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Tells it All - Namibian Sun
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  • 09/19/18--15:00: Gun law to be amended
  • Gun law to be amendedGun law to be amendedBill ready for tabling in parliament An amendment bill making provision for mandatory firearm competence tests, among other restrictions, has been submitted to the National Assembly for tabling and debate. More than 100 armed robberies were reported to the Namibian police between May and July this year, in line with nearly the same number of gun-related robberies committed in the same three-month periods in 2016 and 2017.

    Statistics released by the ministry of safety and security show that between May and July this year, 107 armed robberies took place across Namibia, 104 over the same period last year and 97 in 2016.

    Moreover, 90 crimes involving the pointing of a firearm at a person were reported in that same period this year, 74 in 2017 and 88 in 2016.

    Firearm thefts reported between May and July this year amounted to 37, compared to 50 during the same period in 2017 and 46 in 2016.

    Ninety-one cases of unauthorised possession of a firearm were logged over the three-month period this year, compared to 45 in 2017 and 33 in 2016.

    The ministry yesterday confirmed that in line with concerns that the existing gun law is contributing to armed robberies and other firearm-related crimes, a finalised draft amendment to the Arms And Ammunition Act was submitted to parliament in August for consideration and tabling.

    It is unclear when the amendment will be tabled.


    The ministry said the amendments include a mandatory competency test, which includes theoretical and practical tests, to ensure that firearm owners can safely handle the firearms they own.

    The ministry said compulsory testing before a permit is issued would help the ministry maintain an accurate database on firearm ownership. Applicants for a gun licence will be required to undergo training, and officials will interview relatives, friends and others before determining whether the applicant can be issued a licence.

    The bill would also introduce compulsory renewal of gun licences after a set period, which could not be confirmed by the ministry.

    The renewal will require another round of checks to ensure that licence holders remain fit to possess a firearm. A report released by Small Arms Survey in June stated that at 15.4 guns per 100 people, Namibia had the second highest per capita civil possession of firearms in Africa, totalling 396 000 privately owned guns.

    The survey estimated that 195 990 of these were illegal and 200 010 legal firearms.

    Last year, the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) published a paper on gun control and crime in Namibia, highlighting increased concern about theft of legally licensed firearms, which are then used to carry out crimes.

    A police report for the auditor-general highlighted that some cases of gun theft were the result of negligence by the owners.

    Data provided to the IPPR by the police showed that 1 811 guns had been reported stolen between 2008/2009 and 2016/2017. Of these, 620 were recovered by the police.

    Of all gun-related crimes, the IPPR said armed robbery remained the biggest concern. Nevertheless, despite a steady increase in armed robberies, statistics showed that firearms played a decreasing role in armed robbery cases.

    The IPPR made a number of recommendations, which included that reliable crime statistics should be made available to the public.

    It also recommended restrictions on the amount of ammunition held by gun owners, as well as time-limited firearm licences.

    The IPPR also suggested gun competency tests, as well as mandatory background checks on whether the applicant has a history of mental illness, violence or prior convictions relating to drug and alcohol abuse.


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    Venaani's Tipeeg criticism unfounded – SchlettweinVenaani's Tipeeg criticism unfounded – Schlettwein Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has come out in defence of the government's Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg) initiative.

    Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani said last week the programme had failed and was a mere looting spree.

    Schlettwein, however, felt that Venaani's criticism was unwarranted and said Tipeeg had created jobs and aided economic growth.

    A whopping N$11 billion was spent on the programme over its implementation period, with the end goal to create 104 000 jobs.

    The programme led to the creation of 83 000 jobs, of which only 15 829 were permanent posts.

    “The injection of such a large funding outlay over the three-year period had positive effects on economic growth, jobs and incomes,” Schlettwein said in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

    “There is no denying that the programme has added momentum on realising high growth and pushing back the frontiers of poverty and inequalities. Such discernible progress cannot be termed as a failure, regrettable or anything to be apologetic about,” said Schlettwein.

    According to him, gross income per capita increased by more than 60%, from N$38.2 billion in 2010 to N$61.9 billion in 2014.

    “Out of this substantial rise in per capita incomes, the evidence brought about by the successive national household income and expenditure surveys between 2009/10 and 2015/16 indicate that not only per capita incomes rose significantly, but the incomes of the middle class,” he said.

    Venaani blasted Tipeeg last week, saying it contributed to the precarious financial position the country currently finds itself in.

    “We are anxious because of what happened under Tipeeg, because it is one of the reasons why the economy of the country is bleeding today.

    “All our biggest procurements went to Chinese companies. They brought their materials, they brought their labour and they took all the money, and there was no economic trickle-down effect,” Venaani said.

    He also accused the government of turning a blind eye to theft, saying that money was stolen.

    “Tipeeg targets were not met, the money was stolen, and the projects were not completed. We have everything to say sorry for about Tipeeg, because that is money that went to waste.

    “Everything went to looting; our economic figures are dwindling, and we are being told that there are no hard feelings. We find it very arrogant,” he said.

    Schlettwein, however, dismissed Venaani's claims and encouraged him to come forward with information.

    “If honourable Venaani is privy to the information of money having been stolen, as per his public statement, it is expected that he should come forth to report such criminal dealings.”

    Chinese loan facility

    Schlettwein also defended plans by the government to potentially take up a N$10 billion loan facility offer from the Chinese government.

    The offer was made at the recent Forum for Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing. China, as part of its Belt and Road initiative, has granted African governments US$60 billion in funding for infrastructure projects.

    Venaani had asked last week, following a PDM national executive committee meeting, that the government should be transparent if it is to take up the funding offer, and not “spend it alone”.

    PDM parliamentarian Vipuakuje Muharukua warned Schlettwein on Tuesday that Namibia would be saddled with Chinese debt in future.

    “We fear that you will leave us with this debt. We will have no room to borrow to cushion [against] at that time. China does not care if African governments are squandering, they just want to go after our national assets,” Muharukua added.


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    JSE looks to tighten listing rulesJSE looks to tighten listing rules JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) wants to increase the minimum capital amount required for a primary listing and is considering stricter rules on secondary listings as it seeks to improve corporate governance.

    Africa's biggest securities exchange published its proposals in a public consultation paper circulated yesterday, aiming to ease investor concerns about listed companies following recent high-profile corporate scandals.

    The paper proposes increasing the capital amount required for a primary listing from R500 million, but did not suggest a new minimum level.

    On secondary listings, the exchange could limit which jurisdictions would be suitable.

    "The intention would be for the JSE to create a pre-approved list of foreign exchanges with regulatory regimes with which the JSE is comfortable," JSE says in the consultation paper. "This approach is followed by peer global exchanges such as the Australian Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange."

    The Johannesburg exchange is already crafting tighter disclosure rules for companies with listed debt instruments, announced in May, as part of efforts to improve corporate governance and increase transparency.

    It has been hit by scandals including that of retail group Steinhoff International. Steinhoff's shares crashed last December after the group revealed "accounting irregularities" and its CEO quit, prompting a JSE investigation into whether the group broke the exchange's disclosure rules.

    The consultation will conclude on October 22.

    "Depending on the nature of the comments received in response to this paper, it may be appropriate to convene a colloquium to discuss the improvement of governance," JSE's chief executive Nicky Newton-King said in a statement. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 09/19/18--15:00: Enough is enough!
  • Enough is enough!Enough is enough! A combination of factors have contributed to the dysfunctional state of many local state-owned enterprises, and there seems to be no end in sight. This situation is even more worrying when such shenanigans play themselves out at perennial lossmaking parastatals, which are already milking the taxpayer dry because of their heavy reliance on bailouts. Clear signs of corporate governance failings have been exposed at the Namibian Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), following revelations this week that the fund cut its ties with a debt collection joint venture, after the contractor only recovered a measly N$6.8 million, while it was paid about N$14.7 million as part of the agreement. NSFAF entered into a contract with the joint venture arrangement between Tribesmen Investment and South African-based New Integrated Credit Solutions (NICS) in 2014, but the fund’s acting CEO, Kennedy Kandume, they realised only in March this year that Tribesmen/NICS was acting in bad faith. The debt collector was given a target of recovering around N$400 million. However, NSFAF was left N$8 million worse off after the contractor failed dismally in its mission. NSFAF received the complete wrong end of the stick here and it clearly defies logic why the fund opted for an arrangement that saw Tribesmen/NCIS receiving a fixed monthly management fee of N$287 500, inclusive of value added tax (VAT), on top of a 12% commission fee. It is also very clear to us that there is a problem with the way this organisation has been managed in the past. Instead of steering the fund in the right direction for growth and to assist poor students with proper funding, the management went ahead and signed an agreement that contained some very unfavourable terms for the institution. It is only fair that whoever agreed to such an undertaking be disciplined, as their actions have unacceptably compromised the principles of good corporate governance. This mess can longer be allowed to continue without officials being held accountable. Enough is enough!

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    Expropriate with compensationExpropriate with compensationHorn weighs in on land options The constitutional expert says half the agricultural, currently owned by white farmers, can be nationalised in some way. JEMIMA BEUKES

    Constitutional expert, Professor Nico Horn, believes that half the land currently owned by white farmers can be nationalised in some way, with just compensation being paid.

    “Now with the Namibia Statistics Agency statistics we have seen 70% of (agricultural) land belongs to white farmers. Now think if half of those farms are nationalised in some way or another or expropriated with just compensation, as the president promised… then you can have 4 000 families resettled on those farms,” he told Namibian Sun yesterday.

    Since the start of the week civil society organisations and traditional authorities have threatened to boycott next month's national land indaba, if government refuses to release the master list of resettlement beneficiaries, among other demands.

    The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement and Landless People's Movement (LPM) have already declared the conference predetermined and an absolute farce.

    “I hear LPM is not going to attend, but I think they should attend it, even if it just to let all the voices be heard. If AR and LPM is not going to attend and the white farmers unions are not going to attend, what will happen? It is just going to be a brainstorming meeting for civil servants,” Horn said.

    He is particularly worried that there seems to be no clear plan or indication of a speaker's list.

    To date there has been no official agenda or participant list disclosed to the media, but these documents have been leaked on social media.

    This has been a bone of contention for Namibian activists, who are continually raising their voices over government's failure to address landlessness.

    Horn is of the opinion that government should interrogate the kinds of land ownership, and divide and address the different needs of the country's citizens, in terms of land.

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    Namibia flexes uranium musclesNamibia flexes uranium musclesRemains a global heavyweight According to the World Nuclear Association, Namibia was the world’s fourth biggest uranium producer last year. Jo-Maré Duddy – Namibia last year contributed about 7.1% to the total global production of uranium, up from near 5.9% in 2016.

    The latest figures published on the website of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) show Namibia produced 4 224 tonnes of uranium in 2017, up 570 tonnes or nearly 15.6% from the previous year.

    As such the country, as in 2016, was the fourth biggest uranium producer in the world.

    Only two countries in the list of the top 10 producers last year delivered more uranium than in 2016: Namibia and China. China’s production rose by nearly 16.7% to 1 885 tonnes.

    The WNA stats date back to 2008. According to this, Namibia held the spot as the world fourth biggest producer from 2008 to 2010. From 2011 to 2014, it was the fifth biggest, before sinking to the sixth spot in 2015.

    Namibia’s production last year was the highest since 2013, when 4 323 tonnes were delivered. 2013 was the last year Trekkopje contributed to production.


    Rössing Uranium delivered the bulk of local uranium production in 2017, according to the WNA. The mine delivered 1 790 tonnes of uranium, up 221 tonnes or about 14% compared to 2016. Rössing’s production in 2017 was the highest since 2013 when the mine deliver 2 043 tonnes.

    Langer Heinrich’s production in 2017 was 1 308 tonnes, according to the WNA. This is 585 tonnes or nearly 31% less than the previous year and the mine’s lowest production since 2009. Low uranium prices forced Paladin Energy, who owns 75% of Langer Heinrich, to review and cut it production plan in November 2016. In April this year, Paladin decided to halt production at the mine and put it on care and maintenance.

    Although the WNA doesn’t state production at Husab, its figures imply that Namibia’s new mine produced about 1 134 tonnes of uranium in 2017.

    The WNA’s production figures differ from those contained in the 2017 Annual Review of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia. According to the Chamber, Rössing produced 2 110 tonnes in 2017, while Langer Heinrich delivered 1 526 tonnes and Husab 1 345 tonnes. That brings total production to 4 981 tonnes, which still places Namibia as the world’s fourth biggest uranium producer in 2017.

    On the WNA’s website, updated in May this year, it states that Namibia has “two significant uranium mines capable of providing 10% of world mining output”. The impact of Langer Heinrich’s care and maintenance wasn’t taking into consideration with this statement. However, the WNA adds that a “larger mine [Husab] is coming into production”.

    Economic impact

    The 2017 Annual Accounts by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) show that, at current prices, uranium contributed about N$1.2 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year. As such, it contributed 0.7% to the GDP.

    At constant 2010 prices, which take inflation into account, uranium mining grew by 23.4% in 2017, up from 13.6% in 2016 and the highest growth since 2008 when it was 30.1%.

    At constant 2010 prices, uranium contributed about 1.5% to GDP last year, compared to 1.2% in 2016.

    According to the Bank of Namibia’s (BoN) latest Economic Outlook, released in July, uranium mining is expected to grow by only 7.5% in 2018. Growth is forecast to recover to 15.6% next year and increase to 20.1% in 2020.


    Both China and India are interested in acquiring uranium from Namibia, the WNA says. “Chinese companies have taken major equity positions, notably with Husab, but also Langer Heinrich.”

    Chinese Overseas Uranium Holdings Ltd has a stake of 25% in Langer Heinrich, while China General Nuclear Power Holding Company and the China-Africa Development Fund own 90% of Husab.

    According to the WNA, Mainland China has over 40 nuclear power reactors in operation, about 20 under construction, and more about to start construction.

    The Chinese government's long-term target, as outlined in its Energy Development Strategy Action Plan 2014-2020, is for 58 GWe capacity by 2020, with 30 GWe more under construction, the WNA states.

    The WNA says “India is discussing how to open the way to be able to buy Namibian uranium, at present ruled out by Namibia’s non-proliferation commitments”.

    Namibia has ratified the 1996 African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty, also known as the Pelindaba Treaty, which came into force in 2009 and precludes export of uranium to India.

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    Corporate governance: directors’ daily breadCorporate governance: directors’ daily bread Some people sit on a board and sign resolutions without even reading them. - Trevor Hills, Forensic Leader: PwC NDAMA NAKASHOLE - Companies, including public entities, should do thorough selection whenever they choose directors.

    And for those who serve on a board of directors, corporate governance - a set of mechanisms and processes by which corporations are controlled and directed - should become their daily bread.

    These were some of the remarks that a Zambian international corporate governance consultant, Patrick Chisanga, made as a keynote speaker at a corporate governance event held in Windhoek yesterday.

    Using the Avid and Social Security Commission (SSC) fraud scandal as a case study, the event was organised by PWC Namibia, The Namibian, Nedbank Namibia and the Namibia Institute of Corporate Governance (NICG).

    According to Chisanga, directors not only must have a high level of integrity as individuals, but a company needs diversified sets of skills in the board too.

    “It is not good to have a board with limited diversity. You need to have all sets of skills including gender-based violence,” he said.

    He also said that boards of directors need to be fairly compensated for them put effort into their jobs.

    “If you pay peanuts, you get peanuts,” he said, adding that directors need to be properly rewarded so that they can give their best.

    On dealing with the media, Chisanga urged directors to have a proper system as to who must speak to the media and when.

    “We have seen a board chair who sends out a statement on a very small issue,” he said.

    Avid-SSC case

    In a panel discussion at the event yesterday, state advocate in the ministry of justice Ingrid Husselmann said even though not all the SSC employees that were involved in the saga were prosecuted in the Avid fraud case, she understands that there was a disciplinary hearing of those employees.

    She was responding to the moderator who asked why only Avid and Namangol were managers were prosecuted and not SSC officials.

    “When a decision was made by the prosecutor-general, it was made because the money ended up with Avid and Namangol. You cannot prosecute anybody when you do not have witnesses and so on,” she said.

    PwC SMA forensic leader Trevor Hills, who also sat on the panel, said he thinks that directors need to keep many factors in mind when they do their work apart from just the fear of being prosecuted.

    “I was thinking about the qualifications and skills of those SSC directors,” he said.

    “Some people sit on a board and sign resolutions without even reading them.”

    As a panellist, Chisanga said there seemed to have been a lack of corporate governance at the SSC in this case. And if there had been corporate governance at the SSC, then it had collapsed, he said.

    “I think a lot needs to be done to prepare directors of their roles to prevent these types of issues in future,” he said.

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  • 09/19/18--15:00: Air Nam needs N$3bn
  • Air Nam needs N$3bnAir Nam needs N$3bnEyes new aircraft, infrastructure and China route The national airline says it wouldn't need bailouts if the government invested in airport infrastructure and plane purchases instead of operational costs. Air Namibia needs between N$2.5 and N$3 billion to become sustainable, as unfavourable aircraft leases and non-lucrative routes take their toll on the national carrier.

    Since the airline's inception in 1998 it has received just shy of N$6 billion in government bailouts by 2014.

    The net loss during this period was N$5.3 billion.

    Air Namibia says this could have been prevented if government funding for the payment of operational leases had rather been spent on buying aircraft.

    Of the N$5.9 billion received, a total of N$5.2 billion was spent on operational costs such as leases, and only N$748 million was spent on acquiring aircraft.

    In its current strategic plan Air Namibia aims to change this, moving towards aircraft ownership. Even though Air Namibia operates ten aircraft it only owns two and is in the process of acquiring another two.

    Appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economic and Public Administration yesterday, the airline gave feedback on its challenges, government bailouts and what strategy it has in place to turn this around.

    Acting managing director Mandi Samson said the national carrier has been struggling financially. “We have always been the poor child. Our finances are not what they should be.”

    Elaborating on the matter, the acting general finance manager, Xavier Masule, said that all African airlines are loss-making and that Air Namibia is working tirelessly to get out of this class.

    He said since the incorporation of the company in 1998 it had never held an AGM and the first was held in May this year.

    There, audited financial statements for the first 17 years were tabled for adoption and approval by the line minister.

    “These will now go to cabinet and parliament, after which they will be made public.”

    Masule said financial statements for 2015/16 are to be tabled by the end of this year and for statements for 2017/18 will be completed early next year.

    With regard to route profitability for the period from April to July this year, it was only the Ondangwa (16.7%), Durban (3.1%) and Victoria Falls (5.6%) routes that made profit.

    There was some improvement from the previous year on the other routes though.

    Masule said it is anticipated that by March next year all routes will break even except for Luanda and Frankfurt. These two routes showed losses of -63.2% and -47.1% respectively.

    Masule said the Airbus A330 used on the Frankfurt route is responsible for the biggest loss but contributes significantly to tourism. This route is used for Namibian fish exports to Europe.

    On each one-way leg of the Windhoek/Frankfurt route Air Namibia makes a loss of N$491 000.

    The solution is to remove one aircraft from the route and deploy it on another route that is more viable.

    Several possible routes have been identified. These include flying to China via either Luanda or Harare. Another option is a London flight via Accra, Harare, Luanda or Lagos.

    Masule added that Air Namibia cannot become financially sustainable because of the funding model it is built on.

    “Shareholder investment is weak.”

    He pointed out that government subsidies are targeted towards payment of operating expenses such as aircraft rental costs, maintenance and fuel.

    “This model has to change. We started with acquiring the ERJ fleet and in 2017 operating leases were converted into ownership. We are left with the two A330s and A319s, which we envisage to also convert.”

    This could cost in the range of US$100 million.

    Masule said if the government instead provided capital assets such as aircraft acquisition, an aviation training academy, land and hangar construction, cargo warehouse facilities at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, bailouts would not be needed.

    He further highlighted the fact that there is inadequate airport infrastructure.

    “Eros airport closes at 21:00 and we are restricted to a maximum of three flights per day.”

    He said if flight restrictions there were removed and the airport closed at midnight, it would result in lower unit costs, which would enable the airline to introduce lower fares.

    Also, Ondangwa's airport, although recently upgraded, cannot handle large aircraft on the taxiway and apron. “We need this given the high demand for seats,” he said.

    Air Namibia also wants to build another hangar at Hosea Kutako but there is no land.

    Furthermore it was noted that despite a cabinet decision that government and SOEs employees must use Air Namibia for official trips, this is not being done.

    “Too much leeway is given to government officials to fly on foreign flights,” Masule said.

    He said Air Namibia also wants the government to introduce regulations on new airlines entering the Namibian market.

    “We have allowed more and more airlines into the country and the airport cannot handle it. Our airport is at risk of being shut down. Who is killing who? Is it sustainable for the market to have more capacity than it can handle?”

    Samson said the airline flies to six domestic and 11 international destinations using a fleet of ten aircraft.

    She explained that the number of passengers travelling to and from Namibia stands at 1.4 million; 56% of them from Africa and 28% from Europe. About 10% are domestic passengers, up from 6% in 2015.

    “We are pleased with the increase as Namibians were previously not using their own airline,” said Samson.

    Air Namibia's contribution to the GDP stands at N$704 million while it supports 4 550 jobs. The productivity boost from the airline during 2015/16 was N$1.4 billion.

    Samson said the airline is subject to an independent evaluation every five years to determine its contribution to the economy. The last review was for the 2015/16 financial year.

    “All reviews to date show that Air Namibia makes a net positive contribution to the economy.”

    This is arrived at by adding the contribution to GDP, taxes and employment created by the airline, less government subsidies paid to the airline.

    “The country stands to lose more if Air Namibia is removed from the scene,” said Samson.

    Its promotion of Namibia as tourist destination is quantified at N$1 billion per year.

    “We understand that the carrier is not in our hands and that we are not the owners, however other countries that allowed their national airlines to die are now trying to revive them.

    “Foreign airlines are not interested in selling Namibia. They are just there to make money and they will not promote the country.”

    Committee member McHenry Venaani wanted to know how much money Air Namibia still needs.

    “You are saying government was wrong that it was leasing instead of acquiring aircraft. Now you must say how much it is that you need. If the strategic plan does not address this, then it is lacking. It is not good enough to say because you fly the flag that you must be maintained,” he said.

    “It will be in the region of N$2.5 to N$3 billion for infrastructure and aircraft,” Masule replied.


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    Nghipondoka's Tribesmen hits back at NSFAFNghipondoka's Tribesmen hits back at NSFAF Tribesman Investment, which together with South African-based New Integrated Credit Solutions (NICS) has been lambasted by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) for recovering a measly N$6.8 million, while being paid about N$14.7 million as part of a debt recovery deal, has hit back at the fund.

    Tribesmen/NCIS had earned a fixed monthly management fee of N$287 500, inclusive of value-added tax (VAT), on top of a 12% commission fee, since 2014.

    The expectation was that Tribesmen/NCIS would recover around N$400 million on behalf of NSFAF.

    Solomon Nemaire, the managing director of Vaino Nghipondoka's Profile Investment Holdings, the sister company to Tribesmen Investment, said yesterday that to focus on the money collected was “to focus on the periphery”.

    Nemaire said Tribesmen/NICS got the debt collection contract in 2014 because NSFAF had realised it did not have the in-house capacity to recover its debts.

    He said at the core of the problem was NSFAF's “current default mode of operation”, which he said was first to disburse money “and then later down the line to remember they must also recover it”.

    Nemaire claimed NSFAF had no recovery policy, and said nit-picking over the money paid to Tribesmen was a “grandstanding” exercise.

    “Recovery will not succeed without a policy, and as much as NSFAF wants to disburse money, they should also want to recover it with the same amount of zeal,” Nemaire said.

    NSFAF acting CEO Kennedy Kandume said on Monday the organisation only realised in March this year that Tribesmen/NICS was acting in bad faith. Kandume said this revelation prompted NSFAF to consider remedial options in terms of the agreement, a process that eventually led to the termination of the contract on 14 September.

    The clause reportedly breached by Tribesmen/NICS stipulates that the joint-venture partners are not allowed to disclose the terms of the service-level agreement without prior written consent from NSFAF.

    On 27 and 28 March Tribesmen disclosed confidential information in newspaper articles, he said.

    Kandume said when NSFAF demanded a retraction, Tribesmen “arrogantly tried to brush it off, finding far-fetched justifications for its actions”.

    He said NSFAF thereafter asked Tribesmen to consider waiving its monthly management fee of N$287 500.

    On the unauthorised disclosures, Nemaire said NSFAF should not hide behind a non-disclosure agreement, adding that the information was in the public domain in any case.

    Nemaire said this was why “every other file” of the 50 000 NSFAF recipients did not contain all the requisite information.

    He added that he wondered how much NSFAF thought it would cost to reconstruct a database of that size.

    “These are efforts not linked to recovery but cost money,” Nemaire. “That is the centre of the matter.”

    To the allegation that Tribesmen was refusing to remedy the situation, Nemaire responded: “The valid contract we have now states that Tribesmen will be paid a monthly management fee of N$287 500. To change that entails altering the contract. We stated that we are prepared to renegotiate this contract, provided NSFAF approves the recovery policy that we sent to them and that it failed to approve for an unprecedented period of three years.”

    Kandume said on Monday that the contract was in any case never in the best interest of NSFAF, and by extension not in the best interest of the public.

    Since the termination of the contract the debt-recovery function has returned to NSFAF, which means the institution could save N$1.8 million annually, he said.

    Kandume said before this job was outsourced, NSFAF had done “much better”.

    He also made an appeal to the fund's beneficiaries to pay their debts.

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    Recession clings, agriculture in troubleRecession clings, agriculture in trouble Namibia’s economy grew by -0.2% in the second quarter of this year, according to GDP data just released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).
    In the first quarter of 2018, the economy also grew by -0.2%, revised NSA figures show. The NSA’s preliminary figure for the first quarter was -0.1%.
    According to NSA, agriculture grew by -1.1% in the past quarter, the first contraction since the fourth quarter of 2016.
    Read the full report tomorrow in Market Watch.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Bulls rope in big guns
  • Bulls rope in big gunsBulls rope in big gunsThree Boks to face Namibia Invitational XV Johan Diergaardt is mentoring the Namibian team that will clash with the visiting Vodacom Blue Bulls Presidents XV tomorrow afternoon at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek. Seasoned mentor Johan Diergaardt is the head coach of the Namibia Invitational XV for their clash against the visiting Vodacom Blue Bulls Presidents XV, which has included three Springboks in their team.

    The mouth-watering clash will take place at the Hage Geingob Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

    Diergaardt will be ably assisted by JP Nel and Jaco Engels for the friendly, which will test player fitness levels ahead of a tour in November.

    He said the focus should now be on what will happen on the pitch, as the players ready themselves for tomorrow.

    The Bulls team is taking the match seriously and has roped in three Springbok players - Embrose Papier, Marco van Staden and Trevor Nyakane - with the hope of giving them valuable game time when they face the Namibians.

    Nyakane is back following a concussion, while Van Staden and Papier were both on tour with the Springboks in Australia and New Zealand, but didn't get any game time.

    Other players who will also feature for the visiting side include a number of fringe and current Vodacom Blue Bulls squad members, who have had limited game time so far in the Currie Cup.

    They include Dylan Sage, Franco Naude, Tinus de Beer and Dayan van der Westhuizen.

    The likes of Garrick Matteus, Mosolwa Mafuma, Dan Kasende and Victor Sekekete will also be keen to impress coach Pote Human.

    “Namibia is slowly but surely busy preparing their squad for next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, so every match they play will be an important step towards that; so we expect a real tussle in Windhoek,” said Human.

    “For us, this will be a great opportunity for some fringe players to show what they can do against quality opponents and will be ideal game time for others who have not played much rugby in recent weeks,” Human added.

    The Namibia Invitational XV team is as follows: Jason Benade, Obert Nortjé, Abel de Klerk, Adriaan Ludick, Mahepisa Tjeriko, Cameron Langenhoven, Thomasau Forbes, Adriaan Booysen, Eugene Jantjies, Pieter Steenkamp, Janry Du Toit, Darryl De La Harpe, Johann Greyling, Johann Tromp and Chysander Botha.

    The replacements are Niel van Vuuren, Quintin Esterhuisen, Carl Freygang, Denzil van Wyk, Thomas Kalie, Jean-Claude Winkler, Roderique Victor, Camlo Martin, Mahco Prinsloo, Gilad Plaatjies, Jamie Joseph, Rudie Pretorius and Lezardo Vos.

    The Blue Bulls Presidents XV team is as follows: Garrick Matteus, Mosolwa Mafuma, Dylan Sage, Franco Naude, Dan Kasende, Tinus de Beer, Embrose Papier, Frederick Eksteen, Thembalani Bholi, Marco van Staden, Aston Fortuin, Victor Sekekete, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Jan-Henning Campher and Trevor Nyakane.

    The replacements are Marco Fuhri, Luke Fortuin, Cabous Eloff, Denzil Hill, Dwight Pansegrouw, Raegan Oranje, Wian van Zyl and Heino Bezuidenhout.

    Tickets for the match are available at or any Pick n Pay stores.

    -Additional info SuperSport


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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Tour de Windhoek starts
  • Tour de Windhoek starts Tour de Windhoek starts Cyclists ready to chase glory It is all systems go for the Tour de Windhoek, which kicks off today. Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

    The much-anticipated Tour de Windhoek is finally here and cyclists will be chasing glory from today.

    The competition will include five stages: the Dordabis stage, the team trial, the Hollard Bypass, the Pupkewitz Megabuild Criterium and the Tony Rust track event.

    The distances for each stage will vary from 107km for the Dordabis stage to 23km for the team trial.

    The Tour de Windhoek returned last year after many years of absence and saw the best local riders pitted against each other, as well as the international entrants.

    This year the event has been made possible by sponsorships from Hollard, Pupkewitz, Radiowave, Namibia Breweries Limited, Kickstart Events, Windhoek Pedal Power and the Namibia Cycling Federation.

    The total distance that will be covered is 400km for the Tour de Windhoek and 21km for the light category.

    The overall winner of the tour will walk away with N$15 000, while the second place finisher will take home N$11 000 and third place will net N$8 000.

    The fourth-placed rider will receive N$5 000 for their efforts, while the fifth place cyclist will scoop N$2 000 and the sixth place finisher will receive N$1 000.

    The King of the Mountains first prize is N$5 000, while the second place finisher gets N$3 000 and third place will net the lucky rider N$1 500.

    The best sprinter will receive N$5 000, while the second place finisher gets N$3 000 and N$1 500 is up for grabs to the third-placed rider in this category.

    The best young rider will get N$5 000, the second-best N$3 000 and the third-best N$1 500.

    The best team will receive N$8 000, while the second-placed team will get N$5 000 and third place N$2 000.

    The organisers have also come up with a new N$5 000 prize that will be awarded to the best Namibian team of the competition.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Tribesmen a yamukula NSFAF
  • Tribesmen a yamukula NSFAFTribesmen a yamukula NSFAF Ehangano lyoTribesman Investment, pamwe nehangano lyaSouth Afrika lyoNew Integrated Credit Solutions (NICS) oga nyanwa koshiputudhilo shoNamibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) sho ge shi pondola owala okumona oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 6.8 omanga ya futwa oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 14.7 onga oshitopolwa shetsokumwe lya nuninwa okugongela nokukongamo omikuli dhaNSFAF ndhoka dhiniwe koonakufutilwa omailongo koshiputudhilo shoka.

    Tribesmen/NCIS oya kala ye na etsokumwe lyiifuta yuudha yokomwedhi ya thika pooN$287 500, mwa kwatelwa iishoshela yepangelo kwa gwedhwa natango okomisi yoopresenda 12 okuza omvula yo 2014.

    Okwa li kwa tegelelwa opo Tribesmen/NCIS ya kongemo oongunga dhaNSFAF dha thika poomiliyona 400.

    Solomon Nemaire, menindjela gwoVaino Nghipondoka's Profile Investment Holdings, ehangano emwayina noTribesmen Investment, okwa popi kutya okutala komwaalu ngoka gwa monika po oshi li kaashi li mondjila.

    Nemaire okwa popi kutya Tribesmen/NICS oye na okondalaka yokugongela oongunga dhaNSFAF okutameka momvula yo 2014 molwaashoka oshiputudhilo shoka oshiwete kutya kashi na oonzo dha gwana opo shi vule okukonga oongunga dhoka shoshene.

    Okwa popi kutya uupyakadhi oomboka kutya omulandu ngoka tagu longithwa koshiputudhilo shoka shoNSFAF mokugandja iimaliwa nokonima opo tashi dhimbuluka kutya osha pumbwa okukongako iimaliwa mbyoka.

    Nemaire okwa popi kutya NSFAF ke na omulandu gwokumona ko iimaliwa ye mbyoka a gandja onga omikuli dhokwiilongitha, nokupopya kombinga yomwaalu ngoka a futu Tribesmen itashi wapala.

    “Ekongo lyiimaliwa mbyoka itali pondola sha ngele kape na omulandu gwokukonga iimaliwa mbyoka, nonkalo kutya sho NSFAF a hala okugandja iimaliwa osho woo nakale a hala okukongako iimaliwa mbyoka,” Nemaire a popi.

    Ngoka ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa omukuluntu gwoNSFAF, Kennedy Kandume okwa popi mOmaandaha kutya oya dhidhilike owala muMaalitsa nuumvo kutya etsokumwe lyawo pokati kaTribesmen/NICS itali pondola sha, na oya tokola okukutha oonkondo etsokumwe ndyoka momasiku 14 gaSepetemba.

    Okwa popi kutya natango Tribesmen/NICS oya yi pondje okatopolwa ketsokumwe lyawo hoka taka indika ehololo lyomauyelele pokati kiiputudhilo mbyoka omanga pwaahena etsokumwe lyopamushangwa.

    Momasiku 27 oshowo 28 gaMaalitsa nuumvo, Tribesmen okwa holola polweela omauyelele ga holekwa mushimwe shomiikundaneki.

    Shoka osha etitha opo NSFAF a pule Tribesmen a kuthepo iifuta yokomwedhi mbyoka yomwaalu gwooN$287 500.

    Nemaire okwa yamukula kutya NSFAF ina pumbwa okuholama konima yetsokumwe ndyoka ta popi kutya uuyelele mboka owu li muuwananwa woshigwana.

    Okwa tsikile kutya konyala omapeko goonakupewa omikuli dhokwiilonga kuNSFAF yeli po50 000 kage na omauyelele ga gwana, ta gwedha po kutya NSFAF ota dhilaadhila kutya otashi ka pula omwaalu gu thike peni mokukonga omauyelele ngoka.

    Kombinga yekutho po lyiifuta mbyoka yokomwedhi, Nemaire okwa yamukula kutya oye na etsokumwe ndyoka tali utha opo ehangano lyawo li futwe oshimaliwa shooN$287 500 komwedhi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oya holola kutya oya pyakudhukwa okukundathana okondalaka ndjoka, kwa gwedha kutya NSFAF ota tula miilonga omulandu gwokukonga oongunga ndhoka.

    Kandume mOmaandaha okwa popi kutya okondalaka ndjoka kayi li muuwanawa waNSFAF nelelepeko lyawo kali li wuuwanawa woshigwana.

    Okwa popi kutya ehulithepo lyokondalaka ndjoka otali holola kutya oshiputudhilo tali vulu okuhupitha oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 1.8 komvula.

    Okwa pula woo oonakupewa ekwatho ndyoka ya shunithe iimaliwa yoshiputudhilo.


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    Ompango yoondjembo tayi lundululwaOmpango yoondjembo tayi lundululwaKwa holoka omalimbililo omanene kombinga yiimbuluma tayi longithwa oondjembo Ontotwaveta tayi ka gandja oonkondo dhokuningila aaindili yomikanda dhuuthemba wokukala noondjembo omakonaakono oshowo omaindiko galwe oya tulwa poshitaafula mOmutumba gwoPashigwana. Omiyeka kwahomatiwa ndhoka dha lopotelwa opolisi yaNamibia pokati komwedhi Mei oshowo omwedhi Juli nuumvo odhi thike pamwe konyala niimbuluma yomiyeka kwahomatiwa mbyoka ya lopotwa momwedhi dha faathana momvula yo 2016 no 2017.

    Omiyalu ndhoka dha pitithwa kuuministeli wegameno nuuhepelo odha holola kutya muMei oshowo Juli nuumvo, omiyeka kwa homatiwa dhi li pe 107 odha ningilwa moNamibia, niipotha ya faathaana yi li pe 104 oya lopotwa omvula ya piti omanga o 2016 mwa lopotwa iipotha yi li 97.

    Iipotha yilwe ya thika po 90 oya kwatelamo euliko lyaantu noondjembo oya lopotwa nuumvo omanga iipotha yoludhi ndoka yi li po 74 ya lopotwa omvula ya piti omanga mo 2016 mwa lopotwa iipotha yi li 2016.

    Uulunga woondjembo wa lopotwa pokati komwedhi May nomwedhi Juli nuumvo okwa lopotwa iipotha yi li 37 omanga pethimbo lya faathana omvula ya piti kwa lopotwa iipotha yi li 50 nomomvula yo 2016 okwa lopotwa iipotha yi li 46.

    Iipotha yi li po 90 yokukala noondjembo dhaahena oombaapila oya lopotwa uule woomwedhi ndhoka ndatu nuumvo okuyeleka niipotha 45 ya lopotwa o 2017 nomo 2016 omwa lopotwa iipotha 33.

    Uuministeli owa koleke oshiwike shika kutya owu na omaipulo omanene omolwa ompango yoondjembo ndjoka yi li miilonga na otayi gwedhele kiimbuluma ngaashi yomiyeka kwahomatiwa oshowo iimbuluma yilwe ya gwedhwa po tayi longwa noondjembo.

    Inashi yelamo natango ngele ontotwaveta ndjoka otayi ka ningwa ompango nokutulwa miilonga.

    Uuministel owa popi kutya omalundululo ngoka taga ningwa mompango ndjoka, oga kwatela mo omakonakono taga ningilwa ooyene yoondjembo opo ya talike ngele otaya vulu tuu okukala noondjembo ndhoka megameno. Uuministeli natango owa popi kutya omakonaakono otaga ka ningilwa aaningi yomaindilo okumona omikanda dhokukala noondjembo omanga inaya pewa uuthemba mboka opo uuministeli wu kale nomauyelele gomondjila kombinga yuumwene woondjembo.

    Aaningi yomaindilo goondjembo otaya ka pumbiwa okuya komadheulo nomapulaapulo taga ningilwa aakwanezimo yawo, ookuume oshowo yalwe, ko ku talike ngele otaya vulu tuu shili okukala noondjembo.

    Momalunduluko ngoka oga kwatelamo natango elelepeko lyomikanda dhuumwene woondjembo konima yethimbo lyontumba ndyoka inali kolekwa natango kuuministeli.

    Elelepeko ndyoka otali ka pula natango eningo lyomakonaakono okukoleka kutya nakuninga eindilo natango otavulu tuu okukala nondjembo.

    Olopota ya pitithwa koSmall Arms Survey muJuni oya holola kutya oondjembo dhi li po15.4 odhi li mokati kaantu ye li 100 moNamibia naNamibia okuli oshilongo oshitiyali momusholondondo gwiilongo ya Afrika mbyoka yi na omwaalu gwoondjembo mokati koshigwana gu li pombanda. Oondjembo dhi li 396 000 odhi li dhopaumwene moNamibia.

    Omakonaakono oga holola kutya oondjembo dhi li 195 990 kadhi na oombaapila omanga oondjembo dhi li po 200 010 odhi na oombaapila.

    Omvula ya piti, oshiputudhilo shoInstitute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) osha pititha omukanda kombinga yekondololo lyoondjembo oshowo iimbuluma tayi longithwa oondjembo moNamibia, nomukanda ngoka ogwa holola omaiyuvo omanene kombinga yuulunga woondjembo ndhoka dhi na oombaapila ndhoka tadhi longithwa okulonga iimbuluma.

    Olopota yopolisi kombinga yiimbuluma tayi longithwa oondjembo oya holola kutya uulunga owundji woondjembo otawu etithwa kuuhasha wokukwata nawa oondjembo mokati kooyene yoondjembo.

    Olopota ndjoka ya pitithwa koIPPR oya holola kutya opolisi oya lopota ya yakelwa oondjembo dhi li pe 1 811 pokati komvula yo 2008/2009 oshowo 2016/2017. Noondjembo 620 dhomoondjembo ndhoka odha monika.IPPR okwa holola kutya iimbuluma yomiyeka kwahomatiwa oyi li pombanda noonkondo nonando omiyalu odha holola kutya okwa dhidhilikwa eshuno pevi miimbuluma yoludhi ndoka mbyoka tayi longithwa oondjembo.

    Oshiputudhilo shoka osha ningi omagwedhelepo moka mwa kwatelwa etulo moshigwana lyomiyalu dhiimbuluma.

    Omagwedhelepo ngoka oga kwatelamo woo oondjindikila dhomwaalu gwiikuti ngoka tagu vulu okukala komuntu oshowo ongamba dhethimbo, omuntu ta vulu okukala nondjembo.

    Natango oshiputudhilo osha gandja omagwedhelepo gokuningila aaningi yomaindilo guumwene woondjembo omakonaakono nokutala ngele oye li tuu pankalo taya vulu okukala noondjembo, okuza kelongitho lyiikolitha niingangamithi oshowo onkalo yomiyonena.


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    Medical students to return to ZambiaMedical students to return to Zambia Namibian medical students are expected to report back to two universities in Zambia by the end of this week after the approval certificates for some health-related programmes at the two institutions were reinstated.

    The health ministry, in collaboration with the Health Professions Councils of Namibia and the University of Namibia, sent a delegation to Lusaka from 19 to 23 June to investigate the matter.

    This happened after the Namibian high commissioner to Zambia had informed the ministry that the Health Professions Council of Zambia had withdrawn licences for the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Radiography programmes at Lusaka Apex Medical University (LAMU), and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery as well as Clinical Studies at Cavendish University.

    The withdrawal followed the discovery of serious violations during compliance monitoring conducted on 17 October last year. The Health Professions Council of Zambia wrote to the affected institutions to address the violations.

    But last inspection conducted on 21 May this year revealed even more serious violations than those discovered earlier.

    Health acting permanent secretary Petronella Masabane said students were expected to report for classes on 23 September. A total of 91 Namibian students are enrolled at these institutions.

    According to her the Health Professions Council of Zambia reinstated the licences for the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Radiography degree at LAMU and the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Cavendish University.

    She explained that the Namibian delegation was tasked to investigate the reasons for the decision by the Zambian health council to withdraw these licences. It also had to establish the ability of the universities to take remedial action and assess the overall impact on the students should the universities fail to comply with the health council's requirements.

    “Thorough discussions were held with the health council, Cavendish University and LAMU, followed by the physical inspection of the facilities such as the libraries, lecture blocks, laboratories and teaching equipment,” Masabane said.

    She said the health council pledged to re-inspect the universities and the programmes immediately once they had addressed the shortcomings.

    “The visit was concluded with an agreement that the universities' management would put measures in place to meet the requirements of the health council in order to re-register the affected programmes in time for the second semester commencing by the end of July 2018.”

    In case the programmes would not be reinstated soon, the ministry engaged the School of Medicine of the University of Namibia to explore the possibility of admitting the affected students. This process started with a request for the students' academic transcripts from the Zambian universities.

    “The ministry, in consultation with key stakeholders, will take reasonable measures to ensure that the training of the students is not unnecessarily disrupted for an extended period and that students are not subjected to education and training that will put their patients and their careers at risk.”

    Masabane advised students and their parents to contact the health ministry if they need further information.


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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Bus strife a headache
  • Bus strife a headacheBus strife a headacheFragmented association costs local authorities Northern towns have decried the constant infighting amongst long-distance bus operators. Power struggles and a lack of proper structures in the association supposed to represent bus operators are creating headaches for local authorities in the north.

    Town councils are constantly fighting with bus operators who load passengers in areas that are unsafe or are earmarked for development projects.

    For many years the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta), which is recognised by the transport ministry, has been the body that dealt with bus drivers on behalf of the government, but over the years the public transport sector has become chaotic and it worsens by the day.

    Local authorities are now forced to do the work of the association but they are failing miserably because the Local Authorities Act does not give them such powers, especially when it comes to making decisions pertaining to the transport sector.

    Whether it's a big or small town, it faces the same problem of bus drivers loading passengers wherever they want.

    As the towns' populations grow, the situation gets more out of hand and local authorities are the ones bearing the brunt.

    Some local authorities such as Oshakati and Windhoek have constructed bus terminals costing millions of dollars but bus drivers refuse to use them.

    Okahao in the Omusati Region is the latest local council that has decided to take action in this regard.

    The Okahao town council has erected 'No Hitch-hiking' signs in areas regarded as unsafe and urged bus drivers to move their operations to the bus terminal next to the open market.

    Prior to the resolution made on Saturday during a meeting with the drivers, there had been five meetings since last year but they proved futile. The bus operators refused to budge, but said they would be prepared to move to a place of their choosing and not one imposed on them.

    The drivers argue that the majority of their customers are from the surrounding villages and they are used to catching a bus from the place the council regards as unsafe.

    The further argue that the prescribed bus terminal is too small to accommodate the 77 buses that operate at Okahao.

    “We are so disturbed by the council's actions because we have had meetings with them and they know what we want. We told them we are not against moving from the current place where we are operating from but they need to relocate us to a place that both parties are happy with and not only them,” the bus drivers collectively said.

    Okahao town council CEO Timoteus Namwandi said the council was left with no option but to erect the signs because the situation was getting out of hand.

    Namwandi said the current loading zone was unsafe and many people had complained about it.

    “It was just chaotic, especially on Sundays, as they cause a traffic jam which we could not tolerate any longer. We need order in town and that is why we took the decision,” Namwandi said.

    Namwandi said the prescribed bus terminal was constructed in conjunction with Nabta back in 2011.

    When asked why the council did not address the issue with Nabta, Namwandi said the association was too fragmented and ineffective.

    He urged Nabta to reorganise itself and regain the trust of bus drivers.

    “Throughout our meetings the drivers clearly stated that they do not want Nabta or any other association present. This shows you how chaotic the sector is,” Namwandi said.

    When contacted for comment, Nabta president Vespa Muunda blamed the chaotic situation on the councils not talking to him or his association. Muunda denied the allegation that Nabta's structures were not in order, saying that he had documents outlining its legitimate structure.

    “If they do not want to engage with Nabta they should expect chaos to follow, just like what is happening at Okahao currently and everywhere else in the country,” Muunda said.

    Muunda did not deny that there were power struggles within Nabta, but said that was something that happened in every organisation.

    He said local authorities should engage Nabta if they want to sort out the problem of bus drivers operating in unauthorised areas.

    “They must just engage us because we know how to deal with the situation,” Muunda said.


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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Three years and counting
  • Three years and countingThree years and countingCelebrating great hospitality tjil catches up with Nimms restaurant owner on how much they have grown since their opening. Nimms restaurant is the only restaurant in Namibia that gives one a 360-degree view of the city whilst having glorious international food served with Namibian hospitality. Opened three years ago, tjil talks to Klaivert Mwandingi on the restaurants' three biggest achievements thus far.

    The National Independence Memorial Museum restaurant (Nimms) is an Afropean restaurant. It is to serve both locals and international tourists. Klaivert Mwandingi says he didn't think they would make it to three years and he is grateful given the fact that it was funded with savings.

    “It has been a humble struggle. I learned a lot including the fact that one should not go into business with the aim of getting rich overnight but rather go into business that drives and motivates you. Your only expectations after closing each night is to reopen the following day,” Mwandingi said. One of the achievements Nimms managed to make is to capture a diverse clientele including government ministries and offices. Today Nimms hosts majority of the events within the ministry including the President's Christmas Lunch as of last year.

    Nimms has also managed to draw a large number of tourists to the museum since they opened their doors. One of the ways they achieve this is by presenting tourists with local and international cuisine.

    “The vision is to at least have one dish from each southern African country. One of the challenges is getting Namibian traditional food because majority of it is seasonal. We are currently serving Setswana, Oshiwambo, Zambezi dishes and from time to time we bring in specials… like we had a Herero breakfast Oruhere,” said Mwandingi.

    Mwandingi says to be on par with other restaurants, Nimms took part in the National Heritage Week Association restaurant competition run by the Namibia Museums Association and they managed to walk away with first prize with Xwama coming in second. Other achievements include Nimms being able to employ 18 with 70% of them permanent.

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    Nascam joins Africa in celebrating copyrightNascam joins Africa in celebrating copyright Coordinated by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the first annual African Copyright and Collective Management Day is aimed to highlight authors' rights and copyright, as the leverage to creators' livelihoods and economic growth.

    According to the CEO of Nascam John Max, the day was declared to create awareness for the public to have an understanding of the role artists have, and how members of the public should respect and value their creative work. In commemoration of the day, Max has appealed to the public to treat artists fairly and remunerate them accordingly. He says Nascam has noted with concern reports that artists that are not paid when they provide services.

    “Let us support our artists and value their services and products as any other profession in any industry,” he said. “The public should also refrain from unfair treatment of artists and infringing on the rights of all the artists rights, either local or international artists. Creative works have no borders and that why copyright laws apply as universal law.”

    Max told tjil that Nascam will continue to advocate for the interest of artists and continue discouraging piracy activities and unfair practices of using creative works without copyright permission in Namibia. He urged all music users in the country that provide music for entertainment in public places to make sure that they have the copyright music licence with his office.

    “If you enter into an agreement with an artist for any services, please make sure that you settle all bills in good faith and that the agreement is in writing in order to avoid dispute and conflict afterward. We always encourage members not to have verbal agreements but rather have written contracts,” he said.

    Nascam, according to Max will continue to have public awareness activities in the future as well as member information sessions across the country. The activities started last year and have been hosted four regions thus far.

    “We will have members' information sessions in Opuwo, Swakopmund and Windhoek before the end of the year. The agenda will be online music and we will host representatives of the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association from South Africa and the CISAC regional director Samuel Sangwa,” he concluded.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: 90 years of Mickey Mouse
  • 90 years of Mickey Mouse90 years of Mickey Mouse Disney Africa recently announced the African launch of the Mickey the True Original campaign, joining the global festivities honouring nine decades of Mickey Mouse, his heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon. As 18 November 2018 marks 90 years since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie, a series of worldwide celebrations will be taking place this year and Africa is no different.

    The campaign will come to life with engaging content and events that embrace Mickey’s impact on the past, present and future. The local festivities kick off in earnest this month, leading up to Mickey’s 90th anniversary on 18 November 2018 and beyond: Mickey’s 90th spectacular, a two-hour prime-time special, will be screened on M-Net 101 this year. The elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the birthday fun for the internationally beloved character.

    “Binding generations together more than any other animated character, Mickey Mouse is the true original who reminds people of all ages of the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope,” says Christine Service, manager of Walt Disney Africa. “With his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect with generations all over the world, no other character quite occupies a similar space in the hearts and minds of a global fan base and we are thrilled to be sharing these festivities.”

    Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honour of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18 November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309 and GOtv channel 60) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

    Staff Reporter

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Tapiwa on the roll
  • Tapiwa on the rollTapiwa on the roll On 4 October, Namibian comedian Tapiwa Makaza will be performing in Cape Town at the Kasi Comedy Night comedy show.

    He will be performing alongside renowned South African comedians Stuart Cairns and Mira. Having been in the industry and with the Free Your Mind (FYM) comedy show since the age of 15, Makaza has been perfecting his art with each gig he performs. He says to be part of the amazing line-up in the Kasi Comedy Night will be a humbling experience and one he can't wait for.

    The comedian will be embarking on this show after spending 2017 performing on a luxury cruise ship, touring many European countries. He started his comedy career after winning Free Your Mind's Last Comic Standing 2012 competition, which in the following year, led to him touring the country with Lazarus Jacobs and Slick the Dick. The funny guy also had the opportunity of representing Namibia in Los Angeles at the World Championships of Performing Arts and being awarded Comedian of the Year. This year he was nominated for the coveted Savannah Pan-African Comic of the Year 2018 award that featured Africa's biggest comedians.

    Makaza also started a new sketch comedy show and has already released the first two sketches online namely, the popular Namibia Taxi Strike sketch and the latest, The Kapana Kid. The clips can be found on his YouTube channel and social media pages. Makaza says one of his aspirations is for Namibia to produce a comedy movie starring local actors and comedians. He believes this will strengthen unity within the industry and it can also help elevate its standards.

    The Kasi Comedy Night is an Isiqhamo Media production and will take place at the GQ Lounge in Gugulethu.


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  • 09/20/18--15:00: 13 albums, 38 years later
  • 13 albums, 38 years later13 albums, 38 years later13 albums, 38 years later Upholding the same old values and with new tunes, Ndilimani wants to venture into the commercial market and pleads with the nation to welcome them. Band members Jessy Nombanza and Castro talk to tjil about their latest offering 'Gratitude'. Ndilimani's album 'Gratitude', which was supposed to be released tomorrow had to be put out into public three days early due to popular demand. A total of 1 500 copies were made for the album and on the first day alone, over 150 copies were bought countrywide.

    “We really tried to hold on but people came to the offices and demanded that we release earlier. It's selling like hot cakes. Our phones are ringing off the hook. People from as far as Outapi want the album and the love is really overwhelming,” said Jessy Nombanza, who also doubles as operations manager for the cultural troupe.

    The band members say that 'Gratitude' is purely a revolutionary album compared to the previous albums that were marketed as commercial works. On 'Gratitude', fans can expect songs on leaders such as Sam Nujoma as Nombanza says it's important for one to know where they come from.

    “We started in 1980 and we just want to remind people where we come from with this album. If we neglect our history our kids will never know who we are or where we are going. We also know that our fight for independence is over and we are fighting a different war now, but everything works together and we can't separate the two,” Nombanza said.

    The Ndilimani Cultural Troupe managed to rope in local acts on the album including Sally Boss Madam and Miss Rose Shikulo to add a softer touch to the product. The artists say they manage to remain relevant by being inclusive and capturing the attention of all age groups and audiences.

    “We make sure our songs are for everyone. Change is not easy and we have tried to switch genres but the elders were not happy. They thought we had lost focus. So we are in between finding a balance to keep both young and old happy,” said Castro, another group member. The group is hopeful in switching up things and they plan on working on an international house album. “We also plan on remaking our old songs and will feature local artists. We also are aware that we don't have a lot of visuals for our work and we want to work on that.”

    The group will announce a launch date in due course. The ten-track album is available for N$130 countrywide.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Selma Kamanya rocks it
  • Selma Kamanya rocks itSelma Kamanya rocks it Miss Namibia has named her project for her reign public at a media launch.

    Miss Namibia 2018, Selma Kamanya recently launched a programme aimed at focusing on mental health among the youth and on educating them about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

    Kamanya, who will work with professionals in the mental health field, explained that the programme will also focus on how best to end stigma and reintegrate the youth and all those who have mental health problems. She urged society to provide life skills and psychosocial support in schools and community settings.

    Kamanya will, as part of the programme, visit local schools to talk to learners about mental health and alcohol and drug abuse.

    The programme forms part of her social responsibility.

    On her part, the deputy minister of health, Juliet Kavetuna told members of the media on the side-line of the event that Miss Namibia's programme will not only create awareness, but will also break the stigma attached to mental illness.

    “Mental health is a very important component of health care, because there is no health without mental health,” Kavetuna said.

    Kavetuna also said there is no department or directorate within the ministry for mental health, but said there are wards for mental health patients at the Windhoek Central Hospital and Oshakati State Hospital. According to her, the number of in-patients at the two centres is more than what the wards can handle. In Oshakati alone, only 120 patients can be accommodated but it currently has 250 in-patients, with over 400 mental patients seen at both hospitals on a daily basis.


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    Talking discipline with TulisanTalking discipline with TulisanNew videos and how to thrive as a full-time artist A job is a job and a local artist shares his insights of how to be a successful full-time artist. If you have ever wanted to be a full-time artist, today is your lucky day as tjil chats to 24-year-old Tulisan who is basically nailing it. Tulisan shares with tjil on what it's like to do nothing but music in this day and age. Almost every other day we hear of how there is no money in the industry yet we have people who are killing it. According to Tulisan, it's all about hard work and dedication.

    The artist and his management have gone to the extent of ensuring that their audiences see how much effort is put into his music by documenting his lifestyle. The documentary titled 'Diamonds in the Rough' features Tulisan and Adora on how they prepare for tours, gigs and the life of an artist in general.

    “Some people feel like we just come to have a good time but it's a whole lot of logistics like finding accommodation, eating, the rehearsals and things like that. Here we show it all and in its raw format. After watching the documentary one should be able to see that we are just humans who are not perfect,” he said. Tulisan recently released a music video to his track titled radio which in his words is an easy and groovy song. On radio, the singer steps away from rap to show how versatile he is and to show off his vocal ability. For his fans, this is nothing but a different experience which is a joy trip for sure. Tulisan says being a full time artist and song writer, he has a lot of material he has been working on and he is can't wait to share it. “It's all about learning. I have learned so much from Oteya and Adora especially on stage presence and understanding what the people want. It's also about pushing videos, having a good team and progressing.” Tulisan adds being a full time artist is equally challenging as it teaches one discipline and self-awareness. “I was not disciplined and I'm still trying to perfect that. I used to go out all the time but I don't know that anymore. I have to priorities so I just can't go out knowing I have a studio session or rehearsals the next day.” Tulisan is currently working on his second album and he says he learned a lot from his debut 'Wisdom of a Fool' that was dropped in 2016. He says he has been patient and he will be taking his time to perfect it. “I want to drop something that has quality - from the beats to vocals and finally the videos. It gives me time because I do not to drop for the sake of dropping and I'll find myself with six albums and some of them don't have videos or a vibe. My work really makes me happy,” he said.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Windhoek International Dance Festival number 2Windhoek International Dance Festival number 2 For the second year, dance enthusiasts, art lovers and the general public will celebrate dance at the Windhoek International Dance Festival, at the COTA next weekend.

    The public can look forward to high quality, engaging dance performances that show how compatible Namibian dance art is with the rest of the world. Windhoek International Dance Festival (WIDF) aims to make dance accessible to everyone regardless of age or preference of genre. Like all other live art experiences, the festival will increase a sense of belonging and pride in Namibia and its artists in the midst of a recession.

    “We hope to give the audience a moment to forget and be immersed in a world that inspires and renews hope, while strengthening audience. WIDF aims to raise awareness of dance, dancers, choreographers and dance studios in Windhoek. This is a great opportunity for dancers to show off their skills by becoming part of the festival. This bi-annual event is entitled INTER.ACT.S which focuses on bringing different artists together and create dance work in unconventional spaces,” said Trixie Munyama, the festival director.

    The weeklong festival will feature acts such as Cocoon Dance Company, Themba Mbuli, Sven-Eric Müller, and will include work from local dance artists Da-mâi Dance Ensemble, Moon Goddess Dance Studios, Ombetja Yehinga Organization, Golden, Khadijah, First Rain Dance Theatre and Nikhita Winkler Dance Theatre, to mention a few.

    Under the theme, the festival will kick off with a lab-based platform where artists re-imagine movement and the relationship between the audience and the performer facilitated by Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja. These process-based pieces will be showcased from 26 - 29 September from 19:00, free of charge.

    The festival will include a series of workshops ranging from contemporary, creative dance, lyrical hip hop, traditional dance, Afro-fusion and Afro-pop. These workshops will be held at the COTA studios and will be facilitated by local and international choreographers and dance teachers. Registration and payments for these workshops will be done at the college on or before the day of the workshops. Participants can look forward to a free class if they book for three workshops.

    June Shimuoshili

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    WFW sees 450 models turn up for castingWFW sees 450 models turn up for casting The massive turnout of models at this year's Windhoek Fashion Week casting speaks volumes for the event and what to be anticipated this year.

    Since the announcement of its return a week ago, the interest from both local and international from designers, models, media and industry professionals has been massive. The Windhoek Fashion Week (WFW) is set to take place from the 6 to 10 November 2018 in the capital. The designer selection process is currently underway and the WFW team and fashion council members are busy going through all applications forms and sketches to select the designers that will be showcasing at WFW Autumn/Winter 2018. The designers will be announced by end of September.

    The organisers had a very successful model casting with a record number of 450 models in Windhoek. This is twice the number that came for casting last year. With this huge turnout, it shows that the industry is growing and models need the platform. The first round of model castings took place last weekend while the second round will be in Ongwediva next week Saturday, and the third and last model casting will be taking place in Swakopmund on 6 October. “Last year we only had castings in Windhoek but due to demand and inclusivity we decided to take the model castings to these towns to allow all models to cast for WFW,” said Kalistu Mukoroli, an organiser.

    “Windhoek Fashion Week is open to everyone in Namibia whether a model, designer or industry professional and also we allow international industry professionals to be part of it as well, to allow skills transfer and networking for possible collaboration,” said Mukoroli. Heading into the last few weeks, the team is working hard behind the scenes to ensure that they deliver the best show. “WFW is also looking at creating a platform for accessories designers to be included this year so we call on them to come forward. Windhoek Fashion Week is open to collaboration and we implore companies or individuals to contact us so that we can look at the practicality of it,” he concluded.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Just for laughs at Kalabar
  • Just for laughs at KalabarJust for laughs at Kalabar Meet your line-up comedians as Nam Comedy Circle joins old and new talent in a rollercoaster of a comedy show.

    Nam Comedy Circle is entering its third round at the Hilton Kalabar next week Wednesday. The popular, novel monthly event at the Hilton has Windhoek entertainment lovers talking. Whether it is about sports, politics, our various cultures and their favourite pastimes, or the latest Facebook scandal, this is the time and place to catch the latest news. More and more Namibians are learning to take themselves less seriously and are enjoying it.

    Whilst the heavyweights from preceding shows are taking a brief rest, new contenders are being lined up and, once again, ladies take centre stage. Janice Tobias will open the event. Currently a law student in her third year, she has had a knack for comedy all her life and from the very beginning.

    Nambabwean Courage the Comedian an experienced comic who represented Namibia at the Heavyweight International Comedy Festival in Botswana in May, will also be cracking jokes. Last but not least is Sibongile Tshabalala, or in short, Ms Sibo. Back from her world travels, Ms Sibo is ready to tickle the audience's fancy as she shares her latest escapades, her adventures and her growth.

    The organisers invite patrons to get comfortable at the Kalabar latest around 19:30, with the show starting at 20:00. The Kalabar is situated on the first floor of the Hilton Hotel. The event is absolutely free of charge.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Bring the spark back
  • Bring the spark backBring the spark backTips to zing up your relationship Whether it's romantic, dirty or whatever in between, here are tricks that will help you find that sparkle again. Do you find sometimes that your relationship is becoming boring or dull? A lot of times when you get comfortable with your significant other, you can find yourselves missing out on the old romantic spark that brought you together in the first place. There are a few things that you can do to put the zing back into the fire and find what it was that brought you together in the first place. Zama Mkhize is a consultant for Pure Romance, a bedroom enhancement company.

    “Pure Romance offers business owners like me a platform to empower and educate women about their sexuality and sensuality. I'm an expert in that I have received adequate training to be able to facilitate in-home parties that cater to issues women face in the bedroom, through product knowledge,” she said. Here, Zama answers some relationship saving questions for tjil.

    tjil (T): Is there a difference with how couples act from when they first meet to say, being married for five years?

    Zama Mkhize (ZM): When you're in your first year of dating, commitment is rarely a factor, it's just two individuals sharing passion and a deep affection for the other. The bedroom is exciting in that the individuals are still in the exploration stage and there are hardly any relevant outside interferences. When a couple has been together for years, they deal with influences from family and maybe even raising kids. These influences have a direct effect on the bedroom because the slightest bit of strain directly impacts the bedroom.

    T: When and why do some couples loose the spark in their relationship?

    ZM: As couples progress in the relationship they are faced with outside interferences like dealing with family, having kids, finances and other aspects, to mention a few. These can cause strain and like I said earlier, whatever strain the couple experiences, directly impacts the bedroom. Say for instance you have kids, being spontaneous and having sex on the kitchen table the minute you get home from work is no longer an option. You become more restrained in that now you have to consider the little ones first. Maybe you need to make dinner and check homework first, and by the time you get to bed you're both tired so sex may lose priority or its intensity rather, in some relationships. This may influence the physical chemistry in the relationship.

    T: What, in your words, is a healthy sexual relationship?

    ZM: A healthy relationship is one which puts communication at the core of its principles. At Pure Romance we are taught that one can never over-communicate within a relationship. There are four pillars that are greatly emphasised: love, communication, finances, and sex. There are obviously other pillars individual couples might deem important as well, such as spirituality (putting God first in your marriage), but at Pure Romance we focus more on the four to accommodate those who do not practise religion. When you constantly communicate, you may find out what your partner wants, you also let them know what you want, and mind you, what you wanted in 1995 might not be what you want now in terms of the bedroom for example. You can re- explore one another through play, massage and adding new techniques into the mix.

    T: How can a couple spice/revive their relationship?

    ZM: You need to know what your partner wants and you need to communicate what it is you want as well.

    At Pure Romance we don't only advocate for the betterment of all things bedroom, we encourage women to also look after themselves in terms looking good, smelling good, and feeling good.

    We have amazing bath and beauty products such as Basic Instinct, which is a synthetic pheromone. It is a natural anti-depressant and sex attractant. We encourage exercise which directly speaks to health, and vaginal health, to be specific. We also greatly encourage women to touch themselves and play with toys, to explore themselves and what it is they want in terms of satisfaction.

    T: What are some myths there are about using props in a relationship and how do they (props) actually help relationships?

    ZM: Toys can't kiss you, they can't hug you, they can't tell you they love you and they definitely won't buy you flowers.

    Toys are meant to enhance, to add on and not to replace.

    Toys are meant to aid in self pleasure so that one is educated in what, how and where they want to be stimulated.

    T: What is the role of romance in a relationship how importance is it?

    ZM: Romance creates a sort of newness to a relationship. You are constantly working towards meeting your partner's demands through communication, exploration, pleasure and you can do all this by adding new and exciting ways.

    It is important in keeping the passion alive so that you're constantly in tune with your partner's feelings, after all, that is why you are together in the first place, right?

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: For the love of art
  • For the love of artFor the love of artQonja sketching his way to the top This week tjil sits down with upcoming artist Qonja about his love for art. Some artists make a big deal out of being self-taught, but truth of the matter is it takes patience and dedication. While art is a talent, it does not grow by itself just like that, and for an artist to reach their potential, they need a grasp of the basics, a grounding in fundamentals, and training. Not many have the luxury of going to a top art schools and in Namibia, there is a lack of such schools to begin with. Local self-taught artist Eliaser Qonja speaks to tjil about the pros and cons of being in his industry.

    Qonja says he became aware of his love for art from the tender age of nine. He recalls starting off by drawing comic figures of Shakes Shikongo from Super Strikers, cars and landscapes. His love for art was further motivated by his elder brother who is also an art enthusiast. Today Qonja draws during his free time when he is not busy with his studies at Nust.

    “I draw because not only does it help me with my bills but because it's therapeutic and I love the reaction of my clients when they get their portraits. It really helps as a student,” he said.

    To date, Qonja says he has drawn over 500 portraits and delivered them. He tells tjil he realised that he could make money from his talent in 2013 when he started watching tutorial videos on YouTube. He says the journey has not been easy as he had unhappy clients while others believe his work is not worth his prices. Qonja's prices begin from N$350 and go up to N$2 400 for canvas. So far his client list includes local entertainers such as Maria Nepembe, Luis Munana and Gazza, just to mention a few.

    “You get people who say things like 'this does not look like me' and that means I should redraw the artwork. I mean I was still learning and new in the game so I had no problem,” he said. “Then you get clients who claim the picture does not depict them but they ask for a discount. So if the picture doesn't look like you, why would you want it on half price? These are the cons of my work. Paying is a problem and they don't consider the time and effort put into the artwork,” he said.

    Qonja plans on expanding his work by drawing hyper realistic artwork however the material is not available in Namibia and importing it is costly. He plans on expanding his business and spending more time on perfecting his work.

    “I want to get all kinds of material to allow me to draw exceptional portraits to expand my client base. I also want to take my work internationally. I will be sharing all my news on my social media pages so watch out @qondja_arts pages.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Nigeria reviewing info to resolve MTN repatriation

    Nigeria's central bank is reviewing information provided by MTN and four banks accused of helping the South African telecoms company to illegally repatriate US$8.1 billion, with a view to reaching an equitable resolution, it said on Wednesday.

    Nigeria, which accounts for a third of MTN's annual core profit, is MTN's biggest market, but has proved to be problematic in recent years during which there have been multiple allegations of infractions.

    The central bank on Aug. 29 said it had ordered MTN and the four banks to bring US$8.1 billion back into Nigeria that it alleged the telecoms firm sent abroad in breach of foreign exchange regulations.

    It also fined the banks. Standard Chartered PLC was fined 2.4 billion naira (US$7.86 million), Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC 1.8 billion naira, Citibank 1.2 billion naira and Diamond Bank PLC 250 million naira.

    MTN has denied any wrongdoing and the banks have said they are in talks with the regulator.

    Nigeria's financial regulator, in Wednesday's statement, said it would continue to welcome foreign investments, and that the sanctions imposed on the banks were not designed to restrict access to investor returns. – Nampa/Reuters

    Jack Ma backtracks on jobs promise

    Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States due to US-China trade tensions, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

    Ma had met US President Donald Trump two years ago and laid out the Chinese e-commerce giant's plan to bring one million small US businesses onto its platform to sell to Chinese consumers over the next five years.

    "This commitment is based on friendly China-US cooperation and the rational and objective premise of bilateral trade," Ma told Xinhua. "The current situation has already destroyed the original premise. There is no way to deliver the promise."

    Ma said trade tensions between the United States and China could last for two decades and would be "a mess" for all parties involved.

    He had also said trade tensions would likely impact Chinese and foreign companies immediately and negatively, while predicting that Chinese businesses may move production to other countries in the medium-term to get around tariffs. – Nampa/Reuters

    Life Healthcare to sell stake in Indian JV

    South African private hospital group Life Healthcare said on Wednesday it will sell its entire 49.7% stake in India's Max Healthcare to a global investment firm for R4.3 billion, in order to focus on its operations elsewhere.

    "The Company will initially use the net disposal proceeds to settle debt as well as to invest in growth opportunities in its core markets," the group said in a statement.

    Investment firm KKR, through its portfolio company Radiant Life Care Private Limited, will buy more than 266 million shares in Max Healthcare at 80 rupees per share.

    The deal is expected to be finalised before the end of the year.

    Max Healthcare is a leading hospital group in India, operating hospitals in New Delhi, Punjab and Uttarakhand. – Nampa/Reuters

    Aston Martin aims for October IPO

    Luxury British carmaker Aston Martin said yesterday it was seeking a valuation of up to 5.07 billion pounds (US$6.7 billion) as it set a price range of 17.50 pounds to 22.50 pounds per share for its stock market flotation.

    The company, famed for making the sports car driven by fictional secret agent James Bond, said last month it was pursuing an initial public offering (IPO), the first British carmaker to do so for decades.

    The firm is expecting 25% of its stock to be floated, nearly 57 million shares.

    The carmaker, which has long said it could IPO, has undergone a turnaround plan since chief executive Andy Palmer took over as CEO in 2014 as it boosts its volumes and expands into new segments.

    Palmer said investors would be able to take advantage of future growth if they take part in the flotation. – Nampa/Reuters

    Emerging market turbulence to hit Diageo

    The world's biggest spirits company Diageo Plc expects this year's sell-off of some emerging market currencies to knock 175 million pounds off net sales and 45 million off its full-year profits, the company said yesterday.

    In recent weeks, we have experienced some increased emerging market foreign exchange volatility, which has been partially offset by a strengthening of the US dollar," chief executive Ivan Menezes said in an update ahead of its 2018 meeting of shareholders.

    "Based on current rates we currently expect exchange to have a negative impact on net sales of 175 million pounds and a negative impact on operating profit of 45 million pounds for the fiscal year."– Nampa/Reuters

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    Take care of your neighbour tooTake care of your neighbour too I recently learned that all of us in our own capacities are able to help in areas where we do not necessarily benefit. The arts industry in Namibia can do so much if we keep ourselves in the know and are willing to make a difference. It is almost the festive season and this is the right time to start giving back to the communities that have been supporting us throughout the year. I was speaking to Killa B who said one should not always give to expect something in return and it made sense to me.

    The kind of giving I'm referring to is all kinds of artists must get involved with organisations and help to create awareness on social issues. I like what Miss Namibia opted to have as her reigning project because mental health lags behind. This is because a lot of communities don't speak about mental issues and the consequences, including depression, especially in the youth. Artists too should have a responsibility in making a difference in their fans' lifestyles and get involved in community issues.

    I believe it is time we stop this culture of just wanting people to come to our shows, buy our portraits and albums but they think little about those who buy their music. I'm not saying all artists don't give back, because I know some who do. If we all pull together and lend a helping hand we can really make a difference.

    Lastly let's all invest in our health by maintaining healthy lifestyles and going for regular medical check-ups. Prevention is better than cure because it's easier to stop something from happening than to repair damage after it has happened. I believe it is okay for one to have a problem but only if they are willing to accept it and seek help. It's really all about speaking out; you will find out that you are not alone.

    June Shimuoshili

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    Katrina wants a festival weekKatrina wants a festival weekThe Soil and Zonke as some of this year's artists to perform Windhoek Jazz Festival patron, arts minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, announced this year's line-up and her hopes for the festival. At the launch of the annual Windhoek Jazz Festival (WJF) arts minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said she looks forward to the attending ajazz festival week that incorporates all spheres of arts and not just music, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura. Hanse-Himarwa, who is also the festival patron, said there are many domains in the Namibian creative industry that are overlooked and that the WJF could be a solution to unifying the arts.

    “We must be talking about stakeholders bringing on board many other directorates so that next year, we won't talk about the WJF as a one-day and -night event but rather a jazz festival week. We will be building up to the festival itself by having exciting items by bringing in other domains of arts and exposing our artists,” she said.

    Hanse-Himarwa added said that the Namibian public needs to be sensitised about the untapped potential of the creative industry. Fashion designers, dancers, sculptures and film makers according to her should be exposed at future jazz festivals. “I want to see, throughout the WJF week exhibitions mixed with jazz. This dress I am wearing is a typical artwork of a Namibian woman. Sometimes we are engaging in our arts without knowing that what we are doing is the arts. Awareness and advocacy should be about the broader creative industry and not just music,” she said.

    At the official launch, she announced the artists to grace the stage which include Suzy Eises, Elemotho and Lize Ehlers as some of the local acts, and South Africans Zonke and The Soil as some of the international acts.

    The 2016 WJF is organised by the City of Windhoek with the support of its sponsors such as Windhoek Lager, Standard Bank Namibia, Air Namibia, 99 FM, The Glenlivet, National Arts Council of Namibia and Ad Force. The festival will take place at the Independence Stadium on 3 November. Tickets to the festival are available at Events outlets countrywide for N$250.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Africa in brief
  • Africa in briefAfrica in brief South Africa's CPI slows to 4.9%

    South Africa's headline consumer inflation slowed unexpectedly in August, data showed on

    Wednesday, with analysts saying the print could make the central bank take a less hawkish tone when it delivers its interest rates decision on Thursday.

    Headline consumer inflation slowed to 4.9% year-on-year in August from 5.1% in July, and contracted 0.1% after rising 0.8% on a monthly basis, Statistics South Africa said.

    Economists had expected CPI to rise to 5.2% year-on-year, according to a Reuters poll.


    Libya imposes fee on hard currency transactions

    Libya's internationally recognised government on Wednesday imposed a fee of 183%

    on any hard currency transactions, effectively devaluing the Libyan dinar to bridge the gap to the dominating black market.

    If implemented in a country in chaos where the central bank struggles to impose its will, the move devalues the official rate of the dinar to the dollar for such deals to around 3.9 from 1.4, Libya's Eqtisidiya business TV channel said.

    Its impact was unclear. The black market rate stands at around 6, and the fee covers only part of the market. Family allowances will be excluded as well as possibly imports of fuel and other subsidised goods.

    The gap has done much to distort Libya's oil-dependent economy, contributing to a liquidity crisis and causing corruption as armed groups with access to dollars at the official rate make huge profits through import scams.


    Nigeria to suspend national airline project

    Nigeria has suspended its plan to relaunch its national airline, a junior aviation minister said

    on Wednesday.

    The government had planned to launch the prestige project in December to make good on a promise by Muhammadu Buhari when he ran for president in 2015. He will seek re-election in February.

    "I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the national carrier project in the interim," Hadi Sirika, junior aviation minister, said on Twitter after the weekly cabinet meeting.

    "All commitments due will be honoured," he said. No reason was given for the decision.

    In a separate statement, he said: "The suspension was strategic and had nothing to do with politics."

    The airline was part of a plan to improve infrastructure that has suffered due to decades of neglect and underinvestment. The government says improvement will require private investment.

    The plan to relaunch the carrier was announced in July. A private operator, sought through a Public Private Partnership, would manage it according to a document seen by Reuters.


    Kenya's finance minister cuts spending

    Kenya's finance minister Henry Rotich has cut the government's spending budget by 55.1 billion shillings (US$546.90 million), or 1.8%, for the fiscal year from July this year, a Treasury document showed on Wednesday.

    The government is facing a tough balancing act after a public outcry over a new 16 percent value added tax on all petroleum products forced President Uhuru Kenyatta to suggest to

    parliament to keep the VAT and cut if by half.

    In the document detailing the new spending estimates, Rotich said the budget had to be adjusted because of the amendments to tax measures brought by lawmakers when they first debated it and passed it last month.

    The proposed halving of the VAT rate on fuel has left the government with a funding shortfall, hence the cuts in spending.

    Parliament will vote on a raft of proposals, including the 1.8% cut on spending, in a special sitting on Thursday.


    Zambian Kwacha falls over size of country's debt, aid freeze

    Zambia's kwacha lost more than 1% on Wednesday, hit by investor worries about the

    size of nation's debt and an aid freeze by Britain and Finland over suspicion that social welfare funds may have been misused.

    The currency of Africa's No.2 copper producer fell as much as 1.6% to 11.1800 per dollar on Wednesday from a close of 11.0000 per dollar on Tuesday, Reuters data showed.

    "Zambia's debt issues continue to create anxiety among investors. In addition, emerging market currencies have been generally weakening," one senior commercial bank trader said.

    Zambia's external debt rose to US$9.37 billion by the end of June from US$8.7 billion in December, the finance ministry said in August, a week after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised concerns over country's high borrowing.


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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Killa B - Point of no Return
  • Killa B - Point of no ReturnKilla B - Point of no ReturnArtist opens up about being away, new music and the music industry Although he wasn't away per se, Killa B is surely back on the music scene and for good this time. The smell of vetkoek lingers in the air as I wade through Soweto Market, smack bang in the middle of Katutura which happens to be the venue for my interview with 'Eliko' hitmaker Killa B, who, fresh from an almost ten-year hiatus, says he is more eager than ever to take on the music industry.

    The music business is a harsh industry. It requires a lot for an artist to not only make it, but also to last enough to have a lifelong career. Recognition can come pretty fast, but it also fades just as swiftly. Some entertainers soar all the way to the top only to plunge quickly, back to the bottom. Even though many leave on their own terms, there are plenty who are forced out.

    These entertainers were beloved by fans and the entertainment industry until one false move totally kills their careers. A few of them willingly disappeared after life-changing situations while others were forced out of the public eye, and a few actually attempted to mount comebacks.

    Killa B says he does not regret his decision to move from the city to permanently live in northern Namibia seven years ago. He says he has been doing well and he is currently in a place where he is putting himself first.

    “The reason people don't see me often is because I choose that. I studied marketing and media; it's not that I don't want to market myself either. I have just put myself in a space that is okay for my life and one which doesn't make things difficult for me,” he said. Killa B, who has thus far released seven albums with three put out silently, is finally ready to come-back into the limelight (Windhoek) and will make music for all his fans and not just those based in the north.

    “I released albums away from central media and just because people don't see me in the city they believe that I have left music. I have been doing music and having tours as far as Rundu that have been a success. I feel that I have been away for a while and that is why I plan on releasing my next album in the city which will be for everyone. Yes, I have had my ups and downs with the media but I know it comes with the territory. I am still here and standing strong.”

    He also told tjil that he hasn't been working with certain artists because of the differences they have when it comes to quality of work. “If I'm working with you it's because I really want to. I wouldn't want to waste your time and I wouldn't want to invest where I lose out.”

    Killa B started his career in the early 2000s. He is known for being a versatile artist and a vivid dancer before he became mainstream. Looking back and comparing the industry when he was active to now, he says the unity that was amongst the artists is no longer there. He also says the number of studios has increased, but the product (music) is not of quality and this is because producers and artists are in a hurry to release. Killa B however believes that there are talented Namibians who have culturally cultivated creativity such as traditionally infused melodies and rhythms but don't have the means to bring out.

    “Producers and artists today watch YouTube channels and TV channels and after that they think they know what they want. It's not always the case because they can be culturally rich if they looked around them here at home. I am at a stage where I know I can do a lot to help those that I can as I am a producer. We used to share beats back in the days and I don't see it happening these days so what will we do about that?” he questioned.

    He says being away from the city made him get a different perspective of the industry and how to run his career as a business. The singer told tjil that he also learned the importance of staying fit as a performer and when he relocated went to the extent of not consuming alcohol anymore.

    “I jog every morning, I try to be active and that's why you won't see me without my muscles. I play soccer with the youth and I also motivate them on the importance of being healthy. No matter how much you have grown or how wealthy you have become, giving back where you come from is always important. I have been sober for a year and I feel so great. I wouldn't say I had an issue with alcohol personally, I just realised that it's not in line with the path I have chosen for my life.”

    Killa B will be releasing his album 'Point of No Return' next month. Killa B says there will be a special track on the album titled 'Dear Life' that is emotional and he believes people will relate to it. Artists featured on the album include DJ Pother, Top Cheri and CJ from the Kalaharians who just returned home from Kenya just to mention a few.

    “I chose the title because the music I'm doing now will be a first for people to hear me at such a level of maturity and growth. The album will be so great, it is a house-infused album and I'm so proud of what I have done. I am definitely here to change the music scene. It's a dream come true because I have worked with great people on this album.

    The artist said he is now back on the scene and he looks forward to having performances, especially at settings like the Kasi Vibe Festival. He added he is also busy redoing some of his classic work with Kannibal that will drop soon.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Cannabis oil: Con or Cure?
  • Cannabis oil: Con or Cure?Cannabis oil: Con or Cure? Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently received tremendous coverage as many hail it a cure for everything from inflammation to insomnia. Henriette Lamprecht - Last November the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its Cannabidiol Pre-Preview Report stating “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”.

    The report found no evidence of recreational use of CBD or “any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD”.

    In June this year the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug, for the treatment of seizures caused by two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome and Lennox Gestaut Syndrome. It was the first and thus far only marijuana-based drug to be approved by the agency.

    What is CBD oil?

    CBD is one of many compounds known as cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the possible therapeutic uses of CBD. CBD oils are oils containing concentrations of CBD. The concentration and uses of these oils vary.

    Is CBD marijuana?

    Until recently, the best-known compound of cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most active ingredient in marijuana. Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but these compounds have different effects. THC creates a mind-altering "high" when smoked or used in cooking. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t change a person's state of mind when used. It does however appear to produce significant changes in the body, with some research suggesting it has medical benefits.

    Where does CBD come from?

    The least-processed form of the cannabis plant is hemp. Hemp contains most of the CBD that people use medicinally. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa, but are very different.

    How CBD works

    All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. They are involved with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memory and other functions. THC attaches to these receptors.

    CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. Researchers once believed CBD attached to CB2 receptors, but it now appears CBD does not attach directly to either type of receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.


    People claim CBD oil can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, though evidence to back up these claims is often lacking. CBD may have various health benefits. This includes among others natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, fighting epilepsy, cancer, anxiety disorders, type 1 diabetes as well as Alzheimer's disease.

    While a variety of online blogs and articles on the supposed benefits of cannabis oil is available, limited research does not suggest it should replace conventional medicine. Another risk factor is the fact that a lack of regulation or safety tests leaves the consumer in the dark on what exactly they’re getting.

    Researchers further emphasize not foregoing conventional and established treatment available in lieu of CBD-oil. In addition certain medication can potentially interact with CBD, including amitriptyline, ibuprofen and meloxicam. The decision to use CBD oil for medical purposes needs to be based on science, not marketing, a sentiment echoed by David Cassaret (MD) in his book Stoned: A Doctor’s case for Medical Marijuana: “Medical marijuana is becoming too widespread, and the risks are too great to leave the patient to fend for himself.”



    @Technavio analysts forecast the global #CBDoil market to grow over 31% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest #marketresearch report.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Tyre burst crashes rise
  • Tyre burst crashes riseTyre burst crashes rise The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund of Namibia has warned of an alarming 62% increase of road deaths related to tyre bursts between last year and June this year.

    Over a six-month period this year, eight people were killed in accidents attributed to a tyre burst, compared to five deaths for the duration of 2017, a statement issued by the MVA noted this week.

    These fatalities emanated from a total of 42 such crashes related to a tyre burst, with 29 recorded in 2017, and 13 by June this year.

    “Road crashes are attributed to various factors including the condition of the road and the environment, human behaviour such as fatigue, drunk driving, and inattentiveness as well as the condition of vehicles, including working lights and tyres,” the MVA stated.

    Because of the high use of vehicles in Namibia, the MVA cautioned that to ensure safety and roadworthiness by conducting daily or weekly checks to spot possible defects before using the vehicle, are crucial.

    “These checks include the inspection of vehicle tyres as tyre bursts mainly occur due to improper inflation, overloading, low-quality, speeding and natural wear and tear.”

    The MVA urged drivers to frequently check for signs of wear and tear and replace tyres when necessary, and to check the tyre tread depth in order to ensure optimum traction on the road even in unusual road conditions.

    Visual inspections of tyres ensure there are no nails or other objects stuck in the tyre that can cause an inflation pressure leak.

    Lastly, the MVA recommends drivers to ensure routine replacement, alignment and balancing of tyres. Additionally, rotate tyres to aid in the even wear and tear of the tyres.

    “Amongst all other strategies that are implemented to reduce crashes on our roads, this simple yet important task of inspecting vehicle tyres regularly, can greatly contribute to the reduction of crashes which will ultimately pave the way toward achieving the Decade of Action for Road Safety goal of reducing crashes to 50% by 2020,” the MVA stated.

    In August, Namibian Sun reported the death of three police officers who died in an accident while travelling towards Omaruru.

    The cause of the accident was attributed to a tyre burst, which led the driver to lose control over the vehicle, causing it to overturn.

    Over the same weekend, a one-year-old baby girl died after the driver of a vehicle she and four adults were travelling lost control and overturned the car after a tyre burst.

    In January, an accident near Katima Mulilo was reported in which four people died. The accident was attributed to a tyre burst.


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  • 09/20/18--15:00: 1 200 rhinos in private care
  • 1 200 rhinos in private care1 200 rhinos in private carePoaching remains a major threat In the midst of rising poaching incidents, local law enforcement agencies are scoring successes with four arrests made in the past five days. While about 1 200 rhinos in Namibia are now in private care, the country is still experiencing high levels of poaching, with 29 rhinos poached this year already.

    This was announced during a national meeting on rhino security attended by custodians of black rhinos and private owners of white rhinos.

    Environment deputy minister Bernadette Jagger said in the past five days, three suspects were arrested at Divundu in the Kavango East Region for the illegal possession of three rhino horns. One suspect was also arrested at Katima Mulilo for the illegal possession of five pairs of elephant tusks.

    “Unprecedented levels of elephant and rhino poaching across Africa are being experienced and Namibia is no exception. This threatens these species and the ecosystem they inhabit,” said Jagger.

    She said wildlife trafficking has become a million-dollar criminal enterprise that has expanded to more than just a conservation concern.

    According to Jagger, the increasing involvement of organised crime in poaching and wildlife trafficking promotes corruption, threatens peace, strengthens illicit trade routes, destabilises economies and communities that depend on wildlife for their livelihoods.

    Elaborating on the National Rhino Custodian Programme that was established in 1993, she said this has been Namibia's greatest conservation success ever and is largely due to private citizens working together with government in an exemplary way.

    The custodian programme now hosts 500 black rhinos in 28 sub-populations, which occur from the Orange River to the Kunene Region.

    “We are aware that custodians are concerned about the risk of poaching, including the safety of themselves and their personnel and the lack of mechanisms from the side of government to offer more assistance and create greater incentives for keeping black rhinos,” Jagger said.

    She explained that although all black rhinos remain state-owned, the programme enables private persons with land to apply for custodianship.

    She said strategic black rhino translocations have been carried out under the programme since 1993.

    This has not only expanded the rhino range but also established a viable breeding population. It has also contributed to the stimulation of high density populations in national parks, from which most of the animals have been sourced for the programme.

    Jagger said the number of black rhinos under custodianship has grown to such an extent that the programme has become its own source of animals for further translocation, and a few animals could even be translocated back to national parks, as required.

    According to her the southern white rhino is present in some of Namibia's national parks, while the private sector has also played a vital role in re-establishing populations on free-hold land.

    “White rhinos can be privately owned in Namibia, the ministry strictly controls all imports, exports, internal movements and hunting of white rhinos through CITES.”

    The number of privately-owned white rhinos have increased steadily over the past years to over 700 animals on 69 freehold properties by the end of 2017, mainly through the imports from South Africa.

    “Poaching has severe economic implications through adverse impacts on tourism, trophy hunting and the conservation of the species,” said Jagger.

    She said short and long-term strategic measures in place to help combat wildlife crime involve matters of human capacity, surveillance patrols and detection, investigative and intelligence work, criminal investigations, legal frameworks and prosecutions.

    It also involves community care and engagement, monitoring and database support, as well and proactive planning and adaptive management.


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    Striving for infrastructural developmentStriving for infrastructural developmentHangalaPrescient drives investment management activities in both the listed and unlisted asset management markets in Namibia. HangalaPrescient is a joint venture between Hangala Capital, the financial services arm of the Hangala Group, and Prescient Holdings. Michelline Nawatises

    The company consists of six people at its head office in Windhoek and has been able to distinguish itself from its peers through its unique and specialised investment philosophy and investment offerings.

    This is elegantly explained by HangalaPrescient CEO, Alfreda Wentworth, who said: “Our success lies in the strength of our clearly defined philosophy and investment process.

    “Our investment philosophy is centred on capital preservation, robust risk management practices and consistently striving for real returns for retail and institutional investors.”

    Leake Hangala, the executive chairman of the Hangala Group, explained that the group has secured a multinational technical partner with the best global standards and practices.

    “These practices and standards, combined with our Namibian expertise, ensure that we can provide our retail and corporate clients with the best services and innovative products,” he said.

    HangalaPrescient investment management manages three unit trust funds, the HangalaPrescient Money Market, Income Provider and Absolute Balanced Funds, and invites Namibian pension funds, medical schemes, companies and individuals to invest with it.


    HangalaPrescient offers investors the Best of both worlds - a real Namibian footprint backed by global expertise, ensuring investment growth with a focus on risk management.

    HangalaPrescient Infrastructure Manager (Pty) Ltd has successfully raised N$500 million for infrastructure financing in the sectors of energy, ICT, water, transport, health and education.

    The company is excited to continue playing a pioneering role in the private equity sector, which will see private capital invested in the country's much-needed infrastructure development, expansion and maintenance.

    HangalaPrescient has become part of the DNA of the country's financial services anatomy and will thus ­significantly contribute to the ­Namibian capital market development, job creation and economic growth.

    Its objective is to ensure that HangalaPrescient brings appropriate financial solutions to all Namibians across the country.

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    Global Petroleum invests in search for oilGlobal Petroleum invests in search for oilPartners with Namcor Global Petroleum has signed a petroleum agreement as operator in Block 2011A offshore Namibia. It is clear that oil and gas industry interest in offshore Namibia has accelerated greatly in recent months. – Peter Hill, CEO: Global Petroleum Jo-Maré Duddy – Global Petroleum Ltd, listed on the London and Australian Stock Exchanges, has widened it footprint in the country by acquiring an 85% interest in oil exploration Block 2011A offshore Namibia.

    In a statement released on Wednesday, Global Petroleum said it signed a petroleum agreement as operator in Block 2011A. State-owned Namcor has a stake of 10% in the block, while Aloe, a privately owned Namibian company, has the remaining 15%.

    “It is clear that oil and gas industry interest in offshore Namibia has accelerated greatly in recent months and we are therefore extremely pleased to have succeeded in what has been a long-term aim for the company - acquiring Block 2011A adjacent to our existing acreage,” said Peter Hill, chief executive officer of Global Petroleum.


    Global Petroleum already has an 85% participating interest in a petroleum license which covers offshore blocks 1910B and 2010A offshore Namibia. The company acquired these assets from Jupiter Petroleum (Namibia) in November 2011. Namcor has a 10% carried interest and a private company, Bronze Investments Namibia, has a 5% free carry.

    The company said the combination of the two licences for blocks 2011A, 1910B and 2010A gives Global an aggregate of 11 608 square kilometres offshore northern Namibia and makes it one of the largest net acreage holders in the region.

    “Block 2011A is situated in an area of offshore Namibia which is considered by Global and the industry to be highly prospective, as evidenced by recent farm-ins involving major national oil companies and international oil companies, and especially by the Cormorant well currently drilling close by,” Hill said.


    Global Petroleum referred to drilling on Tullow’s Cormorant prospect in Block 2012B which recently commenced.

    “The Cormorant well is approximately 40 kilometres from Block 2011A and the Tullow block is contiguous with the south-east corner of Block 2011A. Cormorant is ranked by Wood Mackenzie as one of the ‘15 most anticipated conventional wells in 2018’’.

    “Aside from the wider prospectivity of its new acreage, the company [Global Petroleum] expects that the play to be tested by the Cormorant well extends into Block 2011A, and so positive results from Cormorant should provide Global with significant read across. Further south, Chariot’s Prospect S well is due to spud later in the year where a successful outcome should further enhance the oil and gas industry’s focus on offshore Namibia,” the company said.


    Under the Block 2011A work programme, in the first two years of the initial exploration period, Global Petroleum will carry out various studies and will reprocess all existing seismic in the licence area, which includes a 3D seismic data survey shot in the western part. The studies and reprocessing will enable the reservoirs in the Welwitschia structure and elsewhere in the acreage to be mapped with more confidence, and the leads to be identified more accurately, the company said.

    Global Petroleum said at the end of two years, it has the option either to shoot a new 2 000 square kilometre 3D seismic data survey in the eastern part of Block 2011A, or alternatively to relinquish the licence.

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    New RCC rescue plan confirmedNew RCC rescue plan confirmedJudicial management delayed The RCC is finalising a new rescue plan, which will first be discussed by the full board and then with the government as the shareholder. Following the cancellation of an initial rescue plan, which would have seen the embattled Roads Contractor Company (RCC) receiving N$580 million in financing from a Chinese firm, a new plan is being hatched to save the parastatal.

    Current RCC board chairperson Obren Sibeya, who took over from Fritz Jacobs who had championed the Jiangsu Nantong Sanjian deal until the government unceremoniously pulled the plug in May, told Namibian Sun this week that they were working on a new rescue plan.

    “The RCC is at an advanced stage of finalising its rescue plan, which will first be discussed by the full board, the shareholder and thereafter communicated to all other stakeholders,” Sibeya told Namibian Sun.

    “At this stage I cannot divulge any concrete information as contained in the plan, until the full board has deliberated on the draft rescue plan and has accordingly informed the shareholder.”

    Sibeya added that because the transport ministry was finalising a bill that would see the RCC being placed under judicial management, the treasury had already been instructed to pay employee salaries.

    The RCC was also honouring its obligations to its creditors, with the assistance of the government, Sibeya said.

    “The shareholder, together with RCC, has been working together in the process of settling the verified claims of the creditors of the RCC. It is through this process that the RCC managed to stop auctions of its properties.”

    In October 2016, it was reported that the RCC faced liquidation if the government did not urgently inject capital.

    At the time, the RCC's liabilities were reported as N$775 million, while its assets were valued at N$190 million.

    The government, through the transport ministry, pulled the plug on the RCC/Jiangsu deal a few months ago, after stern opposition.

    The beleaguered RCC had increasingly come under fire for arranging off-balance-sheet financing from Jiangsu to the tune of N$580 million.

    Repayment would have taken place in the form of participation by the Chinese company in current and other identified future projects for “five years or earlier”.

    The 47% stake that would have gone to the Chinese firm in these projects was worth an estimated N$2 billion.

    Judicial management delayed

    The so-called judicial management bill, which will seal the fate of the RCC, is not expected to be tabled during the current session of the National Assembly.

    The National Assembly session resumed last Tuesday and a number of bills are expected to be tabled, including those on financial institutions and markets, transfer duties, public enterprises, deposit guarantees and obsolete laws.

    The RCC bill does not appear on the list.

    Transport ministry spokesperson Julius Ngweda said certain aspects of the bill were still being worked on.

    “We are still busy working on it; that is why it is not on that list,” he said.

    Transport minister John Mutorwa was advised by attorney-general Albert Kawana to change aspects of the bill in July, a previous media report indicated.

    Under judicial management, the current RCC board would be stripped of its powers.

    When he announced that the RCC would be placed under judicial management, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste said: “The RCC has many creditors who will, while the company is under judicial management, have to wait to see their claims against the company settled.

    “The judicial manager will proactively seek ways to restructure the debt of the company and respond to the financial demands of the company.”

    Jooste said the judicial manager would be empowered to make far-reaching decisions on the company's business transactions, covering all aspects of its operations, human resources and financial management.


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    Fresh warnings as phosphate deadline loomsFresh warnings as phosphate deadline looms As the deadline for submissions regarding a proposed marine phosphate mining project at Walvis Bay looms, a respected fishing industry expert says the impacts of this type of mining globally can be long-lasting and possibly irreversible.

    “Namibia should not be conned into believing that mining off the Namibian coast will be any different,” David Russell said, while adding the documents to be commented on included “massive repetition of selected opinions of the mining company's appointed consultants and reviewers, which is tiresome to wade through”.

    The environment ministry has announced that the closing date for submissions is 28 September.

    This follows a ruling on 21 June by environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, which set aside the environmental clearance granted to Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) on September 2016.

    The environmental clearance was issued by the environmental commissioner Theofillius Nghitila for the so-called Sandpiper Project that is located about 120 km southwest of Walvis Bay.

    According to Russell, well-respected Namibian marine scientists have reviewed the documents made available by the ministry and NMP regarding the project and have expressed several points of concern.

    He said the main concerns include the fact that the documents reveal a fragmented, non-collated and unconsolidated environmental impact assessment (EIA).

    “There is massive repetition of selected opinions of the mining company's appointed consultants and reviewers which is tiresome to wade through. The different sections dealing with aspects of impact are not integrated, but divided into different volumes adding to the repetition, lack of collation and confusion.”

    Russell said there is also a similar lack of coherence in terms of the planned activities related to the EIA versus what was actually carried out.

    “It is thus impossible to find the actual scientific results observed amidst a lot of unnecessary information.”

    For example, critical research done at sea and written up in NMP verification report had been rejected by Nghitila as it was not good enough, because it was simply information based on a desktop study.

    This report was submitted after the original EIA.

    “Yet the public and scientists are now expected to base their comments on these cumbersome documents, which will likely be used to make a final decision about whether or not to grant environmental clearance again,” said Russell.

    He said the scientific methodology in the verification report is faulty in many of the presented studies and was also lacking, so that interpretation of the results obtained becomes invalid and meaningless for the assessment of impacts.

    “Likewise much faulty logic was used in the interpretation of impacts. This was not identified by the reviewers appointed by the mining company, nor by the observers that took part in the at-sea verification study.”

    Russell says the prediction of impacts in the marine environment is difficult, even with thorough and robust baseline science.

    According to him, NMP tabulates the potential impacts to the Namibian coast to be low, therefore requiring no mitigation.

    “Namibia could be in a dangerous long-term situation, if it considers allowing marine phosphate mining to begin now and escalate into the future.

    “The public should be aware that no careful monitoring and/or regulation of the mining activity will take place, until a national regulatory authority with the knowledge, expertise, capability and authority to both monitor and regulate seabed mining at mining site(s) is established, but is as yet non-existent.

    “Important economic activities that are reliant on a healthy ocean could be at risk,” Russell added.


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    161 govt vehicles unaccounted for161 govt vehicles unaccounted for The department of transport within the ministry of works cannot account for 161 vehicles with a value of N$590 million.

    The anomaly was uncovered when the office of the auditor-general recently presented the findings to the national assembly.

    The ministry's records reflected 4 252 vehicles with a value of N$1.4 billion on 1 April. However, this did not match the closing period amount of 4 091 vehicles, valued at N$871 million.

    “The difference of 161 vehicles with a value of N$590 million remains unexplained,” the office of the auditor-general said in its report of the ministry.

    This is the second time that a ministry has not been able to account for vehicles, with the health ministry being unable to account for 100 vehicles earlier this year.

    The audit also found that unauthorised capital projects totalling N$114 million were undertaken by the department. These projects included the formulation of nationwide transport planning (N$82 million), the construction of the Ngoma – Nakobolelwa gravel road (N$22 million), construction of the Endola – Eembo gravel road (N$2.3 million) and the rehabilitation of the Mariental – Keetmanshoop road (N$1.3 million).

    The department could also not account for N$3.3 million paid out to 57 community members across the country to compensate for loss of land as a result of construction of roads.

    “The authenticity of the amounts paid could not be verified as the payment vouchers were not provided for audit purposes,” the report said.

    At the department of works, the office of the auditor-general could not account for proof of payment of a house that was owned by the ministry in Swakopmund. “Without the proof of payment and bank statements, the auditors could not ascertain whether the buyer paid the purchase price,” the report noted.

    Over at the ministry of defence, N$138 million was unaccounted for. N$198 million was budgeted for the purchase of spare parts for the ministry's aircraft. The audit could however only verify a total amount of N$60 million from the expenditure vouchers presented for audit purposes. “This has resulted in an unexplained expense difference of N$138 million,” the report said.

    The ministry of defence also finds itself having to pay for vehicle damage resulting from unauthorised use of these vehicles.

    “The audit found a total of 21 motor vehicle accidents occurred which were due to unauthorised use resulting in an estimated damage cost of N$129 991. Furthermore the ministry is yet to repair 75 vehicles at an estimated cost of N$775 054 as a result of unauthorised use,” the report said.


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    Sowing into the young generationSowing into the young generation Petronella Museta, who has been employed at Debmarine Namibia for 10 years, has over 15 years of geological experience in base metals, iron ore and marine diamonds. Octavia Tsibes

    Museta hails from the Zambezi Region, where she completed her secondary schooling.

    She completed her tertiary education at Unam, where she obtained a BSc in geology and chemistry, the University of Cape Town, where she obtained a BSc honours in general geology and the University of Pretoria, where she obtained an MSc degree in applied geology.

    After spending only a year as a geologist-in-training, Museta was appointed as a geo-data geologist at the Rosh Pinah mine, while the training normally takes three years.

    She said at Debmarine every project she has worked on has added immeasurable value to the company, to such an extent that she have been rated among the best geologists in the firm.

    “In high school I was never an enthusiast of the conventional careers geared towards women; I was more passionate about the science field, particularly natural sciences,” she says.

    Museta, who is married and the mother of four boys, says the mining industry is male-dominated, so as a woman it is difficult to find your niche.

    “Having to spend time way from my family has not been easy.”

    She says one has to find a balance between your career and family life, to ensure that neither is compromised.

    This has been very challenging for her.

    Museta has adequate and versatile experience in the mineral resource management principles of various commodities, for example base metals, iron ore and marine diamonds.

    She also has vast experience in the geo-statistical and financial evaluation of mineral resources, coupled with adequate insight into open-cast, underground and marine mining environments; and she is a perfectionist.

    “I have a weekly to do-list which helps me in managing my daily tasks. However, as a project geologist my typical day varies based on what is required from the project that I am working on at that particular time. The activities vary from geological interpretation of sampling results, the validation of sampling data, resource estimation or resource-generation-related projects,” she says.

    Museta likes gardening and landscaping.

    “It is very therapeutic and relives stress after a long day at work. It is also a very good form of exercise; in essence it helps me stay in shape as well.”

    She says that one should know what you want to become in life and have a clear vision of how to get there.

    “To accomplish your goals you will have to work hard and know that you will encounter obstacles, but you can overcome them,” she says.

    One of her plans is to expand her skills and knowledge in mineral resource management, so that she can continue to grow in her career within Debmarine Namibia and add more value, where required.

    She also wants to transfer skills to young geologists who join the company.

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    What is land reform all about, or what could it be?What is land reform all about, or what could it be? Over the past few months, these essays in Market Watch have attempted to shed light on features of Namibian livelihoods and land that are not well understood or that are often disregarded.

    Among other things, the articles described the poor soils and low potential for crop and other agriculture over much of the country; how most Namibians are moving from rural areas to urban lifestyles in search of cash security, not food security; how most livestock do not produce revenue, but are used as savings and capital; and the multiple values of property ownership denied to about two-thirds of all Namibian families. These are all big issues that affect much of our land. And they are important to most Namibian lives.

    The essays have also sought to raise questions that require objective answers if all citizens are to have opportunities of a decent living. We need to be honest about why the majority of Namibians can’t own land where they now live, how so many First Nation Namibians (a.k.a. San or Bushmen) were dispossessed of their land rights since 1990; why most rural families in communal areas earn little or no income from their farming activities, or why we reward traditional authorities with exclusive, often tradable rights over communal land.

    The essays have discussed important considerations surrounding land reform, but have said little about land reform itself … who counts and who doesn’t in the debate, what land matters and what doesn’t, who is accountable and who not, and who may win and who could lose.

    Land reform is selective

    Most discussions and arguments about land reform are narrow, focused largely on the so-called politics of land. This is an opaque, polite way of saying that land is about power and wealth. More specifically, land reform is largely about transferring farms from several thousand previously advantaged people to several thousand mostly presently advantaged people. That’s the main goal, and it affects less than 3% of all Namibian families.

    The remaining 97% of households derive virtually no benefit from land reform. By contrast, the direct and indirect economic costs of land reform may bring them some hardship. Sadly, many recipients of resettlement farms are not farmers, and most farms are too small to function as economically productive farming units.

    Two arguments justify the repossession of freehold land: to restore ancestral land rights and to achieve equality. It is important to note that it is the ancestral land rights of only some groups that matter. Those of marginalised San and other groups are unimportant. Their land rights were either lost in the distant past, or their recent losses after 1990 are deemed legitimate because they were approved by traditional authorities. No one seems to care! Some land rights are worth repossessing, others are not.

    And two arguments are offered to stir up populist demand for land. One is the idea that every family can make a living from farming, despite the fact that most land can only be farmed profitably if the farms are big, the farmers are serious, and the farming methods used are appropriate. (This is even true for mahangu, where several hundred hectares are needed per farm if it is to be profitable and provide a decent income).

    The second argument is that every family needs a piece of rural land, which it can call home. That ideal is harder to counter, but how much productive land would be left if the whole county was carved into plots? As impractical as both ideas are, politicians exploit them to raise disingenuous expectations.

    An advantage of so much focus on freehold farms is that other pressing issues can be swept aside, excluded from the public eye and debate. Then, there is no need to be bothered by other land rights, land values and uses, recent expropriations, household poverty, or the massive growth of squatter settlements where hundreds of thousands of Namibians have no land or security, and few – if any – services. Politicians and populists can happily waddle forth, oblivious of the pain that affects the great majority of Namibians.

    Land reform is not about equality

    It is widely claimed that land reform is about equalising land ownership. We are told too that the liberation war was about land, and thus we expect much to have been done to increase equality since independence. True, black ownership of large freehold farms has increased proportionally, and so equality among the relatively few freehold farm owners has increased. But the exact opposite is true for class divisions among the great majority of Namibians.

    First, land occupation in communal areas is now far more skewed than before. Vast areas previously open as safety nets for poorer local residents have been appropriated for the exclusive use of tens of thousands of cattle belonging to wealthy urban owners. Many other open areas have been expropriated into hundreds of individually fenced off farms that enclose commonage grazing and waterholes. For example, perhaps a quarter or more of communal Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, and Omaheke are effectively owned by a several hundred families in each region. Worse still, over half of Kavango East and Kavango West is owned by about 400 hundred families, while close to 31 000 families in rural areas of these two regions are barred from even having customary land rights! What clearer signs do we need to show that the Namibian commons have failed – enslaved to a few.

    Second and at the same time, property and housing in urban areas has become extremely unequal. In 1991, 88% of all urban homes were formal, brick houses while only 12% were shacks. That proportion of informal shacks rose to 32% in 2011, and now stands at about 41%. At current rates of increase, there will be more shacks than formal houses in urban areas by 2025.

    Namibia’s policies on land and land reform hardly play to the needs of the majority. Indeed, much is to their detriment: no commercial or investment rights in communal land; almost no access to affordable urban land; and communal land a free for all and the rich! Looking forwards, will Namibia continue along an emotive, political path, or one endowed with practical considerations and ethical fortitude?

    What for the future?

    Let us imagine a land conference in Namibia where the deliberations are guided by human rights activists, compassionate leaders, and specialist scientists who understand agronomy, underground water, household economies, societies, climate, poverty, urbanisation, agricultural economics and pasture science. In attendance would be politicians who apply their minds to facts before making decisions that improve the livelihoods of the people they represent.

    I suspect that delegates to this conference would make these sorts of decisions about land reform in Namibia:

    · All Namibians and all land rights would be treated equally before the law. The continued dispossession of San and other poor people would be stopped immediately.

    · All citizens may buy, sell and rent land anywhere in Namibia, and free from any barrier based on tribal, class or ethnic considerations.

    · Those living on and using the land would enjoy full ownership rights, giving them incentives to develop and manage their properties in accordance with their wishes and the possibilities offered by their land.

    · Property sizes in both rural and urban areas would be determined according to what is economically viable and productive according to the reasonable needs of their owners and the nation. The allocation of small farms which perpetuate poverty and dependency will be discontinued.

    · Recognising the low productive potential of most Namibian land for agriculture and other rural economic activities, urban migration and economic growth and development in urban areas would be encouraged. A related goal is for greater numbers of Namibians to have access to improved services in urban centres.

    · For those in need, plots of urban land would be provided for free as a matter of urgency. The plots would be fully owned by the recipients.

    · All Namibian land is to be administered by accountable officials elected or appointed for their expertise in managing land in the public interest using the most reliable and modern methods to document land rights. Divisions between communal, customary land and modern land rights and management would be abolished, just as the Namibian state abolished apartheid in 1990.

    · Measures would be pursued to convert dormant capital (in the form of livestock and land) into productive revenue - which would contribute to the economy and to the owners of the livestock and land.

    · The economic value of all Namibian land would be developed sustainably for the benefit of the families who reside there and own the land, and also for all citizens to benefit from the use of public taxes derived from land production.

    · All policies, programmes and legal provisions regarding land would be guided by the overall desire for Namibia to provide all its citizens with a decent living while using land sustainably. Barriers to that goal must be removed with immediate effect.

    · Any policy guided by assumptions that rural and/or lower-class citizens have lesser needs for property, prosperity and prospects for the future would be declared null and void.

    Their final statement might read: We, the delegates to this historic land conference, declare our wish for further provisions in the years to come that will continue to make Namibia better, and Namibians happier.

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    Kagola believes each achievement is significant Kagola believes each achievement is significant Justicia Shipena

    Leena Ndahafa Kagola is the learning and development practitioner responsible for marine training at Namport.

    Her role includes analysing learning and development needs, followed by the planning, implementation and monitoring of learning and development interventions for the realisation of the company’s organisational strategy.

    She is also seconded to the new container terminal project team as the human resources project coordinator and is responsible for manpower planning.

    “This function enables the placement of the right talent at the right place and time for optimum performances,” she said.

    Kagola started working for Namport in November 2008 as an HR assistant and progressed up the ranks to the current role she occupies.

    She recently obtained a master of science degree in maritime affairs, specialising in maritime education and training, from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden.

    In addition she holds a master of business administration degree from Regent Business School.

    Through the International University of Management she completed her honours degree in human resource development and management. She also completed an international diploma in logistics and transport management at the Namibian-German Center of Logistics (NGCL).

    Kagola has undergone a supervisory development programme with Unam and obtained a certificate in public management and governance through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).She further obtained professional training in port management with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNTACD).

    Kagola told Careers she believes that each achievement is significant, but says her most outstanding achievements during her career path so far was obtaining two masters degrees at a relatively young age.

    She also mentioned her secondment to Namport’s biggest project - the port expansion.

    Kagola said the biggest challenge she faces at her workplace is representing different stakeholders with a variety of stakes or interests in the project, which requires sound interpersonal skills coupled with a comprehensive understanding of organisational culture and port operations.

    “I always perceive problems as opportunities for growth,” she said.

    Besides being in the office, she enjoys reading and mentoring young people.

    “It is my passion and it’s something I want to expand going forward, so that I make continuous positive impacts among our youth.”

    In line with youth empowerment she has established the Monday professional network at Namport called ‘Lunch and Learn’.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Jobs: What is the strategy?
  • Jobs: What is the strategy?Jobs: What is the strategy? We have lambasted government on numerous occasions for not actively coming up with tangible action plans insofar as fixing our ailing economy is concerned.

    For many years job creation in this country has been woefully off target and more and more Namibians are losing jobs at a larger scale than never before. Companies have been forced to unexpectedly shed jobs because of a poor performing economy and in the midst of the country slipping into a technical recession. Although government has ensured that there is money directly available to programmes that help the vulnerable, such as old-age pension payouts as well as other social grants, there are significant economic challenges prevailing at the moment. We are yet to see a comprehensive stimulus package aimed at reviving our economy. The actionable plans emphasising how the economy should be industrialised, including broad-based economic empowerment, are not yielding the necessary results. It is true that government has an important role to play in the economic activity of any nation, including by helping the private sector to create the bulk of jobs.

    This must be accompanied by facilitative policies and an enabling environment. Therefore it is essential that the welfare of citizens is not compromised by the poor prioritisation and allocation of resources that tend to benefit only the elite. What this country needs is a national mass job creation project. And pumping money into the economy must be done in a responsible manner to avoid unnecessary wastage. Job creation projects must be in the best interest of all Namibians, and not just a selected few instant millionaire tenderpreneurs and foreign companies, who end up dominating these contracts.

    This includes foreign firms bringing their own labour and equipment, at the expense of deserving locals. The approach to job creation must change for the better, if we are really serious about pushing for more reforms to improve our economy, which is not yet characterised by equitable benefit sharing in the midst of high levels of inequality.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Information is like money
  • Information is like moneyInformation is like money Llewellyn le Hané

    In the modern world, the pursuit of money has become an obsessive activity for many.

    There’s nothing wrong with that; as long as it’s done with a certain goal in mind. This train of thought and discussion I recently had got me thinking. We are consumed by acquiring things, stuff, and as much money as we can.

    This is not just a Namibian obsession; all around the world it seems people are in pursuit of exactly the same goal. Having money to buy nice things, a nice house, a nice car, nice holidays and other essentials and luxuries is great. But when you start to examine the unrelenting pursuit of money, my understanding becomes less clear. Having an emergency fund is great, saving for retirement, children and even grandchildren is the way it should be. Having piles of money for the sake of just having it makes no sense. The same can be said about information.

    Companies, governments and institutions have a great many methods of collecting data - information about people, things, interactions and trends. They harvest this data so much these days that it’s become known as big data. Everything is measured and tracked, and this has been widely reported on. Having information, data, business intelligence or whatever you want to call it, gives you an edge.

    Some say it gives you ‘the edge’ - giving you enough power to leverage during election times and change the mindset of whole swathes of a population.

    But information and data is only an asset if you use it. Just like with money. Having it just for the sake of having it, makes no sense. Companies and governments harvest data and have petabytes of data laying around, but don’t use it. If you have money that you don’t know what to do with, you engage with a financial advisor and they tell you how you can put your money to work, to good use and perhaps benefit others or use it to create something new.

    This is why organisations should harness the power of their data and apply and use it for their benefit and in the long-run for their stakeholders as well. Just imagine using the data to be able to do faster reporting, analysis or planning, make better predictions and business decisions, improve workflow, cut costs, tailor make customer interactions or improve your competitive advantage. These are just a few things that you can do with leveraging all the information and data that is swirling around an organisation.

    Use your information intelligently and use it to improve your business, your organisation or government services. If you are unsure of how to go about it, just as you would get a financial advisor, get a data consultant in. I would also implore people to do the same with money. Do not just let it sit there and watch the pile grow. Do something with it, otherwise it’s no use to anyone.

    *Llewellyn le Hané is the owner of Green Enterprise Solutions (Pty) Ltd.

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  • 09/20/18--15:00: Looking at the positive side
  • Looking at the positive sideLooking at the positive sideVan Wyk has a passion for youth development Pupkewitz Motors, a subsidiary of the Pupkewitz Group, take pride in exceptionally good customer experience rating. Octavia Tsibes

    To be profitable in a highly competitive market and with the recession that is already in the eighth quarter, must not be overlooked. Managing Director (MD) at Pupkewitz Motors, Ekkerd van Wyk, who joined Pupkewitz in 2011 as the motor division’s Operations Manager, is very positive and innovative in all that he does within the company. When he first joined the company, he worked with Mr. Junior Bruwer and later took over from him as Managing Director of Pupkewitz Motors in 2014.

    It worries van Wyk that the motor industry is not on every young job seeker’s shortlist. The motor industry does not only comprise out of mechanics and sales consultants, but is such a wide spectrum with numerous job opportunities that should be marketed and introduced to the public. “I would love to see schools introduce the automotive industry as a vital career opportunity such as logistics, marketing, information technology, computer based management programs and auditing, just to mention a few.” He adds “I will keep on inviting young Namibians into the motor industry and will keep on training them to become stewards of the trade.”

    “We have various trainee programs in place. The Mechanical Traineeship is the most well-known trainee program that we have, where we train young individuals to become qualified mechanics. We also have the Administrative Traineeship, which focuses on financial management and accounting. The third traineeship, and one that I adore the most, is the Sales Traineeship that we offer. This program involves the training of young individuals as sales persons and marketers,” he says.

    He further says that the programs are three months long where they train them, lucratively compensate them and if they succeed, the company employs them permanently as a junior, offering the opportunity for them to start building their career with Pupkewitz Motors. “We focus on young talent, if possible with a tertiary qualification, but if the trainee does not have this qualification, we give them the opportunity to obtain a qualification with our support,” he continues.

    One of his many highlights is being part of the team that increased the market share of Pupkewitz Motors from 21 percent in 2011 to the current 35 percent.

    “The fact that we could solve the shortage of technical personnel by giving on-the-job training and offering training opportunities to our current staff, is one of my greatest highlights,” he says.

    “I must remind myself on a daily basis not only to focus on the big things that we are busy with, but to attend to the smaller details as well,” Ekkerd van Wyk, Managing Director at Pupkewitz Motors.

    Van Wyk, who is both a father and grandfather, says he dedicates his career success to his family, “My values are very important to me and I believe it is crucial to remember where you have started. I believe others value my work ethic, my enthusiasm and positive attitude. It may also be that my ability to listen to others and my contributions towards the team drive others to achieve the mutual goal.”

    He tries to push himself to be innovative on a daily basis, “I encourage my colleagues to refrain from stagnating and to go be creative beyond the day-to-day activities,” he says.

    Facts Box:

    · Born 1959 in Gobabis

    · Van Wyk matriculated in 1977, Outjo

    · He completed his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic and received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1985.

    · He obtained his qualifications in Commerce from The University of Stellenbosch in 1989

    · In 1994 he joined the Barry Group of Companies as Dealer Principal of Jaffes Ford in Worcester.

    · 1999 he moved to Novel Motor Company in Stellenbosch

    · 2003 moved to Novel Motor Company in Windhoek.

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    Nationalise half of white farmsNationalise half of white farms Constitutional expert Nico Horn believes that half the land currently owned by white farmers can be nationalised in some way, with just compensation being paid.

    “Now with the Namibia Statistics Agency statistics we have seen 70% of (agricultural) land belongs to white farmers. Now think if half of those farms are nationalised in some way or another or expropriated with just compensation, as the president promised… then you can have 4 000 families resettled on those farms,” he told Namibian Sun this week.

    Last Thursday, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) revealed that white commercial farmers still own 70% of commercial farmland in Namibia, while black people own just 16% of the total 39 million hectares of the freehold agricultural land, and government just about 14%.

    Affirmative Repositioning (AR) leader Job Amupanda earlier this week warned white commercial farmers, saying they must start engaging with the future leaders of the country.

    “We are not under any illusion, we know the white man owns the land with the permission of the coward and black elite that cannot confront the white man.

    “But these guys [the current leadership] are going to die very soon and we will get our land,” Amupanda told Namibian Sun.

    Since the start of the week civil society organisations and traditional authorities have also threatened to boycott next month's national land indaba, if government refuses to release the master list of resettlement beneficiaries, among other demands.

    AR and the Landless People's Movement (LPM) have already declared the conference predetermined and an absolute farce.

    “I hear LPM is not going to attend, but I think they should attend it, even if it just to let all the voices be heard. If AR and LPM is not going to attend and the white farmers unions are not going to attend, what will happen? It is just going to be a brainstorming meeting for civil servants,” Horn said.

    He is particularly worried that there seems to be no clear plan or indication of a speaker's list.

    To date there has been no official agenda or participant list disclosed to the media, but these documents have been leaked on social media.

    This has been a bone of contention for Namibian activists, who are continually raising their voices over government's failure to address landlessness.

    Horn is of the opinion that government should interrogate the kinds of land ownership, and divide and address the different needs of the country's citizens, in terms of land.

    Earlier this week, civil society organisations said they will not attend next month's second national land conference if Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila fails to release relevant documents, including the controversial master list of resettlement beneficiaries.

    The chairperson of the Non-Governmental Organisation Forum (Nangof) Trust, Sandie Tjaronda, yesterday said they cannot be part of something that they do not agree with.

    At the same time, a joint press statement was issued by civil society including the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN), National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), National Youth Council (NYC) and the Namibia CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO), saying all their demands must be published on social media and other platforms in the spirit of the Access to Information Bill in order for participants to prepare thoroughly.

    Others signatories to the statement are the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), the //Naosan /Aes Movement for Land (Ancestor Fire), the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN), the Namibia Rural Women's Assembly (NRWA), the Damara King's Council, the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) and the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA).

    Their demands include the release of a report by the lands minister on the 24 resolutions of the 1991 national land conference; the list of resettlement beneficiaries; the review report on the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS), Resettlement Programme and Post Resettlement Support; a report on farms offered to the government or waived and purchased; the final report of a review of the Mass Housing Development Programme and any relevant documents.


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    Baby now four weeks on the streetsBaby now four weeks on the streets Helao Nafidi mayor Eliaser Nghipangelwa has called on a homeless family, which includes a one-year-old baby girl, to visit him so he can “provide them with options”.

    Nghipangelwa said he heard about the situation but the family never visited him.

    He said that as soon as the family visits his office they will be presented with options.

    “If they come to my office, I will listen to them and provide them with options and it will be up to them to accept them or not; it is not solutions but options which they need to choose from,” Nghipangelwa said.

    Johannes Haufiku, Saara Kamati and their two children have been living on the streets since 28 August, after the Helao Nafidi town council dismantled their two-bedroom shack and shebeen in the Ombili informal settlement at Oshikango.

    The family told Namibian Sun two weeks ago they received a letter dated 20 August from town council CEO Inge Ipinge, which ordered Kamati to remove her structure by 24 August or else the council would do it.

    On 28 August at around 11:00, council officials arrived in the company of police officers and dismantled their home.

    According to the letter, the council's actions followed after it received complaints from Ombili residents about Kamati's bad behaviour, as well as about criminal activities happening at the premises.

    “Just imagine, my one-year-old daughter sleeping in the open. Only people who are merciless can allow such a thing to happen,” Haufiku said at the time. The family is still seeking answers from the local authority, which confiscated their aluminium roof sheeting, poles and wooden doors, leaving them to brave the night cold.

    When contacted for comment two weeks ago Ipinge veered from the reasons given in his 20 August letter.

    He claimed because Kamati was formerly a resident of the Okatwitwi informal settlement, she was not supposed to move to Ombili, but should rather have moved to an area where Okatwitwi residents were relocated to.

    The family has since turned to Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Ohangwena regional coordinator Hidipo Hamata for assistance.

    Hamata's attempt to hold a community demonstration in solidarity with the family on 13 September was unsuccessful.

    Ipinge told Hamata in correspondence that in terms of the Local Authorities Act, a town CEO is not allowed to receive a petition from a political party.

    Hamata said the town council is ignorant about the plight of poor Namibians.


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    Telecom directory tender catches flakTelecom directory tender catches flakForeign firms in pole position to rake in millions Telecom Namibia is accused of reneging on its pledge to Namibianise its tenders, as only two foreign majority-owned companies have submitted bids for the multimillion-dollar phone directory tender. South African majority-owned company TDS Directory Operations (Namibia), which has been compiling the telephone directory of Telecom Namibia since 2007, is likely to be favoured again because the tender regulations were specifically designed to fit it, critics say.

    At the close of the tender applications on 31 August, TDS Directory and Lapaka Namibia Directories, a company owned by Botswana nationals, were vying for the lucrative three-year contract and had submitted bids of N$180 million and N$173 million respectively.

    Previously when the contract was over five years, Telecom Namibia was guaranteed no less than N$188 million from advertising revenue, while the successful bidder earned approximately 25% or N$47 million.

    The critics, preferring anonymity, also said it would appear as if Telecom has reneged on its promise to Namibianise jobs and contracts and that the new tender specifications are designed to suit TDS.

    “This is an absolute slap in the face for Namibia. It is a betrayal of Namibianisation, of BEE [black economic empowerment], and the creation of local employment. It is a retrogressive step,” one of the critics said.

    The bidding documents for the new compilation and supply tender were issued at the start of August.

    The specifications stipulate that bidders will only be considered if they have experience in the nature and size of the contract over the last five years. In Namibia's context, only TDS has such credentials since it has held the contract since 2006.

    TDS is also the only company with the requisite two service contracts “of a nature and complexity equivalent to the services over the last five years”.

    Although preference is to be given to local bidders, the tender specifications further state that a “margin of preference shall not be applicable”, which the critics said puts Namibians on equal footing with foreigners.

    “TDS is only nominally a local company by virtue of its registration, but the de facto company is being run in South Africa,” one source said.

    There it states that the company is “supported by TDS Namibia (Pty) Ltd in South Africa and Truvo internationally”. Its shareholders are TDS Namibia (with 75% shareholding) and Namibian BEE partner Ripanga Investments, which holds 25%.

    During a previous bidding process it was reported that Ripanga's local partners included lawyers Rodgers Kauta, Patrick Kauta and Tjakazenga Kamuhanga-Hoveka. Others included Dawid Nel, architect Marley Tjitjo, former Nedbank Namibia MD Erastus Hoveka, Fanuel Tjivau, Paulus Kamanya, Florence Kaura, medical specialist Ishmael Katjitae and businesswoman Hilda Basson-Namundjebo.

    The tender specifications spell out that the minimum required experience is that the bidder should have done a similar job over a period of three years and experience in sales is required for the 2017/18 financial year.

    According to the local sources, the job to compile Telecom's directory does not require any specialised or rare skills or innovation.

    They further said categories on the score card such as “revenue growth” and “commission required” are high on the totem pole – counting 25 and 20 respectively – which they said would again favour TDS because it is the only company around that would know these figures.

    The critics said when the bids were opened on 31 August, certain information was withheld, which is contrary to the tender specifications.

    “If the income is the fulcrum and only one person knows what it is worth, does this not exclude the rest,” one source questioned.

    The sources also said the requirement to provide guaranteed revenue of N$43 million is misleading because, again, only TDS could know the real value.

    Another requirement questioned is a stipulation that the service provider should get prior approval from Telecom for any changes to its key personnel and subcontractors.

    'This is a closed shop, a sham'

    According to the TDS website it was established in 2006 to “market, sell and produce advertising in the Telephone Namibia Directories”.

    TDS held the first contract from 2007 to 2012 and the subsequent contract was again awarded to it after it was exempted from tender procedures.

    The first tender award was not without controversy and ended up in parliament when Johan de Waal of the then DTA requested that the N$100 million contract be cancelled.

    De Waal accused Telecom of “gross neglect” for having awarded the tender to TDS.

    Some of the critics then – as now – claimed that “certain people got into bed with TDS” and alleged that “political or well-connected movements are afoot”.

    'Old' allegations

    Telecom Namibia's spokesperson, Oiva Angula, when presented with questions regarding the matter, said this was an “old complaint” but would not go into detail.

    Angula referred all questions to the Central Procurement Board (CPB), which responded after about a week that Telecom Namibia should in fact provide answers to many of the questions.

    The CPB added that it would difficult for Telecom Namibia to answer these questions because the tender applications were still being considered by the bid evaluation board.

    Telecom Namibia has not responded since then.

    Cissie Nakashona, a manager at the TDS office, after consultation with the South African office, said the allegations were merely “propaganda” to which the company would not respond.