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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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    Litwayi urges athletes to fight for qualificationLitwayi urges athletes to fight for qualification Namibia National Paralympic Committee (NNPC) president Johannes Litwayi says 2019 will be busy year for athletes, as many competitions are lined up.

    Litwayi said the planned activities for the year include the world champs, the All-Africa Games, the 11th Fazza International Athletics Championships to be held in Dubai, the South Africa Sport Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) national champs, the para Coca-Cola national champs, ball games, blind soccer, events linked to the female development programme and the launch of sitting volleyball.

    He said there are financial challenges and capacity issues, but athletes can look forward to these competitions, as they are doing their best to keep them active throughout the year.

    Litwayi urged athletes who want to compete in these major competitions to fight for qualification.

    “Athletes have to qualify for the SASAPD champs and only athletes that are classified will be able to compete,” he said.

    “So we urge athletes who hold licenses to train hard, as we will be selecting the cream of the crop for the competition.”

    He added they want athletes to record good qualification standards, which will ensure that they qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 01/21/19--14:00: Back2School ­activation
  • Back2School ­activationBack2School ­activation Namibia Media Holdings under the banner My Zone is back again with its 2019 Back2School activations edition as we visited over five primary schools across ­Windhoek. Below are some exciting moments of the learners as The Zone team spent time with them while also handing over back-to-school booklets.

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    Stars knocked out of Confederation CupStars knocked out of Confederation Cup African Stars bowed out of the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup after a 0-1 defeat by Raja Casablanca of Morocco on Sunday.

    The Namibian club played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg match of the preliminary at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last week, but their failure to find the back of the net in Morocco on Sunday saw them go down 1-2 on aggregate.

    African Stars started the game like a house on fire, as they had most of the possession in the opening minutes of the first half, but could not find the back of the net.

    Raja Casablanca threatened their opponents in front of goal on numerous occasions, but none of their attempts saw the back of the net either, as the match was 0-0 at halftime.

    In the second half the home team picked up their tempo in the opening 10 minutes and scored from a free-kick in the 56th minute via their captain, whom Stars players thought was offside. The Namibian team picked up the tempo once again after conceding a goal, but their attempts did not bear any fruit, as their final touch failed them.

    A fight broke out in the second minute of additional time, after frustrated African Stars goalkeeper Ratanda Mbazuvara got into an altercation with a Raja Casablanca striker, who attempted to score a goal that was blown offside by the referee.

    Mbazuvara got himself a yellow card for his actions, but seconds later his teammate Treasure Kauapirura got himself red-carded along with a Raja Casablanca player he was involved in a fight with.

    With the defeat, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions will now turn their attention to their league game against Young Brazilians in Karasburg on Saturday.

    NAMPA

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    Dembele sparkles for club BarcaDembele sparkles for club BarcaMessi needed off the bench to rescue Spanish giants Ousmane Dembele gave Barcelona a glimpse into the future, but the Spanish giants still needed a Lionel Messi rescue effort to beat Leganes 3-1 on Sunday and restore their five-point lead at the top of La Liga. Lionel Messi started on the bench against Leganes on Sunday, after initially being rested by coach Ernesto Valverde, and for just over an hour at the Camp Nou, Ousmane Dembele filled the void by scoring the opening goal in a sparkling individual display.

    The 21-year-old, however, limped off with a sprained ankle in the 69th minute, shortly after Leganes had equalised through Martin Braithwaite and Valverde responded by introducing Messi.

    He needed only seven minutes to make an impact as his bending shot was followed up by Luis Suarez, who poked the ball in ahead of Leganes goalkeeper Pichu Cuellar. Messi then rounded off the win by scoring himself in injury-time.

    Leganes had protested against Suarez's finish, convinced that Pichu had been fouled by a high foot.

    “It was a clear foul,” coach Mauricio Pellegrino said. “Barca don't need these kind of decisions to help them.”

    But the video assistant referee (VAR) disagreed and Barca advanced to what was, in truth, a fully deserved victory. It means they regain their hefty advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of the table; with the difference ahead of Real Madrid also back to 10 points.

    Leganes had beaten Barcelona at home in September but that remains the high point of their season. They stay 14th. Valverde was accused of failing to rest key players last season, to the detriment of their progress in the Champions League, and his gamble to spare his star player just about paid off.

    “There are lots of games,” Valverde said. “We talk to the players and decide when it may be good for them to rest. It was difficult with and without Messi,” Pellegrino said.

    Barcelona needed him in the end, but for a while Dembele and the 21-year-old Carles Alena in midfield, had shown there may yet be life after Messi, who turns 32 in June.



    Medical tests

    Dembele underwent a medical test yesterday. “We will miss him a lot,” Valverde said. “We hope it is not too long.”

    He was at the heart of everything in the first half, his hips slaloming through the hapless Leganes defence, who swarmed around him in numbers but always seemed a step behind.

    A cheeky nutmeg was followed by an audacious scoop, which found Suarez, but he poked wide. It was a classy finish for the opener too, although the goal owed more to the collective than the individual.

    Gerard Pique started it, driving from deep in defence down the wing. Alena took over and found Dembele, who spread the ball wide to Jordi Alba. When the ball came back, Dembele opened up his body and his right foot, guiding the ball first-time into the bottom corner.

    After halftime, Philippe Coutinho fired over after another Dembele flick and it felt like only a matter of time before another goal would come.

    It did, but Leganes scored it, with their second shot on target. Alba was caught out and Youssef En-Neysri nipped in. His fizzing cross found Braithwaite, who darted ahead of Pique to prod home.

    Messi had been warming up and was quickly introduced. Alena made way and shortly after Dembele followed, his brilliant night cut short, Malcom came on.

    Seven minutes passed between Messi's substitution and Suarez's goal. Messi cut in from the right and curled a shot towards the top corner, where Pichu dived to meet it and palmed the ball into the air.

    As it dropped, Suarez got there first, stabbing in the rebound at around hip-height before clattering into the keeper's chest. The VAR checked and Leganes protested. The goal stood.

    Suarez should have scored again but shot straight at Pichu, who gathered, rushed out and barged into the shoulder of the Uruguayan.

    Any doubt was dispelled, however, as Messi exchanged with Alba in injury-time. A swoop of the Argentinean's right

    Suarez should have scored again but shot straight at Pichu, who gathered, rushed out and barged into the shoulder of the Uruguayan.

    Any doubt was dispelled, however, as Messi exchanged with Alba in injury-time. A swoop of the Argentinean's right foot was all it needed.



    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 01/21/19--14:00: Federer to play French Open
  • Federer to play French OpenFederer to play French Open Swiss great Roger Federer denied on Sunday his defeat to Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard, as he announced he will play the French Open this year for the first time since 2015.

    The 20-time Grand Slam champion was shocked by a man 17 years his junior in the last 16 of the Australian Open 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 and 7-6 (7/5) at the Rod Laver Arena. But Federer, the defending champion, played down suggestions it was the beginning of the end for a man who has dominated the sport for so long. “I've heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, (there is) nothing new there,” he said. And in a signal that he is hungry for more, the 37-year-old said he planned to play on clay again this year for the first time since 2015.

    “It's a bit of a desire. I'm in a phase where I want to have fun and I've missed not doing it,” he told reporters of the French Open. He missed Roland Garros in 2016 with an injury and skipped the clay season the last two years.

    “I don't feel it is necessary to have a big break again,” he added. The long-haired Tsitsipas, seeded 14, has been touted as a future Grand Slam champion and Federer had nothing but praise, saying he saw similarities to himself.

    “He has a one-handed backhand and I used to have long hair, too,” said the world number three. “Yeah, so maybe a little bit, sure. He has more of a continental grip than players nowadays. That's a bit more my way than, let's say, Rafa's way. I see him definitely being high up in the game for a long time. That was a good night for him tonight.” Federer conceded he had “massive regrets” about losing and said he didn't win because he struggled to convert his 12 break points, making none of them count. “I have massive regrets, you know, tonight. I might not look the part, but I am. I felt like I had to win the second set. “I don't care how I do it, but I have to do it. Cost me the game tonight. “There is always multiple factors that play into a match like this,” he added. “But it definitely didn't go the way I was hoping on the break points. I also didn't break him at the Hopman Cup, so clearly something is wrong.”





    NAMPA/AFP

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    Egandjo lyookota dhoohi inali ningwa natangoEgandjo lyookota dhoohi inali ningwa natangoOtaku ka longithwa iipumbiwa ihetatu mokuhogolola mboka taya ka pe wa ookota Uuministeli woohi noonzo dhomomeya otawu ka tseyitha omadhina gaaningi yomaindilo gookukwata oohi, mboka ya zi mo moshihogololitho, muule woomwedhi mbali twa taalela. JANA-MARI SMITH

    Amushanga guuministeli mboka, Moses Maurihungirire, okwa popi kutya natango oyiipyakidhila nokuhogolola mo mboka taya ka pewa ookota ndhoka, mokati kaaningi yomaindilo ya thika po 5 100.

    Omadhina gaaningi yomaindilo yeli po 5 176 ga Ii ga tseyithilwa oshigwana muNovemba gwomvula ya piti, nuuministeli pethimbo owali wa tseyitha kutya mboka ya zi mo moshihogololitho otaya ka tseyitha okuya pehulilo lyomvula nenge kuyele nuumvo.

    Nonando ookota dhoka dhomaludhi ga thika poomugoyi inadhi tulwa po natango, omusholondondo gwaaningi yomaindilo otagu ulike kutya aantu ye li po 1 852 oya ninga omaindilo gookota dhoohake, omanga ye li pe 1 663 ya ninga omaindilo gokukwata oohorse mackerel nomahangano 6 99 oga ninga omaindilo gokukwata oomonkfish.





    Omwaalu omushona gwaaningi yomaindilo ya thika pe 155 oya ninga omaindilo gorock lobster omanga 149 ya ninga omaindilo go line fish no 101 oya ninga omaindilo pelagic species, mwa kwatelwa otuna.

    MuNovemba gwomvula ya piti, Ominista Bernhardt Esau oya tula miilonga omulandu omupe ngoka tagu ka longithwa mokuhogolola mboka taya ka za mo moshihogololitho nomulandu ngoka otagu ka tala woo kutya otaya pewa ookota dha thika pungapi.

    Minista okwa popi kutya sho ya ningi omapekaapeko okutala kwaamboka ya ningi omaindilo gokukwata oohi oya mono kutya oyendji uumwene womahangano ngoka kawu li momake gAaNamibia, na itashi ti we kutya ngele omuntu okuna uuthemba wokukwata oohi nena okwiilongela okupewa ookota dhokukwata oohi.

    Ngashiingeyi ookota otadhi ka gandja kwiikwatelelwa kiipumbiwa ya thika pu 8 oshowo kuyilwe ya gwedhwa po, shi na sha nomashangitho.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omulandu ngoka tagu longithwa otagu ka kwashilipaleka kutya ookota ndhoka odha gandja uuwanawa nokunkondopeka AaNamibia.

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    Ombili otayi ka pangela tuu moDRC?Ombili otayi ka pangela tuu moDRC? JEMIMA BEUKES

    Omupresidende Hage Geingob mehuliloshiwike okwa gandja omahaleloyambeko ge komupresidende gwaDRC, Felix Tshisekedi ngoka a sindanapo omahogololo gopashigwana ngoka ga ningwa moshilongo moka momwedhi gwa piti, sha landula sho Ompangu yEkotampango moshilongo ya tindi eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kunakudhengwa mo momahogololo ngoka.

    Ompangu yEkotampango moDRC oya ekelehi eindilo lya ningwa komuleli gwongundu yompilameno Martin Fayulu, ngoka ta mono eyambidhidho okuza kiilongo yomuuzilo oshowo ongeleka yaCatholic Church moshilongo shoka.

    Iizemo mbyoka ya pitithwa kokomisi yomahoglolo moshilongo moka oya holola kutya Tshisekedi okwa sindana po omahogololo noopresenda 38, e vule Fayulu noopresenda 4.

    Fayulu okwa popi kutya oye a sindanapo omahogololo ngoka, ta gwedha po kutya Tshisekedi okwa ningi etsokumwe nomupresidende nale gwaDRC Joseph Kabila, opo a tseyithwe onga omusindani.

    Pankatu ye onga omunashipundi gwoSADC , Geingob okwa popi kutya aantu yaDRc naya taambeko iizemo yomahogololo.

    Okwa pula opo aakwashigwana ayehe ya taambeko iizemo nokukalekapo ombili moshilongo, ye ta pula woo aakuthimbinga ayehe ya yambidhidhe omuleli ngoka a hogololwa opamwe nepangelo lye yo ya vule okukalekapo ombili moshilongo.

    Oshizemo shomahogololo gaDRC okwa hololwa sha topola aaleli yaSADC pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa ningilwa moAddis Ababa sha Ethiopia oshiwike sha piti, moka aaleli ya kundathana onkalo yiizemo yomahogololo ngoka ga ningwa pehulilo lyaDesemba gwomvula yo 2018.

    SADC Double Troika Summit oya pititha omukanda moka ya pula opo uuyuni wu simaneke omilandu noompango dhaDRC ngaashi woo tashi hololwa koAfrican Union (AU) Constitutive Act oshowo SADC Treaty.

    Nonando ongaaka Iigwana yaHangana momukanda ngoka oya pititha mEtine lya piti omukanda moka ya pula opo oshilongo shoka shi kaleke manga etseyitho lyiizemo ya hugunina nokuyalululula omawi giizemo sha landula sho Fayulu pamwe naayambidhidhi ye ya pula opo omawi gaahogololi ga yalululwe.

    Ompangu yEkotampango moshilongo shoka oya tindi eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kuFayulu opo ku kuthwe oonkondo iizemo yomahogololo ngoka ga ningwa nokuyalula ishewe omawi gaahogololi.

    Nonando ongaaka Fayulu okwa nyana na okwa tindi eyamukulo lyompangu, ta popi kutya otayi popile uukayamukulwa.

    Uutile wiikolokosha

    Sho Fayulu iitseyitha yemwene kutya oye omusindani na okwa pula kuha ningwe omahogololomadhilaadhilo kage li pambili, aanongononi yonkalo yopolotika moNamibia oya holola uutile wiikolokosha.

    Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya onkalo ya Fayulu, otashi vulika yikeetithe iikolokosha.

    Kamwanyah okwa gwedha po kutya Ompango yEkotampango oshowo Okomisi yomahogololo moshilongo moka oya longa oshilonga shasimana.

    “Kandi wete pe na omatompelo kutya omolwashike Fayulu ita vulu okutaambako iizemo. Ito vulu okufala oshipotha kompangu ndele to kala owala wu na kutya ongoye to sindana po oshipotha shoka. Otashi ulike nale kutya iikolokosha otayi ka tukuka moshilongo moka sho ngashiingeyi Fayulu a tindi iizemo mbyoka.”

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  • 01/21/19--14:00: Landless and left out
  • Landless and left outLandless and left outSkaaprivier Valley farmworkers make impassioned plea to Geingob Government has been asked to explain why Skaaprivier Valley farmworkers have not been given preference in terms of resettlement in the area. Skaaprivier Valley farmworkers, who live in corridors within the Khomas Hochland, have pleaded with President Hage Geingob to address their homelessness, so their children do not inherit a drifter's life.

    A group of protestors gathered on Saturday at Aris, about 20 kilometres south of Windhoek, where they handed over a petition to Windhoek Rural constituency councillor Penina Ita.

    Upon receipt of the petition, Ita urged the community to unite and reminded them that the Namibian government caters for all its people.

    One of the petitioners, Immanuel Karukuao, asked the government to explain why they have not been given preference in terms of resettlement in the area.

    “Our parents were born here, we were born here. We have nowhere else to go, we have been chased off the farms by the new farmers,” he said.

    Karukuao said it is painful that they cannot - like “white people” - take their children around their land and say “this is where your great-grandfather was buried”.

    According to him some of the farm owners in the area have even demolished their ancestral graves.

    “They brought bulldozers to wipe away the graves. Now the bones are scattered. On other farms the wild animals have dug up the bones,” he said

    The leader of the protestors, Lazarus Awaseb, said their biggest heartache is that they have not had access to ancestral graves on these farms for years.

    In fact, they themselves have no place where they can be buried, when they die one day.

    Awaseb also said most of the farms in the Skaaprivier Valley belong to absentee landlords, who have appointed locals as foremen.

    “Imagine, we started working on these farms as 12-year-olds. We opened the gates for their guests, we looked after their animals and now that we are old we are chased off like animals,” he said.



    Demands

    The group, who identify themselves as the Gugagub community, demanded that they be recognised as the indigenous people of this particular area.

    They also are demanding land so they can make a decent living and have a place they can call home. “We trust and hope that our call for fair and justifiable land reform, as a previously oppressed and marginalised society, will receive the necessary attention it deserves and that lost ancestral land will be reallocated to the indigenous people of the Skaaprivier in the southeast of Khomas rural,” the petition said.

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    Too few secondary schools in GobabisToo few secondary schools in Gobabis The limited number of secondary schools in Gobabis continues to pose a challenge for the regional education directorate.

    Gobabis, the Omaheke Region's main economic centre, only has two secondary schools which have been battling to cope with the high number of learners coming from primary schools.

    Omaheke's education director, Peka Semba in an interview with Nampa said the town has five primary schools which feed the secondary schools.

    The situation has led to an unhealthy learning environment as the two secondary schools are filled to the brim with learners, exceeding their legal intake ceiling.

    The two schools - Epako Secondary School and Wennie Du Plessis Secondary School - currently have 1 200 and 1 000 learners respectively.

    Epako was built to only accommodate 600 learners, while Wennie Du Plessis was meant to cater for 700 learners, Semba said.

    He said the ministry has already submitted its proposal to the National Planning Commission for a third school in the town to solve the problem, but the process could take some time before coming to fruition.

    “We have a real problem on our hands; one that we have been battling for years. We are however hopeful that once a new secondary school is constructed, the problem will be solved,” he said.

    Semba said the matter is made more complex by parents choosing to send their children to Gobabis from rural schools, instead of considering schools available in their areas. He said this is propelled by the false impression that schools in urban areas offer better education than those in rural settings.

    “There is a school in just about all other six constituencies of the region outside Gobabis, so there is no justification to send a child from Otjinene if there is a secondary school just next to the primary school the learner attended,” said Semba. The education director called on parents to desist from the practice, as it places undue strain on the directorate in placing these learners into the two secondary schools available.

    Nampa last year reported how learners at Epako were forced to work from the floor due to a shortage of desks and chairs as a result of overcrowding.

    Although the situation has since improved, they are not out of the woods yet and overcrowding still prevails.

    Moreover, Semba added that the education ministry will upgrade and renovate facilities at two schools' hostels this year.

    He said the upgrading of the facilities, which are in a dilapidated state, will enhance teaching and learning and raise the morale of the learners residing in these hostels.

    The upgrading of hostel facilities at the Ernst Meyer Primary School and the Epukiro Post 3 Junior Secondary School will start soon.

    Ernst Meyer is located some 45 kilometres east of Gobabis along the Trans-Kalahari Highway, while the Epukiro Post 3 Secondary School is located at the settlement with the same name, some 130km east of Gobabis in the Epukiro Constituency.

    Semba said funding for the renovation of the two facilities will come from the African Development Bank.

    Although he could not state the total cost of the project, Semba said both existing hostels will be demolished to make way for the construction of modern facilities.

    “It is something that we welcome a lot in our region due to the current state of infrastructure at these two hostels,” he said.

    While Ernst Meyer is in a better position, learners at Epukiro Post 3 hostel are forced to sleep in dormitories with broken windows and there are also not enough beds.

    Toilet facilities are also damaged, as they are mostly blocked or drainage pipes leak.

    Semba called on learners and hostel staff to guard against wastage of water and electricity at government hostels across the region.

    The director said water and electricity bills for the facilities are exorbitant and the regional education directorate is forced to fork out the money to keep these facilities running.

    “We will monitor the usage closely and enforce punitive measures where negligence is found to be the cause of these high bills,” he said.

    He said the general culture of vandalism and ignorance when it comes to government property also has to stop, as those found guilty of such wastage will be made to account for their actions.

    He noted that money saved from such wastage could be put into the betterment of actual teaching and learning, which is the core function of the ministry.

    NAMPA

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    Innovation conference next monthInnovation conference next month The ministry of higher education, training and innovation will host a national innovation conference in Windhoek between 6 and 8 February.

    The conference, held in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and Korea International Cooperation Agency, will focus on the development of innovation acceleration platforms, science parks and technology business incubators in Namibia.

    A media statement issued by the ministry’s acting permanent secretary, Dr Lisho Mundia, said the three-day event will take place under the theme ‘Forging a Namibian consensus on innovation.’

    There will be four sub-themes: innovation support, innovation value chains, innovation acceleration and innovation strategy roadmap.

    “The objective is to take stock of the current creative and innovation initiatives within the national innovation system, to develop a contextually relevant innovation policy, strategy and implementation roadmap towards enhancing Namibia’s global competitiveness,” the statement said.

    The conference will be open to multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary actors in the national innovation system, including policymakers, civil society, universities, research and innovation institutions, the private sector and venture capitalists. - NAMPA

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    Namibia, SA take hands in fishing sectorNamibia, SA take hands in fishing sectorSign agreement to work together A new MoU will ensure that Namibia and South Africa share a precious and critical resource while taking care of it sustainably. Namibia and South Africa have joined forces to improve cross-border collaboration and the security of marine resources.

    Yesterday, Namibia's fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau and his South African counterpart Senzeni Zokwana, on a visit to Namibia, signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture at the ministry's headquarters in Windhoek.

    Both emphasised the importance of the “blue economy” and the sustainable use of maritime resources for economic growth, boosting livelihoods of South Africans and Namibians and preserving jobs and the marine resources equally.

    Esau noted that the agreement is in line with the fact that the two countries are natural partners in the fisheries sectors.

    “We are both coastal neighbours in the same ocean. Consequently, we have many similar fish species, some of which migrate routinely between our exclusive economic zones, and others which are straddling between our waters.”

    Moreover, fisheries constitutes one of the main traded commodities between Namibia and South Africa, Esau said, and the value chains of several of the fish species shared between the two countries are “quite intertwined, and several of our fishing companies are integrated in both countries”.

    A major focus point of the agreement lies in the power of combining forces to address the scourge of illegal fishing, with the two parties keen to launch joint policing operations, including patrols to monitor and combat illegal fishing activities.

    Esau again emphasised the rising problem on the northern and southern borders of Namibia and said it's time “to tackle this problem” head-on, a mission that would be strengthened with the help of South African authorities.

    “As such, it is in our common interest to cooperate in areas such as monitoring, control and surveillance activities, stocks assessments for sustainable fishing, and sharing ideas on how we can maximise our fisheries' contribution to the socioeconomic development of our two countries,” Esau said.

    The agreement includes nine key areas of cooperation, including research on fisheries and aquaculture, monitoring and surveillance, capacity building and development, data and information collection, policy collaboration and collaboration on economic development opportunities.

    Further, collaboration on value addition, fisheries aspects in the blue economy and promoting the development of common positions are also addressed.

    Both ministers stressed the benefit of the agreement noting that it will do much to help achieve sustainable development goals in the fisheries sector, for both countries.

    Namibia and South Africa already cooperate on several fishery forums, including their joint membership in the Benguela Current Commission, together with Angola, and in several international fisheries management organisations including the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO).

    Namibia has similar agreements in place with the Galician government in Spain, and with Angola and the DRC, which are all aimed at facilitating the development and market access of Namibian fisheries products.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Are we living in a police state?Are we living in a police state? Are we living in a police state?

    Vitalio Angula



    We are all in agreement with regard to crime in Namibia. It has reached alarming proportions and citizens just don't feel safe anymore.

    Regardless, whether in the comfort of their homes, taking an afternoon jog on the Avis trail, driving to visit an acquaintance or out clubbing with friends, most Namibians have been or know of someone close to them who has been the victim of a violent crime. Housebreakings, armed robberies, hijackings or having a cellphone stolen has become part and parcel of the everyday Namibian experience.

    In order to curtail the prevalence of crime within our society, President Hage Geingob launched Operation Hornkranz, a joint policing effort by the armed forces, namely the police, the army and members of correctional services, to increase law-enforcement visibility in an effort to deter crime. But the noble initiative seems to have backfired with social media set abuzz with pictures and videos of the army and police abusing their authority by using maximum force on defenseless citizens in the form of physical assaults and public humiliation through punishments, such as forced push-ups and people being made to hug each other. The recordings circulating on social media mainly take place at drinking establishments for night time revellers.

    The characteristics of a police state denote a state in which the power of the police is used in a manner contrary to established law. The Namibian constitution guarantees all its citizens the right to due process, the right to move freely throughout Namibia and the right to human dignity, which means that no person shall be subject to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment and punishment.

    What the police and army are doing is an infringement on the fundamental human rights and freedom guaranteed in chapter 3 of the Namibian constitution.

    However, there is a catch! The police have reported a decrease in crime over the festive season. Amongst the successes of the joint police operation is the confiscation of weapons including knives, guns and pangas, which could have been used to hurt innocent people had it not been for the vigilance and foresight of the police. One can argue that the police have done the best they could given the set of circumstances within which they operate and that the ends justifies the means.

    A decrease in crime means greater security for our nation's citizens, right?

    Those who were unfortunate to have been victims of police brutality can be counted as collateral damage - a necessary evil that brings forth a greater good.

    Operation Hornkranz put on display the darker side of law-enforcement. On Facebook, there were mixed reactions regarding the assaults carried out by the men in uniform. Celebrating violence when perpetrated against another human being speaks of an underlying insensitivity towards the humanity of another. It relegates the human being to the status of a thing that can be kicked and slapped around because it has no feelings, and doing so carries no recourse against the government enforcers.

    With the operation coming to an end towards the second week of January, this dark episode in Namibia's history is worth interrogating. Some will breathe a sigh of relief, others will wish for a return of the police on the streets. All I know is that the world has suffered too much violence and that violence begets more violence. Those who have been harmed will need time to heal from their cuts and bruises. As for the trauma, those bruises require more time to heal, if they ever heal at all.



    *Vitalio Angula is a socio-political commentator and independent columnist.

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    Anglican bishops tackle malariaAnglican bishops tackle malaria Bishop Luke Lungile Pato of the Anglican Diocese of Namibia says leaders of the faith community can play an important role in supporting efforts to eliminate malaria because of their close connection with people at grassroots level.

    “It is important for faith leaders and churches to be involved in combating malaria. Churches are present in communities. They are trusted, respected and active everywhere. Churches extend the reach of existing national services and can use their experiential knowledge of the local context to identify and take action against the specific local drivers of malaria,” Pato says.

    He is one of four southern African Anglican bishops who have declared war on malaria, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) says still kills approximately 445 000 people globally annually. More than 90% of these deaths occur in Africa. Children form a significant percentage of people who die of malaria in Africa.

    The other bishops are Archbishop Albert Chama, archbishop of central Africa, Bishop Cleopha Lunga of the Diocese of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe, Bishop David Njovu of the Diocese of Lusaka in Zambia; and Bishop Andre Soares of the Diocese of Angola.

    Towards the end of last year Pato and his fellow bishops visited the United States to drum up support for efforts to rid the region of malaria.

    “There are many players who grapple with other diseases such as the Aids pandemic and tuberculosis (TB). Very few people have committed to eliminating malaria. Yet interventions to eliminate malaria require joint efforts. Together we can eliminate malaria for good,” Pato says.

    In a recent interview Pato said churches could not sit idly by while malaria ravaged their congregants.

    “Malaria kills if it is not diagnosed and treated early. A large part of the population in the Diocese of Namibia live in northern Namibia where many cases of malaria have been reported especially in the Kavango region,” he said.

    On what role church leaders can play, Pato highlighted creating awareness about the dangers of malaria, dismissing myths and encouraging people to seek treatment where necessary.

    “We can help train nurses and volunteers to conduct rapid diagnostic tests and to distribute mosquito nets, especially in remote inaccessible areas.”

    The bishop said the Diocese of Namibia has done a lot to combat malaria.

    “The diocese recently distributed 6 500 mosquito nets to communities and hospitals, especially in the Omusati and Ohangwena regions. Our key partner is the ministry of health and social services in those regions. Our main donor partner is the JC Flowers Foundation from New York.”

    On the recent trip to the USA, Pato said the objective was to motivate those with influence in decision-making in the US “to triple efforts in financing the fight against malaria”.

    He said mosquitoes are developing resistance to insecticides and malaria parasites are developing resistance to existing treatment.

    Pato said while in the USA the bishops met five senators individually. His assessment is that all the senators they met were in favour of influencing the US government to significantly increase its financial contribution towards the Global Fund project.

    “The USA has been the biggest contributor towards this fund and its contribution has influenced other countries in the past. The Global Fund project supports Sustainable Development Goal Three, which strives to ensure healthy lives and promote the wellbeing for all people.

    “The goal is to end the epidemics of Aids, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases and to combat hepatitis, waterborne diseases and other communicable diseases. The senators assured us of their support,” he said.

    On how the financial support that the bishops have been canvassing would be used, Pato said the funds would not go to the Anglican Church but to the governments of the countries in which the bishops reside.

    “The churches partner with the health ministries to access funding. Our visit was sponsored by the JC Flowers Foundation, which is committed to work with the churches in sub-Saharan Africa.”

    Pato said the diocese of Namibia has a cross-border agreement with Angola to bolster efforts to eliminate malaria.

    “This agreement recognises that malaria knows no borders.”

    He said between 1 May 2017 and 30 September 2018 the Namibian Diocese supported the training of 35 nurses (26 Angolan, 9 Namibian), 14 outreach officers in Angola and four environmental health officials in Namibia.

    MOSES MAGADZA

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    China population reaches 1.395 billionChina population reaches 1.395 billionChina's population rose by 15.23 million people in 2018 The world's most populous nation continues to decrease its growth rate. China's population rose by 15.23 million people in 2018, marking a continued decrease in the growth rate of the world's most populous nation.

    Numbers released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday (21 January 2019) put the population at 1.395 billion in 2018, marking a growth rate of 3.81% over the previous year.

    The total included 30 million more men than women, considered a long-time outcome of the recently abandoned one-child policy under which boys were favoured over girls for cultural reasons.

    The government estimates China's population will peak at 1.442 billion in 2029 before beginning to decline the year after.

    India, the world's second most populous nation, has also been experiencing slower population growth. Its total population stood at 1.362 billion this month based on United Nations estimates.

    China added more than 17 million people to its population in 2016 and 2017 following the scrapping of the one-child policy, but the effect hasn't endured.

    Care for the elderly is a rising government concern as the working-age population continues to fall as a percentage of the total.

    Chinese increasingly enjoy better living standards, education and health care, but a yawning gap between the wealthy and poor has experts saying the country will grow old before it grows rich.

    Also yesterday, the government announced that China's 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low, adding to pressure on Beijing to settle a tariff war with Washington.

    The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6,6% over a year earlier, down from 2017's 6,9 %, official data showed.

    China's ruling Communist Party is trying to steer China to slower, more self-sustaining growth based on consumer spending instead of trade and investment.

    But the deceleration has been sharper than expected, prompting Beijing to step up government spending and order banks to lend more to shore up growth and avoid politically dangerous job losses. - Nampa/AP

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  • 01/21/19--14:00: Free education’ a burden
  • Free education’ a burden Free education’ a burden Financial strain a reality for parents Children receive free education, but the financial strains continue when parents have to purchase stationery and other items. Justicia Shipena





    In December 2012 free primary education was introduced in Namibia, in accordance with article 20 of the Namibian Constitution on free and compulsory primary education.

    The constitution of Namibia under article 20 states and mandates that all persons shall have the right to education, primary education shall be compulsory and that the state shall provide reasonable facilities to render effective this right for every resident within Namibia, by establishing and maintaining state schools at which primary education will be provided free.

    Children should not be allowed to leave school until they have completed their primary education or have attained the age of 16 years, whichever occurs sooner, unless this happens on the grounds of health or other considerations pertaining to the public interest.

    Four years later, from 2016, all state secondary schools in the country started to offer free education.

    Despite this so-called free education some parents and teachers have spoken of a financial strain, when interviewed by The Zone.

    Kambala Thomas, who is a parent to a grade 7 learner at Onanghonda Combined School, said his child receives education without the need to pay school fees.

    “My child has been receiving free education ever since 2015 with no registration fees asked for,” he said.

    Thomas, however, added there are a number of items that his child uses for school activities.

    Thomas said he has to pay a school contribution fee, but this is not expensive and is put to good use.

    He said the amount he spends on stationery depends on the number of items on the school list.

    “Since we don't pay school fees it’s not an issue buying stationery, plus buying stationery should be something all parents should budget and plan for, before leaving for the holidays; especially knowing that you have children to send to school,” he said.

    A Khomas parent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she pays fees to the school, including a transport fee for her child.

    She said the stationery list is fair, since she only buys a certain amount of items and some others, like books, the child receives at the school. She, however, does not need to pay a contribution fee because the amount the parents pay for fees covers the school maintenance costs.

    Another parent argued that the items his child takes to school are unnecessary, as they hardly get to use them.

    He said his child is asked to take things like air freshener, Handy Andy and soap, but when you visit the school the toilets are not tidy.

    “There is hardly toilet paper in their bathrooms, but children are expected to bring them,” he said.

    Ndamononghenda Hangula, a teacher at Onaanda Combined School in the Omusati Region, said some of the items the learners have to bring to school are way too expensive, compared to the ones government used to provide.

    Some schools ask for a certain amount to cater for the learner's stationary and this amount also differs from school to school.

    She added that not all the items learners bring are used to their advantage.

    Hangula said the school cannot afford to cater for all the learning materials, such as textbooks, which are a concern.

    “I have a class of 40 learners and only three textbooks are available and in that situation the teaching and learning process cannot go smoothly. This is especially so in rural areas where there is only one computer at the school and learners cannot do their homework, due to lack of textbooks and no access to internet,” she said.

    Hangula added that the education system today is not fulfilling its aims, but is rather putting children into the streets.

    She said often grade 9 and 10 failures are left with no option but to drift into the streets.

    “Although the grade 9 learners who did not make it are transferred to grade 10, there are not enough classrooms at schools with grade 10. The new curriculum thus leads to learners travelling long distances of close to 20km to and from school and they have to be in class by 06:30. By the time a learner reaches school he or she is tired and not in the mood for learning, thus making them vulnerable to failure,’’ she said.

    This is a typical grade 1 stationery list for a government school:

    · Beginners pencil (jumbo) x2

    · Colour pencils x2

    · Scissors x1

    · Thick wax crayons x2

    · Rolls of thick plastic x3

    · Mondi rota trim 500 copy paper x3

    · Large Pritt x1

    · Sharpener x1

    · 2 litre ice cream container with child’s name x1

    · Retractable wax crayons x3

    · Flip file x1

    · HB pencils x10

    · Thin wax crayons x2

    · Thin cellotape x1

    · Ponal wood glue x1

    · Skipping rope x1

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    National pension fund hits new snagNational pension fund hits new snag The much-anticipated establishment of the national pension fund has hit another snag.

    Social Security Commission (SSC) spokesperson Unomengi Kauapirura told Namibian Sun that the pension fund task team is revisiting some of the design recommendations.

    “The revised policy is currently being updated by the national pension fund team for consideration and approval by the minister of labour and the management of the ministry,” said Kauapirura.

    “If all project deadlines are met, the national pension fund should be fully operational by the middle of 2019.”

    According to Kauapirura, the ministry has reviewed the documents and recommended further revisions of the recommended design, following a consultation and briefing session between the labour minister, ministry officials and the SSC board in March 2018.

    “Once the policy is approved, it will require the drafting of a Social Security Pension Scheme Bill to be submitted to parliament,” she said.

    Kauapirura said once implemented the national pension fund would act as a social protection tool.

    “The envisaged national pension fund will ensure income security in old age, help participants to maintain a decent standard of living and help lift participants and their dependents out of poverty.”

    According to the SSC, 391 469 employed people did not belong to any pension fund in 2016.

    Plans to establish a national pension fund go as far back as 1994, with the passing of the Social Security Act.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Massacre accused under observationMassacre accused under observationPolice wait for DNA results Jesaya Gabriel Chuhunda, accused of bludgeoning to death five members of his family, is being evaluated by psychiatrists in Windhoek. Murder accused Jesaya Gabriel Chuhunda remains under psychiatric observation while the police wait for the DNA results from the scene of the massacre at Rundu in which five people were bludgeoned to death.

    Chuhunda's case was postponed to 24 April in his absence yesterday, while he remains under the observation of doctors in Windhoek to determine his state of mind and the way forward for the case.

    The police continue to wait for the DNA results, the Rundu Magistrate's Court heard yesterday, and the police investigation into the deadly attack on Chuhunda's family, including his grandmother, mother and three nephews, continues.

    The court proceedings also noted that Chuhunda's application for legal aid remains outstanding, although he was advised to apply at his first court appearance in July last year.

    Chuhunda was arrested in July after he allegedly killed his grandmother, Ndongo Ntumba (77); his mother, Ndara Elizabeth Mpande (46); and his three nephews, Musenge Petrus Muruti (6), Hausiku Daniel Kapumburu (4) and Musenge Elias Tjingelesu (3).

    The murders took place on a weekend in the Ndama informal settlement at Rundu.

    According to the police, Chuhunda allegedly became violent after he was refused a loan by his sister.

    The police report which stated that the “motive behind the suspect's actions is allegedly that he demanded to be given money earlier during the day”.

    “However, the money was not given to him and as a result he assaulted the sister. The sister went to report the matter to the police and that agitated the suspect, who then assaulted his family, killing them instantly with a stick.”

    It was alleged that Chuhunda was a drug user and experienced psychiatric problems.

    Apart from the uproar relating to the brutality of the murders, the incident sparked countrywide outrage when it emerged that although the family had reportedly approached the police for assistance over the weekend, fearing the man's threats, no help was provided, allegedly due to a lack of police vehicles.

    An internal probe was launched and several officers were charged with negligence.



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Stay off Gobabis land, CEO warnsStay off Gobabis land, CEO warns The Gobabis municipality has warned people against the illegal occupation of land, saying that those found guilty of such an offence would be punished severely.

    The municipality's chief executive officer, Ignatius Thudinyane, issued the warning during an interview with Nampa on Friday.

    He said the local authority was struggling to curtail a sudden surge in unlawful occupation, especially in informal areas.

    “People are seen clearing land on which they erect corrugated-iron structures for houses almost on a daily basis,” he said.

    The situation is worse in the Canaan C Informal settlement, where such unlawful occupation has become the norm, the CEO said.

    Thudinyane said the local authority lost a lot of revenue through these illegal acts, as such land could have been sold for profit.

    “We will not allow lawlessness to prevail in an environment where laws and regulations are in place. Those guilty of this practice are being dealt with and we will continue doing so until law and order is restored,” he said.

    Another worrying trend at Canaan C has been a rise in people with houses in more affluent residential areas demarcating land here and erecting structures which are then leased to the poor.

    Others use it to operate shebeens, with the community living around these structures exposed to noise pollution while the better-off retreat to their own homes in town and elsewhere, Nampa was informed. People from as far as Windhoek and other major towns are reportedly flocking to Gobabis to set up these illegal structures, Thudinyane said.

    The CEO said land in the informal areas is meant for the unemployed or those with meagre incomes for residential purposes, cautioning against it being leased.

    “We are aware of this practice. Gobabis cannot become a haven for every person to just grab land and do as he pleases; there are laws in place that need to be adhered to,” he said.

    Thudinyane added that the municipality had since September 2018 started removing illegal settlers, especially those that have exceeded the town boundaries.

    “At the moment we want to prevent new shacks from being built unlawfully on municipal land, while we deal with those that have been occupying the land illegally for years,” he said.

    The CEO said the lure of better employment prospects for locals have been a drawcard for many to settle in Gobabis, where they end up in informal settlements when such opportunities fail to materialise.

    NAMPA

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    The logistics of a broken heartThe logistics of a broken heart Michelline Nawatises



    They say that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but life just keeps coming over and over again to knock you down from behind when you are least expecting it.

    When one relationship ends, clichés about how there are many other fish in the sea are all over the place, and yet we forget that in the end they are all fish - not mammals, reptiles or insects - just fish. Maybe I am not making much sense, but to a broken heart and a scarred soul, everything makes sense, except the fact that they have been abandoned by another heart - another other soul that really mattered to them.

    They say that love is like a drug. Inhale it and feel the bliss, but when the effects die off, your world comes crashing down. The sunglasses you are wearing are yanked from your face and the true nature of the sun is revealed to you. It scorches your eyes till they burn. Isn't there a saying that your eyes are the windows to your soul? Maybe that explains that heart-wrenching emotion that accompanies the tears that flow. Adele described it in her song 'Fire to the rain' when she sang the chorus: “And I set fire to the rain; watched it pour as I touched your face; well it burned while I cried 'cause I heard it screaming out your name.”

    They say that tears purge the soul of its bitterness. There is a truth to this. So tonight as I think about a person that does not treat me right, and my exes could star in my very own version of 'To all the boys I ever loved', bits of the bitterness are washed away. The first person met innocence at heart and bruised it, and the ones that followed nursed the bruises, tended the scars and added a few ugly marks of their own.

    Life has never been the same since that first time. And every new fish in the sea comes with their own promises - the usual political propaganda. They leave with long speeches too… as if that would soften the impact. They are just harsh words buttered with the dynamics of the English language. In the end, they represent the same thing - heartbreak. And the memories threaten to drive you crazy. In the middle of reality, you scream to yourself, “Stop it!”

    This is a simple plea to stop your mind from reminding you about all the reasons for your pain.

    They say many of the people who are in mental hospital ended up there because of love. And now that is your fear. The broken promises torment you, and what was, taunts you. The skies are grey, and smiles are just for society's prudish standards. You love him. You love her. You know you do! And yet they make you cry… it is their only detriment. With every tear that falls, a little bit of the love pales into the gloomy horizon. This has happened before. You know that soon - very soon - the love will morph into hate and hurt. You will tell yourself you deserve better, and yet the previous loves stain your heart. Is there a detergent to wash this away?

    They say that teenage relationships cannot be taken seriously because we do not understand what love means. If we do not, then why is the pain so real? And when we slit our wrists to drown the emotional with the physical, is that too an illusion? And when we hang ourselves or overdose or become drug addicts or very angry people who aim to hurt everyone else like we are hurting, is that too not defining enough for the power of our emotions? They want to know why we crumble and yet they do not find us capable of feeling what we say we feel. Who listens to us then? How do we drown the pain?

    They say that time heals wounds. Then again, they say time does not heal our wounds; it buries them with sand. That might explain why no matter how much time has passed, it still stings a little; every single time. After breathing in someone and being with them, we realise we have no choice but to wean ourselves off them like they are a drug. And in that fleeting moment, we come to understand, as we gather the shards of our broken hearts, that we are truly alone. Demi Lovato sings:

    “You ain't nobody till you got somebody.”

    And that somebody is yourself.

    You, you and you alone.

    No, wait, wait! I'm not done. Because still you hope and pray that they will come back, and that they see you in their dreams, as you see them in yours. These fantasies are what make it clear to you that love was the fine line between sanity and insanity, and now that it has thinned, there is no difference.



    michelline@myzone.com.na

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    Towns struggle to provide landTowns struggle to provide landLack of serviced plots causes frustration A government moratorium on land sales has sparked anger at Okahandja, while Gobabis residents are grabbing land in an informal settlement. Frustrated Okahandja residents on Friday vented their frustration with a moratorium on the sale of unserviced erven at the town, saying it is unfair toward the community.

    The Okahandja Committee, a group that fights for social justice, said the ban also affected the town’s economy.

    A moratorium was placed on the sale of unserviced land in August 2015 due to irregular land transactions by the town council.

    In 2017, then minister of urban and rural development Sophia Shaningwa said the government would only lift the ban once an audit had been done.

    In an interview with Nampa on Friday, Patricia Hawaes, the group’s secretary, spoke out against the moratorium.

    “The moratorium is not fair towards the community. The community also votes for the leaders out there, so I would say the leaders who were elected should fight for the people, really!” she said.

    The moratorium has also put a strain on the municipality, as it has to do without income from land sales.

    A senior member of the Okahandja municipal council, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the council was equally affected.

    “We are actually being crucified for sins we didn’t commit. If you can’t sell or lease land, you can’t succeed as a local authority,” the councillor said.

    Urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga could not be reached for comment. Detailed questions sent to the ministry were not answered either.

    Illegal occupation

    At Gobabis, the municipality has warned residents against illegal occupation of land, saying that those found guilty of such an offence would be punished severely.

    The municipality’s CEO, Ignatius Thudinyane, said the council was struggling to curtail a sudden surge in unlawful occupation, especially in informal areas.

    “People are seen clearing land on which they erect corrugated-iron structures almost on a daily basis,” he said.

    The situation was worse in the Canaan C informal settlement, where such unlawful occupation had become the norm, the CEO said.

    Thudinyane said the council lost a lot of revenue because of illegal land grabs, as such land could have been sold for profit.

    “We will not allow lawlessness to prevail in an environment where laws and regulations are in place. Those guilty of this practice are being dealt with and we will continue doing so until law and order is restored,” he said.

    Exploitation

    Another worrying trend at Canaan C is an increase in people who live in more affluent residential areas but erect shacks in the informal settlement which they lease to desperate low-income earners. Others operate shebeens in the settlement.

    People from Windhoek and other towns are reportedly also flocking to Gobabis to set up these illegal structures, Thudinyane said.

    The CEO said land in the informal areas is meant for the unemployed or those with meagre incomes.

    “We are aware of this practice [leasing]. Gobabis cannot become a haven for every person to just grab land and do as he pleases; there are laws in place that need to be adhered to,” he said.

    Thudinyane added that the municipality had started removing illegal settlers in September 2018.

    “We want to prevent new shacks from being built unlawfully on municipal land, while we deal with those that have been occupying the land illegally for years,” he said.

    The CEO said people from rural areas flock to Gobabis in the hope of finding jobs there, and end up in informal settlements when such opportunities fail to materialise. – Nampa

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    Lift Okahandja land sales moratoriumLift Okahandja land sales moratorium The Garden Town of Okahandja is well-known for hogging media headlines for all the wrong reasons. Service delivery protests at this town have reached an all-time high as councillors and community leaders continue to fight among each other. These never-ending squabbles have affected development at the town and this has been worsened by a government freeze on land sales. The land sales moratorium has been in place since 2015, while the urban and rural development ministry allegedly investigates irregular transactions. Interestingly, to this day, no action or detailed outcome of the government investigation has been made public while the ban on land sales remains in place.

    In an interview with Namibian Sun last year, former urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa explained that the moratorium remained in place and that her ministry had instituted a forensic audit in collaboration with the office of the auditor-general.

    While a forensic audit may be necessary to detect and prevent fraudulent activities, it is unacceptable that government has allowed this issue to drag on for this long. Surely it can't take the authorities over three years to make up their mind and institute action against the guilty parties?

    The land sales moratorium has stalled development at Okahandja and despite pleas by community members and the local authority to lift this ban; their demands have seemingly fallen on deaf ears. If government investigators suspect corruption they must take the necessary steps against the culprits and allow development to continue unhindered at the town.

    And if government is really serious about tackling corruption, it would have already instituted similar sanctions in places like Windhoek where allegations of corruption in the allocation of land are well documented.

    There is a real thirst of land throughout the country and delivering on electoral land promises should be the hallmark of this government and not to stifle development when it suits them.

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  • 01/21/19--14:00: Designing his own future
  • Designing his own futureDesigning his own futureNamibian architecture graduate receives SA award Elao Martin has received a regional award in Johannesburg and will represent his university later this year in a national competition. Tunohole Mungoba

    Elao Martin, a 24-year-old architecture masters’ degree graduate from the University of Johannesburg, is the regional winner of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, which honours the best masters’ level students in South Africa, based on their final thesis and/or dissertations.

    Martin received R10 000 and will be among eight young architects from major universities around the country who will be recognised for their talent and innovation throughout this year.

    The winners of each regional competition will then go head-to-head for the national Architectural Student of the Year Award and prize money of R70 000. The national winner will be announced in Johannesburg on 8 May.

    “The award has been running for 32 years and my masters’ thesis titled ‘Re-imagining Kitintale's landscape through clay brick making’, won the regional Corobrik award,” he said.

    Kitintale is situated in Kampala, Uganda.

    “I will represent the University of Johannesburg at the national awards against the other South African universities' top students later this year in Johannesburg,” Martin said.

    Born in Anamulenge village in northern Namibia, Martin was raised by his single mother in Windhoek.

    “I completed my secondary education at Concordia College in Windhoek, before beginning my studies in architecture at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), where I obtained bachelors and honours degrees. I then relocated to South Africa to pursue a masters’ degree in architecture at the University of Johannesburg’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture,” he tells The Zone.

    According to Martin, he has always been passionate about architecture, long before he knew about the profession’s existence and this showed through his hobbies of model-making and drawing as a young child.

    “I hope my award will attract the interest of top architecture firms in Namibia and South Africa, possibly even further beyond. After completing the required training and statutory examinations to register as a professional architect, I hope to make a positive mark on the building environment,” he said.

    “I also want to work to create an international reputation in order to contribute to the export of Namibian skills and services, and potentially create job opportunities for other young Namibians in the field.”

    According to Martin, the biggest challenges he faced during his journey were the same faced by most young people pursuing a career in architecture, such as the high costs of education, and more recently, the negative growth in the economy.

    “This will mean fewer opportunities for graduates and young professionals. I do, however, look to the future with optimism and look forward to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the field, for myself and others.”

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    Hi-Tech comes calling at DavosHi-Tech comes calling at DavosSide pavilion looks at people and technology Private technology companies court World Economic Forum leaders this week. C. Vijayakumar, President and CEO of HCL Technologies: "Going forward, we believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will need the interface of technology.” HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company and the World Economic Forum's Strategic Partner, has announced its largest presence to date on the sidelines of World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

    The company will host a three-day event in a special pavilion that will feature a technology showcase, thought-leadership programmes, as well as a number of high-level networking and social events throughout the tenure of the conference.

    The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is a yearly gathering that brings together leaders of global society. The heads and members of more than 100 governments, top executives of the 1 000 foremost global companies, leaders of international organisations and relevant non-governmental organisations, prominent cultural, societal and thought leaders, and the disruptive voices of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers and Technology Pioneers come together at the beginning of each year to define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.

    At the technology pavilion the overarching theme will explore how humanity's relationship with technology will evolve through the next decade of rapid innovation. HCL has partnered with Fast Company to develop a thought-leadership track that includes three panel discussion breakfasts.

    As part of the theme of Human-Machine Harmony, HCL is launching the HCL 2030 Platform, together with its ecosystem of partners and stakeholders, that will conduct in-depth explorations and discussions with leading innovators and future leaders driving change across digital technologies, disruption in banking and financial services, the human capital equation, and the future of product innovation.

    Fast Company will leverage the HCL Pavilion to host expert panels, conduct in-depth interviews, and share compelling stories focused on global innovation and solutions.

    The HCL Pavilion will also include a Tech Showcase Zone, representing transformational examples of how technology - such as AI, Automation, Machine Vision, and Brain Computing - has impacted human lives. HCL will use the Pavilion as a location for nightly special events, including celebrations of technology enabling diversity, technology's transformational role in sports, and global philanthropy.

    "HCL has been a Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum for over a decade, and we have been working very closely with the Forum to contribute and collaborate on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing society and the global economy today. Hosting a series of dialogues around the Annual Meeting is a very exciting new step we are taking on this journey," said C Vijayakumar, president and CEO of HCL Technologies.

    "Going forward, we believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will need the interface of technology to solve some of the world's hardest problems, and, having worked closely on ways to close this gap in the human / technology equation, we welcome this opportunity to showcase our efforts among the world's leading minds gathering at Davos this year," he said. - Nampa/AFP

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    Deon delighted with his new Land CruiserDeon delighted with his new Land CruiserPupkewitz Megabuild customer wins big The winner of the Win-a-Pupkewitz-Cruiser has been announced. Deon Groenewald-Loots, Land Cruiser winner: “I cannot thank Pupkewitz Megabuild enough and can’t wait to go camping with my new Land Cruiser.” For the last three months of 2018, Pupkewitz Megabuild ran a Win-a-Pupkewitz-Cruiser competition where the customer needed to buy any of the selected products to enter.

    After receiving thousands of entries, the winner was finally announced on Thursday, 10 January 2019, and in a delightful coincidence, Deon Groenewald-Loots was shopping at Pupkewitz MegaBuild when he received the call.

    The official handover of the Toyota Land Cruiser took place at Pupkewitz Megabuild Lifestyle on Friday, 18 January, where Clarissa Räty, Pupkewitz Megabuild marketing manager and Johann Viljoen, Pupkewitz Megabuild Lifestyle Branch manager, handed the keys over to the ecstatic winner.

    “I am over the moon,” Groenewald-Loots said.

    “I always really enjoy shopping at Pupkewitz Megabuild, and never thought I would win anything this big. I cannot thank Pupkewitz Megabuild enough and can wait to go camping with my new Land Cruiser,” he said.

    “Pupkewitz Megabuild wants to thank all its customers for their participation in the Win-a-Pupkewitz-CrUISER competition and encourage them to partake in the next win-a-car-competition, commencing 1 February 2019 till the end of April,” said Räty.

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  • 01/21/19--14:00: Paper trail will cost N$160m
  • Paper trail will cost N$160mPaper trail will cost N$160mIndian company can't deliver in time Chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro says the ECN is sticking with its position that a voter-verified paper audit trail is out of the question for this year's general election. It will cost Namibia N$160 million to acquire voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) functionality for electronic voting machines (EVMs).

    However, it will not be possible to acquire the technology before the next general election because the Indian company that provided the EVMs used in the 2014 polls will be busy with the Indian elections later this year.

    This is according to chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro, who spoke to Namibian Sun recently.

    The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) also maintains its position that the EVMs with the current technology have served Namibia well despite an increasing demand for the VVPAT functionality.

    Namibia's use of electronic voting machines without a verifiable paper trail is set to once again become a contentious issue ahead of this year's general election.

    “Should Namibia want to go the DRC option then there is a price tag that comes with that.”





    I think it could be more than N$160 million,” Mujoro said.

    “There is the DRC voting technology and there is the VVPAT that we could get from India. Right now it is not possible, because India is holding its Lok Sabha elections in May.

    “The manufacturer of the EVMs and the VVPATS for the Indian Electoral Commission is commissioned to manufacturer solely for the Indian electoral commissions. They cannot at this time do jobs for any other country.”

    The ECN held a meeting with a parliamentary standing committee last month to discuss the issues around the EVMS.

    Mujoro said this is the position that ECN will put to political parties when they meet to discuss the issues surrounding the EVMs.

    “Our position we maintain that the EVM has served this country well. We will make it clear to them that the EVM has a paper trail functionality, however not a voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) functionality.

    “What the VVPAT means is when the voter interacts with the voting machine and presses their selection, the VVPAT generates a small slip or glass screen. The voter is now able to verify and then once they confirm a small slip like a receipt will fall into the box,” he explained.

    With the current technology the court can ask for a certain machine if a vote is disputed.

    This is despite the VVPAT being used in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and India, which is the main manufacturer of the EVMs.

    Mujoro reminded Namibian political parties not to forget all the problems and issues with ballot papers that had resulted in court cases.

    “Let's not forget about allegations and suspicions of ballot paper stuffing, let's not forget about allegations of printing more ballot papers than required, and let's not forget about the tender vote problems because of manual ballot papers.

    “We strongly feel that the EVM has effectively dealt with these problems,” he said.

    Local commentator Frederico Links did not buy Mujoro's excuse.

    “What nonsense is that? Since when does a supplier say he cannot deliver?” asked Links.

    According to him, the ECN had ample time to sort out any issues related to the use of EVMs.

    “We had four years to sort this thing out, why are things being done in this way?” he added.

    According to him, this would create unnecessary suspicion.

    “The ECN is lurching from controversy to controversy and [this] does not reflect well. There are just so many questions,” said Links.

    Links also felt that it was time for the ECN to conclude the matter on the issue of a verifiable audited paper trail.

    The ECN was allocated a budget of N$66.9 billion for the 2018/19 fiscal year.

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    AMTA comes to Nepunda's rescueAMTA comes to Nepunda's rescue The Agro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA) has come to the rescue of award-winning mahangu farmer Samuel Nepunda, who was left in the doldrums after being told that the government would not be buying his mahangu.

    This follows a recent Namibian Sun article that highlighted the plight of the mahangu producer, who has won Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) awards.

    He told Namibian Sun earlier this month that he still had 1 800 bags left from last year's harvest and that the government was no longer buying mahangu or maize. Nepunda (84) confirmed yesterday that AMTA had bought 100 bags from him. “AMTA has bought 100 bags of my mahangu and I am happy.

    After learning that AMTA was not buying mahangu, I lost hope and I was at the point of not cultivating mahangu this year, because it will end up getting wasted as there are no buyers,” Nepunda said.





    “It is not yet too late, I am still going to cultivate, but not mahangu this time.

    After you published that story I received visits from private maize buyers, who promised to teach me how to produce maize and they will be buying it.”

    Nepunda, who started producing mahangu in 1990, farms on about 30 hectares at Okongo. AMTA did not receive any money from the agriculture ministry to buy mahangu from northern farmers last year.

    It is not clear where the money came from to purchase Nepunda's mahangu, as AMTA managing director Lucas Lungameni and its manager for national strategic food reserves, Wilhelmina Handunge, were reportedly in a meeting yesterday.

    AMTA is mandated to procure mahangu and maize on behalf of the agriculture ministry but last year the ministry did not allocate any money for this purpose. Farmers supplying mahangu to AMTA used to be paid N$5 400 per tonne, or N$5.40 per kilogramme.

    The agriculture ministry has not responded to several enquiries since last year.

    The ministry has silos for mahangu and maize managed by AMTA at Tsandi, Okongo, Omuthiya, Rundu and Katima Mulilo. AMTA bought 240 tonnes of mahangu in 2011, 742 tonnes in 2011, 504 tonnes in 2012, 175 tonnes in 2013, 486 tonnes in 2014, 61 tonnes in 2015 and 1 500 tonnes in 2017.

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    Nauyoma released on N$500 bailNauyoma released on N$500 bail JEMIMA BEUKES



    Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, who clashed with City Police officers over an alleged unlawful eviction in Okuryangava on Friday, has been released on N$500 bail.

    Nauyoma appeared before the Katutura Magistrate’s Court late yesterday afternoon and was released on bail on condition that he does not interfere with ongoing police investigations into the matter.

    He was also warned not to interfere with police and City Police officers during the execution of their duties.

    Nauyoma, who suffered injuries including broken ribs after a rough ride in a police van following his arrest, returned to a local hospital after his court appearance.

    A flock of AR supporters and sympathisers convened at the court yesterday in support of the activist, who has been described as a “political detainee”.

    AR had in fact successfully sought a High Court order on Friday evening which forced the police to take him to hospital for medical attention.

    Nauyoma is accused of instigating public violence, obstructing police officers while they performed their duties, unlawfully grabbing municipal land and erecting illegal structures on it.

    Four other activists and community members were arrested on Saturday. They were released yesterday on a warning.

    Nauyoma’s lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo, told the court that they would apply to the High Court to have the Squatters Proclamation 21 of 1985, under which his client was arrested, declared unconstitutional.

    Amoomo said this proclamation was an integral part of the apartheid state, which did not support any form of activism, while today Namibia is a democratic country, making this proclamation irrelevant.

    He also told the court he could not see why bail conditions were set, as in his view there was no investigation and no case against his client.

    Amoomo said he felt the bail conditions were included to censor his client, who is a land activist who deals with illegal evictions.

    He also felt these conditions gave the State the power to arraign his client again, and withdraw bail.

    Prosecutor Pieter Smit said the bail conditions were very general and it remained legal for the accused to move around as he wished.

    He said Nauyoma could not have been released on a warning, as it was a sensitive case that had drawn massive public interest.

    Magistrate Atutala Shikalepo presided.

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    More women embrace powerliftingMore women embrace powerlifting Plans to incorporate more women in weightlifting and powerlifting nationwide are gaining momentum.

    Namibian Powerlifting and Weightlifting Federation president Marius Johannes says women are more disciplined and focused in training and much more ambitious than their male counterparts, when it comes to the sport.

    In an interview with Namibian Sun he emphasised that powerlifting is no longer just for men, and more women are realising that becoming a better, stronger, more powerful and confident person is not just a male endeavour. According to him the number of female powerlifters have doubled worldwide since 2015 and this includes only those women who compete in the sport, and not the women who train without announcing that they are powerlifters.

    Johannes said most females are interested in CrossFit events.

    “This might be due to the effect of the group setting.”

    Johannes said further they will continue to grow the number of females participating in the sport, as they have been doing since 2016 and that there is a high possibility that they will earn medals and recognition this year.

    “In order to achieve that, an event such as the Arnold Sport Festival in Johannesburg in which five to six athletes will potentially enter will be the focus,” Johannes said.

    He added that the federation will focus on the African Championship in October and finally the Beast War powerlifting competition, in order to end the year on a good note.

    The first Beast War competition was held at the Tsumeb health and fitness centre and the second at Windhoek CrossFit Plus264. This year the federation has to again look for a gym to host the event.

    “I'm still brainstorming on ways to make it interesting. In-between there is the Dead Lift competition in April arranged by MaxQ supplements for athletes to look forward to,” Johannes added.

    In addition, Johannes said the world champs would have been an event to tick off on his calendar, but Namibia is not allowed to enter.

    “Our numbers make us competitive but do not put us in a winning position,” he explained.

    Johannes added that the federation recently became a member of the Namibia Olympic Commission, with the hope of attaining a centralised anti-doping and testing training centre.

    “It's just good governance and I see umbrella bodies taking the lead.

    “I did kit test training, but it's very limited. We need a lot of assistance to actually get someone trained and also work on getting a referee certified for international events,” Johannes said.

    He added that motivating athletes is very difficult and that competitors are all at different levels of development.

    “Train smart, stay away from steroids. Injury-free lifting is the best lifting; do not do ego lifts without back-up.

    “The quality of lift is above the amount of lift first. Get a coach if you can; if not, a good training partner. If you train alone, have online company. Grow on-the-go and eat healthy,” Johannes advised athletes.

    If you are interested in joining, don't hesitate to call Johannes at 081 822 9437 or email viadante.johannes@gmail.com

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Katupose twins to clash
  • Katupose twins to clashKatupose twins to clashDouble trouble in tonight's NPL thriller There will be divided loyalties in the Katupose family tonight, when twins Tara and Muna face off against each other at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20:00. The Sam Nujoma Stadium will tonight see twins Tara and Muna Katupose clash for the first time in the Namibia Premier league (NPL) since they started their football careers.

    The Katupose twins have always played alongside each other at Epupa 11 Stars, Oshakati City, Eleven Arrows, African Stars, Black Africa and Unam, while bringing that dynamic twin power.

    But now for the first time since they joined the NPL they will be in opposing teams.

    Tara will play for Unam FC, while Muna will don the colours of the defending NPL champions, Tigers FC.

    “The first time we faced each other was back in the day in the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan) Games. He was playing for Teachers College, now Unam Khomasdal Campus, and I was with the Valombola Vocational Training Centre. Since then we have never played against each other, so it has been about 10 years,” said Tara.

    “He knows what will happen. They have good players on paper, but we can play football, and he knows that I will score and beat Tigers,” Tara said with a chuckle.

    Muna on the other hand said it will be an emotional match.

    “I don't want to lose against my former club so I'm looking forward to the match and for sure we will win,” he said.

    Tigers captain Rehabeam Mbango shared Muna's sentiments, agreeing that it will be an emotional occasion.

    “The twins have always been on the same side of war; now they are separated. It's evident that they would want to outplay each other and emerge victorious. The former teammates will definitely want to prove a point against each other.

    “It will be a gun-blazer because Unam's current coach Woody Jacobs is our former head coach. He knows a thing or two about us but we will surprise him and show him that we also have a great mentor and coach in Mervin Mbakera,” Mbango said.

    “Mbakera used to assist Unam's former head coach Ronny Kanalelo, so it's a battle of the formers.”

    Mbango urged fans to come in their droves to support them.

    “I want the fans staying in Shandumbala location to dress up in blue and come see us play, it's one of those matches you can't miss,” he said. Unam captain Heini Isaacks said due to last weekend's match results, most fans will support Tigers as they failed to collect points. “We have struggled with results, but today the fans will see a different and eager Unam team.”

    He added that he knows both Tara and Muna very well. “They are competitors with a win-or-die attitude, but in this case I'm behind my teammate, Tara,” Isaacks said.

    Tigers are currently in fifth spot on the NPL table with 13 points, while Unam occupy 11th spot on the log with seven points.

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    Leshabela joins Amajita squadLeshabela joins Amajita squad Leicester City midfielder Khanya Leshabela has arrived from England to join the South Africa under-20 (Amajita) squad ahead of the upcoming Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations in Niger from February 2 to 17.

    A few months ago Leicester handed Leshabela his first senior contract - a deal that runs through until the summer of 2022. At a training camp in White River, Mpumalanga, Leshabela said he felt honoured after receiving his first national junior call-up, adding that coach Thabo Senong played a part in helping him achieve his childhood dream.

    The 19-year-old midfielder is part of the u-20 provisional squad of players who will head for Randburg, Gauteng for their pre-competition medical assessment, required by CAF before any player can feature in any of their football tournaments.

    The purpose of this test is to identify any potential medical conditions, which might serve as a hindrance for any player to be declared fit to play.

    Amajita's 28-man provisional squad will be trimmed down to 21 players ahead of their trip to Niger on Wednesday.

    A top-four finish in the continental tournament will see them qualify for the Fifa U-20 World Cup in Poland later this year.

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    Bolt unimpressed with new cropBolt unimpressed with new cropSprint great says current Jamaican athletes have it to easy Usain Bolt is not impressed by the current crop of Jamaican athletes and has urged them to work harder. Sprint great Usain Bolt said on Monday that the current generation of Jamaican athletes has had it too easy and that they were not working hard enough to get to the highest level.

    The eight-time Olympic champion's last competitive meet was the 2017 world championships in London, where Jamaica managed just one gold and three bronze medals, including Bolt's third place in the 100 metres.

    “I think a lot of these athletes, I think it's much easier now for them,” Bolt told reporters on Monday. “When we were coming up it was a struggle.”

    Bolt, who still holds the 100m and 200m world records, said Jamaica had a deep talent pool but with athletes being handed lucrative contracts as soon as they leave high school there was a doubt about motivation.

    “They are happy with whatever, so for me hopefully these athletes can motivate themselves because we are not lacking talent, we have a lot of that and I've seen it a lot throughout the years,” he added.

    “But when they get to the senior level now, they are not motivated and they don't work hard enough to get to the level of a Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or Shelly Fraser-Pryce, so it is all about the work and they need to motivate themselves.”

    Bolt also signalled that his hopes of playing soccer professionally were at an end. The 32-year-old was unable to agree to a contract with Australian side Central Coast Mariners late last year after a trial.

    “I don't want to say it wasn't dealt with properly, but I think we went about it not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn,” he said.

    “It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was much different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted.”

    Bolt, who won Olympic sprint gold medals in Beijing, London and Rio, said his focus now was on his business endeavours.

    “I'm just doing many different things.

    “The sports life is over, so I'm now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I'm just dabbling in everything and trying to be a businessman now.”

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    Renault to replace Ghosn on ThursdayRenault to replace Ghosn on Thursday French carmaker Renault said Tuesday that it would hold a board meeting Thursday to name a replacement for its boss Carlos Ghosn, who remains in custody in Japan over alleged financial misconduct.

    Sources close to the discussions told AFP that the company would put forward Thierry Bollore to replace Ghosn as chief executive and Michelin chief Jean-Dominique Senard as board chairman. Ghosn currently holds both roles.

    Renault, part of a powerful alliance with Japanese carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi, officially declined to comment on Ghosn's replacement, beyond confirming Thursday's board meeting.

    Ghosn has already been stripped of his positions as chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi in the wake of the allegations.

    The French government, Renault's biggest shareholder with a stake of more than 15%, is particularly keen to see the company appoint a new leader.

    Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had last week demanded a board meeting "in the coming days" to name Ghosn's successor.

    The Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman, who was arrested on November 19, is set to remain behind bars for the forseeable future after a Tokyo court again denied him bail on Tuesday (22 January 2019).

    Prosecutors suspect he under-declared his income in official statements to Nissan shareholders between 2010 and 2015 to the tune of some five billion yen (US$46 million), apparently in an attempt to avoid accusations that he was overpaid.

    A separate but similar charge is that he continued to do this between 2015 and 2018, under-reporting his income by a further four billion yen.

    He also faces a complex charge of seeking to shift personal investment losses onto Nissan's books and transferring company funds to a Saudi contact who allegedly stumped up collateral for him. - Nampa/AFP

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: AMTA a yambidhidha Nepunda
  • AMTA a yambidhidha NepundaAMTA a yambidhidha NepundaA li a teka omukumo okulonga omahangu ge nuumvo Ehangano Agro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA) olya katuka onkatu opo li yambidhidhe omunafaalama gwomahangu, ngoka aniwa a li a lombwelwa kutya epangelo itali vulu okulanda po omahangu ge. Shoka osha landula oshinyolwa shoshifokundneki shoNamibian Sun, moka mwa popiwa eindilo lyaSamuel Nepunda, ngoka omunafaalama gwomahangu na okwa li a sindana po ethigathano lyoNamibia Agronomic Board (NAB).

    Omunafaalama okwa lombwele Namibian Sun, kuyele omwedhi nguka kutya natango oku na ooshako dhiilya yomahangu dhi li 1 800 okuza meteyo lyomvula ya piti, na ke wete kutya ooshako dhoka otedhi ningi ngiini, sho epangelo itali landa we omahangu nenge epungu.

    Nepunda (84) okwa koleke kutya AMTA okwa landa ko kuye ooshako dhiilya yomahangu dhi li 100.

    “AMTA okwa landa ooshako dhi li 100 dhomahangu gandje na onda nyanyukwa. Konima sho nda nongele kutya AMTA kali we ta landa omahangu onda li nda kanitha omukumo, na onda li nda tokola kutya itandi limi epya lyandje nuumvo, molwaashoka iilya otayi kahepa owala sho kape na aalandi,” Nepunda a popi.

    “Onda tokola okulima epya lyandje nuumvo ihe itandi limi omahangu, konima yoshinyolwa shandje onda mono omatalelepo gopaumwene okuza kaalandi yepungu mbyoka ya uvaneke kutya otaya ka longa ndje nkene epungu hali longwa na otaya ka kala taya landa okuza kungame.”

    Nepunda, okwa tameke okulonga omahangu ge moomvula dho 1990, moofaalama yuunene woohecta 30 mOkongo.

    AMTA ina mona iimaliwa okuza kepangelo yokulanda omahangu nuumvo, na kakushiwike kutya iimaliwa mbyoka a longitha mokulanda omahangu gaNepunda oya zi peni, sho Omukomeho gwehangano ndyoka, Lucas Lungameni oshowo menindjera gwoompungulilo dhoondya moshilongo, Wilhelmina Handunge, ya lopotwa ya li momutumba mOmaandaha.

    AMTA oku na oshinakugwanithwa shokukonga nokupungula omahangu nepungu pehala lyUuministeli wUunamapya, ihe omvula ya piti uuministeli mboka inawu gandja iimaliwa yokulanda iilya nepungu kehangano ndyoka.

    Shito AMTA oha gandja oshimaliwa shooN$5 400 motona yomahangu nenge ooN$5.40 mokilograma yimwe.

    Uuministeli wuunamapya inawu yamukula komapulo ngoka wa ningilwa omvula ya piti.

    Uuministeli owu na oompungulilo dhomahangu nepungu tadhi silwa oshisho kuAMTA ngaashi moTsandi, Okongo, Omuthiya, Rundu oshowo Katima Mulilo. Momvula yo 2010, AMTA okwa landa ootona 240 dhomahangu, momvula yo 2011 ootona 742, momvula yo 2012 ootona 504, momvula yo 2013 ootona 175, mo 2014 ootona 486, mo 2015 ootona 61 omanga omvula ya piti ya landa ootona 1 500.

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    Aakwashigwana kaye na evi ya thigwa pomutenyaAakwashigwana kaye na evi ya thigwa pomutenya Epangelo olya pulwa opo li yelithe kutya omolwashike aaniilonga mofaalama yaSkaaprivier Valley ina ya talika ngele tashi ya komatulululo gevi momudhingoloko ngoka.

    Aaniilonga mofaalama yaSkaaprivier mboka ngashiingeyi taya lumbu mepandaanda lyaKhomas Hochland, oya ningi eindilo kOmupresidende Hage Geingob opo a tale konkalo yawo, opo aanona yawo kaya dhigulule onkalo ndjoka yo yeli muyo.

    Ongundu yaaningi yehololomadhilaadhilo ya thika pe 100, oya gongala oshinano shookilometa 20 muumbugantu waVenduka, moAris.

    Oya gandja omukandanyenyeto gwawo kukansela Penina Ita, ngoka a pula ongundu ndjoka yiimange kumwe nokudhimbuluka kutya epangelo lyaNamibia otali kwatha aantu ayehe.

    Gumwe gwomongundu ndjoka, Immanuel Karukuao, okwa pula opo epangelo li yelithe kutya omolwashike inaya talika sho kwa gandjwa omavi gomatulululo momudhingoloko gwawo.

    “Aavali yetu oya valelwa mpaka, otwa valelwa mpaka. Katu na we mpoka tatu vulu okuya. Otwa tidhwa mo mofaalama kumwene omupe.”

    Karukuao okwa popi kutya otashi ehameke noonkondo sho itaya vulu okuulikila aatekulu yawo kutya ndyoka evi lyawo, ngaashi hashi ningwa kaatiligane. Okwa tsikile kutya yamwe yomaafamaala momudhingoloko gwawo oya hanagulapo oombila dhoohekulu nooyinakulu.

    Omukwatelikomeho gwaahololimadhilaadhilo mboka, Lazarus Awaseb, okwa popi kutya shoka shi ya uvitithe nayi unene, osho inaya vula okukala ye na uuthemba kuya koombila dhoohekulu nooyinakulu moofaalama ndhoka na kaye na ehala mpoka taya ka fumbikwa uuna yo taya hulitha.

    Awaseb okwa popi kutya oofaalama odhindji momudhingoloko gwaSkaaprivier Valley, ooyene ihaya kala moshilongo na oya ulika owala aakwashigwaa mboka ye dhi kwatela komeho.

    “Ipula kutya otwa tameke okulonga moofaalama ndhoka omanga tu na oomvula 12. Otwa patululile aayenda yawo omiyelo, otwa tonatele iimuna yawo ihe ngashiingeyi sho twa kulupa otaye tu tidha.”

    Ongundu ndjoka ya popi kutya yo aakwashigwana yomuhoko gwoGugagub, na oya pula opo ya dhidhilikwe onga aakalimo yopehala ndyoka. Oya pula ya pewe evi yo ya vule okukala ye na omalukalwa ngaashi aantu ayehe.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Jeep's fastest 4x4
  • Jeep's fastest 4x4Jeep's fastest 4x4 Is the epic N$2.2-million Trackhawk worth it versus rival performance SUVs? Lance Branquinho, motoring journalist - “The all-American performance SUV has some very impressive numbers, but how does it compare to those European luxury SUVs which have dominated for nearly two decades?” LANCE BRANQUINHO

    Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is Jeep's priciest yet

    After a very quiet 2018, Jeep announced the pricing of its most expensive – and fastest – product for the Southern African market earlier this month.

    It’s the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and for N$2.2 million you can buy into the American dream of a very OTT performance SUV.

    There is no doubt that a N$2.2m Jeep is a strange proposition in Southern Africa, where the Grand Cherokee has traditionally always been a value offering in comparison to its European luxury SUV rivals.

    Although N$2.2m is hardly a price point which can be classed as affordable, there is some real value in what Jeep is offering with its Trackhawk SUV.

    For the price, you simply cannot go faster in an SUV than Jeep’s ultimate Grand Cherokee.

    The Trackhawk is powered by an immensely powerful supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine. It dyno-checks at 522 kW and 881 Nm (Americans don’t round off in metric), which makes it – by quite some margin - the most powerful SUV on sale in Southern Africa.

    But exactly how much of a speed machine SUV bargain is the Trackhawk? Well, if we do the cost-per-kilowatt numbers, that value coefficient is tremendous. Jeep is only charging N$4 175 per kilowatt in its high-performance SUV. A vehicle which is also good for 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, a number bested by no rival.

    So, the all-American performance SUV has some very impressive numbers, but how does it compare to those European luxury SUVs which have dominated for nearly two decades?

    Mercedes-Benz’s new AMG-engined Geländenwagen features a 430kW twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 and retails for N$2 913 644. That’s N$6 775 per kilowatt. Which is also 62% more expensive than the Trackhawk. The Geländenwagen is way slower too, trailing the Trackhawk’s 0-100 km/h time by more than a second.

    Perhaps a British rival is more credible? Land Rover markets two high-performance SUVs in South Africa, both Range Rovers, and of these the Sport SVR is more affordable, at N$2 281 335. For that price you get a similar boost configuration to the Jeep Trackhawk, supercharging instead of a turbocharger, which helps the 5-litre V8 engine produce 423 kW. Crunch the numbers, and you are still paying N$5 393 per kilowatt. That’s 29% more than a Trackhawk.

    The near most powerful SUV to Jeep’s supercharged V8 Grand Cherokee is Lamborghini’s focused and sophisticated Urus. Powered by a turbocharged 4-litre V8, it boasts 478 kW – but the privilege of owning a Lamborghini gravel traveller can never come cheap. To secure an Urus order you are required to part with N$3 495 000. That calculates to N$7 311 per kilowatt. Better value than the AMG Geländenwagen, but still a 75% premium to power-output-per-price-unit offering from Jeep. – Wheels24

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    State funeral for General NambundungaState funeral for General Nambundunga President Hage Geingob has conferred the honour of a state funeral on the late army commander and one-time acting chief of the Namibian Defence Force Major-General (retired) Peter Nambundunga.

    Nambundunga passed on in a northern hospital on 14 January. He will be laid to rest at Omugulugombashe in Omusati Region this Saturday.

    A period of mourning will be observed from today until Saturday with national flags to be flown at half-mast. Nambundunga is a decorated soldier, having left Namibia in 1974 to join the liberation struggle and receiving his basic military training at Cassapa in 1975.

    After his basic training, he formed part of the first intake of trainees at Kongwa in Tanzania.

    Due to his outstanding competencies, Nambundunda was selected to become a military instructor at Kongwa.

    He rose through the ranks of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), becoming a political commissar and eventually being appointed PLAN chief of logistics and member of the military council.

    In 1990, Nambundunga was inducted in the NDF with the rank of colonel and was appointed chief of staff for logistics. He served the Ministry of Defence and the NDF in various capacities including deputy army commander (1996), chief of staff personnel (1997), NDF chief of staff (2000), army commander (2005 – 2008) and acting NDF chief between 2009 and 2011.

    “Major-General (retired) Nambundunga also commanded the Namibian contingent in the DRC operations where he was also appointed as Deputy Force Commander of SADC Forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He participated and represented Namibia with distinction in the meetings of the Joint Verification Committee which oversaw the peace process in the DRC,” read the presidency statement.

    After his retirement from active military service, Nambundunga was appointed special advisor to the governor of the Ohangwena Region by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba - a position he held until the time of his death.



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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Land grab at Otjiwarongo
  • Land grab at OtjiwarongoLand grab at OtjiwarongoResidents stake off 'erven' at Ombili Otjiwarongo police force members, along with municipal officials had their hands full on Monday as residents, fed up of waiting, attempted to grab land. More than 100 residents of Otjiwarongo on Monday attempted to grab unserviced municipal land in the new Ombili informal settlement.

    Equipped with rakes, shovels, axes and hoes, they started demarcating and clearing land before members of the police, and municipality officials, intervened.

    Erwin Haraseb, 33, said he applied for an erf in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has not received a convincing response yet.

    “For how long must my two children and I wait?” Haraseb asked.

    He also accused the local authority councillors of “being weak” and wasting time by fighting with each other over petty issues that do not benefit the community.

    Another community member, the 50-year-old Aquila Kandanga, said she can no longer afford the exorbitant rent she pays for herself and her five children and wants a place she can call home.

    Jeremiah Gawaseb, 33, said he hopes to see the Swapo local authority councillors at Otjiwarongo replaced with candidates of an opposition party after the elections.

    “The Swapo local authority councillors must go come 2020, they are incompetent and divisive,” Gawaseb said.

    Otjiwarongo's mayor, Bennes Haimbondi, the chairperson of the municipality's management committee, Hilda Jesaja, and Swapo's coordinator for Otjozondjupa, Susan Hikopua went to the site to attempt to calm the angry community members down.

    Haimbondi asked them write down their names and said these would be verified on the municipality database to see whether erven had already been allocated to them or whether they are listed under the new applications for land.

    “Be patient with us. We are going to service about 4 000 plots for you on this area you want to grab,” said Haimbondi.

    The residents agreed to write down their names, but urged the municipality to speed up the promise of servicing land in Ombili.

    At the same time, the governor for Otjozondjupa, Otto Ipinge, was expressing his dismay with the exorbitant prices of town land in some of the major local authority councils in the region.

    He was speaking at an annual key stakeholders meeting attended by local authority councils of Otavi, Okakarara, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein and government officials at Otjiwarongo on Monday morning.

    The governor described the main purpose of the first annual meeting as a renewal of strength of each government office and all key development drivers in the region.

    “However, not much was done last year in terms of development in our towns due to the exorbitant prices of land which scared investors. Our municipalities should not only look into making money, and exclude our own people,” he said.

    The governor said the primary purpose of any local authority council in the region is to represent the wishes of the local citizens, despite their political affiliations.

    Last year, Ipinge said his office noted down numerous challenges related to poor service delivery by the local authority councils, adding that some challenges were directly triggered by the local authority leaders who failed to adhere to the country's laws, without providing specifics.

    The governor then called on the five local authority councils in the region and government offices to regularly provide copies of their monthly reports to his office to allow cooperation, smooth planning and flow of information with other key development stakeholders in the region.

    The regional head used the same platform to thank the Paresis Senior Secondary School (SSS) and Otjiwarongo SSS for working tirelessly in 2018 to produce good results in the Grade 12 Ordinary Level examinations.

    Ipinge also described Operation Hornkranz, which was launched by President Hage Geingob in December last year, as a success in the Otjozondjupa Region during the festive season, calling for increased crime prevention efforts in the future.

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    APP congress slated for FebruaryAPP congress slated for February The All People's Party (APP) is expected to hold an elective congress in the first week of February, during which delegates will elect a new party leadership.

    This is according to its secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu, who said the congress had initially been slated for November last year, but could not take place due to logistical issues at its branches.

    “The congress will be held during the first week of February, which is what has been agreed upon,” said Kanyetu.

    He said further that it could not take place in November because leadership nominations had not been received from the various APP structures.

    “Some regions were not finished with their assignments. Every region has its own problems,” said Kanyetu.

    Despite the delay, he was confident that the APP would conclude its congress next month. This, he said, would also allow the party to turn its attention to campaigning for the upcoming general elections, which will be held later this year.

    “We will make sure that everything will go to plan,” said Kanyetu. The party, according to him, was also in the process of finalising a disciplinary hearing into allegations of insubordination against three of its youth leaders.

    Kanyetu in July last year suspended youth league president Sebastian Ntjamba, as well youth wing members Kaghugongo Vumbu Shingereshu and Hendrick Haikera. The trio were suspended with immediate effect from all party structures.

    Providing an update, Kanyetu was confident the disciplinary hearing will be completed by the end of this month.

    “The matter is before the disciplinary committee. They have been called in for a hearing and we are looking at speeding up the process before the end of this month,” said Kanyetu.

    According to him, the trio were informed what charges they were facing.

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    Seismic oil exploration starts offshoreSeismic oil exploration starts offshoreThe survey is scheduled to start on Friday A seismic survey in the PEL83 Offshore Licence comprises an area of around 3000 km² in Namibia’s deep-water area. Augetto Graig

    Portuguese-based energy company Galp will start with a 3D seismic research campaign in Namibia’s Deep-water Offshore Licence PEL83 in the Orange Basin on Friday.

    The survey, contracted to Polarcus UK, will cover an area of around 3 000 square kilometres and should be completed in March.

    The PEL83 licence was awarded in August 2016 by the ministry of mines and energy to a Galp-led consortium that also includes the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) and Custos Energy, a Namibian company that has been a local partner of Galp since 2012, the Namibia Economist has reported.

    The licence covers a total area of around 10 000 km². The area is located approximately 260 km from Lüderitz in what is considered a ‘Frontier Exploration Basin’.

    Galp is a publicly held Portuguese energy company, with an international presence. Its activities cover all stages of the energy sector's value chain, from prospection and extraction of oil and natural gas from reservoirs located kilometres under the sea surface, to the development of efficient and environmentally sustainable energy solutions for customers, whether large industries that seek to increase their competitiveness, or individual consumers that seek the most flexible solutions for their home and mobility needs, according to their website.

    They also claim to assist economic development of the 11 countries where Galp operates and to the social progress of those communities. Galp employs 6 389 people.

    Polarcus is a maritime and technological innovation company which has invested in the latest new-build vessel designs and the most technologically advanced seismic and navigation systems to collect a seismic fleet that is one of the most modern and advanced in the world.

    On 3 January Polarcus chief financial officer Hans-Peter Burlid announced that the utilisation of this seven-vessel fleet was at 96% for the last quarter of 2018, and at 87% for the year, up from 77%.

    By the end of December the fleet was already 90% booked for the first quarter of this year, 85% for the second and more than half for the third.

    On Tuesday MarineTraffic.com reported that the Polarcus Asima, the Polarcus Adira and the Polarcus Alima were all off the coast of Mauritania on route to an unrecognised destination designated ‘Survery Req CPA 7 NM.’ The Polarcus Alima, which had been in Walvis Bay since December, was also shown on route with its destination designation listed as ‘Towing Cables CPA 7 NM.’

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    SA smokers dodge tax, smoke fakes  SA smokers dodge tax, smoke fakes The drop in sales volumes of excise-paid tobacco products has resulted in a significant loss of revenue for the South African government as consumers move to cheaper illicit products, economic research house Econometrix said on Tuesday.

    Citing National Treasury data, Econometrix said income from tobacco excise declined by R1.94 billion between 2015/16 and 2017/18, despite the government raising excise taxes annually for several years in a bid to discourage smoking while collecting revenue.

    "As the cost of cigarettes increases, due mainly to the excise taxes being raised each year, consumers are not giving up smoking, but instead simply switching to cheaper products which yield no tax at all," said Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist at Econometrix.

    Econometrix said its research, commissioned by British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA), was borne out by a separate study conducted by global market research company Ipsos in 2018. The study found that the top-selling cigarette in South Africa regularly sold for R10 per pack of 20, significantly less than the R17.85 minimum tax owed on a pack.

    Cigarettes selling below this minimum price were found in three out of four non-organised shops by Ipsos, totalling 100 000 outlets, and these shops accounted for almost 80% of all tobacco sales.

    "Considering the high price elasticity for tobacco products, holding excise at current levels is the only way to prevent further erosion of the tax base, while enforcement measures are implemented to curb the illicit tobacco trade," Jammine said.

    Based on the same price elasticity of demand, Econometrix estimated that holding tobacco excise taxes in 2019/20 would result in the same excise collection as anticipated for the current financial year.

    "By contrast, Treasury will lose R1.1 billion more revenue from BATSA alone than if excise is increased by expected inflation of 5,4% and manufacturers pass on the increase to consumers, because consumers switch to illegal cigarettes," said Jammine. – Nampa/ANA

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    Ronaldo up on tax fraud chargesRonaldo up on tax fraud charges Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in court and is expected to plead guilty to tax fraud.

    The Juventus forward, who is facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, arrived in a black van and was wearing a black sports coat and black pants. He walked up some stairs leading to the court house and even stopped to sign an autograph.

    Ronaldo is expected to receive a suspended two-year sentence as part of a deal struck with Spain's state prosecutor and tax authorities last year. The agreement will cost him nearly 19 million euros (US$21.6 million) in fines.

    In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.

    In 2017, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros (US$16.7 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. -Nampa/AP

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Agriculture as a business
  • Agriculture as a businessAgriculture as a businessIt's time for Africa to come to the party Addressing agriculture and food security issues in Africa is critical, not only to economic development across the continent, but for the future of food production worldwide over the next generation. Much progress has been made globally in terms of extreme poverty. According to the World Bank, the population living on less than US$1.90 (N$28) a day declined from 44% in 1980 to under 10% by 2015. But we must not celebrate too soon: we are not winning the war on global hunger.

    In the 2017 report, 'The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World', the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) points out that the number of hungry people worldwide increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016.

    Climate change is worsening the situation, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The International Food Policy Research Institute estimates that by 2050, Africa will be home to an additional 38 million hungry people due to climate change.

    The challenges facing the world require focused and compassionate leadership. We owe it to ourselves, and to generations to come, to use every opportunity we have to make the world a better place.



    Scaling up processing

    The future of food in the world will depend on what Africa achieves in agriculture. Africa holds 65% of the uncultivated arable land left to feed nine billion people by 2050.

    Its vast savannas are the world's largest agriculture frontier, estimated at 400 million hectares. But only 10% of this is cultivated.

    Africa accounts for 75% of global cocoa production, with 65% of this coming from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. However, the continent is a price-taker and receives only 2% of the US$100 billion (N$1.47 trillion) annual revenues from chocolate globally.

    This is because Africa exports only raw cocoa beans.

    This pattern is the same for other commodities of which Africa is a major producer. It is time for Africa to move to the top of global food value chains through agro-industrialisation and adding value to all it produces.

    The secret of the wealth of nations is clear: rich nations process what they produce, whether in agriculture, minerals, oil and gas, or services.

    Poor nations export their produce as raw materials. While demand for raw commodities is elastic, demand for processed and value-added commodities is relatively inelastic.

    Africa's reliance on exporting raw commodities exposes it to the high variability and instability of global commodity prices.

    Such external commodity price shocks have continued to negatively affect African economies, creating domestic fiscal and balance of payment deficits that have led to inflation, currency devaluations and a decline in public expenditure.

    African countries need policies to unlock the huge potential of these commodities by developing agricultural value chains and agro-allied industries that process and add value.

    This will allow them to become more competitive in global value chains and raise incomes for their farmers, instead of being stuck at the bottom of the value chain.



    Market-oriented agriculture

    There is absolutely no reason for Africa to be food insecure; it should be the breadbasket of the world. Unlocking the enormous potential of its agriculture should be at the top of the global food security agenda.

    Some may ask: will that not mean large commercial farmers? Images of ugly incidences of land grabbing may resurface in the minds of others.



    Will the smallholders lose out?

    Let's not start with the negative narratives that have held Africa back.

    To realise its agricultural potential, Africa must use all it has: smallholders, as well as medium- and large-scale commercial farms.

    African agrarian systems should support more dynamic and market-oriented agriculture with a commercial focus.

    We must stop romanticising poverty. I have never seen a self-proclaimed subsistence farmer, and I come from a rural background, with a father and grandfather who were farmers.

    What I see are poor, hard-working farm families desperately looking for opportunities to escape the indignity and pain of grinding poverty.

    In my academic work I have researched and written extensively on the efficiency of smallholder farmers, and I am pro-smallholders. But I also know that their level of efficiency depends on the constraints they operate under.

    They are 'efficiently poor'. We have to expand the production possibilities for smallholder farmers, remove the binding constraints around them, including limited access to technology, markets, infrastructure and finance, and make agriculture the source of their livelihood. It should be a wealth-creating sector, not a sector for perpetuating intergenerational poverty and misery.



    Access to new technologies

    The technology already exists to achieve a green revolution in Africa, but it is underused. Resilient and water-efficient new maize varieties allow farmers to harvest good yields in the face of moderate drought. Today's rice varieties can yield 8t/ha, and cassava varieties can yield up to 80t/ha. The problem is a lack of supportive policies for millions of farmers. There's no reason for Africa to spend US$35 billion (N$500 billion) a year importing food. All it needs to do is harness available technologies, apply the right policies and rapidly raise agricultural productivity and farm incomes. This will ensure lower food prices for consumers.



    Rural development is crucial

    The extent of rural poverty in Africa is unacceptable. Rural-to-urban migration is taking its toll, as most of the rural areas are becoming deserted in the desperate rush of millions of youth to find jobs in the cities, or worse, to migrate on perilous journeys to Europe.

    Rural economies have become zones of economic misery. I cannot think of any agenda more important in Africa today than to seriously tackle the underdevelopment in the rural areas.

    We must transform them into zones of economic prosperity. And that must start with agriculture and the food industry. It is time we changed the lenses through which we view agriculture in Africa. Agriculture is not a development activity or a social sector; it is a business and must be treated as one to unlock wealth. Think about it: the size of the food and agribusiness market in Africa will be worth a whopping US$1 trillion (N$14.7 trillion) by 2030.

    I call for a revitalised and stronger strategic alliance between the African Development Bank, the FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Programme to unleash the potential of agriculture as a business across Africa.

    Africa is tired of being poor. Millions of African farmers are tired of being destitute and short-changed. We have the moral obligation, duty and responsibility to rise together and end hunger in Africa.

    And we must go much further, by turning agriculture into a business for creating wealth.



    *This article is an excerpt from the recent public lecture of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), given by Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, at the FAO's head office in Rome, Italy. It was first published in farmer's weekly.

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    Hill falls on mine in Rwanda, kills 14Hill falls on mine in Rwanda, kills 14 At least 14 people, among them seven women, have been killed after a hill collapsed on a mine in the eastern Rwamagana district of Rwanda.

    Confirming the Monday morning incident, a local administration official, Jean Claude Rwagasana, told The East African that there were no survivors.

    "The falling of debris killed all 14 people at the mining site. Rescuers were not able to find anyone alive. It is a very unfortunate event and we send condolences to the families of the deceased," Rwagasana said.

    The bodies were taken to the Rwamagana hospital.

    British company Piran Rwanda, which has a 25-year licence for two concessions in Ntunga and Musah in the Eastern Province, is the owner of the mine.

    According to Rwagasana the company had installed all the necessary safety precautions. The last mining accident in the area took place in 2017 but there were no casualties.

    Rwanda’s Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board last year introduced stringent laws to ban artisanal mining and to attract "serious" investors who can afford modern practices that protect both miners while avoiding harm to the environment.

    The minerals cassiterite, coltan and wolfram generate US$373 million for Rwanda annually. – Nampa/ANA

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    Tweya invites Indian businessTweya invites Indian businessIndia/Africa trade increasing Namibia’s trade minister has attended an international business summit in India. Tjekero Tweya, Minister of industrialisation, trade and SME development: “India and Namibia’s bilateral relations should intensify strategic alliances to yield strategic outcomes fast-tracking industrialisation and prosperity for the two countries.” Augetto Graig

    The minister of industrialisation, trade and SME development, Tjekero Tweya, spoke at the Vibrant Gujarat ninth global summit in Gandhinagar, India, on Friday.

    The weekend event brought together more than 20 000 delegates from around the world and at least five heads of state: from Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Malta. Fifteen countries partnered in staging the event, while 26 380 international and local companies registered to participate.

    Minister Tweya spoke of Namibia’s historic relationship to India, saying: “India has uninterruptedly pursued capacity-building initiatives through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme as well as other bilateral agreements to benefit the people of Namibia.”

    In recent times the subcontinent has also been increasing its trade interaction with Africa as a whole. India's External Affairs Minister Swaraj recently said India-Africa bilateral trade in 2018 was US$62.66 billion, up 22% from 2017.

    India's US$54 billion investments in Africa make that country Africa's fifth largest investor, now with 189 projects in 42 African countries, according to economist and author James Hall.

    Tweya noted the growth in trade between India and Namibia.

    “Namibia’s bilateral trade recorded a steady increase over the past years. Indian companies have invested in Namibia through sectors such as mining, infrastructure development, agriculture and manufacturing,” he told the gathering aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing and forging effective partnerships on agendas of global socio-economic development.

    “We have adopted the Special Economic Zones policy which offers great incentives for foreign direct investment; and we invite potential investors to come and explore investment opportunities in Namibia. We have peace and tranquillity, we have high regard for our rule of law; we have plenty of state land to offer investors in sectors such as energy, manufacturing, health, tourism, agro-processing, blue-economy, amongst others,” he said.

    The trade minister elaborated on Namibia’s growing responsibilities in the Southern Africa region.

    “Namibia was elected as the chair of SADC at the 38th SADC Summit in August 2018 in Windhoek. One of our key priorities during our term of office as SADC chair is to ensure peace and security in the region through engagements, dialogue, mediation and other peaceful means in order to attract investors to the region,” he said.

    He also informed the attendees of continental trade developments.

    “Namibia ratified the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in November last year to expose its 2.4 million people to a bigger market of 300 million in SADC.

    “With the doors of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement opening very soon, Africa will allow for the free movement of African products, African services and African people to increase intra-continental trade with a big single market of 1.2 billion instantly,” he said.

    “It is against this background of global integration that India and Namibia’s bilateral relations should intensify strategic alliances to yield strategic outcomes fast-tracking industrialisation and prosperity for the two countries,” he said.

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    Oysters now safe, mussels notOysters now safe, mussels not The fisheries ministry has given the green light to the public to eat oysters from Walvis Bay Aquaculture Production Area 1, although mussels from the same area are still considered unsafe.

    A little less than two weeks ago, a public warning was issued after oyster and mussel samples from the production area tested positive for diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP), making them unsafe for consumption.

    Yesterday the ministry said it is safe again to eat oysters from the area, which tested negative after repeated testing and “may therefore be harvested for direct human consumption”.

    However, the latest results for the mussel samples collected from the area, which were submitted for sampling and testing to the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI), as guided by the national shellfish sanitation programme, indicate that the presence of DSP is still above the maximum permissible levels.

    The ministry therefore said the production area remains closed for the harvesting of mussels for direct human consumption, depuration or relaying.

    DSP is one of the four recognised symptom types of shellfish poisoning.

    The syndrome manifests itself as intense diarrhoea and severe abdominal pains. Nausea and vomiting may sometimes also occur.

    DSP and its symptoms usually set in within 30 minutes after ingesting infected shellfish and last for about a day.

    The causative poison is okadaic acid, which inhibits intestinal cellular de-phosphorylation.

    This causes the cells to become very permeable to water and causes profuse, intense diarrhoea with a high risk of dehydration.

    As no life-threatening symptoms generally emerge from this, no fatalities from DSP have ever been recorded.

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Buchters demand transparency
  • Buchters demand transparencyBuchters demand transparencyManganese dust refuses to settle Lüderitz needs development, but not at the cost of the health and safety of its residents. More than 200 Lüderitz residents met on Monday night at the first public meeting called following the widespread outcry over the manganese ore that was dumped illegally at the town earlier this month.

    One of the primary outcomes of the meeting was that residents agreed that they welcome development, but not if business dealings flout the law or come at the cost of the health and safety of residents.

    “The big thing is the community is not against development, but it should be done in the correct way,” town resident Reginald Hercules told Namibian Sun yesterday.

    Another resident who attended the meeting said a clear takeaway was that “Lüderitz needs and wants development, but this needs to be done transparently and involve the community”.

    Hercules added that residents seem to have agreed to petition the relevant authorities to take the necessary steps to address the fact that a South African company, registered in Namibia as TradePort Namibia CC, had dumped manganese ore without the necessary permits and without the necessary precautions required when handling hazardous material.

    The company was in early January ordered to stop the offloading of the 650 tonnes of manganese ore until an investigation by the environment ministry and an application for an environmental clearance certificate is completed and processed.

    “The fact is they acted incorrectly and illegally. There are laws in our country which require that certain actions and consequences take place if someone acts illegally,” Hercules added. He said the petition will ask that the authorities hold those who broke the law accountable.

    He said the public meeting highlighted the community's agreement that they are in favour of business development, but that their input is a legal and much-needed requirement.

    “We all agreed and extended an open invitation that when things take place in future, let it be transparent,” he said.

    A third topic of concern addressed on Monday night was the requirements around the necessary and correct infrastructure and system that needed to be in place to ensure public health and safety when hazardous materials are dealt with.

    “The long and short of it is if they had bagged the product or put it in safe containers made for hazardous products, then the pollution would have been basically non-existent,” Hercules emphasised.

    “So there is a right way to do this. But we oppose the fact that the manganese was dumped in the open without the necessary papers or safety measures in place.”

    Another resident who attended the meeting, and who preferred to remain anonymous, said while the meeting is a step in the right direction, many concerns remain.

    “I think the meeting went reasonably well. Everyone agrees and will stand together to insist that the way forward is engagement with the relevant authorities, who have been mainly missing in action until now. This includes Namport, the environment authorities and others.”

    Namibian Sun was also informed that another South Africa company, Geo Pollution Technologies, which was appointed by Pektranam Logistics to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and prepare an environmental management plan for the proposed handling, storage and export of manganese via the port of Lüderitz, has called a public meeting scheduled for next week.

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Where is the youth vehicle?
  • Where is the youth vehicle?Where is the youth vehicle? It is an election year and a major component of campaigning is likely to hone in on the so-called youth vote.

    As in other countries where liberation movements now govern, Namibia’s youth are unlikely to be swayed by historical reminiscing. The stark reality is that nearly 45% of youth are unemployed in Namibia. This effectively means that every second young person you see is without the ability to earn an income in the formal sector. Even more shocking is that the majority of political parties are being run by the so-called old-guard. Dissenting voices are out of favour and are replaced with pliant youth voices that simply praise and bow in respect to ‘elders’.

    Statistics released by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) in March 2014, ahead of the general elections later that year, revealed that a total of 1 158 925 voters registered to cast their ballots.

    The largest percentage of registered voters (44%) fell in the age group 18 to 31 years, with the so-called born-frees making up 19.73% of registered voters, the National Youth Council said at the time.

    When calculated against the total youth population at the time of around 600 000, it was worked out that 85% of eligible youth had registered to vote.

    However, as with this time around, in 2014 the youth did not see a viable alternative to Swapo, as the main opposition to the ruling party is - for all to see - inside its very own house.

    The formation of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement may have created the hope that it could become a vehicle for the political aspirations of disgruntled ruling party youth, but this has given way to the reality that its leaders are simply biding their time to launch an onslaught to take power in Swapo at some stage.

    There is therefore a real possibility that youth voters may not see themselves mirrored in any of the contenders this year and apathy is likely to follow.

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    PDM leader, 400 others join APPPDM leader, 400 others join APPOfficial opposition 'unaware' of defection A Popular Democratic Movement central committee member in the north has joined the All People's Party. The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) coordinator for Oshana Region and central committee member Vincent Asser has defected to the All People's Party (APP).

    The APP announced that Asser was among 400 new members from Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto and Ohangwena.

    Asser yesterday confirmed his resignation from the PDM at a media conference at Ondangwa, which was also attended by APP vice-president Reinhold Madala Nauyoma and acting secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu.

    Asser said he decided to leave the PDM because it had failed to recognise him after having worked so hard during the 2014 general election as well as during the 2015 regional and local authority elections.

    “I have been the Oshana acting coordinator for PDM for the past five years, but now I am joining APP for a good cause. PDM does not care about what we have been doing for them and they only care for us when it comes to elections.

    “They do not even recognise the effort you put in their party to gain votes,” Asser claimed.

    “During elections PDM look at us as their leaders, but after they gain votes they treat us like dustbins. I am now joining APP for the benefit of my people.”

    Asser said he had helped the party to gain a seat in the local authority elections at Oshakati and Ondangwa.

    He said now that he has joined APP he would take along all the people he had recruited for PDM.

    The PDM deputy secretary-general and local authority councillor for Oshakati, Linus Tobias, said he was not aware of Asser's move.

    Yesterday Asser was accompanied by other PDM members who had also joined APP.

    “I know all three members, but I am not aware of their move. On the other hand, I am not really surprised because those are troublesome people who are not really committed to the party's work,” Tobias said.

    Kanyetu said they have been mobilising support in the four northern regions and managed to attract over 400 new members to the party. He said the majority of them came from the PDM.

    “The main purpose of this press conference is to celebrate the achievement of our party in the four northern regions. In a few weeks' time we are coming to establish party structures in the four northern regions and this is our first time doing that,” Kanyetu said.

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  • 01/22/19--14:00: Air Namibia assets attached
  • Air Namibia assets attachedAir Namibia assets attachedNational airline could be grounded over N$400m debt A liquidated Belgian company has started attaching Air Namibia assets in Europe over a cancelled lease dating back to 1998. Liquidated Belgian aircraft-leasing company Challenge Air SA has started attaching Air Namibia's assets in Europe.

    Since the beginning of the year, the Belgian company has managed to extract over N$10 million from Air Namibia's European bank account, according to documents seen by Namibian Sun.

    This follows a judgment on 12 January 2015 brought by the liquidator in the Challenge Air matter, Belgian attorney Anicet Baum, against Air Namibia and TransNamib, at the time the holding company of the airline.

    The Munich Regional Appeal Court ruled on several payments Air Namibia had to make in respect of monies owed to Challenge Air, totalling, at today's exchange rate, in the region of N$360 million, with an added daily payment of US$1 335 in respect of unpaid maintenance.

    The term these monies were outstanding is not known. The court however added that the amount in dispute was in the region of 25 million euros, just short of N$400 million.

    Air Namibia had 30 days to lodge an appeal but did not do so.

    The attachment of Air Namibia's assets stems from this judgment.

    Air Namibia signed a lease for a Boeing 767 aircraft from Challenge Air in 1998.

    Last year, Air Namibia spokesperson Paul Nakawa told The Namibian that the leased aircraft was “defective”.

    “Air Namibia subsequently discovered that the aircraft was defective in material respects, and Challenge Air was unable to rectify the defects. Air Namibia cancelled the agreement on 27 July 1998,” he told the newspaper.

    Challenge Air was then placed in liquidation and the liquidators are now seeking the reported damages from Air Namibia.

    Just this week Monday, Challenge Air was able to extract N$3.1 million from Air Namibia's European account, in addition to an amount of N$8.3 million that it managed to extract on 4 January 2019.

    Air Namibia had been instructed by lawyers representing Challenge Air, Axel Clerens and Xacier Claesen, to negotiate a settlement with its local representative, Wilhelm Shali.

    To this end, the airline appointed Shikongo Law Chambers, who wrote to Baum, Clerens and Claesen in December last year.

    “Our client (Air Namibia) is currently in the process of considering various options at its disposal as regards the aforementioned arbitration award, with a view to mitigating against liquidation as may be occasioned by your proposed attachment of assets.”

    The airline asked for a meeting with Challenge Air in Brussels or Germany during the first week of February 2019 and furthermore, added that it did not own any aircraft operating on its international routes.





    On 13 December, Clerens and Claesen responded.

    “Having duly informed the respondents of the freezing of bank accounts, the process of execution of the judgment will continue unless the appointed agent in Namibia (Wilhelm Shali) receives a substantial settlement proposal and or, unless a meeting is convened with my said authorised agents, where a substantial settlement proposal from the judgment debtors is tabled,” they said.

    Air Namibia was warned that Challenge Air could attach its assets.

    “Your assertion that Air Namibia does not have assets in Europe does not absolve Air Namibia of its legal obligations arising from the Munich Regional Court of Appeal judgment,” Clerens and Claesen wrote.

    Moreover, Air Namibia was warned that its actions could potentially be catastrophic for the airline.

    “The judgment execution process currently under way is likely to affect Air Namibia passengers destined for Europe and cause embarrassment to Namibia,” Clerens and Cleasen wrote.

    Challenge Air, through its lawyers, also told Air Namibia that it would seek further legal remedies to get the debt settled.

    “I take it that you concede that your client is unable to meet the obligations arising from the appeal judgment. If this assertion is correct, we seek further legal remedies in this regard,” Clerens and Cleasen wrote.

    While the airline faces the possibility of having its assets attached, its Frankfurt-bound flights stopped, and money being extracted from its account until the debt is settled, the government does not appear to be approaching the matter with any sense of urgency.

    Challenge Air, in correspondence seen by Namibian Sun, had escalated to the matter to transport minister John Mutorwa, finance minister Calle Schlettwein and public enterprises minister Leon Jooste, seeking a conclusion to the matter.

    Mutorwa said upon enquiry that a meeting to discuss the Air Namibia issue was scheduled in due course.

    “Has the court pronounced itself?” asked Mutorwa when quizzed. “Discussions are going to happen very soon. Ask Air Namibia to give you the facts,” he said.

    Jooste for his part said: “A meeting has been scheduled for Monday where this issue will be discussed with the minister of transport, the minister of finance and the attorney-general. I will only be able to share an informed opinion after that discussion.”

    Schlettwein did not respond to a phone message asking for comment.

    Air Namibia spokesperson Twaku Kayofa too did not respond to a query before the time of going to press. “We are planning to release a statement on the matter,” he said.

    Challenge Air local representative Shali was also not available for comment when approached, as he was said to be out of the country.

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    'We would rather die in Namibia''We would rather die in Namibia' A group of Zimbabwean nationals living in Namibia, who were initially excited about the toppling of long-time president Robert Mugabe in 2017, say they have given up all hope and are “ready to die” in a foreign country.

    Zimbabwe has been beset by social and political unrest over the past couple of weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a sharp rise in fuel prices.

    Zimbabweans immediately took to the streets to protest, and a dozen people have so far been killed in a subsequent government crackdown.

    One of the Zimbabwean nationals living in Namibia, who refused to identify himself, said he was disappointed by the lack of intervention by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU).

    “Look at SADC and the African Union; they are doing nothing. We can just die like that. You are coming here every time and writing about our lives, but nothing is changing. We have given up, we are ready to die,” he said.

    Ironically, exactly a year ago in January 2018, this same 36-year-old marketing professional, who is making a living as a bus driver in Namibia, was a “happy man” when Mnangagwa took over as president.

    At that time he shared with Namibian Sun how he would have loved for his late father to witness the regime change.

    “I would have loved for my dad to have been here now… he died with a broken heart because all his children are scattered across the continent in pursuit of greener pastures, which we didn't even find,” he said.

    However, today he has lost all hope of ever returning to the country of his birth.

    One of his friends, who identified himself only as John, said it is very painful to think about his country.

    “All I want to say is 'President Mnangagwa and Constantino Chiwenga (vice-president), do not abuse people. Do not play with people's minds and lives. Organise yourselves'.”





    Another Zimbabwean national, Damuza Chindori, who is a vendor of broomsticks and pesticides in Namibia, returned from his home country about three weeks ago. He said the situation is “very pathetic”.

    According to Chindori the Zimbabwean economy is in freefall.

    “I think it is because the people that we have in power do not understand how the economy operates. They are military men. They have no idea what it means to grow the economy or restore confidence in the economy,” he said.

    Chindori said the Zimbabwean leadership believes that the saving grace of the country is foreign investment.

    “Foreigners can only invest in a country when they see citizens are confident and prospering in that economy. So we have a mismatch where the local businesspeople are finding it hard to operate in Zimbabwe. So how do you expect a foreign investor to invest in a country where even its owners are failing to operate?” he asked.

    According to Chindori the situation on the ground is unbearable, with the price of bread varying between US$2 and US$3 at various locations.

    This translates to roughly N$28 to N$42 per loaf.

    “The American dollar is now in critically short supply so people are using bond notes. Money is critically in short supply, businesspeople cannot operate well because they need foreign currency and it is nowhere to be found,” he said.

    He added when a person imports a car they are expected to pay import levies in foreign currency.

    “Where do you get it from? Meanwhile the people that are trading in foreign currencies are arrested on a daily basis in the streets, so it is a very sad situation for everyone.”

    Chindori added that schools in the country have applied to raise their fees because of the escalating fuel prices.

    According to him the situation has become so bad that most Zimbabwean nationals are scrambling to leave the country.

    “What is happening in our country? When I was in Zimbabwe every young person was asking me what the opportunities in Namibia are. They asked, 'Can I just come and do anything?' Those that have gotten their degrees just want to get their passports and leave,” he said.

    Mnangagwa this week cut short an overseas trip to attend to the chaos in Zimbabwe.

    According to international media he has called for national dialogue and promised an investigation into the widespread violence by his security forces over the past few days.

    The government had also ordered an internet shutdown.



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