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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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  • 11/05/19--14:00: Shadow of death
  • Shadow of deathShadow of death Man kills three family members, mutilates one Two children, aged nine and seven, had to run to a neighbour's house yesterday morning to escape death after their uncle went berserk and hacked their grandmother, uncle, cousin and several animals to death with a panga.

    The tragedy happened in the early hours at Epatululo village near Onhuno in the Ohangwena Region.

    The 26-year-old man was arrested but his name cannot be published because he had not appeared before court yet.

    He allegedly murdered his mother, Vilgenia Teofelus (61), his brother Simon Petrus (30), who was trying to rescue his mother, and his one-year-old niece Ndapandula Ndahalaovanhu Hafeni.

    Another child, two-year-old Gift Rejoice Petrus, was grievously wounded when the suspect chopped off her left leg and two fingers of her left hand.

    Not even the family's pets and livestock were spared. The man allegedly killed a dog and eight goats with the same panga before following the two surviving children to the neighbour's house.

    The police say charges of murder, attempted murder and cruelty to animals are being investigated against the man.

    The police reported that the three deceased had been hit on the head several times with a panga.

    The body of the suspect's mother and brother were found lying on the ground within the homestead, while the two children were found in a bedroom.

    “The motive behind the crime is not yet established but according his sister Olivia Petrus, the suspect told them that since Sunday he had been seeing lots of people surrounding their house.

    He had been fighting these invisible people with the panga. The suspected murder weapon was found hidden at Okelemba village,” the police reported.

    According to the police the seriously injured two-year-old girl was taken to the Engela district hospital, from where she was rushed to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

    The other two surviving children are currently in the care of a social worker.

    According to their neighbour, Losalia Ndakalako, she woke up around 05:00 when the two children ran into her homestead screaming for help.

    “When I asked them they told me that their uncle had attacked people in the house with a panga. They told me that he just entered the room where they were sleeping with their grandmother and took a panga from underneath their grandmother's bed before ordering them to leave the house. When they left their grandmother was attempting to take the panga from the suspect,” Ndakalako said.

    “They left the house but the entrance was closed tightly so they had to climb over to escape. We took them into a room, but they were frightened and they could not stay on their own. I called the mother of these two children, who is in Windhoek, to call the police, but later we heard him [the suspect] come into our house looking for the two children. We locked ourselves into the room and he went away.”

    Ndakalako said they were too frightened to leave the house and waited about an hour for the police to arrive.

    According to the regional police commander, Commissioner Simeon Shindinge, officers responding to the call found the suspect walking in the road and arrested him.

    “When we got the news we rushed to the area and a team was deployed all over the village and we managed to catch the suspect before we got to the house where it all happened. We found the three bodies lying all over the house,” Shindinge said.

    “We learned that he had just come back home last week after spending some time away. We are suspecting that he abuses drugs and alcohol.”

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  • 11/05/19--14:00: Capture the consumer
  • Capture the consumerCapture the consumer‘Battlefield out there’ To survive the retail recession, businesses need to understand that they’re dealing with value-conscious, fickle, time-strapped and convenience-driven consumers. People are clever; consumers know what they’re doing. – Lynne Krog, Marketing & research specialist Jo-Maré Duddy – In 2013, 70% of consumers planned their shopping. Now, 90% of buyers search the information available to them to plan and decide where they’re going to spend their hard-earned dollar to buy products at a decent price.

    This finding of the Roots 2019 Consumer Behaviour Survey is as applicable in Namibia as it is in South Africa, where the research was done, Lynne Krog, seasoned marketing and research specialist, says.

    Speaking at a recent Business7 engagement, Food for Thought, Krog described the prevailing retail environment saying: “It’s a battlefield out there.”

    When times are bad, less people are buying. And those people who are buying, are buying less, Krog says.

    Daunting landscape

    In an economy in its third consecutive year of recession, retailers in Namibia know that only too well.

    The latest data by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) shows that by the end of June this year, wholesale and retail spent 11 consecutive quarters growing negatively.

    At constant prices, the sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) has dwindled from 14.1% in the second quarter of 2016 to 11.6% in the same quarter of 2019.

    Debt-ridden consumers are surviving on short-term loans, advances and credit cards, figures by the Bank of Namibia (BoN) indicate.

    At the end of September, consumers’ personal loans and credit card debt at local commercial banks totalled nearly N$7.7 billion – about N$1.4 billion or 23% more than a year ago. Overdrafts exceeded N$3.4 billion, an increase of N$337 million or 11% within 12 months.

    The latest statistics of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) show microlenders’ total loan book at the end of the first quarter of 2019 stood at nearly N$5.8 billion, an increase of about N$850 million or 17.3% compared to the same three months in 2018.

    Know your customer

    The battle-scared consumer have the following characteristics – characteristics which retailers have to know and capitalise on to survive and grow in this tough market, Krog says.

    “They’re more value conscious, so they’re looking for deals more. People are more fickle, so they’re going to be shopping across more retailers rather than just sticking to one. People are time-strapped and convenience driven.

    “All this makes for a much more difficult environment for you to do business in,” Krog says.

    It’s not just consumers at the bottom end of the market who are budget conscious and plan their shopping. The multi-million dollar research shows it is across the entire sample of LSMs - Living Standards Measures, a marketing and research tool used in South Africa and Namibia to classify standard of living and disposable income.

    According to Krog, 88% of consumers in LSM 5 and 6 plan their purchases. This figure moves up to 89% for LSM 7 and 8. At the top end of the spectrum – LSM 9 and 10 – 90% of consumers now have a shopping plan.


    Roots’ data show that people are buying less regularly than before. Those who buy clothes every two to three months or more often have dropped from 33% in 2013 to 25%. In comparison, those shopping for clothes every 4 to five months or every six to 12 months have increased from 51% in 2013 to 62%.

    In the durable goods market the trend is even worse, Krog says. These market are “thinner”, meaning not very many people are in the market at any given time. “These are the industries that are going to be hit the hardest,” she says.

    With more regular purchases, like coffee for instance, consumers will still buy, but they might cut their consumption. Maybe they’ll drink one cup of coffee per day instead of three, or start making it at home instead of getting take-out coffee, Krog explains.

    An interesting phenomenon is the “lipstick factor”.

    “When times are bad and you can’t afford a big holiday, you might treat yourself with smaller things like coffees coffees a day. Sometimes you actually see things like that picking up in bad times, but bigger, non-regular purchases tend to go down,” she says.

    “The good news is that even when times are bad, life still happens. Things go on as normal – you’re fridge still breaks … things are still happening, they’re just not happening at the rate they did previously,” Krog says.

    The trick is how retailers can tap into life that is still happening and get the sales that are still happening in order to grow.

    Loyalty myth

    “There’s this whole idea that you have loyal customers. They are loyal to you and they’re always going to shop at you.”

    No true, says Krog: “You share your customers with other retailers, evidence shows. Always, you’re sharing. People aren’t loyal to you; you’re literally sharing.”

    Her advice? Never rely on loyalty.

    Evidence shows that even the retail group with the biggest market share has customers who shop elsewhere. “They shop at retail outlets according to market share.”

    According to Krog, this is a very difficult trend to change. “It takes a lot of spend and a lot of hard work.”

    Increasingly more consumers have loyalty cards. Research shows this has increased from 52% in 2016 to 72% currently, Krog says. “Also: more people have more loyalty cards.”

    Retailers may think this is a good development as more consumers are “loyal” to their brand.

    “Actually no, this just means that there are a lot of clever shoppers out there because they use the loyalty cards to get discounts. And what happens is that people who tend to have loyalty cards, tend to be heavy buyers or tend to be people who are going to be coming to you anyway.

    “You’re giving discounts to people who are going to buy from you anyway. So your bottom-line is going to be affected by that.

    “People are clever; consumers know what they’re doing,” Krog cautions.

    Survival tips

    “Tough times have real implications,” Krog says.

    To win means more customers, slightly more often. “If there are less customers buying more often, that becomes even more difficult to do.”

    She warns against market segmentation.

    “You have to be incredibly careful not to segment your market. Taking very small group within your potential market and directing all your communications on them, means missing out on a whole lot of other people who are out there.

    “It is very dangerous. It’s like writing a suicide note,” according to Krog.

    Don’t focus on the “heavy buyers”, but less occasional buyers.

    “If you focus on less heavy buyers, heavy buyers take care of themselves. They’re in the market anyway. Consistency moves the dial,” Krog says.

    Penetration is the route to sustainable growth, research shows.

    This means “building mental availability or power of the mind”. It means “being thought of when there’s a buyer in the market” and getting your brand into people’s minds.

    Building physical availability doesn’t just imply bricks and mortar, but also pricing, she says.

    “If you out price yourself, you’re going to lose a big segment of the market. Also you don’t want to price yourself too low so that you can’t sustain your business.”

    A retailers brand is its best asset and one that it needs to “stick to as gold”.

    Eighty percent of consumers use retailers’ inserts in newspapers to see what’s on offer, Krog says.

    “If you’re not on the shelf, you’re not part of the planning. Over many years, people have developed the habit of knowing that this information is available to them in papers. When they make the decision to buy, they know that they can go there to find the place and price of where to buy.”

    According to Krog, an effective media choice drives brand growth. “Papers tick all the right boxes,” she says.

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  • 11/06/19--14:00: A night of vengeance
  • A night of vengeanceA night of vengeanceNakathila takes on Zim bogeyman Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila is set to face Peter Pambeni of Zimbabwe on 23 November, who has proven to be a most difficult customer for Namibian boxers over the years. Jeremiah Nakathila and his camps say they have assessed all the risks ahead of his battle with Peter Pambeni of Zimbabwe at the Windhoek Country Club Resort on 23 November.

    The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) global international lightweight champion has put his title on the line and risks slipping down the rankings against a boxer who has already beaten three Namibians in his career.

    Pambeni has a perfect record on Namibian soil, having beaten Junius Amunyela, Nakathila's trainer Siegfried 'SBK' Kaperu and Albinius 'Danny Boy' Felesianu over the years. Nakathila said yesterday he is not frightened of Pambeni and has a plan for him.

    “I am ready to punish Pambeni and avenge what he has done to my fellow countrymen.

    “I have been training very hard even, before this fight was announced, and that is why I am confident in what I can do on the day.

    “The fans must just come in their numbers to watch me end my year in style,” Nakathila said.

    The boxer's last fight was in April, when he outclassed Zoltan Kovacs of Hungary at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, winning via a technical knockout.

    Nakathila boasts a record of 19 fights, with 18 wins and one defeat in his professional career.

    Rated number three in the WBO junior lightweight division, Nakathila is facing a heavy test as he comes up against a boxer who has hordes of experience. The Namibian has a chance to move up the rankings if he emerges victorious on the night.

    A win for Nakathila can also make him a mandatory challenger for the world title.

    However, he could lose it all if he gets beaten by the WBO Africa lightweight champion, Pambeni.

    Nakathila's promoter Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias is, however, confident.

    “Yes, we know very well that this is not going to be an easy fight for Nakathila, because he is coming up against a boxer who has already beaten three Namibians.

    “The risk is there, but we do have to take risks if you want to become a world champion.

    “Nakathila is in a class of his own and that is why I am confident that he will deliver positive results on the day,” Tobias said.

    The Zimbabwean, who has already fought 23 times in his professional career, has a record of 17 wins, three loses and three draws.

    MTC corporate communications manager, John Ekongo, is pleased by the fact that the company has been able to support boxing over the years. Ekongo is adamant that MTC's involvement in boxing has helped elevate many lives.

    “We have become slaves of success, because of what we have been doing to the lives of many of these boxers.

    “As a sponsor, we are not always happy when we do not have a world champion.

    “We will, however, continue to create a platform for young men and women.

    “Corporate Namibia must join us and support the dreams of many of these young boxers,” Ekongo said.

    There will be nine undercard fights on the night.

    One of the interesting match-ups will be Harry Simon Jnr against Malawi's Limbani Chikapa in an eight-round junior welterweight fight.

    General tickets are available at Computicket and the Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy head office and are selling for N$200, while VIP tables for 10 are going for N$10 000 each.

    The other fights are as follows:

    Charles Shinima vs Thembani Mhlanga (Zimbabwe).

    Paulinus 'John John' Paulus vs Enok Musambudzi (Zimbabwe).

    Philipus Ngitumbwa vs Wiseman Tshuma (Zimbabwe).

    Paulus Amavila vs Michael Kambunga.

    Abed Shikongo vs David Haufiku.

    Philipus Shaanika vs Nashilongo Theofelus.

    Paulus Aileka vs Wanangula Wilhem.

    Joseph Abel vs Salatiel Moses.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 11/06/19--14:00: Dr Hage Geingob Cup fever
  • Dr Hage Geingob Cup feverDr Hage Geingob Cup feverBrave Warriors intensify preparations Benson Shilongo has joined the Brave Warriors, as there is a break in the Egyptian league. The Brave Warriors have upped their preparations for the sixth edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium against Zambia.

    Interim coach Bobby Samaria has announced a training squad of 24 players, who started training on Monday morning at the match venue.

    All the players called up, with the exception of Hendrik Somaeb, were present at the two training sessions.

    Speaking to Nampa at the training session, Samaria said he has opted to use locally-based players for the match against Zambia, before blending in foreign stars for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier matches scheduled for later this month.

    Benson Shilongo, who plays for Egyptian team Ismaily, has also joined the squad.

    “Zambia will also bring their African Nations Championship (Chan) team, as they have qualified for Cameroon 2020. It is important that we keep the team together, as it gives us an opportunity to see if we have the right quality for the tournament,” he said. He said the match against Zambia will also help improve the match fitness of locally-based players, who are currently inactive.

    Samaria said he added two new technical team members in goalkeeper coach Sparks Gotlieb and Donatha Ngunovandu.

    “We are playing the president's cup and his motto has always been about inclusivity. This is our way to emulate his noble call, hence the presence of Donatha and Sparks. In addition, they are capable Namibians, who I believe can add value to our cause,” he said.

    Samaria added that the technical team is only in place for the Dr Hage Geingob Cup.

    The players training for the Hage Geingob Cup match are as follows:

    Goalkeepers - Edward Maova, Ratanda Mbazuvara, Calvin Spiegel and Charles Uirab.

    Defenders - Vitapi Ngaruka, Emilio Martin, Ivan Kamberipa, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, Aprocius Petrus, Gregory Auchumeb, Larry Horaeb and Tjiuna Tja Tjatindi.

    Midfielders - Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Wendell Rudath, Obrey Amseb, Gustav lsaack, Llewelyn Stanley, Marcel Papama and Absalom Iimbondi.

    Strikers - Benson Shilongo, Elmo Kambindu, Panduleni Nekundi, Isaskar Gurirab and Mapenzi Muwanei.


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    Hakimi seals stunning Dortmund winHakimi seals stunning Dortmund win Borussia Dortmund roared back from two goals down at home against Inter Milan, as Achraf Hakimi netted twice to earn a thrilling 3-2 win in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    Dortmund looked out of it at 0-2 down at halftime, as Lautaro Martinez put Inter ahead after just five minutes, before Matias Vecino added a second just before the break at Signal Iduna Park.

    However right-back Hakimi orchestrated a remarkable recovery by finishing a move he started five minutes into the second half before Julian Brandt equalised.

    Morocco international Hakimi, who turned 21 on Monday, hit the winner for Dortmund with 13 minutes to go.

    “It feels really good,” Brandt told broadcaster DAZN.

    “We all knew how important the game was for us to win, but the (second-half) reaction was absolutely crazy.

    “I think that we are in the development phase and that not everything quite fits yet.

    “If everything was perfect, it would also be a bit boring,” he added with a grin.

    The result leaves Dortmund second in Group F, a point behind leaders Barcelona, who they face at the Camp Nou in three weeks.

    Inter are now third in the group, three points behind Dortmund, before their next game at Slavia Prague.

    After a 2-0 loss in Milan a fortnight ago, Dortmund had rebuilt confidence with back-to-back wins over Moenchengladbach and Wolfsburg but were dominated in the first half here.

    Martinez struck early on with a superb solo effort after mistakes by both Dortmund centre-backs.

    A long ball through the middle evaded Manuel Akanji with its bounce, leaving Mats Hummels isolated on the edge of the penalty area.

    Hummels lost the one-on-one and could only watch as Martinez drilled his shot past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.

    Martinez, who also scored against Dortmund in the reverse fixture, became the first Inter player to score in three consecutive Champions League appearances since Samuel Eto'o scored in four in a row in 2010.

    Dortmund captain Marco Reus failed a fitness test on a foot injury before kick-off and the Germany forward was missed as Mario Goetze missed two clear chances at the other end.

    Inter's second goal was a cracker as midfielder Vecino finished a brilliant team move.

    Marcelo Brozovic won the ball from Brandt and his pass found Martinez whose raking cross-field pass landed at the feet of Vecino, who beat the defence to double Inter's lead on 40 minutes.

    Dortmund came out firing for the second half and pulled a goal back when Hakimi managed to connect with Goetze's cross as the hosts attacked with regularity.

    Goetze then made way for Paco Alcacer, whose first touch of the ball was to flick it to Brandt from an Inter throw, the Germany winger sweeping home the equaliser on 64 minutes.

    Axel Witsel headed wide as Dortmund hunted the crucial third goal.

    It soon arrived as Hakimi completed the fightback on 77 minutes when he again used his pace to tuck home Jadon Sancho's pass and put Dortmund back on course for the knockout stages.


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    Omulumentu a dhipaga aakwanezimo ye nekatanaOmulumentu a dhipaga aakwanezimo ye nekatanaOmufekelwa a tulwa miipandeko Aanona yaali yoomvula omugoyi oshowo heyali oya tondokele kaandja mushiinda opo ya hupithe oomwenyo dhawo yo ya ka konge ekwatho konima sho hekulu a nkapa nekatana yinakulu, hegona oshowo omumwayinagona. Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa momukunda Epatululo popepi nOnhuno moshitopolwa shaHangwena.

    Omulumentu gwoomvula 26 okwa dhipaga yina, Vilgenia Teofelus, omumwayinamati gwoomvula 30, Simon Petrus ngoka a li ta kambadhala okugamena yina oshowo okatekulugona komvula yimwe, Ndapandula Ndahalaovanhu Hafeni, na okwe ehameke noonkondo okatekulugona koomvula mbali, Gift Rejoice Petrus nokudhipaga ombwa oshowo iikombo ihetatu omanga ina landulila aanona mboka yaali ya yi ontuku kaandja mushiinda.

    Omulumentu ngoka okwa tulilwa mo iipotha yedhipago oshowo onkambadhala yedhipago, oshowo elongelo lyiinamwenyo uuhwapindi.

    Olopota yopolisi oya holola kutya omulumentu ngoka okwa tete yina oshowo mumwayinamati nokatekulugona nekata momutse, ayehe oya sile pehala lyoshiningwwanima. Omufekelwa okwa ehameke noonkondo Petrus sho a teteko okugulu kwe kokolumoho showo oonyala mbali konyala yokolumoho. Okwa yi koshigunda shiikondo nokuteta iikombo iheyali omitse oshowo ombwa.

    Olutu lwayina oshowo mumwayimati oga adhika popepi negumbo omanga guunona mboka uwali ga adhika mondunda.

    “Shoka sha etitha edhipago ndyoka kashi shiwike ihe pahapu dhomumwayinakadhona, Olivia Petrus, omufekelwa okwe ya lombwele okuza mOsoondaha kutya oha mono aantu oyendji pegumbo lyawo na okwa kala nekataa aluhe aniwa lyokukondjitha aantu mboka kaayewetike. Ekatana ndyoka olya dhika lya holekwa momukunda Okelemba,” olopota yopolisi ya holola. Olopota yopolisi oya tsikile kutya Petrus okwa falwa koshipangelo kEngela ihe okwa tumimwa moshipangelo shaShakati meendelelo omanga uunona uuwali mboka wa hupu wa tulwa mesiloshisho lyomuhungimwenyo. Pahapu dhamushiinda, Losalia Ndakalako, okwa penduka ongula lwopotundi onti 05h00 omolwa aanona yaali mboka ye ya megumbo lye taya kugu taya kongo ekwatho. “Sho nde ya pula oya hokolola kutya hekulu okwa ponokela aantu nekatana maandjawo. Oya popi kutya okwa Ii mondunda moka mwali mwa lala yinakulu na okwa kutha ekatana kohi yombete ya yinakulu na okwa pula opo ya ze mo megumbo. Omanga inaya za mo yinakulu okwa li ta kambadhala okukutha ko ekatana komufekelwa,” Ndakalako a popi.

    “Sho ya yi pondje yegumbo oya adhiaka ontu ya mangwa na oya londo egumbo opo ya vule okufadhukapo. Otwe ya tula mondunda na oyali ya tila okukala mo oyo ayehe. Onda dhengele ongodhi yina yaanona mboka e li kOvenduka opo a dhengele opolisi ihe konima yethimbo omufekelwa okwe ya megumbo lyetu ta kongo aanona mboka ihe otwiipatele mondunda na okwa shuna.”

    Ndakalako okwa popi kutya oya li ya tila na inaya za mo mondunda, osha kutha opolisi uule wowili yimwe opo yi thike.

    Pahapu dhakomanda gwopolisi yaHangwena, Simeon Shindinge okwa popi kutya omanga opolisi yali tayi yi kehala ndyoka olya tsakanene nomufekelwa na oye mu tula miipandeko na oya yi na ye kehala lyoshiningwanima.

    Shindinge okwa popi kutya omufekelwa aniwa okwa li a ningi omasiku a za po pegumbo na opo owala a galuka na otaya fekele kutya oha longitha iingangamithi nomalovu.


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    Aailongi ya kondema ekateko miifuta yomailongoAailongi ya kondema ekateko miifuta yomailongo Olutu ndoka lu lilepo aailongi olya kondema ekateko miifuta yomailongo gaailongi okuza kepangelo okupitila moNSFAF.

    Omupeha presidende gwoNational Students Association (NASA), Paulus Vihemba okwa popi kutya omolwa ekateko ndyoka aailongi otaya mono iihuna unene mboka aakwanaluhepo taya thiminikwa konkalo opo ya thigepo omailongo gawo.

    Vihemba okwa popi kutya ekateko ndyoka otali tula muupyakadhi aailongi shoNamibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) ha gandja owala kaailongi mboka oshimaliwa pehuilo lyomvula.

    Vihemba okwa popi ngaka pethimbo lyomutumba gwiikundaneki ngoka a ningi moRundu.

    Okwa popi kutya aailongi yamwe otaya ende iinano iile okuya kooskola molwaashoka kaye na iifuta yootaxi omanga yamwe taya hiila momahala gaahena uundjolowele na kage li pankalo ombwaanawa opo ya vule okukala popepi nooskola.

    “Ngashiingeyi lombwelandje kutya omwiilongi otaka ninga shike noshimaliwa shooN$15 000 shoka ta pewa kehulilo lyomvula ngele kwa ndopa oshilongwa shimwe molwaashoka ina vula okuya koskola mokati komvula omolwa ompumbwe yiimaliwa yotaxi nenge ke na iikulya opo a vule okwiilonga.”

    Okwa popi kutya aailongi oya pumbwa okwiilongekidhila nawa omakonaakono gawo ihe shoka otashi kala oshidhigu molwaashoka oya taalela omapuyakadhi ogendji ngaashi ondjala na ohaya zi pomahala pwaaheli nawa.


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    Ten arrested for wildlife crimesTen arrested for wildlife crimes Ten suspects were recently arrested in connection with wildlife crimes and four new cases were registered.

    Statistics provided by the Intelligence and Investigation Unit in the environment ministry and the Protected Resources Unit in the safety and security ministry indicate that four wildlife products were seized.

    These included two elephant tusks, a giraffe skin and a pangolin skin. Police also seized one firearm and a vehicle.

    Johannes Petrus, Ngavepue Tijuana and Kavenamuruke Tjihange were arrested on 27 October at Werda for conspiring to hunt a rhino. They were charged with contravening the Nature Conservation Ordinance and with contravening the Arms and Ammunitions Act. One hunting rifle was confiscated.

    The following day another suspect, Tjizo Tjiposa, was arrested for the same crime at Werda. They are all Namibians.

    In another incident at Wanaheda, Immanuel David Angula was arrested on Monday last week for being in possession of a giraffe skin. He was charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act. An Angolan national, Muhenhe Tchimbanda, was arrested on Thursday last week at Outapi for being in possession of a pangolin skin. He was charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.

    Four suspects were arrested last Sunday at Rundu for being in possession of two elephant tusks and they were charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act. A vehicle was confiscated by the Blue Rhino Task Team and the Protected Resources Unit.

    Mukoya Katombera was found guilty by the Rundu Magistrate's Court for possession of a live pangolin and was sentenced to a fine of N$40 000 or three years in prison.

    Katombera was arrested on 9 September and charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act. He was found guilty on 24 October.


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    Women advised to avoid walking aloneWomen advised to avoid walking alone Police in Kavango East have expressed concern over the increase in the number of rape cases in the region, while urging women to protect themselves and avoid walking alone at night.

    Crime investigations coordinator for the region, Deputy Commissioner Bonifasius Kanyetu, said on Monday sexual offences are on the rise, with seven rape cases registered with the police in the region during October.

    “It is high time that people avoid moving around at night, because there are unfortunate ones who fall victim to criminals,” he advised.

    Kanyetu urged women and girls to always be in the company of other people they know, when walking at night. He said every weekend there is a rape case reported, with most cases emanating from drinking holes. In its weekend crime report on Monday, the police said a 28-year-old woman was raped near a nightclub at around 04:00 on Saturday, after a suspect snatched her phone and ran away.

    “She followed him to get her phone back, he grabbed her and forcefully undressed her, then had sexual intercourse with her without her consent,” the report said.

    No arrests were made and police investigations continue.

    In another incident, a 20-year-old woman was grabbed by two male suspects, who pulled her in the nearby bushes and raped her.

    The suspects are allegedly known to the victim, but no arrests have been made.

    Police investigations continue.


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    No policy on Chinese engagementsNo policy on Chinese engagementsRisk, rewards weighed up Namibia is yet to develop its own framework to guide its engagement with the rising superpower. Despite its growing political engagement, exponential increase in trade, and sizable public works contracts being awarded to Chinese companies, the Namibian government has not produced any clear policy outline or strategy regarding cooperation with China.

    This is the conclusion reached by researchers Dietrich Remmert and Rakkel Andreas of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in their briefing paper 'Risks and Rewards: Making Sense of Namibia-China Relations', which was launched last week.

    The researchers say while the Namibian government's engagement with China is “extensive, overtly friendly”, it can also be argued that it is “lacking in caution” and “critical reflection or strategy”.

    The researchers say what is woefully missing from this picture is clear and unambiguous data, and how this is related to the Namibian public.

    Investments in Africa, Namibia

    Concerns are growing over the debt status of developing nations and China's role.

    It is estimated that China currently holds debt from developing and emerging markets amounting to US$360 billion, compared to the US$246 billion held by the Paris Club, which are the 22 major international lenders, including the USA, Germany, and Japan.

    Yet, Africa's external debt is not held by China; 35% of the continent's public debt is owed to international institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

    Past annual trade statistics published by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) showed that Namibia imported more from China than what it exported. This changed in 2018, when Namibia recorded a trade surplus of just over N$10 billion with China.

    In 2018 China became the top export destination for Namibia, amounting to 18% of all its exports, outpacing Botswana and South Africa.

    The bulk of these exports consisted of copper that had been imported from Zambia, which means that much of the economic value, like mining jobs and tax revenue from mining activities, is located outside Namibia, the researchers state.

    Namibia exports mainly uranium oxide to China, and imports primarily manufactured goods like industrial and electrical machinery, iron or steel articles, motor vehicles and aircraft.

    Investment from China has mostly been in the extractive and construction sectors.

    Namibia-China debt issues

    The Namibian government has denied that it has borrowed unsustainably from China. In September 2018 finance minister Calle Schlettwein said Namibia's debt to China was about N$2 billion, or 2.6% of the total national debt.

    Inexplicably, however, Schlettwein in May 2019 said bilateral loans from China and Namibia amounted to N$1.19 billion, or around 1% of Namibia's total debt - a significant drop in less than a year.

    Furthermore, in March this year, the ministry said Namibia owed just over N$2 billion in Yuan, China's currency.

    Chinese SMEs in Namibia

    A visible growing trend is the increase of Chinese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Namibia, but the IPPR researchers say very little official data is available on these.

    The Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) said in August that about 1 176 businesses here were either owned by Chinese nationals or had Chinese shareholding. However, it is not clear what activities half of these – or 606 – are engaged in.

    The rest are said to be engaged in services, property and real estate, wholesale and retail, the latter including catering and accommodation services. Only a few are said to be in manufacturing, commerce and the construction industry.

    The IPPR researchers say it remains difficult to establish the economic and social impact of these Chinese shops, although earlier labour researchers concluded that the small shops had little benefit for Namibia's overall development.

    The Polytechnic of Namibia researchers in 2009 said Chinese investment did not necessarily result in negative consequences for local citizens or businesses, maintaining that stiff competition would force local companies to become more effective and productive.

    The Namibian government's position on this is clear: while local companies in the retail and construction sectors expect support and industry protection, government argues that it needs to attract foreign investment to grow the economy.


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    New strategies needed for livestock sectorNew strategies needed for livestock sector New strategies need to be formulated to address the shortcomings in the livestock farming sector and prepare it for the future.

    A competitive analysis of the meat industry in Namibia was done by the Meat Board of Namibia, specifically focusing on the meat export value chains versus the livestock export value chains.

    The study also compared Namibia with other major meat exporters such as Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

    The study was conducted by Optimal Agricultural Business Systems, a group of reputable independent agricultural economists.

    “Investigating the growth in the contribution of the agriculture and forestry and livestock farming sectors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 1981 to 2018, the agriculture and forestry sector grew by 2%, while the livestock sub-sector grew by 0.7%,” said the Meat Board.

    According to the Meat Board, year-on-year fluctuations in their contribution to the GDP since 1991 also became evident.

    “Various factors could be attributed to the fluctuations, such as periodic droughts, abattoir inefficiencies and export interventions.”

    The study modelled the financial benefits to be accrued to the agricultural GDP if local slaughter and finishing of livestock could be achieved, which indicated an increase of 100 000 marketable animals in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) and a 10% carcass price increase.

    Furthermore, it indicated improved carrying capacity (10% increase in production) for NCAs and areas south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence.

    A shift from weaner production towards ox production could increase the livestock sector's contribution to GDP by N$914 million, resulting in an increase of 23%.

    “It is thus of crucial importance that beef produced in the NCAs could be exported to financially viable markets and that the green scheme projects of AgricBusDev produce fodder for feedlot weaners in Namibia.”

    The Meat Board said it is therefore important that all stakeholders in the Namibian meat industry under the auspices of the agriculture ministry meet to address the shortcomings in the industry and formulate new strategies to position the meat industry five years ahead.

    “Such an exercise to restore fundamentals in economic growth (GDP) is not new and occurs on a regular basis in most meat -exporting nations.”

    Areas to focus on should be the export of beef from north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence, developing the correct policy mix to enhance local value addition without eroding the primary sector, and implementing a post-drought recovery strategy by not interfering with the market channel.


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    Namibia parks 'not sold to Chinese'Namibia parks 'not sold to Chinese'Audio recording sparks outrage The environment ministry says these allegations are pure fabrications and propaganda that aim to tarnish government's image. ELLANIE SMIT

    The environment ministry has refuted allegations that are circulating on social media that Namibia and its national parks have been “sold” to the Chinese.

    According to ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda the allegations were made by an unknown person in audio recording in Oshiwambo that is circulating on several media platforms.

    He said the recording also alleges that Chinese nationals are working in national parks in Namibia and that they are driving vehicles with government registration numbers.

    Muyunda said the allegations made in the audio recording are completely false and devoid of any credibility.

    “There are no Chinese nationals working in our national parks or game reserves, there are no ministerial/government vehicles being driven by Chinese nationals and our national parks have not been sold to the Chinese,” Muyunda said.

    He added that Namibia has 20 national parks and all are fully owned by the government and run by the ministry.

    He said all these allegations are pure fabrications and propaganda that aim to tarnish the image of the government.

    Muyunda said the vehicle in question, GRN 31298, belongs to the ministry and is based at the Halali station in the Etosha National Park.

    On 4 November the vehicle was driven to Tsumeb by a ranger working for the ministry on an officially sanctioned trip.

    “This vehicle was never driven by any other person on the day of 4 November.”

    Muyunda said the vehicle is part of a donation of 35 vehicles received from China, in support of the ministry’s conservation efforts.

    He stressed that the donation was reported in the media and was officially received in a transparent manner.

    “As per normal practices, the donating party may choose to display their logo on the donated items. In this case, the logo of China Aid and that of Namibia’s Parks and Wildlife are displayed on the doors of the donated vehicles.”

    According to Muyunda the ministry has also received branded equipment and vehicles from other organisations and even drought food relief bears the name of the donor.

    “There is nothing sinister about this arrangement.”

    Muyunda said the ministry therefore rejects the allegations made in the recording and denounces the irresponsible behaviour of the individual in spreading lies and rumours against a specific group of people.

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    Sentences slashed, convictions overturnedSentences slashed, convictions overturnedScales of justice balanced by High Court Review judgments by the High Court last month granted relief to at least seven people convicted and sentenced by magistrate's courts. At least seven people who pleaded guilty to crimes involving drugs, assault and theft recently had their convictions and sentences either tossed out or dramatically slashed for being too severe or based on faulty and unjust trials.

    In an appeal judgment issued recently, High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg set aside a conviction of possession of Mandrax and a four-year prison sentence imposed on Angela Marukus (31). Marukus, a single mother of three from Grootfontein's Blikkiesdorp, is now free after serving one year of her four-year sentence.

    Marukus had pleaded guilty, and represented herself, after she was found in possession of 35 Mandrax tablets valued at N$3 525 last year.

    In her appeal she pleaded for a lesser sentence on the grounds of being a first-time offender and the sole caregiver of her three children.

    Ultimately, her grounds of appeal were irrelevant when Liebenberg said a look at her case records gave rise to the question whether the magistrate had misdirected himself by convicting her on a “charge that was defective in that it did not disclose an offence.”

    Liebenberg said the charge did not refer to methaqualone, the active ingredient of Mandrax, as is required by law. He said the State had “relied on the wrong section when charging the appellant” and this resulted in her being “wrongly convicted and sentenced of the more serious offence of dealing in a potentially dangerous dependence-producing substance.”

    In a review of another case related to Mandrax, Liebenberg also dismissed the conviction and sentence.

    The case of Esnatoe Motinga, who had pleaded guilty to possession of the drug, was referred back to the magistrate's court with the instruction that Motinga should admit to the possession of methaqualone in particular. Liebenberg said although the accused gave an “elaborate” confession, he did not admit to being in possession of methaqualone.

    He said the conviction was not in “accordance with justice” and the accused was prejudiced during the proceedings.


    In another review case a man's four-year prison term was slashed by half, as the sentence was “too harsh” and “not in accordance with justice”, especially in the case of a first offender who confessed to the crime. Gift Sililo Ilukena (29) had pleaded guilty to the theft of an ox with an estimated value of N$5 000. In his conclusion High Court Judge Boas Usiku said punishment “should not only fit the crime committed but also the criminal” and should be “blended with a measure of mercy.” He concluded that Ilukena was “punished to the point of breaking him.” The judge also criticised the magistrate presiding over the case, who used “her own knowledge of cattle prices in the area as an aggravating factor.” Usiku upheld the conviction of theft, but substituted the four-year prison sentence with three years, of which one year was conditionally suspended for five years.


    A man who was sentenced to five years in prison after confessing to stealing N$18 350 from his employer also received a reprieve after his prison term was reduced to an effective two years. Oshakati Judge Herman January said the five-year term imposed on Abraham Christof Higoam was “startlingly inappropriate” and not in line with punishments for similar crimes. He referred to a previous case in which an offender was given a 36-month prison term for stealing N$20 000, and another who was given four years for theft of N$190 000 from an employer. January said although theft was a serious and prevalent crime, in this case the magistrate exercised his discretion unreasonably by imposing a maximum sentence on a first offender who had pleaded guilty to the charge. Naas Mbundu's 18-month prison term was reduced to a N$1 000 fine or 12 months behind bars, wholly suspended for three years. Mbundu had pleaded guilty to possession of 160 grams of cannabis, valued at N$450. High Court Judge Naomi Shivute said in her appeal judgment that the magistrate had been influenced by the seriousness of the offence and the prevalence of the crime in the district, “at the expense of the personal circumstances of the accused, thus resulting in a harsh sentence.” She emphasised that Mbundu was a first offender, that he had pleaded guilty and that the quantity of dagga was relatively small. Gelasius Mununga's sentence of a N$3 000 fine or 12 months' imprisonment for assault was also dismissed in October and any money Mununga had paid must be refunded. The decision to set aside Mununga's conviction was based on the unprocedural handling of the case, in which a magistrate altered a plea of not guilty to that of guilty after the State had led evidence. High Court Judge Shivute in this case noted that the magistrate upon enquiry had admitted “the procedure adopted was strange and that the accused was entitled to a verdict”. Shivute said the magistrate had also misdirected himself by finding that Mununga had admitted to all allegations, but that the court records showed otherwise.

    She said the proceedings in the case “were so irregular and serious” that they undermined the entire trial.

    Domingos Filipe, who was arrested at Noordoewer in July this year for illegal entry into Namibia, was given a reprieve in October after High Court judge Christie Liebenberg set aside his conviction and sentence.


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    Man kills wife in front of kids Man kills wife in front of kids NAMPA

    A man killed his wife with a pistol in the early hours of yesterday, before turning the gun on himself in front of their children aged four and 12.

    Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said the incident occurred at Olifu village in the Okankolo constituency of the Oshikoto Region.

    “It is alleged that the deceased, Eliakim Mathews, age unknown, shot and killed his wife, Ndineleo Haidula, aged 39, after an argument,” said Shikwambi.

    She said the deceased next of kin have been informed of the deaths and police investigations continue.

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    Easy borrowing for youth SMEsEasy borrowing for youth SMEs The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) will fund small and medium enterprises (SMEs) run by young people to the tune of N$108.5 million to help them grow their businesses.

    This has been announced by finance minister Calle Schlettwein.

    Under the initiative, which kicks off on 1 December, local entrepreneurs aged 35 and below can present their business ideas to the Development Bank for financing.

    The funding facility is hosted by the ministry of sport, youth and national service in collaboration with the DBN. “It aims to facilitate the establishment of 121 youth enterprises in all constituencies, in line with the aspirations of the youth enterprise development sub-pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” the minister said. The facility will, as a start, provide funding to at least one project from each of the 121 constituencies.

    The initial funding will total N$8.5 million, to be scaled up once bankable projects are identified and assessed, he said. Another project, the Credit Guarantee Scheme will be rolled out in collaboration with the Namibia Special Risks Insurance Association (NASRIA). “The scheme is of particular significance in addressing the binding constraint posed by the lack of collateral for qualifying SMEs. The facility will provide collateral cover for qualifying SMEs,” Schlettwein said. “It will commence at an initial size of N$100 million, for which N$2 million will be dedicated to the establishment of a database for SMEs. “The facility will target the youth, with a high proportion being accorded to the youth aged 35 years of age and below at the time of application, in line with the national definition of youth,” Schlettwein said.

    It would commence with N$30 million in funding, he said.

    Youth minister Erastus Utoni encouraged take-up of the schemes, saying it was a good opportunity.

    “The money is there, colleagues at the constituencies, make us of this opportunity,” Utoni said.

    He warned against wasteful spending of the grant money. “If you have been given the money, don't go and misuse that,” he said.


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  • 11/06/19--14:00: Our rape crisis
  • Our rape crisisOur rape crisis Today we carry some shocking revelations from rapists about why they forced their victims to have sex.

    Among these were being under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but also because they see women as “inferior”. These revelations are contained in a research thesis by a University of Namibia (Unam) masters student that included interviews with social workers as well as case management officers. It found that certain cultural practices, economic conditions, means of survival, power and masculinity, alcohol and drug abuse and family background influence rape. Between 1 100 and 1 200 rape cases reported each year. Glaringly, most rapes were committed by family members or acquaintances, with only about 12% by strangers. Just recently police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga underlined a woman's right to say no and urged Namibians to band together to end the epidemic of violence by mostly men against women and children in Namibia. He was speaking at the opening of the newly upgraded multi-disciplinary Gender-Based Violence Protection Unit (GBVPU), formerly the Women and Child Protection Unit, at the Katutura State Hospital. He emphasised that men are fuelling the high rates of abuse and violence in Namibia, often as a result of their failure to respect a woman's right to say no. Ndeitunga stressed that violence, including rape and murder, is often linked to the widespread use of alcohol and drugs among Namibians. He said Namibians should start to strongly campaign and work towards finding practical strategies to address the crisis. Ndeitunga added a total of 1 063 cases of rape were reported to the police in 2016, 980 cases were reported in 2017, and 1 121 cases were reported in 2018. Many of these cases involved minors.

    We are far from winning the battle against rape and other crimes against women and children. The onus is now on all of us to make a difference in this war against the most vulnerable in our society.

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  • 11/06/19--14:00: Lifestyle audits kick off
  • Lifestyle audits kick offLifestyle audits kick off OGONE TLHAGE

    The ministry of finance is gunning after suspected tax defaulters by means of lifestyle audits.

    Tax commissioner Justus Mwafongwe told Namibian Sun that the campaign to recover unpaid taxes also involves visiting businesses to establish whether they have registered as taxpayers.

    “We have started with lifestyle audits; we have a dedicated team of auditors that are focusing on lifestyle audits and there are some cases that we have already completed and actually collected some money,” said Mwafongwe.

    “We are very much aware that there are high net-worth individuals who are probably not declaring the correct amount of income that they are earning, not paying the fair share of their contributions,” he said.

    Mwafongwe was also asked to verify whether the ministry was succeeding in collecting outstanding taxes from businesses and individuals based in the north who had not been paying taxes.

    Finance minister Calle Schlettwein said at an event hosted by the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry that for the 2015/16 fiscal year, the ministry’s Oshakati office had collected only N$36.8 million from 81 114 taxpayers. That amounted to an average of N$450 per taxpayer.

    In contrast, the Keetmanshoop office’s tax collection per taxpayer stood at N$1 527.

    “It cannot be plausibly argued that the combined economic activities of the Oshakati region are significantly less than those of Keetmanshoop,” Schlettwein was quoted as saying.

    Mwafongwe said there had been improvement in taxes collected in the north. The ministry was asked to give a breakdown of tax collection per tax office in January, but no response has been received yet.

    “We were looking at the figures in terms of collections from the northern tax offices, there is an improvement,” Mwafongwe said.

    “Even when you look at our targets given for that office, for the past two quarters they have actually met their targets so it’s an indication that there is an improvement in terms of compliance … but again, this is not to say we should now relax.”

    According to him, there are compliance issues throughout the country and not only at the Oshakati office.

    “There are still a lot of non-compliance cases, not only in the north but the whole country. The Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) will do wonders for us, but we need to continue with auditing activities, investigations and collections so that we make sure these people are compliant,” he said.

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  • 11/06/19--14:00: 'Why we raped’
  • 'Why we raped’'Why we raped’Rapists open up about why they forced their victims Among the reasons given for why they committed rape are culture, alcohol, economic reasons, jealousy and bad friends. ELLANIE SMIT

    Fifteen rapists have opened up about why they forced their victims to have sex, with most saying it was because they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but also because they see women as “inferior”.

    These revelations are contained in a research thesis by a University of Namibia (Unam) masters student that included interviews with social workers as well as case management officers.

    The study, ‘An investigation into rape offenders’ explanations of why they raped: A case study of offenders at Windhoek Correctional Facility’, was conducted by Nangula Kefas.

    It found that men from poor educational backgrounds, and who are single, are more likely to commit rape. Certain cultural practices, economic conditions, means of survival, power and masculinity, alcohol and drug abuse and family background also influence rape.

    A 53-year-old perpetrator said the day of the incident he was drinking a lot at a shebeen and also used dagga.

    “I took the lady home and tried having sex with her, but she refused, so I forced myself on her. I felt like she had no right to refuse because I spent my money on her.”

    Another 38-year-old rapist tells of how he and his co-accused got drunk and smoked dagga on the day of the crime.

    “On our way home we started talking about sex and then something came into my mind to rape someone. My co-accused and I decided to look for someone to rape.

    “We went to people’s houses and we told each other that we were going to knock, and if a women opens, we are going to rape her.

    “We couldn’t get anyone to rape and then we decided to go to the hospital to look for a lady there,” the rapist said.

    “We didn’t get anyone and then we went to my co-accused’s house where we got his 10-year-old niece. We took her from the house, took her to the bush, then we stabbed her because she didn’t want to do what we asked her and then after we raped her.”

    A 43-year-old perpetrator said he believes alcohol plays a role, but that women are inferior.

    “For me, I believe alcohol influences rape, although there are other causes like culture and things like that. I honestly don’t think I would have raped her if I wasn’t drunk. I wasn’t thinking straight, but also maybe just that I believe that women are weaker made me rape her.”

    A 32-year-old perpetrator said: “I don’t want to blame the alcohol, I knew what I was doing, it was wrong. But I wouldn’t have done it on a day that [I was] sober. I raped her because I felt I like I had control over her.”

    Another perpetrator said the woman he raped had no right to refuse sex, because he spent money on her.

    “I took the lady home and tried having sex with her, but she refused, so I forced myself on her. I felt like she had no right to refuse because I spent my money on her.”

    The survey finding revealed there were some rapists believed there was consent, but they were convicted because the victim was under-age.


    Other perpetrators indicated they raped because they were following certain cultural norms such as the Tjiramue tradition in the Ovaherero culture.

    Tjiramue is a cultural practice among the Ovaherero where a male is allowed to have sex with their female cousins, regardless of whether they are married or not.

    However, the perpetrators also indicated that they were asked for money by their victims or they were financially supporting their victims.


    A number of rape incidents also involved incest. Some rape perpetrators indicated they had raped their nieces or cousins as way of following a particular traditional norm.

    Some perpetrators indicated they had promised their victims money and they were reported when they failed to make payment.

    Perpetrators also indicated they raped their wives or partners.

    They also revealed they committed the crime while under the influence of alcohol.

    They indicated they were not thinking straight during the time they committed the crime and they were not in their right state of mind.

    According to the study, perpetrators also indicated they would not have committed the crime if they were not under the influence of alcohol.

    Social workers

    Meanwhile, key informants to the study such as the social workers and case management officials also indicated there are a lot of factors contributing to rape. These indicated culture, alcohol, economic reasons, jealousy and bad friends.

    The study also referred to the National Plan of Action on Gender Based Violence (2012-2016), which revealed there are between 1 100 and 12 00 rape cases reported each year. This report found that most rape cases were committed by family members or acquaintances, with only about 12% being committed by strangers.


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    Nicanor thrown a dicey lifelineNicanor thrown a dicey lifeline OGONE TLHAGE

    A leaked letter in which President Hage Geingob has appointed former veterans’ affairs deputy minister Hilma Nicanor as an advisor has sparked debate about the president’s commitment to containing the government wage bill.

    The dicey appointment, sparked by Article 47 of the country’s constitution which required Nicanor to resign as a member of the National Council upon acceptance of nomination for the National Assembly, was made on 30 October but only surfaced yesterday through a leak.

    Valid for the period 1 November 2019 to 20 March 2020, the appointment is tailor-made to ensure that Nicanor, who is almost certain to go to the National Assembly next year, is employed in the meantime.

    Nicanor was appointed as special advisor on veterans’ affairs to Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba.

    Insiders say she is expected to covertly continue her role as deputy minister under the guise of being a special advisor.

    Observers say the appointment is rooted in growing cronyism in government, where comrades take care of each other at the nation’s expense.

    “The president complains about the civil service bill and says people must retire early, but he continues to appoint advisors as if he has money to shop at Edgars, when in fact he has less than a Pep Stores budget,” said PDM leader McHenry Venaani yesterday.

    “The president once told the media that he was advocating the downsizing of the bloated public service, but his actions have been to the contrary the past five years.”

    Nicanor’s monthly salary, according to the appointment letter, would remain at N$48 000, exactly what she earned as deputy minister.

    Namibian Sun understands other candidates who were forced to resign are also lined up for appointments as advisors to ensure they do not lose their salaries for five months.

    About 17 Swapo parliamentary candidates had to resign on the insistence of the ECN, which took a firm stance on enforcing Article 47.

    They include National Council chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams, National Youth Council chairman Mandela Kapere, Rundu town councillor Verna Sinimbo, Oshakati municipal CEO Werner Iita, Omaheke regional councillor Phillipus Katamelo and Walvis Bay constituency councillor Hafeni Ndemula, to mention but a few.

    Article 47 dictates that remunerated public servants, members of the National Council and local and regional councillors must resign upon acceptance of nomination for the National Assembly.

    In his letter to Nicanor, Geingob said her duties as special advisor would be to oversee the policy aspects of the ministry of veterans’ affairs.

    “I take this opportunity to express confidence and trust in your ability to execute duties with the same zeal and fairness with which you executed your duties as deputy minister,” said the head of state.

    Political analyst Ndumba Kamanyah questioned the appointment, asking whether it was necessary given that the country was approaching the polls to choose new legislators, an election that could very likely result in the appointment of Nicanor as a member of parliament.

    “Why the hurry, and why only her if there are others who also are affected by the election clause to resign from their positions? The move to appoint her does not portray the president positively but more like someone engaging in ‘jobs for comrades’ exercise,” he said.

    Presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari defended Nicanor’s appointment, saying that it was done within the confines of the law.

    “The appointment is within the law, and is based on an assessment of the needs of government, specifically Veterans’ Affairs. The president is guided in his decisions and actions by such considerations,” he said.

    Hengari dismissed speculation that more Swapo members who had to resign were lined up for similar appointments.

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    Political campaigns prohibited Political campaigns prohibited Geingob Cup comes alive The time has arrived for Namibia and Zambia to square off in a prestigious cup tie. NFA

    The 2019 Dr Hage Geingob Cup organisers are warning football fans against using tomorrow’s event at the Sam Nujoma Stadium for political campaigning.

    They say anyone displaying political party colours or messages will be denied access to the venue.

    Namibia and Zambia will renew their football rivalry at 15:00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium when they contest the Dr Hage Geingob Cup.

    Before the match, two exhibition matches will take place at 11:00 and at 13:00, involving youngsters and legends respectively.

    With Namibians going to the polls for presidential and National Assembly elections on 27 November 2019, there are fears that some will use the Dr Hage Geingob Cup as an opportunity to campaign.

    The CAF regulations and code of conduct prohibit political banners or other materials.

    The Dr Hage Geingob Cup organisers have called for strict enforcement of the prohibited items as listed by CAF, which are: any item that could be used as a weapon; cause damage or injury; illegal substances; items of a discriminatory and ideological nature; any items that could distract players/ officials such as noise from powered speakers; promotional or commercial materials, political and religious banners; any item that could restrict the view of other spectators; and items that increase the risk of fire or are harmful to health such as fireworks, smoke bombs and lasers.

    “We call for political tolerance and maturity from our football-loving people coming through on Saturday. Let’s have a great day filled with fun and celebrate our flagship team, the Brave Warriors, the youngsters, artists and the legends as they entertain us after a very long year,” the organisers said.

    The gates will open at 10:00 tomorrow. The Clash of the Legends between the MTC Legends and NBL Legends will start at 13:00, preceded by the Under-17 Youth League Challenge between Swallows FC and Windhoek City FC at 11:00.

    There will also be live performances by Sunny Boy, Top Cheri, T-Boss & Staika and Rizeana.

    Tickets cost N$20 and are available from Web-tickets Namibia at all Pick n Pay supermarkets and at Football House in Katutura. Spectators will be charged N$50 at the gate.

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    NPL and NC case judgment todayNPL and NC case judgment today JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    Judgment in the High Court case between the Namibia Premier League and the Fifa Normalisation Committee is expected to be delivered today at 15:00.

    Last week, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) filed an urgent application in the High Court in an attempt to be reinstated by the Namibia Football Association, which is currently being run by the Fifa Normalisation Committee, and to stop an NFA extraordinary congress from taking place.

    The case, which was heard by Acting Judge Eileen Rakow, attracted many Namibian football enthusiasts who wanted to follow the court proceedings.

    The congress is scheduled for tomorrow but the league, which was not invited, is against the congress being held without it.

    The NPL’s legal representative, Gerson Narib, yesterday argued in court that the league had been put between a rock and a hard place and therefore had no option but to seek relief from the court.

    The Normalisation Committee, represented by Tinashe Chibwana, on the other hand insisted that their decision was based on the constitution guiding the Namibia Football Association.

    Chibwana further added that because the NPL had been suspended it had no right to participate in the extraordinary congress.

    The NPL is further demanding that the Normalisation Committee provide it with rules for promotion and relegation for the 2019/20 football season within two days of a court order.

    Chibwana however informed the court that his clients were well within their constitutional rights not to promote or relegate clubs.

    The NC’s representative stated that the constitution clearly allows the committee to make the final decision on relegation and promotion, given the power vested in them by Fifa.

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    Taya longitha omeya inaga yogoka mOmundaungiloTaya longitha omeya inaga yogoka mOmundaungiloItaya vulu okufuta aniwa ooN$20 komwedhi Aakalimo yomOmundaungilo moshitopolwa shaHangwena oya shuna momukalo gwawo gwokulongitha omeya inaga yogoka gomomithima, nonando oya pewa oopomba dhomeya ga yela. Kansela moshikandjohogololo Omundaungilo, Festus Ikanda okwa popi kutya ombelewa ye inayi mona enyenyeto okuza kaakwashigwana kutya itaya vulu okufuta oshimaliwa shoka, ihe oye na ontseyo kombinga yaakwashigwana mboka natango taya longitha omeya ngoka inaga yogoka, okuza momithima.

    Omolwa ompumbwe yomeya moshitopolwa shaHangwena, ongundu yomapekaapeko yoKalahari Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH) oya holola kutya ope na omeya omawanawa mOmhalapapa popepi noongamba dhaAngola, ngoka itaga pumbwa nokuli okutulwa omiti dhasha andola ga wapalekwe.

    Okwa tulwa po omahala gontumba gokugandja omeya kaakalimo yomOmundaungilo oshowo omikunda dhopopepi, okuza moomboola ndhoka mbali dha tulwa mOmhalapapa.

    Pahapu dhaIkanda, omahala ngoka gomeya ogeli metonatelo lyaakwashigwana na ohaku futilwa okamaliwa okashona ka nuninwa okukalekapo omahala ngoka.

    Kansela okwa popi kutya oshimaliwa shoka unene ohashi longithwa mokulanda omahooli godiesel molwaashoka epombo lyomeya ngoka okuza mevi ohali longithwa nomashina ngoka taga pumbwa okutulwa omahooli.

    Peinge Kashikuka, 73, okwa popi kutya ofamili ye oya shuna kokulongitha omeya ngoka inaga yogoka molwaashoka itaya vulu okufutila omeya ngoka ga yogola.

    Okwa popi kutya ohaya pulwa opo ya fute oshimaliwa shooN$20 kehe omwedhi ihe itaya gwanitha okufuta oshimaliwa shoka. Omukalimo gumwe Festus Kafiye, okwa popi kutya naye oha logitha omeya ngoka inaga yogoka mokandingosho ke.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omeya ngoka ogo ha longitha mokudhunga otombo oshowo iikunwa yimwe ihe aantu ihaya nyenyeta, molwaahoka ita vulu okulongitha po okamaliwa hoka ha mono mokandingosho ke mokufuta ishewe omeya.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun inashi mona uuyelele kutya omagumbo gangapi haga longitha omeya ngoka inaga yogoka, ihe oya dhidhilike kutya aakwashigwana oyendji otaya longitha omeya ngoka. Momagumbo gamwe omeya gokopomba ohaga longithwa owala okuteleka nokunwa omanga ngoka ga kuthwa momithima ogo haga longithwa miinima yilwe.

    Omithima ndhoka odha thewa po kaakwashigwana omanga inaya mona omeya ngoka goopombanda.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Nicanor a pewa iilonga iipe
  • Nicanor a pewa iilonga iipeNicanor a pewa iilonga iipe Ombaapila ya za kOmupresidende Hage Geingob ndjoka ya holola euliko lyomupevi minista nale gwoshikondo shoonakulwa aakulu, Hilma Nicanor onga omugandjimayele, oya e ta oompata kombinga yeitulemo lyomupresidende okushunitha pevi elongitho lyiimaliwa yepangelo moondjambi.

    Egandjo lyompito ndjoka yiilonga kuNicanor, olya yi pondje ekotampango lyoshilongo ndyoka tali pula Nicanor a kale ita longele epangelo ngele okwa hogololwa a ye momusholondondo gwaamboka taya kaya momutumba gwopashigwana momvula tayi ya, tashi landula omahogololo gopashigwana ngoka taga ningwa omwedhi nguka.

    Euliko lye olya ningwa okuza mesiku lyotango lyaNovemba sigo 20 Maalitsa 2020. Euliko ndyoka lyaali paveta olyokukwashilipaleka kutya Nicanor oku na iilonga omanga inaya momutumba gwopashigwana momvula twa taalela.

    Nicanor okwa ulikwa a ninge omugandjimayele gwowina komupevi presidende, Nangolo Mbumba kombinga yiikumungu yoonakulwa aakulu.

    Onzo yimwe oya holola kutya Ncanor ota tsikile nokukala omupevi minista goonakulwa aakulu, kohi yeuliko lyomugandjimayele.

    Okwa holoka omapopyo kutya euliko ndyoka otali holola uulingilingi tawu longwa mepangelo nokugandja iilonga kookume nookomrade, omanga aakwashigwana yamwe taya mono iihuna koluhepo omolwa ondjele yokwaahena iilonga ndjoka yi li pombanda moshilongo.

    Omuleli gwongundu yoPDM, McHenry Venaani okwa nyana onkatu ndjoka ya katukwa kuGeingob okuulika Nicanor, omanga ta popi kutya oshilongo osha pumbwa okushunitha pevi ondjele yiifuta yoondjambi dhaaniilonga yepangelo. Ondjambi yaNicanor pauyelele mboka wuli mombaapila ndjoka, oyi li pooN$48 000, ondjambi ndjoka a li ha kwata sho e li omupevi minista.

    Namibian Sun okuuvite kutya yamwe po mboka yali ya pulwa ya ze miilonga nayo otaya pewa oompito dhiilonga dhomonanguwi opo ku kwashilipalekwe kutya oye na oondjambi muule woomwedhi ntano dhika.

    Konyala aakwaSwapo 17 oya zi miilonga okugwanitha po ontopolwa 47 yekotampango na oya tumbulwa komadhina kutya omunashipundi gwoNational Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams, omunashipundi gwoNational Youth Council, Mandela Kapere, kansela melelo lyaRundu, Verna Sinimbo, Omukomeho melelo lyondoolopa yaShakati, Werner Iita, kansela melelo lyaMaheke, Phillipus Katamelo oshowo kansela melelolyaMbaye, Hafeni Ndemula.

    Omunongononi gwonkalo yopolotika, Ndumba Kamanyah okwa nyana etokolo ndyoka ta popi kutya otali ulike onkalo yegandjo lyiilonga owala kookomrade.

    Omupopiliko gwombelewa yomupresidende, Alfredo Hengari okwa popile euliko ndyoka kutya olya ningwa palandulo lyompango.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: ECN 'in bed with Swapo'
  • ECN 'in bed with Swapo'ECN 'in bed with Swapo'PDM, LPM lash out at electoral body Opposition parties have voiced their frustration with the ECN, but Swapo says it is not influencing the electoral body. The Landless People's Movement (LPM) has accused ECN electoral and referenda officer Theo Mujoro of being in bed with Swapo and undermining Namibia's commitment to free and fair democratic political elections.

    This comes after the news that the ECN had loaned out electronic voting machines (EVMs) to the Swapo Party Elders' Council (SPEC) for its congress in 2017, without the machines being accompanied by ECN staff, as stipulated in the Electoral Act.

    The EVMs have gone and contrary to initial utterances from the ECN, no criminal case was opened. Swapo had allegedly reimbursed the ECN for the EVMs. At a media briefing yesterday, LPM operative secretary Edson Isaak said this was proof that an “incestuous relationship” exists between the ECN and Swapo. According to him the ECN does not have the capacity to conduct credible elections using EVMs and it is hell-bent on conducting national elections which favour the ruling party. “We formally question the relationship between the ECN and the Swapo Party. The ECN chairperson and CEO have not been truthful and transparent in their dealings with the matter of the loaning out the EVMs to the Swapo Party,” Isaak said. Swapo executive director Austin Samupwa said these are baseless accusation. “There is no truth in these accusations. Swapo is not influencing the ECN. The ECN is an independent body,” Samupwa said.


    The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said yesterday the ECN is disorganised and influenced by Swapo.

    The PDM also confirmed they have adjusted their parliamentary list following an ECN directive that MPs, local authority and regional councillors, as well as civil servants must resign upon their nomination to a party list for the National Assembly.

    PDM secretary general Manuel Ngaringombe accused the ECN of “messing up” their list by keeping some members who were withdrawn. Ngaringombe also accused the ECN of ignoring the fact that the United People's Movement (UPM) will campaign under the PDM banner and continuously listed them as “PDM and UPM coalition”. “There is no coalition. We are going under one party banner. The ECN is disorganised. Are they not capable of running democratic elections or are they deliberately undermining democracy?” he asked. Attempts to reach Mujoro for comment were unsuccessful.



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    RP, NEFF back Itula for presidentRP, NEFF back Itula for president Republican Party (RP) president Henk Mudge has threatened to sue the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) after withdrawing as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.

    While announcing RP's support for independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula, Mudge took issue with other opposition parties that are now “suddenly” outraged over the use of electoral voting machines (EVMs). The Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) has also withdrawn from the presidential race and is also supporting Itula's presidency run.

    According to Mudge, opposition parties earlier this year had an opportunity to bring legal action over the use of EVMs in the 27 November general election, but the majority did not do so while citing a lack of funding.

    Mudge urged other opposition parties to follow suit and support Itula.

    The ECN has declined his request to withdraw him as presidential candidate, because it came after the close of nominations on 18 October. Mudge says he withdrew as presidential candidate on Monday.

    “We however did not sign off for the presidential elections. We are going to meet with our lawyers and we will sue the ECN.”

    Mudge claimed further that every single election since independence has been rigged and that it was done in a manner that was so simple that they were all caught off-guard.

    Mudge said eventually a total of 14 political parties agreed this year to go to court over the EVMs and met with lawyers who believed they had a strong case based only on the provisions of the Electoral Act.

    He said it would have cost each political party about N$10 000 each to take the case to court.

    In the end only four parties, the RP, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) and Swanu paid their contributions.

    Mudge said the rest all just disappeared, without even given them a reason and therefore the planned urgent application had to be dropped. He said Namibia is in serious trouble, but President Hage Geingob and his government were apparently not taking notice of what is going on.

    Mudge said corruption has escalated under Geingob's presidency and added that if Swapo cannot be unseated a new president should at least be voted in.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Jazz from Germany
  • Jazz from GermanyJazz from GermanyObserving how others do things What I found enriching about German jazz. MICHAEL KAYUNDE

    The German government - through its Foreign Office - runs information or themed trips, which are part of its visitors’ programme, and through their respective embassies, invites suitable candidates from all over the word.

    This year alone, the German embassy was able to facilitate trips to Germany for seven Namibians, ranging from those in arts and culture to business, technology and politics.

    I participated in the themed trip called ‘Jazz from Germany’, in association with the German Jazz Festival Frankfurt, which held its 50th anniversary that took place from 21 to 27 October in Berlin, Darmstadt and Frankfurt.

    As part of the programme, we attended jazz concerts and had talks with jazz artists, just to get to understand the jazz scene in Germany more. For this themed trip, we were 12 participants from different countries.

    The participants included jazz festival directors, musicians and journalists.

    At some point I felt out of place, because there were only two journalists, and there I was networking with people who have hosted concerts for 27 consecutive years. It was inspiring. The overall hospitality from the organisers was excellent.

    The artists we met included Samuel Blaser, Johanna Borchert, Lucia Cadotsch, Silke Eberhard and Daniel Glatzel.

    These names may sound foreign, and they are indeed foreign to us, but they are big in their respective right and the talks we had with them about jazz was so insightful.

    When it comes to organising of events, the first observation I took note of was that the German people are very punctual.

    Another interesting observation was the German jazz scene is filled with female instrumentalists, which is a good thing because back home we do not have a lot of female drummers, for instance. The majority of the audience was made up of older people at the concerts we attended.

    The highlight of my excursion was the connections I made with key players in the music industry from different countries. I am grateful to the German embassy for availing such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to me.


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    It's a Ghetto Ballerina weekendIt's a Ghetto Ballerina weekendNew month, new music It was in Moscow where Ghetto Ballerina’s love for hip-hop was ignited. STAFF REPORTER

    Sensational rapper Ghetto Ballerina is set to rock Namibia with new music and a brand new album.

    Today the musician, who has taken the industry by storm, will host a listening session for the media and public at The Kitchen Restaurant between 18:00 and 19:00.

    After this she will set off for Chopsi’s, where she will premiere her latest music video, followed by a performance. Her latest album will be on sale at The Kitchen, as well as some other goodies.

    With 14 years of training in classical ballet under her belt, it was in Moscow, Russia where her love for hip-hop was ignited.

    “Basically I switched the tutus for the mic and the rest is history,” she said.

    Multifaceted, by day she works as a veterinarian, constantly expressing her love for animals through her healing hands.

    “Being a vet is basically something automatic for me, because I have an undying love for my furry friends. I am a registered veterinarian, yes, but also an independent artist in my own right.

    “I think because I was able to juggle the arts and school, then music and university… it was basically automatic to be able to balance being a vet and an artist,” she says about doing it all.

    Her new album is titled Chronicles of Ghetto Ballerina and is a project she has been working on since early 2016.

    “A gradual process of creating a craft that I wanted to reflect who I am as a person in all different aspects of my being; being a mother, daughter, sister, doctor, friend, and the list is endless. It’s just a feel-good album that I feel caters to everyone in different times of their life,” she says of the album.

    While the project doesn’t offer a lot of collaborations, there are some exciting artistic unions.

    The album reflects on a number issues, including mental health and gender-based violence (GBV). She believes the world is at a place now where some of the most important fundamentals are being overshadowed. “Mental health and GBV are some of the most impactful media reads we get on a day-to-day basis. I didn’t necessarily want to preach and be in people’s faces, but I managed to leave a message or two for people going through situations that they feel they have no control over.

    “We need to be able to take care of each other. Music heals and I honestly want people to be able to relate to what I have created,” she explains.

    About her stage name, she says everyone always say that being a Ghetto Ballerina is one of the strangest combinations, because it’s two different worlds.

    She maintains that she is a product of a classical art, which she fell in love with at the tender age of five, but she was always exposed to hip-hop as well.

    Her dad used to bring LPs from abroad. “I had people like Tupac, Notorious BIG, Queen Latifah, TLC, Naughty By Nature… the list is endless, playing on a day-to-day basis. So what I’m basically trying to say is as much as I was on my tip-toes, I managed to always have an ear out for the rap game, but it only became a realisation when I stepped foot in Moscow in 2010,” she added.

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Branching into new avenues
  • Branching into new avenuesBranching into new avenuesRavenda Posh adorns men with style Ravenda Posh is catering for men with a new collection. Founded by fashion model Rahab Inghalwa, Ravenda Posh is a Namibian online clothing shop that has primarily been catering for females. About two months ago, the shop introduced a men's collection for the first time.

    The collection was designed by Inghalwa and has been warmly embraced by fashion enthusiasts.

    Speaking to tjil, Inghalwa said the response to the men's collection has been amazing.

    She disclosed that one of the pieces from the collection was so in demand that she had to restock.

    For Inghalwa the response is inspiring and motivates her to want to deliver more to her clientele.

    “Ravenda Posh was initially a brand that catered for females, but I was advised to also make clothes for men.

    I was a bit hesitant to do that, but I am glad it turned out great,” she said.

    Inghalwa is also happy for the team spirit within the fashion industry at the moment.

    She recently started doing photoshoots of her collections with Namibian models - a move she says has made her website's interface more Namibian.

    “Ravenda Posh is a Namibian online store, for Namibia by Namibia.

    “Recently singer ML even wore a piece from my collection without me asking her to; those are some of the gestures by people in the industry that fill my heart with love and joy,” she said.

    With Ravenda Posh, her aim is to provide services and products that are different from what is already out there.

    “I want to make shopping easier for a lot of Namibians. The internet is the future, so I am just trying to capitalise on it and keep up with the trends of doing things online,” she said.

    However, she admitted she does experience challenges running an online shop.

    Inghalwa added that some people find it challenging to shop online, but that is part of the business. “I believe the site is user-friendly and I am proud to announce that very soon I won't be only selling items from my collection, but will feature collections by other Namibian designers,” she shared. Despite her men's collection doing well, she emphasised she is not sidelining female collections, and is working on new material that will shock the fashion scene.


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    DStv to air documentary Hafeni: The Man from MondesaDStv to air documentary Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa MultiChoice Africa is proud to announce that on Sunday, 10 November at 19:30 the highly acclaimed documentary Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa will air on DStv's channel 409.

    This fills MultiChoice Namibia with pride, as it is a local production made by Namibians, telling a story that will resonate with viewers across Africa.

    Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa was produced for CGTN Africa & Fireworx Media as part of the Faces of Africa series. It documents the story of Heinrich Hafeni, a man who found his unique niche in Namibia's coastal tourism sector. His cultural tours introduce visitors from all over the world to life in the township of Mondesa, the heartbeat of Swakopmund, as Hafeni refers to the community. The documentary was made by local filmmaker Tim Huebschle and a very talented pool of passionate Namibian filmmakers. Hafeni said of the airing of the documentary: “It's both amazing and humbling to know that my story, so expressively captured by Tim and his team, will be aired on DStv to be seen by a large pan-African audience.”

    Huebschle, born in Germany and raised in Namibia, has been making films and documentaries for years and having this documentary aired on DStv is a testament to the dedication to his craft, as well as his ability to see, translate and harness stories into fascinating film projects such as Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa. Tim Huebschle added it is the second Faces of Africa documentary he has made in the last two years. “It is very cool to work on an established format such as the Faces of Africa series. You deliver a story according to specs from the TV station. But at the same time you're telling a story, a Namibian story, about an individual in their environment.” One of the executive producers of the documentary is Neil Brandt, a leading African and international industry expert. Brandt, apart from being the executive producer of this documentary, also recently presented a masterclass on financing productions and distribution, which forms part of the multi-tiered MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) programme. This is a series of industry-led workshops that upskill and empower established professionals across Africa's film and TV industries. MTF is a creative, shared-value initiative that provides a platform for creative professionals to develop their talent and engage with one another through their shared passions.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: The wait is over
  • The wait is over The wait is over R&B community buzzing Ann Singer touches on pertinent issues on her sophomore album. MICHAEL KAYUNDE

    Ann singer has been having a pretty impressive and progressive time in her career with her music and personal brand.

    Now admit it, you cannot deny her star status right now, because we have all witnessed her work ethic that continues to push her up the ranks.

    From scooping four awards at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) with her first album, to signing to South Africa’s Mabala Noise Entertainment and recently being successfully showcased at the International Modelling and Talent Association (IMTA) in South Africa, she will be jetting off to New York next year. The rest of the world has been keeping up with her and tjil is here to ride along with her.

    She independently released her second album titled Sanity last week, after not releasing a fully-fledged album in about three years.

    “I dropped my debut album in November 2015 and after that I just felt like I was thrown into the deep end.

    “I was very busy and therefore there was no time to get into studio to work on a project,” she said.

    After her contract ended with Deal Done Recordz, she got into another deal with Mabala Noise Entertainment.

    “Of course that had its perks. It was exciting, having to go to South Africa often and performing at the Durban July.

    “We did get to work on some material with Mabala Noise Entertainment, but my contract is over, so that work does not belong to me,” she said.

    Asked what is going to happen to that material, Singer said she does not know, but she is at a point where she really just wants to move on.

    “I am excited because I do not have any contractual obligations anymore. I am a free creative now. Sanity was funded by me.”

    She spoke highly of her debut album Bullet Proof, but she maintains that with Sanity she intends to take her music career to greater heights. With her sophomore album, her goal is to achieve incredible things, more than she would be able to comprehend, imagine, dream, fathom or visualise.

    “Bullet Proof was an incredible album; it is feeding me till today, and has taken me to so many incredible places.

    “With my latest project, I aspire for a similar accomplishment, but more,” she said.

    Her new album explores themes such as depression and anxiety, and she hopes it will bring comfort to those nursing their mental health.

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: End of the road
  • End of the roadEnd of the roadMTC to part ways with the NAMAs after investing N$100m Calls for entries for the last NAMAs organised by MTC are now open. MTC announced that it will bid farewell to the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) after the conclusion of the 10th NAMAs in 2020.

    The announcement was made by MTC executive Tim Ekandjo earlier this week in Windhoek at the 2019 NAMA prize handover ceremony, which also served as the official call for entries for the 10th edition of the NAMAs.

    In an interview with tjil, MTC spokesperson Fikameni Mathias shared that as highlighted during the announcement, the decision to exit the NAMAs project was not an easy one, given MTC's connection to the brand.

    “However, we felt that it was the opportune time to disembark to focus on other areas.

    “After spending 10 years and in excess of N$100 million, we are proud of the impact and legacy we have made,” said Mathias.

    For MTC, the space of arts, music, dance and spoken word was the perfect opportunity to plough back in. Mathias, added that MTC's involvement to promote, recognise, appreciate and reward Namibian musical and artistic work has been nothing short of exciting.

    “MTC is proud to say that with your support, we have been able to successfully grow the NAMAs brand internationally, by giving our artists a terrific platform to showcase Namibian talent globally.

    “It was a moment well-cherished and we are extremely proud to have been able to achieve the feats we have with the awards. The record of achievements in the music industry are well-documented,” he said.

    Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) chief commercial officer Umbi Karuaihe-Upi said MTC has sufficiently invested in the music industry in the last nine years.

    “Sometimes when something ends, it is an opportunity for new doors to open. We do not really know what will happen, but one thing I want to assure you is that NBC will always make sure that we endeavour to invest in the music industry. We have come such a long way,” she said.

    At this announcement, MTC and NBC officially opened the call for entries for the 10th NAMAs, slated for May 2020. The entry period started on Monday and will end on Friday, 13 December. No entries will be accepted after this deadline and no extensions will be granted.

    Only artists who commercially released albums between 1 December 2018 and 30 November 2019 will be eligible for entry.

    Ekandjo confirmed that no changes have been made for the 10th NAMAs, except for a new category titled Artist of the Decade being added.

    “Seeing that this is MTC's last NAMAs, we wish to celebrate that one artist of the decade, which by definition is the artist that has won the most NAMAs accolades collectively over the 10-year period,” said Ekandjo.

    MTC believes that the solid foundation laid, will enable the next investor or investors to soar to further heights. “We bow out with humble plea and prayer to our brothers and sisters in the corporate space to not shun the awards; please let it not die, please step in and carry over the mantle and the torch of creative ingenuity.”

    On how the awards show under the direction of MTC has transformed her life, 2019 Artist of the Year, Lize Ehlers, told tjil she is grateful to MTC for their role in growing the music business. “MTC has transformed not only my life, but those of many artists as well. They recognised our work and provided us with a great platform,” said Ehlers.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Thoughts on the NAMAs
  • Thoughts on the NAMAsThoughts on the NAMAs As it happens, a lot of the content in this edition was prepared after MTC announced they will be bidding farewell to the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) project after next year's event. As a fan of the Namibian music industry, I was going through it, man.

    On the one hand, MTC is the leading corporate company in Namibia that has awarded and recognised the work of Namibian artists in the last nine years like no other. Through the NAMAs, MTC changed the course of music in Namibia countless times, forcing the industry and listeners to challenge themselves beyond what they knew. This happened to artists with each awards show that was held.

    During MTC's tenure of hosting/sponsoring the NAMAs, they put the spotlight on new talent and reintroduced us to some of our musical legends by honouring them with lifetime achievement awards and similar categories. To a greater extent, MTC made it possible for mainstream artists to make a good income from an awards show. This was money that some musicians used to invest back into their artistry and develop their careers further.

    MTC did not make a profit from sponsoring/hosting the NAMAs. What is disappointing is that despite this knowledge, some artists became disrespectful, arrogant and thought they were entitled, but that is a discussion for another day.

    On the other hand, MTC's time to be at the forefront is over, and I pray the industry will find another corporate giant to take the NAMAs to the next level.

    Just like MTC was able to improve the standard of this awards show from where Sanlam Namibia left off, whichever entity takes over and joins forces with NBC, should do the same. Besides hoping for another saviour from the corporate world, this is the time for all the so-called members and supporters of the arts community, keyboard warriors and lip-service individuals to put ideas together and play your part in at least coming up with ideas to sustain this industry. We see you, and want you to know that you are the very thing that is stifling the progress of the music scene. Not the music, not record labels, not merchandise, YOU! If you are a true supporter of local music, this is the time to support our artists more than ever before, by attending their shows, purchasing their music as well as merchandise, because the future of the industry looks bleak at this point. No more lip-service to show your support for the business of music in Namibia. And to all those who contribute to its growth: Go out there and offer real support.

    michael@namibiansun.com; @MichaelMKAY on Twitter

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Not your average jokes
  • Not your average jokesNot your average jokesEducating through laughter Climatic comedy took centre stage at the EnviroComedy festival. ESTER KAMATI

    Subjects such as climate change and global warming have never been an issue to laugh about, at least not until the EnviroComedy festival.

    Powered by EduVentures, the line-up of comedians broke the ice last Friday with topics like rising sea levels and global warming, among others.

    Hosted by comedian Fernando Tafish, the show at the Zoo Park amphitheatre aimed to give due importance to the topics through discussing them in a way that people enjoy. Tafish highlighted the importance of climate change as a predominant issue, and according to him, it is one that is relatable to individuals from all parts of the world, and thus anybody attending the show could understand the jokes.

    The show was opened with a pilot skit of locals answering questions based on the environment, and according to Tafish, the team visited various towns to film these short videos, including Outapi, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Rundu, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Swakopmund.

    During the comedy show, even Mother Nature was in on the joke, as there were a few showers after a few jokes about the drought in the country.

    With a line-up that included Namibia’s most loved comedians and some newbies in the game, the night went by swiftly.

    On the stage were, among others, Courage the Comedian, Slick the D**k, Joe White, Lloyd the Comedian, Ileka, Big Mitch and an appearance by OC Ebs.

    Still tearing it up on the stage was YouTube sensation Cassie Jessica, who shared classic jokes about living in a typical Owambo home. Zieta is also another new face on the comedy scene and lightened the mood with jokes about how Namibians were raised into a recycling culture, having to use items such as the typical ‘ice-cream bakkie’ for multiple purposes.

    According to Tafish, the aim of the event was to make use of what people like, and use it to convey a message. And of course everybody loves a good joke. EduVentures, which is an educational programme of the National Museum, provided funding for the project, and they were on a quest to raise environmental awareness, and according to Maria Johannes, “educate people through laughter”.

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: It's about time
  • It's about timeIt's about timeThere's a new 'femcee' in town Emvee-K is bougie, sassy, unapologetic and determined to succeed. Allow us to introduce you to the next lady of trap and heavy bars: Emvee-K.

    With thighs that go on for days, you would expect to see a beauty such as this on the @namibian_beautiful_faces Instagram page, but when this young lady opens her mouth she lets you know that she possesses an impressive music-making skillset. This rookie is set to keep soaring high with her Boujee Craft mixtape, which will be digitally released tomorrow on iTunes, as well as on SoundCloud.

    Mixed and mastered by sought-after producer Mr Glo of Glo Productions, Boujee Craft is a nine-track compilation, which Emvee-K maintains is a project for music fans, and not industry players. “I have released music before and a lot of people tell me that they acknowledge that I can rap, but they do not know me as a person.

    “So this project is me being fully myself and introducing myself all over again. I would like to think of it as a rebirth of myself - it's a proper introduction of myself.”

    She dropped a compilation of music in the form of an extended play (EP) before, but she maintains this is her official first body of work. Emvee-K tells tjil she was specific about a lot of things during the production of Boujee Craft and worked on every single detail on it. “I look at it like this: The EP I first put out was because I just needed to drop songs, and I did not know a lot about the music-making process. On this project a lot went into it,” she said.

    Having worked with some of the best producers and artists on her first project, already indicates that she has the potential to go far with her music.

    She admitted that she does not have a strategy for entering the market and becoming fully commercial.

    “A lot of people are not being themselves because they are caught up with who they wish to be. I just want to be genuine and true to myself, the best way I can be,” she said, adding that during the making of Boujee Craft she had to discipline herself, as she is wary of getting lost in the hype.

    The sassy rapper shared she worked with artists that she knew were going to understand her vision.

    “Every feature was special, but my feature with Himba Boi was the most exciting, because he got me to get out of my comfort zone; people should really look out for it.”

    Being the daughter of a public figure (Evilastus Kaaronda), tjil had to ask if she is pressured into a certain ideology when it comes to the content of her writing and does she feel musicians should be more outspoken when it comes to politics.

    She replied that if she wants to comment on something she always tries to make sure that she knows all the facts, especially when it comes to politics.

    She revealed she has aired her opinions about it a few times, but learned to keep quiet. “It comes to a point where I watch what I say or do, but music is my form of expression,” she said.

    Emvee-K also announced that the mixtape will be complemented with a documentary about herself.

    She emphasised she wants music fans to get to know her as a person and feels the mixtape and documentary will help her achieve that.

    “I feel like if music fans get to know me, it will be easier for them to relate to the stories I narrate in my songs.

    “I was going to also share the documentary this week, but we figured it will be too much content from me in one week, so we will release it soon. The documentary is basically an interview where I open up and speak on everything,” she added.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: When things go south
  • When things go southWhen things go southWill LPM be a whimper or a bang? When former Swapo youthful firebrand Bernadus Swartbooi lost his deputy minister's post, amid the washing of dirty laundry linked to government's land resettlement process, unbeknown to his then political masters, the Landless People's Movement (LPM) was birthed as a vehicle for his political aspirations. Frank Chikane's book 'Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki' gives a riveting, behind-the-scenes account of the removal of Mbeki as the neighbouring country's head of state in September 2008. Chikane is a former director-general in the South African presidency.

    Namibia had a recent lite version of this kind of political intrigue and drama when the then deputy minister of land reform, Bernadus Swartbooi, was booted out of his post in December 2016.

    Unbeknown to the general public, while Swartbooi stayed on as Swapo backbencher, a political vehicle had already been started in the form of the Landless People's Movement (LPM), which Swartbooi took over when he was finally recalled as a Swapo MP in the middle of 2017.

    This movement was later transformed into a political party that will be contesting the 27 November general election, with Swartbooi, the former //Karas governor, as its presidential candidate.

    Nujoma vs Swartbooi

    The tensions between Swartbooi and his then senior in the ministry, Utoni Nujoma, had burst into the public domain at a meeting in Hoachanas, where Swartbooi accused Nujoma of tribal preference when it came to dishing out land under the country's resettlement programme.

    He was subsequently summoned to State House where he was given an ultimatum to apologise or resign from his deputy minister post. Swartbooi refused to budge. In fact President Hage Geingob, recalling the meeting with his once fierce supporter, said the meeting was highly charged.

    “He stormed out of the meeting and even forgot his cellphone behind,” Geingob, who must now face off with his political prodigal son, once said.

    Subsequently, the presidency announced that Geingob had accepted Swartbooi's verbal resignation. In a media release it was announced he would be replaced by Priscilla Boois.

    At the time, the political support Swartbooi enjoys in the south came to the fore. His home region //Karas in particular – where he served as governor under the Pohamba presidency - welcomed him back with song and dance.

    They idolised his bravery and uncompromising stance on land, a means of production wrestled through gunpowder from some of the country's communities, including Swartbooi's own tribe, the Nama.

    That he was prepared to leave a cushy job as both minister and member of parliament only heightened his standing in his community and boosted his stocks as a nonsensical politician.

    During a peaceful demonstration Keetmanshoop residents under the leadership of land activist Paul Thomas handed over a petition directed to the president's office at the office of the governor.

    “Our cultural and traditional values like the graves of our forefathers, and the plants and objects we use for our traditional practices, are rooted on this land, therefore, by settling others on the land, you are eliminating the Nama people from their roots and culture,” the petition read.

    The community further threatened to invade and lock German-owned farms in the south, if government did not urgently address the land concerns raised by Swartbooi.

    By February 2017 the fault lines had clearly been exposed. Swartbooi, now an ordinary Swapo MP, called Nujoma 'an idiot' in the National Assembly.

    What followed was a continual upping of tensions that were becoming untenable.

    In July 2017, Swartbooi was recalled as a Swapo MP.

    Then Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba said the reasons for the recall were evident, as Swartbooi had been inviting it himself through his actions and statements.

    A day later, Swartbooi resigned from the ruling party, which he started labelling an Owambo party.

    “I hereby publicly announce without any fear or contradictions that I proudly, loudly and publicly leave the Ovamboland People's Organisation [OPO]… when you meet me next time, I am neither an honourable nor a comrade. I am, I was, I will be, till death do me part, Bernadus Swartbooi,” he said at media conference.

    “I am free now from OPO - our leaving OPO does not mean when the time comes to represent Namibia, our Owambo people should be left out, they are part of us.”

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said this week: “Unfortunately, the LPM, ethnically, does not have strong national make-up because it is a party that's interest-driven, which is the ancestral land issue.”

    He said ancestral land is an issue affecting mainly people in the south, making the party's support-base regionally and tribally orientated.

    “If anything, the party might garner one or two seats in parliament but I don't see anything beyond that two.

    Commenting on the sustained perception that the LPM may make inroads into Swapo's support base in the south and where other likely sources of potential votes may come from, Kamwanyah said: “Most certainly, their votes will come from the south and likely they will take votes from Swapo, the PDM (Popular Democratic Movement) and the UDF (United Democratic Front).

    “Other regions are a tough climb, especially the four-O regions.”

    Asked whether the LPM represents the rise of radicalism and whether it is a one-trick pony, as it arose from the battle over ancestral and other land, Kamwanyah said: “Certainly the party seems to pushing for radical solutions, but that it represents radicalism in this country is still yet to be established.”

    Asked if one its potential Achilles heels is that it is based around the cult of personality that Swartbooi represents, Kamwanyah added: “That's a weakness and a pitfall the LPM party must avoid at all costs. They seem to drift in direction of having politics revolve around individuals.”


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: No sale of SOEs for now
  • No sale of SOEs for nowNo sale of SOEs for now The partial sale of Namibia's state-owned enterprises is not being considered at the moment with the exception of MTC, which is expected to be listed on the Namibia Stock Exchange next year.

    Owing to government's precarious financial state, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste was asked whether there were any plans to raise money by partially disposing of some commercial assets, as was the case with MTC.

    Jooste was of the opinion that certain SOEs are not suitable to be sold, owing to corporate governance concerns at these entities.

    This publication recently did an assessment in which it found that a number of SOEs were without permanent chief executive officers. A number of SOEs also do not publish their annual financial results, a key requirement for listing.

    “You need to be a very healthy, well-governed entity to consider listing, so at the moment there is no candidate for listing. In the long term there may be other candidates that could qualify and that might be viable but in the short-term, there is not anything,” Jooste said.

    To list on the NSX, a company should have a current audited profit of at least N$500 000 annual revenue before taxation and interest. Companies are also required to cede a minimum 20% of the shares to be held by the public while auditor's reports for the previous three years should be available. The said company should also have an acceptable record of business practice and management integrity, according to the NSX. If one had to consider the case of a commercially oriented SOE like the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor)that the government could hypothetically sell, it misses the mark for listing, having failed to submit annual reports for the periods 2017/18 and 2018/19, failing to meet the requirement of submitting three consecutive financial reports. The same can be said for TransNamib that could hypothetically be put up for sale. It is yet to publicly release its annual reports except for the 2018 financial year.

    Namibia Housing Enterprises (NHE) also finds itself missing the mark of having submitted annual reports for three consecutive years.

    Touching on the issue of MTC, Jooste said everything was on track for its successful listing on the local bourse. While the government is expected to hold onto its two-thirds shareholding through Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holding (NPTH), the remaining MTC shares are expected to fall in private hands as a result of the listing.

    “The MTC listing process is on track. It is a very complicated process to meet all the requirements that have been set up by the Namibia Stock Exchange. If all goes according to plan, they will be able to list by the middle of next year … it is completely on track,” he said.

    The mobile operator kicked off its listing process in January when it placed a bid in local media through NPTH. NPTH owns Telecom, MTC and NamPost on the government's behalf.

    Government had first announced the planned listing of MTC in 2016. Government had at one point also flirted with the idea of buying Samba's 34% stake with a loan from the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF).

    IJG Securities and PSG Wealth Management Namibia were announced as joint sponsoring brokers for the listing project in May. MTC executive Tim Ekandjo said the mobile operator expected listing on the NSX by July 2020.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Itula blasted as 'arrogant'
  • Itula blasted as 'arrogant'Itula blasted as 'arrogant'Accuses Geingob as 'perpetrator of injustice' Panduleni Itula's call on other presidential candidates to withdraw from the race comes as allegations grow that the dentist is being used to resurrect Team Swapo. Independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula's call on other opposition candidates to “pull out” to turn the election into a two-horse race has raised the ire of the other candidates, who have accused him of “arrogance” and “ignorance”.

    Itula last week said in an interview that the other presidential candidates should “pull out and leave the battle” between him and incumbent President Hage Geingob.

    “[Pull out] because I am fighting injustice in Swapo and I am fighting injustice in Namibia and the perpetrator of injustice is the head of state,” Itula said.

    Itula added: “Please pull out and I can tell you that the Namibian people will even give you a vote of sympathy.”

    Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) presidential candidate Mike Kavekotora says the fact that Itula has made such a call casts doubt on how genuine his purported fight against injustice is.

    “If he is saying Swapo is not in favour of the country, why has he [Itula] remained in Swapo all these years? Most liberation movements, when their popularity wanes, come up with strategies like these, like it happened in Zimbabwe, which was not in the interest of Zimbabweans but of Zanu-PF. Itula's candidacy is not for the country but to rescue Team Swapo within Swapo,” Kavekotora said.

    Kavekotora said he and other opposition candidates are politically mature enough to fight their own battles and to “see through Swapo's strategy”.

    McHenry Venaani, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) presidential candidate, said Itula's argument was “shallow” and “poor”.

    “What he [Itula] is saying is that he cannot pull the masses. It tells a story that he is picking up frustrated Swapo votes.”

    Venaani said the country's socio-economic woes cannot be blamed on Geingob, but instead on systemic corruption within Swapo.

    “We will not entrench a regime that wants to run the cabinet of Geingob,” Venaani said.

    Landless People's Movement (LPM) presidential candidate Bernadus Swartbooi responded by saying: “How can he say he fights injustice if he is not even criticising Swapo? Geingob is not the only corrupt one in Swapo; there is systemic corruption in Swapo.”

    Swartbooi added: “Itula shows ultra-arrogance and displays massive ignorance. A vote for him would be to continue 30 years for the looting machine.”

    Swartbooi said the LPM was doing a “far greater outreach and has strong appeal” among voters, adding: “Why should we stand down and give our votes to Itula?”

    'No force behind me'

    A political pundit preferring anonymity said Itula's candidacy was a “project designed to humiliate” Geingob to avenge those kicked out of ministerial positions by reducing the votes cast for the incumbent.

    “That is a complete insult to my intelligence,” Itula countered in indignation. “Am I such a puppet to be just pulled by strings, a marionette to be told what to do? I think a lot of the public in this country have realised that I have got originality of thought and I have got an understanding of our rules and constitution. No one should entertain the suggestion that I am cannon fodder for some sort of force behind me.”

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    Panga attack should wake nationPanga attack should wake nation Yesterday 26-year-old Sam Nauyoma Petrus appeared in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court amid extraordinary scenes of his out-of-tune behaviour.

    Petrus is accused of killing all but three members of his family in the wee hours of Monday at Epatululo village in Ohangwena. Those killed with a panga include his own mother and elder brother.

    A niece was also killed, while another girl had her leg amputated by her uncle, who ran amok. A dog and eight goats were also killed. The two kids that survived his wrath ran to a neighbour’s house.

    We are no experts in mental health, but Petrus appeared very unaware of what was happening around him yesterday. The magistrate ordered that he be taken to hospital immediately.

    New Era, quoting the police yesterday, said Petrus is suspected of nursing a rabies infection, which seems to have disorientated his thinking.

    Society often pays no mind to mental health. In fact, those battling it have often become the butt of every joke, with people barely willing to associate themselves with those affected, let alone offering to assist.

    Often than not, the strange behaviour of victims is ignored, sometimes at the peril of those close to them, such as members of Petrus’ family who paid the ultimate price.

    Of course it’s up to experts and the justice system to determine what state of mind Petrus was in at the time of going on his killing spree.

    Last year Jesaya Chuhunda massacred five members of his family at Rundu, after his strange behaviour was reported twice to the local police, with no help forthcoming.

    Police on both occasions ignored the reported behaviour of Chuhunda and did not go to his residence, under the guise of not having transport. Hours later, five people, including defenceless children, were killed.

    Recently, Chuhunda was declared mentally ill and he cannot be held liable for what he did. It’s time the nation and communities started observing such behaviour and attend to those who display it with lightning speed.

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    Bizarre scenes as massacre suspect appearsBizarre scenes as massacre suspect appears Sem Nauyoma Petrus (26), accused of hacking three members of his family to death with a panga on Tuesday morning, appeared before Magistrate Ilge Rheent in the Ohangwena Magistrate's Court yesterday.

    While in the dock, Petrus contorted his body and covered his eyes.

    Rheent postponed the matter to Monday and ordered that Petrus be taken to hospital for a medical examination.

    Prosecutor Elphins Maloboka told the court that Petrus had been scheduled to be taken to the hospital on Wednesday, but he refused to go. According to information obtained by Namibian Sun, Petrus was acting aggressively and requested to be taken to hospital. Once he was removed from the cell he first tried to run away and then refused to go to hospital.

    “I am requesting the accused to be taken to hospital before we proceed with the matter. There is no way I can read him his rights and the counts he is facing while he is in that state. The case has been postponed to Monday,” Rheent said yesterday.

    Petrus is facing three counts of murder, one case of attempted murder and eight counts of malicious damage to property.

    He ran amok at Epatululo village near Onhuno in the Ohangwena Region in the early hours of Tuesday.

    He allegedly murdered his mother, Vilgenia Teofelus (61), his brother Simon Petrus (30), who was trying to rescue his mother, and his one-year-old niece Ndapandula Ndahalaovanhu Hafeni.

    Another child, two-year-old Gift Rejoice Petrus, was grievously wounded when the suspect chopped off her left leg and two fingers of her left hand. She is being treated at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

    Not even the family's pets and livestock were spared. Petrus allegedly killed a dog and eight goats with the same panga before following the two surviving children, who had fled to a neighbour's house.

    When the police arrived they found the bodies of the two adult victims lying on the ground within the homestead, while the two children were found in a bedroom.

    According to the police the seriously injured two-year-old girl was taken to the Engela district hospital, from where she was rushed to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

    The other two surviving children, aged nine and seven, who escaped death by running to the neighbour's house, are currently in the care of a social worker.

    According to Petrus's sister, Olivia Petrus, he had told them that he had been seeing lots of people surrounding their house since Sunday.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Not even N$20 for water
  • Not even N$20 for waterNot even N$20 for water Some inhabitants of Omundaungilo in the Ohangwena Region have reverted to using pond water that is unfit for human consumption, claiming that they cannot afford the N$20 monthly contribution to community water points.

    Omundaungilo constituency councillor Festus Ikanda says his office has not yet received complaints about people unable to pay for clean water, but they are aware that there are people using pond water.

    In response to a water crisis in the Ohangwena Region, the Kalahari Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH) research team established that there is fresh water in the Omhalapapa area near the Angolan border, which offers a direct supply without any treatment needed.

    Several water points have been set up supplying Omundaungilo and the surrounding areas with fresh water directly from two boreholes at Omhalapapa.

    According to Ikanda, the water points are being managed by a community water point committee which charges a small fee for maintenance.

    “The government has done its part to supply water to the communities. Community water points are managed by selected community members who form a community water point committee. They decide at their community meetings how they will maintain their water points,” Ikanda said.

    “These boreholes are equipped with pumps that need diesel. The money they pay is mostly for diesel consumption and pump maintenance in case of breakage. At least the community must be able to maintain their boreholes, especially for minor issues,” he said.

    Peinge Kashikuka, 73, says her family still uses pond water because they cannot afford to pay N$20 a month for tap water.

    “We better use water from the ponds because the money we get from the government every month is reserved for other uses. We have no problem with water from the ponds because we have been drinking it long before we got tap water,” Kashikuka says.

    Another resident, Festus Kafiye, says he uses pond water to make homebrew that he sells at his cuca shop.

    “I cannot use the little money I get from my cuca shop to pay for tap water. I use water from the ponds to brew otombo and other beverages at my cuca shop. I've never heard people complaining that my brew is bad due to water,” Kafiye says.

    Namibian Sun could not establish exactly how many households still use pond water, but apparently the majority of them do.

    In some households, tap water is only for drinking, while pond water is used for washing.

    The ponds were dug by the community members before the government started piping clean water to them.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Power to the people!
  • Power to the people!Power to the people! Women, youth voters have nation’s poll fate in their hands With over 400 000 of the 1.3 million registered voters for the 27 November National Assembly and presidential elections categorised as 'born-frees', and 717 809 registered women voters versus 640 659 men, the youth and women voting blocs will likely decide Namibia's fate at the polls.

    Of those registered, 5 846 are aged 95 and above, while 55 699 are between the ages of 75 and 95. A total of 192 877 registered voters are aged between 55 and 75, while 403 398 are between the ages of 38 and 54. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) this week released the official list of registered voters, which shows the highest number of registered voters are in the Khomas, Ohangwena and the Omusati regions.

    The lowest registered voters are in Omaheke, Zambezi and Hardap.

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said in terms of stronghold politics, these statistics swing the pendulum towards Swapo, as it enjoys a lot of support from the three regions with the highest number of registered voters.

    “That is at the party level. At presidential level it is a different story, because the large number of registered voters in the Khomas and Omusati regions might increase independent candidate Panduleni Itula's chances,” Kamwanyah said.

    “This is for the simple reason that Omusati is widely seen as the epicentre of opposition against President Hage Geingob, whereas the Khomas Region houses a lot of educated voters, who tend to look at everything government does with a critical eye, and are therefore likely not to go for Hage.”

    Kamwanyah added there will be stiff competition from opposition parties as well as the many splinter groups that formed out of the 2017 Swapo elective congress.

    The ECN recorded a total of 1.3 million voters registered, of which 403 106 are born-frees (those born in 1990 and after), while a mere 8 623 are millennials born from 2000 onwards.

    According to Kamwanyah a huge chunk of the youth vote will go to Itula, but whether they turn up at the polls remains to be seen.

    “For the millennials, it is not a surprise that they recorded a low number. This is in line with the world trend that millennials are unreliable when it comes to participating in elections.

    “One might say they are unconcerned with politics, but also because they have different priorities, especially that politics sometimes does not address their needs.”

    Kamwanyah pointed out that the low number of registered voters in the //Karas and Hardap regions is “bad news” for the Landless People's Movement (LPM), whose biggest support comes from landless people and the south of the country.

    “I cannot understand why the numbers are looking like this and where the apathy is coming from. With the land issues and ancestral land demands, one would have thought that a large number of voters would have registered. They would definitely have to work hard to make inroads in other regions,” he said.

    Another political commentator Hoze Riruako said the LPM has the potential to draw support from other regions and sectors of the country.

    “I agree their stronghold is the south, but if you look at their leadership structure, they have tried by all means to be inclusive and to bring in people from the northern parts of the country. So I do not believe they will only canvass in the south. Traditionally the south is not only less populated, but for years people have not been coming out to vote,” he said.

    Swapo tussle

    Riruako also argued that Swapo is doing a shoddy job in distancing itself from Itula, who in his view is taking Namibians for a ride by riding on the Swapo ticket, but ridiculing the party's duly elected presidential candidate.

    Swapo has repeatedly condemned Itula's independent candidacy and accused him of violating the party's constitution, but is yet to haul him before a disciplinary hearing.

    “When you look at Itula as individual he is everything Swapo. He is part and parcel of Swapo. I also do not think the Swapo camps behind Geingob are doing enough to paint a clear picture that there is only one Swapo, which is represented by a president who has been elected by a national congress of Swapo.

    “What he (Itula) is doing now is to campaign with Swapo's shortcomings and Swapo is failing to show the people that he is part of those failures,” Riruako said.

    Omusati factor

    The Omusati Region recorded the third highest number of registered voters at 146 256.

    “Omusati has always been a key factor in Swapo; that is why you have the Omusati clique and you heard about Oshiwambo-speaking meetings.

    “But one of the key players there is (Swapo Oshikoto regional coordinator) Armas Amukwaya, who has pledged his support for Geingob.

    “I do not know how this will play out for Geingob, but Omusati is certainly one of the most important areas.

    “There was also a push for the Ondonga people to consolidate their support, so there are a number of dynamics in this area. How they play out depends on the penetration of the current candidates and their political supporters and wings on the ground,” Riruako said.

    Riruako also said the fact that independent candidate Angelina Immanuel almost overtook Swapo candidate Leonard Negonga in the recent Ondangwa Urban constituency by-election shows how big a factor independent candidature is.



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  • 11/07/19--14:00: You are someone’s type
  • You are someone’s typeYou are someone’s typeNamibia joins BE THE 1 global campaign NAMbts joins hands with Abbott and Cristiano Ronaldo Mariselle Stofberg

    The Namibia Blood Transfusion Service (NAMbts) has joined hands with various other blood services around the world in launching the BE THE 1 campaign.

    This is in partnership with Abbott, an American pharmaceutical and medical services company. This partnership was announced at the annual general meeting of the NAMbts on Thursday, 31 October.

    BE THE 1 is a partnership between Abbott, the football player Cristiano Ronaldo and blood banks around the world.

    “The campaign is raising awareness globally to inspire young people to become regular donors. The BE THE 1 movement puts the power of better health and saving lives into the hands of people around the world through blood donation,” Titus Shivute, the educational officer of NAMbts, said during the meeting.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the first global ambassador for Abbott’s BE THE 1 movement. Ronaldo has been donating blood since the age of 24 and is encouraging others to join this global movement. NAMbts aims to improve donations in the coming year by 10% at the five fixed donation sites countrywide and increase awareness of the movement on social media.

    “We are hoping to increase blood donation frequency from repeat donors by leveraging on Ronaldo’s social responsibility and commitment towards blood donation. The permanent centres provide a convenience for all donors to help save lives and we are urging all Namibians, especially the youth, to donate more frequently,” said Zita Tobin, the NAMbts manager for donor recruitment and public relations.

    The five blood donation centres are open at the following times:

    · 35 Tal Street centre is open from 07:00 to 16:00 every weekday, and until 18:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    · The United House centre in Independence Avenue is open from 08:30 to 16:00 on weekdays.

    · Swakopmund centre in 4 Ferdinand Stich Street is open every Monday from 10:00 to 18:00.

    · Walvis Bay centre behind Welwitschia Medipark is open every Tuesday from 10:00 to 18:00.

    · Oshakati Centre on the Oshakati State Hospital Grounds is open every Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00.

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    Linking lives through serviceLinking lives through serviceLifeLink Emergency Rescue Services goes the extra mile for their patients. Established eight years ago, LifeLink has secured a good reputation among patients and day-to-day clients all over the country. Elizabeth Joseph

    The company’s service has grown tremendously since its inception. They operate out of two different towns with ground ambulances, which are fully equipped for any emergency.

    Currently employing 18 permanent employees, the company plans to expand.

    “Our culture is one of developing our staff to ensure that we provide a world-class level of service to all our patients. We aim to be the leading ambulance and evacuation company in Namibia, driven by innovation and honest core values,” says Brian Low, managing director and chief ambulance officer.

    LifeLink stays true to its values of bringing only the best to their patients by being the only company that operates a Namibian-based, doctor-led air ambulance service which covers Namibia and most of Southern Africa.

    At this point in time, the company has not established a budget for Corporate Social Responsibility, but it does provide free calls to vulnerable people, mainly in Henties Bay, who cannot afford ambulance services. At Henties Bay, there is no state or municipal ambulance and LifeLink provides emergency services to all that require it. They also offer training and development for incoming paramedics.

    Winston S. Churchill said that “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." And according to Low, LifeLink measures its success around the service provided to the patient.

    “We measure success in terms of providing client-centred services to emergency, inter-facility transfer and international patients. We use two main metrics – increase in call volumes and number of complaints.

    “In this respect, call volumes have continued to climb steadily whilst complaints received amount to less than one per six-month period,” he says.

    Community based activities

    LifeLink provides full emergency services within Henties Bay, regardless of medical aid or ability to pay. They cover approximately 45 calls per month (N$170 000 worth of calls based on NAMAF tariffs).

    This doctor-led service has established itself as a respectable service provider with many international insurers relying on them to transfer patients all over the world.

    The company has taken patients back to their home countries, including Australia, the UK, China, Belgium, USA, Italy and Germany.

    Their goals include ensuring that their clients are provided with cost-effective and patient-centric service with standards that rival those in developed countries.

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Painting the bigger picture
  • Painting the bigger picturePainting the bigger picture Sam Januarie is a strategic thinker who is conscious about his surroundings. Evany van Wyk

    The possibility of making a positive impact or change in someone’s life is usually the reason that helps Sam Januarie get up in the morning. From that point, he goes on to fill his position as human resource consultant at Easy HR consulting. He is one of the founders of Easy HR and has been part of the business since 2006.

    Januarie specialises in labour and employment relations and regularly assists companies in various industries with human resource management related challenges. Januarie was locked out of his initial career of choice as he did not have the right subjects to enrol for an engineering qualification due to insufficient career guidance.

    When one door closes, another opens, however, as this opened Januarie to a world of opportunity in the human resources field, which he is now thriving in.

    “Having achieved what could be achieved in my career as an HR professional I am now preparing to venture into more generalist business management,” he says.

    Januarie has two major qualifications under his belt, namely a postgraduate degree in labour law from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a postgraduate diploma in advance project management from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently studying towards an executive master’s in business administration (EMBA) at UCT.

    Young people often end up studying in a field that they have no passion for, Januarie says. “If you do not have a passion for what you are studying then how content or happy you will be in your profession will definitely be negative.”

    Januarie’s job is one that enables him to frequently meet people from various backgrounds. According to him, the reasons people cross his path might not always be pleasant, especially if it results in impacting the person’s life or someone losing their work. “In the end you do your job.”

    Seeing the positive and constructive results in his advice to companies and getting to mentor youngsters who wish to enter the HR field are his favourite parts of the job. “I just wish to have a positive impact on their careers,” he said.

    Januarie has accomplished quite a number of things in his career, including being in charge of signing a three-year wage agreement for Dundee Precious Metals, the first of its kind in Namibia. He is not only an honorary member of the Institute of People Management in Namibia but also formerly served as the institute’s president.

    “Internationally, I had the distinct opportunity to represent Namibia in various forums such as the International Labour Organisation, African Union and SADC as an employers’ representative,” Januarie says.

    It is evident that positive change and being aware of what goes on around him are of vital importance to Januarie, who says he always keeps abreast of new developments in the HR and labour law field.

    V1- Sam Januarie is an HR consultant who specialises in labour and employment relations.

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Dynamo with a human touch
  • Dynamo with a human touch Dynamo with a human touch Billing a better future Entering into the legal corporate world with a mind-set of learn, fail, learn some more and excel, buccaneer Emma Theofelus flourishes one step closer to becoming a human rights lawyer. Justicia Shipena

    Emma Theofelus was recently appointed as a legal officer in the directorate of legal services and international cooperation at the ministry of justice.

    Her job entails monitoring the implementation of human rights laws in Namibia. She is also responsible for processing extradition requests from other countries and facilitates requests for maintenance issues.

    Theofelus was born in Windhoek and attended People’s Primary School and later Khomas High School.

    Speaking to Careers Theofelus said she wanted to become a paediatrician when she was younger.

    “I loved children and I still do. I wanted to save their lives. Aside from that, as a child, I always had an inclination to speak out about something if I didn’t agree with it or if I didn’t think it was right. That led to people asking me to raise issues on their behalf and that is how I discovered that I could speak on behalf of those that are voiceless or didn’t know how to.”

    Theofelus applied for the position of legal officer in the directorate of legal services and international cooperation as she believed it was the first step of many in realising her dream of becoming a human rights lawyer with a touch of diplomacy.

    “The biggest challenge so far is the preparation of human rights reports. Namibia is exemplary in safeguarding human rights and the international community need not be convinced because it is well known,” says Theofelus.

    She adds that the challenge is that as a nation, Namibia is not very good at capturing data and monitoring progress and therefore it becomes a bit difficult to report on Namibia’s remarkable progress.

    Theofelus says she enjoys her work as it allows her to think independently and use her innovative thinking to solve problems.

    She further believes that in any work environment it is essential to remember that one is not an island. In most cases one is required to work with a group of people who have different expectations of things and ways of doing things. Therefore, she believes one needs to acquire interpersonal skills to work efficiently and resolve conflicts in a professional manner.

    The best piece of advice she has ever received was, “No matter what you’re going through, just keep moving.”

    Apart from her work she is passionate about youth development and gender equality, which is why she volunteers in her community.

    Her future plans are to become an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of Namibia and acquire a couple of master’s degrees before the age of 30.

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    Emma Theofelus, legal officer in the directorate of legal services and international cooperation at the ministry of justice. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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    Joleen Mans – a businesswoman with a heart of goldJoleen Mans – a businesswoman with a heart of gold Elizabeth Joseph

    With a business administration qualification and various insurance industry qualifications, Joleen Mans is on her way to making a great name for herself.

    “I started as a secretary with Alexander Forbes in 1999 and went through the ranks in the consulting department from an assistant consultant to a senior consultant with my own client portfolio.

    “Now I am heading up the consulting department with a team of 11 consultants,” she says.

    Her job is to be the face of Alexander Forbes.

    “We are responsible for the relationship with our clients.” The main focus of their consulting approach is to:

    · look at employee benefit (EB) arrangements holistically to provide integrated solutions to clients through ideal insurance arrangements;

    · review investment portfolios in terms of the retirement fund’s investment philosophy; and

    · help create the right investment portfolios at the right time.

    Mans says they also provide appropriate support, education and advice to members. Her team addresses similarities or gaps within EB arrangements for employers.

    “We have to consult our clients on any legislative matters and be informed of all statutory requirements affecting the industry.

    “From day to day we prepare and undertake trustee and management committee meetings and assist our clients as mentioned earlier,” she adds.

    Mans is excited and enthusiastic about what she does and wants to inspire her colleagues to love being a part of this specialised environment.

    The initial plan

    After school, Mans studied towards a diploma in nature conservation, but later realised that her love for nature does not necessarily mean that she has to pursue it as a career.

    “I wanted to go corporate and went straight into the job market. For four years I was an office assistant at an insurance company, Southern Life, and when the company withdrew from Namibia I started my career with Alexander Forbes.

    Although her work requires long hours and much dedication, she says that during her journey with the company she has learnt about respect, trust and teamwork. She also says that relationships are key.

    The future

    Mans’s passion and tenacity speaks for itself. She says she wants to be part of the legacy of Alexander Forbes that is trusted to be the preferred service provider for employers’ EB arrangements in Namibia.

    Her advice to young people in Namibia and everywhere else: “Commitment to hard work is important. Learn to love what you are doing and hold yourself accountable for your actions; don’t let others do it for you.”


    · I’m a bit obsessive about organising

    · I talk too fast

    · I am empathetic towards others’ feelings

    · I am an early bird – I can’t sleep in

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: A musician at heart
  • A musician at heart A musician at heart Ruan Greeff, a Nambian jewel John Rock Prophet plans to move to Germany in 2020 Evany van Wyk

    Queen, Mumford and Sons, as well as Koos du Plessis are all musical influences that Ruan Greeff, or John Rock Prophet as you may know him by his stage name, draws his inspiration from.

    This musical genius was born and bred in Windhoek. When Greeff finished high school, he went on to study towards a bachelor’s degree in psychology because he wanted to become a forensic psychologist. His love for music was stronger, however, and he followed his heart and decided to make music instead. He says he always wanted to make music but he was scared that people might not listen.

    “I found out that they do listen and it’s an honour and a pleasure that that is the case,” he said.

    Greeff remains a Namibian resident, but travels to South Africa and Germany for long stretches at a time.

    “It has been easy adapting in the new countries because I know that I am coming back to the beautiful and diverse Namibia,” he says.

    Motivation for his music and in life has always come easy, as anything out of the ordinary helps to bring perspective to his everyday life. He says that it’s not only one thing but a series of experiences or stories that he can use as a basis for a new song.

    “You never know when creativity will strike or what its source will be,” he explains.

    A humble heart, Greeff says that his accomplishments are few, but the challenges he encountered are quite a lot. Learning to deal with disappointments is one of those challenges he had to overcome. Greeff believes that even if you feel your music is good, you should work as though it’s not. The road to success is never a straight line and you’ll always have to regroup, rethink and re-apply yourself.

    “You have never really "made it" you are simply always making it. It’s very humbling, but also fuels my drive,” Greeff says.

    The music industry has changed a lot and nowadays it’s all about streaming. Greeff says that making and selling albums are dying and the music business is not for the lazy and faint-hearted.

    Greeff admits that his parents were not too happy about him becoming a musician but that they could see how much he loved it

    The standard of living for musicians is always questioned but making money as an entertainer is not impossible. In 2020 Greeff has plans of moving to Germany, but will continue making music in Namibia, South Africa and possibly Europe.

    “Lastly, to all the aspiring musicians, work very hard and a little smart and most of all, be careful who you take advice from,” he advises.

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Food for thought
  • Food for thoughtFood for thoughtIf food is the answer, what is the question? Konrad Jetschko, the catering coordinator at Pick n Pay Namibia, loves food and the cultural experiences it offers. Mariselle Stofberg

    An Irish proverb says that laughter is brightest in the place where there is food and Konrad Jetschko’s passion for food ignites his soul.

    If you love what you do, they say you will never work a day in your life, and this captures the essence of this passionate and driven chef that has cooked around the world and celebrated numerous dishes and cuisines.

    Once he matriculated, he was accepted at the Silwood Kitchen Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Cape Town.

    At the end of his studies there, he was lucky again to be accepted as an apprentice under a brilliant Austrian chef named Thomas Sinn.

    “I then quickly worked my way up to senior sous chef at his prestigious Blue Danube restaurant. From there I had a liking for the trendy tapas, cocktail bars and restaurants popping up in Cape Town and then found myself opening and co-managing the amazing Asoka, Son of Dharma cocktail bar and restaurant.”

    Another great opportunity came and Jetschko accepted the offer to be the chef on a classic super yacht named My Istros, cruising the Mediterranean and making frequent visits to Mykonos, San Tropez and Dubrovnik.

    “I am very close to my family, so I then decided that I have had enough of the ‘livin’ la vida loca’, as many Namibians do. I then decided to come back home to our lovely country. Since then I have worked as a chef on a few lodges until I recently joined the O&L Pick n Pay team.”

    Konrad Jetschko is the catering coordinator at Pick n Pay Namibia. Working as a catering coordinator is quite similar to working in restaurants and hotels and Jetschko believes that is the reason he enjoys it so much. His team caters for various functions like year-end functions, weddings, platters for meetings and do food stalls as well.

    “We are quite famous for our spit braais that we prepare at your venue. I get to work with food and people and that’s my passion. Almost every function or event we do is quite unique, so no boring desk job for me. And I have a brilliant management and staff team,” Jetschko says.

    “I have enjoyed every second on this journey and I am continuously challenged to perform my outmost best.”

    Jetschko has first-hand experience in the challenging environment of catering. “The hospitality, and as I have recently learned the retail industry as well, is quite demanding and challenging at times, but when things come together, the rewards, both personal and professional, are immense.”

    Jetschko has had some great successes with projects they undertook the past year, and believes the greatest feeling is to be commended and rewarded so much by O&L, which makes all the sacrifice and hard work all the more worthwhile.

    “To form part of such a well-established group of companies is just a massive privilege. The culture and values within the group have become a way of living and place where I feel I belong.”

    Food is a daily inspiration for Jetschko, and he finds the culinary art very romantic and inspiring. “All my after-work hobbies also include some aspect of food.”

    Even though Jetschko has prepared numerous complicated and sophisticated meals, he still values the simple things in life. “Even chefs enjoy simple food like spaghetti Bolognese or fish spread on toast.”

    For Jetschko, food is an intricate part of his life. “Food is like music and it can tame even the most savage beast,” Jetschko jokingly added.

    “My motto I live by every day is simple: Just keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”


    Photo 1: Konrad Jetschko is the catering coordinator at Pick n Pay Namibia.

    Photo 2: Even though Jetschko has prepared numerous complicated and sophisticated meals, he still values the simple things in life.


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  • 11/07/19--14:00: We need to embrace the Cloud
  • We need to embrace the CloudWe need to embrace the Cloud Syed Asad Abbas

    There’s a lot of hype about the Cloud, however what comes to mind when you hear that your software will sit in the cloud? It sounds positively intangible and like a cloud it can fall apart anytime. Making it seem like something you have no control over, it may just disappear like smoke. Many people think this, but it is misconception. The ITC industry should have used another word to describe it, as the name Cloud certainly creates misunderstandings. The intangible nature of clouds created a negative perception when it came to Cloud technology, however the name stuck and we’ve been playing catch-up as a sector ever since.

    The Cloud is actually a set of technologies which are rented out to multiple tenants, anywhere in the world and at a low cost. It is hosted by a company which specialises in hosting, managing and delivering the technologies. This keeps it operational 24/7 and 365 days a year. Some servers use computing power to run applications or "deliver a service”. Almost everyone that uses any form of tech already uses Cloud services, often without knowing it. If you use any services of Google or Apple, you are using and accessing Cloud technology.

    Cloud as we know it is not something new, it existed as far back as the first industrial revolution. Cloud was there when people started depositing their money in a bank instead of their personal vaults. Money is valued above all else, and yet we don't even know where exactly our money is stored, we just access it via an ATM, online, or via a speed point. When it comes to selecting a cloud-based solution, more often than not we think about where our data will be stored, but actually what's important is who will have access to our data. Will it be available to us whenever we need it? So it does not matter where our data sits, what matters is how secure the accessibility is and how durable the service availability will be.

    Next time when you are offered a solution which sits in the Cloud, think about the more important factors, i.e. security and availability. Whether it is a software application, data that needs to be stored or software programmes, it’s all possible and at the organisation’s fingertips with the Cloud. The services are available anywhere and anytime through any enabled devices and are totally secure and with an exponentially increased efficiency. Most organisations and companies across the globe have already completely embraced secure cloud service based solutions.

    Cloud-based solutions and Software as a Service are almost without exception part of every country’s overall development plan in terms of public service infrastructure, economic outlook and investment environment. Developing ICT infrastructure in both the public and private sectors.

    If we do nothing as Namibia, but just stand by and watch this new revolution pass us by, it will cause long-term damage and will create an unbridgeable digital divide compared to other nations which are adapting to this trend proactively. It really makes sense for every business and organisation to use Cloud services. So what do we do? There’s no need to be cautious or doubtful regarding Cloud technology, the tech is proven. We need to adopt and embrace strategies which enable us to utilise cloud computing and deliver effective and efficient e-governance and Cloud services and software to companies and organisations, no matter their size.


    Syed Asad Abbas is the Head of Division for Software Services. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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  • 11/07/19--14:00: Caring CAN change a life
  • Caring CAN change a lifeCaring CAN change a lifeRolf Hansen and the stages of building a better Namibia Making kindness, mindfulness and passion for hard work an everyday thing. Evany van Wyk

    In June 2015, Rolf Hansen was appointed as the third chief executive officer of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) since its inception in 1968. Hansen was only 30 years old at the time and says stepping into this position has been the most life-enriching experience he has ever had.

    Five years later he says he thought he would be the one adding value to CAN, but instead it has added value to his life.

    Hansen was born in Swakopmund and completed high school at Windhoek High School in the capital. He went on to pursue a bachelor’s of commerce degree in marketing at the University of South Africa while working in the media industry. Working at Republikein, and then embarking on his solo journey of becoming an entrepreneur, Hansen was quite the busy man.

    “Wanting to gain more knowledge about ‘what is truly out there’, I started a business in the tourism and hospitality industry,” says Hansen.

    IN 2015, he decided that it was time for a career change and by sheer coincidence saw the position of CEO for CAN advertised.

    “At that point in my life I wanted to move into a stage where meaning and value addition to others and myself was my main aim,” he says.

    He has subsequently completed a master’s course in cancer control and implementation, training in epidemiology, and is currently serving as both CEO of CAN and as the national director of the Namibia National Cancer Registry.

    Management of CAN’s national activities, administration and patient support programmes are only a few of his many responsibilities.

    “To keep our operations ongoing means that we need to raise funds, have a business model, a sustainable welfare arm and deal with legislation and policy development to the benefit of Namibians diagnosed with cancer,” Hansen explains. The National Cancer Registry also falls directly under his duties and responsibilities.

    Hansen says because people tend to ignore cancer, getting the message of awareness and early detection across becomes a big challenge. “Uninformed people make our jobs tough. People tend to bad-mouth CAN’s efforts without knowing what we do, the services we provide or the help we extend.”

    His love for the job overshadows the challenges faced. Hearing from a patient who beat cancer and being on that journey with them is emotionally taxing but also a humbling experience, according to him. “You have the realisation every day that life is precious,” Hansen says.

    This year has been challenging for many, including CAN. As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the association tries to support the ministry of health and social services’ efforts to improve the support to cancer patients in Namibia. “Fortunately our footprint has expanded yet again, while we have joined forces with ministerial teams to draft national policies that will enhance care for cancer patients in future,” says Hansen about how the year has been so far and the way forward.

    Hansen believes that a person is never too old to learn and that keeping your feet on the ground, your head cool and your heart warm is all that matters.


    Picture1- Rolf Hansen at the recent World Cancer Leaders Summit in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, where challenges in global access to cancer care was discussed by NGOs and possible strategies to overcome these challenges were focused on.