly covering all Namibian corners will reduce piracy drastically. Most of the towns I visited have never bought albums of their favourite artists, or they have to drive to Windhoek to get them. Selling albums is not the job of the artist but rather that of the distributor and this is the professional approach that we should be using,” said Antonio.

    Currently, each service station takes in the top 15 albums due to limited selling space. Djokic says there is currently no Oviritje and Damara Punch music selling which is unfortunate.

    “This is a problem I want to stop along with Nascam next month. They need to see the importance of this project and helping artists reach their market. Being in the top 15 is not guaranteed and due to album releases and sales, it is quiet flexible,” he said.

    The next problem he wants to tackle is the pricing of albums in Namibia as they are too expensive.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Rebrand you
  • Rebrand youRebrand you The founder of Poiyah Media, Ilke Platt, shares vital information on how to run your business and brand it successfully.

    If you're looking for a rebrand in terms of your image, reputation, lifestyle or even habits, but you're finding it hard to start, it might be simpler than what you think. The best way to start is by doing it. Overcome the perception that it's hard to re-brand yourself, then jumpstart on a clean page with deliberate efforts to succeed at maintaining that image.

    In a business sense, your look is the perception created around those you encounter on a daily basis. According to Kendra Cherry, initial perceptions are developed every day which may draw conclusions which may be biased or stereotyped. In the modern business environment, including individuals, branding is becoming just as important on a personal level. This is especially true for those aspiring for new career opportunities.

    Ask yourself a few questions to constantly remind yourself of the new you. 'What do you expect people to think of you when they think of your name? Is there a certain image you want to be perceived? Would you like to be known for many things and as differing brands?' These are the questions you should ask yourself everyday if you intend on working on your personal brand. Once you grasp this concept, people around you will form a different perception about you.

    Follow these simple tips to make it easier to jumpstart on your facelift in 2019.

    Association is critical

    There is no truer statement than 'Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are'. Your association with certain events, hang-out spots, groups of friends and how you show up, immediately portray who you are. Next time, analyse your friends, your surroundings, your habits and the things you decide to associate yourself with.


    This is defined as an overall estimation of the character or quality of a person generally held by those who know him or her, according to Business Dictionary.

    In other words, it's more than what you portray than just your behaviour and how those who know you describe you as a person.


    This is the most important tip that anyone can follow. Honesty is the best policy and it allows you to be who you are and not force a certain perception that you want to create. This makes it easier for you to be consistent and keep up with a good habit without forgetting it.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 01/24/19--14:00: Bringing it home
  • Bringing it homeBringing it homeChristiana Gure is flying the flag high Despite being injured, Christiana is now more determined than ever to win. June Shimuoshili

    Pageant veteran Christiana Gure is passionate about charity and the power of giving back.

    The youth activist and student is the second woman selected to represent Namibia at the 47th edition of the Miss Intercontinental pageant in Manila, Philippines.

    The 25-year-old Gure started her modelling career in high school and has never looked back. She has previously served as Miss Red Cross, Miss Triumphant College, Miss IUM and Miss Hope Namibia, and just last year she added the Miss Journalism Namibia title onto to her list, earning her the opportunity to represent Namibia at Miss Intercontinental.

    Her pageant director, Bobby Kaanjosa of Pageant Girls by Bobby K, said Gure is doing very well in Manila and she needs her the country to rally behind her.

    “Gure has been doing amazingly during the pageant period. She has been standing out and making an impact on this international platform and definitely putting Namibia on the map despite suffering a foot injury the day before swimwear preliminaries. Christiana was one of those who stood out during the Philippine designer showcase in a gown from designer Ranel Espaldon who also designed her evening gown and national costume,” said Kaanjosa.

    The pageant will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube on the Miss Intercontinental social pages tomorrow. Miss Intercontinental is a pageant that celebrates the beauty of women, shown from both inside and out. Being in her last week of competition, Gure spent the past three weeks in Manila as part of the pageant boot camp, and she had the opportunity to work with the best in fashion in Manila, and met other beauties from around the world.

    “I am so excited and humbled to have the opportunity to represent a beautiful nation like Namibia that is full of diversity and creativity. I aim to carry myself with love and gratitude, and the soul and heart of the Namibian people,” said Gure.

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    Love yourself and love your neighbourLove yourself and love your neighbour Ann Singer

    Two weeks ago I suffered an episode of severe depression. I literally took a blade and started to cut my wrist. It felt like the only thing that would help relieve my pain. It felt right and I was okay with taking pictures when I cut myself, I was justifying myself, burning everything around me so I could save everyone around me, but me. I'm not exposing myself and I'm not looking for sympathy. I'm trying to create awareness and show that no one is immune to depression, absolutely no one. Mental illness and health, along with depression, are real and we need to start comprehending the significance of dealing with it. I had to stop, pause and think about how important I really am and the need to take care of my mental health.

    I don't know if I'll have another episode but if it ever happens again, at least I'll know what to do, I’ll know to speak to someone. During my episode I learned that this is how so many people commit suicide right under our noses. I was good at hiding my pain, plus the wounds and scars, and many people that take their lives are brilliant at covering up the signs. I did reach out to a couple of people that I trust and talking really helped, I even learned that a friend of mine went through the same thing. I survived my episode, it was one of the hardest moments of my life and I thank God. I don't know who needs to hear this but suicide isn't the way out and I'd like to let you know that you're not alone, speak to someone. Also, let's look after each other, ask the person next to you how they are really doing and most importantly, be kind with your words, you could be saving a life!

    *Ann Singer is an award-winning artist with a passion for helping others through her words and music.

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    For artist managers and record labelsFor artist managers and record labels For some time now I have dedicated myself to listening to local music, across all genres, Kwaito, Hip-Hop, RnB, etc. The one thing I have noticed is the abundance of talented musicians in the Land of the Brave. The only sad thing is that most of these talents do not have the right kind of exposure. This exposure needs to be generated partly by artist managers and depending on a record deal, the record labels also are responsible for promoting the artist. Certainly the artist should be his/her own number-one fan, but sometimes they lack the necessary skills to get their music across and this is where managers and record label executives come in. The artist is the talent, and the manager is the business. A manager, especially in the entertainment industry, needs to have a sound knowledge of the industry and should have an ear for good music. You, as an artist manager, works on the publicity and the individual goals of your artist, and sometimes you may have to work a little harder than your client.

    Whether you manage an unknown or popular musician it is important you understand the field of music in which your client operates. All music genres have a different fan base and unique way of working. You need to make sure you research your artist's field of music and make sure the research works to your advantage.

    There are many ways in which artists can be promoted and they should be explored. You can easily have tours, album signing sessions and album listening sessions with fans to create more hype around your artist. Plan competitions and activities that generate opinions about your artist and to test how your artist is perceived.

    This is a new year and if you represent an artist ask yourself: Do I have a vision board for my artist? How will I get people to talk about my artist for the next six months? What are some of the songs I want to promote for my artist and what songs deserve a music video?

    If you have answers to all the questions, you need to have an action plan and ensure that everything for your artist is implemented. May you have a prosperous 2019.


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  • 01/24/19--14:00: NAMAs 2019 on track
  • NAMAs 2019 on trackNAMAs 2019 on trackArtists get ready for the biggest awards show of the year The closing date for NAMAs entries will be in March. The administrative glitches that have led to a delay in the NAMAs preparations taking off seem to be sorted out as a tender for the provision of production and management services for the awards show has been advertised.

    The tender form also states that the awards will open for entry next month and that the closing date for entries will be in March. Normally the call for entries takes place before 10 November each year.

    “An official announcement will be made at the official launch prior to the opening date through direct communication to the members, through Nascam, as well as public announcements through the media and website publishing,” stated the tender form. Although there were rumours that the awards will not take place, John Ekongo of MTCs confirmed that the telecoms giant would be continuing its relationship with the 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.

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

    June Shimuoshili

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