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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 03/28/19--15:00: BoN signs MoU with NTA
  • BoN signs MoU with NTA BoN signs MoU with NTA The Bank of Namibia (BoN) and the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the NTA’s apprenticeship programme, which is aimed at improving the quality of artisans emerging from the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector.

    The BoN has long considered the TVET sector as an enabler of economic growth through skills development and employment creation.

    The bank recently held its annual symposium which focused on the TVET sector. It brought to light a number of shortcomings that constrain the sector from realising its full potential as envisioned in the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

    Stakeholders at the symposium identified the need for relevance and responsiveness of training programmes as a critical undertaking, which requires a concerted effort from policymakers, regulatory bodies, training institutions, and industry roleplayers towards equipping the next generation of artisans with the requisite skills to spearhead Namibia’s industrialisation drive.

    In this vein, the BoN is delighted to be associated with the NTA’s pilot apprenticeship programme, which is a timely intervention aimed at accelerating the process of producing high-quality artisans for the industry.

    The apprentices will be contracted by participating employers and assigned to experienced mentors to induct them and train them on-the-job in specific occupations.

    The apprentices will gain much-needed skills through industry exposure and this will be complemented by theoretical training at identified vocational training centres for agreed periods, to guarantee a sound blend between theory and practice.

    Under this sponsorship, the BoN has agreed to support the apprenticeship programme over a three-year period and cover the costs of 50 apprenticeships in highly sought-after occupations in the priority areas of agriculture, tourism and auto-mechanics.

    The contribution will go towards the training and allowances of apprentices, while at the same time easing the employment cost on employers, with the aim of maximising access and exposure to industry-relevant technology and work practices.

    At the signing ceremony, BoN deputy governor Ebson Uanguta said as a firm believer in the upliftment of the Namibian people, the bank is willing to play its part. “This strong commitment is demonstrated through the realignment of our corporate social investment and responsibility (CSIR) strategy to focus on the TVET sector. “Besides this collaboration with the NTA, the bank will also be providing bursaries to TVET trainers to upgrade their skills, and offer job attachments to TVET trainees at the bank.

    “These modest contributions, we believe, will go a long way to assist government in its endeavour to make the TVET sector attractive to Namibian youth, and ultimately improve the quality of training,” Uanguta said.

    NTA CEO Jerry Beukes underlined the importance of apprenticeships as a prerequisite for a relevant national TVET system.

    “The NTA attaches significant importance to this national programme because we value the role structured TVET apprenticeships can play in developing an individual’s competencies, and in nurturing their ability to apply their skills to the tasks and demands of the workplace.

    “We thank the BoN for its support, which can aptly be described as an investment in our country’s most important resource - its people,” he said.

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  • 03/28/19--15:00: A passion for the people
  • A passion for the peopleA passion for the peopleNamibia became home away from home for Tsvetkov Having served the Namibian nation with all his heart through the Russian embassy in Namibia, the first secretary and press attaché Yury Tsvetkov’s time in Namibia has come to an end. Octavia Tsibes



    Yury Tsvetkov was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in a diplomatic family. His passion, he says, is to serve people. Having lived the diplomatic life, he almost automatically followed in his father’s footsteps.

    “Growing up in a diplomatic household gave me the chance to travel the world, see different cultures and learn from different people,” Tsvetkov says.

    He obtained is first qualification as a lawyer specialising in international law. In 2013 Tsvetkov obtained his second qualification in economics, specialising in microeconomics.

    After he graduated, his first job was in Estonia as a diplomat, which he says “was a remarkable journey for me because my father was also a diplomat in the same country”.

    He was stationed in Estonia for less than two years and returned to Russia to the ministry of international affairs.

    “By the time my wife Eugenia and I returned to Russia, my marriage was still young. We were not planning to settle down,” he says.

    Starting their journey together, Tsvetkov got an opportunity to work in Namibia. “During the time when my dad was a diplomat we were stationed in Botswana. I knew I was going to come back to Africa one day, but I didn’t think it was going to be Namibia,” he says.

    Eugenia had never been to Africa and for him to take the opportunity, he says he thought hard before he made the decision. “If I look back now from the year 2016, when I got to Namibia, the decision was 100% correct,” he says. He served as the first secretary and press attaché at the Russian embassy in Windhoek.

    His journey in Namibia

    “Namibia is a country that is diverse with a lot of different tribes, each with their own language,” he says.

    He adds that for a person coming from a country where everyone speaks one common language, he knew he had work to do to develop himself.

    “As a diplomat, I have a personal goal for myself to learn from the people in the country where I am sent to work,” he says.

    “When I got to Namibia everything was different, but it took me less than a three months to fit in,” he says.

    On the other hand Tsvetkov’s wife Eugenia had not been away from home and it was her first time travelling so far and for so long (diplomatic postings are generally for a period of four years).

    “At first I was scared, but I told myself that this is the life of a diplomat,” she says.

    Her time in Namibia was a learning experience for her because the people are warm and willing to help.

    “Not once did I have a bad experience,” she said.

    “There is a lot of things European countries can learn from African countries, because there isn’t much of a difference. The struggles are the same,” Tsvetkov said, adding “stability is an international challenge as well as economic growth, however, it can be temporary if young people continue to learn and work to see their nations flourish”.

    “I am convinced that there is a hope for Namibia. The youth must not stop learning because knowledge opens up the mind.”

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    Missing woman’s headless body found Missing woman’s headless body found

    The police are suspecting that the headless body of a woman that was discovered near the railway line close to the Game shopping centre in Windhoek is that of the 29-year-old Elna-Marie Abbott who went missing this week.
    This was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Namibian police Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi.
    “We are still waiting for the report from the officers who attended to the scene. So far confirmation is the report for a discovered headless body which was received by the police this morning,” she said.
    Earlier reports suggests that the body of Abbot, who was reported missing on Wednesday, was discovered by a train conductor who had alerted the police.
    She was reportedly last seen driving a silver VW Golf 5 with registration number N27434WB.
    South African singer Elizma Theron has also announced on Facebook this morning that her cousin’s headless body was discovered. She was related to the dead woman.
    “Our hearts are broken. Elna-Marie’s body was found this morning. Her car is still gone, if you have any information please call the Namibian police. Thank you for everyone’s prayers and shares, it has helped a lot to find her,” Theron posted on Facebook.

    JEMIMA BEUKES


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    Erste Fracht Fleisch für ChinaErste Fracht Fleisch für China Enorme Nachfrage neuer Absatzmärkte setzen namibische Produzenten unter Druck Die ersten 24 Tonnen namibisches Rindfleisch befinden sich auf dem Weg nach China. Doch der neue Zugang zu einem Markt mit 1,4 Milliarden Menschen setzt auch hiesige Farmer unter höheren Produktionsdruck, womit erneut Rufe laut werden, Fleisch von jenseits der Roten Linie zu exportieren. Von Clemens von Alten, Windhoek

    Der nun angelaufene Fleischexport in die Volksrepublik China ist ein „Durchbruch“, sagte Mushokobanji Mwilima, Direktor des Schlachtbetriebs Meatco, als die ersten 24 Tonnen gestern in Windhoek verabschiedet wurden. Abnehmer ist die Firma Hebei Shijiazhuang Hangyuan Fisheries Company. Damit ist Namibia momentan das einzige Land Afrikas, das Rindfleisch nach China ausführt, da der Handel mit Südafrika aufgrund eines Ausbruchs der Maul- und Klauenseuche zurzeit brach liegt.

    „Neben Südafrika gibt es in Europa 18 Absatzmärkte für namibisches Fleisch“, berichtete die Meatco-Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun. „Zudem haben wir erst kürzlich auch die USA als möglichen Abnehmer für Rindfleisch gewonnen.“ Sie erwartet künftig eine erhebliche Steigerung der Nachfrage. China allein verspricht mit fast 1,4 Milliarden Menschen ein unersättlicher Absatzmarkt zu sein.

    „In der Volksrepublik gibt es ein enormes Potenzial für namibisches Fleisch“, betonte der Geschäftsträger der chinesischen Botschaft in Windhoek, Yang Jun. „Das Problem ist nicht die Nachfrage, sondern wie viel Namibia produzieren kann.“ Abgesehen von dem Abnehmer dieser ersten Fracht, seien nämlich bereits 40 Bestellungen von insgesamt sieben anderen chinesischen Abnehmern bei Meatco eingegangen, wie Hauptgeschäftsführer Jannie Breytenbach der AZ verriet. Gefragt seien nicht entbeintes Rindfleisch sowie gefrorene und vakuumverpackte Produkte.

    Vor diesem Hintergrund forderte Wirtschaftsminister Tjekero Tweya erneut ein Abschaffen des als Rote Linie bekannten Veterinärzaunes: „Wir arbeiten daran, auch Fleischexporte aus dem Norden des Landes zu ermöglichen“, kündigte der Politiker an, der Bedenken wegen möglichen Tierkrankheiten nicht hören will: „Es geht darum, die Vorteile (aus dem Exportgeschäft) mit allen Namibiern und nicht nur einer kleinen Gruppe der Bevölkerung zu teilen, um das Ungleichgewicht der Vergangenheit zu korrigieren.“

    Die Gespräche rund um den Fleischexport nach China reichen bis in das Jahr 2005 zurück, wie Landwirtschaftsminister Alpheus !Naruseb erklärte. Doch erst sechs Jahre danach wurde schließlich ein Abkommen für Gesundheits- und Quarantänebedingungen unterzeichnet. Grünes Licht für den Export erhielt Namibia bereits im Jahr 2015, doch aufgrund des Ausbruchs der Knötchenkrankheit (Lumpy Skin Disease, LSD) musste erneut verhandelt werden, was die Ausfuhr von Rindfleisch bis jetzt verzögerte.

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  • 03/29/19--01:51: Vermiste vrou se lyk gevind
  • Vermiste vrou se lyk gevindVermiste vrou se lyk gevind Die onthoofde liggaam van die 29-jarige Elna-Marie Abbott is vanoggend op 'n spoorlyn in die suidelike nywerheidsgebied naby die Game-inkoopsentrum in Windhoek gevind. Die woordvoerder van die Namibiese polisie, hoofinspekteur Kauna Shikwambi het aan Republikein bevestig die polisie is steeds op die toneel en dat die liggaam dié van Abbott is wat sedert Woensdag vermis was. Haar silwerkleurige Volkswagen Golf, met die registrasienommer N27434WB is volgens die polisie nog nie gevind nie. 'n Vriendin, me. Windy Engelbrecht, het ook bevestig Abbott se liggaam is vanoggend gevind en dat haar motor "met al haar goed" nog steeds soek is.

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    Enthauptete Frauenleiche gefundenEnthauptete Frauenleiche gefunden Windhoek (cev) – Die Polizei hat am heutigen Freitagmorgen eine enthauptete Frauenleiche in Windhoek gefunden. Zur Identität der Toten gibt es bisher keine offiziellen Angaben, doch es wird vermutet, dass es sich um die seit Mittwoch vermisste 29-jährige Elna-Marie Abbott handelt. Der Körper und der abgetrennte Kopf wurden im Zentrum der Stadt auf Bahngleisen nahe einem Einkaufszentrum gefunden. Die Ermittlungen dauern an. (Fotos: Clemens von Alten)

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    Swakopmund: Regeringsmotor bots glo teen kliniekSwakopmund: Regeringsmotor bots glo teen kliniek‘n Wit bakkie met ‘n regeringsregistrasienommer het, na wat verneem word, vanoggend omstreeks halfvier in die Swakopmund Vet Clinic vasgery en ernstige skade aan die motor, asook die gebou aangerig.

    Nampol se speurhoofinspekteur Jacobus Viljoen op Walvisbaai kon nog nie verdere inligting oor die voorval gee nie, maar het bevestig dat ‘n klag in verband met die saak ingedien is. Hy het gesê hy is in besit van die nodige video-materiaal, asook foto’s van die voorval.

    ‘n Video van ‘n kamera wat van die dorp se Spar-inkoopsentrum op die kruising van Mandume Ndemufayo en Tobias Hainyeko-straat afkyk, wys hoe ‘n wit motor Vrydag om 04:23 oor ‘n stopstraat jaag sonder om stil te hou - in die rigting van die kliniek.
    Die motor verdwyn op die video uit sig en die ongeluk is nie duidelik te sien nie. Die video is intussen wyd in sosiale media versprei.

    Die Swakopmund Vet Clinic se bestuur het vanoggend gesê hulle is nog besig om die toneel op te ruim en sal eers later kan vasstel hoe groot die skade is.

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    Mindestens 18 Tote bei Erdrutsch in einer Mine im Kongo Mindestens 18 Tote bei Erdrutsch in einer Mine im Kongo Goma (dpa) - Bei einem Erdrutsch in einer Mine im Ost-Kongo sind mindestens 18 Menschen ums Leben gekommen. 16 weitere Menschen seien bei dem Unglück in der Nähe des Ortes Nyabibwe in der Provinz Süd-Kivu verletzt worden, wie ein leitender Beamter am Donnerstag sagte. Die Bergungsarbeiten dauerten noch an. In der Mine Kalimbi wird das Mineral Kassiterit gefördert, aus dem Zinn gewonnen wird. Die Ursache des Unglücks vom Mittwoch war zunächst unklar. In der Region hat kürzlich die Regenzeit begonnen, das erhöht die Gefahr von Erdrutschen.

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    Zahl der Cholera-Fälle in Mosambik steigt nach Zyklon „Idai“ rasant Zahl der Cholera-Fälle in Mosambik steigt nach Zyklon „Idai“ rasant Beira (dpa) - Nach dem verheerenden Zyklon „Idai“ steigt die Zahl der Cholera-Erkrankungen in Mosambik schnell an. Inzwischen seien 139 Fälle der schweren Durchfallerkrankung bestätigt, sagte ein leitender Mitarbeiter des Gesundheitsministeriums am gestrigen Donnerstag dem staatlichen Sender Radio Moçambique. Am Mittwoch hatte die Regierung noch von fünf Fällen gesprochen. Infolge der Krankheit seien bereits fünf Menschen ums Leben gekommen, sagte der Beamte Ussene Issa weiter. Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) hat angekündigt, 900000 Cholera-Impfungen in das Katastrophengebiet zu senden.
    Präsident Filipe Nyusi erklärte bei einem Besuch in der stark vom Sturm verwüsteten Stadt Beira, dass die Einsätze zur Rettung von Menschen aus den überschwemmten Gebieten nun beendet würden. Jetzt sei es die Priorität der Helfer, die Menschen mit dem Nötigsten zu versorgen und den Weg für den Wiederaufbau zu bereiten.
    Am 15. März hatte „Idai“ weite Teile von Mosambik, Malawi und Simbabwe verwüstet und mit starkem Regen vor allem in Mosambik weite Landstriche unter Wasser gesetzt. Rund 700 Menschen sind nach Regierungsangaben ums Leben gekommen – die tatsächliche Zahl dürfte Helfern zufolge jedoch deutlich höher liegen. Rund drei Millionen Menschen in den drei Ländern sind nach UN-Schätzungen betroffen. Allein in Mosambik wurden 91000 Häuser teils zerstört. Bis zu 500000 Menschen sollen Schätzungen zufolge obdachlos geworden sein.


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    Bedrohtes Paradies: Wachsende Bevölkerung schadet der SerengetiBedrohtes Paradies: Wachsende Bevölkerung schadet der SerengetiBei vielen Menschen prägen sie das Bild von Afrika: Millionen wandernde Gnus, Zebras und Gazellen, die auf der Suche nach Wasser und Nahrung durch Serengeti und Masai Mara streifen. Doch das Paradies im Osten Afrikas ist extrem bedroht, warnen Forscher. Bei vielen Menschen prägen sie das Bild von Afrika: Millionen wandernde Gnus, Zebras und Gazellen, die auf der Suche nach Wasser und Nahrung durch Serengeti und Masai Mara streifen. Doch das Paradies im Osten Afrikas ist extrem bedroht, warnen Forscher. Daressalam (dpa) – Serengeti und Masai Mara bilden ein einmaliges Ökosystem für ostafrikanische Tiere. Die Gebiete in Tansania und dem angrenzenden Kenia sind streng geschützt – doch der Druck menschlicher Siedlungen bedroht das Ökosystem einer Studie zufolge fundamental. Die am Rande der Schutzgebiete lebende Bevölkerung sei zwischen 1999 und 2012 im Mittel jährlich um 2,4 Prozent gewachsen, berichten Forscher im Fachjournal „Science“. Es gebe mehr Ackerland, auch die Zahl der Nutztiere sei in die Höhe geschnellt.
    Die Wissenschaftler um Michiel Veldhuis von der Universität Groningen (Niederlande) hatten Daten aus den vergangenen vier Jahrzehnten analysiert. In einigen Regionen an den Grenzen der Schutzgebiete wuchs die Bevölkerungszahl demnach allein im letzten Jahrzehnt um das Vierfache. Zugleich seien die Bestände großer Wildtiere in für den Naturschutz besonders relevanten Gebieten der Masai Mara um mehr als 75 Prozent geschwunden.
    Viehhirten zögen auf der Suche nach knapper werdendem Weideland für ihre Schafe, Ziegen und Rinder immer tiefer in die Schutzgebiete hinein, immer mehr Menschen bauten in den Pufferzonen rund um die Kernbereiche Häuser, erklären die Forscher. Die Wildtiere würden in die Kerngebiete verdrängt, ihnen bleibe immer weniger Raum zum Grasen. Zudem würden die Zugrouten von Gnus, Zebras und Gazellen unterbrochen.
    „Wir haben Luft- und Satellitenaufnahmen ausgewertet und erkannt, dass mittlerweile die Vegetation auf den äußersten sieben Kilometern der Schutzzonen weniger grün ist als früher“, erklärt Mitautor Joseph Ogutu von der Universität Hohenheim. „Außerdem erkennt man jetzt ein Netz von Trittpfaden der Weidetiere, das in die Schutzzonen führt.“ Die Bestände der 15 häufigsten Wildtierarten in Masai Mara sind demnach in den 40 Jahren seit 1977 um 40 bis 93 Prozent zurückgegangen – innerhalb und außerhalb des Naturreservats gleichermaßen.
    Die Serengeti im Norden Tansanias und die Masai Mara im Süden Kenias bilden eines der größten Schutzgebiete Afrikas. In der rund 40000 Quadratkilometer umfassenden Region folgen jährlich etwa eine Million Gnus, eine halbe Million Gazellen und 200000 Zebras dem Regen von der Serengeti zur Masai Mara und wieder zurück – ein Spektakel, dass Touristen aus aller Welt anzieht. Auch Büffel, Elefanten, Strauße, Giraffen, Warzenschweine und viele andere Arten sind in der Region heimisch.
    Die Folgen des steigenden Siedlungsdrucks für das gesamte Ökosystem seien immens und bald nicht mehr umkehrbar, warnen die Forscher. Die Wanderungen der Tiere seien gestört, der Rhythmus der Brände in dem Gebiet verändere sich, die Fruchtbarkeit der Böden schwinde, erklärt Ogutu. „Wenn das Gras zu stark abgeweidet wird, ist einem Feuer quasi die Nahrung entzogen. Feuer ist jedoch eines der prägenden Elemente dieses Ökosystems.“
    Vieh sei in der Region ein Statussymbol, so Ogutu. Die Menschen verdienten durchaus Geld mit dem Tourismus, investierten dieses aber oft in weitere Nutztiere, die dann mit den Wildtieren um Platz, Wasser und Nahrung konkurrierten. Wünschenswert seien daher eine staatliche Regulierung der Viehzahlen und Steuern für Tierbestände. „Wir brauchen dringend Lösungen, sonst schreitet die Degradierung der Landschaft fort.“ Mit weiter steigenden Bevölkerungszahlen werde es immer schwieriger, eine Lanze für den Naturschutz zu brechen. „Und das wäre letztlich auch für die Menschen vor Ort ein Verlust.“
    Wenn die Probleme in einem so berühmten und großen Schutzgebiet wie dem von Serengeti und Masai Mara schon so deutlich seien, sei die Situation in kleineren Gebieten wahrscheinlich noch viel schlimmer, schreiben Veldhuis und seine Kollegen auch. Ein Drittel aller Schutzgebiete weltweit steht demnach unter immensem Druck.

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  • 03/29/19--05:41: Frauenleiche identifiziert
  • Frauenleiche identifiziertFrauenleiche identifiziert Windhoek (cev) – Bei der Frauenleiche, die am heutigen Freitagmorgen enthauptet in Windhoek gefunden wurde, handelt es sich um Elna-Marie Abbott. Das bestätigte soeben die Polizei auf AZ-Nachfrage, die von Mord ausgeht. Die 29-Jährige wurde am Mittwoch zuletzt gesehen. Von ihrem Wagen – ein silberner VW-Golf – fehlt bisher jede Spur. Offiziellen Angaben zufolge soll ein Lokführer den leblosen Körper auf den Bahngleisen nahe einem Einkaufszentrum in der Stadtmitte entdeckt haben.

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     Geingob lashes ‘loyalists’, sycophants in Nujoma house saga Geingob lashes ‘loyalists’, sycophants in Nujoma house saga The presidency late last night claimed a third force consisting of so-called “loyalists and sycophants” is trying to build a wedge between former president Sam Nujoma and head of state Hage Geingob. This follows media reports indicating that government spent over N$40 million towards the upgrading of Nujoma’s private house on the outskirts of Windhoek. The Namibian newspaper earlier reported that the cost of upgrades to Nujoma's house increased from N$11 million in 2013 to N$34 million in 2014, while some claimed the costs shot up to N$64 million in 2015. According to the newspaper, some officials in government are questioning the transaction and calling for an investigation on how the cost of the project increased in two years. There are also reports claiming that Nujoma’s allies are accusing Geingob’s followers of using the founding president’s name when it suits them, The Namibian reported. However, the presidency refuted claims that it had forgotten about Nujoma by not providing him with accommodation when his private house was being upgraded. Nujoma was temporarily sheltered in a posh mediterranean property belonging to business couple Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun and her husband Haddis. “When President Geingob was informed that the Founding President was without a place of residency in Windhoek, he went to the Founding President, and offered one of the fully equipped Presidential Guest Houses at State House. This was conceded to, however, another offer had already being made, free of charge by Mrs. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, which the Founding Father and Former First Lady, Madam Kovambo Nujoma had accepted,” the said the presidency. Geingob added that he issue of the renovation and upgrading of Nujoma’s house was already at an advanced stage when he took over as prime minister in December 2012. “On 14 February 2014, the Cabinet Committee on Defence, Security and International Relations, of which President Geingob was not a member when he was Prime Minister, took the decision to “conduct a feasibility study for major renovations, upgrading of the entire residence for the Founding President.” The cost of the upgrades and renovations amounts to N$ 42, 790, 565. 18. On 16 February 2015, a provisional security clearance was provided to the construction companies that were to execute the work. It should be stated that this transpired before President Geingob assumed duties as Head of State on 21 March 2015.” The presidency also added that Nujoma was entitled to special benefits, including a house as provided by the Former Presidents Pension and Other Benefits Act of 2004 as amended in 2012. “The Founding President by virtue of the Founding Father of the Namibian Nation Act is accorded special status as an extraordinary personality, and the benefits accrued are considered in that light. Premised on this explanation, the matter of the upgrades and renovations of the house of the Founding President should be considered as closed,” Geingob’s office said.
    ‘Loyalists’ blasted
    Meanwhile, the presidency also attacked so-called “loyalists and sycophants” undermining his relationship with Nujoma, including claims that Geingob did not enjoy the founding president’s support at the last Swapo elective congress. “President Geingob has always been with the Founding Father, in the first line of defence, as a “bodyguard”. This was at a time when the Founding Father did not have a coterie of bodyguards. What we have is a situation where a matter that should have been easily solved through the attainment of readily available facts has descended into political hearsay and gossip,” the presidency said. “The President has been aware for a long time, that certain individuals have been insistent and resolute in their determination to use each and every contentious issue as a springboard to try to build a wedge between the Founding President and President Geingob.”

    STAFF REPORTER

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    The beauty behind the madnessThe beauty behind the madness Dante De Almeida



    Noordgrens Secondary school, is located in Rundu in Kavango East Region, it is by far the most interesting and challenging school in the area. For the past 15 years, it has been known notorious among other schools in Kavango East. Events such as constant police raids are what lead to its classification.

    Noordgrens for quite some time has been off the grid in many activities and competitions for schools throughout the country. It has been like a chapter in the book nobody wanted to read….until now. For the past 2 years and aim willing to guarantee the same outcome this year, Noordgrens Secondary School has been oddly impressive competitor to the same schools who detest it, and not just in academics. Noordgrens has been a worthy for in all competitions during its stunning recent upraise.

    In 2017 Noordgrens came in second place in the Bank of Namibia competition which is much better than expected given the fact that it had an incomplete team (two grade 11 &12), whereas all other teams were a complete package (Four twelfth graders).Noordgrens had done the impossible, and like a lit match thrown into a pool of gasoline, it ignited a flame. A flame of hunger, The Hunger for victory and success. Last year, 15 students from Noordgrens were awarded scholarships by the Chinese embassy. The schools desire to rise above criticism and to prove itself was slowly becoming a reality. In the past 2 years, Noordgrens 10 and 12th grade result for the national examination have challenged the top schools in the Kavango East. The unread chapter had caught the people’s attention.

    Noordgrens has many interesting features, one of which is its geography. It is the only school in Kavango East Region with a swimming pool),a workshop filled with many power tools and a technical block. This school uniquely offers subjects such as design and Technology in the workshop, technical studies and motor studies. The school also has a laboratory filled with all sorts of chemicals for chemistry students and a kitchen for subjects lives Home Economics. Noordgrens also has ties with members from German Red Cross to offer classes in paramedics. This very uniquely designed school is engineered to expose students to vast environments, unlike St. Boniface College or other hostels that keep students in an enclosed and isolated environment. Noordgrens is simple defined as survival of the fittest. This is the perfect test and preparation for any student for the perfect test and preparation for any students for the world that comes after school.

    Enrolling into any school these days is becoming a little more difficult than before due to the fact that there are certain requirements for legibility. Noordgrens is not about that, the school authority knows that some, if not most, of the greatest names in history come from a hard background. All pupils are welcome at Noordgrens. It is like a safety net for all no matter your background. With hundreds of new pupils each year Noordgrens houses them all, Making each and every one of them figure out what they are capable of, So many pupils so much potential.

    Noordgrens has produced artist, performances, athletes and scholars. All under the wig of their principal, MS Bekker she has taken sheer will and determination of pupils and turned it into the rise of an empire. He gave Noordgrens Secondary school a chance to prove itself, and to prove others wrong about their perception of the school. She brought out the beauty behind the madness.

    Long May she reign.

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    Expropriation threats 'like a poison'Expropriation threats 'like a poison'German-speaking locals make voices heard White Namibians of German heritage say expropriation threats are creating a rift between them and the Ovaherero. Ovaherero paramount chief Vekuii Rukoro and others have come under fire from German-speaking Namibians over threats that their farms will be expropriated.

    During a panel discussion on Tuesday, organised by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights as part of a symposium aimed at interrogating the 1904-08 genocide, an emotional Erica von Wietersheim said most German-speaking Namibians love their motherland, Namibia, adding the graves of their ancestors are here.

    “Unfortunately threatening remarks by your Chief Rukoro and others, threatening German-speaking farmers that they will take our farms, worked like a poison. They deepen the rift between the Herero and Germans instead of bringing us together,” she said. According to the former head of the National Archives, Werner Hillebrecht, some German-speaking Namibians are walking around with “blinkers”.

    He added there is also a sense of entitlement among the Nama and Ovaherero communities, adding the colonial war was not limited to 1904 and 1908, and that they only concentrate on the text of the extermination order by Lothar von Trotha and not the wider context of colonial rule.

    “It actually started with the attack on Hornkranz by Curt von Francois in 1893 and it ended with the battle of Sam !Khubis near Rehoboth in 1915, and it would not have ended if the colonial masters would have been South Africa, which continued the wars in other ways,” he said.

    He, however, added these facts do not take away from the trauma inflicted on those directly affected by the genocide, but it is important to look at what happened afterwards.

    He also drew attention to the fact that the expropriated land was initially the livelihood of the Damara and San, while emphasising that German rule affected all indigenous groups the same way.

    He added the Cold War and apartheid made researching colonial history difficult for long periods, and as a result, much is still unknown.

    As an example, he noted the reports of women being subjected to forced labour in concentration camps such as Shark Island.

    Former Allgemeine Zeitung news editor Eberhard Hofmann said Namibians are selective with history and are not considering the writings of local Germans, in German, which document the fact that the Von Trotha extermination order was revoked.

    “In the end we will have to discuss and get back to the real facts and we cannot just be selective, as it happens. In all these discussions, not once so far has it been mentioned that when the shooting order (extermination order) became known in Berlin two months later, it was revoked by the Kaiser.

    “So it is unfinished business; we still have a long way to go to communicate,” he said. Freelance journalist Sven-Eric Stender said it is important that more information is made available, because significant doubt still exists regarding the genocide.

    “We need to address these myths; at least to my knowledge there were plans by Mr Von Trotha to erect a prisoner of war camp at Okahandja and there was this myth of a Kesselschlacht (German for when you surround the enemy and slowly terminate them from the outside moving inward) to prevent the Ovaherero from escaping. So there are doubts,” he said.

    Some Germans regard the rumours of a Kesselschlacht as a myth, claiming the soldiers were not sufficient to perform the manoeuvre.

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    Bread delay caused pupil food huntBread delay caused pupil food hunt The Rundu Secondary School hostel management has dismissed claims it had sent hungry learners to look for food in the surrounding communities.

    It was instead revealed that the pupils had requested permission to do this, after a bread delivery delay, which was granted.

    This follows a media report that claimed the learners, who it was alleged normally go to bed with empty stomachs, were sent to look for food recently. Hostel superintendent Peter Mberema refuted the claims.

    He said the bread shortage situation was the result of a delivery delay.

    “There is nothing like a shortage of food at our hostel. There was just a delay in the delivery of bread by the contractor. The learners went on to have all their meals that day, to date,” Mberema said.

    He explained it was not the hostel's idea to have the learners look for food elsewhere.

    He said permission had been requested by the learners, who felt that eating soft porridge alone was not satisfactory. “That same Saturday morning the learners were served their normal soft porridge, but there was no bread. They then came to me and asked for permission to go out for a specific time, which I granted,” Mberema said.

    He said the hostel accommodates about 437 learners who are expected to pay a fee of N$200 per semester.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Preserve Omukwaniilwa's legacy of peacePreserve Omukwaniilwa's legacy of peace Since Tuesday morning, tributes have been pouring in from all corners of the country in honour of Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, the revered and respected leader of Ondonga for the last 44 years, who passed on this week at the age of 86. Elifas has been described by many as a great unifier, who not only showed outstanding commitment to his community, but also Namibia at large.

    He was without doubt a source of inspiration and a beacon of hope. In the words of President Hage Geingob, Omukwaniilwa did not only care about those who fell under his traditional authority, but treated everyone with affection and compassion. As leader of the Ondonga kingdom, King Elifas will forever be remembered for promoting peace, humility and forgiveness not forgetting his unwavering commitment to justice and dignity for all.

    Disappointingly, it is really sad to note that his fine legacy is now under threat given the infighting among the traditional leaders, which has led to factions and disunity. The infighting has been linked to the succession battle. This followed after a group of senior leaders were reportedly purged by a rival grouping of individuals close to the royal family and who apparently took advantage of Elifas' poor health to wield the axe. The fired councillors are still backing Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, who was nominated by the Ondonga king as his heir in September 2002, to take over from Elifas one day. The widely publicised and embarrassing shenanigans within the Ondonga Traditional Authority led to unnecessary confusion and irreconcilable differences not only among the leadership, but also the subjects, and the community at large. The promotion of division by self-centred leaders within Ondonga undermines the rich legacy of peace and compassion, which the departed king so well lived by. The warring factions of Ondonga must immediately bury the hatchet not only for the sake of peace and progress towards a better life for all, but also to preserve the indomitable legacy of Omukwaniilwa Elifas. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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    Radio icon Lategan rememberedRadio icon Lategan remembered
    Family, friends and the media fraternity are mourning the death of radio presenter Fanie Lategan.
    Lategan died on Friday, 29 March, Namibia Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) reported. Lategan was popular for producing and co-presenting the vibrant Morning Cup of Java breakfast show on NBC for 18 years.
    In an interview with Namibian Sun, NBC national radio’s Raymond Thikukutu described Lategan as a people’s person who always had something nice to say. “I have known Lategan for quite sometime now and even though we never worked together on the same show I have learned so much from him and his work ethics,” said Thikukutu.
    Former radio presenter now public relations practitioner, Ilke Platt said Nambia has lost a pioneer when it comes to radio anchors. “He was someone who did his every show as if it was his last. I am shattered and my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” said Platt.
    Franklin Newman who hosts the Freestyle Fridays on national radio said Lategan was an expert at what he did and that Namibian radio has lost a good mentor. “When I got to national radio he had already retired and I did have encounters with him but as far as mentorship goes he was always that person that me and a lot of people looked up to. We have definitely lost a legend,” said Newman.
    Former entertainment journalist Rukee Kaakunga said: “Fanie Lategan’s passing really saddens me. Radio really lost an icon.”
    MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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    Lategan remembered as an iconLategan remembered as an icon
    Family, friends and the media fraternity are mourning the death of radio presenter Fanie Lategan.
    Lategan died on Friday, 29 March, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) reported. Lategan was popular for producing and co-presenting the vibrant Morning Cup of Java breakfast show on NBC for 18 years.
    In an interview with Namibian Sun, NBC national radio’s Raymond Thikukutu described Lategan as a people’s person who always had something nice to say. “I have known Lategan for quite sometime now and even though we never worked together on the same show I have learned so much from him and his work ethic,” said Thikukutu.
    Former radio presenter now public relations practitioner, Ilke Platt said Nambia has lost a pioneer when it comes to radio anchors. “He was someone who did his every show as if it was his last. I am shattered and my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” said Platt.
    Franklin Newman who hosts the Freestyle Fridays on national radio said Lategan was an expert at what he did and that Namibian radio has lost a good mentor. “When I got to national radio he had already retired but I did have encounters with him and as far as mentorship goes he was always that person that me and a lot of people looked up to. We have definitely lost a legend,” said Newman.
    Former entertainment journalist Rukee Kaakunga said: “Fanie Lategan’s passing really saddens me. Radio really lost an icon.”
    MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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    'Don't-care attitude' costing govt'Don't-care attitude' costing govtWeather station delayed by five years The high number of capital projects which are idle but incomplete has irked works minister John Mutorwa. Works minister John Mutorwa has expressed his disappointment over an unfinished meteorological service office situated at the Rundu airport, which should have been completed in 2014.

    “I am disappointed because someone was paid with taxpayers' money to construct this infrastructure, but they have not delivered as per the agreement,” Mutorwa said during a site visit on Tuesday.

    “It is this don't-care attitude which is costing government a lot of money. There are quite a number of capital projects under the ministry of works that I am aware of that are incomplete, but people are very fast to write out cheques.” Mutorwa did not hold back his discontent over the stalled N$5.7 million project, saying he does not understand why a project that was expected to take one year is still unfinished six years later.

    The tender to construct the meteorological service office was awarded to Rundu-based Fermour Investment CC and the site was handed over on 30 August 2013.

    The project was expected to be completed by 21 March 2014, but the completion date was later moved to 19 June 2015.

    The project is 90% complete and the outstanding work includes the electrification of the building, the installation of air conditioners, as well as a stormwater channel, and dealing with several minor defects.

    According to the officials who briefed Mutorwa, the contractor was paid an amount of about N$5.4 million, but the contract was terminated on 18 October 2018, due to non-compliance with deadlines and non-cooperation with the ministry.

    The officials also told the minister the contractor had failed to acknowledge receipt of the contract termination. Mutorwa was amazed by the fact that the keys to the premises was still in the contractor's possession.

    He instructed the ministry officials to get the keys.

    He also called on them to ensure that the project is completed as soon as possible, so the weather experts could move in.

    The region's meteorological staff are currently operating from a house in one of Rundu's townships.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Otjisepa calls for speedy repair of boreholesOtjisepa calls for speedy repair of boreholes Repair work on three broken boreholes at villages at Otjisepa in the Okakarara constituency, is expected to be completed in April.

    The boreholes have been out of order since 2017 and the agriculture ministry last week deployed six workers to the various sites to have them repaired.

    Community members however complained to Nampa that work stopped, because of Independence Day, on both Thursday and Friday.

    One of the workers, Canisius Katataiza told Nampa this week that on Monday, the ministry had deployed six handymen to Otjisepa and by 15:00 on Monday, work on one of the boreholes was completed and it was ready to be used.

    “We are working on the second borehole now. This borehole has a problem with its pumping element that fell into the hole because the bottom galvanising pipe was loose,” he said.

    Katataiza said the repairs started last Tuesday, but stopped on Thursday and Friday for the celebration of the 29th Independence Day.

    He also said his team commutes daily from Okakarara, situated over 100 kilometres away as there is not enough money for the subsistence allowances if the workers were to camp at Otjisepa.

    The community members questioned why work stopped and asked that it be sped up as water from the boreholes is used for both human and animal consumption.

    Otjisepa traditional leader Nani Ndjaukua said his community has been fetching water from an earthen dam, which animals also drink from, since the boreholes broke.

    “We are in a crisis. Water is a challenge here, worse now as the water levels in our earthen dam also continue to decrease,” he said.

    Ndjaukua said more than 1 500 cattle, goats and sheep survive from the earthen dam.

    His wife, Kunene Ndjaukua said she fetches water in containers from the earthen dam in the early hours of the day, before the livestock start drinking.

    “They are busy fixing the boreholes but they need to speed it up,” she said.

    The boreholes are situated some distance away from each other.



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