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- 02/11/19--14:00: Health ministry dumped us into poverty
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- 02/12/19--14:00: Aandonga taya lili Kauluma
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Kauluma was described as the mastermind behind the traditional authority council and for years represented its chairperson, Ondonga king Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, with distinction.
He died yesterday morning in a Windhoek hospital.
According to former traditional authority secretary Josef Asino and senior headman Naeman Amalwa, Kauluma was King Elifas' main assistant.
“When we were in the traditional authority (together), Kauluma was the main person. He has been assisting the king in all the affairs of the traditional authority. He has been advising him and also interpreting for him, especially when he was going out of his jurisdiction or to other countries,” Asino said.
Elifas appointed Kauluma as senior headman in 1982. According to Amalwa, soon after his appointment the South African colonial administration bombed the traditional authority offices and it was during that time that Kauluma took on a leadership role.
“After that bombing it was decided that it was not safe for the king to be attending to all the matters of the traditional authority and he appointed Kauluma as his assistant and delegated all the activities to him. It is because of him that the Ondonga Traditional Authority is at the level where it is today, and other traditional authorities have been copying from us,” Amalwa said.
As a teenager, Kauluma and his late brother Bishop James Kauluma grew up in the royal house of the then Ondonga king, Shihepo shaNamene.
He attended school at Odibo, before he left to work in Cape Town, South Africa.
Veteran journalist Chris Jacobie, who was a close friend of Kauluma, said: “He was one of the best strategic tacticians I have ever seen in my journalism career. He was extremely intelligent and communicated very well without any barriers. His passing is a great loss to Namibia, the Aandonga, his party and his community.”
"The good news about health is that by spending modest amounts on the prioritised areas, you can get phenomenal benefits," he told AFP on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.
"You don't have to get all the way to middle-income before you can run a great primary healthcare system."
The Microsoft founder mentioned interventions such as vaccines, safe delivery for mothers and the availability of antibiotic drugs as ways to drastically improve health outcomes.
Gates, whose foundation has spent around US$15 billion in Africa since 2000, on Saturday took part in the launch of an initiative to increase investment - mainly on the part of governments - in the health sector.
Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who sparked the initiative, called on African nations to put at least 15% of their budgets towards healthcare.
In 2016, an average of 7.5% of budgets was spent in this sector on the continent, according to AU figures.
Gates noted that while efforts to improve healthcare in Africa have cut child mortality and increased life expectancy, "the numbers are still quite troubling".
According to the AU, more than half of all Africans don't have access to essential healthcare services, 70% of people affected by HIV/AIDS live on the continent and infectious diseases eradicated elsewhere remain key causes of mortality.
"If you look at the big killers of children, these are things that we have cheap interventions for, diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria," said Gates.
"The first 10% of spending in rich countries gives you 90% of the benefit."
He praised Rwanda, which has achieved universal health care coverage despite being one of the world's poorest countries, as a "fantastic example".
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Rwanda halved mortality in children under five between 2005-2010, while the mortality rate due to malaria has decreased nearly 85%. – Nampa/AFP
They say hair, especially for a woman, is her crown, the roots of her confidence and her identity.
The conversation over hair will never loses momentum, as everyone is obsessed with hair.
Men are also engaging in the trend of ‘man-buns’ and sleek hair. But what is the big idea? Why do we get overly-emotional about our hair and get mad when other people touch it? It’s just hair, it’ll grow back, isn’t it?
Maybe it’s because it’s the first thing people identify with when they first encounter a person. You can tell a lot about a person from their hair alone; for instance, dying your hair shows change and that you’re ready to start with a clean slate. Cutting it means you’re ready for any sort of transition, and well, when it’s not combed, you perhaps were just late.
I guess it’s more psychological and it shows; you never really just cut, dye or grow your hair just because, and that’s the beauty of it. Though I still ponder why we are so obsessed with hair, do we really know what we’re feeding our hair? Sometimes we think we’re fuelling our hair with these scalp and root nourishing products, but we might be harming it, especially if you don’t know what hair type you have. Yes, there are hair types; the obsession is conspicuous.
My younger sister never lets anyone see her hair because she doesn’t like the way it looks and nobody is allowed to touch it or he agitation grows, but that’s her fault because ‘certain’ types of hair is socially ‘acceptable’. Long, curly, luscious and Caucasian locks of hair is praised internationally, whereas ‘nappy’ hair known as black hair and is disregarded and deemed ‘unattractive’. It’s so bad that women of colour spend hundreds and thousands on weaves and getting their hair permed, which brings me back to my question: Do we know what we’re feeding our hair.
Personally, from my preference, I think it’s sad that some (emphasis on the SOME) women in the black community do not embrace their natural locks of hair - their crowns and their identity - and would trade it for long, full-bodied, Caucasian hair. I honestly do not blame them, they’re under the pressure of ‘acceptable’ social standards. Social standards have molded our mothers and their mothers as black women, and they were never given the chance to love and embrace their natural hair. As young black girls they would have their hair braided or permed because it just wasn’t ‘pretty’. The crack in the wall started long ago; this has been the issue since my own mother was 12, and she’s now 53 and still wears a weave. Does your hair truly make a difference in your life? Does it make who you are? If yes, if you change it, are you a different person? No. Hair shouldn’t define, you in my opinion - long, short, bald, nappy or Caucasian.
People should be comfortable enough to make natural human connections without the fear of rejection about the way hair looks - natural, weave, dyed, straight and curly, doesn’t matter. Hair should be celebrated, yes, without the fear of judgment. Many men claim that they can never be with a woman with short hair. Well, she cuts it simply because she can and she had a reason. She dyes it pink because it’s HER hair. Hair is general sparks dispersion, in school, at work, even at places like church. What’s the big idea? It’s just hair, or am I wrong? Is it some sort of Holy Grail? In the old days bigger was better - hairspray and tons of hair gel - and if your hair wasn’t even close to that, you just weren’t cool, so this is a topic that has never lost momentum, and it never will. Hair will always be in the headlines of social standards, passed on from generation to generation - hair tips on regimes, how to grow it quicker, and how to maintain it.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans last week to split struggling state power giant Eskom into three separate entities, as he sought to convince investors and voters that he will turn around a struggling economy before an election in May.
"The task before us is formidable," Ramaphosa said during a televised state of the nation address in parliament that was attended by hundreds of lawmakers and dignitaries.
Fixing the crisis at Eskom was the main talking point ahead of Ramaphosa's highly-anticipated annual address as it will be key to him delivering on a promise to mend an economy that stagnated under Zuma.
Trying to please all sides, Ramaphosa said Eskom's generation, transmission and distribution businesses would become separate state-owned entities, without touching on controversial subjects like job cuts or privatisation.
He said the government would support Eskom's balance sheet but that the scale of that support would be revealed only in a budget speech by the finance minister on February 20. – Nampa/Reuters
S. Sudan to return to pre-war oil production
South Sudan will return to producing more than 350 000 barrels of crude per day by the middle of 2020, up from current levels of just over 140 000 barrels per day (bpd) currently, the country's oil minister said on Sunday.
Production is expected to rise to 270 000 bpd by the end of 2019, oil minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth told Reuters. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Petrotech conference in Greater Noida, a satellite city of India's capital New Delhi.
The world’s youngest country, which split from Sudan in 2011, has one of the largest reserves of crude in Sub-Saharan Africa, only a third of which have been explored so far. The country lost many of its oilfields to a civil war that broke out two years after its independence. A September peace agreement is largely holding.
By the end of the year, block 3 and 7 will be hitting 180 000 bpd, blocks 1, 2 and 4 will be producing 70 000 bpd, and block 5A will be producing 20 000 bpd, Gatkuoth said.
South Sudan has signed a preliminary agreement with Russia’s Zarubezhneft for exploring some of the blocks, Gatkuoth said. – Nampa/Reuters
Tunisia averts national strike with public sector wage deal
Tunisia's biggest union on Thursday cancelled a nationwide strike scheduled for later this month after the government agreed to raise wages of about 670 000 state employees, ending months of tensions.
The government is under pressure from foreign lenders to cut spending and reduce its large budget deficit but also faces public anger over high unemployment and poverty. The total wage rise was not announced.
Tunisia's economy has been in crisis since autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in 2011, with unemployment and inflation shooting up.
Teachers had been boycotting exams for hundreds of thousands of students for nearly two months. On Wednesday, thousands rallied near the prime minister's office for better conditions and wages.
Political turmoil and lack of reforms have deterred investment sorely needed to create jobs, forcing the government to implement austerity measures in return for loans totalling about US$2.8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). – Nampa/Reuters
Final investment decision for Mozambique gas block
A final investment decision, commonly called FID, for a massive offshore natural gas block in Mozambique is expected to be ready by March or April, the chairman of Mozambique's national oil company ENH said in New Delhi on Sunday.
This is the first time any of the seven partners in the block has given a specific timeline regarding an investment plan for the block, located east of Mozambique's Rovuma basin and called Area 1.
An FID for the block could unlock value in one of the world's biggest recent gas discoveries, estimated at 75 trillion cubic feet.
Indian companies - state-owned explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd through its overseas arm ONGC Videsh Ltd, Oil India Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd together hold the highest share in the block with a 30% stake.
National oil company of Mozambique Empresa Nacional de Hydrocarbonetos (ENH) holds 15% and Anadarko Mozambique Area, a subsidiary of US-based explorer Anadarko Petroleum , holds 26.5% and is operator of the block. – Nampa/Reuters
The country continues to experience increased levels of drug abuse, especially amongst the youth. This a highly disturbing trend has led to devastation within families. We have also read how drugs, alcohol or just plain boredom have led Namibians down dark roads filled with sexual experimentation. The recently released stats contained in the 2018 World Drug Report paint a grim picture of the situation on the ground.
The latest drug stats for Namibia reveal that tik is among the drugs being consumed in the country. During the period 2012 to 2016 a total of 2 147.85 kilograms of dagga as well as 2.25 tons of dagga plants, were seized in Namibia, while
4 821 units of crack and 16 436 mandrax tablets were confiscated.
A total of 37 straws of crystal meth (tik) were seized during the period, while police confiscated more than 40 tons of ephedrine, the active ingredient in the deadly tik drug, during the period. Disturbingly, we have also read horror stories about drug cartels who are use poor, young Namibians, especially women, as mules to courier large quantities of crack, cocaine and other drugs to their intended markets.
Many of these young women are still languishing in prisons abroad. It is a sad state of affairs, and even our men and women in uniform are unable to cope with this epidemic, which has seen the easy availability of banned substances contributing significantly to the rise of drug addiction and crime.
Coming up with better strategies aimed at combatting substance and drug abuse is unlikely to address a host of problems associated with organised crime. We are sitting with a huge problem on our hands and if we don't come up with approaches that are effective in preventing drug abuse, the situation will spiral out of control and drag young people far away from the happy and purposeful life they deserve.
Kyle Farrer, a 22-year-old culinary arts student at the Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy in Windhoek, represented Namibia at the Young Chef Olympiad (YCO), which took place in three cities in India - New Delhi, Pune and Kolkata.
He ended in the top 20 out of competitors from 55 countries.
“The YCO is a competition for young chefs across the world and it involves four rounds which is the plate trophy and grand finale. The plate trophy consists of rounds one and two and then the grand finale, which is round three,” he tells The Zone.
“These rounds all consist of different ingredients and challenges. The first one lets you work with a recipe, and in the second one, contestants are allowed to use their own recipe. All the rounds are judged differently, but with the same base skill, taste and presentation.”
He said the YCO is not only a competition, but also the ideal platform to network and make friends.
“I am absolutely proud of having brought us into the top 20 countries; there was stiff competition, but I had a goal to prove and I made us proud.”
Born in Windhoek, Farrer's biggest highlight at the YCO was the people he met during the competition and the knowledge he gained.
“It's not every day you are privileged enough to pursue your dream career and that's what I have received. I worked hard and I made my dream come true.”
He added his biggest challenge was working with ingredients he had never worked with before. “However, I stood tall and adapted to my conditions as much as I could and I did very well.”
Farrer thanked his grandfather John Farrer and Silver Spoon Academy for his success during the competition.
“They made me believe in myself and taught me that I should follow what makes me happy, and that is food; working with it, tasting and experimenting and so on.”
Growing up, Farrer says he has always been interested in cooking, but was unsure whether to pursue it as a career or not.
“My grandfather was never a professional chef, however, he was such a great chef. I come from a very family-oriented background so we would always help in the kitchen and help my grandfather cook, so that really contributed to my love for food. And with all the jobs I have had, I always found myself in the kitchen or something to do with food, and that was the base I set for my career.”
Farrer looks up to Chef Terry Jenkinson and Chef Michelle Fourie of Silvers Spoon as “they brought me this far and still help me improve every day”.
“They took me in and made me grow in the culinary industry; I do not know how else to put it. They taught me the basics of cooking and more, and I respect them with everything I do. I look up to them every day, as I too aspire to be a chef that great one day,” he said.
According to Farrer, Namibia still has a lot to learn when it comes to the culinary arts.
“However in recent years we have brought our A-game and the results are showing step by step, and every day we are getting more and more creative. We are starting to get rewards and we are being recognised more each day.”
Farrer is still unsure about his future plans.
“To be very honest, all is still unclear as to what I want to do fully yet, but for the next few years, I am going to stay humble and learn a lot more as I am still very young and I need to learn as much as I can before I can fully grasp what I want to do, but I am planning on travelling abroad to work overseas to gain more experience.”
The latest data, released by the ministry of labour, industrial relations and employment creation yesterday, shows 50 companies countrywide laid off employees in the fourth quarter of 2018, totalling 1 601 workers.
In the process, the livelihoods of more than 70 000 were affected. The average household size in Namibia is 4.4 people, according to the Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES) conducted in 2015/16.
The ministry warned that these numbers could be higher due to incomplete retrenchments notices and other regulatory requirements which some companies didn’t meet.
Mining, wholesale and retail, as well as construction cited economic woes as the reason for their retrenchments. In total, 1 257 people lost their jobs in these sectors. With ten consecutive quarters of negative growth up to the end of the third quarter of 2018, Namibia is in a full-blown recession.
According to the ministry, construction shed 478 jobs in the last quarter of 2018. This equals nearly 29.9% of all retrenchments in the quarter under review.
According to the latest figures of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), construction recorded negative growth of 6.5% in the third quarter of last year. In the previous two quarters, positive growth of 24% and 24.6% was achieved. This growth came off a low base as construction spent the entire 2016 and 2017 in recession.
Wholesale and retail remained in negative territory in the third quarter of 2018, registering growth of -5.8%. The sector has been growing negatively since the last quarter of 2016.
According to the ministry, 405 people were retrenched in the sector in the last quarter of 2018.
The Khomas region bled the most jobs with 564 people or 35% of overall retrenchments. In //Kharas, 478 people were retrenched, nearly 29.9% of overall retrenchments. In Erongo, 106 people lost their jobs.
Other sectors which retrenched were: mining and quarrying (374 jobs), agriculture and fishing (201), water and security services (10), transport and storage (20), hospitality (68), information and communication (13), financial and insurance (5), education (7), health and social work (12), entertainment and recreation (7), and non-governmental organisations (1).
“We are worse off than when we began,” five of the more than 640 certified community health workers told Namibian Sun yesterday.
They are in Windhoek in the hope of meeting with senior health officials today.
Willem Kayongo (34), a spokesperson for the 640 trainees, says the broken promise of jobs has taken a heavy toll on their personal lives.
“I wake up stressed and frustrated. This is psychological abuse.
They don't listen to us. They just always tell us to be patient,” he says.
“But what must we do? Eat stone and grass? Being patient does not pay the bills.”
Jurgen Plaatjie, another successful trainee, says he was the sole breadwinner for his family before he quit his teaching post and enrolled for the healthcare training.
He says he was told he would definitely be employed after completing the course. Since then he has struggled to survive.
“The government has sent us back to the streets. Some are maybe criminals now because they are suffering.”
According to Kayongo many of them quit secure jobs when their applications to join the programme were approved.
Instead, struggling to get another job, he has had to move his children to a cheaper school, has accumulated debts, cancelled insurance policies and faces an insecure future.
He says the ministry made empty promises, created legitimate expectations, and then back-tracked repeatedly, plunging many into unemployment and poverty.
He says the ministry is guilty of violating the group's constitutional human right to dignity.
The more than 640 trainees were the third intake into the community health workers programme initiated by the ministry in 2012 in an effort to bring primary healthcare services to remote areas.
The trainees completed the programme in July 2017.
Records show that 2 298 community health workers in the 14 regions have successfully completed the programme since its inception, but the ministry has deployed only 1 649 due to tight budgets.
A notice issued by the director of Primary Health Care Services explained that the ministry could not deploy the last class of 649 community health workers “due to unavailability of funds.”
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Since 2017, the trainees have tried several avenues to engage with the ministry, including demonstrations, petitions and reaching out to regional councils and the Public Service Union of Namibia, but to no avail.
Gabriel Tomea (27) who was employed in the agriculture sector before resigning and completing the training, says the ministry failed to take responsibility for the group, and “just dumped us on the street.”
He adds that the communities in which they were supposed to be deployed are also frustrated, as there is a genuine need for healthcare workers in poor rural communities.
The health ministry has announced that the initial target of deploying 4 113 health workers would be reduced to 2 136 because of budget cuts.
The group say the ministry has not taken their plight seriously and should identify alternative funding solutions to deploy them.
Moreover, the certificates they received are not recognised by the private sector, rendering their training useless in terms of searching for alternative jobs in the health sector.
Job Hifilenga, another trainee, says 96 trainees from the Ohangwena Region have not even received their certificates, despite numerous requests.
With today's meeting, they hope the ministry can “stop beating around the bush.”
Namibian Sun has approached the ministry for comment on the group's complaints and accusations.
In November, Nampa quoted the health ministry's spokesperson, Manga Libita, as saying the ministry had informed the group that budget cuts prevented the ministry from employing them.
Katiti, who was suspended last year, allegedly sidelined two other candidates who had scored higher for the position of manager of analysis and business improvement, so that Nancy Angula could get the job in 2016.
Katiti's decision to appoint Angula in her new post was solely his and he did so without board approval for the creation of the position, documents seen by Namibian Sun alleged.
Katiti said yesterday: “I really want you to be fair in your reporting. You have also seen this happening in other parastatals, I am aware of at least three parastatals that have recruited candidates that didn't score the highest in the interviews. “Why is my memo not being read carefully to understand why I took that step?
“I reviewed the matter after recommendation. And we have always appointed people from within. Our guidelines and policies say so. This is within the laws of this country.
“Yes, she was my PA at the time, but I have no relationship with her whatsoever, I was promoting a culture of black females, who have the potential. And for as long as I am alive, I will continue to give people opportunities.”
Lukas Ailemo, Josef Tangi, Tjihuee Kahure, Romanus Kawana, Vinea Sinalumbu and Angula applied for the post.
Score sheets seen by Namibian Sun show that Sinalumbu and Kawana scored the highest during the interview process, with scores of 86.8% and 84.3%, respectively, while Angula came third with 80.6%.
“The said Angula came third in the interview outcomes and notwithstanding the foresaid, Katiti appointed her to the position not only in violation of NIP recruitment and staffing policies, but also to the prejudice of the two persons who were recommended for possible appointment. Further, no board approval was obtained for the creation and establishment of the position,” a report signed by NIP board chairperson Diina Shuuluka reads.
NIP's now suspended chief human capital officer Monica Pendukeni and chief strategic and business development executive Jennifer Kauapirura formed part of the panel that interviewed the candidates.
Angula still occupies the position.
The board further said that “the remuneration of Angula further contravened provisions of the State Owned Enterprises Governance Act of 2006”.
Angula's remuneration package includes a basic salary, medical aid, a pension contribution, a 13th cheque and housing and vehicle allowances, according to the appointment letter signed by Katiti on 12 October 2016.
In his recommendation letter, Katiti used employment equity to justify appointing Angula in the new post, despite her coming third in the interview process.
“The current statistics at NIP indicates that there are 32 management positions, excluding exco members, of which 29 are filled and two are vacant as at the end of August 2016. Only eight or 27.6% of all filed managerial positions are occupied by women, and 21 or 72.4% of all filled managerial positions are occupied by men.
“It is against this background that I direct that the internal candidate be promoted to the position of Manager: Process Analysis and Business Improvement. This is an available candidate for appointment to this position from a designated group who is certainly able and willing, through appropriate training programmes, to acquire the necessary skills and qualifications,” Katiti said.
Angula has been with the NIP since October 2010, and was initially appointed as an administrative officer.
Angula said she does not know anything about coming third in the interview process.
“I wouldn't know that I came third in the interview, but talk to our HR, as the department is the one that deals with such matters,” Angula said.
NIP acting chief human capital officer Jason Kafidi said he doesn't want get involved and referred all enquiries to his seniors.
Sinalumbu said he was confident about getting the position.
“This is news to me. I was only informed via an email that I was unsuccessful. They did not reveal to me how much I scored in the interview process.
“After my presentation during the interview, I had hope and was confident that I got the job, but after the email was sent I suspected some foul play, although I did not have primary information about it.
“This is pure corruption and now that I know I am going to seek legal advice and take this matter further,” Sinalumbu added.
Shali also raised the spectre of Air Namibia's planes being grounded in Frankfurt.
“The planes can be grounded today. If they do not negotiate with us, we will ground the planes. The lawyers are enforcing this in Europe and not Namibia.
“Whether they acknowledge us or not, we have no problem,” added Shali.
“We don't want to talk about the case, we want to talk about the judgment and I have the full mandate to represent Challenge Air.”
Shali is said to have twice blocked attempts to ground Air Namibia's planes, with the first attempt being made on Christmas Day and the second last week Sunday.
“I stopped the grounding of the planes. They [Challenge Air] wanted to ground. I am the only one stopping the grounding of the planes,” he said.
According to Shali, Challenge Air had succeeded in freezing Air Namibia's bank accounts and made it impossible for it to open other bank accounts.
Air Namibia says it will not engage with Shali over the N$400 million it was instructed to pay to the liquidated Belgian aviation company.
Air Namibia spokesperson Paulus Nakawa has insisted that it would not be recognising Shali, Challenge Air SA's local representative.
“The fact that local representatives are authorised to represent Challenge Air in the matter, as was communicated to Air Namibia, was insufficient, as only a court-appointed official could represent a company in liquidation both in Europe and in Namibia, and for these purposes, only Anicet Baum is recognised for the purposes of dealing with Air Namibia,” Nakawa said.
This follows a judgment on 12 January 2015 brought by the liquidator in the Challenge Air matter, Belgian attorney Anicet Baum, against Air Namibia and TransNamib, which was at the time the holding company of the airline.
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.
The term these monies are outstanding is not known. The court, however, added that the amount in dispute was in the region of 25 million euro, just short of N$400 million.
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. The national carrier had signed a lease for a Boeing 767 from Challenge Air in 1998.
Air Namibia bleeds another N$2m
Challenge Air SA was able to extract an additional N$2.1 million from Air Namibia's European bank account last week.
Initially it was able to extract over N$10 million, according to documents seen by Namibian Sun.
“They [Challenge Air] are going to take money again until Air Namibia comes on board. The accounts are frozen until the €25 million is recovered,” said Shali.
“There will be no German accounts until the judgment is fulfilled,” he added.
According to Shali, Air Namibia was given ample time to approach Challenge Air and seek an amicable solution.
“We waited for them for three weeks and they did not respond. We can still open the accounts, but only if they approach us; they must come to the table.”
Shali said that he had to intervene to ensure that the planes would not be grounded.
Baum told Namibian Sun it was superfluous for the respondents, Air Namibia and TransNamib, to accept that they should engage in settlement proposals, but then choose whom they wish to negotiate with.
“The judgment by the Munich Appeals Court still stands, notwithstanding the proceedings in the High Court of Namibia.
“If Air Namibia and TransNamib wish to circumvent the Munich Appeals Court judgment then surely they are not acting in the best interests of their shareholder,” Baum said.
The actions of Air Namibia, he said, were irresponsible.
“It is totally irresponsible to purport to circumvent a valid court judgment which they have failed to either appeal or lodge a review application with the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, Germany for.”
The fact that Challenge Air SA was able to get money from Air Namibia's German bank account was proof that the ruling was bearing fruit, Baum added.
“It is a fact that the Munich judgment is currently being enforced against the respondents. I honestly don't think they appreciate the weight of the Munich Appeals Court judgment. It's very, very unfortunate.”
Air Namibia adamant
Air Namibia is digging in its heels, however.
“Any purported appointment of a representative in Namibia can only be valid if so recognised in terms of Namibian law. The difficulty faced by the liquidator in being recognised in Namibia befalls the local representatives apparently appointed for this purpose,” Nakawa told Namibian Sun.
According to him, Challenge Air SA, through Shali, has approached the High Court of Namibia.
Shali sought to be recognised in his capacity as liquidator for the purposes of bringing enforcement proceedings against Air Namibia in Namibia. Air Namibia has opposed this application on a number of grounds.
“The matter was heard on 3 December 2018 by the High Court of Namibia and judgment has been reserved for 18 July 2019,” Nakawa said.
He said if Air Namibia were to recognise Shali, it would nullify legal points it has raised.
Nakawa said the airline was aware that it was losing money stemming from its Frankfurt flights.
“Air Namibia is aware of the fact that the airline is losing money as a result of the ongoing process. Engagements, both locally with the shareholder and internationally, have been ongoing with a view to mitigating the effect of this most unfortunate situation,” he said.
Air Namibia has been instructed by the government to seek an amicable solution with Challenge Air SA, so that the national carrier's assets are not attached.
Here are the results in the various leagues played throughout.
Men's Premier League:
Saints, who are the current champions, kicked off their title defence with an emphatic win over fellow league rivals Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) to set the precedent for the season.
DTS, who were missing some of their key players, struggled throughout the game after Saints proved to be too strong during the encounter. This resulted in Liam Hermanus scoring his first hat-trick of the season.
The national team goalkeeper DJ Strauss, who currently plays for DTS, had his hands full as he pulled off multiple saves throughout the match.
Windhoek Old Boys Sports Club (WOBSC) faced a newly revived Wanderers team. The entertaining game ended with a 6-3 win for WOBSC with Siyabonga Martins showing no signs of slowing down as he netted his first hat-trick of the season.
Women's Premier League:
Saints continued their club's success by overcoming DTS with a 5-0 victory. Wanderers got the better of WOBSC with a 4-0 win. Wanderers player Helé Steenkamp revved up her goal tally with three goals in the opener.
Men's Reserve Premier League:
Saints beat Wanderers 5-0 while DTS overcame Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) with a 5-2 win. Saints defeated WOBSC 1-0 in a tightly contested fixture. WOBSC went on to secure a 3-all draw against Angels. However, the latter lost concentration which saw them go down 6-0 against DTS. The fixtures in this league ended with NUST losing 3-2 against Wanderers.
Women's Reserve Premier League:
Saints ran rampant over DTS with a 9-1 win, as Wiandi Ludwig found the net an impressive four times.
Bank Windhoek Men's First League: DTS and WOBSC shared the points in a 4-all draw. After beating DTS 6-3, Saints registered another 8-4 win against WOBSC.
Bank Windhoek Women's First League:
Saints overcame United 2-1 in a closely competitive encounter. Angels comfortably overpowered Wanderers with a 5:0 win, United, on the other hand, lost 3:1 against Wanderers.
Bank Windhoek Men's Second League:
WOBSC recorded the largest number of goals in a game over the weekend when they defeated DTS 13:0. Saints also inflicted another defeat on DTS with a 12-0 win.
Bank Windhoek Women's Second League:
The only fixture in this league saw Saints defeat DTS 2-1.
The next round of fixtures of the 2019 League, will take place this coming weekend at the Windhoek Show Grounds, Wanderers Indoor Hockey Field and at The Dome, in Swakopmund.
Companies, schools and private teams are encouraged to enter the Bank Windhoek Corporate Challenge Relay which can be used as a team-building exercise or just a nice get-together with friends.
Relay teams will comprise four members that will each run or walk for five kilometres on a route set out in Olympia.
In addition to the Bank Windhoek Corporate Challenge Relay being a fun-filled team-building event, the aim is also to promote a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness.
“The format of the event is unique in the Namibian context in that it encompasses teams of four taking part, not just individuals.
“We want to bring together teams from different companies and schools so that they can enjoy themselves and engage in some healthy competition,” Bank Windhoek's Jacquiline Pack said.
Teams will compete in categories for men, women, mixed teams and schools.
Entry per adult team is N$400, while school teams will pay N$200. The money raised will be donated to various charitable initiatives countrywide.
The club from Khomasdal has embarked on a journey to revamp and extend its sport ground in an attempt to reach professional rugby status.
Construction of a clinic, including a high-performance centre, is under way at Suburbs Park in Khomasdal.
Club executive president Keith Allies said that Suburbs are eager to have the building completed by September.
“Yes, things are moving smoothly and the construction is well under way.
“The structure will also have a swimming pool and high-performance centre.
“We expect all construction work to be completed by December because it will also be a time we will invite a team from South Africa for some celebrations,” Allies said.
Allies further announced that the team have held a preseason camp in preparation for their trip to South Africa.
Western Suburbs will leave for South Africa on 20 February to compete in the Kalahari Sevens competition.
“We are confident in the coaching team that we have and now we will just try and acquire a biokineticist.
“We promised that we were going to do things differently this year and that is what we are going to do.
“Our aim will not just be to compete in the premier league but to get more involved in tournaments beyond our borders,” Allies added.
The club has been receiving an annual sponsorship of nearly N$200 000 from FNB for the past three years.
Last year, Castle Light, under AB InBev, sponsored the club with new playing gear.
Suburbs have been responsible for the development of rugby for many years, given that most of the players they have produced have gone through the ranks of the national teams.
“We are confident and positive that things will work out well, because we are here to protect the interest of our sponsors.
“What we want to do is to improve the operations of this club and to make sure that we become the best club in the country,” Allies said.
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
Whether 2019 is your first year or you are returning for what will hopefully be your final stint, you are likely to need a set of wheels to get you from A to B - to get you to classes, study sessions, extramural activities and perhaps some part-time work.
Datsun promises to provide personal mobility and freedom to go-getters looking for a means to achieve their dreams. And ambitious dreams often start with a degree.
Zippy, fuel-efficient, stylish, spacious, safe, and affordable - the new Datsun GO has all the traits a young student could want.
And most importantly, the car is easy to handle, with electric power steering and a turning circle of just 4.6 metres. This means you will be able to fit into the smallest parking spots and zoot around campus with ease.
There are also reverse parking sensors which give an audible beeping warning that activates when reverse gear is engaged, meaning you can be confident you won’t hit anything while reversing.
There is speed-sensitive electric steering which calculates how much assistance to give you based on how fast you are going so it will offer light steering effort at low speed, and firm steering effort at high speed. This makes for anxiety-free, smooth driving, especially if you just recently got your licence.
You will still be able to get around fast if the situation calls for it, as it is powered by an energetic 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 50 kW at 5 000 rpm and 104 Nm at 4 000 rpm, paired with a smooth five-speed manual transmission.
The new Datsun GO also has an impressive fuel efficiency of the 1.2-litre engine, which has a combined consumption of 5.2 litres per 100 km. This means that at today’s fuel prices it should cost you around N$14 to drive nearly 20 km. Meaning increases in the petrol price won’t cripple your tight student budget.
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The new Datsun GO comes standard with a trendy seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that becomes an extension of your smartphone through Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity.
This allows you to access features such as music, messages and maps in a way that is safer than taking your eyes off the road to try and use your phone in traffic. There are also Bluetooth and USB connections.
Besides all of this, standard specification includes coloured electric side mirrors, reverse-parking sensors, intermittent wipers, central locking, an immobiliser, ABS, driver and passenger airbags and retractable seatbelts. It also has a redesigned front grille and rear bumper, as well as 14-inch wheels.
The new Datsun GO is nimble but spacious with enough room to pack up your dorm at the end of term and drive home for the holidays. Having a five-seater hatchback also means that you may be able to get your petrol covered on that weekend break away by offering lifts to peers.
Students should keep in mind that once the car is purchased, there are other upkeep costs that are involved in car ownership. Datsun helps ease these burdens as every Datsun GO comes standard with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and an optional service plan. In addition, consumers will receive one-year insurance with the purchase of a GO.
Prices for the new Datsun GO start at N$144 500. Book a test drive at your nearest Datsun dealership. – MotorPress
Pochettino has taken to defending his failure to win silverware in almost five years at Tottenham by insisting he values qualification for Europe's elite club competition more highly than success in the domestic cups.
But for all of Pochettino's protestations that reaching the Champions League is his primary goal, that claim rings a little hollow when they never make it to the business end of the tournament.
Now Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, who visit Wembley for the Champions League last-16 first leg tonight, stand between Pochettino and his first European quarter-final in what could his last season with the north London club.
Pochettino, yet to win a trophy in his managerial career, has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United at the end of the season.
If that mooted deal may now be less of a sure thing given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's remarkable impact as interim boss at Old Trafford, there is little doubt Pochettino will still be a man in demand, with Real Madrid also believed to be interested in his services.
Derided as serial underachievers when they struggled to break into the Premier League's top four, Pochettino has made Tottenham into Champions League mainstays capable of ruffling the feathers of Europe's aristocracy.
“We feel so proud and with all the circumstances the team is doing fantastically, the performance of the squad is unbelievable,” Pochettino said.
“We are showing great character and very good quality, fighting against big sides and being in a position that's very close to the top.
“We hope to keep going in the same direction, to fight for big things.”
But for all their undoubted growth in the Pochettino era, there remains a nagging feeling of unfulfilled potential about Tottenham, who have won only three cups in the past 28 years.
Failure to land a big prize with the generation of Tottenham stars he has cultivated so astutely, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min, would be considered a missed opportunity.
Tottenham have finished in the Premier League's top three for the past three seasons and they retain an outside chance of winning the title this campaign.
But their poor record in domestic cups under Pochettino is a significant blemish and Tottenham's European exploits have been equally confounding.
Pochettino's first season featured a tame Europa League last-32 defeat against Fiorentina and the following year they were outclassed by Dortmund in the last 16 of the same competition.
His maiden voyage in the Champions League was even more rocky as Tottenham failed to qualify from the group stage.
Finally hitting their stride last season, Spurs enjoyed a memorable 3-1 win over European champions Real Madrid in the group stage and they also drew in Madrid and twice beat Dortmund.
But as the pressure mounted Tottenham melted, blowing the lead in the last-16 second leg against Juventus as two second-half goals sent them crashing out.
Vexed by mounting criticism following recent exits from the FA and League Cups, Pochettino said chairman Daniel Levy told him his brief was to finish in the top four while the club build their long-delayed stadium.
Although Spurs look set for another top-four finish, it would still be a source of angst among Tottenham fans if Pochettino departs without lifting a single trophy.
He was taken on a tour of Dinapama Manufacturing and Supplies in Windhoek on Monday, where he said sports and the manufacturing industry can work together in creating jobs and fighting poverty in Namibia.
“When I was attending a sporting event in Botswana, representing Namibia, I was given a T-shirt which was manufactured outside Namibia. I immediately thought to myself that we are paying millions of dollars every year to companies outside Namibia, while we can use that money to employ our youth,” Uutoni said.
He added that his idea is to encourage Namibian sports people to acquire locally produced apparel.
Uutoni said it pains him to see locally trained tailors sitting at home while money is being spent outside Namibia with the excuse that the country does not have modern machinery.
“We can start small and improve as we go on. I have a strong belief that the skills we develop will give us value out of it. While I admit we do not produce raw material to manufacture sportswear, we can actually do the manufacturing here but order that material from outside,” he said.
Volkswagen is adding more power to the seventh generation Golf R performance derivative by increasing the power output to 228kW from 213kW - making it the most powerful Golf ever sold by Volkswagen in Southern Africa.
The seventh-generation Golf R continues to be a benchmark for driver assistance systems in the compact class, employing technologies that significantly improve safety. These include the optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking System.
New exterior design highlights include the optional R Performance Titanium exhaust as well as optional R Performance brakes with brake callipers painted black with the ‘R’ logo. Standard features include the ‘R’ designed bumpers, LED headlights and LED taillights that create a design that gives the Golf R a dynamic look.
The tailpipes are placed further out to the sides giving the car a wider appearance. The exterior mirror housing caps come in Matte Chrome or optionally in Carbon. There are also various 19-inch wheel choices – the standard being the "Spielberg" 19-inch alloy wheels or the optional 19-inch "Pretoria" alloy wheels in grey metallic.
As with Golf derivatives, the infotainment systems, such as the optional 9.2-inch Discover Pro with gesture control are also available in the Golf R.
Standard on the Golf R is the Active Info Display, panoramic sunroof and drive profile selection which includes the Sport Human Machine Interface (HMI) feature. Adaptive chassis control in an optional extra and offers the same feature – Sport HMI. In the Sport profile, the ‘Sport HMI' of the infotainment system on the centre console shows current engine parameters such as power output and G-forces in play.
The Golf R is offered in the following colours: Tornado Red, Pure White, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect and the classic Lapiz Blue Metallic paint finish.
2.0 TSI with 228 kW. The Golf R rockets to 100 km/h in a swift 4.6 seconds thanks to 228 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. This gain in dynamics is attributable to an extremely fast-shifting 7-speed DSG and the standard Launch Control feature as well as the overall high engine output. - QuickPic
Kauluma ngoka a longa melelo lyoshilongo shoka uule woomvula ondhindji okwa hulithile moshipangelo shaVenduka, ongula yOmaandaha.
Pahapu dhamushanga nale gwelelo lyaNdonga, Josef Asino oshowo elenga enene Naeman Amalwa, Kauluma okwa li omuyambidhidhi gwomukwaniilwa gwaNdonga Immanuel Elifas.
“Oya kala melelo lyoshilongo ayehe. Kauluma oye a li omuyambidhidhi gwomukwaniilwa na okwa kala omugandjimayele gwe miikumungu yelelo lyoshilongo oshowo omufatululili gwe unene ngele taya zi mo moshilongo,” Asino a popi.
Elifas okwa ulike Kauluma onga elenga enene momvula yo 1982, pahapu dhaAmalwa.
Konima owala yeuliko lye, epangelo lyokatongotongo olya mbomopo oombelewa dhelelo lyoshilongo shoka, nokonima yoshiningwanima shoka okwa tokolwa kutya kashi li megameno omukwaniilwa a kale ta ungaunga niikumungu ayihe yelelo onkene okwa ulike Kauluma oye a ninge omuyambidhidhi gwe nokukala ta longo po iinakugwanithwa ye oyindji.
Amalwa okwa popi kutya omolwa Kauluma, elelo lyaNdonga li li ponkatu mpoka li li monena, nomalelo gamwe oga kala taga kutha iiholelwa kuyo.
Pethimbo a li omushona, Kauluma pamwe nomumwayinamati nakusa ngashiingeyi, omumbisofi James Kauluma oya kokele mombala yoshilongo yomukwaniilwa nale, Shihepo shaNamene.
Okwa hiti oskola mOdibo, omanga ina thiga po oshilongo nokukalonga koCape Town, shaSouth Africa.
Omutoolinkundana, Chris Jacobie, ngoka a li kuume omupopepi naKauluma okwa popi kutya okwa li gumwe gwomaantu mboka ye na uunongo moonkundathana.
Okwa popi kutya eso lye oli li ekanitho enene koshilongo, kaakwashigwana yoshilongo shaNdonga, kaantu yopomudhingoloko gwe oshowo kongundu ye.
Iifuta yaaniilonga oyi li shimwe shomiinima mbyoka hayi pula oshimaliwa oshindji okuza moondjato dhaanafaalama.
Shoka osha hololwa kuuyelele wa gandjwa moAgricultural Employers Association (AEA) user manual on labour productivity on Namibian farms, ndyoka lya gandja omapukululo kaanafaalama.
Okafo komauyelele hoka, oka holola kutya pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa koNamibia Agriculture Union (NAU) Production Cost Index, iifuta yoopresenda 22 moofaalama oyi li oshitopolwa shiifuta yi na sha naaniilonga moshikondo shoka.
Okafo hoka oka yeleke kutya ngele otaku popiwa iifuta yaaniilonga moshikondo shuunafaalama omwakwatelwa iinima yilwe ngaashi, omadheulo, iikumungu yaaniilonga, oondjambi, uundjolowele, egameno oshowo elongitho lyuutekinika.
Embo ndyoka olya holola kutya aaniilonga mboka ye na uunongo tau pumbiwa ohaya longo nokupondola oshindji okuyeleka naamboka kayena uunongo.
Shotango aagandji yiilonga oya pumbwa okukala taya tala kaaniilonga mboka ye na uunongo pethimbo taya gandja oompito dhiilonga.
“Ngaashi miikondo yimwe, elongitho lyuutekinika moofaalama nalyo otali tula pombanda iilonga. Elongitho lyuutekinika otali nkondopeke aaniilonga opo ya longe oshindji itaya longo oowili odhindji.”
Embo ndyoka natango olya popi kutya uundjolowele otawu dhana onkandangala onene moshikondo shoka.
Natango embo ndyoka oli na oshitopolwa moka lya gandja uuyelele nkene taku vulu okuyelekwa nokuyalulwa iilonga.
Oshiholelwa okuyalula ookilograma dhaashoka sha longwa po momvula nokushitopola noowili dhoka dha longwa komuniilonga kehe momvula.
Okwa popi kutya uumbugantu waAfria owumwe itawu longo nawa ngele tashi ya kiizemo yomayalulo ngoka sho kwa yalulwa owala ookilograma dhi li pokati kambali nantano okuyeleka noowili ndhoka dha longwa omanga Australia a yalulwa ookilograma 80 mowili.