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- 03/11/19--15:00: _A people’s person
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- 03/11/19--15:00: _Boeing's 737 MAX ba...
- 03/11/19--15:00: _No survivors in hor...
- 03/11/19--15:00: _114 learners in a c...
- 03/11/19--15:00: _Ohorongo for sale
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- 03/11/19--15:00: Kayec trainees equipped to change the world!
- 03/11/19--15:00: Africa Briefs
- 03/11/19--15:00: 'Ask no questions, hear no lies'
- 03/11/19--15:00: N$1m dagga bust suspects to apply for bail
- 03/11/19--15:00: Skorpion Zinc faces losses of N$316m
- 03/11/19--15:00: In The Zone!
- 03/11/19--15:00: Declare drought an emergency
- 03/11/19--15:00: Procurement board denies 'tribal purge'
- 03/11/19--15:00: A people’s person
- 03/11/19--15:00: US set to become net exporter of oil
- 03/11/19--15:00: Boeing's 737 MAX back in spotlight
- 03/11/19--15:00: No survivors in horror crash
- 03/11/19--15:00: 114 learners in a class
- 03/11/19--15:00: Ohorongo for sale
- 03/12/19--15:00: Volkswagen T-Cross here this year
- 03/12/19--15:00: New kit for Harders Cup
- 03/12/19--15:00: Thompson remanded in custody
- 03/12/19--15:00: Gurirab tops scoring charts
- 03/12/19--15:00: Aanafaalama oye li koongolo
- 03/12/19--15:00: Oonakwaadhika niingangamithi taya ningi eindilo lyomboloha
Nelson Prada, director of Kayec, highlighted that the aim of the youth programme, as established 24 ago, was and still is to provide marketable vocational skills to youth who for diverse reasons left the academic stream.
City of Windhoek councillor Ananias Niizimba congratulated the graduates on behalf of Mayor Muesee Kazapua, who could not make it to the event.
Niizimba said the graduates should have a vision, a dream and should think ahead.
The councillor urged the graduates not to think about the risks involved in starting their own business, but that they should rely strongly on the entrepreneurial skills provided to them by the institution.
Kapejaruka Toromba walked away with a qualification and a job as Kayec choir conductor for the upcoming student intakes. Others had inspiring stories to share, such as Ndilnelao Hamunyela.
She encouraged other pregnant women or new mothers not to put their dreams on hold or see pregnancy as a burden, but rather to think about the future and not feel inferior.
She also motivated other youth to always finish what they have started and to try their best, so they have a good future.
Jean William Cloete, another graduate, is a Rehoboth resident who had to commute to and from the Kayec centre in Windhoek. He said this was very difficult for him and there were times when he felt like giving up, but he was motivated by the thought of one day being able to work for and own everything he wants in life, as well as help his mother.
Cloete said his late father was a carpenter and that inspired him to do something in that line, because he is gifted with his hands. After Cloete failed grade 10, he decided to enrol with Kayec and he is now a welding graduate.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, noted Soini Sheehama in her vote of thanks, and urged her fellow graduates to use the skills they have learned to further develop their country.
The event was attended by several parents, who could not hide their pride in their children, as well as the trainers who moulded these young graduates.
Demand for South Africa's short-term bonds hit a six-month high at an auction on Friday just 24-hours after president Cyril Ramaphosa said government would go ahead with plans to nationalise the central bank.
Ramaphosa on Thursday told lawmakers he would push through his ruling African National Congress's (ANC) decision that the bank be state, rather than privately owned, contradicting the bank's head who has warned against government interference.
On Wednesday Central Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago, who's five-year term expires in November, repeated his opposition to the move and switching mandates, saying it was unrealistic for the central bank to target specific employment levels.
The government's benchmark 10-year bond remained bid at a yield of 8.665% and the large demand at an auction of short-term debt suggested investors were happy to pocket the high yield while they assessed the impact the move would have.
Bids at the National Treasury's weekly auction of short-term bills saw investors offer over R7.3 billion for government's three-month bills, pushing the bid-to-cover ratio to its highest since September 2018. – Nampa/Reuters
Zim to allow foreign platinum miners control of local operations
Zimbabwe will scrap a law that denies foreign platinum mining companies control of their operations in the country, the mines minister said on Thursday.
Foreign platinum and diamond miners have been restricted to only 49% ownership of their Zimbabwe operations by the black economic empowerment law introduced during Robert Mugabe's rule. The law was aimed at increasing black Zimbabweans' stake in the mining sector, but foreign investors said its implementation was often murky and open to abuse.
Zimbabwe holds the world's second-largest known platinum reserves behind South Africa.
Asked to confirm a Bloomberg report that Zimbabwe will scrap the black empowerment rules for platinum, Winston Chitando told Reuters in a WhatsApp message: "Confirmed. It's part of continued review of [the] Zimbabwe is open for business mantra."
On when the amendments will be brought to parliament, Chitando said that dates would be announced soon.
Algeria orders early university holiday
Algerian authorities on Saturday ordered an early start to the spring university holiday, an apparent attempt to weaken two weeks of student-led protests against president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The higher education ministry's decision came a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators packed central Algiers to challenge the veteran leader's 20-year-old rule in the biggest protests in the capital in 28 years.
Without giving a reason for the move, the ministry said in a decree that the spring break would be brought forward by 10 days, starting on Sunday instead of March 20.
Algerians desperate for jobs and angry at unemployment, corruption and an elderly elite seen as out of touch with the young have taken to the streets since February 22 to protest the 82-year-old's plans to seek a fifth term in an April 18 election.
Many of the demonstrations - the largest since 1991 when the army cancelled elections Islamists were poised to win - started at university premises before spilling out onto the streets. – Nampa/Reuters
Egypt's urban inflation jumps to 14.4%
Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation increased to 14.4% in February from 12.7% in January, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Sunday, confounding some analysts' expectations of an imminent easing cycle.
Inflation had cooled to 12% in December after an increase in fuel, electricity and transportation prices last year had sent the rate up to a high of 17.7% in October.
Prices in the transport sector rose 32%, CAPMAS said, while food and beverage prices increased 15.3% year-on-year.
Egypt has implemented a series of tough austerity measures to help meet the terms of a US$12 billion IMF loan programme it signed in late 2016.
The central bank, which is targeting inflation of 13% plus or minus 3 percentage points, made a surprise cut to its overnight interest rates last month. It cited a strong drop in inflation and an improvement in other macroeconomic indicators.
Sudan says Port Sudan terminal deal under review
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir Friday said that a deal to transfer the container terminal at Port Sudan to a Philippines company is under review after workers held a strike against the contract.
Hundreds of workers at Port Sudan, a vital economic hub of the east African country, went on strike for days last month to oppose Khartoum's decision to transfer control of the terminal to the foreign firm International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI).
The presidency's media office also confirmed that Bashir had ordered a review of the contract.
The company said on its website that the tender process had been led by Sudan's state-run Sea Ports Corporation (SPC) and had attracted bids from several international operators.
Port Sudan workers have opposed the contract and hundreds of them went on strike last month at a time when nationwide demonstrations have rocked Bashir's rule stretching back three decades. – Nampa/AFP
The liquidators believe that RENS Kontant played a role in the theft perpetrated on the SME Bank.
RENS Kontant, a cash-in-transit company, allegedly received N$4.4 million of the SME Bank money, which it then liquidated within a period of four days.
The N$4.4 million was paid into the RENS Kontant accounts by a company called Klosette/Transparency, to which N$67 million of the SME Bank's stolen money had been transferred.
It is alleged that the top structure of the SME Bank used fraudulent invoices to spirit money out of the bank, often using cash-in-transit companies such as RENS Kontant, which then delivered or electronically transferred money to those who benefited from the theft.
The information from RENS was extracted by inquests conducted in South Africa in November 2018 and January this year.
With that information an ex parte (one-sided) court application was brought before the Gauteng High Court for fear that the money would be transferred and possibly disappear forever if the respondents were given notice.
RENS Kontant is accused of not having taken measures to safeguard the interests of the SME Bank, as it is legally required to do, and that it had acted in breach of a duty of care to the SME Bank.
The two people summoned by the commission of inquiry to testify for RENS Kontant, Christoffel van Rensburg and his mother, Kotie, admitted under oath that they had “asked no questions and heard no lies”.
Christoffel van Rensburg later said the phrase had been used in an informal and jocular manner.
RENS Kontant had also delivered N$2.5 million to George Markides, the man who allegedly dispensed hard cash to various beneficiaries of the stolen SME Bank money, without reporting it to the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) in South Africa.
South Africa's FIC Act requires that cash transfers exceeding N$24 999 must be reported to the FIC.
Bruni and McLaren argue that these were “serious suspect circumstances” that raised “serious questions of money laundering and unlawful activities”.
They further argue that RENS Kontant - because of its failure to report the transfers to FIC - was also responsible for other damages of more than N$57 million suffered by the SME Bank. This money was paid into the Transparency account after the N$4.4 million had been paid over to RENS Kontant.
South Africa's FIC has an information-sharing agreement with the FIC in Namibia. The liquidators argue that if the FIC in Namibia had known about the transfers to RENS Kontant, no further payments to Transparency would have been made.
'Don't know sme Bank'
The Van Rensburgs maintained that they only heard about the SME Bank when they were summoned to appear before the commission. They denied any liability for the N$4.4 million or the N$57 million.
They said they also did not know of Transparency's dealings with the SME Bank, as their client was Markides's company, Dedrego CC.
Christoffel van Rensburg said RENS often transported cash and other goods for Markides's businesses. He said Markides's Dedrego Refinery bought precious metals from retail shops throughout Gauteng and exchanged these for cash.
They said two amounts paid into RENS's accounts were deposited by Markides and, therefore, they did not consider the transactions to be untoward or improper.
They made their second appearance before Magistrate Letta Simon in the Ohangwena Magistrate's Court on Friday.
The two men were arrested for allegedly being in possession of truckload of dagga worth more than N$1 million.
They are charged with possession and dealing in drugs.
During their first appearance, their lawyer, Maruschka January, told the court that Hatutale needed to be released because he had school-going children in South Africa.
Hatutale, who owns Hatutale Transport, was arrested at Onhuno in the Ohangwena Region last month, allegedly while driving a truck carrying one of the biggest consignments of cannabis ever confiscated in the country. He was arrested after the police were tipped off by a member of the public.
Shekunyenge was arrested the following day after it was established they had driven together.
Hatutale and Shekunyenge reportedly drove from South Africa through Botswana and entered Namibia using the Rundu-Nkurenkuru route.
Police reported that the truck had been contracted to transport poles for a building material shop in the north.
Forty-one bags of dagga were allegedly found hidden under the poles.
Magistrate Simon said the drugs weighed more than 1000 kilograms and had a street value of N$1 094 000.
Sakaria Mupuma and Elphins Maloboka are the prosecutors.
The strike, which ended on Friday, involved approximately 400 workers in drilling and blasting, loading and hauling operations, and could cost the mine about N$316 million in lost production.
Workers accused the company of using overtime to inflate the salaries of some employees.
They also claimed that only employees working at the mine's plant received housing and remote areas allowances.
“This last strike has put Skorpion Zinc 14 days behind on its mining schedule and is anticipated to result in a US$22 million (N$316 million) overall loss for the business.
“With the impact on current ore stock levels and the lead time to restart mining operations, this has placed a huge risk on the viability of the business, with the temporary closure of the refinery imminent, due to the plant running out of material to treat. This in itself could result in the restructure and/or premature closure of the operations,” Simataa said.
He further encouraged the workers to return to work.
“We implore all workers, be it Skorpion Zinc employees or our business partner Basil Read's employees, to remain focused and committed to ensure an expedited resolution to all outstanding issues, so that everyone works together to see the delivery of the Pit 112 project and avert the premature closure of Skorpion Zinc,” he said.
Simataa called on the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) to engage Basil Read and Skorpion Zinc.
“We reiterate the call on the leadership of the MUN to engage with Basil Read and with Skorpion Zinc through existing channels, to ensure that the situation is resolved as rapidly as possible, and avoid future business disruptions and stoppages,” he said.
Meanwhile, the MUN has discouraged the strike.
“We told them (the workers) it was dangerous to be on an illegal strike, and convinced them to return to work while we are sorting out their grievances,” regional chairperson of the southern branch of the MUN, Shavuka Mbidhi, said.
“As a union, we do not condone illegal industrial actions,” he added, while imploring workers not to indulge in an illegal industrial action, because it might be detrimental.
Basil Read conducts blasting and drilling activities at the Skorpion Zinc mine.
Over the past few months I have made tremendous moves and decided to challenge myself.
It is a popular opinion that a dream is only worth the effort that you put in and in that way you are attaching value to this dream.
I am a young woman who lives on impulse and I am often afraid of major decisions, but this year I have dedicated myself to changing that.
Despite people’s opinions and negative criticisms, you never know what lies ahead of you, if you don’t take the strides.
This year, after a very long and stern pep-talk, I have taken a major leap into my very first job.
I have always wanted to step into the shoes of a journalist because it seems extremely exciting from the onset and seeing myself as a fully capable writer, I put my best foot forward in an attempt to fill those shoes. It started with me drafting an email and ended with a phone call from a private number, and now here I am, writing a column for The Zone. It seems a little scary, I must confess, because it appears to be a bit more serious than what I anticipated. But they say if you are scared, it is only because you’re about to make a major move. And quite frankly, the challenge is exciting. I am anxious, but enthusiastic to see what this opportunity has in store for me, and you can trust that I will grab with both hands the lemons that life throws at me.
I would not say I have quite ‘succeeded’ just yet, because this is only phase one of a long journey. I am yet to prove myself in the media world, as well as touch the life of somebody out there, give a forward push to another individual who is scared to make a major step or make a name for myself in the writer’s world. I have come to realise that fear is simply a state of mind and for as long as one is willing to commit to something, it will be rewarding in the end.
Being an accounting student, I was sceptical about taking on another commitment, but I needed to do this for myself. Despite having no knowledge of the media world, I am taking the bull by the horns, in attempt to make it count. I have gotten enough advice and done enough procrastinating and a step in the right direction is exactly what I need. Despite the challenges I may face, I am ready to make my mistakes and I’m willing to learn from them. A baby bird in the adult world is what I am, working towards getting her wings, beating the odds and ultimately soaring.
My main point here is that you never know where a particular road will take you, unless you follow it, and the only GPS you’ll need is your heart, fuelled by drive, and you may find yourself at places unimaginable. I always say it’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journey, and in order to realise a mistake, you first need to make it. So if you are thinking of doing something, go right ahead. You don’t fail, you only learn, and if you end up disappointed, you have the experience and the memories to look back on. In life, we live and we learn, and you’re not living if you remain in your comfort zone; and therefore, you’re not really learning.
African child, carry yourself as a brand, market it and make it evident that you are the brand to consider. If you have a talent, explore it, if you see an opportunity, take it, and if you have a dream, chase it. I often struggle with writing personal pieces, but in an attempt to motivate a fellow brother/sister, here I am, putting myself out there. I believe that every person’s dream is valuable, but only to the extent that you are willing to chase it. Don’t let other people discourage you from doing what you love, even if it’s your parent, best friend or spouse, because ultimately it is you who has to live with the consequences of the decisions that you are making now.
Being a young adult, you may need a lot of support and advice, but that should not be the basis of your decision. It is okay to seek guidance, but sometimes you need to colour outside the lines and be free-spirited in your decision-making. Not everyone is going to support you and that is okay, because it is about and you need to motivate and cheer yourself on, if you are determined to get to the finish line. One strange thing is that on my first day everybody at NMH kept wishing me good luck and I was not sure how to feel about that. In the same light, good luck to everybody pursuing their dreams, and while you’re doing that, I’ll be in The Zone.
The drought, which is caused by the so-called El Niño weather effect, has already led to livestock deaths in various parts of the country.
Some areas, especially in northern Namibia where subsistence farmers are more and more dependent on rainwater, are also bracing themselves for extremely poor harvests this season. The situation is no different south of the veterinary cordon fence, where commercial farmers have already asked government for urgent help.
Early last month, Namibian Sun reported that the Namibia Agricultural Union and the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmer's Union had compiled a drought action plan.
They subsequently received an audience with line minister Alpheus !Naruseb, during which he was briefed about the severity of the current drought. He was also provided with an initial proposal to mitigate its impacts. According to the unions, Namibia has experienced below-normal rainfall for five of the seven years since 2013. This has depleted the growth reserves of rangelands, as well as carryover fodder on the veld. Also, the foot-and-mouth outbreak in South Africa has resulted in producer prices of sheep and weaners dropping by about 30%, in comparison to December 2018. Therefore the time is indeed ripe and government must urgently step in and declare a state of emergency as far drought is concerned, considering the fact that devastating impacts are already being felt countrywide. Our people are reeling under acute drought and the authorities should adopt a proactive attitude and heed the call of struggling farmers, in order to mitigate the impacts caused by the dry-spell. It is also important that government pronounces itself on this urgent matter by highlighting the drought relief strategies that it has put in place so far.
We cannot afford to procrastinate on this issue. Urgent steps need to happen sooner rather than later.
This follows an article published in local weekly Confidente which claimed that non-Oshiwambo-speaking staff were being targeted through vetting processes.
Sources had told the publication that a grouping within the CPBN was aiming to oust employees “unamenable to corruptive practices”.
“It is an extension of the old tender board who has lost influence due to the new central procurement board, which are trying to remove the current employee set-up (sic). It is another form of state-capture if they get their own employees (sic),” a source told the newspaper.
Ramakhutla, however, dismissed the claims. According to her, most of the CPBN's workers were on short contracts and vetting was part of the employment process.
“The vetting process is part of the terms of employment. It is not something that is being done for the first time,” she said.
According to her, Oshiwambo-speaking employees on short-term contracts also failed the vetting process. The decision to vet had been made by the finance ministry, under which the procurement board falls.
“The board members are also being vetted. The same practice applies to employees,” she said.
According to Ramakhutla, this forms part of mitigating risk. She added the board had difficulty appointing employees on a full-time basis.
“Our backgrounds are different. When we were appointed, we assumed recruitment would not be challenging. It takes us [up to] six weeks to complete the [recruitment] process. We need bodies to assist,” Ramakhutla said.
Procurement board chairperson Patrick Swartz said they were seized with the recruitment matter and had approached finance minister Calle Schlettwein.
“We are constantly engaging the line minister; it has been brought to his attention,” he said.
Swartz has in the past said that the board will need upwards of
1 000 employees.
“To strengthen and enlarge this capacity of the CPBN to evaluate bids across the spectrum of procurement required, we require a pool of approximately 1 000 professionals from where the board could collect the desired mixture of skills and appoint them as an ad hoc evaluation committee,” he said.
Kevin Wessels is a social entrepreneur, a politician by heart and an avid bookworm, who was born and bred in Windhoek.
His parents passed away when he was young and he was raised by his grandmother, Elizabeth Wessels.
Wessels holds a higher certificate in paralegal studies obtained from Southern Business School Namibia as well as a diploma in business management.
He is currently undertaking his honours studies in political science and law at the University of Namibia (Unam).
He is also an intern at the ministry of education’s regional office.
Wessels told The Zone he is not really a sport person. However, he took part in sports such as cricket during his primary school years, and participated in chess in high school and made it to national level. He also plays tennis.
He serves as a member of a non-profit organisation called Upliftment Projects Namibia. The initiative seeks to redress and reform early childhood education in informal settlements, as well as ensure that impoverished Namibian children have access to a stimulating and dignified educational environment.
“My role is to identify early childhood centres that are impoverished and also to help acquire the necessary resources through various means, in order to redress and reform the environment of these centres,” he said.
Wessels is also a member of the Children’s Movement of Namibia. This movement brings together young people who come up with various ideas they can use to invest in communities with the core idea of creating a self-sustainable environment. According to Wessels one of the core values of the movement is democracy, as they believe youth should always have a voice as future leaders.
Being a former educational advisor and the current vice-chairperson of Nam Career Service, he worked on a project called Welwitschia which is an education initiative aimed at supporting basic education in Namibia.
The project helps Namibians with constructing professional CVs, motivational and covering letters, and gives career guidance at various workshops held throughout the country.
This helps individuals look professional by working on their documents, which then helps them stand a better chance of getting a job, scholarship or internship. He also helps them get exposed to existing opportunities they are unaware of.
“Welwitschia also provides scholarships as well, and has in the past provided 10 scholarships to Namcol learners to keep them busy and off the streets,” he said.
According to him mentorship in the lives of young people is very important as it creates a positive impact. It helps young people grow and reduces the social and economic opportunity gap.
“Aspects like behaviour, attitude and relationships improve when young people are exposed to mentorship. It helps them get self-confidence, self-esteem and they are able to set big goals for themselves,” he said.
Wessels is also a delegate at the Model United Nations (MUN), which is an authentic simulation of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and its other multilateral bodies. At MUN, students come together to role-play UN delegates.
By stepping into the shoes of UN delegates, students represent their countries’ interest to the global community.
Hence, Wessels urges students to join MUN as participants build the global knowledge, skills and relationships needed to build a better global future.
He added that not everyone has access to social media platforms, and this one can reach the masses, minority groups and those that are cut off from access to information. MUN develops student debating, public speaking, critical thinking and writing skills.
In 2011, when MUN was introduced to Namibia, he started his journey with it as well.
“At first I was shy and intimidated by other delegates, but with time my speaking skills greatly improved,” he said.
He managed to scoop the awards for best male delegate and most strategic delegate at two conferences.
A topic on the International Criminal Court at one of the conferences even appeared as a question in his international relations module examination paper, and he said his experience at the conference helped him a lot with this question.
He said it is important to build your dream. A dream is not achieved over night, therefore it is important to take small steps in order to achieve it. He urges young people to sharpen their people’s skills, as this will help them earn respect and can also attract outside influence that can assist with their career development.
He said to ensure that his strategic plans become a reality, he firstly sits and maps out his plan. When he gets stuck at some point he revisits his plan and looks for alternatives.
To achieve personal growth, he keeps a positive attitude.
“I believe in character, values, vision and action. I always seek new challenges and try to think out of-the-box while looking for creative solutions to a given problem,” he said.
His message to his fellow peers is to be strong and smile at life, even though it hurts sometimes. He said it gets better if you keep pursing your dreams and never give up.
Facts about Kevin:
• He meditates daily.
• He is an only child.
• He loves eating.
• His is all for realness and not sugar-coating.
• He has a hidden talent for singing.
• He writes his own poetry.
• He practices bits of most major religions, as they spread the same values.
• He has done bungee jumping.
"The second wave of the US shale revolution is coming," Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, said in a statement.
New technology that allows for extracting oil and gas from shale rock formations has led to a boom in oil production in the United States in recent years. With low production costs, that boom is set to continue.
The IEA forecasts the United States will account for two-thirds of the increase in global oil production and some three-quarters of the expansion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over the next five years.
This will help the United States surpass Russia and nip at the heels of Saudi Arabia as the world's top exporter.
"This will shake up international oil and gas trade flows, with profound implications for the geopolitics of energy," said Birol.
Rising US shale production was one of the main drivers in the collapse in oil prices in 2014, from which the oil industry is just recovering.
Production outside the OPEC oil cartel is set to continue rising, according to the IEA, which sees it climbing by 6.1 million barrels per day (mbd) to 68.7 mbd in 2024. In addition to the United States, both Brazil and Norway are expected to increase output.
Meanwhile, OPEC output is expected to dip in 2019 and 2020, before resuming modest growth to 32 mbd in 2024.
Overall, global output is expected to rise by 5.9 mbd by 2024, with output in Iran expected to drop due to US sanctions and Venezuela thanks to its deep economic crisis.
The IEA also sees growth in demand for oil to ease, in particular due to slowing expansion in China. Nevertheless, it sees demand increasing by an annual average of 1.2 mbd to 2024.
China and India will still account for nearly half of the global increase in oil demand, which is expected to rise by 7.1 mbd to 106.4 mbd in 2024.
Moreover, the IEA continues to see no peak in oil demand.
The petrochemicals sector and jet fuel will be the key drivers of growth, "more than offsetting a slowdown in gasoline due to efficiency gains and electric cars", said the IEA. – Nampa/AFP
A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Adaba, killing all 157 on board. The same model flown by Lion Air crashed off the coast of Indonesia in October, killing all 189 on board.
There are still unanswered questions about the causes of the Lion Air crash, and officials and safety experts said it was too soon to draw links with the Ethiopian incident.
Boeing did not respond to questions about the 737 MAX 8 on Sunday but said in a statement it would send a technical team to the crash site to provide assistance.
Boeing's shares lost 12% in the weeks following the Lion Air crash, but have more than recouped those declines, closing on Friday at US$422.54, 18% higher than before the October 29 incident in Indonesia.
Shares of Boeing Co slid 9% in early trading yesterday as many airlines grounded the planemaker's best selling 737 MAX 8.
Boeing said yesterday the investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines crash is in its early stages and there is no need to issue new guidance to operators of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft based on the information it has so far.
Boeing's 737 MAX is the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades and the cash cow of the world's largest aircraft maker, competing against Airbus SE's A320neo family of single-aisle jetliners.
The decades-old 737 family is considered one of the industry's most reliable aircraft.
Boeing rolled out the fuel-efficient MAX 8 in 2017 as an update to the already redesigned 50-year-old 737, and had delivered 350 MAX jets out of the total order tally of 5 011 aircraft by the end of January.
Former NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker said the catastrophic crashes of two new airplanes soon after the 737 MAX 8 was introduced were "highly unusual" and both had broad similarities in that they went down soon after takeoff.
While it is unclear if there is a direct link, “this is now an extraordinary issue” for aviation safety officials to grapple with and will prompt a sweeping investigation to determine if there are common issues, Rosenker said.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co is the biggest operator of the MAX 8, with 31 aircraft, followed by American Airlines Group Inc and Air Canada with 24 each.
Southwest and American said on Sunday they remained fully confident in the aircraft and were closely monitoring the investigation.
Aviation analyst Scott Hamilton cautioned against drawing comparisons between the two crashes, especially before the black box recorders are recovered. Ethiopian has a strong reputation and good safety record, he said in a blog post.
Still, the crash puts fresh pressure on Boeing just days before it had planned an event to debut another aircraft.
Late Sunday, Boeing said it would postpone the planned ceremonial debut of its 777x widebody aircraft that had been set for tomorrow in Seattle and was to be livestreamed.
The company said it is focused on "supporting" Ethiopian Airlines and "will look for an opportunity to mark the new plane with the world in the near future".
Investigation and litigation
Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing faced criticism from some US pilot unions for not having detailed in its flight manual a change in the way that software on the MAX reacts in a stall compared with a previous version.
Boeing has insisted that cockpit procedures were already in place to deal with problems that the Lion Air jet experienced.
A preliminary report into the Lion Air crash focused on airline maintenance and training, as well as the technical response of the anti-stall system to a recently replaced sensor, but did not give a reason for the crash. Since then, the cockpit voice recorder was recovered and a final report is due later this year.
Boeing was expected to introduce a software patch to help address the scenario faced by the Lion Air crew in late March or April, government and industry officials told Reuters in recent weeks.
Boeing is already facing a string of lawsuits in the United States by families of the Lion Air crash victims, including five cases in US federal court in Illinois where Boeing has its Chicago headquarters.
The 737 MAX 8 uses LEAP-1B engines made by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co and Safran SA. – Nampa/Reuters
Witnesses told Namibian Sun that the driver of a Toyota sedan carrying four passengers swerved to avoid hitting a kudu, and crashed into an oncoming Mitsubishi Pajero SUV.
They claimed that one of the five occupants was catapulted from the Toyota.
The remaining four occupants were “burnt beyond recognition” when the car caught fire, one of the witnesses said.
The driver of the Pajero died on impact.
The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund said the crash was reported to its call centre at 06:19.
The MVA Fund confirmed that all six people involved in the crash died at the scene.
The school has only seven toilets for 2 247 learners and two reserved for teachers, which are only used for emergencies as the septic tank fills up in a single day.
Namibian Sun visited the school yesterday and also observed a lack of furniture and ablution facilities, with learners having to relieve themselves in the bushes inside the school premises.
Concerned community members informed Namibian Sun about the situation at the school and have called for a better learning and teaching environment.
Ndama Combined School was established in 1978 and is among the best government schools in the Kavango East Region, despite its multiple challenges.
School principal Fillipine Munkanda acknowledged the challenges.
She said 2 247 learners were enrolled this year in grades four to nine.
Munkanda said overcrowding was a major concern.
She said some learners had to sit on the floor and write on their laps, while others shared chairs or desks.
“We have a serious issue of overcrowding in our classes, like for example in the grade 8C class there are about 114 learners. The grade 8E class has about 91 learners. The lowest number of learners in a class at our school is 58,” Munkanda said.
The reason why the grade 8C class has 114 learners is because there are not enough Rumanyo language teachers, and all the grade 8 learners doing the subject were placed in one class, she said.
The education ministry's staffing norm is one teacher per 30 learners.
Munkanda also explained the lack of ablution facilities, saying the school had only four toilets for female learners, three for male learners and two for teachers.
She said all nine toilets were connected to one septic tank, which is emptied once a month.
Munkanda said due to the high pupil population, the septic tank filled up in a single day.
“If we decide to leave the toilets open at all times, the septic tank will be full in one day and remain blocked until it's emptied after a month. This is why we have decided that the ablution facilities will only be used during times of emergency,” she said.
Namibian Sun also observed some learners making use of the bushy area within the school premises when nature calls. This is not far from the area where the school feeding scheme cooking takes place.
Other challenges include a lack of teaching materials, no school hall, no library, no laboratories and a confined administration block.
Asked whether these issues were reported to the regional education directorate, Munkanda said they had, but not much action had been taken.
She said the school management will visit the office of Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero soon to engage him.
Munkanda said the school had constructed a number of temporary structures, which would be used as classrooms in order to alleviate the overcrowding.
Attempts to get comment from Kapapero yesterday proved futile, as his cellphone went unanswered.
He said in an earlier interview on Friday that overcrowding was a major concern in the region.
Kapapero said more than 60 000 learners enrolled in schools in the region this year, with 30 000 of them based at Rundu.
“If you look at the number of learners in schools just in Rundu alone, it's a lot, and that is why I said we need more schools to be constructed in the region,” Kapapero said.
Namibian Sun understands that most of the schools in the Rundu circuit have about 2 000 to 3 000 learners each.
International Cement Group says it has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire a 100% stake in Schwenk Namibia for US$246.29 million, Singapore-based Strait Times reported.
This equates to approximately N$3.5 billion.
The company intends to fund the proposed acquisition through third-party financing or borrowing, it said.
Schwenk Namibia currently owns a 69.83% stake in Ohorongo Cement. Ohorongo Cement was until recently the only cement factory in Namibia.
Ohorongo MD Hans-Wilhelm Schütte confirmed the news.
“It is a proposed share transaction. It still needs to be authorised. Discussions are taking place at holding company level. It will take time before all the necessary approvals are given,” he said.
Ohorongo's current shareholders include the Development Bank of Namibia, the Development Bank of South Africa, the Industrial Development Co-operation South Africa and Schwenk Zement KG.
Ohorongo commenced production in December 2010 and has a current production capacity in excess of a million tonnes of high-quality cement annually, for both local consumption and special projects.
All raw materials required for the production process are sourced in Namibia and the entire value chain takes place locally.
Notable projects completed using cement produced by Ohorongo include the Neckartal Dam in the /Karas Region, the fuel storage facility in Walvis Bay and the St Helena airport.
International Cement noted that following its successful diversification into the cement business in Central Asia in 2017, the group has decided to expand its cement business into Africa.
As compared to building a new cement plant, having a commercially operational plant would eliminate project risk during the construction period, Strait Times reported.
The group is of the view that the proposed acquisition presents an attractive opportunity for it to seize growing business opportunities in Africa arising from the construction of infrastructure there, and/or generated from China's Belt and Road initiative, it added.
In 2018, the compact SUV segment constituted 8.7 % of the total market. Where most segments have shrunk, the compact SUV segment grew year-on-year from 2014 to 2018. In 2014, the segment accounted for 19 027 of new vehicle sales, whilst in 2018, the sales volume increased to 31 982 units, which equates to a 68% growth. This is one of the many reasons that attracted Volkswagen to the segment.
The T-Cross is based on the same MQB platform as the new Polo and slots into the Volkswagen product portfolio under the Tiguan.
The vehicle is 4 237 mm long, with a wheelbase of 2 551 mm. While it is a compact SUV, the T-Cross is practical with 377 litres of boot space. This can be expanded to 455 litres if the second row of seats is moved forward. By folding the rear seats flat, the carrying capacity is increased to 1 281 litres.
Kitted and fitted
A host of standard and optional driver assistance features will be available in the T-Cross.
The T-Cross will be available with optional LED headlights and wheel sizes of up to 18 inches. The interior of the T-Cross is similar to that of the new Polo and will be offered with optional Active Info Display.
Volkswagen’s compact SUV is great value for money with a starting price below N$300 000.
The T-Cross will be available for pre-orders from the second half of the year and will be available in the Southern African market towards the end of the year.
In 2020, Volkswagen will add another SUV model in the line-up for the Southern African market. The premium, sporty and stylish T-Roc, which is the first Volkswagen SUV that is available to order in two-tone paintwork, will make its way into the local market next year. - MotorPress
The participating teams are Aus United, Youngsters, Atlanta Bucks, Man United, Atlantic Stars, Rush Ups, Pescanova and Diamond City.
The kit handover ceremony took place at Lüderitz in the town council chambers on Monday and was officiated by Bessley Makaula, a member of the organising committee.
Tim Ekandjo, founder and chief organiser of the competition, said image is extremely important, and that is why all participating teams need to respect the standard of the Harders Cup.
“The new kit gives the teams confidence, it hypes the competition and rallies the fans behind the teams. I can assure you that this year's event will be bigger, better and more exciting, and we wish to invite the entire Namibia to go to Lüderitz to witness this spectacular event,” he said.
The tourney will kick off on 30 March.
Thompson appeared before Magistrate Selma Amadhila yesterday in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court for housebreaking with an attempt to steal and two counts linked to driving a vehicle without the owner's consent.
The State argued that Thompson should be denied bail to allow for further investigations.
He will remain in custody until 10 May, when he will be allowed to launch a formal bail application.
Amadhila informed the accused of his rights and told him he can apply for government legal assistance or appoint a private lawyer.
“I will appoint a private lawyer your honour,” Thompson said briefly when he took the stand.
The 35-year-old former national player, who was recently employed by Namibia Rugby Limited (NRL), was on the run for over a month after initially being linked to the theft of four NRL laptops.
He is also allegedly linked to the theft of other NRL equipment, including a camera, a projector and a spare wheel.
In a separate incident, Thompson allegedly stole a vehicle last week. He was arrested along with two others on Sunday.
In 2007, Thompson's playing career was ruined due to a two-year doping ban for using anabolic steroids. In 2012, he was appointed as assistant coach and then later as head coach of Western Suburbs.
In 2014, Thompson was appointed as defence coach for the national team.
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But so too is the race for this season's golden boot.
Life Fighters striker Issaskar Gurirab is the top goal scorer so far, with 11 goals, followed by McCartney Naweseb of Black Africa with 10 goals.
The 21-year-old Gurirab is a resident of Uis and regularly took part in smaller tournaments before joining the Otjiwarongo-based club.
According to Life Fighters coach Agnus Chabala, the sky is the limit for the player.
“I was told that there was a brilliant player in Uis. I informed my chairman who met with his family to bring him to the club. He trained with me and the first time I already saw the quality he possesses.
“I saw that he wasn't properly trained to perform at the top level and there were some concerns about that, but I told the player to believe in himself.
“I said that he will be a top player if he worked hard. His fitness was not up to scratch in his first match against Stars. He wanted to give up and return to Uis, but I refused. I told him to work hard and the results will follow,” Chabala said.
In his second match against Young African, the player came from the bench and went all out.
“He had 25 minutes to prove himself and the boy performed. His confidence was growing. In the third match against Unam he scored a hat-trick and since then goals are just coming from him,” added the coach.
Chabala said he is proud to see Gurirab being called up for the Brave Warriors training squad, together with Naweseb.
If they step up to the challenge, they might find themselves in the squad that will face Zambia in a critical African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier on 23 March.
Julinho Sporting's Manuel Francisco is another striker to watch during the second leg of the NPL, and has so far scored eight goals. Citizens' Upengisa Ujaha, BA's Wendell Rudath and Stars' Crispin Mbewe are all on seven goals each.
Tura Magic's David Omseb and Junias Theophilus are both on six goals.
Stars' Roger Katjiteo and Wayne Esterhuizen of Young Brazilians are on five goals each.
Immanuel Heita (Black Africa), Asser Hara-Ramseb (Mighty Gunners), Lorenzo Majiedt (Okahandja United), Gerland Kaengurora (Okahandja United), Enrico Hoebeb (Blue Waters), Vincent Namiseb (Civics), Markie Muwana (Julinho Sporting) and Tara Katupose (Unam) have each recorded four goals each.
The previous season saw Stars' striker, Panduleni Nekundi finishing as the top goal scorer with 15 goals.
His exploits in front of goal also saw him being crowned the player of the season. The second leg of the NPL is expected to kick off after the international break.
Ndyoka ekunkililo lya gandjwa koNamibia Agricultural Union NAU, sho iikondo oyindji moshikondo shuunamapya ya taalela uupyakadhi okuza omvula ya piti, omolwa eshuno pevi lyiilonga ndyoka lya hwahwamekwa koshikukuta.
Oshikondo shokarakul moNamibia osho shimwe shomiikondo mbyoka ya dhengwa noonkondo, sho ongushu yiiyemo moshikondo shoka ya shuna pevi okuza poomiliyona 45.5 momvula yo 2017 okuya poomiliyona 30.7 omvula ya piti.
Oshikondo shokulonga omakala okwa lopotwa sha londo pombanda nongushu yoopresenda 66, okuza pongushu yoomiliyona 184.8 momvula yo 2017, okuya poomiliyona 306.7 momvulla yo 2018.
Uuyelele mboka owa gandjwa moolopota yopaunamapya yo 2018, ndjoka ya pitithwa kehangano lyaanafaalama lyoNamibia Agricultural Union (NAU).
Ongeshefa yoongombe okwa lopotwa ya gu pevi noopresenda (4.3), oonzi (9.1%), iingulu (6.8%), iikwamahini (0.8%) omanga iihape niiyimati ya gu pevi (5.1%).
NAU okwa kunkilile kutya ondjele yiiyemo oshowo ehupo lyaamboka ye li mongeshefa yiikwamahini oye li moshiponga noonkondo.
Ehangano olya popi kutya eteyo lyiikulya yiimuna moSouth Afrika omvula ya piti, olya etitha eshuno pevi lyondando lyiikulya mbyoka, ihe ondando yomahooli ndjoka ya londo pombanda oya etitha natango elondo pombanda lyondando yiikulya mbyoka.
Molwaashoka iikulya mbyoka oyi li oopresenda 65 dhoondando dhiilonga mongeshefa yomahini,nena eshuno pevi nenge e yo pombanda lyomahooli, otali gumu noonkondo oshikondo shiikwamahini.
Momvula yo 2018 , ondando yiikulya yiimuna oya londo pombanda noopresenda 72.9 omanga omahooli ga londo noopresenda 25.7. aanangeshefa moshikondo shiikwamahini oya li ya dhengwa negwopevi lyondando noocenda 10 momvula yo 2018.
Ehangano lyoNAU olya popi kutya ope na ompumbwe onene opo aaakuthimbinga moshikondo shoka ya ye kumwe nokukonga omikalo tadhi vulu okuhupitha oshikondo shiikwamahini shoka sha taalela onkugo yi na onkambe, nongele osha gu po nena otashi ka etitha ekanitho lyiilonga kaantu oyendji oshowo okuguma nayi noonkondo eliko lyoshilongo.
Ehangano olya pula aalandithi yomoshilongo ya yambidhidhe oshikondo shoka.
Kombinga yoshikondo shonyama yongombe, ehangano olya popi kutya oshikondo shoka osha dhidhilile eshuno pevi mondando yoongombe moshikako shetata lyotango lyomvula yo 2018.
Ondjele yoondando moshikondo shuunamapya oya londo pombanda nopresenda yimwe metata etine lyoshikako sho 2017 oshowo oopresenda 5 metata etine lyoshikako oshitine momvula yo 2018.
Pahapu dhoNAU, e yo pombanda lyoondando otali gumu nayi noonkondo ondjele yoondando moshikondo shuunamapya.
Omahooli oga londo pombanda komvula nomvula noopresenda 27 metata etitatu lyomvula yo 2018 omanga metata etine ga londo noopresenda 16.
Aanafaalama ohaya kutha iilongithomwa yawo oyindji moSouth Afrika onkene e yo pombanda kehe lyondando yomahooli tali ningwa, nena otali tulitha woo pombanda oondando dhiikulya yiimuna oshowo oondando dhomiti dhiimuna, naashoka otashi etitha ondjele ye yo pombanda lyoondando moshikondo shuunamapya.
NAU okwa popi kutya nonando ondjele yondando yongombe oya gu pevi noopresenda 5.8 ondando yonyama okwa hololwa ya londo pombanda noopresenda 11.
“Okutula miilonga uule woomvula 13 taku silwa oshisho iimuna, ondando yongombe oya londo owala noopresenda 157.3 omanga oondando dhiilongithomwa ayihe moofaalamamesiloshisho nepalutho lyiimuna mbyoka ya londo sigo oopresenda 178.5.”
Ondando yoonzi oya londo noopresenda 5.7 muule woomvula adhihe 13 dhesiloshisho lyoshimuna, pauyelele wa gandjwa koNAU.
Kwiikwatelelwa komiyalu dha gandjwa koMeat Board oongombe dhi li po 306 697 odha tumwa nomwenyo momalanditho ga South Afrika omvula yapiti, omanga oongombe 1 176 dha tumwa moAngola.
Uutomeno womahangano ngaashi Meatco, Brukkaros, Beefcor oshowo mboka wu li kombanda yomusinda omutiligane okwa lopotwa wa tomo oongombe dhi li 77 471.
NAU okwa popi kutya oshikondo shaanangeshefa mboka aashona otashi kondjo nokupula komeho nonando osha taalela omashongo nomaupyakadhi ngoka ga kundukidha opoloyeka yepangelo yoSmall Stock Marketing Scheme. Konyala e yo pombanda noopresenda 6.5 dhoonzi odha landithwa momvula yo 2018 okuyeleka nomvula yo 2017.
Oonzi dha thika po 455 189 odha tumwa momalanditho gaSouth Africa, 831 odha tumwa ko Angola, omanga 49 dha yi kiilongo yilwe ngaashi Botswana.
Ehangano lyoNAU olya popi kutya oshikukuta shonuumvo otashi ka kala sha dhigupala noonkondo okuyeleka naashoka sho 2013.
Aanafaalama okwa tegelelwa opo ya shunithe pevi omwaalu gwawo gwiimuna ihe nonando ongaaka iimuna mbyoka otayi shunithwa pevi okupitila momalanditho ihe okondando yi li pevi noonkondo naashoka otashi ka guma nayi moondjato aanafaalama.
Onkalo yomukithi gwekondo nelaka moSouth Afrika nayo oya dhigupaleke onkalo nokuguma woo nayi oondando, naashoka otashi keetitha aanafaalama konyala ayehe ya gumwe nayi koshikukuta.
Omunangeshefa gwomonooli yoshilongo, Paavo Hatutale (47) pamwe naNicodemus Shekunyenge (21), otaya ka ninga eindilo lyomboloha momasiku 17 gaMei, sha landula etulo lyawo miipandeko sho ya adhika niingangamithi yongushu yomomapandanda yoomiliyona yimwe omwedhi gwa piti.
Mboka oya holoka komeho yompangu yamangestrata Letta Simon mOhangwena, oshikando oshitiyali mEtitano lya piti.
Mboka oya tulwa miipandeko kopolisi sha ya adhika neloli lya humbata iingangamithi yongushu yomiliyona 1.
Pethimbo ya holoka mompangu tango, omukalelipo gwawo gwopaveta, Maruschka January, okwa li a lombwele ompangu kutya Hatutale okwa pumbwa okumangululwa molwaashoka oku na uunona uushona hawu yi koskola moSouth Afrika.
Hatutale, oku li mwene gwiiyenditho yoHatutale Transport, na okwa tulwa miipandeko pOnhuno moshitopolwa shaHangwena omwedhi gwapiti, sho a adhika ta hingi eloli lya humbata iingangamithi. Okwa tulwa miipandeko konima sho opolisi ya nothelwa ko koshigwana.
Shekunyenge okwa tulwa miipandeko esiku lya landula sho sha monika mo kutya oya li ya hingi pamwe.
Mboka yaali okwa lopotwa ya hingi okuza moSouth Afrika okupitila moBotswana na oye ya moNamibia ya longitha ondjila yaRundu-Nkurenkuru.
Opolisi oya lopota kutya eloli ndyoka olya li tali longithwa okweeta iitungithi yostola yontumba monooli.
Oondjato dha tulwa iingangamithi dhi li 41 odha adhika dha holekwa kohi yoopaala.
Sakaria Mupuma oshowo Elphins Maloboka oyo aafali kohofa yoshipotha shoka.