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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 02/28/19--14:00: Maamberua retires at 61
  • Maamberua retires at 61Maamberua retires at 61 Swanu's Usutuaije Maamberua has retired from parliament after serving for nine years.

    Maamberua, who is 61 years old, was the first person to represent the party in parliament.

    During his farewell speech on Wednesday he expressed the hope that Namibia's democracy would not be characterised by discord and dysfunction, but rather by the values, vision and the principles of the nation. According to Maamberua his public service began as an international public servant at the African Development Bank (AfDB), where he served as an advisor for more than three years.

    That was followed by eight years as finance permanent secretary and seven years as a senior lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam).

    “Most memorable was the experience of being the first person ever to represent Swanu, the oldest political party in Namibia, in this honourable House,” he said.

    He told parliamentarians that he looked forward to them achieving new milestones. “I look forward to your support for the incoming Swanu parliamentarian, as I trust you will give him and the party the same unfailing cooperation which had made all of us a collective to lead Namibia to greater and higher success in the future.” Maamberua also said it was a privilege and honour to serve the Namibian nation in parliament for close to a decade.

    “And yes, I loved the job, not for its prestige, its titles and its ceremonies, which I am not bothered about at all. I enjoyed the job for its potential to make this country fairer, more tolerant, more democratic, more prosperous, more just and equitable and authentically inclusive - a truly caring and sharing Namibia.” He said he was leaving some unfinished business behind.

    This included reparations for the 1904-08 genocide, a universal healthcare system, a sovereign wealth fund, a genocide remembrance day, the land question and ancestral land rights.

    “I have been asked several times what I am going to do next as I exit this august House. I am going to do a lot of things and very few of them will conform to the notion of retirement. I shall therefore endeavour to render services that will impact the lives of the people, even beyond my own lifespan.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Witbooi 'stood like no other'Witbooi 'stood like no other'German minister pays tribute Namibian hero Artefacts that belonged to Nama chief Hendrik Witbooi were ceremonially handed over to his descendants at Gibeon yesterday. German minister of science, research and arts, Theresia Bauer says it is unfortunate that it took her country so long - more than a century - to take responsibility for its horrific past.

    She was speaking during the official handover of the Bible and whip of the late Chief Hendrik Witbooi at Gibeon yesterday.

    “I am deeply sorry. We cannot forget history. There is a deep need for healing. Hendrik Witbooi stood like no other in the rebellion history against German colonial rule,” Bauer said.

    She added it was important that these artefacts were now in their true and rightful home. The Namibian government in 2013 requested the return of the artefacts from Germany, where they had been kept at Linden University since 1902.

    The Bible and whip arrived in Windhoek on Tuesday.

    They were transported to Gibeon via Rehoboth, Kalkrand and Mariental, where prayer sessions took place.

    “We cannot undo the suffering that your family (the Witboois) has experienced. This trip here is not only for the Bible and whip, but it is also focused on the future and the process of restitution,” Bauer said.

    The Bible and whip were handed over symbolically to Witbooi's only surviving great-granddaughters, Christina Frederick, Anna Diba, Johanna Witbooi, Elizabeth Kock and Anna Jacobs.

    The Bible was officially handed over to culture minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, while the Witbooi family received a certified copy from President Hage Geingob.

    Hanse-Himarwa recently announced that a memorial museum would soon be erected at Witbooi's hometown of Gibeon, but until then the state would safeguard the items.

    Kock angrily asked whether this was the last time Germany would be returning looted items.

    “We are now impoverished because of the war. We are now in poverty,” she said.

    In 1893 German soldiers stole the artefacts from a wounded Witbooi during an attack on his stronghold at Hornkranz. More than 80 people, including women and children, were killed.

    During that period German imperial forces launched a brutal crackdown on the Nama people after Witbooi had refused to sign a protection treaty to surrender territory to the Germans. In response to this refusal, German troops plundered Hornkranz. They took livestock and other possessions and also burned down houses.

    Imperial Germany colonised Namibia, then known as South West Africa, between 1884 and 1915. During this time they committed the Nama-Herero genocide and killed more than 60 000 Nama and Ovaherero.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    De Wee appointed to head three FNB branchesDe Wee appointed to head three FNB branches Helen de Wee has been promoted to the manager for the FNB branches in Klein Windhoek, Grove Mall and the Northern Industrial Area.

    He is aim is “taking our business to the next level by creating pockets of excellence and ensuring that our customer service and work standards distinguish us from the competitors and other service providers”.

    “As with any business, FNB Namibia will not be a viable and profitable entity without customers and I believe that exceptional customer service, high standards, ethical behaviour and great pricing sets a business apart from the next one and I wish to attain that in the three branches under my supervision,” she said.

    “I am familiar with all aspects of banking, having started my career in 2001 as an administrative supervisor at Wesbank, and can thus add value to my employees as well as customers.”

    De Wee holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance degree, an advanced diploma in banking, finance and credit, and a postgraduate diploma in management and leadership.

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    Darkening economic outlook threatens to cap oil price in 2019Darkening economic outlook threatens to cap oil price in 2019Analysts trim forecasts It is the fourth straight month in which analysts have cut their oil price forecasts. Harshith Aranya and Brijesh Patel - Oil analysts have grown more pessimistic over the prospects for a significant price rally this year, as booming US shale output and a deteriorating global economic backdrop threaten to offset the boost from OPEC's crude supply cuts.

    A Reuters survey of 36 economists and analysts yesterday forecast Brent crude oil futures to average US$66.44 a barrel in 2019, slightly below the US$67.32 projected in January's poll. That also compares with the US$62 average for the global benchmark this year.

    This is the fourth straight month in which analysts have cut their oil price forecasts.

    Prices could rally gradually over the course of the year, if the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their partners such as Russia agree to more production cuts in April, and if US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela lead to tightening global crude supply.

    Remote

    But the chances of a bigger price increase seemed remote, analysts said.

    "In the short-term, oil markets are going to be characterised by supply tightness on international markets thanks to the OPEC cuts and US sanctions on PDVSA," Edward Bell of Emirates NBD bank said.

    "Over the rest of 2019, though, the rising oil price sits incongruously with slowing economic growth in major markets."

    Major producers, led by OPEC, will meet on April 17-18 in Vienna to review their supply cuts, which were agreed in December to help avoid an unwelcome build-up in global inventory that threatened to undermine the oil price.

    "There is no other choice than strict compliance, otherwise the oil market will remain oversupplied. Saudi Arabia is committed to achieve market rebalancing via steeper production cuts," said Carsten Fritsch, senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank.

    A monitoring committee for the OPEC and non-OPEC oil supply reduction deal found compliance with the cuts at 83% in January, delegates from the group told Reuters last week.

    Outlook

    While sanctions on Iran and Venezuela will tighten overall supply, "both countries have reduced their production and export levels sharply during 2018, which makes us think that potential further declines will not be as sharp and the impact on oil markets will not be as important as it was last year," said Adria Morron Salmeron, economist at CaixaBank Research.

    Meanwhile, analysts estimated the outlook for global oil demand was mixed, growing by anywhere from 1.1 to 1.5 million barrels per day (mbpd) in 2019.

    This was broadly in line with the 1.1-1.7 mbpd range in last month's survey and compares with the International Energy Agency's forecast of 1.4 mbpd in demand growth this year.

    "A slowdown in growth is very much a risk, but we don't foresee demand falling off a cliff as a result," said Ashley Petersen of Stratas Advisors.

    Another strong barrier for oil price gains this year is US output, analysts said, especially as domestic crude inventories have risen to their highest in over a year and production has hit a record high.

    The poll forecast US light crude will average US$58.18 per barrel in 2019, down from January's US$59.43 projection. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Needed: Dynamic, vibrant leadersNeeded: Dynamic, vibrant leaders There is no doubt that one of the significant factors holding Namibia back from greatness is the composition and make-up of our political landscape, and ageing leaders who don’t know when to retire.

    It is clear as daylight that we have a gerontocracy problem in this country, considering the large number of pensioners still holding leadership roles, especially in parliament as well as at local and regional government level. Most of these politicians, with due respect, are long-in-the-tooth and long past the ability to grapple with both domestic and global issues. Most of them simply don’t have the energy and stamina to drive agendas in the interest of the nation. Modern-day politics isn’t about our long and bitter struggle for emancipation. The world has changed and is ever-changing. To put it bluntly, what is required now are fresh eyes and fresh perspectives to overcome serious and perennial challenges in society. This country needs more practical idealists who will never compromise on their principles. It is quite strange that many of these tried-and-tested cadres, as they prefer to be called, no longer have a strong and united voice when it comes to the oppressed, and those seeking social justice in their daily lives. They have adopted a deafening silence when it comes to fighting corruption in the public service. There is no serious attention given to jobs, fixing our problematic public healthcare system and quality of education, among other priority areas. What we are now witnessing is a generational battle, as old warhorses refuse to step aside and make way for young blood. There must be a political will in place to help ignite a sense of optimism within young people when it comes to politics. Generating opinions and shaping attitudes that serve to challenge or affirm the state of affairs in our country should be the mainstay of our society.

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  • 02/28/19--14:00: Making a difference
  • Making a difference Making a difference Gertze’s exhilarating NQA journey Franz Gertze has been Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) CEO for the past seven years and is making significant progress in implementing the NQA mandate. Justicia Shipena



    Franz Gertze is a born and bred Namibian who hails from Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region.

    After high school he enrolled at the Old Academy, which is now known as the University of Namibia (Unam), to study education. Upon graduation, Gertze taught English and Geography in the south of Namibia, before moving on to teach at Cosmos High School for about 10 years.

    Thereafter he started as a higher education officer in the ministry of education, and was promoted over the years until he became the director of quality assurance before being seconded from government to the NQA upon the promulgation of the NQA Act.

    “Since I joined the NQA it has been an exhilarating journey as we established something new from scratch. The journey was exciting but not always smooth. One of the main reasons why the NQA was established was to implement the reform agenda of the education and training system in Namibia. This is especially tough because transformation involves a multitude of stakeholders with divergent expectations they want to be met,” he said.

    At the NQA Gertze has gained extensive experience in the area of quality assurance and remains eager to entrench a quality culture in the national education and training system. As part of achieving its mission, the NQA has crafted a five-year strategic plan centred around the organisation’s vision to be a globally reputable qualifications authority.

    “Being a globally reputable qualifications authority is even more relevant today because more Namibian citizens pursue their studies outside the country. We must ensure that the qualifications they receive are credible. The current situation of a mismatch between qualifications’ offerings, professional requirements and the demand by the world of work requires our urgent attention and must be attended to without delay. The modes of delivery of qualifications globally is changing, but quality should remain a constant.

    “The number of institutions, both private and public, are increasing, which is an indication that Namibians value education. However, that qualification, whether attained in Namibia or beyond, should be meaningful and contribute to the socio-economic development of the holder. After all, the purpose of education is to changes mirrors into windows,” he said.

    For this year, the NQA’s operational theme is ‘Triple S’ namely sustainability, success and significance.

    According to Gertze, sustainability refers to the establishment of tools to overcome the challenges posed by the current economic landscape and finding innovative ways to remain sustainable. The second part of the theme, success, means being consistent and calls on the NQA employees to maintain standards of excellence in whatever they do. In terms of significance, Gertze had the following to say: “Significance is not success; significance is when we make a difference in the life of somebody and we want to be an organisation that makes a difference in the lives of Namibians and beyond. So each and every employee is challenged to be significant in this way,” he said.

    Internally, Gertze said he would like to see the NQA as a place in which people find comfort and feel supported.

    One of the highlights of his career so far has been building an organisation of repute with a small but committed team and with support from government.

    Reflecting on his journey, Gertze said they were only about five people when the NQA was established and it grew from a directorate in the education ministry to become a fully-fledged SOE.

    Today the NQA is a well-functioning SOE that has registered over 900 qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), with 52 accredited institutions. It evaluates at least 8 000 qualifications a year.

    “We have contributed to the socio-economic development of this country by creating an environment where qualifications are quality assured,” he said.

    He said the evaluation of qualifications helps Namibia obtain data on how many people are qualified in different levels and fields in the country and to plan for the future. The evaluation of qualifications is also important in terms of uprooting qualifications’ fraud.

    Gertze said the NQA places great importance on mentorship and is therefore committed to the development of its staff and enabling them to reach their full potential.

    He added that communication is the glue that keeps the team together and emphasised the importance of opening the communication lines at every level in the organisation.

    While he has looks up to various people for inspiration and guidance, he regards his mother as his greatest mentor and someone whose advice he cherishes.

    “At one stage I was very rebellious to the extent that I dropped out of school. My mother is the one who made me understand the importance of education. And today, with all my qualifications, I know I get better wisdom from her than from any book,” Gertze said.

    In his spare time, Gertze enjoys cooking and reading.

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    What are time management skills?What are time management skills? What are time management skills and why are they important to employers?

    Time management means working efficiently, and employers in every industry look for staff who can make optimal use of the time available to them on the job. Saving time saves the organisation money and increases revenue.

    Effective time management requires staff to analyse their workload, assign priorities, and maintain focus on productive endeavours. Employees who are excellent time managers can eliminate distractions and enlist support from colleagues to help accomplish their goals.

    During a job interview

    Time management skills, like other soft skills, are in demand. Interviewers will be asking questions to assess your ability to manage your time, and the time of your team if you’re in a supervisory role.

    Review these time management interview questions prior to your job interviews, so you’re prepared to respond with specific examples of how you effectively manage your workload.

    Prioritising

    It is usually impossible to do every single that you need and want to do all at once, but if you prioritise well, you should be able to complete the most important tasks in an order that makes sense. When assigning priority, consider such factors as when each task needs to be done, how long it might take, how important it might be to others in the organisation, what could happen if a task is not done, and whether any task might be interrupted by the need to wait for someone else.

    Scheduling

    Scheduling is important, and not only because some tasks have to be done at specific times. Scheduling affects your day, your week, your month, as well as other people, their projects, and their short- and long-term plans for projects and tasks. Most people also have specific times of the day when they are more or less energetic and become more productive. Schedules can be a good way to avoid procrastination, too.

    Keeping a to-do list

    To-do lists (properly prioritised and integrated with your schedule) are a great way to avoid forgetting something important. They are also a great way to avoid spending all day thinking about everything you have to do. Remembering tasks takes energy, and thinking about everything you have to do all week can be exhausting and overwhelming. Split all the necessary tasks up into a list for each day, and you won’t have to worry about any of it anymore. Just look at today’s list.

    Resting

    Resting, even though it may seem contradictory, is an important time management skill. Although working long hours or skipping breaks can sometimes improve productivity in the short-term, your exhaustion later will ensure that your average productivity actually drops. Except for rare emergencies, it is important to resist the temptation to overwork. Include necessary breaks, and a sensible quitting time, in your schedule.

    Delegation

    Depending on what type of work you do, you may be able to delegate some tasks. Knowing what to delegate - and when - a skill is. Some people resist delegating, either because they want to maintain control or because they want to save money by not hiring assistants. Both approaches ultimately hurt productivity and raise costs.

    -www.thebalancecareers.com

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    PnP Namibia launches online storePnP Namibia launches online store Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group, this week officially launched its online store.

    The Pick n Pay Namibia Online Store commenced its pilot phase in October 2018 to test the site and its compatibility. The store has since accrued 600 online customers.

    Speaking at the official launch, the managing director of PnP Namibia, Norbert Wurm, a very noticeable and rapidly growing aspect of the digital sphere is online shopping which is slowly but surely also growing steadily in Namibia.

    “Digital transformation has played a significant role in keeping the O&L purpose alive, and stimulating our vision of being the most progressive and inspiring company. While more still needs to be done to embrace this new and exciting era of communication, we are inspired by the group’s communication that has adapted to, and embraced digitalisation which is evident in the number of key appointments to drive this movement,” Wurm said.

    The founders of the online service providers are four young Namibians, who identified the need to take shopping locally to the next level.

    Sacky Amutenya first created the service in early 2015. In June 2016, he was joined by Iyaloo Nekundi, Richard Chambula, and Naftal Shailemo. Together they created the company, Four Clicks E-Commerce Trading as Buy Online Namibia.

    Entrepreneurs

    “The journey of Buy Online Namibia was not easy – we had many challenges that faced us on this path of shaping the service, but we made it. And after knocking on several retailers’ doors to get on board and make use of our service, PnP Namibia was the first retailer that embraced our idea and decided to take us up on the challenge. PnP Namibia’s support and acquiring of our service brings hope to business Namibia, and especially to local entrepreneurs,” Amutenya said.

    Currently the PnP Namibia Online Store service is only available in Windhoek. Plans are to expand it to the coast and the north in due course. Currently the online store offers over 1 300 products while the rest of the list is being upgraded. The prices on the site are the same as in stores. A delivery fee, based a customer’s location in and around Windhoek, is charged.

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    Project’s grape exports drops by 31%Project’s grape exports drops by 31%Financial difficulties A lack of finances made it difficult for the Orange River Irrigation Project to buy fertilisers and other necessary chemicals to produce berry size grapes. We need to plant other varieties of grapes that are currently demanded by the market. – Simon Akwenye, Farm Manager: ORIP AUSSENKEHR - The Orange River Irrigation Project at Aussenkehr has decreased its grape exports by 31% during the 2018 harvesting season compared to the preceding year, the manager of the farm, Simon Akwenye says..

    Akwenye said the project exported 86% its grapes during the 2017 harvest season and only 55% during the 2018 harvest season.

    Akwenye said that a lack of finances made it difficult for them to access fertilisers and the other necessary chemicals to produce berry size grapes, resulting in them having to sell a larger portion of their produce to the local market.

    “Most of the time these [grape] trees are only given water and that cannot help them grow fully to reach the required berry size. No one wants to buy grapes that have not met the right berry size and with or without the necessary chemicals, these grapes do grow but the quality is compromise,” he said.

    He said during the 2018 harvest season 45 424 kg of grapes were sold locally compared to 13 273 kg sold locally in 2017.

    “In 2017 we harvested 100 320 kg of grapes of which 87 047 kg we exported and in 2018 we harvested 101 715 kg of grapes and we manage to export only 56 291 kg and the rest were sold locally,” he said.

    Market

    Another element Akwenye also contributed to the decrease in export is that the types of grapes that are produced at the farm are no more in demand as their market are saturated. There is an urgent need for them to start growing other types or varieties of table grapes in order to increase their exports.

    ORIP currently produces only the Thompson, Flame and Sugraone table grapes on 25 hectares.

    “We currently produce more of the Thompson and Flame table grapes, which we exported to Europe and the Middle East, but now these types of grapes are produced in many other countries and the market is small. We need to plant other varieties of grapes that are currently demanded by the market,” he said. - Nampa

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    Engineers, builders to pay for RA building repairsEngineers, builders to pay for RA building repairs OGONE TLHAGE The consulting engineering firm and the building contractor Namibia Construction will have to foot the bill for repairs to the Roads Authority’s new N$219 million building in Windhoek.

    The RA discovered cracks soon after moving into the east wing of the new building.

    The building consists of two wings: a north wing that was immediately occupied as no cracks were spotted, and an east wing that stood empty for some time because of safety concerns.

    Providing an update on the matter, RA spokesperson Hileni Fillemon said remedial work had been completed and the two firms would pay for the work.

    “The total amount for the structural repair works is approximately N$15 million. The RA is currently busy with the process of apportioning liability. The costs of the repair works will be carried by the liable party between the consulting engineer and the contractor,” Fillemon said.

    According to her, the RA was still determining how the bill would be split between the two firms.

    “The final apportioning has not been finalised yet. In the meantime, the RA will keep the contractor’s retention fee until this process is completed,” she said.

    “The structural repair works have been completed and the building was handed over to the RA. The contractor has left the site and all floors are occupied,” Fillemon said.

    RA CEO Conrad Lutombi had previously told the media that the building was unoccupied owing to safety concerns.

    “It was a cautionary measure from our side, and we needed to be sure there is nothing wrong with it. So far, the southern wing has been occupied, the IT and engineering departments are already there; just not on the affected floor,” he said.

    “There is only a 2% chance that it might collapse, but I do not want to take any chances. I am not being unnecessarily harsh either. I just want to be sure because safety is key. This building needs to stand for the next 100 years,” he added.

    The seven-storey building has two basement levels and is located on the corner of David Hosea Meroro Road and Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue.

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  • 02/28/19--14:00: MTC tender stinks again
  • MTC tender stinks againMTC tender stinks againBoard chair fingered for bias in N$60m bid The MTC board chairperson is accused of interference in a N$60 million advertising tender, but he has rejected the allegation as “ridiculous and aimed at fulfilling a set agenda”. CATHERINE SASMAN



    The N$60 million MTC advertising contract is once again causing a stink, with one of the bidders now demanding answers.

    Advantage Y&R, through their lawyers, Nixon Marcus Public Law Office, wrote to MTC on 20 February demanding to know why the company had not responded to a previous letter, which had raised serious concerns about the bidding process.

    According to insiders Advantage came out tops in the initial evaluation and was recommended by the MTC evaluation team, which included the company’s top management.

    However, when this recommendation was taken to the board, it was allegedly shot down by MTC board chairperson Elvis Nashilongo, who appointed a new panel to evaluate the tender and call for new presentations by the bidders.

    Namibian Sun understands the panel included three external members who ended up recommending awarding the tender to Adforce Namibia.

    In its letter to MTC Advantage said the outcome of the original round of pitches was supposed to be announced by the end of September last year, but was postponed until an MTC board meeting in October.

    After the board meeting, the new “independent panel” required a second pitch presentation. Advantage said no reason was given why it had to make a second pitch.

    “We would like to understand why the BOD [board of directors] felt it necessary to embark on this additional presentation and the appointment of this panel. We understood there was no MTC involvement in the new panel, other than being observers in the process,” Advantage wrote in January.

    Advantage demanded to know how, and by whom, the new panel had been selected, and whether MTC specialists and senior management had approved its formation.

    Further, it wanted to know what the brief of this panel was and whether there was consistency between the outcomes of the first and second pitch presentations.

    The MTC management has seemingly washed its hands.

    “The MTC management team did not approve of this process and distanced themselves from this tender award as it was in their view unprocedural for the chairman to interfere in internal processes and appoint his own panel that must make recommendations to him,” a source told Namibian Sun.

    With no response from MTC, Advantage’s legal representative again wrote to MTC on 20 February, demanding an answer.

    Nixon Marcus said the letter was written to MTC to give it an opportunity to “reassess the fairness of the tender process before making a final decision on the award of the tender”.

    “MTC, which as a result of the substantial state ownership and control provides an important public function, is under an obligation to act fairly in the adjudication and award of tenders. This duty includes an obligation to provide reasons when requested to do so by interested parties such as our client,” Nixon Marcus wrote to MTC.

    Both MTC and Adforce did not comment at the time of going to press yesterday.

    ‘Not true’

    Nashilongo, who is currently in Barcelona, Spain, where he is attending the World Mobile Congress (WMC), rubbished the allegations, saying they were “ridiculous and aimed at fulfilling a set agenda”.

    “The board will therefore not be drawn in that circus,” Nashilongo responded curtly, adding: “Our collective actions on strategic matters as directors remain above board and we welcome any review, but not via the media.”

    Controversy

    The MTC contract has been a source of controversy over the years and is also featuring in a High Court trial.

    Former MTC board chairman Dirk Conradie and a friend of his, Sarah Damases, are being prosecuted on three charges under the Anti-Corruption Act.

    Both Conradie and Damases denied guilt on the charges in 2016.

    At a secret meeting Conradie had allegedly offered to corruptly influence the awarding of the MTC advertising tender to DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi if it would give Damases a black economic empowerment (BEE) equity in the company.

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    Exposed: Swapo’s ghost branchesExposed: Swapo’s ghost branches KENYA KAMBOWE



    The recent ‘battle of Rundu’, which pitted Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa against three rebel councillors who had defied her directive, has exposed the existence of so-called ghost branches in Swapo’s Rundu Urban district structure.

    During the height of the stand-off between Shaningwa and the politburo on one side, and the three councillors on the other, the party’s district structure, which consists of 79 branches, tried to meet four times, but was unable to reach a quorum.

    There are now feverish allegations that this is because ghost branches were created in the run-up to the 4 July 2015 Swapo Rundu Urban district conference, which were represented by delegates who have since disappeared.

    According to a document relating to the conference, 79 branches were represented.

    Prior to the conference the Rundu Urban district only had 23 branches.

    Allegations have now emerged that the ghost branches were masterminded by Swapo’s former Rundu Urban district mobiliser, Victoria Kauma, who is the current Rundu Urban constituency councillor.

    Kauma is said to have benefitted from the votes cast by these branches at the 2015 district conference, as delegates who purportedly represented these ghost branches had nominated and voted for her to stand as the party’s constituency councillor candidate in the 2016 local government elections.

    Kauma, however, denied these allegations, saying the story of ghost branches was being created by people who had an agenda.

    “The branches were all complete during my time. This story of no branches, no quorum is something people want to create for a reason we don’t know. If you do not make a quorum, it does not say that you don’t have branches,” Kauma said.

    When asked why the Swapo Rundu Urban district structure was currently made up of 79 branches and not 23, Kauma explained that they had inherited 53 branches from the Rundu Rural and Rundu Rural West districts.

    She further explained that this was the result of the former Kavango Region being split into east and west.

    She further attributed the increase in branches to the size of the population, saying Rundu Urban was growing and had many people, and therefore many Swapo sections had been formed.

    She could, however, not provide details of these sections or how many there were.

    Attempts to get statistics from Swapo’s Rundu office proved futile.

    The party’s Kavango East regional coordinator, Otillie Shinduvi, said when she entered the office in 2017, she found no database on the sections, only information about the 79 branches.

    Meanwhile, a reliable source privy to the 4 July 2015 Rundu Urban district conference explained how the ghost branches may have been created.

    The source said when Rundu Urban inherited branches, there was no physical handover of members; only the names of branches and their representatives were forwarded.

    He said this was the loophole needed for ghost branches to be added to the list of inherited branches.

    “This is why during the conference we saw a lot of people amongst us; don’t forget that we only had 23 branches before and at the conference there were delegates from the other 53 branches. There was no proper vetting done to confirm whether they were legitimate Swapo members or not,” the source said.

    “The strange part is that we do not see those people anymore and that is why the district cannot have meetings.”

    Among the ghost branches are said to be the Ugongo, Chris Hani, Festus Matunga, John Moyo, Samuel Mbambo and Sipwizumukiro branches.

    When contacted for comment, former Swapo Kavango East regional coordinator Marceline Kahare said her role at the 2015 Rundu Urban district conference was only to supervise.

    “I only supervised the district conference but I did not know where the people came from. If the delegates come from the branches and they form a quorum, the district conference happens; but I think you should get hold of the former district coordinator,” Kahare said.

    “If there were ghost branches, it is their own problem. I could not have intervened because it would have been going against the authority of the district executive.”

    When contacted for comment, former Rundu Urban district coordinator Justina Veiko referred all questions to Kauma, despite confirming she knew about the ghost branches’ allegations.

    According to Swapo's current Kavango East regional coordinator, Otillie Shinduvi, when she assumed her post the ghost branches’ allegations were already swirling around in the Rundu Urban district.

    Shinduvi said it is difficult to resolve the matter, but that it would be addressed during an upcoming restructuring process this month.

    Shinduvi said the issue of the Rundu Urban district having 79 branches will be addressed.

    “The regional leadership is currently on the ground and we are going to address all these issues.”

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    Nudo gets country's first female presidentNudo gets country's first female president

    Nudo held its third elective extra-ordinary national congress this weekend with Esther Muinjangue emerging victorious as party president. She took 240 votes against Vetaruhe Kandurozu’s 227. The vice-president of the party is Peter Kanzongyminja who took 241 votes against Jekura Kavari’s 231.

    In the position of secretary-general, Joseph Kauandenge garnered 258 votes while Meundju Jahanika secured 204. The deputy secretary-general’s position goes to Uaraa Uapingene with 247 votes against Lesly Kauandara’s 221.

    The national chairman’s position went to Elia Kandjii who will be deputised by Kapukatua Opuuo.

    In May 2018, Nudo held its elective congress which was declared null and void by then party president, Asser Mbai. Two factions took their dispute to the courts, but the parties settled and this led to this weekend’s vote.



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    Kamberipa and Kauapirura called upKamberipa and Kauapirura called upMannetti announces squad Ricardo Mannetti has called up a squad that he trusts for a crucial match. Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called up African Stars backline duo Ivan Kamberipa and Treasure Kauapirura for the first time ahead of this month's Zambia clash.

    The two are among a strong 28-man squad that Mannetti announced yesterday ahead of the last group K match against Zambia on 23 March.

    Kamberipa and Kauapirura were part of the African Stars team that played in the CAF Champions League and later the CAF Confederations Cup.

    Their solid performances at the back in most of the matches they have played this season have earned them a place in the good books of the national team coach.

    Mannetti said he was impressed by the way that the two have been playing at domestic and international level.

    “Ivan has been doing very well for African Stars because it is always very good when local teams compete at African level and this gives me an opportunity to look at these players.

    “He has impressed me as a player. That is why I called him up and I am grateful that a player like him came through in the absence of Chris Katjiukua, who is unfortunately not around due to suspension,” Mannetti said.

    The coach added that Treasure Kauapirura also earned his place in the squad following an impressive display in the national team.

    Another notable inclusion is the return of Cape Umoya United attacking player Joslin Kamatuka.

    Kamatuka had been part of the national team setup in the past but not much has been heard from him in the past two years.

    “I have been in touch with Kamatuka's coach and he has spoken highly of the player,” Mannetti said.

    “Kamatuka was part of the national team but things went a bit dull for him in the absence of a football league in the country but I do believe that he is back now.”

    Mannetti also revealed that Wangu Gome was omitted from the squad because of an injury, while Hendrick Somaeb was dropped because of a lack of game time.

    The coach recalled most of the regular players who have been part of his setup.

    He deemed it important to have all the experienced players in the squad given the magnitude of the match.

    “We must not be fooled by the fact that Zambia have not qualified for Afcon because they are still a very formidable team.

    “They are a good team and we must not take them lightly in our last match of the group.

    “I believe that the type of players I called up will tell you that there is plenty of experience given that we have worked on these players for many years.”

    The locally based players are expected to start training today, while the players plying their trade in other leagues will join the team next week.

    The local players will be joined by 14 other shadow players that Mannetti is assessing for the future.

    The Brave Warriors' road to Egypt started with a match against Guinea Bissau early last year, where they lost 1-0 away.

    They went on to host Zambia's national team, Chipolopolo, holding them to a one-all draw, and moved on to defeat Mozambique at home and away before drawing 0-0 with Guinea Bissau.

    Namibia can qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals if: they avoid defeat to Zambia; they lose to Zambia and Mozambique lose to Guinea Bissau; they lose to Zambia and Mozambique draw against Bissau (Namibia have better head-to-head against Mozambique).

    Guinea Bissau and Namibia are at the top of Group K on eight points each, with Mozambique in third place on seven points. Zambia, on four points, are out of the race to Egypt 2019. The group winners and the runners-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations, to be played in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July 2019.

    The 28-man squad: Virgil Vries, Maximillian Mbaeva, Loydt Kazapua, Edward Maova, Petrus Shitembi, Tiberius Lombard, Ananias Gebhardt, Willy Stephanus, Denzil Hoaseb, Peter Shalulile, Marcel Papama, Riaan Hanamub, Dynamo Fredericks, Emilio Martin, Ronald Ketjijere, Benson Shilongo, Ivan Kamberipa, Edmund Kambanda, Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob, Joslin Kamatuka, Vitapi Ngaruka, Charles Hambira, Treasure Kauapirura, Itamunua Keimuine, Immanuel Heita, Absalom Iimbondi and Deon Hotto.

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  • 03/04/19--14:00: Spurs in town
  • Spurs in townSpurs in townDefensive woes consume Dortmund Tottenham Hotspurs and Borussia Dortmund will face off in the second leg of the EUFA Champions League tonight in Germany. Borussia Dortmund must remedy glaring defensive errors to have any chance of overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit when they host Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

    “This is a phase we need to stabilise quickly or things will get very tight,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus after Friday's shock 2-1 defeat at Augsburg left them with one win in seven games.

    On Friday, Dortmund's youthful back four of Abdou Diallo, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Manuel Akanji and Achraf Hakimi, all under 23, failed to cope with an Augsburg side fighting relegation. Hakimi, whose blunder contributed to the heavy defeat at Wembley when he failed to mark Jan Vertonghen for Spurs' second goal, was again found wanting.

    The right-back's lazy pass was pounced on by Ji Dong-won for Augsburg's stunning second goal after a slip by centre-back Zagadou had led to Ji netting the first.

    “We practically scored their goals ourselves due to two individual mistakes,” added Reus, who will lead Dortmund's attack against Spurs after four weeks out with a thigh strain.

    After drawing 1-1 at home to Arsenal on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs are winless in their three games since beating Dortmund.

    However, Dortmund's record of just one win in their last seven matches in all competitions hints at plummeting confidence in their youthful ranks.

    The last of the nine-point lead Dortmund held in the Bundesliga last December was finally eroded on Saturday when defending champions Bayern Munich drew level. They are only second now on goal difference.

    “We keep conceding strange goals, which are actually easy to defend,” said goalkeeper Roman Burki, before admitting “I had to pull myself together not to tear anyone's head off” after more defensive mistakes at Augsburg. With Reus, their top-scorer and playmaker back, Dortmund will always threaten up front with Mario Goetze finally rediscovering the form which saw him score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.

    Dortmund's goals can come from anywhere. Defenders Marcel Schmelzer and Omer Toprak are the only two outfield members of the squad yet to score Bundesliga goals this season. Goetze's form alongside the creativity and talent of 18-year-old Jadon Sancho on the wing are two positive points.

    In Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel, Dortmund also have defensive midfield enforcers capable of bossing Spurs in the middle of the park.

    Spurs' attack especially with England striker Harry Kane back from injury can punish lapses.

    “We must stay calm and must not make another mistake,” said head coach Lucien Favre.

    Matthias Sammer, an external advisor at Dortmund since the start of the season, has questioned whether the team are mature enough to win the Bundesliga title race and says the back four, which has an average age of 21, must step up.

    “The defeat (at Augsburg) was decided in the head, more in the head than in the legs, you have to put in 90 to 95 percent (focus), it's not enough to be 60 or 70 percent,” warned Sammer who also works as a TV pundit.

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  • 03/04/19--14:00: United States thump Samoa
  • United States thump SamoaUnited States thump Samoa NAMPA/AFP



    The United States beat Samoa 27-0 in the Cup final to win the Las Vegas Sevens on Sunday, seizing the World Rugby Sevens Series lead ahead of their semi-final victims New Zealand.



    Tied with New Zealand atop the standings coming into the week, the Eagles beat the Kiwis 24-19 in the semi-finals to reach their fifth final in five events so far this season -- then finally broke through for a win to launch ecstatic scenes at Sam Boyd Stadium.



    “If we were going to win one of them, the one at home is the one we always wanted,” said a beaming US captain Madison Hughes.



    Ben Pinkelman scored two tries and there were tries from Matai Leuta, Hughes and Maceo Brown along with a stifling defensive performance from the hosts against Samoa, who beat Argentina 33-19 in the other semi-final to reach their first Cup final since Paris in 2016.



    It was a closer affair in the semi-finals, as Carlin Isles scored his third try of the match after the siren to give the United States a 24-19 triumph over the All Blacks Sevens.



    First-half tries from Sione Molia and Kurt Baker gave New Zealand an early 12-0 lead, but the Americans had pulled ahead 14-12 at the break.



    Folau Niua, however, fooled his defenders with a rare race away try up the middle to put the teams on the board and the Americans finished the first half with Isles striking off the breakdown for a converted try.



    Another Isles try stretched the lead before a try from Kiwi captain Tim Mikkelson knotted the score at 19-19. But Isles came through again to give the United States a chance to defend their Vegas title.



    “We went down 12-0 real quick and that's tough to play yourself out of against a team like that,” said the United States' Ben Pinkelman of a New Zealand team that beat the Americans in the finals at Dubai and Sydney. “We had to play pretty scrappy. It wasn't wide open for us but we stuck to our plan and we were able to get the job done.”



    The United States now top the standings at the halfway stage with 98 points.



    New Zealand, who had come through pool play unbeaten and downed Fiji in the quarter-finals, kept it close at the top of the standings with a victory over Argentina in the third-place playoff.

    New Zealand scored three late tries to beat the South Americans and are five back on 93 points heading into next weekend's Vancouver Sevens.

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    Stormers looking to build on derby winStormers looking to build on derby win The Stormers head into their bye week with the knowledge that they can lift their performance further following a successful weekend.

    Following their last-gasp win against the Lions at Newlands last week, the Stormers travelled to Durban and came away with a hard-fought 16-11 victory in tricky conditions against a previously unbeaten Cell C Sharks side on Saturday.

    That means that they go into their bye with two wins out of the three South African derbies that they started their campaign with.

    Neither of those wins came easy and head coach Robbie Fleck said that while he was encouraged with the determination and maturity his side has shown in the last two weeks to get over the line in tough circumstances, the best part is that they know that they can still lift their performance significantly.

    “What it is showing is that the team has got character, we know that there is a lot to improve on where we can get better, that is the exciting part.

    “To win these close games gives us a bit of mental capacity and grit. The Cell C Sharks definitely started to play better in the second half, but we handled it. The team is showing a bit of maturity at the moment, which is great under the pressure we have been under. We will take those wins, we know that we can only get better, so we are looking forward to that,” he said.

    Fleck was pleased with the way his team stuck to their tactical plan in the slippery conditions against a physical Sharks outfit, with the forward pack in particular standing up to be counted. I think the boys did exceptionally well in terms of sticking to the tactics, we were smart in the way we played.

    “It wasn't pretty but it was smart and we put them under pressure, built that lead and defended it, we'll take that.

    “I felt our pack played really well, our set-piece was excellent, from our own line-outs, to scrums and contesting their line-outs, we really put them under pressure and that was part of the plan,” he said.

    Considering their opening loss to the Bulls, Fleck was happy with the way his team bounced back, but is also looking forward to seeing them improve further as the season progresses.

    “After that Vodacom Bulls loss we were really staring at it, but to come back with two wins and make it two out of three is not a bad start for us.

    “There is still a lot that we can work on, but it is exciting for us because we can only get better,” he added.



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    Marco Fishing: Driving value additionMarco Fishing: Driving value addition The Lüderitz-based company Marco Fishing has established itself over the past two decades as a consistent performer in the hake longline fishing sector.

    Since 2016 the company has embarked on an expansion initiative whereby it ordered the construction of a new purpose-built longline vessel, the M.F.V. Meka Bay, and recently completed a significant expansion to its factory at Lüderitz.

    The factory expansion project broke ground in the second half of 2017 and although suffering from significant delays, was completed at the end of 2018.

    The new factory has more than double the original floor size and includes investment into two additional plate freezers, a new spiral freezer and hardener, and new filleting lines with a skinning machine.

    A new holding room and bin wash and storage area have also been added. Together these changes enable the factory to produce an array of value-added products ranging from fillets to portions, both skin-on or skinless.

    The project also included the construction of new staff areas including a canteen, locker rooms, washrooms and meeting rooms.

    As a result of the expansion of the land-based facilities and the addition of a new vessel, Marco Fishing has created more than 100 new permanent positions, further committing itself to regional development and investment in the town of Lüderitz, as well as providing the company with the ability to compete in the higher end of the market for processed hake.

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  • 03/04/19--14:00: Eat fish for a better life
  • Eat fish for a better lifeEat fish for a better life Since its inception over 16 years ago, the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) has become an integral institution within the fishing industry.

    The NFCPT is tasked by the government to boost the consumption of fish.

    Along with its many partners, which mostly include fishing companies, the NFCPT continues to host a number of roadshows nationwide aimed at educating Namibians about the health benefits of eating fish.

    The state-owned company’s other mandate is to improve the affordability and availability of fish.

    The trust’s mandate doesn’t end at the sale of fish; it further extends assistance to fellow countrymen and -women through its corporate social responsibility initiatives by providing donations and sponsorships.

    The trust holds cooking demonstrations during its regional fish-consumption promotion activities at trade fairs and expos, cooking seminars and its very own National Fish Consumption Day, which has been hosted annually since 2012.

    The trust also sells fish, particularly horse mackerel, hake and various by-catches. It operates 16 fish shops in 12 regions.

    During the 2017/18 financial year, the trust sold 7 071 tonnes of fish, up from 6 645 tonnes during 2016/17.

    The trust ensures that all its retail outlets are always fully stocked, with six refrigerated trucks that are on the road almost every day to deliver fish.

    The trust has been mandated by the ministry of fisheries to increase the national fish consumption from an average of 11.4 kg to 21.4 kg per person per year.

    To achieve this target, the trust has embarked upon targeted efforts to partner with the private sector.

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    Namibia oku li pevi momakwatathano gopainternetNamibia oku li pevi momakwatathano gopainternet Namibia okwa tulwa momusholondondo gwiilongo yi li pevi noonkondo molopota ompe yoInclusive Internet Index, ndjoka ya tula oshilongo pevi mokati kiilong 24 yi na iiyemo yi li pokati.

    Muuyuni Namibia okwa tulwa ponomola onti 84 momusholonddonddo gwiilongo 100, momapekaapeko goInclusive Internet Index, ngoka ga kwatelwa komeho koFacebook na oga tulwa miilonga koThe Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Omapekaapeko ngoka nuumvo oga kwatelemo iilongo 100 okuza piilongo 86 mboka ya li ya kwatelwa mo momapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa momvula yo 2018.

    Omapekaapeko ngoka oga tala kongushu yondjele yomakwatathano gopainternet pashigwana kwamwatelwa ekalepo lyomakwatathano, ngele otaga vulika , ongushu yago nondjele.

    Namibia okwa tulwa momusholondondo gwiilongo yi li pevi noonkondo sho a mono oopresenda dhi li pevi kwiikwatelelwa koonkatu ne ndhoka dha ningilwa omapekaapeko kombinga yomakwatathano gopainternet.

    Nonando ongaaka Namibia okwa tulwa pondondo onti 17 miilongo yaAfrika yi li 31.

    Omayalulo ngoka oga holola kutya oopresenda 29.5 dhaakwashigwana yaNamibia ohaya longitha ointernet momagumbo gawo na ope na omwaka gwoopresenda 14 melongitho lyomakwatathano ngoka, sho aalumentu yoopresenda 54 haya longitha omakwatathano ngoka okuyeleka naakiintu 47.

    South Africa, ngoka e li ponomola onti 50 muuyuni okwa tulwa ponomola yotango muAfrika, omanga Congo e li ponomola yahugunina muAfrika.

    Muuyuni Sweden oye a tulwa ponomola yotango omanga Congo a tulwa ponomola ya hugunina.

    Pamapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa ekoko momakwatathano gopainternet olya shuna pevi momvula yo 2019.

    Nonando aalumentu oyo ye li ponomola yotango melongitho lyomakwatathano oshowo okukala noongodhi, omwaka ngoka gu li otagu shuna pevi , unene miilongo yoopevi oshowo mbyoka yopokati.

    Ongushu yomakwatathano okwa hololwa ya yambukapo unene miilongo yopevi nopokati, ihe iilongo yopevi oyi li natango konima nomakwathano go 4G.

    Miilongo yopevi oopresenda dhaashigwana haya longitha omakwatathano go 4G odha londo pombanda okuza poopresenda 4 okuya konyala poopresenda 21.





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