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The Angolan president will be in Namibia on a state visit from 3 to 5 May, on the invitation of President Hage Geingob.
On 4 May 1978, the South African apartheid regime attacked the Cassinga refugee camp in southern Angola and killed thousands of Namibian civilians.
Hundreds of Angolans were also killed.
At the same time, an attack also took place at Vietnam camp.
Many of the Cuban internationalists, who were attempting to come to the rescue of the Namibian civilians, were killed.
“As a nation, we will always remember the Namibian heroes and heroines who lost their lives during the attack on the Cassinga and Vietnam camps.
These massacres will remain sacred in the collective national memory of present and future generations,” the international relations ministry said in a statement.
The ministry invited all Cassinga survivors and other fellow Namibians to attend the national commemoration.
She was speaking during a staff meeting in the former Cabinet Chambers yesterday morning.
Addressing the packed chamber, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said she was embarrassed by complaints about the government's service delivery, or lack thereof.
“Recently I have been receiving complaints where members of the media have been complaining about service delivery … we are not polite, we come across as not knowing what we do. You can imagine how distressing and embarrassing it is to me as a leader,” she said. According to her, such behaviour was unjustifiable and showed how complacent government employees were. She warned that there would be serious consequences.
“We will be holding to account supervisors. Reckoning will not end with only politicians but will trickle down. We are going to shorten the leash. I want proposals to fire people for not meeting targets,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said. “I call on supervisors to evaluate performance charters as part of performance agreements. People are saying that they do not see performance agreements in implementation,” she added.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also asked her staff to promptly address complaints and queries.
“If a person sends a query and it is not addressed, they must be held accountable. We must make sure complaints are timeously dealt with. When we do not deal with complaints lodged, we are complacent. That would erode the image of government,” she said. Turning her attention to the first national satisfaction survey, she said the rudimentary report was vague and the government would have to improve on future surveys. “The customer satisfaction survey is going to be conducted every year and we don't want to see the same results.
I will hold everyone accountable and do not want to see the same results. I will not accept lack of funds as a reason for failure. There is no way you cannot deliver and draw a salary,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also implored staff to step down if they were not up to the task of performing services for government with dedication.
“You cannot accept a salary and not deliver a service. What are you drawing a salary for? Government is definitely going to bite and hold people accountable and some will be discharged,” she said.
On 20 March Nangolo had written to Mushelenga as the minister responsible for traditional authorities, informing him of a decision to relocate the authority's offices from Oluno to Oniipa.
Mushelenga, however, replied on 23 March saying it was lawless.
Nangolo further responded that the idea to relocate the office was initiated by the community.
“The Ondonga community as they are lawfully entitled demanded that the office be relocated in order to enable continued operations. It came as a shock to the Ondonga community that the honourable minister regards the action of the community as lawlessness. The community in its decision to relocate office did so having regard to Section 3(1) of the Act and after having received legal advice,” Nangolo said.
Nangolo said his letter was not to seek permission from Mushelenga to relocate the office, but to communicate the decision of the community as permitted in terms of the Act.
“I addressed my letter to you in my capacity as the deputy chief duly appointed by the king. It is therefore important to acknowledge and confirm that King Elifas is still alive and he is the head of the Ondonga. It is a common cause that I have been delegated as a deputy chief in 2002 and have since performed such duties and responsibilities assigned to me by the king,” he said.
“I would therefore fail in my duty if I do not assure the honourable minister that the Ondonga community, headed by myself as the deputy chief, would not engage in any act of unlawfulness. I therefore invite you to engage with me on the many assumptions and accusations made in your letter,” he said.
Nangolo was also not happy with Mushelenga's statement that a court case lodged by the dismissed councillors was struck from the court roll on 19 March. Nangolo informed Mushelenga that he is not part of such a legal challenge and the case has not been struck but it was postponed to 14 May for case management.
Mushelenga, who is also the village headman for Oshigambo within the Ondonga jurisdiction, told Namibian Sun this week that justice minister Sacky Shanghala has already met with the warring factions and has submitted a report to cabinet.
“What they are seeking is an audience with the government and the justice minister has already met them. He compiled a report that he presented to cabinet. What I need to do is to consult the minister instead of meeting them,” Mushelenga said.
Nangolo, who was named as successor by ailing king Immanuel Kauluma Elifas back in 2002, enjoys the support of a rival group within the traditional authority.
His supporters include mainly senior and ordinary councillors that were dismissed by Elifas last year over the succession issue. Nangolo's nomination is being challenged by the royal family.
Meanwhile a further 54% of businesses plan to impose a recruitment freeze or staff cuts within the next three months.
Tourism business performance has also declined, with revenue and capital expenditures decreasing
The travel business will remain subdued in 2018, and is only expected to return to positive territory next year.
This is according to the FNB/Fenata tourism index, which shows that the sector contracted by 8.4% during the fourth quarter of 2017.
“After a dramatic and unprecedented year, the tourism sector was certainly shaken, if not stirred, as a result of a general slowdown in consumer spending power. This further impacted spending on travel and tourism in 2017,” says FNB analyst Josephat Nambashu.
According to him all four quarterly reports of 2017 speak to a significant decline in the country's travel and tourism sector, with the FNB/Fenata travel index contracting quarterly throughout the year.
Nambashu says given the economic backdrop, it is no surprise that the index retreated deeper into the negative after another set of disappointing fourth-quarter figures.
“The foreign currency translation provided some support during the quarter on the back of a weaker rand against the euro; however, it was the load factors and bed occupancy rates' negative trends that drove the overall index down.”
According to him load factors, which measure the capacity utilisation of airlines, show that even though international arrivals to Namibia continued to grow they did not match the growth in flights and as a result load factors fell.
According to the European Travel Commission, tourist numbers to Africa as a whole grew by only 6.6% last year, which demonstrates considerable slowing in recent months.
Nambashu says occupancy rates were also subdued, decreasing by 3.8% when compared with the same quarter last year.
Of those beds occupied, only 17.5% were by European nationals while Americans took up about 4.1% of beds available.
Tourists from France were the largest percentage, followed by those from USA and Canada.
The FNB/Fenata tourism index further states that tourism operators expect to see improved tourist numbers during the first quarter of 2018, with 52% anticipating increased revenue during this period.
Almost three quarters of tourism businesses expect improved business performance going forward and a mere 4% expect a downturn in their businesses in the coming three months.
“However, we are still of the opinion that the ever-increasing operational costs in the sector will pose a threat to the ability to compete in the long run for some, in light of the deteriorating load factors. At some point airfares will have to rise or unprofitable routes will be closed. Either way, Namibia will become increasingly uncompetitive, which does not bode well for the industry's growth aspirations.”
According to Nambashu the tourism industry continues to face challenges including the general economic slowdown, lack of quality accommodation for larger groups, business costs and lack of readily available capital for investment. “These make up some of the worrying issues for firms consecutively over the past three surveys.”
He said a total of 40% of firms ranked these as their number-one concern.
Inexperienced staff was also ranked as a worry, making it the second highest issue throughout the year. Other challenges include reduced consumer confidence, aviation access and the tough competition from the neighbouring countries South Africa and Botswana.
This first vessel will be incorporated into the Lüderitz operations of Lalandii in 2019, and the other two vessels for NovaNam in 2020. All three vessels will be specially adapted to operate in Namibia’s waters, and to meet the specific value add needs of the state-of-the-art processing facilities on land in Lüderitz.
With these three new vessel investments, which will total N$450 million, NovaNam and its affiliate, Lalandii, both with the backing of Nueva Pescanova, have given clear signals of their commitment to Namibia and its fishing industry. NovaNam was established in 1990, the year of Namibia’s independence, and Lalandii was acquired by NovaNam in 2005 after the former had been placed into liquidation by its previous owners.
Both these companies employ a total of 2 100 people in Namibia, of which 1 800 are based in the wet fish operations in Lüderitz. A further 300 people are employed between NovaNam’s freezer fleet operations at sea and in the value-add factory on land in Walvis Bay.
All three new vessels will include high-efficiency and carbon emission friendly engines, the latest on-board processing equipment and systems, as well as accommodation and facilities which will provide greater comfort and enhanced quality of life and working conditions for all the crew.
South Africa’s Auditor General said on Tuesday he is terminating all contracts with auditing firm KPMG over a string of recent scandals that have cast doubt over the international audit firm’s professional and ethical conduct.
“Recent media reports relating to the external audit of VBS Mutual Bank and the conduct of KPMG audit partners are some of the reasons that prompted the decision to withdraw all KPMG audit mandates with immediate effect,” Auditor General Kimi Makwetu said in a statement.
Uganda to borrow US$412m from China and WB
Uganda said on Tuesday it intends to borrow a total of US$412 million from the World Bank and China’s Exim Bank to fund projects in education, health and energy sectors.
Uganda’s public debt has grown rapidly in recent years on the back of the country’s voracious uptake of Chinese credit, raising concerns about the impact of high debt servicing costs on government finances.
Nigeria's Senate seeks explanation of US$162m to buy helicopters
Nigeria’s upper chamber of parliament on Tuesday said it would invite the central bank governor and the ministers of finance and defence to explain the release of US$162 million to buy helicopters, it said on its Twitter feed.
Senator Sam Anyanwu said the money was withdrawn from the federal account in March without the approval of lawmakers.
“Senate resolves to invite the CBN governor and ministers of finance and defense to shed more light on the release of the funds,” the Senate said in a tweet.
Mozambique state accountable for debt- President
Mozambique will assume responsibility for debt incurred by previous administrations, but there needs to be a shared responsibility by those providing the loans, the country’s president Filipe Nyusi said on Tuesday.
Heavily indebted Mozambique got cut off from multilateral and foreign donors such as the International Monetary Fund after the government admitted to US$1.4 billion of previously undisclosed loans in 2016. It presented a restructuring plan to its commercial creditors in March.
“We are making dialogue with the creditors and we are looking at what should be done, naturally this is a complex process,” said Nyusi, speaking through a translator at international think tank Chatham House in London.
IMF makes positive about-turn on SA growth outlook
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is upbeat about South Africa's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2018, raising its forecast to 1.5% after cutting its prediction to 0.9% in January.
The international lender released its World Economic Outlook report in Washington DC on Tuesday, ahead of the IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings.
After experiencing 1.3% economic growth in 2017, amid a difficult economic climate, the IMF pencilled in 1.5% growth in 2018 and 1.7% in 2019. It slashed its forecast in January citing rising political uncertainty affecting investment and business confidence.
“The lack of creating and filling critical teacher positions, in the absence of an allocated budget, has serious negative implications on the workload of teachers in our schools, classroom management and the quality of educational outcomes,” education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa noted during her budget motivation speech delivered in parliament on Tuesday.
She explained that although her ministry has put in place stringent measures to lower the wage bill, teachers remain integral to the success of her ministry and the lives of young Namibians.
She said despite efforts to lower the wage bill, more teachers are needed to respond to the increasing number of learners enrolling, and to ensure the curriculum changes are managed effectively. “I thus request for leniency in the recruitment of teaching staff,” Hanse-Himarwa said.
Efforts to reduce wages include the on-going process by regional directorates to assess teaching staff complements at schools, re-assigning teachers from overstaffed to understaffed schools, and the soon-to-be implemented revision of the post provisioning norms later this financial year.
The ministry's total budget allocation was N$13.4 billion this financial year.
The operational budget allocation is N$12.8 billion and the development budget, which was increased by 29%, close to N$660 million.
The largest portion of the 2018/19 budget allocation, 79%, has been set aside towards the defrayal of staff salaries and allowances, Hanse-Himarwa said. “This has been a recurring trend over the years and is inevitable given the current rate of increase in the demand for teachers, which is at 3% annually.” She emphasised that a “critical priority” will be the continuation of efficient payroll administration. Challenges arising from lack of funds include the impact on pre-primary education, which is battling a lack of qualified teachers, she noted.
Access to pre-primary education is still of concern, with less than 50% of grade 1 learners accessing pre-primary, she noted.
Close to 756 000 learners fall under the ministry's purview in 1 883 schools, where 28 688 teachers are employed. Hanse-Himarwa said that between 2017 and 2018, learner enrolment increased by a total of 33 695.
“This growth means that the ministry needs to provide more classrooms to accommodate the growing number of learners.” Moreover, curriculum changes have added to the ministry's list of needs. Hanse-Himarwa further highlighted that the fiscal consolidation strategy could be felt mostly during the execution of the 2017/18 budget, especially in regions where services such as hostel catering and utilities were terminated due to non-payment. “The worst cases were where learners were sent home from hostels since meals could not be provided or electricity services were discontinued.”
Hanse-Himarwa explained that a major priority is the upgrading, renovating and constructing of education facilities and strengthening monitoring of on-going capital projects to ensure timely completion of these projects.
To this end, N$750 million was allocated to the ministry's budget for the accelerated school infrastructure programme over the medium-term expenditure framework.
The minister stated that in line with on-going curriculum changes which are being implemented, the “lack of targeted funding for reform implementation has been seen as the biggest stumbling block, and has contributed to over-spending in recent years.” She explained that the ministry has set aside funds for the implementation of the basic education curriculum, especially for grade 10 in 2019, by allocating N$60 million for the construction of new classrooms, N$58 million for the procurement of books for grades 10 and 11, and N$76 960 for the training of secondary school principals.
A further N$13.6 million was set aside for science consumables, among other budgeted funds to help with the curriculum changes.
The number of classrooms increased from 8 416 in 1992 to 25 050 in 2017, the minister said.
“However, there are still a significant number of non-permanent structures prevalent across the country.” A total of 105 additional classrooms are in the process of being constructed at a cost of N$53.5 million, she said.
It is also investigating how a businessman from Windhoek came to own a piece of land situated in the Etosha National Park.
This follows after businessman Gerd Schoneke offered to sell a piece of land he owns in Etosha to the ministry for N$12 million.
Schoneke yesterday told Namibian Sun that he did not want to comment now, but would at a later stage provide all the facts to the media.
The piece of land measures 0.409 hectares and is located between the Okaukuejo Rest Camp and the Andersson Gate in Etosha.
According to the minister Schoneke apparently inherited the land from his grandfather who had bought it in 1905, two years before Etosha was declared a national park.
“We are investigating this. None of the documents that he has provided to the ministry has been validated yet. We are trying to see how he acquired the land, whether it was by a fair and just means. Legality must be determined,” Shifeta said.
The minister stressed that no private land ownership is allowed in national parks, especially not in Etosha.
He added that the land, which measures less than half a hectare, is not developed at all and that the selling price is inflated.
According to Shifeta negotiations with the ministry to sell the piece of land have been ongoing for 14 years, but he only heard about the issue last year.
He said a valuation by the lands ministry showed that the land is worth N$400 000.
Shifeta noted that the ministry would also take into account what a private buyer would pay for the land before deciding on a final price.
He explained that selling the land to a private buyer would be impossible. “You cannot erect infrastructure in the middle of the park. There is no private entrance,” he pointed out.
He said the ministry would offer fair compensation for the land should it be proven that it had been obtained legally.
“We are, however, still investigating how it was obtained. We respect the rights of the owner, but we have to make sure everything was done legally before we decide.”
According to Shifeta he has sent ministry officials to the Deeds Office to investigate whether there is any other privately owned land in other national parks.
Shifeta said that should the ministry come across other similar cases he had options which he could not reveal at this time.
“Private ownership is a problem. Land cannot be owned by private owners in national parks, especially Etosha.”
He said a concession could be granted in national parks, which meant that the land is leased to a private owner.
“The land belongs to the park, there is no private land and it can be a security concern,” he reiterated.
The woman's three-year-old son is missing and feared dead.
The incident took place at the Abraham Iiyambo informal settlement on the outskirts of Hakahana in Windhoek.
The victims were identified as 32-year-old Saima Thomas and Jason Lukas Shindinge.
The woman's body was found in a riverbed about two kilometres from where their shack had stood. Thomas's partner managed to survive the tragedy, along with their three-day-old baby girl.
The unfortunate incident sparked anguish among community members, while Namibians also expressed a great level of shock and sadness.
While donations streamed in for the bereaved family, the City of Windhoek leadership also visited the family and the surrounding area.
Mayor Muesee Kazapua expressed sadness and sorrow at the unfortunate incident.
He added the City had been pleading with residents not to erect structures in hazardous environments like riverbeds.
“We have been warning residents not to construct those houses in the riverbeds, it is very dangerous.
Especially now with the heavy rains.
It is should also be a [lesson] for the community when leaders are warning them from settling illegally,” he said.
According to Kazapua, the City was aware of the growing outcry over housing delivery, which has been exacerbated by urbanisation.
Moses //Garoëb constituency councillor David Martin said some of the residents in the affected area have been living in the riverbed for over seven years now.
According to him, several warnings have been sent out but some residents simply ignored the call to move to safer ground.
“Even before the rains started I pleaded with them, but some people do not respect the advice given.
But we will now with the assistance of the City move them from the riverbeds,” he said.
'Govt to blame'
The Affirmative Repositioning Movement also visited the bereaved family and donated a bed, blankets and other supplies.
According to an AR spokesman, the sad situation must be “placed at the door of the government for the contempt it has shown to the poor”.
The AR also urged activists to frequently visit informal settlements and adopt families whom they can support and whose living conditions they can monitor and uplift.
“It is evident that government has no plan to address housing and assisting the masses of our people. The only thing our people have is AR,” the statement read.
City CEO Robert Kahimise, while addressing a workshop on transformational leadership on climate change, said the backlog in serviced erven created a disaster such the Monday incident.
“We will identify those living under the power lines and in the riverbeds and relocate them,” he said.
He added that the influx of people from outside Windhoek made it very difficult for the municipality to keep up.
“How can you slip into a town and the authority must plan for you? As we sit here 50 people are settling already.
And we put up structures… [but] toilets are vandalised,” he said.
Kazapua called on the government to issue a directive making provision for the subsidising of housing for Namibians in all income brackets.
According to him some developers mislead the City with proposals that they will build affordable houses but afterwards raise the prices so that that most people cannot afford it.
The marathoner was previously a Corporal Officer in the defence force, but has now earned another post due to her sporting abilities. Johannes completed the 42.2km marathon in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes 40 seconds, to finish well ahead of second-placed Lisa Weightman of Australia (2:33:23), while another Australian, Jess Trengrove won bronze in 2:34:09.
Johannes, along with two other runners, broke away from the pack early. By the 36km mark she took the lead, and gradually increased her lead eventually winning by a comfortable margin.
The party is celebrating its 58th anniversary today.
The Swapo party president used the anniversary to urge party members to rededicate themselves to working towards ensuring a better life for all Namibians.
“As we pause to reflect on the road travelled, honour our fallen comrades and compatriots who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our independence, we should think about the journey ahead. We should plan and work harder to meet the aspirations for a better tomorrow for the majority of our people,” said Geingob.
Geingob promised that Swapo, as an organisation, would continue to be an organisation of the people and would remain rooted in the destiny of the people.
“It is home for all Namibians. It is why the rank and file our party should commit to embody the values of unity, peace, patriotism, equality and equity.
Geingob also appealed to party members to work together, irrespective of rank, towards fighting corruption and inequality.
“As cadres, we must intensify efforts at all levels, within all structures and wings, towards serving our people with diligence and fighting the scourges of poverty, corruption and inequality,” said Geingob.
“Long live the Swapo party, happy birthday Swapo,” Geingob said in his letter to the party.
She has managed to get to the Annajda help centre for battered women in the capital, Rabat.
“I only wanted to help my parents, my family was living in destitution,” murmurs the teenager, who has worked as a household servant for two years.
For the volunteers who offer support, such stories are commonplace despite recent legislation to protect minors from servitude.
Fatima's parents agreed to let her leave their southern village at the age of 15 to work as a domestic, with the aid of a local intermediary, or “semsar”.
A place was found and she was sent to work with a family in Rabat.
“At first I was well-treated,” she told AFP. “But gradually, violence became my daily life.
“The mistress used to beat me, insult me, she always had a reason.”
Fatima El Maghnaoui, who runs the Annajda shelter, talks of slavery and says teenage Fatima should be at school.
“It's a form of slavery, a violation of the right to education and of Morocco's international commitments,” she said. There are no official figures on the employment of maids.
But a study carried out in 2010 by non-governmental bodies reported that Morocco had between 66 000 and 80 000 domestic workers aged under 15.
INSAF, an NGO which has campaigned for women's rights for nearly 20 years, lists “degrading working and living conditions” suffered by the girls, who are usually from the country and illiterate.
Latifa's story caught public attention recently after the 22-year-old was taken to hospital in Casablanca with third-degree burns and broken bones. She had been a maid since adolescence and long abused by her employer.
INSAF has helped her find shelter.
For Fatima, work began at 07:00 and ended late into the night, “sometimes 03:00,” she says.
“I used to sleep on the terrace in the cold, like a domestic animal.
“I used to eat the scraps and my feet always ached from standing up.”
She was not even paid.
“A salary of 800 dirhams a month (nearly 70 euros, around US$85, or a third of the minimum wage) was agreed, but I didn't get a penny,” she adds. After the first year she asked for what she was owed, only for the mistress of the house to confiscate her identity papers and forbid any contact with her family.
Caught in a trap, Fatima decided to run away.
“I didn't know anyone, I had no money and did not even know the address where I was working,” she says.
In the end, a young man who lived nearby helped her get in touch with an aunt and “bring the ordeal to a close”.
Omar Saadoun, who heads INSAF's programme against child labour, says that the fate of maids, such as Fatima, starts with “failure at school in rural settings, poverty and parental ignorance”.
In some areas, “girls are considered inferior to boys and are the first in line to be married off or sent to work as a servant when extra money is needed,” he said.
Long awaited, amid years of debate, legislation to protect maids was passed in the summer of 2016. It sets a minimum age of 18 for household work. The law covers labour contracts, a minimum wage, one day off a week, annual holidays and financial penalties for failure to abide by the rules. Government has hailed the law as major social progress.
However, it allows another five years for the employment of 16-18 year-olds, much to the annoyance of human rights activists, and there has been little or no assessment of implementation.
“We need a global strategy... the legislation does not bring any guarantees, there is no system for support, rehabilitation, to identify families,” says Saadoun.
“Many maids who are minors do not even know the address of their employer.”
And, noted El Maghnaoui, “work inspectors are not authorised to investigate inside households where abuse can take place far from prying eyes.”
The silver-haired Diaz-Canel, 57 - a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 - will become the island's first leader born after the 1959 revolution, and the first in 60 years who is not named Castro.
Between them, father of the nation Fidel and his younger brother Raul made the Caribbean island a key player in the Cold War and helped keep communism afloat despite the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Raul, now 86, has been in power since 2006, when he took over after illness sidelined Fidel, who seized power in the revolution.
Diaz-Canel, who has spent years climbing the party ranks, was named the sole candidate for the presidency on Wednesday. He was formally confirmed as the country's leader yesterday - the anniversary of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, when Fidel Castro's forces defeated 1 400 US-backed rebels seeking to overthrow him.
Havana has long hailed the showdown as American imperialism's first great defeat in Latin America.
It is also the day before the new president's 58th birthday. Diaz-Canel, who some say bears a passing resemblance to American actor Richard Gere, is a fan of The Beatles whose penchant for wearing jeans has set him apart in Havana's corridors of power.
Olopota ndjoka ya pititha, oBank of Namibia oya topolwa miitopolwa itatu, yaayakulwa yoombanga moshilongo.
Oongundu ndjoka ongaashi mboka taya kongo egameno, aanamuthigululwakalo oshowo aakalekipo yomayalulo gawo.
Mongundu yotango yaamboka taya kongo egameno, okwa fatululwa kutya mboka aayakulwa ye na omwaalu gwiimaliwa gwangambekwa na ohaya longitha oombaanga konyala okumona omayakulo agehe.
Aanamuthigululwakalo oya fatululwa kutya oomboka ye na ondondo dhelongo lyopetameko na ohaya mono iiyemo yi li pevi na oye na woo omayakulo omashona gombaanga. Ongundu ndjoka okwa hololwa hayi longitha noonkondo omashina gokunana iimaliwa ano, automatic teller machines oshowo iitayi yoombaanga omanga aakalekipo yomayalulo gawo oomboka ihaya shenjde unene oombanga. Molopota ndjoka omalongitho omashona gomayakulo gombaanga ngoka ga tothwamo enano lyoshimaliwa shooN$200 oshowo epungulo lyongushu yooN$600.
Elongitho lyopokati enano lyiimaliwa taku longitha o automated teller machine (ATM), iimaliwa yongushu yooN$500, epungulo limwe lyongushu yooN$800, omafutilo giilandomwa nuukalata geli gahetatu gongushu N$300, oshowo omatumo giimaliwa pamalungula gaali gongushu yooN$2 650.
Elongitho enene ndyoka lya lopotwa omanano giimaliwa okuza pomashina goATM gongushu yooN$1 500, epungulo limwe lyongushu N$1 500, omafutilo giilandomwa nuukalata ge li 16 gongushu yooN$600 oshowo omatumo giimaliwa okulongitha omalungula gopaali gongushu yooN$10 000.
Olopota oya popi woo kombinga yelongitho lyuukalata wombaanga mokufutila iilandomwa moostola oshowo efuto lyimaliwa komuntu omutitatu okupitila momayakulo goombaanga, naambyoka ayihe oyi li mongundu ndjoka ontitatu.
Olopota ndjoka oya ngongwa po okuza komayalulo goombaanga ge li 21 unene komayalulo gomapungulo, okuya komayalulo gombaaga ngoka ga nuninwa mboka haya mono iiyemo yi li pombanda.
Oombaanga adhihe dhopangeshefa odha kwatelwamo molopota ndjoka, kakele kombaanga yoLetshego oshowo Trustco Bank.
Omulongithi gwiimaliwa yi li pevi mongundu yaamboka taya kongo egameno okuna omayalulo gombaanga nale ndjoka ya pata yoSME, keyalulo lyoSilver Professional Cheque Account yongushu yooN$8.03 omanga ngoka el i pombanda oku na eyalulo lyoBank Windhoek, Ordinary Cheque Account kongushu yooN$174.32
Mongundu yotango yoSafety seekers aayakulwa mboka ohaya futu oshimaliwa shi li pooN$407.39 keyalulo lyoBank Windhoek Transaction Account omanga aayakulwa yombaanga nale yoSME Bank, keyalulo lyoSilver Cheque Account haya futu ooN$98.83 komwedhi. Aalongithi unene yombaanga, oya futu oshimaliwa shooN$727.71 koBank Windhoek Transaction Account omanga ombaanga ndjoka ya gandja iifuta yi li pevi kongundu yaayakulwa mboka oSME komayaluo gawo goSilver Professional Cheque Account.
Aanamuthigululwakalo oya futu oshimaliwa shooN$159.48 koBank Windhoek keyalulo lyo Ordinary Cheque Account omanga koSME keyalulo lyoSilver Cheque Account ya futu, N$8.03. Natango oya futu oshimaliwa shoo$406.19 koBank Windhoek keyalulo lyoTransaction Account omanga koSME ya futu N$100.59 koSilver Professional Cheque Account.
Aalongithi yombaanga unene mongundu ndjoka oya futu oshimaliwa shooN$741.93 koBank Windhoek, keyalulo ndyoka lyoTransaction Account omanga ya futu keyalulo lyoSME Bank lyoSilver Professional Cheque Account oshimaliwa shooN$164.41.
Aayakulwa yoBank Windhoek, keyalulo lyo Ordinary Cheque Account ohaya futu komwedhi konyala oshimaliwa shoN$145.59.
Aayakulwa mboka yeli mongundu ontitatu oya futu ooN$389 keyalulo lyoBank Windhoek lyoTransaction Account omanga koSME, ya futu oshimaliwa shoo$99.14 koSilver Professional Cheque Account.
Aalongithi unene yomayakulo gombaanga mongundu ndjoka, ohaya futu ooN$728.21 koBank Windhoek, komayalulo go Ordinary Cheque Account oshowo oshimaliwa shooN$162.96 koSilver Cheque Account yoSME Bank.
Minista okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo, a popile omutengenekwathaneko giimaliwa mbyoka ya pewa uuministeli mboka moshikako shokomumvo shonuumvo.
Nghimtina okwa popi kutya oya taaalela omashongo ogendji meshangitho nekongelo lyiilonga aakwashigwana mboka. Okwa popi kutya omashongo gamwe ongaashi eshangitho lyanuundipala lyoompito dhiilonga okuza kaagandji yoompito dhiilonga moshilongo.
Okwa tsikile kutya aantu oyendji itaya mono iilonga okupitila komaishangitho goNIEIS, ihe omokupopya owala, omakwatathano gopaumwene, okuza kaaniilonga yakwawo nenge muuyelele taya mono kuyakwawo okuza momapandanda nenge woo komakwatathano gopainternet.
Okwa popi woo kutya ompumbwe yuunongo notseyo otayi etitha egwo pevi lyeliko lyoshilongo, oshowo sho kape na owino nehalo lyokwiilonga.
Nghimtina okwa popi kutya nonando epangelo olya tula miilonga omusindalandu omuwanawa ngoka gwa nuninwa okukongela aakwashigwana oompito dhiilonga, omusindalandu ngoka itagu gandja iiyimati iiwanawa ngaashi sha tegelelwa.
“Ngele eliko itali koko opo andola li totepo oompito dhiilonga nena omukalo ngoka tagu longithwa ogwa pumbwa okutalululwa.”
Okwa popi kutya opo ku yiwe moshipala omupyadhi ngoka ya taalela omusindalandu ngoka guuministeli, nena otaya ka ninga omalunduluko moNIEIS opo ya kwashilipaleke kutya kehe oompito yiilonga ndjoka yi li po oya shangithwa nepangelo.
Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli otawu ka tota po oprograma yelongelokumwe naKorea yuule woomvula ndatu okutameka muMei, opo kuyambulwepo omusindalandu ngoka gwoNIEIS.
Uuministei mboka owa tamekitha omapekaapeko neyambidhidho lyoInternational Labour Organisation (ILO) opo ku vule okutulwa miilonga omalolelo goNational Minimum Wage for Namibia.
Nghimtina okwa popi kutya shoka osha pumbiwa unene moNamibia, sho natango moshilongo mu na aaniilonga oyendji mboka haya futwa oondjambi dhi li pevi noonkondo okuyeleka niilonga mbyoka haya longo.
Uuministeli owa yelitha shoka inashi uvikako nawa na osha kuthwa ko kutya uuministeli itawu ka futa aantu mboka ya dhipagwa koongandu oshowo oondjambameya.
Euveko ndyoka olya holoka, sha landula oshipopiwa shaMinista Pohamba Shifeta, pethimbo kwa patululwa oMaurus Nekaro Conservancy moKavango West Region.
Shifeta kwa popi kutya ngele aantu oya dhipagwa koongandu noondjambameya onga oshizemo shuuhasha, nena oofamili dhawo itadhi ka futwa oshimaliwa shooN$100 000, shoka sha nuninwa omayambidhidho gefumbiko.
Omunambelewa omupopiliko guuministeli mboka, Romeo Muyunda, okwa popi kutya shoka itashi ti kutya itaku ka gandjwa iifuta ngele omuntu a dhipagwa kongandu nenge kondjambameya.
Okwa yelitha kutya miipotha yiIi ngaaka, omakonaakono otaga ka kala shimwe shomiipumbiwa.
Okwa popi kutya shoka otashi ningwa onga omukalo gwokukunkilila aakwashigwana, molwaashoka oya hala egameno lyoomwenyo, okuza kiiningwanima yoludhi ndoka.
Muyunda okwa popi kutya uuministeli owa limbililwa kondjele yomwaalu gwaantu mboka taya kanitha oomwenyo dhawo onga oshizemo shomaponokelo ga ningwa koongandu, koondjambameya oshowo kiiyamakuti yilwe.
Okwa indile oshigwana shi hulithepo omikalo niilonga mbyoka tayi tulitha moshiponga oomwenyo dhawo kiiyamakuti niilikami.
Muyunda okwa popi kutya iinima ngaashi okuyoga momilonga nenge okuwapalekela iikutu pomilonga, osha nika oshiponga na otashi vulu okuyandwa.
Momasiku 20 gaMaalitsa, Nangolo okwa shangele Mushelenga omukanda, onga ominista ndjoka yi na oshinakugwanithwa shomalelo gopamuthigululwakalo, opo e mu tseyithile oompangela dhawo dhokulundulula oombelewa dhelelo lyaNdonga okuza mOluno okuya mOniipa.
Mushelenga, okwa yamukula kutya shoka kashi li paveta, momukanda ngoka a shanga momasiku 23 gaMaalisa.
Nangolo okwa yamukula kutya etokolo okulundulula oombelewa ndhoka oli li oshiyetwapo netokolo lya ningwa kaakwashigwana.
“Aakwashigwana yaNdonga ngaaashi ye na uuthemba okushininga oya pula elundululo lyoombelewa ndhoka opo ya vule okukala taya mono omayakulo. Oshe ya onga ehaluko kaakwashigwana yaNdonga sho minista a popi kutya etokolo ndyoka lyaakwashigwana kali li paveta. Aakwashigwana oya ningi etokolo ndyoka opo oombelewa dhi lundululwe ngaashi tashi uthwa kontopolwa onti 3(1), konima sho ya kongo omayele gopaveta,” Nangolo a popi.
Nangolo okwa popi kutya ombaapila ye yotango kaya li tayi kongo epitiko okuza kuMushelenga ihe okumu tseyithila owala shoka sha tokolwa kaakwashigwana, na okwe mu tseyithile pankatu ye onga omupeha gwomukwaniilwa, Elifas, sho a li uuliwa komukwaniilwa mo 2002, onga omulanduli gwe.
Nangolo okwa tsikile kutya ota ndopa okugwanitha po iilonga ye ngele nena okwa ndopa okutseyithila minista shoka sha tokolwa kaalelwa yoshilongo shoka.
Nangolo ina nyanyukilwa woo oohapu dhaMushelenga kutya eindilo lyompangu ndyoka lya tulwa mo kookansela mboka olya kuthwa mo momusholondondo gwiipotha mbyoka tayi pulakenwa mompangu, momasiku 19 gaMaalitsa.
Nangolo okwa tseyithile Mushelenga kutya ye keli oshitopowa shaamboka ya tulamo endilo ndyoka, ta popi wo kutya eindilo olya undulilwa komasiku 14 gaMei.
Mushelenga, ngoka e li mwene gwomukunda Oshigambo melelo lyaNdonga, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya Ominista yUuyuuki Sacky Shanghala okwa tsakanena nale noongundu ndhoka mbali tadhi nanathana, na okwa ukitha olopota ye kokabinete.
Nangolo, ngoka uulikwa onga omulanduli gwomukwaniilwa mo 2002, ota yambidhidhwa kongundu yimwe melelo lyoshilongo shoka.
Aayambidhidhi ye unene ookansela mboka ya li ya tidhwa miilonga komukwaniilwa Elifas omvula ya piti.
Dear Auntie Nangy, I am a 24- year-old lady. I'm worried about myself… I have signs like I'm pregnant. I used to vomit, my breasts became bigger… but this month I receive my period. Is this possible Auntie?
It is really easy to find out if you are pregnant and you could be relieved of this worry you have. Are you in a sexual relationship with anyone? You would not be in this situation if you have not have sex at all. When last did you have unprotected sex? Was it with a stable boyfriend or a random person, and perhaps this is the reason why you are freaking out? If the above questions are positive chances are you are but we can only be sure if you get tested. Missing periods does not always mean you are pregnant; stress also causes one to miss their periods. All the signs you mentioned are not 100% indicators so you cannot base your theory on that. Just go and get tested. Auntie can see you are not ready for motherhood so the next time, please make sure you use protection or abstain all together. There is more that you should be worried about from unprotected sex than just pregnancy, there are STDs too.
Am I infertile?
Dear Auntie Nangy I'm a girl, 20. I'm just concerned about my fertility. I'm having an irregular menstruation cycle - sometimes three months will just pass by without getting it. Is there a possibility that I won't have babies?
How long has this been going on? An occasional missed period is regarded as a normal thing. However, not having a regular period can be risky. I will advise you to seek professional help from a gynaecologist or go to the nearest hospital.
Dear Auntie Nangy, I have a situation at school. I am in grade 11 and the people I hang around with are always trying to get me into trouble. They ask me to do things that can get me suspended and it has gone to the point where my parents were called to school twice and the third time I could get expelled. How do I leave this toxic group?
It's good that you know they are not your friends and that they are bad for you. Why do you feel the need to please these people? Do they have something on that you would do anything including being expelled? If you can't stop, stand up against these bullies on your own… why don't you go to someone else you can trust and ask them to go to the principle on your behalf? The ball is in your court and you have to decide when you want this to stop and tell those people off. You are just grade 11, you should not be this miserable. There is more to life then pleasing a group of people who don't add value to your life.
I have been naughty
Dear Auntie Nangy, I have been very naughty the past few months of this year. I have so far slept with four different men and this is usually not how I behave. The truth is I just want to be taken seriously and all these men seemed like they would. By the time I realised I just gave in, they are not evening replying my texts anymore. Now there is a fifth man who wants me to give him a chance and I am very scared. How do I know he just doesn't want to use me?
Wow girl. Please slow down before you sleep with everyone? Is this all a desperate attempt to be in a relationship? First of all, have you been using protection with any of these men? It really upsets Auntie when girls just open their legs to anyone that comes their way just to please them. A man who respects you and wants to have something serious with you will not ask you to open your legs like that. And if we are just in the fourth month how long have you stayed with each of them? And now you are contemplating the fifth man already? No child. Take a breather, get your thoughts in order and understand that running through men week after week will not make the right one come faster. Whatever you do don't give in easily with this one. Take it slow.
Very shy and awkward
Dear Auntie Nangy
I am a very socially awkward person. I am forever alone and the only friends I have are my cousins. Immediately when I knock off at work I just go home. I want to meet people and mingle too. Please help.
This basically means you are never comfortable in social settings. You are not the only one, if this will make you feel better. It's all easy, next time at work; try to make small talk starting with the person who sits next to you at work. You might love it in the end. You could also try to see a psychologist to get to the root of this. It could be something from your childhood and once you are aware of it you could get rid of this problem.
This is a story about Bantu an artist, a black fantasy writer exorcising his demons through the written word.
On a deadline evening, with inspiration dry and pressure from his agent mounting, he interviews other artists to draw parallels with his own journey.
The cast features, award-winning actor in theatre and film, Ndinomholo Ndilula as Bantu. Kaarina Nambinga and Natasha who both acted on the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) stage before will take on the roles of Linda, Bantu's ex-lover a very calm and reflective young lady and Nomzamo, an editor, who is very confident, official in conduct, strong-willed and assertive but internally troubled.
Newcomers Charlene Mubita, Fesse Amunyela and Keith Vries will all make their debut as actors.
Mubita will take on the role of Trish, Bantus' sister with the demeanour of an otherwise happy child, but also very confident, observant and emotionally mature.
While the charismatic and charming rapper, Amunyela will play the very outspoken and 'conscious' Thabiso Black, a rap artist with a poetic presence. Vries plays Jonas, Bantu's manager, a hustler of note; very confident, commands the room, a fast talker; who is always on the move, always has to be somewhere and forever dressed in a suit.
Tickets for this play are available at all Computicket outlets nationwide as well as the NTN Box Office at N$50 for general access and N$30 for students and pensioners. The play will be on from 26 and 27 of April and will start at 20:00 at the NTN Backstage.
This year's event promises to be bigger and better as the organisers have identified new and young designers to dress the finalists for the main event. The newly appointed designers include Cayla Boucher and Wilma Kawedi for the cocktail scene, and Donald Diergaardt for the evening gowns.
“To stage the pageant in a manner of doing justice to the importance of the occasion and to justify the national interest in the event is a costly affair. Thank you to every sponsor for their contributions,” said Maritz.
Like last year, an exciting line-up will be prepared for the contestants, such as fundraising events which will lead to the last day of the main event. The pageant, together with the 30 semi-finalists will host a fundraising winter ball, where the lady that will raise the most funds will be an automatic finalist in the competition and will receive the title of Miss Debutant. During this evening the other top 11 finalists will be announced who have been selected by a panel of judges, and Standard Bank's Women of Excellence winners will be announced. Confirmed sponsors include Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino, NBC, Air Namibia, Coca Cola, Pupkewitz Toyota, Standard Bank, Biosculpture Namibia, Torga Optical, Graftobian Make-up and Emanya- Etosha. The closing date for entries is 21 May and the 30 semi-finalists will be announced on 23 May.
Seventeen tyres representing all major manufacturers were included in the test, and after five different tests evaluating their dynamics on road, gravel, sand and rocks, the Continental General Grabber AT 3 came out on top.
The testing was conducted at the Klipbokkop test centre, using two identical Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT double cab 4x4s, helmed by veteran tyre tester and 4x4 expert Gerhard Groenewald, whose feedback was described as an asset to the test.
The Grabber AT3 replaces the previous-generation Grabber AT, General Tyre's multiple award-winning tyre designed for all-terrain applications.
Retaining the 50/50 on/off-road bias of its predecessor, the new AT3 was developed to meet the needs of sport utility vehicle (SUV), bakkie and off-road vehicle drivers who demand the combination of exceptional off-road abilities and confident on-road manners.
“Offering the latest designs and technologies in its segment, the General Grabber AT3 further raise the benchmark in terms of capability and durability, building on General Tyre's proven performance, reliability and American heritage that spans more than 100 years,” says Ryan Visagie, product communications manager at CTSA.
“As one of the leading contenders in the all-terrain replacement tyre category, the Grabber AT3 continues our proud legacy with superb all-round performance and dependability,” Visagie adds.
The General Tyre Grabber AT3 is a highly capable all-terrain tyre designed to suit a wide range of 4x4 vehicles used in a variety of on- and off-road driving conditions.
Building on the success of the highly-rated Grabber AT, the new AT3 features three innovative technologies developed to enhance all-round performance and durability: Tracgen, Duragen and Comfort Balance.
The standard Grabber AT3 tyre range is available in 13 sizes catering for 15- to 20-inch rim diameters. Later this year, the Grabber AT3 range will be bolstered with a further nine reinforced light truck (LT) offerings in 15- to 18-inch sizes, which are designed for heavy-duty applications.
Compared to its highly rated predecessor, the new Grabber AT3's on-and off-road performance has improved in several key areas, including noise levels and irregular wear. Traction in snow, muddy conditions and on wet grass has been improved, along with cut-and-chip resistance.
– BestDrive Multityre
At the recent Free Your Mind African-themed comedy show, Sam cracked jokes around Africans always late at arriving at places, or achieving their goals on time, and he says “this is because Africans got their things late. For example, they get land late, graduate late or even get jobs late.” He also said although Africans are always late, they are very great.
Sam started doing comedy in 2005 in California. Not only does he have a sense of humour when it comes to his comedy but he also a strong academic background to back his comedic skills. He has a degree in Social Sciences from the University of California. “The University of California offered classes in stand-up comedy and we had to perform every week. Stand-up comedy for me is important because I get to say what I want,” he said.
Sam uses comedy as a platform to express himself and to highlight issues that take place in society. “Generally in a social, political or economic setting people are controlled and cannot express themselves, but as a comedian, when I am on stage my comedy becomes a true essence of being free,” he says. The comic says he always dares to break barriers and always aims to be a distinct comedian in the country. “When I first did comedy in the country the first platform was Free your Mind and I did my first show wearing only my boxers. It was a different way to do a comedy show and my break into the Namibian comedy industry,” he shares.
His preferred mode of communicating his poetry is through commentary and says he does not try to box himself in when it comes to his style. “A lot of my comedy comes from the ability to be conscious and to move us, as a nation, to a better place, and to understand what we are doing as a country,” he says. He believes that there is an interest for comedy for many Namibians and suggests that in order for comedian to be successful at what they do they need to network. “Comedy is accessible in Namibia. Comedy is lucrative and we need to grow it by creating more platforms for comedians to express themselves,” he says. He is believes that comedy will grow in Namibia if many comedians stick to their cultural routes and tap into people who speak vernacular languages. “We need to expand towards indigenous comedy. Doing comedy in English will become saturated but if we do comedy to tap into existing cultural fields in Namibia, it will grow. We need to see comedians do comedy in Oshiwambo, Setswana, Otjiherero and many other languages,” he says.
Although comedy is on the rise in the country, Sam is of the opinion that there is not enough done in the arts industry in Namibia. “We do not have enough people advocating for the arts in the country. Arts are what make life beautiful. Whether you wear jewellery, listen to music or have paintings, art is important. If we want to experience more beautiful things in life we need to put more money in art,” he expressed.
He advises his fellow comedians to be authentic and true to their art by saying that they should not always strive to be funny. “Comedy is not about being funny; I think it is about telling a story in a humorous way and to make people laugh. People are the ones who consider you funny and sometimes comics try too hard to be funny and sometimes they are not,” he shares.
The comedian, who draws inspiration from actor Will Smith and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, says he is passionate about storytelling and says wants look for different mediums to share his stories in the future. “I want to travel and have many experiences so that I can have enough material for my comedy and I will use that to have my own one man show in a year or so. I also want to contribute to other comedy shows and maybe even produce a satire show and just build the comedy industry in Namibia,” he says. For updates on his activities, follow Sam on his social media platforms.
Growth is then expected to accelerate further to 3.6% in 2019 and 2020, the bank wrote in its regular half-yearly report, "Africa's Pulse".
The drop in prices of raw materials from 2014, on which many African economies depend, has weighed on economic activity in those countries for some years.
In 2016, growth on the African continent stood at a meagre 1.5%, but accelerated to 2.6% in 2017.
"Growth has rebounded in Sub-Saharan Africa, but not fast enough," the World Bank's chief economist for Africa, Albert Zeufack, said.
With demographic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa standing at 2.7%, economic growth is just enough to push up revenue per capita, Zeufack told a news conference.
However, "growth is insufficient to eradicate poverty in the near horizon," he added.
Within the vast region of Sub-Saharan Africa, a number of countries enjoyed dynamic growth, namely the Ivory Coast and Senegal in the west, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Tanzania in the east.
All of these notched up growth rates of more than 6% as they bore the fruit from moves to diversify their economies and boosted infrastructure investment, the World Bank said.
By contrast, central African economies stagnated as they were overly dependent on raw materials.
"It is important that these countries boost their resilience by making diversification strategies an absolute priority," said the World Bank's main economist, Punam Chuhan-Pole.
But the bank expressed concern about the sharp increase in public debt in some of the countries.
"A number of countries have doubled their debt in five years and 18 African countries are now exposed to a high risk of overdebtedness, compared with eight in 2013," Zeufack warned. – Nampa/AFP
The ministry of labour, industrial relations and employment creation, with the assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has embarked on a three-year programme to mainstream gender in the key areas of its work, minister Erkki Nghimtina said Tuesday.
Motivating his budget vote in parliament, Nghimtina said “the struggle to achieve equal opportunities in employment has borne some fruit”.
According to the latest annual report by the Employment Equity Commission (EEC), based on 877 affirmative action reports, nearly 47% of the workforce in 2016/17 was women.
Only 20% of all executive directors were women. A third of senior management were women, and about 47% of middle management. Nearly 48% of specialised or supervisory positions were filled by women and nearly 49% of the skilled workforce was female.
Nghimtina said a training course for 15 facilitators has been completed. They will conduct a gender audit of the ministry and its programmes.
“The audit will lay the basis for several gender-responsive programmes, including stakeholder training and instituting measures to mainstream gender-awareness programmes in the implementation of the National Employment Policy and the labour market generally,” he said.
“For Namibia to develop her human resources it has to be informed and guided by its needs,” he continued.
Nghimtina said the ministry has been conducting vocational counselling sessions and school talks to inform students to make good career choices. “Making a good career choice enhances one's employability and entrepreneurship opportunities while propelling innovation in the labour market,” he said.
The ministry has also been working with the Social Security Commission (SSC) to put the national pension fund into operation. Nghimtina said the fund will have to cover all employees at an affordable rate, including those who are in the informal economy and self-employed. The final modalities and preference method of contributions are currently discussed by the SSC, he said.
“It is this ministry's conviction that any Namibian who has held a decent job in his/her lifetime should be able to live a decent life beyond the scope of work,” Nghimtina said.
Hanse-Himarwa yesterday appeared before the Windhoek High Court, where she is facing corruption charges in terms of the Anti-Corruption Act. It is alleged that she corruptly used her office or position to obtain gratification for herself or another person.
The charges stem from the time that she was the governor of the Hardap Region.
At that time the then Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Rural Development constructed houses for low- and middle-income earners under the Mass Housing Development Programme. These houses were to be handed over to the beneficiaries on 17 December 2014.
Teams comprising of ministry officials and the municipality of Mariental were entrusted with the vetting of applicants and selection of beneficiaries.
Hanse-Himarwa was to officially hand over the houses to the beneficiaries.
According to the indictment, when she was handed the list of beneficiaries she directed that two beneficiaries, Regina Kuhlman and Piet Fransman, be removed from the list.
Hanse-Himarwa allegedly instructed that the names of Justine Josephine Gowases and Christiana Lorraine Hansen be added in their place. Gowases is her niece and Hansen is her sister-in-law.
Hanse-Himarwa was consequently accused of unlawfully and corruptly using her power and influence as the governor of the region to overrule the decision of the selection team and award houses to her relatives.
It is also alleged that Hansen then rented out the house she was awarded.
“Hanse-Himarwa unilaterally altered the list to favour her relatives without consulting with the councillors and the selecting team,” the State alleges in the indictment.
In a pre-trial memorandum, Hanse-Himarwa indicated through her lawyer, Sisa Namandje, that she would plead not guilty to the charge and file a plea explanation.
She indicated that she would deny having committed an offence in terms of the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Act, or any other corrupt practice, thus placing the onus on the State to prove the allegations against her.
Judge Christie Liebenberg postponed the case to 29 May for trial.
According to labour minister Erkki Nghimtina, only 3 116 could be placed in employment. This means that more than 12 400 people could not find employment through the system.
During his budget motivation in the National Assembly Nghimtina said this demonstrated that there were serious structural challenges in a component of the employment creation strategy that was intended to provide fair opportunities to all who sought work and to meet employers' hiring needs. Nghimtina said one of these shortcomings was the absence of compulsory registration by each employer of every job that is created in the country. According to him it appeared that many employees were not recruited through the NIEIS but by word of mouth, personal connections, recommendations by colleagues, or the internet. Other shortcomings were a lack of relevant skills necessary for economic growth and inadequate attention paid to recognition of prior learning. “Employment creation requires a serious and targeted approach and not only political and social talks without offering viable alternatives,” he said.
The minister said although the government had tried to create the necessary conditions and a conducive environment for employment creation, these had not realised in the creation of much-needed jobs.
“If the economy cannot grow and cannot create the necessary job opportunities, then it should be redesigned or remodelled.”
Nghimtina said to meet the above-mentioned challenges the ministry was revising the NIEIS to ensure that every job that was created was recorded by the government. This was in order to provide a true reflection of the state of job creation. Nghimtina further said that employment directives had been prepared to maximise employment and these must be strictly complied with by those who tendered for government contracts or applied for economic rights, concessions and licences. The ministry also commenced research and analysis with the assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to determine the feasibility of introducing a national minimum wage for Namibia.
“This is necessary in a country like Namibia where many employees are still paid wages that are not commensurate with their job content and productivity and are considered to be part of the working poor.” He said parallel to this was the establishment of the Namibia Productivity Centre to balance productivity with innovation and decent work to make Namibia one of the most competitive economies in SADC.
To continue with these activities an amount of N$32.7 million was requested in the national budget.
The State unsuccessfully opposed the granting of bail to Bernhard Shitende Mulumba - a Congolese national employed as a doctor at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
Magistrate Makapa Castro Simasiku in his ruling said the State had failed to satisfy the court as to why the accused should not be released on bail.
Mulumba (40) was arrested on 3 April for allegedly raping a student whom he had offered a lift the previous day.
He is charged with rape, assault with intent to cause bodily harm and assault by threat.
Mulumba has denied all charges against him, saying he never had sexual intercourse with the complainant.
Prosecutor Mpule Siyomunyi had opposed bail due to the seriousness of the case. He also told the court that Mulumba was a flight risk and could interfere in the ongoing investigation.
He also argued that the huge public interest in the matter was another reason to refuse the accused bail.
Magistrate Simasiku took note of the seriousness of the case, but was not satisfied with the State's argument that the accused is likely to abscond to his native country.
According to Simasiku, the State did not persuade him or present strong evidence which could back that claim.
As part of the bail conditions, Mulumba is to report once a day to the Oshakati police station. He may not leave the Oshakati district without permission from the investigating officer. Mulumba also surrendered his passport to the police.
The case was postponed to 28 June.
Silas-Kishi Shakumu appeared for Mulumba.
Zimbabwe is working on a new investment law to open up the economy to foreign investors, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday, part of his government’s drive to revive an economy that stagnated under Robert Mugabe last years in power.
While giving the main speech during Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations, the first without Mugabe since 1980, Mnangagwa acknowledged the country had made mistakes and missed on investment opportunities in the recent past.
Egypt ports to remain open 24 hours
Egypt will keep its ports running for 24 hours a day, up from 16 currently, in an effort to cut down on “long waiting times” for shipments, transportation minister Hesham Arafat said on Wednesday.
The extended port hours will not come at any added cost for shippers, he said. Arafat did not specify when the new port hours would come in to effect or how long the new policy would remain in place.
South Africa's CPI falls to 7-year low
South African consumer price inflation slowed to its lowest rate in seven years on Wednesday as the end of the worst drought in decades helped push down food prices, data showed on Wednesday.
The rand briefly rallied to a session high after the inflation data before easing back above the 12 per dollar mark, with investors doubtful the unexpectedly low reading would be enough to persuade the South African Reserve Bank to cut interest rates more.
IMF hints open to Angolan request for non-financial aid
The IMF indicated on Wednesday that it was receptive to a request from Angola for non-financial assistance to help it implement economic reforms.
Africa’s second-largest crude producer continues to suffer from lower oil prices, which have caused a dollar liquidity squeeze that has made it difficult for foreign companies to repatriate profits and discouraged many from investing.
Mobile survey firm secures US$3.5m for Africa expansion
mSurvey, a Kenyan start-up that uses mobile phone short-messaging to gather customer feedback for clients, has secured US$3.5 million to fund expansion into Nigeria and South Africa, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
The firm, founded in 2012 with backing from Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom, collects feedback for Kenyan firms including lender CBA Group and Java, a chain of coffee shops.
The suspended CEO of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Hilya Nghiwete, has demanded through her lawyer that alleged victimisation and disempowerment by the board be stopped.
She has given the board five days from 10 April to act, and added that the board should also stop instigating junior staff and the company secretary, Fillemon Wise Immanuel, to disregard her instructions.
Nghiwete’s suspension was announced by board chairperson Jerome Mutumba on 16 April after a board decision on the matter was taken on 9 April, alleging maladministration and/or administrative corruption, among other instances of misconduct.
Acting on behalf of Nghiwete, lawyer Sisa Namandje wrote a letter to Mutumba on 10 April, saying that documentation and correspondence provided by Nghiwete showed that the work of the board of directors “over the last few years” had been “in a sorry state”.
This clearly refers to the work of the board of directors led by previous board chairperson Patty Karuaihe-Martin, as well as the board now chaired by Mutumba.
Namandje wrote that the documentation provided to his law firm “discloses a tale of shocking maladministration and complete failure of moral courage on the part of the board of directors”.
Namandje claimed that there was a confirmed case of victimisation against Nghiwete by the previous board, which had overturned a disciplinary conviction against Immanuel without providing any reason.
The former attorney-general, Sacky Shanghala, had previously said the board’s interference in the Immanuel matter was wrong.
“[It] is now clear that the new board of directors appears to continue perpetrating victimisation of our client, and in particular disempowering our client of her functions she is fully entitled to carry out,” Namandje wrote.
He accused the new board, in particular Mutumba, of involving themselves in the day-to-day duties of the NSFAF secretariat and the CEO, stating that there were no provisions in the NSFAF Act that gave Mutumba these additional powers.
The letter accused Mutumba of having instigated junior NSFAF staff and company secretary Immanuel to disregard and disobey Nghiwete’s instructions and authority.
He said Mutumba had recently, for example, irregularly commissioned a special investigation by the internal auditor in respect of N$50 million “when the money to your [Mutumba’s] knowledge was properly spent”.
Nghiwete is reportedly particularly concerned over the manner in which Mutumba handled a board meeting on 23 March to which members of the executive committee were invited without her knowledge.
This meeting, it is alleged, turned out to be “a divisive and shaming exercise”.
It is understood that the March board meeting discussed the issues that eventually led to Nghiwete’s suspension.
Namandje said Mutumba should know that Immanuel was “properly convicted in the past but was unlawfully and irregularly saved” by the previous board of directors.
Namandje said Immanuel, with “tacit support” from Mutumba and his board, refused to provide Nghiwete the previous board’s handover report despite the fact that she was an ex officio member of the board.
“This must be immediately rectified,” demanded Namandje, and accused the board of wanting to frustrate Nghiwete “out of her position”.
Namandje charged that the previous and current boards’ actions in relation to Nghiwete were unlawful in several respects, saying Nghiwete was entitled therefore to approach a court of law for appropriate relief, not only to protect her interests but also to ensure the NSFAF was run and administered properly.
Nghiwete further threatened with court action if the findings of a disciplinary committee in Immanuel’s case were not reinstated.
It is understood that Nghiwete was in China when her lawyer’s letter reached Mutumba on 10 April, and was unaware that she had been suspended.
Mutumba said he was not in a position to comment on the matter at this stage.
More than 100 angry protesters at Tsumeb nearly brought the magistrate’s court’s proceedings to a standstill yesterday when they descended on the court demanding that murder-accused police officer Chief Inspector Bernhard Nghuulivali not be granted bail.
Witnesses at the court said the rowdy crowd forced the court to halt all proceedings while police officers attempted to control and calm down the crowd.
Nghuulivali, accused of having shot and killed 15-year-old Hendrik Eiseb in February, made a brief appearance before Magistrate Rubin Mutuku and the case was postponed until 30 July for further investigation.
“Yes, we are very angry,” said one of the protesters, Sharon Arabes, about yesterday’s disruption at the court. “We want to know why Nghuulivali was given bail.”
She said the protesters were waylaid from the court to another office of the Ministry of Justice and when they returned Nghuulivali’s hearing was done.
The protesters then moved on to the local prison where they demanded that all awaiting-trial prisoners be freed since Nghuulivali had been “allowed to walk free”.
Nghuulivali is still on duty while an internal disciplinary process has been delayed.
The protesters had demonstrated in front of the police station on Tuesday where they demanded a fair trial in the Nghuulivali case and called for a magistrate from outside Tsumeb to preside over the matter.
They repeated these demands during yesterday’s protest action at the court.
The minister of trade, industrialisation and SME development, Tjekero Tweya, this week described the non-allocation of funds to his ministry’s equipment aid scheme for SMEs as “a pity to destroy the gain” derived from this scheme.
Motivating his ministry’s N$347.7 million budget in parliament on Wednesday, Tweya said the equipment aid scheme, which was allocated N$3 million in 2017/18 managed derived success stories. Among them is assisting five entrepreneurs with production in sectors of hair production, fashion design, meat processing, automotive servicing and youth in tourism projects.
“Since inception, the [equipment aid] scheme has helped to sustain and create new jobs in the budding SME sector,” he said.
Tweya’s ministry’s overall budget was cut by about 40%. In the development budget estimates for this year, Tweya said there were no allocations in “very critical” areas of the ministry, including support services to SMEs. He further said there is no provision to all commercial offices and SMEs resorting under the ministry.
“This state of affairs will undoubtedly lead to [a] dysfunctional ministry, SOEs and commercial offices,” he said.
Tweya said that his ministry, trough the implementing agency, the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC), has to date constructed over 49 SME and industrial parks throughout the country. These business parks accommodate 676 business operators. These operators, according to Tweya, have created jobs for over 5 000 people on a permanent basis and during the construction of these parks, over 7 000 jobs were created.
“It is evident that the costs of acquiring business premises have increased over the years and though SMEs are regarded to be the main drivers of wealth creation, funding institutions are reluctant to lend to them,” he said.
He said this led to the demand for operating space to increase dramatically, and Tweya said the ministry is in the process of constructing additional parks countrywide.
Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) boss Werner Januarie has urged all Windhoek taxi drivers to join a mass taxi strike on Monday, while the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) warned that the strike would be illegal.
In a press statement issued by Nabta yesterday, secretary-general Pendapala Anakathingo warned that the NTTU did not have the mandate to call a strike and highlighted that Nabta was the officially recognised organisation dealing with public transport issues.
“Nabta is hereby informing all transport operators to continue with their operation as usual and the public not to panic over the service interruption but to remain calm until further notice,” the statement read.
Anakathingo told Namibian Sun that without Nabta’s explicit approval, the NTTU would be engaging in an illegal action.
“The NTTU does not have the mandate to call for a strike. As a union they can only demand salaries or other benefits for employees, but not anything else,” he said.
He said he welcomed NTTU’s input but Nabta “cannot support something that is done outside of the rules”.
The statement issued yesterday said Nabta did not condone the strike and further highlighted ongoing work being done on behalf of drivers.
Nabta was in consultations on a bus and taxi fare increase that would become effective from June or July, Anakathingo said.
NTTU’s Januarie yesterday said the strike was still on, and his instructions to all operators were clear.
“My command is I do not want to see any taxi driving around on that day. Not a single taxi.”
He said: “if anything happens on that day to someone who is found operating, we cannot be held accountable.”
Januarie said he sympathised with commuters who use taxis, but they should keep in mind that they too have unions that bargain on their behalf.
“Allow the taxi union to do the work on behalf of taxi drivers.”
He extended a wholesale invitation to all Namibians to join the strike in solidarity with taxi drivers.
“The country must come to a standstill,” he said.
Januarie said the striking drivers would congregate at the City Police headquarters on Monday morning and proceed from there.
The planned strike would include an indefinite picket by taxi drivers at the ministry of works and transport, Januarie said.
He said the striking drivers would hand over a memorandum to the permanent secretary of transport and were demanding immediate “appropriate and satisfactory answers”.
He warned that unless their demands were met immediately, “we are not going to move or start operations again”.
A primary issue for the union is traffic fines, which Januarie argues are out of proportion to the average income of a taxi driver.
“Traffic fines must be reduced immediately on the day of the strike. They are unconstitutional and unjustified. On average, taxi drivers earn between N$1 800 and N$2 500 a month, but you can get a single fine of N$4 000.”
He added that despite the high fines, authorities have not improved or expanded taxi facilities.
“The authorities are failing dismally to perform the work they should do.”
Another thorn in the side of the taxi union is the lack of recognition for the industry.
“The other issue is immediate recognition of taxi drivers in Namibia. All their effort and work they do for the nation. The industry needs to formalised so that taxi drivers are recognised by the whole of government.”
A University of Namibia lecturer who died last year was honoured with a posthumous doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree during the Unam northern campus’s graduation ceremony at Oshakati yesterday.
Selma Neshulu Niitembu died in October 2016, months after completing her PhD in agriculture.
The congregation observed a moment of silence in her honour, while a family member received her degree certificate as well as a printed copy of her dissertation.
Niitembu was based at Unam’s Ogongo campus at the time of her death. She conducted her PhD research on the productivity of pearl millet-cowpea and peal millet-bambara groundnut intercrops under conventional and no-tillage systems in north central Namibia.
During yesterday’s ceremony Unam conferred diplomas, bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees on more than 610 graduands from Angola, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia mainly in agriculture, computer science, education, engineering and nursing.
Unam chancellor Nangolo Mbumba also attended the ceremony and offered words of encouragement to the graduates.
“We expect our graduands who have gained theoretical or practical proficiency of degree courses they have completed in various academic disciplines to be guided in the application of such knowledge to address the development challenges facing Namibia by ageless principles such as truth, justice and good morals, and to make healthy and beneficial decisions for their personal and the country’s wellbeing,” he said.
Labour deputy minister Tommy Nambahu has revived debate about a new parliament building, saying a gymnasium must be built for parliamentarians because the existing public facilities are not safe for them.
Contributing to the National Assembly budget debate, Nambahu said MPs cannot exercise in an “unpredictable” environment, saying their wellbeing must be considered.
“The point is that you are an honourable. When you are saying something that does not please a person and you are under your things pushing up (sic) are you not more vulnerable there? You do not know who the people are there; you do not know the premises. You do not know what is what,” said Nambaha to the chagrin of opposition members seated in the opposite direction.
Nambahu’s suggestion was immediately shot down by PDM parliamentarians who questioned his entitlement mentality.
The PDM’s Elma Dienda angrily said the MPs should not focus on themselves but on the “women and children that are raped and killed in the streets on a daily basis”, while his fellow MP Vipuakuje Muharukua asked Nambahu to sign up for a public gym facility “like the rest of the nation”.
Poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta also entered the fray by suggesting that the current parliament had become uninhabitable and the time was right for a new structure. \
Kameeta, who is a former deputy speaker of the National Assembly, also proposed that the Tintenpalast, which is the building housing both the National Assembly and National Council chambers, be turned into a vocational training centre for young people.
Kameeta said MPs of both houses were packed in the National Assembly chambers for a good three hours when President Hage Geingob presented his State of the Nation Address.
“If someone shouted it was an emergency and shouted ‘fire’, there would have been a lot of injuries as people scrambled to get out of the building,” he said.
Plans to construct a new parliament building at a cost of over N$700 million, which would include about 400 offices, living quarters as well as a wellness centre and a gym, were first entertained in 2014, sparking outrage and condemnation from members of the public and some members of the opposition.
More than a year later, Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi told Namibian Sun in an exclusive interview that government was planning a state-of-the-art parliament building in the shape of the national plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis.
In 2014, the former secretary to the National Assembly, Jakes Jacobs, said a feasibility study commissioned by parliament showed that the cost had ballooned to N$700 million from an earlier figure of N$127 million.
That sparked much criticism from the Namibian public, who demanded that the government spend the money on social upliftment instead.
Protesters also urged the government to rather build new hospitals and clinics in order to revitalise the struggling public healthcare system.
Shortly after that a team of private quantity surveyors and civil engineers was appointed to get the construction of the new parliament building off the ground.
A total of N$500 000 was set aside in the 2012/13 financial year for the feasibility study, as well as for the drawing and approval of architectural plans.
Young activists under the banner of the Affirmative Repositioning Movement also staged a march in June 2016 to protest against the idea.
By 2016 the government had already spent N$20 million on professional fees for preparatory work on the proposed new parliament.
Despite the outcry a parliamentary committee dominated by ruling party members went ahead and endorsed the plan to construct a new parliament.
President Hage Geingob had in the past dodged responsibility and in 2016 told lawmakers that his hands were tied insofar as the new parliament building was concerned. He further advised MPs to determine the way forward.
Meanwhile, Katjavivi said for the 2017/2018 financial year the National Assembly was allocated an amount of N$110 million for operational expenditure and N$24 million for the development budget, which was specifically earmarked for ‘Upgrading and Renovation of the Parliament Building’.
Due to the economic crisis, N$10 million was cut from the development budget and returned to treasury. For the current financial year, the National Assembly received N$112 million for operational purposes; while a mere N$5 million has been budgeted for the development budget. With government enduring financial troubles at the moment, it remains unclear as to whether plans to construct a new parliament building will be realised in the coming years.
The home side's efforts in the inaugural tournament were uneventful last year, with the team failing to make an impact in the tournament.
Now they plan on using the challenge as a step up from their club rugby and to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup.
Coach Lyn Jones said there were many lessons learnt from last year and much to look forward to this year.
“Our players learnt the importance of becoming fitter and stronger. Dedication to your sport and the detail required to challenge in tight situations to influence the score line are but a few of the key factors experienced from last season's SuperSport Rugby Challenge.
“No one wants to concede versus anyone. It won't happen this season. You must realise the players and teams we play against play rugby for a living, so they should always be better than us. But like last season, it's not always the case,” he said.
The Welshman also spoke about how the rugby challenge has allowed different players to enter the selection pool.
“Last season brought so many new players into the selection pool for Phil Davies, the national team coach. Local players grew and understood how to play and how to train. Players returning from South Africa to train with Namibia noticed how improved local players have become. We need to keep growing the player base and improve our behaviour culture.”
He further said all players were motivated to have a chance of playing in the African Gold Cup.
“They want to be tested versus the best on the continent.
“The players here have been lucky that Davies was in Namibia for six weeks and he helped with coaching, along with Roger Thompson and JP Nel.
“Sergio de la Harpe has provided as good strength coaching as you will get anywhere in the world. Lots of our shortcomings have been addressed but they will not be cured in such a short space of time,” he added.
Jones said he did not like to make predictions, “but this tournament is very challenging. We will be a little better this time around and will keep improving as long as the plan is adhered to. It would be great to gain the respect of the larger unions like the Lions, Pumas and the Bulls.”
The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will play in their new kit, sponsored by Mizuno. The match kicks off at 16:00.
Entrance fees are N$50 for adults and N$10 for children. Tickets are also available online at www.webtickets.com.na, Pick n Pay supermarkets or at the entrance. Food and drinks will be for sale.
–Additional reporting SuperSport
This is after Cosafa announced that Namibia would play their old foes in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The 2015 champions are adamant that they can send Zambia packing based on their form and the players they have this year.
Cosafa on Wednesday announced the draw for the regional showpiece competition to be staged in South Africa's Limpopo province from 27 May to 9 June. Namibia will take on their nemesis Zambia in the quarterfinals and coach Mannetti calls it déjà vu.
“We played Zambia at the quarterfinals stage in 2015 when we went on to win our first Cosafa title and I hope that happens again.
“We also beat them in 2016 in the Plate final at home and we recently met at CHAN finals in Morocco and played a draw.
“We are sides that know each other very well and can't get enough of facing each other,” Mannetti said.
He added that he believed his side had the upper hand in their recent clashes.
“In the last five encounters we have been the better side and at Cosafa this year that should continue. They will be prepared and we will also be ready. The game goes on.”
Zimbabwe return as defending champions, having claimed a record fifth Cosafa Cup title in South Africa last year, and they will face the winner of Group B in the quarterfinals, which contains powerhouse Angola, Botswana, Mauritius and Malawi.
Hosts South Africa will take on the winner of Group A, which contains Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros Islands and Seychelles. The other two quarterfinals will see four-time winners Zambia clash with Namibia and Lesotho take on Swaziland.
South Africa and Zambia have each claimed four titles in the Cosafa Cup competition before, while Angola have three and Namibia celebrated their single success in 2015.
- Additional reporting by NFA
Local companies such as Meatco, Namibian Breweries Limited, Coca-Cola and NamPower came on board to boost the games.
The under-20 event will have the theme 'Enhancing the Future of a Sporting Nation' and will attract local athletes who will be representing the 14 regions in ten different sport codes: football, netball, volleyball, boxing, tennis, judo, athletics, Para-athletics and swimming.
Minister of sport Erastus Uutoni, who was present at the handover, said the NSC had engaged stakeholders and visited all 14 regions' governors to ensure that teams are sent to participate in the Games.
“Youth sport development cannot be undermined if we want to be a winning nation in sport. Therefore as government, we are fully committed to the development sports as we have done for the past 28 years,” said Uutoni.
However, the minister emphasised that developing sport should not be seen as the job of the government alone but be regarded as a multi-sectoral responsibility.
Johan Manuel, vice-president of the organising committee, said the games would allow the country to discover hidden sport talent.
“Hopefully we will discover another Helalia Johannes or Jonas Junias,” she said. The athletes will be housed at various hostels in the city and the athletics events will take place at the University of Namibia's sports facilities. The swimming events will be held at the Olympia public pool, and football matches will take place at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura. The games will serve as trials for selecting athletes for the Region Five Games that will take place in Botswana in December.
The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will broadcast the events on all its radio stations to reach the masses.
Is there a stack of fantastic features your like-minded friends and family have been raving about, which you're sad to admit you haven't seen yet? If any of those movies are a Marvel production and you are a DStv subscriber, then you are in for a treat. Last week, MultiChoice launched yet another exciting pop-up channel that will dazzle viewers with a great entertainment offering on their Marvel Studios pop-up channel.
Asked on how they select the movies they play, given the vast amount of movies to choose from, Lynn Fourie, the head of acquisitions at M-Net movies, says the pop up channels are a special treat from MultiChoice to their viewers to watch the movies with time, and at the same time enriching lives with great entertainment. MultiChoice also has a research department which is aimed to finding out their customers' needs and they use these findings to meet those needs.
“We listen to our customers; we don't just play what we feel like. We have platforms where we as a brand personally engage with the brand and that is where we get our indications as to what to air and what needs a pop-up channel,” said Fourie.
This selection of fine film is being showcased on DStv's channel 109 and the cinematic journey will end this Sunday. The super-powered channel has started to showcase 15 of the most pulsating films that play the whole day in chronological order. Spiderman: Homecoming, will close the channel on Sunday.
This, however, can only be changed if, according to him, the existing artists change the way they operate. The artist says he is frustrated by how artists and the general public look at one when you declare your interest in music. This, he says, is discouraging.
PhredGot1 says artists must do their level best to deliver quality work all the time as they represent each other. He says one thing that needs to stop is the dishonesty whereby artists who are not good are made to believe so, while the ones that deserve the praise are not told anything.
“We are gassing up people that are not flammable. This is killing the industry because instead of this person working on themselves they get comfortable and keep delivering poor quality work. I'm not speaking down on others but we have issues to resolve,” he says.
“The God Family Music” singer believes today's artists are on social media too much which prevents them to make the best out of their careers. PhredGot1 says this hinders productivity and it creates egos which will not help one to be successful.
“As much as our target as young artists are on social media we don't need to be on there 24/7. We neglect potential fan bases that are not on the internet. If you are just on social media how will the cab drivers who take the young people to school and work know about you? How will those on the ground get to know and hear of you,” he questioned. He says there is hope for the industry provided there is unity and the will to learn.
Fashionista Leah Misika says red carpet trends this year have had a lot to do with what is going on in the world right now. She believes one can expect to see two things; designs from designers that are very much aware of the world feminist movement and want to add to it with very powerful and regal pieces, or designers that are very much aware of the negative vibes of 2018 who will aim to lighten the mood up with a more fairy tale-like attitude that will leave behind an air of a happily ever after and an air we all need.
“So expect a mix of bold, strong colours and with light, fluffy and soft fabrics. The silhouettes of choice are anything but mermaid, but some clients just look really good in that style so those few will hopefully be forgiven,” says Misika.
Who's your designer?
SynEdgy designs founder Simeone Johannes says the world over is embracing the idea of less is more; there will be more minimal, simple and well put together garments at the NAMAs blue carpet this year. In terms of silhouettes, the mermaid cut will definitely be the go-to-style for this year's carpet.
“Fashion should not be limited by age, for as long as something looks appropriate and elegant, go for it. Let's all be blue carpet ready, avoid looking too casual or too street style. Think of Hollywood, look to South African red carpet looks for inspiration. Jeans and t-shirts are not red carpet staples and we shouldn't see it on this year's carpet, or ever. Men should avoid wearing suits with sneakers, it's neither fashion forward nor blue carpet worthy,” said Johannes.
Johannes' only advice is for people not to call designers to make you an outfit as last minute arrangements don't work out well. He says one should always opt for something that will make one stand out on the blue carpet… and it doesn't have to be the comfortable garment, because fashion doesn't necessarily equal comfort.
The right make-up
One very important thing about attending a red carpet event is to look memorable. It is essential to make sure you look good by making sure the make-up is camera-ready. Make-up artist Jay Aeron urges everyone to slay in whatever they are wearing by being bold. Colours like red, purples, and emerald green are colours that look amazing in photographs. He says the trick to get one's make-up to last the whole night is to use an amazing primer that gives your foundation a great finish. To prevent a shiny face, translucent and pressed powders can be used just before hitting the blue carpet for that photo-ready look.
“The beauty of make-up products is that they also have a variety of setting sprays from different brands. If you spritz on some setting spray after your make-up is done, you are guaranteed to have it on for the whole night,” he says.
Lights, camera, click
Red carpet pictures live on the internet forever hence the importance of getting your poses right. Although posing does not come naturally for some people, renowned red carpet expert Rumano says one has to put in extra effort to make sure your pictures comes out good. Owning the red carpet is all about oozing confidence and those that don't have it must fake it till they make it.
“My go-to pose on any carpet is the hand-on-the-hip pose thing. I do that to draw attention to my waist in an attempt to make me look thinner. When doing that you have to lightly place your hand on your hip instead of aggressively clutching onto your flesh. It'll make you look uncomfortable. Always, put one leg in front of the other. That will make you look taller in pictures and gives my body a more hourglass like shape,” said Rumano.
Rumano's quick tip to wardrobe malfunctions is trying to make the incident look less obvious. One can also block the malfunction with a hand bag or clutch or one can simply pose in such a way that the malfunction is not seen.
“Overall the most important thing is that you shouldn't try to copy poses of celebrities that you've seen on social media. Work with your body and what you have,” he concluded.
Award-winning stylist Reinhard Mahalie says the trick to shopping cheap and still looking great is to invest in pieces that one can wear over a long period and ones that will also blend with the glitz of the blue carpet. Although he doesn't advise last minute shopping; for those who have not yet gotten their outfits can rent garments from designers.
“Your garment needs to be memorable. Keep your look, simple, elegant and well-tailored. Also stick to soft or neutral pallets. Make sure you wear clothes that will make your photographs look stunning,” he says.
“We made 7 000 copies in August when we released the album and as we talk right now there are no copies left at all the outlets. We distributed the album all over the country and it is sold in towns as far as Rundu. The love is beautiful,” said the group.
Amazonkies, who also have their own music label, say in the industry today one can only make it if one is not under any music label as the big and existing labels have agendas. The Kalawa Bloma label owners believe these existing owners are only interested in enriching themselves and focusing on their own music as many of them are musicians themselves. They have not signed anyone under their label yet but will when they have mastered being successful owners.
“We have had artists ask to us to sign them but we turn them all down because we are not ready and we cannot take lead in their careers while we still need to get a grip on ours. We established this brand ten years ago and we want to be around for more before we can take on other artists,” they said.
The music video for All Over has received massive love from the public. Breaking barriers within the industry, the trio added a special feature by having northern-based designer Usuta's collection on their set. They believe in supporting and consuming local products and were more eager to feature the designer to show the unity in the industry. They urge other artists to feature all forms of local arts in their music videos to help build each other.
“You never know who will watch the video, these people may need that visual artist's painting or that designer's outfit and that's how we grow together,” they said.
Amazonkies is currently working on a single titled Give Me that with Ees and will be shooting the video this weekend. They say their fans are in for a treat as the song will be a banger.
Perhaps some artists are deemed arrogant and divas feel they can justify their behaviour judging from the likes that they get or the following they have on Instagram or Twitter, but we can surely learn a thing or two from bigger industries such as South Africa and America. During the funeral of South Africa liberation stalwart Winnie Mandela we saw Simphiwe Dana singing along with Judith Sephuma and cheering her on. This kind of solidarity is absent in Namibia.
Namibian artists do not root for each other and certainly allow very little space for each other. One wonders if this kind of attitude could be what keeps Namibian artists from growing into global brands. Very few Namibian artists have truly made it onto the real continental entertainment scene and yet they act like divas, ready to compete with legends such as Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston. Speaking of Whitney Houston, these two legends were basically each other's BFFs. We do not have that here. All of this I mentioned above has been proven by conversations I've had with a few artists who all believe there is zero unity.
Maybe now with the NAMAs at hand, we must ask why there is so much anger and so much beef amongst artists. What is this beef about? Is this rivalry even justified? It is sad that our very infant entertainment industry is smothered by the egos of very little-achieved artists.
Of course beefing is everything, it's on Instagram and pops up early morning on Twitter, but can our artists afford to be so preoccupied with beef? I think not. Should our time not be better spent on improving our brands, checking ourselves and the size of outfits before we take to the public stage?
Perhaps our artists must become responsible and not expect to be treated like divas after dropping one fabulous album, or not. This makes me wonder if the media could be blamed. Should we give airtime to every artist that knocks on our doors without seeing for ourselves how the public find their music? Have we created this monster where everyone with a microphone fancies himself an artist deserving of quarter-page reviews in our entertainment pages? Someone must draw the line. It could be you, me or someone else but it must be drawn.
My dear compatriots, it is great that Germany is paying for the genocide that happened 114 years ago but the propaganda should stop! We all want a united house, Harambee, and we must stand strong because a divided house will fall. Let us stay with facts. Let the Namibian government and their German counterparts initiate a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with international judges to help us separate facts from fiction
One hundred and fourteen years ago, the Ovaherero chief, Samuel Maharero, declared war against Germany. Within a few days, 120 German civilians were killed. Those early Ovaherero were actually the first freedom fighters of Namibia. Now this led to the German Schutztruppe, who happened to be down south at Warmbad having a problem with the Bondelswarts at that time, to quickly return to be able to react to the Ovaherero uprising.
Naturally, the Ovaherero followed a strategy of hit and hide, a guerrilla war which was very effective and hard for the German soldiers to win. After the Ovaherero consolidated at the Waterberg, the Germans planned to beat the resistance there and they planned accordingly.
On 11 August 1904, a fierce battle was fought at Hamakari and surrounding at the Waterberg. Both sides had to endure heavy losses. More than 100 German soldiers were killed along with an undisclosed number of exceptionally brave Ovaherero fighters. When night fell the shooting stopped and the completely exhausted Germans were relieved, but still afraid that fighting would continue. But, lucky they were because the Ovaherero decided to leave during the night. Contrary to widespread belief the Germans did not win that battle. The Ovaherero withdrew using the tried and tested and very effective strategy of hit and hide again.
Some of the Ovaherero turned north towards the Oshiwambo and Angola, and Chief Maharero with his headmen and a large group turned southeast to reach the then British protectorate of Betchuanaland, now Botswana. After enduring a lot of hardship the Botswana border was reached by Maharero during September where they asked the British High Commissioner for asylum, which was granted.
The Germans on the other side were so exhausted after the day of the battle they had to rest and reorganise the entire following day and hadn't been able to follow the disappearing Ovaherero. Only on the second day did they start searching for their enemy. It must be remembered that the German soldiers had a big disadvantage of not knowing the terrain and not being used to the climate, the bush and burning sun, whereas the Ovaherero knew the land perfectly well and were strong and brave people.
As could be expected the Germans couldn't get hold of the Ovaherero in the vast bush and a bitter and frustrated German general decided on a different approach. After receiving word that Chief Maharero and his men had reached the Botswana border in September, the cruel and stupid General von Trotha made a proclamation order which is widely known as the Shooting Order on 2 October which reads as follows:
I, the great General of the German troops, send this letter to the Herero people.
The Herero are no longer German subjects. They have murdered and stolen, they have cut off the ears, noses and other body parts of wounded soldiers. Now out of cowardice they no longer wish to fight. I say to the people: Anyone who delivers a captain will receive 1 000 mark, whoever delivers Samuel will receive 5 000 mark.
The Herero people must however leave the land. If the populace does not do this I will force them with the Groot Rohr [cannon]. Within the German borders every Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot. I will no longer accept women and children, I will drive them back to their people or I will let them be shot at.
These are my words to the Herero people.
The great general of the mighty German Kaiser.
Now the question arises: Did the cruel general give above proclamation because he was utterly frustrated as he couldn't get hold of the Ovaherero in the vast bushland? And how many Ovaherero could he actually get his cruel hands on to have them killed? Did he want to get all of the Ovaherero nation out of the country into Botswana to follow their chief into asylum?
This very inhumane order was then heavily criticised in Germany which lead the Kaiser to replace same after two months by an order to have mercy on the Ovaherero. The missionaries were then asked to help with bringing the Ovaherero into concentration camps were they could at least have decent meals again after they went through unbelievable hardship to survive, their cattle and land having been taken or destroyed.
Now I want to make some basic facts clear. For the Germans it is a virtue to accept guilt and they have accepted that a genocide did happen. Furthermore, it is a fact that the Ovaherero and also the Nama did go through utter hardships and that they lose their land. So let the German government pay what should be due. It is also unquestionable that the traditional authorities of both should be part and parcel of the negotiations between the Namibian government and Germany for reparations. It also should be obvious that at least half of the amount of the reparation sum should go directly to the Ovaherero and Nama communities because it was they who suffered. The other half should be invested in infrastructure in the whole of Namibia as the whole of the country is of course also used by both those communities.
Let us then close this ugly chapter in our history and build on standing together in our Namibian House, Harambee. Spreading hatred and divide must be something of the past. The best way to come to terms with this is to create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission which should then separate fact from fiction. Also remember that the killing fields have always been with humankind. Before the Germans arrived a lot of killing happened between the Ovaherero and Nama. There was a time when Jonker Afrikaner had the upper hand and then again the father of Chief Maharero won the fighting. Surely the Germans were also utterly beaten twice in a timespan of 30 years and now they are best friends with their erstwhile enemies. I personally also feel that it is very important to keep Germany as our foremost development aid partner for the future.
For instance, I have always thought of goats to be those white creatures some of us claim to farm with, but what transpired of late might change my perception of reality regarding them.
These creatures, which I mainly came to know as being natural herbivores, surprised me recently when I stepped out of Shoprite Oshakati and saw one chewing on a 'stokkie lekker', or lollipop as they are often referred to!
I was stunned; it is a goat and is not supposed to be chewing a stokkie lekker. The goat even had the stick of the lollipop sticking out - just like a real person, I mean goat, would do.
It was all happening in full view of the shoppers who just passed by without even blinking when seeing this ram, who later introduced itself to me as 'Billy', chewing on a stokkie lekker. Oh yeah - it could talk too - or was that just my imagination?
I must admit it could be fun if 'Billy' and I could spark up a conversation.
“Hey Billy, what's cooking today”, I would ask.
“Hey Charlie … what is it you want from me this time around? The last time you greeted me was when you attempted to put one of those green rubber rings around my scrotum, apparently because I am ugly and you would not want me to father offspring. Had I not run away, I would have probably lost my manhood - or goat-hood!” Billy would say.
“But Billy, let's face it….you are not as handsome or 'goat ramsome'… sorry, am still catching up on your vocabulary … you are not all that for a ram.”
The goat would look at me once and probably say;
“Oh yeah, like you are handsome? Sorry to break it to you Charlie - but you are not exactly Brad Pit yourself! Are you sure Shrek was not a gardener at your house around the time your mom had you?”
Phew! Its a good thing 'Billy' could not talk, for I prefer the version of me I see every morning in my bathroom mirror. Ja, that image I could live with.
Trust me, I have heard a lot of those 'Petrus-meneer-miesies' stories. Let's just say - I know how the cookie crumbles!
Back home in my native Omaheke, nothing amuses me more than when I see my grandmother about to answer the cell phone! You see, my granny was born before the advent of technology and having her own cell phone was a whole new world to her.
Mind you, this is the same granny who thought Bluetooth and Apple and Blackberry were real fruits.
The other day she received a call from one of my distant cousin - yes, a female one - an Otjiramue for those dying to know, and yes, I intend to marry her as a second wife. My granny spend the first ten minutes of the telephone conversation asking my cousin about how her mother, father, aunts and uncles were doing. She even had time to inquire on how the family dog, which was renowned for hunting, is doing!
“Granny, that was very impolite. You do not do such a thing over the phone granny,” I said after the conversation has ended.
“What are you talking about? Of course I had to know how they were all doing,” she responded.
“Yes, but granny, we do not do that kind of thing over the cell phone. And you were shouting granny, why would you shout?
“I was shouting because Tjipenandjambi is far. He is in Okakarara. If my neighbour over that homestead can hardly hear me when I speak on the phone, how will Tjipenandjambi hear me?
I left it at that. I mean, I also wanted to inform my granny that what the beloved family dog of Tjipenandjambi's parents does is not hunting, but poaching! But then again, I recalled the story of what the lion did to his subjects who were opinionated.
They were found guilty of having defrauded unsuspecting members of the public of N$7 million.
The judge ordered that Charles van Niekerk, Melanie Grace van Niekerk and Jesaja Jeremia van Niekerk be kept in custody until their sentencing.
The judge found that large amounts of cash were unlawfully and fraudulently procured from members of the public.
In the summary of the 256 counts against the accused, the judge said they had conducted banking business without being incorporated as a public company under the Companies Act. The accused operated a micro-lending business without being registered as micro-lender by Namfisa.
Judge Siboleka said the accused, unlawfully and with intent to defraud, entered into written investment contracts wherein implausible promises of high returns were made by Melanie Grace van Niekerk as manager of West Coast Financial Aid and as owner of Mias Micro-Lending, but were not fulfilled.
“The evidence of drawing up and issuance by the three accused of differently worded contracts to their investors credibly shows how carefully, subtly the unsuspecting investors, some of whom were frail, ended up being fraudulently robbed of hard-earned money,” Siboleka stated.
He added that it was also very clear that the investors were conned by the false promises of high interest that were from the beginning unlikely to be fulfilled.
“I reject outright the evidence of Charles van Niekerk and Jesaja Jeremia van Niekerk that they were unaware that West Coast Financial Aid CC did not have a banking business licence from the Bank of Namibia that allows it to receive or accept cash or cheque deposits from members of the public,” he said.
According to him they were legally obliged to have the business licensed for banking business before appointing Charles van Niekerk as the principal officer to run it on their behalf.
The same applied to Mias Micro-Lending, which was also an unlicensed, fraudulent scheme.
“The businesses were solely meant to con investors, cheating them out of their money,” Siboleka said.
He found that the doctrine of common purpose had been satisfied as evidence credibly showed that all three accused acted in unison regarding the formation and operations of West Coast Financial Aid.
The case was postponed to 4 June for pre-sentencing submissions.
Ingrid Husselman prosecuted while Johan van Vuuren and Christie Mostert represented the accused.
President Hage Geingob told delegates at a malaria summit in the United Kingdom this week that the significant reduction in malaria cases was partly thanks to budgetary commitments to combatting the deadly disease.
He said a total of US$10 million was allocated to efforts to fight malaria over the past five years.
A further grant application for more than US$2.3 million to the Global Fund was recently approved to fund Namibia's national malaria strategy and strategic gaps that had been identified, Geingob said.
Geingob said the support of development partners added to the success.
The president nevertheless admitted that progress in the fight against malaria had stagnated in many regions of the world.
The upswing in malaria cases in recent years formed the basis for the summit in London this week.
The organisers explained that the November 2017 World Malaria Report showed that progress made against malaria had stalled.
“This is a dangerous place to be, it means all the work that's been done so far could be undone, at worst, a resurgence could occur,” they said.
As a result, the malaria community united to put on the Malaria Summit London.
The event aimed to unite leaders of government, business, science, and the global health community during the week of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to renew their commitment to beat malaria once and for all.
Geingob summed up the steps taken by Namibia to deliver on the promise of ending malaria by 2023.
At a national level, authorities have aligned the national strategy to the global technical strategy, which was approved during the 66th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), as the global guiding strategy for malaria control and elimination.
Namibia is also in the process of adapting relevant programmes to help fill the gaps to help implement the national strategy on malaria.
Geingob vowed that Namibia was keen to increase national resources to meet the gaps that were currently being experienced in the battle to reduce and eliminate malaria.
Delegates heard that a major challenge was the spread of the illness in districts that border malaria-endemic neighbouring countries.
Geingob said the Global Fund support would enable Namibia to address this issue.
Research forms part of Namibia's efforts to end malaria transmission.
The president told summit attendees that the University of Namibia, supported by the University of California in San Francisco, were conducting research to gather local evidence that would further guide Namibia's programme strategies.
The environment ministry yesterday signed the third biennial update report project document for Namibia to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The agreement was signed between the environment ministry, the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The permanent secretary in the environment ministry, Malan Lindeque, said Namibia as a signatory to the UNFCCC was obliged to report in accordance with the convention.
Namibia is also a signatory to the Paris Agreement.
Parties to the convention are obliged to submit national communications every four years and biennial update reports every two years.
The difference between the two reports is that national communications have an adaptation component whereas biennial reports are concerned mainly with greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation actions.
To meet its reporting obligations Namibia has submitted three national communications: the initial communication in 2002, the second communication in 2011 and the third national communication in 2015. It is currently busy with its fourth national communication to be submitted in 2019.
Namibia submitted its first biennial update report in 2014 and the second one was submitted in 2016.
“Namibia is one of the few countries to have so far fully complied with reporting obligations,” said Lindeque. He said the project document that was signed would kick off Namibia's preparation of its third biennial update report.
The ministry will coordinate the preparation process but the successful implementation of the project would require efforts from all the key stakeholders.
The third biennial update report will build on work and achieve in the previous two reports in terms of greenhouse gas inventory covering the year 2014; the mitigation measures and their effects and the associated domestic monitoring reporting and verification system, institutional arrangements and national circumstances and on constraints, gaps and associated technical and financial needs.
The outgoing UNDP country representative Kiki Gbeho said Namibia had for years shown its commitment to climate action and was a leader in fighting climate change.
“Signing this agreement is in line with our global agenda.”
Gbeho said she was looking forward to working with Namibia in the future.
“You must make sure that these plans translate into some form of action. It has been an incredible run here in Namibia and we have done incredible work here.”
Ghebo said she still believed that a difference could be made in the lives of the 18% of Namibians who were considered extremely poor, and that environment could play a role.
The NPC permanent secretary, Annely Haiphene, said that Namibia too wanted to reach its targets of eliminating poverty.
“We also want to see our people out of poverty and reach the goals we have set. We hope that by 2025 if you should return there will be a difference in the numbers and it has declined.”
This follows a demand made a few weeks ago where they set the deadline for Wednesday, 18 April.
They handed over a petition to deputy urban and rural development minister Derek Klazen.
In the document, seen by this agency, the community committee members accuse the councillors of corruption, poor service delivery and inflation of water bills, amongst others.
Delivering the petition on behalf of the committee, spokesperson Hidipohamba Vatilifa said they would like the ministry to send a team to investigate the allegations.
“The councillors that are implicated in the corruption scandal must leave or vacate the offices until investigations are completed,” said Vatilifa.
He further suggested that those employees of the municipality who are also implicated, must be suspended so as not to interfere with the investigations, and that the ministry should delegate a team to run the town's affairs while investigations are carried out.
“Residents have lost trust in the councillors they elected,” they said. Klazen, who received the petition on behalf of line minister Peya Mushelenga, said it is not that easy for the minister to remove, suspend or recall councillors from office.
“Whatever allegations are there, people need to be proven guilty, so it needs to be investigated first,” he said, adding that while he understands their plight, laws and procedures need to be upheld.
He said feedback on their petition will be given in due course.