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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Otjikoto loses some shine in 2018Otjikoto loses some shine in 2018 The Otjikoto mine produced 167 346 ounces of gold last year, 24 188 ounces or 13% less than 2017.
    Releasing its latest annual results this morning, B2Gold Corp – the majority shareholder in the Otjikoto mine – said the lower production was due to a “negligible amount of Wolfshag ore being mined in 2018 while Phase 2 of the Wolfshag Pit is being developed”.
    Higher grade ore production is planned to resume from the Wolfshag Pit in late 2019, B2Gold said.
    B2Gold is listed on the Overall Index of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX). It closed Wednesday at N$44.79 per share.

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    Overall inflation down, food rate upOverall inflation down, food rate up Annual overall inflation in February was 4.4%, down from 4.7% the previous month, according to the latest data released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) today.
    Food inflation, however, rose from 6.1% to 6.2%, the highest in nearly two years.

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    Calle: ‘Nothing sinister about budget delay’Calle: ‘Nothing sinister about budget delay’ Finance minister Calle Schlettwein told Market Watch this morning that the tabling of the 2019/20 national budget has been moved to 27 March purely for logistical reasons.
    “There is nothing sinister about it,” Schlettwein said.
    Originally Schlettwein was expected to table the new budget on 13 March. The date was then moved to 19 March.
    Schlettwein said the 27th was the “final” date.
    The new fiscal year starts on 1 April.

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    Schlettwein dismisses resignation talksSchlettwein dismisses resignation talks
    Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has dismissed rumours that he intends to resign. This follows the abrupt resignation of former presidential economic advisor John Steytler. Reports had emerged that Schlettwein wanted to resign over plans by President Hage Geingob to divert funds from the emergency fund for the independence celebrations, of which Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is the guest of honour. There were suggestions that Schlettwein was frustrated.
    Taking om social media this afternoon, Schlettwein indicated that he held no feelings of resigning.
    “There are some posts and tweets claiming that I consider(ed) to resign. The truth is that that may be their wish, but it is most definitely not mine (sic),” he said.
    Schlettwein has been minister of finance since March 2015 when he took over from Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Prior to serving as finance minister, Schlettwein served as trade minister under the administration of former president, Hifikepunye Pohamba. Schlettwein was also deputy minister of finance from the 2010 to 2012. He has also served as permanent secretary in the ministry of finance.
    Meanwhile, Schlettwein has announced that the 2019/20 budget will be tabled on 27 March owing to logistical arrangements.

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    We don't want any favours - MannettiWe don't want any favours - Mannetti The Brave Warriors' objective in Zambia is do their job and not rely on the result of the Guinea-Bissau versus Mozambique match on Saturday.

    Coach Ricardo Mannetti says the team's main goal remains to get a result in their final Afcon qualifier against Zambia.

    “We moved to Johannesburg on Sunday and we will be full-force in training this week,” Mannetti said.

    He added they expect a tough match in Zambia, given that the new Zambian coach and his players will have a point to prove.

    “Zambia will not roll over for us, so we need to go there with a plan and try to execute it to perfection.

    “They will be at home and they need to salvage their campaign. We won't go there to hope for miracle in Guinea-Bissau, but we want to be the masters of our destiny. We are in charge,” Mannetti said, who has called up 28 players for a training camp, with five to be dropped before the team proceeds to Zambia on 21 March. The match will take place on Saturday in Lusaka.

    Mannetti revealed that Black Africa winger Immanuel Heita, who was in doubt but featured for his side this past weekend in the Standard Bank Top 8 semi-finals, will be available for selection.

    The team will, however, have to do without goalkeeper Edward Maova after he pulled out of the training camp that started on Sunday with a concussion.

    Namibia can qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals if they avoid defeat to Zambia, they lose to Zambia and Mozambique loses to Guinea-Bissau or they lose to Zambia and Mozambique draw against Guinea-Bissau, as Namibia have better head-to-head record against Mozambique in the qualifiers.

    Guinea-Bissau and Namibia are top of Group K on eight points each, with Mozambique in third place on seven points.

    Zambia are on four points are out of the race.

    The group winners and the runners-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations.


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  • 03/18/19--15:00: 'Demolisher' ready for glory
  • 'Demolisher' ready for glory'Demolisher' ready for gloryDedicates Kazakhstan fight to Namibia's fallen heroes Lukas 'Demolisher' Ndafoluma is ready to taste boxing glory in Asia and will be travelling to Kazakhstan today. Boxing sensation Lukas 'Demolisher' Ndafoluma has intensified his training ahead of a massive bout slated for this coming weekend.

    The Namibian has a date with Kazakhstani Aidos Yerbossynuly in Kazakhstan's Almaty Arena on Saturday.

    Ndafoluma and Yerbossynuly will battle it out for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) international super middleweight title.

    The two will also fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council continental super middleweight title on the night.

    “I want to dedicate this fight to our fallen heroes who fought for the country's independence. I want to win this fight in style because it comes at a time that Namibia is celebrating its independence.

    “I am not shy or afraid to fight away from home because I think I actually fight better when I am away.

    “I have done it in Europe before and now I am going to do it in Asia,” Ndafoluma said.

    It will be a journey far away from home for Ndafoluma, who will come up against an undefeated opponent.

    The Namibian, however, refuses to be rattled by the journey and the hostile territory he is about to enter.

    “Yes, I know that I will have to be at the top of my game if I want to bring the titles home.

    “I have been working hard in the gym and have intensified my training over the past few days in order to be ready for the fight,” Ndafoluma said.

    The Namibian pugilist will go into the fight with a record of 15 wins (six by knockout) and one loss in his professional career.

    His Kazakhstani opponent boast a record of 10 wins out of 10 fights, with eight knockouts.

    Ndafoluma is, however, confident that he has the experience, given the number of fights he has fought.

    “Yes, I have seen his record and it is impressive but I am from the Land of the Brave and I am determined to prove my worth against him.

    “The fact that I have defeated undefeated boxers before gives me all the confidence I need.

    “I have to thank my coach Tobias Nashilongo for training me in the manner in which he does, because it makes me a better fighter.

    “I want to tell my fans that they must be ready to welcome me with the titles from Asia,” Ndafoluma added.

    Many times in his career, he has faced various challenges, but continues to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion.

    In his early life, Ndafoluma never imagined he was going to become a celebrity. He was born on 25 December 1985 at Oshakati.

    He grew up at Oshatumba village in Ompundja with his great-grandmother.

    Ndafoluma attended Ompundja Primary School and this is where his love for fighting started.

    It took him 10 professional fights and five years before he fought for a title.

    He is the holder of the World Boxing Federation (WBF) intercontinental middleweight crown.

    The boxer is expected to travel to Asia today.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 03/18/19--15:00: 'Uncle Olympics' dies
  • 'Uncle Olympics' dies'Uncle Olympics' diesJapanese mag-fan passes on before 2020 Games Tokyo businessman Naotoshi Yamada, 92, who died on 9 March from heart failure, was a national celebrity in his own right, with his repeated, gleeful appearances at successive Olympic Games. A Japanese Olympic mega-fan who attended every Summer Games since Tokyo in 1964 has died, just over a year before his home city was to host its second Olympics.

    'Uncle Olympics', as he came to be known as, was an omnipresent fixture for Japanese TV watchers cheering on the Japan team at the greatest show on earth.

    Often sporting a gold top hat, a kimono and a beaming smile, Yamada also became a darling of the international media.

    “After 92 years of his life spent cheering, Naotoshi Yamada, international Olympic cheerleader, was called to eternal rest on March 9, 2019,” said his website, managed by a firm he founded.

    Born in 1926, Yamada built a successful wire rope manufacturing business, and also expanded his portfolio to include the hotel and real estate sectors.

    But away from work, his passion was for sport, particularly the Olympics.

    He did not miss a Summer Games since 1964, taking in Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro.

    For good measure, he also attended the Winter Games when it rolled into Nagano in 1998, and told local media of his strong desire to attend the 2020 Tokyo Games.

    Yamada saw the first Tokyo Olympics when he was 38.

    But his passion was truly ignited during the 1968 Mexico City Games, according to his website.

    He donned a kimono and a sombrero hat and loudly cheered for a Mexican 5 000-metre runner, mistaking him for a Japanese athlete.

    Local spectators embraced the scene and loudly cheered for Japanese athletes in return, leading to an electrifying show of support that went beyond nationality, his website said.

    “He saw the awesome power of cheering, and was mesmerised by it ever since,” it said.


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    Khomas prepares for Newspaper CupKhomas prepares for Newspaper Cup The Khomas Region has appointed a regional technical team to prepare its under-20 football team ahead of The Namibian Newspaper Cup.

    The tournament is slated for Mariental in the Hardap Region from 19 April to 22 April this year.

    The technical team was appointed a week ago following a decision by the Khomas Football League (KFL) executive committee.

    Dawid Morgan will serve as the head of delegation to the tournament, with Fortune #Eichab as the team's head coach, deputised by Tobias Immanuel.

    Michael Kanundura will serve as the technical advisor, while Dawid |Gôagoseb takes up the team manager position. Jakobus Steyn will serve as kit manager, while Daisy #Awoses will serve as team medical officer.

    Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, |Gôagoseb said they would start with preparations and the selection of players yesterday, explaining they plan to perform well with the identified talent.

    “This time we must go all out to win the cup for our people in the region. We have assembled a very good technical team, who know each other very well and have worked together in different youth structures, and I believe they can do the job for us,” |Gôagoseb added. He noted that due to some players being called up for the national u-20 team last year, the region faced difficulties assembling a good team, but will bank on the experience of some players who played in previous editions of the competition this time around.

    “We have a few experienced players who were also part of the junior national teams and will add a few from the u-17 Skorpion Zinc (Cup) team,” he said.

    Khomas holds the joint record of most victories, with the Omaheke Region, winning the cup four times.


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  • 03/18/19--15:00: Musiek vir die agtergrond
  • Musiek vir die agtergrondMusiek vir die agtergrondDuitse skole tref hoë noot ? Orkesweek is onlangs in Windhoek gevier. Evany van Wyk

    Orkesweek het amptelik op 4 Maart 2019 afgeskop by die Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS).

    Die geleentheid se organiseerders het hulself oortref, met meer as 120 deelnemers van Duitse skole in Suid-Afika en Namibië, onder leiding van die bekende dirigent Alexander Fokkens. Hulle het met die vertonings definitief ? paar hartsnare getref. Die orkes se oefensessies het gesorg vir harmonieuse klanke deur DHPS se gange.

    Op Vrydag 1 Maart 2019 het die leerders van DHPS hul entoesiasme bewys deur ? flash mob te reël met ? verwerking van die bekende “Cup Song”.

    Die hoofdoel van die Orkesweek was om jongmense bymekaar te bring en hulle ? geleentheid te gee om hulle musikale vaardighede te bevorder. “Om die kinders die voorreg te gee om saam met Alexander Fokkens op te tree, mag dalk ? een keer in ? leeftyd ervaring wees waarop ons veral trots is,” het Tina Crueys, die skakelbeamte van DHPS, gesê.

    Die geleentheid sou nie moontlik kon wees sonder die borge DB Schenker, Adrian & Meyer Juweliers en die Duitse ambassade in Windhoek nie. Die deelnemers van Kaapstad, Johannesburg en Pretoria was tuis by gasheerfamilies wat DHPS- onderwysers en -personeel ingesluit het.

    Die groot finale het Vrydag 8 Maart om 18:00 plaasgevind by die DHPS-ouditorium. Toegang was gratis, dus kon meer mense dit bywooon en die ouditorium was stampvol. Die jong musikante wat Vrydag op die verhoog gesit het, het hulle vriende en families gemotiveer en geïnspireer om die vreugde van musiek te deel.

    Om saam met jongmense te werk, is altyd vir Fokkens baie spesiaal. “My doel is dat die leerders ná die konsert moet voel dat musiek iets absoluut fantasties is,” het hy gese. Hy het definitief sy doel bereik, nie net met die leerders, maar ook met die gehoor.

    Soos die bekende Duitse digter Heinrich Heine eens gesê het: “Musiek begin waar woorde eindig.” ? Verskeidenheid van musiek is ogevoer, van pop tot klassiek, om aanklank te vind by die gehoor. Die volgende Orkesweek gaan in 2021 plaasvind by die Duitse Internasionale Skool in Kaapstad.

    “Jy kan net verbeter as jy speel” - die woorde van Buddy Rich. Te danke aan hierdie Orke week het talle jongmense die geleentheid gekry om te verbeter as musikant sowel as mens.

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    Woestynfeesfluitjies begin al blaas!Woestynfeesfluitjies begin al blaas! Amoré Engelbrecht, graad 12A

    Walvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool hou die jaarlikse Woestynfees van die 19de tot die 23ste Maart 2019. Al die eerstespanne van WBPHS neem deel. Die rugby-, hokkie- en netbalafrigters se spanne is slaggereed vir hierdie groot geleentheid.

    Skole van die noorde tot die suide van Namibië neem deel aan hierdie byeenkoms, asook skole van Suid-Afrika. Daar is goed voorberei vir hierdie byeenkoms en die finale program is reeds beskikbaar.

    Die Nartjies, WBPHS se eerste rugbyspan, speel môre om 20:15 die eerste wedstryd van die toernooi teen Windhoek Gimnasium. Die spelers is baie opgewonde en sien uit na die toernooi. Eli Engelbrecht, 'n graad 11-leerder van WBPHS, sê: “Nie een van ons rugbymanne kan meer wag vir die Woestynfees nie. Ons oefen hard en bly gefokus en doelgerig.” Die rugbyseuns het al vroeg hierdie jaar begin met hul fiksheidstoetse en die beplanning van hul strategieë.

    Die netbalmeisies is ook al in rep en roer oor die Woestynfees. Die Orakel het vir Athena Beukes, matrikulant van WBPHS, gevra waarna sy die meeste uitsien. Haar antwoord was: “Die gees op én langs die veld. Hoe ons 'n span sal vorm wat mekaar se swak punte sal verbeter en om net alles ten volle te geniet.” Die Orakel-span kan die entoesiasme onder die leerders aanvoel.

    Mianka Robberts, hulpdoel van die eerste netbalspan, noem dat daar “nuwe bloed” in hulle span is. Dit maak dat die span nuwe strategieë kan beplan en na groter sukses kan strewe. Met elke oefening, glo sy, raak hul by die dag sterker en meer doelgerig.

    Terselfdertyd oefen die seuns- en meisieshokkiespanne ook hard.

    Johan Brand, ? speler van die seunshokkiespan en matrikulant van WBPHS, sê: “Ons sien definitief uit na die Woestynfees. Ek dink ons hokkiespan gaan WBPHS hierdie jaar baie trots maak!”

    Al vind die openingseremonie eers môre om 17:00 op “Nartjiepark” plaas, skop die eerste wedstryde reeds om 10:30 môre af.

    Die Orakel wens elke span alle sukses toe met hulle voorbereiding vir die byeenkoms. Ons glo, bid en vertrou dat Walvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool hul doelwitte gaan bereik en dat hierdie jaar die beste Woestynfees sal wees wat ondersteuners al ooit beleef het!

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    Opoloyeka yomeya mOmuntele oya pumbwa omulongi omupeOpoloyeka yomeya mOmuntele oya pumbwa omulongi omupe Oshimaliwa shopoloyeka yomunino gwomeya Ondangwa-Omuntele osha li poomiliyona 46.4 momvula yo 2014 ihe osha yi pombanda poomiliyona 51.1 momvula yo 2017.

    MuMaalitsa gwo 2017 ehangano ndyoka lya li tali longo omunino ngoka olya hulitha po iilonga kwa maniwa owala iilonga noopresenda 89. Uuministeli womeya owa kutha oonkondo okondalaka ndjoka na otawu pangele ngashiingeyi okugandja po iilonga mbyoka, tayi tameke moshikakomvula sho2019/2020.

    Payamukulo ndyoka lya gandjwa komukomeho moshikondo shuunamapya, omeya niihwa, Percy Misika, sho a ningilwa omapulo koNamibian Sun.

    Misika okwa popi kutya opoloyeka yomunino gwomeya Ondangwa – Omuntele oguule woshinano shookilometa 50 muuzilo okuuka kOnadhi oshowo muuninginino okuuka kOnanke. Omunino ngoka okwa tegelelwa gu ka gandje omeya kaanamagumbo 928 mwakwatelwa aantu 6 932 iimuna iinene yi li po 33 790 oshowo iimina mbyoka iishona yi li 18395. “Oshimaliwa shoka sha li sha pumbiwa mopoloyeka ndjoka momvula yo 2014 osha li pooN$46 374 883, ihe momvula yo 2017 omwaalu ngoka ogwa londo pombanda sigo opoN$51 116 368. Okondalaka yiilonga oya li ya ningwa yuule woomwedhi hamano kwiikwatelelwa komaupyakadhi gamwe po ga dhidhilikwa kunakulonga opoloyea ndjoka oshowo uuministeli. Omulongi gwopoloyeka ndjoka okwa hulitha po okondalaka omolwa uupyakadhi wopashimaliwa wa etithwa kiifuta hayi gandjwa kwa lata.”

    Kansela gwoshikandjohogololo Omuntele, Sacky Nangula, okwa popi kutya opoloyeka ndjoka oya li ya nuninwa Omuntele nOnadhi ihe oya lelepekwa noshinano shookilometa 20 okuya mOkuma niimaliwa oya pupo.

    Misika okwa popi kutya opoloyeka ndjoka oya nuninwa onga oskema yokuya moshipala enota pethimbo lyoshikukua omolwa ongushu yopevi yomeya gomevi momudhingoloko ngoka ge na oshimongwa. Okwa popi kutya okwa dhidhilikwa kutya omahala ogendji monooli yaNamibia oge na omeya gomevi gongushu yanayipala nepangelo pamwe nomalelo gomondjila oya ningi etokolo opo ku gandjwe omeya ga yela kaakalimo oshowo kiimuna miitopolwa mbyoka.


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    Ne kamu shi aanafaalama, ihe aaniimuna – ShoombeNe kamu shi aanafaalama, ihe aaniimuna – ShoombeEvi li gandjeni po ngele itamu vulu uunafaalama Omundokotola Omukuluntu gwIimuna moshitopolwa shonooli uuzilo, Kennedy Shoombe okwa lombwele aanafaalama yomomudhingoloko gwaMangetti kutya naya hulithepo okwiiyithana aanafaalama nopehala naya iyithane kutya aaniimuna yoohango nomafumbiko. Pahapu dhomundohotola Shoombe, momudhingoloko ngoka omu na oongombe dha thika po 200 000 ndhoka itadhi longithwa paliko.

    Okwa popi kutya aanafaalama moMangetti nayo otaya pelwa uusama omolwa onkalo yopaliko ndjoka ya nkundipala moshilongo molwaashoka oya kalelwa oongombe omayovi nomayovi moofaalama dhawo na itaya yambidhidha sha koGross domestic product (GDP).

    Shoombe okwa popi ngaka mOlyomakaya, pethimbo kwa gandjwa endiki lyuuniimuna okuza kUuministeli wuunamapya aanafaalama yoMangetti Farmers Association (MFA) pOkapya Livestock Development Centre (LDC)

    Ehangano ndyoka olya li lya shangele omukanda uuministeli opo li vule okulongitha ehala ndyoka tali adhika mOkapya, pethimbo lyomalanditho giimuna.

    Konyala aanafaalama ya thika pe 100 oya gongala pOkapya opo ya taambeko ehala ndyoka okuza kuuministeli. Omusilishisho gwehala ndyoka, Tuhafeni Sheuyange, okwa lombwele aanafaalama kutya epangelo olya gandja ezimino opo aanafaalama ya longithe endiki ndyoka.

    Sheuyange okwa popi kutya eindilo ndyoka olya ziminwa pakathimbo opo aanafaalama ya longithe ehala ndyoka momasiku ga 6 gaApilili sho taku ningwa omalanditho giimuna, nokuza pesiku ndyoka, epangelo otali ka tokola kombinga yeindilo ndyoka.

    “Onkene owa pumbwa okukwashilipaleka epangelo kutya omwiitulamo na otamu vulu okukalekapo endiki. Omwa holola meindilo lyeni kutya elalakano lyomalanditho okushunitha pevi omwaali gwiimuna unene pethimbo ndika lyoshikukuta.”

    Shoombe okwa popi kutya nomwaalu omunene gwoongombe ngoka gu li omudhingoloko gwaMangetti aanafaalama momudhingoloko ngoka kaya li ya pumbwa okukuga kepangelo opo ya kwathelwe hie oyo ya li ya pumbwa okukwathela epangelo pethimbo lyonkalo yeliko ya nayipala ndjoka ya taalela oshilongo.

    “Otandi tala aaniimaliwa sho nde mutala ihe moshili ooshoka kutya ne amuhe aathigona. Omu na iimuna oyindji ihe kamu iiyemo okuzilila moofaalama dheni, ihe ohamu longitha moofaalama dheni iimaliwa okuza moondjato dheni. Otwa pumbwa okuningeni omalunduluko opo iimaliwa mbyoka yi li moofaalama dheni yi ye moondjato dheni. Omwa pumbwa okuhulitha po omudhigululwakalo guunafaalama woohango omafumbiko,” Shoombe a popi.

    Omunashipundi gwoMFA, Ismael Shailemo okwa popi kutya ehangano ndyoka oli na iilyo ya thika po 200. Okwa popi kutya omudhingoloko gaMangetti ogu na oofaalama dhi li 96 ndhoka dha gandjwa kepangelo moomvula dho 1980, omanga ne dhi li momake guuministeli wuunamapya mOkapya Livestock Development Centre (LDC).

    Ope na woo oofaalama ndhoka dha li dha gandjwa kelelo lyaNdonga.

    Sha landula omutumba gwevi omutiyali, uuministeli womavi owa tameme okugandja omikanda dhokuhiila evi kaanafaalama momudhingoloko ngoka.

    Shoombe okwa popi kutya ehala ndyoka olyomatulululo owala ngaashi oofaalama adhihe dhomatululul omoshilongo noonakukalamo inaya kala taya futu iifuta ya sha muule woomvula 40 dha piti, ihe natango onkene taya pula epangelo li ya yambidhidhe. Shoombe okwa lombwele aanafaalama mboka kutya ngele itaya vulu uunafaalama naya gandje evi kwaamboka yahala uunafaalama.

    Okwa popi kutya oye na evi lya gwana noomboola, na omolwashike ihaya ningi iikunino. Okwa tsikile kutya aanafaalama mboka itaya vulu owala okukala ya tala miimuna ihe otaya vulu woo okuningwa iinima yilwe moofaalama dhawo.

    Okomitiye yiilyo 12 oya hogololwa opo yi kwatele komeho omalanditho ngoka taga ka ningwa. Okomitiye otayi kwatelwa komeho komunashipundi Veiko Namwoonde oshowo amushanga Sunday Shalli. Iilyo yilwe oJulius Ambondo, Silvanus Haufiku, Paulus Shilongo, Daniel Ngesheya, Padelia Nghishongwa, John Shilongo, Veiko Andjamba, Kamukwatange, Itoolwa Josef oshowo Kennedy Iyambo.

    Aanafaalama otaya hiwa ya fale iimuna yawo kOkapya komalanditho ngoka taga ka kalako, ihe naya kale ye na oombaapila dhomondjila.


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    Ford Castrol cross country team wins season-openerFord Castrol cross country team wins season-openerMpumalanga 400 The Ford Castrol cross country team stamped its authority on the opening round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) this weekend by taking the top two places in Class T at the Mpumalanga 400. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. - Lance Woolridge Dullstroom - Reigning champions Lance Woolridge and co-driver Ward Huxtable (T34) got their title defence off to a perfect start with a flawless drive to secure their second consecutive win at the spectacular season-opener in Dullstroom.

    Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer (T77) joined their Ford Castrol team-mates on the podium in second place, after a determined and tenacious drive in the Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) built and run Ford Ranger.

    “This was a perfect start for our championship, and I have to commend the entire team for a job well done,” said team principal Neil Woolridge. “This was the first outing for Lance’s brand new Class T Ranger, and it ran faultlessly. We didn’t have to take a spanner to the car, and Lance and Ward didn’t put a foot wrong the whole weekend.

    “Yesterday’s qualifying was tough for Gareth and Boyd, as they were drawn as the first vehicle, and opening the road cost them quite a lot of time. But they never gave up and were rewarded with a well-deserved podium finish,” Woolridge added.

    The short sprint-style 64km qualifying session on Friday saw Gareth and Boyd ending fourth fastest, just over 1 minute off the leaders, and behind third-placed Gary Bertholdt and Geoff Minnitt (Toyota).

    Lance and Ward set the second quickest time during the opening leg, with a mere 17 second deficit to overnight leaders Johan and Werner Horn (Toyota), which set the scene for a thrilling race amongst the top four Class T challengers.

    Main race

    And so it proved for the main race on Saturday, with all four crews in contention. The Bertholdt/Minnitt Toyota was the first to falter, picking up a puncture early into the first of the two 160km loops, which allowed Gareth and Boyd to move up a place.

    The Horn brothers lost time after a navigation error, which promoted Lance and Ward into the lead, with Gareth and Boyd also passing the Toyota crew when they suffered a puncture – thus handing Ford the advantage going into the scheduled 20-minute service.

    Other than Gareth and Boyd suffering a puncture early during the second loop, the remainder of the race was completed without incident, giving the Ford Castrol team an impressive one-two finish and a valuable haul of championship points to kick-start its 2019 campaign.

    “We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” Lance said. “We built a brand new car and won first time out. With Gareth finishing second, it’s a great result for Ford, Castrol and all of our other sponsors and partners.”

    Gareth added: “Opening the road during qualifying wasn’t easy, but we didn’t lose too much time. I pushed hard in the race today, and I’m really pleased that we managed a second-place finish. My car was superb, and we built Lance’s new car in record time for this season, so to end with a one-two is brilliant for the team.” - Quickpic

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  • 03/18/19--15:00: Oshigambo school collapsing
  • Oshigambo school collapsingOshigambo school collapsingUrgent infrastructure upgrades needed The structures at Oshigambo High School are more than 50 years old and some were constructed using mud. The privately owned Oshigambo High School, which is among the top best-performing schools in the country, is on the verge of collapsing and the school has no money to renovate it.

    The principal, Pinehas Ekongo, said that he reported the school's dilapidated state to the school owner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) but no funds have been made available to renovate the property.

    This one of the best performing schools in the country. It was established in 1960 by the Finnish mission in Namibia.

    Ekongo said that most of the buildings are constructed of mud and have been in existence for many years. They are currently falling apart, with some of them not in use anymore.

    “The school infrastructure and school's performance are not getting along. In terms of academic performance Oshigambo High School is one of the top performing schools in the country, but in terms of infrastructure the school is not in a good state. Especially the hostel is in a dilapidated state and we either need it renovated or we need to get a completely new hostel,” said Ekongo.

    “Due to the top performance of the school many parents are bringing their children here, but looking at the state of the school many refuse to leave their children here.”

    According to Ekongo, for this academic year, the school has 354 learners who are all in hostel.

    He also added the school premises are old and they are posing a serious threat to learners and their health.

    He said bats occupy the ceilings and cause the release dust and guano which in turn is causing serious health challenges to the learners.

    “We need a reasonable hostel that at least corresponds with the school's academic performance. I am being told to renovate and maintain the buildings but how can I renovate buildings that are made of mud? Will I renovate them with mud or cement?” asked Ekongo.

    Last week, the Vice-President Nangoloh Mbumba, who is a former learner at the school, and his Chinese friend Vicky Yang donated N$20 000 each to the school. At the same event, the class of 2001 donated N$40 000, while the class of 2008 sponsored awards and rewards for the best performing learners.

    The ELCIN bishop, Shekutaamba Nambala, who also attended the event would not comment on the school's condition.

    Among others who attended the event are the Oshikoto education director Lameck Kafidi, Oshikoto regional council chief regional officer Frans Enkali, the governor Henock Kankoshi and many other high-level government officials.

    The vice-president of the school's learners' representative council Selma Shaanika called on the school's alumni to come on board and assist with the construction of new buildings.

    She said the school has produced many people with extraordinary talents and many are in a position to assist the school.

    “Our school is falling apart, and the hostel is calling apart faster. Our principal and his team are trying their level best to repair what they can, but when you fix the wall the whole building collapses,” said Shaanika.


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  • 03/18/19--15:00: Traffic laws under fire
  • Traffic laws under fireTraffic laws under fire As road deaths in Namibia continue to increase almost daily, a global report has identified several deficiencies in the country's arsenal to combat this scourge.

    Namibia's laws on drunk-driving and speeding are too lenient, and child restraints are not required in cars.

    According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 30.4 people per 100 000 are killed on Namibia's roads.

    The report, which analyses the latest statistics for road accidents and deaths from more than 170 countries, says by 2016 global deaths in road accidents had increased to 1.35 million a year, which means nearly

    3 700 people die on the world's roads every day.

    In Namibia, crash fatalities in 2016 stood at 731, while the WHO estimates the figure to be at least 754.

    The data shows that Namibia has the eighth highest road death rate in the world. The country with the highest recorded road death rate is Liberia, at 35.9 people per 100 000.

    In neighbouring South Africa, 25.9 people per 100 000 die in road accidents.

    The report states that Namibia's regulations on speeding leave much to be desired.

    According to the report, a speed limit of no more than 50 km/h should be set in urban areas and the law should allow local authorities to modify national speed limits.

    “In urban areas there is an increased risk of high-speed traffic mixing with pedestrians and cyclists. Urban speed limits should not exceed 50 km/h.

    “Local authorities should also be given the (legislative) ability to further bring down speeds using a variety of measures adapted to local conditions, for example, reducing limits in residential areas to 30 km/h and installing speed bumps,” the report states.

    It also says that Namibia's law governing drinking and driving is not up to scratch. About 4% of road traffic deaths in Namibia involve alcohol.

    According to the report a good drunk-driving law is based on a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of no more than 0.05 g/dl (grams per decilitre) for the general population and no more than 0.02 g/dl for young or novice drivers.

    In Namibia the maximum BAC is 0.079 g/dl for all drivers.

    “The risk of driving behaviour being impaired by alcohol starts at very low levels of alcohol consumption and begins to rise exponentially as more alcohol is consumed, particularly over a BAC level of over 0.05 g/dl,” says the report.

    It adds that young and novice drivers are at increased risk of causing a crash when under the influence of alcohol compared to older and more experienced drivers.

    The report also points out that Namibian law does not require children to be restrained in cars.

    The report says a good law requires children under the age of 10 to be strapped into a child seat, sets standards for child restraints and restricts children under a certain age or height from sitting in the front seat.


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  • 03/18/19--15:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Antitrust watchdog raids Glencore business

    India's antitrust watchdog raided units of global commodities trader Glencore and two other firms in Mumbai on Saturday in an inquiry into alleged collusion on the price of pulses, four sources with knowledge of the raids told Reuters.

    More than 25 antitrust officials carried out the raids at the offices of local units of Glencore and Africa's Export Trading Group, and India's Edelweiss group which previously had a commodities business, two government sources told Reuters.

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating allegations that the companies formed a cartel to discuss the pricing of pulses while importing and selling them in the Indian market at higher prices in 2015 and 2016, when India faced an acute shortage, the sources said.

    Two years of drought pushed up prices of pulses such as chickpeas and black grams, which are a staple of Indian cuisine, in 2015 and forced New Delhi to offer duty-free imports, encouraging foreign and Indian traders who imported pulses to sell locally.

    The investigation will also assess whether the companies have continued their alleged collusion even after the prices of pulses stabilised in recent years, the source said. – Nampa/Reuters

    Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank go public on merger talks

    Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank confirmed on Sunday they were in talks about a merger, prompting labour union concerns about possible job losses and questions from analysts about the merits of a combination.

    Christian Sewing, Deutsche Bank's chief executive, said many factors could still prevent a merger and a Deutsche spokesman said the talks were expected to last some time. Commerzbank described the outcome as open.

    However, formal disclosure of talks appeared to boost the chances of concluding a deal first floated in 2016 before the banks opted to focus on restructuring.

    The German government has pushed for a combination given concerns about the health of Deutsche, which has struggled to generate sustainable profits since the 2008 financial crisis.

    A merged bank would likely be the third largest in Europe after HSBC and BNP Paribas, with roughly 1.8 trillion euros (US$2.04 trillion) in assets, such as loans and investments, and a market value of about 25 billion euros. – Nampa/Reuters

    Air Canada, United Airlines say groundings to hurt business

    Air Canada and United Airlines on Friday became the first major carriers in North America to warn of negative impacts on business due to the grounding of Boeing Co's 737 MAX planes.

    Air Canada suspended its 2019 financial forecasts, saying it continued to adapt a contingency plan to address the current uncertainty surrounding the new jets.

    United Airlines, the No. 3 US carrier, said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season.

    Montreal-based Air Canada has said it operated seventy-five 737 MAX flights daily out of a total schedule of approximately 1 600 flights system-wide.

    The Canadian carrier would face the costs of re-booking passengers after the planes were grounded, and other costs from not having scheduled access to the more efficient MAX, said AltaCorp analyst Chris Murray. – Nampa/Reuters

    Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents

    Mobile phone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple Inc, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about US$31 million for infringing three of its patents.

    Qualcomm last year sued Apple alleging it had violated patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life. During an eight-day trial, Qualcomm asked the jury to award it unpaid patent royalties of up to US$1.41 per iPhone that violated the patents.

    The US$31 million penalty is small change for Apple, the second most valuable US company after Microsoft Corp, with a market value of US$866 billion and annual revenue totalling hundreds of billions of US dollars. But the setting of a per-phone royalty rate for Qualcomm's technology gives the chip supplier a fresh line of attack in its two-year old legal battle with Apple.

    The biggest case, filed by Apple in early 2017, begins in April. Apple has sought to dismantle what it calls Qualcomm's illegal business model of both licensing patents and selling chips to phone makers. Qualcomm has accused Apple of using its technology without paying.

    In a statement, Apple said it was disappointed with the outcome. – Nampa/Reuters

    Cash, demand concerns overshadow Tesla's SUV launch

    Shares of Tesla Inc fell nearly 5% on Friday, as investors wondered if its unveiling of an electric sports utility vehicle would add to pressure on cash flow, while analysts worried the carmaker was not addressing slowing demand for other models.

    Tesla, which introduced a cheap US$35 000 version of its Model 3 sedan last month and is struggling to convince backers its business model works, on Thursday launched the "Model Y" compact SUV - built on the same platform as the Model 3.

    The launch of the Model Y also reignited worries that Tesla would need to raise cash sooner than later.

    Tesla said it would debut a long-range Model Y next year with a range of 482 km, priced at US$47 000, as well as a standard version, priced at US$39 000, in 2021.

    Tesla has been cutting jobs and closing stores in a bid to make profits and expects a loss in the first quarter. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Hepatitis E outbreak hits WalvisHepatitis E outbreak hits Walvis The Walvis Bay municipality has called on residents not to panic in the wake of a reported hepatitis E outbreak at the coastal town, saying the situation is being closely monitored and managed.

    Public meetings were also scheduled in the Kuisebmond and Narraville community halls for yesterday and today, to shed more light on the outbreak.

    The municipality's public relations office confirmed there were more than five confirmed cases at the town in one month, which constitutes an outbreak.

    The municipality gave the assurance that its health section was monitoring activities at informal trade areas and settlements, and said intensive health education sessions and information sharing would be carried out within the next few weeks.

    It has also launched campaigns to create awareness on food safety and good personal hygiene practices among residents and informal food traders in Walvis Bay.

    The distribution of chlorine and soap for personal hygiene is underway, as well as the distribution of a leaflet in English and Oshiwambo covering the importance of hand-washing and street food safety.

    The campaigns have been described as a great success, with public and informal food traders welcoming the information sharing and eagerly participating.

    The municipality said its health section will continue to communicate with the health ministry on the hepatitis E outbreak and its status in Walvis Bay.

    The ministry declared a hepatitis E outbreak in Windhoek in November 2017 and since then cases have been reported in other regions.

    Otis Finck

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  • 03/18/19--15:00: 'Bomb' hits dagga addicts
  • 'Bomb' hits dagga addicts'Bomb' hits dagga addictsDrug is cheaper at Rundu Kavango East is buckling under an increase in the use of dagga as drug of choice. Dagga addicts in Rundu are soaking marijuana in alcohol, before drying out the concoction, known as a 'bomb', and smoking it.

    A Namibian Sun investigation has also uncovered that Kavango East youth are accessing dagga more easily than their Windhoek counterparts, because of cheaper prices.

    A stick of marijuana costs N$10 in the region, while the same quantity sells for N$50 in Windhoek.

    Durban poison, a much more potent form of marijuana grown in KwaZulu-Natal, has also apparently hit the streets of the region.

    “Poison is not your normal marijuana. This one makes you high in a space of seconds, because it is raw and not like the refined ones found somewhere else. One puff and you will feel it my brother,” a source said.

    He also said drug abuse is rife among Rundu youth, due to a lack of leisure activities and high unemployment in the Kavango regions.

    There is also a severe lack of parental supervision.

    The source said dagga was also being mixed with the flavoured tobacco used in hubby bubbly or hookah pipes.

    Kavango East police commander, Commissioner Johanna Ngondo, told Namibian Sun the police are doing their best to keep illegal drugs out of the region. However, this is not an easy task. Ngondo said people in the community are aware of marijuana usage among youth and adults, including where it is sold.

    However, they are not coming forward with the information.

    “The issue of fighting illegal drugs is made difficult because it is concealed crime. As much as we are trying by all means to fight it, the issue of concealment remains a challenge. The issue of drug abuse is a serious concern and the public should work with the police to address it,” Ngondo said.

    She said some schools have requested the police to conduct searches as a way of addressing drug use and youth carrying weapons on school premises.

    In January the Kavango East police arrested two suspects in Rundu after they were allegedly found in possession of marijuana valued at N$1.4 million.

    It is alleged that the suspects bought the consignment from an Angolan national.

    Ndama Combined School principal Fillipine Munkanda could not confirm or deny that learners at her school are smoking dagga, but added marijuana usage is a serious concern.

    Munkanda said because the school is in an informal settlement, it is likely that pupils can be influenced to smoke the drug.

    Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero said his office has not yet received any official reports from schools in the region about incidents of learners being caught with drugs.

    Kapapero, however, said the word on the street is that learners are making use of drugs.

    “Drugs are a huge concern to us. I did not get any official report from any school, but I have heard of people talking about it,” Kapapero said.

    When asked what measures his directorate has put in place to address the issue, Kapapero said a taskforce has been assembled, which he chairs.

    It is comprised of stakeholders from various ministries and the police.

    “The taskforce deals with a lot of issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse and teenage pregnancies,” Kapapero said.

    Besides the taskforce, Life Skills teachers are expected to look at the societal challenges learners are faced with.

    Kapapero said in the near future his office will call a meeting with school principals, who will be expected to engage him on various issues.


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    PSG have already been eliminated from the Champions League!!PSG have already been eliminated from the Champions League!! Neymar Jr eyes thrilling return The Brazilian footballer is preparing for a glorious comeback from injury and the crowning of two new Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five world champions this year.

    Neymar Jr may is currently on the comeback trail from a foot injury, but that hasn't stopped the brilliant Brazilian confidently eyeing glory in 2019.

    This includes the crowning of new world champions at his signature five-a-side football tournament, Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five.

    The global qualifiers for the world's biggest five-a-side tournament have kicked off again, as teams from around the world begin their quest to make it all the way to the finals at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil this July, where the tantalising prize for the winners will be a game against the talented Brazilian and his teammates.

    Following the success of Mexican team Deportivo Mago in the mixed category and women's world champions Resenha 013 of Brazil last year, players from six continents will once again be dusting off their boots and starting afresh in the thrilling tournament format of 10 minutes of intense action, no goalkeepers and teams losing a player every time the opposition scores, while following the maxim: outplay them all.

    The 27-year-old Brazilian also can't wait to return to action for his team Paris-Saint Germain (PSG).

    “PSG is not just about me,” says Neymar Jr.

    “It has an awesome team with great athletes and a genius coach, and the fans are like a 12th player when we are playing in Paris… The treatment has just begun.

    “It will be a long journey and I will have little victories day by day. I have played football since I was a little child, so it's very hard to be away from football. In 2018, I faced something similar and I know how bad it is, but that experience made me stronger and more prepared to face what's coming now,” he said.


    Over 100 000 players will be taking part again in 2019 qualifiers, including the Lions from Oshakati who were crowned Namibia's winners in 2018.

    Pieter Hailombe, team captain said: 'It was a mind-blowing experience to travel to Brazil in 2018 and play against so many good soccer players. Seeing Neymar in person was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.'

    How to sign up your five-a-side- team: The registration period is 7 March to 5 April 2019. Go to www.redbullneymarjrsfive.com (click NAMIBIA) or call us on 081 7788500 or email us at namibia@redbullneymarjrsfive.com.

    About Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five

    Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five is the Brazilian star's ­signature five-a-side tournament bringing players aged 16 to 25 from all corners of the world together to celebrate their shared passion – football. It is a fast, technical and fun competition. More than 40 countries from six continents will be hosting tournament qualifiers, where players will compete with the same dream of making it through the qualifiers and to their national final, in order to book a ticket at the world final, which will be celebrated for the fourth time at the ­Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.

    About Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr

    The location of the world final is a private, non-profit association dedicated to social causes, set up by Neymar Jr and his family. It is located in Jardim Glória in Praia Grande, where Neymar Jr spent much of his childhood. The Institute is an 8 400m2 education and sporting complex catering for 2 470 underprivileged children aged 7-14 and their families.

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  • 03/18/19--15:00: 19 perish on country's roads
  • 19 perish on country's roads19 perish on country's roads Nineteen people perished on Namibia's roads this past weekend, according to the police.

    Thirteen people were killed in an accident on Sunday afternoon that occurred about three kilometres from Otavi on the B1 road.

    Another 18 victims, including 13 adults and five children, were transported to various hospitals in Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb.

    An Iveco bus travelling from north and another travelling from south collided. Both vehicles caught fire.

    “As a result 13 people burned beyond recognition,” said police spokesperson, Chief Inspector, Kauna Shikwambi.

    According to her all the remains will be transported to Windhoek for DNA testing. The police have requested relatives to visit the Windhoek police mortuary for DNA identification.

    “The sad reality is that in 99% of collisions we as drivers are to blame. Over and over the police and all road safety stakeholders continue to advocate for a change of attitude, but all this seems to fall on deaf ears. Seriously, if we do not change our attitude on the roads, many will perish,” Shikwambi said.

    On Saturday at Ongha a driver of a Nissan bakkie, who was allegedly speeding, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the boundary wall of a nearby house. The driver, identified as Pandu Nangolo, died on the spot, while four passengers sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Engela district hospital.

    A French tourist was killed in an accident on Friday in the Etosha National Park on the Namutoni/ Okaukuejo gravel road.

    A 38-year-old French driver, who was travelling with five other passengers lost control of the vehicle, and a 51-year-old French woman died on the scene. A 60-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to Tsumeb's Lombard hospital.

    In a separate incident on Saturday, a 48-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and drove into a concrete wall at Namport's southern gate in Walvis Bay. He died on the scene. The deceased was identified as Johannes Ndakondja. He was alone in the vehicle.

    The body of a man was found after he was bumped by an unknown driver, who sped off after the accident on Saturday at Otjondeka on the Werda/Omakange main road.

    The deceased was identified as 31-year-old Kaumbangere Mureko.

    In another accident on Saturday a man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned on the Bahnof/Uhlenhorts gravel road near Rehoboth. The driver died at the scene while a female passenger was seriously injured and rushed to the St Mary's hospital. The deceased was identified as Louis van Wyk.

    Meanwhile in Windhoek a 26-year-old man was driving in Suiderhof when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned. He was killed instantly. The deceased was identified as Sam Shafa Tobias.


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