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  • 02/24/19--14:00: Miller, Vorster too strong
  • Miller, Vorster too strongMiller, Vorster too strong The talented 18-year-old Alex Miller once again impressed with his class when he beat defending champion Tristan de Lange in yesterday's Nedbank national marathon mountain bike championships.

    It was the first head-to-head race between Miller, a two-time continental junior title holder, and 21-year-old De Lange, who won last year's 70-kilometre event.

    Yesterday, the two broke away from the rest of the pack almost from the start, setting a furious pace over the 70km route that started and finished at the Waldorf School in Avis.

    Miller, who had already become Namibia's youngest national road cycling champion earlier this month, broke away from De Lange with about five kilometres to go and displayed awesome speed and power to win by a few minutes. Xavier Papo (2017 champion and 2018 runner-up) finished in third place.

    The women's race was won for the fifth consecutive time by Michelle Vorster.

    Despite the absence of her main rival Vera Adrian, Vorster was kept honest for the entire 70km by former South African national rider Cherie Vale Redecker, who got married to Namibian cyclist Heiko Redecker a few years ago.

    Vorster clinched the win in a final sprint, partly by finding the straighter line around the final corner, compared Redecker, who arrived in Windhoek last week from training in Europe.

    With riders such as Miller, De Lange and Vorster all in good form, Namibia seems to be in a strong position ahead of the upcoming African continental mountain bike championship to be held at the Farm Windhoek course on 12 and 13 April.


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    Residents fume over unfinished clinicResidents fume over unfinished clinic Nkurenkuru residents in Kavango West are fuming over an unfinished health clinic, which was supposed to have been completed by 2015.

    Namibian Sun visited Nkurenkuru recently and observed how the N$28 million project is at standstill, with no construction taking place, although N$22 million has already been spent.

    The portions already built are also falling apart.

    Residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they are disturbed by the issue, adding their excitement years ago has turned into disappointment.

    “This is totally unacceptable. How can an important facility be abandoned in such a way? The Kavango West Region, being the newest region, is in need of much development and yet we experience things of this nature.

    This is a total disregard by the health ministry of the people of this region,” a resident said. Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku has over the years called on the health ministry to complete the project.

    “The region is appealing to the ministry to complete the Nkurenkuru healthcare clinic and open it to the public,” Ausiku said during her 2018 State of the Region Address (SORA).

    She had in fact reiterated what she said during her 2017 SORA, when she expressed concern over the halting of projects in Nkurenkuru, Dcwatjinga, Gcaruhwa and Rupara, as well as the construction of the much-anticipated district hospital being in limbo for more than four years.

    At the time, the health ministry told Namibian Sun the reason for the shelving of the projects was financial constraints.

    Nampa reported that Shafombabi Eedopi Construction was supposed to have finalised the Nkurenkuru health facility on 15 April 2015, but in 2017 it was only 70% complete.

    The contractor had apparently been waiting for material from South Africa for two years.

    It was further reported that of the budgeted N$28 million, N$22 million had already been spent on the project.

    Last week, when contacted for comment, senior health official Martin Mukulu, who responded to questions, said the project was delayed due to the non-performance of the contactor.

    “The construction of the Nkurenkuru primary healthcare clinic has been delayed due to the non-performance of the contractor. The project is not completed hence no inauguration can take place and it can also not be occupied, as it is not ready. The health ministry and the ministry of works are in discussion with regards to how to proceed, with getting the project completed. The process of determining the contract has taken long and nothing could be done until the project is contractually completed or determined,” Mukulu explained.

    He added consultants have been reappointed to document what work is still outstanding.


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  • 02/24/19--14:00: Scintillating action
  • Scintillating actionScintillating actionStars, BA, Magic, Tigers through to Top 8 semis The semi-final draw will be held on 6 March, with Stars, BA, Magic and Tigers eagerly waiting to see who will face who. African Stars proved why they are a force to be reckoned with, by thumping Orlando Pirates 5-0 in their Standard Bank Top 8 Cup clash on Saturday night at Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    The match was the highlight of the competition so far. Pirates, who are struggling in the Namibia Premier League (NPL), had their hands full, as Stars managed to find the back of net twice in the first half and three more times during the second stanza. Goals from Roger Katjiteo and Ibrahim Youssef set the tone for the match in the first half. In the second half, additional goals by Christie Mbewe, substitute Panduleni Nekundi and Man of the Match winner Ambrocius Amseb sealed Pirates' fate. On the same night Black Africa beat Eleven Arrows 1-0 courtesy of a McCartney Naweseb goal. Black Africa's Wesley Katjiteo was named Man of the Match.

    On Friday night, two goals from Salomon Omseb was enough to hand Tura Magic a 2-1 win over Mighty Gunners. Omseb opened the scoring as early as the third minute, but Gunners replied with a goal of their own just two minutes later, courtesy of a brilliant strike by Olzen Ameb from outside the box. The two teams went into halftime tied at 1-1. Omseb, however, had the last say and earned himself the Man of the Match accolade, after scoring his second goal. On Thursday night, the cup competition opened with a match between Unam and Tigers.

    Tigers won 1-0. Stanley Llewellyn scored the winner for the Shandumbala outfit, after numerous chances were missed by both sides in both halves. Llewellyn was named Man of the Match. Unam head coach Woody Jacobs had good things to say about his side. “We created numerous chances that we didn't convert, but that is football. Tigers got a sniff when we defended poorly during one instance, but that is football. “I'm not happy, but we are not deserving losers. It was an off-day for my strikers, but that doesn't mean they are bad,” Jacobs said.

    The competition sees the top eight clubs from the 2017/18 NPL season vying for top honours. The semi-final draw will be held on 6 March.


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  • 02/24/19--14:00: N$500 million bailout for RA
  • N$500 million bailout for RAN$500 million bailout for RA The Road Fund Administration (RFA) has bailed out the Roads Authority (RA) to the tune of N$500 million, so the ailing parastatal can settle outstanding invoices.

    Speaking on the issue of outstanding invoices and suspended projects, RA CEO Conrad Lutombi said the contractors will be paid in full during the course of the week, starting today.

    “We are in the process of settling invoices. We found a solution. Contractors will resume work from Monday or Tuesday,” said Lutombi last week.

    He denied the allegation that the RA engaged in 'illegal' projects.

    “There is no government project that we have started that we will not finish. The RA is a responsible organisation and there is no way government would have paid,” said Lutombi.

    According to RFA CEO Ali Ipinge they had been approached two weeks ago.

    “We were asked to meet government halfway.

    We have to support government efforts where we can,' he said.

    The money was backed by a government guarantee, Ipinge added.

    “We can further help government, provided they assist the RFA with a guarantee,” he said.

    According to Ipinge, government had honoured facilities it had taken up in the past. “Previous facilities taken up have been fulfilled by government. We hope and are 100% sure government will settle this facility,” Ipinge said.

    Contractors working on RA projects had suspended work last week owing to a lack of payments.

    Lutombi appealed to transport ministry executive director Willem Goeiemann last Monday to make funding available to the RA, so it could settle its obligations.

    Lutombi told Goeiemann that the RA currently faces a serious problem because of government's failure to pay road contractors and consultants.

    “The current daily compounded losses due to the suspension of work, as a result of invoices, will translate into millions of dollars, estimated to be ranging between N$15 million and N$30 million per month per project, depending on the size,” he said.

    Confidente reported last week that government owes five companies around N$98 million.

    This includes N$25 million owed to the joint-venture between Italian civil construction company CMC and Otesa for the Windhoek-Okahandja road, and the N$22 million owed to Unik/Thohi for the Swakopmund-Walvis Bay dual carriageway.

    According to the newspaper, Nexus is owed N$28 million for the Isize-Luhonono road in the Zambezi Region.

    Chinese firm Zhong Mei is allegedly owed N$18.8 million for ongoing work on the Swakopmund-Henties Bay road.

    The RFA determines and collects road user levies. This money is used to help pay for the rehabilitation and construction of roads by local authorities and the RA.


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    N$2.8 million pledged towards 2019 Crayfish FestivalN$2.8 million pledged towards 2019 Crayfish Festival KEETMANSHOOP – An amount of N$2.8 million was pledged towards the planning and hosting of the 2019 Crayfish Festival at a gala dinner held in Lüderitz on Friday.

    This year’s festival will be the 12th edition of the popular annual event and will take place between 25-30 April under the theme “Our ocean, our heritage”.

    The festival, which is hosted by the Lüderitz Town Council, offers opportunities for small and medium businesses to sell and showcase their products.

    Speaking at the gala dinner on Friday, the minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernhardt Esau, urged investors in all fields of the country’s economy to consider investing in Lüderitz as it has contrasts such as the desert, the ocean, strong winds and tranquil town life.

    “I am sure they will be convinced as I am convinced that this is the place to be. We will continue to emphasise more and more on the need to invest in this town, particularly in value addition activities in order to create more on-shore jobs for this region,” he said.

    Esau said the festival offers an exceptional opportunity for the business community, new investors, tourists, officials, the media and entertainment and other personalities from Namibia and the world to come together and celebrate the wonderful sceneries and excellent cuisine. - Nampa

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     No bail for ‘herbalist’ No bail for ‘herbalist’ Cheryl Antoinette Green (51) today appeared before Magistrate Conchita Olivier in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on a charge of dealing in a dependence-producing substance. She was arrested at her home on Saturday for having 71 cannabis plants with an estimated value of N$21 104. Public prosecutor Beata Mwahi opposed bail. Olivier postponed the case to 20 March for further investigation and in order for Green to bring a formal bail application.

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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Safety Kit spon
  • Safety Kit sponSafety Kit spon The Federation Golf Pairs competition was held at the WG&CC over the weekend.

    The Namibia Golf Federation (NGF) was represented by its president, Brenda Lens. Ernst Calitz from Safety Kit said he was proud to have had the opportunity to once again be the sponsor of this big event and will continue to support it in future.

    The competition was played over 54 holes. The first round was a 'betterball', while the second round was played using the 'foursomes' format and the final round was a 'combined' competition. In total, 43 teams participated.

    On both days, cloudy weather persisted, which contributed to the good playing conditions.

    Several lucky draw prizes were also part of the sponsorship.

    Most participants were from Windhoek (46), followed by Omeya with 23 and Walvis Bay with 12 players.

    The club will soon host the first Monthly Medley, sponsored by Windhoek Lager.

    Players have been reminded that this year we will only have seven medley competitions.

    Sport Reporter

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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Into deeper waters
  • Into deeper watersInto deeper waters'Omeya' face relegation threat Civics' 2-1 win over Life Fighters over the weekend saw them climbing one place above the relegation zone, dragging Blue Waters deeper into the mud. Former Blue Waters executive member, Robert Shimooshili, believes the club has the players capable of pulling them out of the relegation zone.

    The Walvis Bay side has come under fire from their fans after an appalling run of form, which saw them dropping into the relegation zone.

    They were also at the receiving end of a humiliating 2-7 whipping by Black Africa a fortnight ago.

    The side is among those in the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) who have won two matches or less so far this season.

    Shimooshili urged the players to improve, if they want to avoid relegation.

    “We all know that the club faced challenges at the beginning of the season because of the change in management and that is why they have not settled in yet.

    “The team also lost their veteran defender Gottlieb Nakuta to retirement.

    “All these factors have impacted the club as far as form is concerned, but I do believe they do have the players who are capable of taking them out of the danger zone,” Shimooshili said. He further urged the coaching department to improve their tactical approach.

    Shimooshili feels that the various defeats came after the coaching staff failed to apply proper tactics in some matches.

    “The coaching staff will have to pull up their socks and ensure that their tactical approach is spot on.

    “I am not judging the quality they have but it is unacceptable for a big club like Blue Waters to concede seven goals in one match.

    “It is therefore important that the coaching staff fix their centre-backs in order for what happened against Black Africa not to repeat itself again,” he reiterated.

    Blue Waters have always been known for their resilience, especially when playing on their own home turf. In the past, big clubs like African Stars, Black Africa and Tigers have struggled to get results at the Kuisebmond Stadium.

    Things have, however, not been the same this season, given that Blue Waters have already lost seven matches out of the 12 they have played so far.

    The club has only managed to record two wins, accompanied by three draws, whilst conceding 20 goals in the process.

    'Omeya', as they are affectionately known as, have only scored 11 goals this season. The club is currently three points above bottom-of-the-log Orlando Pirates, who sit on nine points. The coastal giants' trail 13th placed Civics with only one point and have an inferior goal-difference.

    Blue Waters survived a near-disaster last season by finishing one place above the relegation zone.

    The club finished the season on 32 points, with Young Chiefs, who were relegated, finishing on 31 points. It was an appalling season for the coastal side, who only managed to win eight games out of 30.

    Waters lost 14 games and drew eight, while scoring 33 goals and conceding 43 during their 2017/18 campaign. The club in January appointed Christy //Guruseb as their new head coach in order to salvage their season from disaster.

    The new coach admitted the club will need to improve if they are to survive this season.

    “We need to work harder because things are not looking good for us at the moment.

    “I, however, believe that the team will avoid relegation if they apply their minds in the right manner,” //Guruseb said.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Albot edges Evans for first ATP titleAlbot edges Evans for first ATP title Moldova's Radu Albot saved three match points in a third-set tie-breaker before capturing his first ATP Tour title on Sunday by defeating Britain's Dan Evans in the Delray Beach Open final.

    Albot, ranked 82nd, dispatched the 148th-ranked English qualifier 3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (9/7) after two hours and 51 minutes on court plus a rain delay in the tension-filled final set.

    Both men were trying to become the fifth first-time winner on the ATP Tour this year.

    Albot, 29, was in his first tour-level final. It was only last year when he reached his first ATP semi-final at Metz, France, where he lost to eventual champion Gilles Simon of France.

    Evans, 28, reached his only other ATP final in 2017 when he lost at Sydney to Gilles Mueller of Luxembourg. He was suspended for one year later that season after testing positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open.

    Rain arrived at the Florida event with Albot leading 2-1 in the third set.

    They battled into a tie-breaker and Evans had the first three chances to take the victory, but was denied by Albot, who capitalised on his first match-point opportunity for the triumph.


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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Brazier, Mu shine
  • Brazier, Mu shineBrazier, Mu shineAthletes set US indoor records Donavan Brazier set a new 600m indoor record on Sunday. Donavan Brazier romped to the fastest 600m ever run and teenager Athing Mu came close to the women's record at the US indoor championships in New York on Sunday.

    Former collegiate champion Brazier collected his win in 1.13.77 seconds as he wiped more than a second off Kenyan Michael Saruni's 2018 mark of 1:14.79. Minutes earlier, the 16-year-old Mu came within 0.13 seconds of Russian Olga Kotlyarova's world best of 1:23.44 over the same distance.

    Her time of 1:23.57 was a national record and the fastest in 2019. The 600m is not recognised in world records because it is run infrequently worldwide.

    “I was still hungry,” said the 21-year-old Brazier, who two weeks ago set a national record in the indoor 800m. “So I went out a little fast and I was able to hang on.”

    Mu's triumph was perhaps more stunning given her age and the way she won. The long-striding 2018 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist turned back six-time collegiate champion Raevyn Rogers' challenge and sprinted home.

    “I'm just blown away,” said the teenager. “I don't know what I can do anymore.”

    Sharika Nelvis came from behind to win the women's 60m hurdles in 7.85 seconds, the year's fastest time, and Olympian Devon Allen claimed the men's race in 7.60 seconds.

    The 60m sprints went to Demek Kemp (6.55) and Shania Collins (7.16).

    Shelby Houlihan, beaten in the mile on Saturday, added another 2019 best when she won the two mile in 9:31.38.

    Olympian Clayton Murphy prevailed in the men's 1 000m in 2:20.36, Katie Nageotte cleared 4.81m to defend her women's pole vault title and Keturah Orji took the triple jump with a best of 14.55m.

    With no world indoor championships this year, only a limited number of US elite performers competed in the meeting.

    The late scheduling of the outdoor world championships, which will take place in Doha in September, also has affected indoor participation this year, with many athletes choosing to train instead.


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    SA drawn alongside Argentina, PortugalSA drawn alongside Argentina, Portugal South Africa have been handed a difficult draw in the Under-20 World Cup to be held in Poland, starting in May.

    They were drawn in Group F alongside footballing juggernauts Portugal, Argentina and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    Amajita will play their first match against Argentina in Tychy on 25 May, before crossing swords with Korea three days later at the same venue.

    Their final group match will be against Portugal in Bielsko-Biala on 31 May.

    The top two teams in each group will advance to the round of 16, as well as the best third-placed sides from the six pools.

    The groups are as follows:

    Group A - Poland, Colombia, Tahiti and Senegal

    Group B - Mexico, Italy, Japan and Ecuador

    Group C - Honduras, New Zealand, Uruguay and Norway

    Group D - Qatar, Nigeria, Ukraine and USA

    Group E - Panama, Mali, France and Saudi Arabia

    Group F - Portugal, Korea, Argentina and South Africa.


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    Minista Shifeta taka tokola kombinga yoshikumungu shelelo lyUukwambiMinista Shifeta taka tokola kombinga yoshikumungu shelelo lyUukwambiAakwashigwana taya popi kutya evi otali minwa shaaheli paveta Ominista yEyambulepo lyIitopolwa nOondoolopa okwa tegelelwa yi ka ninge etokolo shi na sha noshikumungu moka Elelo lyOshilongo shUukwambi tali popiwa kutya otali mini owala evi nokwiiyambapaleka na itali ningi omatokolo goludhi ngoka naakwashigwana. Minista Pohamba Shifeta okuuvu kutya elelo lyUukwambi Traditional Authority otali mono omauwanawa okuza memino lyevi na olya mono omukanda gwoenvironmental clearance certificates pwaahena oonkundathana dha ningwa naakwashigwana.

    Shifeta oye a ka kwatela komeho epwaakeno lyompangu yopamuthigululwakalo yaakwashigwana kombinga yoshikumungu shoka.

    Aakalimo yomOnanime oshowo Ekamba pondje yondoolopa yaShakati otaya popi kutya elelo lyoshilongo shawo olya kongo nokumona omukanda gwo clearance certificates opo Ii the omalambo gokumina evi momikunda dhawo inaku landulwa omilandu dhomondjila.

    Aakwashigwana otaya pataneke egandjo lyomukanda ngoka naShifeta okwa kwatele komeho oompangu ndhoka oshiwike shapiti na kwa tegelelwa a ka gandje etokolo lye.

    Aakwashigwana oya popi kutya inaku ningwa oonkundathana noshigwana omanga inaku gandjwa uunzapo mboka, nelelo lyoshilongo shoka ngashiinveyi otali mono omauwanawa okuza memino ndyoka nokuyonagula omudhingoloko komapepe gaanamikunda yomikunda ndhoka mbali. Omukalelipo gwaanamukunda yomukunda Ekamba, Lukas Nantanga okwa popi kutya inaya ningwa nayo oonkundathana dha sha nomukanda gwoclearance certificate gwokukutha evi mIiheke yaNakele ogwa monika inaku landulwa omilandu.

    “Ngele oshigwana osha ningwa nasho oonkundathana nena otwa pumbwa omusholondondo gwiikundathanwa yoshigongi shoka sha ningwa, oshowo omashaino gaantu mboka ya kala moonkundathana ndhoka opamwe nomagwedhelepo gawo. Inatu hala owala omagwedhelelpo gomuntu gumwe ihe ogaantu ayehe mboka ya kala momutumba, molwaashoka ngele oya ningwa nayo oonkundathana nena itaya kala inaya tya sha pethimbo lyonkundathana ndhoka.”

    Okwa gwedha po kutya Iiheke yaNakele ehala lyuuthiga woshigwana lyopamuthigululwakalo onkene oonkundathana dholela odha pumbwa okuningwa oshowo omakonaakono goenvironmental impact assessment (EIA).

    Elelo lyopamuthigululwakalo olya kalelwapo komupopiliko gwelelo ndyoka, Reinhold Iita, ngoka a popi kutya oshigwana opamwe nelelo lyoshitopolwa shaShana oshowo Omusati oya ningwa nayo oonkundathana kombinga yoshikumungu shoka omanga inashi tulwa miilonga ihe nonando ongaaka ina vula okugandja uumbangi, nokonima okwa popi kutya omalambo ngoka oga kalapo nale na inaku pumbiwa okuningwa oonkundathana dha sha noshigwana nenge okuninga oEIA, omanga taku fulwa omalambo omape.

    “Muule woomvula 25 elelo lyoshilongo olya dhidhilike aakwashigwana yamwe mboka taya yi moshipala iilonga yelelo ndyoka. Omapopyo kutya uunzapo woclearance certificates owa monika inaku landulwa omilandu dhomondjila kage shi goshili. Mboka oya hala owala okunyateka edhina ewanawa lyelelo lyoshilongo shUukwambi.”

    Nantanga okwa popi kutya omalambo ngoka haga minwa evi oga nenepekwa onkene oonkundathana noshigwana odha pumbiwa oshowo oEIA.

    Aakwashigwana yomOnamine mboka ya kalelwa po kuSusan Herman, oya popi kutya ihaya mono omauwananwa gasha okuza miimaliwa mbyoka tayi monika okuza memino lyevi momukunda gwawo. Iita okwa popi kutya oshigwana oshi na omayalulo gombaanga moka iimaliwa ayihe mbyoka hayi monika hayi pungulwa. Minista Shifeta okwa popi kutya okwa hala okumona kutya iimaliwa mbyoka ohayi longithwa shike, ta popi kutya iimaliwa mbyoka oya Ii yi na okukala yoshigwana tayi kondololwa kelelo lyoshilongo ihe haku kala momake goohandimwe.

    Shifeta okwa pula elelo lyoshilongo shUukwambi li gandje omusholondondo gwolopota yomapungululo gombaanga yaakwashigwana oshowo oondokumende adhihe ndhoka tadhi pulwa kuNantanga omanga ina ninga etokolo moshikumungu shoka.



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    Ya hala oloogolo lu kuthwe ko kondama yaakwashigwanaYa hala oloogolo lu kuthwe ko kondama yaakwashigwana Aakalimo yomomukunda Ohakweenyanga oshowo omikunda shopuushinda oya ningi ehololomadhilaadhilo mehuliloshiwike lya piti, nokugandja omukandanyenyeto gwawo kOmbelewa yaNgoloneya gwaShana, taya pula opo ku kuthwe ko meendelelo ondhalate ndjoka ya tulwa kondama yaakwashigwana momukunda gwawo.

    Aakwashigwana otaya popi kutya sho ya taalela onkalo yoshikukuta, iimuna yawo kayi na mpoka tayi nu, sha landula sho ondama ndjoka ya tulwa meni lyolooholo komunambeshefa Tobias Kuutumbeni, sho a landapo ondama ndjoka oshowo ehala momukunda Ohakweenyanga.

    Sho a lesha omukandanyenyeto ngoka, Wilbard Nangombe, okwa popi kutya ondama ndjoka oyali ya ningwa po momvula yo 1957, onga uukwatelo womeya na ohayi kala nomeya konyala aluhe nokuhupitha iimuna yawo okuza kenota pethimbo lyomathimbo goshikukuta.

    Okwa popi kutya momvula yo 2015, mwene gwomukunda Oneleiwa, Silas Ndakolonghoshi, aniwa okwa landitha po ondama ndjoka opamwe noshitopolwa shevi shi li popepi komunangeshefa ngoka.

    Omunangeshefa ngoka aniwa okwa tula nduno meni lyodhalate ondama ndjoka momukunda Ohakweenyanga popepi neinda lyopolisi mOngwediva, nokupatela pondje aakwashigwana opamwe niimuna yawo opo kaya longithe ondama ndjoka.

    Nangombe pethimbo a lesha omukandanyenyeto ngoka okwa popi kutya pethimbo lyenota ngaashi ndika iimuna yawo oyali hayi nu mondama ndjoka, oshowo aakwashigwana oya li haya teke omeya okuza mondama ndjoka opo ya vule okulongitha momagumbo gawo. Oshigwana osha popi kutya ondama ndjoka oyoshigwana molwaashoka oyi li eliko lyepangelo. Kape na ngoka e na uuthemba oku yi landa nenge oku yi landitha po. Aanamukunda ya za momikunda ngaashi Elombe, Oneleiwa, Ohakweenyaga oshowo Efidilomulunga oya kutha ombinga mehololomadhilaadhilo ndyoka lya ningwa.

    Omvula ya piti, Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa, okwa hiya Omuprima Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila opo iidhope moshikumungu shoka.

    Kashuupulwa okwa lombwele Kuugongelwa kutya Kuutumbeni okwa li e na okuya tango moonkundathana nelelo lyoshitopolwa nokulandula omilandu dhomondjila mokwiimonenna evi nokutula po opoloyeka ye.

    Sho a yakula omukandanyenyeto ngoka, omugandjimayele gwowina gwaNgoloneya gwaShana, Michael Mwinga, okwa lombwele aahololimadhilaadhilo kutya sha landula etalelepo lyomuprima, ewi lyawo olyuuvika na otaya tala owala komapopyo ngoka ga ningwa kuNdakolonghoshi pethimbo nomutumba ngoka a ningi nomuprima.

    Osha lopotwa kutya Kuutumbeni okwa mono ondama ndjoka sho a futu Ndakolonghoshi oshimaliwa sha thika pooN$22 000, okwa futu woo oshimaliwa shoN$5 000 kelenga enene lyoshikandjo sha Onamutayi, Amon Shipanga noku kutha natango ondama pegumbo lye mOnamutayi. Okwa futa woo oshimaliwa shooN$11 000 kumwene gwomukunda Ohakweenyanga, Daniel Kayili.


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    Van Rhyn: 'n Skool met diverse kultureVan Rhyn: 'n Skool met diverse kultureDie Primêre Skool Van Rhyn vier vanjaar sy 70ste bestaansjaar Dié skool fokus daarop om 'n leeromgewing te verseker wat ook bevorderlik is vir harmonieuse inter­aksie tussen ­leerlinge, ouers en onder­wysers. Michelline Nawatises

    Pullquote: Tukuna Hangula, hoofseun: ?Toe ek by hierdie skool ingestap het, het ek geweet dit is die beste skool vir my.”

    Dit was eers bekend as Laerskool Eros toe die deure op 24 Januarie 1949 oopgemaak het. Mnr. Boet Botha was die eerste skoolhoof, en daar was ses onderwysers en 224 leerlinge.

    Die naam is in 1952 verander na Dr. Van Rhyn Primêre Skool. Mnr. Botha was tot sy aftrede in 1976 die skoolhoof. Daarna het sewe hoofde onderskeidelik vir kort tydperke diens gedoen. Vanaf 1981 tot 1993 was mnr. H. A. Karsten die skoolhoof.

    In 1993 is die Internasionale Skool vir die jaar op die perseel gehuisves voordat dit verskuif is. Mnr. Rayno Nieuwoudt, wat onlangs oorlede is, was die eerste hoof ná onafhanklikheid. Hy is opgevolg deur mnr. J. C. Titus, van 2001 tot einde Mei 2011.

    Sedert 2011 is dr. Brenda Mouton die skoolhoof. Volgens haar het die skool 'n diverse kultuur wat betref onderwysers en leerders.

    “Sommige van ons leerders kom uit verskillende Afrika-lande en pas baie goed in. Al ons leerders is baie geliefd deur hul onderwysers - wat nie net 'n opvoedkundige kultuur bied nie, maar ook met sorg omgee vir hul leerlinge,” het sy gesê.

    Van Rhyn het 'n skoolraad wat baie betrokke is by elke aspek van die skool. Dit neem nie gebiede waar leerders vandaan kom in ag nie - indien plekke beskikbaar is, word leerders aanvaar.

    Die skool het 'n oopdeurbeleid waarvolgens ouers welkom is om enige kwessie te bespreek wat die leerders raak.

    Die leerders word aangemoedig en gemotiveer om baie hard te werk om hul teikens te bereik wat elke termyn gestel word. Die skool se slaagsyfer is altyd bo 75% en dit sou nie moontlik gewees het as onderwysers nie toegewyd was nie, sê Mouton.

    Van Rhyn het twee preprimêre klasse in 2014 ingewy danksy talle ouers wat die behoefte uitgewys het.

    Die hoofseun en hoofmeisie is Tukuna Hangula en Charlotte Namhuya.

    Toe The Zone vra waarom hulle dink hulle gekies is, het hulle gesê dis moontlik omdat hulle altyd ander leerders bystaan en onder meer help met huiswerk – lank voordat hulle as prefekte aangewys is.

    Die verandering wat beide vanjaar wil sien, is dat die skool vanjaar in die top- akademiese posisie in die Khomassstreek sal wees.

    Charlotte wil ook positiewe veranderinge in die gedrag van die leerders help maak. "Daar is gedissiplineerde leerders, maar die ongedissiplineerde leerders beïnvloed die ander - die graad 7-toer kan dalk gekanselleer word weens die wangedrag van leerders," het sy gesê.

    Die Lewensvaardighede-onderwyser vir graad ses en sewe, me. Zebaldine Mbaisa, het die uitdagings genoem wat die skool in die gesig staar. “Daar is druk van maats. Die lewenstandaarde van leerlinge verskil en dit veroorsaak druk,” het Mbaisa gesê.

    Dit lei dikwels tot swak dissipline, wat Mouton sê baie ander skole ook ondervind. “Die skool probeer om altyd maniere te vind om die morele waardes van ons leerders te versterk.”

    “Van Rhyn streef ook daarna om gehalte onderwys te voorsien sodat alle leerders ‘n balans kan handhaaf en ten volle toegerus sal wees vir hul soeke na volwassenheid en produktiewe burgerskap.

    “Derhalwe sal Van Rhyn voortgaan om die leerders se vaardighede, vermoëns en individuele talente te optimaliseer terwyl hulle hul perspektief vergroot.”

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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Uproar over fenced off dam
  • Uproar over fenced off damUproar over fenced off damVillagers say their livestock have nowhere to drink With severe drought being experienced in the area, villagers say their livestock have nowhere to quench their thirst. Inhabitants of Ohakweenyanga and the surrounding villages staged a peaceful demonstration over the weekend and handed over a petition to the Oshana regional governor's office in which they requested the urgent removal of a fence erected around a community earthen dam.

    With severe drought being experienced in the area, their livestock have nowhere to drink.

    They claim that this follows a dubious deal with businessman Tobias Kuutumbeni, which allegedly saw him buying the community earthen dam and the surrounding Ohakweenyanga village land.

    Wilbard Nangombe, who read the petition, said that the community earthen dam was excavated in 1957, as a water catchment area situated in the Cuvelai water basin stream.

    He said the dam could save animals in the area, especially during drought. He said in 2015 Oneleiwa village headman, Silas Ndakolonghoshi, allegedly sold the community earthen dam and the surrounding Ohakweenyanga village land to the business magnate.

    The businessman has fenced off the community earthen dam at Ohakweenyanga near the Ongwediva roadblock, thereby denying local livestock and the community access to water. “In drought crisis like this, this dam used to supply us with water for domestic use and also for our livestock. It is the only water catchment place in the area and now it has been fenced off and we do have access to its water anymore,” the petition reads.

    “This dam belongs to the community, as state property. No one has the right to buy or sell it. We was warned him from the beginning, but he resisted the advice.”

    Villagers from Elombe, Oneleiwa, Ohakweenyanga and Efidilomulunga attended and participated in the demonstration.

    Last year former Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa invited Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to intervene in the dispute.

    Kashuupulwa told Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that Kuutumbeni was supposed to engage the regional council and also follow the right procedures to acquire the land and establish the project.

    Receiving the petition, special advisor to the Oshana governor, Michael Mwinga, told the community the prime minister's visit was an indication their voices have been heard.

    “Your issue is already receiving attention from the authorities. Remember that last year we were here with the prime minister. She took a look at what the dam looked like and she also heard from the two traditional authorities involved.

    “The office of the governor is requesting Mr Ndakolonghoshi to submit the statement he made before the prime minister so that we can have balanced information,” Mwinga said.

    “For the government to take a well-informed decision or action, it involves a process. We understand your request to have the fence removed from the state property, but on the other hand the fence that is erected also has a cost involved. Therefore, to harmonise the situation we will call a community hearing again where we will take a sound decision.”

    It was reported that Kuutumbeni paid N$22 000 to Ndakolonghoshi. He also paid N$5 000 to Onamutayi district senior headman Amon Shipanga and excavated an earthen dam for him at his homestead at Onamutayi. He also paid N$11 000 to Ohakweenyanga village headman Daniel Kayili.


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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Van Graan walks over 1 200km
  • Van Graan walks over 1 200kmVan Graan walks over 1 200km South African Dave van Graan, who is walking from Ruacana to Victoria Falls to raise awareness of anti-poaching and conservation efforts, has crossed the border into Zambia.

    By Sunday morning, the 62-year-old tour guide was near Livingstone and had covered 1 261 kilometres of the 1 600-kilometre journey.

    He started walking from Ruacana on 15 January and is pulling a homemade trolley carrying his luggage.

    Talking to Namibian Sun before crossing the border, Van Graan said despite the scorching Namibian heat all went well and he received overwhelming support from the public.

    “I am going strong, the support from people is good and the trolley is holding up without massive blisters either,” Van Graan said.

    He added that throughout his journey he could get cold beer from cuca shops to stay hydrated.

    “I was granted permission to walk through the Bwabwata National Park. Walking through this national park with four of the big five was a very exciting moment for me, and luckily nothing happened to me.”

    At Eenhana he took an eight-day break to rest in a local guesthouse.

    Although he was robbed of his phone near Rundu, it did not demoralise him.

    He said while in Rundu, a Good Samaritan bought him two pairs of shoes that were transported from Windhoek to Rundu within a day.

    “For 200 kilometres from Rundu to Divundu I walked on the gravel road alongside the Kavango River and it was a great experience,” he said.

    Van Graan said he wanted to create awareness of all kinds of poaching, from the rosewood trees and elephants of the Zambezi Region and southern Zambia to the rhinos of the Kruger and Etosha national parks.

    Throughout his journey he observed the wildlife and took notes and pictures of everything he found on his way.

    This is Van Graan's third long-distance walk. In 2017 he walked from the Orange River to the Kunene River; the previous year he walked from Louis Trichardt to Cape Town to raise awareness of rhino poaching.


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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Barrick intends to propose changes at Newmont

    Newmont Mining Corp said on Sunday that Barrick Gold Corp, owner of a tiny fraction of the US mining company, intends to propose lowering the ownership threshold needed to call a meeting of Newmont shareholders.

    The proposals would be to lower the ownership threshold necessary to call shareholder meetings to 15% from the current 25%, and to repeal all bylaw amendments implemented since October 24, Newmont said in a statement.

    If successful, the proposals would make it easier for shareholders to call a vote to oust Newmont's board, and come as further sign that Barrick could be moving ahead with preparations for a hostile bid for Newmont.

    Barrick, already the world's largest gold miner, said on Friday it considered making an all-stock bid for Newmont, a deal that would create a monolith in the global gold sector.

    Last month, Newmont said it would buy smaller rival Goldcorp Inc, for US$10 billion, creating the world's biggest gold producer in the face of dwindling easy-to-find reserves of the precious metal. – Nampa/Reuters

    LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone

    South Korea’s LG Electronics unveiled a 5G smartphone on Sunday with a dual screen, the latest handset maker to pitch a new design feature in an effort to revive flagging sales.

    The two screens on the new V50ThinQ work independently, so a user can watch a film on one screen while browsing the Internet on the other.

    LG, the world's No.7 smartphone maker, saw its sales decline by a quarter last year as Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi grabbed market share in a slightly weaker global market.

    LG did not set release dates or announce prices for the new phones, but said the 5G model should hit stores in the first half of the year.

    Nokia 9 PureView launched with five-camera array

    HMD Global, the Finnish company which owns the rights to use the Nokia brand for mobile phones, has launched a smartphone with an array of five camera lenses designed to appeal to camera enthusiasts.

    The Nokia 9 PureView heads a range of smartphones announced by HMD on Sunday, including an entry-level and two mid-level handsets, all designed to work with Google's Android One, which guarantees two years' of operating system upgrades.

    HMD also refreshed its devices in the mid-market, where it already has a top-five ranking in many markets, and introduced a feature phone - the Nokia 210 - able to connect to the internet using an Opera Mini browser, priced at an average US$35.

    The Nokia range would serve users, particularly in emerging markets, from feature phone to mid-market devices.

    The company said the mid-market Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 also appealed to users who wanted good value combined with the simplicity of a "pure" Android operating system, unencumbered with software installed by the device maker and with guaranteed upgrades. – Nampa/Reuters

    China's Xiaomi sees growth in Africa

    China's Xiaomi has launched its contribution to a new wave of smartphones that will be able to take advantage of faster 5G mobile networks at a lower price than analysts expect from rivals such as Samsung.

    The world's fourth-largest smartphone maker unveiled the handset on Sunday, trumpeting prices starting from 599 euros (US$680) when it hits the market in May, prompting gasps in the hall at the mobile industry's biggest global event in Barcelona.

    Xiaomi initially targeted Asian markets, notably India, where it toppled Samsung as the No.1 smartphone seller last year. Since 2017, it has launched into Spain, France and Italy with devices enabled for 4G. Now its is turning its attention to growth potential in Africa, Xiaomi senior vice president Xiang Wang Wang said.

    "We see the African countries building, accelerating their migration from 3G to 4G," he said.

    "We only have 4G products, so I think it's the right time for us to learn that market, to serve the customers first and learn more so we can have more products for Africa."– Nampa/Reuters

    Huawei breaks price ceiling with folding 5G

    Huawei Technologies unveiled a US$2 600 folding smartphone on Sunday which it said was primed for next generation 5G mobile connections, even as the United States campaigns to bar the Chinese company from such networks over security concerns.

    Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor after Samsung, said it had taken the lead on developing phones for 5G - which promise super fast internet speeds for consumers and businesses - because it was also involved in developing the networks.

    Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group, said the Huawei Mate X will have two back-to-back screens which unfold to become an eight-inch tablet display.

    Yu said the Mate X would be able to download a 1 gigabyte movie in three seconds but also be priced at 2 299 euros (US$2 607) when it goes on sale later this year, setting a new upper limit for consumer smartphones.

    Huawei, which is also the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny in the West over US-led allegations of enabling Chinese state espionage, accusations which the company denies. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Tjipuka is new FNB CEO
  • Tjipuka is new FNB CEOTjipuka is new FNB CEO FNB Namibia has announced the appointment of Erwin Tjipuka as its new CEO. Tjipuka takes over from Sarel van Zyl, who stays on as the CEO of FirstRand Namibia.

    FirstRand Namibia is the holding company under which commercial bank FNB, corporate and investment subsidiary RMB Namibia, insurer Outsurance, vehicle and asset financier Wesbank and asset manager Ashburton fall.

    The group, previously known as FNB Holdings, recently adopted the name FirstRand Namibia to align its identity to that of its South African parent company.

    Tjipuka will assume his role as CEO on 1 April 2019.

    “I am very pleased to be joining FNB Namibia and look forward to driving the development and execution of our corporate strategy going forward,” he said.

    “In addition to the company's core business, we intend to devote significant time and effort to pursuing new and innovative opportunities that have tremendous opportunity for value creation for our customers and staff.”

    Tjipuka, most recently the managing partner at Deloitte Namibia, is no stranger to FNB, having been part of the team as chief financial officer from 2008 to 2012.

    He holds an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Namibia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Cape Town.

    Tjipuka joined Deloitte in 1997 as a trainee accountant and was among the first black Namibians to pass the final qualifying examination of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board of Namibia.

    In 2005, he rose to the position of senior manager at Deloitte before he left to join FNB as group finance manager.


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    Hobas clean-up progressing wellHobas clean-up progressing well The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Hobas Lodge, which experienced devastating flash floods over two weeks ago, has been cleaned up significantly, resulting in the restaurant and camping grounds being able to accommodate guests again.

    A 22-year-old NWR staff member drowned during the flash floods after the tent he was sleeping in was flooded at the Hobas campsite near the Fish River Canyon in the //Karas Region.

    The deceased was identified as Ben Henry Markus. Markus was camping with a group of seven other visitors at the Hobas Lodge in the Fish River Canyon.

    Markus was employed at the Boplaas campsite, but was camping at Hobas during the fateful weekend.

    “The team at the lodge along with other staff members tremendously pulled together to restore the key areas that are essential to our guests. By the look of things, we anticipate completing the remaining work just before the beginning of the high season,” said NWR spokesperson Mufaro Nesongano.


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  • 02/25/19--14:00: Prospecting in the pipeline
  • Prospecting in the pipelineProspecting in the pipelineConcerns raised over proposed exploration at Hope, Gorob mines Concerns have been raised over the possible exploration for base metals such as gold, silver and copper in the protected Naukluft area. An estimated N$10 million to N$20 million will be pumped into the exploration for base and precious metals in the Namib Naukluft National Park, subject to an environmental clearance certificate from the environment ministry.

    Hope and Gorob Mining Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of unlisted Australian company Virgo Resources Limited, has commissioned an environmental impact assessment, an environmental scoping report and an environmental management plan for exploration activities on Exclusive Prospective Licence (EPL) 5796.

    Virgo Resources, which holds 70% in Hope and Gorob Mining Pty Ltd, is in a joint-venture partnership with Namibian company MKH Tangible Investments, of which Tango Kandjaba is a director.

    Managing director of Virgo Resources, Dr Quinton Hills, said the Hope and Gorob project intends to start exploration activities as soon as an environmental clearance certificate is granted.

    He could not say how long the exploration activities would last, but said they hope to start by the middle of this year.

    MKH Tangible Investments was first granted the exploration licence in June 2015, which expired in June 2018. This licence was renewed in August last year until September 2020.

    The Hope and Gorob project, located on two abandoned mines in the national park, intends to explore mainly for copper, gold, and silver.

    The environmental consultant for the project, Alexandra Speiser of A. Speiser Environmental Consultants CC, emphasised it is not a mining project.

    “Only further exploration activities are planned on the EPL area (not mining activities). The current EIA process being undertaken is therefore only focusing on the proposed further exploration activities,” Speiser said.

    She said should a feasible ore body be found for possible future mining activities, a new EIA process needs to be conducted and a mining application submitted to the mines ministry, which must be approved by the environment ministry.


    Because the EPL are falls within the protected national park, and there could be renewed mining activities in the pristine area, concerns locals have expressed concerns.

    The park - the largest game park in Africa and fourth largest in the world - is Namibia's largest conservation area and one of its prime tourism destinations.

    There has, however, been some or other form of exploration and mining going on in the sensitive desert area throughout its history.

    In 2007, the 100th year of the existence of the Namib Naukluft National Park, desert researcher Dr Mary Seely of the Desert Research Foundation, wrote that indigenous peoples, possibly the Topnaars, had mined copper from the Hope and Gorob mines in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the early 1900s copper was mined from the mines.

    Speiser said the mines and tourism ministries had developed and issued a national policy in 2018 on prospecting and mining in protected areas. She said according to this policy certain protected areas are excluded from exploration and mining – such as the Etosha and Waterberg Plateau national parks.

    The policy, she added, also provides requirements for protected areas with specific zones to be excluded from prospecting and mining.

    “The EPL [5796] does fall in the Namib Naukluft National Park, but falls outside such specified zones. The EIA process being undertaken will, however, identify and assess potential impacts on the environment - specifically taking cognisance of the fact that it is located in the park - and an EMP will be developed as the 'final product' of the process,” Speiser added.


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