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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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  • 03/21/18--15:00: Ni hao Namibia
  • Ni hao NamibiaNi hao NamibiaAfrica top destination for Chinese China is recognised as the biggest outbound tourist market in the world and its people have their eyes firmly set on Africa. Africa has moved into the first place as the top travel destination for Chinese tourists, dethroning the ever-popular Japan and Australia.

    A survey by Travelzoo shows that a record number of Chinese respondents, more than 60%, are planning to travel in-depth in 2018.

    'In-depth travels' is a term used by travel websites in China to describe the type of trips that involve more unconventional journeys beyond the typical tourist experience.

    According to the survey, this is the first time that Africa has moved to first place as the top in-depth travel destination which Chinese travellers hope to visit in 2018.

    Among the preferred African countries named by Chinese tourists are South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Morocco, Tunisia and Madagascar.

    Travelzoo experts say the rapid growth in popularity in destinations such as Morocco and Tunisia is largely due to relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese nationals.

    The survey also showed a 25% increase in the number of requests from Chinese tourists planning to take five or more holidays abroad in 2018. The lifting of major visa restrictions has opened up Africa as an experiential destination, the survey has found.

    “Travelzoo members like to explore the less-travelled destinations and have immersive local experiences,” comments Yoyo Huang from Travelzoo in China.

    “These Travelzoo members become influencers for their friends and family when they seek travel suggestions. Now that the major visa restrictions were lifted, our members are definitely keen on Africa and their friends will follow.

    It is about time that Africa took off and continued to grow in popularity throughout the year.”

    Beach holidays still top the activities that Chinese travellers are interested in, followed by food and wine.

    Third place, however, was taken by historic attractions, rising from fifth spot last year.

    Cruises climbed to seventh place from tenth and photography tours appeared in the top ten the first time. Otherwise, shopping dropped out of the top ten activities for the first time and sightseeing also fell from ninth spot to last.

    “The days when Chinese tourists were entertained by merely sightseeing and shopping are long gone,” adds Huang.

    “The middle class in China are now seeking unforgettable experiences at their own pace when they travel. The destinations that offer rich culture and nature should expect many more Chinese visitors, so we're confident in our prediction that 2018 will see Africa secure its place as the fastest-growing popular destination among avid Chinese travellers.”

    Additionally, the survey revealed that the US - one of the top five destinations of all time for Chinese travellers - fell from the third place to fifth this year while Japan and Australia are second and third.

    The UK retained the fourth spot, while no other Western European country made it into the top ten this year.

    The number of Chinese tourists to Africa has more than tripled in the past year and it will have a significant spill-over effect on the African economy beyond just infrastructure and natural resources. Researchers show that Chinese tourists in Africa on average spend 40% more than their American or European counterparts. This will have a huge boom for local economies.

    China already accounts for more than a fifth of the money spent by outbound tourists, twice as much as the next-biggest spender, the US, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

    And the Chinese have barely started - only around 5% of them even have passports, and the government is issuing about ten million new travel documents every year.

    The UNWTO says Chinese outbound tourism expenditure grew to $261 billion in 2016 (21% of the world market), an increase of 12% from 2015 and 11 times of the amount spent a decade earlier.

    The number of outbound travellers climbed 6% to 135 million in 2016.

    Numbers like these reinforced China's number-one outbound tourism status in the world since 2012.

    Over the past few years the number of Chinese tourists travelling to Namibia has also increased considerably. According to the latest statistics available, a total of 12 512 Chinese tourists visited Namibia during 2016.

    This was an increase of 8.8% from the previous year when 11 500 Chinese tourists visited the country.

    Since 2011 there has been an increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the country with only 4 035 Chinese visiting Namibia that year, increasing to 9 910 in 2013 and 11 583 the following year.

    The Namibia Tourism Board's marketing campaign has focused on Chinese cities with large middle-class populations such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Chongqing.

    The coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are also being marketed by NTB as two ideal leisure places where Chinese tourists could “experience exotic activities such as dolphin cruises, a Sandwich Harbour adventure trip, and quad-biking.” Other attractions being marketed to Chinese tourists are the Etosha National Park and the Himba people.


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    AU launches ambitious bid for world's largest FTAAU launches ambitious bid for world's largest FTANigeria pulls out The CFTA is a key part of the AU's long-term development plan Agenda 2063, which calls for easing trade and travel across the continent. Chris Stein - Africa's leaders gathered in Rwanda Wednesday to launch what they say will be the world's largest free trade area but Nigeria has already pulled out, highlighting the challenge in getting the continent to sign up.

    Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) with 55 African Union (AU) members having a cumulative GDP of US$2.5 trillion is one of the bloc's flagship projects.

    However Muhammadu Buhari, president of one of Africa's largest markets Nigeria, this week cancelled plans to attend the Kigali launch and called for more consultations after business leaders objected to joining the world's biggest free trade area in terms of countries.

    "The signature of the CFTA is something that makes Africa look good on paper, but for implementation it's going to have a lot of hiccups," said Sola Afolabi, a Nigeria-based international trade consultant.

    Some 27 heads of state are expected to attend the Kigali meeting, but it is unclear who will sign on to the CFTA right away.

    AU trade and industry commissioner Albert M. Muchanga said Africa's fledgling industries and growing middle class would benefit from the CFTA's removal of tariffs.


    Currently, African countries only do about 16% of their business with each other.

    "If we remove customs and duties by 2022, the level of intra-African trade will increase by 60%, which is very, very significant," Muchanga told AFP.

    "Eventually, we are hoping that all the African Union states will be parties to the Continental Free Trade Area," he added.

    With underdeveloped service and industrial sectors across the continent, African countries have for decades seen their fortunes rise and fall with the prices of exported commodities such as oil, cocoa and gold.

    In recent years, nations like Ethiopia and Ghana have tried to wean themselves from this cycle by building factories and new infrastructure for local industries, spurring rapid growth.

    Landry Signe, a development expert with Stanford University in the United States, said the agreement could help these industries, while giving African countries a unified platform to negotiate trade deals with wealthier nations.

    "With the CFTA, the manufacturing sector would be much more diversified, as the market would not be a few million people, but potentially 1.2 billion people," he said.

    South Africa, a vocal backer of the trade deal, has argued that African economies are too small to support economic diversification and industrialisation on their own.

    Regional integration "is critical to reduce the vulnerability of African economies to global shocks, a vulnerability which results from their heavy reliance on commodities," South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies wrote in an editorial last week.


    However in Nigeria, the plans have not gone down well with unions and business leaders.

    "We have no doubt this policy initiative will spell the death knell of the Nigerian economy," said the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

    The CFTA is a key part of the AU's long-term development plan Agenda 2063, which calls for easing trade and travel across the continent.

    At its most recent summit in Ethiopia in January, AU member states agreed to a common air transport market that could drive down air fares, as well as plans for visa-free travel for Africans across the continent.

    Which countries will adopt these agreements remains unclear, as do the prospects for the CFTA, which requires 22 ratifications at a national level after its signing to come into force.

    Afolabi said countries with more developed industries would embrace the CFTA because it could open more markets, but nations whose ports served landlocked neighbours could opt out, fearing a loss of revenue.

    He worked on setting up the Economic Community of West African States's (ECOWAS) common market, which he has subsequently criticised for failing to punish countries that violated its terms.

    "The regional trade agreements are not working and those are supposed to be the legs for the continental" version, Afolabi said.

    "If there is no reward for compliance and there is no punishment for non-compliance, then it is going to be a very nice agreement without any teeth or any legs," he said. – Nampa/AFP

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    Fuel storage: Namcor digs in heelsFuel storage: Namcor digs in heelsSays it has right to choose partner Following an outcry over the growing costs of the fuel storage facility and now, the appointment of a partner with the skills to manage it, Namcor is standing its ground. The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) is adamant it has the mandate to choose a strategic partner that will jointly manage the controversial N$5.6 billion Walvis Bay fuel storage facility, which is set to be completed at the end of June.

    This is according to Namcor spokesperson Utaara Hoveka, who said while there was no official communication regarding the awarding of a contract to manage the strategic fuel storage facility, discussions with government were positive, overall.

    “It has always been our understanding that we will choose the strategic partner which we will then manage the fuel storage facility with. It has also always been our understanding that we will manage the strategic fuel storage facility,” Hoveka said.

    The costs associated with the construction of the fuel storage facility skyrocketed from N$780 million in 2008 to N$5.6 billion in 2016, drawing the ire of the government.

    The escalation was attributed to a lack of exchange risk insurance taken out by ministry of finance officials, a delay in appointing a contractor and a delay in payment made to the successful contractor, it was earlier reported. Mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo did not respond to questions about whether Namcor had the mandate to appoint a strategic partner, at the time of going to print.

    Alweendo had previously said there was always agreement that Namcor would chiefly manage the fuel storage facility.

    “It is not a simple facility… because of its complexity it was felt that Namcor would not have all the expertise [to manage the facility]. We have agreed that we will need expertise.

    “Right now we are still in discussions to agree on the terms of reference. No company (strategic partner) has been appointed and when we do [appoint], we will do it in a transparent manner,” Alweendo said.

    He also dismissed any allegations that a strategic partner had already been chosen.

    “There are all sorts of innuendos about who will manage the fuel storage facility. It was agreed that it will be a state facility… that is still the case and Namcor will be the public enterprise who will manage that facility on behalf of government,” said Alweendo.

    With the project expected to be completed within the next few months, Alweendo also expressed confidence that the fuel storage facility would be operational soon and that a joint venture partner will be announced in due course.

    Vitol SA submitted a proposal to finance minister Calle Schlettwein last year, who then submitted it to cabinet for discussion, according to media reports.

    The Swiss company is alleged to have offered government US$1 per annum and an additional N$160 million to rent the storage facility for ten years. Vitol promised to supply 19 000 cubic metres of diesel and 12 700 cubic metres of unleaded petrol to Namibian fuel stations, a proposal described by a source as a move that could hand the Swiss company 45% of the Namibian fuel market. The offer also states that the government would have to buy petroleum products at market prices from its storage facility.

    Vitol spokesperson Andrea Schlaepfer denied claims that their offer was “peanuts”.

    “Any proposal made by Vitol would be in line with current commercial arrangements. In case this is unclear, this means in line with what is currently charged for the same service by other storage companies,” she said.

    Schlaepfer said Vitol was committed to following due process, as directed by the relevant authorities, and had done so in this instance.


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    Supreme Court to decide Likoro's fateSupreme Court to decide Likoro's fate Former ministerial advisor, Vincent Likoro, has been granted leave to appeal his rape conviction and sentence in the Supreme Court.

    Likoro was an advisor to then minister of lands and resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb, at the time he raped a colleague.

    He, the minister, the complainant, and other colleagues were on a working visit to Zambezi when the incident happened in July 2013.

    Likoro was convicted and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment on 21 January 2016 in the Windhoek High Court. He had appealed both his conviction and sentence in the same court, which was dismissed in December 2017 by Judges Christie Liebenberg and Dinnah Usiku.

    At the beginning of this year, he again approached the court with an application for permission to launch an appeal in the Supreme Court. His Supreme Court appeal request was granted on Tuesday by Usiku and Judge Johanna Salionga.

    Usiku, who read out the judgement, said the essence of the matter was whether Likoro had effective legal representation during the course of his trial, whether he received a fair trial, as provided for in terms of the constitution, and whether the judges properly carried out their obligations in terms of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act.

    According Usiku, Likoro's grounds of appeal were that Liebenberg and Usiku erred in law, and on the facts, when they concluded that the cumulative effect of the alleged failure or omissions by his lawyer in conducting his defence fell short of constituting an irregularity that would necessitate the annulment of a conviction on appeal.

    Likoro had argued that the conduct of his lawyer had unlawfully infringed his right to a fair trial, including his right to effective legal representation.

    Usiku said it could be ascertained during the trial, through the answers given by Likoro, that he was acquainted with the law and legal principles - at least as far as the cross-examination was concerned - and that he was clearly satisfied with the manner in which his defence was being conducted.

    However, Usiku continued by saying: “It is the principle of our law that courts must ensure that justice is not only done but must be seen to be done, whereby aggrieved persons receive a fair trial.”

    According to her, the test in applications of this nature is that the applicant must satisfy the court there is a reasonable prospect of success on appeal, should the application be granted.

    “The absence of any precedent in our jurisdiction on the subject matter and the authorities referred to by applicant, which are of persuasive nature, this court is persuaded that there is a reasonable possibility that the Supreme Court may or would arrive at a different view,” Usiku added.

    Advocate Dominic Lisulo appeared on behalf of the state while Advocate Louis Botes appeared for Likoro.


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    Hostel video draws Katrina's ireHostel video draws Katrina's ire Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says management teams at schools where infrastructure is of a substandard quality will have to answer.

    She made the comments after a video went viral on social media which shows a school hostel dormitory in a dilapidated state.

    The video shows showers and toilets not in working order, old and worn matrasses that the learners have to sleep on, and a blocked urinal.

    The video is believed to be of a school in the Aminuis constituency in the Omaheke Region.

    Speaking on the poor state of school infrastructure, Hanse-Himarwa said she will see to it that school authorities are held to account.

    “I will reckon with the management teams of those schools whose properties are vandalised and are falling apart,” Hanse-Himarwa said.

    She questioned how it was possible that some schools had very old infrastructure that was not falling apart, but that some schools were already in a deplorable condition.

    Hanse-Himarwa added that of vandalism is not rife and if school infrastructure is maintained, there would be no need for these types of situations.

    “There are schools that are very old but the infrastructure in place is still up to standard. If we do not vandalise schools and do regular basic maintenance, then we will not have these problems.” According to the minister it is also not fair that government was being held responsible. “Government cannot be expected to flush toilets. A national survey on the state of the infrastructure at schools has been undertaken. We will launch a renovation campaign in due course,” said Hanse-Himarwa, adding President Hage Geingob had instructed that a portion of an African Development Bank loan would be used to renovate some schools.

    The national survey aims to establish the extent of infrastructure damage at some government schools.

    In the current financial year, treasury has allocated N$55 million for the renovation and construction of schools.


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  • 03/21/18--15:00: Africa Briefs
  • Africa BriefsAfrica Briefs Ramaphosa suspends revenue service head

    South Africa suspended the head of its revenue service (SARS), Tom Moyane, on Monday with immediate effect pending disciplinary action, the presidency said.

    "Developments at the SARS under your leadership have resulted in a deterioration in public confidence in the institution and in public finances being compromised," President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement issued by his office.

    Moyane refused to resign during a meeting earlier on Monday, when Ramaphosa said he had lost confidence in Moyane's ability to lead the agency, the statement said.

    In last month's budget the Treasury said it faced a R48.2 billion rand revenue gap in the current 2017/18 fiscal year, partially due to SARS missing its revenue collection target.

    The agency has been plagued by infighting over the last the three years and is subject to ongoing government investigations. – Nampa/Reuters

    Zim changes mine ownership law

    Zimbabwe has changed its empowerment law to limit majority ownership by state entities to only diamond and platinum mines and not the entire mining sector as in previous legislation, according to a government notice.

    The amendments were included in the Finance Act, which covers the 2018 budget and were signed into law by Mnangagwa on March 14, a government notice seen by Reuters on Monday showed.

    Only state-owned mining entities will hold majority shares in diamond and platinum companies. However, existing businesses do not need to immediately comply with the law as they can negotiate a timeline of compliance with the authorities.

    Foreign investors are allowed to have full control in any other mining venture, the notice said.

    Mnangagwa has said at various forums that "Zimbabwe is open for business" as he seeks to revive an economy that was ruined under Mugabe's near four-decade rule.

    The amendments also open up 12 sectors previously reserved for locals such as bakeries, transport and beauty salons to Zimbabweans of all races instead of black Zimbabweans. – Nampa/Reuters

    Egypt, Sudan agree to patch up differences

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for talks in Cairo on Monday, with the pair pledging to boost cooperation after tensions between their neighbouring countries.

    Bashir's visit comes two weeks after the reinstatement of Sudan's ambassador to Cairo following his recall to Khartoum in January.

    One bone of contention is Egypt's administration of the Halayeb triangle, in a mineral-rich border area near the Red Sea, which Sudan claims as its own.

    Tensions also rose over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, which Egypt worries will be impact its share of the Nile, in which it relies almost totally on for irrigation and drinking water.

    The two presidents mentioned future cooperative steps over Nile water discussions, without providing much detail.

    The Ethiopian dam, a project launched in 2012, is designed to feed a hydroelectric project to produce 6 000 megawatts of power, equal to six nuclear-powered plants. – Nampa/AFP

    Kenya surprises with rate cut

    Kenya's central bank cut base interest rates for the first time since September 2016 on Monday, fuelling talk that a government cap on commercial lending rates introduced in the same month will be modified or removed soon.

    The 50 basis point cut in the benchmark lending rate to 9.5% took much of the market by surprise, with seven of 11 analysts polled by Reuters having forecast no change.

    With the International Monetary Fund putting pressure on Nairobi to ditch the lending cap, set at 4 percentage points above base rates, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said last week it was unsustainable and the government was planning to change it.

    The government introduced the cap in September 2016, in a bid to lower loan costs for individuals and businesses.

    But the measure has had the effect of stifling the credit market as banks became more cautious in their lending practices, as economists predicted.

    Private sector credit grew just 2.1% in the year to February, well below the central bank's target rate of 12-15%. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 03/21/18--15:00: Trustco ad backfires
  • Trustco ad backfiresTrustco ad backfiresOutrage stretches beyond Namibia's borders A controversial advert posted this week by Trustco has been deleted by Facebook. A Trustco Group Holdings recruitment advert that attracted widespread public criticism, including from Namibia's first lady, for being offensive, dehumanising, unconstitutional and perpetuating harmful stereotypes, was deleted by Facebook late on Tuesday.

    The company did not elaborate yesterday in a press statement whether the ad was pulled for copyright infringements or for violating community standards. Yesterday Quinton van Rooyen, chief at Trustco, described the ad as their most successful to date.

    The Facebook deletion followed widespread calls locally and internationally for the advert to be retracted, a public apology to be issued and gender awareness and sensitivity training to be implemented for staff and management. A petition, 'NO to Trustco's SEXISM', demanded that “Trustco high-level management receives transformative gender training”.

    The recycled advert posted on Tuesday showcased global trans icon Caitlyn Jenner along with the statement “Some will do anything to get a seat”, plus the term “broadmember”.

    The advert was based on a similar advert Trustco posted in 2015.

    Phrases such as “because women just look better in board pictures”, “in the interest of equality” and “women just look better in boards anyways”, drew particular scorn.

    The advertisement featured an Annie Leibowitz photograph taken for Vanity Fair magazine.

    Many warned this week that the ad would likely further entrench sexist and transphobic stereotyping and could undermine efforts to address discrimination against women and the trans-community.

    “Transgender women are women.Suggesting a woman would transition for opportunities fails to shine a light on the violence and suffering of the transgender community,” a petitioner wrote.

    Wings To Transcend-Namibia (WTTN), a non-governmental organisation advocating for equality and the inclusion of transgender people in Namibia, said the ad was geared to “incite stigma and discrimination towards us with total disregard of how this will affect our interaction with society”. Another commentator pointed out that “the trans-community has a suicide rate 36% higher than the rest of the population.”

    Director of gender at Lifeline/Childline, James Itana, described the advert as “discriminatory towards women as per our constitution, the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the SADC protocol on gender and development, the national gender policy, to mention but a few”.

    One commentator warned that “given our historic context and the prevailing gender disparities in Namibia, such repugnant, sexist, misogynistic and transphobic sentiments have no place in our society”.

    One petitioner described the advert as “the most violently disrespectful advert I've ever seen in Namibia. The overt sexism and transphobia is staggering. It's so disgusting. Shame on you Trustco”.

    Petitions, publications and public outrage

    Van Rooyen publicly praised the advert on the company's Facebook page, writing: “Brilliant add Team Trustco (sic).” His public praise for the advert drew sharp fire on Tuesday, including from Monica Geingos, Namibia's first lady.

    “This is wrong on many levels and quite frankly, unacceptable. What scares me more than the crass and casual disrespect, the overt sexism, the transphobia and innuendos … is @qvr_ calling it 'brilliant'. Don't trivialise how this ad makes people feel,” she tweeted.

    Entrepreneur Ally Angula, described the advert as “sexist and in horrible taste! Disgusted”.

    South African columnist for Business Day, Stuart Theobald, tweeted that “companies can be tone deaf about sensitive social issues. But this endorsement of overt sexism in the boardroom, not to mention transphobia, by JSE-listed Trustco is beyond the pale.”

    On Tuesday, a neighbouring publication, The South African, published a story on the backlash, noting “we've seen some calamitous public relations own goals in our time, but this one from Namibia doesn't just take the cake - it insists a woman makes one for it”.

    The article described the Trustco ad as “an incredibly crass job advertisement. Yet the company seems blissfully self-unaware about the insensitivity of their post”.

    Yesterday, after the ad was pulled by Facebook, Van Rooyen told Namibian Sun he viewed the advert as a “perfect fit for the purpose it was created. And it was very successful - the most successful advertisement we have ever had”.

    In response to whether the criticism against the advert had merit, he said no. He claimed the advert attracted an equal amount of critical and positive comments.

    In a press statement, the company yesterday stated it had received a “record number of applications” in response to the vacancy advert.

    The statement further noted that Trustco appreciates and respects the “different opinions on the invitation to apply as a member of our board”.


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  • 03/21/18--15:00: Govt raises water spending
  • Govt raises water spendingGovt raises water spendingProjects receive more priority Budget allocations to water-related programmes have picked up this year. “The International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” – The United Nations Ndama Nakashole - The government has allocated N$13.7 million for its integrated water resources management (IWRM) programme in the 2018/2019 national development budget.

    This is a nearly double last year’s allocation of N$7.3 million, but still a lot less than the N$52.9 million allocated in 2016.

    Given an evident cut in allocations to some development programmes, budget allocations for the IWRM programme are estimated to rise to N$14 million and N$24.4 million in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 financial years, respectively, showing some recovery since the drastic cut in 2017.

    Of this year’s budget of N$13.7 million, N$9 million is earmarked for water resource management projects.

    While the whole of last year’s N$7.3 million IWRM allocation went to this project, this year’s allocation includes N$1.8 million for geo-hydrological investigations in the Cuvelai-Etosha basin.

    The other N$2.7 million is allocated to the upgrading of a water analysis laboratory, as well as the quantification of groundwater resources in Namibia. Those two projects were allocated nothing last year.

    IDMR Programme

    Government has kicked off with a N$328 million allocation to the bulk water supply project for the 2018/2019 financial year.

    That is about 42% of the total N$779 million allocated for the Infrastructure Development, Maintenance and Rehabilitation (IDMR) Programme this year. Of that sub-total, over half (or some N$403 million) is allocated to the construction of large dams, desalination and provision of water to larger settlements. This project group previously got large allocations of N$1.1 billion and N$414 million in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 respectively.

    The smallest (N$2 million) of the allocations in this sub-category this year goes to the construction of water security infrastructure.

    Other projects under the IDMR programme budget are rural water supply, construction of water points for livestock drinking and implementation of community-based management.

    A total of N$45.4 million is allocated to those projects, equating to 5.8% of the total the IDMR programme allocation.

    Although there is no allocation for floodwater and rainwater harvesting and irrigation scheme development, the government is planning to allocate N$26 million in 2020 once off for the whole medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period of 2018/2019 to 2020/2021.

    Celebrating water

    Today is World Water Day and this year’s theme is ‘Nature for Water’.

    Namibia, as a member of the United Nations (UN), is accustomed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of which Goal 6 calls for access to safe water as well as a sound management of freshwater resources.

    World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

    The UN says the day is an opportunity to learn more about water issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.

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  • 03/21/18--15:00: Corruption is sabotage
  • Corruption is sabotageCorruption is sabotageSpeaks out against 'Bantustan mentality' The head of state says he will not allow those who propagate “the divisive Bantustan mentality of the past”, to gain a foothold in Namibian society. President Hage Geingob has urged all Namibians to actively participate in bringing about genuine change and structural transformation within the country's economy.

    Speaking yesterday at the country's 28th independence celebrations held at the copper town of Tsumeb, Geingob also said it was “disheartening to note that allegations and perceptions of corruption continue to taint our government”.

    “This has led to the public losing faith and confidence in a few government ministries and agencies. We cannot allow corruption to sabotage 28 years of progress. Corruption undermines stability and social cohesion,” he said.

    He also spoke out against those wanting to propagate “the divisive Bantustan mentality of the past”.

    “We either embrace unity in order to move forward as a nation, or we choose division, pouring scorn on the memory of the brave sons and daughters who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We have to choose unity.”

    Geingob said the road to prosperity would require unified efforts and commitment spurred on by patriotism.

    “We must stand together, united for the love of Namibia. Finger-pointing, playing the blame game or passing the buck should be avoided.

    Let us therefore hold hands and place national interest and the pursuit of shared prosperity above self-interest.”

    The head of state said in “this year of reckoning, we should guard against the existence of silo mentalities across government ministries, agencies and offices and the overall lack of cooperation and coordination between officials. We must equally guard against tribalism and racism”.

    “We should therefore all mobilise around the goals of tackling inequality and unemployment which have been derived from the fact that our economic growth has neither been sufficiently inclusive nor is generating enough jobs.”

    The president added that of late, it has been upsetting to note the frequency of reports of violent crime, mainly aimed at the most vulnerable members of society.

    “I direct our security services to ensure that the safety and security of the people of Namibia, as well as that of our friends and visitors is guaranteed.”

    He said Namibians have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.

    “For 28 years we have remained resolute in upholding the values of unity and peace. We are now at a pivotal point in our nation's history. The road ahead is filled with countless opportunities for Namibians to establish themselves as a people of character, a people of purpose, and a people with a shared destiny.”

    Geingob said one of the primary objectives of this government has been to address the scourge of poverty.

    “We still have many mountains to climb and frontiers of possibility to pursue. I have no doubt that if we pull together as one and adopt a unified approach towards achieving our national aspirations; it will not be long before we accomplish the goal of shared prosperity,” Geingob said.

    Economic headwinds

    Geingob said government would have loved to sustain a higher rate of progress and implementation.

    “But we had to contend with independent intervening variables beyond our control. The past four years have been fraught with 'headwinds', brought about by a global economic downturn.

    “This 'perfect storm' as some have termed it has had a direct impact on our economy and revenue base.

    “We are aware that some of the necessary interventions have hurt small businesses and led to job losses. This is why as government we are encouraging small and medium enterprises to diversify their business portfolio,” the president added.

    He also acknowledged the critical role played by his predecessors, founding president Sam Nujoma and former president Hifikepunye Pohamba.

    Yesterday was a joyful independence celebration that saw people from all walks of life represented.

    Politicians, business personalities, religious leaders and many influential people were in attendance.

    Highlights included wonderful musical and cultural performances, which put the audience in the mood.

    However, some youth, when questioned, said they do not see the relevance of the day and were more concerned about what they would be eating for lunch.

    They also expressed their dissatisfaction with the organisers, saying they were dehydrated after receiving only one bottle of water throughout the over seven-hour long event.

    “I just want to eat. I did not understand what my president was saying because I did not concentrate. I was just thinking about when he will finish his speech. I have been sitting here since 07:00 and I only received one bottle of water,” a young girl said.

    Others were happy to be part of the celebrations.

    “It was an honour to have been addressed live by the president, as well as seeing our other leaders. It is not every day you see all the former presidents at one event,” a young lady said, while dancing.

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    Kambwa exposes retail robberyKambwa exposes retail robbery Prominent northern businessman David 'Kambwa' Sheehama has made startling allegations, including that some foreign businesses are selling Namibians inferior products, repackaged to appear genuine, and that customers are also buying items with false litre and metre amounts indicated.

    Sheehama, who is the owner of building material retailer Kambwa Trading, is backed by the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) northern branch, which is calling for the speedy finalisation of the Consumer Protection Act, in order to promote a fair, accessible and sustainable marketplace for consumer products and services.

    The legislation, which has been in the pipeline for many years, will also establish national norms and standards to ensure adequate consumer protection and give guidelines for improved standards of consumer information that will prohibit unfair marketing or other unfair business practices, while also encouraging responsible consumer behaviour and the establishment of the National Consumer Commission. Sheehama said the unscrupulous activities being perpetrated against Namibian customers was happening under the noses of the Namibia Standard Institute (NSI) and the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC). “For example, they (foreign business owners) indicate the diamond mesh fencing is 50 metres, but once the customer buys it they will find it is only 45 metres or the paint container is indicated as a 25-litre container, but there is only 20 litres of paint in. Sometimes they also repackage inferior products into genuine product packages and make them cheaper.”

    According to Kambwa these traders are creating unfair competition by making their products cheaper to attract more customers, but at the same time they are not supplying what the customer thinks they are buying.

    He said industry watchdogs are not doing anything, even if such unethical business practices and unethical traders are reported.

    “This situation is being promoted by a lack of product quality and quantity assessment by the responsible institutions. These institutions are supposed to be visiting business places and investigating product authenticity,” he said.

    NCCI northern branch chairperson Tomas Koneka Iindji told Namibian Sun Sheehama's complaints are genuine and that a number of related grievances had been reported over the years.

    He said they had informed the Namibia Trade Forum, which drives the Namibia Retail Sector Charter (NRSC) that lays out principles and targets ensuring greater access for local products, as well as the NSI and the NaCC.

    “At the NCCI we believe the complaints are legitimate. We have been advocating for business protection to prevent unethical business practices.

    “These issues of providing wrong products to consumers are not good because at the end it is the consumer that suffers.

    “As a chamber we are also calling on authorities to speed up the process leading up to the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act, as this will empower consumers to lodge complaints about a service provider, while promoting ethical business practices,” Iindji said.

    He said consumer protection covers a wide range of issues, including product liability, privacy rights, unfair business practices, fraud, misrepresentation and other consumer/business interactions.

    “This Act is pivotal for our development agenda in many ways. Among other things, the law will force service providers to explain their products and services better and vehemently protect the interests of the consumer.

    “Consumer protection and consumer advocacy will bring the intentions of the company and products together with the necessity of customers and the market that they are in. Furthermore, consumer protection requires that companies provide detailed information about their products,” Iindji said.

    He said this will not only apply to foreign traders, but also to local retailers.

    “This law will also define which other bodies are tasked with covering specific consumer issues. It is hoped that the Act will also look at how consumers are represented and how the government will assist these consumer representative bodies.”

    Iindji said the NCCI is encouraging all northern retail operators to join the NRCS as a signatories.

    He said this is a tremendous opportunity to influence policy, to promote economic development and to support the Growth at Home strategy.

    “The objective of the charter is to facilitate locally produced goods to find their way onto the shelves of our retail outlets. We need their visible support and active participation in this. Retailers who support government are fine and there are plenty of good examples. Those who don't are expected to cooperate.”

    Iindji said greater access for locally produced goods into the retail market enables domestic economic growth, increases employment creation and the capacity creation of Namibian producers, while significantly boosting the economy.

    “As consumer spending continues to increase in Namibia, we need to make sure that our retailers are capable of meeting this rise, so that these consumers don't look outside our borders for products and services. As members of the chamber leadership, we should all agree to be signatories to this charter, if you are dealing with retail operations.”

    NSI spokesperson Joanette Eises said the NSI would respond in more detail later in the week.

    “As per our telephonic discussion, the NSI will provide you with a response during the course of the week. There are a number of role players in quality and compliance of products and therefore I would further suggest you get in touch with the town/council to get more information on the compliance of quality of products.”

    The NaCC did not provide comments to Namibian Sun at the time of going to print.

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    Ombudsman probe into Ya Toivo farm blockedOmbudsman probe into Ya Toivo farm blocked American-born Vicki Erenstein Ya Toivo, who is at the centre of an unfolding public outcry over a resettlement farm she was awarded, says she will be occupying her land within 30 days.

    This comes as ombudsman John Walters lifted the veil on how his office was ignored after it tried to probe in January whether it was true that well-to-do or politically connected individuals, including Erenstein Ya Toivo, had been lined up to benefit from resettlement land.It emerged on Monday that Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo's widow is among seven recent settlement beneficiaries. She received a 2 376-hectare farm in the Omaheke Region after the ministry advertised the land parcels in December 2017 and allocated them barely a month after.

    Erenstein Ya Toivo confirmed that she indeed applied for a resettlement farm, but only because the initial one her late husband received in 2015 was in a poor condition and had no housing structures for workers, a broken borehole and broken fences in some areas.

    “Against that background, in or about August 2017, I applied to the ministry of land reform, with the assistance of the executor of my husband's estate, to inherit the leasehold, in accordance with statutory procedures.

    “Among other things, our daughters and my husband's surviving son had to appear before a magistrate to indicate their approval of my continuing the leasehold under my name. “When it came to my attention that other leasehold farms were being advertised by the ministry, I applied for two different leaseholds toward the end of the year. Along with my application, I provided the background set out above, and I indicated that I sought to 'swap' or relinquish the existing leasehold in favour of one of the ones for which I applied.

    “The plots which I applied are better equipped, have better water condition, and are closer to Windhoek,” she said, while confirming she will in fact occupy the farm within 30 days.

    Walters said the first complaint regarding this resettlement process had been received in January, as rumours swept through the Omaheke Region about who had been earmarked to be resettled.

    According to Walters, his staff drove to Gobabis but were not allowed to attend a meeting held by the regional land reform committee and even though they had requested minutes of the gathering, in a bid to launch a probe into the matter, this was never received.

    “It was too short notice to go to court to get a court order to stop it in order to allow the ombudsman to attend the meeting and we also did not have the money. We just saw in the newspaper, when they had announced the names, that it was now concluded,” he said.

    Walters said it is time that government asked itself whether it is still honouring the key purpose of its land reform policy, which is to provide land to destitute and landless people.

    “You cannot provide John Walters with farm, I am not destitute and I am not poor,” he said.

    Walters, who compiled a 72-page report titled 'A Nation Divided: Why do Racism and Other Forms of Discrimination still Persist after Twenty-Seven Years of Namibian Independence', dedicated an entire chapter on the frustration brewing amongst Namibians towards the government's land reform policy.

    The report revealed the deep dissatisfaction of citizens about the way in which land resettlement takes places, as well as sentiments that the process is tainted by unfairness and discrimination.

    Toni Hancox, the director of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), highlighted that while she is not aware of the details and reasoning behind the decision to award Ya Toivo's widow resettlement land, it has long been LAC's stance that resettlement should be based on need and the ability to productively utilise the land.

    “These factors should be there in equal measure. In particular, while we are cognisant of the sacrifices that were made by many in the struggle for independence, these sacrifices were made for the liberation and benefit of all Namibians.

    “We are aware that many deserving people are waiting for inordinately long periods on the outcomes of their applications for resettlement, whilst there are instances of people - quite frequently the wealthy or politically connected - who always appear to be considered first,” said Hancox.

    The Landless People's Movement (LPM) said the Ya Toivo family has never shown themselves to be farmers, while others need the land for their basic survival.

    “The elite need it to show-off and they get it scot-free. It demonstrates how the land issues are also part of the class struggles, as the ruling elite take care of their own kith and kin. “Soon, any Chinese or Taiwanese woman married to any politician or those doing business with politicians, such as Jack Huang, will be allocated huge farms. If we thought there was a limit to the immoral and corrupt practices of Swapo, we were wrong!”

    Namibian Sun visited the lands ministry to get hold of its permanent secretary Peter Amutenya, who was meeting with the land reform commissioners on Tuesday.

    His secretary however referred all questions to the public relations department.

    Spokesperson Chrispin Matongela said he sent all the questions he had received regarding the Omaheke resettlement farms to the PS.

    Namibian Sun was also told lands minister Utoni Nujoma is aware of the media inquiries questions.

    He was, however, unreachable.


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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Unam ready for Kudus test
  • Unam ready for Kudus testUnam ready for Kudus test Defending Namibia Ruby Union (NRU) Premier League champions, Unam, have their sights firmly set on extending their lead during the current season, when they clash with Kudus on Saturday.

    The two teams will meet in Windhoek at the Unam Rugby Stadium in the third round of the league.

    Despite having some injury concerns, coach Johan Diergaardt is adamant his boys will emerge victorious against the coastal side.

    Unam goes into the match with their heads held up high, after beating Reho Falcon 43-0 last weekend.

    “We are always prepared for the challenge and this has been one of the reasons why we have been victorious. We have three players who are in doubt for the match, but that will not deter our spirit going into this game.

    “We do not have any secret strategy, in terms of our success, but hard work has earned us the league title over the past few seasons,” Diergaardt said.

    Kudus on the other hand are also expected to continue their form from last week, which saw them beating Rehoboth 47-17 in Walvis Bay.

    Unam last year made a strong statement in the country's elite rugby league when they defeated Wanderers 42-28 to win the topflight title for the third year in a row.

    Clubs like Western Suburbs, Trustco United and Wanderers have failed to match the powerful university side.

    In other league action, Trustco United are up against Reho Falcon at the United Rugby Field.

    United put up a brave performance last weekend when they narrowly beat Western Suburbs 18-13 at Suburbs Park.

    Reho Falcon, on the other hand, are eager to dust themselves off after their humiliating defeat against Unam.

    Wanderers will host Western Suburbs at the Wanderers Sport Field on Saturday.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Relegation battle intensifiesRelegation battle intensifiesClubs fear ejection from NPL With five matches left in the 2017/18 NPL season, clubs currently at the bottom of the log are having to face the very real prospect of relegation. Relegation is fast becoming a nightmare reality for bottom-placed Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs, with Chief Santos, Rundu Chiefs and Young Chiefs all in the relegation zone with five matches remaining.

    Santos sits at the bottom with 16 points and need to win all their remaining matches if they want to compete in the topflight league next season.

    Rundu Chiefs has 22 points - a point less than Young Chiefs.

    All of these teams hope that Orlando Pirates, with 28 points, does not collect any much-needed points in their remaining matches, in order for them to climb the log.

    In Tuesdays match, log leaders African Stars, on 52 points, lost 1-0 to Black Africa, who are currently snapping at their heels with 47 points.

    Speaking to Nampa after the match, African Stars Bobby Samaria coach said there is nothing to be ashamed of, as his club showed they can play football.

    “We are disappointed that we let this one slip; they got one chance and scored. We also had our chances but failed to convert them, but we were the better team by far.

    “Their goalkeeper made two or three great saves during the match and he stood between us and the three points,” Samaria said after the match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

    The experienced coach said BA is putting pressure on his team, but they need to keep their cool and focus on the upcoming games.

    “We are the drivers of our own bus; the title is still in our hands. We still have a five-point advantage.

    The only thing to do is to continue playing well and winning matches,” he added.

    Black Africa coach Lucky Richter paid tribute to his players, saying they planned and played well.

    “We practiced set pieces and we scored from one. It was a good game and I'm sure the fans enjoyed it,” he said.

    Richter added that as much as they are harbouring ambitions to win the title, they are dependent on other teams to African Stars, while they also still need to win all their games.

    He made special mention of his young goalkeeper, Calvin Spiegel, who he said won the match for the team.

    “He is still a very young man who is learning every day. At the beginning he struggled a bit because of the magnitude of the team's status, but he is coming through very well,” he added.

    Tura Magic, with 43 points, trail BA on the log, while Tigers are in fourth place with 40 points.

    -Additional reporting NAMPA


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    HopSol thrashed by FC SpartakHopSol thrashed by FC SpartakPlayers use tournament as learning curve A Namibian youth team has suffered their second defeat at an international under-17 tournament being held in South Africa. The Black Africa HopSol under-17 team, competing in the 2018 Future Champions tournament in South Africa, has only recorded one win so far.

    The team was thrashed 5-0 on Wednesday by FC Spartak in Gauteng.

    The defeat is the second for the Namibian youth side at the championship. Their first defeat came in their opening match where they lost 1-3 against Orlando Pirates on Monday.

    The Namibian boys however beat their opponents from Italy, AC Reggiana, 2-1 on Tuesday.

    The team is competing in the tournament, which runs from Monday to Saturday, on invitation by Namibia Premier League outfit Black Africa.

    Each match is played over 60 minutes. On Wednesday, in a match broadcast on SuperSport, the Namibian youth team conceded as early as the eighth and ninth minutes to trail 2-0 at half-time.

    In the second half the Russian boys, who were a well-oiled machine, found the back of the net three times as the Namibians struggled to control them.

    Speaking after his team's defeat, coach Collin Benjamin said they played a strong opponent that was good tactically and athletically. He said the competition was a good learning experience for his team.

    “Competing with these teams is a good learning curve for the boys, who will hopefully be future stars,” he said.

    Twelve u-17 teams from Europe and host continent Africa are competing in the 2018 Future Champions tournament.

    The tournament is an inspirational development event. Launched in 2010, it has been staged in countries across the globe, utilising the power and popularity of football as a catalyst for growth.


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    Grace Mugabe sucked into ivory scamGrace Mugabe sucked into ivory scamAccused of using state-owned ivory as gifts for Asian first ladies A state-sanctioned investigation into a massive ivory and rhino horn trafficking scandal that prejudiced the foreign currency-starved nation of millions of US dollars has sucked in former first lady Grace Mugabe. Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe ordered national parks officials to release ivory to her from its storerooms to be given as gifts to first ladies in Asia, a newspaper claimed Wednesday.

    Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has commissioned an investigation into the alleged practice and the findings will be released soon.

    Unnamed first ladies

    “I was told that she (Grace Mugabe) would prevail upon (national parks) officials to release the ivory on the basis that they were the first lady's donations to unnamed fellow first ladies in the Far East,” Muchinguri-Kashiri told the private Daily News.

    “I then commissioned a full investigation into the matter which has since been concluded and as of now, their report is being compiled, which I will release on conclusion,” she added.

    Grace Mugabe was not contacted for comment on the claim.

    Ivory stockpile

    Two years ago Zimparks, the state wildlife authority, was reported to have 70 tons of ivory worth millions of US dollars stored in Harare. The tusks are those seized from poachers or collected from animals that died from natural causes.

    The environment minister said the government is also probing the mysterious death of a police officer who was investigating the attempted smuggling of 200kg of ivory to Malaysia through Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in December.

    The minister said the unnamed officer had gone to Mozambique on personal business and died there. The owner of the smuggled ivory is still unknown.


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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Kambonde a tindi uukombunda
  • Kambonde a tindi uukombundaKambonde a tindi uukombunda Mayola gwondoolopa yaNiipa, Immanuel Kambonde, okwa ekelehi omapopyo ga ningwa kaakwashigwana kutya ota kutu miilonga ofamili ye, unene poompito oonene, na ota dhana onkandangala onene ngele tashi ya kuukombunda melelo lyondoolopa ndjoka.

    Elelo lyondoolopa ndjoka oli na aantu yatatu ye na ofani Kambonde poompito dhiilonga oonene melelo moka, inamu kwatelwa mayola, naashoka osha geyitha aakwashigwana. Kambonde okwa popi kutya onga omayola, ke na oonkondo dhokukuta miilonga aaniilonga yelelo lyondoolopa, kakele komunambelewa omukuluntu gwelelo.

    Okwa popi kutya ke na omukwanezimo ta longele elelo lyondoolopa.

    “Otandi lundilwa kaakwashigwana yomOniipa kutya otandi kutu miilonga ofamili yandje. Nashi kale sha yela kutya ngame onga mayola gwondoolopa kandi na oonkondo dhokukuta miilonga aaniilonga yelelo lyondoolopa na ihandi kuutumba muukonaakono wu na sha negandjo lyiilonga. Oonkondo dhandje odha hulila meuliko lyomunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa,” Kambonde a popi.

    Aaniilonga mboka taya popiwa, oDavid Kambonde, ngoka e li kansela noshilyo shokomitiye yelelo lyondoolopa, menindjela gwiiyemo melelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, Victoria Kambonde oshowo omunambelewa gwomayakulo gopautekinika, oompangela nomidhingoloko, Wyclif Kambonde.

    “Kandi shi aantu mboka ayehe, na kaye shi ofamili yandje. Omupya omunene okutya elelo lyondoolopa olya kutu miilonga aantu ayehe yedhina Kambonde ihe kaye shi ofamili.”

    Kambonde natango okwa koleke kutya kansela omushona ngoka opo a ulikwa, Joseph Amutenya okanona ke kopambepo, ihe keshi kutya okwa ulikwa ngiini. Kambonde oku li mayola gwotango gwondoolopa yaNiipa, konima nkene ya tseyitha nokutokolwa opo yi ninge ondoolopa mo 2015. Ondoolopa ndjoka oya taalela omukundu gwaantu taya tungu omatungo gawo shaaheli paveta, mevi lyamuni.


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    Kerina a pula eidhidhimiko nuukumwe mokati koshigwanaKerina a pula eidhidhimiko nuukumwe mokati koshigwanaA pula oshigwana shi kondjithe uukwamuhoko Mburumba Kerina okwa pula aaleli yaNamibia opo ya pitike aanyasha ya thikame kuyoyene yo kaya endulule epuko ndyoka lya ningwa kaakokele. Omunaplotika ngoka okwa pula AaNamibia ya yambidhidhe Omupresidende Hage Geingob mekondjitho lyuukwamuhoko, uukombunda oshowo uulingilingi.

    Okwa tsu omuthindo kutya Namibia ota dhimbuluka emanguluko lye oshikando oshiti 28, na okwa mono emanguluko lye sha landula etiko lyombinzi.

    Kerina ngoka ina luka owala oshilongo ihe okwa dhana woo onkandangala metotepo lyongundu yoSwapo, okwa kunkilile kutya uukwamuhoko otawu etitha eso lyaAfrika.

    Sho a pulwa kutya omolwashike a tokola okuluka oshilongo edhina Namibia, Kerina okwa dhimbuluka nkene a li a hiwa kegumbo lyepangelo lyaIndonesia , komupresidende gwotango gwoshilongo shoka Sukarno, ngoka e mu pula edhina lyoshilongo shawo.

    Sho a yamukula kutya “South West Africa”, Sukarno okwe mu lombwele kutya “aapika noombwa ohadhi lukwa kooyene yadho, ihe aalumentu yamanguluka ohaya iluku yoyeyene”.

    Konima sho a dhilaadhila ethimbo ele, okwa dhilaadhila kombinga yombuga ndjoka yali hayi ithanwa Namib kAaNama, na okwa mono kutya ndyoka edhilaadhilo ewanawa.

    A tseyika nale nedhina, Eric William Getzen, Mburumba Kerina okwa tokola okwiilukulula konima sho a nongele mpoka a za.

    Sho a pulwa kutya omayele geni ta pe AaNamibia, okwa dhenge omuthindo natango kutya uukwamuhoko omukundu omunene gwa taalela Namibia, oshilongo oshishona shoka natango kashishi kutya emanguluko nuukwamuholo oshike.

    Kerina ngoka a tameke okukutha ombinga iikwapolotika mepupi lyoomvula ooshona, okwa pula aanyasha yoshilongo ya kale yiidhidhimika, ihe na ya kutheko oongaku na inaya kala yamwena ngele otaya ningilwa okwaahena uuyuki, mboka tawu vulu okutula oshilongo moshiponga. Omunamimvo 85, Kerina okwa popi kutya kutya okuhole oondjimbo dhaBig Ben, na okwiipyakidhila nokushanga embo lyondjokonona ye mwene, ndjoka ta popi kutya otayi pu okushangwa muule womvula yimwe.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa hala embo ndyoka li kale oshiholelwa oshiwanawa kaanyasha yaNamibia, molwaashoka kaye na iiholelwa iiwanawa mbyoka tayi vulu okulandulwa.

    Okwa popi kutya etumwalaka ta gandja kaaleli yoshilongo, okupitika aanyasha ya thikame kuyoyene, na inaye ya pitika ya ninge omapuko ngoka ga ningwa kaakokele.


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    Oongombe oonshona dha tomwa monooli mo 2017Oongombe oonshona dha tomwa monooli mo 2017 Oongombe owala 854 dha tomwa monooli yomusinda omutiligane, omvula ya piti, ndhoka hadhi zi momalanditho gaanafaalama yeli moshitopolwa shoNorthern Communal Areas' (NCA).

    Otaku tengenekwa kutya oshitopolwa shoNCA oshi na oongombe dhi li poomiliyona 1.6. Kuuyelele mboka wa pitithwa koMeat Board of Namibia, mokati koongombe 83 790 dhoka dha tomwa omvula ya piti, 854 odha tomenwa muutomeno wopakatimbo waMeatco moshitopolwa shoNCA.

    Uutomeno mboka waMeatco owo owala omalandithilo ge li po taga vulu okulongithwa kaanafaalama monooli sho uutomeno hoka kaShakati oshowo kaKatima Mulilo, inawu tameka natango okulongithwa. Meat Board okwa tseyitha kutya oshikondo shiimuna unene mboka haya landitha iipa oshowo iilongomwa ya za kiimuna, omvula oye ya endela nawa.

    Okwa dhidhilikwa e yo pombanda noopresenda 29.8 momalanditho goongombe, okuza poongombe 295 217 mo 2016 okuya poongombe 420 646 mo 2017. Nonando ongaaka okwa dhidhilikwa eshuno pevi momwaalu gwoongombe sha etithwa koshikukuta shoka sha dhidhiliwa moshilongo oomvula dha piti, naashoka osha etitha eshuno pevi lyomwaalu gwoongombe ndhoka dha totwa.

    Oopresenda 65 dhoongombe odha tumwa nomwenyo momalanditho gopondje, oopresenda 17 odha tomwa muutomeno wopondje, omanga oopresenda 18 dha tomwa muutomeno womeni lyoshilongo.

    Nonando uutomeno womoshilongo owa lopota owala oongombe 23 455 dha tomwa, iipa yoongombe yi li po 87 730 oya landwa muutomeno mboka, pe na eyooloko lyomwalu gwoongombe dhi li 64 275.

    Natango Meat Board okwa popi kutya ondando yiilongomwa ya za kiipa yiimuna moNamibia oya londo pombanda pokati kaJanuari naDecemba gwomvula ya piti, okuza pookg 16.9 muJanuari okuya pookg 34.18 muDesemba.

    Onkalo ndjoka natango otaku tengenekwa tayi holoka metata lyotango lyomvula , pauyelele mboka wa pitithwa koMeat.


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    Kambwa a nyenyeta ekengelelo lyookastomaKambwa a nyenyeta ekengelelo lyookastomaA pula omalelo ga endelelithe oompango dhegameno lyaalandi Omunangeshefa gwomonooli yoshilongo okwa nyenyeta kutya ookastoma otadhi hepekwa unene kaanangeshefa aazaizai mboka haya landitha iilandithomwa yiikengelela nokukengelea ookastoma. Omunangeshefa a tseyika nawa monooli yoshilongo, David 'Kambwa' Sheehama okwa popi kutya aanangeshefa unene aazaizai otaya landitha ookastoma moNamibia, iilongomwa ya pakululwa nokutulwa iilimbo yilwe oshowo ookastoma otadhi landa iinima yi na uuyelele wa puka unene ongushu noondjundo dhiilandomwa.

    Sheehama, ngoka e li mwene goostola dhiitungitho dhedhina Kambwa Trading, ota yambidhidhwa koNamibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) moshitayi shomonooli, ndjoka tayi pula opo ku endelelwe memanitho lyompango yoConsumer Protection Act, opo ku hwahwameke omalandithilo negandjo lyomayakulo geli pauyuuki.

    Emanitho lyompango ndjoka otali ka etitha woo egameno lyaalandi nomilandu dhomauyelele gaalandi ndhoka tadhi ka indika eningo lyoongeshefa kadhi li pauyuuki nokweetitha etotepo lyoNational Consumer Commission.

    Sheehama okwa popi kutya omaihumbato ngoka taga ningilwa aalandi otaga ningwa miipathi yoNamibia Standard Institute (NSI) oshowo Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC).

    “Oshiholelwa ongaashi, oongeshefa dhaazaizai tadhi landitha oondhalate yuule woometa 50, ihe ngele omulandi okwa landa ondhalaye ndjoka otaka mona kutya oyi na owala uule woometa 45 nenge ehemele lyopainda yoolita 25, ihe mehemele moka omu na owala opainda yoolita 20. Ethimbo limwe ohaya pakulula woo iilandomwa nokuyi tula iilombo yilwe, nokuyi ninga ombiliha.” Pahapu dhaKambwa, aalandi mboka otaya e ta po omudhingoloko gwethigathano lyokangeshefa kali li pauyuuki paku landitha iilandithomwa yawo kombiliha nokunana ookastoma odhindji, omanga omathimbo gamwe taya landitha iinima yawo momukalo gokukengelela.

    Okwa popi kutya aakondololi yonklao ndjoka kaye na shoka taya ningi nonando omukalo ngoka gwaaheli pauyuuki otagu lopotwa. Omunangeshefa ngoka okwa tsikile kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi hwahwamekwa sho Namibia ke na oshuputudhilo shoka shi na oshinakugwanithwa shokukondolola ongushu yiinima.

    Omunashipndi gwoNCCI monooli yoshilongo, Tomas Koneka Iindji okwa lombwele Namibian Sun kutya omanyenyeto gaSheehama oge li mondjila na oya lopotelwa omanyenyeto ga faathana muule woomvula dha piti.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa tseyithila omanyenyeto ngoka oNamibia Trade Forum, ndjoka tayi kwatele komeho oNamibia Retail Sector Charter (NRSC) oshowo NSI noNaCC.

    “KoNCCI otu wete kutya omenyenyeto ngoka oge li mondjila. Otwa kala tatu kondjitha etulo miilonga lyegameno lyoongeshefa opo ku yandwe omaihumbato ngoka guulingilingi mongeshefa. Omukalo gwokugandja iilandithomwa ya puka kaalandi kagu li mondjila molwaashoka pehulilo lyesiku, aalandi taya mono iihuna.Otatu indile aatoti yoompango ya endelele opo ku manithwe etulo miilonga lyompango yegameno lyaalandi ndjoka tayi ka kondopeka aalandi ya vule okuninga omanyenyeto kombinga yomayakulo gankundipala ngoka taya pewa, omanga natango taku hwahwamekwa onkalo yopangeshefa yi li pauyuuki,” Iindji ta popi.

    Iindji okwa popi kutya egameno lyaalandi olya pumbiwa, na itali pumbiaa owala okuza kaalandithi aazaizai ihe nokaalandithi woo yomoshilongo.

    Iindji okwa tsu omukumo aanangeshefa ya wayimine oNCCI, molwaashoka shoka otashi kala nokugandja ompito ombwaanawa yokuhwahwameka omilandu, eyambulepo lyeliko oshowo okukondopeka oongeshfa dhaavalelwa mo. Iindji okwa tsikile kutya enkondopeko lyaanangeshefa moshilongo, otali kondopeke eliko, otali gandja nokweeta po oompito dhiilonga mokati kaakwashigwana nokutula eliko lyoshilongo pamuthika gwopaigwana.

    Okwa tsikile kutya sho ondjele yaalandi tayi londo pombanda moshilongo, aanangeshefa oya pumbwa okukwashilipaleka kutya otaya vulu tuu okuthitika omwaka goompumbwe yaalandi, opo aalandi kaya ye pondje yoongamba taya kongo iipumbiwa molwaashoka oongeshefa moshilongo itadhi vulu okuthitika omwaka gwompumbwe. Omupopiliko gwoNSI, Joanette Eises kwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo otali ka yamukula muule woshiwike shika. “Ngaashi twa popi pankundathana dhetu dhopangodhi, NSI ote ke ku pa eyamukulo muule woshiwike shika. Ope na aakuthimbinga oyendji mboka taya dhana onkandangala mekalekepo lyongushu yiilandithomwa. Otandi ku pe omayele wu ninge ekwatathano nelelo lyondoolopa opo wu mone uuyelele owundji kombinga yegwanithepo lyomilandu dhongushu yiilandithomwa.”

    NaCC ina yamukula omapulo ngoka a ningilwa koshifokundaneki shika, pethimbo onkundana ndjika ya nyanyangidhwa.


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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Auntie Nangy
  • Auntie NangyAuntie Nangy We both cheated

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    I have been with my girlfriend for the past four years and everything has been going well until I cheated on her because I got bored. I didn’t tell her about it but now we are in a good space. I was shocked to find out that she knew about my cheating and also went and cheated on me and I am very angry. What must I do?

    Wait, why are you angry? Because she did exactly what you did? You were bored, she was probably bored. Oh child, you two are a pretty bored couple. So now you are angry with a bored and an angry cheater, what a combination. Stick together; you both kinda deserve each other. Peace!

    Best of the kids

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    I am the middle-born child in my family and I am the most successful. My siblings kind of hate me as our parents make it clear that I’m the favourite child. Should I lower my standards for my siblings or what must I do? I feel so bad for them. Please advise.

    The worse mistake parents can make is to make one child feel less than the other. You shouldn’t lower your standards, but you should acknowledge your privilege, and be sensitive to the feelings of your siblings. Tell them that you see the inequality too, but you don’t have control over it. At the same time, point it out to your parents, tell them that you don’t like the way they treat you and your siblings. But mostly remember, family is the one place where love is always enough. Keep working on rebuilding your relationship with your siblings.

    Where is my wet dream?

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    I am 17 years old and I am yet to have my first wet dream. All my friends got theirs from age 15 and talk about getting sexually active but I always keep quiet becuase I have no experience. Am I not normal?

    You are normal; your wet dreams will come. You will eventually come when you need to come, pun intended. Just be patient, but if you are overly concerned you could consult with a doctor and just have him check up on you to ease your mind.

    Best friend flirting with my crush

    Dear Auntie Nangy

    My best friend is flirting with my crush and my crush is noticing her. She knows I like the guy but still does this. Is she still my friend? What must I do to make the guy notice me? We are in the same class at school. Please help me.

    Oh child, she is certainly your friend and having a “crush” on someone does not mean it is mutual or that you have ownership of that person. You don’t need to do anything to be noticed… if you are yourself that should be enough. If he doesn’t notice you, maybe he just isn’t interested. Direct your “crushing” in another direction okay. Also, pay attention in class, focus on finishing school, you have an entire future filled with crushes.

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Latest reel music
  • Latest reel musicLatest reel musicFeast your eyes on these pieces tjil catches you up on the latest music videos Namibian artists have to offer, all available Musicians need something bigger than a hot track raking in top positions on radio playlists to get the publicity they deserve.

    Artistic visuals are one way to help draw attention to the artist's work and to create a bond between the artist, the fans and potential fans. Local artists have never disappointed, always shooting dope music videos. Here are some of the hottest visuals dropped this month, so far. All these videos are available on YouTube.

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    How to get the job done, wellHow to get the job done, well I see so many entertainers almost screwing up their careers with their so-called connections to success. I'm talking about entertainers who have friends who know people in the media and with that, they want to call themselves managers. Just because you have my number on speed dial or we grew up together… you think I can get you two articles and this qualifies you to manager an artist. Well, news flash. It's not that simple and it's not about knowing two or three journalists and radio presenters.

    Managing an artist or entertainer is being able to successfully be in control of this person's career as many of them only have this job. It's a skill that one needs… and of course certain experience or knowledge… and here I mean knowledge, not what you found on google. Some of you are no different from the people you are trying to sell to the market - you also want to be famous or you have no real reason to grow your brand and are more concerned about the coins.

    For some really lucky people, they can pull it off but this comes from being in the game for so long and having contacts. The so-called managers of today are just friends who want to arrive with their friends, and also because they offer to do it for free. Two things happen when people do things for free; they either don't deliver 100% or they don't deliver at all because I mean, they have nothing to lose.

    So to the creatives, yes, I get that today is all about achieving with your friends or cousins close to you but it doesn't hurt investing actual money in your career. Getting the right person will cost you less than what you would need for your party money, or that money for the nice lunch for the 'gram at News Cafe every week. Self-investment always pays off and when you know you have put in every cent, it makes it even more special and will most definitely motivate you and your manager or publicist.

    So yes, knowing two or three people is part of the deal but it's not the only part. Some of you so-called managers call us for story tips but your approach shows you have no idea of what you are doing or talking about. This reflects negatively on both client and brand. I'd suggest you start off by shadowing someone before you clip your wings and go solo. The guys who are great managers and publicists all started somewhere and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind mentoring a newcomer. I hope this speaks to two or three of you.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Starting from scratch
  • Starting from scratchStarting from scratchMy Namibia song search kicks off again After a disappointing response from the public, the search for the My Namibia national song is back at square one. Since last year August, the information ministry and the custodian of the 'Nationhood and National Pride' campaign has been lobbying Namibians to come up with a national song titled My Namibia.

    The campaign went as far as having the top five songs identified until recently when the ministry announced the need for a re-look at the competition. The national song is meant to arouse feelings of patriotism and unity at official ceremonies like the national anthem does.

    According to the minister, Stanley Simataa, the organising ministries came up with a technical committee made up of different institutions who developed the terms of references for the My Namibia song competition where 141 songs entries were received.

    “Out of 141 songs entries vetted, only 17 songs made it through to the second stage of the vetting process which involved five independent professional judges. Subsequently, the top five songs were then aired on both NBC services to allow for public scrutiny and voting this year,” said Simataa.

    Simataa added that considering the unique nature of Namibians in appreciating the beauty of their country in diversity, they projected that the winning song should not receive less than 15 000 to 50 000 votes from the public.

    However, to the committee's disappointment, they only received total of 6 827 votes from the public and overwhelming negative feedback from the public about the songs.

    Simataa announced that the technical committee came to the conclusion that the total number of votes received is not a reflective of the citizenry thus rendering the whole exercise invalid.

    “We congratulate the five finalists and those who participated in the voting process. We want to assure the public that we will go back to the drawing board. In other words, the search for My Namibia song continues,” said Simataa.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Land Rover Discovery delivers rugby in a boxLand Rover Discovery delivers rugby in a boxRural rugby supported The 4 500kg payload was no challenge for the hardy SUV MOTORPRESS

    With an illustrious history of towing, including hauling road trains and space shuttles, the Land Rover Discovery has become the benchmark towing vehicle in its class – winning numerous accolades in the process.

    Given Land Rover’s long involvement in rugby, from grassroots level to the Rugby World Cup, the choice was obvious when a special donation from Land Rover had to be delivered in February this year.

    The donation in question was a Rugby Club Starter Kit – a repurposed shipping container outfitted with the all the essentials a young rugby team needs to nurture talent.

    Weighing in at 4 500kg on its trailer, this mobile locker room proved to be the ideal challenge for the new Land Rover Discovery and its guest driver, Springbok and Stormers Rugby player Siya Kolisi.

    Kolisi jumped at the opportunity to tow the Rugby Club Starter Kit to its new home in Zwide Township, near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Not only is this where Kolisi started his rugby journey, on the dusty fields of the rural schools, but it is also the home of The African Bombers – his former rugby club.

    Going for goal

    “As a global supporter of grassroots rugby, we’re absolutely thrilled to donate this Rugby Club Starter Kit to The African Bombers with Siya’s help – it is a truly heart-warming story of a return to his roots and Land Rover’s continued support of grassroots rugby,” said Lisa Mallett, marketing director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa.

    “The kit will bring the joy of this sport to the young players at his old rugby club and inspire them to become future Springboks. The Discovery was the perfect vehicle for this task, thanks to its 3 500kg tow rating and class-leading off-road capability,” she added.

    The Discovery’s 3.0-litre diesel engine produces 600Nm of torque, which allowed Siya to effortlessly tow the specially prepared trailer holding the Rugby Club Starter Kit.

    Equipped with Land Rover’s suite of proven and capable technologies, safety was never compromised: the Terrain Response 2 system ensured optimum traction on loose gravel surfaces, while Trailer Stability Assist helped the trailer and its special payload remain secure.

    On broken and potholed roads, the Discovery’s self-levelling air suspension kept each wheel in contact with the road surface.

    “The Discovery’s capabilities are simply incredible. I genuinely thought that only a truck would be able to tow this huge container, but in the Discovery it felt no different to towing a caravan or boat. This container is the beginning of something huge, something new. It will give them the facilities here, that’s how you make the community better. That’s how you transform a nation. It’s hope,” said Kolisi, Springbok and Stormers Rugby loose-forward.

    With the Rugby Club Starter Kit set up, members of The African Bombers now have access to brand-new equipment that will help them prepare for seasons ahead.

    This includes rugby balls, tackle bags, kicking cones, towels and water bottles. Additionally, solar panels on the container help provide electricity, while built-in desks give students a safe, comfortable environment for doing their homework.

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Gazza's lessons
  • Gazza's lessonsGazza's lessonsCareer tips from the 'groot man' The award-winning artist speaks on success and how to succeed. Gazza is known for many things he does - both in the entertainment industry and out of it. The brand ambassador, in the spirit of independence shares tips on how to make it and be successful in the industry in the current times.

    For him, it is important to continually reinvest back into the music industry. According to Gazza, this will help elevate the local music industry and also provide a platform for upcoming artists.

    “We are working hard, spending money to try and make the music industry on par with the rest of the world.

    As a record label owner, I look at it as an investment in my passion and building a bridge for others who are as passionate about music as I am,” says Gazza.

    His love for music was spurred out of a need to create something positive out of nothing, shortly after completing high school.

    “Looking at where we came from, we were just in a pool of unemployed people just like you see today.

    What do you do as a young person, either you indulge in the good things or you indulge in the bad things… you cannot remain idle, you are going to do something,” says Gazza.

    Despite the multiple awards, countrywide tours and endorsement deals, Gazza says that there is still room for growth.

    “I am just a big fish in a small pond. A big fish in a small pond can only move to a certain extent, whether it's commercial or other things, you can only move in a certain direction. The things that you want your country can no longer provide. That said, I do not think that I have reached my cap.

    I am embarking upon the world and I have reached a rebirth,” says Gazza.

    “I have never lived to see a day in Namibia where I will need bodyguards.

    I am taking that power [fame] to see where I can lead my nation to something great,” he adds.

    Sharing a few lessons he learned when he started out; he says that it is no longer necessary for younger artists to associate with negative influences to build a music industry. Talent, he says, should be sufficient.

    “You do not have to start off with bad influences like we did. Those are my school fees for the industry.

    You can start off by being yourself, doing the right things from the beginning. Building street credit is out now. When we started out we were unemployed and didn't know what to do.”

    As the interview comes to a conclusion, the hit maker acknowledges that one can use fame to inspire good deeds that benefit a broader populace.

    “Namibia is very small. Everything you hear comes by hearsay.

    A good reputation will bring you good endorsements, respect, and with that, at the end of the day, we know that we are just human and we need to control our humanity for the greater good of the nation, sacrifice our personal desires for a greater good,” says Gazza.

    “If you start off today you do not have to be a bad boy to show off your talents,” he concludes.

    Ogone Tlhage

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Customer is still the king
  • Customer is still the kingCustomer is still the king The listeriosis outbreak, which started in South Africa last year, and has resulted in the death of nearly 200 people because of contaminated ready-to-eat meat products that are widely consumed, brings the issue of consumer protection back into the spotlight. For many years, consumer groups in Namibia have been lobbying government to implement the Consumer Protection Act that will empower consumers to lodge complaints about service providers and also promote ethical business practises. Cabinet last year approved the National Consumer Protection Policy for implementation and a bill in this regard is yet to be passed by parliament. There is a lot at stake, particularly for businesses, and adhering to good practices and taking care of consumers should be seen as integral to both brand and reputation. Northern businessman David 'Kambwa' Sheehama this week made startling allegations against some foreign businesses, which he claims are selling Namibians inferior products that are at times repackaged to appear genuine. Another concern raised by Sheehama is that customers are also being sold items with false litre and metre amounts indicated. The concerns raised by the businessman are not new and many Namibians have grown accustomed to poor customer service over the years. They have grown to tolerate it, in the absence of a legislation protecting consumer interests. It is unbelievable that despite the United Nations providing guidelines around issues of consumer protection, our government appears to have taken a lax attitude toward this essential piece of legislation. As clearly outlined by the eloquent Milton Louw from the Namibian Consumer Protection Group, there is a need to directly protect consumers from shoddy service and low quality products. The status quo of consumers being bullied by businesses should be a thing of the past. Consumers can no longer be taken for a ride. Equally the Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) and the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) must do everything possible to ensure there is fair marketing and business practices within the various sectors of our nation. The Consumer Protection Act must at the end of the day provide a mechanism for redress, when it comes to defective goods and service deficiencies.

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    Namibians are born entrepreneurs!Namibians are born entrepreneurs! It has either become too easy to be a farmer nowadays, or those in Omaheke are the special and chosen ones. Every second person you meet in Omaheke is a farmer; you will find him in Agra, Kaap Agri or some other farmer's outlet with a pamphlet of the day's specials in hand.

    And here I thought my brothers from the north – or those from Khomasdal - are the worst form of show-offs with their spinning rims on their GTi Golfs!

    When you meet an aspiring farmer - who believes he has already arrived, he will take a few minutes of your time complaining about how the absence of the rain has affected farmers. He will tell you the last time Otjombinde received good rains was two years ago, even if you have just come back from there and you struggled to navigate the wet roads.

    Mind you, even Tjeripo is now apparently a farmer. He wears those big hats - embroidered with the Big Five - carries a walking stick and just recently acquired a 1997 Model Toyota Hilux 2.4. I tried talking sense into him about buying an old car, but he wouldn't listen.

    “That is the problem with you city guys. I do not see an old car when I look at this Toyota of mine. What I see is every Herero man's dream,” Tjeripo tried to convince me.

    But he was right. He proved it to me. At a recent funeral of someone whose name I can hardly remember because I was dragged there by Tjeripo to test his new wheels, his bakkie proved a hit.

    Tjeripo, playing to the attention of mourners at the funeral, would wait until everyone had bowed their heads in prayer and then, he would start his Toyota and pull away slowly. Obviously, the diesel bakkie did what it does best - make sweet noise.

    Everyone, including the pastor, opened their eyes and smiled in admiration. One mourner even remarked that the best things in life are money, education and a Toyota 2.4 Diesel with a Gobabis number plate.

    In the north for instance, everyone there are business people. Just stop any person on the streets of Oshakati or Outapi and ask him what he does for a living and you will hear: “I am a businessman, bra yandje.”

    If you ask what business they are into, they will cut the conversation short, give you the look and attempt to sell cheap perfume to you. Seriously, I never understand why they would run to you with these obviously cheap products and try to sell them for an arm and a leg to you.

    These dudes are properly dressed in the latest fashion, yet they want you to believe that they are struggling business people.

    If I could acquire such designer items, I too would become a 'businessman' in the north.

    I am told brothers in the north run into the bank to demand a loan for the latest Corolla, if he sees a friend of his driving the latest model car.

    Once the first friend realises that he has been 'overtaken' by his friend, who now rolls in a Corolla, he will up the game to a BMW.

    This will go on, until they both become proud owners of a Mercedes-Benz ML Class. Mind you, ladies too have their own unique ways of showing-off. If they buy a new watch, every conversation will start with “I think it is almost time to…” This is done simply to have an excuse to look at the watch.

    Or if it is a new necklace, you will always hear them saying “Og, that guy made me so angry I felt like strangling him…” at which point, they will mimic strangling by touching their neck.

    The last platform where the sisters create a 'whole new world' - as in the Aladdin theme song - is definitely on Facebook. Eish, women would posted stuff like, “Sipping on expensive wine and watching the sunset…”, while we know darn well the nearest thing to a wine you have tasted is Castello!

    They would also pose in front of the one or the other house in Pionierspark and then write “At home, bored”, while we know the specific house belongs to a white man.

    Until then…

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Company News
  • Company NewsCompany News Kenya Airways in US$59m loss

    Kenya Airways reported on Wednesday nine-month pretax loss of 5.97 billion shillings (US$59.03 million) and an after tax loss of 6.1 billion shillings, hurt by a prolonged election period in the country and rising fuel prices. Nine-month operating profit stood at 1.3 billion shillings, acting chief financial officer Hellen Mwariri said.

    Kenya spent most of 2017 conducting elections, which in addition to effects of drought, hit economic growth.


    Facebook apologises for data mistakes

    Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologised on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.

    The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters that were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016.


    Best Buy cuts ties with Huawei

    Best Buy Co Inc, the largest US consumer electronics retailer, will cut ties with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person familiar with the matter said, amid heightened scrutiny on Chinese tech firms in the United States.

    Best Buy will stop selling Huawei’s devices over the next few weeks, according to the person with knowledge of the matter, a setback for the Chinese telecommunications giant as it looks to expand in the US market.


    Telkom raises R1b in bond sale

    Telkom raised R1billion in its first debt issue of the year as South Africa’s biggest landline provider looks to invest in its network and take on rivals including MTN and Vodacom.

    After a five-year hiatus, Telkom started selling debt again in 2017 and has raised R4.3billion from nine bonds in 12 months. The Pretoria-based company has significantly increased capital expenditure in recent years to focus on its mobile-phone business, which reported a maiden profit in 2016 as landline use declines.

    Telkom has sold bonds to diversify its funding sources and reduce the cost of borrowing, a spokesman said Tuesday. The company is almost 40%owned by the South African government.


    Uber, Careem licences suspended in Egypt

    An Egyptian court ordered on Tuesday the suspension of licences for ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem after taxi drivers filed a lawsuit seeking to shutdown operations of the two firms in Egypt, judicial sources said. The case was taken up in April last year, said Khalid al-Jamal, a lawyer acting for the taxi drivers who filed the case.

    The case against the two companies argued that the ride-hailing services were illegally using private cars as taxis.

    Tuesday’s decision was effective immediately, meaning the companies must suspend services pending a final ruling, but it can be appealed within 60 days, the judicial sources said.


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    No date set for Hosea Kutako auditNo date set for Hosea Kutako auditICAO has not made a formal communication The Namibia Airports Company reassured travellers that there is no reason to expect a security audit within the next 90 days as there has been no notification from authorities as yet. The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has allayed fears of a possible status downgrade of Hosea Kutako International Airport, saying that it has not received a mandatory three-month notice for an audit at the airport yet.

    According to the NAC, no date for an International Civil Aviation Organisation security audit has been confirmed yet.

    The company stressed that it is customary that an airport due to undergo an audit must receive a mandatory 90 days' notice prior to the commencement of an audit.

    “To date no such formal correspondence has been received and therefore there is no reason to believe an audit is due in 90 days' time and that the airport will therefore be downgraded.”

    The NAC said an audit might take place during the fourth quarter of this year at the earliest, or early next year. “In conformity with international best practices, the NAC endeavours to provide the best facilities we can under extremely trying circumstances as experienced by all operators at Hosea Kutako due to the congestion-related challenges. We report on all safety- and security-related compliance issues to the regulator as stipulated in law.”

    The NAC added that it was in the final planning stages of remedial works to address issues of congestion, safety and security at the airport. It said information on the progress would be shared in the coming weeks.

    The NAC statement follows media reports at the end of February which stated that the company had three months to upgrade facilities at Hosea Kutako to avert a downgrade of the airport.

    The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) at that stage painted a bleak picture of the possible impacts of such a downgrade for the country, saying that major airlines would pull out of Namibia.

    The PDM said the impact on the local economy would be huge and would result in job losses as transport companies shut down.

    According to the PDM a downgrade would also harm the country's reputation internationally.


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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Kambonde denies nepotism
  • Kambonde denies nepotismKambonde denies nepotism Oniipa Town Council mayor Immanuel Kambonde has dismissed claims by the community that he is employing family members in key positions and is therefore guilty of nepotism.

    The town council has three people in key positions with the surname Kambonde, excluding the mayor, which has irked community members.

    Kambonde set the record straight, saying as mayor he has no power to appoint council employees, apart from the CEO. He said further he has no relatives employed at the council.

    “I am being victimised by the community of Oniipa that I am only putting my family members in key positions in the town council. It must be clear that as the town mayor I do not have any appointing authority for the council employees and I do not even sit in the interviews meetings. My power ends at the appointment of the town CEO,” Kambonde said.

    The two council features a David Kambonde, who is a councillor and a member of the management committee, as well as finance manager Victoria Kambonde and technical services, planning and environment officer Wyclif Kambonde.

    “I do not know all these people and they are not my family members. It is just a coincidence that the town employs Kambondes, including me, who are not related,” he said.

    Kambonde also confirmed that newly appointed junior councillor Joseph Amutenya is his “God child”, who he is taking care of, but he does not know how he was appointed in his new role.

    “I do not know the criteria that were used to appoint these junior councillors. Only to my surprise did I see that Amutenya is also a junior councillor,” he said.

    Kambonde is the first mayor of Oniipa since it was declared a town in 2015. The town is currently faced with the challenge of people building illegally on municipal land.


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    10 Important career lessons 10 Important career lessons Teachings to help you find yourself If you want to achieve success, you will have to make big sacrifices. I find that many people fervently heed this advice and make sacrifices on a permanent basis and then learn too late that there’s more to life than just chasing after success.

    Yes, you must make sacrifices but it should be for the short term. You should be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

    1. Don't stay in a job you hate. You spend half of your life at work. Life is too short to put up with a job you hate or a boss who treats you poorly. Many people convince themselves that they can stay in a job that makes them unhappy because they need the income or because they don’t believe they can find another job. But the truth is spending too much of it in a bad situation will make you miserable and it can affect your health. If you’re in this situation, try taking small steps to where you want to be. You deserve so much better!

    2. Take care of yourself - Sacrificing your health for success or wealth isn’t worth it. I had a close friend who worked non-stop. He was always “plugged in” and wouldn’t even take vacation. He was diagnosed with cancer, took retirement and died shortly thereafter. Sadly though, he never got to enjoy any of his retirement earnings. Our bodies are not machines. You can’t keep going 24/7. The lights won’t always be green. If you don’t slow down, eventually, you will come to a red light and have to make a complete stop.

    3) Take time to listen. Listening is a great time and money saver. It can solve a host of problems, bring creativity, give insights and not to mention show people that you care. Listening is crucial to gaining a complete understanding of situations. Without this full understanding, one can easily waste everyone’s time by solving the wrong problem or merely addressing a symptom, not the root cause. I would like to challenge you to make a concerted effort to listen more than you speak and just see the benefits.

    4. Rejection and Failure will strengthen you. Failure is not the end. Few things in life are certain but failure is. Although it leaves a sour taste, failures are the pillars for success. You gain experiences you could not get any other way. Additionally, rejection is unavoidable in a creative life. Learning how to deal with rejection early on, will keep you from plummeting into a place of immobilizing despair. Rejection hurts but don't dwell on it. If you focus on positive thinking, even the harshest defeat is only a stepping-stone.

    5. Don’t let money or your job title define you. Most people define success around money or fame. They get their self-worth from these things. This gives money way too much power over your life. We must realize these things could be lost in an instant. Maybe it's time for you to re-define success. Enter the race you are designed to run. Focus on a higher purpose and you’ll bring out the best in yourself and others. Only by using your gifts and talents in the service of others can you live a life that brings lasting fulfilment.

    6. Surround yourself with people who will motivate you and push you to grow. Teamwork and networking is key. Part of your success is dependent on the people you surround yourself with. Social networks matter. I am not saying you should only surround yourself with sycophants but those with positive voices who will see the greatness in you, believe with you and encourage you to take action. Many of us have stifled our dreams because of doubtful and negative colleagues and friends.

    7. Spend more time away from the office and more time with your family. Work is a never-ending process and life is not only about work, office, and clients. Sometimes in our efforts to provide for our families, we miss a key point: precious time with them.The interests of a client is important but so is your family. No one wishes on their death bed they spent more time in the office or more time checking email. Disconnect regularly and experience real life with those that matter most to you.

    8. Worrying doesn’t solve anything. It just magnifies fear and creates anxiety. The antidote to fear is action. Don't let fear hold you back. You won’t achieve your goals if you’re afraid to pursue an idea, or are worried what others will think of you. If you push through the worry and the fear you’ll almost always find that you were worried about nothing. Have faith.

    9. Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Personal development is continuous. Learn everything about the field you are in and also related fields. Become the expert others look to for advice. With the rate at which technologies are changing, if you decide that you are done learning, you will be left behind. By continuously learning you will be able to keep on top of things, make better decisions and remain "relevant" in this digital era. Try as well to diversify your skill-set so you can have income from more than one sources.

    10. Happiness is in the present moment. Many people say. "I'll be happy when I achieve..." Happiness seems to be somewhere in the distant future where you will find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. None of us knows how long we have on this earth so you can choose to be happy now. The truth is the rat race is never ending. It sucks you in and has its grip fixed so tightly that you forget to enjoy the journey and those around you. Life is full of moving targets. The bar is constantly being set higher and higher. No matter what your situation, if you can approach it with an attitude of happiness, you are already successful.

    I could go on for hours as this is a subject dear to me. I've heard of employees passing away because of stress at work or working 100+ hours a week. Money should not be the only determinant factor when choosing a job. Work life balance is very important. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. There are three aspects to our lives - Personal, Spiritual and Professional. A fine balance needs to be maintained between the three elements to lead a satisfied and contented life. Sadly, most often it is the professional that occupies the driving seat. Life is too short to live with regrets. It's time to stop enduring life and start living it.

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    For youth in Tunisia mining region, it's 'mine or die'For youth in Tunisia mining region, it's 'mine or die'Phosphate only means of survival Metlaoui is rich in phosphate, a highly sought after ore used to make fertiliser of which Tunisia is the world's fourth largest producer. For us, the solution is either emigration, death or prison. - Ali Ben Msalah, Unemployed youth Caroline Nelly Perrot – Dozens of unemployed youths camp out around phosphate mines in central Tunisia, demanding jobs as part of a wave of protests aimed at focusing attention on alleged state neglect.

    The surge in anger is the latest in the North African nation's mining region, where one of the country's highest unemployment rates and a stark lack of infrastructure have fuelled regular unrest.

    The most recent confrontations broke out at the end of January, with demonstrators frustrated over hiring practices blocking work for six weeks.

    Among the grey dunes of phosphate at the Kef Eddour quarry near the town of Metlaoui, 10 women and about 50 young men – sons and grandsons of miners – eat and sleep in a few prefabricated cabins.

    "The phosphate company is the only thing here, we have no development, no jobs," said Ali Ben Msalah, 25, who has been unemployed since finishing high school.

    "For us, the solution is either emigration, death or prison."

    Next to him, Souad Smadah, 60, the daughter and wife of miners, nods as she warms couscous and tea over a fire for the young protesters.

    She is angry that none of her five sons have managed to find work at the phosphate mines, accusing businessmen and trade unions of prioritising their relatives when hiring.

    Smadah's eldest earns 300 dinars (US$125) a month in a bakery, almost three-times less than a starting salary at the mine.

    Decades of corruption

    Metlaoui is rich in phosphate, a highly sought after ore used to make fertiliser of which Tunisia is the world's fourth largest producer.

    Boasting a swimming pool, cinema and tennis courts, it was once nicknamed "Little Paris".

    Today, however, the town's jobless youth loiter along cratered roads, their teeth yellowed from polluted water.

    The Gafsa Phosphate Company (CPG), a state monopoly, has long been the main source of jobs and income for the region.

    Decades of corrupt or absent authorities sparked mass protests around the mines in 2008 that were brutally repressed by dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

    His fall in a 2011 uprising which sparked the Arab Spring upheavals sparked hope of change.

    But there has been no sign of improvement and a combination of lack of investment, skilled workers and unrest has even seen output nosedive.

    "Since the revolution, we can no longer produce the desired tonnage," said CPG's general secretary, Ali Khmili.

    The company, which used to produce up to 8 million tonnes a year, barely extracted 4.2 million last year.


    The most recent disruption to the mine's work began in January after the series of demonstrations and riots, fuelled by price and tax increases and persistent unemployment, broke out in the region and across Tunisia.

    Adding to the tensions are looming municipal elections scheduled for May, with legislative and presidential elections set for 2019.

    In Gafsa, the heightening of political tensions has complicated negotiations with the protesters, paralysing production earlier this year.

    The halt in work was "essentially linked to a lack of trust" between residents and the government, according to Rabeh Ahmadi, an activist with the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), an NGO specialising in social issues.

    The government eventually demanded legal action and suspended some 1 700 hires in progress in an attempt to quell the unrest.


    Mining slowly resumed this month and ministers were dispatched to the region last week. But residents unhappy with solutions proposed by the government have continued to disrupt production.

    They say it is the only way to force those in power to pay attention to them, as phosphate is crucial to reaching the government's target of three percent growth.

    CPG, which is running at a deficit largely because of recurring unrest, has not contributed to the state budget since 2011.

    And some at the company warn that by targeting the phosphate output the demonstrators could end up just hurting their region even more.

    "The protesters' claims are legitimate, there is a total absence of the state in this area," said Rafiq Smida, an CPG engineer and advocate for the phosphate industry.

    "But if work there is blocked, 32 000 jobs are at risk."– Nampa/AFP

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Meagre slaughtering in NCAs
  • Meagre slaughtering in NCAsMeagre slaughtering in NCAsFarmers not getting out of the starting blocks One percent of the total cattle slaughtered in 2017 for the formal market came from the NCA. Only 854 cattle were slaughtered north of the red line last year, which is the total Northern Communal Areas' (NCA) contribution to the formal market.

    There are estimated to be 1.6 million cattle in the NCA.

    According to the Meat Board of Namibia, out of the total of 83 790 cattle that were slaughtered last year, 854 were slaughtered at the Meatco mobile abattoir in the NCAs.

    The Meatco mobile abattoir is currently the only formal market available for producers in the NCA as the Oshakati and Katima abattoirs are not yet operational.

    The bill of quantities has been completed and renovations recently started on both abattoirs.

    According to the Meat Board, the mobile and Katima and Oshakati abattoirs will improve competiveness.

    The Meat Board says the cattle sector, and specifically weaner production, experienced a positive year in terms of the prices offered to producers.

    Throughput to the export abattoirs however decreased in 2017.

    A 29.8% increase in the total number of cattle marketed was observed, from 295 217 in 2016 to 420 646 in 2017.

    “This was driven by the sharp increase in the live exportation of weaners to South Africa, of 47% year-on-year,” the Meat Board said.

    However, the reduced stock numbers due to droughts experienced in previous years resulted in decreased slaughtering numbers at both export and smaller local abattoirs.

    “The Namibian export abattoirs however experienced a decline in throughput. This can be contributed to many reasons, including the declining national herd size and unpredictable pricing. The shortage in supply had a positive impact on specifically the lower grade (B2) beef price.

    There is a notable increase of slaughtering at local abattoirs which creates a competitive environment for domestic slaughtering,” the Meat Board said.

    Of the total number of cattle marketed, 65% were live exports, 17% were sent to export abattoirs and 18% to local abattoirs.

    Although the local abattoirs only registered 23 455 cattle, a total of 87 730 hides were purchased from these abattoirs. An undeclared difference of 64 275 cattle was observed.

    Furthermore, the Meat Board says Namibian weaner prices followed an upward trend between January and December last year, moving on average from 16.96/kg in January to 34.18/kg in December 2017.

    Weaner prices increased by 33.58% year-on-year.

    “The same trend is expected during the next quarter, given the predicted trends in the demand for these animals at the feedlots in South Africa,” the Meat Board said.

    Decreased throughput at export abattoirs supports the gradual increase in the lower grade (B2) beef producer price. The annual average price increased from N$30.11/kg in 2016 to N$35.98/kg in 2017, between January and December.


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    Skewed resettlement irks /Ui/o/ooSkewed resettlement irks /Ui/o/oo The collective resettlement of marginalised communities on Government procured farms has angered the deputy minister of marginalised communities, Royal /Ui/o/oo.

    The deputy minister aired his frustration on Tuesday at Farm Ondera near Tsumeb, where about 500 San families are resettled.

    /Ui/o/oo, who was asked to introduce vice-president Nangolo Mbumba who was on a familiarisation visit, instead used the opportunity to vent about the group resettlement, as opposed to being resettled as individuals.

    “Yes of course, there is a concept of saying it's a group farm. But why is it always the marginalised groups who are being grouped? It makes things difficult for them,” he said.

    /Ui/o/oo said he would brief Mbumba about the matter in Windhoek.

    “Resettlement is also a big challenge, that is why we have a challenge, including with these communities [San],” he said.

    He also said the communities resettled by the State on ten commercial farms need written documentation of land ownership.

    “Once you are given something, you must at least have a paper to show that this is yours,” he said.

    Approached for comment, Mbumba said one must look at the “principle issue” of their resettlement.

    “This community did not have any land. They were staying at a checkpoint [Oshivelo]. They were provided with land. This land is theirs as a community,” he said.

    He said if they want to divide it into sections, the next step is to discuss the matter and find a solution.

    With the second national conference on land slated for this year, Mbumba urged the various stakeholders to prepare for the conference. “Nobody should say they did not prepare their own documentation because there was no date. The land conference will take place this year, so let us organise ourselves,” he said.

    Mbumba also urged people to attend the conference to solve problems and “not to fight other people”. He said he hopes President Hage Geingob or the cabinet will soon set a date for the highly anticipated conference.


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  • 03/22/18--15:00: One giant leap to success
  • One giant leap to successOne giant leap to successDiscover yourself in the corporate world Leveraging her skills and experience to do what she loves to do in her spare time. Octavia Tsibes

    Catherine Shipushu, founder of Azania Communications that was established a few years ago.

    Azania Communications is an integrated marketing communications boutique agency specialising in branding, design, strategic communication and events management. “I recently introduced a brand coaching service specifically to work with individuals who would like to strategically position themselves in order to attract the right opportunities, advance their careers or grow their businesses,” Shipushu.

    “I prefer to work with small business owners and individuals and help them to build strong, reliable brands that stand out for the right reasons. I believe that what sets Azania Communications apart is our proven expertise in public relations, brand management, media relations and event management, as well being driven by achieving measurable results for our clients,” she says.

    Shipushu was born in Oshakati and grew up in Ongwediva. She did her schooling at Hashiyana Combined School and then matriculated from Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School.

    After high school, she left for South Africa to pursue her studies at Pretoria Technikon that is now known as Tshwane University of Technology where she attained a national diploma in public management.

    “I also hold an honours degree in journalism and communication technology from Namibia University of Science Technology (NUST) and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Regenesys Business School,” Shipushu said.

    Last year, she obtained a certificate in brand management from the University of Cape Town to expand her skills in that area.

    Shipushu is generally a positive and optimistic person because she believes that she is responsible for the energy she brings to any situation.

    About her journey

    “I am an experienced branding and communications strategist with close to 20 years of experience across television broadcasting, public relations and marketing under my belt,” she says.

    Shipushu’s first job, she was a production assistant at NBC where she worked her way up the corporate ladder. She left NBC after 10 years of service to pursue a different career path in corporate communication and public relations.

    “This led me to work for amazing organisations such as the MVA Fund and Namibia Qualifications Authority and I feel honoured to have contributed to building these strong, respected brands,” she adds.

    At her full time job, she works as a marketing and communications manager that she enjoys, because she gets the opportunity to engage with people. Shipushu is also an aspiring entrepreneur and is currently working on her business which is centred on many of her passions including brand management and strategic communications.

    “Although my business is currently a side ‘hustle’, my vision is to run it on a full time basis in the near future,” Catherine Shipushu says.

    Primarily this business was mainly about leveraging her skills and experience to do what she loves to do in her spare time. Along the way she realised that there is a need for what she knows that is why she decided to be bold enough to monetize her knowledge.

    “I believe that my divine purpose is to help people recognize the greatness within them and use their God-given talents to achieve success and live their best lives. At the end of my life, I would like to look back and be content knowing that through my work and being of service to others, I have made a meaningful contribution to humanity,” she says.

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    Corruption - A social disease (Part 134): Board Members of Public Enterprises and perceptions about corrupt relationshipsCorruption - A social disease (Part 134): Board Members of Public Enterprises and perceptions about corrupt relationships Johan Coetzee - Boards of Public Enterprises (PEs) consist partially of senior public officials that represent governments’ interests on such boards.

    The two examples in this article focus on the Small and Medium Enterprises Bank (SME Bank) of Namibia that has been liquidated and is under curatorship.

    Frans Kapofi, the current Minister of Home Affairs (previously the Minister of Presidential Affairs) served as chairperson of the SME Bank from 2012 to 2015. He obtained a loan that has been flagged as underperforming (The Namibian).

    The SME Bank’s previous and last chairperson of the board before liquidation, George Simataa, the Secretary to Cabinet, applied for a loan for chicken farming (The Namibian). Simataa applied for this loan while he was chairperson of the board.

    Both Kapofi and Simataa are appointed by and accountable to the highest political and public office holder, the President. The President indicated as reported in several newspapers during 2017, that the decisions and actions of these two public office bearers were not responsible for the unaccountable underperformance and the liquidation of the SME Bank.


    If chairpersons are not accountable, who are then accountable? Other board members? The managers? The staff? The government as one of the main shareholders?

    Do the two chairpersons’ accountability in terms of their appointments as chairpersons by the President to whom they are also political accountable (because they double up as Presidential appointees as Minister of Presidential Affairs and as Secretary to Cabinet respectively) supersede all other accountability? Such relationships are examples of conflict of interest and corrupt relationships (Coetzee).

    Conflict of interest can most probably not be proven without doubt in these two cases and allegations could be completely unfair and be considered as defamation. These two examples are not necessarily corruption, until proven.

    However, in terms of the fiduciary powers of board members as directors (Companies Act), and by implication also morally (public values), the following questions can be posed: Did the two chairpersons declare their interests when they applied for their loans? Even if they declared their interests, did their positions as chairmen of the board had any influence on their applications?

    Due to their powerful political positions, as well as chairmen of the board, it is possible that their positional power could have influenced their applications, even if they themselves did not exercised influence peddling and/or conflict of interest.


    From the two examples, it can be deduced that board members of PEs (as public and private entities funded by taxpayers) are accountable to their shareholders (the public as represented by the government of the day and private individuals and companies) and their stakeholders (the public of Namibia) for the activities of PEs and public perceptions about their leadership. Even if such perceptions are unfair and without substance, leaders remain accountable to the public for clearing such perceptions.

    Leaders should lead in such a way that their actions are beyond reasonable doubt. If negative perceptions are created about leaders, even unproven, taxpayers and the public at large loose trust in such leaders. Such leaders are not respected.

    Leaders that are not respected, are leaders without credibility and influence and they cannot inspire people in dire economic circumstances. What is the cost of leaders that are disrespected, discredited and uninspired? Billions of Namibian dollars, because people tend to justify their behaviour based on the perceptions about corrupt relationships of leaders.

    The purpose of using the examples in this article is not to tarnish the character of the people mentioned, but to illustrate the negative perceptions attached to possible conflict of interests, even if such people are completely innocent. If negative perceptions are not cleared beyond doubt by leaders, such perceptions are strengthened.

    One outcome of such reinforcement of perceptions is corruption by the public. Over time public perceptions become tolerant of corruption, justifying it as normal and acceptable.


    Coetzee, J.J. 2012. Systemic corruption and corrective change management strategies: A study of the co-producers of systemic corruption and its negative impact on socio-economic development. Unpublished PhD dissertation. Stellenbosch: University of Stellenbosch.

    Immanuel, S. 2017. "Bank bosses, politicians got shady loans." Article in The Namibian, 19 May, Windhoek.

    Republic of Namibia. 2008. Companies Act, Act 28 of 2004, Government Gazette, Windhoek.

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    Ready-to-eat meat market blowReady-to-eat meat market blowCustomers stay away Those who sell ready-to-eat meat say customers are refusing to buy their products following a deadly listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, and now in Namibia. “It is really a big blow to the business. People are now staying away from all the processed products and business is affected” - John Hayes, owner of Readi Bites Meat Market. NDAMA NAKASHOLE

    It is a weekday morning, but it’s not business as usual. Just like those who work in formal markets, those in the informal sector are getting ready for the workday. Food vendors prepare their wares; some have already set up their stands and wait for customers. It all seems normal.

    One of those trading at Monte Cristo centre in Windhoek’s Katutura suburb is Olivia Namundo. A single mother, Namundo sells one of the most popular take-aways in Namibia: russians and chips. According to the 2016 Labour Force Survey (LFS) report by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) released last year, 48.4% of the 164 000 vulnerable employees are own-account workers. Namundo is one of them.

    Business has been “fair” according to her. Despite stiff competition as she sits next to six others selling the same wares, she says profits, although small, have been flowing in.

    Despite the economic slowdown, which has led to job losses and consumers tightening their belts, Namundo said she would still sell chips and russians every day, maybe just a bit less.

    That was until the recent news of a listeriosis outbreak, which is caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, in neighbouring South Africa (SA).

    The SA health department said about two weeks ago that the bacterial contamination had been traced to an Enterprise Foods meat processing plant. The announcement prompted a recall of Enterprise polony, viennas, russians and other meat products in South Africa as well as Namibia.

    Despite immediate directives by the government for shops to remove these products from their shelves, a man at Tsumeb last week became Namibia’s first confirmed case of listeriosis. The illness has killed 180 people and infected over 1 000 in SA, according to local and international media.

    Fear of the illness has made people wary of all ready-to-eat meats.

    “Look at those russians in there. I warmed them yesterday morning already and they are still there as I did not sell a single russian,” Namundo said while peeling potatoes. The chips were made fresh that morning, she said.

    “Things have been tough lately. But I always sold the few russians I would prepare,” she said, adding that she had reduced the quantity of sausages she prepared every day when the “struggle for customers began last year”.

    According to her, none of her children and those under her guardianship has a job. Some are studying at tertiary institutions and need taxi money every day. If her customers stay away, “it is just hunger” for her family.

    Listeriosis free

    On 14 March, Windhoek Schlachterei announced that its machinery and products had been tested and declared free of listeria.

    Other local producers of ready-to-eat meat products such as Meatco and Readi Bites also said their products were safe.

    The owner of Readi Bites, John Hayes, emphasised that all their products were produced locally. They were tested at a private laboratory and found to be listeria free.

    “Even our suppliers sent confirmations of no presence of that bacterium,” he said, adding that on Monday, they had a meeting with municipal health inspectors who also took some samples.

    Business Unusual

    Hayes told Market Watch that following the listeriosis outbreak in SA in January, customers continued buying as usual. That all changed last week, when the first case of listeriosis was reported in Namibia. Last Tuesday, health minister Bernard Haufiku announced in parliament that a 41-year-old man had been diagnosed with listeriosis after eating a russian bought at a Tsumeb butchery.

    “It is really a big blow to the business. People are now staying away from all the processed products and business is affected,” Hayes said.

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    Another successful Shake-a-Can for Buy-a-BrickAnother successful Shake-a-Can for Buy-a-Brick As part of its national Buy-a-Brick Day on 16 March, Standard Bank Namibia employees mobilised themselves to raise awareness and increase funding through the Buy-a-Brick Shake-a-Can initiative at various intersections throughout the country between 06:00 and 08:00. Buy-a-Brick is a Standard Bank Namibia corporate social investment initiative in partnership with the Shack Dwellers’ Federation of Namibia, which aims to deal with the housing problem amongst no- and low-income households by mobilising individuals and corporates to contribute towards this initiative so that houses can be built for these people. “Ever since the Buy-a-Brick initiative was launched in 2015, Standard Bank has handed over N$1.4 million to build over 40 new houses in the town of Rehoboth for the members of the Shack Dwellers Federation. Additionally, another N$2 million was raised to build new houses in the towns of Otjinene, Berseba and some informal settlements of Windhoek,” said Standard Bank Namibia’s chief executive Vetumbuavi Mungunda. The public can to donate to Buy-a-Brick by downloading the newly launched PayPulse App or make their deposit at any Standard Bank Namibia branch countrywide. Photo Contributed

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Robbers escape with N$200K
  • Robbers escape with N$200KRobbers escape with N$200K Four armed robbery suspects who broke into the home of a 55-year-old woman in the Omusati Region earlier this week, got away with N$200 000 in cash, but had to flee the scene on foot after their two getaway cars got stuck in the mud.

    According to Omusati police spokesperson, Sergeant Anna Kunga, the incident happened on Tuesday at Embumba village in the Oshikuku constituency at around 22:00, when the four suspects broke into Rauha Haiduwa's home.

    Kunga said the suspects gained entry by cutting through one of the window burglar bars and then shot thrice into the victim's bedroom door.

    She said one of the bullets struck the victim, who sustained injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

    Kunga could not confirm whether the victim was still in the hospital at the time of going to print.

    “They then took items worth N$216 530 of which N$200 000 is cash money, which was in a safe,” Kunga said. She added the suspects had also taken a flat screen television, which was recovered in one of the two Toyota Corollas which they abandoned.

    She said there had been no arrests, but the police were hot on their trail.

    Kunga called on the public to come forward with information that could assist them in tracking down and arresting the perpetrators.


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    Single currency dream dismissedSingle currency dream dismissedUnrealistic expectations, analysts say Experts have poured cold water on the South African president's suggestion that a 'single, digital' currency for the African continent is the logical next step. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa's idea of a single currency for all 54 African countries has been met with cynicism by experts who believe that the suggestion was not well thought through.

    This past weekend, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the African Union extraordinary summit in Kigali, where 44 countries signed a deal to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ramaphosa said a single African currency was the natural next step.

    “We will begin to interface with the idea and notion of a single currency, possibly even a digital currency, and it's possible that a digital currency will precede a real single currency because it is easier than having a proper full currency,” Ramaphosa told the Mail and Guardian.

    Ramaphosa agreed that it might take many years before his idea could become reality.

    “It may take time, it may take years, but it's interesting that something that we never spoke about in the past, we are now talking about. Because people always had a sense of sovereignty around their own currency, feeling that their currency is about their sovereignty, their nationhood, but people are now thinking beyond the borders of their own nation.”

    Commentators say Ramaphosa's suggestion would not be easy to implement and cited the difficulty around a single monetary area like the Eurozone. “The only reasonable response is, 'Cyril, are you sure you are well?' Yesterday [last week Sunday] Nigeria would not even sign a continental African free trade area agreement and you want to talk about a single currency?,” asked University of Namibia professor Roman Grynberg. According to Grynberg, there were lessons to be drawn from Botswana's reluctance to belong to the Common Monetary Area which includes South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. “Ask the British and Norwegians what they think of the euro. And if that seems too far to go to get a lesson on why monetary union is so difficult, then just ask Botswana why they left the Rand Monetary Area and created the pula,” said Grynberg.

    He urged patience and said economic integration would not be easy to achieve right away.

    “Please be patient and leave some African integration work for your grandchildren,” said Grynberg.

    IJG head of research Eric van Zyl said vast economic differences and the political instability experienced in some African countries would prove to be a notable challenge for policymakers. “It would pose significant challenges to implement. The differences in economic and political stability between countries, not to mention creditworthiness, would likely make implementation more challenging than setting up the euro was,” said Van Zyl.

    The African Union first mooted the idea of a single currency for Africa as far back as 2009.

    Economic affairs commissioner at the African Union (AU) Maxwell Mkwezalamba previously told Reuters that the African currency would be implemented no later than 2021.

    “The date is not yet established but it will not be later than 2021... we may bring it down to 2018,” Mkwezalamba said. He said free movement of goods and services and the creation of an African Central Bank to be based in Abuja, Nigeria, all needed to be in place first.

    “We need to harmonise our fiscal and monetary policies and then have an intermediate step towards having an African central bank which is going to issue the common currency,” he said.


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    I was fired by thieves - SwartbooiI was fired by thieves - Swartbooi Former deputy land reform minister Bernadus Swartbooi, who is now the leader of the Landless People's Movement (LPM), has told South Africans he was fired because he urged his then Swapo colleagues to stop stealing and return land to the dispossessed.

    He also urged South Africans and Namibians to regroup for the sake of their children, while adding they can no longer trust the leaders they thought would lead the transformation of their countries.

    He called these leaders “traitors”.

    Swartbooi was speaking at a land expropriation without compensation rally in Johannesburg on Wednesday, as South Africans celebrated Human Rights Day and Namibia had its eyes fixed on an Independence Day commemoration in Tsumeb.

    He said southern Africa is characterised by stealing and the failure of governments and their leaders to do what they were elected to do.

    He told the South African crowd the struggles they are waging in is precisely the struggles Namibians are battling with.

    Swartbooi shared the Beyers Naudé Square spotlight with Zwelinzima Vavi, who is the general secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).

    “Those traitors we can no longer trust, we can no longer treat them as human, because while you are celebrating Human Rights Day we recognise the many wrongs that was done by these governments that we have elected ourselves,” he said.

    Swartbooi told the audience that the fact that he was fired from his job as deputy minister was a blessing.

    “[I] was in politics in the ruling party and appointed as governor, your equivalent of premier, and I said 'stop stealing; stop stealing in the evening, stop stealing in the toilet, stop stealing in parliament, stop stealing in government offices and they did not listen.

    Caucus with Khoisan

    “Then [I] was elected into parliament and became deputy minister of land reform, and here [I] said return the land to the people that were dispossessed and they did not listen, because the parliamentarians and politicians from the ruling party have become the major beneficiaries of land reform in Namibia, as is the case in South Africa… and then eventually... I was eventually fired.”

    The South African parliament recently adopted the motion seeking to change the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation.

    Swartbooi was also due to caucus with leaders of the Khoisan Movement in South Africa.

    This comes at a time when ancestral land claims in both Namibia and South Africa are taking centre stage, and as the Khoisan battle for their first nation status in the neighbouring country. Swartbooi, was fired as deputy land reform minister following a heated public spat with his senior at the lands ministry, Utoni Nujoma, and was subsequently removed as an MP before resigning from Swapo, when he failed to apologise as was demanded by President Hage Geingob.


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    The time for disabled women in NamibiaThe time for disabled women in Namibia Take your rightful position These were the words of Mr Elia Shapwe, Acting Secretary General of the National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NDPDN), at first Day of the Disabled Woman which was hosted at the NFPDN on 14 March.

    Women with disabilities ranging from Deaf, visually impaired to physical disabilities attend the event to address the problems they face and share encouraging and motivating stories and performances.

    Ms Hileni Uulumbu, Councilor from the City of Windhoek, said that it is important for the women with disabilities to have a woman's day separate to the official International Day of Women, which is held on 8 March every year, so that the focus can fall on them and the unique challenges they face.

    Deaf women are victimized by criminals because sigh language make reporting all the details very difficult while albinos are regularly called derogatory names. According to Miriam Sam (NADAWO) women with disabilities are commonly mistreated.

    The Time is Now! Is the theme for 2018 and it calls for disabled women to take their life into their own hands and make a difference to their own lives while setting an example for other.

    Some of the highlights of the performances were the “singing” of the National Anthem in sign language and a touching sign language poem by Lirogengeni Kakumo.

    The WB Supermarket Group sponsored the event through their WB We Care Trust. Frieda Kandjii, Senior Operational Manager at the group, said that organizations, such as NFPDN, are welcome to apply for grants from the WB We Care Trust, because the group aims to assist positively in all.

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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Tragedy on Independence Day
  • Tragedy on Independence DayTragedy on Independence Day The police are investigating an apparent road-rage incident in the early hours of Independence Day in which a man shot dead a 22-year-old student and wounded two others travelling in a taxi.

    The police confirmed that Nayman Amakali (22) died on arrival at Katutura State Hospital after he was shot at the four-way stop on Hans Dietrich Genscher Street in Khomasdal at 01:45 on Wednesday morning.

    Two other passengers, a 24-year-old and a 25-year-old man, one of whom was a relative of Amakali's, were wounded.

    A case of murder and attempted murder is being investigated. No arrests had been made by yesterday afternoon.

    Amakali was a student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), where he was pursuing a bachelor's degree in science health information system management.

    The police said the taxi in which Amakali and his friends were travelling was stopped by a man driving a black Volkswagen Polo.

    The man allegedly accused the taxi driver of reckless driving.

    An argument erupted and the suspect drew a firearm and began shooting at the taxi. He allegedly fired at least 11 shots before fleeing the scene.

    The student representative council of Nust extended their condolences to the family and friends of Amakali.


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    Blacklisted farmers petition AgribankBlacklisted farmers petition AgribankUnable to repay their loans About 100 defaulters have demanded that Agribank extend their repayment periods to 33 years. A group of disgruntled loan holders have marched to Agribank's headquarters, as well as the finance ministry offices, to demand that their repayment periods be extended to a maximum of 33 years, without undue delay.

    The farmers marched from Katutura to the Agribank premises, where they also demanded to be removed from ITC blacklisting.

    The farmers have on previous occasions complained they have been blacklisted following the bank's decision to rope in debt collectors to collect outstanding loan arrears that have been heaping up over the years.

    About 100 farmers joined the march on Tuesday, as they handed over their petition in which they said they are still haunted by the horrific dispossession of their land during German colonialism and racist South African rule.

    In their petition, the group said they are disappointed and disillusioned by the summary removal of both the government guarantee and subsidy to affirmative action loan scheme (AALS) farmers by the finance minister about ten years ago.

    “We are further disheartened by the total lack of support for the AALS and the involved black Namibian farmers by the government, in a manner that clearly discriminates against this scheme and those participating in it, when compared to the resettlement programme and its beneficiaries,” the petition read.

    The petition also pointed out that the farmers find themselves in a “near impossible state” to meet their debt service requirements, due to the combination of the high contributions required from them at the point of purchase, the high prices of land, the high interest rates charged on land and perpetual drought.

    “We therefore hereby wish to categorically reiterate our considered position borne out of our collective experience regarding the efficacy of the AALS as an intervention measure by government on this vexed issue of land reform and redistribution,” the petition said further.

    The farmers called on finance minister Calle Schlettwein to immediately reinstate the guarantee and subsidy for AALS farmers.

    Agribank communications and marketing manager, Rino Muranda, said the bank is studying the petition and that the board will discuss it and pronounce itself before a response is issued within the stipulated time of 14 days.

    “In the meantime, our stance remains the same; individual farmers have to visit our offices and make individual repayment agreements that will be based on their respective circumstances.

    “The bank is and has always been willing to meet with the clients on a one-on-one basis, just like we did when they came to apply for these loans,” he said.

    Deputy finance minister Natangwe Ithete received the petition on behalf of Schlettwein.

    He told petitioners the ministry will deal with the issue within the confines of the country's laws.


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    The Personality Traits That Will Get You HiredThe Personality Traits That Will Get You Hired What should you work on?

    When you are applying for a job, professional success and industry experience are only part of what your interviewer wants to see. Here is a list of skills you should work on.

    Employers want to know that you are qualified for a position, but they also want to see that you will fit in with the company culture. The only way to assess this is to get a sense of your personality.

    Hiring experts and business leaders weighed in on the personality traits that can make the difference between a strong candidate and a new employee.

    1. A multitasker

    Employees are rarely hired to perform a single function. Especially in a small business setting, companies need people who are willing to come out of their roles and do whatever is necessary, said Ron Selewach, founder and CEO of talent acquisition software company Human Resource Management Center Inc.

    "A small business needs people who can not only tolerate chaos, but thrive in it," he said.

    2. A strategist

    Career psychologist Eileen Sharaga said that every business needs a strategic thinker. Hiring managers want someone who can identify long-term goals. It’s critical to demonstrate that you have not only a vision for the future, but also a plan to get there, she said.

    3. A decider

    People who can use their own judgment and take decisive action are valuable to any company, Selewach said. Business leaders can't be involved in every minor decision, so they look for a candidate who is not afraid to pull the trigger. The ability to act and take responsibility for the outcome is essential for anyone hoping to move into a management or leadership position.

    4. A cautious person

    Beth Gilfeather, CEO and founder of Sevenstep Recruiting, noted that a more cautious employee acts as a counterbalance to risk-takers. "They are risk-averse, but sometimes, you need people to provide stability and fairness, and keep your business from taking on too much," she said.

    5. An independent thinker

    Some employees go along with everything the boss says, without question. These people may be good for an ego boost, but ultimately, leaders need team members who will challenge the status quo if it's better for the business.

    "I want people who will … not be afraid to stand up for what they think is the right thing for the company," said Meg Sheetz, former president and COO of weight loss program Medifast. "I also look for people who understand that they will not necessarily agree with every decision that the company may make, but ... they have to find a way to support their teams in a unified approach."

    6. A team player

    Most jobs require some kind of collaboration, whether with a team of other employees, a group of clients or occasional outside contractors. The ability to work pleasantly and effectively with others is a key part of nearly any job.

    "Employers value candidates who are flexible enough to get along well with a variety of personalities and work styles," said Peppercorn. "Examples of accomplishments working on a team should be part of every job-hunter's interview repertoire."

    7. A cultural fit

    Individual employers may value different traits, but they all look for the elusive cultural fit. Every company's culture is slightly different, and each is founded on different core values. What matters most to employers is that the person they hire embodies those values in their everyday lives.

    "Our culture is founded upon a work-hard, play-hard, humble, self-reflective and collaborative environment," said Max Yoder, CEO of online training software company Lessonly. "Different roles obviously call for different specifics, but all of us share those core motivations."

    How to highlight your personality

    Personality traits are difficult to demonstrate on a resume, so it's essential to highlight them during the interview. Sheetz noted that strategic storytelling can get your personality across to a hiring manager.

    "Sharing stories that demonstrate how you performed during an experience is extremely important to help get across your personality traits," she said. "[Discuss] how you handled yourself in a crisis, or how you showed up as a leader during a positive or negative time."

    Haefner agreed, adding that simply stating you're a team player, for instance, isn't enough for most hiring managers. Instead, provide a concrete instance of when you worked on a team to accomplish a goal, she said.

    Yoder said the best way to express your personality is to simply be yourself. "If you're a great fit, it will be apparent. If you're not, it will also be apparent. The most important thing to remember when walking into an interview is that it is completely two-sided – you're interviewing us as much as we are interviewing you."

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    The job of safeguarding an image and reputationThe job of safeguarding an image and reputationEstablishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships Lydia Atuhe Shifa, chief public relations officer of Khomas Regional Council sat down with Careers and shed some light on this interesting, yet very challenging occupation. Tunohole Mungoba

    “The main function of a public relations officer is to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between an organisation and its various stakeholders,” says Lydia Atuhe Shifa, chief public relations officer of Khomas Regional Council.

    “My typical day at work starts with analysing media coverage to find out if my organisation is featured anywhere. I also check the online tracking system to see if my organisation is mentioned in online conversations,” she explains. “This is done in order to respond proactively to any possible negative publicity and make sure that correct information is provided to the masses.”

    Her other duties include liaising with, and provide prompt responses to enquiries from the media, individuals and other organizations, writing and editing in-house newsletters, press releases, speeches and annual reports, preparing and supervising the production of publicity materials, including brochures and handouts and organizing corporate events such as press conferences, exhibitions as well as national days.

    After studying journalism and communications at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), where she specialised in public relations, Shifa worked in radio for over five years, before joining the NBC’s public relations department, where she kick started my career and passion for public relations

    Shifa says that being in the public relations’ field was not her initial dream job as she originally wanted to be a radio presenter. “I grew up listening and mimicking Muala Muchila and Rejoice Itembu, my two favourite presenters on National Broadcasting Chanel (NBC) National Radio and I wanted to be just like them,” she recalls.

    “I did my research on the field of studies I need to take to become a radio presenter and basically that is how my journalism journey started,” says Shifa. “However, when I finally got into radio, I realised that no one really cares whether one has a qualification or not in that field,” she explains. This discouraged Shifa from pursuing her radio dream and that is how she ended up in public relations. “This was as an alternative field, which surprisingly turned out to be my true passion,” she adds.

    Shifa says the excellent communication skills is key for someone to excel in public relations. “This is required when writing and producing presentations, press releases and when speaking publicly at interviews, press conferences and presentations,” she says.

    “The person must also have excellent interpersonal skills because they will be dealing with people from different walks of life who are part of the various stakeholder groups of the organisation.”

    Shifa adds that someone interested in this department must have the ability to cope with pressure that comes along with the occupation. “This is because PR is fast paced and unpredictable with endless deadlines,” Shifa says. “A crisis can happen anytime and negative publicity can pop up any minute, so one needs to have a backbone to deal with such unplanned occurrences.”

    Shifa also tells Careers creativity, imagination and initiative are essential character traits in her field of work because “creativity is a prerequisite in designing promotional materials, layout of magazines and newsletters, updating the website and planning corporate events.”

    Her highlights that come along with her job include the great opportunities to meet and network with different people including celebrities, diplomats, politicians and community leaders. “With every amazing job, there come lowlights such sometimes you work long hours and under pressure, especially when there is a crisis.”

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    Haufiku puts in 12-hour shiftHaufiku puts in 12-hour shift The spirit of service was celebrated in true style when health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku worked a 12-hour shift at the Katutura State Hospital's casualty ward on Independence Day.

    Although Haufiku refused to be photographed during his shift, he told Namibian Sun he felt this was the best way in which he could honour Namibia's fallen heroes and heroines.

    Haufiku, who relieved a doctor in the casualty ward, said there had been a lot of complaints about the hospital's operations.

    “I think 60% of cases reported here are not really emergencies, but minor cases that can still be seen at a clinic the next day. The other thing is sick leave; I already picked up about 50% of the cases are people who want to be booked off on sick leave,” he said.

    According to him this is a bad habit and especially young people are abusing the system. He urged hospital staff to be firm when dealing with this issue.

    Haufiku also said the Katutura Health Centre, which is expected to open its doors in April, will alleviate the burden at the casualty ward.

    “The health centre will open 24 hours a day, if I am not mistaken. We were waiting for the new cycle of the budget to be able to pay the staff overnight.

    If you work at night you are basically working overtime; you are not working the stipulated hours of the Labour Act. This will help to further decongest the situation at Katutura,” he said.

    The minister is adamant his random reporting for duty at hospitals and clinics countrywide is not a publicity stunt, but rather goes a long way in informing effective policies.

    Haufiku has on numerous occasions rolled up his own sleeves to join other doctors and medical specialists during medical outreaches and has become a regular face in state hospitals.

    “I do this anytime; I can even go to Keetmanshoop or Katima Mulilo hospital anytime. I think I have entirely the right to do it anytime, but not to be a casualty doctor. I do what I do, but I mostly pick up a lot of first-hand experiences. We make better policies and better coded behaviours,” he said.

    One of the things he picked up is that there is no air conditioner in the doctor's room and the chairs are falling apart.

    “Our doctors are also human beings,” he said.


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  • 03/22/18--15:00: Power fears grow
  • Power fears growPower fears growNew supply solution urged after Xaris canning The cancellation of the Xaris project tender has sparked fears that Namibia may not be able to meet its electricity demand once a deal with South Africa's Eskom runs out. Arandis Power managing director Ezio Vernetti has urged NamPower to re-engage with his company as the “reserve bidder”, following the unceremonious canning of the N$5 billion Xaris project, which would have delivered a 250 megawatt stop-gap power solution for the country.

    Vernetti said there was a very real risk that Namibia would not be able to meet its electricity supply needs, once NamPower/Eskom agreement runs out in two years' time.

    NamPower currently imports 60% of the country's electricity supply annually and spends at least N$2.6 billion to foot the bill.

    An African Development Bank assessment revealed that power demand in Namibia is projected to grow at close to 9.5% per year between 2015 and 2020.

    Recently appointed energy minister Tom Alweendo confirmed earlier this month that the NamPower board had informed him of its termination of the multibillion-dollar Xaris tender for the construction of a power station at Walvis Bay.

    The tender had been extensively reported on, given Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba's ties to the company.

    The Xaris proposal attracted negative criticism, including that of favouritism and concerns that the electricity generated would be costly for customers.

    Vernetti said he hoped that in the aftermath of the Xaris saga, NamPower would now stand by its word, and talk to them.

    “We are hoping that NamPower will refer back to us. We do not want a blank cheque, we would merely like to propose a solution. They undertook to refer back to us.

    “That would be the right thing to do for them to re-engage with us. We should not be denied the opportunity to talk… stand by your word and let us talk,” Vernetti said.

    When asked what the cancellation of the tender would mean for NamPower, Vernetti said there was a risk Namibia would not be able to meet its energy needs should the NamPower/Eskom contract runs out in two years' time.

    According to him, it would be beneficial if NamPower would consider building a long-term base load power project to secure Namibia's energy self-sufficiency.

    “What NamPower needs is a long-term project… not a stop-gap project,” said Vernetti.

    Arandis Power is hoping NamPower will kick-start a process where it will invite bids following the cancellation of the Xaris power project.

    Arandis Power was one of the companies vying for the lucrative tender and lost out to Xaris Energy, which was selected to construct what was deemed at the time as a stop-gap project by NamPower.

    Speaking to Namibian Sun this week, Vernetti said he was hopeful NamPower would commit to its written undertaking for the construction of the 120 megawatt (MW) project.

    “We do trust that NamPower will stand by its written undertaking to re-engage with us in a power purchasing agreement negotiation for our original 120MW proposal that was put 'temporarily' on hold pending the conclusion of the controversial 250MW tender,” said Vernetti.

    His firm said it would also not compel NamPower to re-advertise the project.

    “Arandis Power has no intention to compel NamPower to re-advertise the tender for the 120/250MW power project,” Vernetti said.

    A court process had established that Xaris Energy had offered a power plant outside the required tender specifications, according to Vernetti.

    NamPower said it will not re-advertise the tender.

    “Please be informed that the request for proposal (RFP) for the joint development of a 230-250MW power project, (for) which (the) RFP was issued in 2014, was cancelled on 1 February 2018. NamPower is however not at liberty to provide reasons for the cancellation,” said the power utility's managing director, Simson Haulofu.

    A damning 2016 report compiled by New Energy Consulting and Thunder Energy Solutions, which were tasked by the mines ministry and the Electricity Control Board, poked holes in the Xaris project.

    It even questioned the manner in which NamPower came to the conclusion that Xaris Energy was the preferred bidder.

    The report also questioned Xaris' technical and financial bid, and said the bid had failed to comply with the tender requirements, when compared to the submission of Arandis Power.

    The aim of the study was to look at whether the Xaris project could be a fast-track solution that could be implemented by July this year to address the country's short-term electricity supply problems, and also to serve as a medium to long-term back-up to Kudu.

    The study was supposed to determine whether Xaris would be able to meet the tender objectives within the stated period, and whether Xaris is the best alternative in terms of costs, risks, security of supply and ultimately end-user tariff impact.

    Interestingly, Arandis Power was not included in the report analysis. Arandis Power was awarded the 'reserve bidder' status for the 250MW tender.

    “Xaris is a relatively expensive option,” read the report, which pointed out that the various alternatives were evaluated deliver power at significantly lower cost and risk than the Xaris project.

    The report concluded the Xaris project would cost N$7.6 billion by completion.


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    Nam doesn’t agree to giant trade blocNam doesn’t agree to giant trade blocAfrican Continental Free Trade Area Namibia is yet to explain why it didn’t join 44 other African countries in signing the CFTA agreement. What is at stake is the dignity and well-being of Africa's farmers, workers and entrepreneurs. - Michael Kottoh, Analyst: Confidential Strategies Namibia, together with ten other countries including Nigeria and South Africa, didn’t sign the AU agreement in Kigali to form a US$3 trillion continental free-trade zone encompassing 1.2 billion people.

    A total of 44 African leaders agreed on Wednesday to sign the agreement. The African Union started talks in 2015 to establish a 55-nation bloc that would be the biggest in the world by member states, in a bid to increase intra-regional trade, which sits at a measly 15 percent of Africa's total commerce.

    By the time of going to press, questions sent to the Namibian delegation in Rwanda by Market Watch were still unanswered.

    Rwandan president Paul Kagame, host of an AU summit called to conclude the initial negotiations, declared the meeting a success after 44 African nations signed up to establish the free trade bloc within 18 months.

    It was not immediately clear why Nigeria stayed on the sidelines, but South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa said he would sign once necessary legal processes were done.

    "President Ramaphosa has undertaken that South Africa will become a signatory to the agreement once the legal and other instruments associated with [the trade bloc] are processed and ratified by South African stakeholders and parliament," the presidency said in a statement.

    Others staying out of the bloc were Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Burundi, Eritrea, Benin, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau.

    "It would have been great if the two biggest economies on the continent, Nigeria and South Africa, had signed, but the most important is that the rest of the continent is sending a right message to these two biggest economies that we are moving ahead without you," said Michael Kottoh, an analyst at Confidential Strategies in Ghana.

    The project needed a minimum of 22 countries signing up to get off the ground and Kagame hailed the effort so far.

    "What is at stake is the dignity and well-being of Africa's farmers, workers and entrepreneurs," he said.

    AU trade commissioner Albert Muchanga also put a positive spin on the absence of the top two African economies, telling Reuters they would soon join in.

    "They are still doing national level consultations and so when they finish they will be able to come on board," he said.

    Trade zones

    Economists point to Africa's low level of intra-regional trade as one of the reasons for the continent's enduring poverty and lack of a strong manufacturing base.

    It is blamed on a host of factors, from colonialism, to high internal tariffs to poor road and rail links to excessive border bureaucracy and petty corruption at frontier checkpoints.

    The relatively small size of many African markets – only Nigeria and Ethiopia have populations estimated at 100 million people or more - also inhibit private sector investment.

    Africa already has an alphabet soup of competing and overlapping trade zones - ECOWAS in the west, EAC in the east, SADC in the south and COMESA in the east and south – although only the EAC, driven mainly by Kenya, has made significant progress towards a common market in goods and services.


    Analysts said governments needed to do more to ensure goods and people flowed freely across borders.

    "If they just sign the agreement without opening the borders, without getting rid of non-tariff barriers and if they don't work on free movement of people, it is not going to work," analyst Kottoh said.

    Even the six-nation EAC has its sticking points – Tanzania has been known to kick out Kenyan executives and impound Kenyan imports at the border, in violation of EAC rules.

    Businessmen said the current set-up forced them to look outside the continent, particularly Asia for manufactured goods.

    "It is easy and cheaper to buy in Asia than to buy in the sub-region because of less-flexible rules of origin and non-tariff barriers that are not clear," said Meriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, head of the Moroccan Confederation of Businesses.

    Sudden changes in rules and impromptu checks on goods also held up supply chains.

    "Some countries all of a sudden decide they are going to do a quality check on goods but they don't really know what they want to check. That slows the trade," said Thomas Schafer, CEO of Volkswagen Africa.

    "We are not able to bring a vehicle from South Africa into Zimbabwe in a cost-efficient and fast way. That needs to change."– Own report and Nampa/Reuters

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    Construction, fishing bleed jobsConstruction, fishing bleed jobs Jo-Maré Duddy – Nearly 17 000 people – mostly in construction and fishing –lost their jobs in 2016/17 because of retrenchments and non-renewal of contracts.

    These figures only reflect the 877 employers who submitted affirmative action reports to the Employment Equity Commission (EEC) during the year under review.

    In total, the services of 60 093 employees were terminated – 28% or 16 846 because of retrenchments and non-renewal of contracts. Of the 14 291 employees’ whose contracts weren’t renewed, nearly 69% were men. Nearly 81% of workers who were retrenched, were also men.

    In the construction sector, 3 411 contracts were not renewed, while 913 jobs were lost due to retrenchments. Fishing did not renew 2 872 contracts and retrenched 171 workers.

    Wholesale and retail was also affected by the economic downturn. Here 165 workers were retrenched and 1 540 contracts didn’t get renewed. In the services sector, 1 297 contracts weren’t renewed and 430 people were retrenched.

    A third of all employment termination in 2016/17 was due to resignations. About 14% or 8 467 workers lost their jobs because of misconduct.

    According to the EEC’s latest annual report, which was tabled in parliament recently, 67 922 people were recruited in 2016/17. Of these, nearly 72% were permanent appointments. Most of these – 34% and 27% - were semi- and unskilled workers.

    The EEC report covers a total of 263 720 employees. Comparing the latest figures with those in previous reports is difficult, as 15% more affirmative action reports were submitted to the EEC in 2016/17 than the previous year.