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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Corruption: Nam loses shine in regionCorruption: Nam loses shine in regionTransparency International’s CPI Namibia is now regarded as the 52nd least corrupt country out of 180 tracked by Transparency International worldwide. … laws often go unenforced and institutions are poorly resourced with little ability to handle corruption complaints. – Transparency International Jo-Maré Duddy – Namibia has dropped one spot in Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of score on Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

    According to the 2018 CPI, released yesterday, Namibia scored 53 out of a possible 100. Although this is an improvement on the 51 points achieved on the 2017 CPI, the latest score places Namibia fifth in Sub-Saharan Africa compared to fourth on the previous index.

    In 2018, Namibia ranked behind Seychelles (score 66), Botswana (61), Cape Verde (57) and Rwanda (56). In 2017, the country was behind Seychelles (60), Botswana (61), as well as Cape Verde and Rwanda – both with 55 points.

    Zero on the CPI score slide means a country is highly corrupt, while 100 indicates a country is “very clean”.

    The improvement in Namibia’s overall score in 2018 meant the country is now regarded as the 52nd least corrupt country out of 180 tracked by Transparency International (TI) worldwide. In 2017, Namibia was ranked 53rd. Seychelles with its top score on the continent was ranked 28th on the 2018 CPI.

    Namibia’s performance on the latest CPI is better than the world and regional average. The global average score is 43 and more than two-thirds of the countries included in the 2018 CPI falls into this category. The average score for Sub-Saharan Africa is 32.

    “With an average score of just 32, Sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest scoring region on the index, followed closely by Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with an average score of 35,” TI says.

    Africa

    The global watchdog says the 2018 CPI “presents a largely gloomy picture for Africa” with only eight of 49 countries which scored more than 43. “Despite commitments from African leaders in declaring 2018 as the African Year of Anti-Corruption, this has yet to translate into concrete progress,” TI elaborates.

    Sub-Saharan Africa remains a region of stark political and socio-economic contrasts and many longstanding challenges, the watchdog says.

    “While a large number of countries have adopted democratic principles of governance, several are still governed by authoritarian and semi-authoritarian leaders. Autocratic regimes, civil strife, weak institutions and unresponsive political systems continue to undermine anti-corruption efforts,” TI says.

    According to TI, top scorers Seychelles and Botswana have a few attributes in common. “Both have relatively well-functioning democratic and governance systems, which help contribute to their scores. However, these countries are the exception rather than the norm in a region where most democratic principles are at risk and corruption is high,” TI says.

    Many low performing countries have several commonalties, including few political rights, limited press freedoms and a weak rule of law, TI continues.

    “In these countries, laws often go unenforced and institutions are poorly resourced with little ability to handle corruption complaints. In addition, internal conflict and unstable governance structures contribute to high rates of corruption.”

    Progress

    Ivory Coast and Senegal were, for the second year in a row, among the significant improvers on the CPI. In the last six years, Ivory Coast moved from 27 points in 2013 to 35 points in 2018, while Senegal moved from 36 points in 2012 to 45 points in 2018.

    “These gains may be attributed to the positive consequences of legal, policy and institutional reforms undertaken in both countries as well as political will in the fight against corruption demonstrated by their respective leaders,” TI says.

    Angola

    With a score of 19, Angola increased four points since 2015.

    “President João Lourenço has been championing reforms and tackling corruption since he took office in 2017, firing over 60 government officials, including Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of his predecessor, Eduardo Dos Santos. Recently, the former president’s son, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, was charged with making a fraudulent US$500 million transaction from Angola's sovereign wealth fund,” TI says.

    However, the problem of corruption in Angolan goes far beyond the Dos Santos family, TI points out. “It is very important that the current leadership shows consistency in the fight against corruption in Angola.”

    South Africa

    With a score of 43, South Africa remained unchanged on the CPI since 2017.

    “Under president Cyril Ramaphosa, the administration has taken additional steps to address anti-corruption on a national level, including through the work of the Anti-Corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee. Although the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) has been in place for years, the current government continues to build momentum for the strategy by soliciting public input,” TI says.

    Citizen engagement on social media and various commissions of inquiry into corruption abuses are also positive steps in South Africa, it says.

    In both Kenya and South Africa, citizen engagement in the fight against corruption is crucial, TI says.

    “For example, social media has played a big role in driving public conversation around corruption. The rise of mobile technology means ordinary citizens in many countries now have instant access to information, and an ability to voice their opinions in a way that previous generations did not.”

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    Govt orders Air Namibia to sort out messGovt orders Air Namibia to sort out mess Air Namibia has been instructed by government to seek an amicable solution with liquidated Belgian firm Challenge Air SA, so that the national carrier's assets are not attached.

    Challenge Air successfully brought a German court matter against Air Namibia, which was ordered to pay over N$360 million as well as an added amount of US$1 335 daily in respect of unpaid maintenance for the leasing of a defective Boeing 767 in 1998.

    This follows a judgment on 12 January 2015 brought Challenge Air liquidator, Belgian attorney Anicet Baum, against Air Namibia and TransNamib, which was at the time the holding company of the airline.

    Providing an update on the matter this week, Air Namibia spokesperson Paulus Nakawa said they were advised to seek an amicable solution.

    “Air Namibia had engaged the shareholder [government]. The shareholder noted the matter and indicated that they shall consider the matter further, including through advice from the attorney-general,” said Nakawa.

    “The shareholder has not committed to action with respect to the matter, but has in light of the fact that Air Namibia is a private entity, advised the airline to consider options aimed at resolving the matter in the interim.”

    Attorney-general Albert Kawana, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste, transport minister John Mutorwa and finance minister Calle Schlettwein met with the Air Namibia management on Monday to discuss the implications of Challenge Air SA's lawsuit.





    Jooste had informed Namibian Sun that the matter had been escalated to Kawana.

    “The item has been referred to the attorney-general for an opinion and recommendations,” Jooste said.

    The Munich Regional Appeal Court ruled on several payments Air Namibia had to make in respect of monies owed to Challenge Air, totalling - at today's exchange rate - in the region of N$360 million, with an added daily payment of US$1 335 in respect of unpaid maintenance.

    Air Namibia had 30 days to lodge an appeal, but did not do so.

    The attachment of Air Namibia's assets stems from this judgment.

    Air Namibia was also warned that it could be barred from flying into Europe, while Challenge Air successfully retrieved N$10 million from its European banking accounts so far this year.

    Air Namibia was also informed that the assertion that it does not have assets in Europe, “does not absolve Air Namibia from its legal obligation” arising from the German court judgement.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Cops hit wall in hunt for Cheryl's killerCops hit wall in hunt for Cheryl's killer Khomas crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Abner Agas, says the police are not making progress in the hunt for Cheryl Avihe Ujaha's killer or killers.

    “We are still busy with that investigation. We have not made any progress yet; we haven't arrested anyone. There is also no suspect,” he said.

    Agas added they are waiting for people to come forward with information.

    “So the reward of N$100 000 is still there; that is what we are looking at right now,” he said.

    Cheryl would have turned 10 on Monday.

    The discovery of her dismembered body in Katutura in August last year led to a massive public outcry, including for the return of the death penalty, in a country grappling with increasing incidents of shocking violence against women and children.

    Scores of mourners, including first lady Monica Geingos and former president Hifikepunye Pohamba attended her funeral.

    Her family told Namibian Sun yesterday they remain hopeful that her killer or killers will hand themselves over to the police or be caught.

    Her aunt, Batseba Kaimu, said her murder remains very sensitive to talk about, as they lost a loved one in a tragic manner.

    “It was her birthday yesterday (on Monday) and we are still mourning. It was a bad day; we want to know who is responsible, but there is no information forthcoming. We want the person responsible to come forth, but until they do we can only wait for the police to find them,” said Kaimu.

    Cheryl's gruesome abduction and murder ripped Namibian hearts to shreds, and many continue to vent their anger.

    In early September last year, hundreds of Katutura residents gathered at her family home for a march to the place where her dismembered body was found by passer-by.

    The mourners were joined by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Cheryl was laid to rest later that day at the Gammams Cemetery.

    JUNE SHIMOUSHILI

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    WANTED: N$1bn for shack reliefWANTED: N$1bn for shack reliefOver 130 000 Windhoek residents live in slums Informal settlements have been described as a national humanitarian crisis. City of Windhoek officials estimate that at least 131 000 residents live in slum conditions in the city's 87 informal settlements and propose that an injection of just over N$1 billion from central government could help them start an immediate intervention to address the national humanitarian crisis of informal settlement living conditions and its explosive growth.

    This recommendation formed part of a City of Windhoek presentation made yesterday during a State House meeting called by President Hage Geingob, who was joined by several ministers and advisers to meet with City officials in order to address the country's unfolding humanitarian crisis of informal settlements.

    Geingob stressed the need for action and accountability for promises made, highlighting the fact that urban housing and informal settlements form part and parcel of the resolutions taken following last year's land conference.

    “We have a crisis where human beings are staying in conditions that are unbearable,” he said yesterday.

    He added that after the land conference, the government officially declared the informal settlement crisis as a serious national humanitarian crisis.

    He said while the situation has not been declared as a national state of emergency, “it's a disaster for human development and therefore we should address it.”

    City officials yesterday warned that without interventions now, the situation could spiral out of control with estimates that the population within the informal settlements of Windhoek are set to double in less than a decade. A presentation by the municipality's Faniel Maanda showed that in terms of a suggested financial approach during the “local disaster declaration period”, it is crucial to ensure availability of and a steady flow of financial resources.

    One suggestion is to request, for phase one funding, just over N$1 billion from the government to intervene immediately in at least 26 of the 87 informal settlements, while the City of Windhoek covers the administrative costs.

    No further details were provided during the brief presentation at yesterday's meeting while the media was present.



    Not helpful

    A City manager yesterday briefly told Namibian Sun that the recent deep cuts to the proposed capital expenditure budget of more than N$600 million, of which N$83 was approved only, in December, following a long delay by urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga, has had a “definite impact” on addressing the crisis of informal settlements and related projects.

    “There are land delivery projects that were part of the budget plans that cannot proceed”, and had to be shelved, he said.





    The official added that the meeting yesterday offered the City a chance to “say the pressure on the City and the resources availed to us are just being stretched to a limit”.

    He said the research presented yesterday by the City showed clearly that informal settlements would double in less than a decade and pose a major threat to the city's stability.

    “All statistics indicate that unless there is a serious and big committed engagement to assist and complement what the City is doing, we are heading for bad times. As we sit, we can't manage this problem now. We need to put a plan on the table to at least have projects in place to at least arrest the situation.”



    Working hard

    Yesterday, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the issue of informal settlements was at the top of her agenda as part of the government's efforts to finalise the draft action plan to implement the land conference resolutions.

    She described the conditions in which people live in informal settlements as “dehumanising and it is contradictory to the commitments we have made, not only nationally but internationally.”

    The prime minister said the government was also talking to private institutions to formulate strategies going forward, including the Shack Dwellers Federation who have shown that houses can be delivered “at a fraction of the cost” and that government is looking at alternative options such as flexible land tenure options.

    Attorney-general Albert Kawana praised the Shack Dwellers Federation's successes in providing housing to low-income residents, and proposed that the government could consider assisting the federation, which has done “much better” than other institutions, including parastatals, over the years in finding effective solutions.

    Kawana further suggested to City of Windhoek officials, in order to address questions around the exact make-up of residents living in informal settlements, to conduct a survey to identify “who is who” in informal settlement areas. Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua yesterday urged leaders to “speak the same language” and to recognise the “reality on the ground” and the numerous challenges involved with the informal housing crisis.

    He warned that unless informal settlements and their explosive growth were addressed urgently, the city would “become ungovernable.”

    Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who met with Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on the issue of informal settlements on Monday, yesterday said “the face of Windhoek's informal settlements is very ugly.” She added however that the challenges “are so overwhelming that we are unable to manage in terms of the lack of resources”, and listed additional challenges that “compound the problems we face.”

    McLeod-Katjirua said eradicating informal settlements would also require addressing “attitude problems” of residents, including vandalism, hygiene, and the misuse of free services in these areas.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 01/30/19--14:00: No clause on player fraud
  • No clause on player fraudNo clause on player fraudYoung African's demotion from NPL final The Zimbabwean player at the centre of the fraud that got Young African booted out of the NPL is now plying his trade at African Stars. The Namibia Premier League (NPL) constitution has no clause on the course of action to be taken against players who forge documents or use false names in order to play in the league.

    This means that there is no fixed punishment when player identity fraud is uncovered. In fact, a Zimbabwean at the centre of Young African being booted out of the league because of player fraud is now playing for African Stars after apparently serving a seven-match suspension.

    The information regarding a lack of a constitutional clause for NPL player fraud was disclosed yesterday at a media conference held by the NPL executive committee, chaired by Patrick Kauta.

    The media conference was held to shed light on the situation regarding Young African who were recently demoted from the league after it came to light that they registered a Zimbabwean player under a false name.

    The player, Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa, who was using the name Albert Mujikirera for the whole of the 2017/18 season, confessed in an affidavit that he indeed registered under a fake name.

    He allegedly went on say during Young African's disciplinary hearing last year that he was coerced into registering with fake documents by a senior member of the Gobabis outfit, according to a source who did not want to be named.

    Musekiwa was given a seven-match suspension, which he served, and recently played for his new club, NPL defending champions African Stars, against Young Brazilians in Karasburg.

    He also played in the first leg of a Champions League preliminary against Orlando Pirates of South Africa.

    However, many felt that the suspension was light, given the fact that forging documents and assuming a fake identity is a criminal offence in Namibia, punishable by law.

    Kauta, who is closely linked to African Stars, responded yesterday at the media conference, saying the NPL has played its part in bringing the player and Young African to book.

    However, criminal cases are out of their jurisdiction, as they do not have any policy to punish anyone criminally, and whoever wants to go ahead and report the player to law officials can rightfully do so.

    “We must remember that Young African admitted guilt; let us not forget this above everything,” said Kauta. Asked how the NPL can further curb identity theft, NPL administrator Tovey Hoebeb said it's a punishable offence if they find out. He, however, did not explain how they will carefully scrutinise player cards and documents to make sure that individual players are who they claim to be.

    “Misconduct can be reported to us, as it is difficult to identify each player. The clubs have a duty to register the players and if they use fake documents, we act,” he said.

    A source said it has become normal for players to register with clubs or for tournaments using false names.

    “Many coaches are aware of this and continue doing it for players. They do it even in the South African premier league, but when they get caught, coaches try and distance themselves,” the source said.

    When asked if he had played any role in the player's false registration or knew anyone who might have coerced the player to do so, Young African head coach Maleagi 'Mali' Ngarizemo said “no”.

    “If he says that I made him do it, why didn't he mention my name from the start, so that I can defend myself?” asked Ngarizemo.

    He said further they will do everything in their power to get the club reinstated in the league as soon as possible.

    Attempts to get hold of Musekiwa remain unfruitful.

    Young African's demotion means that the players will see no further club football action this season. The country's first divisions are currently inactive.

    However, Hoebeb said the Young African players can look for other clubs when the transfer window opens.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Nedbank geared up for cycling challengeNedbank geared up for cycling challenge Cycling enthusiasts will be treated to an energetic cycling competition when the 34th edition of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge kicks off in the capital.

    The Nedbank Road Challenge will commence on 10 February in the capital with a large number of top cyclists expected to showcase their riding skills.

    The event will be followed by the Nedbank Mountain Bike MTB Challenge, slated for 24 February in Windhoek.

    The MTB Challenge last year attracted over 700 participants and the organisers expect the numbers to increase this year.

    Nedbank chief financial officer, JG van Graan, spoke highly of the bank's involvement in the sport code.

    “Nedbank Namibia has a history steeped in cycling, and as we ended 2018 with the iconic Nedbank Desert Dash, we have started 2019 with the Nedbank Pedal Power race series.

    “All of these serve as a preamble to the Nedbank Cycle Challenge, our country's best-supported cycling event, which consistently draws the biggest number of participants of all races hosted in Namibia,” Van Graan said.

    It is for this reason that the bank feels it has played a major role in the improvement and development of the sport in the country.

    “From our vantage point, the quality of Namibian cycling in all facets is being recognised, from both a continental and global perspective.

    “It is evidenced by virtue of the UCI-sanctioned races that our country has been hosting, culminating in the African Continental Mountain Bike Championships that will be hosted in Namibia,” Van Graan said.

    The cycle challenge comprises of three events, which include the road challenge that will start at the Nedbank branch in Independence Avenue.

    Entries for the 20 km, 30 km, 60 km and the elite 100 km distances are open and interested cyclists have been advised to register at www.today.com.na or submit their entries at Nedbank branches countrywide.

    The Kidz Challenge will take place at the Waldorf School in Avis on 23 February, while the MTB Challenge also takes place at the same school the following day.

    The MTB Challenge will consist of 10 km, 20 km and 70 km distances and three water points will be in place.

    The events are supported by the Namibia Cycling Federation, Windhoek Pedal Power, Rock and Rut Mountain Bike Club, Coca-Cola, Namibia Health Plan, the PayToday Group and Events Unlimited.

    “Organising and hosting the 'greatest ride under the sun' would be near impossible if it were not for the support that we receive from our partners.

    “We will always remain indebted to the City of Windhoek for being such a wonderful and generous host of the challenge and the City Police for supporting us in great numbers to ensure the safety of our cyclists,” Van Graan said.

    Last year, Dan Craven was crowned the champion of the 2018 Nedbank Cycle Challenge after winning the 100-kilometre race in a time of two hours, 16 minutes and two seconds (2:16.02).

    Craven was followed home by Drikus Coetzee, while Lotto Petrus came in third.

    Vera Adrian won the women's section. She beat defending champion Michelle Voster to sprint home in a time of 02:43:07, while Michelle Doman finished third.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Bank Windhoek’s smart partnership ensures customer safetyBank Windhoek’s smart partnership ensures customer safetyTracking and tinting enhance your safety Saara Shivute, Bank Windhoek’s head of specialist finance – “We are proud to have both Auto Armor and Amber Connect on board to ensure our customers can travel in their vehicles with peace of mind.” Bank Windhoek, Auto Armor Namibia and Amber Connect have joined forces to offer enhanced safety at significantly reduced prices to Namibians who purchase new or pre-owned vehicles financed by Bank Windhoek’s Vehicle and Asset Finance Department.

    The smart partnership was forged to offer buyers an opportunity to take advantage of tailor-made offers from reputable suppliers in the vehicle safety and tracking industry. The partnership forms part of Bank Windhoek’s current vehicle and asset finance campaign, which also includes financial benefits such as a three-month payment holiday or balloon payment options.

    Keeping tabs on your investment

    “By installing a tracking device that syncs with your smartphone, Amber Connect provides intelligent, insightful and affordable smart vehicle security. Not only does Amber Connect track the movement of your vehicle, but also offers 42 additional features,” says Michael Mackenzie, managing director of Amber Connect.

    “These include the immobilisation of your vehicle if you are away for a prolonged period, or in the case of theft. The telematics solution provides detailed trip playbacks to assist with accurate accident reconstruction, electronic log keeping, and keeping tabs on running costs are just some of the features.

    “The service also offers 24-hour call centre assistance should you have a breakdown or an emergency. Currently, the call centre assistance feature is a free add-on, exclusively for vehicle owners who purchase the Amber Connect device with the current Bank Windhoek offer,” Mackenzie says.

    Safety and Sun Protection

    “Safety is our number one concern. With the application of our Auto Armor Safety Film on the windows of your vehicle, the likelihood of smash-and-grab attacks is significantly reduced,” says Alex Leoni, owner of Auto Armor Namibia.

    “The film creates a very tough barrier, reinforcing the strength of automotive glass, and making it extremely difficult for any perpetrator to break into a vehicle,” he says. The safety film also enhances privacy, reduces glare and prevents injury caused by shattered glass in the case of an accident.

    “The safety film, approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation, also blocks up to 99% of harmful UV A and UV B rays because of its Sun Protection Factor of 284+,” says Leoni, adding that Auto Armor has been operating in Namibia for over 14 years.

    Partners you can bank on

    “Bank Windhoek strives to enhance our customers’ experience by connecting with other Namibian-owned businesses to add value to our relationships and to offer our customers the very best products as part of our special offers.

    “We are proud to have both Auto Armor and Amber Connect on board to ensure our customers can travel in their vehicles with peace of mind,” said Saara Shivute, Bank Windhoek’s head of specialist finance.

    The special offer on Amber Connect and Auto Armour products is exclusively for Bank Windhoek clients who purchase new or pre-owned vehicles until 30 June 2019. –BW

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    Epangelo lya hala ehulithepo lyomalukandaEpangelo lya hala ehulithepo lyomalukandaAakalimo taya lumbu moonkalo dha nayipala Aanambelelwa yoshilandopangelo oya popi kutya aakwashigwana ya thika po 131 000 otaku tengenekwa kutya oye li aakalimo yomoombashu momalukanda. JANA-MARI SMITH

    Aanambelewa mboka oya popi kutya okwa pumbiwa oshimaliwa sha thika poobiliyona 1 okuza kepangelo opo ku vule okukwathela nehalakanithe po lyonkalo yomalukanda yanayipala, nokuyambulapo oonkalamwenyo dhaakwashigwana mboka ye li aakalimo yomoombashu ndhoka.

    Ngoka omagwedhelepo ga ningwa pethimbo lyoshigogi shoka sha ningwa kelelo yoshilando shaVenduka opamwe nomuleli gwoshilongo, Hage Geingob, megumbo lyepangelo mEtiyali.

    Geingob ngoka a li pamwe noominista dhiikondo ya yooloka okwa pula aakwanepangelo mboka ya wayimine aanambelelwa yelelo lyoshilandopangelo, opo ku hwepopalekwe onkalo yopauntu yaakalimo yomoombashu.

    Geingob okwa pula ekatuko lyoonkantu dhomeendelelo moshinima shoka ta popi kutya egandjo lyomagumbo gopamuthika oshowo onkalo yomalukanda oshimwe shomuutokolitho wa ningwa pethimbo lyomutumba omutiyali ngoka gwa ningwa moshilongo omvula ya piti.

    “Otu na omukundu omunene sho aantu yeli monkalo ya nayipala noonkondo,” Geingob a popi.

    Okwa popi kutya pethimbo lyomutumba gwevi, aanambelewa yepangelo oya popi kutya onkalo yomalukanda moshilongo oya nayipala noonkondo na oyi li eshongo enene kuuntu womuntu.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omanga onkalo ndjoka ya tseyithwa onga onkalo yopaulumomhumbwe moshilongo nena okwa pumbiwa okukatukwa oonkatu mendelelo opo onkalo ndjoka yi kandulwe po.

    Aanambelewa yoshilando shaVenduka oya nkunkilile kutya ngele inaku katukwa oonkatu meendelelo omwaalu gwaakalimo momalukanda unene moshilandopangelo okwa tegelelwa gu ka mbalipale muule woomvula omulongo twa taalela.





    Omauliko ngoka ga ningwa komunambelewa gwelelo, Faniel Maanda, oga holola kutya okwa pumbiwa oshimaliwa sha gwana opo owala ku vule okukandulwa po omukundu ngoka.

    Gumwe okwa gandja omagwedhele po kutya okwa pumbiwa oshimaliwa okuza kepangelo sha thika poobiliyona 1 okukandula po omukundu gwa taalela omalukanda ge li po 26 gomomalukanda ge li 87, omanga oshilando tashi ka kutha po iifuta yiilonga.

    Kape na we uuyelele wa gwedha po wa popiwa moshigongi shoka pethimbo mwa li iikundaneki.

    Menindjera gumwe melelo lyoshilando okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya etetulo lyiimaliwa mbyoka hayi pewa oshilando oshimwe shoka tashi nayipaleke onkalo ndjoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ope na oopoloyeka dhimwe dhi li moompangela ihe omolwa onkalo yompumbwe yoshimaliwa oopoloyeka ndhoka itadhi vulu okupula komeho.



    Omuprima minista Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shomalukanda oshimwe shomiikumungu mbyoka yi li ponomola yotango momusholondondo gwiinima mbyoka ta ungaunga nayo, onga oshitopolwa shoompangela dhepangelo okutula miilonga uutokolitho mboka wa tulwa po pethimbo lyomutumba gwevi.

    Okwa popi kutya onkalo yomalukanda kayi li pauntu na otayi yi pondje omauvaneko ngoka ya ningi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya epangelo otali yi moonkundathana niiputudhilo yopaumwene ngaashi Shack Dwellers Federation mbyoka yuulike kutya omagumbo otaga vulu okupewa aakwashigwana kondando yili hwepo.

    Hahende- ndjai gwepangelo, Albert Kawana okwa pandula ehangano lyoShack Dwellers Federation, ta popi kutya olya longo nuudhiginini na olya pondola oshindji mokugandja omagumbo kaakwahsigwana mboka haya mono iiyemo yi li pevi. Ta popi kutya epangelo olya pumbwa okuyambidhidha ehangano ndyoka sho lya longa nuudhiginini mokugandja omagumbo kaakwashigwana okuyeleka niiputudhilo yilwe mbyoka ya yama kepangelo.

    Kawana okwa gandja woo omagwedhelepo kaanambelewa yelelo lyoshilando opo ya ninge omakonaakono nokutala kutya oolye haya zi momalukanda.

    Mayola gwaVenduka, Muesee Kazapua, okwa pula aaleli opo ya popye elaka limwe nokutala konkalo yoshili ndjoka ya taalela aakalimo yomomalukanda, unene tuu ompumbwe yomagumbo.

    Okwa kunkilile kutya ngele itaku katukwa oonkatu dhomeendelelo ko kuningwe oonkambadhala dhokukandula po onkalo ndjoka, onkalo yomalukanda moshilando otayi ka etitha oshilando shi vule okukala itashi vulu okukondololwa.

    Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKhomas, Laura Mcleod-Katjirua, ngoka a li a tsakanene mOmaandaha nomuprima Kuugongelwa-Amadhila kombinga yonkalo yomalukanda okwa popi kutya ethano lyomalukanda moVenduka ewinayi noonkondo.

    Okwa popi kutya ompumbwe yoonzo dhokuwapalekitha nokutula pamuthika omalukanda ngoka oyo tayi etitha onkalo ndjoka yinayipale noonkondo.

    McLeod-Katjirua okwa popi kutya ekutho po lyomalukanda otali ka pula woo okuhulitha po onkalo yomikalo omiwinayi okuza maakalimo, mwakwatelwa eyonagulo lyomaliko gepangelo, uuyogoki oshowo elongitho pambambo lyomayakulo goshali momahala ngoka.

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    Ya Nangoloh: Inandi kanitha oshipothaYa Nangoloh: Inandi kanitha oshipotha CATHERINE SASMAN

    Phil ya Nangoloh onkene ta kondjo opo a mone uukwatya waakondjelimanguluko na okwa ningi eindilo mOmpangu yoPombanda opo a kondjithe etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kolutu lwoVeterans’ Appeal Board.

    Omupanguli mOmpangu yoPombanda, Harald Geier okwa kutha mo oshipotha shoka momusholondondo gwiipotha mompangu ndjoka netopelo kutya osha thikama owala itashi pula komeho.

    Meindilo lye ndokka a ningi ishewe momasiku 28 gomwedhi nguka, Ya Nangoloh okwa pula ompangu yi shangulule natango oshipotha she shoka, ko taku gandjwa esiku epe opo oshipotha shoka shi vule okupulakenwa mompangu.

    Ya Nangoloh okwa popi kutya ina vula okuholoka mompangu momasiku 23 gaJanurai molwaashoka ina pewa paumwene etseyitho momasiku 17 gaJanuari kutya oshipotha she otashi ka pulakenwa momasiku 23.

    Omanga a popi kutya ina pewa etseyitho okwa popi woo kutya etseyitho lyokuholoka mompangu olya gandjwa muule wethimbo efupi noonkondo na kasha li pauyuuki.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ina tseyithilwa ngele oshipotha she osha pewa omupanguli, onkene okwa kala owala a tegelela andola a pewe elombwelo, ta popi kutya okwa tseya owala kombinga yesiku ndyoka, sho a dhengelwa ongodhi komutoolinkundana ngoka e mu pula kombinga yoshipotha shoka momasiku 23 gaJanuari.

    Okwa popi kutya konima sho uuvu ngaaka kutya oshipotha she osha li shi na okupulakenwa potundi onti 08:00 mesiku ndyoka okwa endelele na okwa yi kombelewa yeshangitho lyiipotha lwopotundi onti 10:30, na okwa tulwa mekwatathano lyopangodhi namushanga gwomupanguli Geier ngoka e mu tseyithile kutya oshipotha shoka osha kuthwa mo momusholondondo.

    Ya Nangoloh okwa pula ompangu opo yi mu pe epitiko ye a vule okupataneka etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa koVeterans’ Appeal Board, opo eindilo lye lyuukwatya waakondjelimanguluko ka li ziminwe

    Olutu ndoka olwa popi kutya Ya Nangoloh okwa thigi po ekondjelomanguluko sho a thigi po Swapo momvula yo 1980.

    Ya Nangoloh, okwa popi kutya Swapo ina pumbwa okutulwa koshiyelekitho shimwe nekondjelomanguluko ta popi kutya etokolo ndyoka olya hwahwameka kopolotika.

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  • 01/30/19--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Absa seeks new blood after decade under Ramos

    South African lender Absa plans to appoint an external candidate as its new CEO following the sudden departure of its boss of ten years, Maria Ramos, with analysts and investors hoping they will breathe new life into the lagging bank.

    Absa's Tuesday announcement that Ramos, one of global banking's few female CEOs, would retire at the end of February took some analysts and investors by surprise and sent the bank's shares up by 4%.

    Absa chair Wendy Lucas-Bull said Ramos had wanted to step down in 2016, but agreed to stay on after former parent Britain's Barclays said it wanted to sell down its stake, leaving Absa to chart its own course.

    Jan Meintjes, a portfolio manager at Absa investor Denker Capital, said he was pleased the bank, which had been losing market share and top talent, was seeking an external candidate.

    "More of the same thinking is probably going to get you more of the same results," he said, adding he wants the new boss to focus on getting the basics right and make sure Absa's products and services are competitive. – Nampa/Reuters

    Vale to cut output, shut down dams

    Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, on Tuesday vowed to take as much as 10% of its ore output offline in order to decommission 10 more dams like the one that burst last week, killing scores of workers and nearby residents.

    Chief executive Fabio Schvartsman said it would temporarily paralyse operations using those dams and spend 5 billion reais (US$1.3 billion) to decommission them over the next three years.

    The move came as prosecutors began arresting Vale executives over the Friday collapse of a tailings dam in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho, which was hit by a torrent of mining waste that killed at least 84 people and left hundreds more missing.

    The disaster raised fresh questions about the company's commitment to safety after a similar deadly dam burst just over three years ago at a nearby mine it jointly owned.

    A corporate presentation seen by Reuters showed that the company had studied but did not implement several steps that could have prevented or lessened the damage from the Brumadinho disaster. – Nampa/Reuters

    Apple lowers some iPhone prices outside US

    Apple Inc plans to cut the price of some of its flagship iPhones for only the second time in the device's 12-year history, pegging its retail value to past prices in local currencies outside the United States instead of the rising US dollar.

    The move is an attempt to stem weak sales of the iPhone, particularly in overseas markets such as China, where a 10% rise in the US dollar over the past year or so has made Apple's products - which already compete at the top end of the market - much pricier than rivals.

    Apple chief executive Tim Cook disclosed the plan on Tuesday after the company reported the first-ever dip in iPhone sales during the key holiday shopping period. The company has only once before cut iPhone prices, shortly after it debuted in 2007.

    Apple did not say in which countries it would adjust iPhone prices. Resellers in China already began cutting iPhone prices earlier this month after Apple lowered its sales forecast for the quarter ended in December.

    In the company's quarterly earnings call, Cook also highlighted the impact of foreign exchange problems in Turkey, where he said the local lira had depreciated by 33% against the US dollar and Apple's sales were down by US$700 million from the previous year. In November, Apple also cited currency pressure on its prices in Brazil, India and Russia. – Nampa/Reuters

    EBay's poor revenue outlook overshadows first-ever dividend

    EBay Inc on Tuesday forecast March quarter revenue below Wall Street estimates after reporting disappointing growth in the sales volume on its platform during the key holiday quarter, overshadowing news of its first-ever dividend.

    The lackluster forecast comes as San Jose, California-based eBay faces demands from two prominent activist shareholders to sell some divisions and restructure others amid fierce competition with Amazon.com Inc and other online retailers.

    EBay had 179 million active buyers at the end of the December quarter, about 2 million more than the previous quarter.

    EBay's quarterly profit from continuing operations reached US$763 million, compared with a loss of US$2.6 billion a year earlier, when eBay recorded a one-time expense of more than US$3 billion. – Nampa/Reuters

    Pinterest taps Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan to lead IPO

    Pinterest, the owner of the image search website known for the food and fashion photos that its users post, has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co to lead its initial public offering (IPO) later this year, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

    Pinterest's IPO preparations come at a time when social media companies such as Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc are under fire from politicians for concerns about privacy and political bias, challenges that Pinterest has avoided.

    Pinterest could raise around US$1.5 billion in the IPO, which is likely to come in the first six months of 2019, the sources said, requesting anonymity to discuss the planning arrangements.

    Pinterest, which was valued at US$12 billion in its last fundraising round in 2017, is among a host of technology startups with popular consumer brands gearing up for multi-billion IPOs in 2019, including Uber, Lyft, AirBnB and Slack.

    The San Francisco-based company has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008, boasting 250 million monthly active users last September. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Fuel shortages fears after US oil sanctionsFuel shortages fears after US oil sanctions Esteban Rojas - United States sanctions aimed at pressuring Nicolas Maduro to capitulate in his power struggle with self-proclaimed acting-president Juan Guaido have Venezuelans fearing they may be left facing fuel shortages.

    Whether they support the US sanctions or not, Venezuelans interviewed by AFP agreed on one thing: with a devastated economy, hyperinflation the International Monetary Fund predicts will reach 10 million percent in 2019 and shortages of food and medicines, this will only make things worse.

    The US imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA on Monday in an attempt to cut off a vital source of funds propping up Maduro's government.

    Proceeds from the purchase of Venezuelan oil will now be withheld from Maduro, a heavy blow given that more than 40% of the South American country's crude is sold to the US.

    Consumer

    And while Irene Mendez fears it will become impossible to buy petrol in the coming weeks, she says it will be worth it.

    "It will be really strange," she said. "We're used to petrol being really cheap and, on top of that, it's available."

    Fuel in Venezuela is practically free: one US dollar can buy more than 300 million liters of fuel but only a kilogram of onions.

    The 40-year-old accountant, who supports Guaido, says any "sacrifice is worth it" to force through political change.

    Gonzalo Lovera, a 68-year-old truck driver, says the sanctions are "illogical".

    He wants the government to engage in dialogue with the opposition and is disappointed in Guaido's decision to proclaim himself acting president.

    He said that in political struggles, "those who are disadvantaged are us: the people".

    More than 40 people were killed and 850 detained in anti-Maduro protests last week, according to the United Nations.

    Most of the deaths happened on the day that Guaido pronounced himself acting president, a move quickly backed by the US and a dozen Latin American countries.

    Guaido, president of the National Assembly legislature, accuses Maduro of being a "usurper" over his reelection last May.

    The poll was boycotted by the opposition in protest at the detention, barring and exile of many of their most prominent leaders.

    Public services

    As well as a shortage of basic necessities, Venezuela has suffered failing public services, with 90% of its public transport system paralysed due to the scarcity and high cost of spare parts.

    Lovera is afraid that fuel shortages will add to the problem and "worsen" public transport.

    For Jorge Moncada, another truck driver, the sanctions are an economic "checkmate".

    He says there are "already places where you can spend up to 24 hours" waiting in line for fuel.

    Since 2012, fuel supply failures have been chronic in the cities of San Cristobal and Maracaibo, near the border with Colombia, with unending queues of vehicles at petrol stations.

    Despite the constant tensions between Washington and Caracas since the socialist regime of Hugo Chaves came to power 20 years ago, the US has remained Venezuela's biggest single oil client.

    But with the US demanding Maduro relinquish power in order to lift the sanctions, "if there isn't a political change soon, we'll have serious fuel problems", said analyst Asdrubal Oliveros from the Ecoanalitica consultancy.

    US purchases actually account for 80% of Venezuela's liquidity, according to Ecoanalitica, since exports to allies Russia and China are principally used to pay off debts.

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    Citgo, the last gem of Venezuela's collapsed oil sectorCitgo, the last gem of Venezuela's collapsed oil sectorAttack on Maduro Venezuela got 96% of its hard currency revenues from oil exports, and the US was the biggest cash customer, buying half a million barrels per day. It will crush the Venezuelan economy. It's going to have a dramatic effect. - Christopher Sabatini, Columbia University Ariela Navarro - US sanctions imposed against Venezuela this week have cut off the final "gemstone" of the country's collapsed oil sector.

    Citgo, the US-based subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, was key to president Nicolas Maduro's fight to stay in power.

    But Washington's financial pressures applied on Monday against PDVSA will freeze US$7 billion in US-based assets and block more than US$11 billion in export proceeds.

    With PDVSA in default on debt payments, the US-based refiner and retailer Citgo was a financial intermediary returning revenue to the regime.

    Venezuela got 96% of its hard currency revenues from oil exports, and the US was the biggest cash customer, buying half a million barrels per day.

    In contrast, about a third of production goes to China and Russia but is used to pay off debts.

    US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said Citgo can continue to operate - but its earnings must be deposited into a blocked account in the United States.

    The sanctions aim to cripple Maduro after the US and other countries recognised Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly legislature who has declared himself Venezuela's acting president.

    "It will crush the Venezuelan economy. It's going to have a dramatic effect," Christopher Sabatini, adjunct professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, said of the sanctions.

    Response

    In response, Maduro told PDVSA to take action in US and international courts to defend Citgo, his last big overseas asset, which allowed the country to sell its heavy crude into the US market.

    Citgo is based in Houston and has three refineries that specialise in heavy crude and have a total capacity of 750 000 barrels a day, according to the company website.

    Founded as Cities Service Company by oilman Henry Doherty in 1910, it became wholly-owned by PDVSA in 1990.

    Citgo now employs 3 500 people, operates 48 petroleum product terminals, and has pipelines and a network of more than 5 000 service stations associated with the brand across the US.

    Production

    Venezuela is a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and sits on the world's largest petroleum reserves, most of it heavy crude that is costly to produce.

    But the country's economy has been shrinking since 2014, the year global oil prices collapsed.

    Venezuelan oil output has fallen from more than three million barrels per day in the 1990s to 1.339 mbd last year, according to OPEC data.

    Production has been hampered by chronic under-investment by PDVSA.

    Sabatini described Citgo as "the last remaining gemstone of the Venezuelan oil empire," a company which was "the anchor to the US market".

    Since 2017, Washington had already forbidden US citizens and companies from trading debt issued by Venezuela or PDVSA.

    "When PVDVSA began to have default and sanctions, nobody wanted to give credit to PDVSA," said Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice University in Houston.

    ‘Good cash flow’

    But Citgo has "a good cash flow" in the United States, which enabled the state oil firm to make purchases without having to pay up-front.

    The US company, for example, could buy products such as the diluent required to process heavy oil and send them back to Venezuela.

    "It is a strategic resource in that sense," Monaldi said, adding that the company also allowed Venezuela to have a lobbying voice in the US oil industry.

    Sabatini said that, with the new sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to immediately export to other countries because of the technicalities of processing its heavy crude.

    It is not simply a matter of re-routing a pipeline to a different market. Rather, he said, it takes time for countries to adjust to the different product.

    "There will be lag time," said Sabatini.

    As for the effect on oil prices in the US - one of the main reasons Washington until now did not want to impose sanctions on Venezuela - Sabatini said this is harder to predict.

    "Right now, the US is producing enough and the markets are sufficiently flushed that it may not disrupt" the oil market, he said.

    Rising US oil production late last year left the country a net exporter of crude and petroleum products for the first time in decades.

    Mnuchin said US gas prices are already "almost as low as they've been in a very long period of time". – Nampa/AFP

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  • 01/30/19--14:00: Livestock industry in crisis
  • Livestock industry in crisisLivestock industry in crisisNamibian producers buckle under SA challenges With a surplus of meat in the South African market, prices for Namibian producers, particularly mutton, have dropped sharply. Local farmers are under severe pressure and the Livestock Producers' Organisation (LPO) has described the current situation as a “national crisis”.

    Moreover, there seems to be little relief in sight, in particular for lamb and mutton producers who rely heavily on South African markets.

    Production conditions are very difficult due to ongoing drought conditions in the sub-region and the foot-and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in South Africa.

    According to the chairman of the Livestock Producers' Organisation Piet Gouws, the organisation has already completed a survey on the current production conditions.

    “The LPO is aware that this is a national crisis and that very little extra roughage is currently available from fellow producers. We forecast that very little help can be generated locally and discussions about this will be held this week.”

    Gouws said that an urgent appointment will be requested with the agriculture minister in order to inform him about the “critical situation” and to make proposals on how to bring relief in the short-term.

    The outbreak of FMD in South Africa has caused an immediate ban on all imports of cloven-hooved animals and their products, and also various fodder products, into Namibia.

    Furthermore, all red meat exports from South Africa were stopped and vessels transporting meat had to turn back.

    Gouws said meat producers in South Africa are under enormous pressure due to the drought and FMD outbreak and there is no indication when exports to international markets can be resumed.

    “South African beef, mutton and lamb exports have seen a loss of N$1.8 billion and this meat must be absorbed into the local market. This caused a beef surplus in South African market and this competes with lamb and mutton. Thus a dramatic drop of sheep prices at abattoirs has occurred,” said Gouws.

    He said the impact on the price of sheep/lamb was drastic and unexpected.

    “A decrease of N$68/kg to N$50/kg represents about 27% and is even higher if one realises that lamb was selling for more than N$72/kg before Christmas. We are receiving confusing signs from the market, but like with beef, the sheep herd building phase has been discontinued in South Africa and increased slaughtering due to high prices in November/December have financially benefitted producers.”

    Gouws explained that January is a standard “slim month” after the December holidays, while there are also other expenses that people need to take into account for the new academic year, school fees and tertiary education expenses.

    “On top of this there is no end in sight to the drought and maize planting in South Africa is drastically reduced. Moreover, emergency marketing takes place and herd building is stopped. The price of yellow maize has already increased and can increase up to import parity which is now approximately N$3 200/ton.”

    Gouws said that this has caused feed pens, which were already under financial pressure last year, to buy less and at a lower price and this affects the Namibian producer directly.

    He therefore stressed the importance of livestock exports from Namibia to the European Union and Norway for the livestock industry in Namibia and live exports of weaners and lambs to South Africa.

    He said the local market provision by abattoirs who slaughter for the local market is just as important for the Namibian livestock industry.

    According to Meatco, the drought will result in most farmers only determining their marketing trend for 2019 towards the end of February if the much-anticipated rains do not occur earlier or around that time. On the other hand, slaughter prices are expected to remain the same or slightly increase as a result of an awaited battle for local slaughter cattle due to the border closure. This could also lead to potential shortages of beef on the shelves of local retailers. Meatco said producer prices in South Africa are dropping, particularly those of sheep, and consequently affecting Namibia's domestic sheep industry.

    In addition to this, an abundance of small weaners below 200kg is expected due to early weaning and the current herd composition of mainly weaner producers.

    “Live prices have already dropped from about N$36 per kilogram last year to N$26 per kilogram currently, hampering the current weaner marketing opportunities.”

    As a consequence, migrating from the weaner production system to an ox production system is not a feasible option for cash-stripped farmers during a drought year because of the time it takes to rear slaughter-ready animals, said Meatco.

    “In a bid to mitigate the current difficulties in the industry, Meatco has lowered its feedlot intake weight to 220kg. Meatco will also continue to pay fair prices to producers while in the process of stocking-up the Okapuka Feedlot,” said Heiner Böhme, Meatco's executive for livestock procurement.

    He added that as a result of the ever-declining numbers in slaughter carcasses, the Okahandja abattoir is still closed on a temporary basis.

    “However, in the event that the drought persists, Meatco will do its utmost best to accommodate producers and slaughter-available cattle. In the same vein, we expect leaner cattle with lower carcass weights coming through our facilities this year.”



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    Resized Kudu affordable - NamcorResized Kudu affordable - Namcor The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) is confident that the revised Kudu gas-to-power project, which will now only supply energy to the local market, will be cheaper and more affordable than originally anticipated.

    This is according to Namcor spokesperson Utaara Hoveka who recently provided an update on the matter.

    “We finalised the technical and engineering studies in terms of the reduced project size. We finalised the recosting of the project. We reran the project economics, which affirmed the viability of the project,” he said.

    Without giving an exact amount, Hoveka said the revised project costs were substantially lower than initial estimates.

    “We reconfigured the size of the project, to only cater for the Namibian domestic market. As you will know, the initial idea was to cater for both the Namibian domestic market as well as export markets,” Hoveka said.

    “We continue to engage government on the type of support framework that the project will require. Some of those elements are acceptable to government, while others are not. We anticipate the finalisation of these engagements pretty soon, which will give direction on the future of the project.”

    NamPower did not comment, saying the Kudu task team is not available this week.

    Namibia's offshore Kudu gas fields have recoverable reserves estimated at more than 3.3 trillion cubic feet and are a central part of the country's plans to reduce its dependence on electricity imports.

    The project has however been delayed since the discovery of the gas fields by Chevron in 1974.

    The continued failure to develop the project prompted energy minister Tom Alweendo to air his scepticism over whether it will ever get off the ground.

    Alweendo, speaking to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), said he was not sure the project would take off after years of delays due to the related export agreements.

    “I have been hearing this thing for a very long time now, but I am not convinced that it is viable, unless you show me otherwise,” Alweendo said.

    “If it was viable it would have happened already. If it did not happen for the last 25 years, there is something wrong.”

    The project's estimated costs had run into billions of dollars and it would entail gas from the offshore field being transferred to a floating production system before being piped some 170 kilometres to a planned power plant at Oranjemund along the coast.

    NamPower said in April last year the planned Kudu power station would be resized from 850 megawatts (MW) down to 442.5 MW, after off-take agreements with South Africa's power utility Eskom and Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corporation failed to materialise.

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    Pohamba chases cosmetics empowermentPohamba chases cosmetics empowerment The Penehupifo Pohamba Community Trust (PPCT) is looking for business partners with expertise in cosmetics manufacturing, so they can partner to establish a factory at Eenhana that will produce cosmetics from local plants.

    Trust founder and patron, former first lady Penehupifo Pohamba, announced this on Wednesday at Eenhana, while receiving donations from the local Chinese business community.

    The business community donated office equipment and money reportedly totalling N$15 130.

    Chinam Agriculture Development, Jerson Audio Manufactures, B.H. Complex China and Sport Man Complex China Shop donated office furniture, curtains, a printer and a brown envelope reportedly containing N$4 000, but the actual amount was not disclosed at the event.

    Erickson Mwanyangapo donated two bamboo trees and an evergreen plant for the trust's office.

    Eenhana town council CEO Walde Ndevashiya and trust chairperson Vilho Nghipondoka were present at the handover.

    Pohamba said the PPCT office was inaugurated last year, but had no equipment. They therefore requested assistance from their Chinese friends, who responded positively.

    “We are here today to receive some office materials from our friends who have responded to the trust's request. We are therefore expressing our gratitude and acknowledge the effort and courage of your friendship with the PPCT, in particular this generous support,” Pohamba said.

    “The trust's primary purpose is to promote value addition to the regionally available untapped natural resources, hence the need to have a factory to realise such dream products to be produced, including cosmetics from natural oils, among others.”

    Pohamba said the town council had made available enough land for the factory. However, with the trust still in its infancy, it is unable to kickstart the process of establishing the facility.

    “I feel it is important to highlight this to you, since we are looking for business partners with expertise in cosmetics manufacturing. Mind you, the trust is an organisation with a strong bias towards women, and is keen to alleviate poverty. This is through readily available natural resources, consequently creating permanent employment.”

    Pohamba said the struggle for the emancipation of women is the responsibility of all humankind, because it is believed that if one empowers women, you have liberated the nation from poverty. She urged partners to come on board and join hands in this endeavour of creating wealth at grassroots level.

    She added the aim is nothing else but to improve living conditions and create an enabling environment for all to advance socially and economically, which is the priority of the trust.

    “The end result is ensuring that the poor and marginalised women are able to secure opportunities by benefiting from the natural resources at their disposal.

    “As a trust, we pledge to play a significant role in society by helping them to use available natural resources and make a living from what they have. However, this will only happen if we are supported by Good Samaritans.

    “We are still in need of some funds to partition the office, as per the drawing on the wall. We hope someone, somewhere will hear our plea to rescue us,” Pohamba added.

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  • 01/30/19--14:00: Kameeta to roll out BIG
  • Kameeta to roll out BIGKameeta to roll out BIG The poverty eradication ministry has announced its intention to roll out its basic income grant (BIG) scheme under the Blueprint on Wealth Distribution and Poverty Eradication, targeting vulnerable women and children in the coming financial year.

    According to poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta safety nets remain significant relief in terms of eradicating extreme poverty and reducing inequality.

    Kameeta said this yesterday during the ministry's annual first staff meeting for year, adding they have attained 97% coverage in terms of the old-age grant and 68% for the disability grant.

    According to him the ministry has recorded an overall increase in the number of social grant recipients from 204 621 beneficiaries in the 2016/17 financial year to 211 447 during the 2017/18 financial year.

    He added that old-age grant beneficiaries increased from 165 376 to 170 386, while disability grant beneficiaries increased from 39 245 to 41 061 during the period under review.

    “The ministry has also managed to develop a Zero Hunger Work Plan as per the monitoring and evaluation framework in line with NDP5.

    “These are two very important policy documents that require relentless monitoring for effective implementation.

    “The Social Protection Draft Policy is at an advanced stage, with the successful hosting of the social protection workshop in 2018, the document is awaiting stakeholders' feedback for further consideration in 2019,” Kameeta said.

    He added that to date, the ministry is distributing food to about 17 000 beneficiaries in the Khomas, Karas, Hardap, Kavango East and Kavango West regions.

    Kameeta said N$70 million was used last year to buy food parcels and for the administration of the food bank programme.

    “In 2019, more rollouts of the food bank will commence, with consultations with regional councils ongoing, with the aim that the food banks will operate in all 14 regions in Namibia,” he said

    The ministry also established a donation account and has collected an amount of N$4.6 million.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 01/30/19--14:00: Local mahangu wanted
  • Local mahangu wantedLocal mahangu wanted The Kavango East Regional Farmers Union (KERFU) foresees challenges that will prevent some mahangu-producing farmers benefiting from Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency's (AMTA) decision to buy local mahangu.

    This was the view of KERFU's chairperson Adolf Muremi in an interview with Nampa regarding AMTA's decision to halt the importation of mahangu grain and to buy locally produced mahangu.

    AMTA, through the National Strategic Food Reserves, announced last week that it will be buying mahangu surplus from the last harvesting season.

    Muremi said the decision to halt the importation of mahangu into the country and to buy from local farmers is a good decision as it will give farmers the opportunity to sell their mahangu.

    “It is good news for the farmers because farmers still have grain that AMTA can buy because they have been complaining about AMTA's inability to buy locally produced mahangu,” said Muremi.

    Although it is a good decision, he stressed that he foresees some challenges facing some of the farmers, especially those that are located far away as they will find it difficult to transport their mahangu to the nearest silo.

    Muremi suggested that AMTA should at least establish temporary depots for farmers to sell their grain.

    He further encouraged farmers who are able to transport their grain to the silos to take advantage of the opportunity.

    “It is a good thing and I am calling on all the farmers in the region to take advantage of this opportunity. These profits can finance their farming activities during the ongoing cultivation season.”

    AMTA also announced that the agriculture ministry has provided the needed funds that will be used to buy all locally available mahangu grain that has not been bought by millers. However, it requested producers to ensure that their mahangu is clean and free from live insects.

    The ministry has also halted the issuing of permits for mahangu imports until all local surplus mahangu was sold, urging millers to buy locally produced mahangu.

    AMTA's official responsible for Kavango East and West regions, Thomas Konstantin, said temporary depots are not feasible because of the rainy season. There are no storage facilities.

    “We need facilities to protect the mahangu.”

    However, he said farmers can go to places like Omega, Shadikongoro and Shitemo Green Scheme where there are storage facilities.

    NAMPA

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    Renewable power surge in Africa faces a short-outRenewable power surge in Africa faces a short-outNot enough workers The push for more trained renewable energy workers comes as an increasing number of countries around Africa try to ramp up use of off-grid renewable energy. The main limitation we’ve faced in Kenya has been the cost of talent. - Kweku Yankson, HR Chief: BBOXX Geoffrey Kamadi – In Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 600 million people still lack access to electricity, off-grid renewable power is seen as one of the fastest ways to get energy where it’s needed, particularly to remote and rural areas where many Africans live.

    But one big challenge stands in the way, experts say: Too few trained workers able to plan, install and maintain solar, wind and other clean energy systems.

    In power-hungry Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, for instance, “we’ve had very significant challenges finding very capable talent, particularly at the senior management level”, said Kweku Yankson, head of human resources in Africa for BBOXX, a clean energy company working to expand off-grid systems in 12 countries from Rwanda to Pakistan.

    Rwanda, in turn, has what Yankson described as a big pool of job-ready young talent but still relatively few people trained in clean energy technology, Yankson said.

    Overall, only 16 000 people are recorded as working in renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

    That is just 0.1% of the global renewable energy workforce, and fewer than the number of people who work on wind power in the US state of Illinois alone, IRENA noted.

    But with demand growing for renewable energy entrepreneurs and for workers in product assembly, sales, marketing, finance and intellectual property, efforts are now underway to provide the talent needed.

    Jobs

    A Powering Jobs campaign, launched in October at an international off-grid renewable energy conference in Singapore, aims to train up to a million people globally by 2025 to meet demand for renewable energy workers.

    The effort, led by Power for All - an organisation that promotes more use of decentralised power - and backed by the Schneider Electric Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, will focus on building skills in countries where electricity access is very low, said Gilles Vermot Desroches, director of sustainable development at Schneider.

    The push is part of a broader global campaign to fill an expected 4.5 million jobs related to expansion of off-grid renewable energy by 2030, according to IRENA estimates.

    That expansion is focused in part on achieving a global sustainable-development goal of providing universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030.

    In Africa, lessons are being drawn from India, which has trained more than 30 000 solar electric installers in the past two years as part of a government-backed effort.

    The country aims to train a total of 50 000 installers by 2022, according to India’s government.

    Challenges

    One of the biggest problems facing expansion of renewable off-grid power in Africa is that systems need to be built and operated in remote locations, where it can be harder to attract and retain staff, said Yankson of BBOXX.

    Also, even in countries such as Rwanda, where a growing number of multinational companies have trained large numbers of young workers, “the most pressing challenge has been around finding very capable and experienced managing directors and finding senior finance managers,” he said.

    In Kenya, Yankson said, the difficulty is cost: Skilled talent comes at high salaries, thanks to competition for the best people in Nairobi among companies and non-profit groups.

    “The main limitation we’ve faced in Kenya has been the cost of talent,” he said.

    New leaders

    To provide a broader pool of potential hires, BBOXX has created the BBOXX Academy, an online learning platform that offers professional courses, said Emery Nzirabatinya, a former learning and development manager at the firm who now works in Nairobi for a US hearing aid company BBOX also has started a future leaders programme in Kigali, he said.

    “The programme seeks strong university graduates that are put through a rigorous, year-long development and exposure programme at BBOXX,” Nzirabatinya said.

    Julienne Ayinkamiye, a recent civil engineering graduate from the University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology, is one of two inaugural participants in the leadership project in Kigali.

    As part of the programme, she is responsible for running a BBOXX pilot solar lighting project being launched this year in Rwanda and then across Africa, and has worked in a range of different departments of the company.

    The work has included customer satisfaction research and analysis of competitors, she said.

    She said she believes the training, “will help me increase my analytical, project management and general management skills” and give BBOXX a larger potential pool of talent to hire.

    “I am now working on real projects impacting the lives of thousands of rural households across Africa,” she said.

    Ramp-up

    The push for more trained renewable energy workers comes as an increasing number of countries around Africa try to ramp up use of off-grid renewable energy.

    Kenya in December launched a new national electrification strategy that includes stand-alone, off-grid renewable energy systems as a key part of the country’s goal of achieving 100% access to electricity by 2022.

    About three-quarters of Kenyans currently have access to electricity, according to the new plan.

    Part of Kenya’s push is an off-grid solar access project that aims to connect 1.3 million people in 14 particularly under-served counties, said Isaac Kiva, secretary of renewable energy in Kenya’s ministry of energy.

    “We are also now working with our education system to develop solar-specific curricula in order to build the necessary capacity,” he said.

    In Rwanda, the government is collaborating with US-based universities, including Carnegie Mellon, and partnering with online learning efforts to provide better access to training for clean energy jobs, Nzirabatinya said. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Alarm bells over room occupancyAlarm bells over room occupancy Namibian tourism accommodation establishments recorded an average room occupancy rate of 53% during 2018, down 4% from 2017, and over 6% lower than in 2016.

    According to Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) CEO Gitta Paetzold this revelation is cause for concern.

    The results emanate from the regular tourism room occupancy statistical reports processed by HAN, after submissions by its members across Namibia. The sharpest declines were experienced in the first half of the year, with -8% and -9% declines during the first two quarters respectively, compared to the same period in 2017.

    “Luckily, the tourism high-season during the second half of 2018 seems to have picked up with 1% and 4% (increases) for the third and fourth quarters (respectively), enabling the industry to balance out at a 4% decline overall,” said Paetzold.

    She said a concerted effort is urgently needed by other tourism stakeholders, apart from the formally registered accommodation industry.

    This includes car rental companies, tour operations, airlines and other service providers providing statistics to determine where the business is shifting to. Paetzold said with regulated hotels, lodges, guesthouses and farms just over half full throughout 2018, alarm bells must be sounded early.

    “Although tourism is still a well-performing industry the market currently does not call for ever-increasing infrastructure and the endless construction of additional accommodation without thorough feasibility studies.” According to Paetzold proper recordkeeping of tourism flows and intensified market research and marketing efforts are needed, while service providers need to focus on erasing stumbling blocks in reservation systems. Also, more flexibility in reservation procedures and building on relationships with tourism partners and the opening up of new markets are needed, she said.

    Paetzold said they have been informed by various sources that while Namibia still seems to rank high in terms of best destinations to travel to in 2019, this does not seem to convert into sales and requests, and actual forward-bookings for the coming year seem noticeably down.

    She said especially bigger operators that are responsible for the bulk number of bona fide tourists travelling to Namibia seem to be on the decrease.

    “Individual and smaller operators still seem to enjoy a good flow of incoming requests, but in general there is concern that the booking process for Namibia has become a stumbling block, with a number of foreign agents terming Namibia too difficult to book and are therefore choosing other destinations in Africa.”

    Paetzold said Namibia is a long-haul destination, especially from its main source markets, with the bulk of bona fide tourists making use of air travel.

    “These are the high-spending people who visit Namibia purely for tourism purposes, making use of commercial accommodation, car rentals or tour operator services.”

    Paetzold said concerns have thus been raised by some operators, who noted that while flights to Namibia during the 2017 high-season were about 700 euro (about N$10 900), the same flights for the coming high-season were quoted at over 1 200 euro

    (about N$18 700)

    According to Paetzold this increase effectively adds an extra daily cost of over N$1 000 per guest for a 12- to 14-day trip and is possibly one of the deciding factors not to consider Namibia as a destination for now.

    She said the increasing prevalence of Airbnb is also a concern, as their offerings are clearly diluting the market. “It is worrying, that most of the properties listed on that platform are still not formally registered, as per the legal requirements here in Namibia, and thus do not pay general taxes or tourism levies, hence presenting unfair competition, while not contributing to overall tourism promotion activities, or the national tax base, which would allow for general infrastructure development.”

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    Geingob sick of City's infightingGeingob sick of City's infightingKanime, Kahimise's suspensions lifted The infighting and tit-for-tat suspensions at the Windhoek municipality are hampering development efforts, President Geingob says. Three weeks after opposition councillors pleaded with President Hage Geingob to urgently intervene in the infighting that has led to multiple suspensions at the City of Windhoek, the president yesterday ordered the reinstatement of City Police chief Abraham Kanime and twice-suspended CEO Robert Kahimisem, who has been back since Monday.

    Geingob said the deep divisions in the city council and management committee were preventing the municipality and government from addressing critical issues.

    “Reinstate everybody so that we can move on to deal with the issues,” he said, referring to a State House meeting with City officials on Monday during which the crisis of informal settlement housing was discussed.

    Geingob emphasised that the government was trying to deal with “a humanitarian disaster in Windhoek”, and said a “divided council with people who are suspending each other day and night, infighting and so on” could no longer be tolerated.

    He underlined that he was speaking “as president” and that his legal advisors would tackle the legal aspects of his directive.

    City Police chief Abraham Kanime, who was suspended with full pay last March, confirmed to Namibian Sun that he had heard about the directive “from social media”.

    He declined to comment. “It's too early to comment. I will wait until I get formal notification and information.”

    Kahimise, who could not be reached for comment, returned to work on Monday after two suspensions, but was back at court on Monday morning where he was given a brief reprieve from a third attempt to suspend him.

    Geingob instructed the councillors yesterday to drop the charges against Kahimise.

    Geingob's intervention comes three weeks after a 9 January press conference, in which opposition councillors Brunhilde Cornelius (RDP), Joseph Kauandenge (Nudo) and Ignatius Semba (PDM) called on him to intervene in the City of Windhoek's internal squabbles, as they has the potential to derail any progress made towards the provision of basic services.



    Clarity needed

    Urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga underlined yesterday that to date, neither Kanime nor Kahimise have been charged officially.

    “So if there are charges to be dropped, I do not know whether that is what the president meant, because there is no one who has been charged yet.”

    Mushelenga said if the directive was unclear, the council or ministry “may seek further clarity from the president”.

    While Semba applauded Geingob's directive yesterday, he agreed that further clarity is needed as the directive has implications on the findings from an external audit that was undertaken based on allegations against Kanime, and the ongoing investigations, as well as pending labour and High Court cases related to Kahimise.

    “There has been a team of investigators dealing with these issues. What about the findings? What will we do with them? If it has been found that a person has mismanaged funds, as a councillor we cannot turn a blind eye to that. We need to act based on those findings.”

    He added that a written directive from the president will “be able to assist council to act lawfully. Because you have to make sure you follow the law.” Nevertheless, Semba praised the president's decision to issue the directive yesterday and the take the City's leadership to task.

    “First and foremost it was high time, because we were waiting for line minister to intervene and the minister failed us. We called on the president to intervene because we were lacking leadership from the management committee to deal with issue once and for all.”

    Kauandenge applauded the intervention by the president.

    He said it should not be seen as interfering in internal affairs of the City. “He intervened because the Swapo-dominated council MC was seen to be incapable of running the affairs of the city, and the line minister was equally incapable of solving this problem,” Kauandenge said.

    Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua applauded the president's directive, saying that the suspension of both Kanime and Kahimise had led to the deep divisions, which could hopefully be put to rest now.

    Khomas governor Laura McLeod said the infighting had sabotaged the development of the city and the presidential directive would hopefully put an end to that.



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