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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Hataoka nabs third title
  • Hataoka nabs third titleHataoka nabs third title Japan's Nasa Hataoka carded six birdies in a five-under par 67 on Sunday to roll to a three-stroke victory in the LPGA Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California.

    Hataoka, 20, notched up her third LPGA title with an 18-under par total of 270.

    She was three shots clear of former world number one Park In-bee, current number one Park Sung-hyun and Ko Jin-young, Danielle Kang and Azahara Munoz.

    Hataoka had posted a third-round 64 to enter Sunday trailing Park In-bee by a stroke in the final tune-up for the year's first major, the ANA Inspiration, next week.

    “Big tournament coming up next week, so I'll celebrate a little bit but get my mind refreshed and start again next week,” Hataoka said.

    Park In-bee, chasing a 20th LPGA tour title but her first in a year, carded a one-under par 71.

    Park Sung-hyun, who had a share of the second-round lead on Friday, also signed for a 61. Spain's Munoz carded a 68 while America's Kang and South Korean Ko, winner of the Founders Cup in Phoenix last week, both shot 65.

    South Korean Kim Hyo-joo equalled the tournament record with a 62 to join the group sharing seventh on 274.

    Hataoka was five-under for the day when she found the water on the way to a bogey at the par-four 16th that cut her lead to two strokes. She shook off the miscue with a tap-in birdie at 17 and capped her round with a par.

    “I forgot about the bogey very quickly,” she said. “I knew that 17 was a chance I could make a birdie, and I am just very relieved and felt great that I was able to actually get a birdie.”

    Hataoka is the sixth different winner on the LPGA tour this season - the third straight year that the first six tournaments have had six different winners.

    Park In-bee, who played alongside her in the final pairing, said she showed no sign of nerves.

    “Didn't really look like she was feeling the pressure, especially in the way she played the last hole,” Park said. “Just very smart.”


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    Dates Eleven win Swartmodder tourneyDates Eleven win Swartmodder tourney Dates Eleven from Naute were the winners of the first-ever Swartmodder football tournament that took place at the J Stephanus Stadium in Keetmanshoop on Sunday.

    Dates Eleven beat Mainstay 3-1 in the final match of the tournament, which started on Friday and saw 23 teams competing.

    Teams from the Hardap and

    //Karas regions and the Northern Cape participated in the event.

    Organiser Emrico Blaauw told Nampa earlier they decided to organise the tournament because the first and second divisions are inactive, as no starting dates have been communicated yet.

    They are hoping to make it an annual event.

    The prizes totalled N$50 000 and were sponsored by Llewellyn Firefighting.

    Dates Eleven walked away with N$25 000 in cash, 25 gold medals and a floating trophy.

    Mainstay from the Northern Cape won N$15 000 and 25 silver medals for coming in second, while Try Again of Keetmanshoop and Black Arrows, also from Keetmanshoop, walked away with N$5 000 each as semi-final losers.


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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Youngsters win Harders Cup
  • Youngsters win Harders CupYoungsters win Harders CupAtlanta Bucs fall at final hurdle The final, which was played in windy conditions, saw Youngsters win the cup for the second time since its inception through goals by joint tournament top goal-scorers Howard Shipepa and Ronaldo Solomon. Youngsters Football Club won the 2019 Harders Cup by beating Atlanta Bucs 2-1 at the Lüderitz Football Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

    Bucs took the lead when Tutaleni Hamupolo nodded home from a corner-kick midway through the first half.

    They dominated the proceedings as the strong winds aided their cause, but failed to capitalise on the advantage.

    To their credit they had a goal disallowed by the match officials who were out of sorts in their decision-making.

    However, Youngsters kept pressurising their opponents and were rewarded in first-half injury time when Eusebio Fredericks showed his class by skipping through three tackles on the right flank before laying an inch-perfect pass for his striking partner Shipepa, who slammed home to make it 1-1 at half-time.

    The second half saw the advantage going Youngsters' way as the wind once again played a big role in their second goal.

    They won a free-kick deep into Bucs' half on the right flank and up stepped Eusebio's brother Ozario, whose powerful shot was parried back into play by Tuhafeni Filipus, in goals for Bucs.

    Solomon was the fastest to react and slammed the ball into the back of the net in what seemed to be an offside position, much to the anger of the Bucs players.

    Both teams tried to score more goals but the wind became worse and made it difficult to play football, with the match ending 2-1 in favour of Youngsters.

    Having won the tournament in its inaugural year in 2017, Youngsters become the first team to win the tournament more than once.

    The tournament also saw four players jointly ending as top goal-scorers with three apiece, while goalkeeper of the tournament went to Filipus.


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  • 04/01/19--15:00: NBF daag geslagsnorme uit
  • NBF daag geslagsnorme uitNBF daag geslagsnorme uitSterker vroulike teenwoordigheid in basketbal Die Namibiese Basketbalfederasie (NBF) strewe daarna om gelyke verteenwoordiging van mans en vroue in basketbal moontlik te maak. Mariselle Stofberg

    Die Namibiese Basketbalfederasie (NBF) het Saterdag 23 Maart ’n vlak 1-skeidsregtingkliniek in Windhoek by die Basketbal Artists School (BAS) se velde aangebied. Die kliniek is gelei deur mnr. Jackson Haufiku, met me. Petrina Aron, mnr. Mantius Amukoshi en me. Tamara !Gaoses as die instrukteurs. Hoewel konstante groei in beide die sport en skeidsregting vir die federasie van belang is, word veral klem geplaas op vrouebemagtiging in die sport as geheel.

    Die suksesverhaal van !Gaoses, wat die eerste internasionaal erkende vroulike basketbalskeidsregter is, is bewys van die federasie se passie en ywer om seker te maak gelyke geleenthede vir beide mans en vroue word te alle tye geskep. “Ek hoop ons kan verder bou op die geleenthede wat deur hierdie klinieke moontlik gemaak word. Dit dra nie net waarde vir Namibië nie, maar vir vroue as geheel, want dit speel ? ongelooflike rol in vrouebemagtiging,” sê !Gaoses.

    Volgens me. Jacobina Uushona, die skakelbeampte van die BAS en die NBF, strewe die federasie na gelykheid in alle fasette van die sport. “Die betrokkenheid van vroue in ons opleidingsklinieke word deurgaans beklemtoon as ’n prioriteit vir die NBF. Daarom wil ons verseker dat elke kliniek wat ons aanbied, minstens 50% uit vroue bestaan.”

    Die NBF is hard aan die werk om die teenwoordigheid van meer vrouespanne in die liga te verseker, met die skoleliga wat ’n vroueafdeling in die o.14-, o.16- en o.19-ouderdomsgroepe geskep het.

    Uushona is van mening dat sport ’n daadwerklike geleentheid bied om die norm en tradisionele geslagsrolle uit te daag. “Sport bied aan vroue die geleentheid om ook hul vaardighede ten toon te stel. Die enigste manier hoe ons die norme in die samelewing kan verander, is om nuwes te skep. Om die speelveld gelyk te maak vir almal klink miskien verregaande, maar Rome is nie in een dag gebou nie, so ons kan nie nou stop nie.”

    Uushona glo sport bied waardevolle vaardighede aan beide mans en vroue wat nie net tot die baan of veld beperk word nie. “Sport bied aan jou die gevoel van dissipline, nederigheid, aanvaarding van mislukking en hoe om hierdie mislukking aan te wend om as ’n sterker weergawe van jouself terug te keer.”

    Wat behels die kliniek?

    Hierdie kliniek is die eerste van sy soort en is die eerste van ’n kursus met drie vlakke wat aan deelnemers die geleentheid bied om beamptes te wees met ’n kursus wat internasionaal herken word. Die kliniek het vir 18 deelnemers voorsiening gemaak en mnr. Jackson Haufiku het die eendagkliniek waargeneem. Die kliniek het gefokus op die basiese reëls van basketbal en wat die sport behels. ’n Kombinasie van teorie en praktiese toepassing het dit moontlik gemaak om die geldigheid van die voornemende beamptes te bepaal.

    Mnr. Ramah Mumba, sekretaris-generaal van die NBF, sê hierdie kliniek en die kursus as geheel bied aan Namibië die geleentheid om meer gekwalifiseerde beamptes beskikbaar te stel. “Dit beteken op die beurt dat meer wedstryde gespeel kan word om Namibië se internasionale rang op die FIBA 3X3-Wêreldranglys se webtuiste te verbeter. ’n Hoër rang versterk Namibië se kanse om in die toekoms ook deel te neem aan Olimpiese wedstryde.”

    3X3-basketbal is ’n erkende Olimpiese sportskode en die NBF sien groot potensiaal vir nie net die spelers om te kwalifiseer nie, maar ook beamptes wat hierdie vlak van skeidsregting kan bereik.

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    Blow a whistle for child protection Blow a whistle for child protection The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Omuhoko Trust handed over 500 whistles to the education ministry, together with Namibian Police Force (Nampol).

    The trust, which was originally started by the assistants and secretaries of PwC, has flourished to such an extent where over 80% of the employees are involved.

    “As a corporate it is important to help solve crime within communities and in the nation at large,” Nangula Uaandja, country senior partner at PwC, said.

    Commissioner Christopher Nakanyala said the aim of the campaign is to address violence against school children, in homes and communities by teaching learners about their personal safety, equipping them with safety tips on how to react to unsafe situations and by them immediately sounding the alarm, such as blowing a whistle when they are in danger or even feel threatened.

    “There is a grave concern of the escalation of violence against women and children in Namibia, installing a fear amongst community members, especially with the reporting of violence against children, with them either being abducted, murdered or raped,” Nakanyala said.

    Omuhoko Trust vice-chairperson Jacques van Zyl, PwC country senior partner Nangula Uaandja, education inspector Milton Ya Otto, Nampol’s head of the crime prevention directorate Commissioner Nakanyala, Nampol head of the community policing division and crime prevention directorate Deputy Commissioner Victoria Matjila and education ministry coordinator Emilie Haipinge. PHOTO Octavia Tsibes

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    Tobias Hainyeko: ’n Skool van eenheidTobias Hainyeko: ’n Skool van eenheidDie skool is in Okuryangava geleë. Shidute Laban is die afgelope elf jaar die skoolhoof van Laerskool Tobias Hainyeko. Michelline Nawatises

    Wat die skool uniek maak is die eenheid van die onderwysers en bestuur. Albei is verbind tot gehalte opvoeding. Die skool is gewild onder ouers aangesien die skool se akademiese uitslae en uitmuntende sportprestasies vir hulself praat.

    Daar is al baie veranderinge in terme van infrastruktuurontwikkeling by die skool gedoen. Die skool wil meer fondse van die private en openbare sektor kry vir die ontwikkeling van die sportveld aangesien dit baie gaan kos.

    Die veranderinge wat die skool akademies wil implementeer, is om 'n rekenaarlaboratorium te bou sodat die vaardighede van die leerders ontwikkel kan word in terme van rekenaarvaardigheid.

    Die leuse van die skool is “onderwys is ons kosbare juweel’ en die visie is om 'n omgee-omgewing te skep, as 'n hoeksteen om selfbeeld te bevorder en vaardighede te verbreed.

    The Zone het vir die lewensoriëntering-onderwyser me. Elda Hambira gevra wat die uitdagings is wat die skool daagliks ervaar. Sy het genoem dat 'n paar kinders nalatig is met betrekking tot skoolwerk aangesien die meeste van die kinders uit enkelouer-huishoudings kom.

    “Die kinders bly by ? voog of 'n vaderfiguur, want die moeders is meestal dié tyd in die noorde vir die ploegseisoen. Maar in die geheel is die kinders lief vir skool ongeag die situasie waarin hulle hulself bevind," sê Hambira.

    Hambira het verder gesê dat hulle hierdie uitdagings onder die ouers se aandag bring deur ouervergaderings op 'n daaglikse basis te hou.

    Tobias Hainyeko het 'n paar klubs onder andere die My Droom-klub. Slegs meisies is betrokke by hierdie klub, aangesien dit bewustheid van liggaamsveranderinge verhoog en hoe hulle as jong meisies hulself kan versorg.

    Die hoofmeisie, Martha Princess Amundi, sê sy is verkies as leier omdat sy dapper is en weet hoe om vir haarself op te staan.

    Die hoofseun, Keenan Tyrlle Taly, versoek die regering om kos aan skoolkinders te verskaf. “Sommige kinders kom skool toe en slaap in die klas omdat hul energievlakke laag is.”

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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Skoolgaan tussen die sneeu
  • Skoolgaan tussen die sneeuSkoolgaan tussen die sneeu WAP-uitruilstudente in Switserland Marthien Venter

    Daar word jaarliks drie studente van Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool gekies om vir twee weke lank skool te gaan in ? klein dorpie in Switserland, met die naam Disentis.

    Disentis is omtrent 180 km van Zürich, die hoofstad van Switserland. Terwyl die studente daar is, tree hulle ook op in van die mees bekende skoolkore in Europa, dié van die Disentis Gimnasium.

    Hierdie jaar was ek, Janru Smit en Herman Prinsloo die gelukkige leerders.

    Ons drie het op 16 Maart vertrek na Frankfurt en toe via Rome na Zürich gevlieg, op ? reis wat ons nooit sal vergeet nie. Die reis was lank en na 29 uur van uithou en geduld, het die hoë berge van die Switserse Alpe met hul dik komberse van sneeu bo ons uitgetoring.

    Die Disentis Gimnasium (Mustér) lê versteek tussen die wit pieke van die Switserse Alpe. Die skool is groot en verbonde aan ? eeue oue klooster. Anders as dit waaraan ons gewoond is, word die skool gehuisves in ‘n moderne gebou met ? luukse koshuis waarin Janru en Herman gebly het. Ek het tuisgegaan by ? gesin, Mnr. Tom Etter, sy vrou, Jenny Etter, en hul seun Marlon.

    Nadat ons Windhoek verlaat het met temperature in die omgewing van 36 ºC, was ons skielik in Switserland, met waar ons was, maksimum temperature van omtrent 2 ºC. Dit was vir ons ? reuse aanpassing.

    Die skool begin soggens 7:45, maar net soos op ons universiteite, is daar sommige periodes wanneer jy nie klas het nie. Tydens hierdie af periodes kan jy na een van die kamers gaan wat hulle “spaces” noem, waar jy rustig kan sit en gesels met jou vriende of net jou huiswerk sit en voltooi. As jy lus is vir iets meer aktief, kan jy in die sportsaal vlugbal speel of selfs sokker speel (as die weer dit toelaat). Soggens 9:55 is daar ? 15 minute breek waar jy gou ? toebroodjie kan koop by die kafeteria. Om 12:00 word daar ? warm ete in die eetsaal aan leerders voorsien nadat ? kort gebed opgesê is. Daarna gaan die skool voort en eindig om 16:15.

    Ons moes ook hard oefen aan die kooropvoerings. Die koor toer naweke na verskillende dorpies waar ons opgetree het. Optredes was gewoonlik in die aande, maar Sondae het ons ook in kerke gesing gedurende dienste. Die koor optredes was vir ons ? wonderlike belewenis. Ons het saam met bekende soprane en tenore gesing, en is begelei deur ? klein strykorkes. Ons het in die mooiste katedrale opgetree wat vir ons omtrent ? belewenis was.

    Die inwoners van Disentis is soos een groot familie waar almal mekaar ken. Ek weet nie of ? mens op enige ander plek in die wêreld vriendeliker mense vind nie. Daar is altyd ? glimlag op hul gesigte.

    Hierdie was ? toer vol vreugde en grappe waartydens lewenslange vriendskappe gesmee is. Ons is WAP ewig dankbaar vir hierdie geleentheid, en hoop dat ons goeie ambassadeurs vir ons skool was.

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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Vet pret om die Aarde te red
  • Vet pret om die Aarde te redVet pret om die Aarde te redHerwin vandag vir ? beter môre ‘n Skool op Rosh Pinah stel die voorbeeld met ‘n projek gemik op omgewingsbewaring. Evany van Wyk

    Klimaatsverandering is ? werklikheid en ? skrikwekkende een daarby.

    Hoe kan ons die eerste stap doen om meer proaktief te wees en ? meer volhoubare lewe te lei? Die antwoord is eenvoudig: As jy besoedeling sien, wees die oplossing.

    Die Sekondêre Skool Tsau||Khaeb op Rosh Pinah het duidelik die memo oor herwinning gekry. Die skool het onlangs ? projek begin waarmee hulle ekostene maak en is van plan om dit vir ? onbepaalde tydperk aan te hou. Ekostene is plastiekbottels wat gevul word met plastiek om ? herbruikbare boublok te maak. Dit is ? volhoubare manier om nie-bioafbreekbare plastiekrommel te gebruik. Die doel van die projek is om bewustheid te skep oor die ernstige impak van plastiekbesoedeling op die natuur. “Die leerlingeword nie net die geleentheid gegee om ? verskil te maak nie, maar hulle leer ook hoe om saam te staan om ? volhoubare planeet vir die toekoms te skep,” sê Juffrou Domingo, die departementshoof van wetenskap en Wiskunde by die skool. As die stigter van die Omgewingsklub het juffrou Domingo en haar kollegas die Ekostene-projek begin om die leerlinge en selfs die gemeenskap betrokke te kry in die stryd teen die vernietiging van ons planeet.

    Tsau||Khaeb hoop om hul koolstofvoetspoor te verminder en sodoende die koolstofdioksied in die atmosfeer te verminder, asook ? positiewe verandering te maak in aardverwarming en klimaatsverandering.

    “Die projek sal ook regtig ons skool help in terme van geld spaar. Die skool sal dan nie baie geld hoe uit te gee vir meubels en geboue wat gerestoureer moet word nie,” sê Helen Kahenge, die hoofmeisie. Sy sê die meeste kinders is baie entoesiasties oor die projek, maar van hulle kort nog ? bietjie aanmoediging.

    Ondanks die aantal bewusmakingsveldtogte wat elke jaar plaasvind, bly statistieke skrikwekkend. Van die 8,3 biljoen ton plastiek wat in 2018 in die wêreld vervaardig is, is slegs nege present daarvan herwin. Miljoene diere se lewe word elke jaar geëis weens die groot hoeveelheid rommel wat in die see en op die land gestrooi word.

    “Die uitdagendste deel van hierdie projek was om die betrokkenheid van al die leerlinge te verseker,” sê Domingo.

    Daar is nog baie soorgelyke projekte op die horison vir Tsau||Khaeb. Die Omgewingsklub gaan matte hekel uit plastieksakke en ? “eetbare tuin” is ook deel van die planne.

    Gelukkig is daar instansies wat nie opgee nie. Projekte soos dié van Tsau||Khaeb gaan definitief ? verskil maak, en hopelik mense aanspoor om ook hul deel te doen.

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    Etokolo lyaShifeta kali li pauyuuki-Elelo lyUukwambiEtokolo lyaShifeta kali li pauyuuki-Elelo lyUukwambiMinista a tokola muuwanawa woshigwana Elelo lyUukwambi inali nyanyukilwa etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kOminista yOmidhingoloko nOmatalelepo, Pohamba Shifeta , okukutha oonkondo uunzapo woenvironmental clearance certificates mboka wa pewa Uukwambi Traditional Authority (UTA) opo ku vule okuminwa evi okuza mIiheke yaNakele mEkamba oshowo mOnanime pondje yaShakati. Omupopiliko gwelelo lyUukwambi, Reinhold Iita okwa popi kutya Shifeta ina ninga etokolo li li pauyuuki na kali li muuwanawa waakwashigwana yoshilongo shUukwambi, ihe omuuwanawa waantu yamwe oohandimwe.

    Metitano Shifeta okwa gandja elombwelo lyokukutha oonkondo uunzapo mboka, omolwa omanyenyeto ga ningwa kaakwashigwana kutya inaku ningwa oonkundathana dha sha naakwashigwana yomomikunda moka tamu minwa evi.

    Shifeta ngoka a li ta kwatele komeho oshikumungu shoka melelo lyUukwambi, mompangu yopamuthigululwakalo pEmbandu popepi nOshakati okwa pulakene tango oshikumungu shoka momasiku 22 ga Februali omanga ina gandja etokolo lye mEtitano, kwiikwatelelwa kutya aakwashigwana inaya ningwa nayo oonkundathana omanga uunzapo mboka inawu gandjwa kelelo lyUukwambi.

    “Otatu tula miilonga etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa ihe otuuvike kutya Shifeta okwa gama ombinga. Otwa gandja omusholondondo gwomauwananawa ngoka aakwashigwana taya mono okuzilila memino lyevi ndyoka ihe okwa tothwamo owala yimwe po yomuyo sho a ningi etokolo lye. Pohamba ina hala okumona kutya aakwashigwana mboka oyo ya hala okumina evi na inaya hala tali minwa kelelo lyoshilongo,” Iita a popi.

    “Otwa kala tatu ithana Shifeta opo e ye kutse tu kundathane kombinga yomalambo ngoka ihe ineya ku tse. Ngashiingeyi sho aakwashigwana ya ningi eindilo okwa yamukula ta endelele. Otu wete kutya okwa gama kumwe noshigwana ihe ina gama kumwe nelelo lyoshilongo lyopamuthigululwakalo.”

    Iita okwa popi kutya oya shangela nale oombaapiloa oongeshefa ndhoka ya li ya pitika opo dhi mine evi okuza pomahala ngoka, nelelo lyUukwambi otali ka ninga omutumba nokukundathana kutya otaya pula komeho ngiini molwaashoka oongeshefa ndhoka inadhi nyanyukwa.

    Elelo lyUukwambi olya pewa uunzapo tawu pitika emino lyevi okuza pomalambo ngoka ge li po nale pIiheke yaNakele oshowo Onanime, ihe oshigwana kasha li sha nyanyukwa, tashi popi kutya uunzapo mboka owa gandjwa omanga inaku ningwa omutumba naaakwashigwana.

    Shoka osha etitha aakwashigwana mboka ya ninge eindilo kuShifeta, taya pataneke egandjo lyuunzapo mboka.

    Elelo lyUukwambi olya kalelwa po koshilyo shelelo ndyoka, Reinhold Iita.


    Aakwashigwana yomOnanime mboka ya gumwa kemino ndyoka oya yelitha nokuninga eindilo lyawo yiikwatelelwa kOmpango yEkwato nawa lyOmidhingoloko oEnvironmental Management Act (EMA), Act No.7 of 2007 oshowo omilandu dhawo, ontopolwa onti 25 (2)(b). Aakwashigwana oya popi kutya elelo lyUukwambi olya ndopa okuninga oonkundathana nayo na olya ningi eindio lyuunzapo mboka, mboka wa gandjwa kuKomufala gwOmidhingoloko momasiku 11 gaDesemba omvula ya piti.

    Aakwashigwana okupitila momukalelipo gwawo, Susan Herman, oya indile Shifeta opo a kuthe oonkondo uunzapo mboka.

    Sho a ningi etokolo lye mEtitano, Shifeta okwa popi kutya aakwashigwana yomOnamime oya yelitha oshipotha shawo shoka sha ningwa pethimbo, na inaku ningwa omutumba nayo omanga inaku ningwa eindilo lyuunzapo mboka.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya elelo lyUukwambi olya pumbwa okulandula omilandu pwaahena omaipopilo gasha.

    Okwa popi kutya pethimbo lyomutumba gwaayehe gwa ningwa momasiku 22 gaFebruali nuumvo, Iita okwa popi kutya aakwashigwana mboka yomOnanime oya ningwa nayo oonkundathana momasiku 15 oshowo 18 gaDesemba na ita ipataneke idhewe sho a popi kutya omitumba ndhoka odha kalekwa.

    Iheke yaNakele

    Aakwashigwana ya gumwa kemino lyevi mIiheke ya Nakele okupitila momukalelipo gwawo, Lucas Nantanga, oya ningi eindilo kuShifeta ye li ompinge netokolo lyaningwa kuKomufala gwOmidhingoloko sho a gandja uunzapo tawu pitika emino lyevi kelelo lyUukwambi.

    Aakwashigwana mboka oya popi kutya ope na ompumbwe yoonkundathana dha manguluka pokati kayo nelelo opo nayo ya vule okumona uuwanawa okuza memino ndyoka.


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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Ekondjitho lyuulunga waantu
  • Ekondjitho lyuulunga waantuEkondjitho lyuulunga waantu Omalelo gaNamibia oga katuka oonkatu onene moonkambadhala dhokukondjitha eyakelo lyaantu miilongo yopondje nokukwashilipaleka kutya oonakuninga iihakanwa oya mona omayambidhidho gesiloshisho moNamibia.

    Metitano, Uuministeli wUuthikepamwe oshowo Onkalonawa yAanona owa tula miilonga omilandu nomalandulathano mekondjitho lyoshimbuluma shoka oshowo egalulilo kegumbo lyoonakuninga iihakanwa.

    Natango okwa tulwa miilonga omwahwahwameko ngoka ga nuninwa okugandja uuyelele koshigwana shi kale sha nongela.

    Natango pethimbo ndyoka opolisi oya gandja okambo komauyelele ka nuninwa aanambelewa yopolisi oshowo aafali yiihokolola kompangu ke na omauyelele taga pumbwa kaanambelewa mboka taya longo moshikondo shoka.

    “Eyako lyaantu oshi li e yo pondje lyuuthemba womuntu na otali londo pombanda menenevi naNamibia ina patelwa pondje,” Charles Kwenin, Omunambelewa Omukomeho gwopashitopolwa gwoInternational Organisation for Migration (IOM), a popi pethimbo lyetulo miilonga.

    IOM okwa kwathela Namibia opo a tule miilonga omalukalwa gatatu goonakuningwa iihakanwa moshitopolwa Oshikoto, Khomas oshowi Zambezi.

    Momvula yo 2018, olopota yopashigwana ndjoka ya pitithwa oya holola oonkambadhala tadhi ningwa kepangelo mokukondjitha oshimbuluma shoka, noonakuninga iihakanwa ye li po 21 oya hololwa moNamibia ihe yatano owala ya tulwa momalukalwa, gomahangano ngoka inaga yama kepangelo.

    Olopota yo 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) oya holola kutya o 15 yomoonakuninga iihakwanwa yoshimbuluma shoka oya kondjithilwa miilonga omanga yahamano ya ningwa aapika yopamilalo.

    Omilandu dha tulwa miilonga metitano odha tothamo iinakugwanithwa naashoka shi na okuningwa kaanambelewa oshowo aagandji yomayakulo taya longo noonakuninga iihakwanwa yiimbuluma shomayako gaantu.

    Omukalelipo gwaUS, Lisa Johnson okwa popi kutya pakulandula omilandu ndhoka, epangelo lyaNamibia olya ninga etokolo mokukondjitha uulunga waantu nokugandja ekwatho koonakuninga iihakanwa.

    Okwa popi kutya omahwahwameko moshigwana otaga ka kwathela aakwashigwana ya vule okulongela kumwe naanambelelwa mokukondjitha iimbuluma mbyoka.

    Sho a popi pehala lyOmupeha Prima, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Ominista yAanyasha nOmaudhano, Erastus Uutoni, okwa popi kutya eyambidhidho lyoonakuninga iihakanwa inali hula owala ngele ya kuthwa mo monkalo ndjoka, ihe aantu mboka oya taalela omaupyakadhi ga yooloka ngoka taga yi nokuli moshipala onkalamwenyo dhawo dhuuhupilo nonkalamwenyo.

    Omolwa onkalo ndjoka,NRM oshowo SoP otaya kwatele komeho aakuthimbinga opo kukwashilipalekwe kutya okwa hwahwamekwa uuthemba woonakuninga iihakanwa nonando oya kuthwa mo moshiponga.

    Namibia okwe shi pondola okumanitha iipotha itatu yeyako lyaantu, nokugandja omageelo konima yekumba goomvula dhi li pokati kahetatu no 30.

    Ndhoka odha popiwa kOmupangulindjai moNamibia, Martha Imalwa mEtitano.

    Monena ope na iipotha iheyali moka yi li natango moompangulilo dhopashitopolwa oshowo mompangulilo lyoPombanda yaVenduka. Imalwa okwa popi kutya okwa pumbwa okuningwa oshindji opo ku dheulwe aanambelewa ko ku vule okuyambulepo onkalo yuumonikilo wiipotha mbyoka, omakonaaono oshowo omapangulo.

    Okwa popi kutya pondondo onti 2 mpoka pwa tulwa oshilongo pamakonaakono gokomvula goUnited States TIP report, otayi limbilike ihe oshilongo osha pyakudhukwa okuhwepopaleka ondondo ndjoka.

    Johnson okwa pandula epangelo lyaNamibia sho lya manitha omilandu ndhoka dhili oshinima oshinene mekondjitho lyiimbuluma mbyoka, nokukwashilipalek kutya oonakuninga iihakwanwa oya mona omayambidhidho ngoka taga pumbiwa.

    Okwa popi kutya muuyuni otaku tengenekwa kutya oonakuninga iihakanwa ye li poomiliyona 25 ohaya gwile momake gaayaki yaantu kehe omvula.


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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Once a Puk, always a Puk
  • Once a Puk, always a PukOnce a Puk, always a Puk Lucinda Van Schalkwyk - North-West University in Potchefstroom

    As an old Windhoek High School learner, the North-West University in Potchefstroom is just the right place for me, with Namibians being present in numbers, and you quickly see why. It is where I a busy with my second degree and where I found my home. While I’m busy with my honours degree in tourism management I’m still amazed by the atmosphere between students, where we can study, have fun, struggle and laugh together and still be able to receive our degrees together.

    After I finished my first degree, BSc Tourism Management with Botany and Zoology in 2018, I realised that I want to study further, with Puk being my first choice to do that. As an international student, the paperwork tends to be a bit more, but the experience stays amazing. I quickly adjusted to only going home twice a year and when you start to miss home too much, your koshuis ma’s room is not too far away. Apart from the high academic quality and exceptional opportunities that the school of tourism offers, like being able to assist with surveys at the Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal, the campus itself offers wonderful scenery. With green gardens full of animals, anything from cats, mongoose, chickens to monkeys, every trip to your classroom feels like you are entering the wilderness.

    My residence, the beautiful Eikenhof ladies residence, offers every resident multiple opportunities to become a part of the residence activities from day one, and with this gives you the opportunity to integrate with campus activities as well. With a variety of committees within the residence and the Student Campus Council’s portfolios, there is something for everyone’s taste. Personally, I’m not a culture butterfly, but the opportunity to become a part of charity projects of or being able to paint new boards for our next social interaction is so much fun.

    There is a variety of sport offered, from squash to kickboxing. I decided to stick with hockey, and even had my fair share of falling while defending in soccer. To be able to walk on a campus and to witness such a diverse group of people working together and living harmoniously as one group is breath-taking.

    Friends become family and quickly introduce you to soetbrood with your braaivles, and new sayings like “lekker en jy” instead of the traditional “hoe gaan dit?”.

    The best way to spend your breaks is enjoying a quick ice cream from the student centre, better known as the SS, in the amphitheatre, while you are people-watching.

    Every person is seemingly at ease with who they are and ready to enter the workforce as an adult. When academics start to get too much, I quickly grab a friend to get a quick drink at Draak (the Drakenstein Restaurant). With a few all-nighters done and dusted, I can proudly say that McDonald’s McFlurries are the best at 04:00 in the morning.

    Fun facts

    · I’m always ready for a random roundtrip and unplanned adventures

    · I love nature and animals, especially within southern Africa, and it is a dream of mine to travel to the countries within the region.

    · I’m very family-driven and loyal to my friends, because they also become a part of my family.

    · You can bribe me at any time with ice cream or fries.

    · I’ll always make time for a gym session (to work off all the fries) or a quick afternoon nap.

    · I’m a super-geek, and I can recite Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter off by heart.

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    NamPort disputes Ritter's assertionsNamPort disputes Ritter's assertions'Slanderous, incorrect and uninformed' The port authority says Rainer Ritter's assessment of its performance smacks of ill intent. NamPort has slammed a recent report by independent analyst Rainer Ritter, who said the port utility was unable to repay a N$3.4 billion loan because of declining business at its Walvis Bay and Lüderitz ports.

    Ritter also questioned the more than N$20 billion investment in infrastructure, which is supposed to transform Namibia into a logistics hub for the Southern African region.

    NamPort says Ritter “slanderously” suggested a general lack of effective governance by making “blatantly incorrect and uninformed” representations.


    NamPort says it has a competitive pricing regime, which was confirmed in a recent World Bank-sponsored study conducted by Maritime and Transport Business Solutions, an international firm of port consultants.

    This report was based on a survey conducted in 2018, which showed that NamPort's tariffs were lower those charged by other ports.

    NamPort and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) conduct regular assessments of regional ports to compare their pricing. Two studies are scheduled to look at comparisons with the ports of Durban (South Africa), Beira (Mozambique) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

    These studies will provide up-to-date insight into Namibia's standing in terms of logistics chain costs.

    NamPort rejected Ritter's assertion that NamPort's annual tariff reviews exceeded the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

    To the contrary, it said, its tariff adjustments have been below or on par with the CPI, except for the 2013/14 financial year, when it had to recover the costs of material investments.

    The company said since 1994 it had made “immense investments with very limited borrowings”, until recently when it obtained the N$2.9 billion loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for its new container terminal project.

    Moreover, it said, Namibia's size in comparison to countries such as South Africa pushed comparatively higher tariffs here, given the lower volumes from which fixed overheads must be recovered.

    It said importers and exporters assessed the cost of logistics as a full chain from source of supply to their doorsteps. This includes sea freight, port charges, transportation, warehousing, transit and border charges.

    Namibia is on the western seaboard, which is further away from the main source and destination markets in Asia.

    NamPort says this means that it is more expensive for Namibians to ship goods to and from Asia than it is for importers and exporters in South Africa and East Africa.

    Also, Namibia has a general shortage of inbound loads for transporters, in contrast to other countries.

    Vessel visits

    NamPort further said it was incorrect to assert that its vessel calls had decreased due to punitive port charges.

    It said the shipping industry globally had recently undergone immense viability challenges because of operational costs, increasing competition and declining shipping rates, which led to shipping lines increasing their vessel sizes on the main routes from Asia to Europe and Asia to Africa.

    NamPort said the reduction in vessel calls to its harbours was not a factor of its charges, but a worldwide trend where shipping lines drive down their operational costs.


    NamPort also dismissed Ritter's argument that cargo volumes at its harbours had declined because of its pricing.

    It said increases or decreases in cargo throughput were not necessarily due to pricing but to the direct result of economic activity in ports' catchment areas, more so given the fact that 90% of the world's trade was by sea.

    It stated that cargo volumes in SADC had grown significantly over the last 15 years, to more than 600 000 tonnes of cargo per year. That meant a direct contribution of more than N$600 million to the transport and logistics sector in Namibia.

    Walvis Bay used to be the port of choice for southern Angola's imports but the flow of imports decreased after the fall in oil prices and the liquidity crunch in Angola.

    The Walvis Bay port also handles chemical imports for Zambian mines, as well as ore exports from that country's Copperbelt via the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi corridor.

    Although there was a slump in copper prices, there has been exponential growth and a concomitant surge in imports and exports recently.

    NamPort said due to the battering of uranium prices, it stood to lose revenue of up to N$25 million in the current financial year.


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    Uukwambi see red over sand miningUukwambi see red over sand mining The Uukwambi Traditional Authority is unhappy about the suspension of environmental clearance certificates that had been granted to two villages within its jurisdiction.

    Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta on Friday ordered the suspension of certificates granted to the UTA for sand mining at Ekamba village and Onanime outside Oshakati.

    UTA spokesperson Reinhold Iita said Shifeta's decision was biased and not in the best interest of the Uukwambi communities.

    Shifeta announced the decision after conducting a hearing in the Uukwambi community court at Embandu in February.

    He came to the conclusion that there had been no consultation with the two communities before the issuing of the certificates to the traditional authority.

    “We will comply with the judgement, but we feel that what Shifeta did was one sided. We made presentations on a number of community benefits from sand mining, but in his judgement he only pointed out a few of them.

    “Shifeta did not see that those communities were the ones that wanted to mine sand, but they did not want it done by the traditional authority,” Iita said.

    “We have been calling Shifeta to consult us about those burrow pits, but he never came to us. But after the communities made the appeal he was quick to respond.

    “We can see he is siding with the community and not the traditional authority.”

    Iita said the traditional authority had already given permission to businesses to excavate sand at the two villages. These companies were now angry, he said.

    After the UTA had obtained environmental clearance certificates for mining sand at existing pits at the two villages, the communities appealed to Shifeta, saying the authority had not consulted them.

    When delivering his ruling on Friday, Shifeta said the communities had proven that there had been no public consultation.

    Shifeta said the UTA must comply with the law.

    He instructed the environmental commissioner to facilitate consultation between the parties.


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    Developing brighter African leadersDeveloping brighter African leadersTransforming the continent for a better tomorrow Introduced in September 2008, with more than 1 000 young leaders from 46 countries across Africa, the African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network over 6 000 leaders who will work together to address challenges, achieve social impacts and accelerate the continent’s growth. Justicia Shipena

    The African Leadership Academy (ALA) development model is extracted from three components, namely potential, practice and opportunity.

    Young individuals, through a two-year pre-university diploma programme and short-term global programmes that tackles critical inquiry, design thinking and experimental learning to develop a generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

    According to the institute, young leaders can unleash positive change in society and many great leaders start their journey at a young age, hence a pan-African approach is essential to catalysed growth and development.

    The institute’s curriculum combines international faculty and instructional methods to create a strong student-aligned learning experience.

    Students may select from a set of externally and internally designed courses in the humanities, sciences, language and creative arts. The programmes include a variety of Cambridge Advanced International Examination AS and A-level courses.

    The programme also features tutoring, university guidance, guest speaker programmes and external opportunities. Individuals who wish to be admitted at the institution should be between the ages of 15 to 18 and must have completed a minimum of grade 10.

    Other programmes such as a 10-day and 18-day global scholar programme, five-day Model African Union Conference and a semester long or yearlong catalyst term are offered.

    Tanatsei Gambura, a second-year student from Harare, Zimbabwe joined ALA in September 2017.

    During the ‘Build in a box’ camp Gambura was impressed by the philosophy and the model that ALA was presenting.

    “Three years down the line I was frustrated with the education system and curriculum that I was learning at the institution that I was enrolled at and I had been engaging myself with many cultural and pan-African activities and I was seeking to have that at a more academic level. I applied to ALA and I got in,” she said.

    She has found her experience to be great thus far because of the academics, the social diversity and the gift of having so many countries represented at one place.

    “I think I have developed some relationships that will be lasting and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in doing well and making a change for the African continent,” she said.

    A first-year student from Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, Souleymane Diallad, said he found out about the ALA through his friend. Diallad then applied and was enrolled.

    “Since I came to ALA I have been impressed by the diversity at the academy as there are 46 nationalities represented and it is amazing to place learn different cultures from people and share your own culture as well,” he said.

    Speaking to The Zone, Dawie Fourie founder of ALI in Namibia, said the country is now moving towards being a land of prosperity, which is the legacy of current president, Dr Hage Geingob.

    Fourie said the challenge is, however, that peace and stability alone are not enough.

    “To reach prosperity we need everybody’s input. We need more people moving from passivity to productivity and more people moving from rights to responsibilities. We need more leaders!”

    According to Fourie, ALI exists to inspire and enable Africans to lead transformation, and in order to equip leaders with the power to achieve higher productivity and transform communities.

    ALI offers value-based leadership development programmes to emerging and established leaders from the business, church and government sectors.

    The programme consists of three full weeks of face-to-face training, spread out over an academic year, plus one weekend.

    Extensive pre- and post-course reading, as well as, a mentorship programme form an integral part of the leadership development process. The curriculum focuses on servanthood, influence, truth and results as four key leadership pillars to ensure that transformational leadership development takes place.

    “We believe that our combination of passionate facilitators, carefully selected influential teaching faculty, our tested and challenging curriculum, the transfer of skills for building teams and getting the job done and God’s grace and guidance is unique. We believe that this combination will continue to bring personal life change and sustainable community transformation,” he said.

    ALI is registered as a private higher education institution with the National Council for Higher Education and is accredited by the Namibian Qualifications Authority for a certificate in transformational leadership (level 5) and a diploma in transformational leadership (level 6). The training at ALI is also registered with the Namibian Training Authority (NTA).

    The curriculum and outcomes

    The curriculum of ALI can be summarised as transformation of the individual (understanding yourself and defining your purpose), transformation of relationships, transformation of character and transformation of work ethics and productivity.

    The outcomes of the ALI programmes will benefit the individual as well as the employer. Some of the outcomes are leaders who know themselves, their God-given calling and responsibilities, leaders with soft hearts, tough minds, upright characters and skilful hands and leaders with the confidence to lead… courageous/brave leaders who say: “Yes, I can and I will!”

    The training gives important leadership theory, but also the knowledge on how to apply it. Further outcomes of the training are accountability and ongoing development. Students understand the importance of relationships as well as planning and priorities, which help them to be result driven, while living a balanced lifestyle.

    History, partnerships and board

    ALI was founded in January 2005 by Fourie, former managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia. Since 2006 it has hosted many highly successful leadership training programmes based on this conviction and trained thousands of leaders with stunning results.

    Valued partnerships were established over the years, including a partnership with Old Mutual and the education ministry to train more than 300 school principals.

    The partnership with FNB and ministry trains advisory teachers and inspectors of government schools.

    The partnership with Lithon Consulting Engineers trains leaders of municipalities. There is also a partnership with FNB and the health ministry to train leaders in public health.

    The partnership with Pinnacle Metropolitan trains youth leaders. The partnership with various businesses, churches and government ministries trains individual employees.

    The current board members are Nangula Uaandja, Fourie, Dixon Norval, Sakaria Nghikembua, Nick Klazen, Chrisna von Gericke, Tracy Eagles, Patricia Olivier and Rosalia Martins-Hausiku.

    It is supported by 72 highly skilled lecturers, all Namibian citizens, who teach in their area of expertise.

    Throughout the years ALI has built leadership in the life of young people by taking learners of Namibian government schools through a three-day leadership intervention camps at the Rock Training Centre. Since 2016 to 2018 the institute has influenced more than 10 000 youth leaders.

    The fingerprint of ALI, once a young Namibian has been accepted and after they have completed the programme, is that they will have a soft heart (personal humility), tough mind (professional will), an upright character and skilful hands.

    Fourie added that they will have skills to understand a vision, how to cast a vision, how to develop a proper strategy, how to build teams and how to get the job done.

    “They will leave our programme with an appointed mentor, at least two appointed mentees and an action plan for their lives to ensure that they will live lives worth living,” he said.

    Fourie stressed that the training is not for young people only. It is recommended for people of all ages and in all spheres of society, which includes individuals with MBAs or PhDs, since this is not just another certificate, it is a transformational intervention.

    Hence he urges individuals to enrol and challenge themselves to invest in human capital

    “Let us support our president’s drive towards prosperity, towards Vision 2030. Our Namibian dream can become true - that we are the example to the rest of Africa and Africa is the hope for the rest of the world! Come let us lead wisely, deliberately and diligently. If leaders will not address the tough issues, who will?” he said.

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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Rapes mar weekend
  • Rapes mar weekendRapes mar weekend A string of rapes and other cases of gender violence were reported to the police over the weekend.

    In one incident, an eight-year-old girl was raped after being left at home without adult supervision. According to the police, a 21-year-old man raped the girl at Engoyi village in the Oshikoto Region on Friday.

    The man allegedly pulled the girl into a toilet and raped her. The girl had been left at a house with some other children without adult supervision. The suspect has been arrested.

    In Wanaheda on Saturday, a 29-year-old woman was raped after two men armed with pangas broke into her shack. According to the police the men threatened to kill the woman's daughter.

    At Mariental, a 39-year-old woman was assaulted and raped, allegedly by her 25-year-old boyfriend, in the Aimablaagte residential area on Friday. It is alleged that the two had been in a relationship for about a month. The suspect has been arrested.

    A 41-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a 26-year-old woman while she was sleeping at Farm Noordburg in the Gobabis District on Sunday.

    Another rape was reported at Onashitendo village in the Tsandi Constituency on Friday. A 26-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a 29-year-old man on her way from a cuca shop. The suspect has been arrested.

    Another man was arrested at Omatando near Ongwediva. The 36-year-old man had allegedly raped a 31-year-old woman many times over the past three years.


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    TransNamib boosts business at GrootfonteinTransNamib boosts business at Grootfontein TransNamib and Ascon Energy (Pty) Ltd signed an agreement for the rail transport of coal, containers and various commodities between Walvis Bay and inland terminals of Grootfontein and Gobabis.

    The Rail Transport Agreement (RTA) was entered into on 20 March and will commence within the next quarter. The RTA will cater for the transportation of more than 600 000 tons per annum of various commodities, including containers.

    The initial focus will be the imports and exports on the Walvis Bay to Grootfontein route. This will be followed by the Gobabis to Walvis Bay route, using the Trans-Kalahari Corridor. TransNamib in a statement said the contract will be used as a stimulus to grow the train service between Grootfontein and Walvis Bay for Congolese and Zambian traffic. TransNamib is also in discussion with other logistics service providers in the southern African region to develop intermodal facilities at Grootfontein to support the growth of volumes in the short- to medium term. Ascon Energy is a subsidiary of the Ascon Group, which is an international oil and commodities trading organisation. Its key focus areas are eastern Europe, west and southern Africa, the Middle East, as well as Asian outlets.

    Ascon's core business is the refined derivative product and coal trading.

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    Vandalism blunts hepatitis responseVandalism blunts hepatitis responseKazapua appeals to communities to stop Most of the toilet facilities put in place as a response to the hepatitis E outbreak have already been vandalised. Most toilets installed in Windhoek's informal settlements since the outbreak of hepatitis E in 2017 have been vandalised or destroyed.

    Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua has appealed to people living in the informal settlements to stop the vandalism.

    He said the toilets were a crucial component of efforts to clamp down on the outbreak, which has claimed 41 lives and has shown no signs of slowing down.

    “Most of the toilet facilities we put in place as a response to the outbreak are already vandalised. This ignorance and lack of ownership from the side of the residents hampers the successful implementation of the response plan,” the mayor said.

    He urged residents to take ownership of facilities in their areas and to report acts of vandalism to the police.

    Chronic vandalism has plagued the city's poorest neighbourhoods for some time.

    In August last year Namibian Sun reported that the municipality had spent close to N$1 million on repairing and upgrading water and sanitation facilities in the informal settlements. Half of the repaired toilets were subsequently vandalised.

    Windhoek's informal settlements were ground zero for the hepatitis E outbreak and remain the most affected.

    By 20 January, 30 of the 40 reported hepatitis deaths in the country were from the Khomas Region.

    In January 2018 the Windhoek city council adopted an action plan with a budget of more than N$31 million to tackle the outbreak.

    At last week's council meeting, Kazapua informed councillors of the recent re-launch of the hepatitis-E response, dubbed Operation Sanitizer.

    The campaign is spearheaded by Dr Bernard Haufiku, former health minister and now special advisor to the Presidency tasked with the coordination of the Hepatitis E response.

    Since the beginning of the outbreak in 2017, 620 cases of the disease had been confirmed by laboratory tests, Haufiku said last month.

    He said an assessment carried out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Oshana, Omusati and Erongo regions identified large gaps in the response.

    Among these were poor coordination between response teams and shortcomings in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene.


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    Rotary Club initiates online learning at Van RhynRotary Club initiates online learning at Van Rhyn Ester Kamati

    The Rotary Club is an international service organisation with a stated purpose to bring together businesses and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and advance goodwill and peace in the world.

    Members of this club based in the United States, led by Dennis Bushman, recently handed over a donation of Remote Areas Community Hotspots for Education and Learning (Rachel) devices as well as 20 Android tablets to Van Rhyn Primary School in Windhoek, in order to facilitate the learning process.

    Receiving the donation on behalf of the school on 20 March was the senior English teacher, Orgeta Stumpfe.

    She will be the first to utilise the new equipment in her department and approach the teaching process with more technology-centred tactics.

    Dignitaries present at the handover ceremony included the director of education in the Khomas Region, Gerard Vries, and Edda Bohn, the director of programmes and quality assurance.

    Leon Feris, the teacher for Information and Communication Science at the school expressed great respect and appreciation to the director of education for his relentless efforts.

    “I think it is a very noble and sincere gesture,” he said. He added this was a very good initiative as learners, especially those in rural areas, who will get access to education even without a physical school building, with the aid of these devices.

    Some of the grade 7 learners at Van Rhyn expressed happiness and excitement as they can now use their Rachel Plus devices and tablets to search for information on the internet safely, since all the bad content is blocked.

    They added they were grateful for the donations, especially because most of them do not have access to internet at home.

    Another teacher at the school, Oswaldo Kamatuka, whose focus is on social sciences remarked that he realises the endless possibilities and how much the scholars can learn from using this technology.

    “I am sure that it will help to increase the learners’ results, especially in social studies, and their willingness to work harder,” added Kamatuka.

    “Technology is a helpful tool to enhance teaching and learning in an environment where efficiency and effectiveness is of great importance,” Vries said.

    He confirmed that the content on the devices were scrutinised by subject specialists at the National Institute of Educational Development (NIED) for compatibility to the Namibian environment and syllabi.

    According to Vries, Van Rhyn is the cluster centre for a number of primary schools in the region and was thus selected to cascade training and the usage of Rachel Plus devices and tablets to reach a wider spectrum of teachers and learners within the cluster. Kwakwas Primary School, situated 117 kilometres southwest of Windhoek was also selected for a handover, which took place the day before.

    Vries trusts that scholars have the capability to adjust to new technology with great flexibility and will adapt over a short period of time, as they are inquisitive and will thus not suffer with the more technological approach towards education.

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  • 04/01/19--15:00: Mini-basketball a major deal
  • Mini-basketball a major dealMini-basketball a major deal Ester Kamati

    Various individuals involved in the national basketball stream gathered on 28 March to discuss an upcoming mini-basketball tournament.

    The tournament is scheduled to take place from 12 to 13 April and will feature children between the ages of seven and 12, in order to introduce them to the prestigious sport of basketball.

    At the activation of the tourney, a panel of sports enthusiasts spoke about the future of basketball in the country and how they are planning on expanding their projects.

    These projects include the Namibia Basketball School League, which is currently running in central and northern Namibia only.

    The mini-basketball initiative aims to promote and stimulate playful grassroots basketball in line with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

    Thirty delegates from across Africa will be coming to the Land of the Brave to witness and partake in the training of young Namibian children.

    “Mini-basketball is more like an academy where we develop our athletes,” said Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) president Andrew Masango.

    He added the programme is significant because it is a feeding curriculum needed to train potential member of the national basketball team.

    Masango added that such events are important for the Namibian economy, for the purpose of sport tourism, which is slowly developing in the country.

    This is an indicator that sport makes a significant contribution economically, he said.

    The NBF president announced that a full programme will be organised once the 30 delegates arrive to have interviews and share information.

    Ramah Mumba, the secretary-general of NBF mentioned that the mini-basketball programme comprises of a basketball coaching clinic with the delegates.

    In addition, it will serve as a basic introduction to basketball for at least 250 children, including those who do not have any basketball experience.

    Mumba emphasised that anybody can participate and the motive is to have children experience the sport of basketball at a grassroots level. The IBF will give out basketballs to the children, as well as T-shirts on the Friday and the following day, a presentation will be held to educate all attendees on what mini-basketball is as well as its objectives.

    Mumba is hopeful that local coaches will show an interest and become part of the programme.

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    MTC dishes out more bursariesMTC dishes out more bursaries Evany van Wyk

    The annual MTC bursary handover was a nostalgic event and featured a look back to see where some of the previous bursary recipients find themselves.

    Marvin Amuenje, MTC’s assistant accountant at its mobile homes operations, did an excellent job making everyone feel welcome at the handover.

    “This is part of the embodiment of what MTC is, we are paying it forward,” Amuenje said about the bursary initiative.

    Mirano Jansen, a previous bursary recipient who is now a MTC software developer, motivated this year’s recipients in his speech. “I’m a product of a system that works,” he said.

    He said he has learnt a lot since starting at MTC, adding that being grateful should be a very important part of every person’s life.

    The bursary scheme mainly focuses on helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    MTC corporate affairs manager John Ekongo was adamant about what MTC expects from the bursary recipients.

    “Grab the opportunity with both hands and work hard, but don’t disappoint MTC, your parents and most importantly yourself,” he said.

    He left the students with words of encouragement from a poem he read years ago: “You can if you think you can.”

    Having been in business for 25 years, MTC has done a lot to give back and contribute to society.

    The bursary programme was first introduced in 2002 and has since invested over N$5 million into bursaries.

    The bursaries for this year, which has a total value of over N$600 000, were awarded to five worthy applicants, namely Johanna Ileka, Lysaendo Pretorius, Iyaloo Ndevahoma, Johannes Amutenya and Helaria Nghiikokoo. Licky Erasmus, MTC chief technology officer, said that MTC not only supports, but gives exposure and the necessary training to its bursary recipients.

    “We are with you every step of the way,” said Erasmus.

    He hopes that the budget for bursaries will grow so that more students can benefit.

    It was, however, the students who stole the spotlight.

    They were exuberant when their names were called to accept the bursaries.

    “I have God with me and He will lead me through it all. With Him everything is possible,” said Ndevahoma about her journey forward.

    The students were all filled with gratitude and were at a total loss of words about how they felt.

    Patrick Mushimba, MTC’s general manager, said the company deems this initiative important enough to continue with it.

    He also expressed his thanks towards the successful applicants, because they didn’t just give up, instead they saw value in the bursary and took a chance to apply.

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